Tito’s Handmade Vodka

According to the reviews I’ve read, Tito’s Handmade Vodka is one of the smoothest, best-tasting vodkas you can buy. Tito’s also happens to be a completely, gluten free vodka. This is something that is important to anyone who has celiac disease or other, less-serious, gluten allergies. I paid $25.99 for the 1.75 liter of bottle at my near-Costco liquor store in Arvada, CO. $25.99 is more than twice what I normally pay for vodka. There is a reason I don’t pay too much for vodka and I think this short review on Tito’s will make that point.Tito’s Handmade Vodka Taste Test

I poured a small, neat shot of Tito’s into my martini glass and swigged it down at room temperature. My first impression was that Tito’s is an exceptionally smooth vodka – almost too smooth. Let me explain: Tito’s is so clean that the distinctive taste of ethanol is almost over-powering. It’s almost as if you’re sipping something at a chemistry lab. They say that extremely thorough distillation brings out the ethanol taste. This is consistent with the claim on the bottle that Tito’s is distilled 6 times. It is a very smooth tasting vodka with little burn going down, but is this a desirable trait in a vodka? Maybe, I’m no expert on vodka, but the extreme, ethanol flavor is bitter to me at the very tip of my taste buds and lingers way too long. Cheaper vodkas like Taaka tend to have a heaviness about them, that takes out the upper, tinge of bitterness at the very top of my palate. Still, I can’t blame those who prefer the overall smooth, light flavor of Tito’s and perhaps the distillation and clean taste will lead to a better feeling the next morning. Tito’s would obviously suit any mixed drink well. The other reason you might like Tito’s handmade Vodka is that it is gluten free.

Tito’s is a Gluten Free Vodka

While the distillation process of most alcohol greatly reduces the risk of gluten contamination not many of them claim to be 100% gluten free, but Tito’s does. Tito’s is distilled from corn which is gluten-free grain. If your a gluten allergy suffer, this might be the best reason yet, to buy only Tito’s vodka.

Titos Handmade Vodka Tasting Test

Tito’s is exceptionally smooth, but to my mind it really doesn’t taste all that good. If ethanol tastes good to you, Tito’s handmade gluten free vodka might be just what you want.

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Trunature Digestive Probiotic

Trunature Digestive ProbioticFinally, a probiotic your entire family can actually afford to take once a day. Trunature Digestive Probiotic is sold in 100-Capsule boxes at Costco for just $18.99. That’s only 9 cents a capsule. A box of Trunature probiotics will last a family of four 25 days. $19.00 seems like a reasonable investment to make every 25 days, but do they really work? I’ve rated four or five different probiotics in the last four years, so how does the Trunature probiotic measure-up with the rest? So, let’s compare price and ingredients with my other favorite reviewed probiotics: Reuteri and Sustenex (Now, called Digestive Advantage)

Trunature Digestive Probiotic Price Comparison

As you can see, when it comes to price, there is no comparison. The Trunature Digestive Probiotic wins hands down. You might also have noticed that by sheer number of active cells, Trunature beats the other two by a mile as well. What we have to remember, though, is that not all Probiotics are created equal – and the number active cultures is not always the best way to measure the probiotic’s effectiveness. Personal experience and user ratings are the best way to measure the effectiveness of probiotics. Some quick research, reveals what probiotic users have to say about all three:
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Does Trunature Digestive Probiotic Really Work?

I most definitely know they do and so do others who use them. I’ve been taking Reuteri and Sustenex for several years. If I ever go off of them for more than a week, I definitely notice an increase in irritable bowel sysmptoms; bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation, etc..

Digestive Advantage is what used to be called, Sustenex. This is interesting because Digestive Advantage has always had their own product before they took over the Sustenex, name. Neither Sustenex nor Trunature require refrigeration, where-as the Nature’s way Reuteri does. For this reason, I’ve always used both, assuming that refrigerated probiotics might have some benefits that the rest don’t have, despite the claim they don’t require refrigeration. I’ve noticed another thing – Reuteri is far more expensive at my vitamin store. The cost above is for the online price – how can they keep it refrigerated if you buy it online? I wouldn’t take a chance on it. Also, Sustenex was formerly sold at Costco for a low price very similar to Trunature Probiotics. Costco no longer carries it – it appears that the Trunature Digestive Probiotic has taken it’s place. I will continue to use Trunature as my daily, non-refrigerated probiotic supplement.

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Tabata Exercise Routine

Tabata Exercise RoutineYear ago – back in my 20s and 30s, I was a fairly avid jogger. I used to jog between 2 and 3 miles a day, 5-days a week. Yet for some reason, I never got really good at jogging. I wondered why it is so much easier for some people than for me. These people with tall, lanky frames could seemingly run for ever without getting exhausted or feeling strained joints and body parts. I never got real good at jogging, but I assumed it was the only way to be cardiovascular-fit. By the time I reached, 40 years old, jogging became impossible due to hip pain, knee pain and back pain. I started finding other ways to exercise, including elliptical trainers, stationary and recumbent exercise bikes. In between, I take long walks. Even 20-30 minutes on a bike or elliptical begins to strain the body and with a busy work schedule, it’s hard to make time. Then, I heard about the Tabata Exercise Routine.

What Is Tabata?

Tabata is a high-intensity cardio and strength-training program that improves endurance, stamina and heart circulation in just 4 minutes a day. Izumi Tabata, a scientist from Japan, invented the Tabata Exercise Routine for high-performance athletes such as runners, speed skaters, track competitors, etc. Tzumi Tabata and other scientists actually tested his unique, exercise program on athletes and compared results with those who didn’t participate. They found that the athletes who practices Tabata had significantly better aerobic benefits from this form of exercise. Non-athletes, who have tried the Tabata exercise program have expressed measurable personal, health benefits from the routine, including improved energy, sleep, stamina, endurance and stronger immune system. I discovered Tabata while looking up gout prevention cures. Tabata was recommended as a way to improve the blood flow in the toes where gout most often occurs. I figured if it’s only 4 minutes a day, what do I have to lose. My only fear is that it requires running. Would four minutes of running be hard on my back or knees or is there another way?

How to Do It

An exercise program couldn’t be more simple. Here is how you do the  Tabata exercise routine in three simple steps.
Step 1: Walk at a casual pace for 10 seconds, sprint like crazy for 20 seconds.
Step 2: Repeat step-1 until 4 minutes have passed. At the end of 4 minutes, there is no doubt, your heart and lungs will be pumping like crazy. You’ll feel intense and immediate fatigue – that’s good, it means it’s working. My advice is to make your sprints a little slower at first and increase the intensity a little every couple of days or once a week until you’re at full speed. Of course, make sure you’ve had a physical check-up with your doctor before engaging in such a vigorous, aerobic program. What about the strain it puts on our hips and joints? Is there another way to do Tabata?

Another Way to do the Four Minute Exercise

My idea is that you don’t have to run to get the lungs and heart pumping. I use my stationary, recumbent bike to do Tabata. I cycle lightly with light-to-moderate resistance for 10 seconds, than pump the pedals as fast I can for the next 20 seconds, repeat and so-on and so-on until the 4:00 minutes are up. My bike has a pulse meter on it, so I know I’m really getting my heart beyond its maximum rate. Obviously, you can do Tabata on an elliptical trainer or any other type of Cardio machine. Whatever is convenient and works best for you. In between Tabata, I do pushups and moderate walks as well. I try to increase the resistance a little each day on the bike. After a couple of weeks of Tabata, how does it feel? Does it really work?

Does the Tabata Exercise Routine Really Work?

I can only speak for myself, but after 2 weeks of Tabata on the bike, 5 days a week, I’ve noticed measurable improvement in my energy, stamina and sleep – just as advertised. It’s important to note that the Tabata exercise routine made me feel very tired at first. It wasn’t an immediate improvement. After 5 or 6 times, however, I actually started feeling invigorated and great energy after the routine. Finally, my recovery pulse has dropped by about 12 beats-per-minute. Tabata really works.

More Information on the Tabata Exercise Routine

Tabata High-Intensity Interval Training
Tabata Muscle Building

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