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 

INGREDIENTS:

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

 

HOW TO

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.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

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

 

 

 

Get It Here

Boswellia

 

 

 

Get It Here

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

UTI prevention: Uqora’s founder explains how to cover your bases

A few weeks ago, I met Jenna Ryan, a wellness advocate and entrepreneur who had such a relevant and poignant story, I asked her if she could share it here with me and my community. She gracefully agreed and here’s the post she wrote for us…

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Sometimes you’re doing everything right, and you’re still getting slammed with UTI after UTI. Uqora’s CEO and co-founder Jenna Ryan explains how she  their pink lemonade with a purpose gives you the defense against UTIs, and outlines the daily habits that minimize your risk.

In 2014, I had eight UTIs. I’ve always been susceptible to UTIs, but I had averaged two per year up until that point. This was a new record. My physicians couldn’t explain the sudden onslaught, nor could they craft a better preventive regime than daily antibiotics. Although antibiotics did work for prevention, with antibiotics came yeast infections and other pesky side effects. Plus, there was also the risk of antibiotic resistance with long-term use, which is a risk I refused to take.

For me, the cause of my UTIs was fairly obvious; that familiar tinge would sometimes come an hour after sex or sometimes take days to rear its ugly little UTI head. Either way, my ability to sit back and enjoy an après-sex cuddle pretty much disappeared. Instead, I was immediately sprinting to the bathroom, beating myself up if I couldn’t manage to squeeze the tiniest amount of urine out. Often times I would just immediately jump in the shower.

This isn’t a new and unusual story by any means. UTIs are the second most common infection in the United States, impacting millions of women like me. It’s also been shown to share links with UI. Despite its prevalence, UTI prevention options have not been up to snuff. My own prevention pursuit led me down dead-end, antibiotic-filled paths, with tired, useless cranberry products at every turn.

As a result of my UTI apocalypse, I teamed up with a team of top urologists and physicians to develop Uqora—a pink lemonade with a purpose. You can mix Uqora with a glass of water to flush UTI-causing bacteria after sex, exercise, or every day.

Uqora works in three key ways:

  1. Prevents bacteria from sticking to your urinary tract, keeping an infection from taking hold in the first place.
  2. Stimulates urine production so you don’t have to sit on the toilet for 20 minutes struggling to squeeze out a drop and tell yourself you’ve done your post-sex duty.
  3. Bolsters your immune system function with vitamins and electrolytes to give your body the boost it needs to fend off infections.

What can you do to prevent UTIs?

Often with UTI prevention, there is no silver bullet. Uqora has been a game changer for me and our customers, but it’s important to cover all your bases.

Below I’ve outlined the habits that are key to avoiding UTIs day in and day out.

  1. Treat your water bottle like your phone—don’t leave your house without it

Fluid helps move things through the urinary tract, but it also dilutes the urine so bacteria can’t grow, so get serious about staying hydrated.

  1. Wipe from front to back
  2. Coli is responsible for 90 percent of UTIs. Wiping from front to back instead back to front ensures that you aren’t helping harmful bacteria to migrate from your rectum to your urinary tract.
  3. Urinate after sex

Try your best to urinate after sex, which will help flush out any bacteria that may have migrated from the vagina to the urethra during sex.

  1. Let her breathe!

Wet bathing suits, tight pants, and sweaty gym clothes trap moisture which harbors bacteria. If you are prone to UTIs, change right after your workout or beach day.

  1. Ditch the douche

As if there aren’t enough reasons to keep douches far away from your vagina, they also kill the good bacteria (lactobacillus) you need to combat a UTI.

  1. Avoid holding your pee for prolonged amounts of time

This might be a moot point with the UI crowd, but holding your urine for a long time allows bacteria to multiply in the urinary tract, resulting in a bladder infection or UTI. Don’t wait until it’s an emergency.

What about antibiotics?

Although antibiotics are likely to be effective in the short term, continuing to use them can have a serious, long-term impact on your health. If you suffer from recurrent UTIs you may build a tolerance to antibiotics. Also consider the short-term side effects like nausea, diarrhea or opportunistic infections like yeast infections. You can talk to your doctor about preventative (prophylactic) antibiotic use—but do consider the long-term implications first.  

Despite your best efforts, sometimes UTIs can be out of your control—some people just have a higher propensity toward UTIs. This can be a result of hormonal changes, anatomy, pregnancy, conditions like diabetes, or yes, UI. If you’re in that camp—doing everything right but still suffering from UTI after UTI—then check out www.uqora.com.

— Jenna Ryan, CEO and co-founder of Uqora

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.

Pink Eye (Conjuntivitis) Remedies

Suffering from pink eye?

Pink eye, also known as conjunctivitis is a rather uncomfortable infection that looks pretty nasty, although it’s fairly harmless. Most of us have had it (or know someone who has) and know how uncomfortable it can be.

The disease can be caused by both a viral and bacterial infection and, while the bacterial infection can be treated with antibiotics, the viral version of the disease cannot (sadly, this is the most common type of pink eye!)

So what to do?

Do not fret: half of all cases of conjunctivitis or pink eye clear up on their own. So, while you might have to deal with this for a little over a week, there are a few herbal remedies you can get to help you feel better and make symptoms more tolerable while you wait for the infection to clear up. Here are five of my favorite remedies for pink eye!

Remedy 1

A fennel bulb, in a blender along with a little water. Liquify and paste. Wash eyes with fennel juice.

Remedy 2

Black tea – boil for 5 mins. Wash the eyes with the tea an apply the sachet over closed eyelids.

Remedy 3

Chamomile tea. Soak two small cotton cloths with this tea and place each cloth over the closed eyelids.

Remedy 4

Peel and grate a fresh potato. Then wrap this in a gauze and put it over your eyes.

Remedy 5

Witch hazel. Steep herb and make tea. Soak a gauze and add this compress on affected eyes.

Have you tried any? Will you? Let me know in the comments below! Feel better.

An Herbal Flu Remedy You’ve Never Heard of Before

Suffering from the flu? Don’t want to take the flu shot (your personal reasons are personal)? Or just got a nasty cold and just want to shorten it as much as you can?

This 3-herb blend has helped me through the years stave off the cold/flu and shorten the length of the cold when I do get it.

And it’s a blend you’ve probably never heard of before! Check out the video below.

And, check the herbs and its benefits here:

Dandelion

  • Improves upset stomach
  • Help liver and gallbladder
  • Mild laxative

Ginger

  • Reduces spasm and nausea
  • Helps with pain in GI tract
  • Promotes healthy digestion

Lemon Balm

  • Calms the nervous system
  • Protects immunity
  • Natural antibacterial

Will you try it? Let me know in the comment section below!

 

3 Teas That Can Improve Your Focus and Memory… WITHOUT CAFFEINE

When people ask me about what to take to stay alert without the caffeine, I always go to these 3 herbs. They are popular today, most people have either heard of them or have tried them for one action or another.

What I love about them is that they can be used by most of us, are considered tonic herbs (they can be used on a long term basis with no adverse side effects) and help not just your brain power, but all kinds of other organs as well.

They are little marvels of the plant world!

Check out today’s video to learn more (and scroll down to check out their benefits)!

Ginseng

  • Stimulate nervous system
  • Decreases mental fatigue
  • Promote brain blood flow

Sage

  • Antioxidant
  • Improves brain function
  • Reduces memory loss

Ginkgo Biloba

  • Improves blood flow
  • Blocks free radicals
  • Activates the brain

Have you tried any of them? Do you know what else they are awesome for? Let me know in the comment box below!

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!

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.

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

Herbal Tonic for Feminine Health

Regardless of where you are in your life: early 20’s and enjoying singlehood, perhaps ready to conceive, struggling with hormonal issues, have absolutely no sex drive, dealing with pre menopause or menopause, just to name a few, this female tonic herb will help you for sure!

First, here are the ingredients and why they are so amazing:

*Stinging Nettle

This is my most favorite all around fertility herb. Not only does it tone and nourish the uterus, it also promotes strengthening of the kidneys and adrenal glands.  If you are or have ever been a coffee drinker, this herb is for you!

One, two, or even more cups per day of this high mineral tea which is also loaded with chlorophyll (a detoxifier) for several months goes a long way toward preparing a woman’s body for pregnancy and for sustaining the embryo once conception occurs.

*Red Raspberry

Red Raspberry leaves, particularly the wild kind, are very high in calcium.   Like Nettle and Red Clover, Red Raspberry leaves serve as a soothing uterine tonic and hence a very effective fertility herb.

The fertility promoting effects of Red Raspberry are enhanced in combination with other herbs, particularly Red Clover.

 

*Red Clover 

Red clover is an excellent fertility herb primarily due to the high amounts of calcium and magnesium. These two minerals are believed to be of high importance in affecting a woman’s ability to conceive.

Red clover contains every single trace element needed by the glandular system.   As such, this alkalizing herb is probably the single most effective plant used for balancing of the hormones needed for conception to take place.    Balancing the body acid/alkaline PH, and thereby, the uterus PH, goes a long way toward favoring conception.

Now there’s the awesome infusion:

Equal parts of:

  • Red Clover
  • Red Raspberries
  • Nettles

Combine in about 24 ounces or warm to hot water (not boiling hot, please) and steep overnight or during the day. Drink 1-2 cups a day and leave the rest in the fridge, drinking it daily or at least every other day.

Try it, you won’t regret it. Give it a go and let me know in the comments below!

 

“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!

Best DYI Mosquito Repellent

Mosquitoes are a pain! They can ruin your picnic, sports event, gardening, hike or fun in the ski! And if you’ve ever been anywhere in the tropics, you know there’s no way you can enjoy an evening outdoors in a pair of shorts of a cute little summer dress because they will attack you and use your body as a Thanksgiving feast!

Sadly, plenty of the popular mosquito repellents out there are made with chemicals that will get into your body through the pores of your skin, eyes and nose. It’s literally like voluntarily spraying yourself with a pesticide… no thank you!

Fortunately there are natural alternatives to the toxic and chemical laden commercial mosquito repellents. Today’s video will show you one of my favorites (and one that my family in Puerto Rico uses regularly):

Ingredients:

1.5 ounces vodka or tequila, 25 drops peppermint essential oil and 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil.

Method: Use a clean and sterilized spray bottle for this. Add vodka to the spray bottle. Now, add 25 drops of peppermint essential oil followed by 1 teaspoon jojoba oil. Shake well and your very own mosquito repellent spray is ready!

Spray onto exposed skin and/or clothing, avoiding eyes and mucous membranes.

Will you try it? Let me know in the comments below the video!

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!

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

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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