Category Archives: FIT + WELL

But Is Your All Natural Deodorant Also Mood Boosting?

May 26, 2021

Is it also gender-neutral, cruelty-free, aluminum-free, 100% natural, paraben-free, clean, clean-free, and packaged in a stunning sexy little roll on?

Didn’t think so. Clearly, you need mindalt in your life.

mindalt, elevates your mood with the proven science of essential oils. As someone who has 2 diffusers running at all times, this product is right up my alley.

No aluminum or anything toxic doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. With endless testing, mindalt learned that using fewer ingredients has nothing to do with deodorant being any less effective.

mindalt delivers a rich combination of ingredients that target mood, sweat and odor in multiple ways.  

The right combo of essentail oils = 4x the mood boosting power.

Each of their 22 specific essential oils have been scientifically proven to impact your brain’s nervous system and positively alter your mood state and wellbeing.

The power of 5.

Five powerful sweat absorbers,  five natural ingredients to attack sweat from different angles, from reducing pore size to wicking away moisture to absorbing wetness. Five potent antimicrobial odor fighters that stop the bacteria that cause body odor from forming.

Mood enhancing essential oils

Lemon: EWG Clean Rating 1
Boosts your metabolism and mood. That’s why it’s nicknamed liquid sunshine. Refreshing citrusy. Slightly sweet scent.

Bergamot: EWG Clean Rating 2
The triple treat and why Bergamot is found in all our products. Positive mood enhancer with antimicrobial properties that also helps absorb sweat. Fresh citrus scent with a hint of spices.

Sage: EWG Clean Rating 1
Steels against negativity and uplifts your mood. Smells balmy and herbal.

Vetiver: EWG Clean Rating 1
Balances your mood reducing irritability. Smells much like uncut grass with a woody undertone.

Sandalwood: EWG Clean Rating 1
Aids mental clarity and promotes creativity. A woody scent offset by floral, balsamic and sweet accents.

Ingredients that absorb sweat

Zea Mays: EWG Clean Rating 1
Corn starch, highly effective in the dampening of wetness.

Pullulan: EWG Clean Rating 1
Produced from starch and provides excellent moisture protection.

Citrus Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil: EWG Clean Rating 2
An essential oil with a surprisingly high astringency, allowing it to reduce or contract the size of sweat-producing pores.

Witch Hazel Distillate: EWG Clean Rating 1
Derived from steaming the twigs of the Witch Hazel shrub, this essential oil is an astringent that constricts the tissue under the arm to prevent sweat and also reduces moisture.

Silica: EWG Clean Rating 1
A mineral component of sandstone, it acts to soak up moisture from sweat.

Ingredients that prevent body odor

Propanediol: EWG Rating 2
Derived from the glucose obtained from corn, it’s a highly effective bacteria inhibitor (especially Gram-positive bacteria, most commonly responsible for causing body odor). Gentle on the skin. it causes no irritation and acts as a moisturizer.

Triethyl Citrate: EWG Clean Rating 1
A citric acid that prevents bacterial decomposition of sweat ingredients that directly cause body odor.

Glycerin: EWG Clean Rating 1
A naturally occurring organic compound that has strong antimicrobial properties.

Pentylene Glycol: EWG Clean Rating 1
Naturally occurring in sugarcane, it is a longstanding antimicrobial agent which helps stabilize liquids that don’t mix well. It is an emulsifier and therefore a good ally of Sunflower Oil, our emulsion.

Citric Acid: EWG Clean Rating 1
An organic fruit derived acid (from lemon or lime) that combats armpit sweat as it reduces sweat production.

OP+ also includes:

Polyglyceryl: EWG Clean Rating 1

Derived from vegetables this plant based antimicrobial effectively targets all the types of body odor.

Zinc Ricinoleate: EWG Clean Rating 1

Found in castor oil this odor absorber rather than merely killing bacteria, traps and absorbs odor molecules making them imperceptible to the odor receptors in your nose.

Ingredients that improve the product experience

Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower Seed) Oil: EWG Clean Rating 1
Sunflower Oil is the formulation’s key carrier oil that ensures the essential oils don’t lose potency on contact with the skin and are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream. Works to make the essential oil combinations more effective and ‘bio-available’.  It also acts to delay the oxidation of Bergamot, our formula’s most versatile essential oil.

Tocopherol: EWG Clean Rating 1
A naturally occurring organic compound known to have Vitamin E activity, a potent antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage by fighting off highly reactive free radicals.

Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: EWG Clean Rating 1
Made from palm. Beyond smoothing your skin, it helps agents bind together to make the mood enhancing essential oils longer lasting.

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice: EWG Clean Rating 1
Aloe Vera is well-recognized to sooth and soften the skin.

Menthol: EWG Clean Rating 1
A crystalline compound found largely in Peppermint oils that provides a soothing and momentary cooling sensation upon application.

For example: Ingredients that maintain formulation integrity

Lecithin: EWG Clean Rating 1
Found in the tissue of plants, it is an emulsifier that extends the product’s shelf-life.

Hydroxyacetophenone: EWG Clean Rating 1
Found naturally in Cloud Berries, it is a preservative booster.

Phenethyl Alcohol: EWG Clean Rating 1
Occurring naturally in essential oil plants, it prevents or retards bacterial growth and in turn protects the product from spoilage. It is a natural preservative.

Sclerotium Gum: EWG Clean Rating 1
A big sugar molecule used as a thickening agent.

Xanthan Gum: EWG Clean Rating 1
An all-natural sugar molecule used in tandem with Sclerotium Gum, acts to stabilize our emulsions.

Glyceryl Oleate Citrate: EWG Clean Rating 1
A natural compound of citric acid and vegetable oils. It’s an emulsifier and stabilizer for water. It contributes to even the distribution of products during use, keeping the ingredients from separating.

Mellö For Daily Maintenance Of Mind, Body, Mood

March 27, 2021

Daily maintenance for mind, body, and mood.

Loving this magnesium product from NED.

Mellö is specifically formulated to replenish your body’s magnesium levels at a cellular level, simply and naturally, while regulating feelings of stress and anxiety and their associated physical symptoms. I love popping this in a glass of water in the evening.

WHAT:

Mellö is a powerful daily magnesium supplement to propel memory, mood, brain function, stress response, sleep, energy, and nerve and muscle health.  

Mellö nourishes every inch of your body with a proprietary superblend of 3 forms of chelated magnesium, L-theanine, GABA, and over 70 trace minerals, specially formulated for whole-body—and brain — absorption.

WHAT’S INSIDE:

Magnesium lactate gluconate, Magtein® magnesium L-threonate, Aquamin magnesium citrate, L-theanine, GABA, trace minerals, birch xylitol, monkfruit, citric acid, sodium bicarbonate, purple carrot*, organic flavoring*.

There’s magnesium — and then there’s Mellö

MIND

Boost memory and brain function.

BODY

Support nerve + muscle health, restful sleep and regularity.

MOOD

Promote calmness and a healthy stress response.

WHO: 

The founders, Ret and Adriaan. Read more over on their site!

Ned® is the result of two friends, Ret and Adriaan, who started in different places arriving at the same destination. For years, we’d been living lives that left us feeling empty, bewildered, and disconnected. It wasn’t just us – everyone around us seemed beset by anxiety, stress, device addiction, you name it. The so-called solutions – pills, paychecks, more consumerism – seemed only to address the symptoms, never the underlying issues. Something about this way of life just wasn’t working.

The Art of Sexual Wellness With Sex And Good

March 25, 2021

Our dearest Robin Levine of Charlotte’s Book, (which is the way cooler, smarter and more bad-ass big sister to GLA!) created this article for us to share some insight and circle back to her new line of women’s sexual wellness supplements we are over the moon over – Sex And Good.

I truly believe that your sexual health and hormone wellbeing is just as important to maintain as other parts of our health. We take vitamin C, zinc, and a whole host of other supplements as part of our daily health routine – but what about our sexual health routine? Why aren’t we prioritizing that? It’s one of the easiest ways to relieve stress, improve sleep, and improve your overall happiness.

According to the CDC, sexual health is defined as “a state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality.” Health expert Samantha Blakney explains, “it is often assumed to be the lack of disease and dysfunction, but it’s so much more than that. It’s actually a positive and attentive approach to your sexuality and the sexual relationship(s) in your life.”

Other than the acts of sex itself (which Samantha explains can be so powerful that studies say it can even treat migraines!), creating sexual health involves having your body, physically and mentally, operating at its optimum hormone health and libido levels.

Women’s health advocate Carole Radziwill believes “Sexual wellness should be a woman’s top priority. It impacts everything in her life – from sexual vitality to mood to aging. Healthy libidos and sex hormones play an important role in maintaining not only sexual health, it also impacts skin aging, as well as brain and bone health.”

We spend so much time on all of our beauty routines from eye creams to serums, but ignore the core of our female health? What about feeling good sexually?

Sam Blakeney explains, “the right combination of omega-3s is necessary for hormonal balance in women. She recommends taking the Sex and Good ‘oh-mega’ yummy gummy because this specialty blend of omega-3 essentials — a mix of omega 3-6-9 (Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Linoleic Acid, and Oleic Acid) — will specifically:

  • Raise dopamine levels in your brain to trigger arousal
  • Increase female lubrication
  • Improve circulation and feelings of sensation by fighting plaque in the arteries

Who doesn’t want to feel happier, have a better sex life, sleep better, and be less stressed? But we often ignore this basic part of our wellness because our own sexual wellbeing is quickly put to the wayside – everything else seems to take priority because sexual wellness is almost perceived as either taboo (we don’t want to talk about it), or it’s just assumed that as we get older, this is less and less a part of our lives. When in fact, this is when we should be prioritizing it even more.

Talk to your partner with the Sex and Good Journal (or even journal yourself), supplement with the right routine, and start taking control of your own sexual health and wellness.

-Robin Levine

Hop over to Sex And Good the latest cutting-edge line of supplements to support women’s sexual health and use code: EMILY for 20% your order. Thank me later…

Grummies: Real Superfood Gummies Without the Fake Stuff

March 23, 2021

Grummies is the first real gummy brand: made with REAL ingredients, REAL superfoods, and REAL certifications

Grummies has turned superfoods into gummies that taste like modern candy. No seriously, I can’t stop eating the Apple Cider and Elderberry.

Grummies is the first real gummy brand: made with REAL ingredients, REAL superfoods, and REAL certifications – hence the extra ‘R.’

WHAT:

  1. Non-GMO and certified Vegan gummies utilize essential superfoods as the active ingredient and contain only 3g of organic sugar per serving, while using organic tapioca syrup, organic cane sugar, and organic flavorings and oils.
  2. They have no soy, peanuts or tree nuts, gelatin, dairy, or artificial sweeteners.
  • Ashwagandha Grummies are brand new to the market and provide an incredibly delectable flavor for a notoriously bitter but powerful superfood. Ashwagandha is perfect for taking in the evening and supports long-term calm, stress reduction, and hormonal balance.
  • USDA Organic Elderberry Grummies contain 3x the amount of elderberry extract than other elderberry products. Elderberry extract helps support immune health and resilience.
  • USDA Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Grummies are made with “the mother.” That means they have all the enzymes and proteins that make ACV so beneficial, such as supporting detox, weight management, gut health, and digestion.
  • Turmeric Grummies contain Sabsinsa’s legendary Curcumin C3 Complex, which supports the body’s anti-inflammatory efforts, joint relief, and longevity.

Grummies are available online at eatyourgrummies.com and can be purchased in single bottles ($20/$22) or two-bottle bundle packs ($36/$40).

About Grummies
Founders Nick Michlewicz and Colin Darretta created Grummies to get more people to fall in love with superfoods by making them delicious while keeping their natural power. They realized that gummies are a fantastic form factor that people actually want to use but that most gummies are full of chemicals you can’t pronounce that are terrible for you. Working with some of the top scientific minds, Nick and Colin found a way to replace harmful toxins in gummies with healthy ingredients while providing exceptional taste. Grummies is a premium line of delicious non-GMO, Vegan, and organically sweetened superfood gummies made with REAL ingredients, REAL superfoods, and REAL certifications – hence the extra ‘R’. With only 3g of organic sugar, the brand has transformed four ancient superfoods into a daily gummy that tastes like modern candy – Ashwagandha, Elderberry, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Turmeric. Learn more about Grummies, visiteatyourgrummies.com or visit @Grummies on Instagram and Facebook.

New Pioneering Book “Sugarproof” Empowers Families to Identify Hidden Sugars, Understand the Risks of Added Sugars in Infants & Children and Right-Size Sugar Intake 

March 21, 2021

Sugarproof Guides Readers Through the Modern-Day  “Sugar Storm,” Providing Realistic Family-Based Solutions


For the recently-released book, SUGARPROOF: The Hidden Dangers of Sugar That Are Putting Your Child’s Health at Risk and What You Can Do (Avery/Penguin Random House), Dr. Michael Goran, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, co-director of the USC Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and expert in childhood nutrition, teams up with co-author Dr. Emily Ventura, an expert in nutrition education and recipe development. Sugarproof busts myths about the various types of sugars and sweeteners, helps families identify sneaky sources of sugar in their diets, and suggests realistic, family-based solutions to reduce sugar consumption and protect kids.

“Sugarproof” isn’t about quitting sugar entirely, it’s about becoming a smart consumer, identifying and replacing hidden sugars while reducing reliance on sweet foods & drinks as daily staples by transitioning from processed foods (70% of which contain added sugars) to a more whole foods-based diet. Sugarproof encourages families to take on a life-changing 7-Day No Added Sugar Challenge or a 28 Day gradual sugar reduction. Learning how to sugar-proof your life is an empowering journey for the whole family designed to bring sugar consumption to a reasonable level.


In a groundbreaking study, Dr. Michael Goran and his team conducted a detailed analysis of the sugary products that kids love and how they impact everyday life. What they found was that these yogurts, cereals, sodas, and juices often had more sugar than advertised and contained different types of sugar than were being disclosed. The overabundance of sugar, and different types of sugar, can have a direct adverse effect on kids’ weight, chronic disease risk, behavior, and how well they do in school.

In Sugarproof, Goran and Ventura explain how babies are born with a built-in preference for sweet flavors, which is supposed to be protective so that babies like breastmilk, seek out calories and avoid contaminated foods. However, this protective mechanism backfires in today’s high sugar environment, making their developing bodies particularly susceptible to the adverse effects of too much sugar. Food companies target this innate preference for sweetness through advances in food technology, delivering new types of artificial sugars and processed sweeteners like fruit juice concentrates, and then using aggressive marketing campaigns that target children by using their favorite sports heroes and celebrities.

In Sugarproof, we also learn that children don’t need to be overweight to have a sugar problem. In fact, even if well-meaning parents purchase organic options, their children could still have dangerously high levels of blood lipids or body fat wrapped around internal organs. Sugar could be causing problems in school, disrupting sleep, concentration, mood and/or contributing to inflammatory conditions such as asthma and acne. A high sugar intake has also been associated with longer term cognitive decline, including Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease as well as contributing to increased lifelong risk of cancer.

“Most of us know that sugar can wreak havoc on adult bodies, but few realize how uniquely harmful it is to the growing livers, hearts, and brains of children.” says Dr. Michael Goran. “Today’s children are not just consuming more sugar than ever, but they are consuming different types of sugars that are particularly harmful to them–and their parents may not even be aware. Our goal with Sugarproof is to help educate, motivate and empower parents and children to make informed decisions.”

Readers will learn how to identify if their child is eating too much sugar, the many disguises of sugar which can go by over 200 different names and how to become a smarter consumer by understanding labels. They will also learn tips to prevent the ill effects of added sugars, and gain ways to address and reverse those effects.

Could even a week with no added sugar change a family’s health for the better? Yes, and Sugarproof shows you how. The 7-Day No Added Sugar Challenge gives families that start with tools to reboot their diets, identify everyday sources of hidden sugars and find alternative replacements. The book also offers a 28-Day No Added Sugar Challenge for those seeking a more gradual plan. Goran and Ventura offer a reliable and straightforward theory-based approach, encouraging family-based solutions, including easy steps like engaging children in the shopping and cooking process, which will inspire kids to adopt healthier eating habits and the ability to self-regulate sugar. Sugarproof includes 39 food and beverage recipes that are easy, kid-friendly, flavorful, and flexible to account for different food preferences and needs within families.

The release of the book is particularly topical with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent changes to the Nutrition Facts label, which marks a clear shift with added sugars being listed for the first time. Sugarproof is also timely given the new USDA dietary guidelines which for the first time recommends that infants age 0-2 years of age consume zero added sugars. The COVID-19 pandemic has also added new urgency to the desire to make ourselves and our families as healthy as possible. High sugar and high processed food diets weaken the immune system, making us more susceptible to viral infections and worse outcomes if infected.

You can buy the book here.