Acid reflux (or GERD) affects 60% of the adult population within any given year.
And here’s the thing: you can absolutely treat both the symptoms AND the cause with dietary choices.
Living alkaline, without question, prevents and reverses reflux.
And if you suffer from reflux, or if you want to prevent it… or if you just want to get more alkaline, this smoothie is just the thing you need!
The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie!
I LOVE this smoothie because it is alkaline, easy to make, delicious and tastes quite different from the normal alkaline green smoothies.
Containing loads of spices, it’s smooth, creamy and a real treat.
It’s optional whether you want to keep this as a ‘milky/creamy’ tasting drink, or add the kale/greens for extra alkalinity and reflux-busting calcium. Maybe try both and see which you like the best!
Preparation Time: varies
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 Inch ginger root (or 1tsp ground)
1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 bag or 10g loose leaf rooibos tea
1 small handful almonds
1 small handful walnuts
1 tbsp chia seeds
250ml coconut cream
250ml almond milk (unsweetened)
1 handful of kale/bok choi/watergress
1 vanilla pod
First start by infusing the milks with the chai flavours. On the stove, with a very, very gentle heat, combine the coconut milk, almond milk, turmeric root, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and the teabag (or leaves).
Bring to a gentle simmer and turn to the lowest heat for 5 minutes.
Once the flavours have infused, and it smells amazing, strain into a blender to remove the tea leaves/bag. Add the ginger to the blender too.
Add the avocado, chia seeds, coconut oil, almonds, walnuts and greens (if using) and blend until absolutely smooth.
This can be served warm or chilled and to serve, sprinkle with cinnamon and / or nutmeg.
Why This WORKS for Reflux (GERD)
This is a fantastic smoothie for reflux, because it contains everything you need to combat this condition:
- Calcium: Calcium makes the lower esophageal sphincter tighten. This helps keep stomach acid where it belongs. To boost your intake of calcium (a highly alkaline mineral), this smoothie contains heaps of kale (or other greens), chia seeds, almonds and almond milk which are all super-high in calcium, and delicious!
- Coconut Oil: A tablespoon of coconut oil each day is a great way to prevent acid reflux from acting up. It is antimicrobial and helps to clean the bacteria out of your esophagus. It heals the damage caused by acid reflux and kills the harmful bacteria in your gut that cause inflammation.This fat will also help your body produce chloride.You need this for your body to make stomach acid. Surprisingly, not having enough stomach acid can actually be a cause acid reflux. Without enough of it, you won’t be able to fight off bacteria…or properly digest the foods you eat.
- Ginger: Ginger is scientifically proven to help combat reflux. In a 2008 study ginger was found to be up to eight times more effective at killing bacteria that can cause acid reflux than a lot of OTC drugs.Ginger doesn’t stop your body from making stomach acid. It simply helps keep it under control and because of its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, ginger can make the lining of your stomach stronger.The benefit of this is that when reflux starts to rear it’s ugly head, the ginger will stop it from causing anywhere near as much pain as it normally would.
- Alkalinity: All of these ingredients are incredibly alkaline-forming and feature high on the list of alkaline foods.
Try, enjoy and let me know the results it gives you!
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