Product Reviews | Healthy Alternatives

Product Reviews | Healthy Alternatives


[dropcap letter=”T”]hroughout my life I have been someone that really valued health, lifestyle, fitness and balance. While life does tend to get in the way and move at warp speed these days, I still do all I can to maintain that mentality. Not always easy, outside of working on my approach to living, the “healthy” products available to consumers are in such plenty it is almost impossible to differentiate what is truly health-conscious and what is merely a keen marketing strategy targeting a specific demographic and a trending ideal.

With more choices than Imedla Marcos’ shoe collection,  staring at that hefty line of shelves stocked with options is downright painful (and takes a LOT of time). But once in a while, there are some alternatives that you can commit to – and not go broke doing so. So allow me to introduce you to at least 2 products that are easy to find, affordable, save you time, and will make you feel really good.

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Aloe Gloe



Certified Organic Aloe Vera, Produced Locally in California, Promotes Skin, Immunity, & Digestive Health, Vitamins, Antioxidants, Enzymes, & Minerals, Ph Balance, 35 Calories per bottle, Blood Chemistry & Health | COST – $4.00 (Each) – OR – $29.00 (Case) USD



I received a sampling of 4 flavors of ALOE GLOE to try. With the coconut water craze finally winding down, I wasn’t exactly sure I’d be on the “Aloe” train but, this has become my daily source of hydration, especially after my workouts! My favorite flavors are the Coconut and Lemonade, but I’d happily drink all 4 (and have).The lemonade has a subtle lemon flavor that gives heed to the well balanced aloe juice and doesn’t have that lingering “chemical” taste so many other lemonade-flavored drinks have. The Coconut flavor is downright refreshing. It has the tinge of sweet from the natural coconut juice and the freshness mixed with the aloe juice itself.

These are unique. They are not “Sports Drinks” or sugary bottles of masked flavor. These are crisp and refreshing and really do make you feel quenched. They are also not impossible to find. I happen to find them well stocked at my local Ralph’s grocery store. That makes finding them a whole lot easier.

As a native Californian, I’m also elated to be supporting a locally sourced company whose belief and practice of sustainability is ever present.




Studies show it heals; wounds, dry skin, minor infections and even sunburn, quicker than the standard dressing. It has been known as the ‘plant of immortality’ since the time of the ancient Egyptians. The tough-skinned plant is cut open to gain access to the clear gel inside.

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GoodBelly Probiotics

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Individual probiotic shots or “juice” servings that has the probiotic digestive helpers your body needs to break down enzymes and keep your body happy. | COST – $4.00-$25.00 USD



I first found GoodBelly while at the grocery store in search of some Kefir to include in my morning smoothies. I didn’t realize it was a juice-based probiotic and when I opened it and tasted it? I was pleasantly surprised. Soon after, I was sent a variety of flavors to try and once again, I loved them all. Probiotics are meant to aid your digestive system into encouraging all of the good enzymes to nurture your body while ridding itself of those not-so-great elements that reek havoc on your system. Coming from a father who raised us drinking Acidolpholis, probiotics are part of my everyday regime and now so is GoodBelly.

I use the Probiotics juices every day in my morning smoothie but the GoodBelly “Shots” are my absolute favorite part of this product line. The mango flavor is so refreshing (especially in this crazy LA heat!) but funny enough I really love the Lemon Ginger. In fairness, I love lemon and ginger anyway (I get shots of the concentrate at Jamba Juice) but this version was tasty and cleansing. I also recommend the plain flavor. Heck, I say try them all. 

*They also have a new Probiotic supplement capsule.



Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.


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