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Synergies for Health: Organic Herbal Face Food Review

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Herbal Face Food

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Synergies for Health Herbal Face Food:

“Herbal Face Food ™ is World’s 1st Organic Edible, 100% plants only skin serum with a ORAC antioxidant rating of over 10 million, making it the most powerful anti-oxidizing product of any kind. This healing skin serum is made from organic plant concentrates that are of the highest anti-oxidant score and sourced from all over the world.

Benefits:

  • Benefits Eczema, Rosacea, Psoriasis, and Acne
  • Treats Melasma
  • Responds to bug bites, burns, and scars
  • Acts as a natural deodorant
  • Reduces wrinkles and sun damage
  • Deeply hydrates and nourishes
  • Promotes cellular regeneration
  • Attacks damaging free radicals
  • Supports collagen and elastin layers
  • Smoother and younger looking skin
  • Controls acne and scarring
  • Repairs, nourishes and feeds the skin
  • Helps diminish deep lines and wrinkles
  • Visibly improves skins texture
  • Increases skin elasticity while it tightens
  • Diminishes pore size
  • Lifts and firms skin
  • Balances extremely dry or oily skin
  • Brightens and evens skin appearance

Herbal Face Food™ is:

  • ANTI-OXIDANT
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
  • ANTI-BACTERIAL
  • ANTI-FUNGAL
  • ANTI-VIRAL
  • ANTI-AGING

NO Toxins, Preservatives, Parabens, Sulphates, Chemicals, Dyes, Petrochemicals, GMO’s, Synthetic Fragrance, or Animal Testing.

All hand made and hand-harvested with LOVE.

Note: Herbal Face Food™ has a strong herbal scent and will create a tingling to stinging sensation that last a minute or so. This is normal and signifies that the antioxidants are healing the skin cells. This sensation will diminish over time as your skin becomes healthier. This will not cause you to peel. Apply a”Quarter” size to the face 2-4 times per day. Avoid contact with eyes. Shake Well Before Use.

Be persistent and you will be happy with the results. Read the testimonials to see how happy my clients are!

Ingredients:

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba), Lavandula AngustIfolia (Lavendar/Orig.France), Origanum Vulgare (Oregano/Orig.Morocco), Syzygium Aromaticums (Clove Bud/Orig. Indonesia), Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme/Oig.South Africa), Commiphora Myrrha (Myrrh/Orig.Somalia). A proprietary source and formulation of Jasminum Officinale, (Jasmine) Absolute, Vetiveria Zizaniodes (Vetiver), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Extra, Pogostemon Cablin, (Patchouli), Santalum Spicatum (Sandalwood), Elettaria Cardamomum (Cardamom) Seed, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin Orange), Citrus X Limon (Lemon). Patent Pending.”

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My Thoughts:

My experience with herbal face food has been interesting. The first time I tried this serum (after cleansing), I distributed about a dime size of the serum onto my face and……WHOA. Major stinging and irritation. I was so confused. Well, I quickly learned a few things:

-I hadn’t read the FAQ section of their site to realize that this stoning sensation can occur.

-The ingredients contain clove oil (which I assume is similar to cinnamon–which leaves the same stinging sensation on the face, due to the fact that it brings blood to the surface of skin and rejuvenates it.)

-You do, indeed, need to shake up the mixture before using it. This will help equally distribute the oils.

So, the initial use was my own fault. I was ill-equipped (information wise) and I think I used too much. Synergies for Health also states that the stinging will be more intense for skin that needs the boost. I didn’t realize my skin needed it that bad–but I’m willing to accept that 🙂

The next few times I used this serum, I shook the bottle, only rubbed a few drops into my fingertips and then applied to my wet facial skin. This time, MUCH better. There is still a slight zing from this serum, but not painful at all. It feels nice and refreshing, actually.

The best part about this serum is the awesomely, entirely organic ingredients list. This stuff is truly pure. Ingredient-wise, this is a dream serum. Performance wise, it’s a dream serum as well. It feels like it helps balance the oil on my skin, and soothes blemishes if I have them. It feels like this serum does a whole lot of good to my skin, sans chemicals and junky ingredients.

I’d recommend this to someone looking for the real deal facial serum. This stuff is potent (and should be used as they suggest), but it performs wonderfully when done right. My skin feels boosted and glowy every time after using this herbal face food.

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The Eczema Company Sunscreen Review

The Eczema Company

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About The Eczema Company:

“The Eczema Company was created by our family to help others dealing with the daily challenges of managing eczema. We know all about the intense itching, the sleepless nights (for the whole family!) and the desperation to find something to make the discomfort even the tiniest bit better. Our son developed a baby rash and was diagnosed with eczema at three months old. His skin continued to worsen and at age three his body was 90% covered in what looked like severe burns. Around that time we discovered he has many food allergies and sensitivities, some lead to eczema flare-ups and some lead to immediate itching. Now that we’ve found his triggers, our son’s skin is much better.

You can follow our son, Tristan’s story on our blog, It’s an Itchy Little World.

We have tried countless eczema creams, eczema clothing, etc. and have made our favorites available to you in this eczema store. As you know, what works for one person’s eczema may not work for another. We realized this after seeing our closet full of partially used eczema creams that were recommended for Tristan, but just didn’t help his itchy skin. While all eczema is different, we want to provide you with products try that we believe in because they work. We hope they bring you and your family some much-deserved relief.

Our hope is that through this website and our blog we can help bring relief to your itchy little world.”

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Raw Elements Sunscreen

About:

“ECO FORMULA 30+ is the conscious consumer’s answer to serious sun protection. All natural and free of all the bad stuff, this formula boasts balanced Physical UV protection through a unique Organic Eco-Shield Performance Technology. As a performance driven sunscreen, it is very water resistant beyond 80 minutes, yet so gentle and moisturizing it is perfect for our young ones! Packed with biologically active antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and extracts, it continues protecting our skin long after environmental exposure.

Benefits Include:

  • Great for sensitive skin.
  • Never runs or stings.
  • Broad spectrum protection – UVA & UVB.
  • #1 EWG top rated.
  • Non-nano zinc goes on white, stays white.
  • Water and sweat resistant for 80 minutesSafe for babies and children.
  • Reef safe and biodegradable.
  • Can be applied on wet skin.
  • Non GMO Project Verified.
  • Made in the USA.

Ingredients:

Zinc Oxide 23%, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Green Tea, Organic Black Tea, Organic Coffee, Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter, Mango Butter, Organic Beeswax, Rosemary Oil Extract, Vitamin E (GMO free & derived from sunflower).”

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My Thoughts:

Though I don’t suffer from eczema on my body, I am always eager to try a new, organically based sunscreen. This sunscreen is one of only a few that I would recommend using. The vast majority of sunscreens that you’ll find at your local drug store are jam packed with questionable ingredients that are doing your skin more harm than good.

Within this ingredient list, you’ll notice a bunch of organic ingredients, preceded by Zinc Oxide. My knowledge about zinc oxide is this: smaller zinc particles (nano-sized) are more able to penetrate skin than non-nano particles. This means that non-nano zinc particles are able to create a barrier on your skin without being readily absorbed. So, your skin will absorb only the goodness in this sunscreen–all of the organic oils and substances. Non-nano sized is what you want to look for in a sunscreen, when shopping around. Zinc oxide is one of many “drug” ingredients found in sunscreens, and is considered the safest. To be the most mindful of protecting yourself, aim to use sunscreen when needed, but rely on hats, shirts and cover-ups to protect your skin for more extended, intense portions of time in the sun.

Thru June 30th, The Eczema Company is offering you 15% off of your first purchase, using the code “RUNON2014.” So go get your hands on this awesome sunscreen as summer approaches!

Life Equals Supplements (KC Local) Review

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Life Equals Vitamins

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Life Equals:

“At Life Equals, we think vitamins and supplements are like anything: you should love them! If every other product has a guarantee associated with it, why not vitamins and supplements as well? 

That’s why all of our products, including our apparel, are a part of our Love Your Health Guarantee. That means, if you have any questions, concerns or issues with any of our Daily Essentials, Specialty Supplements or apparel, we want to hear from you. We’re happy to answer any questions you have, exchange products (well, apparel that is — difficult to exchange an open bottle of vitamins!) or offer a refund up to 60 days after your date of purchase for both our apparel and vitamins. In short, we want you to love your health!
Thanks so much for being a part of our Buy Health Give Health movement where every purchase donates an equal amount of children’s multivitamins to an undernourished child through the Life=Life Project.

Did you know —

In the world today, 2 billion people, or 1 out of every three, lack essential nutrients.

And worldwide, 1 in 3 children die due to undernutiriton. This lack of nutrients is a greater cause of childhood death than AIDS, malaria, and parasitic infections combined.

This crisis facing the world’s children is THE #1 most addressable issue of humanity today.
That is why we started Life Equals, a one-for-one vitamin company. One-for-one? Meaning for every vitamin you buy, we give another children’s multivitamin to undernourished children in 44 countries worldwide and 33 states here in america.”

In regards to the word “organic,” I learned this about Life Equals ingredients:

“Life Equals makes premium quality products by sourcing the best ingredients from quality growers and producers. All of our products have increased bioavailability, improved absorption and are 100% Made in the USA in facilities that exceed FDA regulations and Good Manufacturing Practices.

The LIFE= Prental, Men’s and Women’s Multivitamins all utilize the natural supplementation power of whole foods to increase absorption and make them naturally gentle on the stomach. Life Equals specifically avoids GMO ingredients and is currently seeking Organic certification on their Whole Food Blend to ensure the utmost quality. 
LIFE= CoQ10 already utilizes Certified Organic Flaxseed oil as the binder to assist in the absorption of the coenzyme.  
LIFE= Vitamin D3 was specifically designed with a non-GMO oil binder to create the cleanest D3 product possible. Seeking Organic Certification will be the next step for this product as well. 
It is our mission at Life Equals to bring quality products to the market that not only better the lives of our customers, but the lives of children across the world.  We are striving to expand that holistic commitment to our environment by working towards Organic, non-GMO status for all of our products. Stay tuned to the Life Equals movement as we grow and make our products even better and help more children live healthy, productive lives!”
Life Equals also does a pretty nifty subscription program, where they auto-ship it every month. Every month you get 15% off + free shipping, but your first month you get 75% off the products! It’s no-obligation, cancel any time.

Prenatal Multivitamin

About:

“Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= Prenatal is formulated to promote healthy fetal development while also supporting the mother’s nutrition and energy. Patented mineral amino acid chelates by Albion Labs combine minerals in an organic molecule that the body can readily assimilate – avoiding constipation and discomfort. The Whole Food and Herbal Blend promotes the absorption of vitamins and minerals and the digestion of co-nutrients. The Digestive Enzyme Complex provides the final step to maximum absorption and nutrient availability with plant-based enzymes that support healthy digestion and further reduce stomach discomfort. 

Why LIFE= Prenatal?

  • Gentle on the stomach
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Mineral–Amino Acid Chelates for Better Absorption
  • Plant Based Enzymes for Improved Digestion
  • Non-Constipating Iron.”

Probiotic

About:

“LIFE= Probiotic is formulated to help support and replenish natural healthy bacteria levels in the body. By combining multiple probiotic strains, a more effective formula is created. Each different strain thrives in separate parts of the digestive tract and offers different benefits – together they create a more holistic solution. LIFE= Probiotic strains have natural acid bio-resistance enabling them to withstand low stomach pH and thrive upon arrival in the intestinal tract.* 

Why LIFE= Probiotic?

  • 6 Probiotic Strains for Holistic Benefits
  • FOS Prebiotic for Increased Effectiveness
  • Helps Manage Food Allergies*
  • Supports Nutrient Absorption*
  • Aids Vitamin Synthesis*.”

CoQ10

About:

Multivitamin/Multimineral
LIFE= CoQ10, in easy to swallow softgels, uses only 100% natural CoQ10 blended with natural vitamin E and organic flaxseed oil to ensure the best absorption and availability without the need to accompany with food. CoQ10 has been intensely studied for over 40 years and has been shown to support a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.* 

Why LIFE= CoQ10?

  • Blended with Organic Flaxseed Oil
  • Supports Heart Health*
  • Powerful Antioxidant*
  • Naturally Energizing
  • Promotes Immune Function*.”

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My Thoughts:

Most importantly, this local to Kansas City brand has me impressed and mesmerized by their commitment to provide a dose of nutrients to children in need, all over the world. I was not aware that malnutrition was a cause of so many children’s deaths each year. What a sad reality. I am inspired by the fact that they are making strides to tackle this issue. Thus, when you become a customer of Life Equals, you are helping a child in need get the nutrition their body requires–good things!

I was interested in taking these three supplements because:

1. I believe a good multivitamin can help “cover your bases” in making sure you are getting enough of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to stay healthy. I have been taking a prenatal vitamin for about a year, as suggested by my OBGYN, as I hope to be expecting some time in the semi-near future 🙂

2. Probiotics are important because they promote healthy digestion. Digestion is important because it allows your body to effectively absorb all of the nutrients you are taking in. With poor digestion and a gut that is not full of the necessary bacterias, your body won’t reap all of the benefits of the healthy food you’re eating. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables are important to maintaining a healthy gut. Thus, I don’t believe you should take a probiotic hoping that it will outweigh the bad eating you’re doing.

3. CoQ10 is a supplement that I first heard about in trying to discover products that would help clear my hormonal acne. Since your skin is a reflection of your overall health, I figured that incorporating an antioxidant supplement could only help. CoQ10, in Life Equals’ words: “supports a healthy cardiovascular system, slow the effects of age-related diseases, promote healthy gums and aid energy production on a cellular level.” As a strong antioxidant, it essentially does several great things for the body and your overall health.

In regards to quality, these supplements are way above average, with each of the products being free of common allergens:

-Prenatal: free of  yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

-Probiotic: free of iron, yeast, wheat, gluten, corn, soy, milk, egg, preservatives.

-CoQ10: free of yeast, wheat, milk, milk derivatives, lactose, sugar, preservatives, artificial flavor, sodium.

In regards to how I’ve felt taking these supplements: my stomach has never been upset after taking them, my digestion is regular, my overall vitality is up and I’m feeling healthy. I have taken these during the final weeks of my marathon training and found them to be a great, added boost to my daily intake of healthy, nutrient dense meals. I believe that supplements don’t replace nutritious, organic food–but they can give you a bit of an athletic “edge.”

Life Equals uses some ingredients that are organic and non-gmo. I’ve learned that they are making efforts to include more and more certified organic ingredients to insure the quality of their products. I look forward to this transition into a super-high quality line of products. So far, so good–but I look forward to “so great!” I’ve been enjoying rocking my Life Equals T-Shirt and look forward to recommending these supplements to more individuals as the prevalence of organic ingredients increases in their products.

How Taking a Break from Coffee (and all Caffeine) Can Help You

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I can earnestly say I never thought I would take a break from drinking coffee. I would deem myself an absolute coffee connoisseur. I come from a family who drinks it daily, and in many ways it is a favorite past time of mine. I love grinding the beans, how it smells, the sound of it brewing…..all of it.

That said, I am never above tweaking my diet (or at least trying it for a while) if I believe it could improve my health in a significant way. I have had issues with what I call “sleep eating” for several years. As silly as it sounds, I am notorious for waking up in the middle of the night to grab a snack or make a meal in the kitchen. I often do not even remember doing this, until I wake up with peanut butter on the edge of my lip (no joke). I had contemplated several things: Do I not eat enough during the day? Do I have a “disorder”? What can I do to stop this from happening?

I started feeling disappointed in myself because I felt I was taking a few step backwards with these “sleep eating” episodes, after eating so remarkably well during the day. I got to a certain point where I just accepted that maybe it’s just a funny thing about me…until it occurred to me that eliminating coffee was something I hadn’t tried yet.

Cutting out coffee was something that I was not excited about. The tough thing to realize was that I just might need to try this in order to tackle this issue. In my mind, I figured that since caffeine can affect sleep, it could be playing a part in this problem.

So, I bit the bullet and started weaning myself off of coffee. Over a week’s time, I gradually decreased the amount I was drinking, starting at one full cup and drinking a bit less each day until I only had one gulp. As you can imagine, I had a noticeable headache for the next 2 days. I noticed I was a little cranky and lacking my normal motivation. Thankfully, after the full week of weaning, I felt like myself again. I felt like I didn’t need the coffee to get going.

Since ending the weaning process (it’s been almost a week), I haven’t had one incident in which I found myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night. This has been incredibly encouraging to me!

Quitting coffee for the time being has also been dual purposed. In doing this, I hoped to also get an idea if detoxing the caffeine out of my system would help my facial skin to be clearer. I have always struggled with acne and have also drank coffee since I was a teenager. I thought that the acne could perhaps be triggered or worsened by the excessive caffeine.

In summation, here’s what I have experienced thus far with the measures I’ve taken:

1. Quitting coffee to prevent “sleep eating” and encourage my body to sleep soundly throughout the night:

-I found that this, so far, has helped solve my problem completely! Perhaps, sleeping optimally throughout the night has helped my body to truly rest and not go after food.

2. Quitting coffee to help clear up acne and blemishes:

-I have certainly seen a difference in how certain problem areas on my face are less inflamed. They haven’t gone away over night, but my skin appears to be less red and stressed looking. Along with a few herbs that I have learned about recently that target hormonal acne (I will do a post on this soon!), I am finding that eliminating the coffee intake has helped my skin in a slightly noticable way.

Never Hungover: Hangover Prevention Vitamin Drink

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Never Hungover

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Never Hungover:

“NEVER HUNGOVER is an innovative and exciting hangover prevention drink that is set to revolutionize the category of beverages that claim to prevent or cure hangovers. NEVER HUNGOVER is a great tasting dietary supplement that is comprised of a natural vitamin blend, antioxidants, amino acids, nutrients, and minerals. It’s formula helps neutralize and process the toxins caused by alcohol in the liver and kidneys (known as acetaldehyde’s), by turning them into acetic acid which is flushed out of the body, thus drastically reducing the cause of a hangover. NEVER HUNGOVER is produced in America, and has zero carbs, calories, or sugars. It is also caffeine and gluten free.

NEVER HUNGOVER can be consumed as a shot or a mixer. The product is designed to take up to an hour before or while consuming alcohol. For optimal results, take one bottle of NEVER HUNGOVER per four drinks. Party Tonight and Feel Great Tomorrow only with Never Hungover.

Ingredients:

As we mention on our product page, the Never Hungover formula helps neutralizes and processes the toxins that are caused by alcohol in the liver and kidney’s known as acetaldehyde by turning them into acetic acid. Then, the acid is flushed out of the body drastically reducing the cause of a hangover. But what exactly do the specific natural ingredients of Never Hungover contribute to the success of the product? Let’s get into a few of the amazing ingredients of our natural formula…

Obviously, buying all these ingredients separately would cost you a fortune and carrying them around with you might require a new set of luggage. Never Hungover combines all of these amazing hangover preventing ingredients along with several other natural supplements into a great tasting lemon-lime drink that is available in a 2oz travel size bottle or 750ml bottle perfect for your home. The benefits of ingredients of Never Hungover don’t just stop at preventing your hangover, but don’t just take it from us, try it yourself!”

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My Thoughts:

A a health enthusiast, I would say that drinking alcohol is acceptable at times but only in moderation. I personally save it for special occasions and such. You can even get your hands on organic wines or liquors that will help minimize the toxin overload that alcohol provides the body with. That said, on those occasions a product like this can come in handy to prevent having to pay for a fun night the next morning.

I like that the ingredients are naturally based, though they’re not organic.

In regards to effectiveness, I found these shots to be effective in preventing a headache the morning after drinking a few glasses of wine. Though the shots are recommended for every 4 drinks, I drink seldom, so two glasses of wine were sufficient for me to feel satisfied.

Back in college when I consumed more alcohol, I could have used a product like this. Again, while I don’t recommend drinking heavily, I see these Never Hungover shots as a healthier compliment to your fun night out that will make the morning brighter and more bearable.

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