Thursday, October 22, 2015

Laxative Tea

My Constipation: 
The most annoying thing to hear when you're suffering from any type of constipation (be it mild-chronic) is "eat more fruits, drink more water, get more fiber, exercise," it's a huge pet peeve of mine since 90% of people already know this and have done/are doing it.

I've tried many different products to try to get rid of my chronic constipation (won't go for 2 weeks without help)  naturally without laxatives, but my sluggish bowels were too much (even the almighty castor oil barely worked!), Ground flaxseeds are healthy and suppose to help constipation, however it didn't work for me, and  since I'm so constipated, I didn't want to risk a bowel obstruction, so I stopped using it. Blackstrap molasses worked well if I also drank prune juice later, but it's too much sugar for 2-3tbs every three days or two days straight (if it didn't work), and I do not want the yeast beast. And since molasses tastes disgusting I had to add it to even more sugar (hot chocolate), so yeah, not good. If you decide to try molasses get the organic, unsulphured kind.
I take probiotics every day, and recently switched to one with 50 billion. I even added 2tbs apple cider vinegar to my diet (on my salads, or in warm water), and still nodda. When you exhaust so many products (especially oils) it dampers your spirit, and you're stuck with the stress of being clogged up and feeling like you have a poop baby pushing on your belly.
I considered Aloe Vera, still am, but I don't have that available in stores and online gets super pricey if you have to order bottle after bottle with expensive shipping. A side note: please do your research if you try aloe vera juice or gel, as it's not as simple as grabbing anyone; and you don't want to grab one less than 90% aloe vera. Worse, you do not want to grab aloe vera gel with carrageenan as a ingredient (very hard to find one without), since it is a known irritant to the intestines and will cause worse issues in the long run. But the internet is a vast place, I'm sure you can find more information on your own, and select a product that won't give you additional health problems.

Laxative Tea! 
Almost ready to give up and risk the harsh long term effects of laxatives like Ducolax, I found "Smooth Move" Laxative tea by Traditional Medicinals. Yes though natural, senna is still a laxative that will cause dependence with long term use, and other not so appealing side effects. But what doesn't? Just be wise and don't take it every day. I take it every 3-4 days (typically only twice a week unless it didn't empty me out the first time, then I wait another 2 more days before taking it again).

Uncomfortable factors [TMI]: Like anything that pushes your poop in your bowels, it's going to get uncomfortable. For me it wasn't too bad, a normal feeling of warmth under my belly button when it's close to being ready to go, and a not so nice slight crampy feeling when it's irritating my bowels to push the poop in one long pile before relief. The box says 6-12hours, but it all depends on how backed up you are and if you go to bed or stay awake after taking it.
When I tried it the first time, I went to sleep, and it took 18 hours for it to give me a foot of release, which wasn't enough since I hadn't gone in over a week. So I took it three days later, and went to bed 7 hours after drinking it, and woke up 1 hour later to go to the bathroom. Good amount, no diarrhea (in any of my consumption of it, it's truly a "smooth move,") went back to bed woke up 4 hours later to empty out the rest, and slept the rest of the night.
The third time I took it was 4 days later, and I fell asleep and nothing happened until 14 hours later, and it was like the first time with only one foot size of release. So three days later I took it again, and stayed awake (only do this if you take it asap in the morning, with nowhere to go, and can stay awake for atleast 10 hours), and it took 12 hours before I was cleaned out with one very long spiral of poop.

Taste: For black licorice lovers, you will probably enjoy this since it contains licorice root and you will taste (and smell) it when you take even the tiniest sip. I for one, hate black licorice and tea so it was a not so nice "treat" to chug down; but you gotta do what you gotta do. I can't describe the taste anymore since I'm use to it (like how I still hate coconut oil, but now I don't gag when I take it), but when I first took a drink it was surprising and not something I've tasted before, I think sorta bitter and then a powerful aftertaste of licorice.

Ingredients: All organic and natural, with the Verified label! It's the thing that made me go, "Oh yeah, it's worth buying and ingesting." If you are allergic to plants or pollen, I do not recommend you try any of their teas. If you have never tried licorice root or senna, then drink less than half to see how you react, and if you're fine then drink the rest the next day.

Products: There are three different types of the "Smooth Move" tea other than the original one I've been drinking, all with senna.
1) Peppermint 2) Chocolate 3) Chamomile
After reading brief reviews, I'd say steer clear of peppermint, apparently it tastes gross (but who knows, everyone's different). And Chocolate seemed to be favoured—wish I could try it, but it's not located in my small ghost of a town.  。゚・ (>﹏<) ・゚。
They have many varied products for your health needs other than constipation. I have tried their "Roasted Dandelion" tea, because Dandelion tea is suppose to help with mild constipation, and my Walmart didn't have the regular "Everyday detox dandelion" kind. I don't know why the roasted one is popular ... it tastes very gross, I can't even chug it because the taste is so strong. Think of trying to drink burnt seed water.
I also tried the "Everyday detox with lemon" because it contained burdock and dandelion—ingredients for constipation(not a lot but little is better than none). I read a few reviews that said they had success when they took the recommended amount of 2 teabags twice a day. The taste of the tea was better than the roasted dandelion one, but it was more bitter, and you could taste the nettle leaf in there. Careful about taking it for more than two weeks since it is a detox product and you'd want to give your body a week of downtime.

Warning!: Senna causes your intestines to turn black after long term use so please consult a doctor and use for short spurts of time only!

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Clump Crusher Mascara

I received the Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara, and wore it during my night out to the movies.
The green curved wand is the best of the mascara, it makes it super easy to apply mess and accident free.
The mascara isn't clump-free, it left a few small clumps on my bottom lash and top corner lashes, and my lashes weren't "20x" longer like the claim on the package. But it wasn't all bad, the first thing out of my sister's mouth was, "Wow your eyelashes are so bold!" And they certainly were, so it gets points for that.

My lashes are long but they never show up on camera, so this mascara was perfect for visibility.

The verdict: B- It's no different than other big brand mascaras, but the wand and bold visibility makes it a keeper for photos. The false "20x" longer claim, flaking under my lower lashes after 2 hours, and slight clumping takes away from the great product it could have been.

*I got the product free from BzzAgent