Taking in medications usually does not provide the best experience especially for your taste bud. Most medications are bitter or has a weird after taste thus, eating them becomes traumatic. The experience is like eating a dish in a fancy restaurant but you end up not liking it because it does not taste nice and you don’t want eat it again. However, if you have a certain condition that needs  to be treated, you actually don’t have a choice but to take medications repeatedly until you get well. Another thing about taking medicines is that it poses negative side effects such as liver failure, ulcer and kidney failure among others. As you take medications, your present condition may be treated but in the long run, it will actually bring bigger problems in the future. In worse cases, you might end up needing to get a surgery.   One blogger shared her experience when she had a tailbone injury when she fell on it. The pain caused by her tailbone inflammation became chronic and she described the pain surrounding her tailbone up to her spine as if it was “on fire.” Of course she had a diagnosis but was told by her doctor that she had to undergo a painful surgery, which means she won’t be able to work and walk for 3 months. Yes, it’s one quarter of being bedridden followed by a lot of physical therapy to get her muscles, nerves and bones recovered. However, she decided not to go through the long 3 months of excruciating recovery but that also means she has to undergo total lifestyle change which means eating healthy and a lot of anti-inflammatory foods, regular tailbone strengthening and pain relieving exercises, lots of rest and acupuncture sessions. And she definitely succeeded through the pain.   This experience is a proof that there are natural and painless ways to battle chronic conditions that do not pose side effects and provide the best treatment experience so far, without having to go under the knife or endure a long recovery period. Although it requires lots of effort, everything is worth it as you see the result at the end of the journey. One of the mentioned ways to manage chronic pain due to inflammation caused by an injury is eating anti-inflammatory foods. But foods are always partnered with beverages to complete the set. And smoothies are the best to drink given their refreshing and rich taste. One good thing about making smoothies is that you can actually experiment on what ingredients to put. With that, you can freely choose to put any anti-inflammatory ingredients and personalize the recipe depending on your taste preferences.   Making smoothies is actually quite simple. You just need ice blocks or tubes, plus your ingredients mixed in a blending machine. In a few minutes, you can already enjoy the rich taste and anti-inflammatory benefit that these smoothies can offer. Here are 5 top all natural smoothies (with no preservatives added) for chronic inflammation:    

1.Super Anti Inflammatory Smoothie

  As powerful as its name, it is a powerhouse of anti-inflammatory ingredients. It is jam packed with ingredients that are both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory like turmeric, ginger, chia seeds, cherries, and leafy greens.   Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup organic cherries (anthocyanins in cherries help relieve pain more effectively than aspirin)
  • 2 ripe bananas (energy and help digestion)
  • 1 cup greens of your choice (very alkaline)
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder (potent antioxidant, liver detoxifier, and anti-inflammatory)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (rich in antioxidants, helps to combat inflammation and free radicals)
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger (potassium rich, helps stimulate digestion and bile flow)
  • 1 tbsp. pre-soaked chia seeds (full of omega-3 fatty acids to help protect the body from damaging effects of chronic inflammation)
  • 1 cup young thai coconut water (full of potassium and magnesium, help protect the body from degenerative diseases)

   

2.Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

  Pineapple contains bromelaine which is a natural meat tenderizer and anti-inflammatory. Aside from pineapple, it is mixed with ginger which is also a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient. This smoothie is mixed with mango, celery and coconut water with a touch of vanilla for richer taste.   Ingredients:  

  • 2 cups ripe pineapple
  • 1 cup ripe mango (for added flavor)
  • 1 piece ginger (about 3 inches)
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

   

3.Blueberry smoothie

  Berries are the best source of quercetin, a plant pigment that gives berries their bright and strong color. More than that, this compound is both an anti-oxidant and anti inflammatory which gives its rite of passage to this this line-up of anti inflammatory smoothie recipe.   Ingredients:  

  • 2 handfuls spinach or leafy greens
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp cayenne (start light and add as desired)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (optional)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

   

4.Cherry berry smoothie

  Like berries, cherry is also an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory which earns its reputation to be the main ingredient in this recipe. Mixed with blueberry, spinach, flaxseed, and almonds which are also inflammation fighting ingredients, it will definitely beat the inflammation out of you.   Ingredients:  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/2 cup cherries(pitted)
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 dozen almonds
  • 1 Tablespoon of ground flaxseed powder
  • Add Water to desired consistency

   

5.Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

    This smoothie recipe is not just an anti-inflammatory with ginger being the star, but it also has it’s immune system boosting property and vitamin A for good eye sight. It contains a total 7 ingredients that provides rich taste and healthy benefits. The challenging part in making this smoothie the carrot juice in which you may spend time making. Make a carrot juice prior to making this smoothie by blending carrots with water.   Ingredients:   Carrot juice

  • 2 cups (~275 g) carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) filtered water

  Smoothie

  • 1 large ripe banana, previously peeled, sliced and frozen (more for a sweeter smoothie)
  • 1 cup (140 g) frozen or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger (1 small knob, peeled)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) carrot juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (~1/2 small lemon)
  • 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond milk
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