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Product Review: Elixinol’s Organic Balance

 

These days it seems like everything is made with CBD. It’s the latest craze. CBD in beauty products, CBD for pets, CBD to help you sleep, CBD to help with pain… the list goes on and on.

If you are not familiar with CBD, it’s the active ingredient in cannabis derived from the hemp plant (marijuana). It’s NOT the part of marijuana that gets you high, “stoned.” That ingredient is cannabis. It’s illegal in most states to have anything related to cannabis unless it’s medicinal. At least this is my understanding.

I am open to trying products with CBD in it. I do that because I do suffer from pain (nephropathy) and I do have issues falling asleep and staying asleep. These are conditions that other people use CBD products for. There are other reasons to use them too (not just pain or to help you sleep). Depression, anxiety, stress, and inflammation are other reasons why people use CBD product, however I don’t know if CBD really helps with any (or all) of these things.

In any event, I am always looking to try out new CBD products to see what works, and what doesn’t work.

One of the most recent products I received to review is Elixinol’s Organic Balance USDA certified organic tincture.

According to the brand;

Elixinol’s Organic Balance certified USDA organic tinctures are crafted with CBD rich organic whole-hemp extract carefully blended with organic MCT coconut oil. By using full-spectrum hemp oil, these tinctures are not only full of CBD, they provide the complete range of complementary cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes that define the entourage effect.

I was sent a bottle to review. It contains 300mg of CBD. That is a decent amount of milligrams. I’ve seen plenty of CBD products with a lot less, and a lot more, than that amount. I think 300-500 mg is probably a good amount for anyone. But that is just my opinion.

This CBD tinture has a “natural taste.” It’s not flavored in any way. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the taste. However, you only have to use a little bit (1/2 a dropper), so it’s easy enough for me to keep it in my mouth for a brief amount of time. The taste doesn’t last much after you swallow it.

You can use this tincture twice a day with food, or as needed.

I use this product before I eat lunch, and before I go to bed at night. I find that it makes me feel calm and relaxed. I work with kids who can be loud and very active. I like having a sense of calmness before going to work.

I take the product at night to help me feel relaxed enough to fall asleep (and ideally stay asleep). Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. I think other medication I’m on might interfere with the true effectiveness of this product. It’s not just this product. Other CBD products I use sometimes seem affected by my medications.

 

So far I am enjoying the benefits of this product. It works well in my life and with my lifestyle. I also appreciate the fact that this product is certified organic by Pro-Cert, a USDA-accredited certifying agent, in an organic facility. I feel good taking this product because you know it lives up to high standards.

If you are interested in learning more about this product, or other products offered Elixinol, such as Omega Turmeric CBD, CBD Cream and CBD Lip Balm, to name a few, visit Elixinol.com. They even have a clearance section!

The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom of their website.

Do you use CBD products? If so, what do you use them for? Feel free to comment and share your stories/thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

Kimberly

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

Achieve your genetic potential with an NAD+ longevity supplement

 

Beauty products have come a long way since I was younger. It seemed like beauty products were more simple back then. These days science plays a bit part in how beauty products are formulated. They are so much more than a simple beauty product.

One of the perks of being a blogger is having the opportunity to learn about new brand and products, as well as the chance to try out some products I might not otherwise get the chance to learn about. One such product is NAD+ Gold™.  

As per the brand;

Achieve your genetic potential with an NAD+ longevity supplement: As we age, research shows that we continuously lose molecules called NAD+, which are critical to maintaining energy production, DNA repair and cell vitality. Enter Quicksilver Scientific’s latest breakthrough product, NAD+ Gold™ one of the most powerful, yet simple longevity products on the market designed to produce more NAD+ via liposomal delivery. This promotes healthy aging, cognition and metabolism. You can’t prevent aging, but according to Quicksilver Scientific, you can change the way you age in 2020.

This video from Quicksliver Scientific, goes into the science behind this product.

 

It sounded interesting, so I thought I would give it a try and do a review.

This product arrives with an ice pack. Upon recieving the product, you need to put it in the fridge. It’s OK if it arrives to you not cold. It’s OK to be at room temperature for 5-7 days (as per the brand’s website).

I thought it was interesting that it had to be kept cold.

I thought this was a beauty product that you put on your skin. Nope! It’s a beauty/health product that you ingest.

To use NAD+ Gold, put two pumps of the product in your mouth and leave it there for 30 seconds before swallowing. It does not say it on the directions, but I think you should pump it under your tongue (sublingual). I take other vitamins (B12) that I need to dissolve under my tongue so that I can absorb it better. When using this product, I pump it under my tongue and leave it there for 30 seconds before swallowing.

I’m not keen on the taste, but you put so little in your mouth that it’s not a big deal.

Ideally, you should take NAD+Gold 10 minutes before you eat. I take it in the morning before I drink my coffee (I don’t eat breakfast right away). When I get up I have things to do before I sit down for my coffee (litter boxes, feed the cats…), so waiting 10 minutes is not a big deal for me.

It doesn’t specify what time of day you should take the product. You could take it before lunch or dinner if that is more convenient for you.

Because the product has to be kept cold, it’s not ideal for traveling. But you do have 90 days after you open it before it’s not viable anymore.

I have been using this product for a few weeks. There are some days that I didn’t use it (I forgot to take it).

I honestly cannot tell you how the product is effecting me from a molecular level. I’m not a scientist, nor a doctor. I have no way of testing how the product is working. As per the brand it may take a few weeks to really notice the effects, and this will vary from person to person.  It should increase energy levels, exercise capacity and support the health and youth of your cells – which will be more of a subtle effect over time.

If you want to see if it’s working for you, you could take baseline lipid profile or blood sugar markers like fasting glucose, A1C, and retest after 6 weeks. There are probably mitochondrial function tests you could take as well.

NAD+Gold is suppose to help with;

  • Boost endurance and stamina
  • Increase blood flow
  • Sharpen memory and focus
  • Promote a more youthful metabolism

As far as endurance and stamina, I have not been feeling well for a long time. I have been dealing with tendinitis in my shoulder. So I have been taking things slow and easy so as not to aggravate my shoulder. I also take medication for nephropathy that totally zaps me of energy. For these reasons, I don’t want to say that NAD+Gold doesn’t help with endurance and stamina, only because I have contributing factors that could effect that.

I keep my NAD+Gold in the covered compartment on my fridge door.

Increased blood flow and a youthful metabolism are not factors I can comment on because I have no way of telling if this product has effected these areas.

As I get older, I worry A LOT about memory loss. I also suffer from focus issues (which is why it’s taking me forever to do an online course). Again, I don’t know if medication has an effect on that. I take Gabapentin and Lyrica, both of which can effect your focus.

I look at it this way, if the product does what it says it’s suppose to do, I’m all for it. I want to look and feel healthy.

If you would like to learn more about NAD+Gold, visit QuicksilverScientific.com, or you can go directly to the NAD+Gold product page.

The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are fond on their website.

What do you think about this product? Does it sound like something you’d be interested in trying? Why or why not? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

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. 

Can CBD Gummies Help in Your Life

 

CBD gummies are an interesting concept that many people use every day. Can CBD gummies actually help you as much as other CBD types? 

There are plenty of different ways to take CBD. One of the most popular ones is a CBD gummy. But if you’ve only ever really heard about these gummies secondhand, you might not know why people love them so much. If you’re interested in starting a new type of CBD in your diet, you might want to consider using CBD gummies. These are the top reasons that people love CBD gummies.

Portability

First off, CBD gummies are incredibly portable. That’s one of the main reasons people love to have them available — they’re great if you need to take your CBD with you. Most CBD gummies come in a small darkened container that you can toss into your bag, purse, or backpack. That portability means it’s very easy to use your CBD gummies in any situation. You may even want to keep a container of CBD gummies in your different bags so that you don’t have to remember to take them with you every time you leave the house.

Ease of Use

CBD gummies all come pre-portioned and pre-prepared. To take your CBD, all you have to do is take a gummy and chew it up. That makes it much easier than taking CBD in many other ways. You can even grab a few CBD gummies from your purse without having to look at them while you do it. That means you can continue to work and accomplish your goals without having to take time to get your CBD. It’s a direct CBD mix that allows you to easily add CBD, whether as needed or as part of an overall routine.

Efficacy

Just like other methods of taking it, CBD gummies provides you with the benefits that you associate with CBD. Plus, you still know exactly how much CBD you’re taking when you take a gummy. You just have to look at the label, which will let you know how much CBD each gummy actually has. Make sure you see how much is in a serving and how many gummies each serving is, so you can properly dose your CBD for your own needs.

Additional Ingredients

If you want to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your CBD, you might want to consider adding additional supplements that will help with your health goals. With Charlotte’s Web CBD gummies, you’ll automatically get the benefits of those additional supplements. The Calm gummies include L-theanine and lemon balm, the Sleep gummies include melatonin, and the Recovery gummies include ginger and turmeric. Do some extra research on these supplements so you can see whether they can help you.

Quality

Every time you buy a supplement, you need to make sure that the retailer will only provide high-quality products. That’s true of every supplement, including CBD. Supplements aren’t federally regulated, which can be worrying for some people. But the good news is that high-quality manufacturers have instead taken it upon themselves to regulate their own products. At Charlotte’s Web, you can see Certificates of Analysis from an unbiased third party that will let you know what’s actually in your CBD and let you feel comfortable with every purchase.

Conclusion

Regardless of your current CBD usage, it’s true that CBD gummies may be able to help you benefit from CBD even more. You just need to make sure you’re getting the right CBD gummy for your needs. Charlotte’s Web can help you find that perfect gummy. Whether you want more help with working out, sleeping right, or just staying calm in your day-to-day life, CBD gummies from Charlotte’s Web will help you do just that.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety When You’re at Work

 

If you are someone who suffers with anxiety, then it can be something that can have an impact on your whole life. You could stop going out or doing particular things because of how you feel. You could turn down promotions and other opportunities at work because of social anxiety or anxiety around interviews and being out of your comfort zone. You could even miss things like deadlines because of feeling anxious, so it can impact your whole life and your life at work. 

When you are at work, it is definitely up to you if you want to tell your employer. It can help a lot, as they can put certain things in place. You might work for a large corporation with a HR team and occupational health team that could help. But you may not feel able to share about it. If that is the case, then you need to make sure that you are able to cope when you’re at work, so that you can not only survive, but actually thrive in the workplace. Here are some things that could help you when you’re feeling anxious or having panic attacks when you are at work. Is there anything else that you would recommend?

Ask for help

We can all feel overwhelmed with our workload from time to time. But if you are having a really anxious day or feeling on the verge of a panic attack, then it can be hard to think about anything else but how you are feeling. So it is really important to make sure that you don’t isolate yourself when you are feeling like this. It is so important to ask for help if you need it. You will have a line manager at work and a team around you, so ask for help if you feel like you need it. You don’t want to add stress to your life by missing deadlines or making errors, so ask for help.

Take breaks

Taking some regular breaks at work can be a good idea if you are feeling anxious. Even just a quick walk for ten minutes can make a difference. Don’t just plow through if you aren’t feeling good. Even a minute to yourself away from work to have some deep breathing can be a good idea. You could even buy CBD gummies, for example, as something to have with you in your bag, as they can be subtly taken at work. CBD has been proven to help, but you will need to see if it works for you.

Remove yourself from toxic colleagues

One of your triggers in the workplace, that triggers your anxiety, could be the people that you are around. You could feel like you can’t get away sometimes, but if you are able to remove yourself from gossip and negativity in the workplace, then it can make a real difference to how you feel. 

Be healthy

One of the best things that you can do to take care of yourself at work if you are anxious, is to be as healthy as you can. So if you are binging on junk food then it won’t do a lot to help how you are feeling. If you eat in a healthy way, then it can help you to take control and feel better about things. You should also make sure that you get enough sleep as that can help you to feel better and more able to cope with things. Exercising is something that is also important, as it can do wonders for your mental health. Look to limit things like caffeine and alcohol, and then make sure that you have some healthy habits to look after your mind and body. It will stand you in good stead should you face some stressful and triggering situations in life, as well as at work. 

Set boundaries

Work could be something that in and of itself, makes you quite anxious. So it is a must to set yourself some boundaries, like not bringing work back with you. Then you can relax when you’re at home, and not bring more anxiety into your life. Don’t check your emails at home, even if you have your work laptop with you. It will make a difference to how you feel and be a positive change. If you work from home sometimes, then make sure you set specific working hours, so that you’re not prolonging the working day and not prolonging any of your anxiety.

Here’s how You Could Relax after a Super Busy Week

 

Has it just been one of those weeks? It doesn’t matter how busy you are because it’s so important that you are able to find the time to unwind and really do the things that your body needs. If you just don’t know where to get started, then you can take a look below to find out more.

Take a Hot Shower and Relax your Muscles

It’s so important that you are able to relax both your muscles and your mind from time to time. A hot shower can help you to relieve tension while also soothing any stiff muscles you might have. If you have a blocked nose, then it can work wonders for that as well. People normally pick up bugs when they are really run down with everything, so make the effort to try and take care of yourself from time to time. When you do, you’ll be much more comfortable and happier.

Get into Some Comfortable Clothes

Free your body of any tight or even uncomfortable clothing. If you lounge around in your work clothes after you get home, take them off and change your outfit. When you do, you will be able to take your mind away from work and this will really work in your favour.

Distract Yourself from your Work-Related Stress

Relaxing doesn’t have to mean doing nothing. Sometimes relaxing just means doing whatever makes you happy. This could involve reading a book, listening to some music or even doing some exercise. You might also want to try your hand at drawing if you want something that will stimulate you. If you find it hard to read books, then it may be worth investing in a pair of reading glasses. Replacement lenses can also be purchased online.

Turn off your Technology

The problem with phones is that you can’t really live with them, but you can’t live without them as well. If you want to help yourself then you need to turn off your mobile or even put it in another room. All of your emails and notifications can wait a few hours because you need to focus on yourself for a little while. When you do, you’ll feel way more relaxed and content.

Meditate

Evidence has shown time and time again that both meditation and mindfulness can really benefit your health. If you want to give it a go, then try and download a meditation app. This will help you to learn the whole process and it can also show you what you need to do in order to truly relax.

Have a Hot Drink

Did you know that tea has been proven to relieve stress? The act of putting the kettle on can sometimes be enough to start those endorphins flowing. If you want to help yourself here, then you need to try and settle down with a hot drink and give yourself chance to relax. When you do, you can then start to unwind and focus on the good things in life.

Love Bottle – An Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It seems like just yesterday we were decorating the Christmas tree and looking forward to Santa’s arrival. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day, and before you know it, Memorial Day weekend. Time sure does fly.

Do you have a special someone to be your Valentine this year? My Valentine for the past 24 years has been my husband. In fact, we’re celebrating the 24th anniversary of our first date this coming weekend. We went on our first date on February 2nd (Groundhog Day). On Saturday we’re going out to dinner at an amazing restaurant called Mt. Fuji. I wrote a review about the restaurant on my site a few months ago.

Since our date anniversary is so close to Valentine’s Day, we don’t normally gift each other anything. It’s not that I don’t love and appreciate my husband (we wouldn’t be together for 24 years if we didn’t). It’s just that I show him love (and vice versa) every day. I don’t need a special day of the year to let him know how very much he means to me. Every day is Valentine’s Day for us.

I DO get him Valentine’s Day gifts from time to time. Usually it’s something funny or unique. Traditional gifts like chocolates and flowers are not our “thing.” We like silly and out of the ordinary gifts for one another, year round (birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas…).

If you are in the market for a unique Valentine’s Day gift idea, with a “healthy twist” to it, check out the Love Bottle.

What is a Love Bottle you might ask?

A Love Bottle is a beautiful, elegant, reusable water bottle.

Check out this brief video to learn more.

 

I know what you must be thinking – How is a water bottle a nice Valentine’s Day gift idea? I mean, a bottle is a bottle, right?

Wrong! The Love Bottle is different.

The Love Bottle is a reusable water bottle made of glass. Every part of the bottle is made with love right here in the USA.

The Love Bottle features a ceramic lid, food grade silicone seal and stainless steel wire to keep the lid in place. The bottle designs are done with non-leaded ceramic ink.

The bottle is scratch resistant and dishwater safe.

According to the brand, the Love Bottle is all about bringing love and water together and drinking with love. The bottle was created to help the physical and emotional health of our bodies, our communities and our planet.

Think about it. You want your loved one to be happy and healthy, right? Drinking water is a vital part of our physical health. Many people don’t drink nearly as much water as they need to. I’m one of them.

My husband and son drink A LOT of water every day (I swear my son is 99% water!). My daughter barely drinks water, and I am guilty of that too. I try and get enough water each day, but honestly, I am so busy that I don’t even think about drinking. If coffee counts, then I’m doing good. Ha Ha.

Gifting the Love Bottle tells your special someone that their health and well-being is very important to you. Showing them that you want them to be healthy by drinking more water is a lot better than a box of unhealthy chocolates (even though chocolate is so good).

The Love Bottle is available in many different designs to suit anyone’s tastes.

Speaking of taste, drinking from a water bottle is not only better for you, but water tastes better in a glass bottle. Steel and aluminum bottles can give you a residual metallic taste in your water. I don’t need to tell you how unhealthy plastic bottles are. There are harmful chemicals in plastic water bottles that you can ingest.

My Love Bottle with a message inside to give you an idea of what it would look like. I think this is a fun gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

Because glass is clear and see through, you are able to make sure your bottle is fully cleaned when washing it. With other bottles you can’t see what might be building up in your bottle.

Glass water bottles are better for the environment too.

In addition to all of this, the Love Bottle brand donates 5% of their revenue to charity. The Love Bottle is a win-win situation for everyone.

To make the Love Bottle a bit more romantic, you can add a custom message to put inside of the bottle (message in a bottle). I love that idea! I’ve always wanted to find a bottle on the beach with a message inside. I hear about that in the news from time to time. I think that would be such a cool find.

If you are interested in learning more about Love Bottle, or you would like to purchase one for that special someone in your life, or you’d like to purchase one for yourself (you should always love yourself!), visit LoveBottle.com. You can also check out the brand on social media.

Kimberly

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