Boosting Your Digestive Health

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Increasingly, research is finding that our “gut” functions as almost a second brain. It has also been found to be an important site for immune health. Despite this, many people over look their intestinal health. But there are simple and easy ways to make sure you boost your immune health every day!

Food for Gut Health

 A healthy diet full of fiber rich foods that is low in sugar and light on meat-based proteins offers the best mix for a healthy gut. Avoiding all fats is not necessary or recommended; just make sure you are getting the healthy fats and not processed ones. There are specific foods that help to bolster gut health:


Getting probiotics from a supplement source or foods like yogurt or kefir can help to support a healthy gut. You should look for a shelf-stable probiotic supplement or opt for plain yogurts. Here is a good run down of probiotics for every need.

Fermented Foods

Fermented foods offer probiotic benefits, as well. Sauekraut, kombucha and kimchi are some of the most common ones that you can find ready made in the store. When it comes to sauerkraut, not all are fermented, so you will need to read the label. You can also make your own at home. Find out how here.


Prebiotics are fiber-rich foods that help to encourage the growth and proliferation of the good bacteria in your gut. Onions, artichokes and asparagus are some foods that contain prebiotics. You can eat them raw or cooked and get the benefits. Some foods and supplements also contain prebiotics like inulin.

Bone Broth

Bone broths are an excellent compliment to a healthy diet. They add nutrients and minerals and amino acids that help soothe and protect the digestive tract. While you can purchase ready-made versions, it is always best to make your own.

Lifestyle Changes for Gut Health

One of the biggest lifestyle changes that you can make to improve gut health is to add more exercise into your daily routine. Many of us have sedentary lifestyles due to work, etc. Make time each day for some vigorous exercise (a brisk walk, 12 Sun Salutations, etc) and you will benefit your digestive and lymphatic systems. Move either an hour before or after you eat. Exercise and a full stomach do not mix. Here is a yoga practice dedicated to improving digestive health.

Increasing hydration can also help with digestion. It keeps your digestive tract supple and moving freely. Hydration is also key to helping to remove toxins from your system. Some of our digestive problems also stem from tendencies to overeat. The body often shows its want for water by signals more common to hunger. Rather than a snack, reach for a glass of water. If you are still hungry after, a simple snack of fruit or nuts can help you with your digestive health goals.

Product of the Month: Digest Zen


This month we are highlighting digestive help. You can use our Essential Oil of the Month: DigestZen by doTerra to support your digestive health goals. This oil can aid in digestion, soothe occasional upset stomachs and help reduce gas and bloating*. In addition to the essential oil blend, doTerra also has a full line of DigestZen products. We are offering them all for 10% off for the month of March. (Some items may need to be specially ordered.)


Essential Oils Contained:

  • Ginger Rhizome/Root
  • Peppermint Plant
  • Caraway Seed
  • Coriander Seed
  • Anise Seed
  • Tarragon Plant
  • Fennel Seed

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Massage Specials for March



This month we are highlighting how to promote good digestion and a healthy microbiome. More and more research is pointing to the importance of establishing healthy gut flora and its effects on the body. We want you to feel good from the inside out!

March Special

15 Minute Abdominal Massage Add-On (Can be applied to any session 60 Minutes or More)

Abdominal massage utilizes gentle massage, castor oil and essential oils to clear stagnation and toxins from the body. Your therapist will also use soothing heat packs to boost the absorption of the castor oil and increase its ability to gently cleanse your system.

Book online today!


Elizabeth Owens and The Wellness Center will be offering her popular Spring Cleanse workshop again. Be sure to sign up to learn how to introduce a gentle detox and clean eating into your daily routine.

You may have a bad taste in your mouth when it comes to the word detox — literally — but what if there was a different kind of detox? A detox that was gentle enough to rid your body of toxins, but robust enough to escalate your energy while nourishing your body. Bring a friend or five and register for the 1-hour workshop where you and your friends will walk away with a 3-day detox plan and recipes along with a wealth of knowledge to enhance your detox journey.
Whether you have digestive issues, suffer from fatigue, experience joint pain or have a few pesky pounds to shed, this cleanse, lead by Certified Nutrition Specialist Elizabeth Owens, is designed to kick-start the improvement of your symptoms and lighten the toxic burden your body faces daily.

It’s more fun with a friend! We encourage you to bring a friend/spouse/neighbor so there’s a solid support system heading into the detox, plus you save on registration!

You + friend = $50 total.
Plan on attending solo this time, $30 to register.

It’s time to clear out the body cob webs and start improving how you feel from the inside out. You can register here.