July - September 2020 Editor's Choice

 A Job Well Done

Now, I may be a little biased here, but since receiving a lovely lil package of Wellness daily essentials, my health really is doing, well...well. The multivitamins are packed with a ridiculous number of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that do a great job of seeing to my daily requirements, supporting my immune system, protecting my organs, and turning my body into a lean, mean editing machine. The Super Green Foods blend is made up of just four natural ingredients, each of which has its own unique benefits (think balancing pH levels, promoting a healthy gut, fighting free radical damage, and providing a complete source of plant-based protein, to name just a few). While my body is being taken care of by my multis and greens, I reach for the Adaptogen Complex to give my brain the boost it needs to, say, put together a magazine. It’s pretty amazing that a simple combo of a few plants, herbs and mushies can simultaneously lower my stress levels and energise me (both of which are very needed right now).   

Simply the Best 

Goodness knows we’ve all been in need of some serious self-care this year, and Simply Bee answered my pamper prayers with their range of luxurious hair, face and body goodies. The lovely local brand is committed to producing fully natural homemade products using organic honey, beeswax and propolis, which means that they’re not only great for my body, but also for the earth and environment. I’ve found that I can use different products for different at-home spa rituals. On stressful days I take a soak in their bubbles and bath salts (which smell absolutely divine), and treat myself to their rich and creamy hair and face masks. I find the hair mask to be a bit heavy, but it’s perfect for my borderline-crunchy split ends. And on those days when I need an extra dash of energy, I start the morning with some exfoliation action from their fynbos honey sugar scrub (which I want to eat), followed by a skin-stimulating massage with their nourishing body lotion. There’s nothing better to get me buzzing like a busy little bee.

Purple Protein Power

Collagen is the cool kid on the wellness block, and Lifematrix’s Purple Protein Powder has even more street cred thanks to the addition of powdered blueberries. The high vitamin C and antioxidant content of the blueberries supports the already impressive health benefits of collagen - such as promoting joint and bone health, and keeping my skin firm and wrinkle-free (especially impressive considering the stress of the last few months). Best of all, the powder is highly soluble and heat-resistant, with a neutral flavour and odour that allows me to sneak it into smoothies, soups, and warm winter stews for a clandestine collagen kick.

Honey, Honey, How You Thrill Me 

I’m a lover of all things delicious and guilt-free, so let’s just say that things have gotten pretty serious between me and the Gayleen’s Decadence range of honey-sweetened choccies. The gluten-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free slabs are 71% dark chocolate (hello, antioxidants!) and come in a range of flavours, from classics like Himalayan Salt and Mint to bizarrely delicious Lemon & Black Pepper. Plus, they are 100% natural and made with sustainably sourced cocoa and raw honey, which means that I can munch away with none of the sugar spikes of conventional chocolate.

All-in-One Collagen

I think it’s time to admit that I may have an addiction to supplements. At least that’s what I have to assume from my absurdly large collection of bottles and boxes. Or maybe I’ve just been in need of some more compounded complexes. Nutrilife’s Collagen Complex has been a great addition to my diet, because it combines my daily dose of collagen protein (for happy bones and supple skin) with a range of essential enzymes, vitamins and minerals. It may not have 42 ingredients, but I think it may just be the answer to life, the universe and everything.

Super Sutherlandia 

Immune support is the talk of the town nowadays, and I was keen to try Dr. Boxall’s Sutherlandia &
Olive 2-in-1 Capsules and Sutherlandia Tincture. I’ve always been curious to try sutherlandia, given its long history of use in African traditional medicine, and it really seems that our ancestors knew what they were doing. While it can be tough to gauge the extent of the efficacy of preventative medicines, I can say that I have enjoyed the past few months cold-, flu-, and COVID-free (which is especially impressive considering that I’m generally plagued by the sniffles as soon as the first rains hit Cape Town). You can mix the drops with some water and gargle to build up cell resilience and treat a sore throat, but I prefer to throw a few in my morning smoothie for a refreshing immune boost. The 2-in-1 veggie caps are great for systematically strengthening immunity thanks to the combination of sutherlandia’s antiviral and antibacterial properties with the powerful antioxidants of olive leaf extract. I just take the maintenance dose of one capsule twice a day after meals to arm my defences and keep my system sniffle-free.