Bromelain, Isotonix Vitamins

Isotonix Bromelain Plus

Bromelain Infographic

Benefits

  • Supports the body’s normal healing process
  • Promotes optimal cell health
  • Supports the body’s normal inflammatory response
  • Supports the body’s normal tissue and recovery repair process
  • Supports a healthy immune system
  • Supports healthy joint function
  • Promotes healthy blood circulation
  • May help support normal blood viscosity and blood platelet aggregation

Product Classifications

Gluten-Free – The finished product contains no detectable gluten (<10ppm gluten)

No Detectable GMOs – The finished product contains no detectable genetically-modified organisms

Vegan – The product is made without ingredients produced by or derived from animals

Isotonic-Capable Drinkable Supplements – Easy-to-swallow supplements in liquid form are immediately available to the body for absorption

Quality Standards – GMP Operations and Standardized Ingredients

Checked For: Heavy Metals, Microbiological Contaminants, Allergens, Residual Solvents, Potency, Purity and IdentityClick image for larger view

Why Choose Isotonix Bromelain?

Your body needs support on the inside and the outside. That’s why we’ve developed Isotonix Bromelain Plus: to help support your body, letting you take action to help your body face what life puts in front of you.* With its unique combination of bromelain, white willow bark and protease, Isotonix Bromelain Plus promotes your body’s immune system and inflammatory response, helping support the body’s normal ability to heal itself on a cellular and muscular level.* Inside our bodies, certain cells normally detected by the immune system “disguise” themselves from the immune system using a protein layering as a shield. Thanks to its unique formula, Isotonix Bromelain Plus helps support your body’s ability to engage in “cellular house cleaning,” breaking down that protein layer to support your immune system, offering superior cellular protection.*

Isotonix Bromelain Plus also works synergistically with the body’s own repair system, promoting the body’s normal healing process.* Isotonix Bromelain Plus also supports your body’s normal inflammatory response, and normal tissue recovery and repair. It also has the potential to support the body’s healthy inflammatory response, providing beneficial enzymes that help support your tissue health.* Most competitor products containing bromelain don’t match what you’ll find in Isotonix Bromelain Plus, nor do they contain the complementary ingredient white willow bark. In addition, Isotonix Bromelain Plus delivers these ingredients in an isotonic form, meaning you’re getting a fast-absorbing, superior delivered product that works quickly and effectively.* Support your body in facing what life puts in its way. Isotonix Bromelain Plus is for everybody, every day.*

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Isotonix Delivery System

Isotonix – the World’s Most Advanced Nutraceuticals
Isotonic, which means “same pressure,” bears the same chemical resemblance of the body’s blood, plasma and tears. All fluids in the body have a certain concentration, referred to as osmotic pressure. The body’s common osmotic pressure, which is isotonic, allows a consistent maintenance of body tissues. In order for a substance to be absorbed and used in the body’s metabolism, it must be transported in an isotonic state.

Isotonix dietary supplements are delivered in an isotonic solution. This means that the body has less work to do in obtaining maximum absorption. The isotonic state of the suspension allows nutrients to pass directly into the small intestine and be rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream.With Isotonix products, little nutritive value is lost, making the absorption of nutrients highly efficient while delivering maximum results.Click image for larger view

Ingredients

Bromelain 544 mg
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in the stems of pineapples. It is distinct from the bromelain found in the pineapple fruit. Bromelain is used as a meat tenderizer in one application, but has other mechanisms that support various aspects of health.* As a mixture of proteases, bromelain has been used by Europeans for many years for its support of normal inflammatory response. Its components work to help support the body’s normal inflammatory response and support the healing process. This is important for healthy joint function and adequate tissue repair, which supports the body’s normal recovery process. Because these proteases can interfere with parts of the inflammatory cascade, supplementation may help to promote normal recovery after intense exercise.* Bromelain has been extensively studied, both in experimental models and clinical studies, for its effects on the inflammatory response. Research also shows that bromelain may help support healthy blood viscosity and blood platelet aggregation, promoting healthy circulation. It also supports normal levels of fibrin in the blood, which promotes normal healing.* Another study provided support of bromelain for promoting overall general well-being, along with support of comfort and physical function. There is also support for its role in promoting healthy cells. Bromelain also works to digest protein, but when taken on an empty stomach, it is not used as a digestive enzyme, but provides systemic effects throughout the body.*

White Willow Bark 100 mg
White willow bark is the bark of the salix tree which is native to Europe and Asia. Its name comes from the color of the leaves, which are covered with white hairs. White willow bark has been traditionally used for many years, dating back as far as the ancient Egyptians who used it for its health properties.* Willow bark constituents include flavonoids, tannins and salicylates. The active constituent of willow bark is thought to be salicin. In the body, salicin is metabolized to salicyl alcohol and then to salicylic acid. White willow bark has been shown to support normal blood platelet aggregation and promote healthy blood flow.*

Protease 70 mg
Proteases are proteolytic enzymes that work to break specific peptide bonds or break down a complete peptide to amino acids. Oral proteases taken on an empty stomach are absorbed and carried into the bloodstream where they work to help maintain healthy cellular proteins. As systemic enzymes, proteases support the body’s normal recovery process.* Combined with bromelain and white willow bark, the proteases help promote the body’s normal inflammatory process and support normal healing.*

FAQs

Who should take Isotonix Bromelain Plus?
Isotonix Bromelain Plus is formulated for everyone, every day. Its unique combination of benefits – supporting the body’s normal ability to repair itself, promoting the body’s normal healing process, promoting optimal cell health and more – make it ideally suited for adults looking to keep their bodies healthy and to help support the body’s ability to deal with the wear and tear of everyday life.*

How do you take Isotonix Bromelain Plus?
As the directions suggest, pour 3 level, white bottle capfuls of powder into a cup. Add 6 fl. oz./180 mL (line on the overcap indicates 2 fl. oz./60ml) of water and stir. As a dietary supplement, take once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Maximum absorption occurs when taken on an empty stomach. This product is isotonic only if the specified amounts of powder and water are used. Do not take with food.

Where does bromelain come from?
Bromelain is found in every part of the pineapple, although it is most plentiful in the stem. Most commercially-grown pineapple is sliced, canned or juiced. The remains are rich with this substance, which is then extracted. Originally used as a meat tenderizer because of its ability to break down proteins, research now shows that powdered bromelain promotes health.*

How does bromelain work to support cell health?
Some cells in the body “disguise” themselves from the immune system by using a protein layering as a shield. Protease enzymes like bromelain help support your immune system in detecting these cells. These enzymes help support your body’s ability to engage in a so-called “cellular house cleaning” important to the maintenance of cellular health.*

I am a very active individual. How does Isotonix Bromelain Plus support my body’s normal ability to repair and heal?
Physical activities such as sports, jogging, weight training, aerobics, and martial arts can cause mechanical stress to connective tissues or the normal buildup of pro-oxidants. Isotonix Bromelain Plus is a concentrated blend of powerful protease enzymes designed to support a healthy inflammatory response, and the normal tissue and recovery repair process. This process promotes your body’s normal healing process and keep up your daily regimen.*

Should I take Isotonix Bromelain Plus with Isotonix Peak Performance Blend?
Isotonix Bromelain Plus and Isotonix Peak performance Blend complement each other nicely. Isotonix Peak Performance Blend will help support your joint function and mobility, as well as the body’s normal repair and healing process.* Isotonix Bromelain Plus supports your healthy inflammatory response and normal healing and tissue and recovery repair process. In addition, it supports cellular health and your immune system, providing another layer of protection.*

Science

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  • Klein G, Kullich W, Schnitker J, Schwann H. Efficacy and tolerance of an oral enzyme combination in painful osteoarthritis of the hip. A double-blind, randomised study comparing oral enzymes with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 24(1):25-30, 2006.
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  • Chrubasik S, Eisenberg E, Balan E, et al. Treatment of low back pain exacerbations with willow bark extract: a randomized double-blind study. Am J Med 109:9-14, 2000.
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  • Rajendra Pavan, Sapna Jain, Shraddha, Ajay Kumar. Properties and Therapeutic Application of Bromelain: A Review. Biotechnol Res Int. 1-6, 2012 .
Isotonix Bromelain Plus
Micronutrients, Nutrient Managment, Supplementation, Supplements

Think About Your Future Health! This is KEY!

A picture of vegetables and a spoonful of supplements with a quote by Maggie “Supplementing your diet with high quality supplements if more for your future health. This is the key many people miss.

A Pot Boiling

Have you ever watched a pot of water boiling?

A pot of water on the stove just starting to boil.

When you boil a pot of water it seems to take forever doesn’t it? Until it doesn’t. Once that pot starts to boil, look out, it is boiling and boiling hot!

Our health can be like that. We coast along and everything seems fine, until it’s not. Things don’t just happen. They build up over time, especially nutrient deficiencies and their repercussions.

It our modern society, it is nearly impossible to get all of the nutrients from our food no matter how well we eat. Not to mention, all of the pathogens and toxins we must combat along the way. These also rob nutrients from our bodies! Medications rob nutrients from our bodies. Stress robs nutrients from our bodies.

I have talked to many people throughout the years who when seeming to be on the top of their health game, have expressed things like “Oh I don’t need to supplement, my doctor says I have the blood of a 20 year.” And similar phrases.

Well one thing we know is that life progresses and and in this world we live in now, there are more stressors, pathogens and viruses, popping up all the time, and the game changes.

One of the most important things we can do is to prepare now for our future. We don’t want to wait until that pot is boiling.

What we can do is supply our body with nutrients now. We can support our bodies and minds by supplying nutrients to allow them to function better now and to lay the groundwork for a healthier tomorrow.

Just something to think about. And please reach out and let me help you determine the best place to start on this journey or allow me to make recommendations to help you fill in any gaps that you think are missing in your preventative health plan. I would love to help

Your Amazing Life

Take Time For Coziness

Cozy = giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation

Sounds good doesn’t it?

Taking time to be cozy is more than just enJOYable, it is very good for your health.

Anytime that you can calm the mind and rest the body, you are doing wonders for your health.

Being cozy helps to soothe the soul, ease the stress on the adrenal glands (fight or flight is turned off), calms the mind, lets the body rest, and so much more.

But do we really need an excuse to be cozy? No!

I hope that you take time to make coziness a priority.

Ideas For Coziness

. use a heating pad anytime of the day (I have one on my body right now)

. a hot cup of tea or cocoa

. a soft comfy blanket

. a fire or even a video of a crackling fire

. candles

. beautiful smells like cinnamon and spices that warm the heart and soul (make sure these are not toxic scents but natural)

. a good book

. a nap

. a kiss on the cheek

. what are your favorite cozy ideas?

I’d love to hear them! And I hope you have many cozy moments in your life my friends… many … many…. with more to come.

Lowering Toxicity, Maggie's Recommendations, Non-Toxic

Alternative to Toxic Shaving Cream

Avoiding Toxicity

We are amidst an epidemic of chronic diseases, and evidence continues to mount that synthetic chemicals contribute to these preventable conditions.

Dr. Leo Trasande, MD, NYU

Avoiding Toxic Exposure

One of the ways to avoid toxicity and things that are harmful to our bodies is to use safe and non-toxic products.

Today I am talking about shaving cream. I am not even going to bother writing out all of the potential harmful potential ingredients etc. but will keep this simple.

If you Google “Dangers of Shaving Cream” you will find lots of info and most importantly you will see that government sites have it listed in their poison control section! That alone speaks volumes.

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and is really like a big sponge so we need to be very careful what we put on it and at the same time, what we breath into the body.

I have written a blog post about this in the past and you can read it here:

In my wellness practice as a Nutritionist and Coach, I see more and more people suffering from toxicity and the reprecussions from the toxic world that we are living in.

It is VERY important that we start to immediately lower our toxic load and by switching out your shaving cream, you can assist with lowering the load immediately.

I am a person who loves to shave my legs every time I have a bath or shower. It is just my thing that I like to do. I am going to share with you what I use and what I love!

It was actually made for babies and kids but hey I like to baby myself so it works for me.

DNA Foaming Wash & Shampoo

So here are the goods on this:

Details

DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo is a natural, gentle, non-toxic body cleanser specially formulated for your baby’s delicate skin and hair. Suitable for newborn use.

Ingredients

Gentle Surfactants
Surfactants are cleansing ingredients that help clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away. Many surfactants can be harsh on the skin, resulting in mild irritation. The cleansing surfactants in DNA Miracles Natural Foaming Wash & Shampoo are derived from coconut oil, and are gentler than many of the surfactants found in other shampoos and body washes. Panthenol Panthenol is an analog to vitamin B5 and can be converted to vitamin B5 in the skin. In cosmetics, it is classified as both a skin and hair conditioning. Panthenol has been reported to bind to hair and act as a humectant, helping to moisturize and condition the hair.

Anyhow, I hope you found this helpful and if you want to lower your toxic load or help those that you love, lower their toxic load, why not baby them or yourself and try this out. 

It really is delightful to use and it works perfectly as a foaming agent to shave with.

Have a great day everyone!

Sunshine

What I Love Doing With My Masks

Disinfecting

I love washing my masks and then hanging them out on the clothes line to dry.

Not only does the sun and the fresh help to disinfect them, but it makes them smell amazing!

I love putting my mask on after they have been hanging outside and the smell is so awesome. It is like smelling fresh crisp sheets!

It sure makes the experience a whole lot more pleasurable. 🙂

Have a great day everyone!

celery juice, Glass

Celery Juice in Style

Fresh Celery Juice served in my pitcher from the thrift store.

Just made my daily celery juice in this pitcher that I got at the thrift store some time back.

It is the perfect size to fit under the spout of my juicer.

I love anything glass and stainless steel and everything is better when it is repurposed and helps out in so many ways. I love thrift shopping and share some of my favorite finds here:

Have you tried celery juice yet?

It is something I am faithful to. If you would like to learn more about it and the benefits of juicing celery, you can learn more here:

Have a great day everyone! 🙂

Cookies, Cooking, Cooking With Maggie, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Maggie's Cooking Corner

Maple Syrup Thumbprint Cookies

So here is a version using the “Add Ins” from my cookie post from the other day that is gluten free, dairy free, and sugar free.

Here is the original recipe to get the base:

So today I made these and added in some pumpkin spice, maple syrup and chopped almonds. I really wanted to use pecans but it turned out that I was out of them so I just put in some chopped almonds cause why not? 🙂 Anything goes and that is how I roll. 🙂

After I mixed it all together and formed the cookies I decided to do a little thumb print thingy and add some more maple syrup.

Oh and yes another big change that I did was instead of using the oats as they are, I ground them into a flour. Turned out great but I think you just need to cook them a bit longer.

Okay that is all for now folks and I can’t wait to hear about your add ins and what turns out for you to be amazing. 🙂

Cookies, Cooking With Maggie, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Sugar Free

5 Minute Versatile Cookies – Gluten Free – Dairy Free – Sugar Free – YUMMY!

I can’t wait to share this cookie recipe with you. It can be gluten free, is sugar free and dairy free! It is so healthy for you and the family!

And it is super versatile and can be prepared in under 5 minutes 🙂

A series of six pictures showing the steps to make these using my favorite stainless steel things from my thrift store finds. #JOY

Here is the easy peasy recipe.

Ingredients

The Base

2 Cups Oats (Gluten Free If Required)

2 Soft Bananas

The Add-Ins (you pick)

Yesterday when I made these, I added in cinnamon and blueberries but today’s additions were cinnamon, maple syrup and chopped up dates that had been soaked in a little warm water.

So here is what you do:

Prep your ingredients and have them laid out ready to use.

So now that you have the 2 ingredient base ready, we are ready for the add-ins 🙂

My add-ins today were about 5 dates chopped and soaked, about a tablespoon and a 1/2 of maple syrup and a teaspoon of cinnamon. Actually though I am guessing at those amounts, because it really doesn’t matter. Ha Ha… anything goes 🙂

The add ins: Cinnamon, Dates and Maple Syrup

Take a nice bowl and put the two bananas in it. I used this lovely stainless steel bowl that I got at the thrift store… one of my favs.

Mash the bananas. Add in whatever you want for spice and/or liquid or no liquid… works either way.

In this case I added in the cinnamon, maple syrup and the dates and mixed them all up with banana. Then I added my oats and mixed.

I greased a cookie sheet and used my hands to form the cookies and with Love I might add. 🙂

My cookies ready for the oven.

I made these ones more on the large size but you can make any size that you want. I can’t stress enough that when it comes to cooking, be creative, try things and don’t be afraid to change things up!

I then put them into a hot oven at 350 degrees. You cook them until they are brown on top or until they smell done. That is a real thing that my mother taught me and it is true. You can tell when something is done by the smell. 🙂

How Long to Bake?

I timed this batch and they were in for about 28 minutes. Now remember, depending on the size you make them, the time will vary. Just check them every so often and take them out when you think they look good enough to eat. 🙂

You can’t mess these up as you could even eat them raw so no worries.

Ideas for Add-Ins:

Chopped nuts, raisons, craisons, dried cranberries, dried fruit or berries of any kind, coconut, fresh or frozen fruit or berries, chopped apple, dates, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, other yummy spices, etc. etc. etc. You get the idea. Anything goes and you cannot mess it up…. Oh I just thought of chocolate chips… yep that would be yummy… or how about pumpkin pie spice and pecans?

Nope, my mind never stops LOL

I hope you enJOY making these and I would love to hear what you come up with using this base of bananas and oats. And you can 1/2 this recipe, double it, triple it.. make a big batch and use a few different add-ins in the whole batch for a variety. We do this often in our family cause Dad likes certain things and Sivanna likes certain ingredients so it is easy to customize this recipe to everyone’s likes

Here are the cookies after them came out of the oven? Can you smell them? I can’t wait for the day when we can digitally share yummy smells. I am sure it is coming, but for now, this picture will have to do.

My tray of cookies. This batch made 9.
Anxiety, Stress

3 Ways To Deal With Anxiety

“Compassion for myself is the most powerful healer of them all.” – Theodore Isaac Rubin

3 Go-To’s To Deal With Anxiety

We all deal at some point, with anxiety. Anxiety is a form of fear expressing itself and is not pleasant.

Here are 3 ways to help with anxiety when it arises:

  1. Have compassion for yourself. Talk to yourself like you are talking to the 5 year old version of yourself. Tell yourself that you are safe, that things are okay and that they will get better. Tell yourself that you understand that you are afraid or fearful or whatever emotion is your prominent one underneath the anxiety, and that it is all okay. Remind yourself that things will get better.
  2. Breathe out more than you breathe in. I have recently discovered this one and it is quite powerful. Just start breathing out more through your mouth and watch the tension leave your body. It is like a pattern disrupter.
  3. Rest when you need to. So often when we are in anxiety we push through and keep going. Sometimes a ‘time-out’ is the best thing for us. Even if it is sitting on the toilet for 5 minutes and focusing on breathing out more than in. This is another form of pattern interrupting. Walks are great, naps are great, reading a positive self-help book and anything that just gets you off of the anxiety train even if it is for a brief moment.

And of course, if you are struggling with severe anxiety, you might want to reach out and ask for help. There is always help available and asking for help is a sign of strength not weakness, so never be afraid to ask for help.

I hope you found these tips useful and have an amazing day!

Benefits

  • May help to minimize certain stress related issues (weight gain, difficulty sleeping, etc.)
  • Helps to reduce stress placed on the adrenals to perform, thereby helping to decrease the possibility of adrenal fatigue
  • May help to support normal hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) functions
  • May help support stress-related adrenal functions
  • Helps to promote healthy levels of cortisol
  • Helps maintain healthy levels of both serotonin and dopamine
  • Helps enhance and stabilize mood
  • Helps to stabilize emotional responses to stress
  • May help to maintain normal thyroid function

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product(s) is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Happy Heart

Always Follow Your Heart ♥ ♥ ♥

“A good heart is better than all the heads in the world”

Edward Bulwer-Lytton

One of the healthiest things we can do is to honor our soul and follow our heart.

When we don’t follow our heart, instead of expanding, we shrink and we never grow by shrinking.

When we grow, we expand, and when we expand, we allow goodness to come to us. This also means that we allow in wellness of body, mind and spirit.

Follow your heart…. it knows the way.