Beauty Collagen Peptides + Keratin
Let’s get right into the ingredients for this one.
Collagen is a type of protein found basically everywhere in the body. Your body makes it to use in the skin, joints, muscle, bones, hair follicles, and even blood vessels. Collagen is damaged by lifestyle factors like UV light, a diet high in added sugar, and smoking. Oh, and the body produces less as we age. FUN!
I know collagen can be a pretty polarizing topic, so if you want to really dig into the benefits of taking a collagen supplement, check out this post.
Keratin is another type of protein that functions as a barrier. It’s found in epithelial cells of the skin, and different types of keratin help to rebuild and repair the hair, skin, and nails.
The difference between collagen and keratin comes down to their amino acid profile! Combining the two provides a boost of specific amino acids known to support hair, skin, and joint health.
Vitamins and minerals in Beauty
Beauty also contains vitamin C, niacin, biotin, pantothenic acid (B5), zinc and selenium. Healthy hair starts at the scalp, and these nutrients help to keep it healthy. B vitamins like niacin, biotin and B5 help deliver nutrients and oxygen to the scalp to help with hair growth. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which protects the cells against free radical damage. Vitamin C is also a major component to collagen production. Zinc is an essential trace mineral, which means you have to get it from food (or supplements). It’s important for tissue repair, including the hair. And finally, selenium – another essential trace mineral. Your body needs selenium to make certain proteins, and deficiency has actually been linked to premature graying.
How to use Beauty Collagen Peptides
Beauty is unflavored and easy to mix into basically anything. A lot of people prefer to take collagen in the morning, on an empty stomach. It’s easy to mix into coffee or tea and check it off the list for the day. However, you can also add it to a smoothie or even bake with it.
I’ve seen some questions asking if it’s okay to take both collagen AND protein powder, and the answer is yes. However, my advice would be to take them separately throughout the day because they’re both technically protein and you might want to spread out your intake.
Unwind Magnesium Powder
I loooove magnesium. It really doesn’t get enough credit! It’s good for sooo many things – it’s involved in over 300 biochemical reactions in the body! Although deficiency is rare, most of us aren’t getting optimal amounts.
I could write an entire article about the ways taking a magnesium supplement or eating more magnesium-rich foods can be helpful – maybe I WILL do that soon actually! But for now, we’re just focusing on the benefits of Unwind.
So, there are several different types of magnesium, each with a unique function and benefit. You’ve probably seen magnesium in supplements for constipation, which is a different type than the magnesium in Unwind! Unwind features magnesium carbonate, which may support the regulation of neurotransmitters related to sleep. It can also help regulate melatonin and activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps you feel more calm and relaxed.
While we know magnesium plays a role in these functions, there’s not a ton of research on the specifics with supplements. So keep that in mind and as always, a varied diet with lots of whole foods will give you the magnesium you need too.
How to use Unwind
This has a tasty strawberry cream flavor, so all you need to do is mix this with warm or cold water! You might find it most helpful to take Unwind within a few hours of bedtime, but you can take it earlier in the day to support relaxation too. Promise it won’t make you zonk out at your desk 🙂
Glow Up Superfood Powder with Probiotics
One of the most common questions I get as a dietitian is hands down “what do you think about greens powders?” It shouldn’t really surprise you by now to hear that I think they’re great for filling in the gaps BUT ideally, you’ll focus on food first.
That being said, Glow Up provides quite a selection of good stuff! According to the label, over 22 fruits, veggies, and superfoods. And all you have to do is mix it into 8 ounces of water, almond milk or a smoothie.
Breaking down the 4 blends
Organic Green Food Blend – Makes it easier to up your intake of certain greens that you don’t love eating on a regular basis like spinach, kale, parsley, spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, and more. These provide a huge variety of nutrients and antioxidants.
Fun fact if you didn’t know: Spirulina is actually a type of algae! It has a ton of benefits but many believe it does amazing things for the immune system (more research needed here). It’s also a good source of protein.
Organic Antioxidant Blend – A combination of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies to prevent cell damage from oxidative stress and therefore reduce the risk for disease.
Organic Mushroom Blend – A blend of adaptogenic mushrooms that may help with things like workout recovery, stress management, and cognitive health.
Fiber, Prebiotic and Probiotic Blend – Similar to the fiber/probiotic blend in the Sculpt + Debloat protein powder, with the addition of prebiotics. Prebiotics “feed” probiotic bacteria so they can flourish in the gut.
Again, all of this is fantastic but please PLEASE remember to get nutrition from food first. A greens powder doesn’t excuse you from your fruits and veggies, ok?!
Jumpstart Energy Powder
This one’s pretty simple because there’s one main ingredient doing all the work: ashwagandha. I’m sure you’ve heard of it, maybe because it’s a functional herb that’s been around for THOUSANDS of years.
How does ashwagandha give you energy? It doesn’t really GIVE you energy. It works by helping your body manage stress more efficiently to spare the energy you already have. And did you know that exercise is technically stress on your body?! Ashwagandha helps your body handle that stress so you have more energy for your workout.
Bonus: Green tea extract. For the perfect caffeine boost. 100mg to be exact! For reference, that’s about the same as the average 8oz cup of coffee.
Double bonus: B vitamins. These play a role in the reactions of energy production.