As we transition to the cooler fall and winter months, an ice-cold smoothie for breakfast may not be as appealing anymore. Cooler foods may also be more challenging to digest. Avoiding frozen ingredients and adding particular spices to a smoothie, like cinnamon and ginger, and minerals, like magnesium, may assist digestion.
Cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and loaded with antioxidants. One study examined the antioxidant activity of 26 spices and determined that cinnamon was one of the most powerful, along with clove and oregano (even more so than garlic!). Following close behind these spices were sage, thyme, and rosemary. In addition, cinnamon has been shown to regulate blood sugar levels and reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol while increasing our ‘good’ cholesterol.
How Magnesium Can Help Digestion
Adding magnesium to smoothies may improve digestion by activating digestive enzymes and relaxing the intestinal wall muscles. Magnesium can also ease constipation by increasing the water content of stools.
- 1 cup cashew milk (or any nut milk)
- 1 large organic apple or 2 small apples, chopped
- 1 cup oats
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 chunk of fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp ground flax seed
- 1 scoop Natural Calm magnesium citrate powder
Add all ingredients to a blender and give it a whirl. Enjoy!
In health, Dr. Dylan Cutler, Ph.D.
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