Posted on Apr 26, 2013 in Blog |

April 26th – I have accepted The Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge to write daily about my disease. #HAWMC @wegohealth The Role of Food in Healing from Lyme Disease – Part 1: Green Smoothies At 10 pm last night, I was loading my Vitamix with spinach, blueberries, strawberries, avocado, and coconut water. I hadn’t made a green smoothie in a month. But after two days of intestinal torment, I decided that maybe they really do help and I should go back to what was working for me. How did I get to this point? For most of my life, I have endured intestinal issues starting with a stomach ulcer at age four. Another ulcer at age 13. Gas, bloating, pain, and diarrhea throughout my life. Back then, the medical community believed that milk cured ulcers. I drank 8 ounces of milk every two hours for years. Two years ago, Dr. M suggested I try green smoothies to help reduce my intestinal issues, also mentioning the anti-inflammatory benefits of green smoothies. My response was quick: ‘Next topic, because there is no way I am drinking that nasty stuff.’ A month later, the friend who directed me to Dr. M encouraged me to try green smoothies, raving about how they have helped him tremendously. I was suspicious to say the least. ‘If it doesn’t taste good, I am NOT drinking it,’ I declared. Dan gave me his recipe. I tried it. It tasted good. I drank one the next day. It still tasted good. AND, for the first time since I can remember, I wasn’t in pain. I drank one the next day and the next day and the next day. No pain. Miraculous. One day, I was a little too busy and didn’t make my green smoothie. No biggie. I was ok. The next day, I didn’t feel like making it. That night, I was in misery again. So, I was hooked. I have been drinking green smoothies fairly consistently ever since. And every time I go multiple days without, my symptoms return. I don’t know exactly why green smoothies are so effective for me; I just know they work....

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