I was surprised to find out that more people visit the doctor’s office for digestive related symptoms than any other problem. I was also surprised that the biggest selling items at the pharmacy are related to digestive problems. When I was in my local pharmacy I saw that the area that sold stomach related pills, powders, and liquids took up one whole aisle from the top shelf to the bottom shelf. This includes a large range of problems with many different symptoms. Three areas in your lifestyle that need to be improved on to address these problems are stress, exercise, and dietary.
Let’s concentrate on dietary. Here is a smoothie recipe that is helpful to tame the tummy. It is very simple, but includes ingredients that will soothe the tummy. Many ingredients found in healthy smoothies can actually cause stomach problems.
Mix the following ingredients together in a blender and process on high until smooth:
- ½ frozen banana (in pieces)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/4 avocado
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- fresh mint (about 10 leaves)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/4 lemon juice
Drink this smoothie everyday for a week. After a week add a ½ teaspoon of grated ginger. Ginger is known to aid in digestion and nausea, but some people are allergic to it. You also should not be adding it if you have ulcers, gallstones, or blocked intestines. Keep adding the ginger for a least a week to make sure you are not having any negative reactions to it.
If you want to add any other ingredients to the smoothie, add them in the same manner as the ginger was added–just one a week. This is called the “one week rule”. Add just one item a week to make sure there aren’t any adverse problems before adding another item.
Instead of almond milk, add ice cubes made out of chamomile, kombacha or fennel tea. To make fennel tea: crush a spoonful of the seeds and pour a cup of hot water over them. Let this steep till it’s cool, then strain it through a coffee filter. Fennel seeds are particularly helpful with digestion.
Trying adding a probiotic powder into the smoothie. Start off with just a very small amount and work up to the recommended dosage. If you can’t find the powder, get a probiotic capsule that can be pulled apart and add the powder within the capsule into the smoothie. As with the powder, start off with a small amount of the capsule and work up to the recommended dosage. Make sure the probiotic acidophilus is included.
Have you heard the saying–”too much of a good thing”? There are a lot of wonderful and healthful foods and supplemental products that will help boost your immunity and energy. But many of them can cause problems for those that have tummy problems. If adding them to your smoothie, use the one week rule. Be aware of the possible problems before adding these to your smoothie:
MILK PRODUCTS: these include those made from milk that cause problems for those that have a lactose intolerance issue. Start off by using a milk substitute. I like almond milk, but make sure you get the kind that has a low sugar content.
FRUITS: Many fruits can cause digestive problems. Although fresh, is usually best, canned fruits may be easier on the stomach.
FIBER: We have all heard we need fiber. But you can get too much fiber. That includes powders to add fiber, greens and foods with a lot of fiber. A lot of people add oatmeal to their smoothies. This will add a lot of fiber and you could be allergic to the gluten. Try the one week rule.
POWDERS: There are a lot of wonderful powders on the market: protein powder, whey powder, vegetarian powder, etc. Pick these cautiously as a lot of them have additives that could wreak havoc with your digestive system.
ACIDIC FOODS: Become familiar with the glycemic index of foods. This will help you become familiar with the foods that are high in acid (the ones you want to avoid). You might also be surprised to learn that foods with a high sugar content are high in acids.
NUTS AND SEEDS: If you don’t have digestive problems, these are a good addition for any smoothie. But for those that have digestive problems, they could add to the problem because of their high fiber content. Use the one week rule when adding them to any smoothie.
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