Super Supplements for Immune Support

Superfoods for immunity

At this time of year, we start to think about stocking the cupboards with those immune system helpers we rely on to ‘get us through’. If you’ve already come down with the sniffles, or you’re looking for some super supplements to stay well this winter, read on for some easy tips!

  • Superfoods like bee pollen, cacao, matcha, and spirulina can boost up your daily intake of essential vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients that help a normal functioning immune system. These beauties can be added to smoothies, food, or consumed on their own.
  • Moderate exercise and sunshine a few times each week can support a healthy immune response, as well as improving exposure to healthy sunlight for Vitamin D conversion. Exercise helps to move our lymph, a waste portal, around and out of the body.
  • The good bacteria in our intestine play a vital role in supporting our immune system. Keeping their environment healthy with fibres from chia seeds and beetroot is beneficial.
  • Having restful sleep is essential to a healthy immune system. Reduce light in the evening, especially blue light from devices so the normal hormone secretion can occur to help you get to sleep. Avoid coffee after three in the afternoon, switching to herbal tea instead. If you’re still struggling, try liposomal magnesium to support normal sleep patterns and calm the nervous system.

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  • The lauric acid naturally found in Coconut Oil can be eaten on a regular basis to support a normal immune response. The properties of this Medium Chain Fatty Acid assist normal white blood cell functioning. Coconut oil can be blended into smoothies or bliss balls, or just taken off the spoon.
  • Keeping sugar to less than 6 teaspoons per day is vital to a robust immune system. Sugar depletes the action of the white blood cells, our key fighters of infections. Sugar is hidden in many processed foods, so choosing wholefoods is a better option. Coconut sugar has a lower glycaemic index (GI) than sugar and contains vitamins and minerals making it a healthier option for home baking.
  • When ills and chills find their way to the chest, it can be hard to breathe and sleep. The BioBalance Herbal Chest Care can help relax and cleanse airways of mucous, while the antiseptic nature of the herbs supports to get you back up and running at full capacity quickly.

The BioBalance range of superfoods, herbal formulations and liposomal supplements help to support overall wellbeing so you can stay well this winter. Shop their full range on our secure online store now.

Buffy Ellen uses BioBalance Coconut Oil

Buffy of Be Good Organics loves using BioBalance Coconut Oil in her plant-based recipes.

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Natural Support for Children’s Immunity

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It is more challenging at this time of year to maintain our normal levels of wellness. It can be common to require more immune support to maintain our everyday health, including children to help strengthen & and aid their general well-being.

Beating Those Winter Ills & Chills

Winter-time often brings with it a natural rise in the ills & chills going around. As we go into the colder months of the year, children are especially prevalent in catching the circulating ills & chills. It is common to experience an extra need for respiratory, throat & lung support in winter. Constant exposure in school or day-care, stress and our daily environment are all factors challenging our overall immunity.

Naturally Supporting Immunity

A healthy immune system is vital for protection against any ills & chills we may encounter throughout wintertime or at any other time of the year.

Supporting immunity naturally with beneficial immune strengthening herbs and nutrients can help to provide support in times of extra demand that often occur in the colder months.

Effective Nutrients

Clinically researched Wellmune® is an extract from the nutrient rich Saccharomyces Cerevisiae commonly known as Baker’s yeast.  Wellmune® contains a high level of Beta- Glucans, this active ingredient is well-known for its beneficial immune properties. Wellmune® has shown to help boost the immune system, helping support less days off day care & school.

Vitamin C is well-known used for helping provide optimal immune function and powerful antioxidant support in the body. Because Vitamin C is not naturally produced by the body, we may need additional support in times of extra need. By using supplements or vitamin C rich food, we can help to restore adequate levels to aid immunity.

Zinc is a vital mineral for daily immune support and function. Our bodies require zinc to help support skin health and it’s also an important part of the normal immune recovery process.

It’s often a combination of what we do on a regular basis to help support immunity that will help us and our families the most during the winter months.

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Good Health Viralex® Kids Immune Chews with clinically researched Wellmune® are specially formulated to support children’s immunity. Buy online from our secure online store.

Good Health Viralex Kids Immune Chews

✓ Delicious berry flavour
✓ Easy to take, chewable format – designed with fussy eaters in mind!
✓ No artificial colours, flavours, sweeteners or preservatives
✓ With clinically researched Wellmune®, zinc and vitamin C to support immunity.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland.
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Immune Support for a Busy Lifestyle

immune support for busy lifestyles

The sudden change into the cooler months of the year and shorter days, often brings a natural surge in the ills and chills within our environment, at work and all around us. So, how can we best support a healthy immune system going into winter-time?

Achieving Optimal Immune Protection

With daily commitments of work, family responsibilities, and the long to do lists that are common in our busy everyday life, it can be difficult to slow down and find time for rest and immune recovery. Fortunately, there are many natural ways to support our immunity and help our bodies stay well.

Natural Ingredients for Immune Defence & Support

Epicor® – Clinically researched nutrients such as Epicor® has prebiotic, antioxidant and immune strengthening properties which helps to support a rapid immune response in the body. Epicor® is shown to start working in the body within 2 hours and is a natural fast way to fight ills and chills and support immunity. Rapid immune defence during the colder winter months may be needed to support our general well-being and immune health.

Pelargonium – This traditionally used South African herb is known for supporting respiratory and overall immune health. Pelargonium has also shown to be beneficial for aiding our immunity and helping provide extra immune protection against everyday ills and chills.

Olive leaf – Olive leaf provides the potent active compound Oleuropein which can help support our everyday immunity in the colder winter months and all year-round.

All these herbs and nutrients support the body’s natural defences for optimal health. Taking immune supporting ingredients alongside healthy dietary and lifestyle habits help us to maintain our overall well-being and provide us with that extra support for the winter months ahead. Being well, supporting and strengthening our immune system enables us to carry out our daily tasks and enjoy the naturally slower pace of winter-time.

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Good Health Viralex Attack and Viralex Soothe EpiCor Throat Lozenges contain the clinically researched Epicor® for fasting acting immune support. Shop now from our secure online store.

Good Health Viralex Soothe Lozenges

✓ Natural and fast acting formula
✓ Includes clinically researched Epicor® plus Manuka Honey and Menthol
✓ No artificial flavours, sweeteners, preservatives or colours
✓ Convenient and easy to take.

Good Health Viralex attack

✓ For rapid immune defence
✓ Natural and fast acting formula
✓ Starts working within 2 hours
✓ Includes clinically researched Epicor® plus Olive Leaf, Pelargonium Root and Zinc to support the body’s natural immune defences.

Always read the label and use as directed. If symptoms persist, see your healthcare professional. Good Health, Auckland.
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Staying Healthy & Moving with Ease This Winter – Botanicals for Winter Wellness

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In winter, deciduous trees lose their leaves and draw all their energy inwards. Their sap is drawn into the tree’s heart and roots. They know not to stretch too far, grow too much, or live beyond their means. Our circulation is similar in colder months, drawing away from the cold air into our warm and vital core. We often feel more vulnerable and can be more susceptible to winter bugs. Supporting ourselves with potent botanicals both inside and out can ease our path through the 100 days of winter so we can emerge stronger and more resilient in the spring.

When it comes to botanical immune support, potency is key. What is more potent than something grown in our own backyard? New Zealand grown organic Echinacea Root has naturally high levels of the active constituent alkylamides. These give Echinacea its unique ability to support white blood cell production and immunity, while also giving the distinctive ‘tongue-tingle’ effect that lets you know it’s working!  Also grown in New Zealand are antioxidant stars Blackcurrants. Darkest black-purple, the colour of these shows that they are packed with anthocyanins (cyan means blue). New Zealand-grown Blackcurrants have been tested and shown to be one of the most powerful antioxidants of any fruit or vegetable. Elderberries are also well known for their immune enhancing properties, specifically supporting our body’s defences when they are under threat.

Antioxidants are essential for immune support, as oxidation compromises our immune function and makes us more vulnerable to bugs. People with chronic illness can have increased levels of oxidation, as can athletes, allergy sufferers, older people, and anyone using frequent airline travel. The other important part of our population with an increased need for antioxidants? Anyone who is undergoing stress! Pollution and smoking also increase oxidative stress. It’s not hard to see that we all could do with a dose of antioxidant support, especially over the winter months when weather contributes its own unique form of physical stress.

If winter leaves you stiff and creaky, botanicals will not just be important inside, but can also be utilised topically, rubbed onto the skin for supporting physical comfort and mobility. Again, local is powerful! New Zealand grown Arnica can be utilised to support muscle stiffness, the healing of sprains and strains, and circulation. Arnica supports the body’s response to trauma, helping to enhance the healing process. Comfrey, traditionally known as Knitbone, is another powerful healer that literally grows like a weed! Applied topically, clinical studies have shown that this herb is a useful agent for supporting the body’s response to trauma and recovery.

Winter is a time for nourishment, for nurturing our bodies inside and out with all the goodness we have at our fingertips. Use your 100 days of winter to utilise locally grown powerful botanical allies to keep you thriving and flourishing, limber and vital, standing tall.

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Kiwiherb specialises in 100% natural, premium quality herbal health products. KiwiHerb SprainAway Cream is a premium potency combination of NZ-grown Arnica and Comfrey. In combination, these two herbs provide proven natural support for strained muscles, sprains, stiff joints, bruises and sports injuries. Kiwiherb EchiBerry® with New Zealand Blackcurrants is another great antioxidant support for overall health and sports recovery.

Shop KiwiHerb SprainAway Cream and Kiwiherb EchiBerry® on our secure online store.

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Optimal Vitality & Recovery – Botanical Support for Winter Sports

Botanicals for winter and sports

Cold Saturday mornings on the sidelines, watching kids with bare legs tough it out with the team, tussling for victory. Halftime with running noses and icy hands. Off for a run after work, it’s getting dark and you can see your breath steaming out in front of you, the cold catches in your throat. Warm-up seems the wrong term for a quick pre-run stretch because you certainly aren’t warm. Whatever your involvement with sports and exercise this winter, you’ll be feeling the temperature dropping and so will your muscles. So, perhaps, will your immune system.

Antioxidant Support for Stress and Sport

When we’re exposed to any stress, whether this is emotional or physical, the body is put under pressure, causing more oxidative damage and a greater need for antioxidant support. Stress can be a positive thing in our lives, as is exercise, but knowing how to support the effects of stress on the body can help us stay vital and healthy.

Despite its obvious benefits, most exercise increases free radical activity. This means we are getting more oxidation happening in our bodies after exercise, which can have detrimental effects on muscle recovery, energy levels, and immunity. Antioxidants are key for supporting anyone engaged in strenuous physical activity, but especially so in winter when we are more prone to winter bugs. Plants are our very best antioxidants, none more so that berries, and no berry is superior to the humble New Zealand Blackcurrant when assessing antioxidant activity. Berries are naturally rich in the antioxidant compounds anthocyanins, so look for flavonoid-rich blackcurrants, elderberries, boysenberries and raspberries. Liquid extracts can be especially potent, and, importantly, delicious!

Support for Muscles and Joints

Sports bring their inevitable sprains, strains and injuries. Whatever age you are, bumping shins or pulling calves is part and parcel of physical activity. Specific herbal remedies for topical application have excellent research now backing their thousands of years of use. Having the right creams in the sports kit can make a huge difference to not only how long something takes to heal, but how it feels on the way!

Comfrey was traditionally known as Knitbone, or sometimes Bruisewort, giving a huge clue as to its array of uses to support the healing of tissues, muscles and joints. Modern research points to its ability to support comfort and recovery. Similarly, Arnica is another herbal star for supporting the healing of sprains and injuries. For a small yellow daisy, it packs a whole lot of punch supporting recovery for sprains, strains and bruises. The application of topical creams is a must for sports injuries, as even the act of massage itself helps to improve circulation to the area, improving recovery time.

Packing your winter sports kit with botanical support means you’ll be prepared for keeping your athletes, young and old, in top shape right through the season.

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Kiwiherb specialises in 100% natural, premium quality herbal health products. KiwiHerb SprainAway Cream is a premium potency combination of NZ-grown Arnica and Comfrey. In combination, these two herbs provide proven natural support for strained muscles, sprains, stiff joints, bruises and sports injuries. Kiwiherb EchiBerry® with New Zealand Blackcurrants is another great antioxidant support for overall health and sports recovery.

Shop KiwiHerb SprainAway Cream and Kiwiherb EchiBerry® on our secure online store.

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