How Acupuncture Can Help Your Chronic Pain

Today I have such a treat! My friend, amazing vegan and acupuncturist / Chinese medicine man Raul Ramirez is here to show you how acupuncture can help reduce tension and chronic pain in your back, shoulders, pretty much everywhere you hurt!

I’ve been using acupuncture for well over a decade, to help with everything from balancing hormones, reduce pain and anxiety, heal and reduce inflammation.

Acupuncture is a science that’s been around for thousands of years. It comes from China and it is often part of what we know as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which includes herbal remedies, diet and other therapies to restore balance and help the body heal.

On this video, instead of needles, Raul will use known as “cups” to help bring circulation into the areas of my body who are in spasm and sore from workouts and bad posture.

Can’t wait for you to check out the video!

 

Have you tried acupuncture before? If so, what has been your experience? Let me know if the comments section below!

Stay Healthy While Traveling | My Top 5 Travel Essential Products

I love travel! Visiting new places, learning about new cultures, people, ways of living. I especially love trying the local foods. Even as a vegan, I rarely run out of options because almost every culture and corner of the world has a ton of plant-based dishes to enjoy.

Yep, travel is amazing…. but it can have its drawbacks.

Jet lag, eating during off hours, indulging in a lot of process and sugary treats are all part of the experience but it can impair your immune function and make you feel ill. And that’s a perfect way to ruin an otherwise amazing experience.

So today, I wanted to share my top 5 go-to supplements and herbs I take with me everywhere I go. These are packaged in small container so that they are easy to travel with and take with you while on the road.

Check out the video below:

Here is the full list and a link where you can buy them:
1. Melatonin
2. Oil of Oregano
3. Wellness Fizz
4. I Travel Well drops
5. Organifi Go

Get them all at:
https://kit.com/JovankaCiares/travel-essentials

Herbal Blend That Fights Stress, Fatigue and Burnout

Stress and metabolism play a significant role in the process of cleansing, weight loss, disease prevention and keeping your body strong and healthy.

Your immune function, your ability to absorb the nourishment that your foods provide, your emotions all stem from that “gut feeling” people talk about a lot.

When you’re stress out, you don’t feel well. You are strong, content, happy, healthy in a relaxed state.

Living in a chronic state of low level stress response impacts everything: cortisol levels, gut flora, nutrient excretion, digestion, nutrient retention, hormones (growth, sex, stress, relaxation).

That’s why I love these “adaptogens”, herbs that help your body reduce the stress response to the craziness of life. Adaptogens help your body adapt to mental, emotional, physical and environmental stress, while also help regulate your immune system. AND… they are very safe to use for most of  us.

 

Here are the 3 I love the most plus a bonus “non-herb” that rocks my world. Check out the video here and learn more about the herbs below the video.

 

Eleuthero, or Siberian Ginseng

  • Improves normal mental clarity and emotional stamina during stressful situations
  • Boosts physical endurance
  • Helps with sleeplessness
  • Supports healthy immune system functioning

 

Rhodiola

  • Improves the brain’s ability to analyze and plan
  • Helps support the heart rate after exercise or a stressful event
  • Stimulates release of dopamine and serotoni.
  • Supports healthy immune system functioning

 

Schisandra

  • Supports normal concentration, coordination, and endurance
  • Calms the heart and quiets the spirit
  • Supports normal central nervous system functioning

 

Codyceps – a mushroom, a fungus

  • Increases Immune Function and Have Anti-Aging Effects
  • Improve Stamina and Athletic Performance
  • Act Like a Natural Aphrodisiac
  • Fight Diabetes
  • Improve Liver Function and Detoxification
  • Fight Respiratory Infections

Get the herb blend by clicking on this link!

Enjoy!

Cure-All Lentil Soup from Sweet Potato Soul

Today’s blog is a super awesome vegan recipe from my dear friend Jenné Claiborne’s new book Sweet Potato Soul. I love soups so decided to make one of the soups featured in the book, a “Cure-All Lentil Soup”.

This one has a ton of great spices/herbs and ingredients to boost your immunity, and comfort you on those days you feel under the weather.

I also love soups because they are an easy way to consume a lot of nourishing ingredients in a single bowl. Even for the not-so-great-at-cooking, this recipe is perfect for its ease and flavor.

Check out the recipe and more details about the book on today’s video blog

 

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Recipe

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 cup diced yellow onion

1 cup diced celery

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 cup diced carrots

1 unpeeled white potato, cut into 1⁄2-inch cubes

1 cup dried green lentils, sorted and rinsed

8 cups Veggie stock

 

Herbs/Spices

1 teaspoon fennel seeds

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon celery seeds

1⁄2 teaspoon dried sage

1 bay leaf

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon pepper

Salt to taste

 

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion, celery, and garlic and sauté́ until the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, potato, lentils, and stock and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium-low
  5. Add the fennel seeds, thyme, celery seeds, sage, and bay leaf.
  6. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until the lentils become tender.
  7. Season the soup with soy sauce and pepper.
  8. Season to taste with salt

Serve hot.

Favorite Herbs For Sleeplessness And/Or Low-Level Anxiety

When talking about lack of sleep and and low level anxiety that keeps you up at night, we always want to focus on calming our central nervous system, rather than forcing it to shut down.

On this video, I show you my go to “hacks” and a few herbs (including an awesome,  yet simple remedy) to help your mind and body relax and manage your sleeplessness and low level anxiety:

Ashwagandha

Known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha can increase energy to the body at a cellular level but it can also help you handle stress more effectively, helping you deal with anxiety and high levels of stress. In India it is used as an energy tonic, known to increase memory and brain power.

 

Get Some Magnesium

Take some magnesium with dinner (about 350 mg) as this calms your central nervous system and helps you relax. Make sure to take it with dinner, not in the morning! I prefer the powder versions, CALM is a great brand.

 

Massage Your Feet

Massage your feet with oil (sesame or coconut will do) before going to bed. If it’s cold, put some sock on.

 

My Go-To Herbal Remedy

½ cup of almond milk

½ tsp of honey (or coconut syrup)

1 tsp of aniseed

Warm and drink after dinner (7-8pm) every night

“Magic” Herb that kills STRESS + Ashwagandha

There’s a new herbal superstar in town! I’ve been using it for about 3 years and recommending it to clients with outstanding results. Why do I love it? Because it’s one of the most effective stress relieving substances I’ve ever tried. And it’s legal!

This little marble is called Ashwagandha and the people in India and those in the West who follow Ayurveda, have known about its amazing properties for decades.

It also happens to be an all-around health tonic (meaning, it helps your entire system, not just your stress levels). Learn more about it and get some of the herb here!

If you’re interested in trying this marvel herb, check out the ones from Lost Empire Herbs! I love it in tincture form and this company offers a truly high quality one!

How To Curb Late Night Binging

Craving sweet, salty or fatty foods late at night? Even after you’ve had an awesome day full of nourishing foods, plenty of fiber, and water!

You’ve done everything you can and you still have those pesky cravings. How to curb them? This video will show you what I do to help me not un-do my healthy day!

Here’s the list of the tips mentioned on the video:

  1. Consume more nutrients through the day
  2. Spread out your water
  3. Avoid bringing crappy food into the house
  4. Have raw cacao powder
  5. Take cinnamon bark tea
  6. Have sex
  7. Increase healthy oils in your meals
  8. Peppermint essential oil

Hope you enjoy them!

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!

Sore Throat/Laryngitis? You Need THESE!

Have a sore throat or laryngitis due to a viral or bacterial infection? Maybe even recovering from a nasty bout of the flu! (Yikes!)

On today’s video I’m sharing my tips for relieving the pain, clearing the phlegm and getting your voice back to pronto!

  1. Gargle with apple cider vinegar
  2. Gargle with warm water and sea salt
  3. use Oil of Oregano
  4. take Sage tea (but only at night time)
  5. Make ginger tea (or add it to your hot tea)
  6. Use Licorice Root tea
  7. Rub your chest and neck with Eucalyptus oil
  8. Take Aloe Vera

Check the video for more details! xoxo

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!

Gluten Free Open Avocado Toast

I love bread! There, I admit it! It’s fantastic, it’s comforting and it can be very healthy! I often choose gluten free, multi grain bread made by local bakers and using sustainably sourced ingredients.

One of my favorite snacks, light lunches or even dinners is a simple open avocado toast on gluten free bread. This ridiculously simple dish has just 3 ingredients, takes 5 mins to prepare and has over 10 grams of protein.

Click on the video below to see how!

Oh, and here are the ingredients, just for your enjoyment!

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 small tomato, firm
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves
  • olive oil to taste
  • Himalayan pink salt to taste
  • Juice of ½ a lemon

Enjoy!

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!

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!

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.

Meet our PARTNERS

My team and I have curated a list of amazing partners from vegan treats and to green juices, to essential oils and a clean beauty line. All curated with you in mind! Check out out partners here:

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And btw, our goodie bags rock! Sponsored by Daily Greens, you’ll get juices samples, essential oils, even organic cotton underwear samples TomboyX. You’re going to love all our fun products.

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

Bring a friend and you’ll each get 50% off the price of entrance. Use Discount Code: 2FOR1WS

https://wellnesssmackdownlive.splashthat.com

 

 

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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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