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Top tips to avoid Cold & Flu season!

KEEP THE COLD OUT THIS WINTER WITH COLDZYME MOUTH SPRAY 

  • Revolutionary mouth spray targets the cause of the cold, not just the symptoms
  • Can help reduce the duration of a cold when used prophylactically

As cold and flu season approaches, protect yourself this winter with the ground-breaking ColdZyme® Mouth Spray. The product is unique in that it fights the cause of the common cold – the cold virus. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is easy to use and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier in the throat, where the cold virus takes hold and multiplies, protecting you from infection. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of illness if used prophylactically.

Whilst other over the counter remedies seek to alleviate the symptoms of the cold, ColdZyme® targets the virus itself to shorten the duration of the illness. ColdZyme® Mouth Spray is used in the oral cavity and throat, and begins working immediately by forming a protective barrier on the mucous membrane. The barrier acts osmotically on the cold viruses, trapping them and preventing them from binding with human cells, helping the body to remove them naturally.

The effect of ColdZyme® has been investigated in COLDPREV – a blinded, placebo-controlled study under advice from a UK expert in respiratory disease, Professor Sebastian Johnston from Imperial College, London. This study was conducted on 46 volunteers who were all infected with the most common virus that causes the common cold. Half of the volunteers received ColdZyme® the other half received a placebo product. The study showed that ColdZyme® reduced the virus load among infected by more than 99% compared with the placebo. Moreover, it was shown among those catching a cold, the duration of the symptoms was also reduced (from 6.5 days to 3 days).

Leading media medic, Dr Dawn Harper, in conjunction with ColdZyme which fights the cause of the common cold, have compiled a few tips that I thought might be of interest for you?

Dr Harper’s Top Tips are:

  • Wash your hands regularly – contrary to popular belief, most coughs and colds are spread by hand contact not by coughs and sneezes, so simply keeping your hands clean will go a long way to protecting yourself.
  • Wash down surfaces and door handles – the viruses that cause colds can survive for several hours outside the human body.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables to keep your immune system in good shape. Vitamin C and zinc are vital for a healthy immune system. Zinc is found in red meat, beans and fortified cereals, whilst foods rich in vitamin C include fruits such as oranges and strawberries and vegetables such as peppers, kale and broccoli.
  • Make sure you get into a good sleep routine. When we sleep our immune system repairs itself, so chronic sleep deprivation can make you prone to infections.
  • Manage your stress levels. Try to prioritise and delegate where possible as stress can play havoc with your immune system.
  • Consider using anti-viral tissues and keep them in your bag or on your desk if those around you have a cold to minimise the spread of the virus and make sure that tissues are put straight in the bin.
  • Use ColdZyme, a revolutionary mouth spray which targets the cause of the common cold and is clinically documented to help reduce the duration of a cold

 

 Look out for this products in store that maybe useful for you, but always be sure to read the leaflets before use.

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ColdZyme® is suitable for use by adults and children from the ages of four and upwards. ColdZyme® can help shorten the duration of a cold, when used prophylactically. If you do not have any symptoms of a cold but are likely to be exposed to the cold virus, for example when someone near you has a cold, spray 2 puffs (1 dose) ColdZyme®  into the throat every two hours up to 6 times a day while you are exposed to the cold virus.

ColdZyme® is available from Boots, Lloyd’s Pharmacy and independent pharmacies nationwide, with an RRP of £15.99 for a 20ml bottle (effective treatment for three colds, or fifty five doses), and £9.99 for a 7ml bottle, for protection on the go.

* I was sent this product free of charge for the purpose of the review, However all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Nutri Fill-It Review

I’ve always been a healthy eater, with the occasional “fat” moment where I bing out on chocolate and unhealthy food, but can’t be the only one, right?

Well I am trying to get back on track with being good, eating healthy food and doing plenty of exercise and even more so now than ever as I’ve got under 12 months to lose a few stone/pounds for my wedding day next year.  I have tried lots of things but nothing seems to stick with me.

When I was contacted by Eat well UK to trial out there new reusable pouches I couldn’t say no.  I have tried to make my own smooth’s and shakes before but haven’t always turned out the best – these were the answers to my troubles.

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How does it work?

Its easy, just follow 3 simple steps….

1. Blend It – buy your healthy, favourite, fresh ingredients and make a batch of delicious, nutritious, smoothies/yoghurts etc – I love my beville smoothie maker, it’s amazing and so easy to use.

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In my smoothie I put strawberry’s, blueberries, raspberries and cranberry juice.

2. Fill It – pour your smoothies directly into your Nutri Fill-It pouches, seal the bottom with the ‘anti-leak’ Double Zip Lock and store in the fridge or freezer.  be sure to hold it tight while pouring so you dont drop it or spill any.

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I put ours in the freezer for a couple of hours so it would stay cold while we were at work.  They don’t take up much space either as they are compact sizes.

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Grab a pouch and go (an added bonus is your pouch acts as an ice pack keeping other lunch / snack items cool)!

3. Re-use It – after you have enjoyed your nutritious treat simply rinse out your pouch or place it in the dishwasher (top shelf open over 2 prongs) ready for the next use.  Due to its curved shape it is also easy to clean by hand under running water with a bottle brush

Nutri Fill-It can be re-used up to 100 times.

I absolutely love these pouches and would definitely buy more of these and make bulk amounts of my favourite homemade smoothies.

* I was sent a pack of 2 pouches free of charge for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Serenz Allergy Relief Review

I have always for many years suffered with hay fever, and I hate it, the constant sneezing, coughing, sore red puffy itchy eyes and runny nose and not even being able to go and sit in my own back garden makes me depressed and very fed up.

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I have tried so many different products to try and relieve the signs and symptoms of hay fever before it has a chance to take hold of me, but nothing seems to work for a long period of day, normally just a few hours.

When I was offered to try a new product from Serenz I couldn’t wait to see if it helped me fight off the signs and symptoms of hay fever.  It comes in a little box with instructions on how to use it and a key.

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It’s not small but it can be carried around in your handbag so when and as you need it can be used quickly and easily wherever you are.

I would recommend anyone to try this who suffers with any of the these symptoms and I would defiantly buy this product again.

Disclosure: We were sent the above product for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

Why You Should Spend More Time Thinking About Coffee

We might be a nation of tea drinkers, but we get through plenty of coffee too. And if you hop over to the continent, you’ll find much more coffee and a lot less tea. For example, the people of Sweden drink a whole lot of coffee. If you drink coffee, but you’ve never really given it much thought, you might want to think again. Perhaps the most you do is mix a mug of instant coffee in the morning, and that’s enough for you. But there’s much more to coffee than you might imagine. There are several reasons it’s a fun and interesting thing to start thinking about more. Here are a few reasons you should give it some more of your attention.

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It’s a Fun Hobby

Drinking coffee doesn’t just have to be an incidental thing that you occasionally do. If you already have coffee often, you might as well start learning more about it. Just like people who love beer, wine, baking, or any number of things, it can become a fun hobby. There are so many ways to turn coffee drinking into an activity you regularly do. You could look at coffee grinders to buy your first one. Then you can start building a sophisticated coffee-making setup. As well as making coffee at home, you can go to coffee tastings (or cuppings, as they’re called). You can do research to learn about coffee, cook and bake with coffee, and more.

It Could Be Good for Your Body

There are lots of studies that suggest coffee could do good things for you. The benefits range from giving you antioxidants to even helping to prevent cancer. Coffee might be able to help people with Parkinson’s control their symptoms, and it’s good for your liver. A study has shown that drinking coffee daily reduces to chance of liver cirrhosis. What’s more, women who drink several cups of coffee a day might be less at risk for skin cancer. And, of course, because coffee contains caffeine, it can give you an energy boost.

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It Could Be Good for Your Brain

Coffee has caffeine in it, unless you purposely go for a decaf product. As well as raising your energy levels, one of the things caffeine does is help you to focus. You will find it in many weight loss products and performance enhancers. Coffee can make several of your brain’s functions sharper. You could use it to improve your logical reasoning, your attention, reaction time, and more.

Thinking Before You Buy Is Worth It

You might be a coffee lover, but how much do you know about the industry? Being a conscientious coffee drinker is worth it if you want to be kind to the planet and your fellow human beings. If you spend more time picking out your coffee, you can find products that are fair trade and benefit the communities that make it. Plus, mulling over your coffee selection will help you get something with more flavour too.

Don’t let coffee be just another part of your day. Give it some real thought and start taking it seriously instead.

Simple Steps to Take For a Healthier Waistline

There can be a lot of contradictions around dieting and losing weight. Sometimes we are told you shouldn’t do something. Then we are told that you should do something. It can all be rather confusing! With summer coming up, a lot of us might be looking for a few ways that we can be a bit healthier and shift a few pounds. That bikini isn’t going to wear itself! So here are a few tried and tested steps that you can take, to ensure some weight loss this summer. There is no need to overcomplicate dieting.

Avoid Sugary Drinks

Sugary drinks are, funnily enough, full of sugar. As well as the ways that sugar affects your body, you need to think about the calories. There are sugar-free drinks but they are just full of chemicals. A good idea, if you like to have fizzy drinks, is to have sparkling water. You could flavour it with lemon or lime slices or even some citrus essential oil drops.

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Have Green Smoothies

When people start a weight loss plan, they usually choose to make smoothies. This is a good option. However, it is much more likely to lead to weight loss if it is a green smoothie. If you have a smoothie that is purely fruit, it will contain a lot of sugar. This is better than eating a chocolate bar, as the sugar is natural, but not the best for a calorie controlled diet. One thing to do is to make sure that you add plenty of green leafy vegetables to the smoothie. Adding spinach or kale are fab additions. You can even add things like ginger, celery, and cucumber. They are lower in sugar than fruit and full of goodness.  Smoothie only diet

Stop Smoking

Smoking isn’t good for your health, so if you want a healthier lifestyle, you need to avoid smoking. It can lead to many health issues so you’ll want to avoid it. It might not sound like a simple step to being healthier if you are a regular smoker. You don’t need to stop cold-turkey, though. There are many options to help you quit. You could try using patches or by vaping. It is a much safer alternative. You can even choose e-liquid from an e-liquid uk store, to make sure that you have a ‘flavour’ that will help you to quit.

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Chew Your Food Slowly

One way that we overeat is because we eat our food so quickly. One way to make sure that we feel full, after having several bites, is by chewing slowly. This helps us to recognise the triggers of our body and will help us to stop when we are full. As a result, we will eat less, and shift a few pounds while we are at it.

Drink Lots of Water

A lot of diets have one thing in common; that is drinking a lot of water. Water helps to keep you feeling full, as well as helping your body to function as it should. It is a must for a healthier life and waistline!

Clean 9 Forever Program

I have always been a healthy eater ever since I was young, eating lots of vegetables and fruit.  As I got older I started eating more and started getting bigger and starting to feel uncomfortable in my own body about the way I looked and felt about myself.  Been quite short (4ft 11″) it was starting to show more on my thighs and waist than anywhere else.  It made me realise more when I was going up in clothes sizes that I need to do something and soon.

One day me and my friend were talking at work and she told me that she runs her own little forever group so we were discussing it all in depth about the pros and cons of the C9 then introduced me to the Forever Clean 9, it is a little on the expensive side at £108 but it is so worth it.  I have done and completed the C9 twice now and have enjoyed every part of doing it even though it is tough.  It was very helpful to know that my friend had done the clean 9 as well, so I could discuss things with her and discuss tips and advice.

Check out Forever living and you can also contact my friend to discuss furthur at Facebook, FHFB@live.co.uk or Taradurham.myforever.biz/store/ for fantastic exclusive offers just quote ‘Kim20’.

Some other useful links are: www.taradurham.myforever.biz/foreverfit & www.taradurham.myforever.biz/sportandweight

How does the C9 works?

Days 1 & 2 –  Unfortuantly you can’t eat on the first two days, You take supplements, Aloe Vera Gel, 1 fibre sachet, 1 Shake (Chocolate/Vanilla) a day and plenty of water through the days along with any of your free foods such as tomatoes, cucumber, Spring onions, lettuce and plenty of fruit too grapes, apples, strawberries and blueberries (see booklets for more).

Days 3 – 9 – You take the same as days 1&2 with supplements, Aloe Vera Gel & can now have 2 shakes (1 at breakfast and either one at lunch or tea) and 1 meal up to 600 calories (Lunch/Dinner).  So say you have a shake at lunch you eat your 600 calorie meal at night or you can switch it round and have your meal at lunch time and your shake at tea time whatever works best for you and your lifestyle.

The benefits of doing the C9 are amazing, it helps in many different ways as it extracts and cleanses your body from the inside.  It gives you more energy, makes you less tired and stops that bloaty feeling.  I have tried several diets before from weight Watchers, Special K and Slim fast and nothing was as effective as the Forever cleanse.  I would recomend this to anyone that would like to try and lose weight and tone up.

My weight lose was around 1 stone in 9 days plus losing inches for different parts of my body, I felt great in myself and was really pleased with the results I got.

This is my story on the Clean 9, have you tried it yet? Don’t forget to visit Tara on facebook for fantastic exclusive offers just quote ‘Kim20’ for your pack now.

Enjoy reading and I look forward to hearing your stories.