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6 reasons to take our Vita Fizz effervescent tablets

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It is so easy to understand the reason why effervescent tablets are becoming such a popular way to take a supplement. Pop the tablet into water, watch it dissolve and drink!

Why we love them:

  1. Our range does not contain aspartame, sulphites or artificial colours or flavours.
  2. Many people find swallowing tablets or capsules difficult and a chore, especially if they have swallowing problems or psychologically they just can’t get that thing down!
  3. Because it has already dissolved and in a liquid it is fast and easily absorbed without the stomach having to break down a tablet or capsule.
  4. Red Seal has a variety of effervescent tablets with mouth-watering natural flavours such as Wild Berry Magnesium, Orange & Mango Perform, Blackcurrant Immunity and Lemon Hydrate.
  5. Not just a supplement, it is a pleasant way to increase your fluid intake.
  6. Effervescent tablets are gentle on the digestive system as they are in a pH stomach friendly form, ideal for those with a sensitive stomach.

Best of all – Red Seal’s Vita Fizz tastes so great you will look forward to taking it every day. The question is with four new effervescent tablets; which one will you try first?

Vita Fizz Perform – is a blend of B vitamins, Vitamin C and essential minerals that help you maintain your energy throughout the day.

Vita Fizz Immunity – 1000 mg of Vitamin C with 200 mg Echinacea extract and zinc to help support your immune system when you need it most.

Vita Fizz Magnesium – 180 mg of elemental magnesium to help ease and soothe your body tension and help prepare you to relax.

Vita Fizz Hydrate – with all the essential electrolytes, this is ideal on a hot day or for those who need to recover after exercise or illness.

 

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet. Red Seal, Auckland.

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Raw Energy Salad

Step 1
Immerse the tea bags into the water and leave to infuse for 3-5 minutes before removing the tea bags, squeezing out excess liquid and then discarding.

Step 2
Combine the cabbage, kale, carrot, red onion, celery and beetroot in a large serving bowl.

Step 3
Add the seeds and cumin and toss to combine.

Step 4
Mix together the tea, orange juice, mustard and olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5
Drizzle dressing over the salad, sprinkle with mint leaves, toss and serve.

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Give yourself a boost

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Many of us fail to get the recommended amounts of essential vitamins and minerals we need each day.

Modern living can put many strains upon the body and sometimes diet is not enough to ensure we are coping. A good multivitamin is a form of insurance, providing a balanced intake of the key minerals and vitamins needed to support bodies and minds. However, there are times where we might be short of a particular mineral or vitamin and need to consider something a bit more specific.

Listen to yourself

The great thing is that the body usually tells us what it needs, we just have to be alert to the signs. It may be as simple as sticking out a tongue in front of the mirror. If it has a tremor this indicates a need for magnesium. A metallic taste in the mouth can indicate a zinc deficiency. Feeling tired all time? Perhaps it’s time for an iron supplement. “Red Seal has some great products to help you to be the best you can be and to live your best life,” says Julie Fergusson, Red Seal’s Naturopath.

 

Make it a multi

Red Seal multivitamins for men and women are great products that contain a balanced blend of the vitamins and minerals necessary to support a busy lifestyle.

 

‘I feel exhausted’

If you are feeling constantly tired, your hair and nails are brittle and you seem to pick up bugs easily you might benefit from Floradix Iron Tonic. Floradix is a completely natural source of iron, with herbs and minerals that assist absorption.

 

Natural soother

Tense muscles, difficulty sleeping? Want support for normal blood pressure? You may need a magnesium supplement. Try our High Strength Magnesium 800mg.

 

A zinc boost

Some of the more common symptoms of a zinc deficiency include loss of or diminished smell and taste, poor wound healing, hair loss, roughening of skin/rashes, low libido in men, canker sores, lethargy, and deformed nails. Look at High Strength Zinc Complex (it’s good for both men and women) or our Zinc, B6 & Magnesium formula.

 

Kindervital for kids

If you are concerned whether your offspring are getting all the nutrients they need, Kindervital for Children provides nine essential vitamins and calcium for healthy bones and teeth, together with herbal extracts to maintain healthy digestion. A single daily spoonful of delicious Kindervital will ensure your children receive all the nutritional support they require.

 

*Always read the label and only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser. Endeavour Consumer Health Ltd, Auckland

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Immunity support to help fight off the nasties

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It is good to know that you now get a great quality extra strength supplement support at your local supermarket at reasonable prices.

The Red Seal High Strength range is just a little different from the average supplements in the supermarket, with:

  • Easy to swallow capsules
  • Most in veggie caps and suitable for vegans
  • All high quality
  • Higher doses; for when you need it the most
  • A reassurance that they are New Zealand made
  • Most are One-a-day doses

 

Immune Defence -High Strength Immune Defence

The most complex system in the body is the immune system. It is constantly working to protect us from invaders day and night. With our busy lives, we are constantly surrounded by pathogens that test us. The immune system is only something we become aware of when there are chills and ills in the body, feeling tired,  a scratchy throat and blocked nose, or a feeling of a full scale war in our body. Traditionally herbs such as Echinacea, Garlic, Pau d’Arco, Elderberry and Andrographis have been used to help support the immune system for the upper respiratory tract. Immune Defence also combines Vitamin C, bioflavonoids and Zinc to enhance the herbal synergistic actions and further support the immune defences and recovery from those winter threats.

 

Multiple Good Guys -High Strength Probiotic 50 billion

Not all bacteria are bad! Some bacteria are there to help protect us, and they live inside us.   They boost our immune system, protect against disease and aid in the digestion of food. When antibiotics, stress, or infection create imbalance by killing off the healthy bacteria in our gastrointestinal tract, then it is more likely that harmful bacteria may overwhelm our system.  This can lead to poor overall health and a variety of developing health issues. What are these good guys?  Probiotics!

High Strength Probiotic 50 billion capsules are a high dose multi strain of eleven probiotics especially selected to be able to move through the high pH of the stomach and continue to the digestive tract, and other areas such as the vagina and urinary tract. Thus helping to repopulate and colonize healthy bacteria in the right areas. Many people notice that when the digestive system is working better, their sense of wellbeing and mood also improves.

Being shelf stable,High Strength Probiotic 50 billion is ideal if you are home or travelling as there is no need to refrigerate them. Ensure you are back to health by including a multi strain Probiotic daily.

 

Be Complex –High Strength Vitamin B

If you are feeling run down and fatigued B complex may be what you need. B vitamins have a number of different functions in the body. B’s are responsible for many aspects that contribute to our well-being; including energy conversion, cognitive function, mood, healthy hair, skin and nails, detoxification, cholesterol balance, digestion, hormonal, nervous and reproductive systems.

Being deficient in some B vitamins such as B12, or Folic acid can lead to some critical health conditions that can make you feel tired and worn out. Different types of vitamin B all come from various types of foods. Most are water-soluble and it is critical that we replenish our daily intake. B vitamins work as a family and are synergistic so best taken together as a group. Large doses of any one single B may have no therapeutic value, or worse, cause a deficiency in another B vitamin. It is recommended that B vitamins are taken in a “complex” form, or if a single B vitamin is taken for a boost, that it is accompanied by a B complex or multi vitamin supplement.

Certain health conditions can result in a poor absorption of B vitamins, a poor diet with a high intake of processed foods, sugar and alcohol will mean the body will have a greater need for B Vitamins. Taking oral contraceptives, antibiotics, and sleeping pills also increases the body’s demands of B vitamins. Certain population groups, such as older adults and pregnant women, need larger amounts of some types of vitamin B.

 

Supplementary to a balanced diet.  Always read the label.  Take only as directed.

Endeavour Consumer Health, Auckland.

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4 Steps to a Good Night’s Sleep

There are many reasons why some people don’t sleep. Are you a natural born lark or owl?  Do you need twelve hours of sleep or five? Do you fall asleep but wake up several times at night or do you have trouble even falling asleep?

It’s first helpful to identify the problem(s) keeping you awake. By looking at a combination of several things you can start to build a strategy for bedtime and sleep.

Common reasons for not sleeping

    1. Thyroid problems
    2. Stress or depression
    3. Side effects from medication
    4. Allergies
    5. Sleep apnea (Lack of oxygen or breathing incorrectly, especially while sleeping).
    6. Jet lag
    7. Menopause
    8. Clock watching
    9. Too much caffeine or alcohol
    10. A snoring or restless partner
    11. Smoking
    12. Shift work
    13. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
    14. An over active bladder or prostate issues
    15. Lack of physical exercise
    16. Cramp or restlessness

Step 1: Develop Better Daytime Habits

  • Don’t nap during the day. Napping during the day will throw off your body clock and make it even more difficult to sleep at night. If you’re feeling especially tired and absolutely have to nap, do so for less than 30 minutes and keep it early.
  • Limit caffeine and alcohol. Although alcohol may initially act as a sedative, it can interrupt normal sleep patterns. Some people are so sensitive that even one cup of tea or coffee during day can affect their sleep. There are some herbal teas that help relax the body and don’t have the stimulating effect of caffeinated drinks.
  • Don’t smoke. Nicotine is a stimulant and can make it difficult to fall and stay asleep. Smokers often has difficultly sleeping due to nighttime withdrawal symptoms.
  • Medication Many medications can have the side-effect of disrupting sleep patterns, so always check the small print and keep yourself informed. Famous culprits include antidepressants, heart and blood pressure medications, allergy medications, stimulants (such as Ritalin) and corticosteroids. Some OTC medications, including some pain medication combinations, decongestants and weight-loss products contain caffeine and other stimulants. Antihistamines may initially make you groggy, but can worsen urinary problems, causing you to get up to pee more at night!
  • Expose yourself to bright light/sunlight soon after waking up. This will help regulate your body’s natural biological clock. On the flip side, keep your bedroom dark while you’re sleeping so the light won’t interfere with your rest.
  • Exercise early in the day. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bed may make falling asleep more difficult.
  • Check your iron levels. Iron-deficient women tend to have more problems sleeping, so if your blood is iron poor, a supplement might help your ability to sleep.
  • Magnesium is the mineral to help your body release tension and relax. Cramps, tight muscles and insomnia are all signs you may need to add supplemental magnesium into your day.
  • B vitaminsResearch has shown that maintaining sufficient levels of Vitamins B3, B5, B6, B9 and B12 may help achieve good sleep. B vitamins help regulate the body’s level of tryptophan, an amino acid important for maintaining healthy sleep. Vitamin B3 (niacin) often promotes sleep in people who have insomnia caused by depression and increases effectiveness of tryptophan and is an important nutrient to help people who fall asleep rapidly but keep waking up at the night. A deficiency of B5 (pantothenic acid) can cause sleep disturbances and fatigue, so keeping good levels can support your body in time of stress and anxiety. Vitamin B9 (folic acid) deficiency has been linked to insomnia. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) is reported to help insomniacs who have problems falling asleep, as well as promoting normal sleep-awake cycles.
  • Eat to enhance sleep. Some foods are more conducive to a better night’s sleep than others. You already knew about warm milk, chamomile tea and turkey, but bananas, potatoes, oatmeal and whole-wheat bread are great food too. Avoid food with additives like MSG, colours, aspartame, or food/drinks that cause you digestive problems
  • The power of herbs. Some herbs are classified as nervine herbs and are known to help tone, relax and strengthen your nervous system  They’re generally considered safe and non-addictive. These herbs are not hypnotics and will not “put you to sleep”, but rather help relax and assist the body in preparing for sleep. These include; chamomile, red bush, valerian, lemon balm, passionflower and skullcap.

Step 2: Create A Better Sleep Environment

  • Make sure your bed is large enough and comfortable. Disturbed by a restless bedmate? Switch to a queen or king-size bed. Test different mattresses and try therapeutic-shaped foam pillows that cradle your neck or extra pillows that help you sleep on your side.
  • Be careful of allergies. Some people are allergic to feathers and down, wool, nylon or dust, so make sure that materials used on your bed are right for you.
  • Make your bedroom a place for sleeping. Don’t use your bed for paying bills, doing work or watching movies. Help your body recognise that this is a place for rest or intimacy!
  • Keep your bedroom peaceful and comfortable. Make sure your room is well-ventilated and the temperature consistent. Keep it quiet. You could use a fan or a “white noise” machine to help block outside noises.
  • Hide your clock. A big, illuminated digital clock may cause you to focus on the time, making you feel stressed and anxious. Place your clock so you can’t see the time when in bed.
  • Electromagnetic smog.  Electro-smog is the collective term for all artificially generated electrical, magnetic and electro-magnetic fields. Electro-smog is invisible, inaudible and odorless, but omnipresent. Examples of its sources are all kinds of domestic electrical installations, cordless telephones, mobile phones, baby intercoms, TV, radar and radio communications. It’s been estimated that a small percentage of people may have sleep disturbance, fatigue, increased concentration of stress, headaches and skin irritation linked to influences like electromagnetic smog, and eliminating these devices from your sleep area may help.
  • Blocking out noise and light. A dark room is an important part of regulating Melatonin ( the natural sleep hormone) levels. Having trouble falling or staying asleep may be due to an environmental issue like too much light. Eye masks or blackout curtains can help.  Also make sure to turn off mobile phones, fans and machines that create noises that could disrupt you.     

Step 3: Do These Things When You Wake in the Middle of the Night

  • Get out of bed if unable to sleep. Don’t lie in bed awake. Go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. Worrying about falling asleep actually keeps many people awake.
  • Don’t do anything stimulating. Don’t read anything job related or watch a stimulating TV program. Don’t expose yourself to bright light as this gives cues to your brain that it’s time to wake up.
  • Toilet breaks. If you need to go to the bathroom, don’t switch the light on. Consider a dim night light that can light your way and will automatically switch off.
  • Get up and eat l-tryptophan.  Some people get tired after eating a turkey meal as it is a major building block for making serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps promote sleep. We don’t always have turkey in the fridge, but another common source is pumpkin seeds and dairy products.
  • Consider changing your bedtime. Some people need more sleep than others. If you suffer from sleeplessness or insomnia consistently, think about going to bed later so that the time you spend in bed is actually spent sleeping. If you only get five hours sleep every night, figure out what time you need to get up and subtract five hours (for example, if you want to get up at 6:00 am, go to bed at 1:00 am). This may seem counterproductive and at first but it can help train your body to sleep consistently while in bed. When you are spending all of your time in bed sleeping, you can gradually sleep more by adding 15 minutes at a time.
  • Owl or lark? People are naturally Night Owls and others Larks! Which one are you? Some people find they are natural Night Owls and work better at this time of day. You might find it best to create your lifestyle around your particular sleep patterns.

Step 4: Keep a Sleep Diary 

Learn about your sleep patterns and habits by keeping a daily sleep diary. Be sure to include:

  • Time you went to bed and woke up
  • Total sleep hours
  • Quality of sleep
  • What is hormonal cycle right now?
  • Times that you were awake during the night and what you did (e.g. stayed in bed with eyes closed or got up, had a glass of milk and meditated)
  • Amount of caffeine or alcohol you consumed and times of consumption
  • Types of food and drink and times of consumption
  • Feelings – happiness, sadness, stress, anxiety
  • Drugs or medications taken, amounts taken and times of consumption
  • Did herbal teas (chamomile, peppermint, valerian, passionflower or skullcap) before bed help?
  • Does B vitamins help?
  • Taking Magnesium before bed time work for you.
  • Try a combination of herbal teas, B vitamins and magnesium?
  • Check your room for noise and light issues
  • Check your room for gadgets that would give off electro-magnetic fields
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Natural Solutions for Your Daily Iron Needs

Women around the world are passionate about their Floradix. Beloved for its ability to prevent common iron deficiency symptoms that may occur as a result of growth spurts, monthly blood loss, pregnancy or digestive malabsorption, Floradix Formula Liquid Iron supports women throughout their lifetimes – before, during and after the childbearing years. For the thousands of women who find they are able to remain free from constipation commonly caused by iron supplementation, Floradix is the natural iron solution.

Are you low in iron?
Iron is one of the most common dietary deficiencies, affecting as many as 4-5 billion people or 66-80% of the world’s population, according to the World Health Organization.

Some of the symptoms of iron deficiency are:
* Fatigue and general lack of energy
* Decreased ability to concentrate
* Decreased endurance during exercise
* Increased frequency of infection
* Paleness and/or dark circles under the eyes
* Brittle hair and nails
* Cold hands and feet

Iron deficiency (pre-anemia) and anemia have also been linked to PMS, depression, decreased fertility and complications in pregnancy. An early diagnosis of pre-anemia can be achieved with a simple blood test called serum ferritin, allowing for easy correction and prevention of the progression of symptoms.

Floradix: A Quality Iron Supplement

Easy-to-digest liquid solution
The average person’s body will only dissolve and absorb 20% (3) of most solid supplements and will eliminate the remaining 80%, possibly causing side effects such as constipation, gas and bloating. Because Floradix is a liquid solution and does not need to dissolve, 98% (3) of the iron is available for quick potential absorption. As a matter of fact, Floradix was found in a recent study to be faster and more effective at bringing iron stores back to normal than iron from food (1), and can help women boost the average diet, which contains only 8-10mg/day, in order to meet the recommended daily iron intake of 18mg.

Highly absorbable iron compounds
Floradix boasts the highest possible iron absorption rate: up to 25% (4) is absorbed for potential utilization (that’s more than twice the absorption of other iron supplements or even dietary iron) due to its liquid format as well as the organically bound iron gluconate and co-factors. Better absorption means you don’t need to take as much. In a recent study, it was found that due to the high absorption rate of Floradix, very little unabsorbed iron enters into the intestinal tract and therefore constipation is unlikely to occur (5).

 

Safe, useable dosage
Because Floradix is so highly absorbable, the dosage can be much lower than other iron supplements while still satisfying daily supplemental iron requirements. As well, there is no risk of excess iron storage (2), making Floradix safe for long-term, daily use.

Iron for life
Iron is needed daily in order for your body to keep making new red blood cells, which transport oxygen and permit energy production. Vital for growth and optimal functioning, iron is required in varying amounts throughout the stages of your life. Research has shown that declining iron stores are responsible for numerous health concerns.

  • Decreased fertility has been linked to low iron stores (6).
  • Before and during pregnancy, low iron can be responsible for improper placenta development and occurrences of pre-term & low birth weight babies (7).
  • In infants & children, low iron can cause inadequate production of red blood cells needed for growth.
  • In toddlers & school-aged children, iron deficiency can cause poor learning, memory8 and behavioral problems as well as developmental delays (9).
  • From the ages of around 15 to 55, the menstrual cycle, pregnancy & lactation increase the need for iron.
  • In both men & women over 59, iron deficiency has become the most common deficiency due to the body’s decreased ability to absorb nutrients (2).
  • Athletes and those who exercise regularly lose iron through sweat & the digestive tract, putting them at risk for deficiency and decreased endurance.

What sets Floradix Formula Liquid Iron apart?

  • A highly soluble iron compound and special iron-fed yeast: Combined with B vitamins & vitamin C to provide the highest possible absorption rate.
  • Floravital (Yeast-Free) Iron Formula: Provides the same benefits and delicious taste as Floradix. Suitable for yeast- or gluten-free diets.
  • Safe, useable dosage: Satisfies daily supplemental iron needs and is safe for long-term supplementation as it does not encourage the storage of excess iron (2).
  • Easy-to-digest liquid solution: Allows for more contact with absorption sites and provides approximately 98% (3) absorption.
  • Great-tasting fruit juice base: pH-balanced with natural fruit juices.
  • Enhanced absorption: added digestive herbs and iron-rich whole food concentrates.
  • The Floravital formula is ideal for vegans
  • Certified Kosher
  • No harmful additives: No lead, pesticide residues, alcohol, preservatives or artificial colouring.

Also available in convenient Floradix Tablets.

References:

1. Evaluation of Iron Study, Part 1, Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Fertility Disorders Heidelberg Women’s University Clinic.

2. Maurice E. Shils, M.D., Sc.D. et al., eds. Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease.9th ed. 1999, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: New York.

3. The Physician’s Desk Reference,p.1542.

4. Sebold M. et al, Scientific report of a clinical trial to asses the actual absorption and utilization of the iron compound present in the preparation of Floradix. First Medical Clinic of University of Munich, 1964.

5. Evaluation of Iron Study, Part 1, Department of Gynaecological Endocrinology and Fertility Disorders Heidelberg Women’s University Clinic.

6. Ferritin and Fertility, Lancet1991: 337: 1554.

7. Effects of early maternal iron stores on placental weight and structure, Lancet2000.

8. Lancet348:992-996.

9. Archives Disease in Childhood2001:84; 480-485.

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