When you’re on the run and feeling bad you have to keep things quick and easy, so taking pain relievers to feel better is the norm. But keeping it real and natural is the way to go to ensure a lasting recovery. Choose one of these three smoothie recipes based on your health goals to help fight candida, flu, and inflammation , or just maintain basic health.

Smoothies to defeat candida, flu and inflammation

On our way to heal our ailments, it is common to resort to traditional medicine as a “quick” remedy to mitigate pain, inflammation, or any other discomfort that can be “patched” at the moment to let us do our daily activities.

Thus, we turn to painkillers, antacids, corticosteroids and a series of other substances that, in the long run, affect our organs.

As long as it is a passing disease or that can be treated at home, we suggest you opt for natural remedies that can help you in these conditions without any side effects.

Here are three shakes that are designed for each of the listed conditions, and that are effective if you take them in advance and with continuity.

1. Ginger Cold and Flu Smoothie

Prescription:

  • Juice with 1 inch of fresh ginger
  • juice of 1 freshly squeezed orange
  • juice of 1 freshly squeezed grapefruit.

Benefits: Fresh ginger has antiviral properties and vitamin C, which is prevalent in both orange and grapefruit juices, can reduce the frequency of the common flu. Together, the trifecta creates an anti cold and flu elixir – that will serve you all year long. Take it every morning on an empty stomach.

2. Smoothie for inflammation with turmeric

Prescription:

  • ½ cup chamomile tea water
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric (mixed until dissolved)
  • ¼ teaspoon pure honey (mixed until dissolved)
  • juice of ½ lemon.

Benefits: Turmeric has been shown to hold more anti-inflammatory power than ginger, which is famous in this role. Because the taste of turmeric is not very attractive, honey acts as a sweetener and an anti-inflammatory agent – not to mention its antibacterial qualities.

Lemon is widely known as an astringent for the body and carries its own anti-inflammatory benefits.

3. Smoothie with fresh garlic and oregano for candida

Prescription:

  • 1 teaspoon fresh garlic juice (or 1 crushed / or minced)
  • 1 drop of oregano oil
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • enough water to fill the rest of a glass.

Benefits: This smoothie is very powerful. Oil of oregano is strong, but it is a powerful detoxifier and fights candida.

The candida is a condition resulting from overgrowth of yeast (bacteria) in your system (particularly prevalent among women), and can cause acne, abdominal bloating and lethargy, among other symptoms. Lemon is highly alkaline after it enters your body and helps restore acid balance.

Candida thrives in an acidic environment, so lemon helps create a place for it to live and grow. And last but not least is garlic. It also has “anti-candida” properties although it will make this concoction a little less tolerant, but one that you should not miss trying.

Be sure to add these smoothies to your diet for optimal health and help prevent these and other diseases. However, if your discomfort persists, be sure to have a professional evaluated to rule out a more serious condition.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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