While recently recovering from an intestinal bug this was the smoothie that I consumed most often. This simple blend is gentle on the stomach and provides the soothing benefits of bananas on a sensitive and inflamed digestive system. In traditional medicine bananas are claimed to regulate bowel function, whether a person is experiencing constipation or diarrhea.
Bananas help to provide a protective coating on the stomach and intestines, which can promote healing when you are getting over food poisoning, stomach flu or traveler’s diarrhea. In part this may be due to the presence of water-soluble polysaccharides that are similar to compounds found in anti-ulcer prescription drugs.
Bananas are also rich source of fructooligosaccharides; prebiotics that provide fuel for friendly bacteria so they are better able to compete when there is overgrowth of pathogenic microorganisms. In this banana smoothie recipe I also added manuka honey for its antibacterial effects.
I included the vanilla and cinnamon mainly to enhance the flavor. However, vanilla bean has been found to ease nausea as well as having powerful antimicrobial and anti-anxiety benefits. Cinnamon is very well known to regulate blood sugar levels so can assist you to process the fruit sugars more efficiently.
The Himalayan salt is optional and in this recipe I included it to help replenish sodium that can become depleted with diarrhea. I also think it helps balance the sweetness of the bananas and honey.
- Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth and creamy.
- Enjoy immediately.