Lately, smoothies are in endless varieties and forms. However, to accurately ascertain what combination of ingredients produces best results remain an enigma.
There are assorted combination of nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables to super foods and powders, just to mention a few. Nevertheless, what you intend to achieve with the delicious medicinal smoothies remain static.
The recipe for a great smoothie means paying close attention to the nutritional requirements of the bodies – and systematically meeting these needs!
When it comes to endometriosis, two major goals are often paramount when formulating the recipe for smoothies: body hormonal balance and deliberate attempt to reduce inflammation.
Nutrition can play a big part in worsening or alleviating the severity of endometrial symptoms. Adopting an ‘anti-inflammatory diet’ should not be that complicated.
It can be as simple as avoiding excessively processed or toxic foods, and rather, eating a diet of completely including plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean meats, grains, nuts and seeds as well as healthy fats and oils.
Nevertheless, there are some foods that have powerful anti-inflammatory features, often overlooked in most cases, and by including them in abundance in the diet maybe all that you simply need to dramatically improve your quality of life.
Foods with very high anti-inflammatory properties include nuts, whole grains, dark leafy greens, olive oil, berries (particularly blueberries, strawberries and raspberries), oranges and turmeric.
While some fruits and veggies are usually high in antioxidants, and many have been proven to reduce inflammation in the body.
Moreover, adjusting the food in targeted composition is an incredible way to achieve these whole objectives of dealing with endometriosis.
Occasionally, one usually gets caught up in the supplements we need to balance our body hormones, when foodstuff is in fact our first defense.
Some ingredients of certain smoothies have been carefully selected to probably be beneficial for managing endometriosis and its associated symptoms like the pain that is often frequent and quite often severe with most patients.
Avocados, for instance, are a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids, one of most preferred hormone-balancing fat sources.
This type of fat could be beneficial in weight reduction, reducing the embarrassing belly fat and reducing risk of cancer. Not to mention that avocados can enhance fertility when used frequently.
Spinach is the powerhouse of hormonal balancing. It is naturally endowed with iron, folate, vitamin C, fibre and lots of other plant nutrients. One such plant nutrient, otherwise called phytonutrient, is alpha lipoic acid.
There is reduction in endometrial cysts and it is also observed that there is significant reduction in inflammation associated with intake of alpha lipoic acid alongside other anti-inflammatories.
The folate in spinach in combination with other vitamins and minerals is noted to cause endometriosis effect to reduce.
Grapes and Blueberries
These fruits, especially other dark berries, are valuable sources of resveratrol. Red wine is also known to contain considerable amount of resveratrol and this maybe a fantastic excuse to those that are given to red wine.
Nonetheless, most health workers will not suggest alcohol consumption in the first instance when it comes to hormonal balance.
Foods such as berries and red grapes containing resveratrol are of immense benefit to an instinctive endometriosis diet.
Resveratrol being anti-inflammatory and anti-angiogenic, has successfully found its way to the effective management of endometriosis.
Regularly taking red grapes and dark berries could provide your body with resveratrol as a positive step toward endometriosis balance.
What this simply implies is that smaller numbers of blood vessels are able to form in the tissues and the overall size will eventually decrease considerably.
Turmeric and Black Pepper
Turmeric is one of the safest medicinal plants that ever exist. It is useful in quite a number of circumstances, from joint pain to blood sugar control and not to say the least handling endometriosis.
All you need is a small amount to get the strong effect. Adding just a minute pinch of black pepper to any recipe with turmeric increases its bioavailability by 2000%!
That is insanely enormous. And quite a formidable reason never to take turmeric without a speckle of pepper.
Flax seeds are prospectively an exceptional food for endometriosis. These seeds contain very high levels of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
Interleukins and prostaglandins in endometriosis were reduced with consumption of omega-3s. More so, omega-3s reduce the survival of endometrial tissues.
- 1/4 cup grapes
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 1-2 tbsp flax
- 1-2 cups spinach
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- pinch black pepper
- 1 scoop protein powder (or 20-25g protein equivalent)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1-2 cups non-dairy milk or water
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- Use a high-powered blender to blend until smooth, all the ingredients put together.
This is another effective and delicious anti-inflammatory endo smoothie you must not do without in managing endometriosis.
This smoothie was created specifically for the very debilitating and painful inflammatory disease endometriosis. It is a marvelous smoothie for any inflammatory condition such as arthritis or eczema.
Pineapple and pawpaw both contain natural anti-inflammatory enzymes known as bromelain and papain in that order as well as vitamin C.
Chia seeds are an exceptional source of omega 3 fatty acids and soluble fibre and ginger contains the powerful anti-inflammatory compound gingerol and in addition, calms digestive complaints.
Anti-inflammatory Endo Smoothie
- 1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
- 1 cup fresh papaya
- 1-2Tb raw chia seeds
- 1-2 tsp freshly grated ginger (to taste)
- 1 tsp fresh turmeric juice or powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1 cup filtered water or coconut milk (to desired consistency)
Optional – 1/4-1 cup baby spinach leaves or any other preferred green to improve the nutritional content and anti-inflammatory prowess. A good suggestion is to add a teaspoon of your favorite superfood powder to boost even the more its antioxidant potency.
Mix all ingredients until flexible, smooth and creamy in a high speed blending machine.
Serve instantly and enjoy yourself while dealing at the same time with the dreaded endometriosis. Makes 1 meal sized or 2 snack sized smoothies for utmost enjoyment and fun.
This is yet another set of anti-inflammatory green smoothie ingredients:
- 1 orange, peeled
- 1 banana
- 2 strawberries
- 2 teaspoons ripe avocado
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1 cup spinach leaves
- 1 cup kale leaves
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup filtered water
- 8 ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together and serve without delay.
A few other smoothie recipes to get you started:
2 large mangos
1 bunch parsley
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
1 handful of lambs quarters, stinging nettles, purslane, etc
1/2 bunch romaine
1/2 lemon juice
4-5 leaves of kale
4 very ripe kiwis
1 ripe banana
3 stalks of celery
4 ripe pears
4-5 leaves of kale
1/2 bunch of mint
2 handfuls of spinach leaves
3 bosc pears
1 handful of raspberries
4-5 leaves of kale