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Best in Wellness and Remedies 2018

Below is a list of winners from the 2018 Eco Excellence Awards in the Wellness category. They have all showcased excellence in sustainability, safety, social responsibility, and health and wellness. For the full list of our 2018 Eco Excellence Winners please refer to this page.

Alternative Remedies - Powell's Owls Hazelwood and Raw Honey amber Teething Necklace

The amber necklace continues to grow, and Powell's Owls is at the forefront of the market. With over 100,000 sold, Powell's Owls amber necklaces are made from 100% REAL Baltic amber and it is verified by Gemological Institute of America. Which is important as there are many fakes online. Baltic amber contains succinc acid that acts as a natural ibuprofen, so when your child is wearing the necklace during his/her teething stages, the oil released from the necklace and absorbed by the body soothing the baby's aches and pains. This Hazelwood and Raw Honey amber teething necklace also assists with eczema, refulx, and colic. Check it out here

Why We Love It: Whether you believe in the power of amber or not, we can assure you that we have spoken to many moms that have used the necklace and have had smooth teething stages with their little ones. We love the design of the necklace and that their product is verified by the Gemological Institute of America. Additionally, Powell's Owls supports some amazing organizations like the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and the Children's Hospital Colorado.

Vitamins & Supplements for Kids - Lovebug Probiotics Tiny Tummies 0-6 mo

One of the latest and hottest health trends is rebuilding and balancing our guts microbiome. If you are not familiar with the term, it is the culture of microbiota, or trillions of various bacteria, that live within our GI tract. These bacteria are crucial for several reasons such as to help our body digest foods, support our immune system, and help combat aggressions of other microorganisms. How a baby is are born - C-Section or Vaginal - can determine the health of that microbiome of that baby (there are other factors such as antibiotic use and environmental factors at play as well). For those born via C-Section its imperative that you know about LoveBug Probiotics.

LoveBug Probiotics help rebalance the gut microbiome, which can lead to a wide range of improved health outcomes from better digestion, a healthier + more robust immune system and improved mood (95% of serotonin is made in the gut). LoveBug Probiotics has probiotics for the whole family, but also created the first staged line of probiotics for babies (Tiny Tummies 0 -6 months). They use a patented acid resistance delivery technology, which is 15x more effective at delivering live bacteria past the stomach acid barrier. Additionally, they use the highest quality and most researched strains including Lactobacillus GG. Check LoveBug out here

Why We Love It: Unbeknownst to most parents, a baby born vaginally picks up critical bacteria that is beneficial for their microbiome on their way leaving the mother's body. So often we hear from mother's that delivered via C-Section struggle with their child's digestive process, or getting sick frequently. If these children are given any antibiotics, more of their gut flora will be wiped out, making things potentially worse. We are so happy that LoveBug has created a safe and effective probiotic supplement for newborns that could prevent future issues the child may face because of misdiagnosing and prescribing.

Vitamins & Supplements for Mom - Bragg Boost

Bragg, founded in 1912, is one of the oldest companies to compete in our awards this year. Most of their notoriety stems from their world famous Apple Cider Vinegar, also known as their miracle cleanse. It's known to blood sugar, total cholesterol, & blood pressure as well as act as strong support for intestinal health, weight loss & helps with acid reflux relief. Now, they have taken their Apple Cider Vinegar and formulated it 20 vitamins, minerals, and herbs in addition to Coconut Water to create the Bragg Boost. The ultimate energy shot that contains ZERO caffeine. It utilizes B12, Ginger, Turmeric and Echinacea to charge you up in clean, all-natural fashion. Check it out here

Why We Love It: We, the consumers, needed an alternative to caffeine that really works. The Bragg Boost relies on vitamins, minerals, and mother nature to deliver the boost we need to get through our never-ending days.

Vitamins & Supplements for Him: NativeRemedies PureCalm

Anxiousness, fatigue, physical tension, and panic attacks can all be tied back to stress. They also happen to be some of the most common occurrences for people visiting their doctor. In the modern world we often operate in a high-stress mode at all times resulting in our adrenals working overtime to produce cortisol to fuel our bodies. If you do this for a long period of time, it's likely that you have dealt with the aforementioned symptoms. NativeRemedies PureCalm is a 100% safe and effective, non-addictive, natural herbal supplement that delivers a sense of calmness and relaxation during times of stress. Using a unique, therapeutic blend of herbal ingredients lemon balm, lavender, and passion flower in a concentrated tincture formula, PureCalm provides support for balanced emotions and feelings of nervousness without risk of side effects. PureCalm uses Whole Herb manufacturing to provide the highest quality and most effective product. Check it out here

Why We Love It: How many times have you heard someone say, "Stress can kill you?" Tehcnically, it can by weakening your immune system and bodily functions giving way to a number of life threatening problems. It is important that we all find a way to restore balance and rest into our work-first lives. And sometimes we need a help from a friend, like our friends at NativeRemedies who crafted this very effective and easy to digest PureCalm tincture. Don't let yourself burnout, get a hold of your stress and use PureCalm.

Yoga - Corc Yoga Renew Cork Yoga Mat

Suited for all styles of - from gentle Hatha to flowing Vinyasa – the Renew mat was designed to bring you closer to nature. Half of the world's cork is produced in Portugal, which is where Corc Yoga sources its material for the mats. Cork trees are the only trees that are able to regenerate their bark, so no trees have to be cut down to make these mats. In fact, after the cork bark is collected from a tree it is by law that you cannot collect bark from that tree for another 9 years. However, it is not only the cork collection process that is special, it is the raw material itself.

Cork is naturally resistant to dust and the growth of mites, making it antimicrobial and hypoallergenic. Cork has a honeycomb structure that makes it very durable and provides a high level of friction to prevent slippage. 50% of cork's volume is air so it is incredible light, it is also resistant moisture and impermeable to liquids. Lastly, it is all natural, so when your pores are open from shapeshifting into intense yoga positions, you do not have to worry about the surface your body is touching. Check it out here

Why We Love It: We love the vision behind this company. Not only does the raw material suit the yoga mat perfectly, but Corc Yoga supports the culture of yoga with its choices. By way of using a material that connects deep with nature, and then giving back to those in Portugal (where the cork is sourced) by donating a percentage of profit to youth mental health organizations. This all goes without mentioning that the mat is truly a great mat for all yogis and aspiring yogis.

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