Saturday, April 25, 2015

Superfood Bundle! 3-Pack of Spirulina, Acerola & Nutritional Yeast Review

I am all for getting fit and healthy! I love learning about healthy ways to get more nutrition into my system. With drinking green smoothies for breakfast and lean meats for lunch and dinner, I am always looking for ways to make them more tasty. That is where the Superfood Bundle comes in! I was given the opportunity to try out Spirulina, Acerola, and Nutritional yeast from the Sari Foods Company. And most of all, they are all organic!

Sari Foods is a company that believes the foods we eat have the ability to nourish us fully and completely. And, that natural nutrition - as opposed to synthetic, laboratory-made vitamins - provides us with the fuel for life without any of the drawbacks. They created Sari Foods with the hope of delivering ancient foods to modern life. In Indonesian, the word "sari" means essence. At Sari Foods Company, our mission is to bring you the "Essence of Food”, empowering conscious consumers to return to nutrient dense, single ingredient, pure foods as our source of life and sustenance - just as nature intended.

6oz Organic Vitamin C Powder from Acerola Cherries and 16oz Organic Spirulina

 I love smoothies, especially green smoothies where I can have some of my greens put into a blender and drink them. Along with adding greens, I love to add some fruit and some protein. So I add one tablespoon of the Superfood Spirulina and one tablespoon of the Vitamin C powder (both are organic) to give my smoothies a super boost! Spirulina is the most nutrient dense food known to humankind, contains more protein content than any other food source and is the most planet-friendly source of protein! This bag of planet-friendly organic spirulina is comprised of more than 60% protein and is a natural source of bioavailable iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, beta-carotine, B12, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, antioxidants and essential amino acids (GLA, Omega 3, 6 & 9’s). Spirulina has over 100 types of vitamins & nutrients - more than any other type of grain, plant, or herb - and they work together to perform miracles in the human body. Many Vitamin C supplements (like ascorbic acid and calcium ascorbate) contain isolated and/or synthetic vitamin C that is highly toxic and may cause you more harm than good. Sari Foods 100% food based vitamin C is nature’s complete complex, providing you with all of the benefits of this miracle vitamin without compromising your body or health. Natural Vitamin C is the missing piece of the puzzle to your body’s immune system, offering protection against colds and many viruses. Vitamin C also fights free radicals, promotes cell regeneration and is a natural antihistamine which means it may even help keep allergies, asthma and inflammation in check!

8oz Non-Fortified Nutritional Yeast Flakes
This delicious salty, creamy, nutty, cheese-tasting superfood can be sprinkled on just about everything! No restraint necessary. I sprinkle on my oatmeal, yogurt, salad, and grits. It tastes like cheese! I have never had of a product like this and I enjoyed trying this product because it was different and I love different! Here is a little about it. Most nutritional yeast products are fortified with excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins to increase the nutritional count. At Sari Foods Company, we believe that synthetic, man-made vitamins are not only unnecessary, but that they can be harmful and toxic to our bodies, causing nutrient imbalances and forcing our kidneys and liver to work overtime while our bodies struggle to absorb them. We can promise you this: the abundance of vitamins & nutrients plus the delicious cheese flavor found in this bag of molasses-grown nutritional yeast are 100% whole food based and naturally occurring - nothing synthetic here - just as nature intended! Our nutritional yeast is naturally comprised of 50% protein (a complete, bioavailable and vegan source), over 20% fiber, contains all 18 amino acids and 15 different minerals (including iron, selenium and zinc) as well as a natural vitamin B-complex and Beta-glucans (known for their extreme immune enhancing properties).

Overall, I enjoyed each of the products and they will definitely be a staple in my kitchen. They will also help me in my healthy journey. They taste delicious and doesn't make my food or smoothies taste bland. If you want to know more about this awesome Superfood bundle, please check them out at

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*I was given these products for review purposes. All opinions are 100% my own!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

InstaNatural Lemon and Peppermint Essential Oils Review

I love fragrance! My home has all kinds of candles, plug-in fragrance devices, and sprays. I have always been a person who loves scents. Scents to me is so inviting for a home. I never got into essential oils but always wanted to learn about them and reap the many benefits that they offer for homeopathic healing. I love the scent of lavender which is very calming. Essential oils have some amazing benefits from adding shine to your hair, helping you with dry skin, and health benefits. I was super excited when InstaNatural wanted me try out two of their essential oils for my review. I have reviewed several of their products and so far, they have not disappointed me.

InstaNatural is a leading online and global distributor of more than a dozen nature inspired beauty and cosmetics products. Our products are one of the top sellers on Amazon and can also be found in leading spas, salons and aesthetic centers in the US, as well as internationally in UAE, UK and Canada (coming soon). We are constantly in search of wonderful natural and organic ingredients from the around the globe, so we can bring you the absolute best products, no matter the cost. In addition, we strongly believe in treating our customers the way we would want to be treated. This is why our lifetime satisfaction guarantee and our customer service is unlike any other company in the industry.

InstaNatural Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oil

The two essential oils that I had the pleasure of reviewing are InstaNatural's Peppermint and Lemon Essential Oils. Each bottle holds 4 fl oz and a dropper was included for each bottle.  When I received the box, I could literally smell the peppermint essential oil through the packaging! Now that is strong! That is not a bad thing for me! The bottles are glass so be careful when opening. I was really surprised at the size of the bottles because I thought that I was going to get a little sample size to review but the bottles were a nice size! The essential oil in each bottle is really potent because I could smell them and the caps were on the bottles so I took the caps off of each bottle and placed the dropper caps into each one.

InstaNatural Lemon Essential Oil

Lemon Essential Oil is extracted from the rinds of lemon, which lends its fresh citrus fragrance. This cold-pressed oil has a strong bright scent that is both refreshing and uplifting. Its astringent and purifying properties also make it a great aid to help cleanse and tone the skin, while delivering a boost of Vitamin C antioxidant benefits. I added one or two drops to my cotton ball with some witch hazel to tone my skin after I have cleansed my face. I love it! It is refreshing and gives my face such a glow before I put on my moisturizer and eye gel which are also by InstaNatural. Also, if I used this essential oil with a little water in a spray bottle and lightly mist my carpet in my bedroom or around my home after I vacuum for a refreshing scent.

InstaNatural Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil is a multi-purpose oil that cools, energizes and refreshes the body and mind. This steam-distilled oil is extracted from dried or fresh leaves from the Mentha Piperita herb, giving it a sharp, menthol fragrance. Its pleasantly sweet and minty aroma makes it a premium choice for aromatherapy to improve the mind and lift the spirits. I used about 20 drops of this essential oil into my coconut oil that I use for my hair and I love to massage my scalp with it. The coconut oil is a carrier oil that works great with an essential oil. My hair loves coconut oil so I know that peppermint oil can stimulate the blood flow to the scalp when massaged in. This is the best combination for my hair since I have been transitioning to natural for 14 months. I love how it makes my scalp tingle!  I also love to just smell this oil if I feel a little down and want a pick me up of energy and it does the trick in perking me up!

These essential oils are 100% natural and steam distilled. Please make sure that you store these bottles in a cool, dark place and dilute it appropriately as it is very potent so do not use it straight out of the bottle! Essential oils work great with a carrier oil like coconut or extra virgin olive oil so please do your research thoroughly! Also, research to find other beneficial uses for these essential oils. I have now found some great essential oils and I will be going on InstaNatural's website to purchase some other essential oils!

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*This is a sponsored post. I received these products for my review. The opinions are 100% my own!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Hyperbiotics PRO-Dental Oral Probiotic Review

Having white teeth is the essence of a beautiful smile. Smiling gives us the confidence to to make new friends, conquer job interviews, and just simply to be happy. I love to smile! My teeth are not the whitest but I am not against trying whitening toothpaste, whitening strips, or whitening mouthwash. There are so many whitening products on the market. I was surprised to learn that now there is a new product that not only helps with teeth whitening, but helps with your overall oral health. I'm sure you are familiar with probiotics for your digestive tract, but did you know that many of the oral health issues we suffer from (cavities, gum disease, bad breath and even ear, nose, throat and sinus infections) are because the probiotics in our oral cavities have been depleted (due to stress, antibiotics or even modern diet).

Hyperbiotics PRO-Dental

Introducing Hyperbiotics PRO-Dental by Sari Foods! PRO-Dental is a brand new concept in the probiotic world as it focuses on repopulating your oral and nasal cavities (as opposed to your GI tract). If you suffer from recurrent sore throats, allergies, ear or sinus infections or from dental issues such as cavities, plaque, bad breath, teeth staining, gum disease, tonsil stones, or sensitive teeth, we recommend this formula. This formula has BLIS K12 and BLIS M18 - two groundbreaking oral probiotic strains that will help repopulate your oral cavities and put your oral health back on tract. Here are what the product claims to help with:

REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR DENTAL CHECK-UPS. The probiotic S. Salvarius M18 produces an enzyme that helps dissolve and loosen the formation of plaque and bio-film that eventually leads to cavities, staining, tooth sensitivities and gum disease (specifically gingivitis) which can turn into periodontal disease if not treated. Studies show that a special 2% of the population rarely experience plaque or tooth decay (that leads to the domino effect of dental problems) with the only differentiating factor being that they have sufficient S. Salvarius M18 colonies.

TARGET BAD BREATH AT ITS SOURCE. Did you know that when you use mouthwash to prevent bad breath, you kill both the good and bad bacteria? And, did you know that it’s the good bacteria’s job to keep the bad breath causing bacteria in check? In fact, S. salivarius is often found in healthy mouths and is deficient in halitosis sufferers. This means that the best long-term solution to eradicating bad breath is to repopulate your oral cavities with the “good guys” found in PRO-Dental.

REPOPULATE YOUR ORAL MICROBIOME. You might be familiar with your “gut microbiome”, but did you know that different probiotic strains populate your oral cavities? Your mouth is your first line of defense and the entry point for most infections. When your balance of healthy oral microflora is compromised by diet, disease, stress or antibiotics, you can quickly develop oral health related problems. With PRO-Dental, you can finally keep this often forgotten microbiome in optimal shape!

ALLEVIATE ORAL HEALTH ISSUES. PRO-Dental is uniquely formulated with the most effective and clinically proven oral probiotic strains ((including S. salvirus K12, S. salvirus M18, L. reuteri, L. paracasei) to repopulate your oral cavity, helping to break-up plaque and malodor causing bacteria, reduce oral health challenges such as cavities, teeth-staining, tongue-coating, gingivitis, tonsil stones, canker sores and protect against ear, nose and throat infections.

GUARD AGAINST EAR, NOSE & THROAT INFECTIONS. Upper respiratory and ear infections are caused by a buildup of bad bacteria that travels throughout your oral cavities. When your oral microbiome is populated with strong probiotic colonies, you are equipped with natural defenses against these nasty invaders. In fact, studies show that children with S. salivarius K12 have a 50 percent less chance of harboring strep throat bacteria and may experience fewer ear infections.

Hyperbiotics PRO-Dental

I have tried this product for a month and a half and I have noticed a slight difference in my oral health. As you can see from the photo above, the product is in a white pill form and the pill has a minty taste. It did not leave a aftertaste in my mouth like other pills do which is a plus for me. I brush my teeth first and as per the directions on the bottle, you are to take one or two pills directly after brushing and that is exactly what I did and waited 30 minutes before I ate or drank anything. You do not have to take the pill with any water all you have to do is chew it and  like that because if I had to take with water, I probably would forget to take it daily. Since it is a probiotic, it did help with my stomach issues as with any probiotic that I take. I was diagnosed with GERD so I get acid reflux frequently. One thing that I did notice that is starting to diminish is when I brush my teeth, my gums in certain areas start to bleed. I usually experience this a few times a week but now I noticed it happening less which is a plus for me. I have not noticed any whitening of my teeth and that is not to say that it won't happen over time with continuous use it won't happen. My mouth definitely felt fresher as far as my breath and my teeth feeling squeaky clean. I am not one who gets frequent ear infections, but with the change in weather being hot and cold here where I live (NC) it helped in me not getting any colds.

Would this be a product that I would continue to use? The answer is Yes! I feel that over time with continuous use, I would be able to see some of the whitening benefits but felt that one bottle was not enough to judge that benefit. I like that it does help calm my stomach acid even though its main purpose is to help with your oral health. I love the mint taste which make it easy to take and not dread chewing it.

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*This is a sponsored post. I received this product courtesy of  Sari Foods Company. All opinions are 100% my own!