Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Orthopedic Knee Pillow Review



I have had back pain the majority of my life. I toss and turn most nights and wake up with back pain 85% of the time. I generally sleep on my side with a pillow in between my knees and one clutched under one arm, near my chest. I sleep with the other arm under my head and pillow. I have tried various pillows and back support products over the years. I tested one particular pillow this month to provide a short review for you. I was sent a contoured knee pillow from ComfiLife on Amazon.

ComfiLife Knee Pillow is memory foam material and ergonomically designed to provide spinal alignment and support.  It is a product that can potentially help various users with back pain, sciatica, hip or joint pain.  It would also be helpful to pregnant mommies as well.

I like that it has a zippered cover/case that is machine washable.  I have not yet tried washing my sample.  It feels soft to the touch and looks quality made.  I do think it is rather small and could be wider.  I tried this for about 2 weeks and although it works well in aligning my hips and relieving pressure, I am so used to using a large micropedic pillow between my knees and found this to be a chore to keep between my knees through the entire night since I frequently move around.   I generally like to sleep on my right side and have a jumbo Homemedics micropedic pillow between my knees and at my chest.  

I appreciate that the ComiLife pillow keeps its shape, it is just not as comfortable as using a wide, standard head pillow between my knees.  I still recommend this if you have not been using anything else previously (and are not previously attached to a wider pillow).  I do think I will keep it for travel as I never seem to bring my own (knee and chest) pillows with me as taking 3 pillows just for me (in addition to my husband's and 2 older children's pillows would not be feasible on space.  

I like this knee pillow for its structure, material, and high-quality construction.  I would love it to be slightly longer.  I can fit my legs in there just fine with no issue, I just like a larger space as I fall asleep better.  

This pillow was sent as a complimentary review sample.  

Please excuse the dark cell phone pictures taken at almost midnight.  I had about 4 or 5 bright and sunny (daylight) pictures of this pillow on my made bed with a pretty peachy pink crocheted vintage throw pillow next to it.  I thought I took them on my cell phone, but sadly it was on my husband's phone and we had to delete a whole bunch of pictures in order to have space for more family pictures for this week.  We are both dangerously close on storage space.  I gave him the go ahead to delete my review photos and I did not realize these were on there.  Phooey.  :( Oh well, at least you get the idea.  

This is indeed a nice pillow.  The material of the pillow case is soft and nice quality.  I do worry about how to get it on and on when it does come time to wash.  









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NutraEdge Men’s Testosterone Supplement Review



My husband was sent a nutritional supplement for review. It is too soon to be able to determine the results of this product, but so far there have not been any negative effects. Generally, 3 months or more is what is needed to fully evaluate a supplement.

Edgetest is a testosterone supplement for men.  This assists with a variety of health functions as well as natural based energy.  I do think some of the ingredients in this product can definitely be beneficial to some men.  I cannot comment on any seen improvements yet, but hope to update should he decide to take this longer than a month.

The bottle instructs to take 3 capsules per day.  My husband takes these (and his other supplements) in the evening with lemonade or water.  The pills are easy for him to swallow and are of average size.  He does not notice any aftertaste or side effects.  

Do some light research of other reviews and perhaps speak to your doctor or nutritionist to see if this is a product for you.



Indications: (From Manufacturer Info)

EdgeTest is a unique combination of ingredients proven to maintain healthy testosterone levels. These all-natural ingredients extracted from plants, herbs, minerals, and vitamins,, support your body's normal testosterone production and promote sexual well-being.* In addition, natural testosterone levels will lead to healthy strength, muscles and weight*

Ingredients:

Niacin 30mg, Zinc (as zinc citrate) 25mg, Fenugreek (50% saponins) 600mg, Tribulus Terrestris 60% 600mg, L-arginine 100mg, Horny Goat Weed 20:1 100mg, Aspartic Acid 50mg, Eurycoma longifolia (longjack) 50mg, Maca root 0.6% extract 50mg, Mucuna pruriens (20%) 50mg, Whey protein hydrolysate 50mg, DHEA 25mg, Boron 1mg.

Directions:

As a dietary supplement, take three(3) capsules daily preferably with a meal, or as directed by a healthcare professional.


This was sent complimentary for honest opinion and review/evaluation. We were not compensated for this review, except for one trial bottle.


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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Natrogix Vitamin K2 MK-7 Review






I have a cavity in my mouth. I am embarrassed/ashamed about it and frankly quite mad at myself.  I eat nutritious meals (for the most part) and rarely eat candy or high amounts of sugar, but there it is, a shadowy gray spot with a noticeable hole.  I lived through almost 30 years of zero cavities and then got my first cavity around my first pregnancy.  I had 3 cavities filled since then, and ever since have had issues with sensitivity and overall fear of breaking my fillings. I hate getting fillings. If I get this filled it will be my 4th. 

I do want to mention that it is most likely due to the fact that I have 3 young children (1, 3 and 6) and I have either been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last 6 years. (Which takes a toll on one's body with loss of some important minerals and calcium.) I also must admit I have not always brushed my teeth twice per day or flossed regularly as I should.  I am not an avid flosser, at all.  I brush once per day when I am just hanging around the house. (Twice per day when we leave the house) While I do not eat many sweets or drink soda with much regularity, I do however, eat a lot of brown rice, grains, beans, and nuts, which while they are technically good for you, they have a lot of Phytic Acid in them.   I also am quite fond of semisweet dark chocolate.  


I am actively trying to cure my cavity on my own, without a filling.  Yes.  I am crazy, but not really as it can be done.  It will just be difficult.  


I am trying to follow the views of Weston Price and Ramiel Nagel. These two men are influential in the (holistic) dentisty world for their similar ideas of healing cavities with nutritional improvements and natural methods.  They believe that cavities are caused by a "deficiency of fat-soluble vitamins and water-soluble minerals in our diet".  Both individuals believe in tooth remineralization and that drilling is not necessary. According to Ramiel Nagel, author of Cure Tooth Decay, phytic acids block Zinc, Calcium, Vitamin D, and Iron absorption. He believes that tooth decay is caused by nutritional deficiencies.  I eat healthy foods, but I am a product of an American modern diet.  I do eat things that are not the best for me: french fries, fried, processed / junk foods every now and then, etc.  I am not vegetarian or vegan, so I do get healthy amounts of meat and dairy.  However, I am not getting the more nutrient dense full fat milk/cheese/butter from grass fed cows from local sources, organ meats/bone broth, pastured eggs, and rich vegetables that are fresh and unprocessed.  Eating completely raw, locally grown, whole foods does get expensive.  It is not always easy for my family of 5 to make those choices (especially as a stay at home mommy).  Ramiel believes that receding gums and tooth decay are caused by losing minerals and by not feeding your body with the proper high fat (the good kind of fats) diet.  While it is important to brush and floss, bacteria is not the main problem that causes cavities.  


Weston A. Price (1870-1948) was a dentist who and traveled all over the world.  His experience of direct contact with various cultures found that tooth decay was less prevalent in primitive societies who consumed their ancestral diet than it was in modern society.  Price observed the teeth and jawlines of those consuming full fat, grassfed, pastured traditional foods and noticed that although these cultures did not have the most advanced technologies or dental products/medicine (toothbrushes, toothpaste, etc.), they had white, straight and cavity free teeth.  He observed their diets and wanted to take this knowledge back with him to educate his patients.  

A few months ago I saw that I had (still have) a bad cavity on my back right lower tooth.  I am fluoride free / sodium laurel sulfate free, and only use natural bentonite clay / essential oil based toothpaste.  I have been using natural, fluoride free toothpaste for about 3 years as I know that fluoride blocks teeth from the ability to remineralize and can cause toxicity.  Glycerin also coats teeth and is another ingredient I am staying away from.  

I have been trying to improve my diet and nutritional supplements.  Being a stay at home mommy to 3 very young and active children, I admittingly have not had the best diet recently.  I sometimes eat whatever is easy or quick and usually eat last or late at night.  I also am a bit of an insomniac and do not get much sleep.  My body has not been healing or regenerating well.  I have been trying to improve my overall health (and dental wellness) with better nutrition.  I have been trying to take more supplements as well, in addition to my prenatal vitamins.


I specifically have been taking cod liver oil daily, along with vitamin K2 supplements.   I truly believe my dental issue this time has been due to me not taking the best care of myself over the last 3 years (my 2 youngest children's lifespan).  

I was recently sent some vitamin K2 (Natrogix Vitamin K2 MK-7) for review and have been using it daily for the past month.  I have been continuing to take my prenatal vitamins and have added Indian Ghee (with turmeric and black pepper) to my diet, along with upping my protein.  I have yet to begin homemade bone broth, but I would like to start making it soon as it should help greatly. 

Although Weston Price mentioned the use of fermented cod liver oil, I simply cannot afford Green Pasture's Blend (cod liver and high vitamin butter oil) right now as that is almost $50 for just a 2-3 week supply depending on how many pills I take per day.  I might try the liquid form as it is slightly more affordable.  It is said that as many as 8 pills need to be taken per day for cavities to remineralize.  If this tooth gets any worse, I may try a month or two if I have no other option.  I am not wanting any more fillings.   The Green Pasture's Blend has Butter oil which is a fermented oil containing high amounts of K2.  This butter oil is made from milk/cream from grass fed cows. It is rich in Vitamin D and Vitamin K which are fat-soluble vitamins needed for overall improved health.  I am trying to use Ghee made from grass fed cow raw milk as a more budget friendly substitute to the high vitamin butter oil and include a budget friendly K2 supplement as well.  


I was happy to try Natrogix K2 as it contains MK-7 and helps with calcium absorption (excellent for bones and teeth).  I like that this is made in the USA.  Natrogix K2 is from chickpeas.  


So far, I have been taking it for a few weeks and have not had any ill side effects.  I like how small the gel capsules are and the ease of swallowing.  I do not detect a flavor from these pills.  I do want to mention that this bottle and a few other of their products (that I will also be reviewing) have a clear plastic filler in them instead of the usual white cotton.  It was a little strange for me and a surprise.  

I do have some improvements to my 1-2 cystic acne blemishes this month, but I am not sure if it is due to this product or the fact that I have been better with taking my vitamins, cod liver oil, and drinking my matcha tea protein shakes.  I have been an avid water drinker for the past year (with the exception of a tall glass (or 2) of sweet iced tea thrown in once every 1 or 2 weeks).  I have noticed that I have felt a little boost in energy since taking k2 vitamins along with my cod liver oil.  I currently have been taking Sonne's cod liver oil.

For now I still have the ugly cavity and am hoping to stop the current decay and remineralize it.  If this happens, it will be a long process and will take months to a year.  I am unsure if I will continue this brand or try others before making a final selection on a K2 brand.  For more information on Natrogix K2 and their other products, you can find them on Amazon.

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Ingredients
Vitamin K2 100mcg, Sunflower Seed Oil, Gelatin, Vegetable Glycerin, Yellow Beeswax, Purified Water, Sunflower Lecithin, Carob, Caramel, Calcium Phosphate.

Directions
As a dietary supplement, take one (1) capsule daily.  There are 60 capsules in the bottle.  

This was sent to me for review.  This is my honest evaluation of the product.  









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Friday, June 23, 2017

Nora's Brushes - Oval Brush Set (Makeup Brush Set Review)





I have wanted to try these "toothbrush" type makeup brushes ever since I saw them on a youtube channel (I am such an insomniac and love binge watching beauty guru videos late at night). I was provided this set from Nora's Brushes (there are numerous brands that make these types of brushes, but this is one that I have experience with) and are being sold from Little Red Gift (Amazon Seller).  I have a mini review of them for you.

These are my first of this type of oval "toothbrush face brush". They take some practice, but they are definitely fun to use and I must admit and am liking them.  I will get better at using them as I learn.  I am not sure I will get much use from the tiny or thin ones. The eyeliner brush I most likely won't use (and have not used yet) as I like a sharp, cat eye liquid black liner.  I use Stila's felt tip liquid liner pen and have not used gel pot eyeliners for a few years.  I am sure the skinny brush would be great for a smokey smudged liner look. I am happy to see that there are some suggestions of how to use each brush (on the Amazon listing).

I got a freebie silicone sponge with the set (hidden under the black plastic tray) which was a nice surprise in the box. I am pretty devoted to my hot pink beauty blender sponge, so I am not sure how often I will use the silicone sponge.  It also feels weird in my hand.  Very Weird Indeed.  But it is a nice bonus product that many people will get use out of as these are really popular right now!

I will get the most use from the 3 or 4 biggest oval brushes.  I think this is a nice set and I am pleased that so far I have not had any shedding.  The brush hairs are very soft.  These are attractive looking and the font is nicely done as well.  There was not much (if any) of a chemical odor, which was a blessing (my experience from many makeup brush sets I have tested in the past).  The handles are a rubbery material and have some "give" when used on my face.  This is the part that takes some time getting used to as I lose a little control over them.  (but not so much as to make my foundation messy or cakey).  I really like using these for foundation/bb cream and blush.  I am loving the "contour #5" brush for my Urban Decay Primer Eyeshadow Potion and eyeshadow.  I find this does a better job for me than the skinny #6 and #7 that are designed for eyeshadow.  Again, this is just my opinion and experience.  I love makeup and have used it for years, but I am not in anyway a professional with the application, so simple and convenient is what I need.  

I really LOVE this set.  They work well and my foundation looks smooth, covers well, and gives me the natural, but healthy skin look.  I did try these slightly damp, and that really works well for me!

I think this would make a nice gift for someone and the price is great considering there are other more expensive sets out there.  



Oval 1: Foundation, Bronzing or Setting Powder

Oval 2: Cheek Blush, Contour, Foundation, Bronzing or Setting Powder

Oval 3: Cheek Blush, Contour, Foundation, Bronzing or Setting Powder, Eyeshadow color, Concealer

Oval 4: Cheek Contour, Foundation, Setting Powder, Eyeshadow color, Concealer

Oval 5: Eye Shadow Color, Concealer

Linear 6: Eye Shadow Color, Eye Liner, Cheek Blush & Contour, Concealer

Linear 7: Eye Shadow Color, Brow Color, Eye Liner, Concealer

Linear 8: Eye Shadow Color, Brow Color, Eye Liner

Circle 9: Lip Color/ Finish, Eye Shadow Color, Concealer

Circle 10: Lip Color/Finish, Eye Shadow Color, Brow Color, Concealer



















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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Queen Rose U Shaped Pregnancy Body Pillow (Review)



I wanted to do a short review on a pillow I was sent recently for my unbiased opinion. I am not pregnant, but as I have back pain almost daily and frequent insomnia, and so I thought I might try something new for support. We do have a Tempur-Pedic bed that works to some extent, but I think it is too soft and does not support my back as much as I need. I am a side sleeper and I also toss and turn a lot. I use a pillow under my head, on top of my head, clutched in my arms, and in between my knees. :) We have a queen size bed so already there is not much excess space, and I am thinking of adding a GIANT crazy shaped pillow?? Yes. I might as well try.

This is 100% Cotton and looks very similar to most pregnancy pillows I have seen. In fact, it was interesting to note that the pillow was packaged twice (with pillow directions for the actual brand of the pillow as well as the pillow under the Queen Rose Amazon store name) inside the cardboard shipping box. It seems this might be a generic or wholesale brand that can be sold under the name/branding of other stores.

This oversized, U-shaped pillow is designed to follow the natural shape of a woman's pregnant body. As a woman's belly expands and the baby gets bigger (taking up more space and putting a strain on the mother's organs and such) back pain is inevitable. Support is needed to provide some relief.

While I am not pregnant, I have seen others use this type of pillow effectively for reducing strain and providing a more comfortable sleep. This can be used for drug-free pain relief and comfort (whilst sleeping) for people with all many types of health issues such as fibromyalgia, sciatica, gastric reflux, congestion, carpal tunnel syndrome, and the like.  

I do not use it as pictured in the first (stock) photo. I found that the pillow was not comfortable on my head and was not more comfortable than my memory foam pillow (Sleep Number CoolFit Foam Contour Pillow).  This was much too stiff and overstuffed for my head or neck.  I decided to flip the pillow around and have the U-shaped area at my knees/legs/feet. This worked much better for me. I am able to use this for pillow clutching (like a large teddy bear) and knee support. The U-shape still helps with back support as well.

This maternity body pillow has been used for nursing my baby as well. It is also a great lounging pillow. Overall I like this pillow a lot. It does take an incredible amount of room in the bed and I dislike when I need to get out of bed in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom as it takes a few extra moments to get fully situated and comfortable again.  I like how it aligns my knees and provides support for my back.

I am pleased that the cover unzips for washing, however, would have liked a much softer pillow case included.  I also do not think white is practical.  There are pink and blue options, however, they seem to be more pastel shades. 

This was sent to me complimentary for review. This is my honest opinion.

Queen Rose provides 30-day refund or exchange GUARANTEE if you are not satisfied with the body pillow.