In the words of one of my favourite TV characters: "Winter is Coming". And we all know what that means. Cootie season is upon us. Followed closely by the Season of Overindulgence. Scratch that. They go hand in hand. I don't know about you but I find when I over do it, I end up getting a cold. Too much sugar, too much booze and too little sleep can only result in a visit by the cootie fairy in my world.
Enter RECOVERYbits®. I'm sure many of you have probably heard of ENERGYbits®, right? These are part of the ENERGYbits® line up. You can check all the products out here. Of all the products, I was most intrigued by the RECOVERYbits. Given the amount I like to race, I'm always on the look out for new recovery products, especially supplements because compression socks can only do so much, ha ha. According to the company website:
"RECOVERYbits® algae tabs are the most natural way to build your immune system. RECOVERYbits® can aid your detox or cleanse by removing toxins naturally. They also help build your digestion, improve longevity and help reduce hangover symptoms. With all these benefits it's remarkable that RECOVERYbits® have just one ingredient - chlorella algae. Chlorella algae has been used in Asia for fifty years where it is prized for its many benefits."
Before I get into my review, a little bit about chlorella. It's an algae that has the unique ability to pull toxins out of our cells and eliminate them through natural means (sweat, urine, etc). It's packed with vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C, zinc as well as all the B vitamins. It also contains 60% protein. It has also been used to increase good bacteria in the intestine, along with a host of other things. How's that for a super food? A word of caution though, not all chlorella supplements are created equal. It all depends on how the crop used to make the supplement in question was cultivated, harvested and processed. RECOVERYbits® are 100% organic non GMO so the quality is there.
The folks at ENERGYbits® sent me a tin with 2 servings in it. A single serving is 30 tabs. They are fairly small in size but it took a good half a glass of water to get them all down. They recommend swallowing them whole and not chewing them as they have a very "green" taste (I agree, I bit one to test it out and didn't really love the taste). I kept them in my purse with me for about 2 weeks after I got them because I wasn't really working out hard and I didn't have any parties on the horizon but I figured there may be a day where I didn't feel good. Work had been busy and I was feeling a little run down. Sure enough, one Friday mid-day I felt like I had gotten hit by a Mack Truck. I felt completely exhausted, I had a bit of a headache and my face was starting to feel hot. Which is what usually happens when I'm fighting something. Time to test out the bits! I took one of the servings. By the end of the day, I felt fantastic. The headache was gone and my energy level had returned to normal.
A few weeks later after a particularly rough week of work, I started to feel the same way. This time I only took half of the serving as I wanted to leave the other half for a Christmas party I was going to attend in a couple of weeks. A few hours after taking them, I felt better.
The real test came this past weekend. Our friends had their legendary Christmas martini party and I partook a fair bit. I'm not a big drinker, other than my one Friday beer a week. And I don't really drink hard liquor. But these martinis were so good. We had two parties that night and at the first one I had a glass of wine. At the martini party I had 3 martinis. For me, that's a LOT. We rolled into the house around 3:00 am and I promptly took the remaining RECOVERYbits® crossing my fingers that they would help me feel somewhat human when I got up.
Amazingly, the half serving worked! I didn't feel awesome but I felt a heck of a lot better than I should have. My head was a bit foggy but other than that, I felt totally fine. No headache, nothing. I even had enough energy to go for a run a couple of hours after I got up. I can only imagine how much better I would have felt if I took a full serving.
Needless to say, these are now going to be a part of my regular recovery routine. If they can kick a hangover to the curb, I can only imagine how well they'll work after a hard workout.
Now for the FUN part! The awesome folks at ENERGYbits® will be giving away a sample of RECOVERYbits® AND one of their brand new iphone arm bands to one lucky reader! The contest is only open to U.S. residents unfortunately. Sorry my fellow Canucks!
Entering is easy - just head on down to the Rafflecopter below and click away!
And, because the folks at ENERGYbits are so awesome, they are launching a special promotion starting tomorrow! If you buy two bags of bits, you'll get a a complimentary gift bag that includes the following items:
* ENERGYbits® sports arm band
* ENERGYbits® sunglasses
* ENERGYbits® headband
* ENERGYbits® tin of bits
* RECOVERYbits® sample pack
* Candy canes and festive ribbons, all in a black organza bag. The retail value is $50! Not a bad little gift.
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