Walking Challenge Day 1

Yes! I did it! I got my 30-day walking challenge started! I logged 5 miles broken down into 3 different walks. The first walk was 2.5 miles and I did it at the crack of dawn. That left me the rest of the day to squeeze in another 2.5 miles. Simply walking around doing normal daily chores is about a mile, leaving me with another 1.5 miles to walk. 

The humidity in Virginia is around 90 percent, so even a slow walk will leave you sweating after an hour. Even though noon is one of the hottest parts of the day, I decided I wanted to take a break from my desk and get some vitamin D. The second walk of the day was around 11 am. The first few minutes were brutal as I adjusted to the heat and humidity. I walked around the perimeter of my yard. The yard is lined with trees, so that provides me with some shade from the hot sun. 

My final walk was around five o’clock. I noticed that I still had half a mile to walk. I threw on my headphones and headed out to the yard. I walked back and forth while listening to some of the 80s songs my physical education teacher played during gym class. It was quite fun. 

Benefits from my 30-day walking challenge

The best benefit that a 30-day walking challenge is having on me is that I’m staying motivated and consistent about this goal. While that may not translate to weight loss or health benefits right now, I know it will in the long run. I have noticed a few health benefits from simply walking for almost two hours over the past week. 

  • Better breathing. My nasal passages are clear. There is no congestion and my breathing is light and easy. 
  • Increased stamina. When I started out, I would tire after a mile or two. Now I feel energized to keep going. 
  • Improved mood. I’m noticing that fewer things are bothering me. I’m finding that I’m happy while I’m out in nature and walking. 
  • Stronger muscles. I do think that my leg muscles are getting stronger. The first few days I would feel sore after my walks. The soreness is decreasing and I feel like my legs are stronger. 

What I hope to gain 

Many people take on these types of challenges for weight loss, but my weight is pretty stable. I do hope to see more improvement from my autoimmune condition. I have lost all of my hair due to Alopecia Universalis. I have started to see some fine arm and leg hairs return. I’m hoping this will continue and they will make an appearance on my head. 

I’m hoping that my memory will improve. I’m 46 and noticing that I have more memory issues this year than I have had in the past. Nothing too serious, but just sometimes I’m wondering why the heck did I come into this room? What can you do? Take a walk! 

Gaining a greater appreciation for nature and the world around me is something that I would like to accomplish with my 30 days of walking. I’m noticing the birds around me as I walk. I’ve also been able to observe raccoons, foxes, squirrels, and deer in the morning during my walks. It is fun to marvel at the animals that share this world with us. 

Finally, I hope to increase my vitamin D levels. Both alopecia and epilepsy are associated with low vitamin D levels. By maintaining normal levels, I hope to improve both conditions. 

Doing the 30 Day Walking Challenge

I’m embarrassed to admit that I got lazy and a little out of shape. Throughout my life, I have gone from athlete to sedentary lifestyle and back. I do find that when I am consistent with physical activity that I do feel my best. Some of the reasons that I may stop my physical activity have included seizures, weather, and extra work. Getting back on track can seem difficult at first, but having a challenge can kick-start that journey. 

I’ve been focused on getting more sunshine and natural light into my life as a way to combat depression, increase my vitamin D levels, and hopefully reverse my alopecia universalis. Last weekend, I went on a hike to the lovely Great Falls national park and realized I should combine my sunbathing with walking. Apparently, there are thirty day walking challenges for those of us who have neglected their physical activity!

What is the 30 Day Walking Challenge? 

It is a commitment to getting active for 30 days in a row. The challenge for most people will be to fit a daily walk into their already busy schedule. Whether you are just starting out, or already have a walking routine, the 30 day walking challenge helps you increase your stamina and set a routine that you can live with. 

For me, the 30 day walking challenge will be walking 5 miles per day for 30 days. I have been walking 10,000 steps for the last ten days. That equates to just above 4 miles per day. My challenge will be to fit a few more steps in and keep it consistent every single day! 

How to Get Started with the Walking Challenge

This challenge is pretty simple. You just take a walk everyday. But if you really want to set yourself up for success, you may want to take these additional steps. 

  1. Find a specific time each day that you can commit to walking. 
  2. Set a goal for how long and how far you will walk. Keep in mind, if you are trying to fit in 5 miles, you will be walking for about 2 hours per day. The walking distance can be broken up into two or three shorter walks. 
  3. Track your progress. Use your iphone as a step counter or purchase a FitBit to track your mileage. You can also just walk a path that you know the distance. 
  4. Keep it fun. I have been listening to music and podcasts during my walk. It keeps me entertained and motivated to keep putting one foot in front of the other. 
  5. Reward your consistency. Goals are fun, but goals that have rewards may keep you more motivated. Reward yourself with a night out or some new shoes. You could treat yourself to a Starbucks coffee or a drive in movie. Try not to let the reward be something that will derail your fitness goals!

Benefits of Walking

This walking challenge will do more for you than simply get you putting one foot in front of the other. You will notice incredible health benefits. You won’t believe how the simple act of taking a walk can improve your mood and overall health. 

Below are some of the documented benefits of walking:

  1. Improved well-being.
  2. Increased joint health.
  3. Increased metabolism.
  4. Extra vitamin D from being out in the sunshine.

How to Walk 

Poor posture can impact your overall health. If you are doing the walking challenge with bad posture, you won’t see all of the benefits that are possible. Stand up straight to ensure that you are breathing efficiently. As you walk, you may want to think about how you are moving. 

  • Neck: hold your head up and think about the distance between your ear lobes and shoulders. Your head should be balanced above your shoulders and not hunched forward. Holding your head up reduces the hunched posture that can come from sitting too long at a computer. 
  • Arms: Allow your arms to flow back and forth like a pendulum. Don’t force the movement. 
  • Hips: Keep your abdominals lifted in and up to strengthen the core. 
  • Feet: Allow your foot to have a nice, soft roll from the heel to the toes. 

Go for a walk! 

Now that you know how great walking can be for your health, set some walking goals and hop on this 30 day walking challenge with me! While I’m not overly optimistic that it will cure my baldness (hey, I’ve been working on doing that with a gazillion diets for the last 15 years), I know that my mood is much better with the increased step count. I’m loving getting out in the sunshine and taking walks at the crack of dawn. I do find that I am becoming more productive too! 

Alopecia Angel Hair n’ Heal Program – My 8 Week Results

Well, the Hair N’ Heal program by Alopecia Angel was not the right fit for me. It started out with an introduction to the AIP diet, which I personally had done before numerous times. This may have put a bit of stress on my body as I started detoxing from the Christmas junk food that I had eaten, but it wasn’t terrible. In fact, it was easier than some of the other elimination diets that I had been on. 

Benefits of the Hair N’ Heal Program

I think the program was somewhat beneficial to push me to take action. It helped me review some of the root causes of alopecia universalis and address them. I took action to clean out my pantry and purchased some glass containers to replace the plastic lunch containers that I currently had. These should last longer and be more environmentally friendly. 

I was able to interact with a few other people who had alopecia areata during a couple of video chats during the program. This can help you feel less socially isolated by the condition. Although, I do have a few friends who have alopecia universalis and the people in the group were struggling mainly with a milder areata version. 

I was able to learn about some of the supplements that could potentially benefit a person with an autoimmune condition. 

My reactions to the interventions

During the first week, I noticed that I was having some histamine intolerance symptoms to bone broth. I found this to be surprising but was grateful to recognize that it was a histamine reaction. I could tolerate a little bit of bone broth, but when it sat for a few days and I continued to consume it, my lips would swell up. I noticed it the first week and then tried bone broth again a few weeks later when I would have supposedly healed a bit. 

Unfortunately, after about a month, I had a seizure. I had hoped that the supplements would prevent the seizures, but they did not. I think the combination of supplements and the dosing was just too much. It also may not have addressed the underlying issue that was triggering my seizures. (Even doctors don’t really know what that is, but I suspect a hormone imbalance.)

I kept up with the program despite having a seizure because I rebounded from the seizure well. I rationalized that perhaps I was getting better and it was a Herxheimer reaction. I had it in a safe place and almost couldn’t tell.

  •  Seizures
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Cold flashes
  • Visual disturbances

The Before Picture

January 1, 2022 – The skin does look a bit splotchy, but that tends to quickly clear up after I eliminate junk food. I had eaten some cookies and cakes over the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. 

The AFTER Images

As you can see, there is no regrowth as was marketed to the program participants. My face looks a little clearer in the after photo, but I pretty much ditched the diet last week because I didn’t know if it was the cause of some of the scary cold flashes that I was having. 

The After Pictures

February 26, 2022 No hair growth on the top of the head.

Do I recommend the Hair N’ Heal program? 

Not at all. I signed up for it believing that she could help me identify my blind spots. What happened instead was she told me to join a program for people with epilepsy first. Um…I’ve already done that. I’ve visited numerous doctors and holistic practitioners. 

I believe her blindspot is that with alopecia, she may have her hair fall out and the diet she currently uses may simply cease to work. I also believe that one of the biggest downsides of the program is that the dosing relies only on the symptoms. When you are going through perimenopause, some of these symptoms are common and sporadic anyway. It is hard to determine if you are improving or getting worse. 

Hair N’ Heal Program Day 27

Today is January 27th. It is officially the 27th day of Alopecia Angel’s Hair N’ Heal program. I’m almost half-way through the program. It is exciting and depressing. Exciting to think that I have made the changes that have led other people to regrow their hair from alopecia, but depressing because I haven’t seen any real improvement in my hair or nails. 

I did get a late start with some of the supplements because they weren’t in stock. Two of them shipped slower from Klaire Labs.I wish I could say that these supplements have made all the difference, but I still experience some constipation from time to time. I did have a very mild seizure over the weekend, so it didn’t prevent that. 

My teeth feel great with all the organ meats that I’m consuming. They don’t feel like they are sensitive to hot and cold anymore which is great! I usually notice an improvement in my tooth health when I quit sugar and start eating more meat products though, so it isn’t a big surprise. It is just something I am noticing. 

Hair Regrowth

I can’t say that I see any NEW regrowth. I will say that I do have a few stray vellus hairs on my eyebrow area. Will they stay? Maybe. I have had alopecia universalis long enough to know those vellus hairs don’t always stick around. 

I do have clear eyelashes on the bottom lids that have stuck around since November. During November, I started taking a Hair, Skin and Nails supplement. I think that it worked because I did get these lashes back. I stopped taking the supplement because I had a bad reaction to something and I wasn’t quite sure what it was at the time. Now, I have experienced it a few more times and I do believe it was a histamine reaction to too much bone broth. 

Supplementation

The Hair N’ Heal program has me taking a ton of supplements. Everything from licorice tea to L-glutamine. It would be very difficult to determine what helped the most while I am taking about 10 different things and massaging my head with essential oils each morning, but that is the program. 

One of the supplements that I think is probably at the core of the regrowth is vitamin D. A vitamin D deficiency is one component of autoimmune hairloss, but it is also a commonality with Hashimoto’s and Epilepsy. Because I think that vitamin D plays a key role in healing, I have ordered a blood test to measure my levels. 

I will get a baseline level done this week and then retest next month with Everlywell. It is very convenient to do a few finger pricks at home and send the card in to their lab. The results are reported online, so I don’t have to go in for a doctor’s visit. 

If my lab results show low vitamin D levels, I will increase the current vitamin D amount that I am taking. I have been taking some vitamin D wild-caught fish eggs from Ancestral Supplements to get vitamin D combined with other co-factors like vitamin A and choline. 

It may be worthwhile to take a bolus dose of vitamin D and increase it to normal levels and then take a maintenance dose. In the past, my vitamin D levels have measured around 30 without supplementation and 44 with supplementation. The therapeutic dose for vitamin D is above 60, so I’m hoping to get my levels up to 60 this spring. 

Vitamin D therapy

 

Dealing with Herxheimer Reactions

Well, I am on day 14 of the Hair N’ Heal program. I must say that this week has been harder than I anticipated. I did actually have Herkzheimer reactions to cleaning up my diet. They were kind of scary and pretty annoying. At first, I thought the program wasn’t working. I had changed diets before in the past with no problem, so I didn’t anticipate having some break outs and headaches. 

I was a bit nervous about taking supplements that supported MORE detox, so I didn’t order the plethora of supplements that were recommended right away. I think if I had started taking them all right away, I would have been hugging the toilet while they all came up. (It has happened before when I started taking multiple vitamins at once.)

Exercise during Herxheimer Reactions

While I was advised NOT to exercise, in the past NOT exercising has kept me constipated. I find that a daily walk helps to massage the intestinal organs and keep things moving along. So, I have been doing a walk for about an hour a day. 

The other exercise that I have included is Pilates. I love Pilates because it is low-impact and not too strenuous. When you get tired, you can easily modify the exercise to suit your abilities. For my routine, I have found some simple beginner Pilates videos on youtube that are only 30 minutes in length. I feel like this is the perfect length to get some movement into my life without overdoing it. 

Hydration and Herxheimer

Lots of people tell you to drink tons of water and it is hard to know exactly how much is enough or too much for that matter. I personally have found that I’m drinking extra water while taking the supplements. This causes me some concern about staying hydrated. You will end up peeing out the excess water and with it some of your minerals if you take too much. 

I have focused on only drinking when I am thirsty or when I’m taking supplements. I have been consuming bone broth daily and that is full of water and electrolytes, so I shouldn’t have to worry too much about dehydration. 

Sleeping and Detoxing

It was recommended to sleep a ton. Johanna mentioned that she sleeps up to 9 hours each night. I haven’t noticed much desire to sleep that much. There were just two days this week when I came home from work completely exhausted and feeling bad from the detoxing. I crashed and went right to bed. 

I will say that didn’t last long. I’m back to my normal sleeping pattern and feel pretty good with just 6-7 hours per night. I don’t feel the need to sleep during the day. I do notice that if I take a walk that I get energized and feel much better. 

Tips for Dealing with a Herxheimer Reaction

So, now that I’m in the midst of a good Herxheimer reaction, I’m going to share my tips for dealing with it. 

  1. Allow yourself to rest if you feel you need it. 
  2. Take walks to keep your body moving. 
  3. Keep a box of tissues nearby. You never know when your nose will start dripping. 
  4. Eat plenty of food. Don’t starve yourself. 
  5. Drink bone broth to keep your electrolytes up.
  6. Meditate. 
  7. Eat plenty of fats to help moisturize your skin if you have rashes. 

Herxheimer reactions don’t last forever, but they can seem scary when you go through them especially if you rarely ever have headaches like me. It is always a bit unnerving to experience something uncomfortable like a Herxheimer reaction especially when you normally don’t experience headaches. I just keep reminding myself that this is part of the healing process! 

Alopecia Angel’s Group Coaching Review

I joined Alopecia Angel’s Hair N’ Heal program last month. She started the online group coaching on January first. The program is broken up by weeks with some information on the nutrition and products that support hair regrowth. She has scheduled a few group coaching sessions and I have my first session with her on Saturday. 

Structure of the call: 

I will give this about a 3/5. She started the call on time and it seemed like she had information that she would be covering. As a teacher, I have had instructions on how to create an effective lesson plan, address questions, and strategically move from one topic to the next. Johanna is lacking in this area. 

She spent a lot of time talking about her own experience which bored me to death. She ended the call with questions from the group. That is a good way to end a call, but I felt that her answers were somewhat repetitive and bored me. 

Quality of the call information:

This will rate as a 3/5. The information that was provided by Johanna (Alopecia Angel) was not new to me. It was information that I had tried to incorporate in my life over the last 15 years of having alopecia. Some of the information was conflicting. For example, she instructed the group to eat the Autoimmune Paleo Diet, but then when questioned about snacks reported that bell peppers were great snacks. 

Bell peppers are a nightshade. They are not allowed on the Autoimmune Paleo diet. The dietary recommendations conflict with the recommended diet. 

I was frustrated by the conflicting recommendations and her lack of knowledge about nutrition. I was somewhat bored as she emphasized doing things that I had been doing for years to no avail. 

Quality of the call technology:

I will give her a 4/5 for group call quality. The call took place on Zoom and the technology worked well. It was easy to see and hear Johanna during the call. I personally had no issues with sound. I think one other person cut out when asking a question, but Johanna asked her to repeat it and was able to answer the question. 

Time of the group call:

The call was scheduled for 5 pm Central European Time, which was 11am Eastern Time in the United States. I found that to be ideal for me. It probably worked well for the people in Europe. It would have been a bit earlier in the morning for anyone on the West Coast of the United States, but they could have made it work. 

Overall, I think that she had a good time scheduled to accommodate the people in the group, which included others on the East Coast and some people in London. 5/5

Overall opinion: 3.5/5

I probably won’t recommend the Alopecia Angel’s program to anyone. I’m kind of frustrated by the number of supplements that she recommended for me and her evident lack of knowledge about some of the foods that she is recommending. She has been able to help some people get results, so I will take her recommendations into consideration. 

I definitely would not have continued with the program if she had allowed me to see some of the recommendations beforehand since many of them are online and I have already tried them. 

One thing that is important to understand with alopecia is that for many people it comes and goes, so while she may have had some success with her clients, it may not have been her recommendations as much as she thinks. 

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement Review

I took the Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails supplement for about a month to try to cure my alopecia universalis. This is my opinion of the product.

Name: Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Website: Hair, Skin, and Nails Supplement
Price: $23.50
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails Vitamin Supplement, Product Overview

This is a combination of vitamins that are thought to nourish the hair follicles, skin, and nails. Many people rely on this supplement to strengthen their nails and encourage their hair to grow stronger. This supplement comes as 150 rapid-release liquid soft gels.

The softgels feature 5000 mcg of biotin to support good hair and healthy nails. It also has a daily dose of vitamin C & vitamin E to support glowing skin in the person taking the supplement. The B vitamins in this product help with energy metabolism and vitamin A assists with overall health.

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: Easy to take softgels. There is no gross flavor.
PRO #2: Inexpensive. The product is less than a dollar per day.
PRO #3: Produces some results even for people who don’t have hair.

The Bad:

CON #1: Contains ingredients that are not beneficial for people with autoimmune conditions including soybean oil, vegetable glycerin, soy lecithin, carmine color, mica, silica, titanium dioxide color. These additives can be problematic for someone who has an autoimmune disease.
CON #2: Accidental overdose will cause vomiting.

Who is Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails For?

This product is probably ideal for someone who is experiencing hair thinning but does not have any other major health conditions. It is also good for someone who wants to strengthen their nails because they are weak and chipping.

Nature’s Bounty Tools & Training

While taking a daily vitamin is not difficult, Nature’s Bounty does provide information on their website about Beauty, Food & Vitamins. You can find a lot of beauty tips and good information on their website. They will recommend other supplements for you as well.

Nature’s Bounty Support

Nature’s Bounty has customer service representatives that will answer your questions about the product. You can use this contact form to get in touch with them if you have a question about drug interactions, dosing, medical conditions, and vitamin product information.

The Hair, Skin, and Nails Price

The cost of the hair, skin and nails vitamins for a one-month supply is $23.50. This is fairly reasonable and most middle-class families can afford to buy this supplement. The cost is actually on the lower end for hair supplements. There are some more natural supplements that cost three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails

I would continue to take this product if it weren’t for the fact that it has some fillers that are bad for people with autoimmune diseases. It is not recommended in the online hair n’ heal coaching program that I joined, so I won’t try taking it again for at least two months.

I do think that these vitamins played a role in helping to regrow my vellus eyelashes on the bottom eyelids. I was definitely encouraged and saw other people saying that it takes about 4 months to see real progress. Unfortunately, I found this other program that is specifically targeted to the autoimmune hair loss that I currently have.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin, and Nails at a Glance…

Name: Hair, Skin and Nails Vitamins

Website: NaturesBounty.com
Owners: Nature’s Bounty
Price: $23.50
Overall Scam Rank: 80 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I do think that these vitamins are priced reasonably and will produce results for most people if they continue to take them. I purchased them because I was tired of taking the Purify gummies. I think I simply prefer to swallow my vitamins!

Hair and Heal Update

I have been on the Hair N’ Heal program for about five full days. Almost a week. Unfortunately, I’m not seeing new hairs coming up. I did experience some negative effects from the dietary changes. I was slightly constipated and had some bloating. I felt terrible for two days. 

Symptoms Resolve

Yesterday, I made a point to eat fewer foods that cause gas and made sure that I got some exercise into my day. The Washington, D.C. area still has a lot of snow and ice, so many people are staying indoors. I will admit that I opted for Pilates yesterday instead of taking a walk in the neighborhood, but it worked! The Pilates helped my muscles stretch out and eliminated some of the gas in my system. 

When I woke up this morning, I didn’t have any bloating. I was not feeling uncomfortable at all! I included cabbage in my morning breakfast, but the gas was easily eliminated instead of building up to be uncomfortable. I’m so relieved. 

Additional steps I took

Some of the other things that I made sure to do yesterday were to listen to my meditation audio, avoid high histamine foods, and get exercises and stretching into my day. I drank plenty of water and pretty much rested most of the day since our area had a snow day. 

I did go onto Amazon and look into DAO supplements because I had read that sometimes when you don’t have enough DAO to break down foods, you suffer from histamine intolerance. I ordered a histamine and immune supplement from Heart and Soil. They have supplements that are made from grass-fed and finished animals that don’t contain fillers. 

While I didn’t get a chance to take the supplement and it may be different from the ones that Alopecia Angel recommends, I’m pretty excited to take it. Someone wrote a testimonial about how the supplement helped regrow his alopecia barbae. That type of alopecia is autoimmune in nature like mine is, so that is promising. 

Any hair regrowth?

Nope! I still have a few strands here and there. My bottom eyelashes have not fallen out, but they also haven’t gotten their color yet. I can’t see any hair regrowth on my head. 

I don’t really expect any new regrowth for another two weeks. I haven’t started with the supplements yet because I don’t know what Alopecia Angel will recommend for my specific hair loss. She has promised to get that to me by the end of the week, so I guess I’ll just have to be patient. 

What’s next?

Looking forward, I have a group consultation with the Alopecia Angel on Saturday. Hopefully, by then she will have gotten back to me on the supplements that she feels would be helpful for my condition. I am documenting every symptom no matter how minor in a journal. 

I’m continuing with the ThinkRightNow “I am Healed” audio. I think it is helping me to stay positive during this process. I can also see how in the past I may not have had enough supplements. I did eat liver and fresh bone marrow and occasionally supplemented with dehydrated stuff, but I don’t know if it was consistent enough to make a difference. 

Fingers crossed this program works! I’m not shopping for my next wig, but rather my next volumizer or topper. I’m assuming that I’ll have hair regrowth and just need a volumizer to cover up some of the patches. I love the hairband that I got just before Christmas, so I’m excited to see what the next month will bring and if I’ll need something less than a wig! 

What is the Cause of Bloating and Gas?

I just started this “healthy” elimination that Alopecia Angel recommended and now I’m plagued with bloating and gas. What? Oh no! I’m frustrated because I paid for a solution to my hair loss and suddenly I’m feeling gut pains that I normally don’t feel. 

The nice thing about the Hair N’ Heal program is that you do have some email support. I sent Johanna (Alopecia Angel) a message and let her know about my discomfort. She responded within 24 hours to let me know that I will receive a list of supplements to take along with the program that will alleviate the bloating. 

In the meantime, walking and Pilates exercises seem to be helping to reduce my bloating. I’ve been documenting everything that I eat to try to identify the cause, but it is difficult. 

Cause of Bloating

There are actually many causes of bloating and it is important to identify the one that is causing your bloating in order to eliminate it and gain some relief. Bloating results from gas trapped in your intestinal track. The following are things that can cause bloating:

  • Swallowing air 
  • Foods known to cause gas
  • Constipation
  • Overeating, eating too quickly
  • Reflux (GERD)
  • Weight gain
  • Menstruation (in some women)

While I examine these, I see two potential causes other than specific foods that may be the culprit. My menstrual cycle will start in a few days and I have been constipated for a couple of days. The cause of my bloating could be due to hormones and not a dietary change. 

Foods Known to Cause Gas

Since a dietary change is still a possibility, I can’t rule out the foods that I started eating on the Autoimmune Paleo diet that Alopecia Angel recommended. Eating more foods that have a high histamine content or that produce gas could also be the cause of my bloating. 

Below are some of the common foods that are known to cause gas: 

  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Turnips
  • Beans
  • Lentils
  • Artichokes
  • Onions
  • Pears
  • Wheat
  • Soft drinks
  • Processed foods

These vegetables contain gas-producing elements such as raffinose or fructose. While they may have many health benefits, these sugars can create excess gas and produce pain for some people. Since I’m avoiding processed foods and wheat products, it is possible that I’m eating too many of these gas-producing foods. 

Because I have been able to handle these foods in the past without too much issue, it is also possible that it is a combination of the menstrual hormones and the gas-producing foods that is giving me pains. 

Tips on Controlling Gas

While I’m suffering from bloating, I’m going to make a plan to reduce the gas-producing foods in my diet and relieve the bloat. The following are some tips that I discovered on another website as well as some that I think may help my situation. 

  1. Reduce the amount of gas-producing foods. 
  2. Take a long walk. 
  3. Limit eating to only meals. 
  4. Increase consumption of foods that don’t produce gas – meat, lettuce, zucchini. 
  5. Avoid seltzer water and carbonated beverages. 

Hopefully, this plan will get me through the next few days while I wait for Alopecia Angel to evaluate my intake form and recommend supplements for me to take during this program. I also feel that the bloating could be due to a histamine intolerance as the foods also triggered some sneezing this morning. I’m going to look into low-histamine foods and consume them. 

Periogen Tartar Removal Review

Periogen Tartar Removal Review

Name: Periogen
Website: Amazon
Price: $26.95
Owners: The Periogen Company
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

Periogen Complete Oral Health, Product Overview

Periogen is a minty oral rinse that was developed to reduce tartar build-up and eventually end bleeding gums. It has been studied and peer-reviewed by Dental Universities worldwide. The users typically see 40% or greater improvement in oral health scores.

Periogen’s patented tartar reducing formula will improve the longevity of your dental implants, bridges, kids’ braces and orthodontic appliances. By reducing the tartar in your mouth, the gums stop bleeding which makes your mouth feel better each time you brush.

Periogen comes in a powdered concentrate which makes 3 gallons of mouth rinse. The three-ounce bottle lasts for months and the rinse is just pennies per ounce.

 

The Good & the Bad

The Good:

PRO #1: The taste is good. It isn’t overpowering and has a minty freshness to it.
PRO #2: It is inexpensive. You will get a lot of use from one bottle.
PRO #3: Periogen comes in a concentrate, so it doesn’t take up much room in your medicine cabinet.

PRO #4: It works! While I didn’t see the tartar dissolve overnight, with 3 months of consistent use, I noticed that the areas of tartar were getting smaller.

The Bad:

CON #1: You won’t see overnight results. You must use it consistently for at least 3 months.
CON #2: You must mix the water and concentrate. This could lead to inconsistent solutions that you use.

CON #3: This is not a replacement for brushing. The tartar removal works best when you brush, floss, and use periogen.

Who is Periogen Tartar Removal For?

This product is for the person who hates going to the dentist. If you dread the dentist because they scrape and scrape your teeth, invest in Periogen. Your next dental visit will be a breeze.

If you have noticed that your gums are bleeding and you have some tartar buildup, you may want to start using Periogen tartar removal as part of your daily oral health care routine. Periogen is also for the person who wants to prevent any tartar from building up. It is a great preventative measure.

Periogen Tools & Training

Periogen has a blog that covers dental tartar prevention. They also review topics that include bad breath, brushing pet’s teeth,

Periogen Support

You can contact Periogen to ask questions and get advice. Simply fill out a form on their website or send them an email with the email address below!

contact@periogen.com
Monday – Friday 9am-5pm (Pacific Standard Time)
(619) 275-5200
Fax: (619) 376-6235

Periogen Price

The oral rinse comes at $26.95 for a 3 ounce supply of the concentrate. This amount is good for 4-5 months worth of mouth rinse. I think that for what the product does (remove tartar), this is a very reasonable price. My dental assistant removes tartar painfully during a visit that costs three times that amount.

My Final Opinion of Periogen Tartar Removal

This is my new oral rinse. I think that it is working and it makes my mouth feel clean. I love it and recommend it to my friends and family. Periogen will naturally improve your oral health and it is the only oral rinse on the market that is targeting dental tartar build up. It got rid of my bleeding gums and started reducing the tartar on my bottom teeth.

Since the 1960’s mouth rinses have been colorful and minty, but done absolutely nothing for oral health. They will temporarily freshen your breath, but destroy your oral flora each time you use them. This is not the case with Periogen. It actually prevents the hardening of dental plaque buildup.

Periogen is not acidic. It has a healthy 7.5 pH. It doesn’t damage enamel, gules, or dental appliances. It is great for keeping tartar buildup in check. Periogen makes oral health easy and affordable.

Periogen at a Glance…

Name: Periogen

Website: Available at Amazon
Owners: The Periogen Company
Price: $26.95
Overall Rank: 85 out of 100

VERDICT: LEGIT! I highly recommend using this product!