‘Tis the season to be jolly? Don’t get us wrong: we love Christmas, we really do! But let us face the fact that for the most part, the festive season can be anything but relaxing. Which is why we’ve put together our favourite 3 wellbeing products to help you keep in good health during the stressful holiday period. Give your body a helping hand with these all-natural food supplements:
FOUR SIGMA FOODS Instant Reishi Medicial Mushrooms: Do you sometimes sleep for 8 hours but still wake up feeling tired? This is a sure sign your cortisol levels may be too high to allow you to fall into a deep rejuvenating sleep. One of our favourite remedies for this is Reishi.
Reishi produces a calming effect on the mind and nervous system. It is in fact nature’s ultimate anti-stress antidote: an intelligent mushroom that is thought to balance an over-driven hormone system and help your body fight against stress. It contains triterpenes which help the liver break down stress hormones allowing your body to relax and recover during the night like it is supposed to.
As a bonus, scientific research has shown that Reishi improves the cardiovascular system by lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, and by improving blood circulation. Just what you need over the festive period of sofa surfing and rich foods - we’re sold! Get it here.
Top Tip: Make sure your Reishi is alcohol extracted to get these fat-soluble triterpenes in a form your body can actually use.
CONTENT Antioxidant Tea: If you're feeling run down, we recommend boosting your immune system with this wonderfully fragrant organic tea. The specially formulated blend of botanicals contains potent antioxidant nutrients, which have been shown to stimulate and support general health, helping to beat colds and infections and promote healthy nails, skin, hair and joints. On top of that, the ingredients all have anti-ageing properties and supplement your vitamin C levels.
The ingredient list reads like an Arabian dream: Hibiscus, with its high antioxidant content, has extensive cardiovascular benefits. Studies have show that a daily uptake is useful for reducing cholesterol and high blood pressure in people with mild to tolerate hypertension. Meanwhile, the Bilberry fruit is known to prevent free radicals from damaging cells in the body and the skin. It is also reputed useful to improving overall circulation and micro-circulation, including broken capillaries and varicose veins. Rose petals are also part of the infusion, as they possess some of the strongest antioxidant activities, even higher than that of green tea. This means that they have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties, which can help protect skin cells from oxidative damage and ultraviolet rays. Finally, there are Rose hips, which are one of the richest plant sources of vitamin C available and vital for collagen production. They also contain lycopene, thought to be a powerful cancer fighting agent which has also been shown to prevent the aging of skin. It is also increasingly used in the treatment of inflammatory disorders such as arthritis.
Simply drink this tasty infusion throughout the day as a caffeine alternative and soak up the myriad of benefits! Get it here
ADUNA Baobab Fruit Powder: We are huge fans of the Baobab for its myriad of benefits, but during Winter it comes into its own! As one of the fruits that put the 'super' into 'superfruits', it is an excellent source of Vitamin C, raising energy levels by boosting the immune system and metabolism, which might just give you a helping hand to get outside and exercise over the festive season. It also hosts a range of other nutrients such as potassium and calcium, which help maintain normal blood pressure and aid digestion (just incase you overindulge on Christmas Day). Secondly: with almost five times the antioxidants of fresh acai berries, it is one of the highest antioxidant capacity fruit in the world. Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals and from oxidative stress, meaning more elastic, supple skin. As for the taste - it’s a unique tangy combination of pear, grapefruit, caramel and vanilla, which blends perfectly into a winter breakfast smoothie. Get it here.