I'm Back With An All New Post In My Favorite 5's Series!
Come see what I've found for October.
For the month of October I want to share with you some of my most favorite Health & Well-Being products.
Again, be sure I've only highlighted items that I have successfully used; I'm excited about these products! I truly hope that by sharing, you can benefit as we have!
Since these are products related to health, I legally need to give a disclaimer here
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So with that out of the way, here's October's 5 Favorite Finds for 2014.
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Do any of these descriptions fit you?
- Stressed or Irritable
- Sleep Deprived
- A New Mom
- Recently Pregnant
If so, you may be part of what the author describes as part of a bad mood epidemic.
The author, Julia Ross clearly reveals a plan to naturally correct our mood, and improve the quality of our lives. She starts with an individualized mood-type questionnaire then details a program based on the use of four mood-building amino acids, other potent nutrient supplements, and a diet rich in good-mood foods such as protein, healthy fat, and certain key vegetables. (Source)
I chose this book for myself and my husband as I think all but a few of the bulleted points described one or the other of us. I was drawn to this book once I realized it was a natural, holistic approach to improving our moods, and it worked quickly.
I'll be honest and say we're still a work in progress, but we are so much better! And I'm sleeping soundly for the first time since I was a small child (as long as I follow the regimen outlined). I've shared our results with a few close friends, and I'm sure they'd be the first to say they've benefited as well.
Want to eliminate a urinary tract infection without antibiotics? Try D-Mannose.
What is D-Mannose and How Does it Work?
D-Mannose is a naturally occurring sugar, related to glucose, and found in certain types of fruits like cranberries. D-Mannose is said to prevent certain kinds of bacteria that cause infection from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract. No side effects have been determined. It's considered safe for either gender, small children, even pregnant women. (Source)
My True Story
I'm not normally prone to urinary tract infections, but in the last year or two I've had a few really bad ones - double kidney infection bad! The first time, I went the antibiotic route, followed the regimen to a tee, but the infection came back within a few days. I followed it up with high dosage cranberry pills till the bottle was empty, and I was better.
Fast forward a year almost to the date, and I developed a particularly bad infection. From the first sign of an infection I began Vitamin C powder and cranberry every couple of hours round the clock. Sadly though, within 24 hours I was peeing blood. My doctor would no longer see me since my insurance changed. What to do? I took a course of antibiotics on hand, and knocked it out, or so I thought.
Within a week I was again peeing blood, and now both my kidney's were inflamed. I knew antibiotics were not the answer long term. Additionally, after reading some sobering information on the long-term use of antibiotics I wanted to find a natural solution. The reviews for D-Mannose for just the purpose of a urinary tract infection sounded hopeful. I decided to try it. Within 1 day my symptoms all but disappeared! No joke! I continued to take the capsules as directed for a week. I was completely symptom free.
You may be wondering, did it last? Yes, I'm happy to say that the infection did not return. Now, if I get the sensation that I'm about to develop an infection (you know the feeling), I take the recommended dosage for 1 day, and the infection is stopped in its tracks. I definitely keep a bottle on D-Mannose on hand.
I'm not sure how I discovered this supplement. I think my mother-in-law did actually. Regardless, they work! This potent multi-herb complex addresses two key areas, immune support and bacterial/viral control. With two preschoolers in the house, that's key. They touch everything, and seem to contract some sort of infection on a monthly basis.
As soon as one of the kids get sick, the adults in our house take this supplement, and we are usually immune. I sent a bottle to my parents when they had the flu, and it shortened their illness. It's recommended you take this every day to keep your immune system built up. I'm sure doing so would dramatically cut down on sick days, perhaps eliminate them altogether.
I love this stuff! I've tried a variety of supplements to regulate my cycle and reduce PMS, such as Vitex Chasteberry, and Evening Primrose Oil. They are very helpful. I reached a point though within the last year or so where nothing seemed to be doing the trick. I blame it on unbalanced horomones. I've been pregnant 4 times in 4 years. Two pregnancies resulted in miscarriage. I nursed both my girls for 1 year to 18 months each. I've continued to lactate after I stopped nursing, going on 18 months now! My point? My hormones are all over the place like a wild pin ball in a rioting pin ball machine.
Shatavari has brought my cycle back into balance; it has evened out my mood swings. Some think this is only beneficial post-menoupause, not the case. It is an excellent female tonic regardless of age.
A few benefits:
- Can increase milk supply while nursing
- Can ease irritability and anger associated with PMS
- Can increase libido
- Can improve ovulation and fertilization
- IBS, Diabetes, Bronchitis
I decided to try this product as a teeth whitener. It's proved helpful there. However, I mention this as a Favorite 5 for a totally unrelated reason. This powder proved a wonderful health and well-being product, and it saved me hundreds of dollars in the process!
I will be the first to admit that weird things happen to me - of a medical nature. But if you've experienced any type of problem with your mouth or teeth (other than cosmetic), stay with me here...
My True Story
I bite the inside of my mouth a lot. Twice now the bite has caused a blocked saliva gland. I'm sure there's a medical term for this; I don't know it. What I do know is that the first time, I had to have an oral surgeon remove the sore.
Let me describe the extent of this problem. This sore could be likened to a huge blood blister inside of the mouth. It inhibited eating, even speaking. I tried to "pop" it with a sewing needle, but it would just come back. My dentist said it needed surgical removal or it would continually return. The oral surgeon was delighted to see a phenomenon that he said he'd only studied, never witnessed.
The second time, quite by accident, I discovered this charcoal powder has healing powers! As I used this to whiten my teeth, I noticed the sore getting smaller and smaller. I canceled my plans to call an oral surgeon. Within 2 weeks of using this powder, the sore was gone, the gland was no longer blocked and engorged. There is no evidence that such a sore existed.
I continue to brush my teeth with this powder since it's so beneficial for my teeth and gums. Read the product description below (Source):
- A great, natural alternative for your entire family to promote healthy teeth and gums without toxic ingredients. Contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, artificial colors or flavors, and no abrasive baking soda or salt. Uniquely formulated to clean and safely polish teeth, improve gum health and freshen breath.
- Product contains no sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners (such as saccharine), and no fluoride.
- Each glass jar has enough product for over 275+ brushes, twice as many as a standard 6oz tube of toothpaste!
Some people are a little unsure how to best use this product. Be aware that you don't want to get the jar of powder wet or it will go bad. The best thing I've found to do is pour a little into the palm of your hand, wet your toothbrush, dab it into the powder on your hand, then brush your teeth as normal.
Activated Bamboo Charcoal: An anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powder that's excellent for gum health and sensitive teeth. Bentonite Clay, Organic Orris Root Powder, Myrrh Gum Powder, Organic Hibiscus Petal Powder, Organic Stevia Leaf Powder, Organic Peppermint Essential Oil, and Organic Cinnamon Extract.
I know, your probably thinking I sound like an infomercial. Sorry, I did warn you that I only share products that I'm excited about!
Are there any products you'd like to share that have been really beneficial to your health and well-being? Please share.