Smoothies as Medicine

What’s your latest potion?

We mentioned in previous posts that one of the amazing things about green smoothies is that combining specific ingredients can actually help to relieve specific health challenges. For example, we spent yesterday working on a zillion different things, and by the time it was getting close to bedtime, we were just too hyper to sleep!

Lettuce has a longstanding reputation as a sleep aid because it contains a narcotic similar to opium (who knew?). In Chinese medicine, cucumbers are used to help with insomnia, in addition to being wonderful for the skin.

This recipe is one of our favorites for calming down and settling into a good night’s sleep.

Nighttime Smoothie

1 peeled whole cucumber

2 apples

4 kale leaves

4 lettuce leaves

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Filtered water

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender or Vitamix until fully processed. Drink up and sleep tight! Keeps in refrigerator for up to 3 days, but whenever possible drink your smoothies fresh.

Send Us Your Questions

Are you looking for a natural cure to help with specific symptoms? Send us your questions and we’ll whip you up a recipe to soothe what ails you. Write to us at info@vivainstitute.com or post your question here.

Post Your Recipes!

What have you been drinking this week? Post your favorite smoothie combo in the comments section on this post.

Resources

9 Top Health Benefits of Green Smoothies

The Cool Cucumber, Nature’s Detox Veggie and Sleep Aid

Foods That Promote and Inhibit Sleep

Properties and History of Lettuce as a Sleep Aid