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Colostrum

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Prebiotics

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Bee Products

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Enzymes

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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Colostrum

  • Symbiotics Colostrum Plus

Colostrum makes a strong foundation — and a potent first step — for any gut health protocol.


SYMBIOTICS
Colostrum Plus

One of the most gentle yet impactful supplements available, colostrum affects the gut in multiple positive ways — with very low risk of causing harm.

Colostrum boosts immunity, fights pathogens, feeds beneficial flora, and regulates the speed of motility in the gut.

  • Lactoferrin (powerful against viruses and bacteria)
  • Insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1, IGF-2) which help your tissues grow and recover
  • Immunoglobulins — (Antibodies, used to fight pathogens — IgA, IgG, IgM)
  • Prebiotics — Healthy fibers that selectively feed “good” gut flora
  • Proline-rich-polypeptidesShort proteins that boost immunity, increase cognitive performance, regulate cellular redox, and can even play a role in the treatment of Alzheimer’s

Colostrum is incredible for both constipation and diarrhea, as well as when fighting off an illness. Most products recommend a higher dose to knock out a bug when sick.

Colostrum is safe for nearly all people, with the only exception being those with sensitivity to dairy. That said, many lactose-intolerant folks have no issues with colostrum.

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Herbal Extracts & Oils

Compounds with antimicrobial properties.
  • Oregano
  • Cinnamon
  • Triphala
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Turmeric

Combine & rotate herbs to boost immunity and create hostility in the gut.


Oregano

OREGANOL
Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is a powerful full-spectrum natural antibiotic with antioxidant properties.

A main ingredient of oregano oil, carvacrol, has strong antiviral properties.

Because oregano oil is quite powerful, it should only be taken for several weeks at most, and then cycled off for at least month or two. In dire cases, it may be used a month or so for its immune-boosting, antiseptic properties.

Oregano oil is most effective when the body is sick, fighting off illness, or struggling with dysbiosis of the gut, but it should not be taken daily for long periods of time.

Oregano oil may even reduce pain perception and increase a sense of calm, although these should not be the primary reasons to take this supplement.


Cinnamon

OREGON’S WILD HARVEST
True Cinnamon

Cinnamon oil has potent antimicrobial properties against virtually all pathogens, even in drug-resistant strains.

Cinnamon oil is powerful stuff. If taken too frequently, it can kill off good gut flora in the gut.

Cinnamon oil can work against biofilms that allow hardy pathogens to resist antimicrobial compounds.

There are three main sources of cinnamon: ceylon, cassia, and burmannii.

  • Ceylon is the only variety with low levels of coumarin, a compound with known liver and kidney toxicity concerns.
  • Cassia has high levels of of coumarin.
  • Burmannii is the most commonly-sold in the USA, and has the highest levels of coumarin — higher than cassia.

Therefore, choose ceylon cinnamon to avoid liver toxicity.


Triphala

PLANETARY HERBALS
Triphala

Triphala is an ancient Indian blend of three ingredients: two fruits and a berry.

  • Amla — (berry)
  • Bibhitaki — (fruit)
  • Haritaki — (fruit)

Triphala is loaded with beneficial compounds: Vitamin C, antioxidants, polyphenols, and other ingredients.

Its biological effects have been studied quite extensively, with benefits discovered for oral health, weight loss, lipid peroxidation, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, diabetes, and, of course, gut health.

Triphala has potent antimicrobial properties and, therefore, it should be classified as a “killing” gut supplement, in that it will increase hostility in the gut against microbes. It also tends to have a mild laxative effect on the gut, helping to produce more complete and regular stools.


Peppermint

HEATHER’S
Peppermint Oil

Peppermint oil is a gentle antimicrobial, with varying rates of effect against different species of bacteria.

It’s got some antifungal properties and reduces the perception of pain in the gut. Topically, it can help grow hair.

Peppermint doesn’t kill all microbes equally, but it can absolutely support the immune system by making the gut more hostile. Peppermint oil is known to have good results in Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Crohn’s but it also has value as a general antimicrobial for ongoing gut health.


Ginger

NATURE’S WAY
Ginger Root

The main active ingredient in ginger is gingerol, which has powerful antimicrobial and antioxidant properties.

Ginger is shown to significantly reduce inflammation and has some anti-cancer properties in the colon.

Ginger is beneficial for dyspepsia (which is related to GERD, ulcers, gastric reflux, and gastroparesis), improving the rate of gastric emptying.

When used as an antimicrobial, ginger greatly reducing the growth of bacteria and viruses. Gingerol absorbs into the bloodstream, exerting its anti-inflammatory and antmicrobial effects throughout the body.


Garlic

ZHOU
Garlic

Garlic has powerful antimicrobial properties that affect the full spectrum of microbe — including bacteria, yeasts/fungus, protozoa, and viruses.

It’s antimicrobial effects are due to sulfur compounds that form as the garlic is chopped. Allicin is the main example, and it exhibits powerful antiseptic effects against microbes. Allicin is unstable — it breaks down shortly after garlic is chopped.

In this Zhou garlic supplement, allicin is stabilized — so its benefits are available anytime. The sulfur compounds in garlic are absorbed and travel around the body, behaving as an antioxidant and killing pathogens.


Turmeric (Curcumin)

JARROW
Curcumin

Curcumin is a legitimate antimicrobial compound with far-reaching benefits for the entire body.

Against bacteria, curcumin has the most severe effect against H. Pylori, but also has broad-spectrum antibacterial effects.

Curcumin is being considered as an antiviral drug, and has broad-spectrum antifungal effects — most especially against Candida.

Curcumin and turmeric are known to be anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and good for the liver, blood sugar, diabetes, and fat storage.

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Probiotics

Repopulate the gut microbiome with broad-spectrum microbes.
  • RAW Women – 85 Billion
  • RAW Men – 85 Billion

Continually introduce good flora — and then feed them with prebiotic fibers.


Probiotics

GARDEN OF LIFE
Raw 85 Billion

(Women)

GARDEN OF LIFE
Raw 85 Billion

(Men)

This product meets many criteria for quality and has unparalleled results after years of experience.

  • Species Diversity — There are 31 strains in this blend, which is an extremely (perhaps remarkably) high number for a probiotic product. Results are always hit-or-miss when you go searching for “that one strain” that you need more of. Too, single strain products can cause imbalance over time (just like with nutrients). High diversity also reduces the likelihood of a bad reaction, due to diversification. Too, a healthy gut typically has more diverse species of microbes.
  • Vitamins, Minerals & Enzymes — Low-dose nutrient blends can be a major positive in poor gut health. Each time you take one of these pills, you’re getting not just the probiotic army, but a light dose of virtually all major nutrients and minerals you’d expect from a multivitamin — and in natural, non-synthetic forms. I would expect the small number of enzymes to possibly detract from the effectiveness of the probiotics, but this does not seem to be a concern, based on results.
  • Prebiotics — There are modest additions of potato starch and acacia fiber, which are both well-known prebiotics. This improves the effectiveness of the probiotics even when this product is taken alone on an empty stomach. It’s still optimal to take well-tolerated prebiotics with any probiotics, even if the probiotic contains some prebiotics.

It is perfectly acceptable to take one pill per day as a maintenance dose — meaning one 90-capsule bottle product can last 3 months. When we take probiotics with prebiotics, the numbers of the beneficial species can double in as little as fifteen minutes. This can be an efficient way of making probiotic supplementation more cost-effective.

The ability to take a single pill — rather than the full, 3-pill dose — also allows the user to test for tolerability when first starting the supplement.

After nearly a decade of taking probiotics and working with clients, this product clearly comes out the winner. Better results have been consistently achieved with this product than any others — even the outrageously-priced expensive brands like Metagenics (and other functional medicine probiotics).

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Prebiotics

Feed beneficial microbes in your gut.
  • Apple Pectin
  • F.O.S.
  • G.O.S.
  • Holigos
  • Inulin & Chicory

Prebiotics are always more safe and effective in multiple smaller doses rather than one larger dose.

  • When tolerability is confirmed, combine multiple prebiotics for maximum benefit.
  • Take prebiotics with another compound that will ensure optimal fermentation in the gut (such as antimicrobials or probiotics).

Apple Pectin

SOLGAR
Apple Pectin

Apple pectin is a gentle prebiotic fiber that is quite well-tolerated and has many, many benefits for the gut.

Apple pectin can increase (and even double) butyrate levels, feed beneficial microbes and — surprisingly for a prebiotic fiber — actually reduce the number of harmful bacteria.

Apple pectin also increases the concentration of short-chain fatty-acids, acetate, propionate, and bicarbonate. Somehow, it also seemed to lower lactic acid in the stool (some folks struggle with lactic acid).

Importantly, the beneficial effects of apple pectin were not achievable simply by eating apples, apple juice, or apple puree — apple pectin alone was required.

When the apple pectin was removed from the diet, the improvements in gut began to retreat, suggesting that consistent pectin supplementation is a good idea.

A good, small starting dose is 250-500mg, with a large dose range being 1.5g/day.


F.O.S.

SOURCE NATURALS
F.O.S.

(Fructo-oligosaccharides)

Fructooligosaccharides are a natural fiber that occurs in foods.

FOS can be produced by breaking down inulin (usually from chicory root).

FOS is not absorbed into the bloodstream, and does not contribute to caloric intake or energy metabolism directly. However, FOS is metabolized by microbes into pro-metabolic short-chain fatty-acids (SCFA) and carbon dioxide.

Its effect on human health is as a prebiotic — selectively feeding beneficial microbes.

FOS may even suppress the growth of various pathogens such as clostridium and salmonella.

Taken properly, FOS can be a powerful tool to reshape the health of the gut microbiome. FOS is generally well-tolerated, except in certain more severe cases of gut dysbiosis, IBS, Crohn’s, etc. In these situations, FOS should be a later experiment, explored after other steps are in place (such as fixing the circadian rhythm, daily therapeutic light,


G.O.S.

JARROW
G.O.S.

(Galactooligosaccharides)

GOS is a fiber produced after lactose is digested, directly feeds beneficial microbes, and could be critical in the developing newborn gut microbiome.

Oligosaccharides resembling GOS occur naturally in human milk and may be one of the factors that protect human infants from gastrointestinal pathogenic bacteria.

In infants, the supplementation of formula with a mixture of GOS and fructo-oligosaccharides can modulate bowel function and stool characters in the same direction as does breast-feeding.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2607002/


Holigos

HOLIGOS
IBS Restore

Holigos uses human milk oligosaccharides to improve the gut microbiome and relieve symptoms associated with IBS.

Holigos has two products: “Restore” and “Maintain.”

  • “Maintain” has just the one ingredient (2′-Fucosyllactose).
  • “Restore” adds an additional ingredient (Lacto-N-neotetraose).

2′-Fucosyllactose (2-FL) is an oligosaccharide found in human breast milk that can provide protection from intestinal pathogens.

Infants consuming a formula with 2′-FL and LNnT had significantly fewer parental reports of bronchitis, reduced incidence of lower respiratory tract infections, reduced use of antipyretics and reduced use of antibiotics compared to infants fed a formula without HMOs (human milk oligosaccharides).

https://jennewein-biotech.de/en/products/human-milk-oligosaccharides/lacto-n-neotetraose/

Inulin, Chicory

CAFE DU MONDE
Chicory & Coffee

Inulin is the primary fiber in chicory root, long prized for its gut health benefits.

Chicory root has been shown to improve liver bile flow and fat digestion — with increases in short-chain fatty-acid (SCFA) production.

Many of the benefits of chicory root are attributed to inulin, although other helpful compounds are certainly in play, such as chicoric — which can improve blood sugar levels.

Inulin and chicory are longer-chain fibers and, therefore, may cause trouble in situations where gut health is weak. Coffee can have some minor benefits for the gut microbiota and can help relieve constipation — and makes a delightful pairing with chicory’s rich taste in this traditional New Orleans-style beverage.

Inulin is the least tolerable prebiotic on this list. It is not recommended in situations where gut health is sensitive to fiber. Instead, start with something more tolerable, such as pectin — or non-supplement approaches like the circadian rhythm, therapeutic light, and environmental health.

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Bee Products

Antimicrobial + Prebiotic + Nutrients.
  • Manuka Honey
  • Raw Honey
  • Bee Pollen, Propolis & Royal Jelly

“Medicinal honey research is undergoing a substantial renaissance.”


Raw Honey

NATURE NATE’S
Raw, Unfiltered Honey

Honey is shockingly antimicrobial.

Yet, honey also contains prebiotics (oligosaccharides) which feed beneficial microbes — making honey a near-perfect food for gut health.

Honey is known to increase the populations of beneficial bifido- bacteria strains, while white sugar had no effect.

Researchers were able to completely eradicate antibiotic-resistant bacteria on the skin via topical medical-grade (standardized) honey.

When honey enters the digestive tract, it simultaneously feeds beneficial microbes, kills harmful pathogens, and provides nutrients and energy to the body.

Honey is even a complete food, providing micronutrients, amino acids, Vitamin C and B-vitamins — and encourages the intestinal absorption of these nutrients while discouraging pathogenic activity.

Flavonoids, polyphenols, and organic acids also contribute to the digestive, immune, and metabolic benefits of honey.

Research in animal models even suggests that not only does honey provide calcium, but it improves calcium absorption into the body.

Honey is praised and valued in nearly every ancient religious and wisdom tradition as both a food and a healing topical balm and internal medicine — with known hunter-gatherer tribes utilizing it as 20% (and more) of daily calories, while commonly living into their 80s.

Honey even seems to directly interfere with cancerous cells:

“[Honey] has significant anticancer activity against human breast and cervical cancer cell lines.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21167897/

Locally-produced honeys possess excellent antibacterial activity comparable to the commercial honeys.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/#b53


Manuka Honey

Y.S. ECO
Manuka Honey

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4837971/

Manuka honey has every benefit of raw — and more.

Known for its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant qualities, manuka honey has been used for centuries to heal wounds and improve oral health.

When compared to normal, local varieties, manuka honey has significantly more antimicrobial effects.

Manuka honey can even stimulate macrophages to release compounds such as TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6 — which are critical for combatting microbial infections and wound healing.

The higher the UMF rating of manuka honey, the more potent the antimicrobial properties.

The only downside to manuka honey, for most locations around the world, is its expense — and higher UMF ratings can be extremely costly. On the bright side, even lower-UMF content seems to have profound antimicrobial activity.

I recommend buying what you can afford — don’t worry about achieving the highest UMF ratings. My results with various affordable manuka honey have been stellar.

Manuka honey has been widely researched and its antibacterial potential is renowned worldwide. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609166/

Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly, & Propolis

BEE FARMS
Triple Complex

There are over 2500 articles on PubMed concerning the benefits of propolis.

“Propolis has been reported to have various health benefits related to gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, and gynecological, oral, and dermatological problems.”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5549483/

Twelve different flavonoids, along with most vitamins and some enzymes are present in propolis.

Over 185 organic compounds have been found in royal jelly.

Royal Jelly may even protect the skin from UVB-induced damage by improving collagen formation in the skin. Royal jelly also contains the unsaturated fatty-acid (10-HDA), which may have antitumor and antibacterial activity.


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Enzymes

Enzymes kill microbes.
  • Digestive
  • Systemic

Enzymes “digest” microbes, which makes enzymes extremely antimicrobial.


Digestive Enzymes

PURE ENCAPSULATIONS
Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are the array of enzymes released when food enters the digestive system.

They are designed to specifically break down carbs, proteins, and fats.

Pancreatin is a commercial name for these three enzymes:

  • amylase
  • protease
  • lipase

These three enzymes are foundational to human digestion. Supplemental pancreatin is sourced from pigs and will have different ratios from human pancreatic juices.

This does not mean pancreatin is of no benefit to digestion, just that it is not a perfect replacement for human pancreatic enzymes.

“PPE [pancreatin supplements from pigs] do not provide a full substitution of the lipolytic enzymes present in HPJ [human panctreatic juices].”

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31288050

Other enzymes are often included in digestive enzyme products: cellulase (breaks down cellulose, or plant fiber), and lactase (breaks down the milk sugar, lactose). Invertase breaks down sucrose (table sugar) into glucose and fructose. Beta-glucanase breaks down beta-glucans, a sugar found in plants (oatmeal, barley), and the cell walls of microbes (making this enzyme an antimicrobial and anticancer compound).

All in all, digestive enzymes can slightly improve the risk of maldigestion, ramp up gut hostility during digestion, and increase the absorption of nutrients. They may especially play a minor role when gut health is truly struggling and food is not well digested.

Sometimes, enzymes can increase energy in the body to the extent that they interfere with sleep. Enzymes can also deplete minerals in the body, particularly sodium and magnesium. Enzyme products also tend to advertise large doses per capsule — when smaller doses would be more tolerable and effective.

If you have any negative symptoms, such as insomnia — or feel that sodium or magnesium levels are being depleted — reduce the dose or frequency or stop taking enzymes altogether. Discontinue enzymes if any pain is noticed after taking.


Systemic Enzymes

BRAGGZYME
Systemic Enzymes

Systemic enzymes not only benefit the gut, but also enter the bloodstream and break down microbes, toxins, metabolic waste, and junk protein.

The benefit of systemic enzymes to the gut shouldn’t be overlooked, though. In fact, this is a critical component of why systemic enzymes seem to improve symptoms, performance, and quality of life so much.

The most popular systemic enzymes are all considered proteolytic — which means they break down proteins. This term is often used interchangeably (with “systemic”) to describe systemic enzymes, though it isn’t a perfect translation.

Systemic enzymes are quite popular — and for good reason. Taken exclusively on an empty stomach, they function in a more alkaline environment (the intestines and bloodstream) rather than an acidic environment (the stomach).

Attacking pathogens without the interference of food entering the digestive tract allows systemic enzymes to make significant headway — cleaning up the gut and bloodstream, and lowering inflammation as a result. Many folks notice more energy, better brain function, less joint pain, and improved mood as a result of systemic enzymes.

The most popular systemic enzymes are:

  • Serrapeptase — (from silk worms)
  • Nattokinase — (from Japanese natto)
  • Trypsin — (pancreatic enzyme)
  • Chymotrypsin — (pancreatic enzyme)
  • Bromelain — (from pineapples)
  • Papain — (from papaya)

It’s best to take these enzymes in a blend, together, to benefit from all of them simultaneously.

Too, the benefits of enzymes are possible in smaller doses than are often supplied in products. High doses can be jarring to a weaker system, and aren’t necessary. These products are often formulated to “impress” the average person — when the needs of those struggling with chronic digestive issues are very different.

As with any gut supplement, it’s common for a person’s response to systemic enzymes to be highly individual. Formulas change frequently — with the new ingredients being less effective than the old. Keep your wits about you; If you know why a product works you can be better suited to finding a replacement if a product changes or becomes unavailable in the future.


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Apple Cider Vinegar

Antimicrobial acids + Prebiotics + Nutrients
  • Bragg’s ACV

Apple Cider Vinegar

BRAGG’s
Apple Cider Vinegar w/Honey

Apple cider vinegar is incredibly popular — and for good reason. Its beneficial effects are many.

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is known as a digestive tonic, and it can actually help overweight people lose weight. It also leads to more satiety after a high-carb meal and improves blood sugar stability. ACV may also lower cholesterol, blood pressure, and reduce oxidative stress.

A main benefit of apple cider vinegar is its acetic acid. Acetic acid is highly antimicrobial and its attributes align almost perfectly with the broad-spectrum benefits of apple cider vinegar. ACV’s acidity also may allow minerals to be absorbed more effectively, and improve the acidity of the stomach after a meal — leading to increased immunity from opportunistic pathogens.

Take 1 tbsp (15 mL) in a glass of water 1-2x/day before meals or on an empty stomach.

Is ACV a cure-all? No, nothing is. Instead, apple cider vinegar is a powerful tool, and one component of a well-rounded gut regimen.

Conclusion

Miracles don’t happen with any individual supplement.

Very, very few people will find a gut supplement that restores amazing gut health on its own.

Instead, gut supplements must be combined — with each other and with a greater approach (the circadian rhythm, therapeutic light, good air quality, gentle movement, & wise nutrition) — to achieve the best effect.

It’s important that we understand 1) how the gut works and 2) what restores its function over time:

  • Increasing hostility to pathogens.
  • Constantly reintroducing beneficial microbes and giving them proper nourishment through diet and prebiotics.

When these factors are in play, great things can happen and gut health can be systematically restored.

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Location Product Reviews

REVIEWS: EMF Meters

As your awareness of EMFs grows, it’s best to have the single-best weapon you can find.

It’s not shielding fabrics, pendants, or salt lamps. It’s absolutely an EMF meter.

An EMF meter can give you a picture of EMF levels in your immediate location, and observe in real-time the effect of the Inverse Square Law of Physics — which states that any exposure from any type of EMF will diminish by 75% when you double the distance from the source.

EMFs are present everywhere, but they are not present everywhere in equal intensity. You may find lower EMF levels in an urban basement than a modern, rural kitchen. With an EMF meter you can actually know what’s around and assaulting your body.

Not all EMF meters are created equal, however. Let’s explore the best two options for most people, and see how they compare.


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Cornet ED88T Plus

(Three-Mode Meter)

The best EMF meter without spending big, big money.

The most versatile and the most affordable, this meter is an amazing little gadget — and, I think, the best option on the market for most people trying to educate themselves about EMF.

You can spend thousands of dollars on EMF meters. Or many, many hundreds.

The Cornet measures all three “types” of EMF field: wireless (radio-frequency/microwaves), magnetic, and electric fields. It will display one field at a time; to access other types of EMF, you simply toggle between modes.

There is a learning curve as you become familiar with reading the numbers, but it isn’t terribly complicated. A colored light bulb indicates how high the readings are, and there’s an optional “Super Safe Mode” that will give you even more sensitive readings. However, on this mode, you’ll likely never find a safe spot in a modern city.

Give yourself about a week to get used to using this meter, and before long you’ll be a skilled veteran in the world of EMFs.

You’ll need to point the meter directly at the source to receive the most accurate reading. If you don’t know the source, hold the meter in one place and rotate around the room or area. The highest reading can suggest the source of the radiation.

PROs:

  • Three modes (RF, Magnetic, Electric)
  • Affordable
  • Excellent accuracy for the price
  • Acoustic feature (you can hear the frequency’s pulses and intensity)

CONs:

  • Must point meter toward source of electric field (not a big deal at all)
  • Must wave meter around when measuring magnetic fields and look for highest reading (only a small deal)

RATING: 8.7/10

Simply incredible bang for the buck, compared to other options. You’ll have to spend much, much more to beat this machine.


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TriField EMF Meter Model TF2

(Three-Mode Meter)

The TriField is the gold standard for entry-level multi-meters.

The “Tri” represents the capability to measure the three types of EMF: RF (wireless), magnetic, and electric.

The knock on the TriField is that it is — while great — not quite as accurate as other options (like the Cornet). That doesn’t mean it can’t give you a fantastic “general idea” of what’s going on in your immediate environment, though.

No cheaper, multi-meter is perfect — you have to spend loads of money (hundreds and thousands) to get highly accurate readings. The Cornet isn’t perfect, either — but for similar money, the Cornet does offer a slightly clearer picture of what’s going on around you.

PROs:

  • Three modes (RF, magnetic, electric)
  • Affordable
  • Does the job
  • Acoustic mode (you can hear the frequency’s pulses and intensity)

CONs:

  • Slightly less sensitive than the Cornet

RATING: 8/10

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Mold Product Reviews

Cleaning & Fogging For Mold

The purpose of fogging and spraying is to improve living conditions temporarily — for several weeks, or maybe a couple of months at a time.

Spraying and fogging are not complete solutions for all mold growth.

No product will truly eradicate all existing mold growth. However, continual cleaning and applications of the proper products can improve living conditions in a compromised environment. Of course, regular cleaning and maintenance can also prevent mold from beginning in the first place.

Companies who claim that simple use of their products can eradicate mold issues entirely should not be trusted.

For a building to be officially safe, mold growth must be completely removed and remediated, all moisture intrusion and humidity must be stopped, and contaminated materials must be safely removed from the premises.

Prior to remediation (or leaving a home), regular cleaning and fogging can make a bad situation somewhat more tolerable and possibly safer.


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Cleaning/Disinfectant Products

These products can be applied via foggers and sprayers to combat mold growth on surfaces.

These products can be applied using sprayer bottles, cloths, or foggers and allowed to dry on surfaces or wiped clean.


Concrobium

Best For:

Concrobium is best for severely moldy situations, in hard-to-clean crawl spaces, attics, HVAC systems, & moldier homes. This is due to more aggressive anti-mold action and the fact that Concrobium is designed to remain on surfaces long-term, killing and sealing mold underneath a layer of hardened product.

How It Works:

Concrobium actually encapsulates and suffocates (& crushes) mold, killing it.

The product is designed to invisibly remain on surfaces indefinitely, acting as a mold deterrent.

How To:

Apply via sprayer, cloth, or fogger and leave on surface indefinitely.

Note:

Concrobium highly recommends reapplying another coat if you wipe up residue, to prevent more mold growth.

NOT an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant.


Benefect Decon 30

Best FOr:

Benefect Decon 30 is best for non-porous, hard surfaces where mold growth can be properly removed — as well as prevention.

How It Works:

100% natural, essential oil-based thymol is the active ingredient. It is a potent disinfectant.

How To Apply:

Apply via sprayer, cloth, or fogger and leave on surface for at least 30 seconds before wiping up.

  • Benefect claims there is no need to remove the product by wiping it — even on food-prep surfaces. The product will dissipate.

For all-purpose cleaning and disinfecting.


Vital Oxide

Best For:

Vital Oxide is best for non-porous, hard surfaces where mold growth can be properly removed — as well as prevention.

HOW IT WORKS:

Powerful ammonium compounds oxidize and disinfect surfaces, safely.

Vital Oxide claims there is no need to wipe up — even on food-prep surfaces. The product will dissipate over a few weeks.

HOW TO APPLY:

Apply via sprayer, cloth, or fogger and leave on surface -or- wipe up after several minutes.

For all-purpose cleaning and disinfecting.


EC3

BEST FOR:

Any room or building that causes an immune reaction.

HOW IT WORKS:

This product uses citrus seed extracts.

EC3 doesn’t really make specific claims about disinfection.

EC3 is marketed specifically for mold — whereas Benefect and Vital Oxide are all-purpose cleaners and disinfectant.

HOW TO APPLY:

EC3 Mold Solution needs to be diluted with water and then “misted” by a spray bottle or fogger.

It makes 1 gallon of product — similar to the others on this list.

NOTE:

EC3 recommends using HEPA vacuum after application to remove spores.

NOT an all-purpose cleaner and disinfectant. Company claims: “EC3 is used to manage mold counts indoors” — but no claims of disinfection are made.

My favorite: Benefect Decon 30.

  • Vital Oxide is a very close second (and cheaper).
  • Concrobium is best for porous surfaces and heavy mold growth (which should be remediated).

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Cordless Electrostatic Sprayers

Electrostatic spraying is a remarkable technology that uses electricity to deliver a perfectly-even coating using very little product.

These electrostatic sprayers achieve perfectly-even coverage, while using much less product, and now offer easy, cordless operation.

These sprayers seem to be made by one manufacturer and sold by various companies under their different brand names.

 Victory Sprayer

Protexus PX200ES

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Marketlab Sprayer

The Technology

The technology is fabulous: Electrostatic spraying allows you to entirely coat a surface — perfectly and evenly — while using minimum product (whether disinfectant cleaner or paint or something else).

People who use these sprayers rave about how well they disinfect rooms, as well as the fantastic usability.

Quality Of Product

Unfortunately, there’s one downside: there are reports that these units are breaking too frequently. The manufacturers’ warranty is for 1-year, and I worry that this isn’t long enough for the price tag.

At this time, I hesitate to recommend this product — even though I really want to.

In the meantime, I’m hoping more similar products will enter the market.

Electrostatic Sprayer

Video Demonstrations


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Foggers

Foggers work almost as well as electrostatic sprayers — but they’ll use more chemical/product.

They are usually placed in a room for a session, rather than used as a handheld.

Many foggers seem to be made by one manufacturer and sold by various companies under different labels.

Concrobium Fogger

For use with any fogging product.

This has great reviews — but looks very similar to the “TriJet”, which is cheaper.

VIDEO Demonstration:

EC3 Fogger

For use with any fogging product.

This has all the same qualities as the rest of the foggers.

I’ve seen some reports of questionable construction on these.

VIDEO Demonstration:

B&G Ultra Lite 2400 Fogger

For use with any fogging product.

This might be the most rugged, well-built option.

The upgraded model (2600) has a hose for more portable spraying:

B&G Flex-A-Lite 2600

VIDEO Demonstration:

“TriJet” ULV Fogger

For use with any fogging product.

Great reviews, usually cheaper than the Concrobium, despite most likely being the exact same product.

VIDEO Demonstration:

All of these can be carried by hand and applied to specific areas — but you’ll probably need an extension cord.

BioBalance Fogger

There’s another fogger out there: The BioBalance Fogger. This product may be well-made. However, I have a few reservations about the product for these reasons:

  • BUNDLED — You cannot purchase the product on the website without also buying their $100 cleaning product.
  • OVERHYPE — The BioBalance website speaks as though fogging is a total, complete solution for mold growth.
  • OVERHYPE — They claim their product will kill mold inside walls from a single treatment.

All of these claims lead me to not trust the company. Therefore even though it’s possible their products might be great, these observations do not invoke trust. I’d love to be proven wrong. Perhaps they can address these issues at some point.


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Ozone Machines

Ozone is a potent oxidizer, second only to fluorine gas in nature. It breaks down chemicals on contact and is powerfully antimicrobial against all manner of microbial life on surfaces and in the air.

Ozone breaks down mold’s mycotoxins and noxious VOC’s, as well as retards its growth. Ozone will kill bugs and break down the toxic chemicals in industrial and home products.

Understand Ozone Output

Ozone generators usually describe their output in terms of milligrams per hour.

More Powerful
7000+mg/hr

A more powerful ozone generator will create 7000-10,000mg of ozone in one hour.

7000-10,000mg is appropriate for:

  • Larger living spaces.

Less Powerful
3000mg/HR

Smaller units will create 3000mg per hour.

3000-5,000mg is appropriate for:

  • Single rooms

Like the other products listed above, ozone machines seem to be often made by the same manufacturer and marketed as different brands.

Unfortunately, ozone machines tend to come and go online. It’s also possible the current American trade war is temporarily affecting the availability of products, too. Hopefully, this improves and we can start recommending products again.

Fortunately, I’ve had good results with about 5 different ozone machines on Amazon.

I recommend you spend in the $80-100 (US) price range for a generator. You don’t get much benefit paying for more expensive products — the more expensive items aren’t any more durable. Based on my experience with these products, it will likely last you for 18 months to 2 years. After that, the ozone plates can be replaced for roughly $20. It may be a hassle to disassemble the machine and replace the plates.

How Frequently Should I Ozone?

Moldy Situation

In a very moldy situation, all spaces should be ozoned weekly. Move the generator from room to room, close the doors, and treat the space for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the size of the room. Treat moldy spaces more aggressively, for longer durations each session.

Prevention

For prevention, ozone each space once per month. In prevention, shorter durations for each session are adequate.

Be Sure To Ventilate Afterward

“Air out” the space after ozone treatment.

This is critical to remove the chemicals that have been broken down by ozone. Sometimes harmful chemicals break down to even more harmful chemicals. They must not become trapped in the space.

If the smell of the ozone is bothersome, the only real answer is to aggressively air out the space for many hours at a time.

Put box fans in windows and create a cross-flow to turn over the indoor air. For especially sensitive people, it can take days for a room to become tolerable again.

Sometimes, the materials in a room can determine how strong the ozone smell lingers. Oftentimes, porous items that are heavily contaminated with mold fumes will absorb the ozone smell the most.

Airthereal 10,000mg

Airthereal 5000mg

What About This Style?

You may have seen many products that look like this.

The upside? They can release small amounts of ozone continually, which can retard mold growth.

However, they are usually quite limited in their air purification capabilities.

A better purchase will be a quality air purifier or wall-outlet mini-ozone generator.

Don’t get this. Get a real air purifier instead (and maybe a wall-outlet mini-ozone generator for low-level ozone emissions).

Let’s Feel Better.

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Nutrients Product Reviews

REVIEWS: Magnesium Supplements

Magnesium is a most critical mineral for optimal health and recovery.

Electrolytes facilitate the flow of electricity in the body.

Facilitating the flow of electricity throughout the body (that’s actually the definition of an ‘electrolyte’), magnesium partners with other minerals to control fluid balance and hydration throughout the body. 

It’s involved in hundreds of metabolic functions, immunity, gut health, sleep, and brain function.  You name it, magnesium plays a role.

Magnesium is incredibly important to our health — yet alarmingly absent from modern foods.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, muscular cramps, constipation, brain fog, fatigue, or other symptoms, supplemental magnesium could be a step in the right direction.

You’ll need about 300-500mg per day based on your gender and size of your body (males and larger folks need more).

Let’s explore various forms of magnesium supplements — and give each one a grade.


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Magnesium L-Threonate

This is such a fantastic supplement.

Magnesium L-Threonate was recently developed by MIT researchers. The inventors claim it is a superior form of magnesium, due to its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, which can raise brain levels of magnesium. 

Research has shown Magnesium L-Threonate to boost memory and brain function. 

On paper and in my observations with clients and myself, magnesium L-threonate appears to be the most absorbable form of magnesium available.

Threonate (as an isolated compound) is a metabolite of Vitamin C, with the potential to reduce hair loss — but appears otherwise fairly biologically inactive compared to other chelates.

My clients have found there to be an initial adjustment period as your body becomes familiar with the highly absorbable magnesium. Start slowly with this one, and be ready to drink some water after taking it.

PROs:

  • Highly absorbable
  • Uniquely supplies the brain with magnesium

CONs:

  • Adjustment period for some first-time users
  • This appears unique to this form of magnesium

RATING: 9.8/10

This is a seriously good supplement.


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Magnesium Glycinate

Fantastic product, but provides a large dose of glycine.

Magnesium glycinate is extremely absorbable. 

The magnesium is chelated (attached) to glycine (an amino acid) that, itself, has many nutritional and therapeutic qualities. Seeing that glycine is a very important, yet under-supplied amino acid in the diet, this can be a good source of glycine. Glycine is the building block of proteins in the body.

The only drawback to magnesium glycinate is that supplemental glycine can cause problems in excess. If you find yourself in this situation, you’ll likely need to take another form of magnesium. Another problem with this supplement: If you feel worse, you won’t know if it’s the magnesium or the glycine — at least not without doing some more thinking about your recent glycine supplementation.

RULE OF THUMB: If you supplement glycine elsewhere, skip the magnesium glycinate.

PROs:

  • High absorbability. 
  • Glycine can be energizing (or calming), and improve protein synthesis.

CONs:

  • People who already supplement glycine (or collagen) may not need even more glycine.

RATING: 9.4/10

This is certainly a fantastic supplement, and I highly recommend it. The combination of magnesium and glycine can be extremely calming (yet energizing) for some people.


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Magnesium Chloride

Another outstanding form of magnesium — but it tastes terrible.

Magnesium Chloride is a highly absorbable, effective way to raise magnesium levels. 

Chloride is important for detoxification, but if you’re low in sodium (many hypothyroid and CFS folks are), taking more chloride could “lower” sodium further.

I have achieved very good results with this product in the past. The magnesium felt extremely absorbable and gave me a boost in energy and cognitive function many times that I took it. In fact, it seemed to work so well that I didn’t seem to need to take magnesium for some time after finishing two bottles of this product.

I’d say that’s pretty effective! The only trouble? It tastes so, so terrible.

PROs:

  • High absorbability
  • Effective at raising magnesium levels

CONs:

  • Expensive
  • Awful taste (powder, flakes, and liquid) that is difficult to mask

RATING: 9.2/10

I have tried Heiltropfen and it seems okay, but it’s hard to trust products that have misspellings in the title — regardless of its German-to-English translation.  If it is — in fact — a clean product, it’s a very, very cost-effective solution.  The powder/flakes can make it difficult to measure dosages.


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Magnesium Taureate

Magnesium taurate is also well-absorbed, and boasts the benefits of taurine. 

Taurine is a powerful “amino acid” (although it isn’t used to make proteins, instead it is used directly in high-level biological functions like bile production, osmoregulation, muscle repair, and the cardiovascular and nervous systems.  

Don’t take magnesium taurate if you also supplement taurine, or if you are sensitive to sulfur/sulfites.

PROs:

  • Well absorbed
  • Includes the benefits of taurine

CONs:

  • Taurine may improve or harm sleep
  • People who already supplement taurine may not need even more taurine (excess taurine can drive down glycine levels and raise sulfur levels)

RATING: 7/10


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Magnesium Malate

Only a single ingredient.

Magnesium Malate is highly absorbable and is bound to malic acid — a chemical long thought to improve symptoms for folks with chronic fatigue. 

I suspect energy improvement from malic acid may be short-lived “pyrite” for many people — while malic acid is an ingredient in the Krebs cycle, supplementing individual Krebs cycle ingredients is a good way to throw the Krebs cycle out of balance. 

Studies have also shown malic acid to be rather ineffective at treating CFS.  No surprise there, throwing single compounds at disease is rarely the answer — magnesium included.

PROs:

  • Well-absorbed
  • Malic acid may provide some benefits to metabolism and health

CONs:

  • There are better Magnesium “chelates” out there for long-term use

RATING: 6.5/10

This is probably just fine in small doses, or for a short duration.


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Magnesium Citrate

A very pure, absorbable product — but citric acid is problematic for some.

Magnesium Citrate used to be the gold standard — a breakthrough product due to its superior absorbability.  It was more expensive and produced better results than other forms of magnesium.

Now?  It’s cheaper and becoming outclassed. A handful of products have eclipsed it and magnesium citrate is on the back-burner — mostly due to its citric acid content (which can be a minor gut irritant, lower blood ceruloplasmin, and is made from various mold species).

I now greatly prefer Magnesium Threonate (or Magnesium Glycinate) over Magnesium Citrate.

PROs:

  • Pretty absorbable
  • Affordable

CONs:

  • Citric acid may be problematic for some
  • No longer the best-performing form of magnesium

RATING:  6/10

If you’re going to take Magnesium Citrate, Pure Encapsulation’s version is about as pure as it gets.


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Magnesium Spray

Magnesium sprays are virtually always Magnesium Chloride.

Magnesium Sprays are usually magnesium chloride, used topically instead of internally.  

I’m not anti-topical magnesium, but if your body needs magnesium, so do your gut tissues. Magnesium can be incredible for the restoration of the gut. And if taking magnesium irritates your gut, it’s a definitely sign that you have gut health problems that you need to be aware of, and take steps to correct.

Absorption is another factor, here. The skin, while permeable, will always absorb a smaller amount than taking internally.

PROs:

  • Magnesium levels can rise while avoiding the GI system — and potential GI distress.
  • Convenient? — Just rub on the skin and go.

CONs:

  • Potentially low absorbability vs internal.
  • Often uncomfortable/burning sensations on skin.
  • Less likely to increase magnesium levels over time.

RATING: 4/10


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Magnesium Oxide

Although one company (Coral Calcium) claims otherwise — Magnesium Oxide is probably only useful as a laxative.

While other forms of magnesium boast 25-40% absorbability rates, Magnesium Oxide embarrasses itself by being only 3% absorbable.  Such low absorption suggests that magnesium oxide’s only legitimate reason to exist (at least as a nutritional supplement) is as a laxative.  And let me tell you, it’s extremely effective for that purpose.

PROs:

  • Effective as a laxative
  • Cheap as dirt

CONs:

  • Bottom-dwelling absorbability

RATING: 1/10

If you really want magnesium oxide, here’s one by Vitamin Shoppe. It can be helpful in times of serious constipation, however, don’t depend on it alone. Fix your gut with a full-spectrum approach.

Take it slow.  Learn how each nutrient affects you.

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Movement Product Reviews

REVIEWS: Strength Products

There is no better way to build upper body strength than bodyweight exercises.

For core strength, synergy between muscle groups, and a re-synchronization of the nervous system, bodyweight wins the day.

It’s also a fantastic approach when recovering from chronic illness, or fending off aging. Even the simplest bodyweight movements can improve and restore your body’s upper body strength — in nearly any situation.

The following products can be used in modified ways to accommodate the extremely feeble and highly advanced in age.


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Lebert Parallettes

Parallete bars are incredible for movement and building strength in the core and upper body. I would even consider them an essential component for building your core, shoulders, and entire upper body with balance between all parts.

Always be careful, especially if trying to do inversions (feet up in the air).

PROs:

  • Super high quality
  • Two color options
  • Supports up to 400 lbs

CONs:

  • The feet/pads have a China-rubber smell that takes a while to off-gas

RATING: 7.0/10

These are extremely well built, but the off-gassing of the rubber feet may be annoying. If the off-gassing weren’t an issue, this product would receive a 10/10.


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Olympic Rings

Don’t let the word “olympic” fool you. Everybody can benefit from a few minutes a day with the rings.

There’s no better way to build upper body strength than with the rings. Even if you’re saying “no way, not me” — trust me, you can benefit from rings.

You don’t have to know how to use them, even. Just pulling and leaning into the rings synchronizes your nervous system, improves your core strength, and puts you in the mode of “play.”

PROs:

  • High quality
  • Many color options
  • Wide straps create more secure feel

CONs:

  • Rings are grippy, might be tough on hands until callouses develop
  • Wooden rings are easier on hands

RATING: 9.5/10

There is no better avenue to increase upper body strength than the Olympic rings.

Let’s put all the pieces together — and improve.

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Nutrients Product Reviews

REVIEWS: Salt Reviews

Sodium gets a bad rap, but it’s hardly bad for you. In fact, it’s vital to your health.

In hypothyroidism, it’s wasted by the body in high amounts — meaning extra supply is critical. Remember, many chronically ill have some amount of hypothyroidism.

If sodium intake makes you feel worse, you most likely need a higher intake of potassium and other electrolytes — not necessarily less sodium.

Here are important variables to consider when looking for sources of salt:

  • No caking agents
  • No iodine (I want to supplement and track this nutrient myself)
  • No pink color
  • No plastic (there are reports of sea salt products and tiny plastic pieces)

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Sea Salt

Made from evaporating ocean water (or salty lake water, like the Dead Sea), sea salt will contain a small amount of trace minerals that may benefit your health. They’ll also positively affect the salt’s taste.

In terms of your health, you really can’t go wrong with sea salt. There’s only one major downside, too: Our modern oceans are so filled with plastic. This means that tiny plastic particles are more often appearing in our sea salt — and yes, we’re eating it.

PROs: 

  • No fillers
  • No iodine
  • No pink rust

CONs:

RATING:  8.0/10

Celtic brand sea salt is a fine choice.


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Pink Himalayan Salt

Pink Salt used to be very popular at my house.  Unfortunately, it stands to reason that the pink color is due to oxidized iron — also known as rust.  This oxidized iron isn’t a great form of iron to put in the body for most people.  If you need iron, there are much better ways to get it.

What about the extra trace minerals? Studies suggest the amounts of trace minerals in pink salt are so minuscule that pink salt is no more helpful than sea salt. Some products claim to have adequate iodine levels — this is a misleading marketing claim.

PROs:

  • No fillers
  • No iodine
  • No plastic
  • Fun (pink color!)

CONs:

  • Rusted, oxidize iron
  • No iodine (some claim to have adequate iodine — those claims are wrong)

RATING: 6.5/10


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‘REAL’ Salt

Made in Idaho, USA, REAL Salt is a great product.  It’s mined from underground — much like pink Himalayan salt —  and boasts a slightly higher content of trace minerals than sea salt.  Unfortunately, this also means it does have some oxidized iron “rust” in it, but significantly less than pink salt.  Being mined underground means it is pure of plastic contamination.

PROs:

  • High quality source
  • Higher trace minerals
  • No iodine
  • Incredible taste.  10/10 for taste
  • No plastic particles

CONs:

  • Likely has some oxidized iron content, which may be an issue for some

RATING: 8.4/10

Real Salt is an incredibly tasty salt — I really enjoy it. I do wish it were more pure white in color (less oxidized iron). There’s no such thing as a free lunch with health products, it seems.


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Kosher Salt

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Kosher salt is all about the size of the crystals — which are perfect for drawing out moisture from meat. This makes it excellent for the koshering process of meat.

Kosher salt is free of iodine (which is a necessary nutrient), has no fillers (anti-caking agents), and often has a larger granule size (for the koshering process).

PROs:

  • No fillers
  • No iodine
  • No pink rust

CONs:

  • Usually made from sea salt, therefore could have plastic. I do question, however, if the larger particle size filters out more plastic than products with finer crystal size.

RATING: 9.0/10

You really can’t go wrong with a simple Kosher salt.


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My Recommendation

I happily use sea salts, REAL Salt, or Kosher salt. The difference between the three is not large enough to fret over.

The biggest trade-off is that REAL Salt has a small amount of rust (oxidized iron), and sea salt has a small amount of plastic. How each might affect someone is hard to say — and nobody out there is an authority on that.


As with most things, go by how you feel. Don’t rely on table salt or pink Himalayan salt, and beyond that — don’t stress about it.


Learn how each variable affects you.

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