It doesn’t always have to be cold and gloomy for you to feel like you’re running low on energy or find it difficult to keep up on top of your daily grind. Even a nice day out under the sun can leave you feeling zapped, lethargic or without the will to leave your couch, if you’re not careful. Pharmacist Nawaff Al-Kabban from Unichem Wyndham Street Pharmacy in Auckland, has a few handy tips to keep you on top in the new year.

  1. 1Above Energy – Performance Hydration – minus the nasties.

Water is fabulous, but water alone doesn’t have the added benefits of performance drinks. Having said that, too many performance drinks include nasty ingredients, so it’s important you know exactly what you’re consuming. Luckily, there are options out there like 1Above, who offer all the benefits of next level hydration that includes vitals such as vitamins, electrolytes and super antioxidants, WITHOUT the sugar explosion in your body. So opt for 1Above’s Energy drink, packed with 8 vitamins and 6 electrolytes to replenish your body, with super antioxidant Coffee Berry, to boost your energy levels. Remember, Coffee Berry is different to actual coffee, and is a healthy alternative. The drink has added coffee for a lift, but far less than in average energy drinks, to ensure it’s not overloading your system with powerful stimulants.  Available in 2 flavours: Cranberry and Ginger, and Blueberry and Turmeric.

2. LifeStream Bioactive Spirulina Balance

It’s definitely not the newest and hottest trend right now, as we’ve known about Spirulina for a while. But it’s possibly still underrated. Spirulina’s benefits for energy production are well known, viewed as a powerhouse of nutrients and boasts a 60% protein content. Harvard University endorses it as a good source of beta-carotene, various minerals, and gamma linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid. Lifestream Bioactive Spirulina Balance also contains co-factors for easy absorption, not to mention iron, carotenoids, phycocyanin, chlorophyll, and GLA. Get it in you.



The name reads more like computer coding, but the keyword is ANTIOXIDANT. We don’t have enough good things to say about them. Think vitamins, but not quite. This co-enzyme is like a vitamin, and is already present in every cell of your body, and is used for generating energy, growing, and maintaining your body. It’s also a- you guessed it – potent super antioxidant and protects against free radicals and harmful molecules. It supports your heart function, helps maintain healthy heart muscle function, assists with general wellbeing and helps with temporary fatigue recovery. You need it.



But remember: supplements do not replace a healthy lifestyle, which includes a balanced diet, adequate sleep and regular exercise. So while you are encouraged to take up supplements, for the best outcome, they should be used exactly as that; supplements –  to a healthy lifestyle!

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