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Teatulia Organic Tea Review: January Edition

This is a review of Teatulia organic teas.

Teatulia Organic Tea

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Teatulia:

“We are delighted to introduce our range of twenty organic Teatulia teas, each offering a unique flavor profile, with one or more that will satisfy every palate.

Our totally unique packaging communicates Teatulia’s sustainability message: compostable cannisters, labels made from post-consumer paper, water-based inks & dyes and biodegradable silken pyramids conveniently house our exquisite organic whole-leaf teas.

SINGLE-GARDEN DIRECT

All Teatulia Teas come directly to you from the first USDA-certified Organic tea garden in Bangladesh. No middleman, no long-term warehousing and no waiting around to be bulk-blended by a third-party trader. What does this mean to you? Fresh, delicious, single-garden purity.

MORE ORGANIC THAN ORGANIC

Teatulia’s mission is to sustain the land and the people while producing top-quality organic tea.

Established on virgin soil and grown following Masanobu Fukuoka’s “natural farming” method, Teatulia is the only tea garden in Bangladesh to be USDA certified organic and the only garden we know of that has approached tea cultivation this way.

At Teatulia we:

Do virtually no tilling, weeding, etc.

Develop the soil with cover crops and mulch

Utilize water bodies & herbal shade trees to restore the eco-balance to the area

Use only natural pest & weed controls

Nourish the land with bio-fertilizers

Protect wildlife

Process the tea in bio-gas plants

SUSTAINABLE

Yes, it’s Organic. But that’s just the beginning. Our approach to farming is truly revolutionary and very different from what any other tea-grower is doing (to our knowledge). In the Teatulia gardens, we have implemented “natural farming” practices espoused by the Japanese Master Masanobu Fukuoka, resulting in a closed-loop eco and social system. We use no pesticides, machinery or unnatural irrigation in the cultivation of our teas – we trust mother nature to establish the perfect balance. Consequently, eight years since its inception, our “virgin” garden, developed on fallow land, is now a thriving ecosystem teeming with once endangered Flora and Fauna.”

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My Experience:

You guys, I’m pretty hyped on tea right now. So, here’s another Teatulia experience I’d like to share with you. I’m thankful to be an ambassador for this brand (just a fancy way of saying–I genuinely love what they are doing and want more people to know about them).

Here’s what makes this teas different and why you would look to them to ramp up your health:

Neem:

Teeth + Gum Health + Overall Cleansing

Detoxing and cleansing are two words that we’ve all heard at some point. They are crucial to overall health because a clean body is a thriving body. A body that accrued a toxic build up will experience slacking performance across the board. This can manifest itself in poor sleep, low energy, issues with integumentary system (hair + skin + nails), moodiness and chronic illness. The upside is that if you regularly perform detoxifying + cleansing protocols (like drinking this tea), you can prevent a lot of that and calibrate your body to be a beaming conglomerate of bumping energy.

Tulsi:

Adaptogen (Helps body cope with stress)

Stressors surround us every. single. day. What we CAN control is how beefy we make our immune response + body’s resiliency in order to deal with this stress. Pretty cool that we can put things into our body that help diminish the negative effects of stress.

Black Tea

Brain Function + Memory

Commonly and anciently (sure, that’s a word), black tea is used as the base for brewing kombucha, a fermented + naturally effervescent tea that aids digestions and boasts probiotics and gut-healing benefits.

Black tea is neat because it ramps up + stimulates brain function and contains half the amount of caffeine than a cup of coffee. This makes it the perfect compliment to that morning cup of coffee (think: mid-day tea break!)

Drinking these teas makes me feel: Naturally energized + balanced + detoxified + clean inside + ready to perform + peppy. Yep. Gimme mo-of-that!

Their instagram account is my particular favorite; you can find them @teatuliateas!

Use the code runonorganic for 25% off your entire purchase at Teatulia.com

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Garden of Life Magnesium and Plant Collagen Builder Review

Garden of Life

This is a review of the Garden of Life magnesium and plant collagen supplements.

Overall Rating: 5-stars

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Plant Collagen Builder:

  • “2,500mg Whole Food Biotin from Organic Sesbania
  • 10mg Whole Food Silica from Organic Bamboo
  • Antioxidants from Organic Pomegranate, Turmeric, Amla, Green & Rooibos Tea
  • Made from over 30 Certified USDA Organic Whole Foods from Organic Farms

Why mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder

There are many collagen products on the market, but mykind Organics Organic Plant Collagen Builder is Certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, made only from organic plant foods—and can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†

You can’t build collagen by eating collagen. Collagen is a protein that is broken down by the digestive system. What you can do is feed your body the necessary co-nutrients needed for building collagen, such as those found in Organic Plant Collagen Builder.

Made from over 30 real, nutritious organic, family-farmed whole foods, with specifically chosen ingredients to help support the body’s own collagen production—Organic Plant Collagen Builder can help restore and maintain youthful levels of collagen, keratin and elastin—three proteins which promote the body’s healthy, natural glow!†

Organic Plant Collagen Builder contains Silica from Certified Organic All Natural Bamboo Extract which is a key co-nutrient for collagen production.  Also included is High Polypenolic Pomegranate to support skin health and protection from UV damage.† Organic Rooibus and Organic Green Tea are known to fight free radicals which can support healthy, glowing skin, healthy teeth and bones.† Then there’s “beauty-boosting Biotin” to support healthy hair, skin and nails.

  • Supports Beautiful Hair, Skin and Nails†
  • Helps Restore and Maintain Youthful Levels of Collagen, Keratin and Elastin†
  • Supports the Body’s Healthy, Natural Glow†

For beautiful hair, skin and nails, Organic Plant Collagen Builder is made only from organic plant foods that can build the body’s own natural production of collagen.†”

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Magnesium Powder

“Magnesium is important.

It’s found in every cell, it’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the human body and it’s necessary in over 300 reactions within the body. 

But unfortunately, most modern farming practices have led to soil depletion of minerals including magnesium. This, combined with a lack of fresh foods, the consumption of a highly processed diet and other contributing factors, is why dietary intakes for most have diminished significantly.

Well, we’ve got good news for you! Garden of Life is excited to introduce its newest extension to our best-selling Dr. Formulated Probiotics line: Magnesium Relax & Restore.

Dr. Formulated Magnesium Relax & Restore is the first-ever whole food organic pea protein magnesium chelate created with USA-grown organic peas. This delicious, fizzy drink is formulated to help calm and relax you, leading to a good night’s sleep while restoring your body’s optimal magnesium levels. † It also features a dose of live probiotics to support healthy digestion.

While everyone needs magnesium, those who will benefit most from Relax & Restore are people who are looking to relax, de-stress, sleep better, improve mood and combat fatigue.

Relax & Restore is available in three flavors: Original (unflavored), Orange Creamsicle and Raspberry Lemon. So, what’s the best way to take it? We recommend adding one serving to 8 ounces of room temperature water. Let it fizz, stir well and enjoy!

We could all benefit from a little relaxation and restoration.”

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My Experience:

Collagen is a word that I hear every day working at a juice shop + clean eats haven. It’s a large part of the beneficial properties that make up bone broth. Collagen promotes muscle and joint health as well as the vitality of hair, skin and nails–making it a beauty regimen go-to for many women.

Of course of course of course, Garden of Life came out with a super-powered plant based version of this supplement, made by harnessing specific plant compounds that boost collagen production in the body. Best I can tell, this product is EXCELLENT in regards to quality, which I’ve come to expect from Garden of Life.

My hair and skin feels healthier than it’s ever been. With this supplement being a part of my routine, I’ve got to think that it’s played a role.

I was medium excited about the collagen, but large excited about the magnesium powder. I have seemed magnesium powder in the past from different brands to help alleviate these problems:

-painful menstrual cramps

-difficulty sleeping (restlessness mostly due to exercise-induced soreness)

-hormone balancing

-overall health and organ function

Because I never have had to question Garden of Life’s quality, I was amped to see that they came out with a magnesium powder. I immediately switched from the brand I was using. I’ve found that it has helped my boyfriend and I both sleep better and more soundly–I’ve also found that my overall energy level is higher and my cycles more seamless. I definitely plan on restocking when we are out.

HealthForce Superfoods Organic, Raw Supplements Review

HealthForce Superfoods

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About HealthForce:

“#1 Source for Raw, Vegan, Bio-compatible Nutritional Superfoods.

HealthForce is a 20-plus year, 100% hard-core, Vegan, therapeutic superfoods company. HealthForce was co-founded in 1990 by Jameth Sheridan, D.H.M. (Doctor of Holistic Medicine) and Kim Sheridan, Naturopath, ethical Vegans and hard-core herbal medicine researchers. HealthForce empowers individuals to experience dramatic health improvements with verified Truganic™, Vegan, Raw, SuperFood products formulated and selected by Dr. Sheridan for vibrant health and wellness.

Truganic™ is a purist, hard-core quality standard for sourcing and production significantly beyond Organic. The Truganic™ standard was created by Dr. Sheridan to verify absolute purity. At HealthForce, we are on a mission to provide the absolute best products at the most affordable prices.

The foundational products are Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™ with a companion of Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™, both designed to support excellent health, energy, and balance.”

Super Foods

“Vitamineral Green™ – Vital Healing Food™

The original, purist, hard-core nutrition-dense green superfood complex with green leafy vegetables, hard-core algae, sea vegetables, enzymes and probiotics. Nutritionally supports detoxification, liver, kidneys, blood, bones, colon, circulation, digestion, and more. Therapeutic support with nutrient-dense superfoods.

Vitamineral Earth™ – Sacred Healing Food™

The perfect companion product to Vitamineral Green™ for full-spectrum nutritional and cleansing support. A grounding, nourishing herbal broth consisting of nutrient-dense roots, barks, and seeds. Supports digestion, blood sugar, immunity, normal cell division, and so much more.

Green Protein Alchemy™ Magic Mint/ Green Protein Alchemy Desert Sun Blend

Green Protein Alchemy™ (previously Green Sage Protein™) is unlike ANY protein you have ever had. It is 100% complete protein, 100% whole food and 100% superfoods, with benefits far, far beyond any other protein in existence.

Purity Protein™ Pure Vanilla and Purity Protein™ Natural

Purity Protein™ was created for one reason: Dr. Sheridan saw the need for truly pure, non-toxic, complete and balanced supplemental protein.

ZeoForce™ – Most potent energized form of zeolite available!

Most potent, energized form of zeolite available – an awesome value! Nutritionally supports detoxification of heavy metals and chemical residues from the body. Detoxify daily with ZeoForce™ powerful volcanic mineral clay in powder and capsules. Suitable for internal/external use (baths, masks, poultices, teeth).

Oxygen Extreme – Powerful and safe bactericide, virucide, and fungicide

Helps to oxygenate the blood, increasing cellular energy production and thereby supporting both detoxification and athletic performance. Oxygen also has potent antimicrobial properties and Oxygen Extreme™ thus provides potent immune support and antiseptic activity.

Liver Rescue™ – Supports liver function, cleansing, and regeneration

A therapeutic combination of herbal extracts to support liver function, cleansing (phase I and II), healing, and regeneration. An essential component of the HealthForce Healing Cleanse™ for liver support and detoxification.

Warrior Core™ Foundation

Perfect Grounding Complement to Green Foods. Foundational, Therapeutic, Hard-Core, Primal, Whole Food Herbal SuperFood Complex for Deep Nourishment and Balance. Unlike ANY SuperFood you have EVER had! (equivalent HealthForce product = Vitamineral Earth™)

Spirulina Manna™ and Spirulina Azteca™ – The Ancients’ Revered Power Food

The ancients’ revered power foods. Spirulina is a complete food packed with amino acids (65% protein), chlorophyll, B vitamins, vitamins, and minerals. Spirulina is possibly the most nutrient dense, and certainly the most ancient superfood on the planet. Nutritionally supports kidneys, brain function, detoxification, and is nature’s protein powder.

Chlorella Manna™ – Hard Core Broken Cell Wall Green Algae

Chlorella is the only plant on the planet that can quadruple its growth in less than one day. It contains Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF), which is a potent phytonutrient comprised of amino acids, beta glucans, nucleic acids, peptides, and polysaccharides. These micronutrients work together to help regenerate cells faster than normal.*

MacaForce™ Vanilla Spice / MacaForce™ Dark Mint – Longevity, Rejuvenation, Endurance

Enhanced with enzymes, probiotics, and herbal synergists, MacaForce™ is raw maca at its best, delivering maximum bioavailability for maximum results. Supports endurance, strength, and hormone balance for men and women. MacaForce™ is available in Dark Mint and Vanilla Spice.

Greener Grasses™ Alkalizer – Alkalizing Grass Blend

A unique, alkalizing, mineralizing superfood complex that contains 100% pure grass juice powders, produced without any carrier agents that would dilute the product (such as maltodextrin and brown rice).

Truly Natural™ Vitamin C – Superior absorption from whole food!

Whole food acerola cherry extract, 100% absorbable, non-toxic.”

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My Thoughts:

I don’t really know precisely where to start with HealthForce. I truly marvel at their products, the ingredients lists, the quality, the standards.

I was so happy to discover Health Force. I had tried a few samples here and there prior to Expo West, but hadn’t fully dove into the full spectrum of their products until then. I was literally watching around the Expo on a health high–largely due to the fact that I consumed a huge amount of HealthForce sample-drink-shots.

They appear to have one of the most discerning eyes in regards to ingredients, how they are sourced, etc. I was particularly intrigued and inspired by watching this video by Dr. Jameth Sheridan of Health Force discuss their cleanse products in comparions to others out there.

Basically, I have a superfood party in the kitchen every morning when I concoct my smoothies and shakes for the day. With this spread from Health Force (I just used up the last bit of it), it was a superfood party on steroids! From nutrient rife sea greens like spirulina, to detoxifying minerals, to balancing superfoods like maca, these blends in combination have taken and kept my health to a whole, new, well-rounded place.

I feel nourished, healthy, able-bodied and able to tackle tough 2-a-day workouts on nearly every day of the week. I know with certainty that my ability to perform, grow and recover is because of the large dosage of nutrients, good fats and protein that go into my body.

I’m ultra-aware of the fact that write about a TON of superfoods brands and I just two thumbs up to a lot of them. I’d say of them all, Health Force is the most unique. Their blends are in a category of their own in regards to diversity and the range of what they offer is very rare. Just take a look at the ingredient lists on their products and you’ll see what I mean. For instance, here are the ingredients for the Vitamineral Earth Powder:

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You’ve likely heard of many of these ingredients, but having them all put together in the same blend creates synergistic qualities (which enhances absorption of the nutrients) and is hard to come by.

Because of the incredible list of powerful herbs, spices and superfoods, Health Force provide you the opportunity to cleanse, detox and alkalize your body is a very deep, effective way. Dr. Sheridan discusses this in more detail in the above video–I encourage you to watch it if you want a more in-depth look at their products.

My favorite products of this bunch (though very hard to choose!) ended up being the Green Protein Alchemy, Vitamineral Earth & the Purity Protein (brown rice + hemp blend). The products that were an entirely new idea to me and were the most intriguing were the Zeoforce & Oxygen Extreme.

Beyond Meat: 100% Plant Protein Meat Alternatives Review

Beyond Meat

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS

About Beyond Meat:

“We believe there is a better way to feed the planet. Our mission is to create mass-market solutions that perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. We are dedicated to improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare. At Beyond Meat, we want to make the world a better place and we’re starting one delicious meal at a time.”

Here are a few ways I’ve used the Beyond Meat products:

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My Thoughts:

I don’t believe I’ve ever given a product a rating of more than 3 stars without a single organic ingredient. Let me explain.

I believe that what Beyond Meat is doing here with these products is pretty profound. They are not the first brand to introduce meat-free alternatives, but they are one of the first to make several 100% plant based meat alternatives that taste excellent. Even my husband says that he could eat the Beyond Meat “Beef” Crumble for the foreseeable future without missing beef.

I can wrap my mind around the idea that perhaps organic ingredients are not used in this case because Beyond Meat has even stated that their GOAL is to “create mass-market solutions.” To me, this means that they are wishing to be very far reaching from the very beginning. Organic sourcing is more difficult (and often more expensive) to nail down, so, it doesn’t surprise me that I don’t see a boat load of organic ingredients in their products. I did, however, try them and enjoy them because they are non-gmo (which is a must).

I am in no way making excuses for why it’s acceptable to not boast a single organic ingredient–simply trying to paint the whole picture. I very much wish I could rave about these products, say how great the organic ingredients are and recommend them in a screaming voice from the rooftops. I can’t do that, though, However, I can applaud them for the flavor of what they’ve created and their commendable efforts: ” improving human health, positively impacting climate change, conserving natural resources and respecting animal welfare.” I have to say, though, I do believe that a true dedication to that mission includes sourcing organic ingredients and making that have the utmost priority (over profit and expansion).

I was lucky enough to meet the enthusiastic dude behind these products, Brian Kincaid, at Expo West this year. (Pictured below). His passion was infectious. I know he is on the right track and I’m sure that Beyond Meat will only continue to grow, improve and nourish bodies.

I see these products as a good non-gmo, more-alkaline option of plant-based protein that satisfies the taste buds.

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Navitas Naturals: Chili Lime Coconut Chips & Cacao Hemp Almonds Review 

Navitas Naturals

Overall Rating: images

Here on ROO, I write a whole stinkin’ lot about superfoods. This is because I truly believe in them. I live it,
I love it and I’ve seen the impact that they’ve had on my overall health.

Navitas Naturals is one of the superfood brands that I look to when I’m stocking up on the good stuff. Their quality is always excellent and I can expect to get organic ingredients from them (and the majority of the time, they are raw, too–the coconut chips are an exception). It’s such a neat thing to have a “go-to” brand like this one that you can look to with trust that they’ll provide an incredible product that doesn’t sacrifice quality for profit.

Not only is Navitas Naturals a leader in clean superfoods, but they are also a favorite of mine in regards to taste. They are masters at mixing several nutrient-rife foods/ingredients and creating a truly decadent, satisfying and rich flavor profile. I find myself turning the bag upside down to get every last morsel!

The way these chips could improve is it they were optimized for digestion (raw & sprouted, preferably). These snacks would not be considered “raw” as some heat and/or light toasting is used in creating these snacks. This is done to add a crispy, roasted flavor. However, nutrient-wise, I don’t think you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck, so to speak.

Chili Lime Coconut Chips

About:

“Chile Lime Coconut Chips are made by toasting premium coconut slices at low temperatures to create a rich buttery flavor and unique chewy crunch. These organic “Handfuls of Goodness” are a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats that tame hunger. Chile Lime Coconut Chips are more than just a satisfying snack – try them on salad, in curry, with trail mix or wherever your culinary creativity takes you!

The chewy coconut in this snack is a good source of energy, fiber and healthy fats. It also contains minerals such as iron. Coconut is well known for its content of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) – healthy fats that are burned quickly by the body for energy and are not stored as fat. In particular, coconut contains lauric acid, a MCT that is known to offer many potential health benefits.”

Cacao Hemp Almonds

About:

“This chocolaty mix combines magnesium rich cacao and crunchy almonds together to deliver a new level of nutrition and flavor. These dark cacao almonds provide impressive amounts of protein and healthy fats from the almonds and hemp for a rich flavorful crunch.

Our line of Superfood+ snacks combines superfoods with nutrient rich nuts to make it easier than ever for people to gain the essential nutrition they need to power through a busy day. Grab a bag of Cacao Hemp Almonds and go!

This snack combines three superfoods in one delicious bite. Almonds are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium and potassium. Cacao has been enjoyed for its healthy and invigorating properties in South American cultures for thousands of years. Cacao powder is a delicious dark chocolate source of antioxidants, magnesium, iron and fiber. Hemp seeds contain all of the essential amino acids, plenty of omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids and are also a good source of fiber, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Hemp is also eco-friendly – it’s one of the most sustainable crops on earth!”

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My Thoughts:

Holy freaking awesome superfood flavor goodness. That’s the best way to describe these two bags of heaven.

Navitas Naturals is one of my favorite sources to stock up on superfoods. The majority of their products are raw, while all of them are certified organic. Their standards for quality are up there–& they’ve earned a place on my “go-to” list for that reason. Navitas Naturals is also a very accessible brand, as you can find their products in Whole Foods, Natural Grocers & various other health food stores & markets.

Not only do they make big bags of superfoods like cacao, maca and goji berries, but they’ve concocted delicious & nutritious blends like these that are satisfying and good for you. The Chili Lime Coconut Chips are intensely savory & mouth-watering, with a zip from the chili lime flavor. They make the perfect healthy substitute for traditional potato chips. Being a hemp & cacao fanatic, I absolutely loved the Cacao Hemp Almonds. The bittersweet flavor of the cacao, the earthy taste of the hemp and the rich nutty flavor of the lightly-roasted almonds combine perfectly. I could eat the whole bag of each of these in one sitting. So tasty! (and guilt-free!)

The only thing I find myself wanting to improve with these snacks is that I wish they were raw. When I shop, I intentionally buy and often pay extra for raw coconut chips and raw almonds–this is to insure that I’m getting the biggest nutritional bang for my buck, so to speak. Thus, I find myself wanting these to be raw, even though the roasted flavor is indeed tasty. That said–nutrition is and will always remain top priority to me. Organic & raw is my gold standard.