Staying Active with Natural Joint Support

Staying Active with Natural Joint Support

This post is sponsored by GOPO. As always all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Having kids has taught me a lot. Most of all, how important self-care is. Now that the boys are older, I’m returning to the things I missed most post motherhood. Having two boys back to back taught me a bit about time management, and up until now I haven’t had much of either, time or management. We’ve been in a holding pattern the past five years with two boys born a year apart and not a lot of help. Stepping back out of our comfort zone has been made comfortable with natural joint support.

Staying Active

Now that we are focusing a bit more on ourselves we are exploring activities that we love and have missed since entering the parenting abyss. One of those activities is dancing. I’ve always loved dancing and have fond memories of watching my aunt dance competitively over the years. I signed up for ballroom dance and have been enjoying this side of myself for a few weeks now.

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Joint Support

I’ve noticed a change in my body since the last time I danced regularly. So I realized it was time to look into taking better care of myself while depositing into my happy tank, so to speak. With GOPO Joint Support Supplement I am able to move and dance freely without any worry of permanent joint damage or injury. GOPO contains Rosehip with Galactolipids. The key to proper joint support is galactolipids, which occur naturally in rose hips, the fruit of a rose. GOPO has been used extensively in Europe, GOPO is now available in America made possible by the Lanes Brands family. You can learn about many of their other natural health and wellness products here.

Natural Joint Support

I can move forward and continue to enjoy our extra curricular activities as we discover what we love about our new-found freedom. Natural joint support is important so that we can stay active naturally and also keep up with our kids.

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Essentially yours,

Erika

Staying Healthy During the School Year While Giving Back

Staying Healthy During the School Year While Giving Back

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #40Pounds #CollectiveBias

We have been lucky to parent two very healthy and strong boys. Our oldest recently started kindergarten, until now we’ve been lucky enough to avoid any public school situations. We’ve heard all about the hit you take (health-wise) once school starts. Not only for the kids, but parents as well. Once these little guys come home with a virus it gets passed around to the entire family and in our case can take weeks to shake it off once it’s made its rounds.

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It’s officially cold / flu season now. The holidays are filled with over-indulging, eating sweets we normally avoid all year through, and late night celebrating with friends and family. This is a recipe for your body breaking down and getting sick. We are fortunate to have easy-access to over the counter remedies that can fit as part of a healthy diet with added immune support. Our Get Well basket is kept on a shelf in our kitchen next to our vitamins. I keep the following items in the Get Well basket:

  • Emergen-C® (I was able to try this for the first time when I returned from my cruise this summer and it worked wonders)
  • Probiotics
  • Soft Tissues

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I interchange and add to this basket throughout the year as needed, but it helps to keep the essentials on-deck. 

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Emergen-C® is packed with B vitamins, antioxidants† , electrolytes plus more vitamin C than 10 oranges^. With over 20 flavors, you have plenty of delicious varieties to choose from.” † Zinc and Manganese ^Based on the USDA.gov nutrient database value for a large, raw orange

Unfortunately there are many countries where necessities such as clean water are not easily accessible to entire communities. Children have to miss school in order to take the long hike and fetch clean water for their families every day. This sad fact is the reason Emergen-C has partnered with Charity Water for the Emergen-C Charity Water 40lbs Challenge.

Join the challenge by uploading a photo of yourself on Instagram holding something weighing at least 40lbs and using the hashtag #40Pounds. For every #40Pounds, don’t forget to tag @EmergenC as well. For every Challenge picture uploaded to Instagram, Emergen-C® will donate $5 to charity: water to help fund projects that bring clean, accessible water to communities in Ethiopia.

This is the season of gratitude. I am grateful for the health of my family and the ability to provide the necessities in life. Head on over to my Instagram and see what I held for the #40Pounds Challenge!

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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 

You can find Emergen-C in the health and wellness aisle at your local Walmart retailer.

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Essentially yours,

Erika

Battling Endometriosis Naturally

Battling Endometriosis Naturally

I’ve always been pretty vocal about my battle with Endometriosis. I struggled with it for five years, only aware of it for two of those five years. Before that I assumed I was just going through really tough menstrual cycles. I was tortured monthly by this condition that had now taken over my life. I spent three out of the four weeks of the month in pain, constant pain.

Finally a diagnosis after three long years of each month getting progressively worse and a laparoscopy that took five hours instead of two. My doctor coined me the “Queen of Endo.” At only 26 years old I was a Stage 4 (Stage 6 being cause for a hysterectomy). I had developed so many “clusters” my right ovary was no longer functioning, it was plastered to the side of my uterine wall by the large amount of endometrial clusters that formed over three years.

If you’ve never heard of Endometriosis, count yourself lucky. Those that have received this diagnosis know all too well the constant and slow torture it can impose on your life. Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant). Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.

In Endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would — it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped. When Endometriosis involves the ovaries, cysts called clusters may form. Surrounding tissue can become irritated, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions — abnormal tissue that binds organs together.

This can cause severe pain before, during, and after your menstrual cycle. In my quest to get better (pre-laparoscopy), my options were limited. I’ve had doctors prescribe me a recurring prescription for pain killers, an anti-inflammatory, the works. I couldn’t live a life on medication, so I did some research and found some ways that can greatly increase my chances of staying endometriosis-free!

LOLA

Organic Only

Switching from chemical-ridden pads / tampons to 100% Organic cotton is necessary. What is found in  the average sanitary napkin is disturbing and should not be placed anywhere near your lady parts. The effects can be damaging and lead to further complications.

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Diet

There is much to be said for what you put into your mouth as well as on your skin. There are certain foods that can increase pain and discomfort while battling endometriosis during your menstrual cycle i.e., caffeine, chocolate (WHY????). Cutting back on all of these can help to keep your body and hormones balanced enough so it doesn’t come back.

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Aromatherapy

I have always been very vocal about the healing properties in aromatherapy, I am a full-fledged believer. It’s worked miracles in other areas of my life and this is no different. The compounds in some of these all natural oils that are distilled or cold-pressed, have also promoted hormonal balance so that I can stay cluster-free. I use a mixture of Clary Sage and Geranium oil during certain times of the month to promote a full cleansing of my uterus. I also add some Red Raspberry Leaf Tea for added comfort.

This is the method that has worked for me. I have been endometriosis-free since having my two boys and I will do everything possible to stay that way.

LOLA

Essentially yours,

Erika

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