Nothing heals quite like a smoothie. In fact, there are many great smoothies for inflammation and pain, all of which can help improve your overall mood and your overall physical wellbeing.
Some of the best ingredients for anti-inflammatory smoothies are things like fruits and berries, lemons and oranges, ginger and garlic, and even tomatoes. I have taken it upon myself to create a full guide on how to deal with inflammation and pain by making smoothies. Let’s take a look.
What is Causing My Inflammation?
The number one cause of inflammation, just like the number one cause of almost every other health-related issue, is poor diet. I’m talking about red meat, processed meat, preserved meat, sausages, too much gluten, heaps of refined sugar, and every other food that comes packed full of preservatives.
Any diet that has a lot of meats and dairy, sugar and gluten, and unhealthy preservatives is not only going to cause inflammation, but it is also going to make your pre-existing inflammation much worse.
Inflammation causes numerous conditions and uncomfortable symptoms. Almost every symptom is going to be made worse by a poor diet. However, your inflammation can improve by drinking healthy smoothies.
If you are sick of the fatigue, tired of getting headaches and migraines, fed up with constant brain fog and itchy skin rashes, and positively vexed by digestive troubles, you need to get your inflammation under control. Here is how to do it.
Fix Inflammation with Healthy Smoothies
Everyone has the power to heal themselves, therefore doing away with inflammation and pain. A delicious way to do this is by making healthy smoothies at home. All you need is access to a grocery store and a blender. You don’t even need a cup, just drink your smoothie straight from the blender.
The trick to making the best anti-inflammatory smoothie is to load it with minerals and vitamins that are going to work for you. This will allow your body to calm down and fight the painful inflammation quickly and effectively. You will notice the change in your health almost instantaneously… or at least within the week.
The Best Ingredients
Some foods fight inflammation better than others. Leafy greens work exceptionally well, which is why I always recommend green smoothies for fighting inflammation.
Let’s do a quick breakdown of the best ingredients that you can mix in and out of your smoothies, and then we will dig into some great smoothie recipes.
- Cruciferous Vegetables
- Raspberries & Blueberries
- Fruits Low in Glucose
- Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines
- Lemons & Oranges
- Ginger + Garlic + Turmeric
- Coconut Oil
Anti-Inflammatory Kale Smoothie
This is an excellent recipe for improving your inflammatory issues and reducing pain. The recipe is jam-packed full of essential vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to stay healthy. You can make this recipe at home in under 10 minutes. All you need is a blender.
If you are coming straight off a heavy meat diet, you can expect significant changes in your health and the way you feel on a daily basis after drinking this delicious kale smoothie for a while (meaning daily).
It should be noted that if you do not change your unhealthy diet or unhealthy lifestyle, drinking one kale smoothie a week is not going to do you much good.
- 1 Cup of Kale
- ½ Cup of Water
- ½ a Beet, Chopped & Peeled
- ½ a Peeled Orange
- 1 Cup of Frozen Berries, either Mixed or Your Favorite
- ½ Cup of Frozen Pineapple
- 1 Tablespoon of Fresh Chopped Ginger
- 1 Tablespoon of Coconut Oil
How to Make:
- Puree the kale, beet, water, and orange inside of a blender until smooth
- Add the frozen berries and pineapple, plus the tablespoon of chopped ginger and the tablespoon of coconut oil
- Blend everything until it has a rich and smooth texture. The color should be a delicious red
About the Recipe
If you are new to smoothies, this recipe may seem like a bunch of nonsense plants thrown into a blender with the promise of decreasing your inflammation. It may seem absurd. But let me breakdown what you receive in a single serving of this kale smoothie.
For a 16-ounce drink, which is what this recipe makes, you are getting 125.2mg of vitamin C, 93.9mg of calcium, 50.9g of carbohydrates, 4.1g of protein, 9g of fiber, and 1.6mg of iron, equaling a total of 245 calories.
What do all these numbers mean? They mean health. This is pure and organic health at its finest, and it is going to help your inflammation in a way that you have never previously imagined. And it is a simple as blending some garden variety vegetables and chugging them down.
About the Blender
You cannot make a smoothie without a blender. Well, I suppose you could use one of those old apothecary clay bowls with the grinding tool to mush your veggies into a weird and messy paste. Or, you could just use a blender.
But no ordinary blender is going to do. You need a good blender. And by good, I mean a high-quality blender that will last you for years to come while making excellent smoothies with perfect textures.
No, this does not mean you need to pay an arm and a leg. You can easily find a good blender for under $100.
Try to find a blender with good blades. The blender should be able to remove all the leafy bits of kale and other vegetables with ease; you don’t want chunks. It’s the same story for the berries. The seeds must be blended properly to release their nutrition, which is what helps with your inflammation.
While we’re on the subject, I highly recommend getting a blender that specializes in nutrition. Many modern blenders come with specially designed blades that extract minerals and nutrition from your ingredients, improving the healing properties of your smoothies.