5 Best-Kept Secrets To Help Your Tummy Feel Great

We’ve all been there and hate it:

The bloating, the gas, the distended abdomen, or having to untie your pants to get some a bit more comfortable.

And if your diet has been particularly poor, you are under a lot of stress or suffer from PMS it can get a lot worse: trapped gas that causes a lot of pain, fatigue, constipation, foul body odor… Ugh!

While bloating, gas and constipation can be the result of some serious health conditions, most people suffer from them because of poor eating habits and improper combination of foods.

These symptoms were part of my weekly routine since I was 6 years old. Back then, I was eating improperly combined food and lack specific nutrients in my diet.

My parents had the best of intentions and did the best they knew about but like many of us, they were misinformed about the right foods and eating habits.

It wasn’t until I learned about Chinese Medicine, Food Combination and conscious eating that all these symptoms started to disappear. And now, many years later I can proudly say that the days of stomach discomfort, bloating and painful gas are behind me.

So how did I do it, you wonder? The answer is fairly simple.

But First, it is important to learn how to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Preventing these issues from happening altogether is a much better strategy than scrambling to find solutions once the problem is there.  Some preventive measures include:

  • Listen to your body/belly and start to recognize the early symptoms of bloating and gas.
  • Wait at least 4 hours before your next meal/snack. This allows the previous meal to digest fully and leave your stomach before you stack more food on top of older food.
  • Do not talk while chewing; instead focus on fully chewing the bite before swallowing.
  • Only eat fruit alone and on an empty stomach. Fruit combined with any other food produces gas and bloating
  • Have a digestive enzyme with every meal.
  • Avoid saturated fats. Apart from cardiovascular problems, saturated fats are known to cause bloating and gas.
  • Reduce consumption of dairy and processed flour foods like white bread. They are very hard to digest and cause irritation in the intestines
  • Do not drink during a meal. Drink 30 minutes before or 45 minutes after a meal. If the food is properly chewed, you will not have the need to “chase the food down”. Liquids dilute the digestive juices, making it a lot harder to digest the food

These preventive measures will certainly help you reduce the pain, gas and bloating significantly.

But if you still suffer from these from time to time, there are some well-kept secrets in the plant world that will rock your world and will get your tummy feeling grrrrreat in no time:

Ginger: Ginger is a super root. It is a wonderful overall healthy herb that aids digestion, reduces inflammation and alleviates heartburn. It is very antiseptic, helping get rid of parasites and helps relax and soothe the intestinal track, helping manage cramping and pain.

Fennel [Seeds]: The phytonutrients in fennel give it an antioxidant quality. But it’s top quality lives in its ability to reduce gas and bloating. Chewing the seeds or making a tea will stimulate secretion of digestive juices, reduce inflammation of the stomach and intestines and helps your body absorb the nutrients better. Fennel has been a Godsend for me and I bet you it will be for you as well.

Peppermint: Cooling plant that literally soothes your stomach, relieving heartburn, indigestion, and bloating. Menthol (the active ingredient in peppermint) is both a carminative (reduces gas) and antispasmodic (reduces cramps). It is also well known for reducing nausea.

Cumin: Ayurveda considers this herb a great overall tonic for the body. And the fact that it’s delicious makes it very easy to incorporate into your diet. Cumin seeds can be made into teas that are known to help secrete enzymes in the pancreas to aid digestion and proper nutrient absorption.

Black Pepper: This is a very popular seasoning spice. But, did you know that it reduces inflammation and helps stimulate production of enzymes and digestive juices? It is also been used to treat diarrhea in India and part of Africa for hundreds of years.

In my personal experience, each and every one of these herbs have been more effective to relief stomach discomfort, bloating and gas than any over the counter remedy I have every tried (and I’ve tried them all). Try these herbs one at a time.

Remember, follow your intuition and listen to your body. It is the best way to determine which ones of these work best for you and your constitution.

Once you do, please leave a comment, letting me know which of these herbs you have used and how was your experience. If you’ve never used them, give them a try and let me know how they worked.

 

Healthy Foods To Lose Weight

Are you looking for healthy ways to lose weight?

Americans spend a whopping $30 billion per year on diet products, many of which don’t even work.

$30 Billion!

A better way to get real weight-loss results? Go grocery shopping.

Dozens of foods, from kale to kelp, that can help you fight hunger, kick your candy addiction, boost your metabolism-and ultimately shed pounds.

And some of these Superfoods deliver health bonuses too.

Here are my Top 10 favorite and best foods to lose weight fast!

Which of these Superfoods are you most likely to use in your weight loss efforts?

Which ones have you already used successfully?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Benefits of Hemp

Hemp is a variety of the Cannabis sativa plant.

I know what you’re thinking….

But that’s not what we’re going to talk about here.

Hemp is an ancient plant that has many industrial uses, from clothing, to accessories and even furniture making. It has been in use for hundreds of years in places like Japan, India and the middle east.

But you can also obtain many health benefits from it by adding the seeds to your diet.

Check out this video to learn how you can benefit from consuming hemp on a regular basis.

Amazing, right!

Do you currently use hemp?

If so, which way do you prefer it?

If not, would you considering giving it a try?

Let me know in the comment section below.

How To Stop Sugar Cravings

Do you have sugar cravings?

If so, you’re not alone. Most of  us have or have had serious cravings for sugar (especially the refined, crappy kind) at one point of another.

In a society that eats refined sugar by the pound, having regular sugar cravings can become a serious issue that may lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more.

Some research has indicated that sugar cravings are actually a form or addiction and a few doctors and scientists out there consider sugar to be toxic.

(Yikes!)

How do you actually stop sugar cravings?

Check out the video to learn more.

So tell me, how much sugar do you currently consume?

Are you ready to kick your sugar cravings to the curb?

Which one of these tips are you most likely to implement TODAY?

Leave a comment below and let me know!

 

Want To Lose Weight, Feel Great And Look Hot? SLEEP!

Are you sleeping well?

Do you wake up feeling refreshed, energized and ready to take on the day?

If you AREN’T, you need to watch this video. If you ARE, you need to SHARE this video with the estimated 50% of the North American population that is not!

Check out these great tips to help improve the quality of your sleep!

 

 

How many hours to you sleep?

Are you getting high quality sleep?

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The Wonders and Benefits of Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll, the stuff that makes plants green, is amazing!

Filled with nutrients and easy to obtain from plants and in liquid supplement form, it would be a sin not to take advantage of it.

It has SO MANY health benefits it makes it a true

SUPER-FOOD!

Check out this video to find out about the wonders and benefits of chlorophyll and the best way to have it every day!

Have you tried liquid chlorophyll supplement before?

What has been your experience?

If you haven’t, give it a try and let me know what you think!

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Debunking Myths About Plant-Based Eaters

 

As you try to improve your health by changing your diet and including more whole foods, you will get the inevitable questions from some well-intentioned (for the most part) people questioning your new healthy choices.

After hearing some of the CRAZIEST arguments and questions myself and through my clientele, I decided to write this post, to debunk some of the more prevalent myths about plant-based eaters.

So, whether you are vegetarian,  vegan or an occasional meat-eaters who still centers your diet around fruits, vegetables and whole grains, you might want to CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO to help you with the inevitable questions coming your way!

 

http://youtu.be/_LaTaSmbNDs.

Which one of these have you heard the most?

Have any of these helped you debunk your OWN myths about plant-based eaters?

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3 Easy Steps To Eliminate Negativity From Your Life

I’m sure it’s happened to you:

You are ready to be focused, positive and driven, but sometimes life gets to you and things get a bit tougher.

What to do when life throws you lemons?

Start with these 3 simple steps to change your perception and state from a negative one, to a positive one.

 

 

Leave a comment! Tell me which one of these steps you are most likely to use first?

SHARE this video with all your friends!

 

Let’s Take The Crap Out!

Ok, I know the topic of poo is a fairly uncomfortable one for many people out there.

But does it have to be?

Truth of the matter is that we are all (technically) doing it every day…. or at least we should.

And what about going further, taking even more crap out?

Perhaps years of toxic crap stuck in your intestines, making you feel like…. well, like crap!

Colon Cleansing is what I’m talking about!

I’ve been doing colon cleansing with my girl Marika for years. I love what the practice has done for my body, my health and well-being.

The subject of colon cleanse is a bit of a touchy one for a lot of people, so I wanted to ask my therapist about the benefits of colon cleansing (commonly known as colonic) and share what she had to say with you. Check out the interview below.

What do you think?

Would you try it?

Have you every tried a colonic?

What has been your experience?

Leave a comment below!

 

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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