Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Antioxidant supplements, Immunity Support & Energy Boosters

The last cold and flu season hit me hard and knocked me off my feet (literally) so I decided to make a contentious effort to boost my immune system. I should also mention that I’m not a fan of swallowing pills (particularly large vitamins) which is why I find it difficult maintain a regular supplement regiment. Thankfully Arbonne, Image Skincare and the makers of Emergen-C have created formulas that are easy to incorporate into my daily routine.

These products are formulated to support a healthy lifestyle so I also try my best to consume nutritious foods and exercise regularly. It can be a difficult process but even small changes make a big difference!

Vitamin C is essential for fighting the cold virus, boosting immunity and even helping our skin thrive, which is why Emergen-C has become a staple in my pantry. The powder comes in individual, single serving packets that you mix in water and they are great for travel. Along with a whopping 1,000 mg of Vitamin C (more than 10 oranges) it also contains essential antioxidants and B Vitamins. The powder is available in delicious flavors like Acai Berry, Orange, Cranberry and Strawberry to jazz-up your water. Unlike many vitamins, this formula actually tastes good so I usually mix it in my water bottle and drink it after my morning workout. There are 30 packs per box retailing for $11.97 at drugstores nationwide.

When I don’t take Vitamins C, I usually opt for the Energy Fizz Sticks from Arbonne which is also a great post-workout supplement that taste delicious! There are 30 stick packets per box and you simply mix the powder in water. 

My favorite flavor is Pomegranate and the formula contains antioxidants (to boost the immune system), Green Tea, Ginseng, B Vitamins, Caffeine, Niacinamide and more. It also helps promote alertness, enhance cognitive functioning, temporarily relieve fatigue, increase endurance, improve motor performance and metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. The box retails for $54.00.

Arbonne also sells Antioxidant & Immunity Support Liquid Packets for the maintenance of good health. You simply tear the pack open and drink directly from the pouch (no need to add water) but it is recommended that you take it with food. The supplement is a great source of Vitamins and herbal medicine including: Milk Thistle to support liver function and boost energy. I’m not really sure what flavor this is but it tastes fermented with a hint of yeast – not the greatest but not terrible either. The box contains 30 packs and retails for $90.00. I should also mention that I do not mix or take all of these supplements on the same day, I alternate between each product depending on my daily needs. Arbonne is available online at arbonne.ca or through independent consultants.

Image Skincare is a brand that is fairly new to me but I’ve been testing their products for a few weeks now with fabulous results. The company is medically based - created by a Plastic Surgeon, so the products are highly concentrated and more effective. The Collagen Supplement can be taken as a shot followed with water or mixed into smoothies and juice. The collagen used is derived from cows so our bodies can actually absorb it (unlike plant-based collagen derivatives) and it supports healthy hair, nails and skin. The liquid is easy to take (just 15 ml per day) and it also increases skin firmness, reduces wrinkle depth, boosts radiance and restores hydration with a blend of peptides, antioxidants and vitamins. I don’t have wrinkles or lines but since incorporating the supplement into my daily routine, I’ve noticed stronger nails, more hair growth and a clear complexion.

The liquid tastes like a mixture of vitamins and Orange Tang and keeping it in the fridge improves the flavor. The bottle contains 16 oz (1 month’s supply) and retails for $99.00. Image Skincare is available at a number of Toronto Spas and Salons including The Four Seasons. You can  check out the website by clicking HERE.

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