How to Detox Heavy Metals + Parasites + Mold & Boost Liver Health

Before Photo (11/30/17)

-Taken before starting this protocol (feeling moderately healthy + but painful menstrual cycles + not feeling 100%)

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Heads up–this post will talk frankly about periods and woman stuff! (you’re welcome)

Backstory on my Health + Acne

For as long as I can remember (approximately age 12), I have had debilitating menstrual cramps. Along with the cramps was hormonal (cystic) acne. I was able to balance + heal my skin through use of an awesome supplement called Estroblock. (you can read that full post here).

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I only took the product for about 8 months and it did it’s job in that time. It works by helping your body get rid of “bad” estrogens in your body. These can disrupt your endocrine system, which is the system responsible for dispersing those little chemical messengers telling your body how to operate.

While my acne cleared up and I felt encouraged by that, my periods were still heavy and painful. I tried every natural pain remedy I could think of:

-Drinking only green juice the days leading up to my period

-Experimenting with eliminating certain foods (coffee, dairy, gluten, etc.)

-Changing up my exercise routine

Nothing took the pain away.

Seeing a Naturopath (Integrative Natural Medicine Doctor)

Since I failed so many times at trying to help myself, I felt like it was time to seek the help of a natural medicine doctor. I went to Cura Integrative in Overland Park, Kansas (HIGHLY recommend them).

To start, they performed a biofeedback test on me which revealed:

-Very high levels of blood toxicity (heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, mold, environmental toxins)

-Parasitic infection (people with high levels of heavy metals are more susceptible to this)

-Food sensitivities (often linked to and caused by heavy metal toxicity)

-Egg, Nuts (including coconut + peanut), Gluten, Dairy, Corn, Soy, Rice

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Healing Protocol

First Phase: Detox Heavy Metals + Heal Parasitic infection

Heavy Metal Detox Products Used (pictured below):

Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Metals Detox

New Health Super Chelation Support

Bio Ray NDF Heavy Metal Formula

Liver Detoxifier + Regenerator (renamed to Liver Refresh)

Calcium D-Glucarate

Glutathione

Activated Charcoal

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Parasitic Infection Products Used (pictured below):

Myrrh Forte

-Artemisinin Complex

Viranon

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Second Phase: Mold + Environmental Pollutant Detox

Products Used (pictured below):

Ortho Molecular Products SAMe

-Greens First pH PM Alkalizer 

-Dr. Recommends Homeopathic Toxinex

Activated Charcoal

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Progress Photo (12/10/17):

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Third Phase: Emotional Healing + Liver Support

-I had a check up biofeedback test at this point which revealed that I was making a TON of progress. My food sensitivities to gluten, dairy, almonds and rice went away. Because of the intense detoxing I had been doing, though, my liver was overwhelmed (stagnation) and it needed some help + support.

-Though I didn’t hold it in my conscious mind, I was dealing with a lot of emotional trauma + sadness, which was manifesting itself throughout my body. I had forgotten how your emotional and mental state can impact your physical health! Amazing. Great reminder. I downloaded several meditation apps and have made it a daily ritual to calm my mind.

Products Used (pictured below):

Livaplex

Immuplex

Viral-fuge

-Quicksilver Scientific:

Liposomal Methyl B-Complex

Dr. Shade’s Bitters No. 9

Nanoemulsified DIM

Liposomal Glutathione 

Micellized Pure PC

Activated Charcoal

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Here are the meditation apps I use! I rotate them just to change it up + hear a different guiding voice on the track.

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Progress Photo (1.19.18):

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Progress Photo (2.9.18):

(taken during my period, so feeling a little more inflamed as usual)

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I still have a few weeks left of this last wave of this detox protocol. You can expect me to come back to this post and update it with where I’m at, how I’m feeling.

Thank you for journeying with me and listening to my experience. I sincerely hope it helps guide you if you feel less than your best. This trek has been paramount in the big scheme of my life. If you have any specific questions, I’d love to chat! Just comment below.

Make Good Use of Your Pulse,

xoxo

Jes

 

 

 

Mizuno Wave Sky Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fitfluential.

Mizuno Wave Sky

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About:

Maximum cushioning meets maximum comfort in the new Wave Sky, built for neutral runners. A full length U4icX midsole works in harmony with new cloudwave technology for a plush and lively ride.

  • All new Mizuno SmoothRide: New maximum cloudwave technology coupled with full length, articulated U4icX midsole delivers a plush, flexible ride
  • New thicker and premium anatomical sockliner for improved fit and comfort
  • U4icX strobel lining for added comfort
  • Mizuno DynamotionFit: 3 panel upper construction with skin-like seamless midfoot and minimal forefoot for a disappearing fit

My Experience:

Mizuno made my go-to pair of volleyball shoes back when I was competing. Because those were my staple, I was eager + quick to accept the chance to try their running shoes. This pair of Wave Sky’s is pair #2 of running shoes I’ve tried by Mizuno; you can read that first review here on the Wave Catalyst.

What I love most about the Mizuno Wave Sky is that from the second I slipped my first foot into the shoe, it felt comfortable. I didn’t have to wiggle my foot around a bunch to get comfy and I didn’t feel like I needed to break them in. That’s HUGE to be able to take them for a spin right out of the box. For me, that’s rare.

I’ve done a few sprint workouts and a longer (3 mile) run and these shoes suited both distances great. I’m sure at a higher mileage, they’d be perfect.

With the Crossfit I’ve been doing, I don’t run more than a few miles at a time. I actually feel like a much better runner when I’m focusing on shorter distances at a faster pace while being super mindful of form. I’ll be keeping these in my gym bag especially for days when the WOD calls for running.

They provide enough of a cushion that they will sufficiently absorb the shock of several mines, yet low-profile enough to feel sleek and smooth; not clunky. That combination of not clunky + adequately cushioned seems like a hard one to come by. Mizuno knows what they’re doing in constructing this shoe.

December Box: Simply Earth Eos + 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!”

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My Experience:

 

This is month numero 2 of receiving the Simply Earth Essential Oil Recipe box and I am really loving it–top to bottom! The ideas + creativity that goes into the box + quality of the oils are excellent and I find myself wondering + anticipating what’s going to be in the next month’s box.

I’ve dabbled in the crafty part of the box but my favorite aspect is that they provide portable little bottles for on-the-go use as well as the drop ratios of the different oils to get a really aromatic blend. These little projects that Simply Earth includes would be the perfect task for a kiddo, I’d imagine!

I am absolutely enthralled with the coffee essential oil (I’d go swimming in coffee if I could) and I love adding the Citrus   Burst to the coconut oil as a hair serum! It leaves my hair smelling enlivening and delicious.

This Christmas box includes goodies to create: bath bombs, hand warmers, a diffuser necklace, supplies to create a roll-on and EO’s especially chosen for use in a diffuser. LOVE.

Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Brightside Skincare Review + Giveaway to Come!

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com:

Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)
Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

Brightside Skincare

Overall Rating: images-8

About Brightside Skincare:

Brightside Skincare products provide an alternative to the harmful skincare options available in today’s US market. The product line is free-from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolin, phthalates, carcinogens, cruelty and gluten. It comes in anti-aging formulas, as well as for acne-prone skin. Currently, the only ‘safe’ options are very costly and most people cannot afford to purchase them. With Brightside Skincare, women of all ages can have access to an affordable, effective and safe skincare regime. Check out the Brightside Skincare website here: Brightsideskincare.com.

Products I tried:

Gentle Tea Cleanser: This 81% organic, non-foaming, organic Aloe juice and anti-oxidant rich Green Tea Extract based cleanser is perfect for deep-cleaning and sloughing off dead skin layers. For all skin types.

Gentle Toner: 95% organic and loaded with DMAE & MSM. DMAE is an amazing nutrient that gives the skin a toned and firm appearance. MSM is soothing and calming, especially for irritated and inflamed skin. For all skin types.

Facial Serum69% Organic. Packed full with active DMAE and MSM this is the perfect serum for all skin types, including blemish prone, oily and sensitive skin. It can be used in addition to a moisturizer on normal, mature and dry skin. For combination or acne prone skin, this serum will offer needed hydration without feeling greasy.

Rooibos Tea & Olive Moisturizer: Vegan & 91% Organic. Every aspect of this lotion is beneficial for your skin. Rooibos Tea is an antioxidant that attacks free radicals and limits their damaging effects on the skin. For all skin types except blemish prone skin.

Rooibos & Olive Eye CreamFor all skin types. A rich cream, enhanced with Rooibos Tea, Hyaluronic acid, Lavender, Blue-Green Algae, Calendula & Pomegranate extracts and Evening Primrose to retain moisture in the tender and delicate skin around your eyes. Contains active ingredients that work synergistically to balance, sooth, regenerate and supply moisture. This rich cream can be used

All Natural Vanilla Lip BalmQuench your lips with this very emollient natural lip balm. For all skin types.

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My Experience:

My journey of navigating through the world of “how in the world is the best way to take care of my skin?” has been a relatively long one. It feels like I’ve been troubleshooting my skincare routine since I was in middle school, trying to feel out why my skin isn’t regulating itself, why I get breakouts, what products are helpful, which ones aren’t, etc.

To spare you every details, I’ll simply say that I have discovered this to be true:

Your healthiest skin ever comes from using organic ingredients!

Ultimately, this gigantic layer of skin on your body is partially responsible for eliminating impurities and toxins from your body. Thus, you are crippling your skin’s ability to do this by applying toxins onto it. Those toxins are going the wrong way! Getting toxic skin care products out of your beauty cabinet should be the first step in seeking healthier + more balanced skin.

Enter: Brightside Skincare

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The story behind a product line can really speak loudly in regards to the quality + integrity that goes into each product. I really enjoyed watching Kerri’s video (https://goo.gl/EOAZcT, I encourage you to watch it). She’s a beautiful, humble woman seeking a better way to guide her skin to optimum health.

First of all, I love that she provides several products with the intention that they will be used in sequential order. Our skin is dynamic and ever changing and I’ve learned it needs help periodically detoxing + staying vibrant + eliminating dead skin cells. With Brightside Skincare’s product line, you start by cleansing, then you tone, then nourish with a serum, then quench with a moisturizer and then touch up the eyes and lips with the eye cream + lip balm. This after effect is a clean and glowy complexion.

So, let me walk you through how this line fits into my everyday routine….

I am a very active gal, working out at 5am most mornings and promptly heading to work (managing a juice shop) until the afternoon. I start the day with some powder + mascara + lip balm on my face and that normally gets me through until I get off work. At the end of the day, my face is normally covered in perspiration and the light make up I’ve worn throughout the day. I find myself craving a shower + good face wash. Brightside Skincare products allow me to do this without stripping all of the natural moisture off of my skin. This is important because skin needs to be balanced and quenched, not stripped and covered in chemical-ridden products.

I found the Gentle Tea Cleanser to be a nice balance of mild yet effective. It has a creamy + dense texture while also doing the job of cleansing. I like the usage of witch hazel as a natural cleanser + astringent.

Following with the Gentle Toner allows me to close all of my pores, get rid of any excess makeup that I missed while cleansing and prepare my skin to be get hydrated with the Facial Serum and moisturizer.

I like the idea of using the Facial Serum before the moisturizer. The Facial Serum contains jojoba oil (my all-time favorite oil for facial skin). Like Brightside Skincare mentions on their website, jojoba oil resembles the qualities of the oil that skin naturally produces. It’s also close in pH to it, making it an excellent compliment.

My absolute favorite part of their website is this breakdown that is shown on the Facial Serum product page (https://goo.gl/woBZxG). I think it is so helpful and shows transparency when a brand lists the ingredients and the reason why each of them is in there. It shows that each ingredient has a reason + purpose and what that purpose is.

One thing I learned on my acne journey is not to stay away from moisturizer, despite the fact that it is seemingly counter-intuitive to add moisture to an acne-ridden face. I really enjoy the ingredient choice and performance of the Rooibos Tea + Olive Moisturizer. You can tell it’s going to work well right as it comes out of the bottle. It’s very hydrating without being cakey at all. If you find that your skin is especially acne prone, you may want to check out Brightside Skincare’s Light Moisturizer as an alternative to this more dense moisturizer.

Now is a great time to also mention that for a large portion of my life, I would describe my skin as oily + acne prone. With much attention to my diet and nutritional needs, I would now describe my skin as normal (it took years). I think it all started to balance out. Your skin is connected to every other system in your body, so it makes sense!

Thus, I was excited to try Brightside Skincare’s “normal skin” line, considering my skin’s current state. I find that my skin looks + feels better (especially during the colder months) when I keep my moisturizer close by for daily usage. With that routine, the Rooibos + Olive Eye Cream and All Natural Vanilla Lip Balm act as the perfect follow-up + touch-up tools (if you will) to keep my skin feeling glowing and moist.

My skin care routine plays a big role in my daily efforts to catalyze my body’s natural process of detoxifying. It’s another way to help your body eliminate and cleanse. Brightside Skincare provides you a full product line to help detoxify your system and skin.

Many women shop at department stores for their fancy or luxury skin care items, those of which cost $50 or more per product and hundreds for the entire product line (and–the ingredient lists are scary!). So, why not spend a bit less and increase the quality of the ingredients a ton? That’s a no brainer for me.

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This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

This post made possible by Brightside Skincare.

SAVE NOW at Amazon.com: Save $5 on the 5-piece set (w/code 36RPU7PD), OR

Get 10% off the Rooibos and Olive Eye Cream (w/code QUCYVBKS)

Click here: Amazon http://amzn.to/2e4VvQe.

 

 

 

GIVEAWAY! Simply Earth EOs: 13% to Fight Human Trafficking

Simply Earth Essential Oils

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About Simply Earth:

“Step 1: The Plant and Location

The best oils are derived from the best plants grown in the best locations. That means GMO-free plants grown in the right conditions are ideal for optimal-quality oils.
One misconception is that the oils must be indigously grown in order to be considered high quality. This belief is false. The plants must be grown where they will best thrive. For example, some plants in China do not thrive there and the distilled oil from those plants is lesser quality. However, other plants will thrive in China’s climate, causing the plant to produce a true, therapeutic-grade essential oil.

Step 2: How it was Farmed

You want to buy oils that were farmed responsibly. That means workers were treated fairly and the land and the oil were both flourishing. The plants should be pesticide-free. If the plants from which the essential oils are extracted have been treated with pesticides, those pesticides can become concentrated in the oil.
That is why Simply Earth tests for pesticides with every batch of oil we produce!

Step 3: Different Distilling Methods

    • Steam: Steam passes through the plant material (leaves, grass, roots, etc.), causing them to release their aromatic components. The steam is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Water (hydro): The plant materials (normally bark, wood, or harder compounds) are submerged in water to make a “soup.” As they are heated, they release their aromatic components into the steam which is then condensed and the essential oil is extracted.
    • Steam/Water: Indirect steam is applied to the plant material (normally leaves) while water sits underneath the plant material.
    • Expression: Plant materials (generally citrus rinds) are pressed by machines to squeeze out oils. Also known as “cold-pressed.”

Step 4: Packing and Storage

All oils should be stored in dark bottles as essential oils are light sensitive. Two common options are aluminum containers or amber glass bottles.  The oils should also be stored in temperature-controlled environments for optimal preservation.

Step 5: Tested

I like to say, “I’ll believe it when I see it,” and I frequently apply this philosophy when testing the purity of essential oils. The type of testing oils undergo to examine purity is called gas chromatography and mass spectrometry- GC/MS for short. GC/MS testing breaks down the essential oil to reveal each of its unique chemical components. A trained aromatherapist then compares those amounts to the components in a standardized chemical composition for that oil to test if it truly is 100% pure. GC/MS testing will reveal if anything has been added or removed from the oil.

That is how we at Simply Earth make sure our oils truly are 100% pure and untarnished.

Step 6: Enjoyed by You!

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My Experience:

It would be a pretty accurate thing to say that I’m geeking out on essential oils as of lately. Particularly for their versatility and pureness, I really value and get a lot of use our of essential oils every single day. Here are some of my favorite uses:

-Homemade toothpaste + deodorant

-Flea repellent for my dog

-Homemade body spray

-Laundry deodorizer

-Hair perfume

The idea of curating a monthly box for customers to enjoy (that contains 5 Eos + Recipes + Recipe Ingredients + Recipe Containers) is super neat to me. It helps introduce people to essential oils with a fun + creative instruction manual, so to speak.

I am impressed by how this brand gives back + impressed with the packaging and curation of the themed box and even more impressed that they think I’m cool enough to pass along some goodies to me in order to retrieve my thoughts. Thank you, Simply Earth (rad name, btw)!

To Enter this GIVEAWAY for some Essential Oil goodness:

-SIMPLY leave a comment below telling me about your experience with essential oils. What’ve you discovered to be your favorite use?

Also, Get a free diffuser!

You need both Simply Earth’s essential oil recipe box and the diffuser in your cart for the coupon: RUNONORGANICFREEDIF to work to get your free diffuser when you sign up for Simply Earth’s subscription box. 
So sign up here for the box https://simplyearth.com/pages/subscription-box 
Click here to check out the diffuser https://simplyearth.com/products/essential-oil-diffuser.

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Financial Business Coaching with Emily Bordner

At the Biz Babe Symposium this year, I had the privilege of meeting and listening to Emily Bordner. Emily is the beautiful mind behind her empowering + educational + inspiring Financial Coaching Biz (and well as her super-lovely leather goods, jewelry and glassware designs). Um, how wonderfully multi-faceted and talented she is!

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Luke and I were lucky enough to snag an hour of her time at the Starbucks on the Plaza here in Kansas City. I loved the set up of talking about our finances (potentially a stressful, tense subject) in a calming, good-vibe coffee shop with great company. Emily was so great and easy to talk to. We were so impressed with how carefree the meeting felt while also being SO full of helpful information that we can apply to our income and planning smart for the future so that we can aim to live as happily and free as possible.

Here are some of the topics from our meeting:

-Creating a separate bank account for ROO income for easy tracking

-Why to file a DBA + getting an EIN # for business banking

-Getting a grasp on business expenses

-What to write off as tax time (office space, work computer, etc.)

-Becoming an LLC (protects you from unhappy clients + accidents, gives you a tax advantage on business purchases)

-The concept of “Freedom of Commitment” from the book “The Art of Not Giving A F*ck)

-Profit First Stradegy

-Assess where majority of business income comes from and use that to plan your time spent

-Dream Clients!

-Expensify app to track business expenses, mileage, etc….

….and so many more gold nuggets! We could have talked to her for SO much longer, but she jam packed our session with digestible, helpful starting points.

Here’s Luke & I feeling adulty after our session with Emily!

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Luke and I already feel like we have a better plan to be more organized with our income and begin planning smarter for our future ventures. This experience was so helpful to us and I just know there are so many (9-5 workhorses and entrepreneurial spirits alike) out there that could benefit from this guidance.

Have any questions or are wondering how your business ventures + professional endeavors could benefit from Emily’s coaching? Feel free to comment here or reach out to Emily on her site.

You can also find EB on social media:

Instagram: @emily.bordner + @halffulldrinkware

Facebook: @ebkcmo

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Nuzest Clean Lean Protein + Supplements Review + Coupon Code!

In the vast array of protein brands on the market nowadays, it’s becoming increasingly hard to decipher the good from the bad, the real from the fake and the nourishing from the depleted. I tend to look to some of the top Crossfit Games athletes for supplement ideas when I’m curious to try a new brand. Jamie Greene is a top female Crossfit Athlete competing out of the UAE. I was scrolling through her Instagram feed when I discovered the brand Nuzest. I briefly checked out their website, some of their ingredient lists, and I quickly realized that this brand is doing things right.

Nuzest’s products are vegan, non-gmo, gluten free, soy free, nut free and nut free. The ingredients in their protein powders are intentional and clean. Perhaps the TASTIEST part of this review is that these have got to be some of the best-tasting protein powders I’ve ever tried. They are truly delicious; you feel like you’re drinking a yummy, satisfying shake, not a healthy meal replacement. I stumbled on the insane combination of combining a serving the Rich Chocolate Clean Lean Protein and the Cacao Banana Quick Vita Kick–my goodness. It was so unexpectedly good. It shakes up and combines easily in a blender bottle, giving it a creamy texture without any powdery clumps.

Here’s a snapshot of the products I got to sample! I tried three of the their products in a range of flavors. The products include their Clean Lean Protein, Just Fruit & Veg, and their Quick Vita Kick.

It’s hard to choose a favorite flavor of each product because they are all really stellar in their own regard. However, I will say that I normally tend to reach for vanilla, and their Vanilla Clean Lean Protein did not disappoint.

Here’s a glimpse of the ingredient list of each product along with their macronutrient breakdowns:

Clean Lean Protein

Ingredients:

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Just Fruit & Veg

Ingredients:

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Quick Vita Kick

Ingredients:

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Wanna try some? Use the code “runonorganic” for 15% off of your order on the Nuzest site!

Vital Proteins Review: Collagen Veggie Blend + Collagen Beauty Greens

This is the 2nd review I’ve done on Vital Proteins collagen products! My first time experiencing this brand, I used their Collagen Peptides and Marine Collagen, both of which are featured in this previous post.

A wee little backstory on my approach to eating and how I see collagen as a valuable addition…I am a huge an advocate for plants, as I see them as the some of the most nutrient dense forms of food we can possibly consume. That said, I have DEFINITELY found success and benefits from implementing a few supplements strategically (like Vital Proteins Collagen). When taking their collagen regularly, I find that I recover faster from grueling, heavy crossfit workouts, my hair + skin + nails are tougher, and I generally have a better feeling of strength and vitality. This makes sense, as collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body. It’s the building block that helps the body rebuild and restore.

So, I’ve known that I love Vital Protein’s Collagen Peptides (derived from grass-fed, pasture raised beef) and Marine Collagen (derived from wild caught red snapper), but I had yet to experience their other products. Enter: the Collagen Veggie Blend and the Collagen Beauty Greens.

Collagen Veggie Blend

About:

A nutrient-packed blend that combines the benefits of collagen with nutrient-rich, whole organic veggies & fruits.

  • Vitamin-dense: 11 USDA organic whole vegetables and fruits provide a healthy dose of nutrients and antioxidants.
  • Versatile: Paleo friendly, AIP Approved, Whole30 Approved
  • Easy to use: Can be used in sauces, smoothies, soups, and more

Ingredients:

Organic Carrot, Organic Kale, Organic Butternut Squash, Organic Blueberry, Organic Strawberry, Organic Raspberry, Organic Lemon, Organic Acerola Cherry, Organic Blackberry, Organic Broccoli, Organic Spinach, Bovine Hide Collagen Peptides

Collagen Beauty Greens

About:

Vital Proteins’ Collagen Beauty Greens is a blend of Non-GMO Marine Collagen Peptides, combined with healthy organic greens providing Vitamin A, hyaluronic acid, and probiotics to deliver beauty from within for healthy skin, hair, and nails.

  • Beneficial: Improves skin moisture, smoothness, and tone
  • Nourishing: All-natural organic greens offer vitamins and minerals including a daily serving of Vitamin A
  • Whole30 Approved: Delivers vital nutrients to the body

Ingredients:

Marine Collagen (Snapper), Organic Wheat Grass, Coconut Water Powder, Organic Alfalfa Leaf, Organic Kale, Organic Barley Grass, Vanilla Bean Powder, Organic Spinach

My Experience:

I see the Collagen Veggie Blend and Collagen Greens as different from Vital Proteins’s other products in that these boast the benefits of superfoods AND collagen. They are extra power packed and are ideal for me for after a workout when I’m looking to replenish my glycogen stores, alkalize and keep my energy level thriving.

I use both of them interchangeably in my post workout shake. There are SO many different ways you can use these products, but I tend to default to simplicity. I love that the collagen beauty greens contain really nutrient-dense, detoxifying greens like wheatgrass, alfalfa leaf, barley grass and spinach.

The Collagen Veggie blend in my eyes verges on a more restorative, nourishing note. I mean, just check out that sweet ingredient list. I know I’m not getting enough of those awesome ingredients everyday like butternut squash, carrot, blackberry, acerola cherry and broccoli (just to name a few).

Both of these rad products get my stamp of approval. If you’ve tried Vital Proteins products before but are curious about these two, go get em! They’re more of a well rounded snack or meal replacement, rather that just a source of protein. #StayVital

 

 

The Best Natural Acne Healing Supplement: Estroblock Pro Triple Strength

 

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This post is sponsored by Delgado Protocol for Health. All opinions are earnestly my own.

If you’ve ever struggled from stubborn, deep rooted, cystic acne, you understand the frustration and embarrassment that comes with it. Back in ’14, I finally experienced success in clearing up my skin when I started using Estroblock Pro Triple Strength. I had tried everything from eliminations diets to juice cleanses and nothing completely solved my skin problems for me.

The active ingredient in this supplement is DIM (short for Diindolylmethane), which is a compound found naturally in cruciferous vegetables like kale and broccoli. Estroblock Pro Triple Strength is a super condensed and concentrated form of DIM and it helps clear acne by balancing hormones, ridding your body of bad estrogens, thus clearing your complexion.

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I took these pictures about 3 months apart. Although it took that long, it was worth it because it was really helping me on a deep level. Think about the fact that it took years for your hormones and skin to get where they are, thus, it will take a while to heal. Natural, pure supplements work by truly rebalancing the body. That takes time. Immediate results often come from medicated skin creams or supplements, but they aren’t solving anything on a deeper level. They’re just masking the symptoms (the acne).

Estroblock is simple to take, as the bottle recommends taking 2 a day (easy peasy). Since your hormones are becoming more balanced and you are detoxing bad estrogen in your system, you’re likely to experience the added perk of a decrease in fat mass (healthy weight loss).

Tips for taking Estroblock: drink lots of water! Also, you can increase the effectiveness by taking it in combination with a high quality liver support supplement.

 

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Ancient Nutrition + Dr. Josh Axe Bone Broth Protein & Collagen Review

THE MODERN SUPERFOOD BASED ON ANCIENT NUTRITION

For as long as humans have been cooking food over fire, bone broth—the simmering stock of bones from fish, beef, chicken, turkey and other animals that are typically discarded—has been a daily part of life. And it’s celebrated by cultures around the world.

Bone broths may be the “hottest trend in health” today, even though it is centuries old. In fact, just about every culture throughout history has used a form of bone broth.

SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS BONE BROTH PROTEIN™?

Bone Broth Protein begins as a true bone broth liquid. It’s then dehydrated, making it into a concentrated source of high-quality, tasty powder. A quality Bone Broth Protein powder comes with the benefits of a homemade broth, but it’s even more versatile in so many recipes.

What’s more, Bone Broth Protein supplies 20 grams of bone broth-fueled protein.

BONE BROTH IS NOW THE HOTTEST TREND IN NATURAL HEALTH

One thing that actors, professional athletes, executives and television personalities all have in common is high-performance lifestyles. So, it is little wonder that the media seems to be reporting almost daily on the celebrities that are making bone broths a central component of their health and fitness program.

You’ll also see bone broth very well represented on the covers of magazines and books if you take a stroll down the aisle of your local bookstore. Meanwhile, a surprising number of “broth cafes” have opened up in New York City as people are trading in their morning cup of coffee for the benefits that bone broth can deliver!

PERFECT FOR BOTH PALEO AND NON-PALEO LIFESTYLES

Another audience that is “fueling the fire” of the bone broth movement is the rapidly-growing group of people following a Paleolithic-inspired eating and lifestyle program. And it’s not just weekend warriors and hardcore fitness advocates that are contributing to the growth.

The world of health and fitness is often dominated by fads and trends; however, we believe that bone broth is not going away any time soon.

For most people, there are two major obstacles to experiencing the benefits of bone broth.: the time to make it at home components with the expense to buy it pre-packaged.

Time and expense are no longer an obstacle to getting the benefits of bone broth.

Bone Broth Protein

About:

  • Neutral Flavor Mixes Great in Water, Juices, Smoothies or Your Favorite Recipes
  • 20g of Protein per Serving, 2g Carbs, 1g Sugars, NOT A LOW-CALORIE FOOD
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Featuring Collagen Type II; Glucosamine; Chondroitin; Hyaluronic Acid; And 19 Amino Acids
  • Non GMO
  • BPA Free Container
  • NOTICE: Use this product as a food supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction.

Bone Broth Collagen

About:

  • Supports joint health and comfort (in as little as 7 days)†
  • Supports healthy flexibility†
  • Supports healthy skin†
  • Supports healthy immune system function;
  • Features Types I, II and III Collagen from real food sources
  • Delicious vanilla taste
  • Notice: Use this product as a food supplement only. Do not use for weight reduction.

Keto Protein – Maple

About:

  • Keto Performance Fuel
  • Keto Friendly, Paleo Friendly
  • 11g Fat, 15g Protein, 2g Carbs
  • Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Soy Free, Grain Free
  • Caffeine Free
  • See nutrition information for saturated fat content.
  • Powered by Bone Broth

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My Experience:

With ALL the buzz going around about both collagen and the ketogenic diet, this brand came to me at the perfect time. While I don’t love raving about DIETS (as that word can often mean deprivation) I am a big time advocate for each person to find an approach to eating that is sustainable and ultimately works in sync with your body’s unique needs and goals.

Ever since starting Crossfit workouts back in 2015, I’ve found that supplementing once a day with a protein shake helps me to recover, put on lean muscle mass and get rid of excess fat. Dream scenario right? Well, since many protein powders are high processed and contain all sorts of additives, it’s not as easy as walking into any sports nutrition store and picking up a canister of protein. Not all proteins are created equal.

Collagen is a focus of mine in my diet because it’s the most abundant protein in your body; vital for gut health, recovery and the strength of your hair + skin + nails. There are so many benefits that cover your bases, regardless of what your goals are. Who doesn’t want to recover better and have better hair? Wew, yes please.

I got to try these three products and they are each very different from one another, despite seeming interchangeable. I see the keto protein (11g fat, 2g carbs, 13g protein) as more of a meal replacement, as it’s pretty dense and filling with the fat content in addition to the protein content. The flavor took a little bit of getting used to; I prefer it mixed with vanilla hemp milk (or any other plant based milk you like) versus just water.

The bone broth collagen (1g fat, 2g carbs, 13g protein) to me is more of an addition to a shake I’m making or a bulletproof coffee I’m blending. It’s unique in that the collagen is sources from multiple foods like chicken, beef, turkey and eggshell. It provides the restorative power of collagen, but not the added fuel from the fat.

Lastly, the bone broth protein (1g fat, 2g carbs, 20g protein) is more protein dense with protein per serving compared to the bone broth collagen. I look to this product when I haven’t reached by protein goal for the day.

I loosely follow a macro-approach that’s geared towards being fat-adapted (50% fat, 20% carbs, 30% protein). Through lots of experimentation and limiting certain foods, I’ve found this works well for my lifestyle and goals. The bone broth protein really comes in handy when I need more calories from protein. The flavor is pleasant when mixed with water; but like the keto protein I also prefer it mixed with a plant based milk.

I like that each of these products is suitable for different needs on different days. The mind being Ancient Nutrition, Dr. Josh Axe, is putting out super admirable content that’s helping educate the world on hot topics and clearing up misconceptions. What he’s doing is having a big impact on how people fuel themselves and that shows in his products. I’m happy to have these in my routine and I’d encourage you to try them if you’re looking for different protein supplementation options.

 

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