Better Health with HempFusion

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Thank you to HempFusion for sending a basket of products for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

How amazing, timing wise, to receive a basket of products from HempFusion just after my return from Scotland. Feeling a bit weary from a long day of travels and a bit stiff around the knees from sitting in airports and onboard planes, these hemp infused products looked promising.

I like to try out supplements for a period of time, before writing a review post. Therefore, I’ve used the products for the past month. That’s enough time to note changes or improvements. I’m ready to give my honest opinion.

The short truth is, it’s possible to enjoy better health with HempFusion.

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HempFusion the Company

The company’s founders, Ian Dequeiroz, Dr. Jason Mitchell and Andrew Oliver, are energetic, highly motivated entrepreneurs with the desire to bring quality hemp products to the market.

The result? HempFusion is a leading US hemp-based CBD company that manufactures, markets and sells whole food hemp extract products in more than 3,400 retail locations across 47 states. Their product line is all natural, plant-based and built upon the extraordinary health benefits of proprietary Whole Food Hemp Complex™ derived from full-spectrum nutritional hemp. The company is dedicated to creating a global brand.

HempFusion uses eco-certified, premium organic hemp in their line, which currently includes 31 products.

HempFusion Logo
Company Logo

Why Use Hemp Based CBD?

CBD is the abbreviation for Cannabidiol, one of the cannabinoids in the hemp plant. The compound is not psychoactive in nature, meaning you won’t get “high” from using it. CBD has anti-inflammatory properties and it is considered antioxidant and neuroprotectant, with many promising health benefits.

HempFusion offers “full spectrum” hemp extract products. This means they extract all nutrients from the hemp plant, not just the CBD. Full-spectrum extract contains vital terpenes and other phytocannabinoids along with vitamins and minerals. The result is a better supplement that supports the Endocannabinoid System in the body.

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Assortment of products from the company.

HempFusion Products

To experience better health with HempFusion, I needed to try the products. The company sent an assortment in a 100% hemp and cotton woven basket, made without chemicals. And the letter accompanying my care package is printed on recycled paper that is embedded with flower seeds. I can plant that sheet of paper and flowers will grow. How impressive. HempFusion had my respect and appreciation already!

I didn’t use two of the products. The Twist Liquid Dietary Supplement, in key lime flavor, contains fish oil. Due to my plant based lifestyle, I passed on it. And the My Little Bugs Probiotic for kids, in watermelon flavor, will go to children in my extended family to try out.

HempFusion Liquid with Black Seed Oil
Better Health with HempFusion Liquid with black seed oil.

Better Health with HempFusion

Here are the products I did enjoy:

HempFusioin 5 mg CBD Hemp Extract Liquid

This tincture contains hemp extract, cloves and black pepper fruit in a base of virgin black cumin seed oil. It is rich in terpenes and omegas, to support the Endocannabinoid System. Plus it provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

The product is non GMO and soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free. It does not contain artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one milliliter daily, using the convenient dropper included with the bottle.

HempFusion Stress

This non GMO formula contains hemp, black pepper and clove oils plus CBD. Also included is a patented form of Ashwagandha for maximum stress relief and mood boosting properties.

Each capsule is soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free. It does not contain artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one capsule daily, with food.

HempFusion Sleep

I quit using over the counter or prescription sleep aids years ago. Occasionally, however, we all need help falling asleep. This product features PharmaGABA, a more natural form of the amino acid GABA. Clinical studies have demonstrated that it can play an important role in reducing occasional stress and promoting relaxation, which may facilitate restful sleep.

Each capsule contains CBD and hemp, black pepper and clove oils. The product is also non GMO and does not contain soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free or artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one capsule an hour, or less, before bedtime.

HempFusion Lotion and Balm
Better Health with HempFusion Cream and Balm.

CBD Hemp Extract Cream and Balm

This soothing cream contains hemp extract CBD, terpenes, peppermint oil, MSM and magnesium oil in a rich aloe vera base. It is perfect for aching joints or muscles.

Apply the creamy lotion to clean, dry skin.

The balm contains hemp extract CBD, terpenes, peppermint oil, rosemary, carnauba wax and organic coconut oil in a jojoba and sunflower oil base. It too relieves pain and soothes joints and muscles.

Apply the balm to clean, dry skin.

Probulin Women’s Health Probiotic

I was not currently using a probiotic in my daily health routine, so I was excited to try this product. Created by Dr. Jason Mitchell, in collaboration with Dr. Shekhar Challa, author of Probiotics for Dummies, Probulin is touted as the “next generation of probiotics.”

Stress and lifestyle challenges such as diet, aging, medications, environment and alcohol consumption can all contribute to digestive imbalance of essential beneficial bacteria. Probulin Probiotic includes a patent pending delivery system called MAKTrek 3-D that ensures that the beneficial probiotic bacteria survive better in the body.

Each non GMO capsule contains 20 billion cfu (a unit of measurement for good bacteria and yeasts) that support digestive balance and health. The product does not contain soy, gluten, wheat, dairy, eggs and shellfish free or artificial colors, flavors or chemical processing aids.

Take one capsule daily, with or without food. For best results, take at bedtime.

Better Health with HempFusion Probiotic
Better Health with HempFusion Probiotic for Women

My Results Using HempFusion Products

I’m experiencing great health and wellness, overall. However, I am always open to improving wellbeing and trying new products.

Cream and Balm

Arriving home after a long international flight, I first tried the hemp extract cream  on stiff muscles in both legs. Because of years of inflammation, the muscles around my knees can tighten up easily, if I sit for long periods of time. I massaged the creamy lotion into muscles around both knees before bedtime, and noticed immediate improvement. I have gardening work coming up, as the season shifts to fall. I’ll definitely be using this cream again!

And, coincidently, a few days after I returned home, I “popped” my right thumb out of place. I got it back into place, however, the whole lower portion of my hand throbbed with pain and the joint felt weak. I used the balm, which is drier than the cream lotion. At night before bed and the next morning after a shower, I massaged the balm into the joint area of my right thumb.  The pain lessened right away and within a few days the weakness in the joint healed as well. I love this product!

Liquid, Stress and Sleep

I’ve been taking the hemp extract liquid daily, and I feel calm yet energized throughout the day. Additionally, I’ve noticed a decrease in inflammation around that tricky left knee. In fact, my legs feel the best they have felt since January, when I injured the left knee in a fall. I use a dropperful of the oil under my tongue. The flavor is mild. I like it.

I rarely have what I consider a “stress filled” day any more. However, I’ve taken the Stress capsules several times. Again, I’ve noticed a calming effect that is greater, perhaps, than when I’m using the liquid alone.

And as for the Sleep capsules, they put me right out! I’ve only used them a few times, to see how effective they are. And believe me, they are effective. I take one as I am getting ready for bed…which takes about 15 minutes. And I’m asleep as soon as I lie down. The capsules don’t dry out my mouth, like other sleep aids I’ve taken, and the drowsiness doesn’t linger into the next day. I appreciate that very much!

Probulin Probiotic

I’ve especially appreciated this product. I have had digestive issues all my life and have an especially sensitive gut. Switching to a plant based diet has helped me so much. These probiotics seem to take my digestive health up a notch, and I didn’t even know that was possible. This product is not on the company website, however it’s available on Amazon. Click link at the end of the post.

I am very pleased with all of the products that HempFusion sent me. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to try them and experience better health with HempFusion. My intention is to continue using the products. Try them too, and experience greater health yourself!

Better Health with HempFusion Care Basket
Better Health with HempFusion Care Basket. I’m enjoying the hemp and cotton basket as well! It’s currently found a home in my creative studio.

Check out HempFusion website HERE.

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The Scotland Connection


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When I travel, I enjoy bringing home small keepsakes to remind me of my adventures. An easy way to memorialize the trip is to create art from postcards from each country. On this trip, with Edinburgh as my home base, I looked for postcards that represented the fascinating city. As my sister and I browsed in different shops, I checked out the postcards for sale. However, nothing really captured my interest.

I was looking for the Scotland connection, a link between Edinburgh and my interests. As we waited to enter the Museum Context, I spied a small artistic shop next door, called The Red Door Gallery. How grateful I am that I stepped inside!

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The Red Door Gallery

This delightful shop, established in 2003 and located at 42 Victoria Street in Edinburgh, showcases artwork from Edinburgh and UK based artists. The Red Door Gallery offers a large assortment of artists prints, homewares, jewelry and CARDS.

Suddenly I went from not having the right options to having too many! I’d been so busy looking at postcards that I almost missed an opportunity to purchase greeting cards featuring the artwork of local artists. I quickly located a dozen cards that appealed to me, that offered the Scotland connection I desired.

As a bonus, the cards easily tucked into my carry on. I can’t bring home a bunch of souvenirs, when I travel, which is perfect. The small space helps me to decide what’s most important.

The Scotland Connection Haul
My treasures from the trip: Maitland tartan pieces, Maitland Clan Badge, kilt pin, art cards, small keychains, dated thistle Christmas ornament and a jacket that I had to wear home.
The Scotland Connection David Fleck Art Cards
Cards by artist David Fleck. David grew up in Edinburgh and now creates from Glasgow.

Inspired Art

Back home, I studied my art cards, eager to create. (Check out my previous postcard art.) I chose the watercolor and ink art cards by David Fleck as my first project.

Previously I purchased frames from Michael’s Craft Store to hold postcards from Italy, Scotland and England. This time, I wanted to be more creative. Daily I looked at my cards as I sought inspiration. And each day ended without a solid idea. Finally, as I clicked off the light one night, an amazing flash of creativity arrived. I turned the light back on.

Interestingly, during this same time, ideas simmered on the back burner of my mind for another creative project. That night, the two projects merged into one.

The Scotland Connection Vintage Chair
The chair my grandfather made, literally falling apart.
Vintage Chair Unassembled
The chair, carefully disassembled.

My Grandfather’s Chair

In 2014 my sister, the same one who accompanied me to Scotland, passed on to me a couple of vintage chairs made in the 1950s, by my paternal grandfather. The chairs underwent numerous repairs over the years. When I received them, one of the chairs needed extensive work to make it usable. (You can read about the restoration here.)

However five years later, this old chair is literally falling apart, due to exposure to weather. I considered throwing the chair away, but it’s one of the few keepsakes that I have from this grandfather, who passed away when I was just five years old. What could I make from it?

Last week inspiration provided an answer. Repurpose the chair into a frame…for the David Fleck art cards.

With Greg’s help, I disassembled the chair, piece by piece. The worn and weathered wood provided the material for a unique frame, a work of art in itself.

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From chair…to whimsical frame. I love that the arms of the chair became the sides of the frame.
Finished Repurposed Frame
Something new from something old.

Something New from Something Old

As I studied the pieces and tried out different frame styles, the finished work came together almost on its own. Suddenly the arms of the chair naturally became the sides of the frame. The 120 year old lath slats, which aren’t original to the chair but came from a remodel in my own house, created the back. And two dowel rods that formed the back of the chair perfectly divided the art cards, creating a window pane effect.

I’m grateful for Greg’s help in repurposing the chair into the frame. He used a variety of tools to assemble the frame and I attached the cards. I used double sided tape to close the cards and rubber cement to attach them to the frame backing.

I love the imperfections in the old wood, the nail holes and fine cracks. They add to the charm of the frame and remind me of the wood’s original purpose.

Vintage Chair in 2014
The chair as it was in 2014, after extensive repairs.

The Scotland Connection

I’m so pleased with this frame that holds four of my art cards from Edinburgh. The cards depict scenes throughout the old city, from the castle high upon its rock to the closes (alleyways) that offer shortcuts through town to the Hot Air Balloon event from 1785. One card, called Seek, is for those with wanderlust. It captures the Highlands north of Edinburgh. I love these cards.

I appreciate this framed work of art for another reason. My grandfather who made the chair, Dennis Fleet Lauderdale, is the Scotland connection in my family, to the country that I so love. It’s through his line that I trace my way to the Maitland Clan. This chair that he crafted once held him and my father and most recently, me. It now holds these mementoes from the country that birthed our family.

I hung the framed cards in my bedroom, above a table with a quirky telephone lamp that Greg’s dad made, a photo of my Lauderdale grandparents on their wedding day, and a small lion statue. The Clan Maitland crest has a lion at its center and the Latin words, consilio et animis, “by wisdom and courage”.

As I worked, I asked my grandfather if he minded that I took apart his chair and created something new. I hoped not. Grandpa was, after all, a carpenter and enjoyed tinkering in his workshop. And I intend to create more frames from this chair and the second one that still rests in my garden.

He appeared in my mind as I last saw him, a kind man with a bit of stubble on his chin and merry eyes. He smiled. I don’t think he minds.

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Finished art piece.

 

Scottish Watercolor Print from Amazon

Get inspired with this watercolor of Scotland’s national flower, the thistle. Better yet, travel to this gorgeous country, find your own mementoes and create the Scotland connection!

 


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Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage

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Thank you to Good Idea for sending me product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

We’ve all experienced those blood sugar spikes, after a carb rich meal. Big holiday feasts come to mind. However,  those slices of pizza or that burger and fries for dinner do the same thing. Eating any food raises glucose levels, temporarily, as it should. Our bodies need that fuel. Meals high in sugar and/or fat can cause a build up of glucose in the bloodstream that the body can’t process quickly enough.

Then, after the spike comes the crash as blood sugar levels drop. We feel tired or amazingly, hungry again, even though we just ate recently. We crave more sugar.

Those repeated blood sugar spikes, over time, can put stress on the body and lead to inflammation and diseases such as diabetes.

Drinking a Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage with a meal helps to balance out those spikes and crashes, in a healthy and all natural way.

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A Good Idea from Sweden

The Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage is the creation of Dr. Rickard Öste and Dr. Elin Östman, the scientific team behind the company. Dr. Öste is a leading European scientist in nutrition and food chemistry. And Dr. Östman is a food scientist focusing on the preventative properties in food, in relationship to lifestyle related diseases.

They found that a proprietary blend of five amino acids and the mineral chromium can provide a 25% – 30% reduction in blood sugar rise, following high carb meals. Clinical studies show that the amino acids help the body process carbohydrates from food in a more productive way. The chromium enables insulin to push the energy from the carbs…glucose…into the cells more efficiently. According to the scientific team, the result is a metabolism that performs better at mealtime, leading to a more controlled blood sugar curve and a body and brain that stay sharp and energized. In other words, no wild spike, no after meal slump and no cravings for sweets after the meal.

The Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage is simply sparkling water with amino acids and chromium. It comes in three natural flavors…orange-mango, lemon-lime and dragon fruit. The drink is unsweetened, vegan and non GMO with zero calories.

Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage Flavors
Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage comes in these three flavors.

Trying the Product

The company suggests drinking a Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage before and during a meal, for the best results. The 12 ounce can is perfect for sipping on while prepping a meal and dishing it up, and then finishing while eating.

I appreciated the opportunity to try these drinks from Good Idea. Sugar consumption is exremely low for me now. However, it is a real problem for most people on a typical American diet, as it was for me before embracing a plant based lifestyle. And that high sugar, high fat diet is making us sick.

Vasanti Malik is a research scientist involved with the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health Study. He headed a study on the connection between drinking sugar sweetened beverages and premature death. Malik and his colleagues analyzed the results of studies on 80,000 women between 1980 and 2014 and 38,000 men between 1986 and 2014. His conclusion? The more sugar sweetened drinks people consume, the higher the risk of premature death from cardiovascular disease and secondarily, from cancer.

He shares:

“Compared with infrequent sugar sweetened beverage drinkers, those who drank two or more servings per day of sugar sweetened beverages had a 31% higher risk of early death from cardiovascular disease. Each additional serving per day was linked with a 10% higher risk of a cardiovascular related death.”

That’s a very sobering statistic.

Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage Orange Mango
Drinks come in convenient 12 ounce cans.

My Experience with the Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage

The company sent me an assortment box of 12 cans, containing all three flavors. I tried them all.

My favorite is the orange mango, although the lemon lime and dragon fruit are excellent as well. Because of the sparkling water, these drinks are a superb and healthy replacement for soda. Don’t expect a syrupy sweetness however. The beverages are mildly flavored and sugar and artificial sweetener free.

I appreciate that. I gave up drinking soda years ago. And I drink my herbal teas plain, without sugar or honey added. I like unsweetened. Switching to unsweetened beverages might require a slight adjustment time for those used to sugary drinks.

Print out Malik’s statement above and post it on the refrigerator! Eliminating sugar is so worth the effort, even if it feels like a sacrifice at first. It’s life changing…and life extending.

I’m drinking my Good Idea beverages when I eat a higher carb meal, like gluten free pasta. As I plate my food I begin sipping on the drink and continue drinking through meal time. I’ve noticed that my energy stays steady after my meal, without a spike or a slump, and that I don’t crave anything else to “finish off the meal”. I don’t get the yawns or feel like a nap. All I experience is energy, which is what the body is supposed to do with food…convert it into life sustaining, health boosting energy.

Thank You Good Idea

I’m grateful for the experience of trying the Good Idea Sparkling Mealtime Beverage. I especially appreciate the science behind their product and the company’s desire to increase and support health and wellbeing.

I heartily recommend the beverages, which can be purchased HERE through the company’s website. When you checkout, use this discount code on your purchase and save 30%: cindygo30

Or you can find Good Idea on Amazon. Click the link below. The discount code does not work with Amazon however.

The drinks are a wonderful way to lower blood sugar spikes and create greater health by weaning off of sugary drinks.

Do yourself, and your health, a tremendous favor. Ditch the sugar.

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Sitting outside on a breezy day, drinking an orange mango sparkling beverage from Good Idea.

Link for Good Idea Through Amazon

Order through Amazon by clicking photo below. Remember though, you receive a 30% discount with the code above, when you order through the company website.

 

 

 

 

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