Daily patterns to a healthy, happy life

Author: WellnessPatterns

high Beauty: A Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil-Based Beauty Line

high Beauty: A Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil-Based Beauty Line

CBD oil has certainly made its way into mainstream culture rather quickly. As an on-going education into what it is, we were excited to learn more about something totally different that offers a host of benefits for the skin. A Cannabis sativa seed oil-based beauty line, […]

Get to Know More about Veritas Farms

Get to Know More about Veritas Farms

There is much talk about CBD and hemp out there. With a long list of benefits and easier accessibility, hemp and CBD has become much sough-after products. But can you know what’s good and how one brand is different from the next. We have been […]

Nourish the Skin From Within with ODNOVA

Nourish the Skin From Within with ODNOVA

The worlds of health and beauty go hand-in-hand when you are on the journey to wellness. We recently had the chance to test out ODNOVA, a brand that focuses on that products that focus on harmony, balance, and feeling centered.

Using a blend of nutrient-dense botanicals, including medicinal mushrooms and spices as well as phytoplankton, in their quest to change the landscape of the wellness industry for the better. This includes three innovative products, designed to cater to everyone’s individual needs: Glo, Clarity, and Energy. We have been using Glo, a bee pollen formula that is designed to nourish the skin from within thanks. This promotes cell renewal, provides anti-oxidants to the body and supports the body’s natural oxygen usage. And, on a side, note: it is delicious! Just one teaspoon a day is all you need to start the path to renewal. Read on to discover more about ODNOVA from our recent interview:

Interview with ODNOVA

Interview with ODNOVA

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Odnova come about?

Odnova: Growing up with a heart condition, finding the right cure was always challenging. Just like 46% of the American population, swallowing pills has always been a challenge for me. Therefore, I created Odnova- the one supplement that provides the body with all the nutrients needed that isn’t in pill form. It is an easy to take supplement that is also delicious and provides micro-nutrients needed on a daily basis.

Wellness Patterns: Why are the blends you focus on so important?

Odnova: From my own personal experiences, I decided to create three blends that are targeted towards a specific function in the mind and body.

17 years ago I struggled with serious depression, having a clear mind and steady mental state was always a challenge, therefore, I created CLARITY. Geared towards brain functionality, CLARITY helps reduce stress, elevates intuitive thinking, increases alertness, and boosts super conductors & neurotransmitters.

GLO was created on the sole purpose of when I moved to Los Angeles, CA, appearance was crucial. I noticed women spent a lot of time and money on improving their skin, and would ask me what I would do to keep my complexion glowing. The one realization I had was your skin was reflective of what you consumed. The ingredients in GLO purify the blood, nourishes the skin, and assists with rebuilding collagen & elastin.

Lastly, ENERGY was shaped because I felt my energy levels depleting and needed a natural source of energy that did not include caffeine. Caffeine has harmful consequences that drain adrenals and overwork the thyroid. Odnova ENERGY is an effective product that provides the body natural and organic nutrients that boost stamina and endurance.

Wellness Patterns: Tell us more about some of the product line?

Odnova: All ODNOVA products are free of gluten, nuts, dairy and sodium while being 100% raw and organic. The core base of ODNOVA is raw honey, but not as you know it. Each of the bee products, (honey, bee pollen, bee propolis and royal jelly) are derived from family owned bee farms in California. Which are then combined with innovative, nutrient dense botanicals including Phytoplankton, Bee Products, Medicinal Mushrooms, Adaptogenic Herbs, Medicinal Spices, Superfoods, and Monoatomic Minerals to create science backed formulas.

Wellness Patterns: How are you different from what’s out there?

Odnova: It is all about delivery and Odnova delivers an easy to consume and delicious alternative to pills. Our products have a low glycemic index and 100% of the bioavailable nutrients are delivered directly to the blood stream. From my research it is the only supplement in the market that combines different types of sciences- Nutrigenomic, Human Genome Project, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Quantum Physics.

These products focus on harmonizing the entire body without overstimulating and draining the organism. Our food intake creates an emotional and physical reaction, our sole purpose is to ensure an equilibrium state.

Wellness Patterns: What’s the best way to incorporate Odnova into one’s day-to-day life?

Odnova: The best thing about Odnova Honey is that fact that you can consume it by itself or within a liquid. I recommend having it on an empty stomach at the start of your day with a liquid of your choice- this can include, water, juice, tea, coffee, or smoothies. If you mix Odnova Honey with your juice or smoothie the drink will become more “adaptogenic.” If you mix it with coffee, the coffee will become more alkalizing as opposed to acidic.

It is also possible to have a flat teaspoon of either formula- this will detoxify the blood from any yeast, candida, or any other toxins.

Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?

Odnova: Our emphasized ingredient is Marine Phytoplankton Nannochloropsis 1, this ingredient Is not used in any other product sold in the United States. The reason this is our main component is because marine phytoplankton contains omega- 3’s and phospholipids, these are essential nutrients that nourish the brain and support proper neurotransmitter production.

Discover more about Odnova here:https://www.goshasorganics.com/odnova

Interview with the Founders of Blume aka Our New Favorite Brand

Interview with the Founders of Blume aka Our New Favorite Brand

I’ve had acne since I was 14. Pimples have always been apart of my life, which has been increasingly depressing as I’ve gotten older where I’ve tried anything to just make them go away. From expensive creams to prescriptions from the dermatologists, nothing really worked. […]

New Potions, Juices and Fitness Programs I’ve Added to My AM Routine

New Potions, Juices and Fitness Programs I’ve Added to My AM Routine

I used to hate mornings. I mean, like really, really detest them but since becoming a mom the name of the game is maximizing my time. My time at work, my time with my kids and my time alone. And for me, the best way […]

Online Therapy: Does it Work?

Online Therapy: Does it Work?

We live in a fast-paced go, go, go world. We want more time but can never seem to find it, which, in the long-term can affect our health. The online world, however, opens up a plethora of ways to squeeze out more time in our already crunched day to shop, exercise and even have a therapy session. One such company that is paving the way for online therapy is ThriveTalk. Through this online platform they are connecting people in need of mental health support with highly skilled and vetted therapists who provide impactful therapy through  their secure online system. They are also passionate about whole-person wellness, which we were very intrigued to learn more about. Read on to discover more about their online therapy platform and how it could work for you:

Wellness Patterns: How did the idea for Thrivetalk come about?

ThriveTalk: Online therapy (and telehealth in general) is the new frontier of receiving mental health services. Online therapy enables clients all over the world to increase their access to services and provides a more comprehensive care experience. ThriveTalk initially came about as a solution to serve clients in our other brands, primarily veterans and individuals who are disabled. We have since created a comprehensive and easy-to-use online platform that enables clients to connect globally with highly skilled therapists for ongoing therapy.

On a personal level, I’ve been passionate about online therapy for the last 5 years after seeing how much more impactful ongoing communication can be with clients. When a client has a video or phone session from the comfort of their own home, they are often much more willing to open up and thus, they can make gains faster towards reaching their therapeutic goals. From the perspective of a therapist, building an online private practice is a terrific way to be of service and build a business, while also offering a freedom-based lifestyle.

Wellness Patterns: How does it work?

ThriveTalk: Clients can visit ThriveTalk.com and click “get started” to take our intake survey and they will be automatically connected with a therapist who will schedule them for their first session. We offer package plans which include both text-based and video or phone sessions, or they can schedule individual appointments with their therapist.

Wellness Patterns: How does it differ from a traditional therapist?

ThriveTalk: The biggest difference is how the services are received (from the comfort of wherever you may be!), but the impact is the same as in-person session in terms of making long-lasting changes in your life. In fact, because online therapists are often in touch with clients between sessions, which is unusual for a traditional therapist, many clients find that they feel more supported than they had in previous traditional experiences.

Wellness Patterns: How do you find the therapists to work with?

ThriveTalk: Visit our website and let us do the work for you. We will connect you with a therapist who is licensed in your state so that you can get started right away.

Wellness Patterns: Anything else to add?

ThriveTalk: ThriveTalk.com is a completely secure and HIPAA compliant way to receive mental health services. If you feel you may benefit from seeing a therapist, I encourage you to give it a try. If you use the coupon code READYTOTHRIVE you can get 35% off your first session.

Haley Neidich, LCSW is the Senior Director of Clinical Development for ThriveTalk.com and a practicing licensed psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience. Haley has her masters degree from Columbia University and specializes in treating anxiety in young adult women with a focus on spirituality and future-focused coaching.

Be sure to check out their Complete Guide To Yoga Therapy to add some zen into your life.

Vegan Diet for Clear Skin?

Vegan Diet for Clear Skin?

It’s crazy to think how much my skin controls my day-to-day life. I cancel plans. I go to bed early to slab on creams, hoping for a better tomorrow. I try not to let the dots control my life, but the realty is they do […]

Toothpaste with Vitamins? I’m Intrigued

Toothpaste with Vitamins? I’m Intrigued

Wellness isn’t all or nothing. There are little things we can do everyday to change our behaviors an incorporate healthy living into our lives. For me that’s slowly cutting our sugar (it’s a long process) or trying a new workout to make my body and […]

Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

Five Reasons to Quit Sugar Now

Five Reasons to Quit Sugar

Why it’s so important to cut back on your sugar intake—and take back control of your health.

Over three-quarters of packaged food in grocery stores today comes with copious amounts of added sweeteners, making it easy to overindulge, even if you pass on dessert. Most Americans eat over 82 grams of sugar daily, which is triple the amount recommended by the American Heart Association.

Over the course of a year, that equals 150 pounds of added sugars per person. Feeling gross yet?   

Top Five Dangers of Added Sugar

It’s time to resolve to cut your sugar consumption levels down this year. Below are five health risks of overeating sugar and sugar substitutes, and the damage that they wreak on your body.

1. Driving Force Behind Type 2 (and Type 3) Diabetes

The results are in: eating too much sweet stuff raises your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. According to the CDC, an estimated 100 million Americans have the disease, and millions more are at risk. Insulin resistance is the trigger for diabetes, and foods filled with fat and sugar reduce your sensitivity to insulin, meaning your blood sugar levels go unchecked.

Sugary drinks tend to be the most dangerous. When the British Medical Journal conducted an analysis of fruit juice and soda, they found that even eight daily ounces raised diabetes risk by 13 percent. Likewise, research published on PLOS One shows that every extra 150 calories of sugar (the amount in a single can of soda) every day increases diabetes risk by one percent, compared to just 0.1 percent for non-sugar calories.  

Now, new evidence from the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology shows that sugar-filled diets might increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, the link between insulin resistance and Alzheimer’s is so strong that some scientists are considering renaming the disease as “type 3 diabetes.”

2. Promotes Addiction and Brain Fog

Eight times more addictive than cocaine. That’s what research from Princeton is reporting about the sinister side of sugar. Your body craves this sweet substance like it’s a drug because, well, it is. And like many other drugs, sugar only hurts your body in the process.  

The taste of sugar triggers signals in your brain that light up its reward pathway and create a surge of feel-good hormones. Too much stimulation reduces their effectiveness, meaning you start needing larger amounts of sugar to feel the same way. Likewise, sugar-induced insulin resistance weakens the synaptic connections between brain cells, leading to impaired cognition, higher depression rates, and emotional mood swings that leave you depleted.

3. Develops into Dangerous Belly Fat

Eating refined sugar overloads your liver with fructose, and anything you don’t immediately burn is turned into fat—predominately around your belly. Not only does this leave you looking bloated, but it also leads to lingering health challenges. In fact, reports from Harvard reveals that abdominal fat can raise your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and premature death.

4. Triggers Premature Aging

Wrinkly, saggy skin is hardly the fresh start you want this year. Yet, sugary snacks might make it a reality. A study conducted at Dartmouth Medical School states that overindulging on sugar leads to glycation, a process where excess sugar molecules attach to collagen fibers, causing them to lose flexibility and strength. As a result, your skin loses elasticity and becomes more vulnerable to skin damage and sagging. A high-sugar diet also deactivates your body’s natural antioxidant enzymes, which leaves you more susceptible to sun damage and skin cancers.   

5. Zaps the “Good” Bacteria in Your Gut

Your digestive system is a zoo of beneficial bacteria that keep things functioning as they should. Research funded by the American Cancer Society show that sugar alters gut bacteria in ways that affect mental performance and potentially raise toxin levels in your bloodstream. Because most sugars are digested without microbial help, these hungry bugs turn to nibbling on your intestinal lining instead. Permeating this barrier allows food particles into the rest of your body, which can cause inflammation and fungal growth like candida.

Further research from Tel Aviv University also shows that artificial sugar might promote the growth of harmful gut bacteria, which can lead to irritation, allergies and skin conditions, as well as digestive distress.

This Year, Cut Out Sugar for Better Health

The facts don’t lie.

Sugar is terrible for your health, and cutting it out only does your body a favor. So, commit to eat less sugar, and you’ll experience profound benefits in the process.   

This article first appeared on Sweetdefeat.

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Makeup Box Subscription from Bunny Beauty Box

Cruelty-Free & Vegan Makeup Box Subscription from Bunny Beauty Box

I’m taking small strides to becoming a vegan. The road isn’t easy but little by little I’m finding foods that replace some of my old-time favorites for their vegan counterparts. In doing so, I’ve also been shifting aspects of my lifestyle,  including my beauty routine […]


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