Tropical Smoothie for Digestion

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If you are lover of tropical flavoured smoothies that simultaneously improves your digestive function that this smoothie is a must try!

Ultimate soothing digestion drink to ease stomach discomfort and help promote a healthy digestive system. Enzymes from the pineapple and mango will help your body effectively break down food for better absorption.  Probiotics from the coconut yoghurt replenish beneficial gut bacteria, fibre from the dates will keep your bowels regular and ginger is a known carminative to ease any discomfort in the stomach.

Pineapple contains a protein-digesting enzyme called bromelain which aids digestion. Bromelain reduces inflammation and swelling due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Pineapple is also an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese. Manganese is an important cofactor for the functioning of many enzymes.

Mangos also contain a number of enzymes that help improve digestion, similar to papain found in papaya.

Banana is high in potassium one of the most important electrolytes in the body.

Very soothing to the gastrointestinal tract due to the high content of pectin, a soluble fibre that normalises bowel function and nutrition but gentle and bland enough to pass easily through a weakened digestive tract.

Ginger is a carminative herb widely used in herbal medicine to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Ginger’s many therapeutic properties include soothing and relaxing the intestinal tract as well as preventing nausea and vomiting.

 Coconut yoghurt is a good source of probiotics to keep a to keep your digestive system functioning optimally and keeping your immunity strong. It is also free from dairy, which can be difficult to digest and irritating to the digestive tract.

Apart from being delicious, dates delay absorption of glucose in small intestine helping to keep sugar levels balanced. High in soluble fibre, particularly beta-d-glucan, they absorb and hold waste which help evacuate waste products from the colon.

Dates are also rich in antioxidants, B vitamins particularly niacin, B6, riboflavin, thiamine and pantothenic acid. As well as copper, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous.

Lastly, adding some cinnamon will help to regulate blood sugar levels whilst adding a nice earthiness.

 

Ingredients:

1 large ripe banana

1 cup coconut water

Piece of ginger (approx. 4x2cm  )

1 cup frozen mango

½ cup pineapple

dash of cinnamon

3 mejool dates

 

Method:

  1. Put all the ingredients into a blender of your choice (I use a Nutri Ninja)
  2. To be enjoyed anytime of day, particularly in the morning on an empty stomach.

Love,

Anastasia xx

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