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Behind the poop. What is your bowel movement secretly saying about your health? 8 ways to get the “poop” to flow

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Pooping is your body’s way to get rid of waste buildup.  We have two types of poopers in this world: Type A has their pooping down to a science. They go every day at the same time and usually (if they can help it) in the same toilet. ( This is me)  Then there’s Type B. This group doesn’t go that often and has no real ritual to its toilet habits. So, you may ask , is one healthier than the other? The answer is no. Everyone is different. There really is no “normal” habit for pooping.  The average person poops approximately once a day—about 1 ounce of stool for each 12 pounds of her or his body weight. That means a person weighing 160 pounds produces an average of just under a pound of poop each day. Poop is made up of 75% water  the remaining parts are made from a mixture of dead bacteria that helped us to digest our food, living bacteria, protein, indigestible fiber, and waste materials from the liver and intestines. Don’t start to worry if you bathroom habits change. it’s going to happen. We go on vacation & things happen in our lives. As long as your bathroom trips don’t cause pain or discomfort you are pretty much okay. Your digestive system works all day and every day, so its okay if you experience changes from time to time.  If you have  constipation or diarrhea that lasts for longer than weeks at a time or blood in your stool  you need to check with your doctor.

How to poop like a champ!

1) Drink water. Stay hydrated.

2) Exercise.  Yoga is a great way to get everything moving and a grooving.

3) Limit your caffeine but coffee makes me go. Per The Huffington Post The acidic nature of coffee also causes an increase in the production of bile acids in the body. This chemical stimulates muscle contractions in the large intestines, which are similar to the contractions that happen after you eat a meal. 

Coffee also has other amazing benefits too. Read this article by The Huffington Post.

Click here to order this cool coffee mug!

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4) Eat probiotic foods

5) Avoid stress. During my research it does say to avoid stress but when I am under a very stressful time. I am the complete opposite. It makes me go. My nerves trigger extra acid action in my stomach.

6) Eat more fiber rich foods like prunes ( “Prunes, are great because they not only are high in fiber, but also contain sorbitol, which is a natural laxative) berries, beans, dried fruits, such as dates, figs, apricots, and raisins, oatmeal, flaxseed, broccoli, plums, pears and apples, Brazil nuts, peanuts, and walnuts, almonds, pistachio’s,  avocados, cultured or fermented vegetables , spinach, leafy greens, yogurt, radishes.  Do you notice that these foods listed are not processed? You are what you eat. So why be cheap , easy and fast.

 

7) Elevate your feet. The squatty Potty  does work! I know, everyone has seen that funny squatty potty commercial  ! Eating a healthy diet, keeping your metabolism going and aiding your belly with the power of the digestive process would certainly come into play here along with proper hydration but could we be over looking something else?  Could we possibly be pooping  “wrong” and causing ourselves more harm than good?

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8) Don’t ignore the urge to go. I know, it’s quite embarrassing to be out in public and have to go but if you are having issues with being regular then don’t ignore the urge. I myself have figured out a way to go before or wait until I get back home. I just can’t and won’t “poop” in a public place. I need my own house, my own toilet, my own environment.

9) Stay away from laxatives if  you can, you really want fruits ,vegetables and whole grains to help you move that waste.

 

Things you might need!

Poo-Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray 4-Ounce Bottle, Original

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Check out a recipe from my  self-published book.  You can download it free too!

Kicking hypothyroidisms booty, the slow cooker way

Overnight slow cooker Apple-Cinnamon Steel Cuts Oatmeal

4 cups water

1-1/2 cups apple juice

2 cup steel-cut oats

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. grated fresh ginger

2 medium organic apples, diced

Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 7 hours. Extra toppings can be adding ½ teaspoon of flaxseed meal and ½ cup of berries or freshly peeled kiwi for a satisfying meal.

 

 

Audrey Childers is a published author, blogger, freelance journalist and an entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in research and editorial writing. She is also the creator and founder of the website Thehypothyroidismchick.com. Where you can find great tips on everyday living with hypothyroidism. She enjoys raising her children and being a voice for optimal human health and wellness. She is the published author of : A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty, Reset your Thyroid, The Ultimate guide to healing hypothyroidism,  A survivors cookbook guide to kicking hypothyroidism booty: the slow cooker way.  and Secrets to my Hypothyroidism Success:: A Personal Guide to Hypothyroidism Freedom. 

   You can find all these books on Amazon.  You can also find her actively involved in her Facebook Group : Healing Hypothyroidism. This blog may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this book. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this book. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this book will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health

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Fighting hypothyroidism? 101 fantastic slow cooker cookbook recipes!

 

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Slow Cooker Hearty Breakfast Quinoa

1 cup Quinoa

2 cups apple juice

1/4 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

½ apple, diced

2 tablespoons real maple syrup (grade B)

1/4 cup dried cranberries

Spray your slow cooker with non-stick spray.  In a mesh strainer, rinse out the quinoa for about 3 minutes.  Combine the quinoa, apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, diced apple, maple syrup and dried cranberries into the slow cooker. Mix well. Cook on low for 6-7 hours or until liquid has been absorbed.

Slow Cooker Taco Soup

1 pound ground turkey

1 15-1/2-ounce can navy beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can organic black beans, drained and rinsed

1 15-ounce can organic chili beans

1 15-ounce can organic garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 14-1/2-ounce can Mexican-style stewed tomatoes

1 11-ounce can whole-kernel corn with peppers, drained

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon of paprika

1 teaspoon of oregano

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Dash of cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle Chile (optional)

Brown ground turkey until no longer pink. Add cooked ground turkey, undrained vegetables and seasoning mix and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat .

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

A warm and cozy gluten free chicken wild rice soup made right in the slow cooker. The wild rice is loaded with magnesium which enhances Digestion that gives you more fiber than brown and black rice. Containing 3 grams of fiber in 1/4 cup, wild rice contains more per serving than oats or even quinoa. Wild rice also is Alkaline-Forming with its Protein- Boosting amino acids and it’s very nutrient-Rich with vitamins b6, folate, manganese, zinc, and iron. It’s the perfect slow cooker meal for a chilly winter night!

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked wild rice

1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 cup onions, chopped

¾ cup celery, chopped

¾ cup carrots, chopped

4-5 cloves garlic, minced

2 bay leaves

6 cups low sodium chicken broth

2 cups water

2 tablespoons salt-free poultry seasoning

3 tablespoons butter or ghee

2 tablespoons olive oil

Himalayan Sea Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse wild rice under running water. Place the uncooked rice, chicken breast, onions, celery, carrots, garlic, bay leaves, chicken broth, water, and poultry seasoning in a slow cooker. Cover and cook on the high setting for 3-4 hours or on the low setting for 7-8. When the rice is done cooking, shred the chicken and add it back into the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Spicy Salmon Chowder

8 oz. organic red potatoes, diced into 1/2-inch chunks

8 oz. roasted frozen corn

15 oz. can creamed corn

1 small onion, diced

1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and diced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

2 cups seafood broth (if you can’t find seafood broth use chicken or vegetable broth)

1 tsp. Old bay seafood seasoning

2 5 oz. cans salmon, drained (or 1 cup leftover cooked salmon, flaked)

1 cup coconut cream

5 dashes hot sauce (optional)

I place my salmon in a bowl and pick the bones out. The bones are edible but I prefer not to eat them. Place everything in your slow cooker except the Salmon, cream and hot sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.

30 minutes prior to being done. Using an immersion blender, puree the soup until thickened. If you don’t have an immersion blender. Ladle the soup in batches a regular blender. Remember this is hot soup! Return the blended soup to the slow cooker if you’re having to use the blender. Stir in the salmon and cream and the hot sauce. Finish cooking for an additional 30 minutes. Give the soup a sample taste. You can add more seafood seasoning if necessary. Ladle into bowls and serve. This recipe is perfect with a side of gluten free cornbread!

Slow Cooker Zesty Lemon Herb Turkey Breast

Turkey is rich in protein, low in fat and is a source of iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, vitamin B6 and niacin. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, selenium and is lower on the GI index scale.

2 turkey London breast, 2-3 lbs.

Just and zest of two lemons

1 teaspoon of dried rosemary

1 teaspoon of dried sage

2 tablespoons of   Dijon mustard

1 whole onion sliced

Himalayan sea salt and pepper to taste

Place the turkey tenderloin in the bottom of the slow cooker. In a bowl, mix everything but the onions and rub the mixture completely over the turkey breast.

Next, after the mixture is completely covered on the turkey breast. Place the onions rings all over the turkey. Cover and cook for 8 hours on low. After it has been cooked don’t eat the skin. It’s very high in fat. We just left it on for the extra flavoring. This would be great with a side of quinoa or brown rice. Ladle into bowls and serve. This recipe is perfect with a side of gluten free cornbread!

Slow Cooker Southwestern Stuffed Peppers

6 bell peppers (any color), tops removed and deseeded

1 pound lean ground turkey meat, browned and drained

1 cup cooked instant brown rice

2 cups salsa

1 cup corn kernels

1 tablespoon chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 cup chopped onions

1 (8 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1/3 cup water

Cut the tops off the peppers. Not breaking the peppers, remove the seeds and any white pith inside. Place your peppers to the side. In a bowl mix together the seasoning and the rest of the ingredients except the water. Next you want to stuff each pepper with mixture. Place your stuffed peppers standing upright together in the slow cooker. Place the tops back on each pepper. Pour 1/3 cup water on the base of the peppers. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for 3 to 4 hours. This recipe is perfect with a side of gluten free cornbread!

Slow Cooker Apple-Scented Venison Roast

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 pounds boneless venison roast

1 large apple, cored and quartered

2 small onions, sliced

4 cloves crushed garlic

1 cup boiling water

1 cube beef bouillon

Spray your slow cooker with olive oil spray. Place the venison roast inside, and cover with apple, onions, and garlic. Cook on Low for 6 to 8 hours until the roast is tender. After the roast is done, remove it from the slow cooker, throw away the apple. Mix the water and bouillon into the slow cooker until the bouillon has dissolved.  You can serve this as a delicious sauce with the roast.

 

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Under-eye bags. 16 homes remedies to help fight the puff

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Why do we have to deal with under-eye bags? Waking up with puffy eyes is very frustrating and can be quite embarrassing , not to mention it makes you look OLDER!  Under-eye bags has many characteristics which range from ageing, allergies, lack of sleep, the way you sleep, a diet loaded with sodium, alcohol, dehydration , make-up with formaldehyde and hormones.  I’ve researched and figured out a way to reduce the appearance of under-eye bags with quick fixes and  long-term strategy goals.

  1. Buttermilk and Turmeric

Pinch of turmeric and 2 tablespoons of buttermilk, mix ,dab around your eyes and leave on for 20 minutes. Turmeric is great for dark circles, wrinkles and is anti-inflammatory.   Buttermilk is naturally loaded with probiotics and is very rich in lactic acid. Lactic acid is known to soften, brighten and exfoliate your skin. This makes buttermilk acidic and astringent so it can help treat any discoloration on your face or under your eyes including age spots, freckles and most importantly those pesky dark under eye circles! Added bonus is it helps to tighten the skin.

2.    Tea bags

Put 2 used tea bags in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Lie down and put the tea bags over your eyelids. Leave them in place for 10 to 15 minutes. Green or black tea bags can help soothe puffy and irritated eyes. The tea  contains an  anti-irritant property that will help to reduce swelling around your eyes. Tea bags can also relieve redness and inflammation.

3. Cold Spoons

Always keep a few metal spoons in your refrigerator or place them in the freezer for 5 minutes. Hold the rounded side against your eye for a few moments until the spoon is warm again. Once it becomes warm replace it with another  cold spoon. This is such a simple home remedy that is surprisingly very effective. It not only helps to tighten the skin around your eyes but it also relaxes the  blood vessels.

4. Cold Cucumbers

Cut a clean cucumber into thick slices. Put your cucumber in the refrigerator  to chill for  10 minutes. Lay the cold slices on your closed eyelids for about 10 minutes or until they become warm. you can repeat this process a few times. The enzymes and the astringent properties in cucumbers help reduce inflammation and also help to tighten  your skin. Cucumbers have an added bonus where it can reduce dark circles too.

5. Water

Water helps to flush out toxins in  your body. try to keep your body well hydrated to avoid any chance of water retention that will cause your under-eye area  to swell. Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water each day. You can divide your body weight by 2 and those are how many ounces you are “supposedly” to drink per day.

6. Egg Whites

Separate the yolks from 2 eggs and put the whites in a bowl. Whip the egg whites thoroughly until you get a stiff consistency. Add a few drops of witch hazel, a natural skin-tightening astringent. Use a brush or soft cloth to apply this mixture under your eyes and allow it to dry. Leave it on for about 15 minutes. Egg whites have skin-tightening properties that can help banish under-eye bags as well as help prevent wrinkles.

Another egg white recipe…

  • 1 egg white
  • 2 teaspoons coffee grounds (Unused grounds are best because they contain the most caffeine but used grounds are fine if the coffee has just been made.)

Instructions

Combine the egg white and coffee in a small bowl. Beat mixture together with a fork until frothy, about 1 minute. With clean hands or a brush, apply the mask around and under the eyes. Avoid the eyelids because you don’t want to get it in your eyes. You can apply the mask to your entire face, if desired.

Let the mask dry for 10 minutes. You will definitely feel the mask tightening your skin! If it gets uncomfortable, go ahead and remove it before the 10 minutes are up. Use a soft, wet towel to gently clean off the mask. Finish with moisturizer. Discard any unused mask.

And while your eyes are brighter and tighter, you may feel an internal wake-up call as the caffeine absorbs through your skin. Not bad for a 10-minute mask, right?

7. Stop wearing make-up to bed

8. Change your sleeping position.

Sleeping on your stomach and side draws gravity to your face.

9. Gel Patches

Good old fashion cold gel facial patches that  you can purchase from the store works good. Place in the refrigerator to get cold and lay the patch across your face until it gets warm.

10. Avoid a high sodium diet

Eat right people. Eating a diet loaded in sodium will make you retain water!

11. Potato Slices

Peel, wash and dry a medium-size potato. Cut in 1/2 thick slices, then cut in half again. Place the raw potato on your eye bags, allow the juice of the potato to cover the entire swollen area. The starch in potatoes has anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce the swelling.

12. Coconut oil and coffee grounds

In the palm of your hand mix equals amounts of raw coconut oil & fresh unused coffee grounds. 1/2 teaspoon each. Mix well. dab under your eye area and leave for 10 minutes. Gently wipe ( not rub) off your eye area. This can damage your skin.  Be careful not to get it in your eyes.  This antioxidant-rich caffeine mixture will  moisturize your skin while leaving it feeling fresh.

13. Frozen Cucumber Compresses

Cucumber has long been heralded as the DIY remedy for under-eye puffiness. With Vitamin K, cucumber skin can help to shrink capillaries, reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles and restore eye skin to a healthy state. Plus, they’re water-dense to help plump, cool, hydrate and soothe for more youthful looking eyes.

DIY Frozen Cucumber Eye Pads

1 large cucumber
10-15 cotton pads

Blend cucumber (with skin) at high speed until liquified. Add small amounts of water to thin, if necessary. Soak cotton pads in the fresh cucumber juice before gently  squeezing out excess juice by pressing the pads between your palms. You want to eliminate any dripping excess, while maintaining as much saturation as possible. Place pads flat and separated in a plastic sandwich bags (you can fit about 6 in each bag)  and freeze to cool and preserve freshness. When your eyes need a pick-me-up remove 2 of the cucumber pads and thaw slightly before placing over your eyes for 10 minutes.

DIY Frozen buttermilk Cucumber Eye Pads

2 large cucumber

1/2 teaspoon of powdered matcha green tea

1 tablespoon of powdered buttermilk

1 cup of water

dash of turmeric
30 cotton pads cut in the shape of a crescent moon to fit around you eye

Blend everything at high speed until liquefied. it will be frothy but that’s okay. Soak cotton pads in the fresh buttermilk cucumber juice before gently  squeezing out excess juice by pressing the pads between your palms. You want to eliminate any dripping excess, while maintaining as much saturation as possible. Place pads flat and separated in a plastic sandwich bags (you can fit about 12 in each bag)  and freeze to cool and preserve freshness. When your eyes need a pick-me-up remove 2 of the cucumber pads and thaw slightly before placing over your eyes for 10 minutes.

Homemade skin tighten recipe

1/4 cup aloe gel

1 teaspoon of witch hazel

1 teaspoon of black or green tea juice

1 teaspoon of strong coffee juice

Use a q-tip to apply to the area and this can be stored in your refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.

Anti-wrinkle cream

5 drops of almond oil

1/8 slice of a fresh avocado

mash with a fork and blend well together. Apply on your face with a brush gently. Rinse off, gently, after 1 hour.

Another great tip! Keep your eye cream and facial cream in the fridge!  As we’ve been discussing cold temperature are like a compress and  will help reduce puffiness. it’s kind of like the killing two birds with one stone approach.

Always remember: Cold constricts, heat expands.

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this book. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this book. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this book will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health.

 

The 5 to stay alive miracle drink

This is a recipe from my upcoming book ,” A survivors Guide to Kicking Hypothyroidisms Booty”

This wonderful tonic can be used more than just a  heart health protocol it’s been proven to reduce cholesterol, heal hemorrhoids, clear out arteries for your heart, reduce blood pressure, stop colds in their tracks, ease constipation, heal ulcers, promote weight loss, treats respiratory issues and you can even put it on a cotton swab and treat acne and pimples. This hasn’t been proven but I also have a theory that I jokingly say, “it repels vampires and unwanted friends who get to close in your personal space. “

I’ve seen various different ways to make it. This is how I make it. Put 3 tablespoon’s in a glass of water on an empty stomach daily.  Garlic, ginger and even lemon can interact with certain medications. Please check with your health care provider to make sure that you won’t have any adverse medication reactions. If you plan on taking this as a drink with other medications.

Ingredients:

10 gloves of garlic

1 cup of raw honey

1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar

2 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled

2 lemons, washed and cut

Directions

Blend, strain and store in a mason jar in the refrigeration.

I love the way my Vitamix blender blends everything so creamy  smooth in NO Time flat.  These cute little mason jars are a great way to seal and keep things fresh in your fridge and  you will always need a measuring cup.  Don’t forget to grab you a mesh strainer if you don’t have one.

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12 flat belly ways to tame that bloated belly.

Weight weight-loss:

1) Eat cleaner and more live bacteria foods, drinks and foods that are anti-bloating

A few studies suggest that peppermint tea, ginger, pineapple, parsley, and yogurts containing probiotics (“good” bacteria) may help reduce bloating. Eat mores salmon, avocado, raw almonds, watermelon, sauerkraut, Kefir, kombucha, kimchi, pickles in brine ( sea salt & water), Miso soup, berries, garlic, oatmeal.

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2) Go poop! Constipation?

Constipation bloats your belly, and one easy way to get rid of it is by starting each morning with a Oatmeal , blueberries and add a lil bit of cinnamon for an extra help kick this guarantees your body a daily dose of fiber or grab a veggie omelet with asparagus, water rich tomatoes and diced red bell peppers, onions and cooked in raw coconut oil. This omelet will help ease gas and help flush waste from your system. I can drink a cup of coffee and it will help me go to the bathroom. Scientists have observed — by way of some very invasive studies — that coffee of any sort can stimulate the distal colon, which helps push waste out of the body more quickly. Coffee has a compound called chlorogenic acid that triggers higher stomach acid levels and also higher production of gastric acid per an article done by The Washington Post.

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( you can purchase this mug here)

3) Drink Sassy Water

Start drinking a full recipe of Sassy water, which contains water, cucumber, grated ginger, mint leaves and a sliced lemon. A way to help get your bloated belly Flatter is by drinking this  hydrating water. It helps  prevent fatigue and reduces water retention and your risk for constipation. Drinking this recipe not only encourages you to increase your water consumption each day, this water also will soothe your stomach because of the ginger. We have to stay well hydrated, so aim for at least 8 glasses of liquid each day,

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4) Limit  your sodium intake

Highly processed foods tend to be high in sodium and low in needed nutrient fiber, both of which can contribute to that bloated feeling. Sodium retains water and less fiber means things are not moving along in your colon like they should. Start reading food labels. Stay away from processed, canned, and/or processed frozen foods. Aim for 1,500 to 2,300 mg of sodium per day.

Sodium Funny:

5) Try to avoid Carbonated Drinks, chewing gum and sipping through a straw

The fizz in carbonated drinks will cause gas to get trapped in your belly. Instead, drink sassy water. Also keep in mind that eating or drinking to quickly, sipping through a straw, sucking on hard candy, and chewing gum can make you swallow air which in return can bloat your belly.

This is a big hit at baby showers too.  Cotton candy in a glass...makes a great decoration until it's time to eat.  And then pour Sprite/7-Up/Ginger Ale over it for drinks.:

6) Don’t Eat Too Fast.

Slow down on your chewing. Eating to fast and not chewing your food well can cause air swallowing that leads to bloating, Enjoy your food.

7) Unpasteurized Cheese

Gouda, Provalone, Gruyere, and Cheddar are just a few of the varieties of cheese which are ripened and aged by anaerobic Lactobacilli or “good” bacteria.  These foods are ideal to carry live cultures because the nature of the cheese acts as a protectant against acid in the stomach which kills most beneficial microbes before they can reach the habitable environment of the small intestine per Natural Living idea’s.

8) Fermented Cod Liver Oil

You’re probably already familiar with the many health benefits of fish oil, however fermented cod liver oil is a whole different experience. This is one of the oldest “super foods” on the market. It dates back thousands of years and was used by many different cultures. Fermented cod liver oil is not only chock full of probiotics, it also supplies a massive amount of vitamin D – a nutrient in which an alarming number of people are lacking due to our tendency to avoid sun exposure. Fermented cod liver oil also packs a mighty punch of vitamin A, which (no matter what you’ve read recently) is great for your skin and eye health, as well as for cellular regeneration. Per natural Living idea’s

9) Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegarPraise for apple cider vinegar is being sung with gusto all around the world and in every natural health nook and cranny on the internet.  While the health benefits of this incredible “super food” have become fairly common knowledge, what you may not know is that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is also a natural probiotic.  Use raw ACV to add flavor to salads and other veggies, sprinkle it over snacks like popcorn, or add it to beverages like tomato juice and tea for a powerful full-body health boost! Per Natural living Idea’s

Bragg’s organic Apple cider vinegar

10) You eat diet or low-calorie products

Artificial sugars such as aspartame and sucralose have been added to everything from diet beverages to gum and candy. But the low or no calories come at a cost. While the FDA has recognized zero-cal sugar substitutes as safe, they’re serious bloat inducers. Artificial sweeteners hang around your stomach a long time because your system doesn’t digest them well. per natural living

11) Eat every 3 to 4 hours….

It’s very  important to eat every three to four hours . It helps to boost your metabolism and balances your blood sugar. The lower you keep your blood sugar, the lower you keep your insulin, and insulin makes you store fat around your middle.  Chew food until it is like applesauce in your mouth. Digestion begins in the mouth, and without proper chewing, food is not well-digested. Better-digested food means less gas and bloating.” Also don’t forget to snack on flat belly foods.

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The ultimate flat-belly menu

Best breakfast: oatmeal with berries, cinnamon and coconut oil or omelet with red-bell peppers, garlic, onions cooking in coconut oil. .

Best snack: 1/2 cup of sauerkraut with 10 raw almonds.

Best lunch: Spinach salad with sliced avocado, grilled chicken, and cherry tomatoes, drizzled with a little olive oil and fresh lemon juice.
Best snack option 2: 1 organic apple, 1/4 cup red bell peppers and cheddar cheese

Best dinner: Grilled salmon, a roasted sweet potato, and sautéed asparagus with olive oil and garlic.

Don’t forget your sassy water ………

12) Flat belly Exercises

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