There are a lot of people who struggle everyday from the symptoms of acid reflux. The burning and irritation in the esophagus can be very difficult to deal with and cause a lot of pain for those who struggle. For many who suffer, an infection of H. Pylori is to blame. Unfortunately, reflux is not the only problem connected with H Pylori. Often sufferers also end up with painful ulcers which just add to the pain!
I have found myself struggling with some digestive issues over the past few months. I chalk it up to stress and moments of eating poorly. Yes, sometimes even us real foodies eat poorly sometimes. And my digestive issues were triggered when my Mom was in the hospital and ultimately passed in August. Most of that month, I was stuck eating fast food, or at the mercy of others who brought food for my family to eat. During that time cooking was not going to happen….and my gut paid the price!
So I have been having some issues since then and tried a bunch of different natural “treatments”. Unfortunately, none of them worked really well for me!
One I had tried years ago that had worked well for me was cabbage juice. But I no longer own a juicer, but I do own a decent blender. So I decided to see about incorporating cabbage into a smoothie.
I was a little concerned that the cabbage taste would be too much, but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t overpowering. Because of the denseness of this vegetable, I wouldn’t recommend using a blender than is any less than 700 watt, because it will not break it down well. I use a blender that is 700 watts and it breaks it down but not so that it’s completely smooth. If you really want it broken down fully, you will need a blender like this one that is 1500 watts (that’s a powerful blender).
This recipe makes enough smoothie for two servings. I make it in the morning and drink half with my breakfast and drink the other half in the evening. You must use any leftovers within 24 hours.
Cabbage is known for causing gas in some individuals (like me), but the great thing about this smoothie is that because a lot of the fiber has been broken down in the cabbage I have not experienced a problem with being gassy from the cabbage in this smoothie (yay!).
Happy Tummy Smoothie
- 2 cups cabbage chopped
- 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 1/2 cups liquid of your choice
- 1/2 banana
- Raw honey to taste opt
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Add the liquid and cabbage to blender.
Blend on high until fully blended.
Add blueberries, banana, honey and coconut oil.
I prefer to use frozen blueberries because they make the smoothie nice and cold. For the liquid, I usually use a mixture of coconut milk and coconut water and that works very well.