Our Team Choices for Winter Health

This is the time of year when most us of us would want to be supporting our immune system anyway, but obviously in the current climate it’s even more key and even more on people’s minds.

So this month we thought you’d be interested to know what we’re all taking, here in the shop! Just like everything else with nutrition, it’s personal; an individual approach, not a ‘one size fits all’, although there are key nutrients that we all need for our immune system to function well and you’ll notice everyone takes vitamin D!

So this is what the team at IOH are all taking at the moment, for themselves and their families:

Nutritional Therapists Abbie and Joanna both make sure they include Vitamin D and Vitamin C for themselves and their families. Abbie also adds in Zinc, whereas Joanna is a fan of elderberry syrup for her whole family (her girls like it!).

Our Shop Manager Claire tops up her multivitamin with extra Vitamin D, Vitamin C and some Zinc. “I up the level of zinc particularly if I feel that I am coming down with something.  Additionally my cupboard has a good stash of echinacea, andrographis and a herbal tincture for coughs, which I might use depending on what is coming on” , she adds.

Nutritional Therapists Bea and Gill both include Vitamin D and Vitamin C in their day. At the first signs of something Gill adds in a combination formula containing a range of herbs and nutrients and an echinacea throat spray. Gill says “I also like to take zinc and quercetin (because quercetin contains polyphenols which help increase levels of zinc in the cell, which blocks viral reproduction)”.

Resident Foodie Tanya, and Marketing Manager Lucia are fans of zinc and elderberry syrup. Lucia also takes a vegan Vitamin D supplement and adds in the herb Andrographis at the first sign of anything tickly or sniffly.

Kate, owner here at Inside Out Health, takes Vitamin D, elderberry syrup and Vitamin C. She says “I like Vitamin C powder as it’s easy to take and makes me drink more fluid. I also like to add in echinacea at the first sign of rumblings and will take that a few times over a day with the powder Vit C to stop bugs in their tracks which seems to work for me”. Kate gives her sons (one at Uni and one post Uni) – an all in one combination formula (makes it easy for them!) containing Vit C, D Zinc and beta glucans.

As for me, I take a multi-vitamin with Vitamin D, C and Zinc in, plus extra Vitamin D and C. I usually add in echinacea at the first sign of something. I’m giving my teenage daughter – Vitamin D drops and elderberry syrup (as she finds it difficult to swallow tablets) and also Vitamin C (I open up the capsule and sprinkle it on yoghurt). My teenage son – an all in one combination formula (so much easier for him to remember!) with Zinc, vitamin C, vitamin D, elderberry and beta glucans in.

Basically there are a lot of nutrients and herbs/ botanicals that can be taken to support the immune system but what you choose can depend on what else you’re taking (e.g. if you are already taking a multi-vitamin, or if you’re on any medication) and also what your diet and lifestyle is like.

However that’s where we at Inside Out Health can help. So pop in, call or email, or book in for a FREE 15 minute health chat and we can help you find the right product for you.

Remember we are here for you this winter and want to help you support your health. So always feel free to talk to us.

The Benefits of Berberine

Have you found that during lockdown you have put on a few pounds, maybe doing less exercise, not able to keep to the same routine you had previously? Or for other reasons such as menopause when it can often get harder to shift weight?

Then you might consider using Coyne Health’s Berberine. This has been reported to offer similar results that people get from intermittent fasting, without having to do the hard work. Such as helping to lose excess body fat, as well as anti-aging benefits, helping to rebalance blood sugar levels and detoxing at the same time.

It works on metabolic issues, helping to bring them in to line, such as cholesterol or weight loss. It also has anti microbial properties to potentially improve gut health.

Berberine is the only spice to activate your metabolic switch that is only switched on with exercise , calorie restriction and Intermittent fasting – all the hard work stuff.

#weight#menopause#lockdown#diet#bodyfat#antiaging

Puressential Purifying Air Spray

Indoor air pollutants and Covid-19

According to a South African government paper on air quality, indoor pollution levels in developing countries generally exceed the World Health Organisation’s guidelines and is damaging to health.

Indoor pollution can be more toxic than outdoors and treating the air in homes, offices and other interior spaces with essential oils may be effective in countering viruses, bacteria, mould, fungi and dust mites, according to research.

SA Pharmacist, Giulia Criscuolo, says eliminating indoor, airborne allergens by using essential oil sprays such as Puressentiel may counter respiratory allergies, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic when so much time is spent inside.

 “Studies indicate that aroma molecules of essential oils may activate nasal passage receptors, triggering an immune response. Essential oils’ chemical structure resembles hormones, making them uniquely useful for respiratory symptoms,” she says.

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All-natural ingredients

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is a 100% plant-based natural biocide with a patented formula made from a unique blend of 41 EOBBD essential oils (Essential Oils Botanically and Biochemically Defined) essential oils and bioalcohol not denatured by phthalates. It is free of harsh chemicals, detergents, dye, preservatives and synthetic perfumes.

The patented formula of essential oils contains: Dill, Anise, sweet Basil, Bay St Thomas, Rosewood, Cajuput, cassia Cinnamon, Atlas Cedarwood, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Cumin Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Juniper, Geranium, Ginger, Clove, English Lavender, Lavandin grosso, Mace, Mandarin, Wild Marjoram, Melissa, Curled Leaf Mint, Peppermint, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Oregano, Parsley, Petitgrain, Scotchpine, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Wild Thyme, Tea tree, Thyme, Vervain, and Wintergreen.

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray also uses innovative technology, the patented propellant gas-free mechanical pump system PES600 which is tamperproof for guaranteed safety, and allows powerful diffusion by micro dispersion.

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Proven efficacy

With over 15 studies for efficacy and tolerance, it is clinically proven to eliminate 99.86% of bacteria and viruses with immediate effect. It also reduces invisible pollutants, smoky atmospheres, assists people with seasonal, dust mite and mould allergies, and removes odours from bedding, animals, child and adult bedrooms, damp rooms, bathrooms, kitchens, offices, workshops, public places, cars, etc.

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Application

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray is especially right for now during the pandemic due to its antiviral properties – for homes, offices, doctor practices, cars and businesses – wanting clean air and peace of mind.

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Available in 200ml, simply spray 1-2 times daily in one or two applications into the four corners of a room (12 m²), wait 30 minutes for it to act, then air the room. Each application requires 6 or 8 sprays or 3 to 5ml. Carry out a preliminary test for spraying onto carpets, bedding and fabrics.

Furthermore, eco certified Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray can be sprayed on fabrics (even face masks), carpets, bedding and surfaces without leaving traces. It is gentle on you, your family, propellant gas and aerosol free, and leaves a fresh invigorating, long lasting natural fragrance too.

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Coyne Health have collaborated with Puressentiel in France to introduce Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray to South Africa, the world’s leading natural air purifier. You can read the full details of the product here in the original feature.

Puressential Purifying Air Spray is available in store and is priced at £19.99

Vitamin D and Good Health

Vitamin D is well known for helping to maintain healthy bones but what’s becoming apparent is the many other ways it supports good health.

We can get a small amount of vitamin D from food sources such as oily fish, egg yolks, red meat and fortified foods such as breakfast cereals, however it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from food alone.

We get most of our vitamin D from natural sunlight and indeed it’s often called the ‘sunshine vitamin’. Our bodies can make vitamin D when the sunlight touches our skin and this is during the ‘summer’ months (between late March/early April to the end of September). However, in the ‘winter’ months (October to the end of March) sunlight is not strong enough to make Vitamin D. Evidence now shows that many of us in the UK may be low in this important nutrient so supplementation is often needed. Public Health England now recommend supplementation for most of the population through the autumn and winter months in particular.

Vitamin D is available as drops and sprays (straight into the mouth) so is very easy to take, but can also be taken in tablet form too.

Our team of registered Nutritional Therapists are always on hand to provide advice in store and online. Contact us, or pop in and see us to talk nutrition and how to support your health this winter.

Sources: BioCare, NutriAdvanced, Better You and Gov.uk

Benefits of Medicinal Mushrooms

Mushrooms may not seem the obvious choice for keeping your immunity strong, skin glowing and blood sugar balanced, but numerous clinical studies have proved medicinal mushrooms can have amazing superpowers when it comes to keeping our health in tiptop condition.  

Everything from boosting immunity to keeping your blood sugar balanced; you can be supercharged with these fabulous fungi. 

Dr. Vivienne Rolfe PhD, and Pukka’s Head of Herbal Research, explains why they should be a go-to natural remedy for staying in good health.   

1. Keep your immunity strong and support natural defences

Mushrooms are high in beta-glucans – natural substances that have been found to help ‘prime’ our immune system, making sure it’s ready for action to fight off bugs and germs (1). Certain types of mushrooms such as reishi, shiitake and maitake are especially rich in the most powerful beta-glucans. So, getting a daily dose of these mushrooms could be beneficial at times when we need extra support, such as during the cold and flu season. A recent study found that maitake mushrooms have a protective effect against the flu virus and reduce cold symptoms, so it’s worth adding a dose of maitake to your wellbeing rituals. 

2. Natural source of vitamin D

Studies have shown that vitamin D plays an important role in our immune systems. That’s why, combined with the fact we are spending a reduced amount of time outside, it’s a good idea to make sure we’re getting a sufficient amount of it. Mushrooms are a great vegan food source of vitamin D. Known as the chestnut tree mushroom, the Shiitake mushroom contains essential amino acids and vitamins B1, B2 and D2. As an edible mushroom, it has been cultivated since ancient times both for culinary and nutritious uses. Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system and process of cell division

3. Boost energy and help you cope with stress

Certain medicinal mushrooms are traditionally used in many parts of Asia on a daily basis as a mood tonic or ‘adaptogen’. Adaptogens are natural substances that are said to help the body adapt to stress and protect against some of its negative effects, such as fatigue and poor sleep (3) meaning you have more energy too! Maitake and reishi are among the mushrooms said to have adaptogenic qualities.

4. Keep blood sugar balanced 

When blood sugar levels get out of control, this can affect everyday energy as well as increase the risk of other problems such as type 2 diabetes and weight gain. The maitake mushroom has been found in studies to help bring blood sugar down by improving sensitivity to insulin (4,5) – the hormone that triggers cells to take glucose out of the blood. It may also help protect the pancreas, which produces insulin.

5. Keep joints healthy 

Missing out on your morning run due to aching joints can set you back, but inflammation around the joints be a major concern for many people, especially those with arthritis or joint damage. Mushrooms are said to be anti-inflammatory, so could help to ease pain and discomfort (6). Reishi and shiitake mushrooms, in particular,      are helpful here. A randomised, placebo controlled double-blind study      (a robust clinical trial)      found that reishi mushrooms helped to ease pain in people with rheumatoid arthritis over a period of 24 weeks (7). So, mushrooms could help keep you moving and doing the activities you love. 

6. Look after your natural glow 

Lastly and certainly not least of all, studies have found that mushrooms such as shiitake (8) and reishi (9) are rich in youth-boosting antioxidants, such as polyphenols, like those found in fruits and vegetables. But mushrooms actually go one better than most vegetables – in fact, two better. Firstly, because their powerful beta-glucans      – which are also helpful for immunity – can have an antioxidant effect. And, scientific reviews have found that mushrooms are also a great source of the minerals copper and zinc (10), used by our body to make its own powerful antioxidants. All this means that they can have anti-aging      and protective activity for our skin, as well as our heart, brain and liver.

How do I get medicinal mushrooms into my diet?

You may have seen shiitake mushrooms in your local supermarket, but maitake and reishi are not as readily available in food form. For a convenient and effective way to get all the health benefits of these      powerful mushrooms, try a good-quality organic nutritional mushroom supplement combining all three. Pukka’s Mushroom Gold is a blend of organic full-spectrum reishi, shiitake and maitake mushrooms.

This article has been brought to you from Pukka. You can read the original feature by clicking here.

Vitamin D and Vitamin K from BetterYou

Maintaining healthy bones is not just about increasing your calcium intake. Did you know that alongside calcium you should also look into vitamins D and K2?

Vitamin D3 and vitamin K2 ensure that calcium is absorbed easily and reaches the bone mass, while preventing arterial calcification. Helping to keep your heart and bones healthy.

Separately, K2 regulates normal blood clotting, whilst D3 supports a healthy immune system and supports muscle function.

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D+K2 – Putting calcium in balance

For increased calcium into the bone

Vitamin D3 ensures that calcium is absorbed easily and K2 (MK-7) activates the protein, osteocalcin, which integrates calcium into bone. Without D3 and K2, calcium cannot do its job effectively.

For reduced calcium plaque in arteries

Vitamin K2 (MK-7) activates matrix GLA protein (MGP) to bind excess calcium and promote arterial flow and flexibility.

How do vitamins D3 and K2 work together?

The power of BetterYou Vitamin D + K2

This fantastic article has been created by BetterYou. You can read the original feature here.