Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) affects up to 150,000 Americans and is believed to be caused by a missing protein in cells that line the esophagus or triggered by food allergens. While there is no cure for EoE, smoothies can help to relieve symptoms if the ingredients are carefully selected. EoE causes inflammation of the esophagus, so foods that have anti-inflammatory properties can help to treat this symptom. There are plenty of foods that have anti-inflammatory properties and many of them are versatile, delicious and easy to add to smoothies, including honey, turmeric, berries and beets.
How smoothies can help
As smoothies are a liquid, they tend to be easier to swallow for people with EoE, helping you to feel full and provide plenty of goodness that you may struggle to consume with solid foods. If you’re following the elimination diet as part of your treatment for EoE to rule out allergens, smoothies can accommodate this, as it’s easy to remove or replace ingredients that you’re avoiding. They tend to be packed with fruits, vegetables and spices, so there’s little that has the potential to trigger symptoms. You can also experiment with different ingredients and flavors to keep them interesting and find what works best for you.
Golden turmeric smoothies
Turmeric is well-known for its anti-inflammatory effects, thanks to the curcumin it contains, which can help to reduce inflammation and swelling of the esophagus in people with EoE. In fact, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects are so powerful that studies have found it to be more effective than anti-inflammatory drugs, and there are no side effects involved, making it a great ingredient to incorporate into your treatment. Turmeric can be overpowering if it’s not mixed with good flavors, so it’s important to find the right balance to get the health benefits and a delicious smoothie. 1 cup of frozen pineapple, 1 cup of frozen mango, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup of cold water and a teaspoon of turmeric paste blended and topped with anti-inflammatory berries makes a tasty, fruity, golden turmeric drink packed full of benefits that can help to relieve symptoms of EoE.
Ginger, berry and beet
This smoothie combination is great, as it’s packed full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals, and has plenty of inflammation-fighting goodness. It’s also ideal if you’re following the elimination diet as part of your EoE treatment, as it’s dairy-free, gluten-free and can be made soy-free too. Blend 1 cup of non-dairy milk, 1 cup of frozen berries (blueberries are particularly good and packed with antioxidants too), 1 cup of red beets – the taste of these will be undetectable thanks to the other ingredients – ¾ cup of frozen pineapple, 1 teaspoon fresh, grated ginger, ½ teaspoon fresh, grated turmeric, ¼ avocado, 1 tablespoon of raw honey and 1 tablespoon of chia seeds, and mix until smooth. Every ingredient in this recipe offers something valuable in terms of nutrients, which people with EoE can struggle to get enough of, and you can leave out the chia seeds if you’re avoiding nuts and seeds too.
Anti-inflammatory smoothies can be consumed as a drink, meal replacement or alongside your current diet to pack in nutrients and benefit from the anti-inflammatory effects that they boast. Anti-inflammatory foods can relieve symptoms of EoE by reducing inflammation of the esophagus, making it easier to swallow.