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What's the Difference Between Prebiotics, Probiotics & Postbiotics?

What's the Difference Between Prebiotics, Probiotics & Postbiotics?

Maybe this is the first you've heard of the term "postbiotics." We'll get to that shortly. But let's first discuss the one digestive system freeloader you're probably most familiar with: probiotics....


You probably know at least a little bit about probiotics, those microscopic good bugs in your gut. 

In a healthy immune system, the gut will contain about 80% friendly bacteria and 20% unfriendly.

Think of a healthy gut like a party. If at least 80% of the people there are friendly, you're going to have a good time. But if the rowdy, unfriendly contingent number about one-third or more, trouble starts brewing. 

When too many unfriendly strains of bacteria (or yeast) populate the gut, lots of things in the body can go wrong. Leaky gut and poor gut-brain communication included, the latter of which may result in mental dysfunction. 

So if it's better for your health to have more beneficial bacteria living in your gut, what's a good source of probiotics?


Many people say yogurt. But most yogurts are too processed, contain too much sugar and don't have nearly enough strains or colony-forming-units (CFUs) of probiotics to make a drastic difference in gut health. 

Fermented foods and drinks such as kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi contain lots of probiotics. But for some people with serious digestive disorders, these fermented foods are intolerable and may exacerbate the condition. That's because fermented foods increase histamine levels in the body (read this excellent article for more info on this subject, written by a pharmacist/functional medicine practitioner). Avoid fermented foods at all costs if you have an autoimmune disorder. (We discussed a good diet plan--the AIP diet--last week on our blog.)

The easiest solution for getting enough friendly bacteria in your gut is taking a supplement. Make sure each capsule or serving contains 10 billion CFU's. Unfortunately, not all supplements are created equal. You'll have to do your research ( is a great source of information.) Or get a good recommendation from a functional health/nutritional expert.


The friendly bacteria in your gut--the probiotics--are having a party in your gastrointestinal tract. It's a warm, cozy, comfy environment with lots of free food. And their favorite food is a particular type of fiber called prebiotics. 

Simply put, prebiotics are the fuel for probiotics. Lots of veggies, including green, leafy ones are rich sources of prebiotics. But here's where the microscopic world of prebiotics gets a bit confusing.

You see, there's a few terms you might hear relating to prebiotics: inulin, FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides) and FODMAP (acronym divulged shortly). 

Let's keep it short and simple:


Inulin and FOS are very similar. They are both types of carbohydrates and considered prebiotics. The main difference between the two is the molecular structure, which won't be explained for brevity sake here; we can tell your eyes are starting to glaze over. :)

Also, another difference between the two is that they each colonize different sides of the colon (inulin: left; FOS: right). 

Both inulin and FOS are indigestible. But they are somehow still considered soluble fibers even though they mostly remain undigested. Why? Well, they eventually do get metabolized. But not until they reach the colon. Their primary purpose is to act as fertilizer feed for the friendly bacteria in your colon.

Certain strains of bacteria, such as lactobacillus species love to feast on FOS and inulin. In light of this, inulin/FOS are starting to be hyped as a beneficial supplement.


However, those with autoimmune diseases and others sensitive to fermented foods might want to limit both naturally occurring foods with FOS and inulin --artichoke, chickory root, garlic and jicama are rich in inulin prebiotic fiber -- as well as supplements containing these prebiotics. People with sensitivity to FODMAPS (Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols) cannot tolerate these short-chain carbs. 

LonoLife bone broth contains chickory root. Thus, for most people, our bone broth is an excellent source of inulin, which again, is food for probiotics. If you have an autoimmune disorder, having a serving of bone broth will most likely not exacerbate your symptoms. However, to be on the safe side, pay attention to how you feel within a couple hours after consuming bone broth. And don't have anything else with the bone broth, otherwise you won't know for sure if bone broth will cause symptoms. 

In short, both inulin and FOS are soluble fibers, considered prebiotics. They travel through the GI tract and don't get digested until they reach the colon. In the colon, they ferment. And then they become appetizers for friendly gut bacteria. But they may also feed harmful bacteria as well. Overall, for most people with healthy immune and digestive systems, the flatulence that may arise from eating foods rich in these prebiotic fibers is a small price to pay for optimal gut health. (But for those with FODMAP sensitivity, autoimmune disease or small intestine bacterial overgrowth [SIBO], prebiotic fibers may exacerbate symptoms.)


Dr. Jonathan Carp, a medical doctor and creator of the popular brand of zero-calorie pasta, Miracle Noodle, succinctly describes the benefits of probiotics in this blog post:

"The benefits associated with probiotics are not solely related to the bacteria itself, but to what the bacteria actually releases."

And what the bacterium releases is what's called postbiotics. In a nutshell, postbiotics are beneficial chemicals and compounds for the body that are the result of the probiotics feasting on prebiotics. (The poop of the probiotics? Now that's food for thought!)

In conclusion, although our bone broth and collagen protein products are not directly linked to prebiotic fiber, probiotics or postbiotics, they nonetheless are excellent for gut health, including for those with FODMAP sensitivity and autoimmune disorders. But if you are free of inflammatory conditions, do eat foods that are naturally rich in prebiotics and probiotics (or take probiotic supplements). Your digestive system will thank you by releasing postbiotics. 

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The AIP Diet: Eliminating Inflammation In Autoimmune Diseases

The AIP Diet: Eliminating Inflammation In Autoimmune Diseases

The AIP diet stands for "Autoimmune Protocol." And the purpose of the AIP diet is to eliminate foods that may trigger inflammation.

Anybody with an autoimmune disease may want to try the AIP diet, as stringent as it is. The AIP diet will be explained shortly, but in case you're not familiar with autoimmune diseases, here's some basic facts....

What is an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune diseases (AId) affect over 50 million people in the U.S. alone. That’s a staggering 20 percent of the population, with the majority of people with an AId--75%--being women. Though genetics does factor in developing an AId, external influences play a far greater role. Without doubt, diet is one of the most important factors in epigenetics. Epigenetics is the so-called switching on and off of gene expression. Thus, eating foods that promote inflammation can switch on genes that lead to chronic inflammation in the body, which may cause an AId. And that’s why following an autoimmune diet protocol, or AIP diet, is crucial for managing and possibly reversing the disorder.

An AId occurs when your immune system is overactive. Yes, you want your immune system to be very active in defending your body against harmful invaders like viruses and bacteria. However, in people with an AId, the immune system has essentially gone haywire. An overwhelmed immune system attacks the body instead of a truly deleterious pathogen. A specific AId is characterized by exactly where the inflammation occurs.

For example, the AId that attacks the joints is Rheumatoid Arthritis. When skin cells are attacked by the body's own defenses, this is known as psoriasis. When inflammation affects the nerves, this is multiple sclerosis. And when inflammation chronically overwhelms the body all over, this may be diagnosed as lupus. And so on….

Foods and Drinks to Avoid on the AIP Diet

If you have an AId, try following the AIP diet. Though it may sound stringent at first, ask yourself how important it is for you to feel better. If it is indeed your goal to feel better, even to the point of reversing your AId, you’ll have to make sacrifices. That being said, however, many of the foods you may enjoy now are allowable on the AIP diet.

But first, let’s get the obvious things to avoid out of the way....

Sugar ... perhaps no other substance promotes systemic, chronic inflammation like it. However, some people are conned into thinking that certain sweeteners are good for you because it’s not table sugar. Here are some examples: organic blue agave; raw honey; organic cane sugar; molasses, etc….

Now let’s say you have a sore throat one morning and you want to have a cup of tea with a spoonful of honey. Once in a blue moon, that’s fine. But in general, the more you abstain from foods and drinks with added sugar, the better.

If you have a sweet tooth, learn to bake with healthy flours that either have zero or low glycemic response. Almond flour and coconut flour are nutritious and won’t trigger an autoimmune attack (unless you’re allergic to almond or coconut of course). If you want to sweeten your tea, let’s say, the natural sweetener, monk fruit extract, will satisfy your sweet tooth without promoting inflammation.

Thankfully, with recent changes to food labelling, it’s much easier to know if a food has added sugars. (Avoid alcohol on the AIP diet; it converts into sugar.)

AIP Diet: No Processed Foods

Another obvious category of foods to avoid on the AIP diet is processed foods. But what does processed mean? After all, even getting our bone broth and collagen products into a stick pack, let’s say, involves processing. Before answering the question, great news if you want to try the AIP diet: our bone broth and collagen products are allowed. Another example of a processed food that might actually be good for you is chopped broccoli crowns….

In order to eat a piece of grass-fed beef, obviously, there needs to be some processing involved. So what does ‘avoid processed food mean?’

Processed foods that may promote inflammation have been significantly altered. A couple good examples are snacks that comes in package or frozen entrees. Processed foods to avoid most often contain highly-inflammatory seed oils. Soybean oil or cottonseed oil are a couple examples of industrial oils that will aggravate your AId. In general, any packaged food item with more than just a few ingredients is likely highly inflammatory.

AIP Diet: When Healthy Foods Become Unhealthy

For some people, certain foods regarded as healthy may cause problems. That’s because there are a few different types of compounds that may cause problems in people with AId.

Oxalates, lectins and phytates are examples. These compounds are “anti-nutrients.” Anti-nutrients interfere with the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Consequently, this exacerbates the condition known as “leaky gut.”

Let’s look at lectins as an example. Lectins are compounds that help protect a plant. Bugs and other critters avoid eating certain plants with lectins. And it’s these lectins that may prove difficult for certain people to digest. Beans are an example. That’s why it’s recommended that you soak beans overnight in water to remove the lectins.

However, on an AIP diet, you should avoid all legumes, even if they are soaked. And while we’re at it, here are other categories of foods to avoid: grains; dairy; eggs; nuts; seeds; and nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplants).

AIP Diet: What is allowed?

Meat. But only if it’s grass-fed, organic or pasture-raised. No corn- or soy-fed cuts. Wild salmon and other sustainably-raised fish are fine. Organ meats are ok as well. If you love milk, sorry, no dairy. But coconut milk is allowed on the AIP diet. As are most non-starchy vegetables. As for fruit, even though it contains sugar, in moderation, low-sugar varieties like blueberries are safe. Also good on the AIP diet are fermented foods that aren’t dairy (sorry, no yogurt or kefir; kombucha and sauerkraut are great). And if you need a caffeine fix, sorry, coffee is a no-no. But green tea is generally considered AIP-safe. And it’s worth repeating that bone broth and collagen protein products are encouraged.

AIP Diet: don’t do it alone

If you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and want to try and reverse it, seek help. If you can afford it, work with a naturopathic doctor or other health expert that has lots of experience in helping people with chronic inflammation. Going it alone by reading online content can be frustrating. One article may say that kale is great for you, while another one says to avoid it because of oxalates.

Sticking to the AIP diet may be challenging. Especially if you have to cook for your whole family. But eating this way isn’t a life sentence. If, after a few weeks or so, of sticking religiously to the AIP diet, you feel much better, you can slowly reintroduce foods that you enjoy. Make sure to only reintroduce one food at a time. And make sure when you do, it’s not a highly inflammatory food or drink like beer. (Quinoa would be a safer bet.) Your health professional you’ll work with will guide you along the way. Good luck and here’s to you completely reversing your autoimmune disorder. (Or at the very least, managing it to the point it gives you only minimal complications).

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Can Collagen Help Your Nails Grow Strong?

Can Collagen Help Your Nails Grow Strong?

It's one of the most frequently-asked questions we get over email....

If I drink your bone broth (or take your Collagen Peptides), will it make my nails stronger? 

The answer....

Maybe yes, maybe no. 

We can't tell you with 100% certainty that if you have weak, brittle, broken nails that drinking bone broth or consuming a collagen supplement such as LonoLife Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides will transform your nails into a back-scratchin' love machine like it did for Erika W. of Encinitas, CA. 

You see, everybody is different. And to make a blanket statement that everybody will have stronger nails if they consume something with collagen protein every day is irresponsible, not to mention potentially illegal. 

However, dozens of LonoLife lovers have either, in their product review, or in an email to us, reported that one of the benefits they experienced by taking our products is stronger nails. 

Does Research Prove Collagen Protein is Good For Your Nails?

However, before you hop on the collagen bandwagon, keep in mind you may come across an article that basically poo-poos bone broth and collagen health benefits because research is inconclusive. The naysayers believe that because there is not enough randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials, there's no proof bone broth and collagen unequivocally offers any health benefits. But the main barrier to getting a so-called "gold standard" random clinical trial (RCT) is funding. RCTs are very expensive to run. (It's highly doubtful a large pharmaceutical company would fund a study on our bone broth.)

On the contrary, we strongly believe there's more than enough research to support the use of bone broth and collagen protein supplementation. 

Collagen Protein for Stronger Nails 

Several diseases have been linked to collagen disorders. And collagen, along with keratin, is the major protein constituent in your nail bed. According to this study in Seminars in Dermatology, the following diseases can be observed by the modifications of the nail apparatus: systemic sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, mixed connective tissue disease, rheumatoid arthritis, periarteritis nodosa, and Wegener granulomatosis.

This study suggests that microscopic abnormalities in the nail fold capillaries  can be observed in collagen disorders. 

One reason why collagen peptide powder may be a good supplement to take for your nails is because it's high in the amino acid, arginine. Collagen peptides contain 18 of the 20 amino acids. Arginine is one of them. Although there are five amino acids in collagen peptides that have more mg per serving than arginine, it's this amino acid that shines (no pun intended) for nail growth. 

How Does Collagen Build Stronger Nails?

Recall the paragraph above that says collagen disorders occur at the capillary level. Capillaries are tiny blood vessels. They bring nutrients and oxygen to tissues, including the nails. And here's why arginine benefits the nails. It produces something called nitric oxide (NO). NO is a compound. It's primary role is to improve blood flow. In addition, NO, like capillaries, supplies nutrients. Specifically, NO carries nutrients to the nail roots. 

A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology investigates if and how collagen peptides benefits the nails. 

Twenty-five participants took 2.5 g of a specific collagen peptide product, which, incidentally, is manufactured by the same company that produces LonoLife Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides. The subjects supplemented with the collagen peptide powder once a day for 24 weeks. After the 24 weeks, the test subjects abstained from the collagen peptide powder for 4 weeks. After the 4 weeks, their nail growth rate and the frequency of cracked and/or chipped nails were assessed. Also, an evaluation of symptoms and global clinical improvement score of brittle nails were assessed by a physician during treatment and 4 weeks after discontinuation.

Study with collagen supplement and nail growth

The results: supplementing with collagen peptides promoted an increase of 12% nail growth rate and a decrease of 42% in the frequency of broken nails. Moreover, about two-thirds of the subjects reported better outcomes with brittle nails. And almost 90% of the participants showed improvement even after the 4 weeks of not taking the collagen peptides. "The majority of participants (80%) agreed that the use of collagen peptides improved their nails' appearance, and were completely satisfied with the performance of the treatment," concluded the study authors. 

Of course, there will be skeptics of the study. They'll argue that not enough participants were included. But again, large randomized clinical trials are prohibitively expensive to run. So if you're willing to let this fact slide and perhaps give collagen peptides the benefit of the doubt and try it out you may see some great results yourself.

If you want to know more about collagen peptides and how they help strengthen nails, here's some more background....

For starters, you already know how arginine helps supply the nail bed with nutrients and better blood flow. But also, the researchers of the study above describe in more detail how collagen supplements can help grow your nails:

An article about the study says that the peptides, which are broken down collagen molecules, contain free amino acids. And these free amino acids provide the building block for the formation of dermal extracellular matrix proteins for the epidermal structure." The researchers add that the collagen peptides act as bioactive messengers, activating different signaling pathways and stimulating dermal and epidermal metabolism."

More Ways Collagen Can Help Your Nails

Gelita, the manufacturer of different brands of collagen peptides, including LonoLife, maintains that recent skin health studies reveal that consuming collagen peptides orally (as opposed to getting it injected in your face or other areas of your skin), stimulate fibroblast cells. Fibroblasts, the most common cells of connective tissue in humans, synthesize the extracellular matrix and the structural framework (collagen in your body tissues). The collagen in your own skin is a matrix, (triple helix, actually). Collagen peptides from bovine skin essentially provides the building blocks to support your own body's collagen. And by doing so, they influence your nail collagen metabolism from the inside.

But don't take our word for it, or the researcher's, check out some of our Amazon reviews

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No, The Internet Is Not Freaking About Collagen Peptides (But Our Customers Are)!

No, The Internet Is Not Freaking About Collagen Peptides (But Our Customers Are)!

Consider this hyperbolic click bait headline: "Why the Internet is Freaking Out About Collagen Peptides!"

Since when did the titles of online articles become so dramatic? Obviously, the more dramatic, the more likely someone will click, which leads to more ad revenue. 

But come on, seriously? Is the Internet really freaking out about collagen peptides? No. Who knows, maybe there's one person out there who is freaking out about collagen peptides. 

Wild exaggerations aside, though, LonoLife customers seem to be enjoying our new line of flavored collagen peptides. In fact, as of this post, 26 of 27 Amazon reviews are 5-star

Collagen Peptide Reviews

"My Best Collagen Buy Yet," reads the headline of one (real) review, which goes on to say:  

"I purchased the vanilla flavor which is light, subtle and natural with no sugary or bitter after taste. So far I have mixed it with smoothies, almond milk and coffee, but the possibilities seem endless. I especially love it with morning coffee and will totally use it as a creamer/non dairy creamer substitute. The consistency blends well and dissolves quickly in both hot and cold liquids. (No Clumps at all) The packaging is compact and will travel well in a work or gym bag."

The review continues, "Super excited about this product and feel like it is a great value for the quality and price. I have used a few other collagen products, but have never been overly impressed. Looking forward to using this for the long term and as a gym rat, trainer and marathon runner, I am excited to see what the extra boost of protein and collagen will do for performance, digestion, skin and nails."

Another review reads, "[I] Use this as a nighttime remedy for my restless legs. Matched with magnesium this really helps me not have leg pains without taking pain killers. Also aids in recovery from sore muscles."

And for now, we'll leave you with one more:

"LonoLife Collagen Peptides is the perfect addition to my morning coffee. This product has helped with my weak and brittle joints and tendons immensely...."

What are Collagen Peptides?

If collagen peptides sound intriguing but you have no idea what they are or what they do, here's a crash course. 

In your own body, most of the proteins that make you, well, you, is comprised of collagen. A glue-like matrix of structural proteins, collagen provides cushioning to your tendons and ligaments; prevents your nails and hair from becoming brittle, and provides strength for your bones, muscles, and virtually every other feature with tissues (not the kind you blow your nose with). 

There's two problems with your collagen. You're not getting any younger. Your body makes less and less collagen every year. And the collagen you do have can break down. Moreover, if you do any extreme sports or endurance running, these activities can also weaken your own collagen. 

So what's the solution, then, for preventing and possibly reversing this breakdown of collagen? 

Consuming the collagen of grass-fed cows, that's how. To be sure, consuming grass-fed collagen peptides does not mean you are directly replacing collagen in your own body. Rather, the amino acids from bovine collagen supplies your body with the building blocks it needs to create collagen indirectly.

And besides our single-serving bone broth collection, the most convenient way to consume grass-fed collagen is with LonoLife Collagen Peptides. 

Again, What the Hell are Collagen Peptides?

Sorry, the question wasn't answered. But before explaining what collagen peptides are, you need to understand what collagen is first. As for what collagen peptides are, the simple explanation is this....

Peptides are molecules (in this case, of collagen) that are broken down with water. Because the molecules are smaller, collagen peptides are super easy to digest and absorb. 

And if you've ever taken a protein powder that left you with a chalky taste and a bloated belly, you'll appreciate collagen peptides. Each scoop contains 10 grams of collagen protein. There's no aftertaste and no bloating. Moreover, collagen peptides completely mix with either cold or hot liquids. (You can also add to foods like yogurt, kefir, smoothies, oatmeal, etc.). And if you're wondering if collagen is the same thing as gelatin, the answer is, yes and no. You see, gelatin is the cooked form of collagen.

Essentially, collagen peptides is broken down gelatin. But gelatin is only dissolved in hot water. And a not so convenient thing about gelatin is, well, it's gelatin; it gels when it reacts with hot water. The last thing you probably want to taste in a morning smoothie or protein shake is gelatin. 

What Are the Benefits of Collagen Peptides?

By supporting your own body's collagen, collagen peptides may prevent premature skin aging. Also, it may help your bones stay strong as well as promote healthy joints, strong hair and nails, as well as aid in exercise recovery and perhaps enhance digestion, immunity and gut health. 

  • Helps maintain skin elasticity and can help prevent skin aging and roughness
  • Promotes bone health
  • Promotes joint health and mobility
  • Supports strong, healthy hair
  • Supports nail growth and strength
  • May shorten exercise recovery

How is LonoLife Collagen Peptides Different?

We can't promise you'll experience any of the possible benefits of LonoLife Grass-Fed Collagen Peptides. All we can do is share some of our customer success stories and testimonials, such as our 5-star Amazon reviews. But we strongly believe our peptides are the highest-quality and best tasting. And in addition to our neutral-tasting collagen peptide powder, we have recently introduced 4 flavored collagen peptide options:

  • Cucumber-Lemon
  • Coconut-Pineapple
  • Vanilla
  • Mocha

The vanilla, mocha and neutral-tasting Collagen Peptides mix great with coffee (either hot or iced). The cucumber-lemon flavor tastes like refreshing spa water. And the coconut-pineapple makes for a healthy, delicious addition to your morning smoothie or veggie juice. 

Give one of them a try. You might just start freaking out about how awesome it is. Either that, or you'll post a 5-star review, we hope. 



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LonoLife Low Sodium Bone Broth Is Here! (only 95 mg salt per serving)

LonoLife Low Sodium Bone Broth Is Here! (only 95 mg salt per serving)

Although sodium intake guidelines might have to be taken with a grain of salt (excuse the pun), for most people, we want to be able to provide the same savory, convenient superfood bone broth for our customers who are on a restricted-sodium diet.

Low Sodium Bone Broth

The average serving of regular LonoLife Bone Broth contains about 500 milligrams (mg) of sodium. This amounts to roughly 20% of the maximum amount of sodium the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends you consume every day. According to the 2015-2020 "Dietary Guidelines for Americans" sodium consumption should be less than 2,300 mg per day "as part of a healthy eating pattern." The CDC adds that "nearly everyone benefits from lower sodium intake." 

For those that are on a low-sodium diet for medical reasons, you'll be happy to know that we now offer Bone Broth with only 95 mg of sodium per serving. As of now, it's only available on our Amazon store. The reason why is we would love it if you rate our product. We are the #1 rated bone broth and collagen brand on Amazon. And you don't get to #1 on Amazon without customer reviews. We already have several 5-star reviews for our Low Sodium Bone Broth on Amazon. But we want more. We trust that you'll find our low sodium bone broth just as savory and delicious as our regular broth. However, we want your honest feedback. We will add Low Sodium Bone Broth to our website in the near future, but for now, it's only available on Amazon (with a 15% discount for your first purchase of LonoLife Low Sodium Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth K-Cups.

(As of this writing, we only have Grass-Fed Beef available in K-Cups. Check back often or join our email list on to get notified when low sodium Chicken Bone Broth is available. And if you don't have a Keurig machine, simply open the lid of the K-Cup, pour into a mug or bowl and add hot water.)

Benefits of Low Sodium Bone Broth

Lowering your sodium consumption may lower your blood pressure. This is especially true if you have high or borderline-high blood pressure. In addition, restricting your sodium may prevent fluid retention in the lower legs or abdominal cavity. People with chronic kidney disease and heart failure must control sodium intake to prevent volume overload, which increases blood pressure and causes swelling. 

According to, an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource, switching from a higher-sodium diet to a lower-sodium diet can modestly reduce blood pressure in people who have normal blood pressure. "When the sodium intake is lowered from 4,000 mg to 2,000 mg per day, blood pressure falls by 2 to 3 mmHg. This reduction may be as great as 10 mmHg over several years and can substantially lower the risk of heart disease," says

Who is Low Sodium Bone Broth Good For?

If you take a blood pressure drug, consuming lower amounts of sodium may make the medication more effective. And according to, a lower sodium intake has also been associated with a reduced risk of dying from a stroke, reversal of heart enlargement, and a reduced risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis.

Yes, it might be good to avoid reaching for that salt shaker at a restaurant. However, according to the CDC, only a small amount of the sodium most of us get from the diet is from the typical table salt shaker. In fact, the majority--over 70%--of the sodium the average American consumes is salt from processed foods and dining out. 

Though your body requires sodium to work properly, too much may jeopardize your health. "Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart disease and stroke. Together, heart disease and stroke kill more Americans each year than any other cause," says the CDC. 

Do You Need Low Sodium Bone Broth?

If you don't have a pre-existing health condition, you likely don't need low-sodium bone broth. That being said, though, some of our first Amazon reviews on LonoLife Low Sodium Bone Broth claim that although it has about one-fifth the sodium regular bone broth contains, it tastes just about the same. Therefore, either low-sodium or regular you can't go wrong.

But if you're an active, relatively healthy person, you likely do not need to worry about your sodium intake. That's because if you're a healthy person, you're not eating lots of processed/junk food. Moreover, if you're working out and sweating, you're excreting sodium and need more in your diet.

Furthermore, not all salt is created equal. The sodium chloride in LonoLife Bone Broth comes from mineral-rich sea salt. This is different than white table salt, which is highly processed and stripped of all other minerals. 

Salt from sodium chloride plays several important physiological functions. It helps to regulate blood pressure and volume. And, it's necessary for proper nerve and muscle function. 

A crucial electrolyte in muscle contraction, sodium is a key nutrient. And if your intake is too low, you can develop muscle cramps. Along with other trace minerals in the sea salt we use, sodium chloride is as important electrolyte. Along with nerve firing and muscle contraction, electrolytes also play a key role in fluid balance. 

Keep in mind that ultra low-sodium diets can be hazardous to your health. In fact, not getting enough salt in your diet can increase fat deposits in the blood and increase insulin resistance. Furthermore, studies (like this one) suggest a low salt diet may cause heart failure.

That being said, however, high-salt diets may lead to stomach cancer. Moreover, anybody with salt-sensitive hypertension should cut way back on sodium chloride. 

Where to Buy Low Sodium Bone Broth

Eventually, we will offer both Grass-Fed Beef Low Sodium Bone Broth and Pasture-Raised Chicken Low Sodium Bone Broth right here on For now, we are offering for a limited-time only, a 15% coupon (no code needed) for your first purchase of Grass-Fed Beef Low Sodium Bone Broth through our Amazon store. Keep in mind it's single serving low sodium bone broth available only right now in K-Cup formats (stick packs coming soon!). If you don't have a Keurig, just open the top of the K-Cup (or poke a hole in it, if you can't peel it back) and pour the low sodium bone broth powder into a mug or bowl and add 8 oz hot water. 

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Best Ways To Improve Skin (Hint: Look Inside Yourself)

Best Ways To Improve Skin (Hint: Look Inside Yourself)

You're probably familiar with the maxim, "Beauty is only skin deep."

What that means exactly is that a person's physical appearance, flawless skin, for example, is superficial. 

Although the saying implies that a person's intellectual, emotional, and spiritual qualities are more important than good looks, flawless, radiant, healthy skin is not only superficial. It's internal as well.   

You see, the appearance of your skin is a manifestation of how healthy the internal environment of your body is. 

Acne isn't something you just catch like a cold. It's an indication that something is not right in your body. Specifically in your gut. Your gut is like your second brain. As a matter of fact, your gut communicates with your brain and vice versa. And the healthier your gut, the healthier your immune system. That's because approximately 80% of your immune cells reside in your gut. 

What does having a healthier gut and immune system have to do with having beautiful skin?


Having a healthy gut means you have enough good bacteria to overwhelm the bad. In fact, the percentage of good to bad bacteria shouldn't be just a slim majority. Rather, it should be an overwhelming 85/15% majority, approximately. But when you don't have enough of certain kinds of bacteria and too much of other kinds of bacteria, all kinds of problems can happen. 

Including bad skin. 

That's why we've put together 5 best ways to improve skin ... by improving your gut health. 

Best ways to improve skin #1: drop some acid!

 Here's another trite wellness maxim for you: 'you are what you eat.'

True. But only to a certain extent. That's because even if you eat green leafy veggies like a good boy or girl every single day, if you can't digest those nutrients, all those vitamins and minerals won't do you any good. 

And the reason why many people can't digest and absorb nutrients very well is because lack of stomach acid. Low stomach acid is one of the biggest reasons why some people struggle with skin problems, even if they are years or decades removed from the hormonal nightmare that is puberty. 

Commercials for heartburn and acid reflux lead you to believe otherwise, however, it's too little stomach acid, not too much, that is generally the problem. And here's how insufficient stomach acid manifests as skin problems....

When all those undigested food particles flood the bloodstream, they have to exit somewhere. And what better place to do that than out of our biggest organ, the skin! 

So how can you score some acid? You can buy an HCL/Pepsin supplement. HCL stands for hydrochloric acid, which along with pepsin are your main gastric juices. 

Best ways to improve skin #2: digestive enzymes

Typically, if you have insufficient stomach acid and not enough good bacteria, you most likely don't have enough active digestive enzymes. Enzymes help break down food into usable nutrients. Take lactase for example. Lactose is milk sugar. Lactase is the enzyme that breaks it down. And one theory why many people are lactose-intolerant is not because of a milk allergy, but rather the pasteurization process that renders lactase enzymes inert. 

To put it simply, if your enzymes can't break down food into individual nutrients, your skin will suffer. 

The solution: again, pop a pill. Digestive enzymes are a low-cost supplement like HCL/Pepsin. Look for a "full-spectrum enzyme" supplement. 

Best ways to improve skin #3: bone broth and collagen

Collagen is the building block for tendons, ligaments and bones. And also your hair, teeth, nails. And guess what else? Yes, your skin! It turns out that bone broth and collagen protein products (Protein Coffee, Collagen Peptides) are great for your skin for a couple major different reasons. 

First, the collagen from animal sources, helps heal leaky gut. It does this by repairing the lining of your GI tract. Leaky gut is a root cause of inflammatory diseases such as autoimmune disorders. And remember, you need a healthy gut to have healthy skin. 

Second, consuming products with collagen like LonoLife Bone Broth can regenerate your own body's collagen. In other words, you're eating the collagen of an animal to strengthen your own body's collagen. This is important because when the collagen in your skin starts wearing down, you get wrinkles, fine lines and other blemishes. Now keep in mind that there are roughly 20 main types of collagen. But only types 1 & 3 support your skin. And guess what LonoLife Bone Broth and collagen protein products are rich in? That's right, types 1 & 3. 

Therefore, one of the best and easiest things you can do for your skin is consuming at least one serving per day of either bone broth or other collagen protein product. 

Best ways to improve skin #4: Probiotics

You've got two choices here in order to boost the friendly microscopic critters in your gut that help keep disease at bay and improve your skin. You can either eat foods that are naturally high in probiotics such as sauerkraut, kombucha, tempeh, kimchi, natto, kvass, and other exotic-sounding fermented foods. (Yogurt, too, but stick to plain, whole-fat.) Or, if you can't stomach fermented foods, buy a high-quality multi-strain probiotic supplement with at least 10 billion colony forming units per capsule. 

Best ways to improve skin #5: Fiber

If your diet lacks fiber, your good bacteria won't have enough of its own food to feed on. Although the bacteria in our gut don't pay rent, they do pull their own weight by feeding on insoluble fiber. That's the type of fiber that provides bulk to our poop. We need to have enough fiber to feed our gut dependents. And, we need enough probiotics to help break down the fiber. See the symbiotic relationship? Moreover, fiber, especially the fiber we can digest--soluble--helps our body eliminate excess hormones. When hormones aren't flushed out, this can create ripe conditions for skin problems. So do like mom says/said and eat your vegetables!

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Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

The holidays are over, school is back in session and you are back to work. With everything going on it may be hard to make a home cooked meal for your family every night. Get ready to break out your handy dandy crockpot!

This meal is so easy to make and your family will love the sandwiches! It’s the perfect meal to put together in the morning and let sit all day. For this meal, cooking ti low and slow will provide you with the best outcome.


  • 3 – 3 ½ pounds beef eye of round or rump roast
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced (red or yellow)
  • 7-10 cloves garlic, minced (if you LOVE garlic, use 10!)
  • 3 cups LonoLife Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth (Three scoops of Lonolife Beef Broth mixed with 3 cups warm water)
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning (salt-free)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 6-8 hoagie rolls
  • sliced provolone/mozzarella (or shredded gruyere)



Season the beef generously with a bit of salt and pepper. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the meat on all sides, about 8 minutes total. Place the roast in the slow cooker.

Add the remaining tablespoon of butter to skillet and the sliced onions. Cook the onions for 5-7 minutes or until they start to soften.


Add the onions to the slow cooker along with the remaining slow cooker ingredients, cover and let cook on low for 6-8 hours.

The liquid may not cover the roast entirely, and that’s okay. Sometime during those 6-8 hours, just give it a quick flip. You can also cook it on high but I find the meat doesn’t get as tender as it does when cooked low and slow.

When the beef is cooked, remove from the broth to a cutting board and shred or slice the meat against the grain (this makes it even more tender). Add the beef back into the slow cooker for just a few minutes so it soaks up some of the juices (with the slow cooker off).


Position a rack near the center of the oven and preheat to 400ºF. Peel back the hoagie rolls. Pile on the meat, top with sliced cheese. Cover the rolls and bake until the cheese melts (about 6-10 minutes). While the sandwiches are baking, remove any remaining meat to air-tight containers and strain the cooking liquid through a fine mesh strainer. Serve the au jus (cooking liquid) with the sandwiches! Any leftover au jus should be stored in a separate container from the meat so the meat doesn’t fall apart.


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What's the Best Diet & Exercise Plan for Weight Loss?

What's the Best Diet & Exercise Plan for Weight Loss?

Happy New Year! 

Let's talk about your obligatory New Year's resolutions. And what better timing to do so. That's because we've just kicked off our #LonoChallenge ... it's a 30-day social media contest with weekly giveaways and a grand prize of a year's supply of free bone broth. And all you have to do is consume one serving of LonoLife bone broth or collagen protein a day and post about it. Your first post should include your health goal for the month. 

And if your goal is weight loss, let's talk about some of the best ways to lose weight. Obviously, exercise is great for weight loss. But what type of exercise yields the most weight loss, especially body fat? 

First, let's talk about best diets for weight loss....

Intermittent Fasting for Weight Loss

There are a couple different ways to incorporate intermittent fasting. Some people take a couple days a week and restrict their calorie intake on those fast days. For example, you could have one or two servings of LonoLife bone broth on intermittent fast days along with a nutrient-dense veggie soup for lunch or dinner.

The conventional calorie-restricted intermittent fast day is about 500 calories or so. Thus, if you normally eat about 2,000 calories a day, taking two days to do a calorie-restricted intermittent fast will result in 3,000 fewer calories a week. Which amounts to 12,000 fewer calories a month. Controlling for all other variables (nothing else about your lifestyle changes), you will likely lose weight by taking two days a week and restricting your calories to bone broth, veggies and perhaps a serving or two of lean protein and healthy fat. 

The problem with intermittent fasting is the calorie restriction. If you have an active life or a job that requires critical thinking for several hours, it might be too difficult for you to restrict your calorie intake to 500.

But there is another way to fast intermittently that does not require calorie restriction. You simply finish your dinner early, say by 6 pm, and don't eat anything at all until at least 14 hours later (8 a.m.).

Going this long without calories can help give your digestive system a rest and aid in detoxification.

And in between meals, if you can go at least 5-6 hours with no snacks, that's another way to reset your metabolism. If you're a nibbler and eat small meals throughout the day, you're not giving your digestive system a chance to sweep bacteria out of the small intestine. In fact, frequent eaters may be more at risk for developing what's called Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO). You really aren't supposed to have any bacteria in the small intestine. But frequent eating interferes with your digestive system's migrating motor complex (MMC). This mechanism sweeps bacteria further along the digestive tract into the large intestine. But if you have SIBO, this MMC becomes disabled and bacteria takes root in the small intestine, leading to bloating and difficulty losing weight. 

If you train your body to subsist on three balanced meals per day without snacks, and go 5-6 hours in between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner, and 14 hours in between dinner and breakfast, you just might have weight loss success. 

Ultra-Low Carb Diets

If you're a carb junkie, following a low-carb diet will take a radical lifestyle transformation. Especially if you're going to go all the way and get into ketosis. Getting into ketosis is the ultimate goal of the ketogenic diet (aka "keto diet"). When you're in ketosis it means that you are burning your own body fat for energy instead of the pasta, bread, rice or other high-carb entree you just ate. 

Ketones are fatty acids in your cells. And when you get into ketosis you are literally altering your metabolism. You are essentially telling your body to burn its own body fat for energy. 

But it's not easy to adapt to a keto diet. Especially if you're used to eating carbs, even supposedly healthy carbs like quinoa or brown rice. That's because, in general, when you're in ketosis, you won't be able to have more than about 50 grams of net carbs per day. (Net carbs = total carbs minus grams of fiber.) 

In fact, carbs make up only about 5-10 percent of total calories on the keto diet, the majority of them coming from low-starch veggies. The bulk of your calories will come from fat, about 70-75%.

It's hard for some people to wrap their head around the fact that such a high fat diet can help you lose weight, but it's true. Dietary fat is the only macro nutrient (protein, carbs are the other two macros) that does not produce an insulin response. What this means is that healthy, natural fats (avocado, lean meats and fish, nuts, olives, olive oil) does not increase blood sugar levels. Fluctuating blood sugar levels are one of the main culprits for weight gain. 

Be careful if you're going to try the keto diet. Especially if you've been eating mostly carbs. Suddenly restricting your body carbs can lead to what's called "Keto Flu" symptoms. 

The keto diet isn't a trendy health fad. In fact, it's been around for almost 100 years. Although the diet was created to combat seizures and neurological disorders, the ketogenic diet has been used for decades to manage diabetes.

If you want to transform your metabolism into a fat-burning machine, give the keto diet a try. If you love eating healthy fats, it might be relatively easy to do.

By the way, LonoLife bone broth is a keto-friendly food. Per serving, there's only 3 grams of carbs. But there's 3 grams of fiber. This means that LonoLife Bone Broth has zero (0) net carbs!

The One-3-One Diet Non Diet

Literally as this post is being written, we just found out about an incredible non-diet diet. Let us explain. You see, Chalene Johnson, a New York Times best-selling author, fitness expert and business coaching entrepreneur, and one of LonoLife's top advocates, just launched the One3One Diet. The One3One Diet is like your own holistic health university at your fingertips. With Chalene's "non-diet" diet, you get access to coaching and advice from leading industry experts, on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. 

To learn more about this amazing program, visit

Best Exercise for Weight Loss 

Now that you have some nutritional tips to consider for the New Year, what about exercise? 

We prefer the approach, less is more. 

Here's what we mean by that....

You may have heard that sitting is the new smoking. Well, even if you hit the gym for 60-90 minutes several days a week, if you're sedentary the other 23 hours, you might not be doing your body that much good. The antidote to this is doing a few short rounds of high intensity interval exercise every day. 

Doesn't it sound better to exercise for just 10 minutes than 90? Just like you eat three meals a day, try to get three short workouts a day. Pick exercises that tax your whole body. For example, do push ups and when you push yourself back up into plank, go into a downward dog. This not only uses your whole body, but you get a great stretch as well. Try doing push ups to downward dog for just 5 minutes to start. There's a good chance you'll get winded. (And if you don't have the strength, modify it by doing push ups on the knees; allow your bodyweight to rock forward to compensate.) 

Bring a jump rope to work. Skip some rope for a few minutes. Then do some pushups. Or bodyweight squats. Keep it short and simple. And most importantly, do a few rounds of this type of workout. You'll keep your metabolism active and your circulation fresh. 

Some research studies (like this one) suggest that shorter, high-intensity interval workouts are better for weight loss. 

The other New Year's exercise philosophy we'd like to dispense to you is to try and pick an exercise that balances you. For example, if you're a type-A personality and always on the go with your sympathetic nervous system in overdrive, don't do exercise that exacerbates your stress hormone overload. For example, if you're type A, perhaps a CrossFit workout every day isn't best. Instead, try a mid-level hatha yoga class that focuses on the link between movement and your breathing to better engage your parasympathetic nervous system.

When Exercise & Diet Won't Budge The Scale

But what to do if you've tried every diet under the sun and are even hitting the gym on a regular basis but still can't lose stubborn belly fat? It could be that due to several factors, your hormones are either low or imbalanced. If you have the money, spend it on a few sessions with a functional medicine expert who can properly analyze your hormone levels. If you've ever traveled to a developing country, even if it was years ago, perhaps the reason you're frequently bloated has to do with a parasite you picked up that's never been properly eradicated. A naturopathic doctor or functional medicine professional can help you find the root causes that are blocking your weight loss potential. 


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Collagen 101: What Is It? Why & How to Use This Therapeutic Nutrient

Wondering what this collagen health trend is all about? 

Entries for "what is collagen" have spiked to over 7 million. You're clearly not alone in wondering what all the collagen hoopla is about. Perhaps you've heard of collagen injections, collagen serums, and other collagen products that promise to be the latest fountain of youth....

If you're wondering what collagen is, a simple explanation soon follows. Again, the title of this post is "Collagen 101". Many articles explaining what is collagen go way into too much scientific detail that requires virtually a upper-level advanced biochemistry understanding. We'll spare you the academic details and give you the simple version. Ready? Let's begin....

What is Collagen? The Most Abundant Protein In The Human Body

Your body is made of thousands and thousands of proteins. In fact, scientists aren't sure exactly how many proteins we have. It could be as high as 1 million or more. But what we do know is that out of the, let's call it, hundreds of thousands of proteins, collagen is the most abundant type of protein. There are several types of collagen (type 1, 2, 3, etc...). But to keep it simple, collagen provides structure to, well, virtually every part of your body, from your hair, nails, skin, teeth, bones, tendons, ligaments and more....

Without doubt, if you're new to learning about collagen, you've probably heard how collagen products are good for your skin. Considering that the dry weight of your skin is composed of one-third collagen, healthy collagen is indeed vital to having healthy skin. 

Why Are Collagen Protein Products Necessary?

OK. So you just learned that collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body. Does that mean, then, that collagen products are from human bodies? 

Ew, gross. No! That would be cannibalistic. 

Rather, collagen products derive from animal sources, like LonoLife Grass-Fed Beef Collagen Peptides or Chicken Bone Broth.

(Peptides are easy-to-digest collagen molecules. And here's the difference between bone broth and collagen: bone broth contains collagen but not all collagen products are bone broth, which in addition to collagen from bones, also includes savory spices and vegetables.) 

Now, the main reason why collagen protein products are good for your health is, depending on your age and health, your own body's collagen might be deteriorating. 

In fact, by the time you reach your early 30s, your body loses about 2% of its collagen every year. And that's why by age 40, many people can't do the things they did in their 20s. That's because by the fourth decade of life, the rate of collagen you lose is much faster than the rate collagen can be generated by the body. Moreover, by age 60 or so, you'll likely have about 50% less collagen than you did entering this world!

That means with less collagen in your body, your joints aren't as well cushioned. Also, your digestion can suffer. That's because collagen plays a key role in how much digestive juices your stomach has.

Also, collagen contains certain amino acids, those fundamental building blocks of protein, that provides structure to the lining in your intestines. (To read more about how collagen can improve gut health, read this later in a new window.)

And you already know from above about collagen and skin, i.e. your skin's dry weight is one-third collagen, thus, when you lose collagen, wrinkles develop. (Read this to better understand how collagen can help lessen the appearance of cellulite.) 

In addition to joint health, healthy skin appearance, improving digestion, collagen can also boost immunity (it may even help prevent cancerous tumors from growing). And, it can even help facilitate better communication between your brain and gut. (Your gut is like your second brain!)

Who Should Take Collagen?

So does that mean collagen products only benefit older people? Far from it. In fact, we have many customers in their early or mid 20s who have emailed us about how our collagen products have boosted their health.

Virtually everybody can benefit from consuming collagen protein products on a regular basis. Even though western society eats plenty of meat, the cuts of meat that are widely consumed are deficient in the amino acids that are rich in collagen protein. Steak, chicken breast, fish, and pork are rich in protein, but they are mostly muscle meat. Only the parts of animals that are most usually not eaten in the west (bones, skin, tendons, ligaments, neck, feet, etc.) are rich in collagen protein. 

Now, if that sounds a bit squeamish, don't be put off by collagen protein. In fact, collagen protein products are delicious. Which brings us to ....

How Do You Take Collagen Protein?

The most popular way to get your daily dose of collagen protein is by sipping on a warm or hot cup of bone broth. True bone broth, like LonoLife Bone Broth contains grass-fed or pasture-raised bones that have been cooked for over 24 hours with savory spices and wholesome vegetables. 

Another way to get collagen protein in your diet: drink coffee. But not just any coffee will do. You need Protein Coffee. Our Protein Coffee contains 10 grams of collagen protein per serving in a delicious Kona Blend with Arabica beans. 

Now let's say it's the middle of summer and the mercury is pushing triple digits. The last thing you probably want is a steaming cup of bone broth. For those days, the best way to get collagen protein in your diet is with a collagen powder like this one. Containing 18 amino acids and 20 grams of collagen protein per serving, our grass-fed beef protein powder is neutral-tasting and mixes super easily with water, milk or juice.

The bottom line is supplementing a healthy diet with collagen protein is one of the best things you can do for your health. Collagen is like a 3D scaffolding of glue that holds your whole body’s structure together, including your skin, gut lining, bones and joints.

Stress and the natural aging process degenerates levels of collagen in your body. To regrow your own body's collagen and maintain youthful looking skin, have pain-free joints, enjoy highly-efficient digestion and a healthy immune system and more, consider making LonoLife part of your daily routine. Your body will thank you for it! 



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Take the #LonoChallenge: Win a year's supply Bone Broth!

Take the #LonoChallenge:  Win a year's supply Bone Broth!

Instead of declaring some untenable healthy New Year's Resolution (example: I'm going to eat kale every day in 2018), we've got a super easy way for you to kick start your health in the New Year. So if your digestion can be more efficient, or your skin clearer, your immunity stronger, your joints less achy, or you just want to stay healthy, here's how to do it:

Take the #LonoChallenge ....

1. Set a health goal for yourself for the 30 day #LonoChallenge

2. Consume at least one serving of bone broth or collagen protein every day for 30 days starting January 2. 

3. Follow our Facebook and/or Instagram for #LonoChallenge contest updates. 

4. On your own Facebook and/or Instagram, invite and encourage friends to participate in the #LonoChallenge. The more people who participate the better. Let's make this a fun, community-centric contest! 

5. Update your followers on your progress for meeting your 30 day challenge health goal. Post updates with the tag #LonoChallenge 

For your first update on your Facebook or Instagram, post something along these lines:

So excited to participate in the #LonoChallenge ... all I have to do is drink bone broth every day in January. My health goal for the month is [INSERT HEALTH GOAL HERE]. I'll be posting updates on my progress. Collagen in bone broth is so healthy for you. Join me in taking the easy #LonoChallenge

 #LonoChallenge Contest:

  • Encourage your friends to like your posts. Whoever gets the most likes each week will receive a prize. 
  • Weekly giveaways announced on Facebook, based upon updates on meeting goals. 
  • GRAND PRIZE – One #LonoChallenge participant will receive a year’s supply of LonoLife Bone Broth, free of charge!

Make sure you have enough bone broth (or our Grass-Fed Beef Collagen Peptide powder or Protein Coffee) for at least the month of January. 

That's it, sounds pretty simple, right? Just one serving of LonoLife per day and stay connected with us on social and keep your followers posted on your progress. Don't forget to invite your friends to join the #LonoChallenge ....

We've posted some amazing health transformations on our blog lately (Courtney; Lorena; Elizabeth; Refika). At the end of the 30 day #LonoChallenge we'll share some more success stories from the contest. 

Stay tuned for updates on Facebook and Instagram

To your health!


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