There are millions of people living in pain every day. For some people, ibuprofen becomes the go-to medication to help reduce inflammation. Ibuprofen has a host of side effects in the body, including inhibiting the body from removing the toxins that are trapped in swollen tissues. Some foods can yield similar results in the body without prohibiting the body from working the way nature intended.
The Pain Blaster Smoothie is designed to fuel the body with a wide array of vitamins and minerals while filling you up to carry you through a busy morning or afternoon. The foods in this smoothie are avocado, cherry, and blueberries. An added boost is flax seed. Liquids can vary from water to tart-cherry juice.
The liquids in this smoothie are important. Abstain from adding any inflammatory liquids such as milk or sweetened products of any type.
Recipe for a thick, pudding-like smoothie:
One whole avocado
1 cup Tart Cherries
1/2 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons flaxseed
1 1/2 cups water
In a blender, add in the avocado, flaxseed, and water. Blend to create a thin base. Add in tart cherries and blueberries (frozen or fresh). Pulse blender to break into chunks. Blend for 30 seconds. Adjust blender to liquefy or highest setting and blend for 30-60 seconds until smooth.
Yields 16-20 ounces
This smoothie is not the sweetest of smoothies. The tart cherries and blueberries can add a bitterness into the smoothie that takes time to adjust to after consuming sweeter smoothies.
If you are not fond of green smoothies, use 1/2 of an avocado and 1/2 of a banana to boost the sweetness naturally.
The avocado in this smoothie fills you up!
If you prefer a thinner smoothie, increase the water by 1/2 cup at a time to reach your preferred consistency.
This recipe along with many others will be included in a whole-foods approach to managing pain produced by Healing with Juices this spring. Mysti Reutlinger writes based off experience in managing Ehlers Danlos Syndrome without prescription medications.