I’ve been ‘detoxing’ (read: taking various products and cutting back on the demon drink) on and off since last November. It goes without saying that most of December was a write-off; however, I’ve found a few gems in the prolific and often confusing fight against ridding your body of nasties, and I’ve been feeling pretty chipper throughout January.
Decaf Green Tea: I’ve been a huge fan of the Tetley green tea, but any brand will do – just watch out if you go for the caffeinated teas, as if you let the teabag brew, you’ll be bouncing off the walls. I took a massive mug into work and worked my way through gallons of the stuff, and I feel much better (a bit like Jeff Wode) now I’ve cut down on all those milky teas and coffees.
Skin Brilliance Supplements: You’re advised to take two of these a day, which I did religiously throughout November – and by the time December 1 rolled around, my skin was looking much smoother and brighter, and the bags under my eyes had gone. It’s worth noting that during November I also cut back on booze and tried early nights, but I reckon these supplements give a lot of bang for your buck. I’ll be using them again in the run-up to my 30th.
Wellwoman vitamins: Since the second week of January I’ve ditched the powdery 99p vitamins that I always seem to find in the bathroom cabinet, and I’ve been giving the Wellwoman Original vitamins a go. I am seeing a huge improvement in my skin and nails, so I’d go so far as to say I rate them and I’ll be using them again. The one thing I find a bit off-putting is their size, but that’s just me being a bit of a wuss.
FTN: I’m a big fan of these liquid pocket rockets – they’re a bit like Yakult, in the sense that you drink one shot a day. The science behind them is that they’re supposed to stimulate the renewal process of your stem cells, slowing down the ageing process and speeding recovery after a big workout. When my box ran out, I found that I missed them, as they’d been giving me a morning boost. This is definitely one for all the gym bunnies out there.
Revive Active: After a NYE that resulted in me being sick on my shoes, I took action, and invested in a pack of these water-soluble vitamins that claim to improve your energy levels, give you ‘mental clarity and focus’, and boost your immune system. The drink tastes good – there’s an orange/mango flavour going on – and I’d recommend taking these with water, as they’re too sweet with juice. After seven days, I noticed that my post-drinking anxiety levels were very low, and I was sleeping much better. I did seem to be focusing well at work and working harder in the gym, so overall they get the thumbs-up from me.
TIANA Organic Exquisite Omega 3 Spreadable: If you’re flirting with the idea of veganism, but struggling with giving up dairy, I’d recommend you give this unusual but tasty spread a go. The flavour is overwhelmingly nutty (not surprising – it’s made with coconut oil), and works well with sweet foods like peanut butter and marmalade. Go easy on it – you only need a tiny amount – and try it on plain toast. Delish.
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