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Natural Remedies for Heartburn

SICK STOMACHWant to know some natural remedies for heartburn, commonly called acid reflux? It  is caused when digestive acids flow up from the stomach and into the esophagus. The esophagus, located in the heart region of the chest, becomes irritated with a burning sensation.

Other Symptoms of Heartburn

There are other symptom symptoms for acid reflux that people often have such as gas, bloating, flatulence and even apparently unrelated symptoms such as chronic dry coughing, sour or bitter mouth between meals, trouble swallowing, hoarseness, and wheezing.

Acid reflux  usually occurs after swallowing food, thus allowing stomach acids to come up toward and into the esophagus.

Causes of Heartburn
These include obesity, lying down after meals, eating just before bedtime, eating processed fried foods, and over eating and excess caffeine or alcohol.

If acid reflux occurs often on a regular basis, the condition becomes gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which can develop into cancer of the esophagus if ignored.

Here are my TOP TEN remedies for acid reflux:
  1. Lose stomach fat  (this reduces pressure on lower esophageal sphincter)
  2. Reduce sugar  intake
  3. Eliminate fried processed foods
  4. Reduce alcohol intake
  5. Practice mindlfulness or meditation or a mind/body practice to reduce stress
  6. Reduce caffeine intake
  7. Take a chewable calcium/magnesium supplement CLICK HERE for my recommendation
  8. Take digestive enzymes CLICK HERE
  9. Take a probiotic CLICK HERE
  10. Increase your VITAMIN D intake

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling

ROMEWant to know how to not get sick while traveling? I have been in 10 cities and 5 countries in the last two weeks and of course there is exposure to all kinds of things that could make me sick! How do I stay healthy while traveling? The thing to realize is traveling also takes us away from many of the things that keep us healthy such as fresh, well-balanced meals, regular exercise and good quality sleep. Here are my TOP TEN TIPS on how to not get sick while traveling.

  1. Take a Probiotic every day

This is probably my most important habit while traveling. I often double dose when I am away in a foreign country. It can protect from traveler’s diarrhea as well as boost your immune system. About 70 percent of our immune system is in our gut! Make sure your probiotic contains lactobacilli and bifidobacteria with a total of at least 30 billion units. CLICK HERE for my recommendations.

  1. Dose up on Vitamin D

I take 10,000 IU of Vitamin D for 5 consecutive days at the start of traveling to give my immune system a boost.

  1. Take Magnesium before bed

Magnesium acts like a natural relaxant and taking 400 mg of magnesium citrate for the first two nights of travel may not only help you fall asleep but also acts as a laxative by pulling water into the intestines. It really helps to keep you regular!

  1. Take your supplements

Boost your cellular defenses with a high quality nutritional supplement. CLICK HERE to learn what I use and recommend.

  1. Get good quality sleep

Sleep is so important for cellular health and repair and regeneration. Sleep deprivation will  affect your immune system.

  1. Drink lots of water and stick to carbonated water and/or intact seal.

Drinking water is a big must while you travel because it flushes your body of toxins, helps your digestion (which is associated with your immune system) and keeps you hydrated. Keep water with you throughout the day and chug a glass before you head out in the morning and before you go to bed. Drink only bottled water with an intact seal. Carbonated water is popular in Europe. Carbonation kills intestinal pathogens by reducing the water’s PH level.

  1. Don’t Brush your teeth with tap water

Tie a ribbon around the faucet as a reminder!

  1. Keep healthy snacks around

I don’t travel without some sort of nut mix and protein bars. This gives my immunity a boost and keeps me less tempted to eat something unhealthy on the go when hunger creeps up.

  1. Exercise as much as you can

Exercise boosts your immune system as well as your mood so you can make healthier choices.

  1. Wash your hands (a lot) and carry hand sanitiser

Your skin is your first line of defense and your hands specifically are always touching things and then touching your own face, mouth, or eyes.

Enjoy staying healthy while traveling!

 

5 Digestive Health Tips After Thanksgiving

SICK STOMACHNeed some digestive health tips? For many of us, digestive discomfort has become a fact of life…especially at holiday time. Do you suffer from gas, bloating, upset stomach, constipation or heartburn? By paying attention and making a few simple changes, you can help your digestive system do the job it was made to do – absorbing nutrients and keeping things running smoothly. Learn what you can do today to help take care of your digestive system.

1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily

There’s almost nothing better for your digestive system and your overall health than water. Drinking too little water slows down your digestive system significantly because a harder stool is more difficult to pass. Drink plenty of water and other fluids, especially after you exercise.

2. Move – Physical activity speeds up digestion, increases blood flow to all your organs, and stimulates muscles in the GI tract, helping your organs work more efficiently. It can even tone the walls of your colon! Aim for 30 minutes of exercise every day.

3. Make fiber a regular part of every day, and you will be regular every day. Fiber is the traffic cop that helps keep everything moving smoothly in your intestines. It slows down digestion and absorption so the glucose in food enters your bloodstream more slowly, keeping your blood sugar at a more even level. Additionally, fiber increases the weight and size of your stools, and by softening them, fiber helps them pass quickly through your system. Without fiber, you get the gas, gridlock, and occasional discomfort of constipation

4. Take a Probiotic – Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in the human gut. These “good bacteria” are used to prevent and alleviate many different conditions but particularly those that affect the gastrointestinal tract. They are particularly good at regulating the amount of healthy bacteria in your system and normalizing bowel movements. Take a probiotic supplement for a minimum of two weeks — try it and see if you notice a difference! CLICK HERE TO ORDER

5. Knock out your Trouble Foods with a Digestive enzyme -The Digestive Enzyme I recommend contains seven different enzymes, which help break down most of the foods we eat, from dairy and protein to fats and carbohydrates and helps alleviate the feeling of over-fullness after a large meal. The artichoke extract provides even more relief for occasional upset stomach or bloating caused by indigestion. CLICK HERE TO TRY IT

BIG NEWS !!!! – On the Monday, November 30 Dr Oz Show, Dr. Mehmet Oz will be speaking to  WBO Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley about how he uses this digestive supplement to optimize his digestive health.