This Month’s Health & Fitness List
Darker nights are the perfect excuse to indulge in a little self-care, and Ilapothecary’s range of salts, body butters, oils and scrubs is the ultimate addition to your bathroom shelf. Packed with aromatherapeutic oils, gemstones, vitamins and homeopathic ingredients, each product is 100% natural and made in small batches – try the Magnesium and Amethyst Bath Soak to calm a burnt-out mind. The brand’s flagship in Kensington is also worth a visit – book in for body treatments, energy healing or fertility acupuncture.
If you’re yet to experience the stress-busting benefits of a weighted blanket, Mela’s new cotton knit iteration is the perfect excuse. Proven to have a calming effect on the nervous system, this clever blanket will boost the release of dopamine and serotonin (aka your happy hormones) by around 30% and decrease the stress hormone cortisol by the same amount, promoting the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, at the same time. Like a hug in a blanket, this stylish stress solution offers instant results.
Based on restricting carbs instead of calories, the keto diet is the new Atkins that everyone’s talking about. If you want to dip your toe in, Locako’s range of low-carb, protein and fat-rich powders and snacks are a good place to start. One of Australia’s much-loved wellness brands, add the Keto Collagen Protein Powder to your morning smoothie, stir the MCT-rich Coffee Creamer into your morning brew, or get creative with ready-to-cook baking mixes – we love the low-carb peanut butter brownies.
Drowsy Sleep Co.
Known for cult sleep sprays and pillow-like eye masks, Drowsy Sleep Co. has long been our go-to for a better night’s sleep. Started by two brothers with first-hand experience of insomnia, the brand is renowned for its natural alternatives to pharmaceutical sleep medication and its new candles are the latest addition to the snooze-inducing line-up. Developed in tandem with expert aromatherapists, each candle is packed with a heady blend of calming scents designed to soothe and help you press pause at the end of a busy day.
Tucked away in Mayfair, Coach is the name to know for real results. Whether you’re looking to shift a few pandemic pounds or run your first marathon, you’ll be assigned your own team of PTs as well as medical experts to help you reach your goals. Taking a holistic approach to your fitness, diet and nutrition, the Coach experts will help you transform body and mind via bespoke training, specialist classes, physiotherapy, counselling and more.
The perfect 4pm pick-me-up, Vita Coco’s latest arrival packs all the coconut-y goodness of the brand’s coconut water with a hint of chocolate – think of it as a healthy chocolate milkshake. With just 25 calories per 100ml, 37% less sugar than other chocolate-flavoured drinks and a hefty dose of immune-supporting vitamin C, this dairy-free drink will fast become an afternoon go-to.
One of the world’s unsung superfoods, a freshly brewed cup of tea has many health benefits. And Vahdam teas is the name to know for fresh, direct-from-source tea. Offering over 100 artisanal teas and signature blends, the brand – founded by 23-year-old Bala Sarda – recently launched a range of organic and vegan turmeric teas and turmeric latte mixes. Blending premium-quality Indian turmeric with superfoods like ginger and moringa, simply mix with water or warm milk for a caffeine-free brew. You’ll also find organic chai latte mixes, a range of matcha powders and a wide range of tea bags.
Countless studies show a healthy gut is the secret to clearer skin, less stress and better sleep. If yours could do with a helping hand, look no further than this nourishing trio. The Gut Health formula will boost your gut microbiome for improved immunity, while the Enzyme formula contains a combination of the key nutrients involved in digestion – take when out for dinner or with a heavy meal for a happier tummy. For further support, take two capsules of the Activated Charcoal after meals – it’ll help ease bloating and aid digestion.
The Sports Edit
If your at-home fitness kit could do with an upgrade, look no further than The Sports Edit’s latest arrivals. Once you’ve tried fabric resistance bands you won’t look back – they’re softer on the skin and won’t ride up during squats, mountain climbers and more – and this set contains three different strengths for every workout. We also rate the gliders, a PT’s best-kept secret. Use them for lunges and core work to challenge the muscles, sculpt leaner lines and burn fat without the high-impact nature of a HIIT session.
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