Brain fog, headaches, dizziness, dry throat, sore eyes – all may be clues that you are suffering from high levels of air pollution. 91 % of the population live in areas where air quality exceeds guideline limits, so it isn't surprising that many of us feel the physical effects of air pollution without even knowing about it.
With Earth Day approaching, it is the perfect time to protect against pollution with the BetterYou Air Defence Daily Oral Spray®. Specially designed to combat pollution's harmful effects, this blend of vitamins B6, B12 and D3, folic acid and selenium helps the body to defend against air pollution from the inside out. Some of the most harmful pollutants measure less than a strand of hair, virus or molecule; they invisibly infiltrate the body and damage cells. Building the body’s resilience to these pollutants and preserving long-term health is crucial.
This pill-free health supplement helps protect cells, support the body’s natural immune system and contribute to normal red blood cell formation. Current rates of air pollution can have a huge impact on the body, specifically on the functioning of cardiovascular and respiratory systems, with other symptoms ranging from fatigue to brain fog and grey hair to wrinkles.
BetterYou is also an example of a brand pushing the environmental agenda, going the extra mile to reduce its impact on our planet. BetterYou has partnered with Earthly – carbon-busting specialists – to support its trailblazing mangrove planting project run by Eden Reforestation in Madagascar. To support the removal of harmful CO2 from the atmosphere, BetterYou has pledged to plant a tree for every Air Defence® Oral Spray sold, to help sequester carbon, to improve air quality and create a climate positive world.
[the company kindly sent me a Daily Oral Spray to try]
BOXD shakes are ideal for increasing your protein intake and, for those in a hurry, a healthy on-the-go, tasty meal. Good so far? Read on.....
BOXD shakes comes in two flavours, Madagascan Vanilla and Double Chocolate Brownie. They're vegan, free from GMOs and don't contain added sugars or artificial sweeteners. There is one serving in each sachet and all you have to do is add water and drink. How simple is that?
Protein in BOXD shakes comes from peas and white hemp. Some protein shakes offer a single source of protein, usually hemp, soy, rice or pea, but BOXD go one better to offer a blend of different plant proteins. That way you benefit from different amino acids. The shakes also contain 16 vitamins and minerals essential to women's health and energy and are ideal for vegans who can find it difficult to get enough protein in their diet.
BOXD is a first class way to support a healthy, active lifestyle
How to make BOXD shakes
Add 200 to 400 ml water depending on how thick you want your drink to be and mix it in a blender. BOXD shakes mix easily, so you won't get any yukky lumpy bits.
I really like the fact that BOXD’s website reinforces the message that health is not about a specific body shape or certain size . The company promotes body positivity, so extra kudos to them.
Protecting the environment is important. BOXD protein powder comes in paper sachets inside a cardboard box. Everything is recyclable or biodegradable.
My verdict? I REALLY like BOXD Vegan Protein Shakes. They're tasty, convenient, eco-conscious and healthy. What's not to like?
Head to BOXD website where you can buy the plant-based protein shakes. In the vegan line of protein powders, you can choose either the double chocolate brownie flavour, Madagascan vanilla flavour or throw caution to the winds and order a combination of the two.
Disclaimer: The lovely people at BOXD sent me sachets for review purposes. My opinions are my own.
Thank you BOXD for sending me this product to test.
images (c) myself and BOXD
Performance Meals worked with personal trainer, nutritionist and owner of Peak Health, Paul Crouch, to dispel a few classic myths around health, fitness and nutrition.... read on for more ....
“The best time to work out is first thing in the morning, there is no point at any other time of day!”
True or false?
False. Paul says: “There is no right time to work out, as long as you’re consistent and regular, so fit in gym or home workout sessions at a time that works best for you.”
“Working out on an empty stomach helps you lose weight.”
True or false?
This one isn’t quite as simple. Paul explains: “Sometimes it is best to eat beforehand to maximise your workout. However, methods such as intermittent fasting mean that the body can adapt to burning fat as fuel.” Eating protein before a workout can help prevent muscle damage whilst promoting recovery. Anyone looking to try intermittent fasting is advised to seek guidance from a professional.
“You can target fat burn to a specific part of your body.”
True or false?
“Often referred to as ‘spot reducing’, this myth is false,” Paul confirms.
When exercising, stored fats that the body may use for energy can come from anywhere in the body, rather than the specific area you’re working.
“Eating late in the evening makes it harder to lose weight.”
True or false?
“This depends on what you eat,” says Paul. “If your meal is more protein bias, this will not store as fat and will benefit recovery.”
“You need a low carb diet to lose weight.”
True or false?
False. Paul says: “Whilst simple carbs such white pasta and white bread often have added sugars, complex carbohydrates like potatoes and whole grains contain fibre and other nutrients that don’t cause the same spikes and dips. It is complex carbohydrates that should be eaten as part of a healthy, balanced diet.”
“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
True or false?
False. Paul confirms: “All meals are important, and timing is dependent on your goal. Intermitting fasting, for example, means that breakfast is skipped but results are still achieved.”
“You can build muscle and lose fat at the same time.”
True or false?
Paul says: “Building muscle can increase metabolism which will help burn fat, however that’s a process which takes time to develop. You do not simply build muscle and burn fat!”
“Keto is the best diet for fat loss.”
True or false
False. Paul confirms: “Following a controlled eating protocol and regular exercise are the most effective weight loss tool.”
“If you’re not sore after a workout, you’re not trying hard enough.”
False! “Not feeling sore doesn’t mean you haven’t had a good workout. Feeling sore is a sign that you need a recovery day before your next session and ignoring these signs can lead to being over trained.”
What are Performance Meals?
Performance Meals provide real health benefits to those invested in fitness, sports, and weight management.
Each expertly crafted, high protein ready meal is nutritionally rich and designed to conveniently fit into busy lifestyles and workout routines.
Containing no additives or preservatives, high protein meals are known to help with weight loss and increase muscle mass, all whilst helping you to feel fuller for longer.
To find out more about Performance Meals, visit https://www.performancemeals.com
Lizi’s granola is a fab option for breakfast. I love granola and when I eat breakfast - which isn't every day - naughty, I know! - that's what I opt for. However, up until last week I hadn't sampled Lizi's granola.
I have tried most of the other granolas on the supermarket shelves; of course, some are better than others. I discard those which have lots of teeny tiny bits almost like hard granules of dust lounging around in the packet. Some just don't have any flavour. Some are too sweet. Others are hard - yes, I know granola is supposed to be crunchily hard - but, there's crunchy and there's tooth shatteringly crunchy. When I was asked if I would like a packet of Lizi's high protein granola to try out and review here, I said, yes please! I'll give it a go.
So, here's my take on Lizi's Granola. Tasty. Good texture. It doesn't turn soggy as soon as I add my soya milk. Not too sweet. What surprised me, I suppose, was that I didn't feel peckish within an hour or two of eating it. This slow-release of energy is due to the low GL (glycaemic load) per serving, which is a good thing as far as I'm concerned.
So, to the nitty gritty. This granola delivers more than 27% of your daily protein needs per serving. Oats, pumpkin seeds, coconut and chopped nuts up your fibre intake and of course as you all know, that contributes to our general health, mental wellbeing and helps maintain a healthy digestive system. Apple juice adds just the right amount natural sweetness so you have a super, tasty breakfast that is really good for you.
The low sugar mix - under 4% - is ideal for those who dislike sweet breakfast cereals. I've been eating this fabby granola with the addition of chopped apple or a satsuma or two, sometimes with fresh raspberries (Scottish, of course!) or a dollop of Greek style plain yogurt.
Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.
RRP £3. 70 for 350g.
Lizi’s is available in lots of supermarkets including
Tesco, Sainsbury, Waitrose, Asda, Morrisons,
Ocado. from many independent health stores and of course, from Lizi's online shop at lizis.co.uk
Why not try a packet or two? You'll like it, I promise!
This product was sent to me free of charge by Lizi’s to be reviewed. Disclaimer : this review is my honest opinion of the product.
The clean waters around Wick in Scotland's far north provide perfect conditions for nutrient-dense seaweed to thrive. Seaweed is a source of prebiotic fibre, protein, magnesium, antioxidants and iodine, an often forgotten mineral which is essential for both minds and bodies. A superfood, in fact. Makes sense then to turn the local seaweed into delicious snacks and food. Win win situation - good for you and good for the planet.
SHORE is the Scottish seaweed company who produce delicious snacks and food. They kindly sent me samples of their Seaweed Chips in Lightly Salted, Asian Peking and Sweet Sriracha flavours as well as a jar of Black Kale and Seaweed Pesto. Besides the taste, I love the fact that they are healthy - it's all down to that that seaweed again, packed with more minerals than almost any vegetable on earth, as well as macro and micro nutrients, antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins, minerals - all of which mean your diet is boosted whenever you eat it.
SHORE tell me that because the abundant complex carbs in seaweed are slow to digest, you feel full for longer and of course, that helps cut your calorie intake. All natural flavourings complement a umami seaweed base, making these seaweed crisps deliciously crunchy and exceptionally more-ish.
SHORE's dedicated harvesteers live in some of Scotland's most remote communities. They are out in all weathers hand harvesting the best seaweed the shores have to offer.
You can buy the goodies at various outlets listed here
PURESSENTIEL – PRODUCTS FOR PURE AIR
Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray : A fabulous combination of 41 essential oils including two species of lavender, eucalyptus, lemon and geranium. This reduces the risk of respiratory issues by tackling common triggers for symptoms: airborne bacteria and viruses, fungal spores and house-dust mites.
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New Puressentiel Respiratory Cough Syrup soothes sore throats and supports the body’s natural defences with three aromatic honeys, propolis, marshmallow and elderberry.
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends the use of honey to treat coughs over antibiotics and other conventional medicines. Elderberry has antiviral activity and marshmallow can ease dry cough.
New Puressentiel Respiratory Soothing Syrup combines plant extracts including propolis, marshmallow root and echinacea with seven essential oils and soothing ingredients such as honey and lemon, to deliver immediate proven relief.
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New Puressentiel Respiratory Lozenges with three aromatic honeys provide relief when you’re on the move, the honey forms a barrier to soothe and protect the throat.
RRP £9.99 (18 lozenges) – Available at uk.puressentiel.com, Holland & Barrett, Amazon
New Puressentiel Respiratory Throat Drops use the natural sweetener stevia to provide a sugar-free solution for sore throats and dry coughs. Available in two flavours, Citrus or Mint/Eucalyptus.
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New Puressentiel Resp OK inhaler is the pocket solution for winter coughs and congestion containing 18 essential oils including eucalyptus, peppermint and oregano, enriched with menthol and camphor to ease breathing.
RRP £5.99 (1ml) – Available at uk.puressentiel.com, Holland & Barrett, Amazon
Puressentiel Respiratory Air Spray is a unique blend of essential oils to be used at the first signs of winter discomfort or seasonal sensitivities. It contains 19 essential oils to help soothe the airways and ease congestion: anise, St Thomas bay, cajeput, Atlas cedarwood, lemon, clove, cypress, eucalyptus, Lavandula angustifolia, lavandin grosso, peppermint, niaouli, oregano, Scot’s pine, ravintsara, rosemary, sage officinale, tea tree and thyme.
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I'm Gilly, award winning journalist /author of 12 books. Credits incl: Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, The Scotsman, Daily Express, Country & Town House, My Weekly, Platinum, Woman, Best, cruise magazines, etc