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  1. Victoria says:

    Where do I buy bee pollen and what are the benefits of it?

    Also I have a rare auto-immune disorder (juvenile dermatomyositis) that is in remission. Would following the gut-healing recipes help? I love pastas, breads, rice, etc and have read how bad they are

    • Zahira says:

      I think Dr. Axe will tell you to stop eating all that stuff it’s really bad for the fit. Most diseases come from damage in our digestive system so healing the gut is key to better health. I drink a shake that is so pure and good and clean that has helped me recover gut health and this shake here looks really good too.

    • Eric says:

      Hi Victoria,

      You can contact a local beekeeper to see if they sell it. Or purchase from your local health food store. I like fresh vs freeze-died so I use raw bee pollen from a Vermont beekeeper. I don’t know if we can share website link but If you Google Heavenly Honey Apiary in Vermont it is should show up.

    • JJ says:

      All grains are inflammatory.

      Check out

    • Cassandra says:

      My cousin was just diagnosed with dermatomycitis. How did you get it into remission and how long did it take?

    • Jenn says:

      Bee pollen and raw honey are loaded with vitamins, minerals and enzymes. They bare immune system boosting powerhouses. You can purchase bee pollen from Sticky Situations in Mystic, CT. I’ll include a link to the website and fb page.
      Good luck !

    • Dana says:

      You can also find bee pollen (including local) at your Whole Foods, Sprouts, or health food store (if you have any of those).

    • Marina says:

      I found it at Whole Foods. Look for it in the fridge section where they keep probiotics.

    • Sue Laib says:

      Hi, Victoria:
      If the rheumatologists gave you steroids for your dermatomyositis and you’re still on them, consider weaning off–under doctor’s supervision. Steroids are the rheuma-doc’s answer to everything, but they suppress the immune system and should rarely ever be used long-term. My husband was diagnosed with dermatomyositis close to 2 years ago and the real problem was mal-absorption. He was not able to eat well due to stomach pain and not absorbing the little nutrition he was eating, causing muscle-wasting. Your cause may be different than his, but since the immune system begins in the gut, many auto-immune problems begin there also, and dermatomyositis is one of them.
      You MUST resist the carbo cravings. You likely have candida–a yeast overgrowth, and it is the candida that is craving the simple carbs. The shake on this page is good; eventually you’d want to eliminate the honey and even the banana and if you need it sweeter, try a little stevia. Sugar and simple carbs (which turn to sugar) are the food of all infections: bacterial, viral, and fungal. When you get a craving, tell yourself that it is the bugs craving it–not you! You also likely have inflammation in your gut. Gluten, sugar, and dairy are prime contributors to inflammation; cut back and work towards eliminating them, and your health will improve. Try to make smarter choices: gluten-free bread over regular bread while reducing bread in your diet overall; unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk with, and eventually in lieu of, cow’s milk, or try goat’s milk and goat/sheep’s cheese; choose sweet potato instead of white potato; choose brown /wild rice and quinoa over white rice; if you like yogurt, choose organic (some are high in sugar) or Chobani, and try coconut milk and almond milk yogurts; etc. Really really really try to avoid anything with sugar. And yes, make and drink a smoothie a day. Make up your own. Throw a bunch of spinach, unsweetened coconut milk yogurt, banana, maybe some fruit like raspberries; maybe some protein powder, stevia if it needs to be sweeter, and maybe a drop or two of vanilla or a dash of cinnamon.
      A year ago I thought my husband was near death, and if standard medicine had anything to do with it, he would be. But I got him to a naturapathic doc, and tho hubbie does NOT follow all the advice given him (he still craves sugar), he is functional and there is hope. You are young; fix your body now! Don’t wait–it will only get worse for you.

    • Galina says:

      Sprouts farmers market sells bee pollen in large plastic jars. Wholefoods would also most likely have it.

  2. Marjorie says:

    Another use of Coconut oil. I wear hearing aids and they cause my ears to itch. I mixed some coconut oil and tree tea oil and swab my ears out with that. It has killed the fungus and stopped the itch.

    • Martha says:

      Thank you for sharing this. My little girl wears hearing aids as well. I have her tub the coconut oil but now will add the essential oil. Thanks

      • Anne says:

        I’ve heard essential oils can damage plastic. Maybe put oil, highly diluted in coconut oil, in/on her ear, let it absorb a bit, and then put the aid in.

  3. Karen says:

    Make sure to choose a coconut milk or almond milk that does not have carrageenan as an ingredient. Although it gives these milks a creamy texture, it has been known to cause colon cancer.

    • Dana says:

      It’s best to make your own nut milks as most store-bought contain MANY unwanted ingredients besides carrageenan. They also include various gums, refined sugar, and natural flavor. Caraggeenan is not only used as an emulsifier (thickening agent), but because it has been so highly processed, it’s like poison ivy on the intestines—creating all sorts of digestive issues, refined sugar (which is found in MOST processed foods/drinks) is a huge no no as it creates acidity in the body, which is why it’s a cancer feeder (or exacerbates any health issue one may have—from minor to serious), natural favors is an alias of MSG (an excitotoxin. Excitotoxins overstimulate brain cells to death. There are over 90 diff. MSG aliases today hidden under diff. names—another reason to know how to read labels or simply stay away from most processed foods). Making your own nut milks is super easy peasy—that way you know exactly what’s in it. Just google homemade nut milk and you’ll find a plethora of recipes. I make many nut milks (a staple in our house). I mostly make walnut, coconut, almond, pecan, and cashew. But, have also made Brazil nut, hemp seed, and pumpkin seed. :)

  4. Janine says:

    Since it is 4 servings can I just refridgerate the rest for following days?

  5. sally says:

    Am in the process of giving up cigarettes which am finding hard.
    But wondering is there a detox for ur lungs. Which may help clear some tar.

    • Sooz says:

      I don’t know about a lung detox, but as someone who quit smoking I can suggest a tablespoon of molasses to help curb the cravings. Nothing else, just a tablespoon of Grandma’s Unsulphured brand molasses when the urge hits.

      • Sheryl says:

        I would google the Hoxsey clinc which is now called the Bio-Medical clinic in Tujuana mexico. There is a hotel you can stay at this side of the border and the van will take you across in the morning. You do need a paasport as they are out of the country. I go there for breast cancer and it is almost gone, naturally. Medical wanted me to do standard care, chemo/radiation but i went there instead and sm so happy i did. To answer your question, their tonic should be able to help you as it is a detox among so many other healthy things. They dont just handle cancer but ms, and other things. You can call and talk to a doctor between 8:15-8:30am pacific standard time. Remember to always “fast” which is no eating anything, even meds (if possible) by 8:00 pm the night before. There is a small cafe on site and they will tell you, after checking all your tests, when you can eat. Take cash as well since some pharmacies, taxies only except cash. The clinic accepts checks from the u.s., and credit cards. The hotel can set up a pick up at the san diego airport back to the hotel. Hope this helps To your health!

      • ginger says:

        yes, use lungwort, it works to rid all tar from lungs when you smoke any type of tobacco.

    • Daksha Patel says:

      There is a program called Inner Engineering that has helped many with getting rid of addictions.

    • Ruth says:

      I once read that if you shower twice a day for 2 weeks and eat beef and stewed tomatoes once a day, it will curb your cigarette addition. The beef and stewed tomatoes draw the nicotine out of your cells. The showers wash the nicotine off your skin. I’m not a smoker, but I’m around a lot of smokers. I would be interested to know if this works.

  6. Susan says:

    Where can I find hemp hearts? And, what are they?

  7. Kelsey says:

    I had heard to only eat bananas very sparingly when trying to heal the gut, is that not necessary?

    • Ron says:

      Bananas are starch and sugar. Use sparingly in smoothies and such. I stopped eating bananas wholesale or slicing them on cereals and such. Berries are better. Use of bananas in making dishes from scratch for sauces, cooking.

  8. Wendy Markgraf says:

    It’s best to only eat fruit by itself.. I use this same recipe except use baby spinach lemons aloe Vera juice and berry flavored stevia vs agave and kale I never mix fruit in my smoothies

  9. Arlene says:

    Bee pollen? No idea where to get that!

    • Gladys says:

      Health food stores like Sprouts ,mother’s market, Whole foods or goggle it there are place online where they will ship out ….Goggle is my best friend

  10. Lisa says:

    Can you drink this if you have candida ?

  11. Lisa says:

    I have hashimotos and its recommended to cook leafy greens such as kale and spinach to remove most of the goitrenoids which inflame the thyroid. Would this make any difference to the potency of the shake? Or is there a substitute you could recommend? Thanks lisa

    • Ron says:

      My naturopath oncologist said to avoid kale with my Hashimotos condition….check that out. Perhaps baby kale or steamed kale may be OK. But do more research.

  12. Loretta says:

    I always heard you should never do more than 1/2 of a banana at a time.

  13. doroth Jean Widdop age 73 says:

    I have had IBS for years and have tried a lot of different things and nothing helps I am goin g to try this gut smoothie and will let you know the results
    I started in 1995 with IBS

    jean widdop

    • Marlene says:

      I do have IBS and the soups with cooked vegetables and bone broth have really helped me. I have eaten some raw garlic from time to time. I also drink alot of water. I take digestive enzyme and probotic, L-Glutamine. I can’t believe how much this has helped my IBS. I don’t have diarrhea hardly ever. I also eat a few prunes every day because of constipation. This has really helped me.

    • Zaneta says:

      My husband HAD IBS for years and we realized he was eating things that inflamed his whole digestive system! We cut out gluten, grains, dairy, egg whites, processed foods, fast foods, sodas, threw out the microwave (that was back in 2000). I know what yu are thinking….what DO we eat! A lot actually! You would b surprised! There are substitutes for some of those things. Within days his bleeding stopped and the pain on elimination went away! Gone! You can’t just do one or two things…it takes many things to get well. Our bodies are like a machine! We need to keep it uned up” with many foods and therapies. We tend to get into the idea that one therapy or one smoothie or one food or suppkement will do it! It just will not! So keep investigating!😊👍

  14. Melissa says:

    I thought those with hashimotos or autoimmune conditions should avoid dairy. That is what a functional medicine dr told me. I notice though that the protein Dr Axe sells contains dairy. Any thoughts?

    • Ron says:

      Unless you live in Australia or New Zealand, where clean and pristine rule the day and abundant pastoral green grazing land permits the cattle to produce a milk called ‘A2’ which is highly effective with Aspberger, cancers and more then we are limited here in the US because of Ag laws on sale of whole/RAW milk. Same Down Under as by law milk sold is to be pasteurized. If only we took greater care of our cows.

  15. July Staley says:

    How can I loose 20lbs and keep it off ,I’m taking phentermine they curbing my
    Appetite ,weight not coming off fast .

    • Suki says:

      Try four tablespoons of coconut oil a day.
      The diet is on the internet.
      I take the Coconut oil and try to stick to stewed meats and cooked greens, or soups.
      I lost 11 lbs in 2 weeks and am a diabetic. My blood glucose also got much better.
      Good luck.

  16. David says:

    Here is my morning (every other morning) smoothie.
    2-4 cups kale or spinach or both
    1 pear or banana
    1 avocado
    1 cup cranberries
    2 Tblsp. ACV
    1 tsp. ground ginger
    1 tsp. cinnamon
    1 Tblsp. gelatin
    1 Tblsp. coconut oil
    1 cup coconut milk
    2 cups alkaline water or green tea (warm to dissolve coconut oil)

  17. Arlynne says:

    Is this smoothie with all the ingredients i.e. bee pollen, chia seeds , raw honey etc good for toddlers? Thanks

  18. Sharon C Johnson says:

    Arlynne, no honey for toddlers.

  19. Zany Jamby says:

    Hi Dr Axe…. I’m allergic to coconut and almond, what other milk can I use?

  20. pamela kant says:

    Hi , I just want to let you know not everyone can do Bee Pollen I had a scary reaction with just a few little pieces……swollen lips,tongue,eyes and numbness i would tell people to be careful when consuming Bee Pollen since you don’t know where the pollen is coming from and you might have a reaction to whatever to that plant.

    • Bonnie says:

      Yes. People who are allergic to bees should not take Bee Pollen. Adelle Davis’ book ( out of print) “Let’s have Healthy Children” also states that vitamin C powder taken immediately after an allergic reaction could save a life & helps detoxify allergic reactions! Make sure to drink 8 ozs. Of water for every 1,000 mg’s of Vitamin “C” powder to flush it thru the kidneys. I’ve seen chewable “c” stop epileptic seizures too. Amazing!💝Bonnie

      • Jill says:

        As a young mom, that was the first book on health I ever bought.[“Let’s have Healthy Children”] Thanks for reminding me about vitamin C for allergic reactions. An older woman I used to know used Vitamin C for her serious reactions to almost everything.

  21. Mary Ellen says:

    Because I am casein allergic, I really need to look for great products that are milk free. One that I have found that I think is really good is the Garden of Life Raw meal. It is a powder for shakes/smoothies. I have the chocolate. It is non GMO, organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, it does contain coconut. But do a search for it and check out the label! Loaded with raw sprouted foods and raw probiotics and enzymes. You can use one scoop for a snack or two for a meal. Dr Axe, I am no expert, and would love your opinion on this product as well as any other fabulous ones for non milk people. And….and, this is the best part….Add this to almond milk or (your choice) and drop in one or two small drops of peppermint essential oil and it just perfects it!

    • Bonnie says:

      I have been casein intolerant all my life. But a Dr once told me if I bake/cook milk protein for an hour it breaks down the casein so my body can break it down. Makes sense to me. So if I eat homemade custard that has been baked-no problem! Casein is hard to break down but this is a trick that I enjoy doing every once in a while!💝🎈🎉Bonnie

  22. Mary Ellen Cota says:

    Whoa there, I guess I really got off track on the smoothie powder for a milk free product. Sorry. The above recipe looks like one I really want to try soon. I love fresh veggie/fruit and seeds, etc. I am now growing my own little tiny garden with kale and collards that I throw into my smoothies. I am copying this recipe and buying ginger and adding in my chia seeds ASAP. Anxious to try it.

  23. B says:

    Can i still drink this while one a candida diet?

  24. Mary says:

    I want my son-in-law to try this, but he gets diarrhea with bananas. What can I substitute?

  25. Sid says:


    I have leaky gut and am allergic to avacados. I find most of these recipes contain avacados. Is there any replacement?

  26. Nell says:

    Kale is the most herbicide ridden vegetable so organic kale is a must when using concentrated amounts….and in the past three months, our clinic has seen 5 cases of individuals with pre-existing hypothyroid conditions, worsen while using green drinks that are primarily kale or a mix of kale and spinach. I could include an article I’ve written on the subject but it’s too lengthy for this platform.Kale should should be blanched not drunk or eaten raw. Lots of info to support this…Sorry just because it’s green doesn’t always mean it’s the recommended thing to do…there is the chemistry of the body and how it works and then there’s the shiny new band wagon of pied pipers and good intentions that just end up being ‘trends’.

    • Suki says:

      I would guess those having trouble with greens are also in need of iodine.
      Iodine is essential for the thyroid.
      I’ve eaten greens all my life. Am well past retirement and have very few wrinkles. It is the greens………find a way to add them to your diet.

    • Deborah Roberts says:

      I agree wholeheartedly …………

  27. Debbie says:

    I drink / make raw kefir. I’ve heard raw kefir is really good for healing the gut. I have IBS and low thyroid. Any thoughts?

    • Suki says:

      Do you eat iodized salt.
      You may need iodine to help the thyroid.
      Many years ago a law was passed to put iodine in salt because people had no other source for it.
      You can get iodine as a liquid. Definitely work with a Homeopathic Doctor to establish right amount to take.

  28. Karen says:

    I’m new at this and want to know HOW am I suppose to measure the greens for 2 cups?

  29. Deborah Roberts says:

    I don’t see how this would be gut healing………many people don’t tolerate coconut water or milk well or bananas for that matter and mixing fruit and veggies creates SO MUCH bloating and gas…… is that healing……..and drinking kale juice exacerbated my hypothyroid issues…
    and mixing protein with fruit also causes bloating and gas.??????? I don’t get it……

    • Bonnie says:

      Try a swig of organic unfiltered apple cider vinegar. You may need to balance your Hydrochloric Acid content in your stomach. It may be it’s not breaking your food down properly!!! Which may cause gas & bloating! Especially after 40 when you stop producing enough enzymes to break down your foods. Trader Joes carries a Sublingual B you dissolve under the tongue. B vitamins today are as scared as hen’s teeth. Ha! B vitamins are your nerve food – we need em!

  30. Beverly says:

    I agree t hat some of these greens with bananas in a smoothie can cause bloat serious bowl problems abd stomach upsets. What d o you do I have celiac and now I think ibs any ideas Tired of trying different things that make me worse. I am true blue to my diet still sick .

    • Stacy says:

      Hi Beverly,

      I understand what you are going through. Please do not add raw greens into smoothies. With IBS and Celiac disease I would make a bone broth and sip on it during the day, even for breakfast, it is that healing. You will notice a difference. Do not eat any raw greens during this time, just take it easy and only eat boiled greens like broccoli. Give your tummy a break, and slowly add raw greens, like in a salad, only after you feel you can tolerate it. I’m guessing you have been struggling with raw greens, like salads, for awhile. My mother-in-law could not eat salad for YEARS, now at 80 years old she can. Also, if you do eat bananas make sure they are very ripe with brown spots as they are much easier to digest. Hope this helps you, I really feel for you. I know how frustrating your illness is and many people don’t understand. Take Care.

      • Stacy says:

        Also, if you eat meat make sure and boil it only. Do not grill it or bake in the oven. It is easier on your stomach and do this in the beginning phases of healing your gut. This along with bone broth and boiling veggies is very healing. Make sure your meat is grass-fed only. I make a lot of soups and it is incredibly healing. I personally do not eat red meat, but if you do it needs to be boiled not baked. Later on when your gut can tolerate it you can grill and bake it. Same with chicken, and even fish for some people. Hope this helps.

  31. Stacy says:

    In my opinion, healing smoothies are for those that already have completed beginning phase of GAPS diet. Try sipping bone broth for a few days, give your body a rest. Slowly add back in your normal foods you can tolerate. Dr. Axe has a ton of information on this site. It has helped me, and also my mother-in-law who has struggled her whole life with gut problems. This particular recipe is truly for maintenance, not those beginning to heal their gut. Greens are added later and I agree they are a must at every meal. I eat them way more than anything else, but you must begin to heal your gut first. Check out Dr. Axe’s crock pot recipe for bone broth. Store in mason jars and freeze for soups. By the way, I only use greens in powder form , like Dr. Axe sells, in my smoothies. I feel I do so much better that way than using Kale or Spinach raw. Hope this helps.

  32. Diane says:

    Not everyone with thyroid issues should take iodine. I have Hasimoto’s disease and need to avoid it.

  33. Nola says:

    Can the smoothie be refrigerated since it is 4 servings ?

  34. Diane Hedlund says:

    I had an abdominal hernia repaired! Dr said only fat made the golf ball sized lump so just sewed it shut! i have had a fatter and swollen or inflamed abdominal area since! I just don’t think i’m digesting my food and have hardly any bowl movements until 4-5 days and by that time i’m doing metamucil 3 times. By then i have a very bad back ache and it feels like its tearing at my hip area. I do have kind of a large colan and am 72 years old! Have worked hard my life, not ever sitting much but love being a dooer! I will try the greens smoothies, coconut oil trying to feel like my tummy and colan are not inflamed!

    • Jill says:

      I would cleanse my colon. Bone broth, magnesium oxide, high dose vitamin C, senna, stewed prunes, anything to get yourself going. Maybe ice on tie sore stomach will help. Hope you are doing better. Slippery elm tea and mashmallow root are great for intestinal health.

  35. Kori says:

    I have seen many studies on kale, and it shouldn’t be eaten raw. your thoughts?

  36. Doris Roberson says:

    My husband was just given Levothyroxin 25 mcg and not told what it was for. I read somewhere that it was for overactive thyrol. What can he naturally take instead of this.

    • Bonnie says:

      Ask your pharmacist what that is. I believe it is a synthetic thyroid med. His blood panel probably came up low for Thyroid. If he gets heart palpatations from that med there is a natural alternative called Armour. I have found it works very well – it’s just ground up pig thyroid. I recently began taking a Thyroid support vitamin which has corrected my Thyroid embalance. Which I’m scheduled for a lab test on my thyroid levels in 5 weeks to monitor how well my thyroid balance is doing. I stopped my Thyroid Meds & am just taking the Thyroid support instead. I believe Dr Axe makes one.

  37. Annaliese says:

    My stomach cannot currently tolerate bananas or avocados. Any subs you can recommend for these in a smoothie?

  38. Linda says:

    Hi Doris, to answer part of your question, levothyroxine is usually taken for UNDERactive thyroid, not OVERactive. I myself take it.h It is one of the most prescribed medications in the US.

  39. matt says:

    Hmmm, I’ve read all of these ingredients are high in histamine and no good for anyone with a histamine intolerance …which can be caused by leaky gut :/

  40. Sylvia says:

    I suffer from Crohn’s Disease & have had all but 6 feet of my small intestines removed…can I use this recipe or will it just cause too many problems? Too much high fiber will generally put me in a tail-spin.

  41. Cathy says:

    Essential oils are amazing and I use them all the time, but someone on here mentioned to possibly use them in ear. Don’t ever put them in your ears or eyes. You can place drops on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball in ear and they will get it just the same. Also you can rub them on the bone behind the ear and they get in that way as well. You can rub oils around the eye and underneath if you need to ever use them for that. Just wanted to let you know.

  42. Bryan Dannyson says:

    There is so much wrong with this that I dont even know where to start :/ Check out Dr.Greger and his nutritionfacts.Org site for a really amazing rundown on proper gut health information.

  43. kim says:

    My 15 year old daughter has been diagnosed with moderate to sever crohns. I am trying very hard not to put her on the medications that they are offering but I feel like I may have no other choice. In reading all of this I am very confused on weather or not to try this “gut healing smoothie” to try to heal her. If anyone has any suggestions I would greatly appreciate your help. She has diariah alot. I am taking her to a diverse dr. who has given several supplements and we are trying hard to eat very minimal gluten but it doesn’t seem to be enough. Any advise or suggestions would be wonderful.

  44. Lerato says:

    I have an overactive thyroid which is caused by Graves disease.

    I was advised to clean my liver and heal my digestive system for the next two months.

    Any suggestions on ONLY vegetable juices?

  45. C. Boniface says:

    Would it be possible to post the nutritional information for all recipies going forward? In particular, I’m interested in the nutritional information for the gut healing recipie. Calories, sugar, fibre, carbs, protein, etc. It would be very beneficial. Thanks for considering.

    • Thank you so much for your feedback. Yes, my team and I now include the nutritional information for all new recipes. Here are the nutrition facts per serving for this recipe:

      Calories: 296
      Fat: 19.2 g
      Carbs: 28 g
      Fiber: 4.5 g
      Sugars: 13.9 g
      Protein: 8.6 g

      I hope this helps!

  46. Jenny says:

    The person who posted wt loss info if 4 tblsp of coconut oil daily, greens/soups said the diet was online.
    What is the name of the diet please?

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