Emily is the Marketing Manager at Blooms Health Products so she certainly knows her stuff when it comes to natural health supplements!
Emily has been kind enough to answer our questions about the best supplements for raw foodies, and she also reveals the steps she takes personally to ensure her body remains in ship-shape, even after a cheeky glass of wine or two!
Here’s how the interview went down…
What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job as marketing manager for Blooms’ Health
Having trained as a naturopath and worked in private practice, I love combining that knowledge with the creative side of marketing for a family-sized company with high ethics, and great team work. The most rewarding part of my job would have to be when people call in or write in with their testimonials of how our products have helped them. Unfortunately most of the time we can’t share this information with the public because of the strict guidelines the TGA has about wording and benefits connected with listed products. It’s inspiring and humbling to know that what we’re doing is helping people, contributing to people being more pro-active about their health – and no doubt saving our over-burdended healthcare system by reducing the incidence of debilitating illnesses.
Blooms’ Spirulina and kelp powder products are always very popular here at The Raw Food Kitchen. Are there any other products you would recommend specifically for raw foodies?
I would guess that our powders, liquid iron and teas would be of most interest to your followers. Our range of powders includes not just the Kelp and Spirulina but also Slippery Elm Bark, Acetyl L-Carnitine, MSM Powder, Beta-Glucan powder (Cholesterol lowering), L-Glutamine, Magnesium complex and Green Coffee Bean Powder.
What’s the most popular Blooms Product?
Weight loss is always the most popular category, and our Svelte (Green Coffee Bean) product has been in our top 5 sellers for 4 years since it was released. Other top sellers include Herb-a-Lax, Green Lipped Mussel and Curcumin with BioP.
Do you have any special advice for people looking into taking health supplements?
Look for not just Australian owned brands, but Australian manufactured so you’re also supporting Aussie jobs. If you’re buying capsules, check there is an AUSTL number on the pack – many brands sell online now and don’t meet the strict TGA requirements for testing, stability and labeling. I might be slightly biased, but I love the Blooms Health Products brand because of our long long history in health food (dating back to 1937).
Just an aside here – although we share the name, we have no affiliation with the Bloom the Chemist chain, we are a natural supplement brand. It causes a lot of confusion in the market!
Blooms offer quite an extensive range of weird and wonderful herbal teas. Which tea is your favourite?
I love Blooms Nettle tea and Ginger Root tea but Valerian tea is my fav at nighttime – it’s got quite a strong earthy flavour (my teenage boys say it stinks) but it’s very grounding and relaxing before bed.
Getting personal now, what health supplements feature in your daily routine and why?
I take Anthogenol every morning (for its powerful antioxidant action) with ViralGuard, I have taken ViralGuard daily for nearly 3 years and (touch wood) haven’t had a cold in that whole time. I’m mid-forties now so I take Green Lipped Mussel with Turmeric capsules for my joints. I had a bit of arthritis in my left hand which has gone since I started taking it. I also take our Magnesium powder which helps me sleep and keeps my muscles from getting too tense. I take our split-release multi-vitamin daily, and take our probiotic when I travel (it’s shelf stable which is handy!).
What would you say is the best health advice you’ve ever been given?
I was introduced to the health=micronutrients/kilojoules concept – i.e. eat foods that give the highest yield of micronutrients per energy value. This makes me think twice about high calorie foods that are very low nutrient – although I confess I do partake of these, it’s just made me more aware. I try and have a green smoothie every day packed with blueberries and greens, and I eat a big salad at least once a day.
What is your favourite way to wind down after a busy day?
I recently downloaded a Yoga App onto my phone, which I’m loving – I just do 15 mins at home 3-4 times a week. At the end of a busy day at work, it’s a fantastic way to unwind and stretch out my body (that has been hunched over a computer most of the day). Weekdays I also have a chamomile tea, weekends it’s a glass or two of yummy red wine.
Any exciting new products coming up you can share with our readers?
YES – coming soon we have a natural Vitamin C Powder sourced from Acerola Cherry, most vitamin C is synthetic so using a whole food source is a great holistic way to take vitamin C and get all the other goodies that come with it (minerals, carotenoids, polyphenols, antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and co-factors). We also have a B-Complex capsule coming out, a new range of herbal tea bags (these are formulas) and wormwood (Artemisia) capsules for people with parasites. Last week we launched our Curcumin capsules in a bulk 120s pack.
Thank you Emily for giving us a sneak peak into your mind and your daily routine!
Feel free to leave a comment below on what amazing supplements you like to take to keep healthy, we love hearing from you!