We know that the old recommended daily allowances for fruit and vegetables were sufficient at preventing deficiency disease but there is now evidence to suggest that consuming more vitamins at a higher intake may provide further benefits to health.
Taste and flavour are important when it comes to humans accepting food and drinks.
It is believed that some of your taste preferences are innate from the moment you are born. Sweet taste is categorised as the first taste preference for infants, and this is proposed as a ‘product of survival’, with most poisonous substances having a bitter taste and therefore rejected in favour of the sweetness of breastmilk and fruits.
When someone says ‘Hey, Let’s Do Some Shots!’ you’re usually at a party… and you might suddenly think….
This is going to taste awful!
Let’s get this over with!
But you shouldn’t have to dread drinking the latest phenomenon, the well-being ‘Functional Shot’.
Have you ‘languished’ in the greyness of winter and the ‘blah’ (apathy) of Covid lockdowns?
You are not alone, and there is a real reason for it.
With the shorter winter days, the ‘pea-sized’ pineal gland in the brain increases the release of melatonin so you can often feel tired and unmotivated.
But as we pass the Equinox (the true start of Spring) 22nd September 2021, our eyes start to register more daylight, and this triggers the pineal gland to reduce the release of melatonin and this allows you to feel a lift in your energy levels and your mood.
With Australian winter upon us, it’s never been a better time to consider your daily habits and strengthen your immune system to prevent getting a nasty flu. Along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, functional drinks, such as wellness tonics, are packed full of B vitamins and vitamin C, minerals and superfood juices which keep your wellbeing in check and provide a natural energy boost.
There are productivity tips and tricks all over social media nowadays - drink more water, get 8+ hours of sleep, write a schedule, remove distractions, play upbeat music - but have you ever considered the power of nutrition?
With every influencer and wellness guru talking about the far-reaching benefits of the countless superfoods appearing on the shelves of western supermarkets, it's becoming quite hard to stay on top of what does what, who should have what, and when to consume what. From the very vibrant nutrient-packed turmeric lattes and superfood powders, to the libido-boosting maca root, to the antioxidant-packed açai; there are LOTS of options and LOTS of confusion.
Wellness supplements are all the rage nowadays; from juice shots, to protein balls, to vitamin pills, to powdered superfoods. We want health on the go; easy to take, easy on the palate and easy to have.
Although, when we’re short for time, “health on the go” is not possible if it means cooking a fully balanced meal, so the next best option is to get those nutrients in quickly from supplemental pills that give us concentrated doses of anything and everything we want; magnesium, biotin, iron, probiotics, guarana, maca root, St Johns Wort, Vitamin Bs, C, D and E, and omegas 3, 6 and 9. The possibilities are essentially endless!
However, there are a few unknowns and issues about these supplements that we at SHŌJŌ want to address...
Wellness tonics are taking the health and wellness industry by storm, and with more and more creeping onto the shelves of your friendly neighbourhood supermarket, it’s about time we address why everyone - from Michelle Obama to your trendy Aunt Susan - are drinking them.