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The Best Healthy Living Products from NOW Foods, Reviewed!

NOW Foods

This post is a review & summary of my favorite NOW Foods healthy living products.

HAI GUYS!

You guys know I love NOW Foods as a brand, I love their company culture and I’ve been so fortunate to work with them in various capacities leading up to present day. I’ve even had the opportunity to tour their facilities in Chicago and truly get a deeper look into what goes into their products and the team behind it.

So, here are a few (it’s SUPER hard to pick only a few) of my favorite products.

Green Phytofoods

I put Green Phytofoods in everything! Well, almost. I’ve even sprinkled some into paleo pancake batter and they were really yummy. On a daily basis, though, I add a heaping tablespoon of these greens to my post workout shake (I actually drink part of it intra workout).

I love the expansive range of awesome ingredients in this product. From various greens like wheatgrass to superfruits and roots, this powder packs a real hearty punch yet tastes good when mixed into smoothies, shakes, etc.

Our black labrador rescue, Kona, even gets this sprinkled on her food a few days a week!

Chlorella

This sea green is one of the single best foods to consume to reduce the heavy metal levels in your body. They act by binding to the heavy metals and carrying them out of your system. Chlorella (and its sea green cousin, Spirulina) are also the two most protein rich food sources on the planet when compared pound for pound. Insane right? Talk about plant power!

Methyl B-12: 10,000 mcg

Methylated B-12 is a form that is easy for your body to use and doesn’t require extensive breakdown by your system. B12 is vital for so many basic bodily processes including brain function, detoxification, cellular vitality, etc.

For me specifically, my mother has pernicious anemia, meaning that she cannot absorb b12 through her digestive tract, no matter how much she eats. Thus, having a sublingual B12 supplement that dissolves under the tongue is the best way to get B12 in her body. I believe I struggle with the same thing, thus I’ve chosen to supplement with this high dose Methyl B12. I’ve seen a huge difference in sleep, energy levels and overall feel good factor since starting this! How freaking encouraging.

Methyl Folate: 5,000 mcg

With so many multivitamins containing folic acid (not the same as folate), I found it important for me to seek out a specific supplement that contains an ample does of Methyl-Folate. The “methyl” part means that it has been made more readily absorbable for your body.

There are certain gene mutations that make it hard for your body to absorb folate in a non-methylated form. A significant percentage of the population have this MTHFR gene mutation. It’s worth looking into with your Functional Medicine Practitioner or Naturopath if you’re curious. I’ve personally not been tested for it but I have suspected it’s been the case for me. Having this gene mutation means that your body does not detox efficiently. Taking this supplement has helped me a whole lot.

Magnesium Inositol

An absolute staple item for my boyfriend and I before bed. We just add a scoop to water, stir and then chug! The lemon flavor makes it tasty and enjoyable; definitely not like you have to choke it down.

Magnesium is one of the trace minerals that most of us are deficient in. When you supplement with it, it helps promote relaxation, prevents cramping and helps achieving a state of calm more achievable.

I can tell a noticeable difference in how deeply I sleep when I take this magnesium before bed. I feel more rested and it helps me recover from the day’s tough workouts as I sleep.

Liver Caps

As a woman that has struggled with painful menstrual cramps since age 12, I’ve always been looking for ways to naturally support my body so that I don’t have to ever look to ibuprofen for relief. I’ve learned that liver function and health is key in women’s hormonal vitality and the menstrual cycle. Essentially, every month that you have your cycle, your liver filters out all of the excess hormones that have populated your system.

If your liver is not functioning at a high level, these hormones form a sort of “exhaust” in your system and build up to the detriment of your health. So–taking supplements to support your liver, especially for women with intense PMS, can be very helpful!

Liver Refresh

I take this in combination with the capsuled liver to provide some added support and effectiveness. This is a strictly herbal supplement, whereas the liver caps are mostly glandular.

Jojoba Oil

This is my favorite pure oil for skin care. Jojoba oil is the most similar to the sebum that is secreted by the sebaceous glands in your skin, thus, it’s the perfect partner for your skin. I apply this to my skin once in the morning and once at night, right after cleansing. It soaks into my skin effortlessly and hydrates just enough without leaving a globby residue.

If my skin is needing a little more love that day, I like to add a drop of lavender or frankincense to the jojoba oil to rebalance and refresh my skin.

Smiles for Miles Essential Oil Blend

This is my favorite essential oil blend of the many that they make. It’s heavy on the citrus, which the Florida native inside me loves. Here are the ingredients: Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Nutmeg Oil, Ginger Oil, Natural Vanilla Extract.

You can add this to a diffuser, roller, drop into a washer load of laundry–but my favorite use is in my hair! I actually combine a few drops in the palm of my hand along with Jojoba (or apricot oil, which is even more moisturizing), rub together and then start at my ends and then work my way about halfway up towards my scalp. It’s the perfect quench for my dry ends and also leaves my hair smelling so freshhhh.

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Life Equals Ambassadorship + Discount Code!

When I first moved to Kansas City, I linked up with the owners of Life Equals and did a blog review on a few of their products at the time–not knowing that a few years down the road I would be a Balance Your Life Team Member (demo girl) and Ambassador!

So here I am, a few years later, revisiting this local brand and the new stuff they’ve got going!

This brand is taking care of my daily needs in various ways. Nutrition on-the-go? Check. Brain-boosting and recovery enhancing fish oil? Check. A women’s multi that keeps me healthy and beaming? Checkity check check check. They value quality and an overall state of BUMPIN vitality. I so dig the lifestyle they promote.

Curious about more product-specific deets? Check out the breakdowns below.

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

These are the Life Equals products I’m currently using:

Balance: The Superfood Shot

About:

Balance is two ounces of delicious, 100% organic pineapple, lemon, carrot, beet, cranberry, blueberry, cherry, spinach, kale, acai berry, camu camu, goji berry, elderberry and dragon fruit (with a little turmeric thrown in). This convenient, recyclable bottle is a half day’s fruits and vegetables that goes anywhere you are and provides you with all of the missing nutrients your body craves and deserves.

-Provides 1/2 your day’s fruits & veggies.

-100% Organic and Non-GMO

-No Added Sugar & No Preservatives.

-Goes Anywhere

-Nutrient Dense & Antioxidant Rich

Women’s Multi

About:

-Whole-food based vitamins and minerals to help fill daily nutritional gaps

-Superfood whole-food and Herbal Blend further promotes maximum absorption

-Plant-based Digestive Enzyme Complex to support happy digestion

-Full B-Complex, including vitamin B12 to maintain daily energy levels

-Non-constipating iron to boost energy and help prevent anemia

Omega-3

About:

-Sustainably sourced wild-caught Omega-3s (2000mg) per serving

-Powerful 2:1 ratio of EPA (800mg) and DHA (400mg)

-Protects inflammation caused by the Standard American Diet (SAD)

-Cold-pressed and enteric coated — so no fish burps

-Supports a healthy heart, limber joints and a sharp mind

Use code Jes50 at checkout!

 

 

Tailwind Nutrition Endurance Fuel + Rebuild Protein Review

This post is a review + my experience with Tailwind Nutrition’s Rebuild Recovery Blend & Endurance Fuel.

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Tailwind Nutrition is a pretty seriously dope brand based out of Durango, CO. Their focus is on glycogen + electrolyte + energy replenishment for endurance athletes.

I have a full marathon and several halfs under my belt; and running is still a regular part of my training. However, most of my time is spent in a Crossfit gym.

The first Tailwind product I tried (Endurance Fuel-pictured in the orange bag) is awesome game day fuel. I also see it as a great source of readily-absorbed carbs for right when I wrap up a hard workout. Through my experience with grueling crossfit workouts. I’ve learned that my body + recovery respond really well to carb backloading. In other words, right after a workout my focus is carbs and water. Doing this right after a workout helps you bounce back and hormones in check (also prevents your cortisol levels from staying up).

That said, protein is super important for my sport as well. I’m not someone who advocates a ton of animal protein consumption, in fact I always take vegan protein with the exception of collagen and beef bone broth. I love that this Rebuild blend by Tailwind packs 10g of protein per serving, while also giving your body the carbs it needs to replenish your energy stores.

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The ingredients are clean, and I like the choice to use rice protein, as it’s vegan and also is one of the most bioavailable proteins (easily absorbed and used by your body). This blend also features several amino acids that aid in recovery. You can tell they thought about this one!

Taste wise, I found both blends to be light and milky tasting, definitely pleasant. Though they have a carb content, they don’t taste super sweet. I would add some almond or hemp milk to it for optimum flavor + thickness + satiety. I’d say definitely drinkable with just water though.

My boyfriend, who is a Crossfit + Track & Field coach, was my second set of taste buds. He said he definitely enjoy it more when mixed with a plant based milk for a little more body and sweetness.

Tailwind is still in Beta with this product, and I’m just stoked that I have had the priviledge to try it first! It will be available SO SUPER SOON THOUGH (March 12th!) through their website.

Endurance athletes who are looking for a dose of protein are in for a treat. It’s the same great Tailwind quality just with more of recovery bang. I’d also recommend it to anyone doing high intensity training who is looking for a carb + protein duo to keep in their gym bag.

ROO Nutrition Whey Protein Review

This post is a review + my experience with ROO Nutrition Whey Protein.

If you guys follow me on instagram, you’ve already seen how much time I spend doing Crossfit and tearing apart my muscles on the daily (gimme. that. protein!).

In addition to that, I’ve recently been learning about the importance of rotating what you’re eating (basically not eating the same thing all the time) to avoid developing food sensitivities. An example of this would be consuming almond everything, everyday (almond milk, almond butter, almond flour), it’s likely that you will then find you become sensitive to almond after a while.

This can be the case for proteins and other foods you eat a lot of. Every body is different, but for me, I’m trying this approach and I’m liking it right now.

On rotating proteins…

Like we just got into, too much of anything isn’t going to be super awesome for you (and may encourage certain food intolerances, meanwhile), so i’m trying a rotation with protein powders to dodge this.

I was STOKED to hear from ROO Nutrition. (we have the same name!!!! sorta). I’ve been adding their whey protein powder into my daily post-workout (sometimes intra workout) shake. It’s super clean + organic: very cool. The texture if fluffy and light. When you shake + combine it with a plant based milk in a blender bottle, it makes such a delicous + filling + smooth + desserty.
I haven’t done whey in while, but after 10 weeks of food elimination, I found that my dairy sensitivity went away along with the heavy metals that I detoxed out of my system (heavy metal toxicity and food sensitivities are often linked). Though whey is free of lactose, i just chose to stay away since it is a derivative of dairy.

That said, I’ve known many professional athletes, namely Laird Hamilton + Gabrielle Reece taut whey as one of the most bioavailable protein powder sources.

That has certainly been my experience with ROO’s protein so far.

I’ve been drinking plant based protein for so long that i forgot how good whey tastes. The other days, I’m rotating the following proteins into the mix: sacha inchi, pea, brown rice, hemp, casein and beef bone broth protein. When it’s whey day in my protein rotation I get excited! It’s so delicious.

Check out what they’re doing lately and hit them with that follow on social:

ROO Nutrition Twitter + Facebook + Instagram + Website

Healthy Finds Subscription Review

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About Healthy Finds:

Healthy Finds is a monthly subscription service ($7 a month) that allows you the unique opportunity to discover and try out a multitude of natural health products + supplements. Many of these brands don’t put a ton of money into advertising; their focus is on quality. Thus, you may have never heard of them.

Anddd…they don’t just pick ANY products. Healthy Finds only works with brands that are approved by their wellness team, run by Dr Andrew Campbell.

When you sign up for Healthy Finds, you will receive hundreds of dollars in savings (in the form of gift cards that can be redeemed online) towards some of the healthiest brands online + accompanied with information-rich wellness literature and learning material.

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What I Think:

After having the priviledge to attend a huge natural products industry convention (Expo West) twice, I completely agree that there are so many incredible products out there being made by brands who are choosing to invest their money in the quality and integrity of their product, versus paying a large amount of money towards advertising and marketing their product. So many great brands go unseen because of this.

I love that Healthy Finds does the research for you and vets the brands ahead of time. The list of brands they work with range from brands that make tea, to healthy granola-type bars, to ketogenic lifestyle supplements. I was impressed by the diversity.

I would compare this to the idea of receiving a subscription box every month that is curated with products for the healthy living lover.

I see the positives being:

-$7 a month is reasonable

-Since they don’t pick the exact products for you, you get to decide which products from each brand you want.

-You shop online for them, so it’s convenient

-You get to discover brands that you might not otherwise ever know about

-The idea of the service is original!

I see a few shortcomings:

-You may end up spending more out of pocket than you’d like to, since the savings is in the form of a $10 or $20 gift card towards your purchase

-Shopping at several different individual online websites to use each gift card is a little inconvenient

I do think the positives outweigh the negatives here, especially if you’re an optimum-health seeking individual who is already shopping online frequently for supplements, nutrition and self care items.

Wanna sign up? Healthy Finds has a promotion running right now. Go check them out! (I don’t even get commission if you do, I just want you to know about ALL the health!)