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Our Relax Shot, For Your Well-being

Why Did We Make This Product?

Mental wellness is at the forefront of health science at present. Mental illness is on the rise across the global population, with a significant increase associated with the COVID pandemic. A time where people were disconnected from family, friends and work colleagues, yet more connected to the internet and social media than ever before. The COVID pandemic also increased general anxiety among the population and significantly reduced opportunities for people to relieve stress, tension and anxiety. 

Now, more than ever, we need to focus on implementing relaxation techniques into our daily life to better our mental well-being and general health. This need has been recognized by big tech companies and led to a surge in use of the Calm app and such like. These applications are of great benefit, undoubtedly. But in the knowledge that stress is associated with the use of phones and technology, perhaps we need to simplify relaxation techniques a little. Physical activity, laughter, losing yourself (not literally) in nature and even the food you eat can support you on your quest for relaxation.

We have known for years that certain foods and food groups can significantly increase cortisol, the stress hormone. Those foods are typically highly refined, processed foods such as confectionery, cookies, cakes and soft drinks. These foods contain huge amounts of sugar and little else, so the sugar enters the bloodstream rapidly and results in a huge increase in the hormone insulin. Much like Robin Hood, insulin steals the sugar from the blood (the rich) and transports it for storage within the body (the poor), but in doing so blood sugar then crashes. Much like the big dipper rollercoaster ride, your energy levels and mood surge and then crash land just moments later. The crash landing results in a stress response, your body releases the hormones glucagon, cortisol and adrenaline in an effort to get blood sugar back up to a normal range. 

Unfortunately, the carnage does not end there. The stress response triggers behavioural changes that result in sugar-seeking actions, aka frantically raiding the cupboards for the next sugar fix. Hopefully, now you can see where this story goes? The cycle essentially continues until you go to bed. All as a result of that one bad decision earlier in the day. 

At B.Fresh we believe knowing what not to do is just as important as knowing what to do, especially when it comes to nutrition. So now you know that bad food choices can ramp up the levels of stress within your body and thus negatively affect your mental wellbeing. 

In more positive news B.Fresh can also present a possible solution to reduce tension and anxiety. Our in-house team of nutrition nerds and cold-press professionals have been hard at work figuring out how to harness the power of various fruits, natural botanical herbs and amino acids known to reduce stress and anxiety. Fortunately, we have cracked this code and can now introduce you to the B.Fresh relax shot (p.s itโ€™s 100% natural).

Why Did We Use These Ingredients?

Cold-pressed kiwi fruit is the primary ingredient within the new relax shot. Kiwi is rich in serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter (chemical signal) that can improve mood and sleep, but also increase subjective feelings of relaxation. Kiwi is paired with other fruits such as avocados, which contain monounsaturated fats and vitamin B6 also known to improve mood. These powerful base ingredients provide the perfect stage from which the stars of the show are able to perform. 

The stars of the show include ashwagandha, lemon balm and L-theanine. Ashwagandha is a natural herb native to India and used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine to treat stress and anxiety. Modern research has confirmed its efficacy in reducing the stress hormone cortisol and feelings of anxiety.  Similarly lemon balm, also referred to as Melissa officinalis extract, a member of the mint family of plants has been used since the middle ages to promote relaxation and calmness, and again supported by modern research. The final ingredient is L-theanine, an amino acid commonly found in green tea. Research has unanimously shown that L-theanine is able to exert anti-anxiety effects and promote relaxation, without drowsiness. 

Together, these powerful ingredients combine to provide a simple shot solution to allow you to properly relax and unwind after a tough day in the office. We are super excited for you to try it. 

Hear What Sports Nutrition Matt Jones Has To Say:

โ€œNot only do these shots deliver vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from fresh fruits and vegetables that will benefit your health, but also functional botanical ingredients and nootropics that help you relax. This is the pinnacle of functional foods.โ€

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