24 Jun 2017, Comments (0)

The Mermaid Pillow

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Mermaid pillow…what a perfect name for this product.
You can read a backstory on their website here.
But these pillows are great. They have both a sequin side, and a softer side without sequins, allowing for both fashion and comfort.

The sequins are SO. MUCH. FUN. to play with.
(I’m serious…  left this in the back room and caught a family member playing with it for a solid 15 minutes)

 

I am a super fidgety person so this is great to play with during a TV show, or honestly I sat with it when I was feeling anxious. Something calming about the sequins turning different colors. They are smooth and easy to turn as well– won’t get stuck or hurt your hands, etc.

I really liked the other side for show as well– a sleek design, made with great quality.

What also caught my eye with this company is that they donate pillows to Children’s Hospitals and, for every pillow that says “Accept, Understand, Love”, they donate $5.00 to Autism Speaks. That really hits home for me, because I have a family member who suffers from Autism. It also so heart warming that they donate pillows to children’s hospitals because I BET children love to play with this and watch the sequins turn colors.

Charlie even enjoyed the pillow 🙂

 

Overall, I really love this company and this pillow is great. Please give them a try! You (or your children!) will not be disappointed 🙂

 

This is an unbiased review. I received this pillow for free.
6 May 2017, Comments (0)

ISOThrive prebiotic nectar

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

People are more or less familiar with PRObiotics…ya know, those friendly bacteria (yes, bacteria) that live in your gut and help keep you and your gut happy and working, but what is a PRE-biotic?  You can basically think of it as food for the probiotic bacteria (generally lactobacillus) to “eat” and then function at peak performance. We need to ingest prebiotic sources in order to fuel the probiotics for them to do their job.

This is where ISOThrive comes into place. It is 1g of maltosyl-iso-malto-oligosaccharides (a type of indigestible complex carbohydrate) that “feeds” your gut bacteria.

Do I take probiotics? Off an on. They are expensive, and some of them don’t work. Do I eat yogurt? Yes, daily, which is a natural source of probiotics. I have never ingested a pre-biotic type of supplement, but you can eat probiotics in foods like garlic, leeks, and other plant based foods, although the source may be low.

ISOThrive provides what you would need for prebiotics for the day in one tiny sachet. You can add it to water and drink, or take it and “drink” it straight from the little sachet. It’s about the size of a sugar packet, so it’s not a lot, maybe half a teaspoon at most.

ISOThrive claims to help with weight loss (by keeping hunger  at bay), provide an  immunity boostdigestive balance (by overriding “bad” bacteria and encouraging “good” bacteria), and be a natural acid reflux relief (by adjusting your micro biome).

first off…what did it taste like? Honestly, it’s not bad. It’s not quite a syrup, more of a “serum” in consistency, with no odor. It’s really just a sweet-ish but kind of flavorless, almost like sugar water, but thicker in consistency. I couldn’t be bothered to put it in a glass of water so I would just take it right from the packet and didn’t have any issues with flavor or consistency.

Did it work?

Honestly, I don’t know, maybe. I took this supplement once daily every morning for roughly 3 weeks now. The first few days I noticed a was a bit bloated which was annoying but I am also skeptical- is it the supplement? Or did I just eat something salty or high in carbs so I’m bloated?

I do suffer from GERD but I also constantly drink coffee with a high anxiety/stress life which only contributes to acid.  However, I did not really have any bad acid flare ups while taking this product. I also get nauseous from time to time with the GERD/acid and I was not nauseous while taking the product.

I’ll tell you I did not have my hunger lessened at all, but I am also extremely active thus, always eating, and I haven’t weighed myself so I couldn’t tell you if I lost weight or not but I doubt it (not that I’m really all that saddened by that, did not want to lose weight to start with). So don’t count on this for drastic weight loss.

As for immunity boost? I did not get sick while taking this product (knock on wood), but again, is that from the product? Or was I just not exposed to germs? This time of year is more allergy related “sickness” than common colds, so perhaps the germs just weren’t hitting me.

I mean I still got stomach aches and slight indigestion from foods, but overall haven’t had any problems with this supplement, and I definitely think it’s worth a try, especially if you have GI issues, bloating, GERD, or even if you find yourself getting sick a lot. We forget that the food we eat and the nutrients we consume have a lot to do with our health, so this may be worth throwing into the mix.

Here is the brief facts about ISO Thrive.

 

Disclaimer: I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
25 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Zaca Recovery Chewable

Author: Healthnuttxo

What is a recovery chewable? Zaca has come out with a product designed to help you “recover”… from stress related events, exercise, drinking, etc. According to the website, the chewables are intended to help hydration, enhance electrolytes, increase endurance, boost mental focus, and be a liver aid.

BEFORE we go any further… Let me give you a disclaimer. I am a skeptic. I don’t often buy supplements beyond BCAAs for the gym (which I am also convinced I am buying a powder and drinking expensive water but whatever, I like it), and I really do not believe much in homeopathic or osteopathic remedies when it comes to actual physiologic problems. In other words, NO your CINNAMON will NOT cure my Diabetes. So I am going into this as unbiased as I can be, but I have a medicine background and I am always going to be skeptical about supplements for improving health without scientific evidence.

Anyway, back to the review…. 😀

The chewables have Japanese raisin tree berry extract (claimed to help “liver detox”), l-alanyl-l-glutamine (claimed to enhance electrolyte and water absorption),, L-Glutathione which I know is big for antioxidant properties in the body, (but also claimed to help detox and for immune fortification), prickly pear leaf  (high in antioxidants and flavonoids), and some other things such as stevia and magnesium. They are gluten free, GMO free, sugar free, stimulant free.

Each pack comes with 2 tabs. They are crisp and sweet, with a pear and berry type of flavor. Sweet, mildly tart, kind of like a sweet tart but not quite as sweet or tart (lol, just trust me). I can definitely taste the xylitol type flavor and that stevia type sweetness as well. They’re good, and they’re easy to eat.

I took these after a night of drinking, and in the morning, as instructed on the package. I won’t lie, I wasn’t my usual nauseous self the morning after. But was that from the Zaca? or from the water I drank?  I can’t quite help my cynicism.

I took them again a few days, I work out hard, I work long hours, constantly on my feet, and maybe get 6 hours of sleep a night, sometimes less. So I am drained. I can tell you I did not get sick while consuming the tablets, so perhaps the L-Glutathione did help the immune system. I am not sure if they helped with recovery after workouts, I felt more or less the same. Mental focus? Mine is sort of crap unless I consume coffee so wouldn’t be fair to judge Zaca’s benefit for that. As for liver detox? Well. I am sorry I don’t entirely believe in any type of detox when it comes to your body. In my eyes, and in the eyes of science, your liver and kidney do all the detox you need. Plus how could I judge if my liver was detoxed or not?

Overall, it feels unjust to give this a numeric rating. Homeopathic and osteopathic medicinal and supplemental treatment is very user dependent, and if your skeptical like me, you may believe otherwise. However, I can just report the facts. The taste was good, they are easy to take with you and store in your gym bag. I did not get sick while taking them, and I did feel pretty good the morning after a night of drinking while taking Zaca with water. So the verdict? Give it a try. You may like it.

 

 

I received Zaca for free. This is an UNBIASED review.

22 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Ion8 Sports Bottle with ionizing technology

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

So before receiving this product and doing a bit of research, I had no idea what it meant to “ionize” your water. To me, I know cations and anions involved in body chemistry and physiology, or what an “ion” is– (which is a molecule that lost or gains electrons to give it a + or – charge)… but what does it mean to IONIZE my water?!

According to the box, I could do that to my water/drink by shaking it. What I am assuming is that you are aerating the beverage, thus ionizing it, which I’m not sure the chemistry behind that (I’m in medicine…not chemistry!) so we will just go with it and talk about the other features of the bottle.

 

The bottle is BPA free, dishwasher friendly (this one is huge for me), can be used with hot or cold beverages, big enough to add ice cubes to, odor resistant, and leak proof. It has a cap that closes snugly, but then also a little lever that you clip so it won’t open up in your bag. Which, let me tell you, I have had many “expensive, great” water bottles open up in my bag and like what is the point of spending good money on a bottle if your beverage leaks everywhere?

NO POINT THAT’S WHAT.

anyway…

 

I used this with water and iced tea mainly. Honestly, I loved it. Loved that I could just throw it in my bag, and the box claims it has a “vented, smooth liquid flow” which is 100% does. You ever go to drink out of a bottle and the flow of water is either so rapid you almost choke or barely streams out of it? Or you get a lot of “glugs” of water (I may have made that word up), where it just doesn’t flow smoothly. I really liked that the flow of water was smooth and just easy to drink.  It’s hard to explain, but I will tell you it’s much different and noticeable than drinking from other bottles.

The bottle also has a rubber portion in the middle making it great for grip, and since it’s a sports bottle (and I am assuming most of you guys get sweaty during sports with sweaty palms…) it’s easy to hold and won’t slip out of your hand. With ice, it kept my beverages cool for a decent amount of time. Unfortunately I don’t drink a lot of hot beverages besides coffee so I did not test how long it would keep something hot.

Overall, a homerun from me. Really loved this product. Solid 5/5, no complaints.

 

 

Disclaimer: i received this bottle for free. This is an unbiased review.
11 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

Mouthwatchers Toothbrush

Author: Healthnuttxo


So I have a fancy toothbrush.

I paid 60$ for it.

& I gotta charge it once a week.

& I have to buy a new head for it that costs 20$ every few months.

& it’s nice and all. A tad abrasive. But it does the job.

But then Mouthwatcher’s offered me to try a new toothbrush.

& I’m cheating on my toothbrush now.

 

This toothbrush is made with antimicrobial bristles, which is honestly what attracted me the most to try it. THINK ABOUT IT. You brush your teeth that have been harvesting millions of bacteria ALL DAY and then you put that toothbrush in the closet and the bacteria sit and harvest and then you use that toothbrush again. And when your gums bleed? You inoculate yourself. It is your own bacteria…but still. It’s something to think about. Or maybe I just think about these things because i am paranoid…who knows.

 

ANYWHO-

These antimicrobial bristles are infused with silver technology that claims to eliminate 99% of bacteria on bristles between use. The bristles themselves are 1 micrometer thin at the tip, so it can really get into those tiny groove while brushing. The company claims people say it feels like “you just had a cleaning” at the dentist.

So what’s the verdict? 

I really liked it. Like I haven’t used my “old” toothbrush since. I have super sensitive gums and teeth in general, and this toothbrush felt like it really got to clean my teeth without being abrasive.  The bristles are much softer than other toothbrushes I have tried, which feel almost “plastic” like at times.

ALSO–> they sent me a travel toothbrush that I absolutely love. ITS ABOUT TIME SOMEONE THOUGHT OF A COLLAPSABLE ONE! I hate those little plastic covers you put over the top of a toothbrush— once I actually found a spider in mine. haven’t been able to use it since. With the collapsable one, rinse and dry, collapse, stick in your bag, voila.

Overall, 5 stars. Really enjoyed, and keep using. They sent me 2 brushes + collapsable one, which I was going to offer to a family member, but I think I’m keeping the second one for myself 🙂

 

disclaimer: I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review. 

11 Apr 2017, Comments (0)

B- free Stone Baked Gluten Free Pita bread

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

 

STOP!!! 🙂

Don’t be afraid of this post. I know. It says gluten free. & when people see gluten free/ wheat free…THEY RUN.
WHY?
years ago they definitely had some…questionable gluten free products… cereal that would fall apart, “mealy” consistency for bread…or just plain awful.
However, insert B Free products. A serious improvement on gluten free breads and products.

The company sent me some pita breads to try. A LOT actually (thanks guys!)

So I hooked my friends up with some and let my family try as well. And let me tell you…they were a hit.

 

I can’t take any credit for these beautiful photos. Taken by a friend with some serious photo skills (that I lack….sorry guys!)

 

Anyway, we tried these toasted, non toasted, with eggs, bacon, tuna fish, and cold cuts.
They are soft and did not taste “fake” at all. My mom is one of the biggest skeptics with gluten free bread, and she had NO CLUE they were gluten free. They actually do just remind me of a wheat pita bread.

The texture was spot on– not too doughy or chewy, and not so hard that it fell apart. It wasn’t dry, and relatively moist. Loved that it didn’t fall apart while eating it as well.

The taste is really subtle, it will remind you of a “wheat flavor”– without the wheat — but this is good because it makes the pita bread super versatile.

Overall, these were a hit with at least 5 people, so with that…these have to get a 5 star rating. I’m not a *huge* sandwich person, but I appreciate when a bread is not only gluten free with awesome texture and nutritional stats, but also one that is durable.

Allergy sensitive? Well you’re in luck because these are also nut free, soy free, wheat free, dairy free AND egg free.

Gluten sensitive? Or just want to try a new pita? Give these a shot!

 

I received these pita breads for free. This is an UNBIASED review.

21 Feb 2017, Comments (0)

Seattle Chocolate Company chocolates

Author: Healthnuttxo

Time for one of my favorite reviews… Chocolate!!! I got some yummy goodies by Seattle Chocolates. They also sent some cute little tubes of coffee flour, cocoa nibs and cherry pulp which was awesome to see, as it is what makes up this delicious chocolate.

Super Chocolate Dark Chocolate Truffle Bar by Seattle Chocolates. This one is “powered by coffee flour & cocoa nibs” , Non-GMO, vegan, gluten free, and Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Upon opening, the aroma of chocolate is extremely strong, and quite delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever had such an overwhelming chocolate aroma by opening up a wrapper before! It is a dense chocolate, but softer on the inside (the “truffle” aspect, I am assuming). The taste is quite good- definitely a dark chocolate, but not super bitter. While it isn’t a melt in your mouth kind of chocolate (that’s the nature of dark chocolate), it is enjoyable, and I am not a huge dark chocolate fan. It has a semi-sweet sort of feel, kind of like when you pick the morsels out of cookie dough when making homemade chocolate chip cookies. It is sweet, but not overpoweringly so. I really enjoyed this!

4 stars.

1/2 bar is 190 calories, 15 grams of fat, 17 carbohydrates, 12 sugars and 2 grams of protein.

Next up, the Jcoco Chocolate (also by Seattle Chocolate Company). I was given two, the Noble Dark, which was 72% dark chocolate with cocoa nibs, and the Arabica Cherry Espresso in Dark Chocolate. I liked that when I opened each package, there were 3 mini bars inside, all individually wrapped, with fun pictures on each one. On the back it says “one bar= one serving to one in need” , where various donations are made, which you can read more about here.

Both bars are all natural, non-GMO, vegan, and gluten free. The box the chocolate comes in is on 100% recycled paper, and the products are Kosher. Talk about win-win-win for anyone with restricted needs trying to find some yummy chocolate, that ALSO is for a good cause!

First up, the Noble Dark. Make no mistake, this was definitely a dark chocolate. A tad on the bitter side for me, but honestly, I still liked it. And let me repeat, I am NOT a dark chocolate fan. The cocoa nibs added a nice crunch and some texture to the chocolate. Again, not a melt in your mouth chocolate, but still good. Definitely a strong cocoa flavor, but tasted so fresh and pure, with mild sweetness.

3 1/2 stars

Next up, the Arabica Cherry Espresso in Dark Chocolate. This one definitely had a nice cherry undertone to it, which provided both sweetness and a nice flavor. This chocolate seemed to be smoother, and more “melty” in consistency. Not as bitter as the other 2, and a tad sweeter. I really liked this one. My favorite of the three.

4 stars

 

Overall, some pretty darn good chocolate. What’s better than satisfying a chocolate craving, while also giving back to those in need? Plus with dark chocolate, you get a little antioxidant boost that the news, etc. always raves about. Win-win! I would definitely give these a try, even if you are a milk chocolate fan like I am, because they are worth it, and please check them out if you like dark chocolate, you will not be disappointed!

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these samples to try for free.

 

6 Feb 2017, Comments (0)

Crispy Fruit Freeze Dried Fruit

Author: Healthnuttxo

Do you like the sweetness of fruit, but hate that you sometimes get a non-ripe (read: not sweet) piece? Or you take it to work and it gets all bruised in your bag? Well Crispy Fruit is the perfect solution to that. Freeze dried fruit, with nothing added, and comes in a ton of flavors.

I happen to be a fan of freeze dried fruit- it’s JUST fruit, but not as caloric as dried fruit. It’s puffy and soft but often sweet and flavorful. The portions are small, so this is good when you are craving something sweet that at 30-70 calories a bag or so, will not break your diet!

So let’s get started:

Banana 

Crunchy and sweet…but NOT to be confused with banana chip. It had the exact sweetness of a ripe banana, but as a caveat, will get stuck in your teeth. However it is super yummy, and a decent portion in a bag. 4 stars

Cantaloupe

Some fruit should just not be freeze dried and this might be one of the. It was sweet but almost had a salty taste to it…which was rather offputting to me. It had a very light crunch, and dissolved in my mouth. However, it was VERY ripe in taste (which I do not like even in fresh Cantaloupe) so, NOT my favorite. 

2 star

Asian pear

This one was Mild in flavor, easily melted in my mouth, and was lightly sweet. Again, tastes like very ripe pear due to sweetness level, and was overall enjoyable. 

3.5 star

***

Pineapple

Easily my favorite, big chunks, that are super sweet and crunch. They were not tart at all, and Honestly I wish there was more. Tastes like perfectly ripe pineapple 

4.5 stars

Apple

Apple chunks were super “light” and “crunchy” but “soft” if that makes sense. They had the sweetness of dried apple, but a bit more mild. Not my favorite, and apples generally are my favorite fruit, but just didn’t have any strong flavor to them that I was craving.

3 stars

Mango

This one was great! Big chunks of mango, sweet and crispy with a nice little crunch. Sometimes when you buy mango, you get a really unripe or sour one, and that just ruins the whole experience. This freeze dried version provides all of the sweetness without the mess or sour aspect mango can sometimes have. Really liked this one.

4 stars

Tangerine

I’ll be honest, Tangerine was the last one I tried because I thought I would hate it, but it was actually amazing. It came in wedges, just like you would eat with a tangerine, and was really light and crispy. One of the reasons I don’t like Tangerines is because of the pulp issue, but obviously not a concern here. These were amazingly sweet with just a hint of tang. Definitely liked these.

4 stars

So that just about sums it up. Clearly, I enjoyed (almost) all of these. The portions were great for a snack, and sweet enough to fix a sweet tooth craving without any added sugar. They are all natural, gluten free and NON-GMO verified.

DISCLAIMER: I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.

 

 

27 Jan 2017, Comments (0)

Green Goo 100% All Natural Deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

 

Green Goo…what exactly is Green Goo? This is an all-natural deodorant that is herbally infused, that aims at not only being gentle on the skin but also high performance. According to the box, it does not contain petroleum, paragons, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, or any artificial ingredients/fragrances.

I am skeptical about natural deodorants, I will admit. I am skeptical about deodorants in general. I work hard, I am gone for most of the day, and I definitely sweat when I am at the gym. So I need something that’s going to work as hard as I do, in terms of preventing sweat stains and odors.

I decided to give this a try before some cardio and weight lifting session at the gym. Risky for a first try, but we did it. Not exactly sure why it is called “Green Goo”, bc it is neither green nor “gooey”,,, but let us proceed.

It was a bit “pasty” going on, and left a very mild white residue on arm pit area, that dissipated quickly. It wasn’t exactly “easy” to apply, you really had to rub it on, and since it was such a small tube I felt I had to “cover my arm pit” a few times rather than just a simple swipe with a traditional style of deodorant. I wore it all day and did not use any other type of deodorant. I did not experience any sweat stains or odors, which in my opinion was pretty dang awesome. Also, no irritation.

I gave it another try on a different day. This was a very stressful day, mentally moreso than physically. I noticed the deodorant did not hold up as well on this day. Definitely sweat more (probably induced from stress-related hormones!) and I noticed I needed to re-apply so odor did not peak through.

I tried this again on a third day, and had a similar experience. Mild sweating, and mild odor breakthrough that required re-application. I also used this after shaving, and definitely had irritation. So if you do use this, I would advise waiting a bit to apply if you shaved.

So overall, I had some inconsistent feedback with this particular product so I am not sure how I feel about it. One day it worked great, but other days it failed to provide the protection and sweat-fighting abilities that I really need in a deodorant. For that reason, I will give it 3 stars.

 

 

 

I received this product to try for free from the company. This is an unbiased review.
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