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Increasing the Production of hGH with Amino Acids

I was recently contacted to review SeroVital-hGH, I did not receive any compensation and the opinions expressed are given freely. Human growth hormone has been lauded as a way to decrease wrinkles and body fat while increasing your energy and fitness to help give you that rockin’ swimsuit bod and youthful glow! SeroVital-hGH consists of a blend of amino acids to naturally increase your body’s own production of growth hormones.  Higher HGH levels are associated with youthful skin integrity, lean musculature, an increased sex drive and elevated energy production.

While HGH production supposedly can be boosted by foods such as yams, SeroVital-hGH should keep you from having to stock up on pounds of potatoes. At $99 a bottle it isn’t a small investment.  I would have loved to try this myself but I am still breastfeeding and didn’t want to potentially have any side effects for my little ones, not to mention my husband jumped at the chance to be my tester.  He is always looking for a way to trim fat, gain muscle and of course have more energy.

He took the pills every day with breakfast and did seem to be a little trimmer at the end of the supply.  We just moved to Portland OR from Chicago IL area and sadly our routine of working out has hit a wall with three kids and no caregivers.  I wish we could have seen the effects if we were working out daily. As for wrinkles, who knows, we aren’t really worried about wrinkles because we take care of ourselves – no smoking, no drinking, eating well and hydrating.  My husband does suffer from rosacea though and during the time of his trial with SeroVital-hGH his face was noticeably less inflamed.

I’m not quite sold on the product myself, I think some trials that included blood draws that monitored hGH elevation levels would definitely put me in the believer camp. The website does list a study

Abstract:

Background
The use of amino acid supplements to provoke growth hormone (GH) secretion in athletes and entertainers now extends to the general public. Not only do they have a goal of building lean tissue and reducing fat, but also in improving skin quality and other rejuvenating qualities that they believe GH can provide. Despite increasing mainstream use, evidence for whether oral amino acids stimulate GH is not clear.

Methods:
This was a cross-over, placebo-controlled randomized study. 16 (12 males; 32±14 years; 26.4±5.0 kg/m2) healthy subjects had serum GH measured at baseline and 15, 30, 60, 90 and 120 minutes after taking a single low dose proprietary amino acid supplement blend (SeroVital™) or placebo.

Results:
After 120 minutes, GH levels had increased 8-fold from baseline (0.17 to 1.33ng/ml) and were significantly higher than placebo (P=0.01). In addition, a significantly higher mean AUC was observed after taking the supplement [20.4 (95% CI: 19.9-21.0ng/ml) vs. 19.7 (95% CI: 18.7-20.6ng/ml); P=0.04].

Conclusions:
Our results show that a single oral dose of these amino acids can significantly increase GH Levels after 120 minutes in healthy men and women. Whether these GH changes persist over a longer duration or have other positive effects is being further examined.

But again, they are basing this on the ingestion of amino acid supplements and amino acids are found in the foods we eat, they have just been concentrated down into pill form – which has its pros and cons. The study does suggest that levels of hGH are raised but whether or not that will have the intended effect of reducing wrinkles I think would take a longer study period and measurement of wrinkle depth.

If you have the money to spend, it can’t hurt to attempt to reduce your wrinkles and melt fat.

@BuluBox Subscription Sends You Supplements 1 Month Free Code @skyyogastudio

image Unlike many New Year’s resolutions, like losing 50 pounds or becoming vegan, adding supplements is one goal that can easily be achieved for 2013. Dr. Kristen Bobik, founder of Balance Chiropractic and Wellness Practitioners, explains how 5 essential daily supplements can make a positive contribution to your overall health. This small, yet significant addition to daily life is something that anyone can commit to—and stick to—for the New Year, especially with a subscription plan from Bulu Box.

The Top 5 Essential Daily Supplements:

1) Probiotics- The truth about the Immune System is that over 80% of it is actually housed inside of our Digestive System, from the stomach all the way through the intestines, also known as the gut. Probiotics are the “good bacteria” to balance out the common abundance of bad bacteria in the gut. In addition to improving our Immunity, Probiotics are great for digestive symptoms (bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhea, etc.) and skin conditions (acne, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, dry skin).

2) Digestive Enzymes – When we cook/heat our food, we lose valuable enzymes that help the body break down our food and absorb the nutrients. Digestive Enzymes replace those lost enzymes, and assist the gut in functioning. Digestive Enzymes also help with symptoms such as: bloating, difficult digestion, heartburn, and constipation.

3) Fish Oil – Omega 3 oils (the “good” fats) provide great support to the brain, heart, and lower inflammation (think: arthritis and poor memory). The average American has too little Omega 3s and too many Omega 6s (which is the “bad” fat) due to poor food choices.

4) An Alkalizing Tablet, like “Alka Green” – The body’s pH basically describes what the chemical environment of our insides is like. It can be either acidic or alkaline, and this is determined by many factors (most notably the food we eat/drink and stress level). Americans are 70% acidic, but we need our body’s pH to be 70% alkaline to be healthy. How do we become more alkaline? Vegetables are alkaline, and most other foods (dairy, sugar, carbs, anything processed) are acidic. Alkalizing tablets bridge the gap. Why is alkalinity so important? Research as early as the 1930?s has shown conclusively that cancer CANNOT survive in an alkaline environment.

5) Goji Berries (dried and organic) – Chinese Medicine has been using foods as medicine for 5,000 years with success. What we put in our body can either work for us or against us. To make a long story short, many Americans have trouble with our Kidney Energetic Pathway in Chinese Medicine terms. This pathway has to do with our energy levels, low back pain, bags under the eyes, low immune system, and more. Snacking on a small amount of Goji Berry daily will strengthen and nourish our Kidney Pathway.

Now it is easier than ever to add supplements to your wellness plan and even give the gift of health to a loved one. With nearly half of all American on at least one supplement, it’s obvious that a supplement would be the perfect gift for a fitness minded person for the holidays. It’s the gift of health and fitness.  But who gives pills to show that they care? The trend of subscription boxes has entered the world of vitamins and supplements just in time for the holiday season and now there’s the opportunity to give the gift of supplements year round.

Bulu Box is a unique gift for any fitness minded person that will be delivered directly to the recipient’s front door every month. It is the first monthly subscription vitamin and supplement sample box, filled with healthy vitamin and supplement samples. Bulu Box has done the work for you and selected only the most recognized and tested brands to include in their box. Now, there’s a way we can test products and see how well they work on our bodies before spending hundreds of dollars on the full sized bottles. Bulu Box is changing how we purchase supplements.

Bulu Box will make a great gift for your loved ones who are health and fitness minded this holiday season. Your loved ones will be able to discover new products they like and hopefully find the one that makes their a little better and easier. Bulu Box is even running a sale right now on 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions.  I received a sample Bulu Box to review and it is a pretty good deal for the items that you receive.  Although I did not receive any “pills” I did receive some great wellness items I might otherwise have not found. Each month you receive 4-5 samples of high quality products and can earn points for filling out surveys, sharing and sampling – things you already do!image

My box contained:

  • FRS Healthy Energy Chew (30) full size sample great for endurance enthusiasts
  • Perky Jerky
  • Crystal Essence Towelettes (1 towellete)
  • Cocoa Well True Energy Veggie Capsules (2 caps)
  • Almaseed Synergy Diet Supplement (2 sample) metabolism enhancement

My husband loved the Perky Jerky with its smoky bacon flavor and a hit of caffeine from Guarana helped him stay energized through the day of chores. If you find a sample product you like don’t worry about searching shelves all around for the product, Bulu Box sells them online and all those points you rack up? Use them to purchase full sized products! You can cancel your membership at any time but I doubt you will once you get used to receiving products regularly to your door, and who doesn’t love earning points for future purchases?

Still not sold?? Well how about giving a month a try for FREE? Go to BuluBox.com and put in promo code FEELGOOD

@Vidazorb #Probiotics Makes a Huge Difference #Digestion #Vegan @skyyogastudio .com

I was recently contacted to review Vidazorb Probiotics I received no compensation and the opinions expressed are my own. I know a few of you may get your intestines in a bind when I say I don’t believe in cleanses, or fasts and really was not a big believer in probiotics. I know that the average person self diagnoses way too often with things like gluten-sensitivity (this post explains the difference between and allergy and sensitivity and where gluten falls) and food allergies.

I have an unknown tumor growing on my pancreas which was discovered after I went in for abdominal pain and chest pain thought to be gallstones.  Lucky me I have both.  Well, the abdominal

Continue reading @Vidazorb #Probiotics Makes a Huge Difference #Digestion #Vegan @skyyogastudio .com

Moringa Oleifera #Skincare #Health #Anti-aging Info @skyyogastudio .com

Moringa Source which is the leading resource for Moringa oleifera products in the U.S. which is an ALL NATURAL phenomenal plant.

Recommended by Dr. Oz as one of five natural ways to jump-start your day, Moringa oleifera tea and capsules are rich in naturally occurring nutrients, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds which offer unique anti-aging and energy-enhancing qualities. (Who doesn’t want that?)  While you may not have heard about the incredible benefits of Moringa, this “super plant” has been used to support healthy living in the Far East for centuries.  It was not until recently that health and wellness experts in the U.S. and in Europe, like Dr. Oz, started taking notice. 

Moringa Source is making Moringa oleifera products accessible to health conscious families across the world.  As a blogger who is interested in natural health and beauty products,was asked to review the essential Moringa starter kit — including Moringa tea, daily supplements and body oil — from Moringa Source:

·       Moringa Source Tea boasts high levels of EGCG, a compound which has been studied by leading research institutes including The Mayo Clinic for its role in preventing oxidative damage in healthy cells.  As compared to green tea, Moringa tea also has an additional spectrum of compounds making it an even richer source of natural anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging nutrients. Moringa source recommends drinking two cups daily for a noticeable increase in energy within 3-4 weeks.

·       Moringa Source Supplements are made from 100% pure Moringa oleifera powder, which naturally contains an alphabet of vitamins (including A, C, E, K, B, B1, B2, B3, B6), as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, and more.  Unlike some chemically formulated traditional multi-vitamins, Moringa capsules are all natural nutritional supplements extracted directly from the nutrient-dense Moringa plant.  Because the capsules contain Moringa in its natural state, the vitamins and minerals are highly absorbable, which is the key to unlocking the benefit of these compounds.  Moringa source recommends taking four capsules daily for a noticeable increase in energy within 3-4 weeks.

·      Moringa Source Body Oil is made from the Miracle Tree and is an ideal moisturizer for dry skin. Its naturally occurring vitamin A and C, fatty acids, oleic (Omega 9) and behenic acids allow it to spread and be easily absorbed into skin. 100% pure Moringa oil also boasts an impressive oleic acid content of 72%, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the skin without feeling greasy, delivering vital nutrients that help the skin retain moisture.  . Moringa oil’s range and quantity of anti-oxidants heal and repair dry skin, while helping to fight signs of aging when used one or two times daily for  softer skin within 1 week, and noticeable improvement in skin elasticity within one month.

I received no compensation for this review and opinions are my own. I enjoyed a cup of the tea it had a delicious sweet earth tasty almost like fresh peas or sprouted beans – I know that sounds odd, but it was refreshing in its own way. The bags of tea did not come with any warning, but the capsules did, regarding breastfeeding and pregnancy so I did not use them. I did try the Moringa Oil and it was very emollient and not greasy for an oil. I definitely noticed it made my face feel smoother and my skin less dry and tight, I even ran my fingers through the ends of my hair with a dot of it and my hair felt softer, less brittle and dry but without an oily look. 

We all want to stay youthful looking and healthy.  Why not do it in a natural way by healthy eating and natural beauty products which definitely sound like a better choice than injecting poisons into our skin.  Moringa is purported to help more than just the outside of our bodies:

How Moringa helps Diabetics

The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree contain a substantial amount of oleic acid. As with all of the other wonderful ingredients packed into Moringa leaves, this oleic acid is not processed or synthesized in any way, making it readily available for immediate absorption by the body.

In addition to containing high levels of oleic acid, Moringa oleifera leaves are full of other important nutrients that aid in combating diabetes. In fact, there is quite literally no plant species on earth with a more densely packed profile of nutrients.

Diabetes retinopathy, or damage to the eyes from prolonged diabetes, occurs in approximately 40% of all Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes. This can lead to loss of vision and blindness over time. Moringa oleifera contains healthy amounts of vitamin A – much more than carrots per serving – which has been shown to build the strength of the cornea, stop eye inflammation, and decrease the risk of macular degeneration.

Vitamin C is important for proper production and regulation of insulin. A deficiency in vitamin C has been shown to adversely affect the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, which contributes to higher levels of blood sugar. Moringa contains high levels of vitamin C – more per serving than orange juice – which helps the pancreas secrete insulin at a normal level.

Other vitamins and minerals have also been shown to help in the production and regulation of insulin, both in the pancreas and elsewhere around the body. For example, vitamin E has been shown in several studies to decrease the risk of developing diabetes. A powerful antioxidant, vitamin E makes it easier for the body to transport and manage insulin by improving the integrity of cell membranes. Rich with vitamin E – and more than 40 other powerful antioxidants – Moringa can help to improve your body’s management and regulation of blood sugar on a cellular level and provide you with a full spectrum of nutrients to balance the effects of diabetes.

People who drink Moringa tea report a pleasant boost in energy and mental clarity after consuming a single cup. Women find that Moringa tea helps with cramps and bloating during their menstrual cycles, and men report increased levels of stamina during their working days. People in India and the Philippines drink Moringa tea regularly for nutrition, clarity, and general wellness.

Moringa is rich in many nutrients and has a high calcium value, pound for pound, 17 times the calcium in milk. It is safe for all to consume, including those who are lactose intolerant, as it doesn’t contain any lactose.

Cold Moringa Tea

  • 1-2 tbsp Moringa leaf powder
  • Slice of fresh ginger root or freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Honey to taste (optional)

Add ingredients to a 16 oz. bottle of water. Shake thoroughly and allow to sit for an hour. Moringa steeps well in cold water, but it takes longer to brew than it would in hot water.

Hot Moringa Tea

Use the above recipe, and use ½ to 1 teaspoon of Moringa leaf powder in 8-12 oz. of hot water. Allow the tea to steep, preferably covered, for up to ten minutes. Enjoy!

Variations: Add any of the following common tea ingredients to create a more complex and tasty Moringa tea:

  • Green tea
  • Lemongrass
  • Lemon zest
  • Coconut milk

MRI Intra-Post Workout Drink and Free Gift

I must start by saying that I am not an advocate of protein drinks, supplements, etc.  The average American gets more than enough protein, and if you are just a weekend warrior or average gym goer, you are not in need of most of these things.  If you eat a balanced diet and are healthy – you shouldn’t even need vitamins – but that is not always the case as we know.  That being said – my husband is extremely tall – and though not a pro-athlete or body builder – he does have goals for  muscle gain and high caloric requirements.  He swears by protein bars and shakes, drink mixes etc.  and to be honest when he cycles off some of them (especially Creatine which causes water gain) it is noticeable.  So, in the spirit of sharing, here is a recent email we received because the company makes one of his favorite products only available online & exclusively at a vitamin chain store.

 

 

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