The wonderful world of Instagram leads you to find so many wonderful new products and companies that you had no idea about before. That was definitely the case for me with Gusto since they are a company based in Australia. What I love is that their smoothie boosters are blends of many different herbs, spices, foods and superfoods with specific properties that are designed to enhance your wellbeing and target certain areas of your health that give you an extra push in the right direction. Where possible they use all organic ingredients, and the fine powder-like consistency means its great to add to smoothies and ice creams.
Whilst revising for my exams this spring I purchased the Energy Smoothie Booster. I chose this one as it is a blend of herbs and superfoods known to improve energy, stamina, and concentrations – things I could definitely have used some help with – such as green tea, maca, gingko, ginseng, and acai. I definitely noticed a positive effect in both my energy and concentration, and found that when I used just a teaspoon in my breakfast before an exam I was able to power through 3 straight hours of essay writing without any problems. Being a scientist I of course also wanted a control or comparison, so for one of my exams I had no maca-containing products beforehand at all, and wow the difference was quite scary. I didn’t feel as awake or energised, and coherent logical sentences and structure came to me a lot slower. Luckily that exam was probably the least difficult of the lot, but I learnt my lesson! I feel I should probably mention that I personally don’t take maca-containing products such as the Energy Smoothie Booster every day as I have quite an addictive personality and if I wake up without feeling lethargic or I’m not going to the gym first thing then I don’t feel the need to take anything.
During my exams the wonderful team at Gusto then sent me the Balance Smoothie Booster, which contains a blend of herbs and superfoods (some of which have really funny names) designed to help balance the body’s hormones so your thyroid and adrenal glands are kept in check. The timing honestly couldn’t have been more perfect! If like me you have a tendency to become slightly overwhelmed by stress sometimes then this really is the blend for you. Chronic stress causes levels of the hormone cortisol to sky-rocket and over prolonged periods of time this can lead to an impaired immune system, skin problems and psychological effects. Just one teaspoon a day a few times a week can really help to keep this in check. Not to mention that many of the ingredients are even aphrodisiacs! Oh, and did I mention how cute the packaging is? What more could you ask for really 😉
Oh I really am a lucky girl. Gusto have been expanding their range and I got the chance to try the Mind Smoothie Booster next, which contains various herbs such as ginkgo and turmeric, which help to improve overall mental function including concentration and memory. Just like the others it tastes amazing in my oats and smoothies, and just a teaspoon per day gives you all the amazing benefits!
Finally, next up after that was the latest addition to the collection was the Body Smoothie Booster which is a blend designed to provide nutrients that help give you healthy skin, hair, and nails. Personally I think this is a Booster that so many people could use as so many people complain of dry skin, lacklustre hair, and cracked nails. It contains cacao, various plant roots for detoxification, and acai which is high in antioxidants to remove free radicals so your skin looks younger and healthier!
For more information about the individual ingredients, and to see the full range of products go visit their website here: http://gustoherbs.com/gusto/Home.html and pick your favourite!