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Sovereign Labs Leaky Gut Healing Supplements

This post is about my experience trying Sovereign Laboratories products that I picked out to be geared towards my leaky gut healing protocol.

They generously provided them to me, free of charge. Very grateful for the chance to try these high quality products.

A lot has transpired in the last few years, even more so in the last months in regards to my own personal health. There’s been lots of constant experimentation with nutrition, timing of eating (intermittent fasting, etc.) and supplementation.

I find out pretty quickly what makes a difference and what does not, as I have a fairly high level of awareness around how I feel and how my body is operating.

Gut health has always been a main focus of mine; as it’s vital and it impacts every single aspect of health from hormones, to energy levels, to sleep patterns, etc. When my gut is healthy, I can tell that it is. I feel my best, I have no bloating and I feel like I can take on anything.

Here are the Sovereign Laboratories products I’ve been using over the last few months:

Colostrum (Liposomal Delivery)

Colostrum-LD® is a targeted immune support supplement designed for daily use in people of all ages. Colostrum provides critical bioactive components that assist the human immune system to perform the functions it was designed to do. Bovine (cow) colostrum is an ideal supplement because it is plentiful and biologically transferrable to humans.

Colostrum-LD® contains first-milking bovine colostrum that has been flash pasteurized, low heat dried, and instantized for maximum safety, solubility and efficacy. Proprietary LD Liposomal Delivery™ ensures that colostrum’s bioactive components can survive transit through the digestive tract and are well-absorbed into the bloodstream. Colostrum-LD® is certified to contain a minimum of 25-30% immunoglobulins, 1.5% lactoferrin, 1.5% growth factors and 3.5-5% colostrum peptides (PRPs).

Vital C (Liposomal Delivery)

Vital C-LD® was developed to prolong the biological activity and beneficial biochemical functions that are vitamin C-dependent, target multiple metabolic areas and promote valuable benefits in human health.

Vital C-LD® is a proprietary preparation of ascorbic acid with citrus bioflavonoids and lipid metabolites from natural vegetable sources (Liposomal Delivery). Liposomal Delivery is important to the bioavailability of the Vitamin C, and increases it up to 1500% versus vitamin C without Liposomal Delivery. Liposomal delivery is essential for the vitamin C to travel intact through the stomach and into the intestines by which the specific lipid metabolites contained in Vital C-LD® enhance its entry into the cells.†

IRM – Immune Response Modulator

IRM is recommended daily for general health or in times of stress to help bring immune system back into balance. Recommended for overall immune system support. This concentration of colostrum polypeptides supports a healthy immune system.†

Viralox

Viralox® oral spray is a powerful concentration of Lactopeptide, a proprietary combination of Proline-Rich Polypeptides and Lactoferrin peptides.

Viralox contains concentrated PRP-2s and lactoferrin which has been clinically proven to eliminate infections, especially viral infections. The antimicrobial PRP-2s stimulate the immune system to fight off viral infections and lactoferrin blocks the viruses from entering healthy cells. Viralox is great for children in daycare or school where germs are everywhere. Daily use in pediatric patients helps reduce infections by up to 74% and antibiotic use by up to 84%.

Stomach Armor

Clinical studies show GastroDefense® Stomach Armor® is a superior formula for bowel and immune health. This proprietary formula of Colostrum-LD®, Zinc, Calcium Carbonate, Hidrox®, six probiotics and peppermint oil promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. Additional benefits include: helps protect against occasional diarrhea and constipation; increased nutrient absorption; reduced bloating†

GastroDefense Daily Therapy

Peer reviewed clinical studies show GastroDefense® Daily Therapy is a superior formula for bowel health and the only formula which contains sufficient amounts of the most trusted probiotics. This proprietary formula of six probiotics, inulin, oat fiber, and bovine colostrum promotes the growth of beneficial gut bacteria,. Additional benefits include: ; protection against occasional diarrhea and constipation; increased nutrient absorption; reduced stomach fat; and maintains healthy cholesterol levels within a normal range.†

GastroDefense Overnight Cleanse

The first clinically proven, all-natural Himalayan herbal formula for overnight cleansing and relief from occasional constipation. Comparison clinical studies with popular remedies show GastroDefense™ Overnight Cleanse to provide superior benefits. No other formula has been shown to be as effective, yet gentle, non-habit forming.

My Experience with the Sovereign Laboratories products:

I’ve been taking these as suggested/directed over the last few months and I honestly feel the healthiest I’ve ever been.

Along with really dialing in my nutrition (eating mostly vegan keto and only drinking a fatty coffee until lunch time), these supplements have helped me mend my gut and take my health to another level of feeling good.

There is truly nothing like feeling your healthiest. Nothing. It’s truly the biggest gift you can give those around you; your mood is better, you are capable of working harder, you feel more exhilarated and you are the best version of yourself.

Any products that aid me in getting to that place deserve a heck of a lot of praise. No matter how healthy you currently feel you are, I believe incorporating products like this, at the very least for a period of time–is a great thing. GMOs, toxic chemicals in our environment stress, less-than-awesome food choices, and stress all damage the gut over time. Very few people on the planet, if any, have a perfectly healthy gut because of this.

Thus, it helps to have some gut healers help out, like the Sovereign Labs products. The cool thing is that once you simply get in the habit of taking your supplements, you start feeling the benefits and it feels like a small price to pay for your health.

Not All Gut Health Products are Created Equal

It worth mentioning that with so many products out there that are claiming to target “gut health”. it’s worth learning more about the company about the products you invest in. Have they been studied extensively? Or are their just some buzz word ingredients in there?

It’s been neat to learn more about this brand and get familiar with how their products have helped so many people alleviate myriad of health issues through healing their gut. It allllll begins and comes back to the gut.

Have any specific questions about these products, my experience, or just want to share your gut health journey? Comment below!

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Discount for HealthTestingCenters.com: Hormone + Metabolic Testing

This post is sponsored by HealthTestingCenters.com. All opinions are sincerely my own.

Learning more about what’s going on inside my body has been a focus of mine in recent years. By that I mean I’ve been trying to get more insight into what hormone imbalances may be contributing to the painful menstrual cycles that I’ve battled for many years now.

I feel super fortunate to have linked up with HealthTestingCenters.com. Through them, I was able to get my hormones tested, as well as have my metabolic function evaluated and learn about my cancer risk factors (kind of a scary thing to know–but I figured why not).

Having these results means that I have some tools in my toolbox to help me figure out what my body needs and what it’s lacking. The best thing about this process that was I was able to get the testing done at my local Quest Diagnostics facility (I didn’t even make an appointment; I was able to walk in on a day that was convenient for me). It was also neat to have this type of testing available to me that I could select online (it was literally like filling up my shopping cart with the tests I wanted).

It took them about a week to get the results back to me, I received them via e-mail and voila! Below is a look at the results I received. I was encouraged to see that my body looks to be functioning at a pretty high level.

The only thing that came up abnormal or “high” is the MHC (mean corpuscular hemoglobin) which seems to be a potential indicator of anemia (which my mom has). It basically means that my vitamin b12 and folate levels are low, which effects red blood cells. I’ll be looking more into why that may be the case and how I can aid my body through diet and supplementation to get into a healthier range.

This is a piece of information I’ve never had before and it’s helping me help myself even better than ever. Seriously very grateful to have this information!

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Overall, my experience using HealthTestingCenters.com has been super easy and seamless! I would recommend them.

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Nganic CBD Hemp Oil Review

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About Nganic:

 THC-FREE
 NON-PSYCHOACTIVE
 ALL NATURAL
 FULL SPECTRUM
 ORGANICALLY GROWN COLORADO HEMP
 CO2 EXTRACTION
 NATURALLY OCCURRING TERPENES
 LAB TESTED

SIZE: 1 fl oz
CBD: 250, 1,000, or 3,000mg
FLAVORS: original (no flavor) or peppermint

Ingredients

Grape Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, CBD Hemp Oil Extract, (Optional: Peppermint Oil)
3000mg Original: Hemp Seed Oil, CBD Hemp Extract

CBD Oil Formulation

When shopping for Cannabidiol Oil online it can be hard to tell what brand to go with, so how can you tell the difference between a great product from a bad one?  Take a look at the label to see what is used in it and the concentration of CBD.  Our CBD Oil starts off with only the purest, highest quality CBD Hemp Oil Extract, then we add a splash of a couple of other natural oils you can pronounce to make up our full formula.

How about CBD concentrations?  This is where things get confusing if you have been looking at other oils you have probably noticed the concentrations of CBD range from 20 mg per 30 ml to around 2,000 mg per 30 ml.  You want to make sure you are buying a product that has enough CBD to provide the benefit you need.  If you are unsure please reach out to us, or consult with your physician first.

How to Take it

Unfortunately, due to FDA restrictions we can’t advise individuals on how much CBD Oil to take for specific conditions.  Most people end up taking 2-4 servings per day, during different times of the day.  Serving sizes are listed on the individual bottles and vary from 5mg (250mg bottle) to 15mg (1,000mg bottle). The CBD Oil bottles come with a dropper, so it is easy to adjust your serving size accordingly.

Some individuals require more or less than described above, as everybody is different. The key is to listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Lab Testing

It does not matter what type of CBD product you are looking at, you need to ensure the products are lab tested in a certified lab that frequently tests for Cannabinoids (including CBD) in various products.  This is to make sure you are getting what you paid for and the results are reliable, as there are nuances to reliably testing CBD Oils.

We transparently post all of our lab results on our lab results and product pages.

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My Nganic CBD Experience

Though it seems to be a controversial topic (mainly due to misinformation about CBD), I truly feel fortunate to have access to the many medicinal aspects of the hemp plant. From taking this CBD oil under my tongue a few times a day, I get no “high” feeling, no psychedelic effects. Instead, it’s calming and relaxing while also helping me mentally dial in at the same time.

I’ve heard from many former coworkers and colleagues that CBD has helped them heaps with their anxiety, stress and inability to fall asleep. I would not categorize myself as someone who deals with regular anxiety, but I am always searching to have a calmer disposition; one that allows me to handle whatever life throws at me (without completely losing my marbles).

After using this CBD oil for only a few days, I could notice a positive difference in how I felt. I actually like taking CBD as a part of my morning routine to start my day right. I feel like it puts me in a more even keel headspace. It also happens to pair well with morning meditations if that’s your cup of tea. The peppermint flavor of the oil I have is super easy to throw back (I do half a drop under my tongue + let some absorb for about 10 seconds before I swallow).

For the first time today, I added CBD to my coffee and the word perfection comes to mind. The peppermint was delicious with the java flavors and I enjoyed making it a part of my cup of coffee even more than just taking it by itself.

I appreciate Nganic’s practices and their noticeable commitment + passion for high quality CBD oil. Crossing paths with this brand makes me excited and reminds me that there are people out there creating beautiful products that truly help people live a more balanced life that feels good.

Check out the oil I’ve been using here!

This post is sponsored by Nganic. All of my opinions are my own.

Purity Organic Coffee Review

This post is a review of Purity Organic Coffee’s products.

Purity Coffee

About:

Purity Coffee is completely focused on health from bean to bag.  We roast for the highest levels of antioxidants and the lowest levels of acrylamide.  Our coffee is lab-tested to be free of molds, mycotoxins and pesticides. One of the easiest changes anyone can make to their diet is to switch to healthier coffee!

Over 19,000 studies have shown that coffee is beneficial for general health and longevity and specifically for heart disease, liver disease, Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes.  Coffee is the richest source of antioxidants in the western diet and contains over 850 compounds (that aren’t present in tea or those sugar-filled caffeine energy drinks).

My Experience:

Coffee is such a massive part of our culture. I’m a big fan. I’m also super passionate about letting you guys know about brands that are growing coffee with massive regards to quality + purity. If you read thru their mission above, it’s easy to tell that they are doing coffee with the utmost regard for the health implications. I have a lot of appreciation for this. It may come as no surprise at this point, but it’s key to realize that (like food), not all coffee is grown equally. Most of it is grown with profit as the main goal, versus health and vitality. Thus, most coffee consumed is rife with pesticides and mold, due to the less than optimal growing conditions and processing practices.

The reason it’s important to me to have organic coffee is because it’s something I consume 6-7 days out of the week. Because I consume it so often, the quality is important to me. In general, that’s my rule of thumb with buying things organic. I don’t fret if 100% of what I consume is organic, but if it’s something I consume daily, then it moves high up on my priority list to seek an organic option.

We have a great Burr grinder at home so we opted for their bags of Whole Bean coffee, but they also have a K-Cup option for Keurig users. This coffee has a rich, smooth taste from the darker roasted beans and is delicious black or with your favorite healthy additives (we love superfoods and plant based milks).

I’m generally just very stoked to know about this brand. We don’t buy a lot of bagged coffees because we do a lot of our own roasting of green coffee beans at home (and most bagged coffees are cruddy and/or it’s hard to tell what’s in them and how they’ve been grown). However, Purity Coffee is changing how we view coffee. It will now be my go-to for our house and a great option for gifting to friends and family.

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This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Purity Coffee.

Platejoy Custom Meal Plans Review

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Platejoy including my personal review, thoughts and experience.

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About Platejoy:

PlateJoy is a personalized meal planning app that makes healthy eating easy.

Personalize your meal plan by taking a lifestyle quiz about your tastes, health goals, family size, schedule and more

Receive delicious, custom-designed meal plans that simplify your life and keep you feeling fit this summer.

Why PlateJoy is Awesome:

– Start a new diet or eating plan easily: low carb, low sodium, keto, paleo, weight loss, food allergies, vegetarian, vegan and more

– Find the type of cooking that works for your household: family friendly, batch cooking, slow cooker meals, budget, etc.

– Get recipes that really fit your schedule: Get plans for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, or pick only the meals you need. You can change the exact number of meals each week, to fit your exact schedule.

– No more food waste. Your digital pantry keeps track of ingredients you already have, and we pair your recipes together smartly to reduce waste.

– Get optional same-day delivery, with no packaging or subscriptions. We integrate with local stores in your town, so you can get optional delivery when you want it, without boxes of dry ice.

– Access all your plans on the go. Easy to use because your recipes are sent straight to your phone.

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Our Experience:

My boyfriend and I live together and we are both pretty big eaters! We do so much cooking at home, both because we enjoy it and it’s more cost effective than going out to eat all the time. Luke coaches Crossfit and ran track in college, so with my food/athletic experience and his knowledge, we are both decently educated in nutrition and do a pretty good job of making it happen for ourselves as far as home-cooked meals go.

But even then, there are times we lack creativity and find ourselves cravings some new dishes and new ideas. I’ve never been signed up for anything similar to Platejoy; we’ve always just been winging it in the kitchen and putting all the healthy foods we like together in a yummy way. I wasn’t sure at first that it would be of use for us since we are health nuts most of the time.

I was so encouraged and surprised to see how many great ideas I have been getting from Platejoy. I really love that you can search for recipes by ingredient based on what we have at home. While I’m not big on abiding by and sticking to exact measurements/recipes, I like getting new concepts for dishes or ways to change up meals I’ve made a bunch of times.

Probably the biggest advantage I see of having Platejoy is that you can acquire a “menu” to use that completely adheres to your style of eating, whether it’s vegan, low-carb, no eggs, etc. This a game changer actually. We strive to eat gluten and dairy free (Luke eats eggs, I limit them) with a focus on healthy fats, veggies and some fruit. It was super easy to  “tell” my Platejoy sign up page that that’s the way we eat. Then voila! It was like ready to go, customized-feeling batch of meals and ideas for us to take and run with. You can even enter your weight loss goals (if you have any) and get a shopping list to take to the grocery store. So many thoughtful + cool little perks.

We typically don’t have an issue with food waste, but it’s awesome that Platejoy can help you eliminate that by telling you how much food to buy based on how many of you are in your household. Also the handiness and accessibility provided through the app is awesome for taking your phone into the kitchen/planning/etc.

Two of the meals I’ve made so far are pictured above! I made the Mango + Greens Smoothie alongside the Breakfast hash (I added in sweet potato and pork sausage instead of the apple and bacon in the recipe. They are both so satisfying and DELISH!

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