Using Clay For Better Health?

America spends billions of dollars on medications each year, but what if something as simple as all natural bentonite clay was the answer to a cure for a lot of what ails us?  I started reading about ingesting Redmond Clay for tummy problems last year, and honestly, I was a bit grossed out.  Here's my honest to goodness story, though.  I have always had tummy troubles.  A lot of it has been cured by eating healthier, but towards the end of last year and early this year, I began having more problems.  I tried eliminating things from my diet and I knew I am lactose sensitive, so I was careful with milk products, as always.  Nothing helped.  I had an appointment with both my primary doctor and then she was stumped, diagnosed it as IBS, but still sent me on to a GI doctor.  My primary doctor sat with me for a long time and went over each and every one of my symptoms and actually listened to me.  My GI doctor visit was a complete joke. She scheduled me for a stomach ultrasound and a scope, as well.  I felt like she was just scheduling these tests to make me happy, but I wasn't happy.  Something made me go back and read further about Redmond Clay and I was going to try it as a "last resort."  I began mixing up the clay powder with water and drinking it once a day.  Within two days, my digestional problems weren't cured, but they were about 80% better.  Was it really that simple?  Well yes, it was!  And Redmond Clay has made it easy if you aren't into tasting the clay.  There are clay capsules you can take that are just like taking a daily vitamin!

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Discover New Vitamin & Health Products with Bulu Box

Bulu Box is a monthly subscription service that introduces you to new vitamins, supplements, and other health products.  In each box are 4 to 5 premium products for you to try.  Products include vitamins, weight loss, sports nutrition, protein, diet, energy, detox, digestion, sexual health, herbs, natural remedies, endurance, and more.  You subscribe to Bulu Box, and each month you'll get something new!  And you can earn points by reviewing, sharing, and completing short surveys to purchase a full-size product of what works for you.

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Below is what I found when I opened my review Bulu Box.  Samples of SafSlim, Herbal Papaya capsules and tea, Vibrant Health Vibrant Cleanse, SunWarrior raw protein, and Vitamin C spray.

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It was interesting to read about these products, some I had never heard of before.  This box seemed timely with the first of the year because it contained products to boost my immune system as weight loss products.

The Bulu Box was pretty cool.  I felt like I gained something by reading up on the different products and making an informed decision about them.  I am hoping there is a way to customize your preferences in the future, however, because some of the products I wouldn't use because of their ingredients.  It was nice to see the variety, though, and see that they included organic products.

You can start your subscription to Bulu Box at the website for only $10 a month plus free shipping.  This is a pretty good price for the amount of stuff I received in my Bulu Box.  Or, sign up for a whole year and save $10 with the code "DISCOVER" at checkout, making it the price of $110 for 12 months.  

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Be Healthier with Life…Supplemented and @WannaBeWell

I am always looking for ways to improve the health of my family and myself.  I really enjoy reading articles and tips about health, so when I was recently given the opportunity to download an app called WannaBeWell from Life…Supplemented, I was excited!  This is a great app, especially if you find yourself lacking time to do things or you just don't know WHERE to look for information about health, diet, dietary supplements, and more.

I thought it was neat that you can pick your own coach and customize him/her with outfits and such.  It's just a fun little detail to the program that makes it a little more motivational!  Your coach will give you daily motivational messages to keep you moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

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There is a lot of information about different health conditions and how to help the side effects of each:

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The Supplement Resource Center has lots of information on many different supplements and vitamins and helps you make informed decisions about what you need to take and what each vitamin helps with.  You can also set up reminders to take your vitamins, which, if you're like me, is very helpful!!

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It also gives tips on different supplements to try to combat certain illnesses and conditions, like using garlic to help with high cholesterol.

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I like that this app gives me tips on how to change my diet to a healthier one.  Some of the tips are things I've heard before and that's okay, I need reminders!  But I LOVE the fact that all of the tips and information are right there, compacted into one smart little app!

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You can also receive "Healthy Mission" challenges from your Wellness Coach to collect trophies.  This makes it more like a game and gives you something to work towards.  The tasks aren't hard at all, maybe just to eat a salad with your lunch or to take the stairs instead of the elevator if you're given the chance, but they're little things that you can incorporate into your life to make you healthier.

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Download the WannaBeWell App for FREE at the App store by clicking here:

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If you don't have a smart phone, you can find out more about Life Supplemented on their website.  There are several online tools to optimize your personal health such as taking the My Wellness Scorecard – a fun, free online quiz that provides a health assessment and tips to improve your health.   Also, make sure to visit The Supplemental, a blog that has talks about healthy diet, supplements, and exercise from a panel of experts.  There is also the Supplement Resource Center where you can access thousands of articles to help you make informed decisions on taking dietary supplements.

I wrote this blog post while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Lifesupplemented. As a thank you for participating, I received a $25 promotional item, and a $25 donation was made on my behalf to Vitamin Angels.

“Genetic Roulette” Movie

I haven't had the time to sit down and watch this whole movie, but with California's vote to make it required to label any and all foods containing GMOs, I think it's a great time to watch it.  It's a one-sided documentary, for sure, but the points they make are completely valid.  (Except the remark about evolution, but that's easily dismissable.)  For more information, visit the Genetic Roulette site.

Tips for Keeping my Family Well During Cold & Flu Season!

I'm not a doctor or a nurse and my kids and I are sick more often than I'd like, but it happens.  BUT to keep my family well during cold and flu season, here are a few things I do!
 
1.  Wash hands often.  This is obvious, but if your kids are touching EVERYTHING like mine are, it's a must!  I'm not as diligent about it as I should be, but if we're out and about, I try to wash their hands when we get back, for sure, but also while we're out.  Get a handy-dandy no touch soap dispenser from Lysol!  That way, the soap pump doesn't get germy!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2.  Use hand sanitizer if we can't get to soap and water.  There are some awesome sanitizers out there, like Prefense and BabyGanics, without alcohol so they're non-drying.
 
 
 
3.  Sanitize commonly touched/used surfaces with products like Lysol wipes.  Doorknobs, faucets, toilet seats, flushers, even toys need to be wiped clean every so often, especially when someone in the house has been sick!
 
4.  Eat well.  Eating yummy things like oranges and other fruits and vegetables will help you stay strong and healthy!
 
5.  Drink your water!
 
6.  Take your vitamins for the extra "stuff" that helps your body fight off illnesses that your diet lacks.
 
7.  Use a high chair/cart cover when out and about to help protect your little one (and you) from those nasty germs.
 
8.  And my personal favorite….get lots of sleep!  I know it's really, really hard at times, but do what you can to stay rested up!!  Take a nap, if you can!
 
Stay healthy this cold and flu season!  If you have any other tips that I've missed, please leave them in a comment so I can practice them with my family.
 
Disclosure:  I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Lysol blogging program. For more information on how you can participate, click here.  contains affiliate links.
 
 

Swimming Sickies?

This is random, but hear me out.  Then feel free to offer me some advice, or just tell me I'm crazy.
 
We have a little kiddie swimming pool in our backyard.  I have to get IN with Baby D, so he's only been three times.  ALL THREE TIMES he has gotten sick afterwards.  Coincidence? I think not.  He goes outside in the backyard without going swimming often.  What is it about getting in the water in the pool in the backyard that makes him sick?
 
Then, two days ago, the Captain, Baby D, and I went swimming.  The next day, runnnnnny nose, sneezing, overall grumpiness.  This was also the third time Baby D got sick after swimming.  So the next day, he felt better, no runny nose, no sneezing.  Last night, the Captain went swimming again because he felt better.  This morning? YUP!  Horrible runny nose, up twice last night, sneezing, grumpiness.  AGAIN.  But yet, Baby D is just fine. He didn't go swimming last night.
 
WHAT.IS.UP with that pool?  Did the boys inherit my horrible allergies (I didn't get sick after "swimming," mind you).  Is there something in the water?  Baby D was in there for 15 minutes and didn't get his hair wet.
 
This is really, really odd……….but I'm really, really tired of the snot around here.