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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

This post contains a Big Berkey Water Filter System Review.

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Big Berkey Water Filter Review

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Berkey:

This powerful water filter purifies both treated water and untreated raw water. Including: such sources as remote lakes, streams, stagnant ponds and water supplies in foreign countries, where regulations may be substandard at best. Perfect for everyday use, outdoor activities and a must in hostile environments where electricity, water pressure or treated water may not be available.

The versatile Big Berkey Water Filter removes viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts and parasites. It also extracts harmful chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces rust, silt, sediment, foul taste and odors and unhealthy minerals such as lead and mercury.

This system is so powerful it can remove red food coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals your body needs. Virtually no other system can duplicate this performance.

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Specs of the Big Berkey

The Big Berkey is constructed of highly polished 304 stainless steel. The system comes complete with two purification elements and utilizes the latest technological advances. This water filter has a storage capacity of about 2.25 gallons (8.5 liters) and when in use it stands 19.25″ in height with a diameter of 8.5″. The upper chamber nests within the lower chamber for transport and stands only 13″ in height.

Configured with two Black Berkey™ Purification Elements the system will purify up to 3 1/2 Gallons (13.3 liters) per hour*. This system can be expanded to use four purification elements and is capable of purifying up to 7 Gallons (26.5 liters) per hour*.

*Flow rate calculated with upper chamber full to top. Flow rate decreases as water level declines.

Big Berkey Water Filter Removes:

The powerful Black Berkey™ purification elements also remove or reduce viruses, pathogenic bacteria, cysts, parasites, harmful or unwanted chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides, VOCs, detergents, organic solvents, trihalomethanes, cloudiness, silt, sediment, heavy metals, foul tastes and odors. Yet, they leave in the healthful and beneficial minerals that your body needs.

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Why a Berkey Filter?

The water my family and I drink has always been in the forefront of my mind and at the top of my priority list in regards to health. I do not go the bottled water route for a few reasons:

1. Bottled water is typically bottled in questionable plastic (made in large amounts, often containing BPA and other potentially other harmful substances).

2. Bottled water is not cost efficient! Investing in a filter for your home will ultimately save you money and is more convenient, to boot.

3. The water in bottled water sits in that same container for potentially months before it is actually consumed. This means that whatever that plastic is made of is having a gigantic window of time to leach into the water.

Those are a few reasons that made me choose a Big Berkey for my family’s drinking water supply. Berkey also offers fluoride filters (without getting into an elaborate discussion about fluoride–I’ll just say I avoid it).

Benefits of Using a Berkey:

-Takes heavy metals out of our water

-heavy metals cause a multitude of health defects including hormone disruption, brain fog and chronic inflammation)

-Strips contaminants from water so you don’t ingest them

-As scary as it sounds: parasites, pharmaceuticals, environmental pollutants and mold can all be present in our water supply. Each of those will impact your health negatively, especially through daily exposure through drinking water.

-You’ll experience increased health overall

-I notices that my skin is clearer, I sleep better, my energy levels are higher and my tests came back very low for toxic contamination in my system.

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Daily Life With Our Big Berkey

This filter sits in our kitchen and is our source of water for drinking, cooking, making coffee, filling up our dog’s water bowl–you name it. I would say that we use quite a bit of water! I’m frequently making almond milk, brewing coffee, making smoothies and filling up blender bottles. All of these activities require water from that filter.

We keep a big pitcher next to the Berkey for a quick fill up. We usually have to refill the filtering tank every 1-2 days. It’s not inconvenient, and only takes a few minutes a day. All in all, we love our Berkey filter and are happy to have it as a staple in our daily routine.

I recommend this filter to everyone! Even my parents & brother own one.

I highly recommend this filter to anyone–especially families looking for a non-contaminated source of water. This size works well for us! But, Berkey also makes them bigger and also smaller (more portable) with the same thorough filtering. You don’t need to replace the filters until they’ve filtered 3,000 gallons of water, or 6,000 gallons for two filter elements (we have two). For us, I believe it will end up being every 3 years.

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!

New Blog Name! Run On Organic is now Feel More Gooder

after 6 years as “RunOnOrganic”, this blog and my social media platforms (Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) are morphing into “Feel More Gooder”!!

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i want this platform to encompass more aspects of my life and provide an even realer view. expect the usual fitnessing and making weird coffee drinks, but also more of my life outside the gym, my boyfriend, our dog Kona, traveling, lake weekends, drinky drinkin, all the fun having, and just flying around in space trying to live my best life
my website will still be feelmoregooder.com until my domain expires at the end of the year, at which time i may decide to only keep my social channels and discontinue the site. we’ll see on that one!

If we aren’t connected on social media yet, come find me! Would love to chat and talk!

Instagram: instagram.com/feelmoregooder

Twitter.com/feelmoregooder

Facebook.com/feelmoregooder

BIG LOVE!!⭐️

Video Review: Betalain Performance Supplement

This is a review of Betalain, a natural sports performance supplement.

About Pure Betalain

WHAT ARE BETALAINS?

Betalains are natural phytonutrients found primarily in:

While the betalain phytonutrient is found naturally in beets, cacti and other flowers, betalains are bound and attached to sugar molecules within the plant matrix, making it nearly impossible for your body to metabolize it effectively.

We discovered that when betalains are unleashed from their naturally bound state, endurance athletes can properly absorb and metabolize them to improve endurance, speed and recovery.

HOW BETALAIN™ BOOSTS SPEED & ENDURANCE

MORE OXYGEN GETS TO WHERE IT’S NEEDED

Betalains enhance the body’s natural production of an important hormone, Erythropoietin (EPO), during exercise. 
Elevated levels of EPO in the blood means:
 

THE RESEARCH

 

 Check out the full study conducted by University of California Davis

HOW BETALAIN™ IMPROVES RECOVERY

NEUTRALIZING HOCL MEANS LESS MUSCLE DAMAGE

Betalains have the ability to naturally reduce the damage caused by HOCL (hypochlorous acid), a chemical produced by our body in response to muscle activity.

Less HOCL in your bloodstream means:

 

THE RESEARCH

Check out the full study conducted on Triathletes

HOW OUR PRODUCT IS DIFFERENT


 

While the betalain phytonutrient is found naturally in beets, cacti and other flowers, betalains are bound and attached to sugar molecules within the plant matrix, making it nearly impossible for your body to absorb and metabolise them effectively.

Our products contains betalains unleashed from their naturally bound state, so that endurance athletes can properly metabolize it and improve endurance, speed and recovery. It is produced with the highest of quality standards and contains no commodity ingredients, no sugars and no nitrates.

Just proven results.

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My Experience:

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