Wonderfully Soft Hair

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Ok, it’s basically warmed up all over the USA and other places where Spring is sprung. Took long enough, that was part of April fools y’all! That Winter was still around. Now it’s finally warm! Yay! That means I’ll be out in the sunshine as much as possible. For all of you other sun lovers no doubt SPF is in your basket of useful tools. It better be!!!

What about your hair though? Extended sun exposure like swimming pool days or beach time means your hair is gonna be fried! Sun damage can make your hair lackluster, dull, and dry. My hair likes to get nappy, it sticks together and begins to really nest up. Pretty scary! You long haired folk know exactly what I’m saying! No body has time for all that! If you color your hair or style it regularly you need to condition weekly.

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Yes, moisturize moisturize moisturize. That being said, not all conditioners are created equally. Even some of the better brands like Aubrey or Alaffia work well and use totally clean ingredients.. but they may not be up for fixing your hair snafu in one swoop. The super organic products tend to need more frequent use in order to work well. Personally, I am quite impatient when it comes to my hair. When it’s dry it drive me nuts! I want the fastest working product.. No doubt you do to.

ImageEnter the solution, Earth Science Deep Conditioning hair masque. This stuff is amazing! It’s got olive, coconut, and avocado oils. It’s also got silk protein in it! I tried a sample of it years ago when I worked in retail… and I’m still buying it. It’s literally one of the few products I am forever in love with. I get nervous when it starts to run low! The ingredients could be cleaner but it’s so effective I use it anyway.

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In the Spring and Summer you can transform your neglected locks into silky soft strands of glory. Let your hair flow in the wind!!!

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Christy Patton is Chakra Center’s savvy and experimental product reviewer. She is not a board certified medical doctor. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

Sir Richards

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Hey there! It’s February.. The month dedicated to all things related to the heart. So make sure to take care, take heart, and share love!! The second month of the Solar year (and first month of the Lunar year!) is about much more than love.. It’s the month dedicated to intimacy too. Time to talk about things like sex. Are you getting any? Well even if you aren’t, someone you know is.. and they need condoms. Yep, it’s true. People do!

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Chemical free condoms are something that (surprisingly) a lot of folks have never considered shopping for. Think about it.. We’re discussing the most sensitive areas of your body! Are you putting chemicals in there? And what is a clean condom? Mega brands like Trojan or Lifestyles aren’t exactly using American made ingredients.. Nor are they using clean lube. Add to it the cheap latex that causes irritation, swelling, imbalance, and even infection. I’ve spoken to lots of people who were under the impression they were allergic, or at least sensitive to latex, but they weren’t.. They just used the dirty brands!
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For just a moment, I’d like to show you the horrors of the chemicals present in those drug store condoms. Trojan uses a chemical called Nonoxynol-9. Sounds terrible, I know! It’s as bad as it sounds. It’s been linked to endocrine system disruptions, soo not sexy. Then there’s Propylene glycol, which is in tons of toxic body care products. It’s a known carcinogen linked to immune disruptions and respiratory damage.. and you’re putting it where? On what? Eww! Dirty!!!!
Let’s get real, if you put chemicals in your special spots you’re bound to have issues. Yeast infection? Totally. What about 24hrs of swelling and tenderness? Hey, it happens! Don’t let using megabrands keep you down, make sure you can keep going as long as you like!! Keep your happy places chemical free and help your body to love you back.
So, what we’ve learned: Valentines day is all about too much chocolate, overplayed romance, big tacky glittery hearts, and overstuffed smiling animals.. All very scary things. Soo nix the chemical condoms already!! Chemicals are so 80s.. and nobody loves a dirty rubber!

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My condom company of choice is Sir Richards. They use American made medical grade latex.. and NO CHEMICALS! But wait, I saved the best for last. Sir Richards donates condoms to people in need around the world.. and unlike “charity” brands like TOMS shoes.. Sir Richards REALLY donates those condoms. Also for your viewing pleasure, their website is loaded with feel good and funny features. Check it out here at SirRichards.com.. Oh and they offer subscriptions. I love these folks!

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Also if you’d like some suggestions on which ones to try first..  the Pleasure Dots will make you say “Yeeeah condoms are awesome”.. But you can also start with the multi pack.. That works too! Want a free box? Leave me a comment and tell me why! Skip emailing the company- I’ll mail you one right away! Just choose your type (classic ribbed, XL, pleasure dots, or extra thin)

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Enjoy!!!

Christy Patton is Chakra Center’s savvy and experimental product reviewer. She is not a board certified medical doctor. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

PS: This bugs me.. You ladies who love mens.. just because you may not be male does not mean you are shirked from the responsibility of carrying your own condoms. Please always be prepared for action and be responsible. Condoms are cheaper than babies. Thanks.

Candida Freedom

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Well, it’s January. The holidays have passed and I hope you didn’t get sick.. or gain weight.. or get too stressed out.. Or, develop a yeast problem from your Grandma’s pies.. or three square meals a day of fudge, sugar cookies, or fruit cake.. Yeah, nix that last one.

So I have one word for you, Candida. By now you’ve heard this buzzword. It was all the rage in the 90s to “cleanse Candida from your body” and there are literally hundreds of products which claim to decrease or rid your body entirely of Candida. You may have tried some of them.. Without much success. It may be a good idea to understand what you’re up against.

Let’s cover the basics.. Candida is a naturally occurring yeast in our blood streams. Everyone has it, you’re supposed to have it, it’s a helpful yeast. If it wasn’t for this symbiotic relationship, which has evolved with us over time, we would probably all go into a diabetic coma at some point (that pie!). Candida helps regulate the amount of sugar in our blood. It’s pretty cool stuff! Just like plankton in the ocean, Candida will bloom to feed, and then die back once it’s run out of food. Once it’s job is finished, it retires. Just like the human body, if you overfeed Candida, they’ll turn into an eating machine. So those terrible sugar cravings you can’t seem to control.. Yep, it’s the sugar gobbler in your body demanding to be fed, it’s Candida.

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But you don’t eat candy or drink soda.. Much.. Sugars are loaded up in mass numbers in soda. Even in “moderation” any HFCS or corn sugar sweetened treat is a Candida buffet playdate. What about the average organic diet? Sugars are found in sweet grains, “healthy” junk food like gluten free cookies, and refined carbs like frozen pizzas.. Don’t forget about dairy products either, Lactose is a pretty concentrated sugar source. Candida loves the modern American Diet. What happens when Candida has too much food? It blooms all day! That’s right.. it will just grow and grow and grow. It will totally take-over your blood stream.. Not such good news.

Candida is a necessary symbiotic yeast, but in excess it creates an acidic environment. Like any flora that’s out of balance, excess Candida can totally wreak havoc on the body. It causes skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and rashes. It can be the root of vaginal yeast overgrowth too. Candida can be related to many digestive complaints like loose stools, constipation, bloat, gas, burping, and excessive sugar/carb cravings.. It causes bad breath and a white coated tongue. Too much Candida can be responsible for mental fog, headaches, joint pain, physical fatigue, and depression. Yikes!

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Do you have excess Candida? If you eat refined foods, chances are that you do. If you’ve tried a cleanse before you know that symptoms usually will get worse, then slightly improve, and (fingers crossed) you hope it stays that way. Usually however, it doesn’t. That’s because most people put themselves on a very strict “Candida Free diet” (so boring). You can use herbs that will correct the current excessive bloom in the blood, but not the root problem.

You see, Candida does live in the blood, but it loves your intestines. Think of the blood as the dance floor and your intestines as their nesting place. If you cleanse your blood, but not your small intestine, you’ve accomplished nothing.. You’ve skimmed the top of the pool and left the rest of the pond.

Yet with all of the products on the market, not many actually work. In fact, I’ve only found one that does. I’ll get to that soon.

There are cranberry based products, which flush your system via the kidneys. That just recirculates the yeast. You may urinate excessively, nothing else. There are enzyme based products, which claim to break down fungal cell walls.. But if the yeast isn’t dead (via diet starvation or other means) then they don’t work. Most people won’t tolerate a major diet change for very long. We’re talking bland, no sugar, raw low starch vegetables only.. No diary, no fruit, no grains.. So that doesn’t tend to work out!

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To insure an enzyme based product works you need to pair it something that will destroy (yes, totally annihilate!) the excess Candida in your entire body. You can use a detoxifying herb like Goldenseal, but in my experience it’s too harsh. I don’t want my face to be broken out, the whole world need not know I’m cleansing!

So the answer my friend is Candida Freedom. Yes, I know that’s the answer.. The product I’m recommending to you is called Candida Freedom. It’s formulated by a small company that is practitioner owned, run, and based out of Georgia, USA. The product is in two parts, the killer, which is considered Lactic acid therapy, creates a very unfriendly environment to Candida. It turns their oasis of pleasure into a desert of pain. It’s very effective but totally gentle probiotic supplement. Nothing complicated, nothing crazy.

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This information is taken from the website for Candida Freedom

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The Formula: 

Bacillus coagulans – A transient bacteria which is resistant to extreme

heat, light, oxygen and stomach acid. Provides an optimal environment

for growth and colonization of a wide variety of friendly bacteria necessary

for better digestion and stronger immunity.

Aloe vera – Assists in the repair of tissue damage done by bacterial and

fungal pathogens.

Alpha lipoic acid – Helps in areas of aging, inflammation and oxidation. Boosts cellular energy production. Assists in blood flow to the skin when applied topically.

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The second part of the Candida Freedom program is the Candida Digest, the enzyme based fungal dissolver. If you don’t want the detox symptoms, this is a must have. You can take them together, everyday, without any of the inconvenience related to cleansing.. and your skin won’t have a bunch of dead yeast on the surface.. Mmm, die off!

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The best part about Candida Freedom is you do not have to change your diet! Yep, you can still eat those gluten free cookies. I don’t suggest it be a daily activity, but perhaps once a week you can cookie binge. I hope this information has made you happy. Make sure to drink lots of water or these products won’t work very well. The formulator recommends using the product for 4months for long term results. There’s also a soap, for all of those previously mentioned skin issues related to Candida.

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You can find Candida Freedom products at most Whole Foods stores as well as independant retailers. It’s also available on Amazon.com

Want to read about real people’s success stories? Click here

Now go forth and control your yeast!

Christy Patton is Chakra Center’s savvy and experimental product reviewer. She is not a board certified medical doctor. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

 

Christy’s Choicest Choices: MyChelle Fruit Enzyme Facial Scrub

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It’s holiday time! While to some folks that may mean gifts galore and huge parties.. To others it means cultivating more inner peace with meditation or expressing love with more random acts of kindness. But whatever the holidays mean to you, we can all agree it’s the time of year to share yourself with others. So, are you glowing and vibrant? Hmm..
It’s time to put your best face forward. It’s the time of year where you’ll see people you only see, once a year. You’ll be pinched by your Aunt, photographed by your Mom, and kissed by your sweetie under the mistletoe. Why not get a little holiday glow before you go?
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Touch your face, go ahead.. Rub your finger along the bridge of your nose. What’s it feel like? Grimy? Gritty? If you’ve got a layer of scum over your skin, it’s time to take it off.. Because here’s what’s up, all of those old dead skin cells never go away! They’ll hang onto your face until you decide to let them reincarnate. They’ll make your face look sallow, lackluster, and just plain dingy. Yuck! Save the funk for an Ugly Sweater party. No body needs to see the skin cells your forehead made last February.  
Ok so the solution is MyChelle’s Fruit Enzyme scrub. I’ve used this scrub for years and even though I’ve tried other brands, I always go back to it. First of all, it’s non irritating. The ingredients are highly effective but also very clean. Whoa, yeah I said it. The scrubby beads are made of jojoba oil. So they aren’t abrasive like a salt scrub, and not a total sticky bacteria laden disaster like a sugar scrub. There’s some bamboo which leave my skin feeling freshly renewed. It’s not drying, easy to use, and it doesn’t cost a quarter of your paycheck either. It’s about $18 for 2.3oz. 
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I approve of this product. My only advice is just make sure not to use too much pressure. The product will do it’s job so there’s no need rub yourself raw.
Here is what the MyChelle website has to say about this particular product: 
Bioactive Ingredients of Interest
Jojoba Esters – Smooth spheres which deliver jojoba emolliency and active ingredients directly to the skin.
Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract – Polishes skin, buffs away surface debris, assists in clearing clogged pores to alleviate future breakouts.
Pectin (Fruit Enzymes) – Infuses the skin with antioxidants and phytochemicals that assist in skin repair functions, protects from cellular damage and free radical assault, stimulates cell renewal and exfoliation mechanisms. Also used as a natural polymer that increases ingredient cohesion and water resistance.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract – Provides a rose-like scent, improves cell regeneration, tissue repair and skin toning, regulates sebum production to reduce surface shine.
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Aqua (Water), Glycerin (Vegetable)*, Behenyl Alcohol (Plant)**, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut)**, Jojoba Esters, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Pectin (Fruit Enzymes), Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Fruit Juice, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Ruscus Aculeatus (Butcher’s Broom) Root Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Bark Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Panthenol (D) (B5), Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus (Lemongrass) Oil*, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Potassium Sorbate, Phenethyl Alcohol (Rose), Caprylyl Glycol (Coconut), Potassium Sorbate, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Green & Biodegradable), Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate (Vegetable), Dicaprylyl Ether (Vegetable)**, Sucrose Stearate (Sugar and Coconut Oil)**, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (Salt)**, Alcohol Denatured (Grain). (*Certified Organic)
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Christy Patton is Chakra Center’s savvy and experimental product reviewer. Find out more about her work on our staff-and-contributors. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

Christy’s choicest choices: Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator

It seems that for the past month or two we’ve been socially experiencing quite surge of energy, coupled with a bit of a vortex. I couldn’t even stand still! The election media has been in everyones face stirring up some exhaustion. Then there was Hurricane Sandy, yikes. The storm pushed and cleared a lot of old energies, while destroying everything in it’s path. We all need some major recovery right about now!

Synchronistically enough, the product I set my sites to review several days ago, is a recovery product.

Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator is pretty amazing stuff. 

I have been using Recovery Accelerator regularly with my heavy gym workouts for three weeks now. It’s really been an essential part of my routine. I started from a ground level, you know, I was a soft-body. I haven’t been to the gym in years and my hiking schedule was irregular this year. I wanted to see fast results in order to stay motivated. That meant I needed to do cardiovascular exercise coupled with weight lifting around 5xs weekly.

I had all the willpower I needed already stored up, from late night Pinterest surfing. Yet my experiences with sore muscles from previous fitness endeavors left me a little nervy. I did not have the time for feeling sore or being slow! Hey look that’s me headed to the gym with my game face on!

Now we cue the solution.. Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator my vote, this stuff really does work. I push it to the edge at the gym. I’ve had two gym visits where I did push it too far, but after an extra dose of Recovery Accelerator I felt much better. Magic, I know.

This stuff has some really awesome target dose ingredients!

-Almost 4,000mg of yellow pea and brown rice protein

-1,500mg of gelatinized maca root.

-Plus highly effective amounts of: Devils claw, Glucosamine, electrolytes, Astragalus, Turmeric, L-Arginine, and American Ginseng.

Lets talk in more detail about these effective ingredients.

First of all the additional small print things are lovely, nothing unnecessary or questionable.. Just good effective stuff.

Then we have the superstars of the ingredients list:

Devils Claw is used in the treatment of pain and inflammation. It’s a very sacred herb hailing from Africa.

Glucosamine hydrochloride aids in the rebuilding of “exercise damage” related to the bodies cartilage and tissues. It helps strengthen joints in the body which is essential for injury and accident prevention.

Electrolytes keep us hydrated, which is extremely important. Adding the Recovery Accelerator to Coconut water gives it a super charge!! Plus it takes your coconut water to a whole new flavor level!

The superstar in the mix, Astragalus is an amazing herb used for thousands of years aiding numerous issues! It boost antioxidant levels by ridding the body of free radicals, it’s been used as an anti viral/bacterial, and also as an anti inflammatory.

Turmeric has thankfully become more well known lately, beyond it’s curry claim to fame. It’s a natural anti inflammatory and also helps to heal the liver. Vega uses a 95% active compound, no cutting corners!

L-Arginine is a vasodilator commonly used by performance driven athletes to help the heart pump blood faster.

American Ginseng is another ancient herb used over thousands of years for physical stress, inflammation, and immune health.

It all sounds so complex but I promise it tastes delicious. I mix the Tropical flavor in my car while I’m still in the gym parking lot. I just bring a single serving with me and some extra spring water. It shakes well. There’s an Apple Berry flavor which is quite tasty as too.

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I hope you take this Mercury retrograde time to heal yourself and recover from the passing storms. In an effort to pay forward my own recovery efforts, the first three people to comment and tell me how they help with any type of recovery (for yourself, other people, our planet) will receive their own supply of Post Workout Recovery Accelerator by Vega. 

With each recovery comes greater strength,

Go with Love.

Christy Patton is Chakra Center’s savvy and experimental product reviewer. She is not a board certified medical doctor. This information is intended for educational purposes only.

After a bit of a wormhole induced hiatus, I’ve returned to reviewing products for Chakra Center.. Sorry for the programming delays. I’ve missed you.