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So if you live an active lifestyle like I do, aches and pains are inevitable. You commute, you have a heavy bag or backpack, that shoulder and trap area will be sore. You run? Maybe you have shin splints. You lift weights? Maybe you went a little too hard and strained a muscle.

There are plenty of pain relief products on the market. Pills, patches, etc. How often do you find one made with NATURAL ingredients? Not very often.

In comes Zim’s Max-Arnica. It is a roll on “gel” that you apply to minor aches, bruises and sprains/strains. It contains Arnica Montana (plant), Aloe Vera , Calendula Officinalis (plant), and Bellis Perrenis (plant).

There is NO animal testing with this product.

So I like that this is a roll on. I have used pain relief gel before with menthol and such in it, and not only does it STINK, but you have to get it all over your hands, and then wash very thoroughly to be careful not to get in your eye. This is not to say you shouldn’t wash your hands after using this to prevent eye contact with Zim’s, but less chance of exposure using the roll on.

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I also liked the roll on feature because it helps you really work into the muscle. If you have bruising I would probably apply gently, since it probably is very sensitive.

First things first, make you sure shake it well! I was rolling it a bit and realized nothing was coming out…LOL whoops!

I applied this to two areas, my shins (shin splints) and the outside of my Glute after a strain at the gym. I do a lot of heavy squats and I think I tweaked it just a bit.

There is no smell which is a plus. It had very, VERY mild cooling sensation. But it is gentle. It doesn’t not burn intensely like some of those other pain relief products do.

As for my pain? I didn’t notice a drastic difference but I do think it helped provide some comfort, moreso with my Glute strain than on my shins. I have sensitive skin and am happy to report there were no side effects.

Overall? A 3 star rating. It’s not SUPER intense, but provided mild relief without utilizing synthetic pain pills or medications. Nature only!

 

 

 

(Please note: this is NON medical advice. I am not a licensed professional. This is my opinion ONLY. Always see your doctor and work out what is best for you).

 

This product was sent to me free of charge. This is an unbiased review.
30 Aug 2016, Comments (0)

Ban Roll-on Antiperspirant Deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi there!

Even with summer coming to a close…still need that Antiperspirant and Deodorant! Ban has a Roll-on formula, that attacks both sweating and odors!

I was given two of these roll on Deodorants to try, in Unscented, aimed at sensitive skin, and in Satin Breeze. Retail price of both are $4.99 each at most Drug stores and Mass Retailers.

Now some background information… I weight train/workout 6 days a week. I’m on my feet most of the day. I commute. In other words… I am constantly moving, and being sweaty and stinky are things I DO NOT have time to worry about! My ideal Deodorant is one that I don’t have to apply multiple times per day just to work.

These Deodorants state that they have 24 hour invisible protection, and are non irritating.

For the roll to start working, you have to shake down the contents a little bit, unless you will apply just a dry roll on with no Deodorant…bad! However after you apply, I recommend keeping them upright, as the Deodorant will leak onto the side and appear all gooey. (see below)

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It does indeed roll on smooth. The satin breeze smells nice, a bit floral, and fresh. The Unscented is…well unscented. No smell at all. Which I can’t tell if I like or not.

Happy to report there was no irritation on my skin, even when using after shaving. There were NO white marks, which was also a plus. I HATE THAT!!!! That is one of the reasons I will only use gel Deodorants…. no white marks all over my clothing.

But okay…okay… HOW DOES IT WORK!?

Honestly…it’s OK. The antiperspirant side worked pretty well, I didn’t feel like I was sweating in any of my shirts (nobody likes those sweat stains!). However, I personally feel the Deodorant aspect of this product isn’t strong enough. I ended up applying a few times per day, before and after gym, when I got home from work, after a shower, etc., and moreso on those hot and humid days where you are just sweating non-stop.

Overall, not my favorite. I would use it in a pinch, but I wouldn’t buy in the future. I personally need something a little stronger. But if you are content with an average strength Deodorant, then this product is worth a try. For me… 3 stars.

 

I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
10 Aug 2016, Comments (0)

ZERO deodorant

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi There! 🙂

Got something fun to review today…deodorant! I am constantly going through deodorants…I live an active lifestyle, so I can sweat a lot, and I am constantly applying to make sure I stay fresh.

Of course there is a lot of talk about ingredients that are “bad for us” in deodorants, and while I won’t go into that, for those of you who want to stick to more natural brands, in comes ZERO deodorant. These products are made with shea butter and beeswax, which kills the odor causing bacteria, and is super gentle on skin. They are made without any parabens, aluminum, and baking soda.

I got 2 varieties to try, the Vetiver & Ylang Ylang, and the kids’ Peppermint Candy deodorants. Happy to report that both of them caused zero irritation on my skin. They were great after shaving too, because the gel type deodorants tend to sting/burn slightly when applying after a shower after shaving. Not the case here.

No white marks were left on any items of my clothing, which was also a plus.

They feel a little “sticky” when you apply it, but that feeling quickly dissipates. Your armpit is left slightly “moist” from the deodorant, so I think it would be easy to slide off, so make sure you get dressed and then apply, as you may slide the deodorant off.

You will definitely smell the deodorant throughout the day. I got mild whiffs of Ylang Ylang or peppermint as I worked throughout the day.

I will say, although I did not notice a smell, I definitely felt like I sweat more than I would using another deodorant. So this product lacks in the antiperspirant aspect, at least for me.

However, it did cover “the stink!” I work 12 hour shifts on Tuesdays, and I walked up to a coworker of mine and asked truthfully if she smelled anything on me, and she denied….You know how sometimes you are immune to your own smell! =)

Overall, a good product, especially for those who want a natural route, or something for sensitive skin. You have to like the smell of shea butter, because you will smell it! I will use up these deodorants, but not sure if I will buy in future, just because I need an anti-perspirant as well. However, I will definitely recommend, we don’t all sweat the same 🙂

3 1/2 stars

 

I received this product for free. This is an unbiased review.
29 Jul 2016, Comments (0)

Delicacies Jewelry Thick Cut bracelet

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Delicacies Jewelry sent me one of their products for “the Foodie Father”. Delicacies is partnered up with charities, so every purchase you make helps feed the hungry. You can read all about their backstory here.

I was sent the Thick Cut bracelet. This particular product that I was sent is made with highest quality silver, minimalist design, and an Italian leather band. It comes in a black, brown, or natural band with red trim, and you can pick which charm you would like. I was sent the Artichoke, which “promotes Peace, Wisdom, Partnership & Passion”.

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I got the black band with the red trim. I like the bracelet, it is a simple but nice design. The artichoke charm is embedded on the front, so it does not have a “charm bracelet” feel. The leather is sturdy, but soft and comfortable to wear. The bracelet closes with 2 parts you can push through to secure and fasten, which is both easy and convenient.

I think it is a great idea for the “Foodie” man who likes simplistic jewelry. However, I also like wearing it, so no need to just be sold to the men! It is great for unisex, and I like how each charm/vegetable/animal has it’s own story.

Each bracelet is around $85.00. They are a tad on the expensive side, but they are made with Italian leather, and proceeds go to feed the hungry. Cheers!

 

I received this product to try for free. This is an unbiased review.
8 Jul 2016, Comments (0)

AC Lens product reviews

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi there!

I got some awesome products to try from AC Lens. They have almost everything you could need for your eyes, including contact lenses, solutions, dry eye remedies, and more. I was sent a few products to try out.

So let’s get started! I suffer from dry eyes, so I chose some dry eye remedies, alongside daily contact lenses. I wear contacts now, and I can get about 3 hours out of them before my eyes start to get unbearably dry. I was hoping these products could provide me some relief!

First up, GenTeal Severe Eye Gel Drops. The retail value is $11.95. The gel itself comes in a squishy tube, kind of like a mini toothpaste tube. The gel comes out slowly, and the tip comes to a point to which you literally have to squeeze the gel into your eye. It’s a bit odd, I wish they could formulate a way to make the application a bit easier. I know people who HATE putting eye drops in, since it’s so close to their eyes, and with this product you have to literally almost be on top of your eye.

That being said, the product works great. You cannot use it with contact lenses in, so I used it at night. It relieved my dry, sticky eyes and provided instant comfort for hours. Really a great product for dry, sensitive eyes. 4 stars.

Next up, Thera Tears Nutrition for Dry Eyes supplement.  The retail value is $14.95, which isn’t bad for fish oil. This supplement contains fish oil, flaxseed oil, omega-3’s from multiple sources, with a total of 1200 mg per serving (3 capsules). The soft gels are rather large, but easy to swallow. I ended up taking 2 in the morning, because I found that since they are not enteric coated, you get the “fish oil” burps afterwards, which I dislike about fish oil supplements. However, as a plus, it doesn’t last all day, like I have experienced with other fish oil supplements. IMG_2402

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Honestly, I’ve been using the product for about a month, and I think my eyes are perhaps slightly less dry, but nothing drastic. I think further use is necessary to notice a significant change. However, as a plus, my skin seems clearer! Overall, 3 1/2 stars. Fish oil has a lot of positive affects on the body, but it is a blood thinner, so check with your doctor to see if this is right for you.

Lastly, DAILIES AquaComfort Plus contact lenses by Alcon. A 30 day supply values at roughly $22.99. I actually liked these! They were comfortable to put in, and did not bother my eyes. Sometimes I find with contact lenses, they do not fit comfortably and you have to throw out a pair. You never want to wear anything in your eyes that causes discomfort!

I will not lie, my eyes did require eye drops, as they got dry by the end of the day, but I must say I was pleased with these. They were not dry upon putting on my eyes like some contacts often do for me. They fit comfortably as well. They were a bit harder to take out than other brands I have tried, but this isn’t really a huge deal. Overall, very pleased. 4 stars

 

Overall, some great products. I will definitely be ordering from AC Lens in the future. The products are affordable, and it’s a one stop visit for your eye needs 🙂

 

 

I have received these products for free. This is an unbiased review.
24 Jun 2016, Comments (0)

Heavenly Organics Chocolate Honey Patties

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hi!

I got some awesome goodies from Heavenly Organics. They created these chocolate honey patties in a few varieties, with minimal and sustainable ingredients.  The chocolate shell is made from 100% cocoa and raw Himalayan honey. They are gluten, dairy, and soy free, with no additional sugar added (aside from using the honey).  The honey is 100% organic, obtained from free roaming beehives.  The bees are in areas that are not near pesticides or pollutants, which is awesome, because then that stuff won’t get into YOUR body!

They come in a bunch of flavors. I got the Ginger Chocolate Honey Pattie, Mint Chocolate Honey Pattie, Almond Chocolate Honey Pattie, DOUBLE Dark Chocolate Honey Pattie, Pomegranate Chocolate Honey Pattie, and the Peanut Chocolate Honey Pattie!  Here’s what they looked like up close. IMG_3064

bitten into, of course!

The chocolate shells all taste the same. The chocolate is relatively bitter, not that smooth, but the honey flavor definitely shines through. I am not a huge fan of the chocolate, as it breaks like a shell would on ice cream (that hard chocolate shell you put on and it freezes), but I also prefer a smooth milk chocolate over a dark chocolate. The shell reminds me more of a bitter dark chocolate.

Each pattie has an inside filling. The Pomegranate is super sweet and supple, tasted like pure, silky honey with the sweetness of pomegranate juice. The Double Chocolate is exactly what it sounds like, more of a dark chocolate flavor, with honey. It is creamy and sweet, but again, the outside shell ruined it a bit for me. The Peanut Chocolate pattie inside is very good. Reminds me of a traditional peanut butter cup, but with a nice honey twist. I loved the inside, wanted to eat it by itself. The Mint Chocolate honey pattie is the dark chocolate shell, with honey completely oozing out the middle. There is a hint of mint as well. I didn’t really care for this one, as the chocolate is very bitter and the mint made it more bitter. However, the honey is excellent, and incredibly smooth and creamy. The Almond Chocolate Honey Pattie is pretty good, it has that almond joy type of almond flavor, like almond extract or a toasted almond, alongside the chocolate and honey. It goes well with the honey flavor in my opinion. Lastly, the Ginger Chocolate Honey Pattie. I actually really liked this one, but you have to enjoy ginger. I used to eat ginger chews as a kid, so I love candied, dry ginger. It mellows out the bitterness of the chocolate, and goes wonderfully with the honey.

My favorites were the Ginger, Pomegranate, and Peanut patties. But as a whole, these are pretty good, but you have to be a fan of bitter/dark chocolate. I wish they had a milk chocolate version 8)

Each patties is roughly 50 calories, which isn’t too shabby! Especially when you need a luxurious sweet treat.

Overall, 3 1/2 stars.

18 May 2016, Comments (0)

Senita Athletics apparel

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Attention all fit peeps!!!!

 

 

So we all know, or should know, how I am a huge gym rat. I grew up athletic…softball, track, kickboxing…and now I have moved on to weight lifting with occasionally races, and some cardio thrown in for fun. With all that movement, and squats…you need clothing that is not only comfortable and stylish, but affordable. This is where Senita Athletics comes in!

They sell athletic clothing that ranges from Capris, Pants, Tank Tops, Sports Bras and more. Everything is under 50$ which is really awesome considering how expensive workout apparel is these days. I have easily blown 80$ on a pair of pants before…and while I love the pants, my wallet is NOT HAPPY! And you really want good quality clothing, because you do not, I repeat, do NOT want to buy something dirt cheap and have it be see through!!! Not good!!!

So Senita Athletics sent me a pair of their Race Day Pants in purple. They were super comfy and supportive, not see through at all. They fit me perfectly. I am five foot 2, and they hit my ankle just right. Nothing is more annoying then buying pants and having an extra foot of material on the bottom bunched up by my ankles!

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There are no tags which is awesome (those are itchy!), and a hidden key pocket. My favorite part was the two zipper pockets on the side. I carry my phone (I use wireless ear phones) and my Dexcom CGM for my diabetes everywhere I go. I HATE putting them on the dirty gym floor, so I love, love, LOVE that these pants had two pockets I could put them in.

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Overall, I will definitely be buying from this company in the future. Reasonably priced and awesome quality. I am sold!

YOU can get 10% off your next order until May 25 with code “lisa10”! Enjoy!!!!

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I was sent this article of clothing for free from the company. This is an unbiased review. 

 

 

 

29 Apr 2016, Comments (0)

Nixall First Aid Solution

Author: Healthnuttxo

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Hiya!

With summer on it’s way, comes outside activities. With any outdoor activities, comes the risk of minor injuries, scrapes, bug bites, and sunburn. This is where Nixall First Aid Solution  comes in! It is good to use on minor irritations that may occur from scrapes, stings, rashes, etc.

I get a lot of mosquito bites, and I am fair skinned, so sun burn is always an issue for me. I am a Diabetic and also suffer from poor healing and a weakened immune system, making me susceptible to infections.  According to the website (link above), this product helps oxygenate the skin and helps the healing process be expedited.

I had a minor cut on my shoulder. I sprayed the solution on the cut. No burning, or any side effects what so ever. It had no odor, and did not leave stains. It mostly just felt like and looked like water.

The spray was easy to use, and came in a larger and Trial size, which I think is good for on the go. I think this is good to have in a household with kids (those stubborn knee and elbow scrapes!!), and if you are someone who scratches cuts or picks scabs, it’s a good thing to keep around to clean an open minor wound to prevent further infection. Keep it clean, peeps!

 

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

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Do you like coffee for the taste, or the caffeine? What if you like both? Then I have a treat for you! New Grounds Food has come out with a product called Eat Your Coffee , Coffee Bar which comes in Coconut Mocha and Caramel Macchiato flavors. There is 1 cup of coffee in each bar, and each bar is also made with fair trade coffee, is vegan and gluten free, and organic!

Let’s get started!

Caramel Macchiato

This one has a bit of a bitter and strong coffee flavor. Most of the sweetness comes from the dates, and the date taste is prominent. The caramel flavor is lacking. There are some dark chocolate chips which are smooth and sweet, and very good. The texture is chewy and a bit dense, and somewhat “grainy”. It’s pretty good.

 

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Coconut Mocha

This one is dense and chewy, and has a date flavor. Again, there are a lot of little seeds and nuts scattered in the bar, which some of I believe is Quinoa. The Coconut flavor is on the mild side. The bar has baby chocolate chips or something of the sort scattered in the bar, which add a nice touch. The bar is on the sweet side, but not overpoweringly so. I actually really enjoyed this one!

 

Overall, I like the bars. They have similar tastes, so I would give them a 3.5 star rating each. I think they are a good idea for a pick me up at work, or a good way to get some caffeine in, especially if you suffer from heartburn. Coffee is a KILLER sometimes to me, but I drink it anyway (and suffer…LOL) because I want the caffeine. I would comment that the sugar and carbohydrate content are a bit high for a small bar (about 10 grams of sugar –mostly from dates– and 32 grams of carbs), so I also think it would be a great pre-workout snack. Natural sugars, carbohydrates, and caffeine!

I received these bars for free. This is an unbiased review.

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Hello!

I got a box of goodies from the fantabulous (yes thats a word) Vitamin Shoppe! I was sent an assortment of protein powders, a shaker cup, a shirt, protein bar, protein chocolate, and a protein cookie! Perfect gift box for the avid weight lifter like myself. So let’s get started!

First up, let’s get to the protein powders.

Bodytech Whey Tech, Micellar Casein, Hexatein, and PRO PUDDING samples. Note: all proteins (except pudding) were mixed with unsweetened almond milk.

Bodytech Whey Tech is a quick absorbed protein and good for post workout. I got these in Strawberry  and Chocolate Mint. They both mixed relatively easy.

The Strawberry flavor was not a favorite of mine. It tasted and smelled overly fake, and had a funky strawberry flavor. Reminded me of a muted strawberry milk, but the artificial sweetener was too prominent to enjoy. 2 stars.

The Chocolate Mint flavor was…eh. It tasted like spearmint, with very mild chocolate undertones. It was very, very mildly sweet so the flavors were sort of muted. Not a fan. 2 stars. 

 

Moving on…

Hexatein. I heard good things about these!

IMG_1249 These proteins are a blend of whey, casein, and egg protein for assorted absorption and digestion rates. I got these in Chocolate and Vanilla. Both flavors were on the harder side to mix without getting clumps.

The Chocolate flavor tasted like cocoa powder moreso than chocolate, but did remind me of a chocolate milk. It had a creamy taste and mild sweetness, but it was a bit chalky. Not too bad. 3 1/2 stars.

The Vanilla flavor reminded me of a frosting, but was not nearly as sweet (obviously). It was creamy, and had an okay vanilla flavor, however the fake sweetener aftertaste was a tad too noticeable for me. 3 stars.

Next…

The Casein protein. Casein is a slow digested protein, and typically consumed before bed. I got this variety in Cookies and Cream, which happens to be my favorite protein flavor usually. It was thick, mixed easily, creamy. I kind of liked it because it had a mild cookie flavor, with mini pieces, but not too sweet. I don’t like overly sweet powders, they make it hard for me to drink. My favorite of all the proteins. 4 stars.

Next up, The PRO PUDDING!

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IMG_1254 These were mixed with 5 ounces of cold water. You have to let them sit a bit for them to set up and thicken. To be honest, I did not like either one of them. The vanilla reminded me of a sugar free vanilla jello (that you make from the box), but the flavor was lack luster, too artificial tasting, awkwardly sweet, and too much to consume with one muted flavor. The chocolate was a little better, not too sweet, chalky, and tasted more like cocoa powder. Both were OK but need mix ins. I can see how they can be useful during dieting with some mix ins, perhaps a crunchy component, or some banana slices, but I was not a fan. 2 stars. 

Next up, the Complete Cookie by Lenny and Larry’s in Birthday Cake flavor. Oh MAN was this good! A HUGE cookie ( be careful…two servings!!!) It was sweet, but not overly sweet, had NO protein flavor, was soft baked but dense, had a somewhat brown sugar flavor…very good, just not super healthy. 370 calories and 30 grams of sugar for one cookie, but if you need protein and you are craving sweets, this is totally the way to go.  4 1/2 stars

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Next, the PowerCrunch Dark Chocolate bar. This had two servings in it,surprisingly. and overall was OK but not worth the calories. If I am craving chocolate, I was CHOCOLATE! It had a semi sweet but more on bitter side flavor with little krispies in it, kind of like a Crunch bar, but not as sweet. The chocolate was not smooth in consistency, and it was OK. 3 stars

 

Lastly, and a product I actually purchased again for both awesome nutritional stats and flavor, the Oh Yeah! ONE protein bar in Birthday Cake flavor. Only 1 gram of sugar with 21 grams of protein, and freaking awesome flavor. Dense, chewy, sweet, tastes like a sugar cookie meets vanilla cake. I love it, and the sprinkles on top make it feel decadent. This is my new favorite protein bar! 4 1/2 stars.

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Overall, got some good stuff! The shirt and shaker bottle from Vitamin Shoppe added a nice touch. The shirt was super comfy, and fit well. The shaker cup was sturdy, and had a jack-like shaped object instead of those annoying metal wire balls that you cannot get untangled if you store them together or throw them in dishwasher, which helped mix protein. Thank you, Vitamin Shoppe, for my care package!IMG_1248

 

This is an unbiased review. I received these items for free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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