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The Diva Cup: Menstrual Cup Review

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Diva Cup

Overall Rating: 4 Stars

About Diva Cup:

“The Diva story began in the heart of a young girl named Francine. Over time Francine’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for better menstrual care led her to discover menstrual cups. Today, in partnership with her daughter Carinne, Francine is changing the way women view period care.

My vision for a healthy, more sustainable feminine hygiene product began when I was just a teenager. Each month I would go through the motions of “dealing” with my menstrual cycle. Yet, I quickly grew tired (and frustrated) with the unsanitary, uncomfortable and impersonal feel of disposable tampons and pads. As I grew older, and began researching alternative menstrual care products, I was excited to learn I was not alone in my passion.

The day I discovered menstrual cups, was the day my dream turned into reality.

For ten years, I pioneered the menstrual cup industry, selling and promoting these innovative products around the world. In 2001, the best part about my vision came to life as my daughter Carinne and I began experimenting with our own designs and ideas. After years of experience and research we designed The DivaCup, a reusable menstrual cup that encourages a more positive period experience. I wake up every day excited to share The DivaCup concept with young women, and those a little older, who are not only looking for a better product but also a new relationship with their menstrual cycle!”

 

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“It goes where? I have to do what? Yes, you wear The DivaCup in “there”, in your vagina… but we promise, it is not as scary as it sounds. In fact, your body will thank you for giving it the period care it deserves.

The DivaCup is a reusable, bell-shaped menstrual cup that is worn internally and sits low in the vaginal canal, collecting rather than absorbing your menstrual flow. Menstrual cups have existed since the 1930s when women were searching for an alternative to the choices of the time. Yet, its breakthrough into the feminine hygiene industry is much more recent.

Many women feel uneasy about changing their menstrual care routine. Years of dealing with the sights and odors of disposable tampons and pads cause the familiar reaction: “ick!”. The DivaCup empowers women to connect with their bodies and menstrual cycles like never before. Perfect for all activities (on air, land or sea), its easy care and use make for a better period experience. Wear The DivaCup for up to 12 hours without leaks or worry.

The DivaCup Features:

  • 12 hour leak-free protection!
  • Made from the highest quality healthcare grade silicone to assure comfort and durability.
  • Does not contain any of the following: latex, plastic, PVC, acrylic, acrylate, BPA, phthalate, elastomer, polyethylene, and free of colors and dyes.
  • Reusable and eco-friendly – no waste, no chemicals.
  • Features extra grip ridges for easier removal.
  • Cleared for marketing by the US FDA and the Australian TGA and the only reusable menstrual cup allowed to be sold in Canada by Health Canada.
  • Diva International Inc. is the only ISO 13485:2003 certified menstrual cup manufacturer and head office in the world!

Discover the healthy, “non-ick” alternative to traditional feminine hygiene products. Join women worldwide by switching to The DivaCup today!”

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My Thoughts:

Oh. My. Periods. My menstrual cycle is the only speakable health “ailment” that I struggle with controlling the pain of. Because of my debilitating menstrual cramps, I am always eager to find new products that make my time of the month a little less painstaking, inconvenient, healthy and more tolerable.

Diva Cup was of interest for me for several reasons:

-The fear of “toxic shock syndrome” which can be caused by leaving a tampon in for too long, allegedly.

-Making my monthly period less of an expense. The Diva Cup is reusable, so there’s no more endless boxes of tampons that I have to go through.

-The material that Diva Cup is made of appears and seems to be one of the safest that you can use: BPA free and free of many harsh materials that have been found to leach into the body and cause health issues (however big or small they are)

-The ease of use. I think the idea is brilliant–and there’s no waste like there is with pads and tampons.

So, here’s where it simply has to get really real! 🙂

My experience with the Diva Cup has been pretty good. The capacity of the cup itself is sufficient enough to allow me to leave it in for several hours on end even on my heaviest days. They offer instructions on how to insert the cup (like you read above, yes, you wear it inside your woman part!) and following those worked well for me.

This may be a bit graphic, but there’s truly no way around it if I’m being frank. I have had a few issues with the cup leaking while I’m wearing it. It doesn’t appear to be because it is overflowing. Rather, it seems to be a matter of the internal “seal” that it’s supposed to form not being intact. The instructions do suggest that you insert the cup halfway, then rotate it–I’m thinking this is supposed to insure that the seal is solid. However, sometimes I have a hard time mastering that and the result seems to be leakage. Not much leakage, but still.

That said, I will take responsibility for the fact that it may be operator error. They supply adequate instructions–I just haven’t mastered my “technique”, so to speak.

The other issue I’ve had is that when I take the cup out to empty it, its kind of a messy ordeal. At home, it’s perfectly fine because I have privacy to deal with it. However, in public restrooms, it’s kind of an ordeal. I am a heavy bleeder, so when I take it out, it’s just not always a clean and tidy ordeal! I end up having blood on my hands and use a lot of toilet paper to not have it be a complete disaster. Finding a way around that mess is another aspect of the Diva Cup use that I’ve yet to get down pat.

The capacity of the diva cup is enough, in my opinion, that I could probably always be able to avoid having to empty it in a public restroom, assuming you are home mornings and evenings. It’s just been a matter of getting used to how quickly it fills up. It’s proving to last a long time, unlike tampons. I just had a few public restroom experiences that were messy. In hindsight, they weren’t even necessary because the cup wasn’t full. It’s just hard to tell when it’s inserted when it’s full.

All of that said, I still see it as a better alternative to tampons, because of what it’s made of, because it saves money, and because it is reusable. I’d recommend it! It just will take a little bit of getting used to.

Have any of you tried the Diva Cup? I am eager to hear your thoughts, if you’ve had similar struggles and how you’ve remedied them. Please, don’t be afraid to be candid in sharing your thoughts and experiences!

 

 

 

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LL’s Magnetic Clay (Ancient Minerals, Prescript-Assist) Review: Magnesium, Iodine, Probiotic

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LL Magnetic Clay

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About LL Magnetic Clay:

These supplements are:

“…Products distributed by LL Magnetic Clay, Inc, Livermore, California.

We produce a complete line of foundational protocols to address environmental toxicity, health, and well being, harnessing the forces of nature and the living earth.

LL Magnetic Clay is a family owned and operated company, dedicated to the study of alternative medicine and healing through natural means. Our knowledge in this field is based on years of qualitative and quantitative study encompassing internal and external remedies as well as the removal of toxins from within living systems.

Our Ancient Minerals magnesium oil has gained a following worldwide as a household name for topical magnesiumPrescript-Assist, our line of professional-grade probiotics, is a powerful, clinically-proven probiotic that is multi-strain, shelf-stable and acid resistant. We also carry our popular Nascent Iodine and Magnetic Clay Detox Baths lines.”

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Ancient Minerals: Magnesium Oil Ultra- with MSM

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Oil is considered the gold standard for rapidly restoring cellular magnesium levels through the skin.

A concentrated transdermal magnesium mineral supplement, our absorbable magnesium oil contains only raw, ultra pure magnesium chloride and other trace minerals drawn from the Ancient Zechstein Seabed in Northern Europe.

One teaspoon contains approximately 560 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Chloride Oil is:

  • The #1 most recommended magnesium oil in the world
  • Ultra-pure and highly concentrated
  • Rapidly absorbed into the skin
  • Easily applied in a convenient spray
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN BENEFIT FROM MAGNESIUM?

Magnesium is known to reduce muscle tension, lessen pain associated with migraine headaches, improve sleep, and address neurological disorders such as anxiety and depression.

Conditions linked to magnesium levels include:

Pain:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle Spasms and Muscle Cramps
  • Fibromyalgia

Mental Health and Sleep:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Autism and ADD
  • Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
  • Insomnia
  • Tics.”

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About the MSM Ingredient:

“·Obviously, one of its best and most well-known uses involves pain management. Research has shown MSM to be effective against joint and muscle pain, stiffness, and soreness – helping conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis and gout. Since sulfur is critical for the health and strength of joint tissues (e.g. cartilage), this component of MSM is of primary interest in conditions and stresses effecting those areas.Research has also shown MSM to be useful with various forms of arthritis – not only for pain management but as an anti-inflammatory agent as well, helping to reduce arthritic swelling.

· Many users of both internal and external MSM have reported softer, smoother, and more “elastic” skin resulting from its use.

· MSM helps protect against oxidative damage by aiding in the production of antioxidants like Glutathione.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel Plus combines the healing power of magnesium chloride with biologically active, certified organic aloe vera extract (ACTIValoe®).

Magnesium gel is a form of transdermal magnesium, a new method of magnesium supplementation designed to deliver magnesium topically for rapid absorption into the cells

One teaspoon contains approximately 490 mg of elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Gel is:

  • A powerful combination of magnesium and bio-active aloe vera
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Efficient at delivering extensive topical and cosmetic benefits
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) spray and 64 oz (1.9 L) professional size.”

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Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Formulated for even the most sensitive individuals, Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is designed to deliver magnesium through the skin, direct to the cells.

Rich in organic plant moisturizers including coconut oil and shea butter, this lotion soothes and hydrates without leaving your skin feeling waxy or greasy.

One teaspoon contains approximately 185mg elemental magnesium.

Ancient Minerals Magnesium Lotion is:

  • Ideal for children and sensitive individuals
  • Highly therapeutic for psoriasis, eczema, and other skin conditions
  • Significant for massage applications
  • Effective at encouraging healthy skin tissue
  • Available in an 8 oz (237 ml) squeeze bottle.”

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My Description & Thoughts on the Magnesium Topical Products:

I was REALLY excited about these products because they were such a new concept to me: getting minerals into the body purposefully through the skin instead of ingesting it in pill form. I liked the idea and was excited to try it in my daily skin routine.

The way I decided to use it was applying it to my legs, arms, and stomach before a run. After application, the oil, gel and lotion all leave skin a bit tingly with a slightly itchy sensation. I didn’t enjoy that after showering so that’s what I decided to apply it before getting sweaty. I let my skin absorb the magnesium (gel or oil) first, then I apply my homemade “Icy Hot” mixture. Since the magnesium gel & oil is not very moisturizing to skin like you might think, following with a lotion or real oil (as the magnesium oil is not truly oil) helps skin to stay moist & supple.

In regards to effectiveness, it hard to tell how and in what way this magnesium absorption has effected my body. It reminds me of taking a multivitamin: it doesn’t give you a sudden jolt of vitality, but it helps you feel your best. I can say this about the magnesium oil:

-On days when I neglect to apply it before running, I have a more noticeable achiness in my knees–making me think that the magnesium really helps my post workout achiness.

-I have also had better sleep since using it–I sleep more soundly throughout the night without waking up hungry (which I have struggled with in the past).

I found that I like the oil the most. It happens to be the most dense with magnesium out of the three products. I like being able to apply it beneath my lotion or moisturizer. If you like combining the two and applying it at once, then I’d recommend the lotion. I did really like the Melatonin infused lotion. I applied it before bed and felt a noticeable grogginess that helped me fall asleep with more ease.

The ingredients in the lotion aren’t all the best–though some of them are organic. I’d give the oil and gel my highest rating, though, because they are simple and pure.

The gel is less fluid than the oil and makes it a little easier to apply by hand. I would recommend this to athletes and those than go for ease of application. The oil is merely like water in regards to texture and it best applied with the spray feature that comes with the bottle. Regardless of which consistency you prefer, you get the same great benefits of magnesium in using it on skin.

If you are looking for something different in your supplement routine, I’d recommend that you give one of these magnesium products a try. I see them being especially helpful to athletes and those who struggle with aches and pains.

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Nascent Iodine

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“Traditionally, the importance of iodine to the biological function of the body was focused on iodine’s role in the nourishment of the thyroid gland, particularly for the production of T3 and T4 hormones and the regulation of metabolism. However, as the understanding of this nutrient has progressed, we come to understand that the role of iodine in the body far surpasses what most thought, and is not only necessary for overall health, but a crucial component of the detoxification process.

What is Nascent Iodine?

Nascent Iodine is a consumable iodine in its atomic form rather than its molecular form. It is an iodine atom that has an incomplete number of electrons. It is paramagnetic. What does that mean? Well, it means that the iodine atoms can hold an electromagnetic charge. While this all might sound a little like a flashback to chemistry class, the most important thing to understand is that Nascent Iodine has a huge energy release when consumed. This “charged” state is held by the atom until diluted in water and consumed, whereby it gradually loses energy over a 2-3 hour time span. During this time, Nascent Iodine is recognized by the body as the same iodine that is produced by the thyroid and is absorbed effortlessly by the body.

Where is Iodine Used in the Body?

All the cells in your body contain and make use of iodine. It is concentrated in the glandular system of your body, with your thyroid containing the highest amount compared to any other organ. Significant amounts are also stockpiled in numerous other areas of the body including the salivary glands, cerebrospinal fluid and the brain, gastric mucosa, choroid plexus, breasts, and ovaries.

How soon will I feel the effects of Nascent Iodine?

Some of our clients have noticed additional energy on the first day after taking Nascent Iodine. If you already suffer from an iodine deficiency, you are most likely to notice the effect sooner.

Ingredients

Nascent Iodine in a base of Demeter certified Biodynamic grape alcohol. (2% Iodine by weight / 400mcg of nascent iodine per drop).”

My Description & Thoughts:

I have been drinking Kelp in powder form for several months now because of its iodine content. This product provides me with another option to ingest enough iodine. Hypothyroidism is a condition that runs in my family and I am vehemently trying to “break that mold” within my own body, making this product even more significant than most to me. Here is what I have come to know, in my own words, about iodine:

-Sufficient iodine is needed for optimum thyroid function. All of our endocrine system needs iodine, but the thyroid needs the most.

-Our bodies need very little iodine per day, but it needs it, since our bodies do not make it.

-Hypo and Hyperthyroidism can be a result of inadequate or improper (too much) intake of iodine.

I read with this Nascent Iodine that those with very low iodine levels might feel a boost from taking this iodine right away. I think my iodine levels have been adequate, thus I did not feel a drastic effect after taking it. I do use it daily, interchangeably with the kelp and have noticed a difference in my overall energy level. I used to wake up every morning having a very hard time waking up and feeling energetic. I now wake up every morning and require very little to get going. I take a few drops of iodine in my mouth and gulp it down with a glass of water and I’m set.

I’ve been very happy with this product, overall and would recommend it to:

-those who have a hard time waking up

-those with low energy levels

-those who believe to have or have been diagnosed with a thyroid problem

Needless to say, I am not a doctor, however I found this product to be helpful for my overall energy level and ability to get up and go in the mornings.

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Prescript-Assist Probiotic

LL Magnetic Clay’s Description:

“What is Prescript Assist?

Prescript-Assist® (P-A) is a next-generation combination of 29 probiotic microflora “Soil-Based-Organisms (SBOs)” uniquely combined with a humic/fulvic acid prebiotic that enhances SBO proliferation. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora are Class-1 micro ecological units that are typical of those progressively found resident along the healthy human GI Tract. And, with more than 5 years in clinical development and testing*, Prescript-Assist remains one of the most effective probiotic supplements for restoring levels of gastrointestinal micro-flora compromised from antibiotics, medication, poor diet, stress, and digestive abnormalities.

*Prescript-Assist Probiotic was the subject of a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind clinical study (Clinical Therapeutics 2005; Vol 27, No. 6, Pgs.755-761.)

Clinical Applications

– Maintains Healthy GI-Tract MicroFloral Ecologies
– Promotes Normal Bowel Function
– Supports Gut Immune-System
– Assists in Stabilizing the Gut Mucosal Barrier
– Supports Normal Absorption and Assimilation of Nutrients in the Gut

Details

A primary objective of probiotic therapy is to provide therapeutic resistance against pathogen colonization in the GI tract. Prescript-Assist® is unique in this regard as its constituent microflora are representative of those found resident along the healthy human GI tract (vs. most common probiotic products). Its beneficial/healthy microflora, coupled with a proprietary prebiotic, provide for robust maintenance/enhancement of gut microflora and resistance to pathogenesis. Prescript-Assist’s® microflora arguably contribute to better health in their in-vitro and in-vivo demonstrated abilities to produce vital nutritional components (antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, etc). Quite unlike most probiotics that incorporate easily degradable lactic acid based microorganisms, the utilization of SBO’s in Prescript-Assist® provides for a pH resistant (able to survive trip through the stomach) and shelf stable (does not need refrigeration) product.

Suggested Use

Take 2 per capsules of Prescript-Assist per day for the first 30 days, followed by 1 to 2 capsules per day thereafter, or as recommended by your healthcare professional. A minimum full 30 day cycle of 2 caps per day should be used to reconstitute beneficial gut flora following any antibiotic regimen.

Ingredients

Each 600mg capsule of Prescript-Assist® contains a proprietary blend of Leonardite, and the following microorganisms: Arthrobacter agilis, Arthrobacter citreus, Arthrobacter globiformis, Arthrobacter luteus, Arthrobacter simplex, Acinetobacter calcoaceticus, Azotobacter chroococcum, Azotobacter paspali, Azospirillum brasiliense, Azospirillum lipoferum, Bacillus brevis, Bacillus marcerans, Bacillus pumilus, Bacillus polymyxa, Bacillus subtilis, Bacteroides lipolyticum, Bacteriodes succinogenes, Brevibacterium lipolyticum, Brevibacterium stationis, Kurthia zopfii, Myrothecium verrucaria, Pseudomonas calcis, Pseudomonas dentrificans, Pseudomonas fluorescens, Pseudomonas glathei, Phanerochaete chrysosporium, Streptomyces fradiae, Streptomyces cellulosae, Streptomyces griseoflavus.

Why is Prescript-Assist a better choice?

  • No need for refrigeration.
  • Backed by Sound Science: Supported by peer-reviewed, published clinical studies.
  • Inherent Viability: A matrix of superior, highly-resilient microflora whose organic, seed-like structures survive the early GI tract to thrive in the intestines.
  • Contains Bacillus subtilis:  A proven probiotic species found in traditional foods.12
  • 29 Symbiotic Strains: A balanced formulation specially selected to mimic the natural flora found in traditional and Paleolithic diets.
  • Proven Shelf Stable:  With variations of less than 5% over 2 years from date of manufacture when stored at 98°F / 37°C .
  • Supported By Prebiotics. 
  • Gluten-Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan.”

My Description & Thoughts:

Though I only had about a two day’s worth of this product to sample, I believe it to be an above average probiotic supplement. If your diet does not already consist of several probiotic rich fermented foods, like kombucha, sauerkraut, or kefir–then this product is great way to get an adequate amount of probiotics so that your digestive system’s performance can be optimized.

Taking care of your digestive system is important because when it is damaged or disrupted, then the foods you eat will not be as readily absorbed as they could be if your digestive system was in tip top shape. This makes the organic food you eat less effective at keeping you healthy. It’s like putting great food into a blender that will only operate on a low speed. Our digestive systems can process a lot of goodness and assimilate the nutrients when it is working well. Taking a probiotic supplement will help it work it’s best.

In taking this supplement for two days, I didn’t notice an immediate difference–as expected. Taking this supplement for several weeks until evaluating it is the best way to give your digestive system time to heal and thrive.

Because I believe this probiotic supplement to be of great quality, I’d recommend it to anyone searching for a probiotic that they can feel good about. Taking care of your digestive system is something that will make a big difference in your overall health.

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