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Here is something I want to add after doing this video about a week ago, I tried to contact the company (*the pr person’s email who sent me this pair of lenses) and I was unable to get in touch with her. I was telling her that I was trying to buy 2 more lenses using the discount code she gave me, and i needed assistance placing the order, but no response. So as of now, I have not received a response to my 3 emails.. and cannot recommend a company who does not have customer support. you will see one or two more videos where this product will be mentioned and that were done last week and scheduled to appear later.

ONE OF THE TOP BRUSH BRANDS THAT I LOVE THE MOST IS THE BRAND OF BRUSHES CALLED HAKUHODO WHICH ARE CREATED IN JAPAN.

I WENT TO IMATS THIS YEAR 2018 ESPECIALLY TO SEE THE HAKUHODO BRUSHES AND BOUGHT 2 GORGEOUS BRUSHES.

and now I am going to say that even with quality brushes, sometimes they shed..

Do you know why brushes shed?

how much shedding is acceptable?

I appreciate quality brushes and so last year I decided to make a small investment in the Hakuhodo brushes, and picked a few brushes, and a week later placed a second order totaling about $800. I have been happy with all the brushes except one beautiful brush, a fan brush that has been shedding incredibly. The other day I was demonstrating the brush on video and I shook it a little bit and then as I looked on my black pants I saw at least 30 hairs that had just fallen. So you ask, is this normal? How much shedding is acceptable, and how much is not?

I was not happy about it, and as you know I take great care of all my brushes, they are forever clean. But this to me was worrisome. I was not used to seeing a brush shed this much, and in this case this brush had costed me $45.

In terms of quality brush prices, this is not a very expensive brush but from Hakuhodo I did expect much better. Their policy is that you have 30 days to return a brush that has never been used, in its original packaging.

When the brushes arrived, they were looking perfectly fine.

A business owner that wants to get away with treating customers poorly, will end up losing customers. As I know, a happy client mentions their happiness or satisfaction for a company, about one time to someone else, and an unhappy clients, according to statistics mentions it 30 times. After a few emails back and forth, Hakuhodo graciously agreed to send me a replacement and I sent them the brush so that their engineer (as they said it) would check. I hope they found the defect and I am glad to have received the replacement. Treat your brushes carefully.

 

 

Here is what Hakuhodo says about how to care for their brushes; this information is helpful to anyone who loves their brushes. I hesitated long time before I decided to go ahead and publish their response. After this there was some more correspondence between me and them and when they heard about my social media they sent me a replacement but not before i had to return them the brush at my own expense.. So now I am super careful with this white brush, i don’t want it to shed..

Below is their email to me.

 

On Mar 13, 2017, at 2:08 PM, Info Hakuhodo <info@hakuhodousa.com> wrote:

Dear Amy Miranda,

Thank you for the inquiry. We are sorry to hear that you have experienced a problem with one of our brushes. Shed hair might be unnecessary hair since it is first use. We recommend to use it after you carefully wash and it completely gets dry.

Please note, compare to the competition, our brushes do not shed. However, it is unreasonable to think that hair will never fall out, especially for powder and blush brushes. There are over ten thousand hairs in each of our brushes and there may be a slight fall out in use. It is a normal condition and is not defective. We recommend tapping off the brush 20 to 30 times before or after every use. This will a good shake out any floating hairs so as not to bother during the makeup application.

We are sorry for the seemingly over-explanation, we just wanted to try to explain as best we can why the hairs would be cut, and how to avoid it in the future. I hope the explanation makes sense, and helps stop future breakage.
Here are a few factors of loosing hairs.

1) Floating hair
The floating hairs are remaining in a bristle during the hair fixing process. These are unnecessary hairs. We tap off each brush to take floating hairs away from the bristle at the finishing process. However, some of them still remain sometimes.

Solution:  Tap off the brush 20 to 30 times or until floating hairs run off.

2) Cutting hair
If the bristle is pressed or twisted onto the face too hard, the hairs would be cut at the edge of ferrule or would be cut by abrasion of hairs.

Solution:  Do not press or twist bristle hard.  Use the brush gently.

3) Damaging hair
If the bristle is washed with normal detergent or chemicals, it damages to the hair or glue in the ferrule.

Solution: Do not use any chemical or normal detergent for cleaning.
(Also don’t use squirrel hair brushes with liquid or cream products.)

Thank you again for your understanding.
Best regards,

HAKUHODO USA Online Shop
Customer Service
(310) 533-8600
www.hakuhodousa.com

Instagram: hakuhodousa.official

 

What Is Ashwagandha and How Can It Benefit Your Body? | by Derek Teschner

What is Ashwagandha?

Have you heard about ashwagandha? Sounds like a distant country, right?

Ashwagandha is an herb in the Solanaceae family. Its scientific name is Withania somnifera. The herb is more commonly known as Indian ginseng or winter cherry, and comes from India. It is a very robust plant that flourishes in dry regions and high altitudes.

Ashwagandha has been used for centuries, yet only now is modern medicine looking into the plant. Initial studies on Ashwagandha show potential therapeutic properties with no related toxicity to the chemical compounds of the herb.

The initial research suggest that Ashwagandha contains anti-oxidizing, anti-inflammatory, sleep inducing, anti-stress, and drug withdrawal properties. Some formulas of the herb help with symptoms of musculoskeletal diseases like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

It’s known as an adaptogenic herb, meaning it has properties that help to stabilize physiology and return the body to homeostasis. It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for more than 2,500 years.

Ashwagandha’s ability protect against stress has made it a popular herb in our increasingly stressful culture. As with other adaptogenic herbs, ashwagandha normalizes the body’s flight or fight response, even during emotional or physical stress.

Benefits of Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is made up of several medicinal chemicals, including withanolides (steroidal lactones), choline, alkaloids, amino acids, fatty acids, and a variety of sugars. Even though the leaves and fruit can be useful in therapeutic processes, the root of the plant is the most commonly used portion.

There have been more than 200 studies on the healing benefits of Ashwagandha. Some benefits are as follows:

  • Protects the immune system

  • Helps combat the effects of stress

  • Improves learning, memory, and reaction time

  • Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness

  • Helps reduce brain-cell degeneration

  • Stabilizes blood sugar

  • Helps lower cholesterol

  • Offers anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits

  • Contains antimalarial properties

  • Enhances sexual potency for both men and women

  • May be an effective anti-tumor agent

  • Promotes new nerve growth

Ashwagandha is known to improve physical performance, as well as reduce Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Ashwagandha studies suggest that the herb can improve the creation of memories and may eventually be used to treat Alzheimer’s.

Ashwagandha is most frequently offered to cancer patients. It works well to reduce immunosuppression and can ease the discomfort of chemotherapy treatment through reducing fatigue and stress.

Some studies have also suggested that there are particular benefits to men who supplement with Ashwagandha.

Ashwagandha for men

A study to, “…analyze the spermatogenic activity of ashwagandha in patients with low sperm concentrations and possible male infertility” was conducted by researchers. There were 46 men in the study. They received either 675 milligrams of ashwagandha, three doses per day for 90-days, or they received a placebo.

When the study concluded, researchers found that there was a, “…167 percent increase in sperm count, 53 percent increase in semen volume and 57 percent increase in sperm motility,” for the men who took the ashwagandha supplement. There was no significant change in men who took the placebo.

Also, a 2010 study published in Fertility and Sterility found that ashwagandha improved testosterone production in 75 men undergoing infertility testing. Ashwagandha also reduced oxidative stress and increased levels of multiple antioxidants in those being treated.

Benefits to men in particular included the following:

  • lower levels of stress

  • increase in concentration and memory

  • stronger sex drives

  • strengthening immune system

  • improving mood

  • improving sleep quality

Beyond studies designed to understand benefits of ashwagandha by gender, there are studies that suggest the herb can specifically help the thyroid gland.

Ashwagandha and your thyroid

The thyroid is a small gland, located at the bottom of the neck, that is largely responsible for regulating the body’s metabolism through the release of the right hormones.

When the thyroid gland is underactive or even stops working, the body experiences metabolism-related problems. The most common symptoms of this condition include the following:

  • Fatigue and tiredness, no matter how much you rest
  • Periodic muscle weakness in different parts of the body
  • Steady or sudden weight gain that is hard to lose
  • Cramping in various major muscle groups
  • Increased sensitivity to cold temperatures
  • Hair loss that can’t be traced to stress or hormonal imbalances
  • Chronic constipation
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Anger and overblown reactions to small irritations
  • Dry skin and hair that does not respond well to typical moisturizers
  • Pale skin despite sun exposure or a complexion that is naturally darker
  • Absent or irregular menstrual cycles
  • Loss of sex drive and sexual response to stimulus

It doesn’t take much to set off thyroid dysfunction and these symptoms can significantly disrupt your life.

What causes hypothyroidism?

For most patients, most markedly women, there’s no specific cause for this disease. It can evolve from damage to the thyroid itself during other medical treatments. There is also research to suggest that hypothyroidism is at least partially hereditary.

Ashwagandha works to balance the immune system and metabolism, working to help balance both over and under active thyroid diseases. Adaptogen herbs are very effective in handling hormonal imbalances. Bringing balance to a struggling thyroid will help relieve symptoms and restore health without the potential side effects of conventional medications.’

How does this herb help?

Surprisingly the herb will help not only underactive thyroid glands; it will also help an overactive thyroid brought on by an illness like Grave’s disease. Ashwagandha encourages your thyroid to produce more or fewer hormones as needed. Other benefits include:

  • Reduced cortisol levels (the stress hormone)
  • Restored insulin sensitivity (reducing symptoms of diabetes or risk of developing it)
  • Improved estrogen and progesterone levels
  • Stabilized and improved moods

Before using Ashwagandha, it’s important to rule out interactions with any medications you take. Regular visits with your doctor and periodic thyroid function tests will help determine how much effect you’re getting from a regimen of herbal supplements.

One of the best aspects of adaptogenic ashwagandha is that it can help people with both under-active and overactive thyroid problems.

“Ashwagandha has been shown to support a sluggish thyroid for people diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease, and has been shown to improve the health of those with an overactive thyroid, or Grave’s disease, although the research on the herb’s effects on hyperthyroidism is limited.”

There are millions of patients struggling with thyroid problems, some who don’t even know it. Ashwagandha could be the solution they’ve been searching for. In a 2017 pilot study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, ashwagandha benefits for patients with subclinical hypothyroidism were evaluated.

There were 50 diagnosed participants with thyroid disorder who didn’t display obvious symptoms of thyroid imbalance.

“During an 8-week period, the treatment group received 600 milligrams of ashwagandha root extract daily, and the control group received starch as the placebo. Researchers found that ashwagandha improved serum thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine (T4) levels significantly compared to placebo. It was concluded that ashwagandha may be beneficial for normalizing thyroid levels in patients with hypothyroidism.”

Continued studies would be beneficial to other patients who deal with not only thyroid issues, but other imbalances in the body.

Proper dosage

The root extract is most widely used, but leaf extracts can also be purchased. Both can be found in powder and capsules.

When you purchase ashwagandha supplements, ensure it’s standardized for human consumption. The amount of withanolide should be from 1–10 percent, though not all supplements are labeled as such. Purchase high-quality supplements produced with gold-star standards to ensure you receive a product high in withanolides. This gives you the best results.

Experts recommend beginning your supplementation with 300 to 500 milligrams per day (withanolides should be from 5–10 percent). Increase your dose in increments, being mindful of side effects. Many supplements recommend between 1,000–1,500 milligrams per day at full dosage. Higher dosages should be monitored by a health care or naturopathic professional.

Ashwagandha root is available in the market in powdered, dried, or fresh root form. 1-2 tsp or 5-6 grams of the powder is recommended when you consume it for general well-being.

Ashwagandha is typically taken as a fine powder mixed in ghee or honey. Westerners typically ingest it as capsules. For those with insomnia and anxiety, a teaspoon of powdered ashwagandha in a cup of warm milk or an ashwagandha capsule before bedtime can be of great benefit.

Possible side effects

Ashwagandha is relatively safe when taken by mouth short-term. Safety in long-term use is unknown. High doses of ashwagandha can cause stomach upset, diarrhea, and vomiting. The safety of applying the powder directly to the skin has never been studied.

People with certain long-term or short-term conditions should not use ashwagandha or do so only under supervision of a health care specialist.

  • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Ashwagandha is rated LIKELY UNSAFE during pregnancy.
  • Diabetes: Ashwagandha can cause low blood sugar episodes that can lead to coma or death.
  • High or low blood pressure: Ashwagandha can decrease blood pressure. This could cause dizziness or fainting. It could also interfere with any type of blood pressure medication.
  • Stomach ulcers: Ashwagandha has been known to irritate the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
  • Autoimmune diseases: Ashwagandha could activate the immune system leading to an increase of symptoms of autoimmune diseases.
  • Surgery: Anesthesia and other medications dosed before, during, and after surgery might slow the nervous system.

Conclusion

Though Ayurveda as a medical practice has thousands of years of trial and error behind it, there is still much research to be done on the benefits and risks of Ashwagandha usage.

Nevertheless, initial studies plus significant anecdotal evidence suggest that it can be hugely beneficial to your body. It can serve as a natural alternative to many strong medications that are normally used to treat different ailments.

This article can be found here, linked to its source.

 

I grew up on vitamins.. as a child my parents who believed in the power of vitamins, gave me all sorts of vitamins, especially fish oil and vitamin C to boost my immune system. So I was comfortable over the years, using vitamins and also was convinced that they would help my health in general. I took different vitamins over the years but stuck more with some that I believed were instrumental in my overall well being.

So when recently I was asked to select three liquid vitamins to test and review them, I couldn’t be happier because I knew that liquid vitamins were more potent than tablets or capsule.. so I selected these three below and I started testing them. First let’s examine and find out why liquid vitamins are better compared to capsules.

These are the three bottles of vitamin that I am currently using, each one has a different function.

Reason number 1: 

Vitamins and supplements come in many forms, like pills, liquids, or powders. Some people need to take a liquid if they have trouble absorbing vitamins from a pill, or even if it’s hard for them to swallow capsules or tablets. And not all forms of a nutrient are the same.

Reason number 2:

Generally, supplements in liquid form are much more readily broken down and absorbed. In fact, the body absorbs approximately 98 percent of the vitamins and minerals contained in liquid form. Moreover, liquid vitamins bypass digestive processing and go directly into the bloodstream within minutes.

One of the negatives is that you may have to taste the vitamin in liquid format that goes into your mouth. However with SBRNutrition, there is a dropper and you only need to put in your mouth a small amount of the liquid vitamin of your choice. So you drink a little bit of water after swallowing the vitamin and if I can do it, you can do it too. Nothing hard in the process. I much prefer liquid format to pills and gel and capsules..

Also, as we age, our metabolism tends to slow down and therefore the digestive system doesn’t work quite as efficiently as it once did. In turn, this can affect your body’s ability to digest or absorb vitamins that were once readily bioavailable.

Which vitamins did I select and why?

I selected Ashwagandha (name is a bit hard to pronounce for me) after reading about its qualities. Of all the 3 vitamins that I selected this one is the only one with a bitter taste. But it is doable, you can swallow and quickly follow with half a glass of water. Just think of all the benefits you body is going to get.

Liquid Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha, one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing, has been used since ancient times for a wide variety of conditions, and is most well-known for its restorative benefits. Helps to aid in the reduction of anxiety and stress with an increase in memory, cognition, muscle strength, energy, endurance, and more.

Then I selected vitamin B12 because to me the B group vitamins are very important and I take them a few times a week to reduce my stress levels and help me cope with a fast speed life. Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblastic anemia that makes people tired and weak.

Liquid Vitamin B12: A breakthrough in vitamin B-12 supplementation with Methylcobalamin, the neurologically active form of B-12. Traditional B-12 supplements give you cyanocobalamin, a form that the body must convert into methylcobalamin to harness its neuro-nourishing potential. Our Methylcobalamin completes this conversion for you, so your body gets more active B-12 faster, for the health of your entire nervous system.

Lastly I selected Liquid Turmeric which promotes healthy joints. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.

Liquid Turmeric: Turmeric continues to garner attention from the health community, thanks to its antioxidant properties and potential to help support cardiovascular health, provide natural pain relief and promote healthy joints. Despite their extraordinary potential, many herbs can have limited benefits due to poor absorption. SBR Nutrition helps alleviate this absorption issue by bringing you our high quality Turmeric Curcumin liquid drops.

  • Research suggests liquid supplements have a comparatively higher absorption rate when compared to supplements in solid form
  • Easy to consume
  • Made in the USA
  • Non-GMO

What are your thoughts on liquid vitamins? do you take any? which ones are your favorites? Check these out at https://www.sbrnutrition.com/

This one came in a box and a dropper

This vitamin b 12 also came in a box and with a dropper

This turmeric liquid vitamin came sealed but without box. It has a dropper.

Where to buy: try amazon online, or walmart, or jet.com

Ashwagandha retails for $18

Turmeric retails for $40

Vitamin B12 retails for $18

These are sale prices on the website of SBR. I am hoping to see some benefit in my health in general after taking these 3 vitamins daily. The bottles are small and I am not sure how long the product will last but I have hopes that the benefit  from these valuable vitamins will be worth it when I start buying them myself.

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Refresh and hydrate with Neutrogena Rainbath shower gel

I received just last night a nice heavy box that came to me courtesy of Neutrogena. It was filled with five amazing shower gel that they created and had sent it to me for review. I tried them today and could not decide which one I like more.

This is the box that I received last night and when I opened, each and every bottle was completely sealed in plastic.

The one thing that was a winner for me was the fact that when I pressed the pump the product came out immediately. It was neither too thick nor too thin. This is exactly the right consistency as I like it. Why I say this? Because I have seen and had other shower gel that are so thick that you need to apply a lot of pressure to get a bit of the product out of the pump. So that was a big point for me in my selection of a gel, whether it is a liquid hand soap or a shower gel.

Admiring my colorful bottles, trying to decide which scent I like more.

So today I lined up my Neutrogena shower gel on the bathroom shelf and started to take a few photos. Well when I say I took a few photos, you may need to know that for each photo there are 30 others unpublished.. it had to be the right lighting and the right angle.. and my bathroom was not particularly full of light at that time of the day.

My shower time took a bit longer than usual as I was trying and testing and smelling each and every one of these affordable shower gel. I mean they retail for $7 each or so more or less, depending on where you buy them, whether it is target, ulta, or online. You are not going to pay an arm and a leg like other brands charge you!

A shower gel should be in this range, no more. For me I don’t care if it is high end or not, when it comes to shower gel, I am happy as long as the product works well and my skin is happy!

Neutrogena explains that this shower and bath gel uses a rich lather to cleanse and condition skin without leaving behind a heavy, filmy residue.

RAINBATH SHOWER GEL comes in 5 refreshing scents: Original, Pear & Green Tea, Pomegranate, Ocean Mist and Fresh Plum

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO USE THIS SHOWER GEL: I put 2 pumps on my loafa and brush over my skin. You could also use it by adding 5 pumps in your bath under running hot water.. or even use it to shave your legs.

#relaxwithrainbath

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