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These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

These Are a Few of My FAVORITE Things – Products I’m LOVING

Products I’m LOVING

I’ve got a list of fantastic products that I have been using for quite some time (from a few months to a few years).  I figured I would pick a few every so often and share them with you.   These are tried and true in my book.  With these items, the quality is unsurpassed and the results speak for themselves.   Here is the first lineup of products that I use daily (even twice a day) for beauty and health inside and out.

 

VITALERBS

 

I discovered this amazing product back in the days when I took my herbalist degree through The School of Natural Healing (1998).  A synergistic blend of popular whole nutritional food for the body and nutrient dense herbs has been created into Vitalerbs.    This is the way nature intended for us to acquire our vitamins and minerals – from whole foods and herbs – the way our bodies recognize and assimilate these nutrients not from synthetic, processed or fake ingredients.   Scott and I take these daily with great results.  I feel energized, awake, aware without any jitters or stimulant effects yet at the same time with a grounded, balanced and focused response.  My body says “YES, I like these!”  Where the diet may fall short here and there, Vitalerbs fill that gap. 

I went on a 9 mile bike ride yesterday and prior to leaving the house, I popped 4 of these capsules and rode with ease like never before. 

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Scott and Kibby at Jack Rabbit trails in Hayesville, NC

I had great stamina and endurance (which is not always the case in my riding) and could have gone more but the weather became inclement so it didn’t happen.  I take these prior to my outdoor yard work or even just hanging out and not doing anything for the day – it is what the body needs daily – nutrients to do its work, repair, regeneration and healing.  This herbal/food blend gives my body just that.  I’ve tried many products but this is THE ONE I keep coming back to and feel the best with.  My Vitamix and Vitalerbs will always be by my side for overall health.


To increase the potency of Vitalerbs, Jurassic Green™ (which consist of alfalfa, barley, and Kamut grass) has been added to the formula. These three ingredients are organically grown in nutrient dense soil, harvested at peak times, juiced, and instantly flash dried using a new process that keeps the temperature below 90 degrees, retaining live the vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes needed for good health.

So instead of taking a dead, fractionated vitamin that your body treats as waste – Take an all natural 100% whole vitamin and mineral food that will help you reach optimum health. Take Vitalerbs.  We do and never will be without them.  I buy mine for the best price at iHerb.com HERE.  * Use my coupon code KUG541 for a discount on 1st time purchases.*

 Ingredients:

Organic, flash dried Alfalfa
Barley and Wheat Grass (Jurassic Green™)
Organic Dandelion
Kelp
Organic Purple Dulse
Spirulina
Irish Moss
Rose Hips
Beet root
Nutritional Yeast
Organic Cayenne fruit
Blue Violet
Oatstraw
Carrot juice
Organic Ginger

Dosages:

Take 2-6 capsules 2 times daily.  Sometimes I take 4 in the morning and that is all I need for the day.

This combination provides the following vitamins and minerals in whole food quantities:
Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C.), Bioflavonoids (Vit. P), Biotin (Vit. H), Calcium, Carotene (Vit A), Choline, Pantothanic acid, Chromium, Cobalamin (Vit. B6), Cobalt, Copper, Fiber, Flourine, Folic Acid, Inositol, Iodine, Iron, Linoleic Acid (Vit. F), Magnesium, Manganese, Niacin (Vit. B3), Paba, Pangamic Acid (Vit. B15), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Phosphorus, Potassuirn, Protein (RNA), Pyridoxine (Vit. B6), Riboflaavin (Vit. B2), Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Sulfur, Thiamine (Vit. Bl), Tin, Trace Minerals, Vitamins D and K, Zinc, and other vitamins and minerals that nature knows we need.

All of Dr. Christopher’s products are top-notch in quality ingredients (mostly organic), reliable and effective.  I have used many of them over the years with great results depending on what was needed.  I highly recommend them!  Check out this site for all his formulas and further information.  Again, iHerb.com has the best prices.  Herbs are food and the body recognizes them to nurture and heal the body. 

 

SKINNY & Co. COCONUT OIL

Skinny Coconut Oil 16.9oz Virgin

 Several months ago, Emily from Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil contacted me to see if I wanted to try a few small jars of their coconut oil.  I immediately researched the company and product before agreeing to test (that’s what I do!)  Upon exploration of their site and product, I gladly agreed to try out Skinny Coconut Oil.  I have been using coconut oil for years. I know all coconut oils aren’t created equal, but this one is very impressive.  I took my time comparing and trying out this oil to my other one.  When I put a small amount on my face, I immediately noticed the difference.  My skin absorbed the oil (drank it in, rather) and radiated a glow.  It was fed!  Other coconut oils I’ve used seem to hang around on the skin with a coating (which is nice) but this oil was different (better!) 

Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is a small batch coconut oil made with a Nutralock System™. Unlike most coconut oils available on the market, Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil is never heated above room temperature and goes through a slow manufacturing process to ensure their quality remains the best on the market. This process  takes about 3x as long as other processes used and requires about double the coconuts needed to fill their jars.  Yet the difference is noted upon smell, taste and feel.  QUALITY, baby!  I love it!!

Coconut Oil is known to (and I experience these results with consistent use):

  • Boosts metabolism
  • Improves Brain clarity
  • Balances Blood Sugar
  • Stabilizes hormones
  • Increases energy and endurance during a workout – 1 TB. prior to activity (that’s the way I do it)
  • Improves muscle building after training/workout and reduces recovery time – add to post-workout smoothie or 1 TB. by mouth are just a few ways to get it in (herb teas, hot tonics are great sources for this coconut oil too!)

 

Skinny Coconut Oil

Learn more about this wonderful Skinny & Co. Coconut Oil HERE.  Thank you Emily for expanding my horizons with your coconut oil.  I’m enjoying some right now in a hot tonic as I type this post.  YUM!

 

ORALIVE TOOTHPASTE

A friend turned me on to this natural toothpaste – Oralive – from Ascended Health when I was telling her about my concerns with tender gums, a tooth that was causing me concern (flaking, smell, pain – not good!), etc.  Extra-strength Oralive is a paste that is made with high quality, impressive essential oils, tissue regeneration factors and Amazon herbs, designed  with the beliefs of helping the body:

- Quell severe gum pain
– Stop gum bleeding
– Inhibit infections deep within the gums

I figured it was more economical to invest in this and give it a try than to go to a dentist. I was thinking pain and seeing big dollar signs.  The testimonials were quite impressive and I decided to go for it.   I ordered, received quickly and immediately put it to use.   Holy WOW!  I’m so glad I did.  Within a day of using this product, my gums stopped swelling, redness was gone and they looked and felt normal.  Within a week, the “wonky” tooth stopped emitting odors, stopped flaking, stopped aching and felt normal.  Could this really be?!  I have used this paste daily for about 3 months now.  I recently visited a new dentist (one of my best friends – how about that!) and she did x-rays, full cleaning and close inspection to that funky tooth.  All was normal and looked great.  She was impressed with how well my teeth and mouth looked.  I tell you, honestly, it sure didn’t feel that way a few months ago.  My gums were healthy and the “gum test” warranted low numbers (the one where they poke your gums with a sharp instrument).  My numbers from my last dental cleaning from 2 years ago (I know!) were higher – which resonates to periodontal/gum disease.   Using Oralive was the only thing I did differently for the issue.  Not any more!   Scott has been seeing and feeling positive results with usage also.  I am sold and will keep this stuff in our cabinet for usage as long as it is made.    Learn more about it HERE.  I also LOVE their “I AM BEAUTIFUL” Skin oil.  Have had great results with this product too. 

Check out my PRODUCTS PAGE for more products I use and recommend.  I’ll be sharing more goodies with you soon.

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DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

DIY Homemade Deodorant for Sensitive Skin AND Tonic Herb Toothpaste

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I don’t know about you, but I love making my own body care products. 
Ever since I changed my dietary lifestyle to a plant based, Eco-friendly one, 
I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source)  

Many deodorants (even those that claim to be “all-natural”) contain aluminum and/or aluminum derivatives. Aluminum serves as an antiperspirant…which we do NOT want. We want to sweat!  It is a natural process that helps rid our body of toxins and very important for our lymphatic system – which a large part of it is in our armpits.  Don’t stop the sweating – it clogs the pores, staunches the lymph circulation and causes many imbalances in the body.  These chemicals have been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and a  host of other horrific health concerns. Parabens are in many deodorants which are also downright despicable.

Before attempting to make my own deodorant, I went out and bought natural deodorants but not ONE would help keep the “funk” away.  We all have our own body chemistry and mine can be strong at times when working up a sweat and working hard.  I don’t mind sweating, but I do mind smelling. Stress is also known to amp up the “funk” smell in ones body (FYI).

I know there are tons of DIY deodorant recipes out there and believe me, I’ve tried several of them.  Many formulas out there use a lot of baking soda which I found out the “fun” way (sarcasm) causes an itchy rash in my pits – it happened to Scott also.  Not pleasant and doesn’t look good when you’re out in public and scratching your pits.  So, I got to researching and found several recipes that I played around with and came up with one that works for Scott and I. 

Benefits of ingredients:

(click on ingredient for source link)

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Shea ButterUnrefined shea butter is high in vitamins A and E and is incredibly soothing for your skin.

Coconut OilRaw, unrefined coconut oil has wonderful antibacterial properties which is a perfect place for those pits. Coconut oil will liquify at 76 degrees; below that and it’s in a semi-solid state.   If you want, you can substitute almond oil.

Food Grade Diatomaceous EarthDiatomaceous earth is almost entirely silica, which is a crucial trace element needed by our bodies, and one in which many are deficient. By adding DE into your homemade deodorant, you are giving your sensitive skin a nice dose of DE (essentially, silica) which helps with sensitive areas of skin that might become rashy and it also helps to draw out toxins.

Bentonite clayBentonite, also referred to as Montmorillonite, is one of the most effective and powerful healing clays. Bentonite can be used externally as a clay poultice, mud pack or in the bath and, in skin care recipes. It has a very fine, velveteen feel and is odorless and non-staining.  A good quality Bentonite should be a grey/cream color and anything bordering “pure white” is suspect.

Arrowroot powder –  Arrowroot not only helps to serve as a thickener in this deodorant, but it also has the power to help draw out toxins. 

Essential oilsI like to use lavender, sweet orange, ylang ylang, geranium, grapefruit, lemongrass and just experiment with different combinations. Play around and see what oils work for you.

 

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Ingredients:

2 TB. shea butter

3 TB. coconut oil

6 TB. Arrowroot powder

1 TB. Bentonite Clay

1 TB. Diatomaceous Earth

1 tsp. baking soda (optional) this small amount does not cause irritation with me

20 – 25 drops essential oil/s of choice ( I used a combination of lavender, sweet orange and honeysuckle in this one)

Directions:

  1. Soften the coconut oil and shea butter in a double-boiler on the stove top on LOW for a minute or so.  Turn off heat and let cool a moment.  Then add remaining ingredients and mix everything together until smooth.  I have a mini food processor and will whip it up in that sometimes.
  2. Store in a jar to set up and label it.  I keep all of these homemade goods in used and washed jelly jars or random mason jars I have sitting around.  You can find some great sizes at local thrift stores for pennies. 
  3. The consistency of this deodorant is extremely spreadable. It will firm up in cooler temperatures/houses.  My house is warm right now so it is more soft paste-like.  I use my finger to dip out a SMALL amount (seriously…you really do not need much) and just rub it into my armpits.  Use too  much and you will probably mess up a shirt.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

     Keep it somewhere cool, or else it will melt. Apply as needed.

    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt.  – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpufUse too much and you will be wasting product and likely mess up your shirt.
    The key to this application is to apply lightly and rub it in or let it soak in.  Use too much and you’ll  be wasting product and will likely mess your shirt. – See more at: http://www.sustaincreateandflow.com/how-to-make-your-own-deodorant/#sthash.tqnQBcJl.dpuf

 

Do you make your own deodorant?

 

Mineralizing Tonic Herb Toothpaste

Pearl PowderPrimarily, the nutritional value of pearl is amino acids and calcium, and the percentage of calcium can range from 30 to 80% of a pearl’s composition.  Brushing teeth with pearl powder provides some great preventative benefits. First, calcium coats and is absorbed into the teeth through its pores which can minimize pain from cold or hot sensitivities, plus the pearl provides a white sheen that can give the teeth a whiter appearance and a smoother luster; essentially, making the teeth look healthier and younger. Second, pearl powder heals the gums and makes them resistant to bacteria that can cause gingivitis; it can also help texturize the gums so they are not thin as well as prolong, and possibly prevent, receding gum lines.

Camu Camu –  is one of the best super foods for preventing gum disease. This amazing super food provides our bodies with endless benefits. It is the food with the highest amount of vitamin C in the world, and it also contains bioflavonoids. Studies show that a low immune system is one of the main reasons for unhealthy gums…and camu camu boosts the immune system like no other food.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Bentonite clay or Diatomaceous Earth (or half and half of each)

2 TB. hot water

1 TB. coconut oil

pinch of pink himalayan salt or quality sea salt

7 capsules Pearl Powder – broken open

1 tsp. Camu Camu

1 TB. or so Baking soda

10 drops of peppermint oil (wintergreen is nice too)

5 drops liquid stevia – I use NuNaturals (or use 1 TB. raw honey)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients and mix into a paste.  Add more water as needed for desired consistency.  Tweak flavor to your liking.
  2. Store in small container – remember those re-usable glass jars and label.

 

Check out my other DIY natural beauty skincare recipes:

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Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Ellovi Body Butter Review

Ellovi Body Butter

I am a huge supporter and fan of natural skincare, makeup and body care. During the beginning of my journey of healing, dietary and lifestyle changes, I went to great lengths researching and educating myself about eating well and taking care of my body (I still do). After awhile, I decided to address skincare. I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source) Pretty scarey, right!?

It means the choices we make today are going to have a real impact on the way we’re going to live our lives tomorrow, especially with these kinds of products that we use daily, over 10 to 30 years or our whole lives. So even though it’s a small quantity of use, it’s chronic exposure. And that is all it takes.

Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? 

Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free?

ABSOLUTELY!

I was recently contacted by Kelly Winterhalter, founder of Ellovi, to sample and review her natural body butter. She mentioned there were only 6 ingredients in the product. I did a quick review of the website and I said “Yes, please!” ~ Hands clapping in excitement ~ 

Ellovi is a company founded on the grounds of integrity, ethics and offering the finest quality ingredients from around the world in a single product that TRULY delivers.  They are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants.  My kind of company! Over the years, I have tried many organic, natural, eco-friendly products and Ellovi body butter is one of many that I can honestly claim THIS IS IT! 

Ellovi Body Butter is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients. 

From the Ellovi website:

What’s really special about Butter is that we don’t add water. That means it’s highly concentrated, can’t evaporate like other moisturizers, and we don’t need preservatives. Butter soaks in deep and moisturizes your skin better from the inside out. Even after washing your hands or bathing, Butter will keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days.

This is all true!  I can usually moisturize after a shower and the next day or so upon cleaning again will need to re-apply.  I don’t have to do this with Ellovi Butter. My skin stays hydrated and happy.  I have used it all over my body – head to toe (elbows, hands, legs, face, feet, hair).  Yes, hair! I have used a small amount and rubbed into my palms and applied by gently squeezing to the ends of my hair (before drying or after, as needed).  Great moisturizer and leaves a healthy sheen to hair.  Oh, yeah, it’s also a nice personal lubricant.  Say no more.

I use this luxurious butter on my face as a moisturizer, around my eyes and it doesn’t clog my skin (mine is sensitive) and give me pimples.  My skin looks fresher and clearer.   It has actually started to heal some old scars on my face and body.  Woohoo! 

Ellovi body butter is also safe to use on pets.  It helped clear up a rash on my dog, Meg’s back in just a day.  Score!

You don’t need to use a lot of it, unlike many body butters.  So a little goes a long way and the jar will last longer than most other butters.  It spreads nicely and evenly. It is ultra hydrating and light.  It isn’t greasy or heavy like many other butters.  Ellovi has a fresh light scent – ever so subtle – so it won’t interfere with anything else you are wearing or great for sensitive folks like me. 

So what are the 6 wonderful ingredients (all wildly harvested):

  • Macadamia Nut – Full of youth enhancing fatty acids that are naturally present in young skin
  • Coconut – Provides proteins, amino acids, and vitamins that revitalize skin
  • Marula – Used in Africa for thousands of years as an anti-aging regimen
  • Hemp Seed – Loaded with antioxidants that cleanse skin of environmental toxins
  • Shea – Considered sacred by ancient African natives for its natural healing powers

Ellovi body butter is an all-in-one product for skin, hair and body.  I LOVE it and hope you take the opportunity to try it out for yourself.  Packaging was beautiful, simple and the jars are reusable.  Oh yeah, FREE SHIPPING! 

Just as I teach and promote with education of food – The best way to change your “toxic load” is to be aware of the products you are using by reading the labels and knowing the ingredients.  Check your skin care products at www.ewg.org/skindeep to see how they rate. Reducing the number of products you use is also an effective way to lower your exposure to unwanted ingredients. Simplify, baby!  Again, my philosophy –  if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Using paraben-free, chemical free, holistic skin care is key.  Either purchase from reputable companies such as Ellovi or make them yourself (DIY).  I do both!

Thank you Kelly for offering me the opportunity to try your body butter.  You’ve got a new customer and I look forward to trying your Lip Butter soon – luxury on the lips!  Kelly is a real sweetheart and feel free to contact her with any questions at Ellovi.com.

I was not paid for this review. This was purely an honest assessment about a product that I feel passionately about and use myself.  I wanted to share with you!

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DIY Avocado Coconut Banana Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

DIY Avocado Coconut Banana Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Food Grade Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

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This deep conditioning hair treatment really makes your hair soft and shiny!

Here is another wonderful natural hair recipe from my beautiful friend, Becky Ayers.  This deep conditioning hair mask is AMAZING!  I don’t use hair masks very often (OK, NEVER!)  However, with this recipe, I SO WILL BE! I couldn’t keep my hands off my hair afterwards, for it was so soft, manageable and luxurious.  It was a great opportunity to pet my head and send myself some self-Love! 

Avocado is a great ingredient for a homemade deep conditioner. It can also be used for a quick softening, conditioning and moisturizing mask.  Honey by itself isn’t sufficient enough to provide the conditioning necessary, but when combined with other products it can make your hair feel softer and provide smooth hair.  Be careful, because honey will lighten hair (so it’s best suited for those with lighter colored hair).  I opted to add black strap molasses to my recipe for my darker hair.  

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Ingredients

  • 1 avocado (natural source of protein and fat)
  • 1/4 cup  EVOO (Extra-virgin olive oil) OR extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 TB. raw Honey (for light colored hair) OR 1 TB. black strap molasses (for darker hair) – (conditions and adds sheen)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 can organic coconut milk – full fat (rich moisturize—hydrates, conditions and defrizzes hair)

Directions

Blend all ingredients together to a thick consistency (cross between a smoothie and pudding), divide 4 ways (use the contents of one for hair NOW) and put the other 3 contents into a small plastic freezer bag and FREEZE.    I  like to wash/rinse hair and then apply to damp hair and put on a plastic cap. (*Tip: I purchased years ago one of those plastic caps for using henna applications (purchase at $ dollar store or Walmart) and RE-USE.  I use it, rinse it out, dry and store for next time.  I have had ONE for years – saves money and less waste on the environment.) Leave mixture on for an hour.  Wash/rinse hair well to get all the oils out and style as usual.  I love using my natural flax seed hair gel with my styling now.

Use one of these natural hair masks every week (one months supply).  Thaw when you need it for next application.  It is so economical and the results are beyond beautiful.  Also, the recipe is edible and pretty tasty too!  Be sure to keep a small cloth around while wearing this on your head.  As your body temperature rises under the plastic baggy, the mixture will warm up and ooze down your neck.  Just blot and wait for the hour to be up.  It’s SO WORTH IT!

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3 week supply going into freezer until needed.

Do you use any natural food recipes on your hair?

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