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Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

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Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

 

Pineapple and mango are favorite fruits around the world for good reason, and they blend together perfectly in this recipe. The kick of ginger adds a hint of warmth and spice while also providing a myriad of health benefits such as aiding in digestion and assimilation and helping to prevent colds, flu, motion sickness, and vertigo.

 

Ginger also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols and is a powerful painkiller which makes it especially beneficial for those who suffer with joint, muscle, and nerve pain. Ginger has incredible immune-boosting and germ fighting abilities and has even been shown to help provide protection and relief from E.coli, Staph infections, and Candida albicans. You can learn more about ginger’s health benefits here.

 

As with all fruit smoothies, it is not advisable to have more than one per week.

 

Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast or a snack. It’s a crowd pleaser so you might want to make enough to share with your friends and family, or consider serving it up at your next brunch gathering!

 

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

 

Ingredients:

2 cups chopped pineapple (fresh or frozen)

2 cups chopped mango (fresh or frozen)

1 inch piece peeled ginger

1 cup water or coconut water

6 ice cubes (only if you use fresh fruit)

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients except ice in a blender. If you are using frozen fruit, you may need 1.5 to 2 cups of water. Blend until smooth.
  2. If you used fresh fruit rather than frozen, add ice and blend again.
  3. Sip and enjoy!

 

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Ancient Foods That Heal

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For centuries, ancient peoples have turned to certain foods and drinks for restoring body and mind back to balance. Mother nature truly does provide real miracle gifts for us to use to revitalize our spirit during or following challenging days. Here are some miracles from nature (and one from the hand of man) that will make you feel brand new.

1. Lemons
Lemon truly is a gift from nature to humankind. Its clean fragrance alone has the power to alleviate anxiety and restore state of mind. When squeezed into water hot or cold, lemon has the power to revitalize and restore the spirit in one of the most simplistic yet refreshing drinks in existence. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and bioflavonoids (vitamin P). They contain antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Lemons are great for restoring pH balance in the body and cleansing the liver and kidneys as well.

2. Watermelon
Watermelon is a health all-star. It is a wonderful choice for rehydration, which can play a role in stress. Watermelons are full of water but also phytonutrients, vitamins A and tons of C, some B vitamins, antioxidants, beta carotene for the eyes and amino acid citrulline. Watermelons are a good source of potassium, which is a natural stress buster that works to lower blood pressure. Potassium is also important for nerve and muscle support, and controls the excitation of our nerves. This makes watermelon wonderful for getting a refreshing, re-hydrating “whoosh” and bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance.

3. Coconut water
Young coconuts and coconut water truly are almost miracle health twins packed with restorative power for body, mind and soul. Coconut water, like watermelon, is a super re-hydrating elixir loaded with electrolytes, potassium and B vitamins. Potassium is well known to help lower blood pressure (hypertension) while the B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and B-6 create the effect of “coating” the nervous system protectively, providing relief from anxiety, depression and stress. And the electrolytes found in coco water will help re-hydrate and restore the body, which in turn revitalizes your mood and mind state to balance.

4. Kombucha
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink packed with amazing revitalizing properties. It has been consumed by civilizations worldwide for centuries and is made by fermenting in a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is lightly fermented, and does give a real “whoosh” when consumed. It is loaded with probiotics which yield improved digestion and gut health overall. It contains the B vitamins which are excellent for curbing depression and anxiety, and being loaded with anti-oxidants is highly beneficial for your immune system and energy levels.

 

 

Please share this with family and loved ones.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions, or you do not know if your medications are compatible with these foods, please give your healthcare provider a call, or call us anytime.

 

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