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Ecotools Brush: for Dry Brushing, Detox, Lymphatic System

This post is a review + my experience with EcoTool’s brush intended for dry body brushing.

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A healthy complexion and a healthy inside are mostly a result of your diet and lifestyle choices, BUT, there is a way to ramp that up and take your skin game to the next level with a small daily health hack.

Enter: DRY BRUSHING.

If you’re in the health and wellness world, you’ve likely heard of this trend and have been curious: is it all hype or is it legit?

Well, folks, get excited because there are some real benefits (besides the fact that it feels like a full body back scratch!). It’s so invigorating.

Benefits of Dry Brushing

Enhanced detoxification through the skin

Improved + dewy complexion, as dry brushing takes away the top layer of dead skin cells

Better lymphatic function (one of the systems + pathways utilized to rid the body of waste).

Reduced appearance of cellulite. This is tied in with the lymphatic benefits; dry brushing stimulates blood flow and encourages the build up in your tissue to get flushed out with other toxins. It also can activate adipose tissue beneath the skin and spread out fat deposits, thus reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Improved circulation and heart health. You can optimize this by starting at your extremities and working your way towards your heart.

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It’s so rad that the benefits are both health related and also address overall good body feeling + appearance. This brush is super affordable and I love the dry brushing part of my daily routine.

I brush my body in the shower before I start running the water to be sure that I catch all of the little skin particles that the brush takes off.

Jump back here and let me know what you think of dry brushing after you try it. Happy brushing!

xoxo

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

Jes

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How to Detox Heavy Metals + Parasites + Mold & Boost Liver Health

Curious about how to detox heavy metals, mold, parasites and how it can effect every facet of your health? In this post I share my experience with supplements and the protocol I followed.

Before Photo (11/30/17)

-Taken before starting this protocol (feeling moderately healthy + but painful menstrual cycles + not feeling 100%)

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Heads up–this post will talk frankly about periods and woman stuff! (you’re welcome)

Backstory on my Health + Acne

For as long as I can remember (approximately age 12), I have had debilitating menstrual cramps. Along with the cramps was hormonal (cystic) acne. I was able to balance + heal my skin through use of an awesome supplement called Estroblock. (you can read that full post here).

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I only took the product for about 8 months and it did it’s job in that time. It works by helping your body get rid of “bad” estrogens in your body. These can disrupt your endocrine system, which is the system responsible for dispersing those little chemical messengers telling your body how to operate.

While my acne cleared up and I felt encouraged by that, my periods were still heavy and painful. I tried every natural pain remedy and solution I could think of:

-Drinking only green juice the days leading up to my period

-Experimenting with eliminating certain foods (coffee, dairy, gluten, etc.)

-Changing up my exercise routine

Nothing took the pain away.

Seeing a Naturopath (Integrative Natural Medicine Doctor)

Since I failed so many times at trying to help myself, I felt like it was time to seek the help of a natural medicine doctor. I went to Cura Integrative in Overland Park, Kansas (HIGHLY recommend them).

To start, they performed a biofeedback test on me which revealed:

-Very high levels of blood toxicity (heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, mold, environmental toxins)

-Parasitic infection (people with high levels of heavy metals are more susceptible to this)

-Food sensitivities (often linked to and caused by heavy metal toxicity)

-Egg, Nuts (including coconut + peanut), Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, Rice

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Healing Protocol

First Phase: Detox Heavy Metals + Heal Parasitic infection

Heavy Metal Detox Products Used (pictured below):

Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Metals Detox

New Health Super Chelation Support

Bio Ray NDF Heavy Metal Formula

Liver Detoxifier + Regenerator (renamed to Liver Refresh)

Calcium D-Glucarate

Glutathione

Activated Charcoal

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Parasitic Infection Products Used (pictured below):

Myrrh Forte

-Artemisinin Complex

Viranon

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Second Phase: Mold + Environmental Pollutant Detox

Products Used (pictured below):

Ortho Molecular Products SAMe

-Greens First pH PM Alkalizer 

-Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Toxinex

Activated Charcoal

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Progress Photo (12/10/17):

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Third Phase: Emotional Healing + Liver Support

-I had a check up biofeedback test at this point which revealed that I was making a TON of progress. My food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, almonds and rice went away. Because of the intense detoxing I had been doing, though, my liver was overwhelmed (stagnation) and it needed some help + support.

-Though I didn’t hold it in my conscious mind, I was dealing with a lot of emotional trauma + sadness, which was manifesting itself throughout my body. I had forgotten how your emotional and mental state can impact your physical health! Amazing. Great reminder. I downloaded several meditation apps and have made it a daily ritual to calm my mind.

Products Used (pictured below):

Livaplex

Immuplex

Viral-fuge

-Quicksilver Scientific:

Liposomal Methyl B-Complex

Dr. Shade’s Bitters No. 9

Nanoemulsified DIM

Liposomal Glutathione 

Micellized Pure PC

Activated Charcoal

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Here are the meditation apps I use! I rotate them just to change it up + hear a different guiding voice on the track.

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Progress Photo (1.19.18):

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Progress Photo (2.9.18):

(taken during my period, so feeling a little more inflamed as usual)

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I still have a few weeks left of this last wave of this detox protocol and you can expect me to come back to this post and update it with where I’m at + how I’m feeling.

Thank you for journeying with me and listening to my experience. I sincerely hope it helps guide you if you feel less than your best and gives you hope to keep exploring what tools your body needs to thrive. This trek has been paramount in the big scheme of my life. If you have any specific questions, I’d love to chat! Just comment below.

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

xoxo

Jes

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

Detox RX Master Cleanse Lemon Aid Review

This is a review of Detox RX master cleanse lemon-aid powder.

Detox RX Master Cleanse Lemon-Aid Powder

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Lemon-Aid by Detox RX:

“Your morning glass of warm water and lemon just got easier!

Say goodbye to squeezing lemons every morning and say HELLO! to scoop and stir.

Lemon-Aid helps complete the cleansing process that has been going on during the night. This powder when mixed with warm water helps to flush all the systems of elimination, especially the kidneys, the liver and the colon. It also helps to cleanse waste from the digestive tract.

Not only is our Lemon-Aid Master Cleanse Powder super convenient and easy to use, this formula use the ENTIRE LEMON!
The entire lemon is freeze-dried which is the best method for preserving active enzymes and entire matrix of the plant*. Two of the most potent antioxidant bioflavonoids found in lemon rinds are quercetin and rutin. The bioflavonoid in the white inner rind and fibrous strands are also very cleansing.
Quick and easy to prepare. Just mix and drink.
No artificial ingredients or preservatives.
100% Organic Ingredients

Recommended For:  Kick starting a wellness or body detoxification program and to be used in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.Servings: Enough for 30-40 servings, depending on how much you use per serving.

* HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Lemon – Made with whole lemons including bioflavonoid rich peel for additional antioxidant power.
  • Cayenne – Fresh freeze-dried whole cayenne provides a warming sensation to the digestive system*; some find that it increases metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar
  • Maple Syrup – rich in essential nutrients such as manganese as well as zinc; Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2007 found that maple syrup contains polyphenols thought to stimulate insulin release through pancreatic cells.”

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My Experience:

I am a reallllllllly big proponent for doing things on a daily basis to help facilitate efficient digestion and detoxification in the body. Healthy digestion and effective detox does so much for body your daily wellness and your longevity in the big picture.

Lemon is a fruit that is alkaline-forming in the body and helps your body stay calibrated and stay at a healthy pH. I’ve known for a while now that cayenne does some good work on your metabolism (hey, cool!) and have had maple syrup on my radar–it has always intrigued me by being a source of sugar yet having properties that help balance blood sugar.

Thus, I found this Lemon-Aid product by Detox RX to be a pretty wonderful idea–especially in the way they did it! The lemon is freeze-dried to preserve the healing plant enzymes in the lemon and they use the whole lemon (most of the calcium in citrus is found in the peel).

As the suggest on the label, this powdered mixture does have a bit of a spice to it and is very zesty! So, in my case, I came up with this to consume it as a part of my everyday detox routine:

Ingredients:

-A few teaspoons of the Lemon-Aid powdered mixture

-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar

-2 drops of liquid stevia

Instructions:

-Combine all ingredients into 16 ounces of water

I found that since the powder is pungent in itself, it worked for me to couple it with the ACV to take in both robust potions in one swig. The stevia helps take the edge off of the tart lemon and harsh-tasting vinegar.

I’ve experimented with some intermittent fasting in the mornings (consuming only this mixture and no food until about 11am). I didn’t expect it, but I felt immensely energized, lighter and free from bloating and stomach discomfort.

I also particularly love the fact that this a great way to take your detox routine on the road with you. It’s an okay size to pack and will allow you to keep your system going strong: alkaline and clean.

 

 

 

Nature’s Blueprint Organic Matcha Review

This is a review of Nature’s Blueprint organic matcha green tea powder.

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Nature’s Blueprint Organic Matcha

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About this Matcha:

“A wealth of the antioxidants you need! Let’s face it, we all need a diet high in antioxidants to maintain optimal health, so find them here in our matcha. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100X more EGCg than any other tea on the market.

Customers routinely report a massive boost of energy without feeling the late day crash of coffee. This Matcha contains a healthy form of caffeine, theophylline, not to be mistaken for the caffeine present in regular coffee. The slow release of this energy helps with the functionality of adrenal glands, and maintains optimum hormonal levels.

Marvel as the weight just sheds off! Matcha has been shown to increase metabolism, and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Unlike many diet aides currently on the market, customers have never reported any negative side-effects.

How amazing is the feeling after you’ve detoxed?! The Chlorophyll present is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleansing the blood. It assists in maintaining the alkalinity of blood and tissues, and flushes toxins for the colon wall.

Our Organic Japanese Matcha is grown by well-established tea farms located in prestigious regions of Japan, who are celebrating over 200 years of carefully mastered and traditional techniques and are highly regarded with an esteemed reputation. Made from the tender young leaves of the plant, this Matcha is of superior quality.

-Vibrant Green Luminosity
-Light Powdery Consistency
-Mellow Fragrance
-Smooth, Clean Taste.”

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Culinary Grade

About:

“This Organic Japanese Culinary Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder is created from the mature leaves of the green tea plant, in Shizuoka, Japan resulting in a more pungent flavor profile. This sharpened taste radiates through sweeteners, and other ingredients making it the perfect ingredient for adding to all of your favorite recipes. Leave the barista at the coffee shop and make lushes Green tea Lattes at home, or add to your favorite daily smoothie for an extra kick. Try experimenting with making mouthwatering matcha pancakes for breakfast, and fruit & yogurt bowls. Also, tastes fantastic when incorporated into dips, soups and confectionary treats.”

Ceremonial Grade

About:

“There is something special about Superfoods. They are nutritionally dense, mostly plant-based foods consumed for the health and well-being of our bodies. These powerhouses are packed with substantial doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. So is it any surprise that by eating them we can live a prolonged life and reduce the risk of disease, not to mention becoming healthier and skinnier in the process?

With Nature’s Blueprint, Ltd. Organic Japanese Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea Powder you will consume the best tea that nature can provide. You will both look and feel great!!

In order to maximize the absorption of the wonderful nutrients our matcha has to offer, it should be consumed in the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony fashion.”

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My Thoughts:

Through the process of trying out both of these matcha powders, I’ve learned a few things about matcha! (my new green love)

The first thing I wondered was: what’s the difference between Ceremonial Grade & Culinary Grade? 

Short Answer, in my words: It seems as though the Ceremonial Grade matcha is the highest quality with a more subtle, enjoyable flavor. The Culinary Grade matcha packs a more pungent flavor and comes from the mature leaves of the plant.

Now for the BIGGEST dilemma that I had in regards to drinking matcha: hot or cold?

I’m a bonafide raw superfoods fanatic. I believe that merely all plant-based foods retain their nutrient content most effectively when kept away from heat. That said, you’ll see all kinds of information online about foods/drinks containing certain compounds that are only releases when they’re heated. I don’t have an overly scientific or study-based mindset–so I’m not equipped to sit and combat all of those claims. I do, however, operate from a place of “what works for me + what makes the most sense to me.”

I have been witness to the fact that consuming raw superfoods every day (turmeric, cacao, ginger, spirulina, wheatgrass, etc.) has impacted my healthy in BIG ways. And by big ways, I mean they are the solution to problems I’ve had for years (mainly acne + terribly painful menstrual cramps). So, I’ve been on board with raw superfoods in a major way since seeing what they’ve done for me.

That said, I’m not dismissing the fact that consuming matcha tea prepared the traditional way (hot water added to the matcha then wisked until dissolved) is obsolete. It’s similar to there being an abundance of cold-brew coffee brands now, after folks have realized that this method of brewing presents many health benefits over coffee being brewed the traditional way (cold brew coffee has a lower acid content).

Now onto this awesome matcha powder:

It’s organic. You know I dig that–goes without saying. If I’m going to drink something this dense and pungent, it’s extra important that the matcha tea leaves have been grown away from harmful pesticides or herbicides. I love this brand’s commitment to organic and selling a health-serving product.

The benefits are bountiful and I’ve seen them first hand:

-Pure, sustained energy boost

-Eliminates bloating

-Helps detox and purify your body (thus, your complexion!)

-Keeps you feeling light and lean

-Increases athletic performance

(these are not their claims, they are frankly + honestly from my own experience)

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Val from Nature’s Blueprint has been a dream to work with and is so passionate about what she does (it takes about 30 seconds on her website to witness this!) I’ll also say this–I am not a matcha PRO yet (whereas I am pretty confident discussing coffee!). So, if you have any in-depth questions about matcha, I’m confident that Val would be happy to share with her knowledge + experience so that you become just as gung-ho about matcha as I am!

the teensy summation version:

I have noticed what I like to call a clear, pure, clean energy boost from drinking this matcha. I also have found that it has helped keep my skin clear and glowy. It’s helped me detox; which also helps you lose weight + stay lean the natural way–no garbage, just the power of plants–pretty freaking awesome!)