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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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North Coast Organics Deodorant Review

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North Coast Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About North Coast Organics:

“Hi, I am Nathan the founder of North Coast Organics.   It is so hard to tell the story of North Coast Organics without acknowledging the profound impact of Debbie both as a mother and business partner.  Yep, that’s right I am in business with my mother! 

Growing up she greatly nurtured my intellectual curiosity.  As freshman at college she became dismayed that I chose anthropology over computer science but she still supported my decision and was always proud of my work.  It was an anthropological field study in rural Jamaica during my sophomore year that led me to be a veg-head, to eat organic foods, use natural body care products and be interested in all things green.

I combined my many interests, skills and professional experience into creating an organic deodorant that actually worked and was also vegan, cruelty free and eco-friendly after not being able to find one.  I had not worn a deodorant in 12 years at that point.  No one complained in that time but maybe people were just being polite.  However, I did realize that as a bike commuter in the hot, humid Chicago summer there would be complaints if I did not wear any deodorant.  I started to make my own effective, organic deodorant after a fruitless search, a friend suggested I sell it, and North Coast Organics was born.

As a business partner, Debbie has made sure that North Coast Organics is able to meet the demand that I create.  She is in charge of production and hand makes our products.  We are bringing on additional staff soon, but until then she has hand made every item that we have sold to date.  North Coast Organics would not be where we are at today without her hard work.

It has been fun to show my mother that my ‘crazy’ lifestyle isn’t so crazy after all.  I don’t think she knew that there are so many people interested in certified organic, certified vegan, certified cruelty-free body care products.  Plus she has learned much about the lifestyle that I have led for the past 14 years which has brought us even closer.  It has been great to bond with my mother in this way in my 30s as in my 20s I was rarely around as I was usually off on some crazy adventure under the guise of ‘school’ or ‘work’.

Together, my mother and I are continuing to build North Coast Organics so that many more people can have access to ethical products that are good for them and the Earth.  We are beyond thrilled that people across the world are enjoying the products that we create.  We are so thankful for all the support we have received from all the fans, bloggers, event organizers, family, friends and you.

From our family to yours, thank-you for checking out our little corner on the vast interwebs.

Cheers,

Nathan.”

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My Thoughts:

One of the rarest things in organic skin care is finding an organic deodorant that really, truly works (even when I’m my sweatiest). Let me be clear–I am a sweater & I believe it to be a good thing. I don’t mind the sweat and I’m also not looking for a deodorant that stops the sweat. However, I do like the idea of using some pleasant aromas of nature to mask my own body odor.

These are the best organic deodorants I’ve ever tried. Hands Down. The ingredients rock, and so does their effectiveness. The consistency of the mixture in the stick is perfect for easy and seamless application. Even on my longest workouts (weight lifting + running outdoors), these deodorants hold up. The size of these little guys (for scale: they can fit in my palm) is perfect for throwing into your gym bag, purse, keeping in your car, office, etc.

North Coast Organics has the recipe right. I love the flowery aroma of the “Death by Lavender,” the easy-does-it, plain-jane simplicity of the “Naked,” and the slight musky & earthiness of the “Revolver.” For reference, the “Revolver” is my favorite. 

Just so you can see, here is the ingredient list for the “Death by Lavender”:

(All Organic!) Coconut oil, Carnauba Wax, Corn Starch, Baking Soda, Essential Oils of Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary & Cypress.

I mean, I rest my case. No complaints, here. Only praise for this fantastic brand. I am so happy to have discovered them. Go  get some of this deodorant, now! You won’t regret it–and you can find scents to satisfy both men & women, alike!

Big Island Organics Review

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Big Island Organics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Big Island Organics:

“In 1996 Greg Petersen and Kristal Roach started Petersen Organics on their small farm on Hawaii’s big island. Their first product was Gingerade, a simple mix of Hawaiian yellow ginger and organic lemon juice grown on their farm with filtered water and agave nectar. This potent health tonic soon made its way to the local brewery’s menu and then to grocery stores becoming a local favorite.

Many years later Greg and Kristal decided to take Big Island Organics to the mainland. Today their delicious and healthy gingerades are offered at organic and natural food stores like Bristol Farms, Lassen’s, New Leaf, Pharmaca, Breaux Mart, Akins, Harmons, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage and Whole Foods.”

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Hawaiian Gingerade

About:

“For over ten years we’ve been mixing this one up. Fresh harvested yellow ginger, organically grown on the Big Island of Hawaii was the inspiration behind its creation. This is a strong herbal beverage with the exotic flavor of ginger combined with the tanginess of fresh lemon juice.

We continue to exclusively use Hawaiian yellow ginger. The Hawaiian climate is ideal for this plant and we choose from the highest quality available, buying direct from the farmer and supporting Hawaiian agriculture. Each 16 ounces of Hawaiian Gingerade (pictured) contains 42 grams of Hawaiian Yellow Ginger Root known to be twice as strong as the commonly used White Ginger. Try one today and feel the difference!

Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar, organic fresh pressed Hawaiian yellow ginger juice.”

Gingerade Mate

About:

“Feeling energized and happy is what Yerba Maté is all about. This wonderful plant contains 24 vitamins and minerals and has been used as a health enhancing beverage for centuries in South America. In modern day Mate’ has found its way into American life. Many people are choosing to drink Maté instead of Coffee or Black tea, finding it to be safer and gentler on their body and mind.

We have brought together our powerful Hawaiian Gingerade with Yerba Maté to create a strong energy drink that will get you on your feet and feeling great. We use the highest quality Maté available. Each 16 ounces (pictured here) of Gingerade Maté contains a generous 3.5 grams of Yerba Maté. Uplift yourself to higher ground!

Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar, organic fresh pressed Hawaiian yellow ginger juice, organic cold infused Guayaki Yerba Mate.”

Agave Lemonade

About:

“We have created the world best lemonade using the finest 100% organic ingredients. This is what real lemonade is all about.

Our delicious Agave Lemonade is made using fresh organic lemon juice that’s not from concentrate. We use organic agave nectar to lightly sweeten it. Agave nectar is a highly nutritious sap that is naturally extracted from the agave plant. The natural sugar in agave is low glycemic and considered to be one of the world’s healthiest natural sweeteners.

Kids and adults Love our Agave Lemonade!

Ingredients: filtered water, organic lemon juice, organic agave nectar.”

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My Thoughts:

These lemonade drinks will completely change your lemonade game! There is simply no comparison between Big Island Organics drinks and the typical container or bottle of processed, artificially filled junk you’ll find at the convenience store. More and more brands are creating organic lemonade drinks, however–Big Island Organics also harnesses these beneficial ingredients: agave nectar, ginger juice & Guayaki Yerba Mate. These ingredients take these beverages to a whole new level.

Ginger does many incredible things for the body–not the least of which is that it helps aid and facilitate digestion. This is helpful to anyone looking to improve their overall health, lose weight and detoxify their system. Efficient digestion is vital in absorbing the nutrients from the foods you eat.

The foundation of each of these drinks, lemon juice, is one of nature’s most potent detoxifiers and cleansers. Regularly consuming lemon juice helps balance your internal pH, clear your skin, boost energy levels and increase your metabolism.

Besides all of the remarkable health benefits, these drinks are delicious! I enjoyed drinking half a drink every morning, pairing it with a protein-rich smoothie (containing a healthy source of fat like chia, flax or hemp seed) for a macro-balanced start to the day. Since these drinks are primarily a source of sugar (healthy sugar), it’s important to pair them up with protein & fat to keep your diet balanced.

I recommend these to everyone–who doesn’t love lemonade? You’ll love it even more after tasting what Big Island Organics has to offer: fresh, organic goodness with a kick of ginger!

 

Garden of Life: Organic, Whole Food, Kind Vitamins Giveaway!

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Garden of Life

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

I’ve been very fortunate to try and review many Garden of Life products. These products are made in West Palm Beach, FL–the same city that I was born in. I’ve always enjoyed the quality of the products they make; I also feel great about supporting a south Florida business. You can read my prior reviews here:

http://runonorganic.com/2014/03/13/garden-of-life-wild-rose-detox-raw-fit-review/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/10/29/garden-of-life-organic-supplement-review-new-products/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/10/15/garden-of-life-organic-supplements-giveaway/

http://runonorganic.com/2013/07/28/garden-of-life-supplements-organic-non-gmo-raw-vegan-dairy-free-gluten-free-soy-free/

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My Thoughts on Kind Vitamins:

Garden of Life’s newest product line, Kind Vitamins, has been a very exciting thing for me. I do not just taken any ol’ supplement. I believe that you should take organic, whole food based supplements whenever possible. If they’re not organic and readily digestible by your body, you may be wasting your time and your money.

Luckily, Garden of Life’s Kind vitamins are certified organic and are made of whole food components. They are the highest quality vitamins that I have ever seen on the market. I have been taking them for about a month now and have felt energetic, spry and revitalized. Everything in regards to your health is better when you have adequate levels of nutrients in your body.

If you are going to invest in supplements, invest in these. Better yet, comment below and you will give yourself a chance to win them for yourself! Garden of Life describes them as the “First Whole Food Multivitamin.”

To Enter:

-Leave a comment below sharing why you look forward to trying these vitamins!

That’s it! Good luck! I will e-mail the winner this Friday (10/17)!

Juti Organic Energy Bar Review

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Juti Bar

Overall Rating: 3.5 STARS 

About Juti Bar:

“Matt Zembruski is the company founder and creator of the Juti Bar. His background is in engineering and project management, but his true passions lie in the worlds of nutrition and fitness.

Beginning in the summer of 2003 when he first experienced his mom’s baked energy bars, Matt quickly adopted them as his favorite breakfast food. And after several years of continually improving the recipe and eating a Juti Bar for breakfast just about every day, he wanted to share them with the world so others could also have the opportunity to experience this amazing on-the-go energizer.

Matt spent years sharing these early versions of the Juti Bar with friends, family, nutritionists, athletes, and other busy health conscious individuals. He listened to their feedback, connected with health experts across the country, and upgraded the recipe and the quality of the ingredients…again and again and again. Matt didn’t rest until the Juti Bar was fully organic, gluten-free and vegan – with the highest quality ingredients that can be found around the world.

Matt believes the Juti Bar can make it easier for you to make healthier choices, so you can feel great and have lots of natural energy throughout your day. Many years have gone by since his mom first introduced him to the super healthy food that changed his life. And in the years to come Matt hopes that the Juti Bar will make a tasty and nutritious impact in your life and your health as well.

Like most things that taste great, the Juti Bar was first created in a mother’s kitchen. Matt’s Mom, who is passionate about proper nutrition, baked a batch of health bars to give to Matt and his dad before they headed out for an early morning round of golf.

After playing some golf, both guys were pretty hungry so they each ate the homemade energy bar they had brought with them. Matt was immediately impressed by the bar’s awesome taste and delightful texture, but he was even more surprised when he had plenty of energy for the next four to five hours of golfing and running around that day. When he returned to his parents’ house later that afternoon, Matt thanked his mom for the amazing bars and got the recipe so he could start making his own every month. He was very excited because he knew these bars provided the flavor, nutrition, and “staying power” that he had been unable to find in any other on-the-go breakfast options.

In his own words, here’s part of the reason why Matt was so excited to discover his mom’s healthy treat that day:

“Over the years, many doctors & health experts have suggested that adults eat a bowl of oatmeal every morning as a way of staying healthy, getting enough fiber, etc. Well, I tried that for a while and it didn’t work for me. On many mornings, I just didn’t have time to make & eat a sit-down breakfast. But even on the days I did have time, it wasn’t that tasty or enjoyable for me. In my heart and in my taste buds, I knew there was a better way.”

From its simple beginnings the Juti Bar recipe has undergone a number of changes. It has been tweaked to perfection to fill you up, nourish your body and delight your taste buds. Over the years, Matt and his advisory team of nutritionists and athletes went to great lengths to ensure that the Juti Bar you eat today is made from the finest ingredients available in the world. You can learn more about each of the premium ingredients on the BAR INFO page.

Since those first home-baked batches of bars were made in 2003, families all across the nation have discovered the lasting satisfaction and pure goodness that Juti Bars bring to their lives.

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Juti Bar

Ingredients:

Organic gluten free rolled oats, Organic almond butter (organic almonds), Organic brown rice protein powder, Organic vegan dark chocolate chunks (Rainforest Alliance Certified™ organic cacao mass, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic whole vanilla bean), Organic raw coconut nectar, Organic coconut flour, Organic chia seeds, Organic ground flaxseed, Organic cinnamon, Organic vanilla bean powder, Purified water.

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My Thoughts:

Matt was very kind, generous and eager to help in coordinating with me to put this review together. I was excited to try Juti bars!

I really, really wanted to love these bars without any issues. Here’s what happened for me: I refrigerated the bars (as recommended) upon receiving them. When I took one out of the fridge to eat it, I found the bar’s flavors to be bland and a bit chalky. So, I experimented with leaving one out a while (letting it come to room temperature) so that I could really taste and decipher all of the high-quality ingredients in this bar. At room temperature, it was easier to taste the bars’s yummy flavors; but I still found it to be very heavy on the oatmeal and not moist enough for my liking. I would rather them have a bit more of a creamy, almond or cashew buttery texture.

This part is perhaps my own fault (as I was indeed advised to refrigerate these bars): but I left a Juti bar (accidentally) in my purse and just recently opened it up while commuting for a quick snack. I was bummed to see that there was mold on the bar. I think it’s important to note that this may be the case because Juti bars don’t contain any kind of preservative or food that naturally preserves in order to extend their shelf life at room temperature. Thus, them needing refrigeration is not a bag thing–in my eyes. It was just hard to enjoy the bar and flavors of it when it was cold. I certainly could plan ahead and take the bar out ahead of time–but in some ways that diminishes some of the convenience.

Since the texture isn’t completely to my liking; I devised the idea to mix these bars with some coconut yogurt (crumbled into granola-like pieces) for a quick snack or meal.

Ingredient wise, Juti bars are awesome. No junk, no fillers, just nutritionally dense goodness. They’re also gluten free–making them suitable for those with a gluten sensitivity. As far as nutrition goes, I certainly see these bars as a dense, macro-balanced (good amounts of fat, carbs and protein), clean snack option for refueling. I absolutely and totally admire the mission behind this brand; I would just seek a little bit of tweaking in regards to the bar’s texture.