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Maty’s Healthy Products Review

This is a review of Maty’s Healthy Products including their organic cough syrup and vapor rub.

Maty’s Healthy Products

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About Maty’s:

“At Maty’s, we believe Mother Nature provides so many powerful, healing ingredients that are safe, effective, and don’t require a doctor’s visit to get access to them. Our ancestors knew this and alleviated minor symptoms using substances available to them. These home remedies were effective and in many cases worked even better than modern drugs and medications. Our whole-food ingredients really do make the difference.

We combine modern knowledge with age old healing ingredients to produce healthy, natural products that are safe and effective. These ingredients don’t simply cover up the symptoms, but actually enhance your body’s healing power.

We never use artificial preservatives, color additives or sweeteners and there is no corn, dairy, wheat, soy or yeast in our products.”

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Organic Cough Syrup

About:

It’s Beyond Natural. It’s Organic.

  • USDA Certified Organic
  • Packed with 10 Immune Boosting Ingredients
  • No Harmful Side Effects! No Drug Interactions!
  • Soothes Dry Irritated Throats
  • Fast, Drug-free Relief
  • Doctor Recommended
  • For Ages 1 Year and Older

Why Our Organic Cough Syrup Works

You trust us with natural, now trust us with organic. Maty’s Organic Cough Syrup is a USDA certified organic honey blend packed with ten powerful immune boosting ingredients.

Providing you with healthy antioxidants, it’s the first organic cough syrup available nationwide to give you that extra boost when you need it most.

USDA Certified Organic and non-GMO.”

All Natural Vapor Rub

About:

A Natural Alternative To Vicks!

  • #1 Selling All Natural Vapor Rub in the USA
  • Gently Relieves Cough and Congestion
  • Petroleum Free, Paraben Free, Chemical Free
  • Appropriate for Diabetics
  • Dermatologically Tested
  • A Natural Alternative to Vicks
  • For Ages 2 Years and Older
  • Unique Blend of Natural Ingredients including Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Wintergreen

Why Our All Natural Vapor Rub Works

Eucalyptus and peppermint have always been a popular cough and congestion remedy for decades. Who hasn’t heard of Vicks VapoRub? Maty’s All Natural Vapor Rub contains all natural ingredients and no petroleum, so it’s a natural alternative to Vicks.

Based on a traditional home remedy, our vapor rub has the additional benefits of healthy oils like sunflower, coconut, and castor. You get relief while strengthening your immune system.

Since it is a topical ointment, it’s appropriate for diabetics looking for an alternative to oral products that contain sugar.

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My Thoughts:

I am fortunate that I do not get sick often. It’s been quite a while since something was ailing me so badly that I needed to take cough syrup or apply a vapor rub. Though I don’t find myself needing these products often, I love that there are organic options available for me to look to when needed.

Also, for those with kids, it’s hard to accurately describe the peace of mind it gives you to know that what you’re using with your children is free of crummy ingredients and is actually good for their little growing bodies.

I’m pretty psyched at the ultra clean ingredient list of the cough syrup. The obvious improvement I’d make with the vapor rub is to make the ingredients organic. If you’re going to commit to using natural ingredients like essential oils, I figure you may as well use the best. Know that is my opinion with a very discerning eye. These products are so incredibly far ahead of what you typically find in the drug store, there is truly no comparison.

Other drug store products for treating the same symptoms are potentially doing more harm than good, while these Maty’s products are healing effectively by means of organic, plant-derived ingredients.

I tried these products not needing them. In other words, I was sick and needing relief–so I cannot fully comment on the effectiveness of them alleviating discomfort and pain. But, I did find the cough syrup to be very calming & soothing after drinking it. It also has good stay power as far as keeping your throat coated. The honey flavor really tastes nice and isn’t hard to palate.

I love what the vapor rub does. I could see myself using this just to feel revived, awakened and rejuvenated. The minty, fresh aroma and experience of the eucalyptus, peppermint and wintergreen trio is absolutely intoxicating. It really opens up your airways and even livens up your eyes and makes you look more awake.

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EZC Pak Immune Support Supplement Review

This is a review of the EZC Pak immune support supplement.

EZC Pak

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About EZC Pak:

“The EZC Pak is a 5-day tapered immune support pack designed by Sarath Malepati, MD, a California physician and Medical Director of the PPC Group, a health product design team.

Over the past decade, Dr. Malepati has come to manage an increasingly larger number of patients requiring hospitalization from ‘superbug’ infections such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile (C. diff) colitis. In the case of C. diff colitis, C. diff is a normal bacteria in the gut that can overgrow and cause serious, aggressive colon infections when the normal gut flora environment is compromised. This generally occurs during antibiotic exposure for unrelated infections. C. diff colitis is what is termed an iatrogenic disease—illness caused by medical examination or treatment. There are now 29,000 deaths a year in the US from C. diff infections, a disease that’s incidence can be significantly reduced by improved hand hygiene measures and more conservative antibiotic use.”

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My Thoughts: 

Antibiotics, like many pharmaceutical “fixes” for ailments, are far too often looked to in order to treat the body. Prevention should be the first focus and then natural, holistic treatments should be used as needed. By the way, isn’t that a pretty alarming bit of info that EZC pack provides (shown above)?

Before trying, I liked that it seemed the ECZ Pak is a little bit of prevention and a little bit of natural treatment in one. It contains vitamin C, zinc and organic echinacea as the ingredients to help boost immune function.

I’ve gotten away from vitamin and mineral powders that are not whole-food based, because I believe them to be harder for the body to recognize and actually utilize. Because I’m mindful of that, I wonder just how much of these vitamin C & zinc doses by body is able to assimilate and use to boost immune capacity. I’d much rather see whole-food based supplements that have naturally occurring levels of vitamins and minerals, rather than isolated powders.

Here’s one of the biggest hold-ups I have here. This product is made by a pharmaceutical company. That brings on flashing lights and red flags for me. I am all about natural healing, so it puzzles me that this would be made by a drug company. It makes me doubt the absorbability, purity & quality of the vitamins & minerals used.

As far as usage, I found that I struggled with some stomach discomfort after taking these supplements. I am familiar enough with how my body reacts to food that I eventually figured out that the discomfort was caused by this supplement. That was a bummer! I was hoping to feel healthier. I do things every day to help my body facilitate detox, but haven’t experienced a pain like that from a natural healing method.

Upon first label reading, I really liked seeing the organic echinacea in the product. Also, it doesn’t appear to contain any outlandish, crazy ingredients that I don’t recognize. Thus, I would say that this supplement is superior to other treatment methods that are artificial and drug-based.

All-in-all, I would much rather take an organic echinacea supplement along with my daily whole-food based multivitamin to help prepare my body to tell with whatever may ail me. I’m always interested in the most natural way to do that, and I try to stay far away from the pharmaceutical companies.

Recipe: How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

Bulletproof Coffee

Have you heard of this? Bulletproof coffee is becoming increasingly more prevalent–as it should. Without diving-head-first into the boat loads of science behind these ingredients and the synergy that exists between them, I’ll give you the…

Semi-basic run down for why bulletproof coffee can take your coffee routine to the next level & a few tips on making your own:

  • Improves your mental clarity
  • Slows the assimilation of caffeine and fats in your body, making them more filling & giving you sustained energy versus just a quick boost.
  • Coupling the coffee with fats like grass fed butter, MCT oil (you can also use palm oil or coconut oil) improves the satiating effect of the drink and the natural caffeine content of the coffee bean helps make the fatty acids more readily available for absorption and energy use in the body.
  • Laird describes this robust drink as one that will give you “a whole new focus.”
  • The presence of omega-3 fatty acids in the butter and oils help reduce inflammation in the body by decreasing triglyceride levels.
  • Make sure to choose a coffee blend that is organic (preferably a dark or espresso roast, as those often contain less acid.
  • You can make this completely vegan and dairy free just by using the MCT oil, coconut oil and/or palm oil.

My interest in bulletproof coffee has existed for a while now–initially prompted by this video by one of my main professional-athlete-inspirers (surfing legend, fitness & nutrition guru), Laird Hamilton.

 

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My Recipe for Bulletproof Coffee:

(created with inspiration from many!)

No exact measuring here! Everything is approximate.

Instructions here are minimal:

  • Simply combine all ingredients (sans coffee) in your coffee cup.
  • Brew your coffee as usual, separately.
  • When finished, pour the hot coffee into your cup to combine all of the ingredients.
  • The heat from the coffee will liquify the oils and help everything to combine.
  • Stir & ENJOY!

I’ve loaded up that list with the links to all of the products that I used.

Also, it’s just worth mentioning that I drink this is the morning in place of a breakfast. Lately, I’ve been practicing intermittent fasting (only liquids until 11amish, then eating from about 11am-7pm) paired with a ketogenic approach to eating. I’m not counting macros right now, but I mindfully to good sources of fat for energy and then an adequate (filling) amount of protein.

Have you ever made your own bulletproof coffee? I’d love to hear about it. Happy Brewing!

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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Honest Fizz Organic, Zero Calorie Soda Giveaway!

Honest Tea

About Honest Fizz:

“Honest Fizz features a tasty blend of two sweeteners – stevia and erythritol. Stevia, a plant originally from South America, has been used as a sugar substitute for hundreds of years. We blend it with erythritol (a sugar alcohol) for the perfect one-two punch of zero-calorie deliciousness.”

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My Thoughts:

I see these drinks as a much healthier swap for traditional soda that is loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients. The soda habit is the first bad habit that I would encourage anyone to kick (traditional soda–that is!). One of these Honest Fizz drinks every day will help satisfy your craving for something bubbly without ramping up your body’s acidity & size of your waistline.

Honest Tea wants to give TWO of you a case of Honest Fizz!

To Enter:

-Simply comment below and tell me why these drinks appeal to you!

I will e-mail the winners by 4/22!