Looking after our health is the best thing we can do for ourselves and our loved ones. Without our health we cannot enjoy life fully or be at our best for our families and friends. Being ill is a nuisance and can affect our mental wellbeing as well as our physical health.
However, with our busy on-the-go and switched on lifestyles, it can sometimes be hard to take care of ourselves properly. That’s why I’m here today to introduce you to a new health website launching in August 2019 called The Restored who aim to make being healthy more simple for everyone. In this blog post I will share my The Restored review including my opinion on their foundations of health and their health quiz.
The Restored foundations of health
The Restored believe there are four foundations to being healthy. These are:
It sounds so simple and we all know that these four things make us healthy, but many of us are guilty of not leading the healthiest lifestyles or letting one or two of these foundations slip.
Working long days gives us an excuse for reaching for convenience snacks and junk food, working from home means we can sacrifice sleep in favour of late night screen time to meet deadlines, sitting at a desk means we aren’t moving as much as we should be and the stresses of these busy lives can affect our mental health and mindset.
I bet most of us can admit that we don’t have all four foundations of health nailed. We need to restore one or more of these to make ourselves feel better and healthier.
Make health simple with The Restored
The Restored are here to make it simple.
They believe that everyone deserves to feel healthy and feeling better shouldn’t be difficult. We just need to focus on the right things, but we also can’t expect to work hard at just one thing and ignore the others.
A quote I love is ‘you can’t outrun a bad diet’. It’s so true. You can’t expect to see results from rigorous workouts all the time if you are not fuelling your body with the correct nutrition and resting well.
“Rigorous gym workouts will not give you the benefits you deserve if built on the foundations of poor nutrition and terrible recovery (sleep). A bad back and poor mobility can’t be improved with lots of green smoothies.”
To truly feel our best we need to make sure we have solid foundations in sleep, nutrition, movement and mindset. If we are lacking in one then the others suffer.
It’s more than likely that you are fine with two or three of these, but need help with one or two: a natural supplement to help aid better sleep or a posture support to enable you to prevent back pain and therefore move more. This could be all you need to get your healthy living back on track and start feeling great.
This is where The Restored aim to help you, by finding out which foundation of health you need help with the most.
“Our practical guidance and supporting products are designed to help you focus on the 20% of effort that will govern 80% of your results - so you feel significantly better.”
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The Restored health quiz
Whilst you might not be able to work on all four foundations of health at once, or perhaps that seems a little too overwhelming, it’s a good idea to work out which one or two will benefit you most.
Keep it simple and work on one at a time. To see which foundation you should work on first simply take The Restored health quiz for their specialist advice. The quiz will show you which foundation requires your greatest attention.
Then you can work on restoring this foundation to start to feel better in a matter of weeks.
Their website offers supplements and equipment to help improve your health and make you feel noticeably better whether that’s improved sleep, posture or a boost of vitamins.
The Restored natural vegan supplements
Of course you should know that I love natural living and when I enquired about whether the supplements are vegan and natural, I got this reply: “Our Sleep Aid and Multivitamin products will be vegan and both made from 100% natural ingredients. Our Omega 3 will not be suitable for vegan / vegetarian however it is made from natural ingredients including Peruvian anchovy which is sustainably sourced, and is mercury-free.”
It’s great to know they care about sourcing the best ingredients possible for their supplements.
The Sleep Aid is definitely something I could do with as I sometimes can’t get off to sleep. Though I know it’s my own fault from working late, having screen time in bed and not avoiding caffeine in the late afternoon. Still, there are the odd days when I do everything right and I still can’t sleep. It’s often my busy mind keeping me up as I’m always thinking of new ideas and find it hard to relax or switch off.
The Multivitamins also sound like a perfect choice for me. I do follow a healthy plant based diet, but I still have the odd days where I let my diet slip a little and I also work out a lot so could do with an extra boost of vitamins and minerals to recover.
As for equipment, they have a posture support which I expect most of us could benefit from. Sitting at desks all day long is not good for us, resulting in bad posture and back pain. I try my best to stand to work or even walk at my treadmill desk, but I do still sit down for large parts of the day. Plenty of people sit in their cars to drive to work, sit down at work, drive home and sit on the sofa! Not only are we not moving enough, but our posture, backs, necks and even hips are suffering.
Restoring my foundations of nutrition with The Restored
When I took the health quiz myself at The Restored, I expected my results to return sleep first and nutrition second.
I do tend to get enough hours sleep per night, usually 7-8 hours, but I don’t necessarily think my quality of sleep is that good, or perhaps I’m more in need of a 9-10 hour sleep! I never wake up feeling refreshed or ready to tackle the day. This could be because my husband’s alarm first wakes me up one hour before I get up and usually my youngest goes to toilet before this, so my slumber is always interrupted in the morning!
I also thought my results might suggest nutrition. I do eat healthily and I’m an advocate for getting 10 portions of fruit and veg a day and not the recommended five. I follow a plant-based vegan diet and cook homemade meals almost every evening. I don’t drink alcohol and I avoid added sugar. I also regularly supplement my diet with spirulina, chlorella, aloe vera juice, B12 and liquid iron.
I’m not perfect though and on Monday nights we have chippy chips as a treat and we also eat a couple of vegan pizzas each month! When I eat out I also make less than perfect choices, but that’s because we rarely eat out and so I take advantage of having a treat! I do love going to explore vegan restaurants and plant based eateries though, who often have healthier ingredients and menu choices.
Anyway, I thought The Restored health quiz might choose nutrition as a second option for me, but it actually was the only foundation suggested to me to work on. I suspect this is because I said I eat a vegan diet so it’s very important to ensure I get enough vitamin B12, as well as every other vitamin and mineral, even if I do eat a lot of fruit and veg already.
It’s so important to get enough vitamins and minerals no matter what diet you follow. Taking a multivitamin each day, even if you have a diet stuffed with nutritious plant based food, will ensure nothing is missed, which can be easy to do with our modern lifestyles.
Also, all four foundations of health are interlinked. Perhaps my sleep quality will improve if I get a boost of vitamins and minerals. Maybe I will wake up with a spring in my step if my body gets an extra boost of nutrients each day!
“Over 95% of mood regulating serotonin, (responsible for everything from social behaviour to quality of sleep, anxiety, memory and more) exists in the digestive system and as such, we make it a priority.” Chloe & Alex - Co-Founders of Health is Wealth
The Restored tips on improving nutrition
Not only does The Restored have a product range to help you restore your recommended foundation of health, but they also provide actionable tips and practical advice to start you on your journey.
After completing the health quiz I was taken to a page with straightforward guidance on how to begin improving my nutrition and why it matters.
The right nutrition is vital for our overall health and wellbeing. We need more than 20 vitamins and minerals each day for our bodies to function properly.
Here are some of the reasons why, taken from my advice page:
- B Vitamins are essential for maintaining a healthy liver, nervous system, skin and hair
- Vitamin K and B vitamins support a healthy heart
- Vitamins A, C and E support eye health
- B vitamins boost energy and reduce stress and anxiety
- Vitamins C, D and E strengthen the immune system and reduce allergy symptoms
Your feel better challenge
As well as the advice, The Restored also provide an easy to action challenge which is supported by two registered nutritionists. They’re a couple of simple lifestyle habits that will start to improve your health. The challenges suggested to me are:
- Drink two litres of water daily
- Eat at least 5 portions of vegetables per day
I definitely drink more than two litres of water on my gym days as I get through one litre just at the gym, but I do need to make sure I’m drinking the same amount on the days I don’t go to the gym as I tend not to track how much I drink on these ‘rest’ days.
I like the suggestion to eat at least five portions of vegetables each day. Most advice is veg and fruit, so it’s a great idea to eat at least five portions of vegetables per day. By aiming for at least five portions of vegetables per day, there is less room left for as much bad food so it’s great advice. Luckily this will also be easy to action as I already aim for at least 10 portions of fruit and vegetables daily.
Even though I think I already do these things every day, it’s always good to have a challenge and to hold myself accountable for these actions!
Why not join me in this challenge and find out how you can simplify your health and feel better today?
Click here to take the quick quiz to start improving your health today: https://therestored.com/pages/health-quiz
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