If you are one of those suffering from reflux or heartburn, and  popping Prilosec or an over-the-counter antacid such as Tums or Rolaids, you may want to try letting your own body balance your pH and stomach acid for indigestion relief. Over time, the medications meant to suppress stomach acid, acid reflux, and heartburn, actually can do more damage and become habit-forming.
Here are some natural alternatives for indigestion, heartburn and possibly GERD:
Natural alternatives for indigestion, heartburn and possibly GERD Relief
  • Emphasize whole foods, limit processed foods
  • Rule out food allergies and intolerances
  • Rule out specific irritants: a variety of foods can cause or worsen indigestion by irritating the esophageal lining or relax the esophageal sphincter.
  • Fats: focus on healthy clean fats, such as coconut, grass fed meats, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, wild cold-water fish, nuts and seeds.
  • Avoid deep-fried foods and damaged fats.
  • Consume coconut and coconut oil: the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of coconut oil apparently play a role in soothing inflammation and healing injury in the digestive tract.
  • Limit or eliminate white flour and white sugar.
  • Consume whole grains, legumes and nuts which are soaked or sprouted – soaking begins germination which increases the enzymatic activity in foods as well as inactivates substances called enzyme inhibitors which hinder optimal digestion and absorption.
  • Eat foods that encourage good bacteria proliferation- these include kefir and sauerkraut, and take a probiotic supplement at bed time and more frequently as needed.
  • Eat when relaxed, and eat slowly, chewing food completely.
  • Eat small frequent meals to prevent excess pressure on the esophagus.
  • Don’t eat close to bedtime.
  • Lose weight
  • Manage your stress.
  • Drink plenty of clean filtered water, staying hydrated throughout the day.
  • Eat more raw foods for natural enzyme content.
  • Take digestive enzymes.
  • Lie down on left side which keeps stomach below the esophagus.
  • Elevate the head of bed.
  • Eat more fiber – heartburn is rarely seen in those who consume high fiber diets.
  • Chiropractic and/or cranial-sacral adjustments – which can correct misalignment in LES/stomach area.
  • Diaphragmatic breathing exercises which can strengthen LES muscles.
  • Identify possible hypochlorhydria – often symptoms of excess stomach acid are the same as insufficient stomach acid.
  • Take anti-inflammatory herbs – calendula, fenugreek, turmeric, deglycyrrhizinated licorice root (DGL), aloe juice.
  • Demulcent herbs which help coat the mucus linings and help to build more mucus – marshmallow root, slippery elm, aloe juice, DGL.

Tips for a Heart-Healthy HalloweenHalloween is a fun day, when children get to dress as their favorite superhero, Disney princess or any creepy character. Of course, Halloween is also the sweetest time of the year when children can collect and eat as much candy as they want.

Yes, it’s just one day per year, but with the increasing rate of obesity and cavities, health experts see this candy-filled holiday as a nightmare. But don’t worry; your spooky soiree can be both fun and healthy with a few simple tips.

Eat before trick-or-treating

Instead of making sweet treats and candy off-limits, it would be a good idea to serve your family with a healthy dinner first. Then, bring out the sweet treats once they have finished their food. If your kids are full, then they won’t be tempted to eat too much candy afterwards.

Remember balance

If your child eats well all year long, then you don’t have to worry with letting them eat candies on this day. It’s what kids eat every day that has the most impact on their health and nutrition. Of course, moderation is the key.

To limit their intake of sweets, prepare healthy snacks like sweet potato fries or fruits.

Stay active

Don’t focus too much on the food. To get the kids moving, plan some fun activities and games like a relay race or costume parade. Instead of driving the kids, encourage them to walk from the house.

Practice portion control

Before all the fun begins, it is important to talk to your kids about when and how much candy they are allowed to eat. You can also provide smaller portions. Instead of full-sized treats, give them smaller cookies and brownies, miniature muffins and cupcakes.

Serve them with bite-size treats instead of leaving everything on the table. This way, you can control the amount of sweets each child consumes.

 

4 Easy Ways to Clean Up Your DietEating healthy is a goal for many of us. Unfortunately, a lot of people give up on this goal without even trying.

For most people, approaching a lifestyle change can be daunting. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Remember, small steps always make a big difference. Take small steps and start making small changes in your diet today. Here are some tips to get you started.

Prepare your own food

Lack of time is one of the most common excuses for eating a poor, unhealthy diet.

Regardless of the quality of fast food chain or restaurant, eating out means consuming more calories than the food you would prepare from your own kitchen.

Plan ahead and take some time to prepare your own food. This way, you’ll be forced to eat healthy and feed your family with heart-healthy meals.

Stop consuming non-organic coffee

For billions of people all around the world, caffeine is responsible for a jolt of energy that starts the day. But the problem with caffeine is that it becomes addictive. Instead of the usual 1 cup, you’ll eventually need 3 to 4 cups of coffee just to wake you up in the morning.

We understand that breaking the morning caffeine habit could be extremely difficult, but try to slowly wean yourself off any caffeinated products. Once you go back to a caffeine-free lifestyle, you’ll notice that your body composition will improve and your energy levels will become more stable.

No sugary beverages

Sugary beverages like sodas, smoothies and fruit juices have been proven to cause numerous health issues such as diabetes, heart diseases and obesity. Resist the urge of reaching for a can of soda and make your own flavored water instead. Add some fruit slices and fresh herbs to your water and enjoy a refreshing drink without the added sugar.

Keep hydrated

Studies revealed that roughly 90% of people are dehydrated. This affects your health, immunity, energy and vitality.

Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Keep a bottle of water handy and sip from it often.

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My name is Amy, and I’m over-scheduled, overwhelmed, and over having to be the Type “E” Woman (aka, “everything to everybody, every time”).  I realize that’s a dramatic and a bit of a negative statement, but that’s simply the reason I approached the idea of our upcoming women’s workshop Saturday, September 6th.  Although I run a business as a certified nutrition therapist, and counsel clients on how to make better food and health choices, I myself struggle with making sound decisions and choices each day. There is some pressure not only in having a “nutrition” title, but in being a woman itself: holding the barometer of the family, raising children, paying bills, grocery shopping, running the house, running a social calendar, being an available wife, partner, friend, daughter, mother, boss, employee, and so on and so on.  These roles we all play at some point can create a sense of loss of control, frustration, and even anxiety. If you’re like me, you want to be perceived as someone who CAN do it ALL, and with grace and perfection. That pressure can send us “E” Women over the edge. This workshop isn’t just an extension of my work. I am facilitating it knowing full well that I myself have struggled too, and hopefully can shed some light to those of you in the same boat.  The rough waves may still come, but I know through nutrition, and holistic knowledge, I can paddle a smoother ride, and sail in a clearer direction. Join me!

Grasping Sanity for the Type-E WomanA Workshop to Reclaim Control and Balance in Your Life
Are you the Type-E woman?
Do you feel like you have to do everything for everyone, every time?

WHEN: Saturday, September 6th
10:00 a.m. – Noon
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Do you experience any of the following:
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nutrition and ancient Eastern wisdom.

Join Licensed Acupuncturist, Gretchen Belenchia, Certified Nutrition Therapist, Amy
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where you will learn stress reduction techniques, easy nutritional tips, and Eastern
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Cost is $29. Payment by credit or debit card is required at time of registration. Deadline for
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5 Simple Reasons You Should be Taking PROBIOTICS DailyThroughout our digestive tract, or “gut”, we have both “bad” and “good” bacteria. Poor diet choices, stress, not drinking enough water, parasites, yeast overgrowth, disease, age, and other environmental or internal stressors, cause a lack in the good bacteria in the gut.  We need a good, balanced, healthy gut terrain environment abundant in these “good” bacteria, we call probiotics.
I want to break down in very simple terms how essential healthy gut flora is to optimum health and body function.
Eating yogurt each day does NOT supply near enough probiotic support, and it is my opinion that the adverse effect of sugars in most yogurt, outweigh the benefit of the probiotics they contain. Greek yogurt may supply more high quality protein with each serving, but the sugar effect in the body is still there, and a serving (or 2) of yogurt daily simply isn’t sufficient supplementation.
I recommend a comprehensive probiotic formula including more that 5 billion colony forming units (c.f.u.) per capsule, from a safe/pure/additive-free source, taken at bedtime for optimum absorption through the night when our gut is at its resting/healing state. Some clients need a higher dose depending on their condition.
“Why should I be on probiotics or how do I know if I really need them?” you ask? I recommend probiotics to everyone, even and especially pregnant or nursing mothers for many reasons including:
1. Digestive Health.  Probiotics are essential in replenishing good bacteria that is killed off when we take any dose of antibiotics, which gladly destroy the infectious/bad bacteria, but kill the good ones too. Antibiotic use can create diarrhea and probiotics prove to help that unwanted symptom. Even outside of antibiotic use, probiotics provide a cleaner, healthier, more balanced gut environment, promoting regular more productive bowel movements, less gas/bloating, better nutrient absorption, and digestion of food.
2. Women’s Health. Healthy pH balance of the GI tract actually affects the amount of yeast in the body, which can have negative effects on the bladder and female reproductive system. Regular and therapeutic doses of probiotic combat vaginal yeast infections. Probiotics may also have a special role in maternal health, as pregnant women are particularly susceptible to vaginal infections. And bacterial vaginosis has been indicated as a contributing factor to pre-term labor, making probiotics a potential boon for fetal health.
3. Allergies/Skin Issues. Studies show a lower instance in infant and childhood eczema when the mother was taking regular probiotics during pregnancy. Because probiotics support the immune system, pH balance of the GI tract, and help to control yeast overgrowth, they also help keep seasonal allergies at bay, and can promote healthier skin, with less acne and dermatitis outbreaks.
4. Immune Support. Did you know close to 80% of your immune system is contained in the GI tract? With that in mind, giving your gut terrain the healthiest most balanced environment with copious amounts of probiotics/good flora, you increase lymphocyte activity, ward off infections, virus, yeast and parasites– boom– a stronger immune system!  Because the majority of your body’s ability to fight allergies, colds, viruses, bacteria, even cancer (your immune system) is in the digestive tract, what we eat, drink, ingest, along with how we can assimilate what we ingest is essential to our body’s immunity and health.
5. Weight Maintenance. In 2006, Stanford University researchers found that obese people had different gut bacteria than normal-weighted people — a first indication that gut flora plays a role in overall weight. Some preliminary research shows that probiotics can help obese people who have received weight loss surgery to maintain weight loss. And in a study of post-partum women who were trying to lose abdomnial fat, the addition of lactobacillusand bifidobacterium capsules helped reduce waist circumference.  (source: Dr. Shekhar K. Challa). Again, if we are assimilating nutrients better, we are able to maintain healthier blood sugar levels, eliminate toxins and waste–thereby maintaining our waistlines!

5 Tips to Become Healthier

 

Being healthier does not necessarily mean that you have to overhaul your entire lifestyle. Sometimes, making a few simple changes in your diet, stress management and exercise will do the trick. To help you turn this knowledge into results, we have compiled a few quick and easy tweaks that will surely make a huge difference in the way you feel.

Sleep more

It is a known fact that getting enough sleep contributes greatly to both our health and beauty. Several researches have confirmed that people who do not sleep enough are more likely to get sick since their immunity is weak.

If you have trouble sleeping at night, you might want to try relaxation techniques like meditation. This is beneficial as it relaxes your mind and body. Also, bedtime snacks like chamomile tea, warm milks and oatmeal are shown to help shift the mind and body into sleep mode.

Eat your vegetables

Consuming about 5 servings of vegetables a day is recommended. By sticking to a high vegetable diet, you’ll be less likely to develop cancers of the pancreas, bladder, stomach, esophagus, cervix, colon and lungs. Additionally, the most powerful phytonutrients are usually found in vegetables with the boldest colors. Grapes, tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli are just some of the best examples.

Get a massage

Massage comes with an endless list of benefits. Aside from acting as a great form of relaxation and stress relief, it is also associated with a few health benefits. It lowers blood pressure, improves circulation and triggers the release of endorphins, the hormones that are responsible for bright emotions and good mood.

Laugh

We often find ourselves in a stressful situation, and this has a negative impact to our health.

Laughter is considered to be extremely beneficial to all of us. It has been proven to support our vascular health and expand blood vessels. So, if you have an opportunity to laugh, enjoy the moment and laugh as much as you want.

Regular exercise

You may not know it, but exercise has shown to reduce all the biomarkers of aging including lowering cholesterol, improving lean muscle, normalizing blood pressure, improving bone density and improving eyesight.

Studies have shown that even a 10-minute exercise makes a huge difference. So, if you wish to live longer and live well, you have to exercise daily.

 

5 Tips on how to Avoid Tempting Treats
We’ve all been there: at a party, at a co-worker’s birthday celebration in the break room, at restaurants, and even up and down the grocery aisles.  Tempting treats can not only sabotage weight loss/maintenance goals, they can wreak havoc on moods, hormone balance, blood sugar balance, and your immune system.  It’s really not a matter of willpower or strength vs. weakness on your part, it is a biochemical response to highly addictive (therefore, seductive!) ingredients in many sweet, salty, and overly processed but always tasty and tempting treats.  Most name-brand-mass food manufacturers use the least expensive ingredients in packaged food. They also hide sugar, fat, and additives in various forms, which may make our taste buds happy temporarily, but ultimately affect our “bottom” line and tummies in an undesirable way. These tempting treats drastically affect our blood sugar balance and body’s ability to regulate hormones, which affect our brain’s ability to function optimally, resulting in fatigue, irritability, inability to make clear decisions, and memory problems.
Here are 5 tips to consider to keep control and balance when tempting treats come your way:
1. Do not attend a social function, or grocery shop on an empty stomach.  Drink an 8 oz. glass of water, and eat a small serving of healthy protein (i.e., hard-boiled egg, 1/4 cup raw nuts, a protein shake) at least 30 minutes before you go to an event or the store. If protein isn’t handy, eat an apple or orange, or some raw veggies. Fiber and protein stave cravings, and are filling and nutrient-dense to the body, so you won’t biochemically be as crazed for sugar/salt.
2. Stay hydrated.   Many times our “hunger pains” are actually our body’s way of telling us we are thirsty, and possibly dehydrated. Water is by far the best way to hydrate. It also naturally energizes the body, and it fills us, while helping absorb good nutrients from our food and eliminate toxins from the body. If you’re at a social function, and you know that alcohol may sway you to the tempting treats, stay away from alcohol or make sure you have one full glass of water between cocktails. Club soda or sparkling water with a “splash” of fresh juice or squeezed lemon/lime can really provide satiety and a means of “clean control” at a social gathering, staving the munchies and over-drinking.  Although green tea is not hydrating, this is also a nice energizing and anti-oxidant-filled beverage to have instead of munching on unnecessary treats.
3. Have shopping boundaries.  When going to the grocery store, shop the outer perimeters (produce, meat) vs. the inner aisles and bakery section. If you have a special occasion or company to buy for that you think warrants the extra “treats”, i.e., chips/dip, cakes, cookies, etc., then have a plan before you get to the store. Budget a small amount of money and quantities of those things you’ll buy “especially for them” and then leave the aisle. Put it in a special part of your pantry that you’ll access only when providing those items for them, so they are not out in the open on a counter or platter. Make a grocery list with only one-two maximum “treats”, and stick strictly to that list. Eventually make a list with no treats so those foods are not even in the home to tempt you.
4. Fresh vs. Fad.  We eat what is available and convenient. So make fresh available! Food that is fresh, from the earth, and prepared at home, will always win over the chain restaurant dishes, fast food, and food in wrappers/cans/packages. Challenge yourself to surround your workspace and home with easy-access fresh food. Raw carrots, avocado, fruit, sliced zucchini/cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, nuts, cold chicken leftover from the night before… all in place of the 100-calorie pack pretzels, chex mix, popcorn, cookies, etc.  If you eat a cup of veggies dipped in hummus or guacamole or salsa, you’ll be more satisfied than eating a cup of corn chips, cheese puffs, or candy. The more fresh you eat vs. fad/fat, you’ll start to want that and shift your habits to healthier ones. Experiment and have fun with being creative with fresher foods–you’ll be surprised how easy and quick they can be.
5. Slow down and “think before you eat”.  Our culture is all about faster, better, and more….  Slow down when it comes to food. What this means is, don’t make your meals or snacks an after-thought—something you do “on the go”, “whatever you can grab”.  If you can make a conscious (not complicated) gameplan each day or week about the kinds of foods you will eat, and stick to the plan, you will be armed and in control. Have nuts or an apple in your purse or car, so when you’re commuting to/from activities, the drive-thru window doesn’t have to be your only option. Pack your lunch, and then set aside one day a week to eat out if that’s what you like to do, but know what you’re ordering before you get there. Think to yourself before just sub-consciously ordering a sandwich, fries, or something from the vending machine: “am I hungry, do I want this, is it going to serve me?” Stop and consider “why” you’re grabbing something. Lastly, once you are sticking to your plan and slowing down enough to “think before you eat”, chew your food slowly and deliberately. Savor every bite. When you eat slower, you won’t “need” as much food to be satisfied.

5 Ways to Increase Water Intake

Our body is made up of approximately 60% water. That being said, drinking water is essential to your health. Drinking enough water, you can be sure that your body functions properly. When your water consumption is less than your output, you may become dehydrated; thus, resulting to numerous health issues.

Water energizes the muscles of your body and flushes out toxins. Unfortunately, most people find it difficult to drink enough water each day. Oftentimes, people tend to consume more soda than water. If you are one of them, here are 5 ways to help you increase your water intake.

Make water accessible

Sodas contain Aspartame and unnatural sweeteners. In order to make sure that won’t get tempted, get it out of sight and make water more accessible.

If you are working on something or will be out all day, we suggest bringing along a bottle of water. This way, you’ll have a chance to drink water more often.

Sip water

Instead of gulping water at once, it is better to take a sip once in a while. Do this throughout the day. Drink your water slowly and enjoy its taste.

Add fresh fruits

For some people, drinking water all day could get a little boring. If you wish to spice it up, why not add your favorite fruit to the water? Feel free to add a slice of cucumber, lemon or orange to a glass of water. Fruit-infused water has many benefits. Plus, its taste is very refreshing. Once you’ve tried it, we guarantee that you’ll love it.

Eat water-enriched foods

Consuming water-enriched foods is one of the easiest ways of increasing your water intake. Tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon and cucumber are just some of the best examples of water-enriched foods. You can eat them raw, add them to your salad or make smoothies.

Drink water before each meal

Drinking a glass of water before each meal can provide numerous benefits. First, it prevents overeating. Second, it can reduce calorie intake. However, drinking more than one glass of water before each meal is not recommended as it may lead to serious health problems.

Reasons Why You Should Include Tomato in Your Diet

Tomatoes are a nutritional powerhouse that can provide you with amazing health benefits, especially if you include them in your diet. Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamins A, B1, B3 B6, C, K, phosphorus, magnesium and folate, which are all essential in maintaining good health. And to top it all off, they are naturally low in calories, sodium, saturated fat and cholesterol.

In this article, we’ll give you a list of some of the best health benefits of tomatoes. Read on as we give you a few reasons why you should eat tomatoes every day.

Clear skin

Regular consumption of tomatoes can help you achieve a clear and perfect skin. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that makes your skin less sensitive to UV light and protects it from sun damage. You can even use it for rashes and acne. Plus, it also helps minimize large pores.

Help fight cancer

A study that was published in the Journal of National Cancer Institute revealed that consuming tomatoes on a regular basis can help combat prostate cancer.

They also help reduce the risk of other types of cancers like ovarian, colon, rectal, cervical, stomach and lung cancer. This is because tomatoes are packed with lycopene. If you wish to boost the anti-cancer benefits of tomatoes, we suggest using olive oil.

Good for your hair

Tomatoes are packed with iron and vitamins that can add shine to lifeless and damaged hair. Additionally, its acidity help balance the PH level in your hair.

If you have dandruff, simply apply fresh tomato juice on your scalp and hair after shampooing. Leave it on for about 5 minutes and rinse off with cold water. Just try not to use it too often as it can dry your hair out.

Relieve chronic pain

Tomatoes contain anti-inflammatory agents like bioflavonoids and carotenoids that are capable of alleviating chronic pain. Mind you, people who are frequently suffering from pain usually have inflammation.

Research suggests that daily intake of tomato juice can help lower the blood’s TNF alpha levels by about 34%. They are also recommended for people who are suffering from chronic health issues like cancer, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s and heart disease.