My One Word for 2014 #Health #OneWord365

OneWordHealth2014This will be my first year choosing One Word for the year of 2014. This idea of One Word was inspired to me by Teressa of Window on the World, who in turn was inspired a few years ago by Melanie at Only a Breath.  Melanie is offering a blog button template (see mine to the left who chose One Word to ‘reflect’ on for the upcoming year.  Melanie, (gasp for breath) was inspired by Alece at OneWord365 The goal is to brainstorm a single word, or ‘theme.’     As Alece puts it on her website:

Forget New Year’s Resolutions/ Scrap that long list of goals you won’t remember three weeks from now anyway. Choose just one word. One word that sums up who you want to be or how you want to live.  One word that you can focus on every day, all year long. It will take intentionality and commitment, but if you let it, your one word will shape not only your your, but also you.  It will become the compass that directs your decisions and guides your steps. Discover the big impact one word can make. One word. 365 days. A changed life.

So, the big question….why did I pick Health as my One Word for 2014? Well, 2013 was not the greatest year for me health wise and and every aspect of my life suffered from it.  That’s not fair to them and certainly not fair me.  And my health has been getting worse over the last few years.  After becoming pretty ill at the end of 2013 and ringing in the New Year from a hospital bed, I decided I needed to focus on my health.  For so many reasons more than me. Health is defined in the by the Merriam Webster dictionary as the condition of being well or free from disease. I am very behind on posting on my blog, but I have been striving towards towards health since I cleared by the doctor.  It’s different this time than other times I said I was going to strive for health. I need my health to be successful at life, and I realize that now.  I have a gym membership, am working with a personal trainer, who is also having me keep a food diary (which he reviews).  I found a great a great counselor to help with the emotional and spiritual part of my body and make me healthier their. I’ll keep you updated with my progress with my #lifetimejourneyforhelf #selflove #weightloss #musclegain #changeforlife #iwillbehappy Sorry those are all more than one word, but they have been the hashtags I have been using!

Oscillo by Boiron, A Naturally Savvy Product Review

Oscillo short for Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic alternative medicine used to relieve influenza-like symptoms.  Oscillo is manufactured by the French company Boiron (the sole manufacturer), however there are similar preparations.  Oscillo is us used in over 50 countries, including the US, but has been in production in France for over 65 years.

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As a Naturally Savvy Blogger, I was given the chance to try Oscillo by Boiron - and I would like to share my experiences with you.OscilloAdult6dose

This spring, with the crazy weather, it seems like everyone has been sick with something… even the people that never get sick!  Not just the run of the mill allergies, and miserable sinus infections (hello!), but colds, ear infections, even cases of the flu wiping out entire families – in May! Crazy!

Above and beyond taking precautions to stay healthy – washing hands, taking vitamins, getting sleep, exercising regularly, eating well... of course you can still get sick. 

When you feel the first signs that you are getting sick – body aches, fatigue, headache, fever, etc., try Oscillio.  Its  a homeopathic (all natural) remedy that helps to reduce the duration and severity of cold and flu symptoms – helping you not get as sick, and get better sooner, without drug interactions or any side effects.  It’s non-drowsy (think about those cold medicine side effects…)

When I received my sample from Naturally Savvy of Oscillo, I was just coming down with the symptoms of a cold, on top of a sinus infection that I was already fighting.  Oscillo comes vial containing in quick dissolving pellets. The pellets do not need water to dissolve, and the small vial makes it easy for travel.  Within a day, the symptoms of the cold had pretty much resolved themselves.  I still had a slight cough, but the body aches that had started, went away, as did the scratchy throat.

To find out more about Oscillococcinum and other great homeopathic remedies Bioron makes, visit their website, Bioron USA.

Disclosure:  I was provided a sample from Naturally Savvy and Bioron USA for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.

pur-Absorb Iron Supplement Product Review

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Iron deficiency anemia is a common type of anemia in which a person’s blood lacks adequate healthy red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the body’s tissues.  As the name implies, iron deficient anemia is caused by insufficient iron – without iron the body cannot create hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that allows them to carry oxygen.

Symptoms of iron deficient anemia include shortness of breath, feeling fatigue, a general lack of energy, and a decreased ability to concentrate.

Personally, I have struggled with iron deficient anemia since my late teens.  When I was first diagnosed, I put on a regimen of iron pills.  They work to counteract the anemia, however, the side effects are not pleasant – constipation, bloating, and heavier periods to name a few.  I stopped taking them after a while and instead enriched my diet with food high in iron: dark leafy greens, red meat, enriched grains, raisins, and beans.  That has only helped so much.

As a Naturally Savvy Blogger, I was introduced to a different kind of iron supplement – pur-Absorb – and I would like to share it with you.

pur-Absorb is unique to the iron supplement market for many reasons:  pur-Absorb is a 100% naturally occurring iron-rich spring water that has an over lower dose of iron than conventional iron supplements, and has high absorption rate of over 40% (conventional iron supplements average 18%).  pur-Absorb has been scientifically shown to contain a type of iron that our bodies readily absorb with little difficulty.  pur-Absorb comes straight from the Trefriw Wells Spa in the Snowdonia Mountain Range in North Wales, United Kingdom.

Each packet contains 5 mg of naturally-occurring elemental iron, in a mineral spring water form which is packaged right at the source (after filtration).  For over two hundred years, this iron-rich water has been bottled and used as a natural iron supplement.

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You can take pur-Absorb straight from the packet, or by diluting the packet in water, adding to orange, apple, pineapple, or tomato juice (grape juice is not recommended).  Also, you should not take it with milk, as it reduces absorption by up to 50%.

I first tried pur-Absorb right out of the packet.  I wasn’t the most pleasant drink (shot) in the world, but it was definitely tolerable.  The next day I tried the packet mixed in cold water, and I could hardly tell the pur-Absorb was in the water at all (I partly attribute this to the coldness of the water).

The recommended way to take pur-Absorb is with orange juice.  I don’t care for orange juice, but I love light apple juice, so that’s what I tried next.  With the juice, I could not tell the pur-Absorb was mixed into the juice at all.

I’ve been using pur-Absorb foroticed about two weeks, and I have had no gastro-intestinal side effects.  I have also noticed that I feel less fatigued and have more energy.  Although I have not had my iron levels tested, I am confident they have risen.

To learn more about pur-Absorb, visit their website and see if this iron supplement would be appropriate for you too!  You can find pur-Absorb Iron Supplements at drugstores, and you can also purchase it online on through Nelsons Natural World.  A 28-count box has a suggested retail price of $19.95.

Disclosure:  I was provided a sample from Naturally Savvy and pur-Absorb for review purposes.  All opinions are my own.  As this is a supplement, please discuss any changes to your supplement program with your healthcare provider before starting to use it, for health safety reasons.

New Target Sample Spot Samples Available!

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Head on over Target’s Sample Spot and request these FREE samples before supplies run out!

Target Sample Pedia Lax Probiotic Yums

Baby SectionNew Chewable Pedia-Lax Probiotic Yums - a new chewable probiotic, made especially for kids – probiotiocs parents and strawberry flavor kids will agree on.  And each sugar-free bite has as much good bacteria as a serving of yogurt!

Target Sample Tom's of Main Wicked Cool Tothpaste

Health Section – Tom’s of Maine Wicked Cool Toothpaste - Tom’s of Maine very first toothpaste designed for kids eight and up.  The kid will love the mild mint flavor with NEW Wicked Cool toothpaste with fluoride, and it’s ADA-Accepted because it helps to prevent cavities.

FREE Excedrin Today, March 20th at Noon EST!

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Excedrin will be giving away FREE 24-count bottles of their Excedrin Extra Strength medicine at Noon, 12:00pm, EST to the first 100,000 who sign up on their Facebook page!

Be sure to “like” their Facebook page now, so you are all ready to go when Noon comes around.  And like many giveaways on Facebook, their page will likely to be very, very busy straight away, but if you are patient and refresh the page (F5 is a shortcut), hopefully you will be one of the lucky ones to get a FREE bottle of Excedrin!

Good Luck!