Alkaline Recipe #168: The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie!

Reflux Remedy Smoothie

Acid reflux (or GERD) affects 60% of the adult population within any given year.

That’s huge.

And here’s the thing: you can absolutely treat both the symptoms AND the cause with dietary choices.

…and could you think of another symptom that is more directly linked to an acid-forming diet?!

Living alkaline, without question, prevents and reverses reflux.

And loads of research has been done to prove this. This study published in the Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology in 2012 showed that alkaline water has “therapeutic benefits for patients with reflux disease”.(1)

And in 2011, the same journal published results showing that a “low-acid (i.e alkaline) diet has beneficial effects on the symptoms and findings of recalcitrant laryngopharyngeal reflux”.(2)

So it’s clear the Alkaline Diet can support and prevent reflux

And if you suffer from reflux, or if you want to prevent it… or if you just want to get more alkaline, this smoothie is just the thing you need!

The Reflux-Relief Alkaline Soothing Smoothie!

I LOVE this smoothie because it is alkaline, easy to make, delicious and tastes quite different from the normal alkaline green smoothies.

Containing loads of spices, it’s smooth, creamy and a real treat.

It’s optional whether you want to keep this as a ‘milky/creamy’ tasting drink, or add the kale/greens for extra alkalinity and reflux-busting calcium. Maybe try both and see which you like the best!

Preparation Time: varies
Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 Inch ginger root (or 1tsp ground)
1 tsp cinnamon (ground)
1 tsp cardamom
1 tsp nutmeg
1 bag or 10g loose leaf rooibos tea
1 small handful almonds
1 small handful walnuts
1 tbsp chia seeds
250ml coconut cream
250ml almond milk (unsweetened)
½ avocado

Optional:
1 handful of kale/bok choi/watergress
1 vanilla pod

[Note: if you don’t have a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix, Nutribullet or Blendtec you will need to soak the nuts overnight, or for at least 4 hours beforehand]

Instructions:

First start by infusing the milks with the chai flavours. On the stove, with a very, very gentle heat, combine the coconut milk, almond milk, ginger root, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and the teabag (or leaves).

Bring to a gentle simmer and turn to the lowest heat for 5 minutes.

[Note: if you are not short on time, stew the spices for 30 minutes]

Once the flavours have infused, and it smells amazing, strain into a blender to remove the tea leaves/bag. Add the ginger to the blender too.

Add the avocado, chia seeds, coconut oil, almonds, walnuts and greens (if using) and blend until absolutely smooth.

This can be served warm or chilled and to serve, sprinkle with cinnamon and / or nutmeg.

Why This WORKS for Reflux (GERD)

This is a fantastic smoothie for reflux, because it contains everything you need (including HUGE alkalinity) to combat this condition:

  • Calcium: Calcium makes the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) tighten. This helps keep stomach acid where it belongs. To boost your intake of calcium (a highly alkaline mineral), this smoothie contains heaps of kale (or other greens), chia seeds, almonds and almond milk which are all super-high in calcium, and delicious!
  • Coconut Oil: coconut oil is, without question, one of the best fats you can eat to support your health.

    And a tablespoon of coconut oil each day is a great way to prevent acid reflux from acting up – so that’s exactly what I have included here.

    Coconut oil is antimicrobial and eating it helps to clean the bacteria out of your esophagus. It heals the damage caused by acid reflux and kills the harmful bacteria in your gut that cause inflammation.

    This fat will also help your body produce chloride.

    You need this for your body to make stomach acid. Surprisingly, not having enough stomach acid can actually be a cause acid reflux. Without enough of it, you won’t be able to fight off bacteria…or properly digest the foods you eat.

  • Ginger: Ginger is scientifically proven to help combat reflux. So much so a 2008 study in the Journal of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found ginger to be up to eight times more effective at killing bacteria that can cause acid reflux than a lot of OTC drugs.

    Ginger doesn’t stop your body from making stomach acid. It simply helps keep it under control and because of its antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, ginger can make the lining of your stomach stronger.

    The benefit of this is that when reflux starts to rear it’s ugly head, the ginger will stop it from causing anywhere near as much pain as it normally would.

    Win-win!

  • Alkalinity!: All of these ingredients are incredibly alkaline-forming and feature high on the list of alkaline foods (get your copy by signing up at the bottom of this article).

    Of course, as the research at the top of the page showed, an alkaline diet, that is low in acid-forming foods is fantastic for reflux, and this smoothie is no different!

Try, enjoy and let me know the results it gives you!

References:

Inhibition of gastric H+, K+-ATPase and Helicobacter pylori growth by phenolic antioxidants of Zingiber officinale.; Siddaraju MN, Dharmesh SM.; Mol Nutr Food Res. 2007 Mar;51(3):324-32.

[link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17295419]

Potential Benefits of pH 8.8 Alkaline Drinking Water as an Adjunct in the Treatment of Reflux Disease; Koufman, JA; Johnston, N; Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2012; 121;

[link: http://evamor.com/static/pdf/koufman_1242.pdf]

Low Acid Diet for Recalcitrant Laryngopharyngeal Reflux: Therapeutic Benefits and Their Implications; Koufman, A; Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology 2011; 120(5):281-287;

[link: http://www.voiceinstituteofnewyork.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Koufman-Low-Acid-Diet.pdf]

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  1. Poppy Reply

    Hi Ross. On your ingredients list it says coconut cream, in method it says coconut milk, which is correct one? Thank you

    • ross Reply

      Great pickup – it’s coconut milk. You CAN use cream but it would be a lot thicker.

  2. Shay Allen Reply

    Do you know of anyways to help with low stomach acid? We suspect my 7 yr old son who has gerd may low acid instead of high. But all the doctors want to do is put him on PPI which I fear will worsen reflux. Any suggestions on natural things that could help low acid?
    Thanks

  3. Sheila cohn called sheila cohn Reply

    Please recommend a green smoothie thank you

  4. Donna OBrien Reply

    Hi Ross,
    Thank you for all that you do. I have had GERD for a long time. I have a terrible sore throat and worried it’s cancerous. What would you do to attack the damaged cells in my throat? My lymph nodes have become inflamed as well. Have seen a Dr. and will be doing tests, but want to get aggressive while waiting for appointment.

    Thank you,
    Donna

  5. VS Reply

    Hi Ross, I have been experiencing very severe reflux and have been referring to an alkaline diet .. but lately along with the reflux.. I am struggling with excessive phlegm in the back of my throat that alleviates the reflux. How can I reduce that?

    • ross Reply

      Hey Vaisha

      Are you still consuming dairy at all? Dairy is a huge mucus-producer. Plus if you’ve switched from a pretty acid-forming to an alkaline diet, there is the likelihood that your body will want to detoxify a little (depending on how big/dramatic your change has been in your diet). This should pass….

      OR it could just be that you’ve caught a little cold, and your diet is unrelated to the phlegm issue and it’ll pass in a couple of days.

      My recommendation would be to keep going with the alkaline foods (of course!) and to add in more hydration and to start the day with one of my turmeric teas:

      http://liveenergized.com/alkaline-recipes/two-powerful-anti-inflammatory-turmeric-ginger-teas/

      This will help ease the reflux, remove inflammation and also treat any cold/respiratory infection if there is one.

  6. Leanne Reply

    Hi, Ross. I recently read an article claiming that coconut oil is “poison”, that it clogs arteries and is the worst fat one can eat. I find this all so confusing with you saying one thing and other reports saying the opposite. Can you please help me understand this?

  7. jannet Reply

    I need some help with Bp although its now normal also for cholesterol problem. How about some good recipes

  8. Wanda Roberts Reply

    Hi Ross, Have started having your reflux smoothie, tastes lovely. I get a lot of burning up the esophagus, and a cough. I recently had a food intolerance test done, it showed up a lot of food items that I need to keep out of the diet for a while, so with this new regime and your smoothie here’s hoping things will improve., plus I have 2 of your cook books!

    Question, how many smoothies per day? Your article reads as though just one.

  9. Cindy Lynn Burns Reply

    how can I make my own Home-made steam distilled water, into the right ph that I need??

  10. Janie Wilson Reply

    How can I make Almond milk? I live in rural France and find it hard to get some ingredients …almond or other nut milks in particular. And it is often sweetened. thanks

  11. Susan Bateman Reply

    Hi Ross. I am taking a (PPI) Pantoprazole for Gerd, can’t go off it because of the Barretts.I had silent Gerd, never suffered the burn. With taking a (PPI) my acid is already being reduced if I start using your shake recipe won’t I be going Overboard? One more question. I keep reading that you can overdo the calcium 1200mg with pill & food intake. I take one pill, how much calcium is in your Shake? SHOULD I still try to get Alkaline? I was told years ago that my blood was very acidic, but my diet has somewhat changed for the better, 2-3 Decaf teas now instead of the 8 caffeine for most of my adult life. As you are I’mean British, so what can I say.
    Anyway, hoping to hear from you if you have time.
    Regards,
    Susan Bateman.

  12. Corinna Perry Reply

    Can you clarify Coconut Cream please?

    Creamed Coconut which comes in 200 g packs and is 100% coconut meat.(57g fat per 100 g)
    Or Coconut Milk which is usually 50% Coconut 50% water.(15g fat pe 100ml)
    In your recipe you later refer to milks so I am assuming it’s Coconut milk not Creamed Coconut..

    Would this be ok for 2 yr old grandson with Reflux. How much and when per day?
    I live in Europe.
    Many thanks

  13. Gordon Reply

    Do you have a variant, Ross,
    with substitutions for the nuts?

    Or, should one simply omit the
    nuts from the list of ingredients?

    Keep up the good work.

  14. rick Reply

    Hi Ross,

    Thanks for the alkaline recipe. Can’t understand though why you went to a metric measurement for the coco cream and almond milk. Us old folks know nothing about metrics and the recipe becomes useless for not knowing what the amounts are.

  15. Laurie Reply

    My friend, who has acid reflux and was on Prilosec, started drinking this daily a couple months ago and is now off his medication!! Yay!!

    • ross Reply

      Awesome! Tell him to get in touch with me on [email protected] I’d love to personally congratulate him!

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  17. Jennifer Lockwood Reply

    Hi went into my local deli (which is quite a large one)to get the ingredients for the remedy.they gave me black cardamom seeds is this ok as I have never used cardamon before. also the dont do chia seeds can I buy these on line… thank you

    • janna Reply

      you can find chia seeds at any good health food store

  18. Nancy Reply

    Hi Ross!

    I have a question about smoothies I was hoping you could help with. The smoothie I make to drink daily has the following ingredients:
    – half a cucumber
    – two medium carrots
    – one red pepper
    – one lemon
    – one lime
    – one pink grapefruit
    – about 100g mixed berries

    The questions I have are – do you think this is an alkaline smoothie and should I be concerned that my nutrition app says this smoothie contains 45g sugar?

    Thanks for your help!

  19. Mel Reply

    Hi Ross,
    I am going to give this smoothie a go for reflux
    when is the best time to take it and does it replace
    a meal Thanks

  20. Sophie Reply

    Hi Ross, this sounds wonderful having suffered with esophagitis for many years. But do you think it will help me if my LES is damaged from scleroderma an doesn’t tighten?

  21. tammy Reply

    I have just been dx with calcium oxalate & cant do tea is there an alternative that keeps tbe integrity of the recioe & goal of alkalinity & fighting reflux? Ty

  22. Priscilla Hauer Reply

    Hi Ross,
    We have cream of coconut and coconut milk in the U.S. When you say coconut cream in the recipe, which do you mean? Thank you

    • Energise Ross Reply

      Hi Priscilla

      I would expect that it’s cream of coconut that’s closest to our coconut cream. I’m in the US in a few days so I’ll check it out 🙂

      Ross

  23. Sam Reply

    Hey Ross What’s the nut free version of this recipe I’m allergic to nuts peanuts and almonds, so annoying! I’m a coconut oil-ophil though as I take it daily on my oat porridge. Thanks

    • Energise Ross Reply

      Hi Sam – you could just remove them and replace with something like quinoa flakes to help give it that thickness back.

      Give it a try!

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