Inflammation is the root cause of all disease. This anti-inflammatory pineapple ginger smoothie is loaded with fruits and roots to help reduce the levels of inflammation in your body so that you can feel your absolute best!
Any chronic disease you can name has one trigger – inflammation. It has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.
These lifestyle-linked diseases are often a cause of poor diet, limited exercise, smoking, drinking alcohol and poor environment, all of which stem from chronic low-grade inflammation. Switching to a whole plant-based diet will improve your digestive tract, the main area of the body where inflammatory response takes place.
Juices of fruits and vegetables are one of the most natural ways to heal your body and make yourself whole again. And only by mixing some delicious fruits and vegetables together you can make an all-natural smoothie that can help eliminate pain and inflammation.
- 1/2 a pineapple
- 2 ribs of celery
- 1 head of romaine lettuce
- A handful of cilantro
- A thumb-sized piece of ginger
Stick all of the above ingredients into a blender and pulse-blend for 30 seconds until smooth (pulse-blending helps prevent oxidation). Enjoy!
Here’s what each ingredient does for your health:
Pineapple supports your immune system, promotes eye health, increases and maintains bone strength, and contains pain-reducing enzymes. Pineapple contains a large amount of manganese, which is important for antioxidant defenses, high amounts of thiamine, a B vitamin that is involved in energy production.
Celery reduces inflammation, keeps your liver healthy, promotes weight loss, supports digestion, and has antibacterial properties. Celery contains a molecule called apigenin, which reduces certain inflammatory markers and also encourages proper immune system operations.
Romaine lettuce aids weight loss, promotes a healthy digestive tract, helps maintain bone and muscle strength, strengthens the immune system, encourages cardiovascular health.
Romaine lettuce is high in minerals such as calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, and potassium, and naturally low in sodium. It also contains vitamins C, K, beta-carotene, and folate.
Cilantro reduces skin inflammation, reduces cholesterol levels, treats diarrhea, stabilizes blood pressure, prevents anemia, improves bone health, and aids in digestion.
Some studies suggest that increasing consumption of plant foods like cilantro may reduce the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease.
Ginger reduces nausea, relieves pain, reduces inflammatory markers, improves respiratory function, increases appetite, relieves cold and flu, promotes heart health.
Studies demonstrate that the unique compounds and metabolites contained in ginger help prevent and treat certain illnesses. The compounds gingerols and shogaols have been both researched extensively and shown to be effective.