2-minute Belly Rub
This exercise works like a gentle colonic irrigation that helps speed up a sluggish digestive system (which usually carries at least 5lbs of fecal matter within it). The exercise effectively metabolizes the fatty tissues around the stomach and intestines, and flushes them out of your body.
Belly Rub Method:
1) Lie flat on your bed or floor
2) Expose your abdominal area (tummy)
3) Rub your hands vigorously to create heat (about 15 seconds)
4) Place one hand on your belly button and begin to rub in an outward circular motion
5) Use fairly firm but comfortable pressure at a slow pace (1 circle/second)
6) Concentrate on the heat building up in, around and throughout your stomach
7) Do about 40-50 circles (about 2 minutes)
- Important to keep abdominals warm and to warm up hands
- Do in the morning before getting out of bed and just before you go to bed
- Don’t do immediately after a heavy meal, pregnant or if you have moderate to severe abdominal conditions
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the stomach is the center of energy. Besides melting away adipose tissue (fat), it can also:
- Stimulate the abdominal organs
- Help to speed up slow digestion & remedies constipation
- Increase blood circulation in the abdominal area
- Help to heal indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and the adverse effects of overeating.
A glass of warm lemon or lime water first thing in the morning! This Yogic or Ayurvedic ritual was primarily used for stimulating digestion and eliminating ama, the Ayurvedic term for toxic slime that builds up in the gastro-intestinal or GI tract. Check out the 10 reasons why this is an important addition to your daily routine.
So, what’s all the fuss about this GI Tract and how does it influence weight loss?
In reality, your G.I. tract is MUCH more than a digestion center; in fact, it is quite literally your second brain as well as being “home” to 80% of your immune system.1
Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), bloating, gas or constipation, bad breath, acne? Starting with a high quality probiotic may be just what is needed for you!
What to look for in a probiotic:
- 5 billion is a good average number, especially if someone has digestive issues (bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea)
- Should have a mix of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum
- Take on an empty stomach, before bed and upon rising
- It is important to look at what bacteria you are digesting. If you are eating too much Lactobacillus bacteria in your yogurt and probiotics this may lead to fat gain. Make sure to include polyphenols in your diet – the two best are coffee (organic, fair trade, free of mold), dark chocolate (cold pressed, raw) and brightly coloured vegetables.
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A few probiotic food suggestions include; raw goat milk or kefir on an empty stomach, cultured and fermented vegetables such as kimchi and pickles. Be wary of yogurts as the food colouring, aspartame and sugar content can negate the probiotic effect. If you have a yeast problem, avoid fermented foods.
Kimberly Synder’s, Probiotic & Enzyme Salad is a wonderful addition to your diet, or if you are short on time, add 2 tablespoons to a 1/4cup of raw sauerkraut to your lunch or dinner. I purchase mine at the local health food store or Upayanaturals.
Studies have indicated that weight gain and obesity are a consequence of inadequate probiotic levels.2
The ideal healthy ratio of “good” to “bad” bacteria is 85% to 15%, or 9 to 1. Unfortunately, due to lifestyle and environmental factors, the vast majority of the population is severely lacking when it comes to good probiotic bacteria, throwing their gut flora ratio completely out of whack.
These lifestyle and environmental factors include, but are not limited to, exposure to:
- Artificial sweeteners of any kind—found in “diet” beverages and food items, chewing gum, yogurt, and even toothpaste
- Processed foods
- Chlorinated water
- Alcoholic beverages (beer, liquor, wine)
- Agricultural chemicals and pesticides
- Antibiotics (from medications and/or antibiotics found in meat and dairy products that we ingest)
Intermittent Fasting – check out this link for more information
Toxic vs True Hunger – check out this link for more information
Tanya Morrison has been in the Health/Wellness and Fitness Field for over two decades. She is the creator of the Busy Mama Detox which is a 12 week program that runs in January, April and September of each year. To find out more about this life changing program check out the testimonials and information at www.busymamadetox.com. Tanya also teaches many different classes at Move Your Body Studio in Bobcaygeon, www.moveyourbody.ca and has written Healthy Snacks for Kids, Get the Skinny on Skinny Jeans & Living Vibrantly with Raw Goodness – Your Guide to Juicing & Blending. You can get your PDF copy here. Recently Tanya created Gain Energy Lose Fat sessions to help people realize the importance of healthy fats in their diets and how eating fat can make you lose fat.
This is an excerpt from the Busy Mama Detox Program. This program runs 3 times per year. Thank you for reading.