7 Tips To Avoid The Winter Blues

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real condition that affects millions in the Western World and can increase your feelings of stress, anxiety, loss of productivity, and other emotional/mental conditions. While SAD is often temporary and in most cases not dangerous, it is disruptive to your quality of life.

If you suffer from SAD or any other type of depression, please get help. There is no need for you (or anyone) to suffer alone. There are many way to help relief the symptoms of SAD.

On the other hand, if you feel a little “blue” around fall/winter, you may have a bad case of the “winter blues”. While SAD and winter blues are used inter-changeably, they are not the same. SAD is a type of clinical depression, often a life-long condition while the winter blues is often temporary and situational.

On today’s video, I’m offering some herbal remedies and holistic approaches to help relief the winter blues that may also help you manage the symptoms of SAD.

  1. Get out of the house – even if ti’s hard
  2. Take in the sun (or supplement with a Vitamin D supplement)
  3. St John’s Wort – known as Nature’s Prozac
  4. Avoid Getting Sick – Use adaptogenic herbs like Rhodiola or Panax Ginseng 
  5. Feed your “2nd brain” – your gut with probiotics and probiotics
  6. Don’t isolate yourself
  7. Laugh out Loud

Check the video for more details! xoxo

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!

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!
Can Meditation Cure Racism?

We have heard many times about the benefits of meditation but my friend and meditation teacher Kara Dansky proposes something that some people may consider controversial: meditation to address and move away from racism.

I had to ask her about her views and share them with you here. Check out our interesting conversation here!

At the end of the video, tell me your thoughts on this controversial topic. Let’s start a conversation with love, kindness and compassion.

Wellness Smackdown Live in NYC

The first ever Wellness Smackdown Live Event is here. I’m beyond excited, humbled and honored to bring this labor of love to you!  So here are the details:

The EVENT

This 4-hour intimate experience has been designed to help you break old habits, build new, healthier ones and stick to your healthy living goals once and for all!

With Jovanka and her wellness expert guests, you will learn:

  • Ways to remove old patterns and behaviors that have been holding you back for years.
  • Learn Jovanka personal beauty and detox practices to promote energy, vitality and health.
  • The mindset techniques that bring you mental and emotional peace and joy.
  • The unique principles of the Wellness Smackdown™ that have helped Jovanka and hundreds of her clients look and feel their best.
  • How commit to investing in your health and longevity once and for all!

Is this EVENT for YOU

Do you ask yourself questions like:

  • Does food affect my hormonal balance and state of mind?
  • How do I eat for balance in body as well as mind/soul?
  • How do I remove old patterns and behaviors that have been holding me back for years?
  • I’m ready to commit to a better diet and a better lifestyle. Where do I start?

*Ready to join us? Click Here to Get Your Ticket and Use Discount Code: 2FOR1WS to get 50% off our ticket.

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So come join us on the first Wellness Smackdown Live on 2/27 in NYC!

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Immune Boosting Herbs

I LOVE herbs and spices, take them with me everywhere I travel, use them for minor ailments and offer them to clients to compliment their wellness practice.

Check out this video of herbs and supplements that have drawn attention from researchers for their immunity protecting properties!

ALFALFA

The extensive root system allows the plant to absorb a high level of nutrients from the soil. It is known to detoxes the urinary tract, purify the blood and liver and have a strong alkaline effect on the body. It also promotes bowel movement regularity and healthy hydration.

ASHWAGANDA

This is an excellent adrenal supportive herb that balances the entire hormonal system. It reduces stress on the adrenal gland and stimulate the thyroid gland activity. It is also known to reinforce immune activity. It can help the body build a line of defense for the endocrine and metabolic systems.

ASTRAGALUS

One of the most potent immune tonics used to improve the lungs, strengthen muscles, increase metabolism, reduce stress and strengthen the genetics. It is also a diuretic and promotes waste elimination as it promotes digestion and adrenal gland function.

BRAHMI (GOTU KOLA)

An Ayurvedic herb that helps boost memory and improve dementia. It also balances neurotransmitters in the brain, reducing stress and improving immunity.

CHAGA MUSHROOMS

Chaga contains the highest amounts of anti-tumor compounds of any herb. It is also high in phytochemicals, nutrients, and free-radical antioxidants, especially melanin. Chaga is second only to cacao in antioxidant content and is a powerful anti-cancer herb.

Have you tried any of these? Let me know in the comments below!

 

How To Improve Your Vision Naturally

So I work long hours and plenty of those are spend on the computer, writing, creating scripts for videos, researching. SO my eyes get very strained and I think I’m starting to use my eye sight. Went to the doctor who confirmed about a year ago that I was “just a few months away” from needing my first pair of glasses.

Don’t get me wrong, I think glasses are totally sexy but I don’t want to have to rely on them unless I absolutely have to.

Here’s what I did to improve my vision naturally:

As you know, I’m passionate about Ayurveda and so I went to my ayurvedic practitioner and friend Saadia who recommended I use this really popular herb to wash my eyes with. TRIPHALA!

Triphala is an ayurvedic herbal formula that comes in pills and powders and it’s used to support digestion, maintain regularity, assist natural internal cleansing and nourishing the entire body.

I take it regularly and love it. But the thing is awesome enough to help me strengthen my eye sight. Here’s what I did:

  • Boil ½ teaspoon in 12 ounces of water at low heat
  • Let it cool off
  • Drain using a coffee or almond milk strainer
  • Keep in the fridge for up to a week
  • Use an eye wash and rinse your eyes for a few minutes
  • Do it daily for a few weeks and see how you feel.

I can focus better, see smaller print and my eyes don’t get tired any more. It’s fantastic!

Home Remedies For Bad Breath (Halitosis Cure)

Halitosis can be caused by a number of conditions in the gut or even beyond. My first suggestion is to go to your doctor and make sure you don’t have parasites, ulcers, IBS or any other condition that may be exacerbating this issue. Get a full clean bill of health.

Here’s what I’ve tried in the past for deal with halitosis:

– Oil of oregano – add a few drops to your toothbrush to kill stubborn germs in the mouth (make sure to floss as well) and brush with it 2-3 times per day

– Wash your mouth with hot water and cinnamon powder

– Chew a few parsley leaves

– Mix 1 tsp of chlorophyll in 2 ounces of water and drink on an empty stomach

– Chew on a few fennel seeds throughout the day

Also, make sure that you are eliminating properly and fully every day. Use Magnesium citrate or Cascara Sagrada if constipated.

What Does It Mean When You Crave Salt (And How To Stop It)

Do you feel like you crave salt regularly? Think you eat way too may salty foods? Or maybe not enough?

Yes, eating too much salt is bad, but eating too little is bad too.

Salt is necessary to control the balance of body fluids, provide vital trace minerals and is crucial for growth and reproduction.

So do you have cravings? Check out the video:

Do you Crave for salty foods.

  • Cravings for foods that have a lot of salt in them even if they don’t taste salty. Examples include bread, crackers, cookies, TV dinners, and canned foods?
  • Cravings for sausages, bacon, olives, seasoning blends
  • Do you have fatigue, low energy and mood swings.
  • Muscle cramps or slow recovery from exercise.

If so, here’s what I recommend you do:

  • Test your adrenals and hormone levels. Cortisol and other stress hormone issues may be affected by sodium deficiency so check with your doctor asap.
  • Pay attention to how you feel after eating foods with a lot of sodium. Listen to the cues of your body, maybe it is trying to tell you something!
  • Pay attention to exercise. If you sweat a lot, rehydrate with a mixture of water and himalayan pink salt.
  • Be present and celebrate where you are right now. This will help you reduce stress levels.
  • Add some Himalayan sea salt to a big glass of water during dinner. This will help you not go to the bathroom a thousand times per day or at night.
How To Use Palo Santo To Cleanse Your Space

Spiritual cleanses are as important as physical/nutritional ones. And they often go hand in hand. Just like going deep to cleanse your body is key to weight loss and overall health, going deep and addressing our emotional, spiritual and mental home is key to getting rid of behaviors that don’t serve us, clear them out and replace them with ones that help us grow and evolve.

Many years ago in my native Puerto Rico, I discovered a wonderful bark that has been used for centuries in South America for its energetically cleansing and healing properties and now it’s becoming more and more popular in the rest of the world: Palo Santo (Spanish for Holy Wood).

Check the video below to learn the benefits of Palo Santo and how to use it!

How To Cleanse The Home With Palo Santo

This is the easiest and safest way to use Palo Santo to clear the energy of your home or work space:

  • Burn 1-2 sticks at a time. Hold the bark at 45 degree angle and ignite the sticks. Let them burn for 45 seconds then blow out and allow the smoke to spread.
  • Close all doors and windows to keep as much of the smoke indoors.
  • Set your intentions for the energy clearing of your home. Recite your favorite prayers, mantras and/or chants out loud.
  • Move around your space (including bathrooms, kitchen and dens). Place close attention to the windows, door entrances, pipes and any other areas with access to the outside of the home/space.
  • When done, place the remaining stick in a fire proof bowl (metal or clay) and leave to smoke in a safe area (away from loose fabrics or furniture) overnight.
  • In the morning, open all doors and windows, to allow the excess of smoke (shouldn’t be too much) to take away any lingering heavy or negative energy.
Home Remedy For Yeast Infections

This video is for the ladies in my life (sorry guys) who have suffered from pesky and sometimes painful yeast infections. If you are a woman, chances are you have or will have a yeast infection at least once in your lifetime. I’ll show you the home remedies for yeast infection that helped me.

Go to the video here!

First of, what’s a yeast infection? It is simply put an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast is one of the many types of bacteria that grow in your gut, mouth, genitalia and other body parts. Normally yeast levels at kept at bay by other beneficial bacteria but sometimes, that balance is thrown out of whack, causing the yeast to grow and causing the awful symptoms you may have experienced, like:

  • burning sensation
  • intense itch
  • pain and discomfort
  • redness (probably from scratching
  • discharge

What causes the infections? Well, I asked my OB-GYN and he essentially said that a hundred things can cause yeast overgrowth. The most common causes are:

  • use of antibiotics
  • poor diet
  • not cleaning up after sex
  • use of douches
  • excessive stress

Check out the video to learn my natural remedy for yeast infections!

How To Support Someone With Depression

How to support someone with depression? There’s a lot being said about people who suffer from it and how to get help but I feel like not a lot is being said or expressed by those who have a loved one that suffers from depression.

I am one of those. A very dear person in my life has struggled with depression for years. It is hard for me to talk about this and I won’t go into details about my loved one ordeal.  This is video is for you, the person who has a loved one who may be depressed. your support and encouragement can play an important role in his or her recovery.

Check out the video here:

I promise you, they appreciate it, even though it feels like you’re repeating yourself over and over and nothing. Rest assure, you MUST take care of yourself as well.

What you need to remember:

  • It is not personal
  • This is not a game, it is serious
  • Ignoring it, won’t make it go away
  • You. Can’t. Fix. It.

BUT your are the first line of defense in the fight against depression. Always remember that 2 ears 1 mouth ratio. Just encourage them to talk in a kind way and listen, listen, listen.  And of course, ask if they need advice – don’t just offer it.

You can also try asking questions like:

  • Did something happen that made you start feeling this way?
  • How can I best support you right now?
  • Have you thought about getting help?

Avoid saying:

  • Just snap out of it.
  • What’s wrong with you?
  • Shouldn’t you be better by now?
  • It’s all in your head.
  • We all go through times like this.
  • Look on the bright side.
  • You have so much to live for why do you want to die?
  • I can’t do anything about your situation.

How to do take care of yourself???

  • Set boundaries: ask your loved one to get a therapist
  • Take some time for yourself every day, especially if you live with the depressed person
  • Seek support from a trusted friend – make sure they are discreet
  • Keep living your own life
The Power Of Words

Do you words have power? Is there some truth to the claim some people make about the power of words? Most people have strong opinions about this and I was one of them.

But after watching a documentary about water, where a scientist (dr. Masaru Emoto) that explains how your words and even your thoughts (positive or negative) can affect molecules of water. I was curious, even fascinated. Then, a few months ago, I saw a Facebook post from Danielle Laporte about an experiment she did with her son. So I set out to recreate the exact same experiment on video and see for myself.

Here’s what my experiment looked like: I cut out 1 apple in half, sealed each half in an identical Mason jar and stored them in the exact window sill for approx. 21 days.

Every day for a month I said negative and demeaning words to what I called the “bad apple”. Things like “you’re nasty, fat and ugly. You’re stupid and incapable. You can’t do anything right. Why do you even try! You suck and I hate you”.

The other half, the “good apple” heard beautiful words of encouragement. I told her things like: “you are so smart, amazing, sweet and gentle. You are amazing and I am in awe of you, you are the best, I love you”.

The first 7-10 days not much was happening… but then things started to change.

Check out the video above to learn the results.

Food Allergy Elimination Diet

Ever wonder how to do a food allergy elimination diet? IF you are having food allergies or intolerances, you might want to eliminate certain foods from your diet for a few weeks, allow your body to heal and then slowly re-introduce foods to help you learn what helps and what doesn’t.

And on the comments below the video, tell me: Have you tried something similar before? If so, what was your experience? Let me know in the comments below the video!

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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”...

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