Ulcers can be a pain and off putting for those of us who want to fast. From my own experience of having sensitive stomach this smoothie got me through Ramadhan and beyond. I have a very delicate stomach, not in a bourgeois  colonialist way, but in an I’m allergic to wheat kind of way, bit of a sickly kid kind of way and fasting always scares me.My doctor’s has even said that because of my weak stomach, that they have wanted to shove a camera down there for years,  that I don’t have to fast.

Ulcer Smoothie
Ulcer Smoothie

That’s not an option for me, I would feel left out, its not the same; fasting your eyes, ears, tongue, I enjoy going through the hardship, etc and feeling the sense of achievement by Allah’s grace at the end of the day…..its like spiritual mountain climbing.

I am almost qualified as a nutritionist but not quite so please ask your doctor about this if you’re in any doubt, however most of them won’t know about slippery elm, it’s an old red Indian remedies that can be bought in most good health shops like Neal’s yard, don’t buy the cheaper one from Holland and Barrat from Thompson, its diluted with flour and that something a sensitive stomach doesn’t need.


1 tablespoon slippery elm powder

2 bananas, washed, peeled

1 tea spoon turmeric/haldi

1 tea spoon cinnamon

300-500ml almond milk, homemade is best

 7 (optional) dates, stones taken out


Place all ingredients in blender and blitz for 30 seconds

Slippery Elm Powder .This powdery herb is a little miracle for delicate stomachs, there has been a bug going round that I can’t ignore,  and for the body to heal it self sometime you need to take the stress off it but stopping animal products and also giving it a hand, slippery elm is a food and a healer, it is what is known as a mucilage which means it produce a sort of healthy slime that travels through the gut healing and  removing anything not very good.

Slippery Elm Bark is a herb derived from the Elm (Ulmus) family. Native to Canada and the US, it can be found growing in the Appalachian Mountains. The inner bark is collected from trees which are at least 10 years old, and is mainly powdered for therapeutic use.

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