Now more than ever, people are discovering the immense value in investing on health. Interest for products that enhance wellness is at an all time high. This not only applies to rituals or routines that help keep us relaxed and feeling balanced. In the course of the last few months, many of us have also began to pay closer attention to what we put in our bodies. Are we eating clean? What type of beverages do we consume? And most importantly, how are we supporting our bodies?
Since time immemorial, multivitamins have been an integral part of my morning routine. As a child of the 90s, I barely really took the time to find out what it was that I was downing with my cup of brew. It was only in recent months that I began to be more conscious about feeding the body with nutrients and minerals that help to support overall health. At one point, I was taking a minimum of 9 supplements each day, which I now realize wasn’t doing my liver and kidneys any favors.
Just like our workouts and diets, it’s important to know and understand what we put into your bodies, the dosage and how they affect overall health. I’ve found that there is no one template where nutrition and health is concern. What works for another may not necessarily work for you. This most certainly applies to our supplements and vitamins.
So before buying your next bottle of vitamins or pills, think over your health goals and concerns. Do the research. You’ll be surprised by how an efficient and effective arsenal of boosters and nutrients effect change—to your energy levels, mood, focus, quality of rest and yes, even the way you look.
A PICTURE PERFECT HAIR TOSS, FINALLY.
When you’ve spend most of life in a ponytail, chances are, deep down you’ve always wished you could be that girl who could wear long healthy locks with confidence. I am one of those gals who make the effort to blow dry and style hair but end up tying it up in a bun or pony because no matter what I do, it falls on shoulders looking limp. I’ve also sadly reconciled with the fact that I will never have that picture perfect bounce and luster. That was until I got my first bottle of HAIRTAMIN Gummy Stars, which I initially thought to be all hype.
It was easy to get into the habit of popping these gummies daily primarily because of delicious taste. As the name suggests, Gummy Stars in the morning is like indulging in candy before caffeine from your coffee has kicked in. Packed with Biotin, Vitamins C, D and B12, Folate and Zinc, these tasty hair treats promote stronger, longer and thicker hair. And it delivers on the promise, too. After my first bottle, hair had visibly grown and gotten more lush. I finally had the bounce and shine that once was held as a distant dream. Scalp texture has also significantly improved after several weeks. For best results, take for three months straight. I’m on my second month now and for the first time in my life, I’ve been wearing hair in beautiful layers—even during work from home days that usually entail a homely ponytail.
BOTOX, BUT BETTER.
These days, the daily skincare has been simplified to include a gentle cleanse, toner and face massage using a CBD infused facial oil. This less is more approach began when I decided to integrate EMBODY Retinol Gummy into my daily supplement arsenal. The first world’s first retinol gummy and all-in-one skincare solution has done wonders in a recent battle against skin aging and yes, even breakouts.
With visits to the skin clinics extremely limited, I’ve been focused on finding healthy, natural alternatives to anti aging treatments like Botox, lasers and even my all time favorite, Ultherapy. Infusion of Vitamins A, C, D3, E and B6 help to prevent premature aging and boost collagen production. Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, B-5, D-Biotin, Zinc and Iodine contribute to create a healthier glow, improved skin texture, reduced appearance of blemishes. EMBODY is also beneficial for strengthening nails and hair. Results were visible within three weeks from first dose. Scars, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and other signs of sun damage had diminished significantly. A natural glow-from-within after the first bottle has also resulted in days that hardly call for concealer or heavy makeup. Embody Founder Jenn Chung explains: “Think of the Retinol Gummy as Accutane Lite: It stimulates cell turnover, reduces acne, and increases collagen production without all the nasty side effects of prescription medication. Our hero ingredient is Retinyl Acetate but the real reason the gummy is so effective is because you WANT to take it every day. Consistency is key to healthy skin and that’s why we made the Retinol Gummy so tasty and convenient.”
SWEET DREAMS AND THEN SOME.
Melatonin has been somewhat of a security blanket. I’ve been taking them for years now and have always felt that it was the healthiest alternative to your usual sleeping pill. It was through correspondence with the team at OTHER OPTIONS LIFESTYLE that I began to discover a new way for nourishing my body in the most efficient way possible. Case in point: MARY RUTH’S Liquid Sleep Multimineral, which functions as both natural sleep aid and nightly multivitamin.
The vegan, paleo friendly formula is free of melatonin, which may sometimes effect short term depression, sluggishness, stomach discomfort and irritability. Liquid sleep is a delicious concoction of coconut, nightly vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, trace minerals that body absorbs while its on sleep mode. Magnesium and boron assist in relaxing the senses while Vitamin C and D3 support efficient absorption of minerals and nutrients. Calcium works to help with bone and tissue recovery while in slumber. A dose each night has been a delicious shot of wellness for the sweetest dreams. What’s more, I love that it supports a gluten-free, keto-friendly diet. Does it work? Let’s just say, I’ve been getting my full eight hours of sleep every night. And that’s saying a lot when you have deadlines creeping up on your 24 hours including weekends.
REWILD YOUR MICROBIOME.
Microbiomes is the buzzword in wellness that plays a vital role in digestion, enhanced immunity and overall health. Maintaining an ideal balance of microbiomes in our bodies prevent diseases and conditions like inflammation, weight gain, high blood sugar and cholesterol. Typically, we take a dose of probiotics and then another dose of prebiotics to help support gut health. Truth be told, the similarities and differences between the two can be nothing short of rocket science especially for someone little knowledge about nutrition and health.
Wellness label KAIBAE brings us back to the basics by using wild plants as catalyst for “rewilding your microbiome.” This transformative natural supplement aims to improve digestion, mood, cognition, sleep. It also boosts bone strength and immunity. Gut/Skin Resilience Microbiome and Immune Support capsules works as a probiotic that fortifies and support gut and skin barrier. It also helps to improve the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Blended with wild plant polyphenols, ancestral soil based probiotics, prebiotic bacteriophages and phytoceramides, a two doses of Gut/Skin Resilience daily will bring back the harmony and balance your body needs to function optimally.
GET THROUGH THAT TIME OF THE MONTH.
PMS can disrupt the best laid plans. On more than one occasion, women have had to stay in or suffer through this monthly syndrome with little to no relief. Pain killers and mood boosters work, but not without its harmful side effects. DE LUNE Mimi Milliard’s search for a safe, natural remedy to PMS began after an adverse reaction to painkillers and a visit to the emergency room. This saw a collaboration with nutritionist Courtney Mayszak and later birthed a cycle support daily supplement, Steady Mood.
Formulated with Vitamin B6, saffron, calcium, magnesium, rhodiola and zince, Steady Mood offers a healthier way to “soothe mood swings and stress caused by your cycle.” Calcium works to soothe mood swings, back pains and soreness. Vitamins B6 helps to create happy neurotransmitters like serotonin. Saffron is an amazing “brain de-fogger” which also helps to curb PMS food cravings. Magnesium eases headaches and also aids in bloating. The best way to benefit from this supplement is to take two doses throughout the month—not just during your cycle.
HELLO CBD, BYE BYE ANXIETY.
For someone ingesting CBD or cannabinoid for the first time, there are a lot of questions that need clarifying. Does it get you high? Will I be addicted? The answer to both inquiries are no. CBD is a derivative of cannabis and hemp that is totally separate from another compound found in the same plant called THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). Put very simply, THC causes is the high or feeligns of euphoria while CBD does not. The latter, however, brings health benefits that in fact, has been known to block the high that THC effects.
CBD has recently become popular as a safe, potent and effective relief for anxiety, stress and chronic pains. My first dose of CBD oil came in a bottle of Wake Full Spectrum Hemp Extract Tinctures from COMMON GROUND. It was a heaven-sent especially during a high stress season like the recent holidays. Year end deadlines, countless emails and a long list of errands that occupied days were only few of the reasons to feel anxious and on edge. A full dropper of this Common Ground’s simple, clean and honest CBD formulated with MCT Oil and Terpenes at the start of each day set the tone for hours of focus, calm and balance. Ideal dosage may range between once to thrice daily depending on need. The Common Ground advices, “With CBD, consistency is key. The longer you stick to a schedule; the more benefit you’ll find.” My Wake CBD tinctures come in most handy when I know I’ll most likely be jumping from one Zoom meeting to another. It has also done wonders for alleviating back and neck pains from hours spent hunched over the computer.