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The Expansive Range of Coconut Oil Uses

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Coconut Oil

This post is about the many uses for coconut oil.

Contains: pure, organic, extra virgin coconut oil. (is solid at room temperature, liquid when in the palm of your hand or heated otherwise)

Description: Coconut oil boasts many health benefits from its healthy Omega fats. One of the good fats, lauric acid, makes up about 50% of coconut oil. Lauric acid is a rare medium-chain fatty acid found in human breast milk. It supports healthy metabolism and is being studied for its anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial health-protecting properties. Some researchers predict that lauric acid will become as well known in health circles as Omega-3 is today.

My personal favorite product that Nutiva makes is their Coconut Oil. This stuff is the real deal and is exponentially beneficial to both the inside and outside of your body. If you have ever read the ingredient list on, say, body lotion, lip balm, or make-up remover, you perhaps had the same shocked reaction that I did. What are all of those chemicals, and why am I about to put them into/onto my body? Coconut oil’s obvious use is to replace the current oil you use in your kitchen, and it does an excellent job of it, as well adding a wonderful flavor to your cooking. What is less obvious is that Nutiva’s coconut oil has so many other amazing uses.

Thus far, I am and have been using Coconut Oil for these purposes:

-Eye makeup remover

-Lip balm

-Skin moisturizer (a little goes a long way)

-Oil treatment for hair (either apply root to end and let sit before shampooing, or apply to ends of hair before styling)

-Cuticle softener

-Used for oil pulling

-Used as the base of my:

-Shaving cream

-Tanning oil

-Added to morning coffee

-In cooking, baking & smoothie making

-Taken by the spoonful

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BraceAbility: Figure 8 Clavicle Brace and Posture Support Strap Review

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BraceAbility Posture Support Strap

About:

“This figure-8 clavicle brace provides ultimate support, and its simple design and hook-and-loop closure means it is easy to apply. The clavicle support brace is intended for treatment of clavicle fractures and poor posture.

This is a little dry, but ti’s important to know about the brace:

This figure-8 clavicle strap for treatment of collarbone fractures and poor posture has a number of features that make it comfortable to wear. The straps of the clavicle fracture brace are shielded from the body with wide padding and a felt-covered back pad where the straps merge. Breathable, knitted stockinette covers the felt of this figure 8 clavicle splint. This support will fit a wide variety of chest circumferences, ranging from 24 inches to 48 inches. For even smaller sizes, one can check out the child’s version of the support.
Also in the interests of making this posture and clavicle support splint accessible to everyone, the brace is free of latex. (Some are allergic to this material.)

One last thing, the product features:

  • Unisex design
    Available in four adult sizes that fit chest circumferences ranging from 24 inches to 48 inches
    Children’s sizes also available
    Figure-8 design
    Hook-and-loop closure
    Non-irritating felt back pad
    Wide padding
    Latex-free
    Corrects posture
    Immobilizes for clavicle fracture recovery.”

My Thoughts:

I, myself,  fortunately do not suffer from chronic back pain. Thus, this brace is not something that is really helping me in regards to pain relief. I do, however, have pretty poor posture most of the time.

I see this brace as something that I may wear around the house just to help retrain myself to have better posture. I know how important having good posture is for spine health, but I have allowed myself to develop a habit of less-than-great posture.

The design is simple, easy to assemble, put on and is very comfortable when you get the straps adjusted correctly. It reminds you very quickly how bad your posture is! (or at least it did that for me). It serves as a healthy guide & reminder to stand up straighter with your shoulders back and chest out.

I don’t see it as an absolute necessity, but I think it’s a good product for what it is designed for. Athletes or even inactive individuals alike could benefit from this Posture Support Strap by BraceAbility.

Sunscreen – Something To Note, Laird Hamilton

I’ll preface this post by saying that I am hoping to provide some good information here, and maybe help open a few minds–not to rant or force my thoughts on anyone. I just believe it is worth mentioning! 🙂

During a conversation with my mother today on the phone, she planted a seed of an idea in my mind that I instantly realized was very important and worth addressing and discussing in my blog: Sunscreen.

Being a Florida native, participating in outdoor activities where sun exposure is frequent, the topic/necessity of sunscreen is mentioned often. My ideas and beliefs pertaining to sunscreen have changed quite a bit since becoming more aware of the ingredients in my beauty products.

Just like any other beauty product you can pick up at the drug store, sunscreen contains a laundry list of harmful chemicals that you should not ignore. Many people immediately are in disbelief when they hear that.

“What do you mean? Sunscreen PROTECTS my skin!” Well, unfortunately, that’s not completely true.

If you care about the toxins that enter your body via the largest system in your body: the integumentary system (which includes your skin) then this is important.

It is good to remember that if you would not eat it, you might want to consider why you are putting it onto your skin (substances are absorbed through skin and go DIRECTLY into your bloodstream, unlike food that gets the benefit of kidneys and a liver to filter out impurities).

To put it simply, just because you can buy it at the store, does not mean it is good for you. One way to be more aware of what you apply to your body is to read the ingredients! Don’t blindly use products. If you pick up a bottle of sunscreen, it is likely that you do not know what most of those ingredients are, and you probably can’t pronounce them either–that’s because they are not made to go into your body.

If you need to hear this from a more credible source,

take Laird Hamilton for example. Laird is a professional surfer, health and fitness genius, son of surf legend Bill Hamilton, husband of health and fitness guru Gabrielle Reece, and has been deemed the “best athlete in the world” by many renowned athletes.

 

He is also lives in Kauai, Hawaii part of the year, and Malibu, California the rest. I believe it is safe two say two things about him: His knowledge is respected and virtually always right on the money, and he knows a thing or two about being in the sun.

Here is a direct Laird Hamilton quote:

“I hate sunscreen, it has a lot of toxins in it….Have you ever really looked at the labels on processed foods & products? The list of ingredients is surreal. Here’s one: perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). Sounds like something you’d find in battery acid, not in food and products that go into and onto your body.”

He goes on to discuss that a large portion of skin damage due to sun is the result of skin temperature getting too high. He suggests that submerging yourself constantly in water to keep your skin cool does a lot to minimize damages of extensive sun exposure. A good rule of thumb to always keep in mind in regards to your health is moderation; it’s never a great idea to over-do it, especially when talking about being in the sun.

In all of this, I am not suggesting that precautions should not be taken to avoid over exposure, rather, which precautions?

We are so quick to reach for the sunscreen when we should be reaching for a t-shirt, hat, shorts, sunglasses, or umbrella. Lots of sun protection & no toxins.

In the advancing market of natural and organic substitutes for everyday items containing harsh and harmful substances, companies like Aubrey Organics are changing sunscreen. They are creating sunscreens with lots of organic ingredients and virtually no toxins.

Awesome right? So, if you must, you can use sunscreen in moderation and feel more assured that you aren’t harming yourself as you are covering up with sunblock.

Wouldn’t you think twice about sunscreen after hearing that? I sure did.

These words from Laird came from a sit down interview titled “As It Lays” (you can watch it on youtube.com) and also from his book: “Force of Nature: Mind, Body, Soul, and, Of Course, Surfing.”

Nutrigold Fish Oil Supplement Review

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Nutrigold Fish Oil

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Nutrigold Fish Oil:

Triple Strength Omega-3 GOLD by Nutrigold
– The Gold Standard natural fish oil concentrate
– Made with IFOS 5-Star Certified fish oil
– Each 1,200 mg fish oil softgel contains 1,060 mg of Omega-3s (750 EPA, 250 DHA, 60 other EFAs)
– Exceptional purity – No foul breath, fishy aftertaste or burps
– Sourced from Alaskan deep ocean waters (NOT from farm-raised fish)
– Pharmaceutical-grade – Tested and certified by 3rd party labs to ensure purity and potency
– Guaranteed free of harmful Mercury, Dioxins, PCBs, and toxins
– Exceeds GOED, CRN Voluntary Monograph, and International Fish Oil Standards (IFOS)
– MSC certified “Sustainable” fish oil source
– 100% sourced, purified, and manufactured in USA

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Softgel
Servings per Bottle: 180
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Ingredient : Amount per Softgel
Pharmaceutical Grade Fish Oil Concentrate : 1,200 mg
(Molecularly Distilled, Ultra Purified)
– Total Omega-3s : 1,060 mg
– EPA : 750 mg
– DHA : 250 mg
– Other Omega-3s : 60 mg
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Ingredients: Purified Fish Oil Concentrate (from MSC-certified sustainable, wild-caught, US Whitefish such as Walleye Pollock, North Pacific Whiting or Hake and/or North Pacific Cod from Alaskan deep ocean cold waters), Softgel (Bovine Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerin, Purified Water), Natural Mixed Tocopherols.

Does NOT contain artificial ingredients, colors, flavors, Milk, Lactose, Gluten, Wheat, Yeast, Starch, Peanuts, Soy, or Shellfish.”

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My Thoughts:

I’m a huge proponent of getting the daily nutrients your body requires through real food, rather than supplements. For some individuals, though, I believe that supplements may be helpful for those looking to bridge the nutritional gaps in their diet.

Fish oil, rich in omega 3 fatty acids, is a great source of beneficial fats that have a wide range of benefits for your health. Fats are largely responsible for facilitating activity in your endocrine system (hormones). Thus, getting your daily amount of good fats is vital for optimum health.

This fish oil by Nutrigold appears to be high quality–distilled, purified and sourced from sustainable, deep water fish. It is also free of many common allergens such as soy and gluten, as well as artificial ingredients–which I appreciate.

Being new to taking it, I haven’t seen drastic positive changes, but I do not have any negative effects like fishy burps nor indigestion. In the past taking fish oil, I’ve noticed that my skin seems to like it and it gives my complexion a boost of glowiness.

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Beet & Berry Smoothie created by Jesica

This smoothie is awesomely hearty and perfect before a run or workout. A fellow instagrammer shared with me that to ultra-marathoners, beet juice is “nature’s gatorade.” How cool is that!? So I thought, add some delicious mixed frozen berries (blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries) and voila!

What’s In It (exact measurements are not important):

3 or 4 beets chopped up (use the greens too)

1 handful of frozen mixed berries (fresh are better if you have them, but frozen adds a nice chill to the smoothie, so no ice is needed)

Splash of almond milk

Splash of water

There you have some “natural gatorade”!

Enjoy! (doesn’t hurt that it has a pretty color to it, also!)