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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!

Blackberry Coconut Lime Popsicles

I love this little recipe, perfect for hot summer days but also fun if you have a sweet tooth and want to satisfy it without un-doing a great day full of healthy foods.

I often make these and leave in my freezer to share with guests or simply to enjoy with my honey while watching a movie at home.

Check out the video and recipe below!

Makes 6 small/4 large pops

1 can full-fat coconut milk
2 Tspts coconut syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups blackberries
Juice of 1/2 lemon or lime
pinch salt

In a medium bowl, combine coconut milk, syrup, lime juice, salt, and vanilla extract, and whisk to combine.

In a blender, puree blackberries, then pour through a fine-mesh strainer to remove seeds.

Add the milk blend and blackberries in alternate order, making white and purple swirls as you do.

Freeze for about 30 minutes, then insert sticks and freeze until firm.

LOVE IT! Comments, ideas?! Leave them 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.

HOW TO USE THEM

Internal

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

Topical

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

 

Aromatherapy

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!

DIY Digestive Blend For All Body Types

So you’ve been farting stinky bombs for days. Maybe even haven’t popped properly or feel like you should poop a bigger one but it hasn’t come. What to do?

This natural digestive remedy is the bomb! In a good way! It’s a Flax Sprinkle is full of fiber and good things while also being a super tasty addition to oatmeal, smoothies, even coffee.

Check out the video below to learn about its ingredients and why they ROCK!

Here are the main ingredients:

  • Ground Flax seeds contain soluble fiber which helps move things through the digestive tract and they are high in natural oils which lubricate the system.
  • Cinnamon warms and stimulates the digestive system.
  • Ginger has long been used to help prevent nausea and soothe upset stomachs and is also often used to stimulate digestion.
  • Cardamom helps relieve gas and indigestion as well as helps move mucus from the digestive system.  It can also help bring relief from too much acid in the stomach.
  • Cloves have been traditionally used to treat a variety of bowel problems including diarrhea, bloating, and vomiting.
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.

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

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Vegan Raw Chocolate Mousse

What do you do when on the go and in need of some fun superfood cacao treat? A raw vegan chocolate mousse of course! I’m making this treat on my Nutribullet so if I can do it on a tiny blender, so can you! Check out the video for my simple (on the go) and totally yummy recipe for a vegan chocolate mousse:

What I love the most about this recipe is that it’s filled with antioxidants, healthy fats, micronutrients and none of the bad stuff in commercial chocolates!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 avocados
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • Chaga and Reishi mushroom tincture

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blend until smooth
  • Blend until combined
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!

 

Chia Pudding Parfait

This ridiculously easy and simple recipe is one I do 2-3x per week. So I wanted to share here with you my high protein chia pudding parfait! Check out the recipe in the video below:

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 cups of chia seeds
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tsp coconut nectar
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Mix it up and leave in the fridge for 4-12 hours
  • Add your favorite toppins – I’m adding just some nuts.

Perfect treat, easy to make, great breakfast, snack or high protein pick me up! Let know how you like it in the comments below the video!

What’s The Daniel Diet

Have you heard of the Daniel Diet? It is based on the book of Daniel on the bible, which is often credited as the ancient foundation for a plant-based diet. On Chapter 10, the book describes the vegan fast the Prophet Daniel followed: “I ate no delicacies, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

In the book, after those 21 days, Daniel appeared healthier.

Check out the video to learn more!

So What Is The Daniel Diet?

The plan is a plant-based program inclusive of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils. No caffeine, alcohol, additives, or preservatives are allowed. Usually, participants partake in the plan for a period of 21 days, often as part of a religiously motivated fasting period.

In 2010 researchers at the Univ of Memphis studied the diet and found that:

  • Fights inflammation
  • High in antioxidants
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Protects against diabetes
  • Fights obesity

And even if you consume small amounts of dairy or flesh (perhaps as a condiment or in truly small amounts), they diet seems to provide the same benefits.

I love the idea of giving your body a respite from processed foods, chemicals and foods that produce an inflammatory response. And it’s a great reminder that a plant-based diet is not a fad diet, it’s been around since biblical times!

So get curious, add more plants to your plate and let me know how you feel! And let me know in the comments 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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