Alani Nu Product Review

Alani Nu Pre-Workout and Collagen Supplements

I’m sure by now you’ve at least heard about Instagram fitness entrepreneur, Katy Hearn, and her supplement company, Alani Nu. If not, no worries. I’m going to introduce you to and discuss a couple of the products today!

First off, let’s talk about the company itself. On their website it says their mission is to help Alani Nu customers succeed in their fitness and wellness goals. They have eliminated “negative ingredients” and fillers from their supplements, and carefully created flavors to ensure each product is delicious. Everything is made in the United States in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) certified facility, which basically means that all of the products are under strict quality control. So far, so good, right???

Now let’s get into the products! I regularly began using the Pre-Workout and Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid Supplement about a month ago.

The Pre-Workout is made to maximize your workout. Like the container says, it aids in energy, endurance, and pump. Each scoop contains 200mg of caffeine derived from coffee, 200mg of L-Theanine derived from green tea, some Beta-Alanine, L-Tyrosine, and L-Citrulline Malate. If you’re like me and have no idea what these ingredients do, let me quickly explain. After a little research I found out that Beta-Alanine enhances your workout by increasing exercise capacity and decreasing muscle fatigue; L-Tyrosine aids in improving mental performance, alertness, and memory; and L-Citrulline Malate is a naturally occurring amino acid that is changed to nitric acid in our kidneys, which in turn lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow. The ingredients list also includes a bit of Turmeric Extract and Beet Root Extract. It is vegan and gluten-free as well!

I really enjoy taking this pre-workout supplement! It actually does what it says it will. It increases my energy during workout sessions, and it definitely gets me sweating, tingling, and burning more calories! The taste is amazing as well. So far, I have tried Hawaiian Shaved Ice (my fav!) and Mimosa. The other flavors all sound amazing and I can’t wait to try more. Right now, there’s even a limited edition flavor called Witch’s Brew, just for the spooky season! So, if you’re in the market for a new pre-workout supplement, definitely try this one out! I highly recommend it.

Next let’s talk about the Collagen + Hyaluronic Acid powder. This stuff is all about the skin! It promotes healthy, youthful, and smooth skin by reducing fine lines and wrinkles, as well as firming and hydrating. It is gluten-free, but not vegan, as it contains collagen peptides derived from the hides of grass-fed bovine. Each serving also contains a little over 18g of protein. It is clear and tasteless, so you can put it into just about any drink without it altering the taste. I will say, however, I recommend putting it into a smoothie or shake, or even a warm drink, as it can stay a little clumpy in cold or room temperature liquids. I love to blend it up with Califia Mocha Cold Brew Coffee with Almond Milk and a little ice!

But let me tell you, incorporating collagen into your supplement routine works! With the help of collagen and a good skincare routine, I no longer have to worry about my foundation and concealer creasing or cracking in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth, because they’re completely gone! Overall, my skin is just healthier looking. Now I just need to tackle my breakouts with some Balance supplements, which help support hormonal balance, weight management, complexion, and fertility. I did take Balance for a month or so sometime last year, but consistency is key and I was not consistent at all with them, so I can’t really give an official opinion on it yet. But I will say, these magical little capsules have 4.9 out of 5 stars, with almost 7,000 reviews, so I think that speaks for itself.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a new brand of supplements, give Alani Nu a try. I love the fact that they do not add fillers to their ingredients, and that they make their product right here in the US in a GMP certified facility. Also, nothing beats their flavor selection. Overall, they make some good stuff, and if I were you, I’d try out letting Alani Nu help you reach your fitness and wellness goals!

Also, I just wanted to say, I am not being paid, nor am I earning rewards of any sort from this post about Alani Nu. It is simply my opinion on the product.

Have you tried any Alani Nu products? If so, which ones do you love? What are your favorite flavors? I want to try it ALL! Leave your recommendations down below in the comments.

10 Things I Wish You Knew About BPD

OCTOBER 10TH IS WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY!

Because all of my previous mental health posts were deleted by a hacker, I wanted to create a new, updated version of one of my most popular posts. In honor of World Mental Health Day I wanted to share a little about my experience with Borderline Personality Disorder, as the key to ending the negative stigma surrounding the illness is being open and willing to educate and discuss.

TRIGGER WARNING: mention of suicide, substance abuse, sex

For those of you who do not know much about it, “borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a mental illness marked by an ongoing pattern of varying moods, self-image and behavior” according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Symptoms often result in rocky relationships, impulsive behavior, and intense episodes of rage, depression, and anxiety.

There are nine diagnostic criteria for BPD; in order to be diagnosed you must meet at least 5 of the 9 below criteria.

  • Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment.
  • A pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships characterized by alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation.
  • Identity disturbance: markedly and persistently unstable self-image or sense of self.
  • Impulsivity in at least 2 areas that are potentially self-damaging (e.g., spending, sex, substance abuse, reckless driving, binge eating).
  • Recurrent suicidal behavior, gestures or threats, or self-mutilating behavior.
  • Affective instability due to a marked reactivity of mood (e.g., intense episodic dysphoria, irritability or anxiety usually lasting a few hours and only rarely more than a few days).
  • Chronic feelings of emptiness.
  • Inappropriate, intense anger or difficulty controlling anger (e.g., frequent displays of temper, constant anger, recurrent physical fights).
  • Transient, stress-related paranoid ideation or severe dissociative symptoms.

Now that we know the main symptoms of BPD, we can jump into the list.

10 Things I Wish You Knew About Borderline Personality Disorder

  1. We feel too much. I believe this quote from Dr. Marsha Linehan, the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (a common treatment for BPD), sums it up perfectly: “People with BPD are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.
  2. It’s not just BPD we’re dealing with. It’s more common than not that a person with Borderline Personality Disorder is suffering from more than just BPD. We are often also diagnosed with anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, Bipolar, substance abuse, etc.
  3. We probably think you hate us. Usually due to the fact that we do not feel like we are “enough,” or that we are unlovable, we often think you will abandon us at any moment. This can cause us to act out, either in hopes of making you stay, or pushing you away before you get the chance to leave. In all honesty, if I ever marry, I feel like I will be standing at the altar asking, “Are you 100% sure you actually like me???”
  4. We’re often thought of in a negative light. There’s a lot of negative stigma surrounding the BPD diagnosis. We are often described as manipulative, untreatable, selfish, too sensitive, or attention-seeking. I have even heard of medical professionals refusing to see borderline patients due to these harmful beliefs.
  5. Research shows several differences in healthy brains and those with BPD. These differences include a smaller amygdala, an overactive hippocampus, an inefficient prefrontal cortex, and abnormal cortisol production. The smaller the amygdala, the more overactive it is, making emotions much more intense than normal. The hippocampus, being in a constant state of hyperarousal, interprets otherwise safe situations as threatening and relays faulty messages back to the amygdala. The prefrontal cortex is responsible for rationality, reason, and decision-making. Because it is underactive, it is believed to be the reason for the impulsivity that comes along with BPD. Cortisol is a natural chemical released during times of stress; Those with BPD have abnormal levels of cortisol in their bloodstream, causing any stressor to seem incredibly overwhelming.
  6. 90% of everyone diagnosed with BPD will attempt suicide. Recurrent suicidal thoughts and actions play a major role in the lives’ of those with BPD. 10% of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder will successfully commit suicide. The rate of suicide among those with BPD is 50 times greater than that of the general population, according to an analysis of BPD research by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in 2014. In fact, BPD is the only mental illness that includes suicidal behavior in its diagnostic criteria.
  7. BPD is not Bipolar Disorder. Sure, both illnesses cause extreme shifts in mood, but they’re not the same disorder. Bipolar Disorder involves shifts in behavior between depressive and manic or hypo-manic episodes, and does not involve a fear of abandonment. In some cases, such as mine, you can be diagnosed with both BPD and Bipolar, making for an interesting combination of symptoms.
  8. We understand others’ feelings to a greater degree. I’m usually pretty good at sensing a change in someones’ mood as soon as it happens. Picking up on the emotions of others is quite taxing though; if I am around someone who’s in a bad mood all day, it can take some time to recover. A study from the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University suggested that individuals with BPD may have a greater ability in a particular form of emotion recognition called “mental state discrimination,” particularly when it comes to the eye region of the face. According to the study “an enhanced sensitivity to the mental states of others may be a basis for the social impairments in BPD.”
  9. Not everyone with BPD has the same symptoms or experiences. As I mentioned above, there are 9 different criteria that medical professionals go by in order to diagnose BPD. Because you must have at least 5 of those 9 symptoms, there are 256 total possible combinations of symptoms by which you could be diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
  10. We can recover. Previously it was believed that Borderline Personality Disorder was an untreatable illness. A study of BPD patients published in 2011 found that 85% of them were in remission within 10 years of treatment (remission being defined as having 2 or fewer of the 9 diagnostic criteria). With therapy, medication to treat comorbid disorders, and a lot of hard work, BPD is actually very treatable and the outlook a lot brighter than originally believed.

If you’ve made it this far, I just want to thank you for reading this post! I could probably make a list of 100 things I wish everyone knew about Borderline Personality Disorder, but ain’t nobody got time for that! So I hope you find this list informative and helpful.

Lastly, in honor of World Mental Health Day, I ask you to share your experiences with mental health with others; whether it be in the comments of this post, on your own social media, or just with a friend or family member. Be open and honest. Let others know they’re not alone! Reach out to your friend who may be struggling. Let them know they can talk to you and be supportive of those who are having a hard time. And I hope you all have a lovely World Mental Health Day!