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Sweet Kabocha Squash Congee

November 23, 2015

Japanese Kabocha Congee | Rosy Cheeks ProjectYou know you’re in trouble when your foodie friend comes to visit you in Vancouver, the city of amazing food, beautiful people. and more amazing food. We put our food hats on and last weekend consisted of nonstop feasts, seafood, seafood and, did I mention seafood? But heck, YOLO.

But overindulgence comes with a price.

Stomach poisoning may just be one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. After a full day of kindling with my dear friend, Mr. Toilet, I knew I had to restore my gut with healing herbs and easy to digest nutrients.

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Got Acid Reflux? Why You Should Stop Taking Antacids for Heartburn.

October 26, 2015

Do you have “too much stomach acid” or have “acid reflux” after meals?
You might think this is a cause of too much acid in the stomach, however, contrary to this common misconception. heartburn is actually a cause of too little stomach acid.

“But I feel a burning sensation in my chest and up my esophagus! Isn’t that because there’s too much stomach acid?”

Reverse Psychology? Ditch Your Antacids!
Why You Need More Stomach Acid and Less Antacids to Reduce Heartburn.

Without enough Hydrochloric acid (HCl), aka stomach acid, food cannot be digested properly.
When food stays in the stomach for prolonged periods, it starts to ferment and produce increased amounts of gas.

What an antacid (eg. TUMS) does is alkalizes the stomach contents, causing the chyme to release into the small intestine. There, the food continues to ferment and produce even more gas. The situation hasn’t gotten any better. If anything it’s gotten worse, exchanging stomach gas for intestinal gas.

Digestion is further deterred because the small intestines require a certain degree of acidity to trigger the release of bile and pancreatic enzymes. However, antacids reduce the acidity of the chyme, which inhibits the sufficient amount of these crucial enzymes to break down food molecules.

What happens when you have Low Stomach Acid?

With low HCl, stomach emptying is delayed for so long that the bile is regurgitated backwards from the duodenum (upper portion of small intestine) into the stomach. Bile is very irritating to the stomach lining which causes a reflex secretion of stomach acid to neutralize it. At this point, you are likely to experience that burning sensation.

If you have enough HCl to begin with, which would avoid the prolonged digestion time of food in the stomach, bile would not be regurgitated back into the stomach which causes the reflex secretion of stomach acid.

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10 Culinary Herbs & Spices to Improve Digestion

October 12, 2015

Not only do herbs and spices have specific roles in the culinary field, each has its own immense nutritional benefits. In fact, a number of over-the-counter drugs are concentrated forms of chemical extractions found in plants. So, we definitely should not underestimate herbs and their ability to heal.
10 Culinary Herbs & Spices to Improve Digestion

Today, we’ll be exploring herbs and spices that are specific to the Gastrointestinal tract. Aromatic culinary herbs contain Volatile Oils have carminative properties that help to soothe and relax the gut lining.

You may find dried or fresh herbs. Where dried varieties are more intensely flavoured and therefore, used in smaller amounts. You can even grow fresh ones in your patio or on your kitchen windowsill.

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10 Leaky Gut Symptoms & Ways To Heal A Leaky Gut

September 18, 2015

9 out of 10 people I know have digestion problems – whether it be a mild functional disorder or a more severe chronic disease.

The worst part is, some may not even recognize that these problems exist and live on years with compromised digestion, not knowing how it feels to have good gut health.

10 Leaky Gut Symptoms & Ways To Heal A Leaky Gut | Rosy Cheeks Project

A number of digestive symptoms manifest in other parts of your body that can be mistaken as conditions unrelated to digestion. For example, eczema, a chronic inflammatory skin condition is linked to inflammation in the GI tract.

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4 Steps to Cure Digestive Problems Naturally

September 1, 2015

We often hear the saying ‘you are what you eat’.
But more importantly, you are what you don’t eat.

It doesn’t matter if you had a green smoothie for breakfast or had a healthy gluten-free meal for lunch, if you end up snacking on a big bag of Doritos. When it comes to digestive healing, the number one step is to remove all allergenic foods that are the root cause of inflammation and disease in the gut.


If you’re not sure what you are allergic to, it is advised to remove the most common allergy-causing foods such as wheat, dairy, eggs, gluten, alcohol, caffeine. In addition to food-related allergens, you should also be4 STEPS TO CURE DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS NATURALLY | Rosy Cheeks Project aware of other sources of inflammation such as environmental toxins like personal hygiene products, emotional causes like stress and anger, antibiotics, NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), and even birth control.

Imagine how liberating it feels to clear out junk in the house.
Removing offending items from your life is just as liberating, if not more!

Below are detox supporting herbs to supplement during the removal stage.
(Taking random amounts of these supplements can be harmful. Don’t take these without the guidance of a professional. Licorice, ginseng, goldenseal, pau d’arco, seaweed, garlic, herbs.) Continue Reading…

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Know Your Gut: How The Digestive System Works

August 27, 2015

How The Digestive System Works | Rosy Cheeks ProjectYou must first know your gut to heal your gut

What really goes on in your 30 feet long digestive system?
How does the body transform raw food substances into energy?
What kind of chemical reactions and mechanical processes are required to break down these substances?

These are very important questions to think about to understand which part of your digestive system needs attention and how to heal it.

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Gut Health 101 | The Dawn of Digestive Problems

August 25, 2015

Gut Health | Digestion Problems | Rosy Cheeks Project

It is impossible to be in perfect health with poor digestion.

More than 20 million Canadians suffer from digestive disorders every year. The most common of digestive problems are chronic constipation, excessive gas and bloating, diarrhea, heartburn and acid reflux, and food intolerances. While digestive diseases are extremely common and may seem negligible at times, digestive disease is not a matter to be taken lightly.

Digestion is an intimate process that transforms raw materials into substances that supply your body with the nutrients necessary for survival

The future of medicine lies in the wisdom of our ancestors.

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