Inflammation is the root cause of all disease. Essentially all chronic diseases have the same trigger: inflammation. It has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to Alzheimer's disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. Many lifestyle-linked diseases are often the cause of poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, poor environment and gum disease, all of which stem from chronic low-grade inflammation.
If you suffer from ongoing, irritating pain in the body (joints & muscles), allergies or asthma, high blood pressure or blood sugar problems, ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome (constipation or diarrhea), constant fatigue or lethargy, and skin problems or red, bloodshot eyes, you may want to re-think your diet, and start eating foods that can help these conditions go away. Starting with this smoothie is a great way to help improve the inflammatory state of your body!
This smoothie is loaded with fruits and roots that help to reduce the levels of inflammation in your body. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps reduce CD4+T lymphocytes in the body (primary effectors involved in the inflammatory response). Ginger is also a wonderful anti-inflammatory, thanks to their inflammation-scavenging compounds called gingerols. Fruits like oranges and mango are also great to help cleanse out excess mucus in the body and improve bowel movements - in fact, the digestive tract is the main area of the body where the inflammatory response takes place. Keeping a clean digestive tract is therefore very crucial to help reduce pain and inflammation throughout the body.
- 1 cup freshly juiced oranges
- 1 lime, juiced
- 2 cups chopped mango
- 2 inches ginger root
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
Put all of the above ingredients into a blender such as the Vitamix, and pulse-blend for 30 seconds to prevent oxidation. Enjoy immediately!