You’re muscles are screaming. Bones inflamed. It hurts just to stand up…or even to lay down. You literally feel as if you are on fire.
If this sounds similar to how you feel right now, you’re experiencing a flare-up of your autoimmune disease. Lupus and other AI conditions are characterized by periods when the disease is extremely active (you experience more symptoms) and periods when it diminishes considerably or even goes into remission.
Many patients think that while experiencing a flare, all they can do is take their medication, try to get as comfortable as possible (which is usually not very comfortable at all!) and try to ride out the storm. This isn’t a bad approach, but it’s one that can lend to a feeling of powerlessness and unnecessarily prolong your flare.
If you’re dealing with a flare-up there are absolutely things that you can do to reduce the severity and length of the flare. At the root of a lupus or AI flareup is an increase in chronic inflammation. However, if you can cool those inflammatory fires, not only can you shorten a flare, but you can also hep prevent organ and tissue damage. One of the easiest ways to do this is through your diet- and in particular through anti-inflamatory green smoothies.
If you’ve never tried green smoothies, you’re in for a treat. This recipe below is packed with ingredients like turmeric root (pictured left- you can also get it powdered) that help to lower cellular inflammation, lubricate joints, flush out toxins and increase energy- I’ll have some of that! Try this recipe in the morning after a few cups of water to flush the body and restart your metabolism.
Without further ado:
2 handfuls of your green of choice (I like spinach, kale or chard)
1 handful of fresh parsley
1 inch piece (peeled) or ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
1 inch piece (peeled) or ½ teaspoon of ginger powder
½ teaspoon of fresh ground cinnamon
A pinch of black pepper (opens bile ducts and makes the turmeric more absorbable)
1-2 slightly brown bananas (bananas frozen without the peel will add more thickness to your smoothie)
2-3 slices of Fresh Pineapple
1 tablespoon of chia seeds or ground flax seeds (iron, omega 3s)
Add chia seeds in last to provide extra body for your smoothie. Do one last quick blend to work them into your mixture. Add a bit more water if the smoothie is too thick for your liking.
If you try this recipe, let me know in the comments below how it worked for you. Or have you got your own favorite inflammation-fighting smoothie recipe? Share it with our community!