Showing posts with label Wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Wellness. Show all posts

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Love the skin you are in this Summer with the Beauty Infusion from NeoCell

Beauty Infusion by NeoCell.
Collagen constitutes for 30% of protein in the human body. One of the best collagen supplements in the world today is definitely the Beauty Infusion by NeoCell. So, what is it exactly? It is a refreshing, all-natural blend that promotes radiant beauty. Radiant beauty so powerful that it starts within before working its way out. As you may or may not be already aware, when collagen levels decline in the body, this can lead to loss of elasticity in the skin, the hair and the nails. This is all part of intrinsic aging. And when we are exposed to environmental stresses including DNA damage and oxidative stress this is extrinsic aging. Supplementing with Beauty Infusion works to deliver the right amount of collagen and recapture that luminous glow from the inside-out.

Each Beauty Infusion supplement contains 6,000 mg of Hydrolyzed NeoCell Collagen Type 1 & 3 as well as 120 mg of Vitamin C, 50 mg of Hyaluronic Acid, 50 mg of Alpha Lipoic Acid, and 24 mg of Potassium. On top of that, the Beauty Infusion is low in calories and in carbohydrates as it is flavored with natural fruit juice powders and a Sweet Yara blend of Stevia and Erythritol.

Currently, NeoCell offers three unique Beauty Infusion flavors. These flavors include: Appletini, Tangerine Twist and Cranberry Splash. Although they taste great alone, they are an incredible addition to any smoothie.

Collagen also works to restore joint deterioration, heal wounds, repair leaky gut syndrome, cleanse your liver, help with muscle recovery, boost your metabolism and even reduce cellulite and stretch marks. Collagen gravitates to new skin cells and works to correct, prevent and repair any type of skin damage by promoting tissue regeneration. This connective protein also helps with mental health too. And on top of all of these amazing remedies and uses, Collagen gives your skin both strength and shape. Amazing right?

Beauty Infusion is a healthy supplement that not only your taste buds will crave, but your skin will too. Also, it is free of synthetic ingredients and GMOs. You can find the Beauty Infusion by NeoCell at your nearest NeoCell retailer such as The Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, Whole Foods, Sprouts, Vitamin World, Plum Market and more. Feel pretty today, feel and look even more beautiful tomorrow.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Sari Foods: Spirulina, Acerola, and Nutritional Yeast

Brandbacker is always full of surprises, when it comes to connecting bloggers with businesses. It was really great to be able to discover Sari Foods. Located in the heart of Las Vegas, Sari Foods Company has managed to bring ancient foods to modern life, empowering the conscious consumer. Recently, I had the opportunity to try the Spirulina, Acerola, and Nutritional Yeast. So, what did I think?


When it comes to nutritional value, these Sari Food additions have it. And because of this, they are extremely versatile. Whether you want to add them to your favorite dishes or create smoothies and shakes or simply use them on their own, they work incredibly.

Whether you want to boost your immunity or simply looking to lose weight, you are going to enjoy these products immensely. They are great for virtually every diet too.

Spirulina contains about 50-70% of protein and includes all of the essential amino acids. It has an array of benefits and is known to improve your entire digestive system. Spirulina is also known to help with arthritis and heart disease. It is also known to help prevent hair loss, as well.

The Acerola (Vitamin C powder) is great for an array of individual health issues. Whether you are looking to boost your immunity or treat any flu-like symptoms, this is perfect for that. With over 1,670 times more mg of Vitamin C than an orange, a little goes a long way. A Brazilian doctor recently engaged in a comparative analysis about antioxidant potency and Acerola was the highest scoring domestic fruit. It is also good for preventing cancer, cardiovascular and chronic diseases. Whether you want to treat Allergic Rhinitis or simply a common cold, Acerola will definitely do that.

As a huge source of potassium, as well as, complete protein, Nutritional Yeast is the perfect health addition to those who do not eat meat, dairy, or eggs. It is also gluten-free and sugar-free, as well. Do not mistake Nutritional Yeast with Yeast Extract, as the two are very different. This taste is very "cheesy" and light and resembles a beige to yellow color, whereas; the extract is very bold and strong and looks brown (i.g. Vegemite).A little bit of product goes a long way, which I really enjoy. You don't have to use a lot of these products to enjoy them.

On the plus side, I will say that the nutritional yeast is by far the best tasting I have ever tried. It has a very buttery yet cheesy flavor. When eating vegan, adding this with a little bit of avocado is like eating pleasantly healthy velveeta.

And speaking of vegan, if you are vegan, you will enjoy these additions for their versatility and their overall nutritional value and contribution to some of your favorite dishes. When it comes to Spirulina, the protein content is as big, if not bigger than using milk and/or meat as your source.

A little bit of product goes a long way, which I really enjoy. You don't have to use a lot of these products to enjoy them. I've used them everyday for several weeks now and they are a little over a half full.

These products are not only free of synthetic ingredients, they are free of genetically modified organisms (or GMOs) too.


The Spirulina powder contains an array of ingredients such as Protein, Calcium, Gamma-Liolenic Acid (or GLA), Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, Iron, Beta-Carotene, Chlorophyll, Folate, and more. If you are allergic to any of these ingredients, you are obviously not going to be interested in the Spirulina powder.

The Vitamin C (Acerola) powder contains quite a few ingredients. Some of them include: Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Aceronidin, and more. If you are allergic, you may want to refrain from using this product.

The Nutritional Yeast powder includes several ingredients. These ingredients include: Iron, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Niacin, Biotin, Zinc, Phosphorus, Molybdenium, Selenium, and more. If you are allergic or find yourself garnering a reaction to any of these ingredients, you are not going to want to use this product.

If you are going through antihrombics, fibrinolytics, or thrombolytics or any treatment that is anticoagulant related, it is key to consult your doctor before using Spirulina.

You can find Sari Foods Nutritional Yeast for $12.95, Spirulina for $23.95, and Vitamin C Powder (Acerola) for $29.95 at Amazon. Would I use these products again? Yes. Would I recommend them to a friend? Yes. For more information about the Sari Foods - Spirulina, Acerola, and Nutritional Yeast, simply visit Amazon right now.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

First Person: How I Lost 10 Pounds In 1 Week

Everyone stresses shedding those extra pounds, no matter what time of year it is. Whether it is after the holidays or in early spring, it is a huge goal for most people who are looking to not only look better, but feel better too.

With all of the endless diet crazes that range from incorporating healthy eating into an active lifestyle or fasting until the next binge, it's hard to tell which diets actually work and shed off the extra inches.

As a 34 year old woman, I recently found myself losing weight and although I could not believe that my method worked, I was not shocked. The reality is, our body needs certain things in order to speed up the process, but how did I lose 10 pounds in 1 week?

For my diet - I stuck with a vegan diet that consisted of cabbage soup, kale chips, kosher dill pickles, and tofu. I used no butter or margarine and relied heavily on olive oil, kosher salt, and pepper. I also substituted butter for Earth Balance butter, as it is vegan. Instead of having three huge meals, I would also have 8 meals that ranged from medium to small.

The key to really losing weight is to drinking nothing, but water. I would drink at least ten, 16 oz. water bottles a day. The amount increased as I worked out. Some days I would have a gallon. It is so important to keep hydrated. Avoid anything such as diet sodas or anything with artificial sugars. Every other day, I would drink a can of Zevia soda and would have a glass of Silk's Coconut/Almond Blend.

Often times I find myself snacking on something after 5 pm, however; with this diet I did not eat anything after 5 pm. Instead, I would substitute any cravings with one kosher pickle and more water. If I were hungry, I would eat something vegan with no carbs, as well as, no calories.

For my exercise - I would go to the gym for at least 1 hour, every day. Sometimes I would go twice. There are no days off. I would do at least 20-30 minutes of cardio followed by muscle confusion strength training, working almost every area of the body at once. Each day, I would change course and speed.

On some of the days, I would stay longer at the gym and often times, train full contact boxing and Muay Thai. I would also shadow box and do a lot of cardio/cross training workouts outside of the gym such as cycling, running/jogging, and even swimming. In fact, instead of driving or riding a bus or even catching a carpool, I would substitute that form of transportation by riding my bicycle or walking. Every single time I would drink a lot and made sure that I kept myself hydrated.

For my supplements - What people don't realize is the combination of drinking a lot of water and working out is great, however; what makes the weight loss amazing and practically instantaneous is taking supplements to support it.

Although everyone is different, for this particular diet I took Raspberry Ketone, Sibu Beauty's Sea Buckthorn supplement, Mexican Wild Yam, and believe it or not, NeoCell's Collagen supplement. If I felt like I needed more energy, I would take a caffeine pill and/or have a glass of Click's Espresso Protein which I would use Silk's Coconut/Almond Blend as the source. Although the protein is whey and non-vegan, taking just one glass a week shocked my body in fat burning mode.

After a week, I was 10 pounds lighter. Not only did I drop the pounds, I lost inches and of course, clothing sizes. It is the best feeling in the world, when you start feeling the loss and seeing the results that follow. They don't call it a diet (die-it) for no reason. Stick with this plan and you will start seeing results in due time. Just please do not go crazy and consult your doctor before doing it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Meet Tim Mount, NeoCell's Brand Educator

Tim Mount, NeoCell's brand
Who is Tim Mount? He is a nutrition expert, an herbalist, a martial art instructor, and a fitness writer. He is also the brand educator to one of my favorite health & wellness brands, NeoCell. Recently, I caught up with the brand educator about health, fitness, and NeoCell. Here is what he had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Tim. How are you? Tell me a little more about yourself and your involvement with the NeoCell brand...

I have degrees as a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Certified Clinical Master Herbalist, and I’ve been devoted to the natural health industry for over a decade. Originally, I began my career as a natural health professional consulting with clients to “nutritionally support” the healing of physical ailments. At the time I was also teaching a Sports Nutrition class at the college I graduated from – the Natural Healing Institute in Encinitas, CA. I had a serious ankle injury and was on crutches. A classmate, who works for NeoCell, gave me a bottle of Collagen Sport to try out. The rate of healing was so fast that I started looking into collagen more closely and was amazed at what I was finding in the literature! One thing lead to another and now I’m the National Educator for NeoCell. In addition to travelling throughout the country giving lectures on collagen, I write most of the blogs found on our website and produce many of the training video found on our YouTube channel

(Q) As a fan of NeoCell, I have to ask - what inspired you to get involved with NeoCell?

It was my own personal healing experience that got me hooked! I certainly don’t feel like a salesman when I lecture about collagen. I truly believe in our NeoCell product line and know that millions of others can have the same dramatic results if they learn about it and try it out.

(Q) I recently had the opportunity to read the latest blog post you made on NeoCell's blog titled "A Mother's Love" and I have to say that I was truly moved. You wrote this story years ago, which was interesting. Can you tell me more about that particular encounter with the homeless woman?

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I wrote it for myself about 10 years ago when I lived in San Diego. It was never published, but I was so moved by the experience that I didn’t want to forget it happened. I ran across it on my computer and thought it would be a fitting post for Mother’s Day. The encounter has taken on a new meaning for me, now that I’m in my mid-30s. I am a proud father of a beautiful toddler and can finally comprehend the woman’s selflessness and love for her child and grandchild. As a parent, there is nothing more important than our kids, including our own comfort and well being.

(Q) Is it true that you are also a second degree black belt?

Yes, I hold a second degree black belt in judo (Nidan) and I have crossed trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for many years. I was a competitive athlete in my 20s, but due to several severe injuries (5 broken teeth, numerous concussions, MCL tear, and much more), I decided to teach others how to get injured – haha, just kidding – how to defend themselves, so I became a Certified Coach through the USJA. I ran my own club, Aztec Judo, out of San Diego State University for 6 years and taught the judo class at Team Quest for a while. I also taught a credited Self Defense class through the university and was the instructor for the official sexual assault prevention program as well. I spent years developing my program S.A.V.E.D. (Sexual Assault Violence Education and Defense) and wish I had more time today to teach it. Unfortunately, I have taken a sabbatical from martial arts coaching in order to focus on my family and career, but plan to get back into it once my daughter is old enough. Teaching children brought me great joy in life.

(Q) When working out, do you supplement using NeoCell? What are the benefits of using NeoCell products?

Absolutely! I consider collagen the most important supplement that I take for exercise recovery and weight training. I joke that I’ve injured every major joint in my body except my left hip, so I’m very protective of it! After retiring from judo I put a lot of focus on fixing my body. I didn’t want to be the guy in the wheelchair at age 50 because of the abuse I put on it in my younger years. Collagen is essential in preventing new injuries from occurring by strengthening my connective tissue. It also has done wonders healing my old injuries. I now live pain free and without exercise limitations. In fact, I’m training for an NPC Physique show in November. For anyone interested in following my progress, check out my blog and be sure to follow me for the latest pictures and updates. I plan to write a more extensive meal plan, training guide, and supplement routine on the blog in the near future, which will include an in depth discussion on the collagen and exercise.

(Q) For everyone reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Tim Mount?

In the short term, personally, I’m highly focused on my upcoming physique competition. Professionally, NeoCell has some very exciting things on the horizon which will keep me very busy! For future endeavors, I have found that as long as I follow my passions in life and put in the effort to become an expert, that opportunities present themselves without me seeking them out. I’m convinced that the natural health industry will continue to grow and more and more people will discover the benefits of NeoCell. Who knows what is in store!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Food Talk with Quest Nutrition

When it comes to enjoying high-quality ingredients without numerous carbohydrates and sugars, Quest Nutrition knows all about it. In fact, they are one of the highest rated health & wellness food brands in the world today. And guess what? I recently had the chance to speak with Quest Nutrition's Creative Director, Matt Cadiz. Here is what he had to tell me...

(Q) Hello Matt. How are you? Tell me a little more about Quest Nutrition...

Sarah, I’m doing amazing! Thanks for having me. In a nutshell, Quest Nutrition is all things clean, fun and delicious. Our mission is to end obesity without sacrificing flavor. We offer 14 delicious protein bar flavors for every taste bud, as well as Quest Cravings (peanut butter cups), Quest Pasta, and our newest family member: Quest Protein Chips!

(Q) That is amazing! I have to ask, what is the inspiration behind this brand?

Quest was inspired by leaders who wanted to bring value to peoples lives. We are serial entrepreneurs who wanted something that will benefit people, as a whole. Enter, Quest Nutrition! The spearhead to ending obesity.

(Q) You offer everything from low carb chips to low carb pasta to low carb candy bars to even low carb protein bars. I have to ask, what are your best selling products right now?

Our most popular sellers continue to be our Quest Bars: Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. We have yet to compare our Quest Protein Chips, but they are on their way to success.

(Q) When it comes to protein bars, you offer quite a selection. Everything from 'cinnamon roll' to 'apple pie' to 'lemon cream pie' to 'strawberry cheesecake' to even 'banana nut muffin' and much more. You even offer a 'Peanut Butter & Jelly' one, as well. I have yet to discover a protein bar, which is low carb to offer such an extensive selection. It's incredible.

I’m glad you mentioned PB&J, as it’s my favorite! Don’t forget, amongst all the low carb macros and nutrients, we offer a high value of protein as well! Famous for what we have, and don’t have sugars! We definitely do our best in Research & Development to give the best tasting products without sacrificing our macros.

(Q) I love that offer two different kinds of pasta, spaghetti and spinach fettuccine. This is perfect for those who are doing a high-protein, low-carb diet. They are also great for individuals with diabetes.

When we first released Quest Pasta we didn’t know how our customers would react, as it was left field of our Quest Bars. But they’re doing great and just another family member to our ever growing line of products. We try our best to have something for everybody.

(Q) The chips you offer are incredible. The flavor pairings are one thing, but the fact that they are low in carbohydrates is just something entirely special. When you created one of America's favorite foods on a healthier level, what was your mission?

Going back to our mission, it’s to eat cleaner, but NOT sacrificing taste or the feeling of indulging. It only made sense to replace just fun eating, with fun and healthy eating via Quest Protein Chips. It’s a snack for the perfect road trip, hike, or post gym. We definitely aim for convenience as the world has less time to prepare meals, and more time working on their personal growth.

(Q) What is Quest's Kitchen? Tell me a little more about this particular feature...

Quest’s Kitchen is where all the fun takes place! You can catch all our favorite fans creations on our Instagram: @questnutrition, as well as our “Cooking Clean” series on YouTube hosted by Cassey Ho. It’s a fun way to engage with our amazing fans and let them know we couldn’t have done it without them!

(Q) When someone approaches you and says "Matt, I don't know what I would have done without Quest Nutrition. Your products have allowed me to enjoy my favorite foods without the carbs." How does this kind of testimony make you feel?

Honestly, there were times when I wondered if people would appreciate what we were doing… and to see all the comments on social media and emails, it has motivated us even more to continue our quest (no pun intended) as it makes everything worth it! If not us, somebody would try to do this…Might as well be us – TEAM QUEST!

(Q) For all of those health and wellness enthusiasts, including food lovers and foodies that are reading this interview, what would you like them to know? What is next for Quest Nutrition?

Quest Nutrition is relentless and passionate in our mission! Y’all may think we don’t listen or read what you write, but we do! Continue to contribute your ideas because we appreciate you! 2014 is just the beginning. Make space in your kitchen for what’s to come. Let’s make conscious eating clean and fun, together!

For more information about Quest Nutrition, please visit Quest Nutrition today.