How are you feeling? I mean really – how are you? Happy? Full of the joys of spring? If you are, then great! But, if like me, you struggle with mood and mental health troubles, you might be looking for ways to help yourself to boost those serotonin levels. It’s a pretty well-known fact that cases of depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are on the rise. The latest stats are that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. Globally, more people die from suicide than from wars & natural disasters combined and it’s a growing problem, according to Rik Turner, founder of ‘We Are HAPS’. Rik has been researching mental health and ways to combat it without resorting to using pharmaceutical medication ever since he experienced his own difficulties a few years ago.
And, after a lot of researching and learning, as well as blood, sweat and tears, Rik has developed a much more natural way to boost your mood – simply by drinking a ‘superfruits’ drink containing boosters to naturally increase serotonin production.
So, what is HAPS?
HAPS drinks come as a powder, to be mixed with water. You can buy convenient, individual sachets or a larger bag containing several servings. It contains the following, all-natural ingredients: HAPS Fruit Mix [Baobab, Mango, Pear, Pineapple, Guava, Banana], Griffonia Seed Extract [5-HTP], Ionic Electrolytes, Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12 C, D, Zinc, Natural Flavour, Stevia.
What does HAPS claim to do?
‘We Are HAPS’ claim that drinking the superfruits and boosters blend will help to increase your levels of serotonin. Serotonin is often known as ‘the happy hormone’ and helps to regulate mood, appetite and sleep. HAPS helps to promote the production of serotonin using an amino acid called ‘5-HTP’, which is produced by the body but can also be found naturally in Griffonia seeds. However, 5-HTP needs other vitamins to work effectively, so these are also included in the mix.
What did I think of HAPS?
I mixed a sachet of the HAPS mix with the required amount of water. It took some whisking to dissolve the powder, and I still found a little at the bottom of the glass once I had drunk it. It tastes a little like weak, unsweetened fruit squash, but is definitely palatable and is not unpleasant, as these ‘healthy” drinks so often are!
As for making me feel happier? It’s obviously hard to say, as so many different factors play a role in our daily mood. I definitely did feel ‘brighter’ than usual, although this could be put down to the ‘placebo effect’. I would happily drink it if I felt I needed a little pick-me-up though. ‘We Are HAPS’ suggest taking the drink regularly will be beneficial, although just taking as and when you feel you need a boost is fine too. They also suggest that if taking it regularly, that you have a break every few weeks to help preserve the efficacy of the 5-HTP.
It is also important to note that HAPS should not be taken if you also take antidepressant drugs. This is because they both impact serotonin levels but in different ways. Antidepressant drugs prevent serotonin breakdown, while the 5HTP in HAPS boosts serotonin production. So, taking both together would mean the body creates more serotonin but can’t break it down. This could lead to dangerously high levels of serotonin (serotonin syndrome).
Where can I get HAPS?
You can buy HAPS online here, priced from £1.63 per serving for the individual sachets, or from £1.10 per serving for the larger bag of loose powder mix (40 servings).
Follow ‘We Are HAPS’ on social media using @WeAreHAPS
Disclosure: We were sent three sachets of HAPS to try in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.