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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!

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How to Reduce Skin Redness on Your Face

Skincare seems to be a topic that comes up over and over for me, even though my focus with content is often more about nutrition, fitness and positivity–and I get it!

Keeping my facial complexion looking healthy, clear and vibrant has been a focus of mine since I first got my monthly cycle (age 12). For years I struggled with cystic acne (you can read all about that experience and what helped me here). But in the last 5 years, I have been acne-free (HECK YEAH MAN) and that’s been a liberating feeling.

What’s left on my skin present-day is some acne-scarring and occasional cheek redness that fluctuates with my time of the month, my diet, my sleep quality, my alcohol intake and overall stress levels. It took me a long time to learn that health in general (your skin is a reflection of what’s going on inside your body) is TRULY affected by every aspect of your human experience.

Emotional State’s Impact on Skin

This includes your emotions, beliefs, thoughts, stress, unhealed trauma, skincare ingredients, diet quality, etc. Might seem totally quacky that your beliefs about yourself can manifest themselves elsewhere in your body. You don’t have to take my word for it. There’s heaps of science and anecdotal info to reinforce this, just check out the Heal Documentary.

You can’t neglect any aspect of that and expect to be perfectly healthy. Also–perfectionism won’t necessarily serve you either. The key is to GAIN MORE AWARENESS surrounding your thoughts, choices and habits.

Okay, okay, so back to skin redness. Most people are probably looking for a quick fix. Been there! Though healing your skin doesn’t happen overnight, there are some things you can do now that will immediately start helping you.

Your Skin is Largely Your Diet

Multiple things to point out here:

-When your body is not effectively eliminating (kidneys, liver, etc.), it does so through your skin

-If your diet is crappy and full of processed, inflammatory foods, your skin is going to reflect that

-Drinking a lot of water goes a long way! (I use this Berkey Filter for all my drinking water)

-Cutting out (or minimizing) common inflammatory foods can help a whole bunch. Gluten, dairy, soy, corn, egg (for some people) and highly processed oils would all fall into this category.

Makeup Wearers, Clean it Up!

Redness is an indicator that inflammation is happening, which is your body’s response to damage or imbalance. Wearing toxic makeup is like putting gasoline on that fire. The sooner you can swap out your current drug-store foundations, concealers, etc., the sooner your skin will have a chance to get on the healing train.

My personal favorites are made by a company called Mineral Fusion. Not only are they accessible (you can buy them online and in your local Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other health food store, but they are EWG Verified (Environment Working Group), an organization that reveals information on the toxicity of many makeup/skincare/food brands. They even have an app. It’s a great resource for looking up different products you currently use or are considering purchasing.

The two most important ones (since they go directly onto your skin) that I would swap to are their Pressed Powder Foundation and their Concealer Powder if you’re looking for more natural coverage.

There have been a few times when traveling that I chose to use other makeup because I didn’t have my trusty clean options on hand. I noticed that my skin was more red, irritated, slightly itchy and just unhappy when I took my makeup off each night). Those instances were a good reminder that the quality of your makeup does matter.

Keep Your Facial Hygiene Pure

Just like makeup, most generic skincare cleansers, toners and moisturizers are rife with chemicals, preservatives and skin irritants. Luckily, there are a lot of cool brands out there that have created clean, organic, nourishing  skin care products that are sure to help you reduce your facial redness.

A few of my staple favorites are Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Bar Soap and Now Foods Jojoba Oil.

Doesn’t Non-Toxic Makeup & Skincare Cost More?

Here’s the thing, if you’ve ever shopped for makeup or perfume at a department store like Macy’s, Dillard’s, Saks, etc., you’ve probably noticed that it’s SO expensive. The biggest kicker is that the ingredients in those products are absolute dog crap. Seriously. You can’t even pronounce them. They’re not clean, they’re toxic and they don’t improve the true health of your skin. It’s actually amazing to me that places like that still sell. *steps off soap box*

That said, non-toxic skincare when compared to those options is actually significantly cheaper AND it actually helps your skin look more youthful and dewy, without any chemically-laden crud.

If you are used to buying makeup at a drug store and pay less than $10 for foundation, this may be a step-up money wise for you. But it’s one thing to wear makeup everyday just to cover things up. It’s another to invest in a product that will be helping improve your skin and not just mask the redness. That’s the difference I see between the two.

Also, I don’t spend money on heels, handbags, jewelry, etc. My “girly money” goes towards clean skincare and cosmetics. That’s where my priority lies. If you have had nagging skin issues your whole life, you can probably relate that this is a no-brainer.

 

Have any trusty ways to naturally improve your skin? Share below!

The Perfect Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe

This post contains a recipe for the perfect superfood hot chocolate!

There’s something about the holiday season that makes you want to snuggle up with a warm cup of chocolate goodness! This superfood hot chocolate recipe will not disappoint.

Most store-bought hot chocolate mixes are rife with processed sugar and other ingredients that are added for shelf stability.  So, you probably experience a sugar rush followed by a crash after indulging in one of these (not to mention you increase the inflammation in your body).

The cool thing about a superfood drink is that you don’t sacrifice flavor but you increase the health benefits tenfold. Sign. Me. Up!  I also personally feel like the flavors are way more complex, interesting and satisfying.

I have made this drink many different ways with many different add ins,  but consider this recipe a great foundation for the superfood hot chocolate of your dreams.

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Perfect Superfood Hot Chocolate Recipe

-1 tbsp Cacao Elixir (mood enhancing, overal vitality, exercise recovery)

-1/4 tsp Cordyceps Mushroom Powder (increased bodily oxygenation, athletic performance)

-1/4 tsp Chaga Mushroom Powder (grounding energy, gentle detox, immunity)

-2 cups plant based milk (almond, coconut, oat, hemp, cashew, etc. will do!)

*Optional add-in for various applications:

-5 drops liquid monk fruit sweetener

-1 tsp Spirit Tonic (for nighttime + relaxation)

-1 tsp MCT oil (for added flavor + healthy fats + sustained energy)

-2 capsules of Collagen (for protein + aided recovery)

-1 tsp Chi Tonic (for a morning boost of energy)

-1 tsp Love Tonic (for ladies; this blend nourishes the feminine)

-1/4 tsp Reishi Mushroom Powder (for resisting stress)

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