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MILK PROTEIN FIBER HELPS GABRIALLA GARMENTS NOURISH YOUR BODY – ON THE OUTSIDE Blog

Meet the “Miracle” Fiber That Rejuvenates, Pampers, and Provides Anti-Aging Effect on Your Skin

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Let’s be honest.  When you hear the term, “Milk Protein Fiber,” doesn’t it sound like something you would eat? Or maybe a vitamin supplement that you dissolve in water and drink in the morning for better digestive health?

Despite its edible-sounding name, Milk Protein Fiber is something you wear; specifically, it is a material used in many of the items featured in our Gabrialla collection. Our Seamless Maternity Support Briefs, Seamless Body Shaping Open Bust Bodysuit, Body Shaping Abdominal Support Binder, and Seamless Nursing / Sleeping Bra are just a few of the items that contain this versatile fiber, which is white in appearance, soft, and features silk-like properties. In fact, to the best of our knowledge, ITA-MED Co. is the only manufacturer in the US that uses Milk Protein Fiber in its GABRIALLA shapewear and its MAXAR brand compression socks.

There are a number of reasons we use it, but they are best described on a website called  Fibre2Fashion.com, a B2B portal for the global textiles, apparel and fashion industry.

  • The Ph of Milk Protein Fiber is 6.8, the same as human skin. Hence the products made up from them are more compatible to human skin and, consequently, more comfortable.
  • As no formaldehyde is present in the product, Milk Protein Fiber is totally eco-friendly in nature and can be considered a truly “green” product. In fact, the milk fiber industry was granted the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 green certification in 2004.
  • Milk Protein Fiber contains seventeen amino acids, and the natural anti-bacterial rate is above eighty percent. As a result, Milk Protein Fiber is extremely sanitary.
  • It has excellent moisture wicking and air permeability properties for added comfort.

In summary, Milk Protein moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin, reshapes the body, improves blood circulation, and absorbs perspiration throughout the day. You might think that an interesting fiber like this would have an interesting origin, and you would be correct.

According to Paradise Fibers, a family-owned company out of Spokane, Washington, Milk Protein Fiber originated in Italy in 1930. It is a blend of casein (from Latin caseus, or “cheese”) protein and the chemical acrylonitrile, which is used to make acrylic. It’s made using a process that is similar to rayon/viscose, but because it’s a regenerated protein fiber and not a regenerated cellulose fiber, it reacts like wool.

(Side note: casein was invented way before the 1930s. Apparently it’s been discovered that many churches from the 14th and 15th centuries were painted with casein-based paints: the colors are still vibrant and unfaded, even to this day.)

To make it, milk is first de-watered, i.e. all the water content is taken out from it and then it is skimmed. An advanced bio-engineering technique is then applied to make a protein spinning fluid. This fluid is suitable for wet spinning process through which the final high-grade textile fiber is made. A solvent is used and micro-zinc ion is embedded in the fiber which gives it the characteristics of being bacteriostatic and durable.

Perhaps this is more than you ever wanted to know about Protein Milk Fiber. Perhaps you would like to know even more, in which case there are thousands of articles online. Or perhaps you just want to know how comfortable, how rejuvenating, and how nourishing it feels to wear garments made from this miraculous item. For that, just visit the Gabrialla website and check out all the categories of clothing and support materials made from this silky material. “Then, buy one and see for yourself what comfort really is.

Just be sure not to eat it.

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  • February 11, 2019

IF YOU’RE EXPECTING, EXPECT SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS  FROM MATERNITY SUPPORT BELTS

IF YOU’RE EXPECTING, EXPECT SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS FROM MATERNITY SUPPORT BELTS Blog

The delivery truck pulls up to your house.  The delivery guys get out of the truck, walk around to the back and slide open the door.  They’re all ready to take out your new refrigerator but they do one more thing before they begin: they put on their support belts.  Why?  Because they’re going to be lifting a heavy object and they want to make sure they don’t strain their backs.

Or go to a gym, particularly one that is geared more toward weightlifters.  What do you see many of the lifters wearing?  Support belts.  Why?  Same reason as above.

This is a long way of asking an obvious question: why don’t more pregnant women wear support belts?   Aren’t they also carrying extra weight – especially during the third trimester - which can result in back problems and neck pain, not to mention the strain it can put on the knees and ankles?

But unlike bodybuilders and delivery people, a pregnant woman has a bigger issue: she can never put the weight down.  It’s always there.  She can alleviate it somewhat by sitting or lying down, but until the baby is born, that bowling ball situated in her uterus is a constant companion.  And make no mistake, that ball take its toll: In fact, 80% to 95% of women experience pregnancy-related problems especially during the last trimester, including lower back pain, discomfort with lowering of the uterus, heavy and painful legs, varicose veins, loss of balance, and stretch marks.

According to a recent article in Today’s Parent, the concept of belly wrapping has been around for centuries and has roots in Asian and European cultures.  “Unlike a corset, which makes your abdominal muscles weaker, a belt will help them gain strength,” the article explains.  Many doctors recommend maternity support belts as an excellent abdominal and lower back support to reduce pressure from the spine.  Clearly, this will help reduce the back pain that often accompanies pregnancy, especially during one with substantial weight gain.

But the benefits don’t stop there.  This article outlines the top five benefits to wearing a maternity support belt:

  • Eases ligament and joint pain
  • Makes physical activities easier by lessening discomfort
  • Helps you regain proper posture
  • Makes standing up and sitting down easier
  • Won’t hurt your baby even if you wear it throughout the night

Of course, there’s another benefit that, all by itself, can be a convincing reasons to wear a maternity support belt: stretch marks.  There are a number of ways to help reduce the incidence of this undesirable pregnancy side effect, such as lotions, creams, nutrition, and exercise.  The addition of a well-constructed maternity support belt, in conjunction with the other approaches, can be an extremely effective way to either minimize stretch marks or potentially avoid them completely by providing much-needed support to the uterus.

An important point to keep in mind: there is a distinct difference between a belly band and a maternity belt, although many companies – and even pregnancy experts – use them interchangeably.  A maternity band, aka pregnancy belly band, is mainly designed for proper coverage and to extend the life of your pre-pregnancy wardrobe.  A maternity belt can double as a belly band, but it also lifts and supports your tummy, taking pressure off of your back.  In other words, bands are primarily for appearance; belts offer true, medical support.

Given their documented benefits, why don’t more women wear them?  Although there is no specific documentation to answer this question, we believe there are two primary reasons:

Lack of awareness.

Quite simply, there are many women who aren’t even aware of their existence.  If more women knew about them, they would likely embrace their benefits.  According to research firm Technavio, the global maternity support products market will grow at a CAGR of over 9% during the forecast period of 2018-2022.  Decent growth numbers, but increased awareness would increase those numbers substantially.

Conflicting information.

There are different accounts of the benefits that maternity belts provide, as well as conflicting information about how long you can wear them, which ones are the best, etc.

For both issues, there are two things you can do as a pregnant woman:

  • Talk to your obstetrician about the benefits of maternity belts. Let them provide you with their experience and insights on what a maternity belt can and can’t do.
  • Visit the Gabrialla Not only will you find unbiased information about the benefits of these ingenious items, you’ll be able to choose from a wide variety of styles, colors, fits, and prices to suit your individual needs.

We believe that Gabrialla produces the best maternity belts on the market.  Well-constructed, natural fibers, and no tummy straps that can add unnecessary strain to your growing bump.  What’s more, they’re perfect for therapy treatments: our Deluxe Breathable Medium belt is made 6" wide tapering down to 3" in the front with a back pocket for hot/cold therapy relief.

Maternity belts can offer a wealth of benefits that can make your pregnancy easier and more comfortable.  Get all the facts about them.  And if you decide that a maternity belt is right for you, visit the Gabrialla website.  Just like your baby, we’ll be expecting you.

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  • January 29, 2019

ITA-MED CAN HELP YOU KEEP THOSE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

ITA-MED CAN HELP YOU KEEP THOSE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS Blog

You’ve made a resolution to be get in shape and/or stay healthier in 2019.  That is commendable, and certainly a worthwhile goal.

You’re not alone.  A survey conducted in January 2018 showed that the number one resolution – made by 53% of the respondents – was to save money.  Very close behind, at 45%, was to lose weight or get in shape.  People who make this resolution go about executing it in a variety of ways: changing their diets, exercising more often, and lowering their stress levels, to name a few.

However, statistics show that only 9.2 percent of people ever achieve their New Year's resolutions and break free from their bad habits.  The same article explains that there are two major reasons why people fail to keep their New Year’s resolutions, despite having all good intentions of meeting them:

  • We end up with a long list of trying to do everything at once, relying on our emotions to keep us motivated until we achieve them. This process results in setting too many expectations and creating unrealistic goals.
  • Our goals are not specific enough. We say things like, “I resolve to be healthier,” or “I’m going to get into better shape.”  But these resolutions are far too general.  The goal itself is fine, but if we don’t define the specific actions we will take to get there, we’re doomed to failure.

The good news is, these roadblocks can be overcome, with some forethought and effort.  There are scores of articles proposing different methods for staying on track, but we’ve found what we think are the two approaches most commonly mentioned.

  • Change one behavior at a time

According to the American Psychological Association, you shouldn’t bite off more than you can chew.  Don’t try to change all of your bad habits at once.  Don’t get overwhelmed and think that you have to reassess every bad habit in your life.  Instead, work toward changing one thing at a time.  When you feel like you’ve made substantial progress, then you can move on to the next thing.

  • Be very specific

Saying you want to be healthier is an admirable goal.  But you need to define exactly how you’re going to do it.  So, if you want to be healthier, perhaps you can create two realistic, actionable ways to get there.  Resolve to go to the gym twice a week (or more, if you think you can handle it), and set a specific calorie count for your daily intake.  The more specific the action, the better chance you have of reaching your ultimate objective.  Try not to undertake too many at one time.  Take on one or two, and when you feel you’ve made them part of your daily routine, add another, then another.

Armed with these two pieces of solid advice, you should know that if you decide that improving your health is your primary resolution, ITA-MED can be instrumental in helping you get there:

  • If you’re going to work out more often, our MAXAR braces and supports will help you recover from the sprains, strains and muscle issues you might incur.

These are only a few of the products we have to support and sustain you as you make 2019 your healthiest year ever.  This is the time that many people are already starting to break their New Year’s resolutions.  Remember: make one resolution at a time; create simple, actionable items; and if your resolution is to improve your health, make ITA-MED your trusted teammate.

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  • January 14, 2019

GABRIALLA HELPS KEEP ROMANCE BURNING DURING PREGNANCY Blog

For many women, motherhood can be the classic double-edged sword.

On the one hand, ladies are overjoyed at the thought that they are carrying a life in their bodies.  From the moment of conception, the vast majority of pregnant women already embrace the developing embryo as a member of the family, and treat him or her with unconditional love and devotion.

Ah, but then there’s the other side of the sword.  Physically, most women just don’t feel like themselves.  Backache, heartburn, morning sickness, constipation, the list is almost endless.  Perhaps worst of all, they no longer feel attractive, owing to their weight gain, their daily aches and pains, and their body changes.  According to the Seleni Institute, an organization that helps improve the emotional health of individuals and their families during the family-building years, several studies have found that pregnant women with negative body images are more likely to become depressed or gain excessive weight (more than what’s considered healthy) during pregnancy.

And then there’s the proverbial elephant in the room: sex.  The fact is, while some women’s sexual desire increases during pregnancy, for others it is the opposite, depending on a variety of medical and physical factors:

  • Low Libido While some women have a high libido during the first trimester, low libido during that time can be one reason for lack of sex drive, as the sudden surge of progesterone and estrogen, rather increasing sex drive, can do just the opposite.
  • Desirability A 2017 survey of 2000 parents in England uncovered, among other findings, that more than eight in 10 mothers admitted that during the full 42 weeks of pregnancy, they only felt attractive for a small amount of time.
  • Not Feeling Up To It This can be the biggest issue of all. Let’s face it, between the backaches, morning sickness, fatigue, and general “blah” feeling, many women just don’t have the stamina or the energy to engage in marital relations.

H-40 (1) At Gabrialla, we can’t do much about the hormonal issues, but the other two issues fall right into our wheelhouse.  We make a full line of medical and maternity support products, including maternity belts, postpartum girdles and binders, graduated compression hosiery and more.  You might be thinking, “How can these products help increase a pregnant woman’s sex drive?”

The answer is quite simple: They help alleviate the aches, pains, and fatigue that so often occurs during pregnancy and subsequently inhibits sexual activity.  Because they feel better, these women are more often “in the mood,” not to mention that they have more energy to devote to their romantic endeavors.

But it’s even more than that: our products have kind of a ripple effect.  In our experience, we’ve seen that women who feel better physically (inside) are more motivated to take care of themselves cosmetically (outside).  They place increased emphasis on their appearance, which has a positive impact in how they view their bodies.  They feel more attractive and desirable, which ultimately leads to a corresponding increase in their sex drive.

In the British study cited above, a whopping 65 per cent of dads said they found their other half more beautiful than ever when she was carrying their child.  And the same researchers found that nine out of 10 men polled still fancied their partner just as much when she got pregnant, while a full 83 percent still wanted to have sex with her.

Yet, the decision as to whether a couple will continue to have a healthy sex life during pregnancy rests almost squarely on the shoulders of the mother-to-be.  Fortunately, Gabrialla products can provide a great deal of influence on that decision.  And while there are other maternity support products on the market, none measure up to our quality, our use of natural fibers, our ergonomic design, or our effectiveness.

It should also be noted that our Gabrialla Collections – particularly our unique and revolutionary Body Shaping Lingerie and Shapewear - are perfectly suited for the postpartum woman as well: the one who may not have lost all her baby weight and needs a little extra help toning and shaping her figure.  The ultra-comfortable, seamless designs and rejuvenating properties of our natural milk protein fiber combine to create shapewear that nourishes a woman’s body while providing the support she craves.  Our Shapewear can have a similarly positive effect on her sex life as well.

There’s no question that we are not the only supplier of maternity and post-partum support products on the market.  We are simply the best.  Our products solve the issues of pain, stretch marks, poor circulation, balance and more.  But unlike our competitors, our products were designed with extensive feedback from medical professionals to ensure that they perform in the most medically correct manner possible.  What’s more, our products don’t sacrifice performance for style – they offer both.

After all, whether pregnant or post-partum, girls (and mothers) just want to have fun.

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  • December 13, 2018

TODAY’S COMPRESSION SOCKS: GREATER STYLE, WIDER APPEAL Blog

Back in 1988, there was a commercial for Oldsmobile, a popular car maker.  The commercial featured the now-famous line, “This is not your father’s Oldsmobile,” in an attempt to emphasize the car’s modern advancements and stylish improvements over the previous versions.

That line works very well today with compression socks.  Just like Oldsmobile, the compression sock industry has made numerous modern advancements and stylish improvements.  Consequently, it’s very accurate to state that, “These are not your father’s compression socks.”

The fact is, modern compression socks - specially made, snug-fitting, stretchy socks that gently squeeze your leg and improve circulation - have undergone a significant metamorphosis over the last two decades.  While they have changed (for the better), there are two specific areas in which the most noteworthy modifications have taken place:

  • Their style
  • Who wears them

We’ll start with style, by far the most obvious transformation.  Let’s face it: compression socks used to be, for lack of a better word, ugly.  Really ugly.  At some point, virtually every one of us has seen the older man wearing Bermuda shorts, with the knee-high compression socks.  There’s no mistaking the fact that they were compression socks.  They were very tight, a single color (usually black or white), and they had a weird sheen from the synthetic fibers used to create them.  Or you might have seen an older woman wearing compression hosiery – an opaque and lifeless clothing item, sporting all the style of a fitted bed sheet.

That’s all changed.  In recent years, a number of companies began producing compression socks sporting vibrant colors and attractive patterns.  And they also began to blend in some natural, breathable fibers for added comfort without sacrificing function (ITA-MED’s MAXAR brand, for example, offers compression socks that incorporate 34% natural cotton).

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The other major change has to do with who wears them.  For the longest time, compression socks have been used to treat people with a wide range of circulation issues, such as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), varicose veins, and diabetes.  They are also used by folks who have had surgery or simply have a hard time moving their legs.

Medical use of compression socks is certainly understandable, given that they are so effective.  In fact, their medical benefits date back as early as the Neolithic period (5000-2500 BCE), when images of soldiers with bandaged lower extremities were found in the drawings of the caves of Tassili in Sahara.  Hippocrates (450–350 BCE) treated his patients' leg ulcers with tight bandages, while Galen (130-200 CE) used wool and linen compression bandages to prevent blood from pooling in the legs.

While the curative use of compression socks continues, they are now also used proactively to prevent conditions before they can occur.  Because they improve blood flow, there are myriad situations where compression socks can offer significant benefit.  Many people who spend long stretches of time on airplanes wear them to prevent the creation of blood clots.  People who stand all day at work can reduce swelling in their feet and legs.  Pregnant women, whose legs and feet often swell up as a result of their pregnancy (some from water retention, some from the increased weight), are prime candidates.

Some athletes, including runners, basketball players, and triathletes, wear compression socks and sleeves on their legs and arms.  The theory is that, during activity, better blood flow will help get oxygen to their muscles, and the support will help prevent tissue damage.

Even people who don’t stand at work, don’t have any circulation issues, and are not pregnant will appreciate the comfort and support that compression socks provide.  Most people – even the most physically fit - do not achieve optimal circulation in their legs which can cause leg fatigue.  For these people, compression socks will improve circulation and ward off potential circulation problems before they can occur.

The unattractive compression sock developed solely for people with circulation and other medical issues now has company: a lively, stylish sock that can offer considerable benefit to even the healthiest among us.  Dare we say, it’s a sock that even your father would be proud to wear.

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  • December 7, 2018

#1 Shoulder Immobilizer Blog

ITA-MED Super Arm Sling with Shoulder Immobilizer and Abduction Pillow has been ranked #1 in 2016's best shoulder immobilizers by wiki.ezvid.com.

Compiled with twenty-seven hours of research, this video wiki guide, newly published in the health category, is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of shoulder immobilizer options available to consumers in the United States.

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ITA-MED Super Arm Sling

 

The ITA-MED Super Arm Sling with Shoulder Immobilizer and Abduction Pillow is designed to gently cradle the arm in a neutral position. The incorporated cushioning pillow on provides 25 degrees of abduction to your arm positioning while it's immobilized. It also adds an undeniable level of comfort to an otherwise uncomfortable healing mandate Provides immobilization for rotator cuff repairs, Bankhart repairs, Glenohumeral dislocation/subluxation, capsular shifts and soft tissue strains or repairs. The sling, made with a breathable, cool cotton material, can also be separated from the pillow and used independently.

Recommended for recuperation after sprains, dislocations, fractures and other shoulder or elbow injuries.

Firm density foam covered in tricot material with sling and stress ball to stimulate circulation.

Fits either the left or right arm.

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  • November 23, 2016

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