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July 24, 2019

EAT MY DUST

30-day test drives of the health trend that’s got everyone racing to try .

In case you aren’t immersed in the world of wellness lifestyle blogs, we’ll quickly bring you up to speed. Adaptogens are super herbs and plants that can boost the adrenal system, essentially helping your body manage physical, chemical, and biological stressors. 

A long-accepted part of Eastern medicine, they’ve experienced a major resurgence thanks in large part to brands like Moon Juice .

Moon Juice “dusts” come formulated for specific needs—from Dream Dust with Jujube Seed and chamomile to help you sleep to Beauty Dust filled with antioxidants and collagen-boosters. But do they work? We asked three of our favorite downtown personalities to give them a spin. 

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EMILY RUEGGEBERG
The newest addition to the 1530 Main team

Test Driving: SPIRIT
Labeled “edible joy,” its adaptogens help increase resistance to stress and tension—perfect for someone starting a new job.

DAY 1 First Impression?
“Love the eye-catching packaging which is already a mood booster

DAY 7 Thoughts on the taste?
“The flavor and texture remind me of the coffee substitute chicory – It’s a little bitter and earthy but makes you feel more alert without the caffeine jitters.”  

DAY 14 Favorite way to drink it so far?
“Stirred into an herbal tea with some honey. It blends well with the fresh notes of the herbs while the honey neutralizes the powder’s bitterness.

DAY 21 Have you noticed a difference?
“I do feel a greater sense of calm as I go about my day. I think it definitely aids in maintaining a more balanced mood regardless of what might be happening that day.”

DAY 28 Least favorite way to drink it?
“With plain water. it was pretty rough going down.”

DAY 30 Final conclusions?
“Adaptogens are having a moment in the wellness world but with all the options, it can feel quite inaccessible and overwhelming to someone outside of those circles. The Moon Juice Dusts are a great way to sample different blends and see what works best for your mind and body.”

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CAITLIN COASTA
The always-hustling manager of VITAL Fitness Boutique 

Test Driving: POWER
Tailormade for a fitness studio manager, this formula was designed to “fuel your physical and entrepreneurial feats.”

DAY 1 First Impression?
“It has a very earthy smell and look, so I was slightly apprehensive. I’ve tried my share of supplements and mushroom teas without really liking any of them.” 

DAY 7 Thoughts on the taste?
“It’s super earthy, but after a few days I acclimated to it.” 

DAY 14 Favorite way to drink it so far?
“Stirred into a soothing herbal tea with honey—a perfect vehicle for the recovery blend.” 

DAY 21 Have you noticed a difference?
“During the month, I made it a goal to work out more consistently. I was able to do 5 days a week without much struggle. I feel—whether it was a placebo or not—it helped me do back-to-back vigorous workouts and feel good doing it.” 

DAY 28 Least favorite way to drink it?
“In my espresso shot—the flavors really fought each other.” 

DAY 30 Final conclusions?
“I see myself continuing to use it regularly; the only drawback was the taste.” 

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MICHELLE PADGETT
The constantly creating on-the-go editor at large of 1530 Main 

Test Driving: BRAIN
A formula that boosts focus, mental stamina, and concentration is what every writer, editor, and creative needs.

DAY 1 First Impression?
“I like that you can buy individual packets, so you can toss it in your bag for later.” 

DAY 7 Thoughts on the taste?
“It’s almost floral—a little sweet. It’s finely milled, which is nice, so that it’s not too hard to mix.” 

DAY 14 Favorite way to drink it so far?
“I made the ‘Flat Blue’ drink from Moon Juice’s online recipes and it was delicious.” 

DAY 21 Have you noticed a difference?
“It’s been a particularly busy time at work and I feel that I’ve been able to meet those challenges in a more focused way.” 

DAY 28 Least favorite way to drink it?
“In a matcha latte. The combination was too…plant-y.” 

DAY 30 Final conclusions?
“I’ve been interested in adaptogens, but felt overwhelmed purchasing them individually: maca, astragalus, ashwagandha… I like that these blends have taken care of that part. I want to try Spirit next. 

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