06/03/2015 08:32 EDT | Updated 06/03/2016 05:59 EDT

Here's Why Smoothies Hurt Your Stomach


Smoothies have been all the rage for some time with prominent celebrities boasting about their nutritional value. So if you've ever tried to make a smoothie but felt terrible afterwards, you're not alone. In fact what I've noticed in practice is that those who suffer from a weak digestive system will suffer from increased bloating and cramping shortly after consuming a smoothie.

So if you can relate and have always wondered, "Why do smoothies hurt my stomach?" Then I've got a couple solutions just for you.

Now before we dive in, why are smoothies causing you digestive issues?

According to Chinese Medicine, smoothies (being in their raw form) contain a "cold thermal property." So if you already have a weak digestive fire, then raw foods, like smoothies will extinguish that fire creating issues like bloating and cramping. So what can you do?

Add warming spices

The next time you make a smoothie, try adding warming spices like cayenne, cinnamon or dried ginger. This is an excellent way to heat up the thermal nature of your smoothies making them easier to digest.

Add in a fermented protein powder or greens powder

Sometimes certain protein powders can create bloating due to allergies or intolerances. However the protein powder that I love is fermented Vegan proteins+ from Genuine Health which is the first and only vegan fermented protein. I'm also a huge fan of their greens powder, Whole Body Nutrition. Both have been fermented making it easy-to-digest. And because it's been fermented, the nutrient value and protein absorption increases substantially.

Not to mention it's non-gmo, 100 per cent vegan, plus it's gluten, soy and dairy-free.

So check out two of my favourite healthy smoothie recipes where I use fermented Vegan proteins+ and Whole Body Nutrition from Genuine Health. For the full recipes, please visit my site.


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