We all want to have better focus, sleep better and work out better in the gym. Clearly, all three of those things rock. And while normally we don’t review this kind of stuff—too much supplement stuff beyond the basics makes us a bit wary—we got this really convincing email from a reader saying that we had to try some of DynaMAXX’s products. That it was pretty much life-changing, or health-changing. And so, as we FBGs always do, we became a guinea pig for you!
Up first, we tried Lights On and Lights Off, two complementary products—one to light your brain up with more clarity and focus and another to help you chillax and get a good night’s sleep. Lights On, which doesn’t have any caffeine in it, has a mix of vitamins C and B, plus ginseng, resveratrol, maca root, goji and acai Berries, among other things. One packet of the stuff does have 28 calories. With no artificial flavors and sweetened with a little stevia, you mix a packet in 12 to 14 ounces of water and down the hatch it goes. The Natural Berry flavor wasn’t too bad (kind of reminds me of a less intense flavor of this), and while I can’t say that after drinking it I felt my “lights turn on” or my clarity or focus really kick into super drive, I felt good after drinking it. I especially noticed that when I drank it around that usual 3 p.m. slump that I didn’t have quite my normal lull in energy.
Then there’s the Lights Off. With 12 calories a serving, you mix a packet into just two ounces of water and drink it about an hour before bedtime. Each packet has a proprietary blend of calm-inducing supplements like chamomile, 5-HTP and melatonin. I one of these before bed one night and found that it did seem to relax me quite nicely. I didn’t get super drowsy, but I did feel chill. And I slept well.
The final one we tried was the DynaMAXX B4. Designed for sports performance, you fill one of these plastic expand-o pouches with 12 ounces of water and then shake and drink before working out. With 15 calories, there’s B and C vitamins, along with amino acids, caffeine and some other multi-syllable stuff. The drink is said to “enhance muscle oxygenation at the cellular level, and its proprietary blend of ingredients promote strength, energy, power and stamina.” My husband and I both tried one of these before a recent Fit Pit workout and while I did have a great workout—it was a long one (a little more than an hour) and I had plenty of energy, strength and endurance—toward the end of it, we both had a slight bit of nausea. I also had extra air in my belly and kept burping. So while it did do some good, for me, it also had some drawbacks.
The products are pretty pricey (about $60 for a 30-count box of Lights On or Lights Off and $70 for a box of B4)—and the business is set up with “associates” to buy from, although you don’t have to know someone to enter the store. So there’s that. And it goes without saying, but of course, we prefer whole nutrition, rest and taking care of yourself above any supplementation. But if you need a little help with focus, relaxation or a slight edge when you work out, this stuff might be worth trying.
So tell us, would you try something like this? Have you? Share your thoughts! —Jenn