5 Ultimate Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipes
By Dr. Dan Adrian Oniga, M.D.
Symptoms of chronic inflammation
Tired? Fatigued? Daytime sleepiness? Night time insomnias? Joint or muscle aching? Digestive tract problems? These and many others might be a sign of your body reacting to a chronic inflammation.
Now, be honest with yourself, how healthy would you rate your lifestyle on a scale from 1 to 5? Is it comparable to the you from five years ago?
In most cases, the answer should be yes. Our body is an extraordinary machine capable of self-maintenance even through the so called “old age” if provided with the regular check-up, proper care and last but not least - quality foods.
How inflammation affects you
Before you get alarmed, let’s find out what inflammation actually represents. Inflammation is a process in which our body produces excessive amounts of white blood cells (called leukocytes) and other components to help protect our body from foreign organisms such as bacteria and viruses.
So, that sounds like a good thing, right?
Well, here’s the deal: although inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection or trauma, it can get out of control. This is one of the ways we can have an “autoimmune disease”.
Arthritis and joint pain
Have you ever heard of rheumatoid arthritis (RA)?
It’s an autoimmune disorder and it is a known fact that rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your immune system mistakenly attacks your own body's cells and tissues.
Compared to RA, what you should remember is that osteoarthritis is defined as the inflammation of one or multiple joints, even though there’s no autoimmune disease to cause it. You will most often find this in elderly patients, athletes or even after the occurrence of trauma.
Yes, I know that by now you’re probably asking yourself, “Why does this all matter?”
But there’s more.
The real story behind inflammation is that it’s defined by five cardinal signs: warmth, pain, redness, swelling and loss of function.
It’s important to know that pain intensity is a direct result of the amount of inflammation found in the tissue.
Furthermore, a worse news is that chronic inflammation is also known to cause destruction of set tissues which will in turn, lead to lack of function and therefore gradually increasing the pain levels.
Before thinking about anti-inflammatory medication that comes with other major side effects, mostly to the digestive system, it might be a good idea to also try a more natural and holistic approach.
It’s been proven that certain types of food, especially greens and fruits, contain large amounts of antioxidants that help reduce and prevent inflammation.
I have gone even further and composed my top 5 anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes that are quick and easy to prepare and - taste amazing.