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)
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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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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 hempmilk (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.

 

Sam’s Club Amazing Grass Green Superfood

Tracking PixelNothing is more powerful for your diet than adding in more greens. That’s why I’ve partnered with Amazing Grass® Green Superfood® on this sponsored content to introduce you to this incredible product that’s impacted my personal nutrition in such a positive way.

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Combine that with the convenience, portability (this canister comes with a scoop) and versatility of Amazing Grass® Green Superfood® Original, and you’ve got a kitchen staple.

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I personally love adding a scoop of Amazing Grass to my post workout protein shake. This increases the alkalinity of my shake, energizes me and leaves me feeling nourished. Not to mention that it tastes good! (which is hard to come by in a greens powder).

If you are feeling like you do not get enough veggies in your diet, Amazing Grass is a simple and convenient way to add greens to your daily routine. It provides you with the whole food nutrition your body craves in a tasteful powder that’s easy to tote around with you. I keep a container in my gym backpack for some quick nutrition on-the-go. Doing this has equipped me with nutritious fuel when I didn’t have access to a healthy meal.

Check out the rad ingredients:

-Amazing Grass Green Food Blend: Organic Wheat Grass, Organic Barley Grass, Organic Alfalfa, Organic Spinach, Organic Spirulina, Organic Chlorella (cracked cell wall), Organic Broccoli

-Amazing Grass Antioxidant Blend: Organic Rose Hips, Organic Pineapple, Organic Carrot, Acerola Cherry Extract, Green Tea Extract, Organic Acai, Organic Beet, Raspberry, Organic Maca

-EFA Fiber Blend: Organic Flax Seed, Apple Pectin

-Digestive Enzyme & Active Culture Pre/Probiotic Blend: F.O.S. (Fructooligosaccharide from Chicory Root and Probiotic Enzyme Blend (Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Protease (Aspergillus oryzae), Amylase (Aspergillus oryzae), Lipase (Aspergillus niger), Lactase (Aspergillus oryzae), Cellulase (Trichoderma reesei))

-Other ingredients: Peppermint and Silica

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Chock full of organic greens, nutrient-dense vegetables, fruits and superfoods, this product gives you:

-Boosted immunity

-Enhanced digestion

-Better detoxification

-Renewed energy

-Improved overall wellness

All it takes is one scoop added into a glass of water, your favorite juice, in a smoothie or even baked into delicious healthy recipes. The possibilities are truly endless. If I’m in the kitchen, I love using Amazing Grass in my smoothie bowls, keto smoothies, dressing and even protein pancakes! Let your imagination run wild when using it. Anytime you need more nutrition (we pretty much all do–all the time!) in your meal, you can look to this high-quality product.

I am SO excited that Sam’s Club is now carrying Amazing Grass (45 Serving ARV $21.98). It’s unreal that you can get ahold of such a high quality, organic, Non-GMO, gluten-free product while you’re shopping for your other household staples.

Consuming this product daily helps me insure that I am optimizing my body’s detoxification pathways and keeping my energy high (no caffeine needed).

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Between May 10 – June 4, Sam’s Club is offering a $4.00 savings on every tub of Amazing Grass Green Superfood Original in store and online! Also–you can expect an in-store demo on May 19th.

I received product and compensation from Amazing Grass® Green Superfood ® Original at Sam’s Club as part of a sponsored program. All opinions are my own.

My Favorite Healthy Living Products from NOW Foods

NOW Foods

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!

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.

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein Bars Giveaway

Hey ROO fam!

Genuine Health and I are partnering for an awesome GIVEAWAY! Here are the deets on the bars:

Genuine Health Fermented Vegan Protein Bars:

• High in protein – contains 15g of fermented dietary protein per serving!
• Captures the advanced science of fermentation to eliminate digestive upset associated with plant proteins

Why Fermented?

• Unlocks the critical amino acids for optimal absorption by the body
• Removes the anti-nutrients from protein sources that cause digestive discomfort
• Promotes overall digestive health and thereby healthy gut bacteria
• Supports the immune system

Ingredients (from the Dark Chocolate Almond bar):

Protein blend [fermented pea protein isolate, sesame protein concentrate, organic sprouted brown rice protein concentrate, fermented vegan protein blend (organic hemp protein, organic quinoa sprouts, alfalfa protein, organic spirulina, mung bean sprouts)], Isomalto-oligosaccharides (Vitafiber™), almond butter, organic agave syrup, brown rice syrup, organic crisp rice (organic rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, salt, calcium carbonate), chocolate drops (organic cane sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter), cocoa powder, organic coconut oil, raisin paste, roasted diced almonds, unsweetened chocolate, natural flavours, cocoa nibs, chia seeds, sunflower lecithin, sea salt, mixed tocopherols. Contains: Almonds, sesame.

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To Enter:

  1. Follow Genuine Health + Run On Organic on Instagram.
  2. Leave a comment telling us why you love vegan food!

*Winner will be selected + contacted on Friday, May 4th! Good luck everyone!!

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