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The human digestive system; Barley relief healthy “flush” smoothie

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A green smoothie diet can gently alleviate irritants in the human digestive system and aid in the prevention of digestive system diseases.

Because the body requires a tremendous amount of work to break down food particles for absorption, it may become irritated when stressed or overworked. There are many healthy foods to eat that can help correct or reduce irritation.

Two healthy options that naturally kill anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial viruses commonly linked to diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, or hemorrhoids can be found in the natural oils from both Aloe Vera and Oregano.

If you are experiencing gas or bloating, try this Barley Relief Smoothie; barley broth is known to reduce this uncomfortable digestive irritation.

Directions for a Barley Relief Smoothie:
Add the following ingredients, in the order provided, to your blender or extractor.

Blend to desired consistency:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ inch slice peeled ginger root
  • Small handful of fresh oregano
  • 2 cups mixed greens
  • 1 cup chilled *barley broth
  • ¼ cup almond milk or coconut water (or combination of both)
  • 4-5 ice-cubes (optional)

* Boil 1 cup of barley in 5 cups of water for 10 minutes; filter and chill.
This broth (either hot or cold) can be used to sip on throughout the day for the relief of gas or bloating.

Tips:
• You can always add additional liquid to achieve desired consistency.
• Dark, leafy green vegetables are high in fiber; they are an excellent source for the relief of constipation or hemorrhoids.
CAUTION: If you are experiencing an agitated digestive system, the fiber content in whole fruits and vegetables may add further stress. However, by extracting plant foods it can aid in replenishing nutrients lost in diarrhea while making it easier for your body to break down the food sources and absorb them quickly.
• For diabetic or weight issues, ingesting more high fiber fruits, vegetables, and legumes (leafy greens, cabbage, berries, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, apples, and beans) help combat free radicals.
• Soluble fiber (once in the intestines) slows the absorption of sugars in the blood – allowing the body to feel full and limiting insulin spikes.
• Always consult your physician if you have special diet or health related issues.

For additional information and local places to shop for healthy foods, click on any of the following links:
Boise Co-Op
Whole Foods Market
Brown Box Organics
• The Organic Store Locator
• Learn more about the digestive system by clicking on the link in this sentence.
• Learn more about the benefits of fiber by clicking on the WebMD link in this sentence.

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