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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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Midori Organic & Raw Matcha Powder Review

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Midori Matcha Powder

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Midori Matcha Company:

“Matcha is made from freshly picked green tea leaves that are stone-ground into a fine powder. With its rich flavor and creamy texture, it’s considered one of the world’s healthiest beverages. In fact, just one bottle of Midori matcha is equal to ten cups of ordinary green tea! From our perspective, it’s just about the nicest thing you can do for your body.

Energy and Focus

Matcha provides steady, crash-free energy for up to 6 hours. The secret is in its high concentration of L-Theanine, a naturally occurring amino acid that sharpens focus and lifts mood.

Detox & Rejuvenate

Matcha is packed with vibrant green chlorophyll which helps the body cleanse itself of harmful chemicals and toxins. Matcha also has dietary fiber which helps with digestion, controls appetite and stabilizes blood sugar.

Strength and Fat Loss

Matcha contains more antioxidants than any fruit or vegetable on the planet. These powerful nutrients strengthen your immune system, boost metabolism and promote fat loss.”

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About the Powder:

– 100% USDA Organic Ceremonial Grade matcha
– 30 servings
– Non-GMO
– Zero sugar
– Zero artificial sweeteners or preservatives

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My Thoughts:

I’m always eager and looking to try new superfoods and supplements that I believe can help boost my health in some way. To be honest, getting me to swap out coffee for matcha tea was a bit of a struggle at first. I love my coffee ritual–everything about it. But, in my mind, I got to a point where there was no denying that green tea matcha powder potentially has a whole-heck-of-a-lot more antioxidants, vitamins and minerals when compared to coffee that has been brewed. Thus, I decided that I’d certainly give matcha its fair shot.

Midori seems to be a fantastic brand that has focused their efforts solely on products that highlight and focus on matcha powder. This is a neat idea because it’s essentially an organic, plant-based brand that has harnessed the rejuvenating effects of matcha to serve as a natural energy drink. Not only do they sell this pure matcha powder, but they’ve also created cold-brew matcha drinks that will be on sale soon. I was lucky enough to try one of their little cans of green goodness.

So, here’s where I really get “picky” about it. In my ideal world, this powder would be raw AND organic. It’s clearly labeled as organic, however it’s unclear whether this powder has been processed with heat. This is huge deal to me because there is a major difference in nutritional value when you compare a raw food to a cooked/heated food. It’s just not even close. There is such a significant health benefits from raw plants; you won’t get those same benefits with a product that’s been heat treated.

I was recently excited to hear that Midori’s matcha powder and drinks are both considered raw. They provide a great explanation of how their drinks are made using cold pressure processing on their website. That’s refreshing to know that Midori is organic & raw. Well worth the money, in that case!

In regards to preparation, the can of matcha powder suggests that the powder be mixed with hot water. I understand that tea is traditionally made with hot water, but–I try to do things as raw as I can, as often as I can. So, instead of using their method, I mix a small amount (I don’t measure, but I’d say it’s about a teaspoon) in my morning superfood drink–along with other goodies like cacao powder, turmeric, cinnamon, etc.

I find that it does indeed provide me with a noticeable energy boost (not jittery, just a good & sustained feeling). Some days, I consume the matcha instead of my morning coffee. Matcha has a naturally occurring caffeine content similar to that of which occurs in a cup of brewed coffee. The difference is that matcha provides more brain boosting power and antioxidants to your system. I like incorporating both matcha and coffee in my diet (you can also find green coffee powder!). For those who don’t drink coffee, matcha may the perfect everyday energy solution.

 

The Seaweed Bath Company Skin & Hair Care Review

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The Seaweed Bath Company Skin & Hair Care

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About The Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.  

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being. 

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Soothing Body Wash – Citrus Vanilla Scent

The Seaweed Bath Company’s Description:

“Calm & Cleanse Your Body. Our Wildly Natural Seaweed™ Soothing Body Wash combines the naturally nourishing and detoxifying properties of seaweed with all-natural ingredients to soothe and moisturize your skin.

Amazing Kukui Oil
Brought to Hawaii by early Polynesian settlers, the Kukui Nut Tree is so embedded in Hawaiian culture that it is the state tree of Hawaii. Our pure Kukui Oil, rich in oleic, linoleic and linolenic acids, is a potent natural moisturizer that helps soothe dry, flaking and scaling skin.

Wondrous Neem Oil
The powerful benefits of Neem oil have been known to the natives of India for over 3,000 years. The oil is derived from the seeds of the fast-growing Neem Tree. Our pure Neem Oil is rich in emollients, which help to protect and moisturize dry, cracked skin.

Pure Ingredients:
Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Lauryglucoside Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Spirulina (Blue Green Algae), Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Castile Soap, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate (vegetable derived), Allantoin, Citric Acid, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Essential Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Titanium Dioxide, Chlorophyll, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Mica, Gluconic Acid, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Essential Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I’ve enjoyed having this body wash in my shower. It provides a good clean and has a lovely, zesty, orangey scent. I wish the ingredient list was a bit more recognizable and simplified, but it is ultimately an above average product.

Scent wise, this is a great body wash to keep in a shower for the whole family to use–I believe it would please most.

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Argan Shampoo – Lavender Scent

The Seaweed Bath Company’s Description:

“Naturally Strengthen & Volumize Your Hair. Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and gluten-free hydrolyzed barley protein infuses strands with essential nutrients to achieve thicker, fuller, healthier hair.

Pure Ingredients:
AAqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Lauryglucoside Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free) Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Potassium Sorbate, Gluconic Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E).”

My Description & Thoughts:

In regards to effectiveness, this shampoo is fantastic. I prefer a shampoo that gives a very thorough clean because my scalp tends to get oily amidst frequent workouts. This product is ideal for me and I’d imagine it would please most active individuals who have similar issues with an oily scalp.

Like with the body wash, I wish this ingredient list boasted more recognizable and organic ingredients. It is an improvement from the typical chemical ridden, drug-store bought shampoo, for sure.

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Argan Conditioner – Citrus Scent

The Seaweed Bath Company’s Description:

“Naturally Smooth & Nourish Your Strands. Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and nutrient-rich borage, broccoli seed, and flax seed oils naturally tames and protects your tresses to achieve sleek, shiny, manageable hair.

Pure Ingredients:

Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Gluconic Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Sinensis (Orange) Essential Oil, Zingiber Officinalis (Ginger) Essential Oil.”

My Description & Thoughts:

I am always on a constant search for a good conditioner because my hair is so long and tends to tangle easily. This conditioner is very effective in detangling my long hair and leaving it with a healthy sheen.

I feel similarly to the body wash and shampoo in regards to ingredients–would love to see more organic ingredients here.

I would recommend these product to someone looking to take a step up from their current shampoo that doesn’t contain any natural ingredients. Though this line isn’t tops, it contains some nourishing ingredients that are a step in the right direction in establishing a routine with organic products.

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.