Home Made Colon Cleanse

At any point in the year, a homemade colon cleanse can be very helpful to help flush out some of the toxins in your body. These toxins can be a contributing factor to your GI troubles and other symptoms, including constipation, lack of energy and more.

This is super easy to do: Just plan a day when you do not need to leave home and allow the colon cleansing process and your body to adapt to each other, especially since you’ll be eliminating a ton of waste and detoxing in the process.

Check out the video with instructions here and the ingredients below the video:

Homemade DIY Colon Cleanse 


½ cup apple juice (organic and with no added sugar)

½ cup filtered water

½ teaspoon ginger powder or paste

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

½ teaspoon sea salt



Mix the water and apple juice together.

Add the lemon juice, salt and ginger paste and mix thoroughly

You can drink warm or chilled, although do not put it in the fridge for hours. This is meant to be drank immediately.

Drink 8 ounces first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Drink again with lunch and again in the afternoon, before dinner.



You should have a bowel movement from 30-90 minutes after each drink. You should not feel crampy or a bad urge, just a fullness and a need to empty your bowels.

Do not drink this after dinner or you might end up getting woken up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

This cleanse is safe for most and should not present any issues. But, as always, it is a good idea to check with your doctor if you’re ill, pregnant or are under medical care.

Coaching Session And Colitis Herbal Remedy with Vince Lia

Today I’m featuring a new client, a friend, who also happens to be a great wellness warrior and vegan YouTuber… Vince Lia!

Vince mentioned that he was struggling with colitis (a type of severe bowel inflammatory disease) for years and recently had a bad flare-up caused by stress.

I of course jumped at the opportunity to help a fellow wellness seeker and we agreed to do an herbalism health coaching session.

If you ever wondered what a session with me looks like, this will give you a great insight into what it is to work with me (a full session involves other steps not shown in the video but you’ll definitely get the picture).

Check out the content of the video:

Vince’s story – 1:22

His transition to veganism – 5:35

Holistic Approach – 9:15

Herbs for Colitis – 12:00

Herbal Remedy for digestive issues – 14:55

And the herbs I recommended Vince include:

Gingko Biloba




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Have you heard of them? Plan on trying one or another? Let me know in the comments below the video.

6 Perfect Herbal Remedies for Diarrhea

Diarrhea is the watery or loose stools that happen three or more times a day.

It is important to note that diarrhea is not a disease but a symptom of different disorders such as food poisoning, celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance (sugar in milk), Crohn’s disease, gastroenteritis, ulcerative colitis, intestinal parasites , etc.

Likewise, it can be produced by some medications (antibiotics, blood pressure drugs and antacids with magnesium), since these can alter the normal balance of bacteria in the colon.

Diarrhea is usually accompanied by abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, general weakness and loss of appetite.

For the average healthy individual, attacking the diarrhea with herbal remedies can be very effective. Either way, you must go to your health care practitioner if your stools are soft for more than 48hrs so you can rule out any serious issues.

Here are my top 6 herbal remedies for this uncomfortable condition (check out the video and the full list below the video).

Remedy for Diarrhea #1 Wash a handful of fresh berries of red currant and place in a blender along with some water. Blend for a few moments and drink the juice obtained.

Remedy for Diarrhea #2 Put some salt on the navel and hold it with a band aid.

Remedy for Diarrhea #3 Wash and split a large lemon. Extract your juice and add it to 1 liter of warm water. Drink throughout the day.

Remedy for Diarrhea #4 Pour a handful of rosehip seeds into 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and let cool for 5 minutes. Drink 3 cups a day.

Remedy for diarrhea #5 Boil, for 10 minutes, 3 tablespoons of raspberry or blackberry leaf in half a liter of water. After that time, cover and let cool. Take throughout the day.

Remedy for Diarrhea #6 Place 1 teaspoon of black tea in 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and let cool. Drink a warm cup, without too much sugar.

Herbs to Relief Heartburn

Have you ever suffered from that awful burning sensation at the top of your stomach? Or what about stomach pain, stinging sensation in the throat and chest, and persistent throat sore throat!

If you have or know someone who does, do not despair. There’s one little herbal remedy that people have been using for decades to help relieve these symptoms and more (it’s great for ulcers too)!

Even my dad uses it to help manage his GERD.

What’s the magic ingredient???? Slippery Elm!

First things first: to get yours, Click Here

Secondly: Check Out the video below (more below the video)

Thirdly, a fun Trivia: Slippery Elm is one of the few herbs that’s FDA approved as a medication!

Fourth and finally:

Here’s the recipe:

  • Mix slippery elm, cinnamon, nutmeg and water in a small pot to form a smooth paste.
  • Add nut or coconut milk and stir over a low flame, gently heating the mixture and stirring constantly until there are no lumps.
  • Turn off the heat and add your sweetener of choice.

Enjoy and feel better!

Learn To Poo The Right Way

How are your bathroom trips? If you suffer from too much gas, bloating, indigestion, constipation or any other digestive issues, chances are there’s just too much “poo” or debris in your intestines.

The way you poo could be part of the problem. And the solution could be as simply as learning how to sit while in the toilet.

Check out this video to learn why I love Squatty Potty so much. And click on this link  to get yours today!

Let me know what you think, in the comments below the video!

Top 5 Herbs that Help Digestion

In my experience as an herbalist and a patient suffering from fibroids and endometriosis, I’ve found that, creating a balanced environment in your gut can allow your hormonal system to work a bit more efficiently and eventually reduce pain and discomfort until your body returns to a balanced state.

Here are the 5 herbs I’ve used through the years to soothe my GI tract and also help balance my hormonal self.

*Chamomile – very popular and mild. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s common and wildly used. Chamomile increases gastric juices, helps you expel gas, reduce painful spasms and reduce inflammation. It is wildly used because it is mild so even people with IBS and other serious gastric conditions can use it.

*Hops (will help you sleep, sedative, nerving relaxant), but it revs up your digestive juices.

*Slippery Elm (Ulnus spp) – is used in lots of OTC’s. Slippery Elm is great for the mouth (soft tissue, canker sores, stomach walls). Awesome to sooth the gut when your hormones are causing LOTS of issues

*Yarrow: Yarrow leaf and flower can be added to food or used in tea. This bitter plant may be helpful in managing blood sugar, which is so important in maintaining digestive health AND regulating thyroid function, which is key in maintaining strong and balanced hormonal health.

*Triphala, an Ayurvedic combination of the fruits amalaki, haritaki and bibhitaki, is the classic herbal remedy for long-term digestive benefit. It tones the intestinal walls, detoxifies the system and promotes evacuation. Triphala has a high tannin content, so in low doses, it treats diarrhea (1 gram per day). In higher doses, it treats constipation in a slow, gentle way, toning the walls of the gut while it works.

What a Health Coach Eats, Winter Edition

I often get asked what I eat in a day and the answer to that question is “it depends”. I eat differently in winter than in summer and regularly check with my alternative medicine practitioners to check for imbalances and nutrient deficiency.

Having said that, you can still follow some simple basic principles to help your body feel its best regardless of the time of the year.

Here’s what a health coach (moi) eats during winter!

Now, below the video, tell me: do you eat for the seasons? What are you eating these days and how does your body feel? Let me know in the comments below!

Remedies for Occasional Diarrhea

Ugh! We’ve all suffered from it at one point or another…. diarrhea… and all that comes with it:

  • Stomach ache
  • Feeling feverish and ill
  • Dehydration
  • Uncontrollable bowel movements
  • Frequent passage of loose and watery stool
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Stomach pain
  • Dry mouth

The reasons why we suffer from diarrhea as far and wide, from bacterial infection to serious autoimmune disorders. Whatever the reasons behind your loose and watery stools, one of these natural remedies might be able to help.

Check out the video below to learn my go-to remedies to treat occasional diarrhea.

Now, in the comments below, tell me: Have you used any of these? Have they been helpful?

Do you know of any remedies as effective to manage diarrhea symptoms? Let me know in the comments below!

Is Leaky Gut Caused by Grains?

Vegetarian or Vegan and with Food sensitivities? Listen on!

So much has been said about grains causing leaky gut. Is it true? Why are we suffering from leaky gut and other gut problems when people have been eating grains for thousands of years {seemingly} without issues. What’s a healthy eater to do?!

I tried to answer these and other question on today’s video. So click on over below to learn more!

What do you think? Still planning on shying away form grains? Trying something new? Let me know in the comments below!

Essential Oils for Digestive Health

Essential oils are very effective because they provide fast-acting results, such as symptom relief and antimicrobial effects.

This is awesome news for your belly troubles.

Obviously diet and lifestyle are an important part of the equation but the oils can become an amazing assistant that can help you get to your goals of never having digestive issues again, much faster.



Use capsules when you need the oil to make it to the stomach

Best Oils: peppermint, clove, ginger, oregano,  tea tree, thyme.

Best For: indigestion, nausea, IBS,

Carrier oil options: coconut, almond, sesame, sunflower


For massages and rub downs.

Best Oils: peppermint,  ginger, caraway, coriander, fennel, citrus, thyme

Best For: indigestion, constipation, stomach aches, nausea

Carrier oil options: coconut, almond, sesame, sunflower



To diffuse in a bowl or put in your hand and inhale.

Best Oils: citrus, ginger, fennel, peppermint, clove, cinnamon

Best For: indigestion, constipation, stomach aches, nausea

Carrier oil options: coconut, almond, sesame, sunflower

How Detox Can Help Your Digestion

Much has and can be said about detox and its benefits for overall health. But can it help you with your tummy troubles? I believe so and here’s how. WATCH HERE!

Digestion Function:

  • Digestion of the food
  • Transferring nutrition to the cells of your body
  • Processing waste and eliminating it from the body
  • Serves as a drain pipe for waste and toxic substances absorbed through our lungs and skin.
  • Serves as a home forbeneficial
  • Produce a number of nutrients that boost your immune system

How a detox can restore digestive balance:

  • Helps bring the colon back to life by stimulating the muscle movement of the colon
  • Soothes and promotes the healing of the lining of the full gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
  • Helps stimulate the body’s healing mechanisms.
  • Draws old fecal matter off the walls of the colon
  • Removes heavy metals
  • Helps clean the gallbladder, bile ducts and liver.
  • Optimizes the growth of beneficial bacteria
  • Draws out toxins
  • Destroys and expel parasites
  • Maintains regularity.
  • Speed up the transit time of feces through the large intestine.
Over Eating And Feeling Miserable? Use these!

This is a little recipe I take with me everywhere I travel and have at home for those days when I overeat and/or eat away from home, meaning we might be eating things I normally avoid.

Sometimes switches on your diet, even if minor can wreak havoc on your digestion. Anything from stinky farts to constipation and feeling bloated and heavy for days!

In order to prevent those tummy troubles, I add these 3 seeds together in a jar and take them with me as an amazing homemade natural digestive remedy: 3-Seed Crunchy.

Check out why they’re awesome and how to make it here!

The ONE Thing That Helped Me Heal From IBS

Have you heard about the incredible health benefits of L-glutamine?

The most common uses of glutamine pare to lose weight fast, burn fat and build muscle. But we now also know that this powerful animo acid is very helpful in treating leaky gut and improving my symptoms of IBS.

That’s why I used it and still continue to supplement on it.

How does L-Glutamine benefit your digestive health? Check out the video below!

And btw, Veggies high in L –Glutamine include Spirulina, Chinese Cabbage, Asparagus and Broccoli Raab… enjoy!



4 Easy Ways To Heal Your Gut

Did you know that the function of your immune system, the state of your mental health, the pain or lack thereof in your joints, and even whether or not you have seasonal allergies can all be determined by one thing?

Do you know what it is?

The health of your gut!

Conventional and unconventional research is proving it over and over: poor gut health = poor overall health.

If you experience “common” digestive complaints such as occasional gas, bloating, or heartburn, your gut needs some work. Find out here the 4 Easy Ways To Heal Your Gut!

  1. Take a quality probiotic – The delicate balance of good vs. bad bacteria and yeasts in our intestines is easily thrown out of whack, which is why taking a probiotic supplement can help you more easily maintain that balance.
  1. Take the crap out – your body must be eliminating debris regularly, daily, ideally more than once per day. If not, you’re leaving behind poop inside of you. You think poop is disgusting? How about that stinky, nasty poop sitting inside of you day in and day out!? Embrace enemas or colonics if you have been severely constipated or partly constipated for more than a week. Also embrace oils like avocado, coconut, sesame in your foods to make sure things move in your insides a little easier.
  1. Add resistant starches to your diet. Foods that are resistant to the power of the digestion of the small intestine are known as resistant starches. The overall health benefits to consuming resistant starches are many. They are considered Pre-biotics, in other words, they exist to help feed your probiotics (that beneficial bacteria in your gut that’s there to help you fight off diseases. These pre-biotics feed your probiotics. Foods like this include sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, lentils, brown rice, plantains.
  1. Stay away from sugar! Look, the stuff is as addictive as cocaine, messes up with your hormones, can feed cancerous cells, makes you swollen and chubby. Oh, and it makes your colon feel really miserable. It makes you constipated or, if you have IBS of Chrohn’s disease like I do, it can exacerbate your symptoms and give you explosive diarrhea. You’ve been warned!
Restore Gut Health with This ONE ingredient

Have you heard of Reishi mushroom? You may not want to toss your next salad with some reishi mushrooms (yeah, they are really bitter), but when you hear what all this little ‘shroom can do, you may decide to add it to your supplement regiment!

The Reishi mushroom, also known as ganoderma mushroom, has been used in Eastern “medicine” like Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for many hundreds of years. And now, the Western World is slowly recognizing its healing properties.

But for the purpose of digestion and gut health, how does it help? Check the video below to learn how!

About Jovanka

Jovanka Ciares is a former entertainment executive turned Wellness expert, detox specialist, nutrition educator and author. She is the creator of the Wellness Smackdown™, a proprietary detox and weight loss program for natural weight loss which was featured on the first season of ABC’s “My Diet Is Better Than Yours”...