Smoothies for Digestive Problems


Digestive ProblemsDo you suffer from digestive issues? If you are like most Americans, you probably do. Digestive issues are not only uncomfortable, but they can lead to bigger issues, like weight gain and health issues like irritable bowel syndrome and a whole lot more.

Improving your digestion is as simple as switching out foods that slow digestion with foods that encourage digestion. One easy way to boost your digestive system is to introduce foods that are easy to digest. Smoothies are the perfect digestion aid, and depending on what you put in them, they can actually encourage efficient digestion.

Ingredients like peppermint, yogurt, apple cider, ginger, lemon, fennel, cucumber, coconut, bananas (are bananas fattening?), melons, berries, beets, and apples are all amazingly good for the stomach. Place some of these ingredients into your smoothies for maximum benefit. Many use angelica archangelica for digesion problems. Try these 5 recipes for an instant digestion boost.

Stomach-Soothing Smoothie

  • 1 cup honeydew
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • ¾ cup peeled cucumber
  • 2 teaspoons ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup ice cubes

Blend all ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth. Drink immediately.

Digestive Fruit Smoothie

  • 1 cup apple cider or freshly pressed apple juice
  • 1 pear
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

Mix the fruit in the blender until smooth. Add the liquids, spices, and honey (manuka honey benefits) and blend until mixed together. Add ½ cup of ice if you want additional texture.

Beet-tastic Smoothie

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 beets
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Cut the beets into cubes. Place the beets in a pot and cover with water. Boil the beets until they slide off a fork when stabbed. Cool the beets in the refrigerator until cool to the touch. Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chill for 2 hours before serving, or add ½ cup of ice to the mixture to drink immediately.

Fat-blasting Smoothie

  • 2 papaya
  • 2 peaches
  • ½ pear
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 2 mint leaves
  • ½ cup ice

Peel and cut up the fruit and remove the seeds. Mix the fruit together in the blender with the ice. Add the ginger and mint. If necessary, add up to ½ cup of water, yogurt, or milk to the mixture to make it creamy and drinkable.

Healthy Tummy Smoothie

  • 1 cup lettuce
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 apples
  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 cups chamomile tea
  • ½ lemon

digestive-problemsWash, peel and cut up all vegetables and fruit. Remove any seeds and cores. Mix the vegetables and fruit with one cup of tea and the lemon. Add the remaining tea until the smoothie is drinkable. Add ½ cup of ice to make it colder, if desired.

Add one of these smoothies to your morning routine and in just a few weeks you will see improved digestion, a flatter belly, and an overall boost in energy and health. Modify the mixtures depending on what fruits and vegetables are in season, or create your own smoothie mixtures for added variety. You can even add protein or vitamin powder to the mix for additional health benefits.

Smoothies can be a filling and healthy drink instead of snacks or even smaller meals in the summer. This period of the year is great to try them and if you want to lose more weight or cleanse your body more intensely, you may even try a juice fast diet. If you try this, make sure you don’t have any condition – like high blood pressure, arthritis, asthma or heart disease (tachyarrhythmia) – that prevents you from doing it.

I'm a freelance writer and occasional guest poster from the UK. I mostly write about health, healthy lifestyle, self-development and exercise. I also love to give diet tips and when I'm not working, I love to read, travel and practice yoga. I believe you do something for self-improvement every day!