Life is pretty fast paced killer these days, the holidays are barely over and already Easter eggs are in the shops ... like how does that even happen! Let's face it, I usually try and wish Valentine's day away ... now that is crazy even for me!

I know I have a busy year ahead of me and whilst in my mind, I am ready to tackle it head on my body is not really all that excited. The fatigue has set in again and some days with my fibro I just feel exhausted. I have made my resolution for this year to live each day as though it is my last ... because honestly if I have learnt one thing, it is that tomorrow is in actual fact a gift not a guarantee.

Because of this, I have decided to try and be healthy, be kind to myself and help my body be as strong as it can be. You all know the supplements I have taken in the past (read more) and I still stand by these but I am an "explorer" by nature and so I have tried a few new natural alternatives to help my body cope better.

Supplementing my body

Firstly I decided to try out Faithful To Nature, I have known about them for years, but have never really made any purchases through them. The experience has been amazing. My order arrived in no time at all and even though there was some confusion with a delivery, they quickly sorted it, resent the missing goods and even a handwritten apology and gift. (You guys are rock stars and will def be my health go to from here on!)

So I have always had hormonal issues, I have since a child hence my broad girth from an early age. It was based on this that I decided to try Maca Root Powder, let me tell you it is quite overwhelming the choices but eventually, I decided on  SUPERFOODS ORGANIC MACA POWDER.

What does Maca do?
MACA is an adaptogen, meaning that it helps the body to adapt to increased stressors. Maca is well known as an amazing hormone balancer, and strength builder. Because of its oxygenating effect on the blood, it has also gained the reputation for being the best natural aphrodisiac (not that this is of any use for me ... tee hee!).

My thoughts: 
So far I have found the malty taste pleasant and I either add this to my smoothies or to my Golden Lattes. I will let you know how my body responds as natural products usually take 6 weeks to be at optimal efficacy.
Retails for R135.00

So hormones are sorted, now for the stress coping

Here I decided to get two products, some capsules and also a powdered supplement mix to also add to my smoothies. As you know with my previous Chronic Fatigue (Adrenal Fatigue) and current Fibromyalgia the adrenal glands are a huge concern. The adrenals become overactive and produce too much cortisol wreaking havoc on my appetite, energy levels and joint pain.

Ever heard of Ashwagandha? Neither had I until my research!

What does Ashwagandha do?
It has been used for over 3,000 years to relieve stress, increase energy levels and improve concentration. ASHWAGANDHA is known as an adaptogen or a natural supplement that humans can take that help to support the body and mind in coping with our stressful, busy lives.

Here are some of the actions of Ashwagandha:
- Reduce anxiety and depression
- Combat effects of stress
- Increase stamina and endurance
- Prevent and treat cancer
- Reduce brain cell degeneration
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Lower cholesterol
- Boost immunity

I got myself ...
Contains 200 capsules
Retails for R105.00

My thoughts:
Well, it is hard to say as these are veggie caps and will take time to work but I will keep you posted.

The powdered supplement mix is ...
Good Life CacaoBoost - Raw Cacao + Ashwagandha + Mushroom Blend

This combination offers the following benefits:
Good Life CacaoBoost is a tasty powder mix of premium certified organic superfoods that nourish your body and support your immune system. Raw Cacao, Ashwagandha, and medicinal mushrooms form a powerful trio that gives your immunity a super boost from these certified organic superfoods.

Ashwagandha is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for stress and improved digestion, raw cacao boosts happy making neurotransmitters and medicinal mushrooms are amongst the crème de la crème of immune boosters. All without any added sugar, fillers or preservatives to interfere with your daily super boost, Good Life CacaoBoost is a premium plant boost for your health, especially great for vegans.

Retails for R115.00

Here are some of the individual actions:

- Raw Cacao is a fantastic food source of heart-supporting magnesium and also boosts neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine that help alleviate depression. Raw cacao is also one of the richest sources of antioxidants of any food. It’s even been found to help diminish appetite.

Ashwagandha is a potent adaptogen that helps balance your mood, metabolism and digestion. It’s been used as an Ayurvedic herbal remedy for centuries for managing emotional, mental and physical stress naturally.

- Medicinal Mushrooms have been studied for their amazing immune boosting properties and benefit from stress and anxiety, circulation, muscle health, metabolism, skin and organs.

My thoughts:
This definitely has a mushroomy taste, but you quickly get used to it. The mix itself is great for adding to peanut butter smoothies and gives it a chocolatey taste.

In conclusion

So as you can see these are high in adaptogens which are the bodies natural stress coping mechanisms, I will cover these more in another post. I must, however, say though that I am feeling much better ... not sure if it's all in the mind but I am sticking to this for now.

NB. This is not a sponsored post but rather a post wholly paid by me for me. I would, however, like to mention that I have been super impressed with the delivery. service and products from FAITHFUL TO NATURE and they are definitely my go to online organic health store.

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