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Success W ellne ss FOLLOW YOUR GUT It’s generally understood that food in its natural, unprocessed state is healthier overall. It’s helpful to talk to a qualified healthcare professional — someone with a functional or holistic approach is ideal — to better understand your needs. Everybody is different; what’s healthy for another individual may not be optimal for you. A Voluptuous Life is about connecting to your own personal truth, and then making decisions coming from a place of clarity. The latest science confirms health begins in the gut and that about 80% of our immune system is found there. Eating and drinking fermented foods like raw sauerkraut, kimchi or kombucha and/or taking probiotics can help optimize digestion by increasing good gut bacteria and activating HCL and pepsin. These good bacteria, acids and enzymes also kill unwanted invaders and can protect us, not only from food-borne illnesses, but possibly from disease as well. I personally take a digestive enzyme at every meal so my body can use less energy for digestion and more energy for other important life-sustaining functions. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Kristen Joy is a Wellness & Meditation Coach with a passion that has taken her to study abroad and create a company dedicated to abundant health and happiness through conscious living; VoluptuousLife.com. › 30 BIG OL’ BOOST Keeping your nutritional intake balanced is not always an easy endeavor, particularly if you’re a busy bee on-the-go. Prep beforehand and incorporate ingredients that will help you along the way by busting metabolism and energy. TEX T BY FR ANCESCA CRUZ MATCHA MAN The equivalent of 10 cups of brewed green tea, scientific evidence now shows that Matcha torches body fat, boosts metabolism and prevents diseases. A spoonful in a morning protein shake will keep you good as golden all day long. DANDELION DREAMS Koreans have sworn by this tea for centuries — Dandelion Root tea reduces bloating, soothes your digestive system, has cancer- fighting potential and promotes liver health. Making yourself a tea, with a squeeze of lemon, once a day, every day, will balance your digestive system for a lifetime. ALL THINGS GOLD Goldenseal is an herb of the buttercup family — but don’t let the butter in the name throw you off. It’s an herbal antibiotic taken as a supplement that helps enhance the immune system by cleaning and promoting healthy glandular functions.