As told by Nutrition & Fitness Expert, Laura Vezzani
A few years ago, I realized that I wasn’t taking good care of myself and I wanted to change that. I would buy vitamin supplements on Amazon or at my local pharmacy all the time. I knew that I wanted to take a bunch of different supplements to improve my health because that’s what I thought I needed to do. I spent hundreds of dollars on them; just buying the ones that I thought I needed without really knowing what my body was lacking. I was just guessing.
Then I found Buddy Shots.
One of the coolest parts of these shots is how personalized they are for each individual person. I went on the Buddy website to take a look and decided to start the chat that they have to learn about your personal needs and what nutrients are right for your lifestyle, your dietary needs, and your preferences. The chat started with some basic information like my name and my email. Then it started to show how detailed it gets by asking my age, height, and weight. Even though I don’t usually like giving my weight, I knew it was really important to be honest so that I could get the right results for me. The chat asked if I was pregnant and I don’t know how common of knowledge this is, but there are actually supplements that you shouldn’t take while pregnant and important ones that you should! The fact that they took that matter into account was really impressive to me.
Then they asked what flavor of shot I wanted; as soon as I saw Tropical Mango and Pineapple, I selected that one. Tropical flavors are my absolute favorite and to have a choice between 4 delicious flavors, all under 100 calories! I don’t know about you, but I haven’t seen any supplements on Amazon have flavors to choose from. It just makes taking care of yourself that much better!
I’m someone who can’t function without caffeine; I know, I know, it’s a habit I need to work on. But! Buddy can add caffeine into the shots if you want it! Not only does that keep me from putting unhealthy cream and sugar into my body but it saves me $5.32 since I don’t have to run to Starbucks to get a cup of coffee!
Did you know that when you take pill-based supplements, a good percentage of it doesn’t actually go into your system? A pill would need to completely disintegrate within 15-20 minutes for your body to fully absorb. Since most of pill supplements don’t do that, you’re really only getting 51% of the vitamin.
Since Buddy shots are food rather than a pill, the nutrients are going straight into your system! Think about how much of a difference that is, if you’re only getting 51% of what you paid for with the pill supplements, you’re throwing money at the companies that, frankly, don’t care about what your body needs.
The chat asked me what my priorities were for the next month and gave me some choices which really helped me because I wouldn’t have thought to mention that I want to improve my digestion if the suggestion wasn’t given to me! Essential fiber not only helps your digestion but it also helps to prevent certain diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. I said that I wanted to improve my digestion, manage my stress, build my muscles, and improve my focus.
The chat is incredibly thorough and really identifies exactly where your body is lacking nutrients based on the detailed information they get from you. If you’re on the Paleo, Keto, or even the Whole30 diet, they took your needs into account. One thing that impressed me was the fact that there was a vegan option and Vegan Omega-3s. I’m allergic to fish so I don’t get as much Omega-3 fatty acid as I should and the fact that my shot had the vegan option really surprised me.
One of the things that makes these shots so much better than supplements is the fact that they are FOOD with real substance and real benefits. Your body knows how to process food; your body recognizes the vitamins and nutrients in food. Pill supplements often have additional chemicals in them, the kind that you definitely don’t want to introduce to your body. For example, if you see that your supplement includes Hexane, you should know that this is a highly explosive chemical and is quite hazardous to the environment. If a supplement is hazardous to the environment, it shouldn’t be in your body.
Once I had my personalized drink, I went to the checkout and eagerly had my credit card in my hand. When I saw the price of the drinks, I was FLOORED. Your first order is 50% off so you get 30 drinks for $45.00. I had in my mind that I would have to buy only 6 of them for $35.00 or something like that; but you get an entire month’s supply of these vitamin packed, personalized drinks for $45.00 to see if they work for you. Even at the regular price without the 50% off, it’s only $3.00 per shot!
Let's break down this math together. My shot had:
One of the highest rated multivitamins had 120 capsules for $17.00, but remember that your body only absorbs 50% of that so you’re getting say 60 Capsules for $17.00
A ‘recommended’ vegan omega 3 supplement cost $25.00 for 60 (which we know is really 30) pills.
3. Vitamin C
A Vitamin C supplement that his highly rated on Amazon comes with 90 Capsules (45) for $28.00 and the serving size is 3 capsules!
4. Vitamin A
The highest rated Vitamin A supplement on Amazon comes with 90 (45) capsules for $11.00
My daily mid-afternoon coffee costs me $5.32 a day.
One month for all of these supplements (and my caffeine addiction) adds up to: $240.60
Which is $8.02 a day.
Buddy Shots are up to $3.00 per day and have no harsh chemicals, no preservatives, are delicious, and give your body what it needs. Not to mention you just have to take ONE drink rather than a bunch of different pills.
I will never go back to pill supplements; Buddy Shots are just so much better.
Written by: Laura Vezzani, Nutrition and Fitness Expert