healthy lifestyle staples: life equals probiotic
a few months ago, i was contacted by the founders of life equals, a company that creates dietary supplements, about a potential partnership with their company. of course, the first thing i did was research … i checked out their website and immediately liked what i saw. not only do they create a variety of different dietary supplements, but their mission and values really aligned with my own for a few reasons …
for starters, they’re all about balance … and you probably know by now how important balance is to me, and they focus on bringing health to people on the individual level through small daily actions. second, all of their products are made from organic, all-natural, non-gmo ingredients and are 100% vegan … so yea, no brainer there. finally, they give back. for every purchase, life equals donates a month worth of vitamins to a child in a developing country. pretty cool, right?
i mean, sure, it sounded great, but i can’t get on board with something, no matter how great it sounds, without actually trying it and experiencing it firsthand. so, i did just that … and have been pretty freakin’ happy with the results!
for the past few months, i’ve been using their probiotic and loving it! i’ve been taking a probiotic religiously for the past year and half … it was a total game changer for me and something i saw make an impact on how i felt almost immediately … so i was a little nervous about switching it up. luckily, life equals makes an amazing product that works and i feel good about getting behind. if you aren’t familiar with the benefits of taking a daily probiotic, i’ll name a few here …
- improved digestion
- better immunity
- weight control
preliminary research even shows that they can help to keep allergies under control. basically, long story short, when your gut and digestive system are both healthy, you’re going to experience better overall health.
i also tried their focus + energy supplements, which are great in the afternoon when i’m getting that “2:30 feeling” and don’t want to dive into another cup of coffee, but still need a little boost.
so … what am i getting at here? if you’re already taking supplements of any kind, check out life equals … they give back in a big way, so it’s worth considering the change if you’re into contributing to the world positively … with no extra effort required.
they’re also a subscription service … once you’re a member, you decide what, and how often, your supplements get delivered. so there’s no having to remember to place an order when you’re about to run out [or once you already have!] … they take care of that for you! so easy, right?!
finally, life equals is so generously offering the bananas + bellinis community 75% OFF and FREE SHIPPING on their first monthly subscription order with the code KEL75 at checkout.
so, if you’re into it and wanna give them a try … why not with a discount like that?! if you have questions, shoot me an email! i’d be happy to tell you more about my experience with their products and give you some recommendations. my email is firstname.lastname@example.org … can’t wait to hear from you!
all images courtesy of life equals
healthy lifestyle staples: cayenne pepper
if you’ve been reading bananas + bellinis for a while now, you might know that i have this little series i call “healthy lifestyle staples” where i like to highlight different products that i cannot live without and encourage everyone else to always have on hand … and cayenne pepper is one of them! let’s chat for a minute …
if spicy food isn’t exactly your thing … i really think it’s time that you get over it and start encorporating cayenne pepper into your diet … you can ease into it, and take a gradual start if that makes things easier on you.
why do you need cayenne pepper in your diet? here’s a few reasons!
- helps boost the metabolism + regulate digestion
- breaks up mucus + relieves sinus congestion
- balances out LDL cholesterol [the bad stuff] + triglycerides [more bad stuff]
- prevents headaches, including migraines
- as a natural anti-bacterial, it can help to boost immunity + keep you from getting sick so often, especially in those colder months!
sound pretty good? thought so!
wondering how can you add cayenne pepper to your diet? this detoxifying lemon water [another healthy lifestyle staple!] is a great place to start … all you need is a dash of cayenne. you can also sprinkle it on top of salads, pasta, avocado toast or soup … your options are endless!
Photo courtesy of Guiding Instincts
product review: block island organics sunscreen + special offer
i always love trying out new products that are organic, all-natural and don’t contain any harmful ingredients to find out what actually works, so when block island organics reached out to me and asked if i would like to try out their sunscreen, i was obviously onboard. i decided that reviewing products the same way i review fitness classes was probably a good idea, so we’ll be following the same “banana system” seen here, here and here.
i don’t think i need to go into detail about why you should be wearing sunscreen because, let’s face it, it’s 2015 and that type of thing is just common knowledge these days. unfortunately, sunscreen is one of those things that everyone knows they should be using, but still decide to go without … for a variety of reasons.
and i’m definitely guilty of this. i hate how sunscreen tends to be super greasy and difficult to blend into my skin, leaving a weird, uncomfortable film of lotion on my body that gets on my clothes, into my eyes, and makes my hair look as if i haven’t showered in a few weeks. the spray sunscreens, which are supposed to make life easier, do just the opposite. they are equally as messy and don’t offer even coverage, which can cause weird, streaky tan/burn lines. a girl seriously can’t win.
[we should all make sunscreen one of our beach necessities.]
luckily, block island organics solves all of these #firstworldproblems with their natural mineral sunscreen. it’s still a lotion, but it’s not super thick or greasy, so it doesn’t leave an oily layer behind. it’s easy to massage into your skin, which ensures even coverage and this stuff is seriously sweat-proof. i put it on before i biked about a mile and then took an intense 90-minute vinyasa flow yoga class where i got mega-sweaty. only in the last 15 minutes of class did i start to notice that i was sweating off the lotion just a tiny bit. not only does it work, it’s made in the USA, vegan, gluten-free and all-natural … free of parabens, dyes, phthalates, and all of that other sh*t we don’t want to be putting on our bodies. the verdict?
4/5 bananas for block island organics!
want to get your hands on some of this stuff for the last few weeks of summer? i’m sure your skin could certainly use some t.l.c.! from today [august 12th, 2015] until august 18th, 2015 at 11:59pm eastern time, the block island organics family is offering all bananas + bellinis readers 15% off their entire purchase at www.blockislandorganics.com! just use the code “kelsey” at checkout! [this cannot be combined with any other offer.]
please note that while this post was made possible by block island organics, all opinions expressed here are my own!
healthy lifestyle staples: apple cider vinegar
the healthy lifestyle staples series is my chance to let all of you in on all of the healthy products that i cannot live without and always keep on hand. from reusable water bottles to tongue scrapers to hot lemon water, there are quite a few things that i rely on to make my life easier and healthier on a regular basis…. and as the list continues to grow, i want to make sure I’m keeping all of you in the loop! today, i’m bringing you the low down on apple cider vinegar and why it’s one of the staples in my arsenal of healthy products.
apple cider vinegar is one of those products, much like coconut oil, that has more uses than i can even begin to list here. among those ways, it can do many things from balancing your body’s pH to disinfecting surfaces in your home and it works wonders on your hair and skin. here are 5 simple ways that i use apple cider vinegar on a day-to-day basis that you can start doing right away:
- as an all-natural toner: apple cider vinegar is great for balancing your skin’s pH and evening out your skin tone naturally. because it’s rather strong, you should always dilute it with water before applying it directly to your face. i make my own apple cider vinegar toner [recipe here] and use this as a part of my morning and evening skincare routine every. single. day.
- as a hair rinse: dilute some apple cider vinegar with water [i usually do about 1 part apple cider vinegar to 10 parts water] and pour it over your hair immediately after shampooing and conditioning. it will strip any leftover residue from your locks and leave them silkier and shinier than you can even imagine… just be careful to not get any in your eyes!
- to detoxify your body: every single morning, without fail, i always drink a cup of hot lemon water with cayenne pepper, turmeric and a cap-full of apple cider vinegar [recipe here]. while balancing your body’s internal pH, apple cider vinegar has also been shown to help stimulate the lymphatic system, clear out sinus congestion and detoxify the liver. getting all of these benefits is as easy as adding a tablespoon to the first glass of water you drink each day.
- to clean your home: apple cider vinegar can replace quite a few household cleaners, which not only reduces the amount of chemicals you are exposed to on a daily basis, but will help you save a little money [and space!], too. mix 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water to make an all-natural cleaner [you can mix the two together in a spray bottle to make it easier to use] that can be used on sinks, stoves, ovens, countertops and even your bathtub/shower.
- as a mouthwash: apple cider vinegar can brighten those pearly whites and fight bad breath. gargle a mixture of 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water before brushing your teeth once a day [i do this in the evening since i usually oil pull in the morning].
bonus tip! another way to sneak some apple cider vinegar into your diet is by using a teaspoon or so as a salad dressing along with a little olive oil… yum.
you can purchase apple cider vinegar at just about any grocery store these days, but i highly recommend buying a raw, organic, unfiltered and unpasteurized version, such as bragg’s.
do you have any other ways of using apple cider vinegar in your every day life? share in the comments below!
image courtesy of wikihow
healthy lifestyle staples: detoxifying lemon water
one of my favorite, cannot live without healthy lifestyle staples is kinda weird [but that should be no surprise at this point]. i was introduced to this little concoction in college and would occasionally throw it into my routine here and there over the years, but only in the past year or so has it become a staple in my regimen.
hot lemon water. with apple cider vinegar. and turmeric. and cayenne pepper. every morning. before breakfast.
i knowwww what you’re thinking: no. but let me explain.
first, hot water with a little bit of lemon is a great way to wake up your digestive system and detoxify your body from the day before…essentially, you’re starting the day with a clean slate.
second, the apple cider vinegar will balance your pH levels aiding digestion, improving immunity and helping to clear up your skin.
finally, the turmeric helps reduce inflammation in the body, and the cayenne pepper gives your digestive system one last little boost.
now we’re talkin’, right? for this detoxifying lemon water elixir all you’ll need is:
- 8 oz. of water, brought to a boil
- the juice from half of a lemon
- 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- cayenne pepper to taste
all you need to do is boil the water, pour it into a mug and stir in the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and cayenne pepper. drink this in the mornings before you eat or drink anything else and try to make this a daily habit if at all possible… that’s how you’ll reap the most benefits!
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