Showing posts with label supplements. Show all posts
Showing posts with label supplements. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

How I am keeping in balance this holiday season! Mood Support and Restful Sleep! #PureInfluencer #PureAmbassador


*Supplement suggestions are products that are currently working for me, please check with your doctor before starting on any supplements if you are taking medication. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to let you know if they play nicely together! This is NOT medical advice!*

I have been 'taking my vitamins' daily since childhood. I have tried an incredibly vast amount of brands and supplement types. As we age our needs change in so many ways and that includes supplements.

I am not going to lie, I am a lifelong insomniac for a wide variety of reasons. Stress, not being able to shut off my mind and now because of chronic pain issues. It's no fun. The stress from chronic pain often affects my mood and I decided to revisit an old friend.

When I was in College, and working three part time jobs to put myself through school,  stress and lack of sleep often left me grumpy and without a lot of 'get up and go'. I tried a supplement that was recommended for Mood Support called SAMe. It was literally life changing. But also very expensive and after a few months I had to drop it from my rotation.

2022 has been a long year filled with more stress than I have time to list in one post, which made me wonder if it was time to pick up taking SAMe daily again, and I am so glad I did!

Regulating Your Days:

I am regulating my days and nights with two hero products from Pure Encapsulations! For Mood Support and finding my 'get up and go' again, I am taking SAMe (or S-Adenosylmethionine), it's list of benefits include:

- Supports cognitive and liver function (if you are a chronic pain warrior like me you know many of your meds are not the greatest for your liver)

- Helps maintain joint comfort (this another huge benefit for me, I experience a great deal of joint pain with RA - Rheumatoid Arthritis)

- Encourages healthy cell growth and positive mood (this one I can say with certainty is very much true for me!)

- Supports glutatione production, a powerful antioxidant produced in the body to protect cells

The 'Without it' Test: I like to test a supplement long enough to know if it is making a difference and for me the proof is in the pudding when I feel a huge difference without it. This supplement passes both tests for me!

Regulating your Nights:

If you are tired of tossing and turning, then Pure Encapsulations Melatonin-SR will become your hero product from their line. I have tried a wide variety of Melatonin products (many whose mg amount was much higher) and most have fallen short for me and turned out to be very expensive duds. While I have had luck with some CBD based sleep products I knew that for travel I wanted something without it. I also wanted something more cost effective, and I found it with Melatonin-SR, its benefits include:

- MicroActive Melatonin for sustained 6-hour support (I can assure you this is true, it's always been way after 6 hours that I wake up after taking this!)

- Facilitates the onset of sleep as well as sleep efficiency (I do fall asleep faster and get a better quality of rest with these and NO hangover feeling/grogginess the next day like with sleeping pills.)

- Helps augment the natural functioning of the pineal gland which secretes melatonin, which plays a role in the body's internal clock

MY TAKE:

I fully intend on trying as many Pure Encapsulations products as I can. I can see why PURE are the most recommended brand by healthcare professionals. Pure Encapsulations are free from unnecessary additives and many common allergens. 

What you won't find in Pure Encapsulations: Wheat, Soy, Dairy, Eggs, Gluten, Coatings and Shellacs, Tree nuts or peanuts, Artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners, GMOs, unnecessary binders, fillers or preservatives, trans fat & hydrogenated oils.

SAMe and Melatonin-SR will be in constant stock in my Supplement Supply Drawer! And I can't wait to try out other amazing supplements from Pure Encapsulations.

DISCOUNT:

While you will find a 10% off code on their website for Black Friday, as a PURE INFLUENCER/ PURE AMBASSADOR I have a better one!  Use code: THANKFUL15 at pureforyou.com and you will get a 15% off discount! As an ambassador I will have exclusive savings codes to share with you, flash sales and hopefully giveaways in the future!

READERS SOUND OFF:

Which supplements are you already taking? Are you thinking of adding any new ones? If so, which ones and why?

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received. I am a PURE Ambassador. As a Pure Ambassador I will have the opportunity to receive products free of charge or at a discount. All opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. 

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Monday, September 19, 2022

Are you ready for World Heart Day? Sharing ways I'm Falling into Health! + a chance for YOU to win a year's worth of supplements!

If you are connected to this blog on our social channels you may be aware that my Mama Butterfly was rushed to the hospital the day after my birthday in cardiac arrest. This year has been a blur of hospitalizations and stress/worry.

While I have had a ton to say, the stress in my life right now has prevented from me writing much. I usually liked to write in the late night hours when the world was still and as quiet as any neighborhood in New York City can be...

But this year by the time things were 'still/quiet' I would just shut down and mostly stare at the ceiling (you all know by now I am an insomniac)...'Paralyzed from Exhaustion' would be a great title to describe my nights lately.

This year, World Heart Day - observed on September 29th, hits home for me a bit more. While there is no cookie cutter solution to heart health, I am trying out a new supplement and I wanted to put it on your radar:

Wakunaga of America sent me some of their supplements and I am sharing them in the order I started testing them! First up is Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract.

What it does NOT do: There is NO pizza breath here! This supplement will not repeat on you! - I mention this because I tried a Garlic Supplement in my teens for thinning hair and it made my breath so foul I refused to stay the course. So that was my first concern when starting with this supplement and I am happy to report that there are no bad breath issues here at all.

Instructions: Take two vegan capsules with food, preferably during or right after a meal. With food, the pH of the stomach is less acidic which allows the AGE (Aged Garlic Extracts) and its constituents to survive and go into the intestinal tract for absorption. (absorption my friends is the key with any supplement, how well it is absorbed determines how effective it will be so if your supplement bottle tells you to take it with or right after a meal, it is very important to follow those instructions).

BenefitsAged Garlic Extracts have demonstrated in numerous clinical studies to support overall cardiovascular health by reducing many risk factors for heart disease (e.g., maintaining healthy coronary arteries, supports healthy blood pressure and cholesterol levels already within normal ranges, enhance circulation, etc.). Wakunaga's Aged Garlic Extracts have also been shown in clinical studies to show favorable impact in areas of immune function, gingivitis, stress and gut microbiota.

Where it is grownThe garlic used to make their Aged Garlic Extracts is organically grown in California, USA, under strictly controlled conditions without the use of chemical fertilizers, herbicides or pesticides.

Multiple benefits of Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract include:

  •         Lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  •         Slowing the progression of coronary artery calcification
  •         Inhibiting the accumulation of “soft” unstable plaque
  •         Decreasing blood platelet adhesion and aggregation
  •         Enhancing circulation
  •         Supporting immune function
  •         Reducing the risk of gingivitis
  •         Easing stress
  •         Improving gut microbiota

I have been taking this supplement for a little under one month now and plan to add it to my routine as I oddly had to cancel my visit to my cardiologist which fell while Mama Butterfly was in the hospital. But her experience definitely has me taking my heart health more seriously and I plan to re-schedule all my appointments soon.

Ten Ways to Improve Hearth Health (suggestions from the American Heart Association):

  1. Balance calories with physical activity.
  2. Reach for a variety of fruits and vegetables.
  3. Choose whole grains.
  4. Include healthy protein sources, mostly plants and seafood.
  5. Use liquid non-tropical plant oils.
  6. Choose minimally processed foods.
  7. Subtract added sugars
  8. Cut down on salt.
  9. Limit alcohol.
  10. Do all this wherever you eat!

Register to win a year’s supply of your favorite Wakunaga supplement during Wakunaga’s 50th anniversary celebration (no purchase necessary; one winner per month during the year 2022): https://kyolic.com/promotion/woa50th-sweepstakes/

My Take:

Mama Butterfly's harrowing experience this year, brought hearth health to the forefront at Casa Butterfly. I have a pretty regular supplement routine and I take quite a few supplements daily, but until now I had never taken one purely for heart health and now I can't imagine not taking one!

Readers Sound Off: Do you take Vitamins and Supplements daily? If so, which ones? Which have you found the most useful/helpful so far?

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FTC Disclosure: No monetary compensation has been received. Supplements were provided for Editorial Consideration. All opinions are 100% my own! I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure. Like this article? Buy your Editor a coffee to say thanks for the read: paypal.me/TracyIglesias or https://cash.app/$ascendingbutterfly or Venmo: Ascending1

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Don't fall into a #health rut - find new snacks & vitamins every month for 50% off @BuluBox use code: BULUGAN707

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Ascending Butterfly has always been an empowerment community that advocates health and beauty from the INSIDE out, a big part of looking good and feeling confident is by feeling good on the inside, both mentally and physically.

Making wiser snack choices and adding supplements where your diet is currently failing you is a great way to boost your system, I recently became a Bulu Box Brand Ambassador to help me widen my health product brand choices and then share it all with my butterflies of course!

I know there is an insanely wide variety of Monthly Box Subscriptions Services out there, and trying to figure out which ones are the best for you isn't always an easy decision, but with Bulu they are curating a wide variety of vitamins, snacks and supplements so you don't have to, they do the leg work, and you just sit back, try it all and figure out what works best for you.

Do you have someone special in your life who is trying hard to make lifestyle changes? This box is a great way to give that person a month or a year of healthy and happy at a price that certainly beats what you currently pay to indulge a daily coffee habit! And the choices in this box are way better than a daily coffee habit that's for sure!

This Box Included:



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - The Good Bean - A Roasted Chickpeas snack!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Quest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Protein Bar - Gluten and Sugar Free Protein Bar, high in fiber and low in calories. Muscle Building Protein and great chocolate chip cookie dough taste, UM YES PLEASE!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - RUNA Tea - The key ingredient in this tea is Guayusa (pronounced GHY-YOU-SA) is an amazonian super-leaf that balances caffeine with polyphenol antioxidants which provides you with clean and steady energy to make you feel "Runa" - fully alive.



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Shapeology Burn Blend - This is a dietary supplement that mimics the effect of a high metabolism, helping you to burn more calories and loose weight faster, in a liquid delivery system for even faster results.



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Garden of Life RAW Organic Protein - Can be used as a meal replacement or post workout drink, it is vegan, gluten, dairy and soy free!



Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - BONUS SAMPLE: AdvanceMint Happy Hour - This mint replenishes the body with a formula of Vitamins, Minerals, Electrolytes and Anti-Oxidants to help your body offset the negative effects of alcohol. (and for my non-drinking butterflies, you may also want to have one of these on hand during a long flight, the dry air and jet lag is a very similar feeling to over-indulging in spirits, so this would be helpful for my frequent fliers as well!)

GET SOCIAL:

Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Like Bulu Box on Facebook
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Follow @BuluBox via Twitter
Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ - Get with the pin program via Pinterest too

DISCOUNT:

Want to join the Bulugan Nation? Nab it at a 50% discount by entering code:  BULUGAN707

MY TAKE:

I actively try to make the healthiest choices for myself on a daily basis, but like everyone else I have my bad habits too and I appreciate that Bulu Box is a great reminder to take better care of myself, try out supplements that are new to me and find products that help me to become a healthier and happier butterfly!

Have you tried Bulu Box? If you have, do you have a favorite product that you learned about via Bulu?

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FTC DisclosureThis is NOT a sponsored post, no monetary compensation has been received. A Bulu Box has been provided to Ascending Butterfly for Editorial Consideration. As always, all opinions are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR, Part 255 - Guides Concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, you may check our Giveaway and Disclosure Page for additional information regarding Ascending Butterfly Disclosure.