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Nova Scotia Organics Review

This is a review of Nova Scotia Organics and their supplement line. Read the full blog post here.

Nova Scotia Organics Supplements Review

 

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NDX Natural Dynamix Review

This is a review of NDX Natural Dynamix energy, performance & recovery supplements.

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NDX: Natural Dynamix Supplements

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About NDX:

“Being an athlete is extremely taxing on the human body. Even with a proper diet it is hard to get all the nutrients you need to perform at your full potential. That’s why we developed a line of activity supplements geared toward athletes. Our Joint DX provides nutritional support for joint health, Endure DX provides essential micronutrients that will make sure you finish strong, and Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chews are an activity supplement that replaces electrolytes and supports hard training or racing. Try them today and take one step closer to your goals.

I also learned that these products are: “vegan, nothing artificial & gluten free.”

Endure DX

About:

“Endure DX™ was created to help endurance athletes achieve optimum performance. Cycling, paddling, running, swimming, triathlons or whatever your extreme endurance sport, Endure DX™ Perpetual Energy will boost your energy level as you push towards your goals. During intense training, don’t just “hit the wall” with muscle burn and pain – BLAST through it with Endure DX™ a revolutionary performance formula for endurance athletes.”

Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Dynamiser™ (Oxaloacetic Acid) 250 mg *
Betaine 250 mg *
Natur-ele® 250 mg *

*Daily Value not established

Other ingredients: Gelatin, Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide.”

Kramp Krushers

About:

“Kramp Krusher Electrolyte Chewz are a cutting edge activity supplement for athletes. Kramp Krushers are delicious vegetarian gummies, perfect for reloading electrolytes lost through sweat during extreme sport activities, training sessions and races.

Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Calories 150 *
Total Carbohydrate 38 g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1 g 4%
Sugars 24 g **
Calcium (as Calcium Lactate) 150 mg 15%
Sodium (as Sea Salt) 310 mg 13%
Potassium (as Potassium Citrate) 95 mg0mg 3%
Dextrose 3000 mg **

*Percent Daily Values based upon a 2,000 calories diet
**Daily Value Not Established
Other ingredients: Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Pectin, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor, Natural Color (Tumeric), Medium Chain Triglyceride Oil, Carnauba Wax. FREE from: Wheat (gluten), Milk, Eggs, Tree Nuts, Peanuts, Soy.”

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My Thoughts:

Natural Dynamic (NDX) is a brand that reached out to be to try their energy products. At first glance, they seem like a neat, readymade source of energy to have on hand for perhaps some intense training streaks or just everyday life that requires a little extra boost.

I’ll be frank. I’m a REAL supplement snob. I have used what I believe to be the very best organic, raw, non-gmo, whole-food based supplements and I am familiar with what the ingredient lists look like on those products. You’ll see ingredients like “organic beet root powder” and “organic moringa powder.” That’s what I want to see in a product I’m going to keep coming back to. Ingredients that I recognize, that don’t sound scary and that I know my body will digest and assimilate.

That said, these products are better than many–just not quite up to par with where I’m at. I’m not saying they do not “perform” or do not help for the intended purpose (I found that I did experience a pretty good, sustained feeling of energy from the Endure DX and a added boost & replenishment during outdoor, sweaty workouts from the electrolyte chews), but I just demand super-duper-awesome ingredient lists for myself.

A positive about the energy chews is that I think the idea is stellar. I brought a few packs of these to help fuel my 12-year old volleyball team (they’re now national champs! #proudcoach) during a local tournament and all of them liked the way they taste. Needless to say, sometimes getting the youngins to like what they’re eating is a feat in itself. I just wish the ingredients were organic, whole-food based and recognizable.

I appreciate being able to try these products and will keep them on my horizon as I’m sure they will evolve and continue to improve their “formulations.”

Gr3en Organic Energy Drink Review

Gr3en Energy Drink

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Gr3en:

“GR3EN is Pure. Organic. Power. Our philosophy is simple: supercharge with superfoods. Powered by green tea, coconut water, and kale, GR3EN gives a clean energy boost you can feel. It’s the perfect pick-me-up when you first wake up, need a lift, hit the gym, or hit the wall at work.

GR3EN has the caffeine equivalent of a cup of coffee, but combines the health benefits of coconut water, green tea and kale juice in one can.

GREEN TEA

The original caffeinated beverage. Traditional Chinese medicine links green tea to many health benefits. It’s been used to boost energy and focus, rev up metabolism, relieve headaches, and much more.

COCONUT WATER

A healthy, natural source of hydration that’s been popular in the tropics for centuries. Loaded with micronutrients, enzymes, and essential electrolytes, the water of young green coconuts is often referred to as nature’s ultimate sports drink.

KALE (KING OF GREENS)

Kale may seem like a hot new trend, but it actually dates back to the Middle Ages in Europe. It’s a powerful antioxidant loaded with too much good stuff to list. Just GOOGLE kale and see what you come up with…the hype is real.

CARBONATED KALE? 

We’ll be honest, people don’t know what to expect when we say “carbonated kale”. But, they are pleasantly surprised when they take a sip. GR3EN is a refreshing lightly carbonated organic beverage that infuses coconut water and green tea with kale so your taste buds aren’t overpowered by the flavor of kale. We did many taste tests to get GR3EN just right.

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My Thoughts:

In the world of energy drinks, these are pretty much the bomb-diggity. I say this because they have a very clean ingredient list, they’re certified organic and they utilize healthy superfoods like green tea, coconut water and kale. They’re not full of toxic junk, rather they actually pack a nutrient punch along with the (naturally occurring) caffeine content.

I found these Gr3en drinks to have an interesting and enjoyable flavor. They are like a zippy, zesty soda with a coconutty, green twist. The flavor actually really works!

My little issues with the drinks are that they list “natural flavors” (what’s that?) and they contain about 15g of sugar per drink. This is handy if I am mid-marathon and need quick fuel via sugar. However, on a day to day basis, I aim to limit sugar. Thus, these drinks would not be my go-to. I would rather reach for a low-in-sugar green juice.

To sum up my thoughts: these Gr3en energy drinks are an excellent upgrade and alternative to traditional energy drinks–there’s truly no comparison. So, if you’re looking for a quick boost or electrolyte replenishment, I’d say give these drinks a go!

 

Annmarie Gianni Earth Mineral Makeup Review

Annmarie Gianni Organic Skin Care: Mineral Makeup

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Anne Marie Gianni Mineral Makeup:

“Introducing: Earth Minerals Multi-Purpose Foundation by Annmarie Skin Care and it’s made from mineral powders that provide beautiful, flawless coverage, and don’t harm your skin or health. It’s easily customizable to a variety skin tones, made with just four natural ingredients, and totally free of hormone disruptors, neurotoxins, or carcinogens.”

I have been lucky enough to try some Annmarie Gianni Organic Skin Care product samples in the past and absolutely loved them! I was amazed at the purity of the products & how much my skin loved them. You can check out that review here.

My Thoughts:

This little set-up that they sent me is SO neat. Not only do you feel like you’re creating your own makeup, but the oil provided is pure, moisturizing and soothing to skin.

I’m not a huge make-up wearer, but I do value having an organic foundation that I can apply to my skin to even out my sunspots and redness on the days I work out of the house. The best part about makeup with no crappy ingredients is that I can fall asleep in this makeup and I don’t have a breakout the next day. I do, however, always make a habit of cleaning my face before bed (With a pure, organic oil) so that I’m fresh faced and my skin can breathe overnight.

The tone that these minerals provide (when mixed with the oil) is perfect for my skin. They have just the right amount of a natural glowy look that they do not make your skin look completely matte.

I will say this, my facial skin tends to get very dark during the warm summer months when I am in the sun. For those months, I use the Olive & Honey minerals more, whereas in the winter, the Pearl & Sand minerals are a better fit. I recommend keeping a “batch” of the darker and the lighter foundation mix on hand so that on any given day, you can match your complexion. Generally speaking, if the foundation matches your neck color, it will blend the best and look the most natural (or at least that’s the case with me).

I have had NO issues with skin irritation. I can’t think of a bad thing to about this mineral makeup. Annmarie has a truly beautiful line of skin care products and now clean cosmetics! If you’ve been looking to clean up your skincare and beauty routine, start here.

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