So a sudden change in my plans for the weekend meant that I spent my Saturday evening in Surgery to have my appendix removed instead of having dinner with friends. As I’m a firm believer in alternative ways to heal your body alongside any necessary medication, I decided to use food to help heal my body after the surgery. There are many ‘superfoods’ that heal, I decided upon Turmeric, which is always my favourite for its amazing properties which include
- antiseptic and antibacterial
- liver detoxing
- pain reliever
- aids in metabolism and weight management
- speeds up wound healing
- soothes irritated skin
and much more. Turmeric has even been used in studies to aid Alzheimer’s patients, cancer patients and childhood leukemia. I use it often in food, especially chickpea curries and I have had a smoothie recipe for a while that I decided to try on my path to recovery. I chose a smoothie recipe primarily as my appetite is barely existent and I can easily eat this for breakfast or even lunch. I have tweaked this and adjusted to my taste as Turmeric can sometimes taste a little bitter. As you get used to the flavour you could add a little more to each smoothie you make.
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup orange juice ( or Grapefruit/Tropical blend )
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 cup natural yoghurt ( probiotic if you like )
fresh grated ginger (size of a small grape)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon Honey ( optional )
Skimmed milk or coconut milk to thin to the right consistency
The juices are to add vitamins, The Turmeric for it’s healing properties, the Yoghurt helps maintain a healthy gut and all of the other ingredients help to heal, soothe and support a healing body.
One smoothie on a daily basis for a few weeks to help heal the body will definitely have benefits, as will adding Turmeric to anything else you can eat. I may continue to enjoy my smoothies when my healing time is over as they taste great and have so many benefits, there isn’t a reason not to really.