Give yourself a boost
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.
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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Even when we eat a balanced diet, sleep well and stay active, the stresses of modern life sometimes leave us feeling depleted. But there’s help at hand. Here are some simple, safe and proven ways to help restore your vitality.
HYDRATION IS KEY
It sounds so simple, but often the reason we’re burned out is because we’re too busy to drink enough water. Headaches, tiredness, cramps, racing heart and loss of skin elasticity are all signs of dehydration. Summer days mean you need to up your H20 intake. Listen to your body. Feeling thirsty and a dry mouth or throat are sure signs that you need to replenish your water supply. Some studies suggest that even mild dehydration can slow your metabolism and sap your energy.
FIND WATER UNAPPEALING?
A great way to increase your consumption is with delicious herbal teas. Try them iced this Spring and coming Summer. Red Seal’s new fruit teas are a great way to add flavour to water without adding any calories. Enjoy them as a traditional hot tea or brew them cold. Just steep for three to five minutes in tap water, then add ice. Throw in some fruit garnish for extra zing – sliced strawberries, lemons or limes are ideal. Keep a jug of fresh fruit tea in your fridge and you’ll be less tempted to reach for sweetened juices, fizzy or energy drinks. Try Red Seal Hot & Cold Brew in Strawberry & Rhubarb, Peach & Pineapple, Apple & Elderflower, Lemon & Ginger, Blood Orange or Exotic Fruits for a calorie-free treat that hydrates your body deliciously.
DO YOU NEED A SUPPLEMENT?
If you feel constantly tired, it’s worth considering your intake of B vitamins and iron as these are key to energy levels. (If you’re seriously concerned about your lack of energy, you should see your doctor.) Vitamin supplements such as Red Seal Vitamin B Complex are a good way to kick-start the engine. Women in particular can suffer from lack of energy due to low iron levels. A simple blood test can determine whether you have an iron deficiency. If you don’t fancy red meat or mountains of spinach, Red Seal Floradix is a natural iron tonic with all the co-factors needed to ensure it is absorbed for maximum effectiveness.
DEAL WITH DIGESTION
Eliminating the rubbish and having “clean insides” is also critical for energy and vitality. Good health starts in the gut. As Christmas approaches we often overdo the treats, resulting in a slow digestive system. A diet high in fibre and rich in fruits and vegetables is the best way to get your digestive system back on track.
By Julie Fergusson, Red Seal Naturopath
Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.
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