Category Archives: HEALTH Helps

HEALTH Helps: Restful Sleep

Here are the reasons why I center on GABA-containing substances as the best natural sleep inducer:

GABA is a natural chemical in our body that triggers us to sleep by inhibiting the action of excited neurons. When in vivo quantity is augmented, it further enhances or synergizes the sleep-inducing activity.

5-HTP (hydroxytrptophan) is also a naturally-occurring amino acid in the body that naturally helps in the production of sleep-inducing melatonin and mood-altering serotonin.

L-Theanine is a component of tea which produces calming effects.

I know I get MORE from this multi-component pill that promotes the quality of natural sleep.

I’ve been looking around for a natural way to bring back the rejuvenating wonders of natural sleep because it is the all-around remedy to keep up with our hectic lifestyle. I prefer not to start on pharmaceutical drugs such as the family of short-acting sleep inducers benzodiazepines due to the quality of sleep it produces— totally unnatural, dreamless, literally sleeping like a log, plus the cumulative effect. I also avoid natural sleep-inducers such as melatonin because I wouldn’t like to pop in more pills with the tons of supplements I already take.

I work at varying hours dealing with different time zones & often travel across the International Dateline (IDL) that my internal daytime/nighttime clock, or circadian rhythm, can go awry. To perform at my best the following day, a good “night’s” rest (whether taken at night or during the day) is still the best antidote for all the stress, excitement & work caused by the previous 24 hours. Unfortunately, my body does not cooperate all the time and adrenaline continues to pump that the age-old remedy of counting sheep, reading books & drinking hot cocoa had lost its appeal to lull me to my precious sleep.

I feel great since I started using this GABA++ oral supplement. I don’t feel exhausted or haggard when I wake up, so unlike other sleep remedies that fool you by giving you longer sleep time. And since I feel completely rested (the simplest beauty secret), I feel more radiant to keep up from where I left off the previous day. To get the best results, I take it 30 mnutes before bedtime on a regular basis, & not only during the times when I need it because I believe that our naturally produced melatonin has to sync with the supplementation. It can also be used during anxiety attacks or high-intensity stressful events.

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep (even if I choose it in the day), & it shows in how I perform on my next waking hours— less grumpy & more energized!

Disclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HEALTH Helps: Improved Mental Focus, Memory & Stamina

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Brain Supplement for Memory, Concentration & Focus by Limidax XR

My job in marketing & strategic planning requires full mental performance due to simultaneous multi-functional tasks with previous day deadlines. It’s unavoidable that I get to an overload mode, specially with a family to keep, as well. In my desire to balance my life, I push my time management skills to the limit, but efficiency still lies on the use of time. These pills have helped me be more effective and efficient by staying mentally alert with the tasks on hand. After a week’s use, I noticed that I have more attention to details, remember inputs from my team members longer, and process analytical problems faster & for a longer duration. All these, without ending the day with a headache. The ingredients are from natural sources and include vinca minor, citrus aurantium, pausinystalia johimbe, stinging nettle, green tea extract, microencapsulated caffeine, glucoronolactone & microencapsulated phenethylamine. I take 1 capsule in the morning & I’m off to a powerful start to last me 8-12 hours.

Disclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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HEALTH Helps: No Hungry Pangs, Just Less Appetite

This combination Garcinia Cambogia, Raspberry Ketones, Forskolin and Green Coffee Bean proprietary formulation in is a real appetite suppressant. I am on the max end of my weight range, and bravely took these pills once a day just to see if indeed it works better than dietary pills that have single components.

I’m amazed at how it significantly suppressed my appetite. In a span of 1 week, I lost 2 pounds, so I set it aside in the meantime as I have achieved my weight loss goal. I did not feel jittery, just a feeling of lightness and weightlessness with less bloating and less food volume intake. The natural L-carnitine gives me an extra energy boost to get through my day without feeling weak or less enthusiastic.

I’m now a happier 118-pounder in a 157 cm frame. In case I need fast results specially with the coming holiday feasting, I now know what to use to shed off pounds in the least time. I take it that taking a pill twice a day will deliver double the results.

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HEALTH Helps: Natural Chinese Herb that has Anti-Fungal, Anti-Arrhythmia and Anti-Diabetic Action

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Berberine HCL by Nutri Fountain Health Research

It’s my first time to hear of this supplement that has anti-fungal, anti-arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat), anti-diabetic and anti-carcinogenic, and after reading what it can do, I was eager to use it for my recurring yeast infection and propensity for diabetes (where I suffer intermittent hypoglycemia).

A week of use may be too soon, but it has improved my yeast infection which is noticeable in the absence of itchiness, discomfort and less abnormal secretions after 3 days of use following an active symptomatic recurrence. It comes from a plant and is considered a supplement making me more at ease with its use versus my perennial synthetic anti-fungal preparations of suppositories, topical ointments and oral tablets.

On the diabetic effect, it may be too soon to say that it prevents hypoglycaemic effects, but I have not suffered an episode of shaking, sweating and nausea after a week of taking it at 1 capsule (450 mg of the active component) per day or half the recommended dose. I am not suggesting this as medical advice, I am merely sharing my personal experience with this age-old Chinese medicinal herb. It is not a solution to my yeast or hypoglycaemic problem, but it has, in my opinion, relieved me of several symptoms and prevented active episodes.

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HEALTH Helps: Natural Fruit to Curb Appetite + 3 Minerals

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Garcinia Cambogia by OptimalXT

COMPARISON WITH OTHER FORMULAS: This is 500 mg of the active ingredient hydrocitric acid (HCA), plus 3 important minerals to support metabolic performance during weight loss, Calcium (Ca), Chromium (Cr) and Potassium (K). The bonus content of 50 mg, 200 micrograms and 50 mg for the minerals respectively, keep my internal biochemistry stable, important when I don’t eat a balanced meal due to appetite loss.

BACKGROUND: I am quite comfortable with my weight of 120 pounds in a 157 centimeter frame. I occasionally tip the scale when the volume and frequency of my meals increase mainly due to the convenience of fast-food. Everybody seems to be into the garcinia cambogia craze, and I thought why don’t I try preventing new fat cells from forming while controlling what is already present, that is, in the absence of diet and exercise.

Staying within my weight range can be difficult especially with my bingeing problem, and this garcinia cambogia with minerals formulation has helped me suppress my appetite at 1 cap per day with a glassful of water for weight maintenance. I’m glad it contains the necessary minerals to maintain healthy metabolism despite a possible lack of nutrients from lesser food intake.

These caps have no synthetic binders or fillers. I feel confident that I am controlling my hip expansion (having a pear figure) in an all-natural way. When I feel discomfort and think that taking these caps are the cause, I merely discontinue use without fear of long-term side-effects remembering that the source is a fruit that is normally eaten in tropical countries. I have not gained weight so far with ½ the recommended dose.

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HEALTH Helps: Copper & Neoprene Stability & Warmth in an Arm Compression Sleeve

My job entails being in a constant position for 12 hours, that is, I stay in front of a computer endlessly. This position stiffens my muscles tremendously, especially on those body parts that are rarely moving, one of them is my arms.

On one hand, copper is believed to have medicinal values when attached to the skin. I actually wear a copper bracelet daily. On the other hand, compression allows proper blood circulation for stagnant blood flow. I wear compression stockings due to genetic predisposition to DVT (deep venous thrombosis), but this is another issue.

I like it that the material is hygienic, odor-free and easily washable without compromising the elasticity feature for better fit. It is easier to wear than most compression sleeves I’ve had in the past. To put them on, I bunch it up and slide it into my arm, and when I need to take it off, I roll off the material like a sock. I can wear it under long-sleeved shirts discreetly.

Having used it for almost a month now, I feel a lightness to my arms, no more heavy sore feeling after a full day’s work in a single clerical position.

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HEALTH Helps: Relieves Itchy Skin Reactions to Cold Weather

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Dermaroot by Urbal

When the cold season creeps in, I start getting rashes, my skin is dry and itchy. Even with therapeutic lotions, the moment the applied layer dries out, the skin condition is not improved. When I am in a rush to work, applying topicals can eat up so much time since I want it absorbed before putting on clothing. Otherwise, the topicals will just stick to clothing.

This 18 natural ingredient-containing caps has relieved the urticaria significantly, which is my priority discomfort issue. My urge to relieve the itch by scratching has diminished, specially at night when the attack is extreme. The appearance of my skin however, has remained the same, and I think that the topicals would still help somehow. Since I’ve used this for less than a month, I am still observing its aesthetic effects.

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HEALTH Helps: Consistent Energy Boost with Sublingual (under-the-tongue) Ginseng

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Ginseng Liquid Caps by Surve N’ Thrive

I used to take ginseng coffee, and I like the energy it gives. Although it causes minor palpitations for me, in my opinion, but the convenience of not taking another pill for this extra benefit was good enough reason to have it in my coffee.

I’ve also tried ginseng-containing multivitamins and ginseng roots on drinks, and the tachycardia (fast heartbeat) effect ranged considerably from negligible to noticeable. Because I like the energy effect of ginseng, I continue to try out this herbal root as a source of energy in its different formats, though there is no conclusive study on its effect (inconsistent results).

I was given an opportunity to try this liquid ginseng in a capsule, composed of 2,000 mg of pure standard ginseng extract, for one week and here are my observations. The energy is consistently distributed in a 12-hour period after taking 1 capsule sublingually (under the tongue) in the morning. This manner of taking the caps is claimed to give the best absorption and effect rate due to its fermented form. Holding the earthy tasting liquid under the tongue for 30 seconds is a little inconvenience for the anticipated effect, which I set aside with mouthwash. I did not experience my heart working extra, and the released energy was gradually consistent and dissipated towards the end of the day in time for bed. There are no immediate spurts of energy that is immediately lost within 2-4 hours, which I observe with other ginseng-containing products.

This is made from all-natural Korean ginseng, and there are no cumulative side-effects and is also a blood decoagulator and anti-oxidant.

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HOME & HEALTH Helps: Easy-Read Digital Display Body Temperature Thermometer

When someone in the house has a temperature, it’s both inconvenient for the caregiver and the patient to use an ordinary mercury thermometer. Not only do you have to stick it uncomfortably under the tongue, within the armpit or elsewhere, but it takes preparation time to disinfect, shake the thermometer to the base temp and waiting five (5) minutes to arrive at a reading.

This digital thermometer by FamFave solves the last two (2) issues. All I have to do is turn it on, wait for a few seconds for it to reflect the last reading, and once the light turns off, I can stick it to take the temp, and wait for a reading to be made, which is roughly less than a minute. It beeps to signal that it is time to take off the temp to get the reading. The LED digital reading is on dark font against a light background, with a green LED to light up the 3 cm x 1 cm display, legible on a dark or lighted room for a 150/150-sighted person.

Since, body temperature is crucial on a per degree-Centigrade or Celsius, accuracy is important. To test, I compare the reading this makes versus my old thermometer. The difference is what I would take as the inaccuracy of the battery-operated medical device, though it provides the reading to 1/10th of a degree. So, the difference can only be accounted for on a per degree (not 1/10th) reading, This turns out negligible, so I will have to take the reading as it is.

I still revalidate the entire process by feeling the hotness of my patient’s skin compared to one who has normal temp because nothing beats touch therapy.

Disclaimer: I had purchased, used & currently enjoy using this product. This voluntary & unsolicited product review is intended to share personal insights on facts & actual experiences on its use in order to aid fellow consumers with informed choices in their purchases.

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MUSIC Review: Swing, Salsa, Merengue, Bachata– Easy to Intermediate Dance Moves


I have some experience with ballroom dancing like swing and salsa, but it’s my first time to hear of Merengue and Bachata. Let me focus on swing and salsa, because these are where I need to convince my beau to cooperate as my regular dance partner, even with his two left feet!

The step-by-step instructional DVDs by DanceCrazy eased him up a bit after the dance instructors went through the basic steps without music, something guys can grasp or relate to from a technical perspective perhaps. But what fun we had when the music started rolling… that’s when we started doing our individual grooves to add to the ensemble. We had so much fun, we vowed to do this type of home educational entertainment more often.

The beginner’s set includes 1 DVD each for swing, salsa, merengue and bachata. The DVDs by themselves are entertaining with the dance instructors talking through the process. Collectively, it is 8 hours of fun-filled dance exercise and music, which is fun to join along. It’s packed on a 4-DVD plastic case.

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