Swanson Health Products Review+$25 GC Giveaway!

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(Product Description: Candida Support : NOW Foods Candida Support is a combination of herbal ingredients (pau d’arco, black walnut and oregano oil), biotin (a B-complex vitamin) and caprylic acid (a naturally occurring fatty acid derived from plant oils). These synergistic ingredients help to support a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria. The beneficial bacteria that normally populate the gut assist in the digestion of food, produce certain vitamins and promote detoxification processes. )

 You might be wondering, What on earth is candida? Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast, and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

How do you get candida overgrowth?
The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check. However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:
  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • Taking oral contraceptives
  • Eating a diet high in beneficial fermented foods like Kombucha, sauerkraut and pickles
  • Living a high-stress lifestyle
  • Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria
Here are 10 common candida symptoms
  1. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
  2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
  4. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
  5. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
  6. Skin  issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
  7. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
  8. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  9. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

( Information taken from this website http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8376/10-signs-you-have-candida-overgrowth-what-to-do-about-it.html and even more can be found )

I personally have had issues with yeast overgrowth for the last couple of years and to be honest, have been completely miserable. I am always looks for some magical solution or cure and have tried many many things. When I was on the Swanson website and saw the NOW Candida Support at a lower price than my previous sources I just knew that I had to give it a try…and the neat thing about purchasing it from Swanson was that I could choose to have it auto delivered! That is a very very neat option in my opinion, especially as someone who suffers from brain fog and has no idea what is going on half of the time 😛 I end up forgetting to pick up the things I need and only remember when it’s too late…so this is perfect for me! I experienced excellent customer service as well as SUPER speedy shipping!

As far as my actual results from taking this products, I can definitely see progress and have been feeling a tad better. I have gotten to the point where my issue is going to take a little longer than a few weeks to rid myself of, but I have full confidence that I will continue to see results ! NOW is a very reputable brand that I completely trust, and I love that Swanson carries a wide range of their fantastic products.

You can find this product here : http://www.swansonvitamins.com/now-foods-candida-clear-180-vcaps

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The capsule size is on the average side…they are not small, but I had no issues getting them down 🙂

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(Product Description:Liquid Vitamin C – Natural Orange ChildLife Liquid Vitamin C delivers immune system support in a great tasting natural orange flavor your children will love. Vitamin C is also a vital antioxidant. To further bolster the immune system, ChildLife Liquid Vitamin C can also be used with ChildLife First Defense and ChildLife Echinacea formulas. ChildLife Vitamin C is free of gluten, casein and alcohol. Contains no milk, eggs, soy, wheat, yeast or corn. No artificial colorings, flavorings or sweeteners.)

Vitamin C is essential for good health, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. Liquid vitamin C is essential for those who desire vitamin C supplementation but who have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules.

The vitamin, like vitamins A and E, is an antioxidant–a chemical compound that fights the effects of oxidation, or exposure to oxygen (think of how an apple browns when exposed to air). It is the only vitamin believed to play a role in every single body function. It’s benefits are numerous, and the list of apparent benefits continues to grow. In liquid form, vitamin C has the added benefits of providing higher concentrations and better absorption than tablets or capsules, and providing ease of use, according to vitamin expert Dr. George Obikoya.

Why Supplement?

Vitamin C, including liquid vitamin C, has been known for it’s immunity-boosting properties since it was discovered. A deficiency of the vitamin was linked with scurvy in the early 1900s. It has been touted as a preventive measure and remedy for colds and it plays an important role in protecting against some infections. The vitamin also guards against stress by promoting production of anti-stress hormones and neutralizes free radicals that can damage cells, thereby preventing damage from pollution and promoting wound healing.

Improved iron absorption, prevention of certain cancers such as breast cancer and lung cancer, and reduction of cholesterol levels are other possible benefits. Studies highlighting new benefits emerge regularly. A study published in the “Archives of Internal Medicine” in March 2009, for example, found that men with a vitamin C intake of 1,500 milligrams or more daily had a 45 percent lower risk of developing gout than those with an intake of less than 250 milligrams per day.

Vitamin C is not made by the body; it is obtained through diet and supplementation. Supplementation can help ensure that individuals receive enough of this essential vitamin and enjoy the many benefits it offers.

Liquid Benefits

In liquid form, compared with pill form, vitamin supplements are more readily absorbed. Absorption of liquid vitamins, including vitamin C, is about 98 percent versus only 10 to 20 percent for pills, Dr. Obikoya explained in an article entitled “Why Liquid Multivitamins are Superior”.

Liquid vitamins bypass the digestive process and are absorbed directly into the bloodstream and into the cell, and therefore have faster-acting and stronger therapeutic benefits, he wrote.

Perhaps the biggest selling point for consumers, though, is that liquid vitamins bypass the “gag factor” that so many people struggle with when trying to down the often large and often strong-tasting vitamin pills. Not only is liquid easier to swallow for those consumers, liquid versions of vitamin C are available in various flavors such as citrus and strawberry to further enhance palatability.

(Information was found here http://www.livestrong.com/article/30257-liquid-vitamin-c-benefits/ )

My daughter suffers from VERY low immunity as a result of her skin issues ( eczema, reactions as a result of allergies, etc ). When she was in public school, she was sick ALL of the time! Literally. So I am always looking for ways to boost her immune system to prevent her from getting sick, as well as passing it on to the rest of my children. We tried the ChildLife  Liquid Vitamin C, she says the flavor is not bad at all, and a couple of times I have added it into my son’s juice and he didn’t even notice. We do believe that this has been helping a good deal, as my children haven’t been quite as sick as they normally would have been at this time of year, though I have been plenty sick and they haven’t picked it up! Woohoo! The instructions are clear and the product comes in a thick glass bottle and is packaged nicely. I definitely plan on purchasing this again in the future. 

We had a great experience with both of the products from Swanson Health Products, as well as a fantastic experience with the website, the ordering process as well as shipping. The prices were great and much lower than other sites I have visited, they offer the auto  deliver, and just all around great service. I highly recommend them!

You can find their website here: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/ & their Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SwansonVitamins

Swanson Health Products has been nice enough to offer one of you a $25 dollar gift card to use on their website! All you need to do is LIKE Homemaking Heather on Facebook, LIKE https://www.facebook.com/SwansonVitamins Swanson, comment below and let me know that you did. I will give an extra entry for tagging and one for sharing. You must be 18+ and a resident of the US. This contest will end on 10/31/14 at 11:59 pm Central time.

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