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Skin Candy Chocolate Mint Abdominal Massage

Skin Candy Chocolate Mint is Perfect to Use for Abdominal Massage.

Skin Candy Cocoa Butter for Abdominal Massage

What is Abdominal Massage?

It’s when the abdomen and intestinal areas are massaged with different motions and pressure. The massage action naturally helps to stimulate peristalsis, decrease
colonic transit time and increase the frequency of bowel movements. It also reduces the discomfort typically associated with constipation.

Abdominal Massage can also benefit the digestive system by relaxing the digestive organs, stimulating digestion and increasing blood flow throughout the system.

What techniques are used in abdominal massage?

The techniques vary depending on the type of massage being used, yet they all work to improve digestion and elimination. Abdominal massage is concentrated on the stomach, small and large intestines, and the muscles surrounding these organs.

Self-applied stomach massage can alleviate gas and digestive issues, as well as strengthen underlying muscle tissue. It stimulates your internal organs, including your gallbladder and liver.

Increased blood and oxygen flow helps to improve organ function. In the case of your gallbladder and liver, improved function means efficient release and removal of waste products. Improved blood circulation benefits the blood vessels of the entire abdominal cavity.

How To Do Self Massage.​

Lay down with your knees up and moving your knees from left to right. This helps the flow. Remember to breathe deeply while you massage as it helps with oxygen flow and relaxation.

Now apply Chocolate Mint Skin Candy onto your abdomen. With a gentle light pressure, using both hands, massage your stomach using clockwise circular strokes.

As your abdomen relaxes you can apply a little more pressure.

Massage for 15 minutes twice a day.

It has been found that performing the massage with essential oils of peppermint offers an additional aromatherapeutic benefit and helps to improve constipation symptoms even more than massage alone.

Why Peppermint?

Peppermint​ is an herb that belongs to the Lamiaceae family in the genus Mentha and botanically named Mentha piperita. Originally native to Europe, peppermint is now cultivated in nearly all regions globally.

The health benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as for pain relief.

It is extremely helpful as an aid for digestion.

You see peppermint is what is known as a carminative and therefore helps in removing excess gas. It is also a good for those who have a low appetite, and it helps treating motion sickness, nausea and upset stomachs.

Peppermint calms the muscles of the stomach and improves the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats.

Menthol and methyl salicylate, the main ingredients in peppermint, have antispasmodic effects, with calming effects on the gastrointestinal tract.

A number of studies have also shown it to be a great reliever of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The stimulating effects of peppermint oil have been shown to increase blood circulation. In fact, studies have shown that as soon as the essential oil vapor touches the end of the olfactory nerve endings, there is an almost instant increase in pulse rate and blood circulation. The stimulating effect of increased blood circulation helps to oxygenate
the body’s organs and increase metabolism.

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How to Optimize Your Colon Health

Why Is the Health of the Colon So Important?

The large intestine is also known as the colon. The health and proper functioning of the colon is crucial to the excretion of waste. Bowel movements must happen daily. Any constipation allows time for the toxins in stagnant excrement to be reabsorbed into the body. Toxic waste includes pesticides, hormones, antibiotics in animal feed, and carcinogenic agents in the air we breathe.

Physical health and behavioral issues are both affected by toxic reabsorption. There are neurotransmitters, or brain messengers, that are affected by toxins in the bowel. These brain signaling chemicals include adrenaline, norepinephrine and serotonin. This can cause anxiety, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, the inability to concentrate, and much more. The large intestine also absorbs minerals necessary for our health. An improperly working colon causes nutrient deficiencies.

What To Do

Dehydration and a lack of fiber in the diet can slow down the process of elimination causing constipation. Plenty of pure water is crucial, as is fiber. When the digestive tract is healthy fiber is essential to keep things moving. If digestion is already not moving fiber can make it worse.

When constipation is an issue there are some healthy, safe supplement choices to assist such as:

Probiotics are a great choice. They naturally help regulate the bowels.

Aloe leaf

Magnesium pulls water into the bowel and relaxes the smooth muscle to assist excretion.

Enzymes

-Vitamin C

Some high fiber foods are flax, chia seeds, fruit, especially berries, prunes, apples with the skin on, green leafy vegetables, oat bran, and brown rice. Be sure to avoid binding foods such as gluten, cheese and red meat.

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Signs of SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth)

Our bodies are consistently communicating with us—letting us know when it’s time to eat, sleep, use the bathroom and so on. But how often to you listen to your small intestine? Few people recognize this valuable communication from the gut, which typically occurs with gas or bloating.

A lot of people think gas and bloating are normal—a common reaction experienced after a meal. However, regular gas, bloating, or abdominal discomfort may actually be your small intestine trying to tell you something. And if you’re smart, you’ll listen.

What Is SIBO?

There are several mechanisms working within your small intestine that are significant in the process of safely absorbing food nutrients and discarding waste and toxins.

Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) occurs when the number of bacteria in the small bowel increases or changes significantly enough to cause symptoms. Usually, it’s not one single stain of bacteria that overpopulates the small intestine, rather an overgrowth of bacteria that is normally found in the colon. In rare cases, SIBO may result in an overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the small intestine.

Various strains of bacteria found throughout the small bowel work to break down food compounds, protect against pathogens and produce several nutrients like folate and vitamin K. The sum of these various processes affects the muscular activity responsible for moving food content through the gastrointestinal system. If one of these mechanisms is disrupted by an overgrowth of bacteria, one or many of these processes may fail.

How Do I Know I Have SIBO?

SIBO tends to be under-diagnosed. This is because most people learn to live with the discomfort of regular gas and bloating, often aided by over-the-counter medications. Common symptoms of SIBO may include:

Serious cases may also result in weight loss and vitamin deficiencies.

What Causes SIBO?

SIBO is typically the result of a poor diet including excessive sugar, refined carbohydrates, and alcohol. However, diet is not the only contributing factor for SIBO. Other causes of SIBO may include low stomach acid, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), prior bowel surgery, excessive antibiotics and diabetes.

Genova DiagnosticsIf one or a combination of symptoms occurs fairly regularly, it may warrant further investigation. You may choose to speak to your doctor or, if you’re still unsure, take a home breath test, like the Genova Lab Bacterial Overgrowth in Small Intestine Breath Test.

This home test is a non-invasive way to detect bacterial overgrowth in the small bowel. It’s also easy to do, and it can be administered in the comfort of your own home and at your convenience.

Remember, your body may be trying to tell you that there’s a problem in your gut. Take note of your symptoms and don’t delay. Chronic discomfort, excessive gas, and bloating don’t have to be a regular part of your life. Take the home test today to find out more about what’s going on in your gut.

Hidden Causes of Constipation

Toilet humor may be funny—but regular constipation is not. Constipation can greatly affect a person’s quality of life and general sense of health and well being. More importantly, constipation can take a significant toll on the body. Here’s a list of surprising triggers for constipation:


Prescription Painkillers

Painkillers are a common medication prescribed by physicians after surgery or in the case of chronic pain. However, several common painkillers, especially narcotic-based medications, cause constipation. If prescribed narcotics or similar painkillers, it would be wise to also take a mild laxative to ensure regularity.

Chocolate and Dairy

Some of our favorite foods can also cause constipation. Chocolate and dairy products have both been linked to constipation. Sadly, there have been studies linking chocolate to constipation, mostly among individuals who already suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Diets containing too much dairy including cheese, yogurt, eggs, and milk have also been linked to constipation. Limiting chocolate and dairy and incorporating more fiber into your diet is a good place to start if you suspect you may be constipated.

Vitamins and Over-the-Counter Medications

Sometimes we head to the drug store when we’re not feeling well. But hidden in those over-the-counter remedies can be causes of constipation.

Vitamins, for example, are great to take as daily supplements, however, too much of a good thing is usually not so good. Excessive iron and calcium may cause constipation.

The overuse of laxatives can actually cause serious constipation issues as well. As is the case with most drugs, the body will eventually become dependent on laxatives to function and won’t regulate on its own.

Antacids are another, seemingly harmless over-the-counter pill that can actually cause constipation. Antacids containing calcium or aluminum are usually suspect. Fortunately there are options available without these two ingredients. You could also cut back on foods that cause indigestion and heartburn.

Pre-Existing Conditions

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) include the chronic conditions of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Both of these conditions can manifest symptoms of constipation, resulting from various points of inflammation in either the small intestine or the rectum.

People with advanced diabetes may experience constipation whether they’re aware they have diabetes or not. Diabetes may cause significant damage to the nerve endings that are responsible for digesting food. Constipation may result in these cases.

Depression affects millions of people, and it can cause constipation in two distinct ways. Depression causes the body’s systems to slow down, which can affect the speed of the bowels. Moreover, antidepressants containing serotonin reuptake inhibitors (like Prozac) have also been linked to constipation. Fortunately, there are new medications available that do not result in bowel obstruction.

Finally, hypothyroidism results in a slowing of the metabolic processes, which leads to constipation and issues in the gut.

Fortunately there are ways to combat constipation safely and effectively without resorting to major lifestyle changes. Taking a natural laxative can increase regularity and ultimately improve the health of your gut.

A OK Natural Laxatives also assists in removing harmful toxins and contains cleansing agents and natural herbs. Don’t wait until you can’t go to do something about constipation. Keep a natural laxative handy and take it at the first signs of irregularity to ensure a happy and health gut.

Inflammation and Colon Health

Inflammation and Colon Health is very Important.

Dr. Ron Jahner

Dr. Ron Jahner

One of the key factors in colon health is the onset and perpetuation of inflammation in

the digestive tract. The body’s digestive system is a primary target organ for all types of stress. This is primarily because the moment the body perceives high stress levels, it shuts down digestion and healing processes to conserve resources for dealing with those stresses. This is the “Grizzly Bear” effect I speak about so often.

Additional insults to the digestive system occur with intake of excess dairy, simple carbohydrates and fatty foods. Most so-called “junk” foods are very stressful to the system and contribute little nutritionally. Even worse, one of the most significant problems with processed foods is the almost universal lack of natural fiber. Fiber is considered an “inert” ingredient in food and, because it adds a lot of weight (consider the difference in density of white bread and heavy-fiber traditional rye or oat bread!),   food is routinely stripped of fiber to make it easier to ship and process.

Lack of fiber, in turn, contributes to slow bowel motility. Foods stay in the gut far too long and begin to ferment and rot. This results in gas, indigestion and chronic constipation. Many physicians have never been trained in basic nutrition concepts and are unaware how dangerous to long-term health chronic constipation can be. In fact, it is not unusual to hear doctors tell their patients that “one or two bowel movements a week is probably just normal for you”! It’s not normal to have less than at least one or two bowel movements daily!!

This epidemic of chronic constipation leads to any number of health issues including, chronic inflammation of the digestive tract and multiple indigestion and nutrient absorption issues.

It is especially critical to have a bowel movement shortly after awakening in the morning. Healthier people have 2 or 3 daily, often after meals. If constipation is an issue for you, what can you do?

What to do for Constipation?

First of all, take a hard look at your hydration. Adequate intake of fluids, especially plain, pure water, is vital to digestive health. I recommend a quart or liter of water daily for each 50 pounds of body weight. And that is water, not coffee, tea or juices (other than fresh vegetable juice with apple or pineapple). Drink adequate amounts of water is the first line of defense in repairing and preventing inflammation and deterioration of the digestive tract due to constipation.

If your digestive tract is already inflamed, consider a “crock-pot” diet. Soft cooked foods and fresh vegetable juices for 3-6 weeks to allow your digestive tract to heal with a minimum of irritation. Be careful with salads and other rough, raw foods until you heal.

The same for any extra fiber or bowel supplements you take. There are many excellent ones available. I prefer ones that emphasize soluble fiber. Psyllium works really well for constipation and it is inexpensive but it can also be harsh, like the raw salad mentioned above. Oat fiber, okra, slippery elm bark are great fibers which are more soothing. In fact, adding a few large spoonfuls or half a cup of any of these in the soups above is an excellent way to increase fiber without irritation.

Magnesium is almost universally deficient in people with chronic illness. The best source is dark green veggies. Supplements can also be useful because they help relax the nervous system and function as a laxative as you go to higher doses. Take a dose at breakfast and a double dose in the evening to encourage that morning bowel movement.

A very useful clinical indicator of bowel toxicity is the Urinary Indican Test. In my experience, the Indican urine test is an excellent introductory or screening test for chronic bowel issues. It can also be useful to monitor ongoing bowel toxicity. Indican is produced by bowel byproducts, particularly toxins such as excess lectins from incomplete protein digestion, showing up in the kidneys. In other words, it means your bowel is toxic enough that the kidneys have to filter digestive tract toxins instead of the bowel excreting them. Also, note that tryptophan, your relaxation amino acid, is the key protein not being handled properly. Another reason excess stress is such a vital factor in digestive tract health.

And, always, always, always take appropriate probiotics. Even several times daily in severe or chronic cases of indigestion and constipation.

Unresolved inflammation and digestive tract symptoms are at the heart of many, if not most chronic health issues. Regular bowel habits and digestive tract supplementation goes a long way to reduce inflammation and promote healing.

In good health,
Ron Jahner

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Dr. Pamela Nathan DHM January 16, 2017