I'm 55. I've been told I look good 'for my age'. I always wonder what people mean when they say that, but I take it as a compliment!
I've always looked after myself though, so I guess this is the age where you see that paying off.
So when I heard that Arborvitae were seeking the more mature blogger with aches and pains to sample their product, I put on my big girl pants and put my hand up. Much as I dislike being older, anything that eases the path to ageing with grace, has to be a good thing, right?
So, two mega bottles of this magic potion arrived on my doorstep post haste, and I unwrapped and sniffed at them with both trepidation and curiosity. They emanated a sweetish, not unpleasant scent, and an experimental taste revealed something far more pleasant that the Wheat Grass Shots of which I was so convinced held the secret of youth and good health, a year or three ago. Sort of green, but with a true natural honeyed flavour.
We set off overseas for four weeks, meaning my own home trial had to wait for my return. But as soon as I saw those bottles in the fridge, I set about making sure I took my twice daily dose.
The first thing I noticed, was that the jet lag usually so evident after a long haul flight home to Australia from Europe, didn't seem to hit me so hard. I was able to get on with my day, without that overwhelming tiredness that sees you just about falling asleep mid sentence for a week or so.
Then I noticed that my craving for a mid afternoon cuppa had disappeared. I was suddenly happy to have my dose of Arborvitae, a piece of fruit and a big glass of water. Ditto to the one I'd usually have after dinner, with a sugary biscuit.
Within a fortnight, chronic pain in my shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees and hips, all a relic of caring for a totally physically dependent disabled son (who is now 24!), and the creep of middle age, had eased enormously, and has now all but disappeared.
Possibly due to the reduction of teas laced with sugar, and fewer naughty cookies, my complexion looks less red, and some surface veins on my chin and around my nose, have retreated significantly. I guess that could also and most likely is, the anti-inflammatory ingredients doing their work.
I've been taking the Arborvitae and continuing my usual walking programme, supplemented with a diet free of processed food, little red meat, and high in fresh fruit and vegetables for four weeks now. I feel more lively and less tired, I have been sleeping more soundly due to my increased activity levels brought on by my new found energy, and most importantly, I'm not battling fatigue brought on by Winter aches and pains in my joints.
It's easy to be a cynic, but the only thing that I've added to my usual routine, is the Arborvitae, so I'd have to say it's a resounding success.
I'm one happy customer.
If you'd like to trial Arborvitae for yourself (and I highly recommend the experiment) you can buy two one litre bottles at the special price of $99 (RRP $69.95 each) if you use my link.
That's a saving of $40 on the usual price. I've been taking 30mls twice daily, so my initial two bottles would yield over a months supply at that dosage. That's less than $2 a day. For general well being you'd just take 30mls a day, and for more severe chronic conditions, the recommendation is 50mls twice daily. Whichever way you go, it's a small price to pay for an increase in vitality, and energy, and a reduction in pain and it's associated fatigue.
I've always been one to believe in looking after the body I've been given. I'd like to think that if I treat it well, it will look after me for several decades to come. I think Arborvitae can help me do that.