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How I Decrease Lupus Joint Pain With A Delicious Drink
Having Lupus can be tough especially with the unexpected joint stiffness, brain fog, dry, frail hair and dealing with skin problems. I was on a mission to research what type of collagen will be safe for my sensitive body, stomach and be affordable.
I’m going to tell you how you can get rid of Lupus joint stiffness, get your glowing skin back and decrease fine lines and premature aging!
I couldn’t believe that I found something that was cheap, works the BEST and has clean ingredients!
I’ve tried everything under the sun and I almost gave up, until I found Sparkle. I reached out to the Co-founder and asked A LOT of questions before determining whether it would be good enough and safe for us spoonies.
They didn’t disappoint!!
You’re going to LOVE sparkle as much as me.
Importance of Collagen Peptides
By age 25, your collagen levels start to decrease and your body starts to lose its ability to naturally produce collagen. Now, add chronic disease to that equation. It gets worse, faster.
About 80% of your skin is made up of collagen and water. Plus, the most abundant protein in your body is collagen. It plays such a critical role in providing support and elasticity to your connective tissues like cartilage, bones, tendons, and ligaments.
Plus, it helps heal inflammatory skin conditions like acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
This is because of the amino acids that collagen has. They are called proline and glycine.
Not only that, but it helps the intestinal wall and helps heal and seal the gut lining. This is VERY important for us because we suffer from such chronic GI inflammation and subset of GI autoimmune conditions.
Did you know it helps prevent cellulite and faint stretch marks too?! Yes, cellulite is genetic, but it can be avoided!
Lastly, collagen comforts and supports weak joints.
Your joints are more prone to wear and tear in general. Add in RA, arthritis, and Lupus and your joint comfort is an even higher priority.
Why Sparkle Is A Game Changer For Lupus Sufferers
We can forget sometimes what ingredients are bad for us or what to look out for because a lot of companies are not as transparent as Sparkle.
I found everyone promoting their “favorite brands” of course. But, once you read the labels, you’d see the expensive ones aren’t all that great for you in the long run.
Skin cream based products have a lot of chemicals that cause your skin to dry out and cause a build-up of toxins in your body over time. Plus, the less stuff you put on your face, the better you are. Unless you are using natural plant-derived products.
This is part of the reason why we have such sensitivities to everything from foods to skin care to hair care products.
It’s not the main ingredients that bother us, it’s the unknown chemicals or banned chemicals in various counties that we still use here.
So, as I continued my search, I found cheaper products, but I didn’t trust the source or the company. If a company doesn’t profess how much they care about ingredients and the safety of their consumers, keep it moving!
Not only that but if a company can’t prove how well their products work with double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies, then they are not that thorough.
Sparkle prides themselves on the same strict ingredients standards as Lupus Health Shop.
We had a mutual agreement that ingredients and the source of those ingredients matter. They include extra vitamin C because it helps the collagen absorb and helps support your body much more! Vitamin C is the number one antioxidant that can literally eliminate anything that doesn’t belong in your body all while not hurting your surrounding organs.
90% of companies use GMO corn as a source of vitamin C because it’s cheap and easy to get.
Glyphosate from GMO-corn irritates the GI tract and causes terrible symptoms that are the same as Lupus GI symptoms. It occurs especially in those with sensitive immune systems. So, I made sure Sparkle used trustworthy sources of corn and non-GMO corn.
Plus, corn is used as a source in ingredients that you’d never even think of like maltodextrin, bleached flour, brown sugar, aspartame to name a few.
I mean there aren’t enough studies to prove GMO is safe. Studies that have been completed and say it’s okay have been completed for only a certain time period and they were paid for by Monsanto (the pesticide company that is used by all farmers) or have some connection to the company.
Also, independent studies that were done for a longer period of time showed tumors and infertility problems in mice. Currently, this has been on-going since the 90’s I believe, so we are the human study and it looks like it’s part of the problem with today’s health issues.
There was a study concluded that mice who ate Monsanto’s GM corn sprayed with Roundup or drank water with levels of Roundup comparable to what’s found in U.S. tap water were much more likely to die and at an earlier age. They were also more likely to develop other health problems.
In another study, doctors at Sherbrooke University Hospital in Quebec, Canada found Bt-toxin in the blood of 93% of pregnant women, 80% of umbilical blood in their babies and 67% of non-pregnant women tested.
While many scientists say this isn’t enough data to draw a conclusion about the safety of GM crops, it’s enough for me to give you the reality of the situation so that you can make better decisions to protect the health you have left and restore your health with each smart choice you make!
I reached out to Sparkle. Although I was skeptical, I was intrigued.
I mean, wouldn’t you want to know more about a product that is affordable, has case studies done showing AMAZING results, and it tastes good, and it works for more than you asked?!
Well, I did all the hard work for you because guess what, my forehead wrinkles at 27 have decreased dramatically! Like bye, bye almost 30 year old, hello 22 again.
Sparkle’s vitamin C is from non-GMO corn AND they manufacture their own product because they felt better knowing exactly what goes into their products. They can control every step of production to ensure there is no contamination.
How cool is that? A company that has personal ethical beliefs that they hold in their products. It’s so rare!
So, I found Sparkle Skin Boost collagen peptides powder. I thought their studies were intriguing. I mean, people saw a 63% decrease in wrinkles and fine lines. Not only that, there was a 60% increase in skin collagen.
Plus, verified reviews said it helped their joint pain and stiffness as a bonus.
Who Am I
Hey everyone! I’m Janeen. My goals in life completely changed when I was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Lupus (SLE).
I’ve been on a mission to decrease Lupus symptoms, the severity of my symptoms, and the length of these flare-ups! Guess what. It’s easier to do than doctors say!
In the beginning, I was constantly sick, exhausted, and so weak I could barely walk down my college hallway without getting out of breath. My health, pain and brain fog almost cost me my degree. But, I had extra help, extra time, and I graduated!
Not only that, but I hospitalized for a week due to infections and bloodwork that didn’t make any sense to doctors. I was so skinny and malnourished it was exhausting and depressing.
So, what did I do to minimize lupus flares, severe symptoms, and support my immune system properly to prevent sickness?
I changed my lifestyle for the BETTER.
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I changed my diet completely.
I refuse to take any medications except for Plaquenil. When I listened to every suggestion of trial and error by my doctors, the medications made one thing “slightly” better and added on more problems to my health or they made things a lot worse.
So, my quality of life was actually not improving through their methods.
I take the right type of vitamins and supplements to arm my body with the nutrients it needs to work efficiently without boosting my immune system.
What’s the difference between what I do and what everyone else is doing and why they don’t see results?
I use my degree in Natural Sciences- Health Sciences combined with my passion to learn and understand how the body functions and what it needs to work optimally for great and reliable health.
I research and make sure the INGREDIENTS are sourced ethically and are safe for our consumption.
You may not realize this, but most of your vitamins come from sources that our bodies are not meant to use like tar and they usually include fillers and binders.
Our bodies cannot process ingredients that it can’t recognize, it can’t use them at all and it causes a build-up of toxins or can induce the symptoms we experience. We just chalk it up to being Lupus, but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can learn what causes your “Lupus” flare to be activated and avoid it by seeing what I’ve found to work through my own testing and research.
Since GMOs are becoming a primary way of growing crops mainly for profit, antibiotics are pumped into meats, pesticides and herbicides are sprayed all over vegetables since the late 80’s we have seen a tremendous rise of sickness in the population.
No wonder your flare-ups are always triggered by every little thing.
Through my research on finding reputable, trustworthy companies that have a personal passion similar to me, which is ingredients dictate our health, I found Sparkle.
I talked for a few weeks to the co-founder about ingredient sourcing, facility production, and studies that have been completed to see how reliable the results were.
I was mind blown.
I’ve never met someone or a company who really cared so much about the integrity of their product so much (besides Lupus Health Shop) that they made the leap to personally manufacture their products.
That way they can ensure their ingredients are sourced ethically and there are no cutting corners.
Most vitamin companies use 3rd parties to produce their products, its cheaper and less of a headache. Plus, the less they know, the easier it is to not care. Sparkle’s conscience is clear.
Consumers don’t really know that.
However, it’s my passion and job to know the details of product manufacturing and marketing to consumers.
That way I can help protect other people with similar health problems from falling into the trap of staying sick, being let down, and wasting money.
Anyway, I learned that the co-founder has the same ideology on how ingredients either “feed or fight” disease.
After that, I was intrigued. I needed to see for myself how this product could help my joints, brain fog, and premature aging of the skin. Because Lupus tears us down in every way possible and I want to continue on my journey of restoring my health.
It’s SO EASY to incorporate into your daily routine. It takes 2 seconds to scoop, mix, and drink.
The taste is spot on and not overpowering at all. Each flavor of mixed berry, apple ginger, and orange are equally tasty and refreshing.
It’s very affordable, the Skin Boost is $19.99 and since it targets multiple problem areas, you can get rid of those other products. Which means you’re saving money!
It’s clinically proven and the fact that they care about where they source their ingredients is something that no other company can compete with.
It’s for any adult who has been begging for something that has safe, trusted ingredients, affordable, and proven through four double-blinded, placebo-controlled studies (that’s the most reliable type of study there is!)
Collagen peptides are known to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, give you your well-deserved healthy, beautiful glow, and even reduce cellulite.
Not only does it focus on tightening your skin elasticity and strengthen your hair and nails, it has the type of collagen that actually helps better stabilize your joints and protect them all while reducing inflammation.
Unboxing Sparkle Collagen Peptides For Lupus
Every step of sparkle is exciting, seriously!
I am BLOWN away and upset by the fact that I spent SO much money on fancy Dior creams, Sephora’s “magic” or “sensitive” based brands for wrinkles and fine lines did NOTHING and were expensive.
I hated seeing all those healthy people with the Instagram hashtag “#nofilter” and they have perfect skin and are jumping in the air with their healthy joints being all healthy and what not.
I went to my mailbox for the next 3 days like a giddy child, waiting for the one present that they really, really wanted.
Of course, I got bills the first two days. But, the third day, I got my sparkle retailer sample kit!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EXCITED EMOJI FACE ALLLLL OVER.
It was beautiful. Stunning. Perfectly packaged, neatly organized, and waiting patiently for me just as I was for them!
It came with all 4 of the collagen powder skin boost flavors stacked on top of each other.
The 2 Skin Boost Plus powder comes in flavors orange and no flavor.
The Skin Boost Plus has double the amount of VERISOL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides® and has hyaluronic acid!
2 starter kits that have 1 packet of each flavor, totaling in 4 packets. They are amazing “to-go” packets that you can just throw in your purse if you’re busy.
Lastly, Sparkle provided a 30 day supply of capsules totaling in 150 capsules. You take 3 a day and you can take them all at once so that you don’t have to carry it around all day with you or worse, forget.
I used the sample kit to try all 4 flavors before opening the skin boost powder to try for 30 days. I was pleasantly surprised at how good all tasted.
The orange was a refreshing, perfect amount of sweet flavor in 12 oz water. I chose 12 oz because I’m not into really sweet flavors. I would love to drink this first thing in the morning in place of the sugar-packed OJ.
The apple ginger I was a little wary about because I hate apple-flavored everything.
Plot twist, it was amazing.
The ginger was not overpowering at all, it is seriously a perfect balance. The apple had a hint of tart and sweet that mimics a crisp, fresh squeezed apple juice with a slight refreshing spice of ginger appearing at the end to balance out the apple.
The mixed berry is DELICIOUS (a personal favorite). It’s a fruity fusion of strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries. Great if you have a sweet tooth 🙂
Lastly, the no flavor.
Of course, this is what I put in my ginger honey tea, pancake batter mix, or chaga and chocolate smoothie.
I forgot it was in my tea and had to go back to see if I took my collagen peptide powder for the day (brain fog at it’s best).
How YOU Can Decrease Lupus Joint Pain & Wrinkles
It’s very versatile and it’s not picky at all.
There are no special rules for it to work.
You can literally put it in anything you want.
Sprinkle it on any type of food whether it’s pancakes, yogurt, cupcakes, rice, or soup.
It can be put in hot or cold drinks.
You can use any amount of liquid. If you have a sweet craving, use less water. If you prefer a hint of sweetness, use more water.
The colors of each flavor are so vibrant and pretty too!
IT DOESN’T CLUMP. Every powder I’ve used in my life has clumped except Sparkle’s Skin Boost Collagen Powder.
My Daily Routine:
I started using the sparkle mixed berry powder. To make sure I remember to do this daily and have time I find it easiest to have a coffee cup on my nightstand with a spoon.
I started off with the mixed berry sparkle collagen peptide powder and it sits right on my bathroom counter.
The best thing you can do for your body every morning is to wake up and drink 8oz of water to jumpstart your metabolism, feed your thirsty body and prevent dehydration. This will help keep you full too.
So, what do I do?
I use that teacup every morning and combine my first cup of water with my sparkle mixed berry powder. I put 1 scoop in, mix, and drink while I do my makeup in the morning.
It’s the easiest and healthiest way to start your day!
I didn’t really notice any changes until 3 weeks in. I started to see a decrease in my forehead wrinkles. I got super excited because that is something that I’ve always hated.
Week 3: Fine lines on forehead decreased dramatically.
Week 3.5: Fine lines around my eyes have decreased too.
Week 4: Joint stiffness has decreased.
Week 5: No further changes
Week 6: No joint stiffness in the morning. Yes, zero joint stiffness right when I wake up. It has been years since I’ve felt that way.
So, if you’d like to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles, joint stiffness, and have glowing skin, try it for yourself! You will not be disappointed!
This has now become apart of my daily routine for life. I will happily spend LESS than $20 a month on something that makes a HUGE impact on my skin and health.
Thank you Sparkle!