Health

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When it comes to our overall health, our mouths are one of the last things we think about. The mouth contains plenty of compounds and chemicals that help it heal wounds faster that they would heal on other parts of the body, making it easy to neglect this area.

We should all pay more attention to our oral health however, as it can be a good indicator of our health in general.

Our mouths are similar to our stomach and guts in that they are both full of good and bad bacteria, competing for this limited space in our mouths.

Certain foods we eat, flossing, brushing and rinsing all influence the nature of this bacteria, and the effects that arise from them as a result. Bad bacteria can cause our gums to recede, can cause tooth decay and can even cause our teeth to fall out.

The silver lining here is that our mouths are very adaptable, and some of these issues can be easily taken care of if you know how to go about doing so.

Here are some things you can do to improve your oral health, which will in turn help to reduce your chances of getting nasty diseases.

1-Green Tea

preview-full-shutterstock_481870759Green tea is very effective in fighting against gum disease and receding gums. Studies have shown that drinking just one cup of green tea a day decreased periodontal depth, improved attachment to the teeth and also reduced bleeding.

Not only did researchers find that one cup was enough to maintain gum health, but the more you drink the better the effects.

As long as you aren’t adding an excessive amount of additional sugar or milk to your tea which can make it unhealthy, you can consume as many cups as you wish.

2-Vitamin C

Vitamin C has been well known as an effective fighter against gum disease for centuries.  It is the reason why sailors kept lemons and limes on their ships, to fight off scurvy.

Vitamin C helps to fight off gum disease because it is essential in the production of collagen, the tissue that holds our teeth in place. Vitamin C also helps to reduce inflammation associated with gum disease which can be painful.

The best source of vitamin C believe it or not are red peppers, which can have upward of 600% of the vitamin C we need daily. Other good sources of vitamin C are lemons, limes, oranges and other citrus fruits.

3-Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is well known for its awesome healing properties when it comes to external wounds, so it really isn’t too much a surprise to see it listed as an effective tool against gum disease.

Taking just 100 mg of Aloe Vera daily can help to heal the gums and prevent them from receding further. Aloe Vera can be used in the form of toothpaste, gels, mouthwash, juice or supplements.

Aloe Vera is also useful in reducing inflammation of the gums as well, which further accelerates the healing process.

4-Mouthwash with Oil

preview-full-shutterstock_211849876This may sound gross but rinsing your mouth with oils can be effective in reducing oral inflammation, receding gums, and gum disease itself.

Certain oils, like oregano oil for instance have very strong antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that help facilitate the healing of the gums themselves.

Washing your mouth with oil can be an effective way to reduce the chance of getting disease from infection as well. When your gums are receding, they are essentially allowing the newly exposed portions of your teeth and mouth open for attack by foreign invaders.

Oils can be as effective as other germicidal mouthwashes, and helps to remove other toxins from the body as well.

5-Amla

Amla may be something you have never heard of, also referred to as Indian Gooseberries. Amla is rich in vitamin C and also has other compounds which positively influence the growth and restoration of connective tissue.

Amla like the oils listed here are very effective in killing off germs and regulating the immune system.

This gooseberry is also has anti-inflammatory properties which can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with receding gums and other oral diseases. It also contains a high concentration of antioxidants which fight oxidative stress and free radicals which are the cause for cell damage.

Cell damage as the result of receding gums or gum disease can lead to cancer, which eating amla can help to prevent.

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The growing demand for specialty almost designer like eggs has caused a dramatic shift in the market where egg classification has just gotten so ridiculous to the point where it can be confusing. There are organic eggs, vegetarian feed eggs, free range, hormone-free, etc.

Getting eggs from the supermarket used to be easy, the only thing you had to worry about was checking the carton for damaged eggs before you just scooped one up and were on your way out the door. Now thanks to the great world of marketing these labels can be very confusing.

What the Organic Egg Label Means for Your Health

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The gold standard in most cases when it comes to eggs are the organic variety. This is because the United States Department of Agriculture or USDA set a certain criteria that these eggs must meet in order for them to be sold.

Organic eggs must first come from a chicken that has been given no antibiotics or growth hormones of the entire period of its life. On top of that, the food that these animals eat must be certified as organic as well, otherwise the entire label itself is compromised.

Even if a chicken was never given antibiotics or growth hormone, if it is fed non-organic food it is no longer considered to be organic. This ensures that the organic standard is upheld and met using only organic growing methods.

All organic chicken are also considered to be free range as well, because it is required that they have access to the outdoors.

What Does the Term Pastured Eggs Mean?

Pastured implies that the animal spends most of its time raised outdoors than raised inside. The problem with this is that there is a lot of variation as far as what this term really means, and it is not regulated.

As long as the birds are let outside on occasion, they can be considered to be pastured. TO what extent they are let outside, well that is up to the farmer so it varies greatly.

Truly pastured eggs are considered to be some of the best because the animal is allowed to roam freely not only eating its grain based vegetarian diet but also picking up protein like worms along the way which ensures that it gets all the vitamins and minerals it needs to stay healthy.

Are Vegetarian Fed Eggs Healthy to Eat?

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Vegetarian fed eggs sounds really healthy, and it is no wonder why companies keep using this term to draw in consumers.

The name originally came about because of health concerns involving farmers feeding their chicken left over animal bi products like organ meats. When the public became aware of this, there was an outcry and many farmers who wanted to still stay in business switched over to vegetarian based feeds for their chickens.

This sounds like a happy ending however the problem is that chicken are not herbivores, they need to eat meat as well. Besides eating grain like corn and soy, chicken also need to eat meat because their a vegetarian diet doesn’t contain all of the amino acids they need to function properly.

Chicken eat protein like worms, seeds and bugs to get these essential amino acids and a deficiency in one particular amino acid called methoinine has been thought to provoke violent fights between the birds themselves.

What is the Best Choice When it Comes to Eggs?

When it comes to choosing the best egg for your health, you are best off trying to ignore all of those meaningless buzzwords like free range, natural and no added hormones.

Focus on buying pastured organic eggs.  These eggs are the most healthy version you can buy, packed with all of those good vitamins, minerals and protein. Chickens that produce organic eggs eat an omnivorous diet which consists of organic gain and plenty of good protein, which ensures that you get the highest quality product.

Studies have shown that chickens who eat in pastures produce more nutrients like double the amount of Vitamin E  and omega 3 fatty acids for example when compared to a conventionally grown egg.  The only nutrient they didn’t produce more of compared to the conventionally grown eggs which was cholesterol.

So basically you want to look for pastured organic eggs, followed by organic, free range and cage free in that order when looking for the best egg you can buy.

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It seems that everyone is concerned about their heart health today, however that doesn’t change the fact that 1 in 3 adults in the United States are affected by heart disease.

Even though this is such a high rate of heart disease there is good news, there are a wide variety of things that you can do and habits you can change which can help you to turn things around.

Here Is a List of Things You Want to Avoid When Concerned with Your Heart Health

1-Sitting Down for Extended Periods of Time

Whether it be at the movies, at work or at home watching TV, we spend too much time sitting down. Sitting down is bad for our circulatory system because our blood is just pooling in our lower extremities and remaining there.

Having the blood pool in our lower extremities puts us at risk for serious issues like deep vein thrombosis, where a blood clot forms in the deep veins in your body usually in the legs.

If you develop a blood clot the only way to go about getting rid of it is through medication, in worst case scenarios the patient may even need surgery.

Avoid putting yourself at risk for deep vein thrombosis by doing a few simple things. First take the opportunity to walk around and stretch at work whenever possible.

We spend the most time at work and many of us work in an office that requires us to sit at a desk. Stand up and work whenever possible. It may sound sill but it will make a difference. Next call you have to take, take it standing up. If you have a cordless phone or do business on your cell, take a walk while on the phone.

2-If You Snore Get it Checked Out

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The only concern most people have when it comes to their snoring is having to listen to their spouse complain about how they were up all night because of it. The problem is that there may be a more serious underlying issue that is causing the snoring.

If you know that you are snoring, don’t ignore it get it checked out. Many people suffer from a disorder called obstructive sleep apnea without even knowing it.

This is where your body periodically stops breathing during the course of sleep which causes your blood pressure to go through the roof and puts you at increased risk for heart attacks, strokes and heart disease.

If you aren’t sure if you are snoring, one of the most tell tale signs is just feeling completely drained of energy. If you are feeling very fatigues yet get a full night sleep and don’t know of any other reason why you would be so tired, sleep apnea may be the issue.

3-Stop Going Too Hard at the Gym

A big problem for many people in their 40s and 50s is that they hurt themselves by having too intense of a routine or are just lifting too much in general.

This is a common problem for people who used to regularly exercise but haven’t done so since they were younger. This is the person who only goes to the gym every once in awhile, maybe once a week and goes all out in the process.

You can’t squeeze an entire weekly weightlifting routine in to one session no matter who you are or what your fitness level is.

4-Don’t Drink Excessively

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When it comes to heart health and even our overall health, the science on alcohol seems to always be in conflict. Some studies say that you should avoid alcohol altogether while others say that having some is actually beneficial to the heart.

Whether or not your drink is heart healthy depends on the drink itself. Red wines in particular have a high concentration of antioxidants which fight free radicals and are beneficial to our health. On the other hand, drinking beer in excess isn’t going to do you any good except to pack on extra pounds which is going to do more harm than good.

If you’re going to drink alcohol, just do so in moderation. Stick to 1-2 drinks a day maximum to keep your heart as healthy as possible.

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It will be no surprise to you when I say that your brain is in complete control when it comes to engineering an invention or creating a sculpture or painting. These activities require the brains’ full and undivided attention to perform our best and achieve our goals.

What may be a surprise however is that your brain is as in much control of your workout as it is when you are doing rocket science. How fast, how long and how intense of a workout you want is by in large determined by your brain and state of mind at the time.

For years it was believed by laymen and experts alike that our body begins to shut down in response to muscle fatigue and over use due to lack of oxygen. What recently has been found however is that our brains in fact control this, and that they instruct our body to cease exercising as a preventative measure. We know this because in testing endurance athletes, they tend to stop performing well before their muscles are depleted of oxygen as we expected.

With that being said, we now know for certain that being mentally tough and prepared can help you get the most out of your workout.

I Don’t Have the Time Excuse

shutterstock_150268346This is the most common excuse that people use today to get out of their workout routine. The fact of the matter is that there are plenty of exercise programs and routines on the market that are specifically designed for this type of person in mind, many of these programs being effective.

Studies show that Americans have a lot more free time than they think they do, in most cases close to double. The problem is that most of this free time comes in small chunks, and is usually not one large block of free time.

The solution to this is to choose a workout that fits your schedule. Actually sit down, plan and write out when you are going to exercise, where you are going to exercise and what routine you are going to do that day. This is so that all the preparation and planning is done ahead of time and you can just hope right in to your workout routine.

Since our free time is limited and we are only available at very specific times of day, it is best to tailor out workout around this schedule. For example, if you have a half hour of free time one morning and then again later on that evening, you want to do the more strenuous exercise in the morning so that you aren’t up all night. You can schedule moderate to light exercises at night to wind things down and make it easier for you to fall asleep as well.

It is also important to keep a diary or log of your daily routine and the progress you made.  This will make it very easy to determine exactly what progress you made in what frame of time, giving you a good idea of how to go forward as well.

Take note at the end of each week to see how you’ve progressed. Chances are with this method you will be making more progress than anticipated, and you can then modify your routine to progress even further at a much faster pace as well.

Workouts Aren’t Fun

shutterstock_293965973Planning out a workout routine can be tiresome and boring. Then trying to do the workout itself by yourself can be intimidating and challenging. One way to get around this is to get a friend to workout with you. Doing the routine with someone else along with you makes it seem like it is more manageable, and gives you the confidence to do so.

Exercising with a friend can turn your workout from something you dread to something you look forward to day in and day out.

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Introducing NeuroGum

preview-full-shutterstock_524518951NeuroGum is a nootropic supplement, which features a patented blend of caffeine, l-theanine, and B-vitamins.

But unlike other brain boosters, NeuroGum, as its name implies, is just something that comes as a mint-flavored gum that guarantees to be free from aspartame.

When you chew this product, its manufacturer touts that you’re bound to feel improvement in your focus and concentration, memory and overall mental capacities. It is also said to be capable of lessening your stress while allowing your brain to sustain its wellness. All these benefits are said to be accomplished without side effects like jittering or crashing.

If you think about it, improving your cognition by simply chewing a gum sounds like something straight out of a fiction story. But NeuroGum exists in real life. We’re not just sure if its claimed positive effects that can help improve the brain also happen for real. Let’s find out below.

First, let’s discuss what nootropics are.

Defining Nootropics

Generally, nootropics are those supplements that are developed for the purpose of boosting your memory and overall cognition, as well as help you learn faster and better with your improved mental performance. Most nootropic products in the present are categorized as nutritional supplements and not prescription medications. Nutritional supplements are essentially perceived by the FDA as food. What does this signify?

Companies the produce nutritional supplements can create any assertions they please without being required to divulge substantial clinical evidence to prove their claims.

In the last few years, we have evaluated so many nootropic supplements here. This includes the prominent brands such as Brain Storm Elite and Addium, to name a few. Generally, the customer reception for such kinds of products is not very positive.

Most of these supplements only garner 2-stars as their average scores. The complaints are mostly about ineffectiveness, steep costs and the troubles customers get into trying to discontinue autoship plans and getting refunds.

However, this does not directly imply that you will experience the same with NeuroGum.

How Effective Are the Components?

Below are the components involved in NeuroGum’s formula:

Caffeine 40mg
L-Theanine 60mg
Vitamin B6 (30% daily value)
Vitamin B12 (100% daily value)

It is important to note that the Recommended Daily Allowances or RDA can differ from one individual to another. For instance, the RDA of Vitamin B12 can go between 2.4mcg-100mcg. This, of course, depends on your age, gender and if you’re a woman, whether or not you’re expecting.

Fortunately, there’s a product label included, which means that we’re told of the dosages for each component. Most companies leave out this information. Nevertheless, we think it’s strange that the company only indicated the RDAs for Vitamin B6 and B12 and not their actual dose or content.

Moreover, caffeine is largely recognized for its capacity to increase alertness. It is also considered to be potentially efficient for augmenting memory in certain situations. In the studies subjecting caffeine, 200mg of it was used each day, but NeuroGum only has 40mg.

Meanwhile, L-theanine is a form of amino acid that helps transports nerve impulses in the brain, but there’s not sufficient proof demonstrating that it can generate any significant gains when orally ingested.

Lastly, vitamins B6 and B12 are vital for the body and can deliver multiple health gains, just not the ones promised by the supplement’s company.

What About its Absorption?

Generally, components function and potency is felt when absorbed by the body. The more the body can take in, the better the components function and respond.

Most brain boosters are in capsule forms and orally ingested. They’re naturally digested by the stomach, transported into the bloodstream, where they start their work.

Even as we don’t really absorb 100 percent of anything we consume, oral ingestion generally absorbs more components than just via the inner lining of the mouth. Besides, if the skin was not choosy about what it soaked up, we would become ill right away.

The point here is that NeuroGum is a gum, so it is not ingested. This means that its ingredients will be absorbed less compared to the conventional nootropic products.

Defining Cold Compressed

The company behind NeuroGum asserts that the product being “cold compressed” brings maximum efficiency, although this doesn’t seem to be an official terminology.

We looked it up and we found the term, but it generally makes a reference to oils that are created at temperatures lower than 120 degrees.

What are the Adverse Reactions?

preview-full-shutterstock_471869396Naturally, high consumption of caffeine can produce side effects, including sleeping problems, jitters, digestive discomfort, boosted heart rate and many others.

The good thing is that NeuroGum only has 40mg of caffeine for every dose. This is lower compared to 95mg in an 8oz of coffee. Thus, the caffeine content in the supplement should be tolerated by most consumers, unless you’re highly sensitive to stimulants.

Where to Get the Product?

This supplement can only be purchased through the manufacturer. A 6-pack NeuroGum cost $18 from its original price of $19.50 while a 12-pack also costs $18 from its original price of $39, which is odd. You can also subscribe to their email list to get 15% and 20% discounts.

Final Recommendation: Is NeuroGum a Cutting-Edge Cognitive Enhancer?

Though NeuroGum is a unique brain booster, being a gum instead of a capsule, its components lack the credible clinical proof demonstrating that they totally work as claimed by the product’s company.

The caffeine in this product may cause momentary boosted alertness and focus, but so does a cup of coffee. Its form, being a mint-flavored may be something new that will get people want to try it, but the components themselves are not groundbreaking. Whether NeuroGum is worth considering or not will depend on its cost.

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Realized Nootropics: At a Glance

This brain supplement touts to be a dietary product that makes use of 14 purely natural components to aid in the optimization of memory, restoring brain capacities and overall health, produce mental energy, boost mental focus, and decrease oxidative stress. Given this, Realized Nootropics is touted to be developed with the purpose of helping you preserve information, conduct normal tasks more proficiently, and improve your concentration. Simply put, Realized Nootropics is said to help you become more prolific in your daily life.

This is achieved by causing 3 biological modifications, which are:

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Refilling crucial nutrients and amino acids that increase your body’s generation of primary neurotransmitters like acetylcholine and GABA.

Delivering a healthy dosage of nutrients that can aid in the enhancement of blood flow to the brain, decreasing the effects of stress, and soothing the mind.

Giving potent anti-oxidants that can aid in the prevention of free radical damage and give other neuroprotective gains.

Of course, all these seem excellent, but surely you’re looking for something that truly delivers, something that can help you with your daily life by performing your tasks incredibly. In this sense, can Realized Nootropics make a difference?

Understanding How the Components Function

Some of the components contained in the supplement have been demonstrated to generate specific gains beneficial for the brain, but in very specific situations. For example, huperzine and vinpocetine can help to address mental deterioration in people with Alzheimer’s, Bacopa Monnieri for recall when using particular extracts, phosphatidylserine and Acetyl-L-Carnitine for mental deterioration caused by aging, and L-tyrosine for enhancing mental focus following sleep deprivation.

On the other hand, there’s not enough scientific proof that Alpha-GPC, forskolin, artichoke extract, pterostilbene, vitamin B6, L-theanine, oat straw, and L-Phenylalanine can credibly enhance mental capacities or avoid memory loss in healthy individuals with normal brains.

We believe that the inclusion of forskolin in the supplement’s formula provides significant understanding into the level of clinical proof they necessitate for every component they have. This is due to the fact that the proof demonstrating that increased cAMP levels can help promote weight loss is tiny at best. Plus, the peer-reviewed clinical proof illustrating it can help increase mental capacities remains in its slightest.

While we were not informed how their supplement was developed, who it was developed by, or where the components come from, Realized Nootropics asserts that their product has no reported adverse reactions, that the components it includes have been comprehensively studied and documented with no determined physical manifestations. Furthermore, WebMD said that even as nearly all of the components in Realized Nootropics are believed to be harmless, they still highlighted that huperzine and forskolin must not be used by people with heart problems, bacopa must not be used for over 12 weeks at a time, and l-theanine must not be used for over three weeks.

What Users Have to Say?

The supplement has only begun its promotion, thus there were no user feedbacks at the time of this writing. What we found were some reviews that were obviously not legitimate.

We also learned that Realized Nootropics is a division of All-Organic Marketing Ltd., which is mainly headquartered in Alberta, Canada. It is listed with Better Business Bureau where it has an A- rating as of November 2014. It had no customer issues during the time of our research. But BBB only made a file for the said company in May 2014.

Realized Nootropics Cost and Money-Back Guarantee

Every bottle of the product has 30 capsules. This can last up to 15 days. Below are the pricing options:

1-Month Supply (2 bottles): $50

3-Month Supply: $160 (This means you’ll pay $10 more for a 3-month supply than if you selected three 1-month supplies individually)

14-Day Trial: $2.95

Whatever selection you order, shipping of the product is free of charge.

If you select the 14-day trial, you will get a 30-day supply (2 bottles) of the product and the trial starts from the date the order is made. If you do not cancel within the 14-day period, you will be charged $50 for the 2 bottles you initially received. Subsequently, you will be listed in their autoship program, allowing you to get a monthly supply on a regular basis, charging your credit card with the full amount each time.

The information on the product site said that you can expect to see a positive outcome within 90 days or you can ask for your money back, less shipping and handling. But remember that this is only applicable to your first bottle. The following bottles must be unopened to be accepted.

For your concerns regarding refunds, trial and autoship cancellations, you have to contact them at 855-530-6884. You can also reach them via their contact form on their site.

As we’ve said several times, free trials and subsequent autoship enrollments are red flags you need to watch out for. This scheme is more about getting as much money from the customers rather than building expedience. It is also a fact that this is quite usual in the supplement industry, but several of the reputable companies don’t practice such program.

Is Realized Nootropics the One to Give You Mental Edge?

preview-full-shutterstock_304868180Sure, the supplement has the potential to help you by giving neurodegenerative gains. However, WebMD said that many of its components don’t have enough scientific foundation that they are indeed valuable in delivering significant brain benefits.

Plus, Realized Nootropics is relatively a new supplement, hence the lack of consumer reviews on the web. It is hard to measure the overall satisfaction level on a customer standpoint if there aren’t any reviews from real users. For this reason, we suggest that you consult with your doctor first about other efficient means of improving your brain’s functions and overall health before proceeding with Realized Nootropics.

 

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Introducing Ultimate Flora

Ultimate Flora Probiotics is a nutritional supplement designed to alleviate digestive problems. If you frequently suffer from stomach discomfort, bloating and gassiness, Ultimate Flora is claimed to be the best solution. It works by harmonizing intestinal and urogenital flora, so that constipation, gas and bloating are addressed. Ultimate Flora is also claimed to strengthen the immunity, improve the skin and others.

The question is, have probiotics been demonstrated to generate health gains? If yes, can this particular probiotic supplement make a difference in your body and health in general? Read on to know more about Ultimate Flora’s features and functions, as claimed by its manufacturer.

Understanding How the Product Function

shutterstock_207490543Based on the information on the official page, the good bacteria in your stomach can become imbalanced. This is due to a lot of reasons, which includes getting older, unhealthy diet, and severe stress. In order to fight this, the manufacturer develops a range of probiotics that are purported to involve clinically researched bacteria strains like Lactobacillus to facilitate the general wellness of small intestines and Bifidobacterium for the health of the large intestines, as well as to promote improvement and restoration of the digestion through natural means. Also, probiotics can also enhance your health through other means by aiding your body in effectively producing nutrients, shielding you from harmful toxins and strengthen your natural defense mechanisms.

This probiotics supplement is offered in five distinctive forms:

aid-digestionExtra Care Daily: it has 30 billion CFUs and 10 various strains of bacteria designed to help revive digestive harmony and stability both on the large and small intestines.
Women’s Daily: it has 25 billion CFUs and is developed to facilitate an excellent balance of yeast and bacteria.
Daily Care: it has 15 billion CFUs and is developed to shield against digestive issues as well as encourage better immunity.
Adult 50+: it has 25 billion CFUs and six strains of bacteria. It is developed to restore Biffido, which can diminish as one gets older.
Kids: probiotics for kids are chewable and come in berry flavor. It has 25 billion CFUs that are produced without the inclusion of synthetic sweetening agents, flavors, colors or preservatives.

The company behind this probiotics tout that their product is actually separated from people, dairy and plants. These probiotics are free from gluten and dairy, salt, binders, fillers and synthetic components. Also, Ultimate Flora are said to have a slowed down release capsule, which could help the bacteria effectively endure your stomach acid.

Based on the information on the site, Ultimate Flora’s recommended dosage is once each day, with meal or no meal. The manufacturer says that their products are completely harmless and effectual, plus the potency is absolutely ensured via the bottle’s date of expiration.

Ultimate Flora Cost and Money-Back Guarantee

This particular probiotics supplement is offered via several independent resellers. These include CVS, Duane, Reade, Rite Aid, Target, and Walgreens, to name a few. The price range for Ultimate Flora goes somewhere:

Extra Care Daily: $18 and $25
Women’s Daily: $20 and $23
Daily Care: $17 and $22
Adult 50+: $20 and $30
Kids: $14 and $17

Ultimate Flora’s money-back guarantee depends on the refund policies of each retailer.

Customer Reviews/Feedbacks/Testimonials

In general, it appears that this supplement has a great reception among customers as we found several positive online feedbacks. Usually consumers appreciate Ultimate Flora for its health benefits of lessening digestive issues, as well as improving their bowel movements. The capsules can also be taken with ease and there is no aftertaste. Lastly, the customers appreciate the fact that Ultimate Flora is reasonably priced compared to other similar products. Based on the information on Ultimate Flora’s website, their probiotics even reached atop a survey/list done by Consumerlab.com. There were also some negative feedbacks, with the users saying that Ultimate Flora failed to work as promised.

Furthermore, Ultimate Flora’s company advises to store the product at 73 degrees or lower regularly. We read a feedback saying that the company suggested refrigerating the probiotics. This is crucial because if the cultures in the probiotics become exposed to very high temperatures, this could result to less potency and efficiency.

Final Verdict

Probiotics have been clinically shown to actually generate health gains and Ultimate Flora is no exception. In addition to its mostly excellent reception among online reviews, Ultimate Flora is also reasonably priced that makes it a value for money considering its fair pricing and health benefits that improve digestion and overall health.

While there’s a strong clinical proof that probiotics are indeed effective, we still suggest that you read buyers’ guides, so that you can select the proper product that can surely meet your specific requirements and preferences. Also, it is wise to seek your doctor’s advice before proceeding to taking any probiotics supplement.

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Noxicare General Idea

Nowadays, body aches and swelling are not the elderly’s affliction anymore as even younger ones that have active lifestyles also suffer from such pains. These physical issues frequently go with feelings of rigidity, inflammation, and burning sensation. Apparently, such problems can be obstacles with one’s daily routines. These pains can be caused by frictional injuries on the joints, trauma, the deterioration of tissues, and arthritis. Despite the variety of products or supplements that can possibly alleviate the aches and swelling, the ones that are approved by the FDA are actually very few. One of FDA-sanctioned products is Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream.

Product Description

preview-full-2012-9-27-SoreMuscle.jpg.optimalThis particular pain reliever is a topical analgesic that’s undergone FDA evaluation and passed. Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream was created by Dr. Reza Ghorbani. He has a board certification in pain management and was trained in Harvard University. This topical cream is intended for treating joint pains in the most convenient way possible. Furthermore, the components in this product are natural homeopathic that are recognized for their anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and antioxidant characteristics. Plus, this treatment lessens the swelling not only on the affected area, but also the root source, which makes the treatment process more effectual. With this, the achiness and uneasiness are reduced. Inflamed joints are also addressed.

What are the Product Assertions?

Many topical creams alleviate pain and swelling by making the affected area numb with the use of counterirritants. Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream, on the other hand, addresses the root cause of the achiness, so that the respite you experience from pain is more effective and long-lasting. The components in this topical solution go through the skin deeply, so that the source of the problem is directly treated. Moreover, Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream has these health gains below as claimed by its manufacturer:

The product can lessen joint aches and feelings of uneasiness.

The product can alleviate achiness of the muscles.

The product decreases the swelling of the joint and tissues in the cartilage.

The product helps the joints to have greater elasticity and functionality.

The product helps relieve the rigidity of the joints and inflammation.

The product rouses the body’s natural curing mechanism, so the recovery of the injured joints and cartilages becomes more efficient and immediate.

Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream also aids in comforting tense tissues of the muscles.

What are the Components in the Product?

Turmeric Extract: This is usually used for spicing purposes, but turmeric has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving traits that are useful in this product’s formula. In fact, turmeric has been regarded as treatment for aches and swelling linked to osteoarthritis and other issues of the joints.

Willow Bark Extract: This herbal ingredient has salicylate. This is a substance that can also be discovered in aspirin, which means that it can be useful in lessening joint aches and swelling.

Ginger Extract: This one also has anti-inflammatory trait that’s been helpful in relieving joint aches caused by arthritis and rheumatism. Ginger extract can also be utilized in lessening muscle pain and swelling. What’s more is that the involvement of ginger in Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream makes the product itself more efficient as this particular ingredient functions in a way that increases the potency of others in the formula.

Holy Basil Extract: This component, on the other hand, has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antioxidant traits. It also serves as an antibiotic.

Rosemary Extract: A homeopathic element, rosemary extract has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving qualities that have been known to treat pains of the joints and of the musculoskeletal areas.

Alpha Lipoic Acids: This ingredient aids in the eradication of detrimental radicals in the body. These radicals trigger injuries in the joints and cartilages, which triggers pain. This also helps improve the flow of blood to the nerves, hence pain reduction.

Boswellia Extract: The ingredient has anti-inflammatory capacity, which is why it is commonly known for curing aching of the joints and swelling, as well.

Positive Effects According to Users

Those who have experienced Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream said that the product enhanced the elasticity and functionality of their joints.

These people also reported that joint achiness felt in the knees, elbows and shoulders was also decreased.

There were decreased incidents of early morning rigidity, particularly back pains.

There were lessened muscle tension and discomfort.

What are the Adverse Reactions?

Generally, this topical cream does not have any adverse reactions, though it can also trigger minor physical manifestations, such as skin rashes, redness, and itchiness.

What’s the Proper Dose?

You can put a generous quantity of the product into the spot where there’s pain and rub gently but scrupulously. You can use Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream 2-3 times per day.

Is Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream Efficient?

There was a case study performed by an independent research group back in 2010. In this study, 72 percent of the people who used the product said they experienced substantial decrease of pain after using it for a week. Furthermore, 60 percent of the people in the study also said that Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream lessened the achiness felt in half. Thus, there’s clinical proof that this topical cream really works.

Safety Precautions & Health Reminders

preview-full-DOMSThe components of the product are available for viewing, so you can know if you’re allergic to any of them. Do not use Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients used. This product is also not recommended for wounds and irritated skin.

Consult your physician if you’re already using other topical products. Always wash your hands after you’re done using this product. This is crucial to not allow Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream to be in contact with the eyes.

What Users Have to Say?

Many of the users who have firsthand experience of Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream testified to its efficiency. The product did help them lessen the pain in their joints and muscles, allowing them to go on with their daily routine. Within one week of using this, they noticed a significant improvement in their joints’ mobility.  They also appreciate the fact that this topical cream does not leave a stain nor does it leave a scent. Meanwhile, there were customers who were not very pleased with its performance, saying it didn’t generate any notable results at all.

Bottom Line

For one, this cream is approved by the FDA, so we can be assured that it’s safe and effective overall. This is because it means that the product underwent austere security measures and other protocols to ensure that the manufacturing process was done properly and without safety issues. It even underwent a clinical study where the product’s efficiency was demonstrated and proven in the end after more than half of the participants reported effectiveness after a week of using it. Considering all these, we can fairly conclude that Noxicare™ Natural Pain Relief Cream is a reliable topical cream that can help alleviate joint pains and swelling.

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Overview of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

The product’s manufacturer, Bliss, was established in 1996. In the beginning, the company’s products were only offered at its spa. Since then the wide range of products by Bliss is now sold internationally. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is basically a 2-in-1 skin cleanser that also exfoliates. It is oil-free, which makes it more effective in getting rid of dirt and other impurities, as well as make-up. This skincare product has components such as chamomile extract, rose hip, milk thistle and passion flower. The mild formula of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash makes it suitable for all skin types. The combination of these elements into a single formula harmonizes the skin and gives it a rejuvenated appearance.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash can be purchased directly via the official site. You can also opt to purchase this skincare product from other online resellers. It costs $24 for a 6.6 oz container.

Getting to Know the Ingredients

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The woman is washing her face.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash has the following ingredients in the product’s formula:

Glycerine: believed to sustain the skin’s moisture

Rose Hip Extract: in certain circumstances, this ingredient may allow the regeneration of tissue as well as lessen scars, burns and wrinkles

Passion Flower Extract: claimed to sustain the skin’s softness

Chamomile Extract: this ingredient has antiseptic traits

Polyethylene Beads: supports in the exfoliation process of dead skin cells

How Does the Product Function?

This skincare product claims to easily melt oil, make-up, and all kinds of dirt on the face. As the cleansing process occurs, Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash provides a relaxing effect on the skin. The exfoliating beads also eliminate dead skin cells, which gives the skin an invigorated appearance.

Product Features

According to Bliss, the following is the positive effects associated with the use of their product:

The product has calming plant-based extracts that are soothing to the skin.

Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash can exfoliate thanks to its exfoliating beads.

It gets rid of dirt and other impurities as well as make-up without causing dryness to your face.

The product is oil-free and it is suitable for all skin types.

Proper Use of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash

The use of this skincare product is quite simple. Just apply Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash to your damp skin and stroke mildly for a few minutes. After this is done, rinse with water. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash has exfoliating beads but it’s still mild enough for it to be part of your daily skincare regimen.

Will Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash be Effective?

Generally this product seems to function as claimed in numerous instances. Positive effects are also achieved as long as it is used on a regular basis. Making Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash part of your skincare routine should make you feel the great results that manifest in the form of a smoother skin. The exfoliating properties of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash also make the skin cleaner and feeling more refreshed.

Is Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash a Value for Money?

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A 6.6 oz of Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash costs $24. If you intent to purchase it, it’s wiser to search more extensively on the web before settling on a particular reseller. Other online retailers actually offer better deals with free shipping. Its price of $24 for a 6.6 oz of bottle is actually a reasonable one. The size of the container is also ideal for those who are just beginning to use the product. Once you’ve tried it and you’ve decided that it’s good for your skin then you can opt for larger sizes, which of course, cost more.

Are there Adverse Reactions?There may be some side effects since Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash contains preservatives and fragrance. These adverse effects could be redness and irritation for some customers. Furthermore, allergic reaction which could cause breakouts may also be developed among some customers.

Bottom Line

By and large it seems Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash is a decent skincare product. The claims are strong, such as that this facial wash can work on all skin types and deliver a glowing, refreshed skin. These claims by the company are backed by many customers who have firsthand experience in using the product, which generally signifies the authenticity of these assertions. The price is also reasonable – not so cheap and not so pricey either. It is suggested for those who have sensitive skin to consult with their dermatologists first as there are ingredients in the product that may cause irritation and breakouts. Before buying Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash, it’s advised that you check for more product reviews online to be sure that this product is what you’re really looking for based on the testimonials of actual customers.

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Do you find that you get more depressed in the winter seasons? Often coined ‘the winter blues’, you may find that the cold months and lack of sunlight really make you feel down, especially if you are located far from the equator. This has recently been labeled a genuine condition called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), affecting around 1% of men. It has been classed as a legitimate form of depression that affects people seasonally and showcases similar symptoms to regular depression. This kind of condition can have damaging effects on your relationships both personal and professional and your physical and mental health. The reason for the disorder is that the lack of sunlight means that the body’s circadian rhythm is disrupted, followed by an overproduction of melatonin, which makes you feel sleepy, and an underproduction of serotonin, the happy hormone.

But how do you recognize it and what do you do to treat it?

The Symptoms

preview-full-did-you-have-a-blue-christmasIf you have found that you present any of the following symptoms, you may want to consider talking to your doctor. If you constantly feel fatigued and want to sleep all day, or you feel like carrying out daily tasks is an effort due to your tiredness, you may be experiencing the first stages. Often this is coupled with appetite changes, where you may like you crave sugary foods or starchy snacks, accompanied by weight gain. Strangely, people who suffer from SAD often complain of unexplainable aches and pains in the muscles and joint. Equally, you may notice changes in your mood such as irritability, low sex drive, feeling more stressed and overwhelmed, with an inherent feeling of despair and hopelessness. You may find yourself acting differently such as becoming more avoidant, wanting to spend time alone without people, feeling apathetic toward activities you usually enjoy and people you usually like to keep company with. Feelings of sadness and guilt are often associated with these emotions too. All these indicators point toward Seasonal Affective Disorder when you only seem to feel this way in the darker winter months.

Treatment

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There are a few ways to treat SAD, both with medication and without. The first is to try and get as much sunlight as possible when it is available. During light hours, try to spend your time outside, maybe working outside or even taking short breaks to go for walks in the sunshine. You will want to also make sure you try to increase natural light in your home and workspace, placing yourself closest to big windows. There has been the development of a new light which mimics the sun’s rays, which has proven to help people with this disorder.

Exercising regularly helps to produce more hormones in your body that help to combat SAD. By getting the body moving, you increase serotonin development in the brain and it also releases endorphins. Exercise is a good way to deal with many forms of depression but it can be hard to encourage yourself to do it when you feel overwhelmed and down. Start by taking short walks outside.

Reach out to people who can help you. Try talking to your friends and family and ask for their support, maybe in helping you exercise such as accompanying you on a walk. If you feel like you need more support, talk to a doctor about medication and other methods to help combat the disorder.

You can also try taking a natural supplement such as ‘Brain Gain’ which helps to promote natural harmony in the body and mind, bringing your body into rhythm, while boosting energy and cognitive processing.