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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.

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Only Protein: Individually Wrapped Whey Protein Review

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Only Protein

Overall Rating: 2 Stars

About Only Protein:

“Only Protein is the product of meeting three people’s needs.

Mike Rino is an avid mountain biker. Having mountain biked for some time, he realized that, after riding a substantial amount of time, he was losing muscle and began looking for a way to protect his hard-earned muscle. He needed a product that was easy to carry and use. Mike had been working in the packaging industry and saw the opportunity to package protein in a stick. This would be the answer to what he had been looking for with his long-distance biking.

Jesse Raddon is an avid hunter and works out daily. He needed a way to pack in a meal that was light and required very little space. As he and Mike came together, this was exactly what he had been looking for to take on his hunting trips. Jesse also trains daily and goes right from the gym to work. He didn’t want to pack a big container of protein powder for his post-workout drink, or put a single scoop of protein powder in a baggy so he could mix up his post- workout drink at the office. He loved the idea of a single-serving protein stick. This would give him the convenience he was looking for without the hassle or mess!!

Michelle had just returned from the Olympia—America’s premier bodybuilding and fitness competition—and was frustrated at the fact that she could not find a protein powder that could feed her muscle quickly, while also providing a sustained release of nutrients—and least, one that didn’t have fillers and artificial sweeteners. Anyone that knows Michelle knows that she is very passionate about health and wellness and trains daily. As she worked with people in the fitness industry and her other clients that were trying to reach their fitness goals, she could not find a product that she felt good about recommending. While in her son’s chiropractic office, she was holding a protein powder her son was using and began to complain about the ingredients. Mike was standing there and asked if she knew anything about protein powders and shared what he was working on.

Only Protein not only meets the needs of these three people, but also will meet the needs of the person on the go, without the hassle of blenders, measuring, or mess. We live in a hustle and bustle world and many do not get the nutrition that they need daily because they don’t have the time to fix something healthy. Whether you are rushing to get to work or are a mom getting children ready for school, there is no need to skip meals anymore. Just rip, pour, and enjoy!

High Quality Ingredients

We only use the highest quality ingredients in our products without the cheap fillers. Only Protein contains no fillers, no hydrogenated oils, and no artificial sweeteners such as asparatame, acesulfame potassium (ace-K), and sucralose. To maximize absorption, we have added 200mg of Protease to ensure proper protein metabolism and 200mg of Lactase for those that are lactose intolerant. Cellulose-free fiber has been added to help you meet your daily fiber needs. ONLY PROTEIN contains branch chain amino acids (BCAA’s), including Isoleucine, Leucine and Valine.

Only Protein Contains No Harmful Ingredients: 

Ingredient List from the Vanilla flavor:

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My Thoughts:

The convenience of Only Protein is superior to most. Most whey protein is sold in large containers that, while perfect for home use, are hard to lug around during the work day. These little packets have the dream portability that an athlete, coach, businessperson, student, parent, etc. would find handy. I would toss one of these packets (unopened) into my tall blender bottle and commute like that, adding water when I’m ready to drink.

Taste-wise, the vanilla is my favorite. The mocha was a unique surprise (and delicious) and the chocolate is tasty in its own right. I just find that I often prefer vanilla over chocolate–vanilla is also more versatile to me.

In regards to the quality of the protein, this protein has most specs I like to see, aside from the fact that it’s been produced organically (and extra mystery ingredients). It’s a bit hard to tell. “No Chemical Additives” could suggest that it’s produced organically, but it’s unclear. My experience is that brands that do things organically will tell you that they do, as it costs them more money to produce products that way. Thus, they want to “brag” about it (not a bad thing in this case 🙂 ). I appreciate the gigantic list of “bad” ingredients that are not used. I especially like “no genetically modified ingredients,” “no antibiotics”. I’m hoping that this protein also is made without injecting the cows with hormones.

When you look at the actual ingredient list pictured above, I’m not a fan of seeing all the extra ingredients. They’re likely used to improve the texture or shelf life of the product, but I would rather have to refridgerate the product than have it contain those additives. The fact that theres not even an explanation of why these ingredients are in the product is a little alarming. I like transparency. If a brand stands behind their product, I’d like to see them justify all of their ingredients in terms of health. All in all, this whey protein beats some, but isn’t even close to tops.

That said, I have tried many organic whey proteins that are the next step up from this powder, driving me to give this protein a less-than-awesome rating. I do believe the convenience is a neat component of the product–& again, the quality is a bit better than average, but not great (and they need to ditch the dodgey ingredients!)

 

 

Evol Foods Review

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Evol Foods

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Evol:

“Our food philosophy is simple: Love what you eat. So, we make REAL FOOD with ingredients that you would find in your pantry. We’re leading change in a challenged food system and encouraging people to connect with food, where it comes from, and how it is produced. Whether it’s made from scratch in your kitchen or a convenient frozen meal on the run, every eating experience should feel good and be worth sharing.


No Anitbiotics
Our chicken, beef, pork, eggs and cheese come from animals raised on US Family Farms WITHOUT the use of Antibiotics & Hormones.

No Artificial
flavors, colors or additives.

No GMOs
in our grains, vegetables & oils.”

Gluten Free Smoked Gouda Mac & Cheese

About:

“Gluten free elbow noodles, caramelized onions and chives–All combined with an insanely tasty smoked gouda cheese sauce.”

Gluten Free Uncured Bacon Mac & Cheese

About:

“Gluten free elbow noodles, crispy uncured bacon and peas–All combined with an insanely tasty cheddar cheese sauce.”

Chipotle Chicken Mac & Cheese

About:

“Tubetti pasta, creamy cheddar cheese sauce and tender white meat chipotle chicken–All topped with an insanely tasty corn tortilla crumble.”

Chicken Enchilada Bake

About:

“Tender braised white meat chicken, pinto beans, cilantro lime rice, cheddar cheese and roasted corn layered between authentic corn tortillas–All topped with an insanely tasty green enchilada sauce.”

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My Thoughts:

As a product line that is readily available at most health food stores in the frozen section, Evol makes it convenient for customers to get their hands on read-to-cook meals that are free of GMO ingredients. This is what sets them apart from other lines of frozen dinners–their stance against Non-GMO and their gluten free options.

This array of dinner options was a more viable option for my husband, who doesn’t limit grains like I aim to, most of the time. He was impressed with all of these dishes he tried, with the Chicken Enchilada Bake being his favorite and the two Mac & Cheese dishes as his next preferences.

We have also tried Evol’s frozen burritos, which are hearty, satisfying and tasty. They definitely do flavor right. The obvious scrutiny to me is that they do not use (or indicate that they use) organic ingredients. I also prefer the frozen food I buy to be easily reheated using a toaster or stovetop, not a microwave–which is the recommended way to reheat in this case. I’m sure you could be creative and find a way to skip microwave usage, however, the bowls that these dishes come in seem to be chosen for microwave usage.

Taste-wise, Evol products are pretty awesome. Quality wise, they are a bit above average but require some work to be up to par with my highest standards.