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  • Your Stomach is Talking to You… But Why?

    It’s happened to all of us. You’re sitting in a quiet office or maybe at a meeting when suddenly your belly is determined to get your attention.  How?  By making embarrassing noises you’re sure everyone within ear shot can hear.

    Why does this happen and is there anything you can do about it?Whether it’s rumbling, gurgling, growling or a higher pitched wail, digestive noises are typically associated with food, or a lack thereof. For instance, after a meal your digestive tract has a lot of work to do.  Food, liquid and air is making its way from your stomach to your intestines.  Your stomach may grumble or growl as it secretes acid and enzymes while using its strong muscles to physically break food down into a pulpy mass and push it through to the small intestines.

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  • 5 Shocking Dangers of Constipation

    If you’ve ever suffered a bout of constipation you know how unpleasant it is. Gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort and hard painful stools are a few of the more common symptoms that accompany constipation.  While the symptoms are difficult to cope with, one big question remains… is constipation dangerous to your health?

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  • 8 Herbs That Help Reduce Gas

    When Gas is a Problem, These Eight Herbs Can Ease Your Pain (and Embarrassment)

    You know the feeling. You’ve eaten a large meal and soon after you’re experiencing sharp pains or cramps in the abdominal area, bloating around the midsection and voluntary or involuntary passing of gas or belching.  These are the symptoms of a buildup of gas in the digestive tract that are usually caused by one of the following:

    • Undigested food reaching the large intestine
    • Swallowing air while eating or drinking
    • Eating gas-producing foods like broccoli, cabbage, beans, prunes and carbonated soft drinks

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  • Six Herbal Teas that Will Help You Sleep like a Baby

    Insomnia and restless sleep in our modern world are problems that many of us deal with.  After all, we’re so keyed up from jobs, long commutes and family responsibilities that it’s hard to turn your mind off at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.

    The fact is however, insomnia and restless sleep have been plaguing mankind since the beginning of time.  In recorded history, we know that ancient Greeks, Indians and Egyptians dealt with sleep problems among their citizens and turned to herbal remedies, mainly in the form of soothing teas, to help induce a restful night’s sleep.

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  • You’ll Be Amazed at the A+ Health Benefits of These 3 Superfoods

    KaleThe word superfood has been bandied about in recent years to encourage people to eat a healthier diet.  While there is no medical or legal definition as to what comprises a superfood, most people would agree that a superfood contains large doses of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that enhance your quality of life and may even reduce your risks of serious disease. In other words, these are the foods you should be eating on a regular basis to maintain good health now and into your older years.  While there are many foods in the fruit and vegetable families that might qualify, Blessed Herbs can recommend three that are especially worthy of the title, “superfood.” Read More

  • 10 Foods for Optimal Immune Health

    Hippocrates, the brilliant Greek physician who is considered to be the father of modern medicine preached this doctrine to his patients and students: Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food. 

    Over 2000 years later, modern research proves that these ancient words were never truer.  There is no pharmaceutical drug that can substitute for a healthy diet containing the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that give your immune system the extra boost it needs to maintain good health.

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  • Why These 5 Foods Can Sabotage Your Colon Cleanse

    If you’re ready to treat your digestive system to an all-natural cleanse, congratulations! You are taking a huge step to rid your intestinal tract of accumulated toxins and plaque, improve your digestion and promote regular healthy bowel movements. In the process of cleansing, you may even be able to jumpstart weight loss, reset your metabolism and reduce your cravings for unhealthy foods. These remarkable benefits will go a long way to get you on the road to better health, increased energy and a reduced risk of chronic illness. While you may choose a cleanse that allows you to eat as you normally would, avoiding certain foods in favor of healthier choices will help you get the most out of your cleanse for long-lasting health benefits. Let’s take a look at five foods you should definitely avoid while cleansing your digestive system. Read More

  • Six Foods That Are Sure To Interfere With A Good Night’s Sleep

    Have you stopped to think that your stomach has a big influence on the quality of your sleep? What we mean is, a growling tummy is almost impossible to ignore at bedtime.  Yet, eating the wrong foods right before sleep is almost guaranteed to keep you awake for hours. If you want to satisfy those late-night hunger pangs and not interfere with the zzzz’s your body needs to wake up refreshed in the morning, be sure to avoid these sleep-disturbing foods at bedtime. Read More

  • 10 Easy Tips for Healthier Digestion at Any Age

    Young woman after exercisingYour digestive system is a key player in the health of your entire body.  Without any conscious effort on your part, it breaks down the food you consume into nutrients that will be absorbed through your intestinal walls and carried by your bloodstream to be used by every cell in your body.  And that’s only half the job.  Once the nutrients have been extracted from your food and absorbed, your digestive system then goes to work preparing to rid your body of unneeded waste material.  The digestive process is vital to keep you nourished, healthy and strong.

    Knowing this, you can see how important it is to make healthy choices to keep your digestive system running at its very best.  Here are 10 easy tips you can implement right now to do just that.

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  • Your Digestive System is Super Smart… Here are 10 Reasons Why

    Your digestive system is a marvelous arrangement of organs and glands that are tasked with providing biological actions and chemical reactions that keep you alive and healthy.  Your upper gastrointestinal tract breaks down the food you eat into absorbable molecules that your body can use. The remaining waste material then passes into the lower GI tract where it is excreted before it can become toxic to your body.

    While most of us don’t think too much about the complexities of digestion, having a better understanding of how your digestive system works is a good way to improve your health by make better choices about the foods and beverages you consume.  With that said, let’s take a look at some fast facts about the process of digestion.

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