In this health post, there’s something for everyone, not just ‘Spoonies’ like myself, including healthy protein shakes, omega 3 and green tea. Getting through the winter is rough for most us, and definitely for those of us with chronic illness. Energy levels drop, immune systems get low, plus our skin and health sometimes need a bit of help. So I’ve been adding in some wellness and food supplements over the last few months, to help boost general wellbeing.
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Rejuvenated Aliol Supplements ~ £24-95 for 60 capsules
So many of us are Omega 3 diet deficient, and taking supplements can be of real benefit to our wellbeing. Rejuvenated have produced a fish-free Omega 3 supplement, so Vegans and Vegetarians can rejoice! The Aliol capsules are 100% plant based, and each one contains 500 mg of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) Omega 3 fatty acid. A helpful health and beauty supplement, that also works as a brainfood.
There seems to be much evidence available, that Omega 3’s protect against heart disease, and lower triglycerides (fatty deposits found in the blood). Upping Omega 3 in our diets, not only helps keep our hearts healthy, but our brains too. It is also suggested to help with rhuematoid arthritis, plus skin, hair and nail health. I have been taking 2 capsules every day for the last month, along with 1 of the Rejuvenated Veggiecol, and have found my hair and nail growth has really speeded up. I’m now interested to up my dose and take these as a permanent health supplement.
Omega 3 supplements are suggested be taken every day for the health benefits, and the Aliol capsules are ideal being natural. It is suggested starting with 1 or 2, and increase to up to 6 per day. These provide all the benefits of taking regular Omega 3, but using Algae instead of fish. I get results from many of the Rejuvenated supplements, so I recommend checking out the range.
Purition Protein Shakes ~ £22-95 for 500 gm/approx. 12 servings
Made in the UK, Purition is 100% natural nutrition, packed with protein, fibre and healthy fats. They are healthy meal replacements suitable for breakfast/lunch, and ideal for using post-workout. The shake flavours are awesome too, and the formula keeps you feeling fuller for longer. Plus with low GI, gluten and dairy free shakes too, what’s not to love?!
I’ve been enjoying the trial sachets, and there are fabulous flavours to be had. I whizz up a 40 gm serving with either almond or coconut milk in my Ninja pod, and have a tasty nutritious drink ready in under a minute. They can also be used in a smoothie or plenty of other recipes. I enjoy using as either a lunch replacement or, after a session of pilates to help my Fibro muscles recover..that’s if my hubby doesn’t get to it first! These healthy shakes take less than a minute to prepare, keep you feeling fuller for longer, and are fab for drinking after working out. What’s not to love?
Flavours include Chocolate, Strawberry, Pistachio, Macadamia & Vanilla, Coconut, plus the Vegan flavours include Hemp & Vanilla. Find them at Purition along with plenty more info and their health blog.
Bioglan Inulin ~ £12.99 for 250 gm
This helpful Inulin powder supplement, a high fermentable fibre, which contributes to normal bowel function, and promotes healthy digestion for wellbeing. It is 100% naturally sourced and pure, being Native Chicory (Cichorium intybus) Inulin, and suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians. It works as a Probiotic, increasing the healthy bacteria in the colon, and can help with IBS symptoms, constipation, diarrhoea, and lower the risk of diabetes.
The Inulin powder dissolves super easy, and I haven’t found there to be any side-effects, or funny after taste. The dose is 5ml up to 3 times a day (but don’t exceed recommended dose, obvs.), and can be added to a drink of water or favourite juice, or, to cereals, yogurts and smoothies, and other foods you love.
Having IBS, being a usual symptom of Fibromyalgia, I get issues with my stomach/digestion, especially taking medication. It can lead to cramps, wind or, generally being ‘bunged up’, so anything that helps settle my gut and keep regular, is a no-brainer. I usually add mine to either a glass of juice, some Easiyo yogurt or cereal in the morning/evening, usually once or twice a day. I’ve found a bit of improvement in my IBS, since I started using around 3 weeks ago.
Find Bioglan Inulin at Holland & Barrett.
Alexa Sky Botanicals Herbal Tea – ‘Fountain of Youth’ ~ £11-99 for 30 gm
Alexandra Paulino, is the lady behind the brand Alexa Sky Botanicals, and a fellow aromatherapy and skincare fanatic. Her products not only include natural skincare, but wellness teas, like this beautiful Fountain of Youth blend. Suitable for Vegans, and made with 100% natural botanical herbs, this delightful tasting tea is packed with nutrients to benefit skin and wellbeing.
Ingredients : Ginkgo leaves, Nettle Leaves, Blackberry Leaves, St John’s Wort, Verbena, Mistletoe, Whitethorn Leaves, Lemongrass, Green Tea, Willow Herb, Cornflower Blossoms, Safflower Blossoms (not for use during pregnancy).
The natural herbs in this tea produce a lovely aroma as you take the lid off the jar. I usually have one mug of this in the morning, as it I find it gives me a boost of energy throughout the day. I love green teas, especially those that can help with energy levels, having Fibromyalgia I get fatigued easily. This has such a lovely mild, herby flavour, and is really soothing to drink. I add 1 teaspoon of the leaves in tea ball infuser, and let it steep in a cup of boiled water for 5 to 10 minutes, then enjoy.
Having a rubbish body with chronic health, I like to use natural and botanical supplements, teas and products to boost wellbeing. We all live busy lives, coping with stress or illness that has an effect on our bodies and day to day living. By adding health supplements into to our diet, it can be helpful in improving energy and overall health. All supplements must state ingredients and doses on the labelling, but if unsure of a using a product, I would suggest simply checking with you GP.
What health supplements do like to use for boosting wellbeing?
*Contains own products plus samples