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3 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

3 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

The immune system is your body’s mechanism for protecting you from illness. This complex system ensures you stay healthy and well. It even remembers every antigen it’s fought – ensuring it can more efficiently combat it in the future. Without the immune system, even a common cold could become a critical threat to your health.

So, how do you ensure your immune system is shipshape and ready to fight anything that’s thrown at it?

Simple. Here are three straightforward tips to ensure your immune system stays strong.

 

Lifestyle Choices

Of course, at the top of our list are lifestyle choices. Your everyday decisions and routines can seriously affect your health. Smoking, drinking, and even sleeping too little can all affect your well-being. Healthy living can bolster your health and immune system.

Some of the ways you can improve your overall health through lifestyle choices are:

  • Don’t smoke. Easier said than done, but smoking has a direct and unbelievable effect on your general health. Smoking increases your blood pressure and leaves you vulnerable to an array of health issues.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight can improve your immune function. Even if you eat healthily and exercise regularly, you could still be impairing your immune system. Obesity has a clear effect on your immune response and can lead to increased risks of infection. These supplements can assist with weight loss.
  • If you do drink alcohol, only drink in moderation. Excessive alcohol consumption can harm immune-related health. Drinking can also slow recovery from infection and physical trauma and lead to less complete recovery.
  • Minimizing stress is a must. Not only does stress harm your mental well-being, but stress also reduces the immune system’s ability to fight antigens.

Diet and Exercise

Exercise is vital to healthy living. Regularly exercising helps to:

  • Improve your cardiovascular health
  • Reduce your blood pressure
  • Keep on top of your weight
  • Protect you against a variety of diseases

Exercising contributes to your general good health and therefore your immune system too.

Your diet is vital to ensuring that your body can function like it’s supposed to. Having a healthy and varied diet keeps your cells and immune system nourished and full of energy. Malnutrition is a leading cause of disease and illness in impoverished countries.

Fruits, vegetables, meat, and fish supply the body with important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Processed foods are incredibly popular as a cheap and easy source of food, however, the processing of these foods can remove a lot of the good nutrients that your body needs.

Supplements

Supplements are a brilliantly easy way to, well, supplement your diet. Probiotics such as these are designed to improve the function of your immune system. It’s all well and good to say you need to change your diet, but it can be expensive to maintain. For those that don’t like vegetables, supplements can be a great alternative. Daily multivitamins, like these can ensure that you get the nutrition your body needs – no matter your diet.

Not sure what nutrients and minerals your body needs more of? Why not take a hair analysis test to check what deficiencies your body has? Our hair mineral analysis can check for even the smallest amount of toxins, heavy metals, trace elements, and contaminants in your system. This helps you know what you need to make a positive change to your body.

We stock a massive variety of different supplements for a wide range of different needs. From joint ache supplements to whey protein shakes, whatever you need – we have. Check out our full range of supplements here.

Stay Healthy with Vitamins This Winter

Stay Healthy with Vitamins This Winter

Stay Healthy with Vitamins This Winter

Winter is coming and we need to make sure our bodies are ready and healthy. There are a few key vitamins that will really help during the winter period. A lot of nutrients will come from your natural day to day life but, at this time of year, some of need a bit of a boost.

Vitamin D

Everyone knows where you get Vitamin D from, it’s the sunshine vitamin. Your body produces Vitamin D when exposed to sunlight but at this time of year, we don’t tend to spend as much time outside. We understand, it’s much nicer to stay cosy inside than risk the cold wind and rain. But Vitamin D is really important as it helps fend off illnesses and sickness as well as the winter blues.

You can find vitamin D in foods like fish, diary and mushrooms or you can try supplements.

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Vitamin C

The next is Vitamin C. Similar to Vitamin D, it plays an important role in keeping your body healthy and fighting off any germs you might pick up during the winter months by boosting your immune system.

It’s most commonly found in fruit and vegetables such as oranges and leafy greens. If you struggle to eat your 5 portions of fruit and veg each day, you might want to check out our range of Vitamin C products.

Iron

Iron is essential as it produces Hemoglobin which is a protein that allows oxygen to be carried to your tissue. It can also help regulate your body temperature which is ideal if you’re starting to feel tired or your hands and feet are cold whilst working from home.

Iron is often found in lentils, beans, leafy greens or red meat. If you’re not quite hitting your entire daily allowance you can check out our supplements to help.

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These are just a few of the important vitamins your body needs to stay healthy. 2020 has been a tough year for many people so make sure you give your body the right support this winter.

Five Ways To Improve Your Mental Health

We’ve been locked in and cooped up for a while. Hopefully you’ve managed to get out for a little bit of exercise to maintain your physical health. But the last few months have been really trying especially when it comes to your mental health.

Mental health is quite easy to overlook. When it comes to physical health, the key indicators that something isn’t okay are usually a bit more obvious. Unfortunately, mental health issues can be harder to detect. So if you think you’re struggling, reach out to mind.co.uk or check the NHS website for something more relevant to you.

Here are some ways you can improve your mental health.

Community

Everyone needs a strong sense of personal community around them, a network of people who can be there. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone who will reach out to you and you can have a cop of tea and a chat and forget about your worries for a little while.

Sometimes these acts can be very simple. A lot of us are working from home now and getting very little face to face interaction, so rather than sending an email, try a video call, have a chat with your colleague rather than just reading a message. Connect with an old friend or someone you might have lost touch with just to check in on them and see if they’re okay.

Physical

We’ve all been locked in for a while, working at our desks, unable to visit the gym or go for a swim. We’re comfort eating and we’re all out of our healthy routine. But it’s time to re-evaluate yourself and your surroundings. No more ‘I’ll just wait for the gym to re-open’, the time is now.

Start small, nobody is suggesting you run a marathon. A nice walk will get the heart beating and make you feel much fresher and more upbeat. Do some easy exercises in your home with some fantastic resources available on YouTube for simple home workouts.

Clear Space

It’s sort of true what they say. Messy room = messy life. Some of the best feelings in the world are cleaning your house or changing your bed sheets.

This is more than just clearing up your messy bedroom though. Allow some time to reevaluate your life. Maybe your desk is in a dark corner and you’d really benefit from more natural light? Maybe you could try a new recipe that you’ve never tried before. Spruce up your environment, add a lamp or a new plant. Maybe, if you’re feeling really adventurous, a lick of paint.

Grow

It’s important during this time to not limit yourself. It’s very easy to get set into a routine especially while homeworking. Logging in at this time, logging off at that time, eat, Netflix, bed.

Try and break this cycle. Take up a new hobby, learn a new language, read a new book. These are just some of the ways you can keep your brain active.

Wider community

This is more about what you can do for others. There is a lot going on in the world right now. It’s scary out there. But if you’re able to and it’s safe to do so, you should look at where you can help in your community. This will give you a great sense of purpose and meaning. The ability to help other people is such a great feeling and will do wonders for you. There are all sorts of projects going on right now from foodbanks to deliveries to the elderly and vulnerable.

Hopefully these tips will help you boost your mental health but please do ask for help if you feel like you are struggling.

World Kidney Day

With World Kidney Day taking place on the 12th of March, we’ve put together some top tips to ensure your kidneys are fighting fit. The focus of this year’s campaign is the importance of preventive interventions to avoid the onset and progression of kidney disease. Here are a few tips to set you on the right path.

Keep fit, be active

It’s a simple rule but to keep your body functioning effectively, it’s important to stay active. As well as helping to maintain a healthy weight, regular exercise can also help to reduce blood pressure and boost the health of your heart. These both play an important role in preventing kidney damage. So keep your body moving and your blood pumping.

Maintain a healthy diet

Another one that’s quite simple and is just a part of your everyday life. A proper diet and exercise go hand in hand especially when it comes to working on yourself. Maintaining a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as controlling your sugars will help massively when it comes to keeping your kidneys strong.

Ensure you’re keeping yourself topped up

Your kidneys need water to live, without water you’re running the risk of issues such as urinary tract infections or kidney stones. If not treated quickly, these can cause damage to your kidneys and lead to other kidney-related problems. A good indication is if your urine is a strong yellow colour, you probably need some more water in your system. If this is continuous, even with an influx in water consumption, consult a medical professional.

Self-medicating

A lot of the time, over the counter anti-inflammatory or pain-killers are taken to help overcome a problem.

When taken in recommended quantities they can be an ideal solution as they help our body to fight off issues and feel better. But continuing to take pain-killers and anti-inflammatories can lead to some serious kidney problems. It’s important not to become dependent on them.

We recommend that you get your kidney function checked by a medical professional if you have any ‘high risk’ factors, such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • Family history of kidney disease

New year, new you!

Making small changes add up to a big difference.

The festive season is long gone, most people have abandoned their new years’ resolutions and Dry January is over. While some people start the new year with ambitious, life-changing goals, sometimes it’s good to work on smaller, more achievable goals over a longer period of time.

Be more active!

It’s time to dust of those running shoes and give your fitness regime another go. Everyone knows that the gym is busy at this time of year with everyone looking to get fit. Going to the gym, joining an exercise class and getting a personal trainer is all well and good but we know that not everyone can do that. So try a workout routine in the comfort of your own home. There are lots of resources available online that require minimal equipment.

There are also programmes running in many areas such as Couch to 5k. This starts with a brisk 5 minute walk all the way up to a 30 minute run. Available as an app to work on in your own time or there are meetings and clubs available to help motivate you.

Eating Healthier

You are what you eat. Changing your diet can be one of the biggest and simplest tweaks you can make.

Cut down on sugars and saturated fats. Avoid fatty meats, butter, hard cheese and stay away from fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate.

Try planning your meals for the week ahead. That way you’re more likely to stick to it rather than wandering the supermarket and getting tempted every evening.

When you’re planning your meals, look to include more fish, vegetables and fruit. Then be cautious about your portion size when it comes to plating up.

It’s probably best to avoid fad based diets. The results are much quicker but you’re much more likely to break your diet and relapse back into your more comfortable eating habits and any progress made will be lost.

Vitamins

It’s important to ensure your body has all the nutrients that it needs in order to be fitter and healthier. It might be that you need to top up your iron or you need a little more vitamin D in your life.

Nova Detox has all the supplements you need to ensure that your body is able to work at its maximum potential. Take a look at our full range of supplements and vitamins.

How to keep healthy this Christmas

How to keep healthy this Christmas

With Christmas on the horizon, we all know now is the time to dig out the cosy clothes and eat, drink and dance our way into a very merry time.

But we’ve got some very handy tips to help you survive the festive times.

1) Ease up on the alcohol. It’s the festive period, there are office parties, Christmas do’s and family gatherings. The booze quickly mounts up, especially if you’re a heavy drinker. Maybe take one or two events on your social calendar a little easier. You’ll feel much better the day after, but also overall throughout the month it’ll stop the pounds piling up.

2) Keep active. It’s cold, wet and dark outside. But you can always try joining a gym, taking a couple of classes here and there, going for a swim, keeping your body up and active rather than looking for an excuse to sit on the sofa and veg out with a boxset.

3) Fruit and veg. Eating healthily seems very obvious but it’s now easier than ever to eat all the wrong things. It’s cold and wet and we want our favourite foods to make us feel better throughout the night. But mix it up, throw in some veggies, look for a vegetarian alternative to one of your classic dishes.

If you’re still struggling to get your helpings of fruit and veg and balance your vitamins. Check out our fruit and vegetable sachets. Each sachet contains around the same amount of nutrients as 15 servings of fruit and veg.

4) Relax. Most importantly, this is the time to kick back and have some well-deserved me-time. The holidays can be a stressful time of year. Kick back, relax and have a me-day. Perfect for your mental health.

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Who Are Trace Minerals Research

Nova Health Products have been a UK Trace Minerals Research partner for years now, but for those who are new to Nova Health Products or just interested to know more, please read on…

Trace Minerals Research is the ionic mineral supplement brand known and trusted for over 35 years. Until 1999, TMR had only a handful of products. But in that same year, three visionary TMR sales representatives saw the monumental growth potential these and future products had. Combining their resources, the reps purchased TMR and began strategically launching and marketing an ever-growing line of products.

Today, TMR offers improved delivery systems, bulk minerals, private label ingredients and a strong international presence. Company sales have increased by over 500 percent, and more than 50 products have been added to the product line. Due to this rapid growth, TMR has more than doubled the size of its facility and the number of its employees—all while retaining the product quality and corporate integrity that enabled the growth.

Our strategic growth and global marketing initiatives have positioned the TMR brand as an industry-leading provider of ionic trace minerals. Our group of companies offers over 100 products in liquid, powder, and tablet forms to accommodate the needs of all our customers.

Beating the Winter Blues

Winter is upon us once again. Some would say that it’s a peaceful time of year, full of hot drinks and cosy blanket evenings. But the darker, shorter days can really begin to take its toll so we’ve put together a little list to help you beat the winter blues.

1. Keep active
With dark mornings and evenings, it can be hard to motivate yourself to keep active and healthy. But a quick trip to the gym or even a brisk walk can really improve your spirit and boost your mood. Try and buddy up with someone to keep yourself accountable, whether it’s a family member or friend.

2. Get outside
Spend time outdoors and try to soak up a lot of natural daylight as much as possible, especially at midday and on brighter days. If this isn’t possible, try ensuring you’re sat beside a window to allow natural light in. If you’re not getting enough sun, Trace Minerals Liquid Vitamin D3 can give you the vitamin boost you need.

3. Eat healthy
A healthy diet can boost your mood tenfold. It’ll give you more energy and will help you manage your weight over the winter period. It can be difficult with all the temptation of comforting winter meals but try balancing your diet with lots of fresh fruit and vegetables

4. Take up a new hobby
Keep your mind busy and give yourself something to focus on over the coming months. It could be absolutely anything from knitting, to joining the gym, or even scrapbooking. Really get stuck into a task and let the time fly by.

5. Be social
Make an effort to keep in touch with friends and family. Make plans to give yourself something to look forward to and spend time socialising to really help boost your mood.

Nova Detox has a whole host of vitamins and supplements available to keep you topped up and healthy throughout the winter months. Browse our range today.

5 Simple Tips to Help You Lose Weight

Are you struggling to lose weight? Follow these 5 quick tips for fast and effective weight loss…

1. Make exercise fun
One of the main reasons people fall behind with their fitness goals is that they create exercise routines which are repetitive, dull and uninspiring. Instead of forcing yourself to do the same thing every gym session, spice it up by choosing activities that you actually enjoy. Why not switch from running on a treadmill to pole dancing? Or how about turning the Stairmaster into a Zumba class?

2. Don’t deprive yourself
When trying to lose weight, it’s easy to succumb to the ‘diet’ mentality. If you want to keep yourself healthy as well as shed the pounds, then you have to learn not to deprive yourself or skip meals. Denying yourself food will only make you want it more! Try to incorporate your favourite foods by reducing the portion size or looking for similar healthy alternatives.

3. Boost your immune system
Losing weight is difficult when you are under the weather. So, keep yourself fighting fit by taking supplements designed to keep your immune system in check. Nova’s Green Superfood Powder Supplement will support your immune system by making sure you get all the nutrients your body needs.

4. Diversify your diet
If your diet is diverse and exciting, you are less likely to turn to unhealthy alternatives to satisfy hunger pangs. Make sure that your meal plan is different each week, as too much routine can lead to boredom-eating. Add diversity to your diet by trying new ingredients and flavours. You could even take a cooking class to learn about foods from around the world as well as picking up some healthier cooking techniques.

5. Increase energy levels
It’s no good having a fantastic fitness regime if you don’t have the energy to exercise. So, make the most of your fitness classes by ensuring that you are suitably energised. Instead of relying on coffee to keep you awake, try natural alternatives such as Pharmanex’s Tegreen Food Supplement. One capsule of this antioxidant formula contains the equivalent of 7 cups of green tea, but since it’s 99% caffeine-free it won’t keep you up at night!

Summer skincare tips

For most people, summer is the perfect time to wind down and take a few days off to enjoy the sunshine. However, it is also a time when many of us want to look our best for holiday snaps and beach holidays. To ensure that your skin stays looking bright, dewy and glowing during the summer months, try following our helpful skincare tips:

1. Be generous with the sunscreen

It goes without saying, really, but sunny days require sunscreen to ward off sunburn. As well as making you look like a tomato for a few days, frequent sunburn can lead to serious health issues and can accelerate the skin’s ageing process.

2. Take cool showers

Taking a hot shower after being out in the sun can dry your skin out. Turning down your temperature gauge can have a number of benefits including keeping skin moist and preventing breakouts of acne.

3. Replenish your skin’s dewy glow with moisturising products

Moisturising regularly is important during the summer months. Whilst your skin is less likely to be chapped or broken than during winter months, heat can easily dry your complexion out during summer. Remember to use hydrating hand cream on a regular basis. You should also apply a healthy amount of lotion after every shower or bath. Soothibg body lotion from Pharmanex is a great option if your skin is a little sore from the sun as it helps to soothe the body. It will also help to ease any pain if you’ve been exercising hard.

4. Indulge in some healthy melon

Melons are rich with unique antioxidants that can help to provide moisture to the skin and leave your complexion looking radiant.

5. Pay attention to acne

Most of us sweat more during summer and this can sometimes lead to bad breakouts for those prone to acne. To combat this, make sure to exfoliate regularly and to use acne-fighting products such as acne cleaner spray from Salcura.