So, with this past year of trying to deal with the pain and overall crappyness of fibromyalgia and having meds prescribed to me that I really don't want to take, I decided that I was going to take a little different route for me. I had tried Reliv Nutritional products a few years back when I was fairly healthy. I decided back then that it was too expensive for me. Now here I am with a health issue I need to deal with and an option to either take meds or find another alternative to deal with the symptoms of fibro. I had done my research on things to try. I made the decision to give Reliv a try since I have heard many great things about it.
About Reliv...it is a perfect blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other goodies that our bodies need for optimal nutrition. You know, all of the good stuff that we need in our bodies to fight away all the diseases and other stuff that makes us tired and icky. For more info, check it out at http://www.reliv.com/US/EN/home.html. All info can be found there. And yes, it is a MLM company. But so is Miche Bags and women buy those by the bundles because they are cute.
Why am I promoting this? Because it's my blog and I can? No seriously, I am not promoting but just doing a review about the product and telling my experiences so far while I am taking Reliv.
What I know so far...I have been on Reliv for a month now, mostly drinking 2 shakes a day, although I have had days where I just forget to make it. I have had a couple people ask how it's going with it. At first I really didn't know or feel anything. Now, there are a few subtle things that I can think of that have changed a bit for the better. First, I have not been experiencing those "completely exhausting days where I can not do anything at all but sit in the chair and vegetate" days. Not to say that I am not still tired and have those moments of exhaustion, especially after working 8 hrs.on my feet. But the full days of not being able to do anything are few and far between. Second, I just happened to wake up this morning and realized that I am sleeping more soundly than I was and waking up not completely exhausted, just tired. Does that make sense? As for the pain? Yeah, I still have loads of pain but what I do find is that I may go an extra hour at work before it really hits hard than it used to. All of this doesn't sound huge for others but for me who has to deal with it, it makes a big difference in being able to get a few more things done on my days off.
The downside? There always seems to be a downside to pretty much everything in life. There are two with Reliv products. First is the cost.It costs about $70 a month to use the basic nutrition. Truthfully, that was the reason I stopped using it years ago. But the way I look at it, everyone spends money on something. Some on cigerettes, others on eating out every night. I could always sacrifice my book buying (GULP!). It is now worth it to me to buy it if I know it will help me. Second is having to mix it up and some may not like the taste of it. I will admit that it took quite a few tries before I found a combination I could live with. You can mix it with juice, milk, water, make it into a smoothie, add fruit or yogurt...whatever combination you can live with. I have had times when it was tough getting down but when I think of the benefits of this stuff, I gulp it down. I am a picky person, too.
Distributorship...Like I said, you have to buy this product from a distributor and yes, they do make money from the sales of the products. In fact, I signed up to be a distributor. However, I did that just so I could get the discount so it saves me a few bucks. It does help a bit. What I choose to do with the business side of it may happen or it may not. For now, I am happy just to enjoy the benefits I see in taking this product as a big step in improving my health and dealing with this fibro stuff. What I will do is to continue to keep others informed in how Reliv is helping me and maybe if it helps my symptoms, others may be helped by this product, too. I see so many people taking way too many meds. And working in the pharmacy, people are always asking about certain vitamins and supplements that will help them. I figure why take all of those when Reliv has all of that and more. But that is just me. I am lazy and do not have the time to figure out which combinations work best.
So...I will keep updating because I am so hopeful that this is what I am looking for. It may or may not be my answer. All I can do is wait and see. And if it does continue to help me, I will be shouting from the rooftops about this product. Getting balanced nutrition in my body the way it is supposed to and not having side effects from the meds while maybe getting some relief from the pain and exhaustion? Yeah, you can bet that I will be telling everyone about it. We will see. So, there is my review so far. Stay tuned!