issue two : from the water's depth
Let me start by saying, I am far from a health fanatic. I don't exercise regularly, meditate, I don't juice or detox or avoid sugar and I definitely do not drink enough water. I have attempted to incorporate all these healthy practices into my lifestyle many times over, and appreciate that these daily practices go hand-in-hand with the natural beauty I so strongly advocate (albeit, from a different view point) but quite frankly, I'm rubbish at sticking to things with my chaotic lifestyle.
So when I was sent a few samples of Naomi's Kitchen Superfood Blends to trial for this current issue, I was slightly at a loss. Firstly, how does this fit in with the idea of untainted beauty and secondly, what did it have to do with an issue entitled From the Water's Depth?
However, after researching the concept of HADO and the practice of good intentions, the idea of talking about adaptogens - which feature heavily in Naomi's Kitchen Superfood Blends - made perfect sense. (That, and the product starts with "I AM" which I have the French for translation tattooed onto my wrist.)
What are adaptogens you ask?
According to the world wide web, adaptogens are:
(1) plants (herbs) which are entirely safe;
(2) plants which increase the body’s nonspecific resistance; that is, they provide valuable support to the human body in coping with the pressures placed on a wide range of its functions by both the internal and external environments (physical and emotional stress); and,
(3) plants which normalise the functions of the bodily systems.
With stress and our gut health being two of the biggest factors influencing our skin, it made sense to try.
I have been trialling I Am Lean. While I can't say that they are the best tasting things I have ever tried, I can say that they are certainly not the worst! (I also have a strange fascination with consuming things with an unusal taste.) The I Am Lean definitely does stop my sugar cravings, which is handy because I am often too lazy, (er, I mean too busy because I am writing this!) to walk to the corner store to get something sweet when there is nothing in the house. All of the blends are made from untainted ingredients.
But what really got me interested in this product is the approach. The packaging suggests using the positive affirmation while drinking it. So if Hado works with water, surely it must work within our bodies?
It's worth a try, right?
I just add it to water, say the little affirmation and hey presto, I'm already doing several of the things I say I never do.
You can also add it too coconut water for a more tropical taste, a non-dairy alternative to keep it vegan, or even your favourite fruit juice.
- Yacon Root* – Natural appetite suppressant, increased satiety after eating, rich in prebiotics
- Baobab* – Potassium, Magnesium, Vitamin C. Blood sugar regulation, Boosts energy
- Maca* – B vitamins, C and E – Balancing adaptogen for mental and physical fatigue
- Matcha* – Antioxidants, vitamin C and chlorophyll – Metabolism boosting and energising
- Moringa – Rich in protein. May help weight loss, improves glucose tolerance, regulates blood sugar
- Maqui* – Antioxidant, Vitamin A, calcium. Regulates blood sugar
- Green Leaf Stevia – Over 100 phytochemicals, terpenes & flavonoids. A natural low GI sweetener
- Maitake* – Amino acid, vitamin D. Improves chronic fatigue & aids weight loss or control
- Triphala* – Antioxidant & antibacterial. Rejuvenates digestive track, clears mucus & tonifies bowels
- Panax Ginseng* – Mood balancing adaptogen. Reduces high blood glucose levels
- Kelp – Iodine, Magnesium, potassium. Immune boosting, hair and nail strengthening, natural diuretic
- *denotes organic, origin of ingredients is varied