Digestion Smoothie

digestion smoothie

Our digestion smoothie attacks the two main causes of poor digestion. These are stress and the inhibited creation of digestive positive enzymes.

A series of posts on smoothies

This is the twelfth in a series of posts on Smoothies. Here is the full list you can click on:

Digestion smoothie

Before we get into the ingredients for a digestion smoothie, let’s get into the causes of indigestion.

Causes of poor digestion 

digestion smoothieMany of us struggle with poor digestion. And it has two main causes. 

First, stress contributes to indigestion because it causes blood flow to be redirected away from the digestive and immune systems. The blood instead goes to fuel the ‘fight or flight’ functions in the brain and muscles. 

Second, our digestive system does not get the right kind of nutrients that enable us to create the enzymes necessary for it to be efficient.

Digestion smoothie design 

So we need to design a smoothie that will both deal with stress and also enhance the performance of our digestive system. 

In other posts, we have covered in detail how to put smoothies together and aside from its basic ratio structure, you can include your ingredients of choice. However, for this digestion smoothie, we recommend that you choose from the foods below.

The precise combinations and ratios are entirely up to you. But these ingredients are great for creating a digestion smoothie that is low in sugar, and very nutritious.

Stress component

This list is not exhaustive. But stress-relieving foods include:

Bananas: the potassium content of bananas is good for healthy blood pressure.

Almonds: Almonds (you can use almond milk) boost the body’s immune system, which contributes to stress relief.

Cacao: Cacao can boost mood and lower stress by increasing serotonin levels. 

Lavender: Lavender is well known for calming. It contains calcium, iron, and vitamin A. 

Cinnamon: Just the smell of cinnamon has a calming effect.

Chamomile tea: Chamomile has been used for stress relief since ancient times.

Blueberries: Blueberry flavonoids have been found to have a positive effect on mood.

Chickpeas: Chickpeas are rich in stress-relieving vitamins and minerals.

Sweet potatoes: Sweet potatoes are nutrient-rich and have been found to lower the level of the cortisol stress hormone. 

Matcha green tea powder: This is rich in l-theanine, which has powerful stress-relieving properties.

Sunflower seeds: these are rich in vitamin E, which is important for mental health.

Digestive component 

Enzymes: Certain fruits contain enzymes that naturally help you to break down foods. One of the best-known of these is the pineapple.

Friendly bacteria: Fermented foods, raw vegetables, and things like yogurt are helpful to us because they contain live cultures of ‘friendly bacteria’. They’re called friendly bacteria because they have positive roles in the body. 

This includes the ability to create a lot of important micronutrients and to help us create digestive enzymes. 

Digestion smoothie ingredients 

You can get creative with the digestive component of our digestion smoothie ingredients. Try creating a smoothie that contains any of the following non-fermented and fermented foods.

Unfermented foods 

All of these have very positive effects on the digestive system. 

Pear, Pineapple, Watermelon, Melon, Papaya, Hami Melon, Orange, Tangerine, Guava, Mango, Cauliflower, Chinese Yam, Tomato, Spinach, Cabbage, Pumpkin, Grape, Sugarcane, Grapefruit, Catnip.

Fermented foods 

fermented foodsAside from their digestive benefits, fermented foods themselves have a beneficial effect on mood.

Fermented foods like Tempeh, Miso, Kombucha, Kefir, Kimchi, Yogurt, and Sauerkraut are good for our digestion because they are rich in beneficial probiotic bacteria and enzymes. 

Probiotics are live microorganisms that add to the health of our gut microbiome and enhance our immune system. 

Let’s take a look at popular fermented foods that you can incorporate into your digestion smoothie. Some may not be familiar to you.

Tempeh: Originally from Indonesia, Tempeh is a plant-based protein. It is a cake-like substance made from fermented soybeans that have been formed into a block. Rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals.

misoMiso: Probably originating in China, Miso came to Japan in the 7th century BC via the Korean peninsula. In its modern form, Miso is a thick, fermented bean paste, made from soybeans fermented with salt and a koji starter. It is distantly related to tofu. Miso has a salty, savory flavor.

Kombucha: Originating in China or Japan, Kombucha is a fermented tea rich in probiotics. It also contains antioxidants. It is made by adding certain strains of bacteria, yeast, and sugar to black or green tea and letting the brew ferment for a week or so.

The result is a mushroom-like film on the surface of the tea. This is where Kombucha gets its other name – “mushroom tea.”

Kefir: Originating in the Caucasus mountains, Kefir is fermented milk, similar to yogurt. It is made by inoculating goat, cow, or sheep milk with kefir grains. Kefir grains are the starter culture.

Kimchi: Originally from Korea, Kimchi is a dish made with salted fermented vegetables, typically cabbage. Depending on the vegetable used, it is nutrient-dense and low in calories.

Yogurt: Yogurt is a dairy product made using a process by which the sauerkrautlactose sugar in various kinds of milk is fermented by yogurt cultures. Yogurt is rich in calcium, vitamin B, and riboflavin. 

Sauerkraut: Thought to have originated in China but, getting its name from the German meaning “sour herb,” Sauerkraut is a fermented cabbage that contains many nutrients.

Smoothie equipment

You can’t make a good digestion smoothie without the right equipment. So here are some things to have on hand. Make sure you have sharp knives for cutting, a good cutting board, and the following.

Blenders for smoothies

The blender is at the center of the smoothie universe.

nutribullet pro

We like the Nutribullet Pro as having the best individual overall value for money out there. But it is not really big enough for making smoothies in bulk, which is what we recommend here. Click on the red Nutribullet Pro link below.

vitamix

The Vitamix is the Top of the line premium choice  but, in our opinion,  there is no need to spend so much. Click on the red Vitamix link below. 

NInja BL770

Our best overall choice is the Ninja BL770. Click on the red Ninja BL770 link below.

Mason Jars for smoothies

As explained elsewhere, we don’t like the “smoothie pack” prep. technique. We know it’s popular but, for us, it’s just inefficient.

mason jars

We much prefer to make smoothies in bulk (at least a week’s supply) and freeze them in individual wide-mouth, “ready-to-drink” Mason jars.

Remember to leave an inch or so at the top to allow for expansion of the liquid as it freezes.

We like the jars that have holes for straws. And you can travel with them too. 

Click on the red link below.

Spatula for smoothies

spatula

You must have a long, flexible spatula to make sure you scrape all of the good stuff out of the blender.

Click on the red link below.

Reusable Smoothie straws

reusable smoothie straws

You don’t want to be throwing all those used straws away. Click on the red link below for the reusable kind.

Smoothies for weight loss

Many of us (maybe even most of us) started out with smoothies as a way to lose weight. So, while we are not advocates of crash or fad diets, here is a great fast start introduction to smoothies and losing weight.

 in the 21-Day Smoothie Diet by Drew Sgoutas,  Drew returns you to a regular diet that includes smoothies, after the 21-Day period.

Click on the red underlined link below. The program is digitally delivered.  And it has a 60-day money-back guarantee. So there is no risk to you.

And, just below the link, you can see what Amanda has to say about it.

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