St. Patrick’s Day superfood smoothie
Having a healthy spine comes down to more than pure luck. This St. Patrick’s Day, try swapping out the inflammatory green beer for this superfood smoothie. Not only will this green smoothie match your party outfit, but it’s also packed with anti-inflammatory properties. We chose these foods to help prevent a neck or back pain flare-up while you celebrate the luckiest day of the year.
Kale, one of the many great pain relief foods, contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals — and its anti-inflammatory secret lies in the ratio of omega-3 to omega 6-fatty acids. The pineapple and kiwi are both rich in bromelain, which helps to reduce joint swelling. Adding more banana to your diet can help reduce inflammation in the large intestine due to their soluble fiber. Don’t forget the turmeric which is loaded with curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory that can reduce muscle swelling.
St. Patrick’s Day Smoothie
- 1 cup packed kale leaves, stemmed and chopped
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 kiwi, sliced and peeled
- 1/2 banana
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/2 inch peeled turmeric root
Start by adding the turmeric, kale leaves and coconut water to your blender and pulse until smooth to avoid a fibrous texture. Add your other ingredients and blend together. Pour into your favorite green mug and top with chopped almonds or walnuts to add a little crunch packed with protein!
It’s hard to remember clean eating in a sea of green-frosted cookies and cakes, but when it comes to anti-inflammatory foods, this recipe could be your pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day. Your doctor may recommend switching to an anti-inflammatory diet while treating your chronic spine condition to help promote good circulation and a healthy weight.
For more severe cases of neck or back pain, a diet change is always beneficial, but surgery may become an option for lasting relief if conservative treatments do not relieve your symptoms. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn about the advantages of our minimally invasive outpatient procedures over traditional open neck or back surgery.