What You Need to Know About Probiotics, According to Reviews.com



What You Need to Know About Probiotics

Since there’s still not a lot of research on probiotics, the research team at Reviews.com recently spent months studying and testing 277 top-rated supplements on the market to determine which strains are most effective for various issues. Here are some of their findings.

Although the idea of beneficial bacteria has been around since the late 1800s, and probiotic supplements have been around since the 1930s, there haven’t been many human clinical trials. We do know that probiotics produce enzymes that help break down chemicals that the normal human gut has a hard time with, such as the oligosaccharides in legumes. That digestive assistance results in less gastrointestinal distress and better absorption of nutrients.

A small but growing body of research on our gut tenants suggests that hacking your microbiome can not only improve the digestive process, but also contribute to a laundry list…

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Keep It Simple: Permission To Illuminate Your Life Easily, Effortlessly & Joyfully Workbook Exercise 12-2015: Believing In Yourself

K.I.S. Believing In Yourself


2016 is quickly approaching, inspiring us to make the most of all that we are.  Is there a better time to Believe In Yourself?  There isn’t!  Now is a great time to believe in yourself!  Let’s do it!

The Kindle version of the workbook is currently only $0.99. Signed copies of the paper workbook can be ordered directly from me at ginarty@hotmail.com

The statements:

I know that I am good at believing in myself.

I trust that I am good at believing in myself.

I love that I am good at believing in myself.

I accept that I am good at believing in myself.

Instructions for plugging in the keys if you haven’t done it before, or if you would like a refresher:

Pg. 14 of the workbook has a space for what you know is true about yourself. If your meditation with the words, “I know that I am good at believing in myself,” energized you, comforted you, or in some way felt like it was the one, this is where you’ll write the phrase in and date it. You know how much fun it is to look back on those entries!

Pg. 16 of the workbook is where you’ll write the words, “I trust that I am good at believing in myself,” if this is the phrase that gives you a good feeling, energizes you, or in some way adds something to you.

Pg. 17 of the workbook is the place to write, “I love that I am good at believing in myself,” if this is the phrase that gives you that loving feeling.

Pg. 18 of the workbook is where you can write, “I accept that I am good at believing in myself. ,” if this is the feeling that resonates most for you.

You can have more than one that feels good, so it’s up to you if you want to write it in more than one way. I think of this as a deeper introspection to explore, so please, do be gentle with yourself. Write the dates on each entry so you can visit them or work with them in the future.

Please feel free to get in touch with me privately if this exercise brings up anything you’d like help with. I’m here for you.

As always, thank you for reading,

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January Class Schedule!


The Reiki Cafe logo

I’ll have more to share about The Reiki Cafe name only croppedonce I’ve finished filing the permits, but I can already tell you that it is going to be awesome!

I hope you like the logo!

Now, on to the schedule.  Remember, if you would like to host a workshop or class in your home, ask me about it.

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Joshua Tree, CA
Contact:ginarty@hotmail.com, http://www.ginabriganti.com
Instructor: Gina Briganti, Reiki Master Teacher, Holistic Health Consultant

January Class Schedule

Guided Meditation: January 2nd from 10:00-11:30. Register by December 26th. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Nutrition Workshop: January 3rd from 10:00-2:00. Register by December 27th. Ask your basic nutrition questions and complete a mini analysis to learn more about what your body needs. The workshop fee is $60.

Guided Meditation: January 10th from 10:00-11:30. Register by January 3rd. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Teaching Reiki Workshop: January 10th from 12:30-4:30. Register by January 3rd.. If you’ve completed your Reiki levels, and would like more instruction on how to structure your Reiki classes, this workshop is for you. I will include information for teaching all four levels. The workshop fee is $60.

Guided Meditation: January 16th from 10:00-11:30. Register by January 9th. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Reiki II Class: January 17th from 10:00 – 3:00. Register by January 10th. Class includes level II attunement, certification, practitioner practice, symbol practice, symbol meditation, and distant healing instruction. The fee for the class is $200.

Infusing Reiki Into Your Life: January 23rd from 10:00-2:00. Register by January 16th. Learn how to cleanse and energize your home, workspace, career, relationships, and more in this workshop. The workshop fee is $60.

Guided Meditation: January 24th from 10:00-11:30. Register by January 17th. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

Guided Meditation: January 30th from 10:00-11:30. Register by January 23rd. Meditations are one hour long, with thirty minutes of discussion following the meditation. The fee for each meditation class is $20.

As always, thank you for everything!


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5-Star Review: Viva Labs Advanced Bioactive Probiotics

I was given a bottle of Viva Labs Advanced Probiotics in exchange for a fair and honest review.

When I received the request I had just purchased a mega-sized bottle of my favorite probiotic.  Ah, well, I thought, what can one more bottle of probiotics hurt?  I accepted the request.

Then I was prescribed a course of antibiotics.

Then these arrived.  Viva

I thought it would be a great test run to see how quickly I returned to my normal self following the antiobiotics by taking the Viva probiotics instead of my usual.

I was impressed!  Viva Labs has a new customer, and joy of joys, they are reasonably priced.  My internal balance felt restored almost immediately.

If you aren’t taking probiotics, and aren’t sure what they do or who should take them, read on.

Probiotics are good bacteria that help you digest food, and keep the bad bacteria in check, including fungi such as candida. Probiotics help with allergies, skin conditions, upset stomach, and overall intestinal health.

I bet you’ve heard of the most common probiotic, L. Acidophilus, right?  It’s only one of the strains included in Viva Labs Advanced Probiotic formula.  They have included five more strains.

Probiotics are one of those gentle supplements that should be safe for anyone to try.  Of course, it’s a good idea to have a complete nutrition analysis, like the one I use in my standard nutrition package, to gauge exactly what is happening with your needs.

Contact me if you’d like more information about a nutrition package to support your health goals.

It’s exciting to me that I can help with nutrition no matter where you live.  It’s distance friendly!

I will be teaching a nutrition workshop in January where we will analyze some of the most important needs the body has.  Watch for my new class schedule and sign up right away if you’re interested.  This is a popular workshop and seating is limited!

I hope you will join us.  If my classes in Joshua Tree are too far away for you, talk to me about hosting a workshop in your home.

As always, thank you for the time you spend with me!


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Am I Crazy Or Just Spiritual?

A few months ago Cyhndi Mora, one of my best friends, was inspired to start a Facebook group for those who are coming into their spiritual awareness.  The inspiration seeded from this fantastic article about the difference between the way a Shaman views awakenings, versus a viewpoint of seeing mental or physical illness, from the same set of symptoms.

Cyhndi invited several seekers to take part in the group new group, called Am I Crazy Or Just Spiritual, to offer guidance and support for what I’m calling shakti unwinding.  I am honored to be a part of the group. If you would like to join us, you can request to join the group.  Whether you have guidance to offer, are interested in forming friendships with like-minded people, would like to share your experience, or all of the above, we welcome you with open arms.

I had an experience I would like to share.  It lasted for months.  If anyone was looking close enough, they might have been worried.  The fact was, though I ate surprisingly little food, I did not lose weight.  At the time, I was meditating for an average of three hours every day.

I wasn’t anorexic.  I was being fed by my meditations.

How does someone with a degree in nutrition allow themselves not to eat regularly?  Well, for one, I wasn’t hungry.  Isn’t that one of the definitions of anorexia, you ask?  Normally, I would say yes, it is.

Add to this the fact that I was a newly single mom.  My hypoglycemic tendencies should have started rearing their heads, bringing headaches, irritability, fatigue, and nausea.

I experienced zero symptoms of hypoglycemia.  In fact, I felt fantastic.

My overall health improved.

In time, my eating habits returned to normal.  I was meditating less.  I think those two factors are related.

These days I meditate for around a half an hour a day.  Unless I’m shifting, then I will spend at least an hour aligning myself through meditation and self-Reiki treatments.  My weight is normal for my body frame.  I eat more than people think I do based on my appearance.  My hypoglycemic tendencies are under control through a balanced diet.  I still feel great.

I wonder if I will ever meditate for three hours a day again, and if I do, will I be fed by spirit again?

There is always mystery in the mystery.  I like it that way.

Do you?

What do you think?  Have you experienced an awakening that symptomatically seemed like an illness?

As always, thank you for reading,


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My Journey Into Nutrition

My journey into nutrition started when my daughter, Nina, who is now twenty-two years old and an influence on her own child, was a year old.  That day stands out so clearly for me, because I wanted nothing more than to eat Ding Dongs for breakfast while I conscientiously fed Nina whole grain cereal in her high chair.

I already knew that if she saw me eating cream-filled chocolate cakes, that she wouldn’t eat her cereal.  Deciding to be sneaky, I stealthed my way into the kitchen, went behind the pantry door, and quietly ate one of the Ding Dongs.

Guess who caught me licking chocolate frosting off of my fingers?  Maybe I wasn’t so good at sneaking after all.

Obviously, changes needed to be made.  I needed to eat the food I was encouraging my daughter to eat.  My mission to find out what was good for me, and tasted good, began.  I read voraciously and experimented enthusiastically.  There were a lot of great tasting foods that were also healthy!  The more I studied, the more I wanted to learn.  That’s how the idea to work with nutrition professionally was born. I could help other people do the same thing I was doing for myself and my family.

Finding the time and money to go back to school as a single mother was daunting, but I did it.  Every week something else would disappear from our grocery list as I learned more about what healthy food is and how important it is.

Does nutrition make a difference? This is me in 1998.
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This is me now.

We turned a corner in our lives when my son was in first grade.  The proof was undeniable.  There were two boys in the class who could sit still, didn’t get sick when everyone else did, had perfect vision and no cavities.

They were the only two boys in that class whose mothers were dedicated to healthy eating and living.

I had my own control group; two children from the same family.  The one who went through the ups and downs of learning to eat healthy with me had most of my own health challenges.  My second born did not.  He grew up without soda in the house, without refined sugar, without food colorings and additives, and with minimal meat, refined starch, and dairy.  He wasn’t interested in the fruits and vegetables, but he still came out way ahead.

We had also switched all of our cleaning products to natural cleaners by then.

When my son was eight, and my daughter was twelve, I received my Bachelors degree in holistic nutrition.

One of my first nutrition clients was a woman in her fifties who had irritable bowel syndrome.  She looked fantastic after a lifetime of exercise, supplementation, and healthy eating.  Once again I had confirmation that all the steps I was taking would continue to help me and my children to lead healthy, happy lives.  As a bonus, I also helped that client to balance her nutrition, which made her IBS symptoms disappear.

My journey into nutrition has been rewarding, to say the least.  Helping hundreds of clients to improve their health and happiness over the years is just about as rewarding as they way I feel and look.


After years of study and practice, which supplements do I believe in?  Lots of them.  My supplement regimen includes digestive enzymes, probiotics, multi vitamin and mineral, iron, vitamin C, and a thyroid booster.

In fact, if you’d like to improve your nutrition, I recommend starting with digestive enzymes and probiotics.

Healthy Eating

Supplements make a big difference, but eating healthy food is an important part of the storyEvery day I make sure to eat fruit, raw and cooked vegetables, nuts, little or no meat, little or no dairy, and little or no refined flour or sugar.

Who is the woman sitting in the lunchroom with a big salad every day?  Yep.  They are delicious.  The more I eat vegetables, the more I love them.

Organic is good, if your wondering whether or not I believe in organic food.  I eat as much organic food as I can.

My journey with nutrition is going strong.  I found a new supplement I want to research and possibly add to my regimen.

I’d love to hear your story about nutrition, too.  What’s working for you?

As always, thank you for reading,


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What is a Reiki “Facial”?

The Reiki Facial* is a Reiki technique that I developed with my guides, well, guidance.  I noticed that a few hours into a Reiki class, my students started looking remarkably younger.  We’ve all heard that stress ages us, and this result was the illustration of that.

The Reiki Facial* is intended to focus on the physical appearance of the face, but because it is Reiki, we know that more than that is happening.  Bonus, right?!

I taught the technique in a few classes, starting with level II students.  Then I tried experimenting with it by itself and photographing the results before and after the sessions.

Cyhndi's Reiki FaceliftMy model, Cyhndi, is my Reiki Master Teacher.  She bravely went first.  She loved the results of the technique and the fact that they lasted a long time for her.  People asked her what she was doing differently to look so good.

We were thrilled!

Then is was my turn to be the model, and Cyhndi’s turn to give me the sessions.

Gina4wkfinal CollageYou can see from my progression that I had more color in my face as the sessions continued.  By the end of the treatments, my daughter told me that I looked like her sister!

The best part is that we did all of this through Google Hangouts.  Of course, it can be done in person.  That’s still an option.

Now Cyhndi and I are both able to teach Reiki practitioners how to perform the technique, and we are available to do Reiki Facials* on you!  Distance is not an obstacle.  If you’d like a Reiki Facial session, you can book one with either one of us.

Plus, we’re teaching the technique via Google Hangout.  Make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter so you can register for the next class.

Questions?  Ask away!

As always, thank you for being a part of my experience!


*Reiki Facial is a Reiki technique.  You do not need to be an aesthetician to use the technique.  It contains Reiki only.  No product is used at any time during the session.  In fact, the skin is never touched.