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Nganic CBD Hemp Oil Review

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About Nganic:

 THC-FREE
 NON-PSYCHOACTIVE
 ALL NATURAL
 FULL SPECTRUM
 ORGANICALLY GROWN COLORADO HEMP
 CO2 EXTRACTION
 NATURALLY OCCURRING TERPENES
 LAB TESTED

SIZE: 1 fl oz
CBD: 250, 1,000, or 3,000mg
FLAVORS: original (no flavor) or peppermint

Ingredients

Grape Seed Oil, Hemp Seed Oil, CBD Hemp Oil Extract, (Optional: Peppermint Oil)
3000mg Original: Hemp Seed Oil, CBD Hemp Extract

CBD Oil Formulation

When shopping for Cannabidiol Oil online it can be hard to tell what brand to go with, so how can you tell the difference between a great product from a bad one?  Take a look at the label to see what is used in it and the concentration of CBD.  Our CBD Oil starts off with only the purest, highest quality CBD Hemp Oil Extract, then we add a splash of a couple of other natural oils you can pronounce to make up our full formula.

How about CBD concentrations?  This is where things get confusing if you have been looking at other oils you have probably noticed the concentrations of CBD range from 20 mg per 30 ml to around 2,000 mg per 30 ml.  You want to make sure you are buying a product that has enough CBD to provide the benefit you need.  If you are unsure please reach out to us, or consult with your physician first.

How to Take it

Unfortunately, due to FDA restrictions we can’t advise individuals on how much CBD Oil to take for specific conditions.  Most people end up taking 2-4 servings per day, during different times of the day.  Serving sizes are listed on the individual bottles and vary from 5mg (250mg bottle) to 15mg (1,000mg bottle). The CBD Oil bottles come with a dropper, so it is easy to adjust your serving size accordingly.

Some individuals require more or less than described above, as everybody is different. The key is to listen to your body and adjust accordingly.

Lab Testing

It does not matter what type of CBD product you are looking at, you need to ensure the products are lab tested in a certified lab that frequently tests for Cannabinoids (including CBD) in various products.  This is to make sure you are getting what you paid for and the results are reliable, as there are nuances to reliably testing CBD Oils.

We transparently post all of our lab results on our lab results and product pages.

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My Nganic CBD Experience

Though it seems to be a controversial topic (mainly due to misinformation about CBD), I truly feel fortunate to have access to the many medicinal aspects of the hemp plant. From taking this CBD oil under my tongue a few times a day, I get no “high” feeling, no psychedelic effects. Instead, it’s calming and relaxing while also helping me mentally dial in at the same time.

I’ve heard from many former coworkers and colleagues that CBD has helped them heaps with their anxiety, stress and inability to fall asleep. I would not categorize myself as someone who deals with regular anxiety, but I am always searching to have a calmer disposition; one that allows me to handle whatever life throws at me (without completely losing my marbles).

After using this CBD oil for only a few days, I could notice a positive difference in how I felt. I actually like taking CBD as a part of my morning routine to start my day right. I feel like it puts me in a more even keel headspace. It also happens to pair well with morning meditations if that’s your cup of tea. The peppermint flavor of the oil I have is super easy to throw back (I do half a drop under my tongue + let some absorb for about 10 seconds before I swallow).

For the first time today, I added CBD to my coffee and the word perfection comes to mind. The peppermint was delicious with the java flavors and I enjoyed making it a part of my cup of coffee even more than just taking it by itself.

I appreciate Nganic’s practices and their noticeable commitment + passion for high quality CBD oil. Crossing paths with this brand makes me excited and reminds me that there are people out there creating beautiful products that truly help people live a more balanced life that feels good.

Check out the oil I’ve been using here!

This post is sponsored by Nganic. All of my opinions are my own.

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VitaFive Gummy Vitamins Review

This is a review of VitaFive gummy vitamins.

VitaFive Gummy Vitamins

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About the Vitafive “Sleep” gummies:

Melatonin gummy: Melatonin is a hormone our body naturally produces to regulate sleep. Unfortunately, there are many environmental and lifestyle factors that can disturb the release of melatonin and consequently, our sleep pattern. Melatonin is not known to be addictive and researchers believe it to be one of the safest sleep-aids. Supplementing with melatonin may help you fall asleep faster, wake less frequently during the night and get your circadian rhythm (wake and sleep cycle) back on track.

Vitamin D gummy: The Vitamin D provided in our gummies is in the D3 form, also known as cholecalciferol, due to the body’s ability to absorb D3 better than any other form. When our skin synthesizes Vitamin D from UV light, it is produced in the D3 form as well. Despite our body’s ability to synthesize Vitamin D, deficiencies in this vitamin are common. Vitamin D is naturally present in very few foods and becomes increasingly difficult to synthesize during times of limited sun exposure. This fat-soluble vitamin is crucial for bone health, calcium absorption, serum phosphorous concentration, immunity and brain functions (like memory, mood and neurotransmitter synthesis).

Multivitamin gummy: The multivitamin provides a variety of vitamins and minerals to help provide the nutrients our body requires on a daily basis. A multivitamin is NOT intended to replace a healthy diet. The purpose of a multivitamin is to supplement your healthy diet with additional vitamins and minerals that you may not be consuming on a daily basis and in the amounts required by the body. Even for those following the most healthful diet, it is nearly impossible to meet your vitamin and mineral nutritional needs every day, and increasingly so for those who restrict calories for weight loss, are picky eaters, are recovering from an injury or illness, who skip meals, have food allergies, regularly drink alcohol, take certain medications (like antacids), have limited food variety, have a poor appetite and follow a restrictive diet (i.e. vegetarian, gluten-free, paleo, etc.).

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My Thoughts:

I’m a huge advocate for getting your nutritional needs met through whole foods like fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and lean proteins. That said, I’m pretty open minded in regards to trying new ways to improve my overall well being.

Lately, getting enough high quality, uninterrupted sleep has been a struggle. I work out pretty hard on top of full work days and know I need the sleep–I just don’t always get it.

I was intrigued to try this sleep gummy pack and so far so good. Be it placebo effect or actual effectiveness, I found that I slept really hard and soundly the very first night I took these before bed. I woke up and felt like I had really rested my body.

I don’t particularly like that I’m eating a dose of sugar right before bed, especially since limiting the extra sugar in my diet is a focus of mine. I do understand that sort of comes with the territory of it being a gummy, though. In regards to taste, they are pretty dang delicious–you can’t really tell that they’re loaded with vitamins.

I see these gummies as a fun way to change up my every day routine and improve my sleep. It was a thoughtful little touch to put my name on every single packet, too. The idea of customizing a packet of vitamins to help you meet your goals is something I really love.

They’re not entirely organic (though they are gluten free), but they have helped me so far and that’s been nice!

Use Code “run30” to get 30% off of your first month of Vitafive!

How Taking a Break from Coffee (and all Caffeine) Can Help You

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I can earnestly say I never thought I would take a break from drinking coffee. I would deem myself an absolute coffee connoisseur. I come from a family who drinks it daily, and in many ways it is a favorite past time of mine. I love grinding the beans, how it smells, the sound of it brewing…..all of it.

That said, I am never above tweaking my diet (or at least trying it for a while) if I believe it could improve my health in a significant way. I have had issues with what I call “sleep eating” for several years. As silly as it sounds, I am notorious for waking up in the middle of the night to grab a snack or make a meal in the kitchen. I often do not even remember doing this, until I wake up with peanut butter on the edge of my lip (no joke). I had contemplated several things: Do I not eat enough during the day? Do I have a “disorder”? What can I do to stop this from happening?

I started feeling disappointed in myself because I felt I was taking a few step backwards with these “sleep eating” episodes, after eating so remarkably well during the day. I got to a certain point where I just accepted that maybe it’s just a funny thing about me…until it occurred to me that eliminating coffee was something I hadn’t tried yet.

Cutting out coffee was something that I was not excited about. The tough thing to realize was that I just might need to try this in order to tackle this issue. In my mind, I figured that since caffeine can affect sleep, it could be playing a part in this problem.

So, I bit the bullet and started weaning myself off of coffee. Over a week’s time, I gradually decreased the amount I was drinking, starting at one full cup and drinking a bit less each day until I only had one gulp. As you can imagine, I had a noticeable headache for the next 2 days. I noticed I was a little cranky and lacking my normal motivation. Thankfully, after the full week of weaning, I felt like myself again. I felt like I didn’t need the coffee to get going.

Since ending the weaning process (it’s been almost a week), I haven’t had one incident in which I found myself in the kitchen in the middle of the night. This has been incredibly encouraging to me!

Quitting coffee for the time being has also been dual purposed. In doing this, I hoped to also get an idea if detoxing the caffeine out of my system would help my facial skin to be clearer. I have always struggled with acne and have also drank coffee since I was a teenager. I thought that the acne could perhaps be triggered or worsened by the excessive caffeine.

In summation, here’s what I have experienced thus far with the measures I’ve taken:

1. Quitting coffee to prevent “sleep eating” and encourage my body to sleep soundly throughout the night:

-I found that this, so far, has helped solve my problem completely! Perhaps, sleeping optimally throughout the night has helped my body to truly rest and not go after food.

2. Quitting coffee to help clear up acne and blemishes:

-I have certainly seen a difference in how certain problem areas on my face are less inflamed. They haven’t gone away over night, but my skin appears to be less red and stressed looking. Along with a few herbs that I have learned about recently that target hormonal acne (I will do a post on this soon!), I am finding that eliminating the coffee intake has helped my skin in a slightly noticable way.

Spray Active Review

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Spray Active

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

These unique little sprays were a new idea for new to try. I found it neat that each one targeted a specific “condition”. Here is how Spray Active describes themselves:

“We’re advocates for a better way to get your nutritional supplements — you should be using vitamin sprays!

Spray vitamins offer obvious advantages.  They’re more absorbable — your body utilizes them nearly 10 times faster than vitamin pills.  People who can’t swallow pills (or just don’t like to) can easily use sprays.  They fit right in your purse or pocket so you can take them anywhere.  They’re free of the heavy binders and fillers used in conventional pills. Over 60% of Americans regularly take nutritional supplements — and for good reason.  Supplements have been proven to boost our energy and immune function, support our digestion and neurological health, and stave off aging. We are veterans of the nutraceutical industry and each of us — PhD’s to staff — personally takes a handful of supplements every day to protect our health.  When we discovered what could be done with vitamin sprays we were astonished at the possibilities.  And today, after more than a year of research and development, there is a better way.Spray Active™- get the vitamins and nutrients you need in two sprays a day and say goodbye to swallowing pills — forever!

  • No more problems trying to take pills that are too big— just spray under the tongue and swallow!
  • Instantly gives your body the support it needs
  • Issues digesting pills? Our sprays make it easy to absorb and digest your daily doses
  • PhD-developed with the latest science. Safe and effective
  • Made to the highest quality standards and complies with current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP)
  • Controlled dosage in a simple, easy-to-use spray bottle
  • We source only the purest, most bioavailable forms of nutrients
  • Sugar free and natural (no caffeine or stimulants added)
  • None of the binding agents and fillers you find in pills, tablets, and capsules
  • Great-tasting flavors!
  • Perfect for travellers, trend-setters, and people on the go who are health conscious. Carry your spray with you and take your vitamins at any time.”

Defense

Defense

Spray Active’s Description:

“Don’t want to become a victim of cold season? Potent antioxidants like Vitamin C and echinacea in Spray Active™ Defense powerfully work to support your immune system and maintain your natural defense. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue. Use Spray Active™ Defense anytime, anywhere for optimal health. We know you can’t control everyone around you, but with Spray Active™ you’re protected with the best defense.

Flavor:  Orange Cream.

  • Maintain your natural defense
  • Support the immune system
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Someone on the plane sneezing? Spray Defense!
  • In an office or classroom and everyone seems sick? Spray Defense!
  • Spraying is a quick way to support your immune system.

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin C (as Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid), 10 mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate), 1 mg
  • Echinacea Angustifolia Root Extract, 1 mg

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative) and Purified Stevia Extract.

Vitamin C is essential for us all to keep our immune systems strong. It’s also critical for the growth and repair of skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, bones, teeth and cartilage. In addition, this powerful antioxidant actually stops damage to the body caused by free radicals. But, because the body doesn’t naturally produce or store Vitamin C (it will actually flush out what it doesn’t need) an adequate supply is needed to keep the body functioning at its best.

Zinc is an essential trace element, used for boosting the immune system and enhancing overall health. Zinc is also helpful in dental, eye and skin health. However, studies have shown that our population does not get an adequate supply of Zinc.

Echinacea, an herb used by many ancient cultures, has been proven to stimulate the body’s immune system and help ward off a wide array of conditions.”

Vitality

Vitality

Spray Active’s Description:

“Get all the health benefits of the sun in a new, convenient spray. The Vitamin D3 in Spray Active™ Vitality builds stronger bones, enhances muscle strength and relieves joint discomfort that often comes with age. With Spray Active™ Vitality your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue, and they instantly begin to strengthen your bones and improve your health.

Flavor:  Pomegranate.

  • Build stronger bones
  • Reduce age-related joint discomfort
  • Support normal neurotransmitter function
  • Improve your mood
  • Enhance muscle strength
  • Get your daily dose of Vitamin D3 in an effective, easy spray
  • 1000 I.U. per dose.

Ingredients:

Vitamin D3 (as Cholecalciferol) 1,000 IU

Other Ingredients: Purified water, Cellulose, Sodium Alginate, Natural Flavors, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract.

Vitamin D3 is essential for our overall well-being. Most commonly used for bone health, this crucial vitamin is also known to support the heart, the muscles and the skin, and has even been known to improve mood. Often called the “sunshine vitamin”, most of us don’t get an adequate supply of Vitamin D3 from the sun because of the use of sunscreen, long winter months and busy lifestyles. Those of us in northern latitudes, darker-skinned people, and those who are 65 years and older are most at risk for being Vitamin D deficient. In fact, as we age, the body is less able to convert sunlight into Vitamin D.”

Sleep

Sleep

Spray Active’s Description:

“Trouble falling or staying asleep? Spray Active™ Sleep contains the perfect combination of nutrients, including melatonin and tryptophan, to regulate your natural sleep pattern and leave you feeling well-rested and refreshed. Because travel often disturbs your internal clock, use Spray Active™ Sleep to relieve the symptoms of jet lag. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue and they instantly begin working to ensure you get a great night sleep for a productive next day.

Flavor:  Mint.

  • Help you fall asleep faster
  • Lengthen the duration of sleep
  • Help to regulate your natural sleep pattern
  • Promote relaxation and reduces stress
  • Powerful antioxidant and immune system support
  • Support a healthy mood balance
  • Help relieve symptoms of jet lag like feeling tired and disruptive sleep

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), 50 mcg
  • Folic Acid, 10 mcg
  • L- Theanine, 10 mg
  • L- Tryptophan, 10 mg
  • Melatonin, 1.5 mg

Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Citric Acid, and Purified Stevia Extract

B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to regulate your natural sleep pattern an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and restful sleep by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system and help to form new red blood cells.

L-Tryptophan and L-Theanine are both amino acids. L-Tryptophan is not produced in the body but is necessary for protein synthesis, nitrogen balance, and niacin and serotonin production. L-Theanine, derived from tea leaves, has properties which reduce mental and physical stress, improve cognition, and boost mood.

Melatonin, a naturally occurring hormone found in the body, is most commonly used to regulate the body’s internal clock. Because of melatonin’s ability to enhance relaxation and lower stress, it is especially helpful for travelers who experience jet lag, overnight shift workers and people who have sleep difficulties.”

Control

Control

Spray Active’s Description:

“Are cravings preventing you from reaching your weight loss goals? Spray Active™ Control is packed with powerful nutrients like 5HTP and Chromium needed to suppress your appetite and minimize those brutal food cravings. With Spray Active™ Control your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue, and they instantly begin working to reduce your cravings and improve your health.

Flavor:  Green Apple.

  • Help reduce carbohydrate cravings
  • Increase production of serotonin so you feel good!
  • Help suppress appetite
  • Maintain energy levels
  • Support proper digestion and balance food absorption
  • Maintain optimal insulin activity
  • Two sprays is a quick way to curb your cravings!

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 10 mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate), 1 mg
  • Chromium (as Polynicotinate), 75 mcg
  • L-5-Hydroxytryptophan 5-HTP (as Griffonia Seeds), 20 mg
  • Other Ingredients: Purified Water, Glycerin, Apple Juice Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract.
  • B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to boost energy levels an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and increase energy by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system while producing energy and forming red blood cells.
  • Chromium, an essential trace element, is vital in small amounts for overall health. Chromium has been shown to be effective in reducing food cravings and maintaining optimal insulin levels. It is also used as a natural appetite suppressant. Chromium’s ability to support proper digestion and food absorption, often results in higher energy levels. In addition, chromium increases serotonin, which improves and uplifts mood.
  • Zinc is an essential trace element, used for boosting the immune system and enhancing overall health. Zinc is also helpful in dental, eye and skin health. However, studies have shown that our population does not get an adequate supply of zinc.
  • 5 HTP, a naturally occurring amino acid, comes from the seeds of the African plant Griffonia Simplicifolia. It has been shown to increase the production of serotonin which is an important chemical affecting brain function, mood, appetite and sleep.
  • Griffonia seeds, because of their 5-HTP content, are used to raise serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is an important chemical for brain function, helping to regulate mood, appetite, and sleeping habits. Because of the way griffonia seed affects serotonin levels, the extract is also used to regulate eating habits.”

Energy

Energy

Spray Active’s Description:

“So tired you have trouble functioning? Spray Active™ Energy is packed with powerful B Vitamins and other nutrients to boost your energy, ease your stress, and keep you mentally alert. With Spray Active™ your body begins absorbing the nutrients as soon as you spray them under your tongue and they instantly begin working to re-energize you!

Flavor:  Orange.

  • Boost energy levels
  • Promote mental alertness
  • Support proper digestion and balance food absorption
  • Ease occasional stress and reduce mild anxiety
  • Improve and uplift mood
  • Enhance antioxidant defense systems in the body
  • Increase your energy with just two sprays!

Ingredients:

  • Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine Hcl), 2 mg
  • Vitamin B2 (as Riboflavin 5-Phosphate), 1 mg
  • Vitamin B3 (as Niacin & Niacinamide), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B5 (as Pantothenic Acid), 3 mg
  • Vitamin B6 (as Pyridoxine HCl), 4 mg
  • Vitamin B12 (as Cyanocobalamin), 500 mcg
  • Eleuthero Root Extract 10:1, 500 mcg
  • Other Ingredients: Purified water, Glycerin, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate (preservative), and Purified Stevia Extract

B Vitamins are not generally stored in the body so in order to give you the energy you need, an adequate supply needs to be added on a daily basis. B Vitamins support proper digestion and increase energy by improving food absorption and metabolization of carbohydrates and fats. B Vitamins support the nervous system while producing energy and forming red blood cells.

Eleuthero Root is a plant used for thousands of years by cultures all around the world. Safer than many common stimulants, it is known to reduce fatigue, boost energy, increase mental clarity and ease occasional stress. Eleuthero Root is also believed to play an important role in immune system response. 

My Thoughts & Suggestions for Improvement on Spray Active:

Spray Active health sprays are an interesting and neat way to change up your daily routine. Their portability makes them perfect to keep in your car or purse.

The fact that each spray contains specific vitamins to target specific issues is a neat thing to me. All 5 of the flavors taste very good, not all “vitamin-y” like you might think.

In regards to effectiveness, each spray provides a subtle way of targeting each specific purpose. It is not an immediate jolt, but it has an effect that is noticeable.

The convenience and practicality of these sprays are tops. I would recommend these to someone who is frequently on-the-go and is looking for an easy solution to replenish vitamins during the day.

I can see myself buying more of the sleep and control sprays. As my family is well aware, I have bouts where I wake up in the middle of night very hungry and end up whipping up something substantial to satisfy my hunger. I’ve been using these sprays before bed to help prevent those mid night wake ups and they have been effective for several nights.

My scrutiny is that the vitamins do not appear to be derived from organic sources. If they were, I’d have every intention of implementing these products because they would be (if comprised of organically sourced vitamins) a nutritionally dense health boosting spray. Overall, I’d say this is an average product ingredient wise and an above average product in regards to practicality and effectiveness.

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