Friday, October 18, 2013

Gaia Herbs’ Liquid Iron Giveaway!

Apparently I live in some sort of vortex that stacks extra commitments and projects on top of a personal project that already has a tight deadline.

Well, it could be that I have a problem saying no when someone asks for my help, but I’d rather blame the tired and blah feeling I get from being so busy to The Vortex.

I usually bounce back the following week by clearing my schedule, eating balanced meals again, and chilling out with my husband and Lacey. Pop! My energy returns and I am good to go.

Lately, I’ve been feeling tired and blah. I’ve made a strong effort not to place multiple personal high priority deadlines in my schedule. Working with Lacey on her behavioral issues guarantees that I am exercising. Hmmm…diet perhaps? PlantForceHerbalIron_8.5
 
I had to make changes to my whole foods diet to deal with my lactose intolerance over a year ago. I wondered if I was getting all of the nutrients I need since cutting out milk ingredients. I kept a food diary of everything I ate and drank for a month. Then I showed the food diary to my family doctor during an office visit because, you guessed it, I was feeling worn out, draggy, and tired.

The food diary revealed I am inconsistent in getting some of the nutrients I need every day since I have to skip food containing milk ingredients when I’m not eating at home. No wonder I am tired most of the time! Fortunately, taking (or in my case, remembering to take) a daily supplement should fill in any gaps in my diet that sometimes occur.

Gaia PlantForce Liquid Iron 


Since I’ve had an issue with my iron levels fluxing and causing fatigue in the past, I accept Gaia Herbs offer to try and review their PlantForce Liquid Iron 100% vegetarian, GMO and alcohol free liquid iron supplement.

Our bodies are supposed to absorb liquid iron supplements better than in pill form but liquid iron supplements are notorious for tasting unpleasant. I thought this supplement was going to be like swallowing liquid cow liver, which I don’t like (except once a year in a haggis on Burn’s Night.) Gaia Herbs’ Liquid Iron claims to be one of the better tasting liquid iron supplements because it contains elderberry, organic honey, and is sweetened with star anise.

If you are curious, as I was, how Gaia created a purely vegetarian based iron supplement take a peek at the ingredients Gaia’s PlantForce Liquid Iron contains:
 
  • Acerola fruit extract: a naturally occurring Vitamin C that supports iron absorption at cellular level.
  •  Sea Buckthorn fruit juice: a naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that promotes absorption.
  •  Beet root juice: a naturally rich in elemental iron.
  •  Elderberry fruit juice concentrate: naturally occurring vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that optimize other ingredients and promote absorption.
  •  Parsley leaf: an elemental iron and Vitamin C that supports iron absorption at the cellular level.
  •  Nettle leaf: an elemental Iron phosphate.
  •  Dandelion leaf: Contains vitamins A&C & naturally occurring elemental iron supports liver and promotes absorption.
  •  Fennel seed: to support the body’s ability to neutralize gas or bloating.
  •  Yellow dock root: a naturally rich in elemental iron.
I figured the best way to find out is to take Gaia Herb's Liquid Iron twice a day 30 minutes before a meal for two weeks and monitor how I feel.

The first morning I noticed a faint metallic end note when I took PlantForce Liquid Iron. They say this is fairly common when you take a liquid iron supplement since it contains iron.

I eventually got used it and didn’t notice the metallic taste it as long as I kept the bottle in the coldest part of my refrigerator. I think the colder Gaia’s PlantForce Liquid Iron is the better it tastes. It also tasted a smidge better if I shook the bottle before dispensing each dose as Gaia Herbs recommends.

My whole foods from scratch diet stayed the same during the review period. So did my sleep schedule and my exercise level courtesy of my workout pal Lacey.

By the end of the first week, I didn’t feel as tired as I had been. I definitely had more energy by the end of the two week test period. I wasn’t feeling run down and tired for the first time in quite a while.

I am sticking with Gaia Herb's Liquid Iron and want to give you an opportunity to try it too! The giveaway runs until October 24, 2013.
 



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Disclosure: Gaia Herbs supplied me samples to facilitate this review. This did not influence my opinion as all opinions are 100% my own.