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Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Prevention + Immunity Support

This post is sponsored by Seed Probiotic and contains a coupon code for you to save 15% on your first subscription with them. In light of the recent chaos and fear-based information being populated into your brain, I thought it was a good time to remind you that it starts with self care! Keep reading to learn about my approach to immunity: Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Prevention + Immunity Support.

First: sleep at least 7 hours per night. Second: drink as much water as you can stand. Third: wash your hands and keep them away from your face (come on, we all know this by now.) Fourth: take a really good probiotic.

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Seed’s Daily Synbiotic is what I lean on! They are the best, most well researched probiotic I’ve come across. Even more importantly to me, there are heaps of anecdotal stories from athletes such as pro-triathlete, Rich Roll, that rave about this high quality supplement. Also–I appreciate that they’re as committed to planetary health as they are to human health.

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Seed’s sustainable Refill System that starts with a beautiful glass jar and continues with monthly refills—no single-use plastic in sight. Major bonus: mushrooms grew this biodegradable packaging and it decomposes in soil within 30 days.

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Daily Synbiotic

Two strains in their Daily Synbiotic formulation were examined in a study for their beneficial effects in relieving intestinal discomfort, bloating, and pain. Healthy pooping means healthy bacteria means healthy body!

Something you might not know: the bulk of your body’s immune capacity resides in your gut. This means that focusing on gut health can help keep your immunity and self defenses thriving. With the Coronavirus disease mayhem happening around us, it’s a good reminder to focus on what you can control and direct your energy towards keeping your body vital and your stress low. (Sidenote: a stressed body is an immune-compromised body!)

Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 Prevention + Immunity Support

Coronavirus disease COVID-19 prevention + immunity support can be a scary, daunting, concept. I get this, but want to encourage you to find peace within the chaos and make time to take care of yourself. Also sending love and light to those who find themselves amidst a particularly fearful time right now, be it watching a family member suffer, be unable to work and make money for your family, etc.

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Daily Synbiotic is a proprietary formulation of 20+ clinically-studied probiotic strains and probiotic compounds, developed for whole-body health (not just digestive health!) including heart, skin, immune, and metabolic health.

The glass travel case that comes with the product is perfect for commuting, roadtrips, flying, etc. I’ve enjoyed using it, traveling with it and look forward to reusing it for months to come.

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Seed uses a 2-in-1 capsule to protect against stomach acid and ensure that the probiotic makes it to your colon. (The outer capsule is the prebiotic, the inner capsule is the probiotic.)

This is the probiotic that ironman phenom, 50-something-year-old Rich Roll has discussed 4+ times on his podcast. If it’s good enough for him, that means something to me for sureeee. There is some serious behind these products. If you’re interested in seeing what I mean, head over to their website for all the sciencey details.

Equip your body during this Coronavirus pandemic (and all of the other times in life!) with  a probiotic that will help your body fight off illness + support your immune system naturally.

Use code FEELMOREGOODER15 to get 15% off of your first subscription with Seed!

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Veo Active Probiotic Surface Cleaner Review

This is a review of Veo Probiotic Surface Cleaner.

We have been home owners for about 9 months now and we love having friends + family over for parties + get togethers. Also, we don’t have a dishwasher in our home, so I spend a good chunk of time cleaning!

My Belief in Non-Toxic Cleaners

Keeping the ingredients in our household cleaners, detergents & soaps non-toxic is vital to me. It’s just another extension of health and self-care. And you guys know I’m big time proponent of gut-health & probiotics. You already know probiotics are good for you when taken internally, but what about for our household? I didn’t even realize that probiotics in home cleaning formulas were a thing until recently. That’s why I love Veo Cleaner and how they harness the good bacteria-promoting characteristics of probiotics to keep your digs fresh!

What makes VEO Cleaner different?

-VEO works at the microscopic level for a deep hygienic clean in the cracks of your surfaces
-VEO keeps biodegrading hidden dirt & grime in cracks, grooves, and crevices for up to 3 days
-99% Biodegradable Formula
-VEO is free from Chlorine Bleach, Formaldehyde, Phosphates, Quats
-VEO is made from 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Plastic

My Experience with Veo Cleaner:

The most important thing to be is that our household cleaners don’t introduce an abundance of chemicals into our home. The second most important thing is that, of course, the product works. Third would likely be the smell.

It’s been so enjoyable using Veo Cleaner this first week because not only does it perform great (an effortless clean), but it smells sublime. The Apple & Jasmine scent is so refreshing and fruity. And–as their name suggests, the formula brings active probiotics onto all surfaces we use it on–which is such a neat perk.

I see us using this on almost any surface in our home, from the kitchen countertops, to our kitchen & coffee tables, and also our bathroom. Overall, very impressed with this brand, what they stand for, how they’ve changing how consumers view household cleaners and their passion for & belief in probiotics.

Learn more about Veo and shop their range of products here. Also, go check them out on Instagram for probiotic knowledge and non-toxic living inspiration! Veo is such an easy swap to detoxify your home cleaning ritual.

Schwartz Bioresearch Review

This is a review of Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic, Phytoceramides and L-Carnitine Tartrate.

Schwartz Bioresearch

Overall Rating: 3-stars

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Phytoceramides

About:

“Each one of our premium formulas is created by a team of highly experienced professionals to ensure the greatest benefits are achieved.

Key Health & Beauty Benefits

Our superior Phytoceramides with Biotin act by replacing the skin’s lost Ceramides. They add essential elements into the skin to combat the natural effects of time which, if untreated, eventually results in aged skin. Phytoceramides may also stimulate the body to synthesize collagen – its primary function is to plump up the skin and maintain its natural elasticity for supple, radiant and youthful skin.

Natural and Allergen Free

Using only the latest technologies we are able to develop products free of GMOs, allergens, and other harmful additives.”

Probiotic (40 Billion CFU)

About:

“Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotic 40 Billion CFU’s is a powerful blend of 4 scientifically studied Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains and 40 billion colony forming units (CFU’s).

High Quality Strains to Guarantee Potency until Expiration

We guarantee high-quality, shelf stable probiotic strains which maintain at least 10 billions CFU until expiration date and survive harsh stomach acids to reach the intestinal tract where they exert their greatest benefits. Most probiotics have weak strains that don’t survive the shipping and storing processes, let alone stomach acids and bile. Some manufactures are even offering probiotics with a coating full of chemicals so the weak strains won’t die in the stomach. We are some of the very few who can guarantee potency until expiration date, the strength of our probiotic lies in the high quality strains we work with, not in artificial coatings.

Made Only with Natural Ingredients

Schwartz Bioresearch Probiotics are Vegetarian and Gluten-Free. Our supplement is FREE of lactose, soy, wheat, nuts, iron, sugar, chemicals and artificial colors.

Each Lot is Extensively Tested 

The potency, purity and content of each batch of probiotics are extensively analyzed by professionals before its release. The ingredients in our products are 100% natural, and we use no binders or fillers of any sort.

Long Shelf Life & No Refrigeration Necessary

Our high-quality probiotic supplement is shelf stable and doesn’t need refrigeration; and it has a guaranteed shelf life of 18 months from the date of manufacture.”

L-Carnitine Tartrate

About:

“Doctor Formulated L-Carnitine Tartrate for Heart and Muscle Health

Schwartz Bioresearch L-Carnitine Tartrate 1000mg is superior from all others. Carnitine burns fat, promotes cardiovascular health, speeds up muscle recovery and boosts physical performance. Our supplement is designed to deliver definite results.

Excellent Results

The use of our L-Carnitine Tartrate will cut down the recovery time between high intensity exercises, boost cellular energy and burn fat, constituting an infallible fat burning combo. High levels of muscle L-Carnitine decrease lactic acid production, aiding in fast muscle recovery.”

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My Experience:

I just completely geek out over the entire process of putting good things into my body. Along with that comes a lot of troubleshooting in terms of helping my body become balanced (hormones, sleep patterns, etc.).

Schwartz Bioresearch is a brand I had yet to hear about, but I am intrigued by what they are doing. Here are my general thoughts about supplementing with specific vitamins + minerals + compounds to achieve a desired goal:

  1. There is a space for it.
  2. Nothing makes up for a nutrient dense diet packed with a lot of organic, raw foods.
  3. Long term balance will be achieved through habitual dietary changes, but can be expedited in the short term with supplements that target specific deficits.

Basically, I view the Phytoceramides and L-Carnitine Tartrate products (naturally occurring substances and amino acids in the body) as a way to specifically target the resiliency of my integumentary system (hair + skin + nails) and aid my exercise recovery + optimize cellular metabolism. Short version, I’d look to improve my skin + hair + maximize power output + burn more body fat + perform better by taking these.

I don’t think that taking a supplement like this is something I could get behind all the time, but I think the timing of this post is appropriate.

Let’s be really real. Most of overdid it a bit over the holidays. Even if we made a few paleo desserts + meals and kept it mostly clean, it likely varied from the everyday grind that normally keeps us functioning at a high level. Because of that time we enjoyed, it’s going to take a bit more momentum + more gusto to get that train rolling just as fast.

A time like this is when I’d integrate these supplements. L-Carnitine Tartrate to ramp up my workouts and recover faster, the Probiotic to help my gut proliferate good bacteria and Phytoceramides to strengthen my drier-than-usual winter hair and keep my skin vibrant.

I wish the probiotic contained a few more strands in it, making it more of a complete probiotic supplement. Overall, I felt pretty happy with how these products performed, as they’ve helped catapult me into the New Year. My skin and hair both feel noticeably healthy and I’m feeling closer to being my normal self after struggling with an upper back injury for several months now. I know these supplements played a role in that.

A finishing note about the product quality–I’m itching to learn more about the sourcing and development of these products, I’m not completely sure how they are in regards to being non-GMO + organic. It appears that Schwartz Bioresearch is committed to creating products that are “vegetarian and free of gluten, lactose, soy, wheat, nuts, iron, sugar, chemicals and artificial colors.” (at least their probiotic is listed that way), which is encouraging.

I have noticed that delineating and comprehending the quality of a supplement starts to get trickier the further away from whole food based it becomes. The more isolated it becomes, the tougher it is to be sure of the origin. Make sense?

I enjoyed giving these products a try. Feel free to check out the Schwartz Bioresearch website and see if they are a good fit for you.

 

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics Review

This is a review of Garden of Life’s Dr. Formulated Probiotics.

Garden of Life Dr. Formulated Probiotics

If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve likely noticed that I sing the praises of this brand as much as I breathe. Okay, okay……not that much. But, I am a believer in what this brand does. I use their products daily and have been a lucky beneficiary of the health benefits they provide.

I was lucky enough to tour & hang out in their headquarters earlier this year in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and was blown away by the people, the passionate minds behind these products, and their commitment to quality.

Garden of Life teamed up with renowned Dr. David Perlmutter to create this line of products health that hone in on the mothership of all absorption: your digestive system. These probiotic supplements are unparalleled in the world of probies. They even ship them cold so that they retain their longevity.

Blah, blah, blah, right? Maybe some of you just want to hear the answer to: “Why do I need to take these and what are they going to do for my body?”

The short answer:

Probiotics will help you become healthier, get leaner, have clearer skin, sustain more energy and absorb more of the good food you’re eating. Better absorption means more health. I’ve lived it.

The longer answer: (I’ll offer this up because it left a lasting impression on me (something I learned from one of many lectures at the Garden of Life headquarters):

“Probiotics” is not JUST a buzz word. Your body NEEDS them to function optimally.

-The standard American diet, pharmaceutical drugs, etc. have diminished our bodies’ good bacteria population in the gut. The effect on human health is profound.

-Supplementing the diet with probiotics is key is returning this good bacteria population back to a point where the digestive system can assimilate, absorb and process nutrients as it’s supposed to.

-“At Garden of Life, we are greens, we are probiotics. It’s who are are.” -Sherri Gunn, Garden of Life.

-“So much more can be done with health & prevention.” -Dawn Jarvis, Garden of Life.

-There are trillions of microbial organisms in your body. You help the good microbes thrive by eating a rich, whole food based diet that limits processed foods.

-A natural, whole food diet without pesticides, GMOs helps heal the gut.

-Good bacteria in the gut helps protect against the bad bacteria. So, we need the good bacteria.

-Digestive health is responsible for absorption of all of the food we eat, which contributes to our overall vitality. That’s why gut health is such a focus.

If you made it this far reading this post, I am here giving you a virtual hug. Thank you. I know it’s a lot.

But, I say all of this to say: probiotics can REALLY help you in myriad of ways. I am a huge proponent of them. I use them and I feel a difference when I do.

Thanks for supporting ROO! Here’s to our health–cheers!

SCD Probiotics Organic Drink Review

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SCD Probiotics

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Essential Probiotics

About:

SCD Essential Probiotics® satisfies your body’s need for healthy bacteria, restoring balance in the digestive tract and supporting a healthy immune function†.

  • 11 Live Probiotic Strains
  • Shelf Stable, pH Balanced Liquid
  • Supports Healthy Digestion†
  • Promotes Regularity†
  • Survives Stomach Acid
  • Supports Intestinal and Immune Health†
  • Relieves Gas & Bloating†
  • All Natural, Not Genetically Modified
  • Zero Calories
  • No Refrigeration Needed

SCD Essential Probiotics® combines state-of-the art probiotic science with artisanal manufacturing. This proprietary consortia technology delivers a probiotic unmatched in type and activity. It supports healthy digestion and immune health.

Advanced Liquid Delivery
Most microbial technologies today are based on “pure culture” methods of manufacturing. This means the microorganisms are grown as individual strains in a sterile environment. If a finished product contains more than a strain, each strain is typically grown in pure culture then blended at time of packaging. SCD Essential Probiotics® is fundamentally different because the selected strains are grown in “consortia,” a process of co-growth that combines multiple strains during production. Therefore, each strain develops while interacting with other strains.

Through our proprietary manufacturing process, the microorganisms become a small eco system – much more resilient and capable of working together synergistically. This methodology is similar to how microorganisms survive in the natural environment. In nature, strains never exist in isolation or pure culture. They are always interacting with other strains.

How SCD Essential Probiotics® Consortia Technology Works
We all have a digestive tract populated by a microbial ecology. We are not born with many intestinal ‘helpers’ or good bacteria. Instead they must be introduced into our system via the food we eat and drink.

Try as we might, we don’t always make the healthiest food choices and that can be lead to an imbalance in our ecology – more bad bacteria than good – which can lead to a number of digestive issues. The use of antibiotics and certain medical conditions can also cause a reduction of healthy digestive microflora. The repetitive introduction of beneficial probiotics found in SCD Essential Probiotics® will ensure that healthy microbes dominate the harmful ones.

Usage Directions:
Adults and Children 12 and up: Mix 1 Tbsp. with smoothie, juice or water daily.

Children 2 to 12: Mix 1 tsp. with smoothie, juice or water daily.

Ingredients:
Liquid fermentation product of water, organic sugarcane molasses*, organic juice concentrates* (blueberry, cherry, pomegranate).

*Certified Organic Ingredients.”

† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

*Based on survivability percentage in simulated gastric pH (pH 2.0) for 3 hours.

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My Thoughts:

I am such a huge proponent of probiotics because I have felt first hand what probiotics can do for my body, my gut and my overall livelihood. They really help keep my digestion regulated, my body feeling balanced and my abdominal bloating down.

When comparing SCD probiotics to other brands, I find myself really appreciating the fact that they use organic ingredients in addition to the probiotic cultures. You’re getting healthy, clean ingredients AND gut-pampering bacteria: awesome!

I take a gulp out of the bottle every morning on an empty stomach and find that works for me–as I won’t forget to take it and my tummy starts the day off on the right foot, so to speak. The flavor of the drink itself is a bit robust–but I’m used to consuming all kinds of vinegar-rich-tasting drinks so it was no big deal for me. I can see some people may want to amp up the flavor or sweetness by mixing it into a smoothie or boosting a shot of it with some stevia.

Probiotics are an absolute must for me these days. When I am trying to achieve optimum healthy, they are a facet of my diet that I do not overlook. I highly recommend this brand (They are also local to me–from Kansas city!) Their customer service has been nothing short of knowedgable, helpful & attentive as well. All good things with SCD Probiotics!