Acid Reflux

Lately, I have been getting a lot of people coming into my workplace complaining about acid reflux and they are not too sure of what to do and how come they have it. Below we will discuss what acid reflux is and how we can solve this problem.

 

WHAT IS ACID REFLUX?

Acid reflux is acid moving upwards your oesophagus.  This acid is called hydrochloric acid and it helps the break down of food when it passes through the oesophagus, the burning sensation you get in your chest is called heartburn.

Acid reflux occurs when you do not have enough of  hydrochloric acid in your stomach not that it is an excess of acid.  Doctor’s usually prescribe acid blocking drugs for this which is so wrong.  You actually need to build back up the acid in your stomach.

You can also have acid reflux from having a hiatal hernia, which is the muscular wall separating the chest cavity from the abdomen. The oesophagus (food pipe) goes through the hiatus and attaches to the stomach. In a hiatal hernia the stomach bulges up into the chest through that opening.

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RECOMMENDATIONS

Getting rid of acid reflux also has to do with your diet, what you eat and what time of the  day you eat it.

Food&Things to avoid:

  • Red meat
  • Processed foods
  • Refined sugars
  • Acidic foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Fried and fatty foods
  • Tomatoes and Citrus foods, which you can replace with lower acidic fruits like, banana, papaya and melon (You should avoid canned and prepackaged fruits because they are more acidic)
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol and Smoking

REMEDIES

  • Apple Cider Vinegar – Add 1 Tbsp in about 6-8 Fl Oz of water and drink twice a day
  • Baking Soda – Just add 1 to 1.5 Tsp of baking soda in the Apple cider vinegar mix and drink quickly! 😉 OR you can add it to water with lemon  and honey if the Apple Cider Vinegar is too much for you.
  • Bananananananananana !! – High fiber fruit,  which is good for digestion and also it soothes your stomach
  • Pineapple –  Pineapple contains an enzyme called, bromalien which helps the break down of proteins.  It will also aid in digestion
  • Fennel seeds – You can also drink fennel tea or use the liquid (tincture)
  • Digestive enzymes
  • Marshmallow root (See in photo) MR It is a natural demulcent meaning, it relieves inflammation or irritation.  It comes in two forms, powder and liquid form
  • Aloe Vera
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Licorice Root Tincture

The link below is from Dr.Mercola, someone who I personally follow and believe in

More About Acid Reflux

-Thank you for reading, xx

 

 

 

 

 

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Matcha

History of Matcha Green Tea

Matcha really means “powdered tea”. When you drink matcha tea, it is basically drinking the leaves but instead of being whole, it is grinded into a powder form.  It is then mixed with specifically a bamboo whisk and water.  In Japan there are usually ceremonies to drink the matcha tea and this has been happening for over 900 years.

Matcha tea ceremony

Video for Matcha tea

Benefits of Matcha Tea

  • High in antioxidants
  • Supports metabolism
  • Weight loss
  • Boosts immune system
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Fights cholesterol
  • Boosts energy levels
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Useful for treating gastrointestinal problems
  • Prevents cancer
  • Enhances mood
  • Improves mind and focus

Luckily, not only does matcha come in the powdered form but it is also available in capsule form and tea bags too.  One thing to note about Matcha is that, it contains caffeine therefore persons who are sensitive to caffeine should not use it.

The first time I had matcha, it was in the form of a latte and I truthfully disliked it but now I drink it every day in the tea bags and I prefer the taste.  For me, I found it has been helping with my digestion and energy levels.  You should give it a try 😉

 

Spirulina

What is Spirulina?
It is a blue green algae found in fresh water lakes which are grown on every continent.

Ever heard reggae artist Chronixx sing about Spirulina and wondered why? Chronixx-Spirulina

Vegans use this as an alternative to obtain their iron and protein.  It has a higher protein content than a piece of steak.  This is illustrated in the diagram below:

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NOTE: By weight, spirulina is 60% Protein

NOTE: 1 Tablespoon of spirulina is 4 grams of protein.

It is very rich in,

  • Minerals such as, Potassium, Calcium and Copper
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin) which is used to digest fats and protein
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Benefits of Spirulina,

  • Heavy Metal Detoxification
  • It Increases the pH of the body, making it more alkaline
  • High in Chlorophyll
  • Anticancer
  • Immune Booster
  • Antiviral
  • Protects Cell Damage
  • Lowers Blood Sugar
  • Helps With Allergies (Nasal congestion, itching and sneezing)
  • Good Source Of GLA (Good fats) for Brain and Heart Health
  • Manages Cholesterol
  • Helps Fight Liver Disease and much more!

Forms Of Spirulina,

  1. tabsandpowderPowder
  2. Tablets
  3. Tincture (Liquid)

To be honest, I personally cannot tolerate the taste of it, so I use the capsules.  It is a very acquired taste, therefore you can try it in smoothies 🙂 .

If you want to read more about this amazing protein packed superfood, click the links below.

Science backed

Wellness Mama

Spirulina

 

 

 

 

All About Your Colon

What is your colon and where is it located?

You colon is your large intestines and it is located at the lowest part of the digestive system.

Purpose of your colon?

It absorbs fluids and waste products before excretion by the anus.  The water that is absorbed is then recylced back into the body for future use.

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If you suffer from constipation,irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, other digestive issues, mood swings,depression and skin problems then your colon is not functioning the way it should.

You need to:

  • Increase your fiber  intake (Chia seeds,Flax seeds,Quinoa,Psyllium husk,Bananas,Almonds)

What is fiber? – Fiber is responsible for moving foods throughout the digestive tract

It is known that we do not get sufficient amount of fiber in out diet due to the foods that we eat.  The western world is based on processed sugary fast foods which provides us with little to no vitamins and minerals.  These foods put a strain on our digestive system and it has to work even harder, this is why it is better to eat a “raw food diet”.

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I agree that it is not always easy to eat correctly, but it is necessary for your body to eat healthy most of the time.  You are doing yourself and your body a favour when you do so!

You also need to,

  • Eat more fruits and vegetables but try to avoid “gassy” veggies such as, Broccoli,Beans,Cabbage,Apples,Peaches.
  • Eat more fermented foods
  • Stop delaying “going off”
  • Use digestive enzymes
  • Eat more foods high in Magnesium or take Magnesium supplements (Why Mag?)

What are enzymes? BASICALLY, Enzymes aid the body in digestion. It helps break down carbs,proteins and fats.

A few reasons for the colon to stop working efficiently are, poor diet,lack of exercise and drugs.

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COLON CLEANSING

Reasons for it?

-Improves the functionality of the bodies detoxification system

-Improves daily energy

-Restores digestive health

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If your body cannot excrete waste it will back up and cause health issues which can lead to death.

 

If you want to do a colon cleanse and also cleanse your other organs that helps in the process of digestion (Kidney,Liver) then I will recommend,

  1. Lemon water with honey in a warm glass of water in the morning
  2. Apple cider vinegar,Lemon,Honey,Cinnamon/Cayenne pepper and warm water in the morning
  3. Cascara Sagrada (Liver tonic&Laxative)
  4. Black walnut (Worms)
  5. Wormwood (Black walnut and wormwood works terrific together!)
  6. Slippery Elm (Constipation and tape worms)
  7. Milk Thistle (Liver)
  8. Dandelion (Liver&Kidneys)
  9. Neem (Blood&Worms)
  10. Senna (Helps bowel movements)

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-Thank You For Reading 🙂 !

 

 

Uva Ursi (Arctostaphyl Uva Ursi)

Uva Ursi

Uva Ursi (Latin name- Arctostaphyl) is also known as “Bearberry“.  Bear-Berry? Because bears are quite crazy over this fruit, they consume it frequently.Bearsb

If you constantly suffer from, UTI’S (Urinary tract infections), Kidney disorders, Inflammation of the urinary tract, increase or painful urination then I will definitely recommend this fruit for you.

Uva ursi can also be used as a:

  • Diuretic
  • For Diarrhea
  • muscle relaxant
  • For Cuts&Wounds

It is sold in liquid form and in tea bags.

To learn more about this fruit, you can click on the links below

Uva Ursi

Six Facts to Know

 

 

Finding my balance

The Blogging Budding Optimist

Balance.

Lately, it has been my biggest struggle. It was not always a struggle but I found that as I grew older & as I started to think more consciously of my everyday choices, it became more evident. How much is too much of one thing and how much is too little? There is no specific recipe for balance,it’s just something you figure out on the way and through trial and error, so I’ll never have a definite answer for that question. But I do know balance when I feel it. There’s a feeling of safety, comfort,calmness. The tricky part is finding that balance. It’s a rough patch, it’s chaotic, it’s stormy,it’s anxiety-filled.

Now,when I speak about my battle with balance, you may find I’m speaking of it in a general sense. Mainly because it relates to many aspects of my life.

  • The balance between studying and things I want to…

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Prostate

Recently, at my work place, a lot of men have been coming in and asking for products to help with their prostate, either proactive prevention or because they are already experiencing prostate issues.  Men should be very aware of their health “down there” because it is possible to develop prostate cancer.

If you are unsure about what the prostate is and what is it’s purpose, here is it,

The prostate is a male reproductive gland which is below the bladder and in front of the rectum, it is about the size of a walnut.  Its’ function is to secrete prostate fluid called, semen.

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What happens when the prostate is englarged?

Long story short, basically, you;

  • Urinate frequently
  • Find it difficult to start urination
  • A feeling of an incomplete bladder
  • Slow or weak urination

From the above information, here is what happens when you do not empty your bladder completely,

  • Develop Urinary Tract Infections
  • Bladder stones
  • Blood in the urine

Nutrition for Preventative measures:

These can also be taken while having an enlarged prostate.

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