Suffering From Gas and Bloat?

The symptoms of gas and bloat usually occur after eating.  One can eat a small meal or a large meal and get that gassy/bloated feeling.   It is usually very uncomfortable and can be embarrassing as well.  You may wonder how this problem comes about.

Often, we do not combine our foods correctly.  That is, we put a starchy food and a protein food together at a meal.  Let’s say you are having breakfast and you decide to have eggs (protein) and toast (starch or carbohydrate).  Putting this combination together causes gas.  Maybe a dinner choice would be rice (starch) and beans (protein) which also causes gas.  These are just two examples of putting protein and starches together at the same meal.  Of course there are many other combinations that can cause the gas and bloat feeling as well.   Learning what combinations work best for your digestion system can be a real education.  We need to practice food combining with our meals to eliminate that gas and bloat feeling.

Another cause of gas would be drinking liquids with our meals.  The gas comes because all the liquid we just drank with our meals is preventing the stomach acid and the digestive enzymes to break down the food properly.  The large amounts of gas that occurs from drinking the liquid with our meal will cause bloating in our abdomen.  Our abdomen is usually swollen at this point making us look like we have over-sized abdomens.

Sometimes, certain vegetables and fruits will give us gas.  The individual needs to determine which vegetables or fruit might be causing the problem.  A food diary is a good way to keep a record of what we have eaten and how our body has reacted to the foods.  Becoming aware of the foods we eat that are causing the gas and bloat is the first step in understanding our digestive problem.


Call me with questions about gas and bloat or to set up a colonic appointment to get rid of this problem.  616-456-5033

Let’s Get Healthy – Step 6

We all desire to have a healthy immune system.  Many people have low immunity–their immune system is literally worn out and barely functioning.  Poor eating habits, lack of rest and sleep, lack of exercise, stress, negative emotional well being and poor bathroom habits all play a large part in a weakened immune system.

When we give the immune system a boost of energy with a healthy dose of Vitamin C, B-complex, calcium supplements, Vitamin B-12,  and other healthy nutrients along with a positive outlook,  our bodies become stimulated  and the immune system becomes  stronger once again.


Please see me with questions or concerns about your health. Call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at    I would love to help any way I can.


Let’s Get Healthy – Step 5

a 5th step to being healthy is to be aware of our elimination schedules.  Our body’s are designed to go after every meal within 1 to 2 hours after eating our meals. Our body’s are not designed to go every 2-3 days, or once a week or twice a month.  We are suppose to “go” within an hour or two after every meal.  This means when we eat breakfast we should go within 1 to 2 hours after this meal.  After lunch, we should be “going” 1 to 2 hours after this meal. After dinner, we should be “going” 1 to 2 hours after this meal.  When we eat dinner at 6:00 pm, we should be “going” by 9:00 am the next morning.  This elimination schedule is important.  Each time we “go”, the stool should be formed–about 12 inches long and about 1 to 1 amd 1/2 inches in diameter.  We would call these “healthy poops”.

If we are eating 3 meals a day but only going to the bathroom once a day, this is when we start to get that build up on the walls of the colon.  This is when we can become quite constipated.  After a time, we feel gassy and bloated.  We will start to have some digestive disorders.

Our colon is a very important organ.  We would do ourselves a favor to keep it as healthy as possible.  The healthy way is to eliminate properly every day and be on a healthy schedule.


Let’s Get Healthy – Step 4

A 4th step to health is detoxification.  A detox program is designed to draw out accumulated waste, toxins, and poisons from the colon. Preventing the build up of waste is important.  One needs to remove the toxic fecal poisons that are stuck on the walls.  An increase in fiber can help eliminate and remove the build up that is on the wall of the colon.

A wonderful product that can help with these problems as mentioned above is called Herbal Fiber Blend by Aim Image Marketing.  This product may help remove years of embedded fecal matter from the colon.  Herbal Fiber Blend contains herbs like           Alfalfa that help relieve constipation;  Black Walnut hulls that help improve bowel function; Cascara Sagrada which acts as a laxative, stimulating evacuation from the bowels.  The ingredient list has numerous herbs that help with the elimination process and promote healing to the bowel.  Herbal Fiber Blend also contain herbs that will help to nourish the cells in the body as well as in the nervous system.

So, then, let’s help to unclog the colon by doing a detox program.  You will feel happier, healthier and have much more energy.  Remember also how important colonics are in helping the bowel function properly.

Call today at 616-456-5033 or email at [email protected] to make an appointment.  You will be glad you made the call!

To learn more about Herbal Fiber Blend contact me by phone or by email.

Let’s Get Healthy–Step 3!

Taking food supplements is a must in this day and age because we are not getting enough nutrients from our food.  Be careful what vitamins and minerals you take, however, because they might have synthetic substances in them.  All vitamins are not pure.  There is a good book on the market today that tells you what the synthetic ingredients might be in the vitamins you take.  The book is called, The Vitamin Code  by Massoud Arvanaghi, PHD; and Mike Yorkey.  In part 3 of the book, “What The Vitamin Code Means To You”, it explains that vitamins and minerals are manufactured from different sources.  On page 107 of Part 3 there is a partial list  of the name of the vitamin, and whether it is natural or synthetic.  This book is very informative and an interesting read.  I’m sure it will be an eye opener to you as it was to me. After reading this book, I can imagine that you will be reading the ingredient labels on your vitamin bottles a bit more closely and be much more aware of what  ingredients are in the bottles.

Making nutritional blender drinks is a great way to supplement. Using organic fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh greens, herbs and pure water is wonderful for getting the nutrients we need for our bodies.  We should be using organic as much as possible.

What I do for my health right away in the morning is have 2 oz. of organic wheat grass juice.  I grow the wheat grass myself.  It is very healthy and has many nutrients in it.  If I don’t have the wheat grass available, I do Barley Life, an American Image Marketing product.  It has a full spectrum of nutrients.  It is an all-natural, green barley grass juice powder concentrate that helps provide the daily nutrition that is needed for good health.

Getting in the habit of taking healthy food supplements or juicing is a great way to start your day and to stay healthy!

Contact Mary at 616-456-5033 or [email protected] for further questions. I’m always happy to help!

Let’s Get Healthy–Step two!

A second step to good health is the food we eat.  Healthy nutrition is a must.  We Americans eat way too much food.   Often, our food includes meat, bread, fast food, desserts, and highly-processed food.  The food is high in fat, sugar and calories.  This kind of food causes blockages in our arteries, heart, liver, lungs, brain and colon and also causes inflammation and disease.

The foods we should really eat are raw food; such as, greens, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, herbs, organic juices, etc.  When we eat this way, we will be promoting our good health and have a disease-free body.

Let’s Get Healthy!

Here is a list of my six steps to a more powerful and healthy lifestyle.

Let’s get healthy–Step one:

Getting rid of our stress is one of the first steps in getting healthy.  Ha-ha, you say.  How in the world am I going to get rid of my stress?  Well, it can be done but it is hard.  We really have to focus on it.  On November 7, 2013 I wrote about stress in detail.  I focused on the seven steps to successfully manage stress.  I also shared about the serious consequences of having too much stress in my blog of November 14, 2013.  One of the serious consequences of having too much stress is the fact that we can have inflammatory illnesses: such as, frequent headaches, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and other serious illnesses.  People who are under a tremendous amount of stress could, possibly, contract a serious illness like cancer, kidney,  stomach problems, or other serious problems.


We need to some how avoid stress and become calmer.  As Dr. Richard Schulze puts it, “Focus on the GOOD to eliminate the bad.”  A few ways to help with stress-reduction and to stay healthy would be to 1) exercise, 2) go to talk therapy, 3) do a diet change, 4) use supplements, 5) have a massage, 6) make sure your colon is working properly by having some colonics.



It’s Cleansing Time

Fall is here!.  This is a wonderful time of the year to be thinking about cleansing.  The season is changing to the cooler weather, temperatures are fluctuating and our eating patterns are changing.  In the spring and summer we like cooler foods and drinks while fall and winter we like the warmer foods and drinks.  Our bodies are in transition which is why this is a good time for a fast or cleanse.

Many people make it a habit to do a fast or cleanse four times per year–fall, winter, spring and summer.  The fast or cleanse can be 1-2 days, 3 days, 7 days, etc., whatever works for them in their schedule.  Some people give up certain foods during this time while others focus on just liquids.  It is usually an individual’s choice. A cleanse will give the digestive system a little vacation. This is a wonderful time for the body.

After the fast or cleanse is over, most people feel better.  This is a great time to have a colonic.  A colonic will help remove the toxins and old fecal matter.  Colonics will help finish the cleansing or fasting program.

Let’s start the fall season off right by cleansing, fasting, and having colonics. We  will be glad we took this healthy step!    Contact Mary at 616-456-5033 or email  me at [email protected] to set up an appointment.

What about a massage?

What is massage?

Massage dates back to about 2000 BC.  There are many references to massage which appear in ancient writings from China, Japan, India, Egypt, Greece.  The term “massage therapy” includes many techniques and the type of massage given usually depends on the person’s needs and physical condition. The many techniques that I use in my sessions vary from person to person.  I could use just one technique for the whole session or I could use more than one in the same session.  It depends on what is going on in the client’s body when they come in.  (See my web page on massage and the different techniques I use.)

Massage therapists work on muscle, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, joints, and pressure points. They also might work on the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the fascial system and other body systems depending on the need of the individual at the time.  In all forms of massage, the therapist works with their hands, forearms and their elbows to manipulate the body’s soft tissue.  Massage strokes can vary from light to firm and deep depending on what the client needs.

Why would a person want to have a massage?

Most people are stressed these days.  Stress can cause serious consequences in people’s lives. Taking care of one’s self is very important. One of the ways to de-stress and relax is by having a full body, relaxation massage.  The massage will calm the person and put harmony and balance back into the body. (see my blog on Stress 101)

Massage is wonderful for people who need better range of motion and flexibility in their muscles.  By using certain techniques in the massage session range of motion can be restored.

People will benefit from a massage if they have upper or lower back pain, arthritis, tendonitis, headaches and migraines, muscle spasms, strains, circulatory and respiratory problems, post-injury and post surgical rehabilitation.  The list goes on and on for ailments people might be experiencing in their bodies.

Massage has many healing benefits. It will increase circulation by bringing oxygen and nutrients to the body.  It will soothe anxiety and depression. Massage enhances the immune system and gets down to the cellular level in the body.

As you can see, massage is wonderful and has many wonderful benefits, as well.  If you want to feel healthy, be healthy, and look healthy, then try massage.  You will be glad you had the experience!!!  I guarantee it!!

To receive some wonderful healing benefits, schedule a massage with Mary, just call me at 616-456-5033 or email me at [email protected]  

Written by Mary




The Lymph System

The proper functioning of the lymphatic system is critical to our body’s ability to detoxify and regenerate tissues.  The lymph system also filters out toxins and foreign substances and maintains a healthy immune system.  It is a complex system composed primarily of lymph vessels and nodes.  When the lymph circulation stagnates, fluids, proteins, cells and toxins accumulate and cellular functioning is significantly compromised.  This opens the way to many physical ailments.

There is a wonderful technique that is designed to activate and cleanse the human fluid system.  It is called the lymph drainage (pronounced-drahnahge) technique.  This technique works with the flat of my hands, using all my fingers  in a mild pumping movement making wave-like movements to activate fluid circulation and stimulate the lymphatic flow.

Lymph drainage therapy has many benefits:

  • Reduces edemas (swelling)
  • Detoxes the body
  • Regenerates tissue, including burns, scar (pre- and post- surgical), wrinkles and stretch marks.
  • Relieves chronic inflammation (sinusitis, bronchitis, acne and allergies
  • Reduces the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
  • Relieves chronic pain
  • It helps to relieve insomnia, stress, and loss of memory
  • Alleviates body fat and cellulite tissue
  • It relieves muscle conditions and some forms of constipation.

If you would like to learn more about this wonderful technique, be sure to contact me at [email protected]


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