This is the perfect smoothie for phase 4 of our cycle – during our period. Turmeric is known to decrease pain and intensity of periods because its anti-spasmodic properties alleviate cramping.
This powerful little herb’s pain-relieving abilities are extremely helpful for the abdominal, lower back, and often, full body pain that periods sometimes cause. Turmeric is actually a wonderful, natural alternative for the Ibuprofen type painkillers many women reach for to ease menstrual pain.
And yes, because piperine in black pepper activates turmeric’s curcumin and makes it more bioavailable, there’s a bit of black pepper in this PMS Smoothie, too.
This smoothie also contains mango that have high amounts of vitamins B6 and E and magnesium, which ward off nausea, water retention and stomach pain.
Chia seeds are high in anti-inflammatory omega 3s and are a great fibre to ensure you go to the toilet properly. Finally, cinnamon is a great sugar balancer – essential during your period.
INGREDIENTS – for 1 person
- 1 mug unsweetened almond milk
- 1/2 banana (frozen or room temperature)
- 1 large handful of mango
- 1cm+ fresh ginger root
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- a few dashes of black pepper
- 1/2 tsp of chia seeds
- 1tsp turmeric
- Place all ingredients in a Nutribullet or other blender and mix until nice and smooth. Enjoy.