Soothie Smoothie – Good for a Glutened Gut
As much as most people might benefit from a bit of a cleanse after the holiday festivities, a glutened gut needs an extra special dose of TLC.
As mentioned before (https://thankheavens.com.au/2012/12/22/coping-with-accidental-exposure-how-to-make-it-better/) paw paw works wonders for your poor tummy. Paw paw aids digestion with its natural digestive enzymes, and is an excellent source of dietary fibre. This bright orange fruit also contains high levels of antioxidants, folate, vitamin A, C and E, as well as flavonoids and carotenes.
Whenever I feel like my body needs a bit of extra help I turn to paw paw.
To beat the post-holiday heaviness I like to start my day with a colourful glass of goodness, and it goes a little something like this:
Bananas are superfood that provide gentle nourishment. They are rich in iron and potassium and give you much needed energy.
Blueberries are a fantastic natural anti-inflammatory food! They help promote digestive health and are chok-a-block with antioxidants. Blueberries have a beneficial effect on a “sour belly” caused by fermentation in the gut, and also harbour an anti-nausea effect. Fresh blueberries help constipation, whereas blueberry cordial will stop diarrhea (particularly great for sick children).
Strawberries are bursting with vitamin C and boost immunity, as well as boasting both anti-inflammatory and a cholesterol-lowering qualities.
Apple juice stills nausea and settles the stomach. Research also shows that the pectin in apples aids in prevention of colon cancer, and promotes a healthy digestive tract. (for FODMAP friendly version; exchange for orange juice)
Mint, as we know and love, helps keep your stomach in order by reducing bloating and spasms. Add mint where you can, it’s wonderful for your gut!