If you are anything like me, then you fall into one (or all) of the following categories:
Have a full time job
Have more than one full time job
Never get enough sleep
Are at the beck and call of multiple people 24/7
Are still perfecting the art of multitasking
Put “relax” on your to-do list
Hear the voices of fictional characters in your brain all day long
Okay–maybe not that last one. Maybe that one is just me. Anywho….
I’ve stumbled upon a little problem as a writer: ENERGY.
I find that I have trouble keeping myself focused during my key writing time, afternoon, when my kids are doing quiet time or taking naps. All I want to do is take a nap, too.
And at night, when I should be relaxing and catching up on much needed sleep, my brain runs at 9000 miles an hour, a lot of the time spent obsessing over my stories. (Any other writers out there often tormented by your characters at the most inopportune times?) I can’t relax. I can’t turn my brain off to sleep.
My mom recently introduced me to some products that are absolute life savers. And the best part? They are ALL NATURAL.
They are so great, in fact, that I just had to share them with you.
For energy, I introduce to you Reserveage CocoaWell True Energy with AdaptoStress 3.
I think these supplements are ah-mazing. And remember–they’re all natural. The active ingredients are cocoa powder and green tea.
When I take them, I don’t feel buzzed and I’m not bouncing off the walls all hyped-up or anything, but I am focused and I truly do have more energy. I’m not sure that they eleminate any stress in my life, but they sure help me feel alive enough to face it head-on. I don’t take these everyday, but I do take them when I’m drained or when I know I have a long day ahead.
*Find it at your local health food store, vitamin shop, or on Amazon.
And when my brain won’t turn off, I help it out with The Vitamin Shoppe brand Advanced Sleep Formula.
This is also an all-natural product. Its main ingredient is tryptophan (the same stuff found in turkey.) It does not make me “sleepy”, but it does help me relax and fall asleep–and stay asleep.
I don’t react well to sleep medications–it usually takes me a whole day to get over the groggy feeling that I get from Nyquil or the like, but with this stuff I don’t have that problem. There’s no groggy after-effect the next day. Just a night of good sleep.
Find at The Vitamin Shoppe, or check out their website.
I know I sound like an infomercial. I’m not being paid for promotion. I promise. These two products just really, really work for me and I want to share them with you.
And let me throw in a little disclaimer: Even though these are all-natural products and I think that they are magical, I don’t take them daily. I use them only when necessary. All-natural or not, I don’t think it’s a good idea for my body to become completely dependent on supplements to sleep or find energy. And I’ve never actually taken them on the same day, so I don’t know how they would react with each other.
But if you are like me, occasionally you need a little help. I hope these favorites of mine will help you!
Share with me: What natural supplements do you take that you love?
9 responses to “Friday Favorites– Natural Supplements You Should Know About”
Sometimes Mama just needs a little helper…!Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to check these out!
Oohhh, This is right up my alley. These sound awesome! For boosting my immune system, I'm a big fan of echinacea. I swear it's like a power drug, lol.
i react with extreme caution to all-natural stuff that's for energy. mainly b/c i had a super bad experience where i was taking these pills and they ended up giving me a racing heart. sad thing was, i wasn't even wired or anything. so it was just scary. i did take a no-doz in college….ended up staying up all night and not doing as well on the test as i probably could have with a night of good sleep.anyhoo – i trust you and might look into these, since we have an awesome natural food store and i got a $20 gift card….which might be just the thing for me to spend it on, since stuff in that store is so expensive i NEVER shop there and have no idea what to get with that $20! thanks for the idea….sorry for rambling….
Jeannie- I haven't had any kind of reaction even remotely like that on these. I think because it's mostly cocoa powder, it really has a natural effect. I don't feel "buzzed" at all, or groggy when I take the Advanced Sleep. I think you'll like them.
Colleen & Sarah– I highly recommend these! 🙂