I've been meaning to write this review for such a long time. I have had a Gaiam "Yoga Ball" Chair for probably 5 years now. The idea is that this chair helps to improve back and core strength because you have to be more focused on your body positioning to stay balanced on it. Except, you kind of don't...
The base of the chair keeps you so stable that I personally did not find it to be much work to stay balanced on the chair. What's more, once you are used to it you can still sit in positions that are really bad for your circulation (sitting on on leg, leaning awkwardly etc) Of course, that is user error. But I'm just saying..
After having the chair for a wile, the metal support you can see in the picture above broke off. This means at times, if the ball isn't pushed down into the base enough, if you sit on it too fast it could sort of pop out. lol. The back support piece can bend. Do not lean back on this chair. Sometimes that is a tendency because you can do that on a "normal" chair. Even if you shouldn't... But mine has a permanent dent that I am afraid will snap if one more person leans back on it resulting in a head-striking-the-floor situation which would be no bueno.
Basically, I sit on just the ball now. I still have the base for some reason. But I really just use the ball.
I personally would not purchase this chair again. It was close to $100 when I bought it and even though the price has gone down, I think if you are interested in this type of chair, you would be better off just buying a stability ball without the base. This way you actually have to work a little bit to stay balanced and you can easily roll around on the chair throughout the day to stretch and exercise your legs and core. Yes, the intended purpose of this whole concept can actually be achieved... for a lot cheaper too!
Last fall I posted about a DIY toothpaste recipe I was trying and promised to update on the whole DIY oral care from my perspective. I feel like It's been long enough that I can give you some updates!
The original recipe included coconut oil, baking soda, trace minerals, and peppermint essential oil. First thing to note is that this is not meant to replicate the standard commercial toothpastes in texture, appearance, or flavor. Because of the baking soda and trace minerals it has a salty type taste and the baking soda gives it a grittier texture than the toothpaste you are used to. Some may dislike this, but I didn't mind at all after the initial adjustment.
Modifications & Additions
Last night (sorry, I wrote this in June but never posted it!) I made what is either my third or fourth batch of this toothpaste and along the way I have added bentonite clay to the mix. It gives it a more grayish color, but the clay has some really good benefits for your teeth and is said to help remineralize them. Last night I made one more addition... 2 dissolved calcium tablets. I am excited about this addition because of my results with DIY mouthwash, which I'll write about below...
Does it whiten? Do I have any tips?
Does it whiten? Yes, I believe so. Baking soda helps to remove surface stains from your teeth. (PS. I'm not a doctor or dentist, this is all my opinion or generally accepted knowledge online. Because anything online *must* be true. Hahahaha) If you brush your teeth 2-3 times a day, you will be keeping on top of potentially staining food and beverage particles on your teeth and since you're not having to brush through all kinds of gunk, the paste can work on what's underneath. I think the whitening power will be increased with the addition of the Calcium!! We'll see.
Also, one tip I can think of at the moment: If you melt down the coconut oil for ease of evenly mixing etc, just be aware that there is a little fizzing of the ingredients and the coconut oil will expand as it comes back to room temp. In other wards, don't fill your container to the brim, or it will later overflow in your cabinet, causing you a mess. Not speaking from experience or anthing... *cough, cough*
I haven't perfected the texture to be perfectly squeezable, and have turned to just scooping out of the container with my toothbrush. This is fine because I am the only one in my house using this toothpaste.
I decided to test DIY mouthwash out too! Listerine is expensive if you use it as often as recommended and why is it so vibrantly colored?!! Who told them we want to rinse our mouths with blue and purple and green liquid?? So confusing..
Anyway, I basically took an empty glass iced tea bottle, cleaned and sanitized. I added filtered water, trace minerals, peppermint essential oil, and lemon essential oil, and some calcium tablets. When they dissolved in the liquid I shook it all up. And I shake it before each use. This leaves your mouth feeling refreshed and I swear super bright. I really think the rinsing with calcium brightens your teeth. Rinse as long as you want/can. I'm a fan of a lengthy swish, and not just a two-swish-and-spit. These ingredients have remineralization benefits for your teeth, antiseptic properties, teeth whitening and gum strengthening. All great things!
If you feel you want an extra whitening booth, you know Listerine's Whitening Pre-Brush Rinse? Look, its basically just peroxide to swish around. So carefully (at your own risk, I'm not a professional) swish some peroxide before brushing for the same results with less added junk and way lower cost. Just beware that your teeth can often be sensitive after this, especially if your teeth are usually sensitive as it is.
I am still loving my DIY toothpaste and mouthwash. I still see no reason to turn back ever. My teeth look and feel great and I'm noticing in photos that my smile looks really bright and that makes me happy. Do you have any DIY oral care tips, tricks, or recipes to share? Leave a comment and let us know!
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If you use the Inositol supplement, right now you can get an incredibly good deal while supplies last from the brand Nova Nutritions. The regular price for the 120 tablet bottle of 1000mg inositol is $29.99 with the sale price being $11.99.
At any rate, there are currently 4 promotions available:
Special offers and product promotions
Any one of these promotions would be great, but at the moment they are stacking?!! So if you buy 10 bottles in one transaction for original total of 119.90, you are getting 25% off, then 15% off, then 10% off then 5% off. Your final price is just $53.94 for all 10 bottles!!
Inositol has a wide range of uses including insomnia, depression, high cholesterol, diabetic nerve pain, panic disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, ADHD, autism, psoriasis, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, androgen excess, spironolactone substitute, PCOS, and the list goes on...
If this is something you use, this is a great stock up price for 1000mg tabs and I recommend getting them asap because I don't know how long the stacking discount will last!
Hope this helps someone's wallet! :)
Ever since I went to Japan, I have been intrigued by matcha. It's incredibly healthy for you because it is whole green tea, ground up. So if steeping green tea is healthy for you, imagine how much more benefit your body can get by consuming the whole leaf!
With cooler weather around these parts, it seemed soothing to enjoy a cup of something warm and frothy. I had already had coffee for the day and I had just ordered Enzo Organic Matcha from Amazon a few days earlier. So it was the perfect time to bust it open!
Headaches can be caused by so many different things: stress, dehydration, hormones, weather, vision problems, fatigue, and the list goes on and on. Getting at those root issues is the top way to get rid of headaches, but in the mean time how can you sooth an achey head naturally?
Essential oils are used in aromatherapy and can have calming effects on our bodies. Topically, as well, they provide numerous benefits.
Here are two options that are blends I have found and found beneficial for headaches!!
New York Biology is a health and beauty brand with a range of affordable products that you can find on Amazon. Within the last month I have been able to test out 3 of their products, which the company sent to me for review purposes. Opinions are *always* my own!
Great in smoothies!
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