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An anti-inflammatory smoothie with beets, ginger, turmeric, and strawberries boosts your immune system and helps ease all the bloat.

I made this smoothie because I was bloated.

There, I said it.

From time to time, you may feel as though all the waterways in the world are ebbing and flowing throughout your body. And not in an I-feel-so-connected-to nature sort of way, but in a someone-stab-me-I-feel-like-a-balloon sort of way.  TMI? Never.

Laaaaaadies < –  sung like Missy Elliot. Sorry.

I try to live by the “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” mantra. So when my holy temple has been overtaken by all the bloat, I try to stick to foods that will lessen the problem rather than worsen it. Hence: a smoothie that is made with anti-inflammatory ingredients.

My medicine of choice: beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries.

I used my Blendtec Blender. It’s a smoothie making MACHINE! Literally…it’s a machine that makes smoothies.

As you know, root vegetables are famous for their high concentration of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Beets, turmeric, and ginger have superpowers when it comes to fighting disease and easing inflammation. Plus all the vitamins and minerals work wonders for keeping your immune system high.

Did you know strawberries also help ease inflammation? They do!  They lower the levels of C-Reactive Protein (which is an inflammation-causing protein) in your blood stream. The level of CRP in your body has more to do with infection and disease and less to do with the occasional bloat, but it’s still good to know that strawberries have their own anti-inflammatory characteristic. I also learned strawberries help burn body fat. #strawberriesfordays.

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