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Curb your cravings with LiquiSlim 24 Water Drops

 

I have been on every diet/weight loss program imaginable – Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, Slimfast, Atkins, cabbage soup, diet pills, starvation, binging/purging, exercising like a crazy person… you name it, I probably tried it. I even went so far as to have weight loss surgery.

Trust me, if there was a miracle pill that would help me to lose weight, and keep it off, I would be shouting about it from the roof tops. The truth is that there IS no miracle. To lose weight you need to exercise, drink plenty of water, consumer less calories and make smarter food and beverage choices. No pill, cookie, drink or program can replace that. You just have to make smart choices.

I do believe there are products that can help you achieve weight loss, to some degree. You still need to eat properly and exercise, but I think there are products that help you feel fuller, give you more energy and could ultimately help you on your weight loss journey.

I recently had the opportunity to try out a new beverage drop called LiquiSlim 24. LiquiSlim 24 is a water enhancer that adds not only flavor to your water, but also two ingredients that have shown to have some benefits to those trying to loose weight – Satiereal Saffron and Chromium Picolinate. I have heard of Chromium before.

Here is some additional information about the ingredients from LiquiSlim 24.

Satiereal Saffron: Saffron is a spice commonly used in cooking and traditional health remedies. Research on saffron has involved many clinical trials that suggest the spice helps in regulating mood and improving symptoms of depression, which in some cases can lead to overeating and heavy snacking.

Chromium Picolinate: Chromium picolinate (Chromax CrPic) has received much attention as a dietary supplement because good dietary sources of chromium are scarce and intake is generally low. Studies have shown chromium picolinate’s ability to help diminish carb cravings, control blood sugar levels and reduce several symptoms of atypical depression, including mood swings and stress eating.

In addition;

  • Ability to take it anytime; day or night
  • No caffeine or other stimulants
  • No jittery side effects
  • Positively affects the serotonin levels in the brain and helps prevent overeating
  • Non-dairy, gluten-free and soy-free
  • Manufactured in the USA

Sound good to me. But does it work?

LiquiSlim 24 comes in a small, plastic bottle, similar in shape and size to other products available on the market that adds flavor to your water.

To use LiquiSlim 24 simply add two squirts of the flavored product into 6-8 ounces of water (more or less depending on your taste) about 20 minutes before you eat. The product is supposed to help control your carb cravings and even help control blood sugar levels. It’s also supposed to help improve your mood.

Carbs are the worst for me. I crave carbs more than I do sweets. I’ll take pasta or pizza over cake and cookies any day.

LiquiSlim 24 is currently only available in a Wild Cherry flavor.

Initially the taste threw me off a bit. It does have a bit of an artificial taste to it, but after a few times drinking it that didn’t bother me anymore. I haven’t noticed an after taste yet, which is good (I don’t like any kind of an after taste).

I like that I am able to adjust how much of the LiquiSlim 24 I want to use in my water. I think having the ability to do that helps to make it taste good to you. What tastes good for me might not taste good to you, and vice versa. Having that flexibility without having to worry about taking too much of the product helps.

Have I lost weight in the past few weeks using LiquiSlim 24. No. Not really. In my defense I haven’t been exercising and admittedly I haven’t been eating a healthy diet either.

Did LiquiSlim 24 curb my cravings for carbs? Maybe. I tend to snack more at night (after dinner/before bed). That is probably the worst time of the day to eat (you shouldn’t really eat before bed). I have found that I don’t grab for Pringles or Animal Crackers (two of my favorites) like I normally do. I don’t feel an overwhelming urge to grab for them. I think the combination of the sweet flavor of the LiquiSlim 24 and drinking an 8 ounce glass of water, helps to fill me up and satisfy me.

LiquiSlim 24 does not prevent you from being hungry. It’s just supposed to help curb cravings.

If you drink water (flavored or not) about 15 minutes before any meal you’ll most likely eat less because your stomach is full of water. Sometimes people misinterpret dehydration as hunger too.

I have noticed that my mood is a bit better. I don’t feel as sluggish as I normally do. I’ve also had the energy to get some things done around our home that I have been putting off for a long time (too long!). In fact, my husband has been kept busy getting rid of all the stuff I’ve had the energy to purge from our home (recycle bin, dumpster, donate…). Whenever  I mention a new “project” to him he grumbles because he knows its going to mean I’m purging more stuff.

I feel a bit happier too. Not that I wasn’t a happy person before (I was!), I just think that there is a little more of a bounce in my step. Could it be from LiquiSlim 24? Possibly.

If anything, LiquiSlim 24 helps encourage people to drink more water, which your body needs to be healthy. I never had a problem drinking water (even straight from the tap) but I know some people who find plain water “gross” and won’t drink it at all unless it’s mixed with anything. LiquiSlim 24 tastes pretty good, so it would help encourage non-water drinkers to drink more water. The more water you drink the better for your body. It fills you up, removes toxins, keeps your organs healthy and your skin healthy too.

I haven’t noticed any side effects either (no “jitters”).

Do I think LiquiSlim 24 is a great weight loss product? It’s NOT a miracle. You still need to diet, exercise, drink plenty of water (which LiquiSlim 24 helps with) and make smarter choices. But I do think it does have some merit to it. If anything to get people to drink more and maybe take the edge of carb cravings and perk up people’s moods.

I think maybe using it for a few more weeks might give me better results. I’ve only used it for a few weeks and I’m not doing my normal routine (I walk A LOT at work – I don’t go back to work until September 5th). We’ll see…

If you are interested in learning more visit LiquiSlim24Diet.com. The brand can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. The links are found on the top right of their website.

What do you think of LiquiSlim 24? Do you think it’s something you’d like to try?

Have you found any product/plan to help you lose weight and stay healthy? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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10 Unique Fitness Apps For That Perfect Mind and Body

** This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.

 

A healthy body grants you the ability to move and achieve physical hurdles, while your mind allows you the capability to think and make decisions. In order to live a good, healthy life, you just don’t need a fit body, but you also need to have a stable mind. If your exercise is not providing you with relaxation of mind, then you need to change your exercise routine so that you can have a perfect mind and body combo. Having harmony in between those two will mean that you are able to perform a lot better in every other aspect of your life.

Here are a few apps that will help you achieve your goal of perfect mind and body:

Wake Up Yoga

Checking your emails or your social media accounts right after you wake up isn’t the best option for your mind. You have just gotten out of a state of total relaxation and your mind needs to gradually prepare for work with a proper power workout. This application can sync with your mobile alarm, and as soon as your morning alarm goes off, it guides you through a 10-minute yoga session for you to perform.

Pump Up

This app’s main purpose is to keep you motivated so that you stick to your fitness routine. The app connects all of its users on one platform so that they can encourage you or you encourage them to exercise. This app even counts a simple walk from your home to the bus stop as an exercise, so you can count the actual amount of calories that you have burned throughout the day.

FitStar Personal Trainer

You can utilize the training expertise of a professional trainer without having to spend a lot of money with the Fitstar Personal Trainer app. Whether you are new to the fitness arena and need to achieve and hourglass physique, or have been working out for years, this app can be utilized by anyone. This is because it caters to everyone’s need by asking you simple questions about your lifestyle and then planning your schedule. Hence you won’t feel exhausted or overworked, but instead, be powered with energy after your workout every day.

Sworkit

Sworkit is specially designed for those people who don’t get time to go to the gym regularly and have a strenuous work lifestyle. You can customize the time that you have to exercise every day which will enable the app to plan workouts for you with the help of your trainers. This will let you exercise even during your office lunch breaks and let you achieve your fitness goals without changing your routine.

Adidas All Day

Adidas All Day is a fitness app that can is by the popular sports brand itself and has some features that are not offered by many other fitness apps. The app doesn’t just track your workouts but also allows you to track the times you moved physically or slept. This lets you keep in touch with how much you are taking care of your body and allow you to deliberate if you need to change your lifestyle or not.

Fitnet

The camera on your smartphone can now be utilized to keep track of your body’s health with the Fitnet app. The app uses your phone’s camera to analyze your body and tells you if you are keeping up with your training program or not. It then provides you feedback based on those readings so that you can see how well you have performed.

My Fitness Pal

This app recognizes the fact that you do not get fit unless you have a good idea of what you are eating. With the extensive database pre-installed in the app for branded foods, you can judge how many calories you may be taking.

ShopWell

Not only does this app tell you your calorie count for the day, but also lets you know if the ingredients in any prepackaged food are healthy for you or not. The app reaches the conclusion by taking into account your age, gender and weight. Furthermore, it lets you stay away from things that you are allergic to.

Strava

This app is yet again for the people who want to be in the community of fitness freaks. The people stay connected through the GPS data that the app uses and even encourage people to have a friendly competition with each other.

Mind-body

Mindbody is an app that makes it easy to locate fitness classes, yoga centers, gyms and other fitness centers near you. The app also motivates you to take these memberships with discounts in the places that they are offering.

There are multiple apps that can make you look good, but these apps not only take care of your body but also your mind. These apps are designed to make your life easier not only physically, but mentally. So you can get the best out of your life and also live a successful and healthy life.

About the author:

Brooke Whistance is a passionate health and lifestyle blogger who loves to write about prevailing trends. She has been living in Los Angeles, California with her family including, her parents and two siblings. She is a featured author at various authoritative blogs in the health and fitness industry and currently associated as a blogger with Hourglass Express, providers of quality waist trainers, belly bands, and other weight loss products. You can always follow her at @IamBrooke94.

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This Family Business Is Seeing Red!

 

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Why is it that the older we get the more we feel like we’re “falling apart?” I know it’s not the case for everyone, but for my husband and I it seems like the older we get the more “issues” we have – from aches and pains to hip problems and skin issues. It’s all a part of aging. It’s just sad that it happens to people.

When it comes to my health, I try and stick with the most natural remedies as possible. I dislike taking medications unless it’s totally unavailable. I will go the more natural, holistic route possible to fix what ever needs fixing.

Have you seen all these commercials on television lately – the ones pushing medications? The next time you see one LISTEN CAREFULLY to the side effects and/or possible side effects. Scary!!! I think I rather deal with the issue at hand than the side effects. I’m sorry, but if cancer, bleeding, neurological problems and DEATH are a possible side effect, I want no part of it. I’ll deal with the aches and pains instead.

About a month ago I went to my doctor in regards to horrible insomnia. I have done everything humanly possible to fix the problem but nothing worked. My doctor put me on medication. He knows how I am and came right out and said to me, and I quote, “Don’t worry. You won’t grow an extra head.” LOL!

If I can avoid medications (and doctor’s visits), I’m all for it.

Have you heard of red light therapy?

Red light therapy (sometimes called LLLT or low level laser therapy) involves emitting red, low-light wavelengths through the skin to stimulate cellular rejuvenation, increase blood flow, stimulate collagen and more.

I have seen light therapy products advertised on television, online and in publications. I have seen light therapy products to help with acne and wrinkles. I honestly thought it was a bunch of hype and not really something that could work. After all, how can a red LED light help your skin, reduce inflammation and stimulate cellular rejuvenation?

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What I see on television are also small units. Who has the time to sit there with a little red light hitting a tiny surface of your skin for several minutes, then move it to another spot for a few minutes. They don’t seem very practical if you have a larger area to cover.

Several weeks ago I was introduced to a product called the Joovv Light. A Joovv Light is a portable red light therapy unit that can be used all over your body. It’s large enough to that you can an entire area in just one sitting.

Here is the backstory about how Joovv Light came to be, as per Scott Nelson from Joovv.com.

Joovv Mini

A few years ago, my sister-in-law, Melissa, was struggling with some health issues when she decided to buy a red light therapy package at a local salon. Within a matter of weeks, she saw huge improvements in her stretch marks and her eczema completely disappeared.

But as a mother of six, traveling to the salon 4-5 times per week was both inconvenient and expensive. When she searched for an in-home solution, the only red light devices she could find were small, overpriced units that were not powerful enough to do the job.

Melissa asked her husband, an engineer, to build a product specifically designed to maximize the results of red light therapy in a convenient, efficient design. He created a prototype and The Joovv Light   was born.

Used by well-known celebrities like Emily Skye (Forbes #3 fitness influencer) and Carolyn Radziwill (Real Housewives of NYC), the Joovv Light is the first professional grade, full body red light therapy device designed to treat your entire face and body in the comfort of your own home. The Joovv Light uses powerful red and near infrared light to boost collagen, smooth wrinkles, reduce skin damage and promote internal healing.

I have to admit, it piqued my interest. I have health issues that red light therapy is suppose to help with. I figured it was worth a try (even though I was completely skeptical).

The Joovv light is a rectangular box (for lack of a better description) that features the lights on one side.

Joovv is available in three sizes – mini, the original and max. I have the mini unit. It’s good for what I need it for. The original and max sizes are great for doing your whole body (the mini is better for more localized light therapy).

The unit is literally “plug and play.” Simply plug it in and turn it on to start using it.

You don’t need to wear any special eyewear. Red light is actually beneficial for vision. FYI… the light is BRIGHT. Our entire bathroom gets illuminated when it’s turned on.

For proactive health, it is recommend that you sit/stand about 8-12″ in front of the light for about 5-7 minutes per treatment area (at least 5 times per week).

For troublesome areas, it is recommend that you sit/stand about 3-6″ from the light for about 8-12 minutes per treatment area (ideally every day until you experience results).

The larger units can conveniently hang on the back of a door so that you don’t need to worry about finding a place to store it. The mini one that I have is small enough to tuck inside the bathroom closet when not in use. It’s only a few inches thick and roughly a foot and a half high. It’s also lightweight (I was surprised by that).

I can hang it up but I choose to prop it up where I want to use it the most. I have issues with my left leg (Bursitis in my hip, buttock, Iliotibial band and knee). I have had several cortisone shots to help alleviate the pain and discomfort from the inflammation. When I am putting on my make-up I’ll plug in the Joovv and put in on the floor (propped up) so that it’s facing my left leg. While I’m putting on “my face,” the Joovv is delivering the red light to my leg.

My husband does something similar with his right hip, where he also suffers from inflammation. He was told he had a torn quadricep, but the doctor was seriously wrong. His leg pain stems from a hip issue.

Joovv red light is very bright.

Because it’s portable I can set it up on the coffee table so that I can use it while I am reading, checking Facebook or watching television.

Because of it’s size and portability you can use Joovv in a variety of ways.

So how does Joovv really work? I’m sure you must be thinking that question. Let me share with you my personal experience so far. Every body is different and will have different results.

As far as the inflammation in my left leg – I think Joovv is helping. I haven’t been to the doctor for any issues with it (pain, discomfort) in about 7 weeks. There are days I think its starting to act up again, but usually it dissipates quickly. So far, so good. Is Joovv helping with the Bursitis/inflammation in my left leg? Maybe. Who am I to question it. I haven’t had to go back for cortisone shots, saving me time, money and the discomfort from the shots. If Joovv is helping with this then I’ll stick with it.

I have been using it on other parts of my body as well.

I don’t notice as many aches and pains that come with getting older. I don’t seem as stiff as I normally feel (until I get going that is).

I suffer from both Eczema and Psoriasis. The Eczema is usually on my eye lids, scalp and neck. The Psoriasis is on my arms and legs.

Lately I have been getting Psoiasis on my right wrist. I wear a brace at night for my Carpal Tunnel. The constant rubbing on my wrist triggers the Psoriasis from time to time. I use cream and lotions but they usually take a while to work.

I’ve been using the Joovv on my Eczema and Psoriasis spots for the past few weeks – only a few minutes a day. The light actually seems to speed up the healing time. I wish had thought to take a before/after picture of my wrist and how it looked with the Psoriasis and how it looks now. It’s like “night and day.” The only sign of the Psoriasis is a dry patch of skin (it’s not noticeable, but I can feel it’s dry).

I haven’t noticed any improvement in my skin as far as wrinkles are concerned. Everything seems pretty much status quo.

I wonder if the Joovv light therapy box has a “sun lamp” effect to it? When I use the light in the AM (when I am getting ready in the bathroom) I feel like it wakes me up a bit and gives me a boost of energy. I don’t feel so lethargic and like I am dragging myself around.

So far I am enjoying the Joovv red light therapy product. I haven’t noticed huge changes, but I am noticing some positive changes. Since using the light is easy to do and it’s not an inconvenience, I am going to continue to use it to see if I can notice more changes happening. It’s become a part of my daily routine. I take it out every morning when I go into the bathroom to get ready. I also use it at other times during the day while seated on the couch in the living room with the light propped up on the coffee table.

My husband continues to use it on his hip and he hasn’t complained about his hip in a while. My husband is someone who is very skeptical of everything, so if he continues to use it I’d say that is proof positive that he feels like the Joovv light is making a difference.

If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of red light therapy, or the Joovv light, visit Joovv.com. In addition you can read reviews and press that the device has received – all of which is very favorable.

Have you tried red light therapy? What was your experience with it?

Do you have an health issue you think Joovv could help with?

Feel free to share your thoughts and stories. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

*I received a free product to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Increase your energy and focus with the PureGuardian Energy Light

 

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It’s summer time. It’s the time of year that most people look forward to year after year. Most people love to spend every possible moment they can outside doing fun activities with family and friends – swimming, hiking, biking, camping and so forth.

Not me. I am NOT a fan of the summer months. Not only do I hate the heat and humidity, I am also not a fan of being out in the sun. I am of Irish, Welsh, Norwegian and Scottish decent. Those nationalities are not known for their golden tans. I burn. I burn A LOT. I think I even burn just thinking about the sun (ha ha).

I often joke around that I should be a vampire because I only like to come out at night when the sun goes down. That and I am severely anemic and lack iron in my blood (drinking iron rich blood would help with my anemia – but that is gross and I’m not a vampire).

Do we REALLY need to be out in the sun? Can we live a “sun-free” life? Not really. You DO need the sunlight.

Sunlight helps to boost the Vitamin D in your body. Vitamin D is needed for strong, healthy bones. Because I don’t get enough sunlight I need to take Vitamin D supplements, as per my doctor.

Sunlight can also help with other health issues.

A little known fact about sunlight is that it triggers an increase in a hormone called serotonin in your body. Serotonin is associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm and focused.

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Many people experience something called SAD, most especially during the winter months when most people stay indoors for weeks on end. SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder.

I suffer from SAD. For me it’s almost year round.

My desk is located on the opposite side of the room from the windows and sliding glass door. Sunlight does not reach me where I am most of the day.

Things aren’t as bad as they used to be. Since I started at my new position at work a year ago I get at least 15 minute of sun exposure almost daily (outdoor recess).

I know first hand what it’s like to have zero energy and unable to focus. There have been more times than I care to admit where I sat at my computer to compose a blog post, or even reply to an email, and not be able to write a thing. It’s as if my brain is in a fog.

I have even fallen asleep at my desk in the middle of typing something. How sad and pathetic is that?

I have heard of sun lamps. They are lamps that have a special light in them to mimic the light from the sun, providing you with what you need to regain your focus and clarity, as well as boost your energy levels.

A sun lamp is not a typical lamp. It does provide light, but it also provides some of the benefits of the sun (with the exception of Vitamin D).

One such product, the PureGuardian® Energy Light, helps to increase energy levels and focus by providing a bright light that simulates daylight.  The unit provides daylight therapy indoors using LED Technology with up to 10,000 LUX.

I was sent a unit to review.

The PureGuardian® Energy Light can be used day or night, depending on what you need it for and your schedule. Morning people may find it more useful in the evening hours when their energy is lagging, while evening people who have a hard time getting out of bed may find it more useful first thing upon waking.

I have a hard time sleeping at night (I have really bad insomnia), so I definitely need this first thing in the morning.

I use this light in the morning at my desk while I’m enjoying my morning “cup of Joe” and reading through emails. You can use it up to a half hour, which is the time I use it for every morning.

The white light offers 3 intensity levels, with an option that allows you to switch to a blue light based on preference. I honestly just keep it at one setting – the one I am most comfortable with. It also has an adjustable stand so that you an set it at the preferred angle. I have it set to the side of me so I am not looking directly at the light when I am on the computer.

You don’t need to be a “rocket scientist” to use this device. Simply plug it in, set your preferred lighting and angle, then carry on like you normally would (read, watch television, check emails). You need to be seated where the light is in order to gain any benefits from it.

I keep mine on my desk. I appreciate that is comes with a USB port so I can charge my smartphone at the same time. I also like that the unit is small and doesn’t take up much room on my already overcrowded desk. Because it’s small and portable you can take it with you where ever you go (work, college, travel…).

So… does it work? Yes and no. I honestly do think that it helps me, especially when it comes to focusing. I’m not entirely convinced that it helps with my energy, but I do know that I wake up a bit faster in the morning than I would just enjoying a cup of coffee without the PureGuardian® Energy Light. I do believe it helps me.

The fact that I don’t necessarily feel more energy might have something to do with my severe insomnia. I have to take medication for it and when I wake up in the morning I feel like a zombie. The medication doesn’t necessarily make me go to sleep faster, but when I do fall asleep I am out cold. I think bombs could go off and I wouldn’t wake up, that is how much of a deep sleep I am in. But when I do wake up I feel “hung over” and like a zombie. I think it’s my personal situation that might effect how well the PureGuardian® Energy Light provides me with a boost of energy.

There is a blue light setting. I don’t ever use this setting, but I guess it has it’s purpose.

I don’t know if it’s associated with the Energy Light or not but I have been in the mood the past couple of weeks to clean and purge our home of things. Perhaps that might be considered energy? All I know is that for the past few weeks I’ve had the “oomph” to move around furniture, hang up photos that have been buried in the closet, and purge our home of stuff we haven’t used in about 15+ years.

If you are interested in learning more about the PureGuardian® Energy Light, you can visit the official product page on the Guardian Technologies website. The unit retails for $79.99.

If you are interested in learning more about Guardian Technologies products, visit GuardianTechnologies.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found at the bottom right of their website.

Do you suffer from SAD? Do you feel like you need a boost in energy and/or focus? Would you want to try the PureGuardian® Energy Light? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Kimberly

*I received a free unit to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Having a hard time falling asleep? Check out Dreampad

 

I have a very hard time when it comes to sleeping. I have a hard time falling asleep and a hard time staying asleep. On most nights from around 1:00 AM to about 3:00 AM you’ll find me flicking through the endless supply of infomercials on television. I know that watching TV is NOT what yo should do if you can’t sleep, but reading doesn’t help me. Watching boring infomercials actually makes me sleepy.

I have tried just about everything to help lull me off to sleep – sound machines, over the counter medication, warm milk, homeopathic remedies, even prescription medication. I simply have a hard time shutting my brain off and relaxing. My doctor says I have a lot of anxiety.

I’ve been using another thing to help me to relax and unwind. It’s called the Dreampad. It’s made by Integrated Listening Systems.

Dreampad looks like an ordinary pillow, but inside it holds a secret. The pillow hooks up to your smartphone which allows it to play special music. The most interesting thing is that your bed partner cannot hear the music. Only the person who is lying their head on the pillow can hear it.

Interesting…

When I heard about Dreampad I knew I had to try it out for myself. The last thing I’d want to do is wake up my husband.

Dreampad is a technology-based solution for reducing stress and improving sleep – something I certainly need help with.

Setting up Dreampad is not that difficult. You simply download the FREE accompanying app and then hook your phone up to your pillow via a small plug that you will find in the corner of pillow. That’s it. That is all you need to do.

The app offers several free soundtracks that you can download and enjoy. The music is something only YOU can hear while resting your head on the Dreampad pillow. This is accomplished by special vibrations in the pillow that help you to hear the music.

You an also listen to your own music/play list, including nature sounds. I downloaded some nature sounds (ocean, rain, jungle…) so I can listen to them with the Dreampad pillow.

Looks like a normal pillow

At first I thought this honestly couldn’t work. How can you HEAR through vibrations? Apparently there is a whole scientific reason for why this happens. If you really want to know more about this, as well as research on the subject, you can read about it on the Dreampad website – How It Works. Who am I to question how or why it works… my job is to review if it actually does work.

Yes… it does! I was very surprised by it too. I was even more surprised when my husband told me he couldn’t hear a thing coming from the pillow.

I was concerned that my head would be shaking all over the place since the music is listened to via vibrations. That is not the case at all. You don’t feel any type of vibration. All you hear is music.

You also don’t really notice that your phone is in the Dreampad either. I was worried that sleeping on my phone would be uncomfortable, but there is enough padding in the pillow that you don’t even know that the phone is in there.

You will have to turn off your phone so that you don’t get phone calls or text messages while enjoying the Dreampad music. Hopefully late night phone calls and/or texts is not an issue for you.

There is a volume control and timer on the app, as well as an alarm. I have not tried the alarm as of yet. My husband is my alarm. That is all I need. LOL!

I do find Dreampad to be very relaxing. There are several musical options to choose from. I hope that one day they add more options. Sadly, Dreampad doesn’t really help me to sleep. It helps me to relax and unwind, but it doesn’t make me sleepy. My brain is just too wired to let the Dreampad do what it was made to do. I have to take a prescription medication to help me sleep (a heavy duty one), so this is NOT a reflection on Dreampad’s effectiveness. It’s simply I am a more difficult case. I think with the average person this would work like a dream (no pun intended).

Plug the cord into the section where headphones would go on your phone.

Tuck your phone into the pocket.

Dreampad has done a PTSD study, autism study and parent blogger study which all had positive results. I think they are really onto something.

My husband uses the Dreampad. The firmness it better for him and he doesn’t have that hard of a time falling to sleep. He sleeps with the Dreampad pillow every night, but he doesn’t always turn on the music.

Dreampad is available in a variety of pillow styles – slim support, medium support, firm support and memory foam. I have medium support. It’s OK but I think for me I need more firmer support. There are also accessories you can purchase to go along with it that are optional (like a pillow case or Bluetooth receiver package).

Overall I think this is a fabulous idea. My son had a hard time falling asleep when he was little. I wish Dreampad was around then to help him (he’s almost 18 now and sleeps just fine).

If you are interested in learning more about Dreampad visit DreampadSleep.com. The site will give you a wealth of information about how Dreampad works, as well as the available products. You can also check the brand out on social media. All of their links are found at the bottom of their website.

What do you think about Dreampad? Does it sound like something you need in your life?

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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7 Techniques For Keeping Your ‘Thought Life’ Healthy And Your Stress Level Low

 

Life gives people plenty of reasons to be stressed.

Relationship problems, child-rearing issues, job woes and a lack of money are just some of life’s complications that can weigh people down – and cause health problems.

“It’s difficult to stay healthy and energized when stress is a daily reality,” says Dr. Greg Wells, author of The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move and Think Better.

“Chronic stress can damage your body, threaten your mental health, put a strain on relationships, and take the joy out of life.”

But there’s no reason to surrender to stress, Wells says. He suggests seven techniques that can help you have a healthier “thought life” and recover from chronic stress:

Move your body. Rhythmic, repeated motion is particularly soothing to the mind and body. A long walk, cycling, swimming, or running will all work, but any kind of movement relieves tension, improves circulation, and clears your mind.

Get into nature. Head to the garden, the park, or the woods to lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, reduce tension and depression, and boost your mood. “It’s stunning how good it is for your health to be in nature,” Wells says. “And I recommend you leave the cell phone and earbuds at home.”

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Practice yoga or Tai Chi. Therapy, yoga and Tai Chi are good ways to decrease stress and anxiety, increase energy, and boost the immune system. They also give you more stamina—needed in stressful times—and improve the quality of your sleep.

Have perspective. Don’t be so quick to conclude that you “can’t handle” a stressful situation. “This is truly a mind-over-matter opportunity,” Wells says. “Believing that you are strong and resourceful actually makes you stronger and more resourceful.” Don’t give in to negative self-talk about not having what it takes to manage life, he says.

Change the nature of your response. Research indicates that taking an active, problem-solving approach to life’s challenges relieves stress and can transform it into something positive. If you withdraw, deny the problem, or spend all your time venting, you’ll feel helpless. Instead, Well says, be determined to make a change, put effort into it, and plan for better results.

Practice slow, deep breathing. Start applying the power of deep breathing each day. It will make a huge difference. Wells recommends you start small by taking three deep breaths each time you sit down at your desk—in the morning, after breaks, after lunch, and so on. It will help you become more patient, calm, and relaxed.

Block time for single-tasking. Each day, schedule time in your calendar for focusing exclusively on one task. This task should be something that is important to you. “People love to talk about multi-tasking, but while doing several things at once might make it seem as if you are working hard, it’s an illusion,” Wells says. Your body and mind are not designed to work that way and it causes extra stress.

“Ultimately, it’s important to remember that your thoughts have a strong influence over stress levels,” Wells says. “What you choose to think about, or not think about, dictates how your body and mind react to everyday life.”

About the author: 

Dr. Greg Wells (www.DrGregWells.com) is an authority on high performance and human physiology. Wells’ latest book, The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move and Think Better, hit shelves earlier this year. Dr. Wells is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an Associate Scientist of Translational Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program.

 

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