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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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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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Let your love flow

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Not sleeping at night? Weight not coming off? Digestion a bit off? Take minerals and vitamins to nourish your body and soul.

Managing your weight and achieving balance is not always as simple as going on a diet and increasing your exercise. Your body may require some additional support before it will respond to traditional solutions. Red Seal has a range ofHigh Strength supplements that have a strong enough dose to really make a difference. The following are some key areas where you can support your diet and exercise plan.

 

1- Take care of your gut

We’ve all heard the saying, “listen to your gut”. And while that advice often refers to our intuition, it could also be about our digestion. Your gut guides your overall well-being. Quite literally, your gut is the epicenter of your mental and physical health. Yet it’s all too common to experience lots of digestive issues that make a huge impact on our strength and vitality. If you want better immunity, efficient digestion, improved clarity and balance, focus on rebuilding your gut health. Red Seal offers a 50 Billion Probiotic as part of its High Strength range, ideal for when you need to kick start your health programme.

2- Cut down on stress.

In addition to practicing breathing right down into your gut, taking a Vitamin B Complex will support your nervous system, energy levels and mental clarity. Just sit down and relax. No stress, no worries!

 3- Show your liver a little love.

Your liver is responsible for how you process substances and it has to detoxify material to ensure your “engine” is running well. Reducing alcohol consumption and adding Red Seal Milk Thistle to your regime is a great way to help tune up the liver by promoting bile flow.

4- Don’t let symptoms go on too long.

If you have tried everything and after a few weeks you are still feeling out of balance, and the weight isn’t moving, consult a health professional.

5- Take it easy on yourself.

The world won’t cave in if you slip up and eat something with sugar in it or if you have an extra glass of wine with dinner. Good nutrition is all about balance. Cut yourself some slack if you do deviate from your resolve to make your diet healthier and get back on track as soon as you can. Tomorrow is another day.

6- Get some sleep

So easy to say and so hard to do. At times sleep can be elusive and lack of sleep puts stress on your body. Red Seal Deep Sleep with Magnesium supports a complete, deep sleep, helps relax and relieve tension and tightness, promotes a calm mind and helps ease worry, tension and stress.

 

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The Keys to Calm

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Life sometimes gets just a bit too fast and furious. When it does, nature comes to the rescue with a stash of stress-relieving herbs.

 

 

What happens when the going gets tough? We generally keep calm and carry on. But while a “can do” approach to life is admirable, it carries a downside. It’s called burnout, and it happens to just about everyone. All of us are aware of the consequences of too much stress. But knowing we should relax and slow down when things start getting out of proportion isn’t the same as being able to do it. Just how do we continue to live life to the max without maxing out? One way is to support our nervous systems.

 

A herbal insurance policy

Undoubtedly one of the most important ways to reduce the ill effects of stress, nervous exhaustion and worry is to sleep well and eat healthily, meditate and enjoy time out – whether we like to listen to music, immerse ourselves in a hobby or just bury our nose in a good book. Dealing with issues daily helps the body to relax, unwind, heal and repair, especially when we sleep. But sometimes we need extra help. Nature’s toolbox of natural healing contains herbs that can help soothe, calm and nourish the nervous system, and they can be used when needed without fear of addiction or dependency. They are mild and gentle and generically called “nervines”. Nervine herbs include valerian, catnip, passionflower, skullcap, St John’s wort, lemon balm and chamomile. These herbs are commonly available as a herbal infusion, tablet or capsule supplement, or as a tincture.

 

B for getting better

Red Seal Executive Stress B* is a combination of nutrient support such as B vitamins, minerals including magnesium, iron, zinc and iodine, and nervine herbs like skullcap, passionflower and valerian. This is an ideal combination for those who have tension linked with fatigue and exhaustion that may be linked to nutrient deficiency. When we are stressed, vitamins B and C and a number of other nutrients are in high demand by the body.

 

Make it magnesium

Red Seal Deep Sleep Magnesium* is a powerful blend of magnesium, l-tryptophan, 5-HTP, passionflower and tart cherry to support a deep and restful sleep. The supplement also helps to calm the mind and ease stress.

 

The tried and true

Red Seal St John’s Wort with Soothing Herbs* is a supplement for those who need nervine herbs that support both body and mind – St John’s wort, totu kola (Centella asiatica) and ginkgo (Ginkgo billoba). Non-addictive, the supplement can help when we need some emotional or stress support.

 

Put the jug on…

Herbal teas can be enjoyed any time of day but often make a wonderful nightcap, as they are caffeine-free and help promote rest and relaxation of the body and mind.

 

Sleep on it

Lemon balm, valerian root, chamomile, catnip, skullcap and passionflower are herbs traditionally used to soothe worry, calm the mind and support both rest and sleep. A cup of Red Seal Chamomile, Relaxing or Sweet Dreams tea is a great way to support your nervous system at any time.

 

*Only take supplements and herbs as directed and if you are taking any medication please check with your health adviser.

 

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Six ways to battle Joint Stiffness

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Joint stiffness is an almost inevitable part of aging, but the good news is that there are many ways to support joint comfort and joint health.

What is joint stiffness?

Joint stiffness occurs when joint cartilage wears away and bone rubs against bone. Not surprisingly, this can affect your quality of life and how active and fulfilled you feel.

Six supplements that can support joint health:

  • Red Seal Glucosamine, Chondroitin & Calcium
  • Red Seal Omega 3, Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Red Seal Krill
  • Red Seal Krill with Glucosamine & Chondroitin
  • Red Seal Fish
  • Red Seal Magnesium Forte

 

Glucosamine

This is a natural substance found in healthy cartilage. A supplement will provide you with the building blocks to help repair cartilage wear and tear. Most people find one supplement (1500 mg per day) will benefit their joints.

Note: Diabetics or the hypoglycemic should be cautious when taking glucosamine as it is an amino sugar and if you have a shellfish allergy this supplement may not be right for you. Always check with your doctor.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Chondroitin sulfate

Chondroitin is a molecule that occurs naturally in the body. It acts like a “liquid magnet”, helping to attract fluid into the joint and make it more resistant to compression and movement. Again, this is often a shellfish-based supplement, so if you have an allergy to shellfish it may not be right for you.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Omega-3

Studies have shown that the actives contained in fish or krill oil, EPA and DHA, can support joint mobility and comfort. If you’re not a fan of oily fish such as salmon, you can try adding chia seeds (rich in omega-3s) to your diet. Supplements are also a great way to increase your omega-3.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Boron

Boron may be key to maintaining and preserving levels of calcium. Research has shown that in areas where boron can be easily absorbed into the local diet, the number of people with joint issues is usually low. But New Zealand soil is low in boron so this is a common deficient mineral for many Kiwis. Since it’s not present in many foods, an easy fix is to take Red Seal Vitamin D3 with boron and selenium.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Magnesium

Magnesium is important for uptake of calcium and is also vital to help those tight, tense muscles to relax at night. Foods rich in magnesium include dark, leafy greens, avocados and bananas.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Vitamin D

In March 2009 a Mayo clinic study showed that patients with low vitamin D levels had lower joint comfort than those with adequate levels. Ask your doctor to check your vitamin D levels. It’s known as the sunshine vitamin but is also found in cod liver oil and supplements such as calcium and magnesium.

Always read the label and use as directed. Supplementary to a balanced diet

Did you know?

As there is no direct blood supply to your cartilage (that’s why it is white), it does take some time for supplements to have an effect. So be prepared to be patient and consistent – give them a go for at least six to eight weeks.

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A case of the Chickenpox?

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It is never an easy time, looking on, when your child is sick.
Thankfully, Red Seal’s Naturopath, Julie Fergusson has some suggestions that may help.

Fight the virus with Vitamin’s
Kindervital 10 ml gives important nutrients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin D, which are important to support the immune system. Add herbs such as Echinacea or olive leaf for better results.

Lysine for the little ones
Lysine is also a good option to help strengthen the body’s defences. Generally a dose for a child is 20 mg per kilo. Often this supplement is mixed with zinc for lip health, but you may need to break or crush a tablet as you usually find them in 500 mg or 1000 mg tablets.

The classic baths and balms for itchiness
To help sooth the itchiness, add baking soda to the bath in about 1/2 cup.
Mix up about a tablespoon of Baking Soda with Aloe Vera gel, a few drops of Tea Tree, Peppermint and Lavender oil and spread thinly on the skin affected skin.

Homeopathics for chickenpox
In cases like chickenpox, homeopathic support really comes into its own and well worth having these tools to support recovery.

Homeopathic remedies include:

Aconitum for the early stages:
This is a remedy that is commonly taken at the initial stages of the virus. This can be identified by a fever, restlessness, and increased thirst.

Rhus Tox for intense itching:
Rhus Tox is the most commonly recommended remedy. If your child is experiencing itching, and restlessness, especially at night Rhus Tox could help.

Apis for when symptoms are worse with heat:
If your child’s pox are itching or stinging more when the room warms up or they are exposed to heat this remedy may be helpful.

Belladonna for headache, flushed face, hot skin and drowsiness:
Severe headache, flushed face, hot skin, and drowsiness with the inability to sleep are signs that a Belladonna should be considered.

Last but not least
Monitor temperature closely. A temperature is your body’s response to help cook off a virus however the key is not to let the temperature go on for too long or get too high. Seek medical attention if the temperature goes over 40°C, goes longer than 72 hours (or more than 24 hours if under age 2).

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