Written by Shannon Yrizarry
It’s important to understand why our food either creates pain or health in our bodies. Our food choices are intricately tied with our back pain. Choosing alkaline forming plants will help reduce inflammation in your body. Alkaline plants like live greens should be consumed daily. You’ll notice that these recipes call for alkaline water specifically. Alkaline water can help to reduce inflammation and drinking two liters per day is a good goal to aim for. The ginger and cinnamon in these smoothies are natural anti-inflammatory plants. You can also use those spices in your cooking, as well as turmeric, which will help reduce inflammation that can be contributing to back pain.
Many times people are deterred from eating vegetables because they don’t like the flavor and smoothies are a great way to get the vegetables but in a tasty way. Here are some delicious ideas that will help build up your body’s immune system and can help reduce the free radicals that cause painful inflammation.
Cut up a cup of pineapple and a chunk of fresh ginger root. Cut the skin off of the ginger root. Add one cup of organic coconut milk and one cup of alkaline water. Next add two cups of organic spinach. Next add half of a banana, and one cup of ice. Blend until all chunks are gone. Ginger is spicy and some people can tolerate it more than others. Use as much as you would like and remember that is the anti-inflammatory part of the drink so don’t be timid with it. Just add a little bit at a time and taste it so you don’t put too much in. Ground ginger root works too but the fresh root is always more effective.
Sweet Date Shake
Add one tablespoon of cinnamon 2 pitted dates, half of a banana and one cup of organic vanilla almond milk or coconut milk. Next add one cup of organic spinach or mixed greens and one cup of ice. Blend until the consistency is smooth and don’t be scared of the green color, it will taste delicious. Add one to two tablespoons of peanut butter if you would like to make it more filling.
Combine one cup of organic orange juice with one cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Add half a banana and two cups of organic mixed greens. Add half of an avocado and some ginger root. Remember to cut the skin off the ginger root. Finally add one cup of ice and blend until all the chunks are gone.
Berry Healthy Smoothie
Mix one cup of organic blueberries, half of a banana, one cup of alkaline water and one cup of coconut milk. Then add one cup of organic spinach or mixed greens and half of an avocado. If other organic berries are in season and inexpensive, you could add other types of berries. Frozen organic berries can be used although the lose about 30% of their nutrients in the freezing process. Finally add one cup of ice and a few chunks of ginger. Blend until of the chunks are gone and enjoy.
For protein you can either use sugar free, salt free organic peanut butter or hemp protein powder. Combine half of a banana, 2 cups of alkaline water, 2 cups of spinach or organic mixed greens and one cup of blueberries in the blender. Next add two tablespoons of peanut butter or a scoop of protein powder. Cut the skin off of fresh ginger root and add as much as you would like but keep in mind it’s spicey. Add a cup of ice and blend.
Smoothies will help your digestion become more regular and can help detox your body of unhealthy food that may be causing intestinal swelling, constipation, inflammation and back pain. If you can make three smoothies per day and eat four salads for the majority of your diet, you will most likely see a significant decrease in you pain. But remember, back pain is also related our lack of movement or lack of stretching so be sure to do stretches everyday as well.
Try making three smoothies each day and eating smaller meals. The less processed food you eat and the more live plants you consume, the more your taste buds will actually start to like the natural flavors in plants. It’s no secret that natural foods are healing. As we transition to eating healthier diets, our body will begin to function better and better as time passes.