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Here's Health, Patrick St, Cork

This issue nutrition and health advisor Karolina Krzemianowska, herbalist and sales assistant Fabiana Colmati, nutritional therapist Julie Bennett, senior product advisor Diane Ward and nutritional therapist Vivienne Fitzpatrick review a collagen powder, tanning water, spirulina powder and energy supplement.

Store open Monday to Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 12-6pm.

1. TANNING WATER

Fabiana says: “I love the Eco Sonya Face Tan Water. I just have to apply a few drops in the morning on my face to get a beautiful even natural glowing complexion and I don’t have to use foundation any more. This product won’t clog your pores and it has hyaluronic acid that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and creates a plump effect.”

2. ENERGY SUPPLEMENT

Karolina says: “Revive Zest Active is, in my opinion, the ultimate supplement for energy, concentration and optimal immune system function. I love the all-in- one powder formula that tastes good and truly makes a difference. Improved focus and stress resilience are noticeable just after one sachet thanks to vitamins B and l-theanine. The combination of minerals and vitamin K2 promote bone health and density. I take Revive Zest Active every day and would highly recommend it, especially for the winter season.”

3. COLLAGEN POWDER

Julie says: “I’ve been using NeoCell Collagen Powder for about six months and find it amazing. Collagen is the protein in tendons, ligaments, skin and bone, so I knew it would benefit my knees which were giving me trouble and my lower back. I’m delighted as have no knee or back pain now. It has also improved the elasticity of my skin and it helps it retain moisture and look fuller! I’ll be definitely continuing with Neocell.”

4. SPIRULINA POWDER

Diane says: “I have been taking Synergy Spirulina for many years now and wouldn’t be without it. I have taken both capsules and powder, but I find the powder can be easily added to my morning smoothie, making it more convenient. Spirulina has so many health benefits, such as energy boosting, blood cleansing and a rich source of vitamins and minerals. Spirulina for me is a great all-rounder and an all-year support.”

5. ASHWAGANDHA

Vivienne says: “I really love Pukka Ashwagandha also known as Indian ginseng. This brand has seagreens and ginger for extra nutrition. Ashwagandha is definitely the go-to herb for busy lives. It’s an adaptogen, which means it supports and balances stress levels and hormones, and also helps with fatigue. I’m a firm believer in food first to support a healthy lifestyle, but this is a great product when you need a little extra help.”

Healing Harvest, Kinvara, Co Galway

This issue owner manager Siân Eustace and sales assistants Deirdre Bennet, Melanie Bouffard, and Raissa Hogan review hazelnut tofu, magnesium, umami paste and a natural shower wash.

Store open Monday to Friday 9.30am-1pm, 2-5.30pm, Saturday 10am-1pm, 2-5.30pm

1. CALMING SUPPORT

Siân says: “Macánta L-Theanine & L-Ornithine Complex combines these two amino acids with calming camomile, lemon balm and B vitamins to support the nervous system. This is a wonderful product for calming and relaxing, and is made right here in Galway. It can help you drift off into a peaceful sleep too. It has been a lifesaver for me in these strange times.”

2. UMAMI PASTE

Deirdre says: “Clearspring Umami Paste is a great condiment to have in the fridge. It transforms vegetables, stir-fries, soups and stews. It’s made using traditional Japanese methods of fermenting soy beans, which leads to abundant probiotics that aid digestion. It also contains all amino acids essential for human health. Really versatile and a little goes a long way.”

3. MAGNESIUM VEGECAPS

Melanie says: “Together Magnesium vegecaps contain all five natural forms of the mineral that are easily absorbed in the body. I have seen a decrease in PMT symptoms and an improvement in sleep in the female population of Kinvara since I started recommending this product!”

4. LIFE SUPPORT

Raissa says: “Sometimes it's difficult to keep a balanced diet, and this year with less veggies available because of the pandemic, I have become addicted to Terranova Life Drink. I feel it is an incredible support for my general diet and it is keeping me healthy. I usually drink it with juices, oat milk, and some cacao powder - delicious!”

5. MOISTURISING SHOWER WASH

Deirdre says: “I have been using Green People Bath & Shower Lavender Burst for years. I initially started using this as both my kids had a bout of infant eczema and I needed something gentle, non-irritating and natural. Thankfully the eczema passed, but we continued using it. It’s gentle on skin and really moisturising.”

6. NATURAL DEODORANT

Melanie says: “I love Warrior Botanicals Deodorant Creams, hand-made in Clonakilty, Co Cork with all sustainable ingredients and no nasties like aluminium. My favourite is coconut/vanilla/clove, which smells so good you really want to eat it, and also lavender/geranium/eucalyptus. These really work with your body to eliminate all unpleasant odours for up to 24 hours.”

7. HAZELNUT TOFU

Raissa says: “Viana Hazelnut Firm Tofu is super versatile! I find it to be a great source of protein and iron. I use it in stews, sandwiches, I also shallow fry it and add it to salads. It is an essential food in my cupboard.”

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