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.

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!

 

How I Managed My Uterine Fibroids

My fibroids were one of the first reasons (ulcers being the other) why I started to learn about wellness, which eventually lead to a career change and a live-long passion.

Fibroids are benign tumors that grown in or on your uterus and can cause heavy period, absence of period, pelvic pain, anemia, infertility and even depression.

There is some genetic predisposition to getting fibroids and age also has something to do with it (most women get theirs around the age of 30).

But for the most part, poor diet, exposure to excess estrogen in the food and environment, hormonal disruption and toxicity are known to be major factors affecting the development of fibroids in the body.

So those are the things I addressed when I was looking for natural alternatives to manage and shrink my fibroids naturally. Here are a few of the things that I worked on and that were effective for me! Check out the video to learn what those are:

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I urge you to please check with your doctor before trying any supplements or alternative treatments.

Do you suffer from fibroids? Have alternative treatment helped you in any way?

Let’s use this forum as a sounding board for all of you with fibroids and other disruptive hormonal issues.

3 Reasons To Detox And 3 Ways To Start

The more toxins we are exposed to, the harder the body has to work at eliminating these toxins.

The list of toxins that could potentially harm our bodies is almost endless.

You haven’t even left your house, and you’re already ingesting dozens of these chemicals, pollutants and carcinogens.

There are many reasons for you to detox and on this video I will share just 3 of them. I will also share 3 simple easy tips you can do to help minimize your exposure to toxins and pollutants and become, stronger, healthier and happier.

Check out the video!

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So now, tell me: Which of these ones are you willing to try first? Are you on your way to a cleaner, healthier body and home?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Food For Thought Summit Coming Soon!

For the last 4 months, I’ve been working on a little project that I’m really excited about and now I’m ready to share with you!

It’s called Food For Thought: The Mind, Body, Spirit Summit!

From April 14th-18th, I’ll be interviewing top wellness experts (doctors, nutritionists, therapists, coaches, best-selling authors) on how they manage to sustain a healthy lifestyle. All interviews will be available online at the Food For Thought website.

Since I know you’ve been searching for practical ways to live a healthier, more active lifestyle, the Food for Thought Summit is here to help you!

The #1 reason why people struggle to keep a healthy lifestyle is overwhelm. There’s just too much information out there! This summit will help you cut through the clutter, learn ways to stay motivated and create your own personal wellness revolution!

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Finally! The end of PMS once as for all!

If you’re a gal (or have one in your life), you know how PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) can wreck havoc in your life!

But does it have to be this way?

The truth is that the crazy PMS “monster” that some women face every month is not normal and not what nature intended.

So instead of “dealing” with the nasty effects of PMS every month, nip it in the butt with these easy-to-do tips

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Which ones of these have you tried before?

Which one has worked best for you?

Which are you most likely to try next?

Let me know by leaving 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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