Are Smoothies Good for You?

From the Desk of Dr. Len

Are Smoothies Good for You?

Dr. Len Lopez – Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The selling point for smoothies are:

*  Quick and convenient

*  Tasty and delicious

*  Loaded with nutrients

I think everyone understands those well known concepts…however!

The Not-So Good things about smoothies:*  Difficult to Digest*  Too Much Sugar

It’s not what you eat, it’s what you digest and absorb!  Just because you swallowed it – doesn’t mean your body absorbed all the nutrients out of your smoothie or any meal! 

Your typical smoothie is made with protein and fruit, which isn’t an easy combination of foods for a lot of people, especially those with digestive issues.  This is why a smoothie may not be an ideal choice for everyone.

If you get bloated and gassy after a smoothie, especially one with added protein, it’s a pretty good sign that you probably don’t make enough hydrochloric acid (HCL), which is Absolutely Needed to breakdown protein. I’ve talked about the importance of HCL in other posts.

A second reason for any digestive uproar could be because you are already dealing with an inflamed digestive system.  Thus adding another not so easy meal to digest, may only further inflame your tummy.  I’ve discussed the benefits of food combining in other posts.

So all this extra protein you are eating (and paying for) to build muscle, burn fat or stabilize your blood sugar may not be used as efficiently as you think. Maybe that is why your health and fitness goals have plateaued?

Drinking a meal in 5 minutes or while on the go is a nice idea – on paper or in theory!  However, Eating is when you are supposed to Stop, Sit and Relax.  This allows your body to turn Off the fight or flight mode (sympathetic system) and turn On the Resting Digesting System, the parasympathetic system.

This is critical because you can’t turn on your Resting Digestive system to produce the necessary digestive juices if you are still in your fight or flight mode.  The body doesn’t work that way, which is why it is a good idea to Stop, Sit and Relax when you eat.  If not, that could be another reason why you may be struggling with digestive issues.

Fyi…you can’t be running from the saber tooth tiger (stress) and digest your food at the same time!

I haven’t even discussed how the sugars in fruit digest very 

rapidly, compared to proteins, which may take a few hours.  This allows the sugar to begin to ferment and putrefy while still in your tummy.  Can you say…stinky gas!

This is why good food combining is helpful for anyone struggling with digestive issues.

Finally, the whole blender thing and tearing up all the cell walls of your fruits and veggies with your blender, instead of your teeth causes a 2 to 3 to 5 times greater sugar hit on your body. I’ll go into more detail another time.  Suffice it to say, I think we were designed to chew our food instead of blending it. Old school!

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