It’s the first day of 2016 and at the very top of my New Years resolutions sits the anti- consumerist promise to myself to stop buying stuff I don’t need. I’m appalled by the rarely worn clothes suffocating in my heaving wardrobe and the half used toiletries taking up space in the bathroom cabinet. As I open the door to what was once a medicine shelf (but rapidly expanded to take over the entire cupboard), I wonder how much money I’ve wasted on ‘wellness’ supplements over the years and if any of them actually made any difference to the way I felt…
After a long stretch of inexplicable fatigue peppered with a series of expensive blood tests, my doctor informed me that my vitamin and mineral levels were ‘within range’. She then went on to explain that these blood tests are rarely accurate because each individual body functions at different levels. The majority of people tested would fall into the wide ‘within range’ category.
Over the years I’ve absorbed every new book on alternative therapy and inhaled each new article on healing plants. I’ve taken the turmeric for inflammation and bought the calcium to ward off bone problems. I’ve consumed vitamin d to help absorb the calcium and in turn taken magnesium to make the vitamin d work. I used to buy Omega 3,6 and 9 blends in bulk until I discovered that too much omega 6 in our body causes problems and
quickly switched to a formula that only contained 3 and 9. You can see where I’m going here….
It usually starts with a harmless trip to Wholefoods and ends in a spontaneous splurge at the supplement counter, followed by a guilty need to justify my copious spending as a necessary ‘investment’ towards my new ‘vital’ self.
Fact is, if all vitamin supplements worked, health-store hounds like me wouldn’t spend so much time and money in pursuit of a new fix and if, like me, you find yourself staring at a pantry full of half used jars, it may be time to face the facts and admit defeat. Popping a handful of self- medicating tablets in the hope that we will find the right cocktail for our bodies is futile.
But not all is lost. I may just have found the very simple answer to easy supplementing that works.
I started taking Revive active about three months ago. Prior to that I’d come back from holiday and had forgotten to take my supplements when I was away. I guess I’d got out of the habit and returned to my normal routine- minus the daily consumption of pills. Months went by and I didn’t notice any difference in the way I felt. Concluding that they didn’t work, I began to believe the skeptical theory of many western doctors that our bodies don’t really absorb vitamin supplements anyway.
The reason I took Revive is simple: I was given a box. The single sachet, mixed with water seemed a simple way to take something that was a refreshing, fruity start to the day.
On the first day I felt great. Energetic, motivated and able to get through a torturous Bikram yoga class with ease. I had thought that supplements could take months to work so it didn’t occur to me that Revive was the source of my energy. The following day I didn’t take Revive and spent a very lethargic day wondering why I felt so tired. I tried Revive again and the energy returned. So went a week of alternating days of starting and stopping Revive and feeling phenomenally different on the days I took it.
By the second week I was taking it every day and in time started drinking revive instead of my afternoon coffee to wash away the 3 o clock energy slump.
Looking further into Revive’s active ingredients I noticed the list is fairly similar to the combined mix of supplements I’ve taken before but because Revive has been blended by nutritional alchemists, the quantity of each vitamin and the quality of it’s sourcing make all the difference. If a high-grade vitamin is used it provides more benefits in lower milligrams as well as containing less additives for the body to process.
Revive contains all the C, B and E vitamins that you would usually expect to find in a multivitamin with the inclusion of important extras like these:
CoQ10 is involved in the metabolism of energy, helping to produce adenosine triphosphate, which constitute the cells’ major energy source. Its antioxidant properties help scavenge free radicals (molecules that negatively contribute to the development of heart disease as well as cancer), preventing some of the damage usually caused by these harmful free radicals.
This amino acid is a chemical precursor to nitric oxide (a blood vessel-widening agent called a vasodilator). Evidence suggests that arginine may help with increased vasodilation, helping circulation and oxygen to flow around the body. The body uses it to make protein, making it essential for healing wounds, bodybuilding, enhancing sperm production, and preventing tissue wasting in people with critical illnesses.
One of the highest numbering amino-acids, taurine is found in the heart, the skeletal muscles, white blood cells, and the nervous system. When the body engages in extreme physical activity, it no longer will be able to produce the necessary amounts of Taurine required. This may lead to a Taurine deficiency under certain conditions.
Synthesised in the liver, kidney and brain, Carnitine breaks down stored fat and turns it into energy, transport of long-chain fatty acids into the cells, promoting DNA repair and preventing DNA degeneration, which improves both short and long-term memory.
Major benefits of selenium have been found to improve the immune system against bacterial and viral infections, against cancer cells and herpes virus, cold sores, and shingles. One of the major nutritional benefits of selenium is increasing the HDL cholesterol to LDL cholesterol for a healthy heart.
Only 1% of magnesium is found in blood, but the body works very hard to keep blood levels of magnesium constant. Without magnesium we could not produce energy, our muscles would be in a permanent state of contraction, and we could not adjust the levels of cholesterol produced and released into the blood stream.
Scientists have found that supplemental D-ribose can rapidly stimulate the metabolic pathway used by the body to replenish these energy levels, restoring ribose levels in nerves and muscles. This in turn has a positive effect on energy production in all muscles, especially the heart.
In a nutshell, I’m done with mountains of morning pills because a single sachet of a delicious tasting vitamin is far more appealing. I now keep the sachets in my makeup kit so that any of my team can reenergize during a long shoot. I’m sure that the powder formula helps it to act more quickly within the body than tablets and capsules.
The only additional supplementing I include now is Omegas…these important ‘good’ fats are essential and I really do notice a difference when I take them. Revive have just launched a high-grade krill oil formula, which I’m about to start taking. Watch this space!