Welcome to the January newsletter where we take a look at two fabulous new supplements; one for sleep disorders and the other for compromised skin conditions, such as acne. I will also be reviewing the health and beauty trends for 2013, Shabir shakes up our lifestyle and there is a bit of a treat for those amongst us who have raging female hormones. As ever, I will be writing about your feedback and we will also review winter immunity, which is crucial at this time of year with so many horrible bugs flying around. Let’s go:
Good sleep is one of the most important aspects of health, although like many things in life, we still do not fully understand why we sleep. Many people have theorised that the purpose of sleep is to physically rest, rejuvenate and repair. However, increasing research seems to point to the fact that when we sleep naturally, our brain is not dormant and actually reviews and processes all the information gathered during the day, some of which we discard and some of which we store into memory.
Although there is not a rule of thumb for the duration of sleep, it is generally accepted that most adults should get between seven and eight hours sleep, whilst nine hours seems to be the average requirement for teenagers. Almost everybody occasionally suffers from short-term insomnia for reasons such as physical overload, stress, anxiety, jet lag and perhaps even a change in diet. We all know that when we do not sleep sufficiently it affects our performance and wellbeing. Sleep deprivation is extremely common and it can have far-reaching implications on health issues.
Sleep Tight has been specifically formulated to help promote relaxation and aid sleep and one of its primary functions is to control the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Cortisol blocks the production of the sleep hormone, melatonin, and the ingredients of Sleep Tight work synergistically to help achieve a healthy sleep pattern, they are as follows:
Magnolia officinalis: Magnolia has a long traditional use in the treatment of menstrual cramps, abdominal bloating and gas, nausea and indigestion. Japanese researchers have determined that ‘honokiol’, one of the active components in magnolia bark, has potent anti-stress and cortisol balancing effects. It is this cortisol balancing effect that can help to achieve restful sleep. The magnolia extract in Sleep Tight contains 50% honokiol.
Oat Straw: Also known as ‘avena sativa’, this herb naturally contains high amounts of B vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that are necessary for the proper function of the nervous system. Oat Straw also contains ‘gramine’, a compound that can help relax muscles and exert a sedative action on the nervous system.
Passionflower: Used for centuries as a calming herb, passionflower may also help to reduce cortisol levels in the body. There are many constituents in passionflower that are currently unknown to scientists, however it does contain a specific compound called ‘harmine’, which has the ability to help relax the mind and create a contemplative state of being.
Ashwagandha: This herb is often referred to as ‘Indian ginseng’, although it is not a true ginseng species. Ashwagandha is well-known for its tonic properties and it has anti-stress benefits.
Tart Cherries: Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, tart cherries provide relaxing magnesium and are a rich source of naturally occurring melatonin, the sleep hormone.
Hops Extract: The Greeks and Romans used hops for aiding digestion and for intestinal problems. Since that time it has been discovered that hops have remarkable sedative properties.
Theanine: The benefits of green tea are well documented and many people drink green tea for its relaxation effect. This relaxing property can be directly traced to a unique amino acid called L-theanine, which is found almost exclusively in tea plants. Research has demonstrated that L-theanine can create a sense of relaxation within 30 minutes of ingestion. Additionally, this amino acid helps stimulate the production of alpha waves in the brain, which can help create a deep state of relaxation.
Magnesium: Required for over 300 biochemical reactions within our bodies, magnesium is well-known for its relaxing effects on nerve and muscle function.
Over the past few years, I have often written about the brilliance of Magnesium Oil Original Flakes. Magnesium in this specific form gets absorbed transdermally through the skin into the blood stream, where it helps facilitate sleep through the chemical pathways in the brain. Taking a warm ‘magnesium bath’ will help increase the body temperature and as the body gradually cools after the bath, the sleep hormone, melatonin is released.
If you want to know about this subject in depth, then do read Shabir’s article, Are You Getting Sufficient Sleep. All I am going to say is that two pioneering products have come together to help promote sleep, whilst also helping to knock out our stress levels as we rest, and that sounds pretty perfect to me!
VH Editorial: Are You Getting Sufficient Sleep; Sleep Tight £25 for 60 Vegicaps; Magnesium Oil Original Flakes £9.95
Acne is a common skin condition that affects people of all ages with varying degrees of severity. The most common cause for acne is a hormonal imbalance that can occur during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and at times of stress. The skin of sufferers has been found to show greater activity of an enzyme called 5-alpha-reductase, which converts excesses of the male hormone, testosterone, to a more potent, spot-triggering form called dihydrotestosterone, but this is not the only cause. Blood tests, for instance, reveal higher levels of toxins from the gut flora of acne sufferers so improving digestion can also help.
There are many myths about acne, despite scientific evidence proving them to be false, but the truth is that acne is treatable and you absolutely do not have to let acne run its course. The most effective treatment obviously varies from person to person and research and development is ongoing, which is why Shabir is very excited about the release of a next-generation supplement, Clarify Blemish Formula.
Clarify Blemish Formula has been scientifically formulated to help prevent acne breakouts and blemishes, although quite honestly it will help most compromised skin conditions. The formulation contains:
Vitamin A: Vitamin A influences the cellular production of mucin and keratine ensuring healthy outer cell levels. Supplementation with Vitamin A has been shown to benefit various skin disorders, including acne and psoriasis.
Pantothenic Acid: Coenzyme A works to break down excess oil before it turns into acne. Unfortunately at times when oil secretion increases, there is usually insufficient Coenzyme A to deal with the excess oil, resulting in acne and infection. Pantothenic acid works to create more Coenzyme A.
Zinc: It is likely that zinc’s significant benefits in acne therapy are not only due to its influence on cell regeneration and repair, but also to its ability to enhance the production of anti-inflammatory compounds that help prevent excess production.
Lactoferrin: This is a protein found in mother’s first milk, also known as colostrum. Lactoferrin has been shown to help decrease skin inflammation due to its broad antibacterial and anti-inflammatory activity.
Other ingredients include Alpha Lipoic Acid, a powerful antioxidant that encourages the shedding of damaged cells from skin; MSM, which is required for the manufacture of all proteins that form our skin and other structures of the body and Trans-resveratrol, which in a study published in 2011, indicated very favourable results for acne sufferers.
Clarify Blemish Formula £25 for 90 Capsules (V)
Hot Pore Cleansing Scrub and Detox Acne Mask
For more years than I care to remember, I have written about the crucial health/beauty crossover and how, in my opinion, it is vital to treat compromised skin conditions with supplementation and topical treatments. So, two new products from America, which I recommend should be used in conjunction with Clarify Blemish Formula.
The first, Hot Pore Cleansing Scrub, contains natural mineral powders that heat up temporarily. The gentle heating sensation helps to open your pores for a deeper cleansing treatment. Excess oil, make-up and other impurities are swept away by active charcoal and jojoba was scrubbing beads. Salicylic acid and retinol help remove dead skin cells and help to smooth the skin’s texture.
The second, Detox Acne Mask, has been described as a blemish-fighting wonder that helps reduce the severity and duration of breakouts and helps eliminate pimples before they can form. The 10% sulphur element of this mask helps clean pores thoroughly.
Hot Pore Cleansing Scrub £16 for 184 grams; Detox Acne Mask £18 for 184 grams by Collective Wellbeing
I know how important it is to take Sage Complex, most especially if your hormones are hanging in the balance. This is our bestselling product to help alleviate the symptoms of menopause, and with the probable appearance of those fabulous mood swings during the bleakness of winter, I am here to help you!
The Treat: I am putting Sage Complex on a double pack special offer until midnight on Friday 18 January. Order two bottles of Sage Complex and instead of it costing £47.90, the two bottles will cost £40, which means that I’ve knocked off 16% and hopefully it will also knock out those hot sweats too!
VH Editorial: Hormone mimicking supplements should be used by nearly all women over 35; Sage Complex Treat £40
The Health Trends for 2013
While very few of us can accurately predict the trends going forward, the following section will give an indication of what we think will happen over the next twelve months. With research and development ongoing, this is far from the definitive list, but therein resides the excitement and mystery of new products yet to cross my desk.
Fulvic Acid: I could almost write the script on this because I know there is going to be a full-on explosion of the potential of Fulvic Acid. After launching the Phylia de M hair care products, which contain humic-free Fulvic Acid, we released Fulphyl last November and this signature concentrated formula ensures that Fulphyl is the only humic-free Fulvic Acid available.
Known as the ‘key to life’ for both body and planet, Fulphyl is a multi-use healer created from the natural fermentation of organic matter. Unless Fulvic Acid is humic-free, there is little point in taking a straight Fulvic Acid, which is why I will not list other brands on our site and I am so excited about the future potential of Fulphyl.
VH Editorial: Fulvic Acid –The Elixir of Life; Fulphyl by Phylia de M £160 for 360 ml (5 ml daily)
Phylia de M Connect: As many of you know, Connect is the hero product of the Phylia de M hair care range. This potent rejuvenating treatment has helped thousands of you to transform your hair by detoxifying, repairing and renewing cell life and keratin function in follicles, scalp and hair. Using a highly concentrated proprietary blend of pure humic-free Fulvic Acid, aloe and tannic acids, Connect helps to restore the body’s inherent ability to growth healthy hair and stop excess and shedding.
In line with research and Japanese wisdom, our hair responds to differing treatments with the change of seasons. The advancement of the Phylia de M hair care range will be the release of a new product called ReConnect early in Spring. This product works at its very best after using Connect for at least six months, so for the moment, spray, spray, spray Connect, because you are preparing your follicles, scalp and hair for ReConnect, which I know will blow you away because I’ve tested it!
Connect £45; Phylia de M Three Step Kit £103
Matcha Tea: We believe the trend for drinking Matcha Tea will continue throughout the year and will become more common-place. In Japan Matcha powder is available as a topping or flavour for everything from ice cream to cakes and chocolate bars. In a previously released editorial feature, Shabir writes that while there are many green teas on the market, there is one that stands well above all the other green teas. Matcha Green tea is presented in a stone-ground powder form and is completely unfermented, which means that the highest levels of antioxidants are retained. This is important.
VH Editorial: The Best Kept Secret Revealed; Super Power Green Organic Matcha by Teapigs £26.60 for 30 grams
Krill Oil: Shabir has been beating the drum about Krill Oil for the past 18 months and we believe that by the end of 2013 most people will have substituted their existing fish oil supplementation with Krill. The most signification difference is that unlike fish oils, Krill is free from toxins.
VH Editorial: Is Krill Oil the new Fish Oil? Power of Krill £24.95 for 60 Softgels
Vitamin K2: Often labelled as the ‘forgotten vitamin’, it is estimated that most of us are likely to be deficient in Vitamin K2, which was discovered in 1929 by Danish scientist, Dr Henrik Dam. The ‘K’ stands for koagulation, meaning essential for blood clotting. There are three main forms of Vitamin K, K1, K2 and K3, but in recent years there has been a lot of research on K2, which has been shown to help decrease fractures. In Japan it has been approved to help in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis since 1955, and it is interesting to note that Japan has a much lower incidence of osteoporosis than both the US and the UK. Vitamin K2 helps to carry calcium into the bones and a deficiency in this vitamin allows the calcium to be deposited onto the arteries and soft tissues of the body, causing the hardening of the arteries and other cardiovascular concerns.
VH Editorial: Vitamin K; Super K with Advanced K2 Complex by Life Extension £23 for 90 Softgels
Baobab: I first wrote about Baobab over a year ago and we’ve been watching as this powerful African superfood has gathered recognition most recently. Baobab fruit contains 14 essential vitamins and minerals and has a unique nutritional profile, with more Vitamin C than oranges, more iron than red meat and a rich content of alkalising minerals; calcium, potassium and magnesium. The Baobab is known as the ‘Tree of Life’ and has been used for health and wellbeing across the African continent for centuries. Baobab has a unique tangy flavour, typically described as a combination of pear, grapefruit, caramel and vanilla. It is available in either capsule or powder form. If you choose powder, then just sprinkle freely and mix with fruit juice, cereal or smoothies.
Baobab Fruit Pulp Capsules £22.99 for 90 Capsules; Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder £17.99 for 170 grams from Aduna
The Beauty Trends for 2013
Following the lead of the S/S 2013 catwalk collections, the trends were dominated by black and white monochrome styles, single bloom prints, with a splash of neon coming through as we edge towards the summer months. With a throwback to 60’s fashion (notably Louis Vuitton and Chanel), we are about to see a big return to ‘nude’, synonymous with that era. It’s all about nude skin and nude nails, so skin first:
Nude Skin: We love a ‘girlie’ moment, but for the most part we are not slaves to the catwalk, so my interpretation of ‘nude skin’ is to really look after your skin, internally and externally. I am beyond slapping layers of foundation and heavy make-up onto my skin; those days were reserved for my teenage years and I’m not going back. I really believe that the older you become, the less attractive it looks and I’m just not up for looking like an ageing ‘drag-queen’!
During the winter months, I do wear foundation, but I keep it very light, but my main focus here is preparing your skin for Spring and there is no better time to start than right now:
Topically: Throughout the cold winter months, our skin tends to get quite dry and dehydrated, so we need to pump the moisture back in and plump it up. Whatever your skincare regimen and whichever brand of skincare you are using, there is one product that performs virtual miracles in this department. With the launch of the new range of products from Innovative Skincare last year, it has been some time since I wrote about the clinical range of products from iS Clinical, but I’m addressing that right now by telling you about Hydra-Cool Serum.
Hydra-Cool Serum is a cool, refreshing, yet extremely powerful multi-purpose formula, designed to provide intense hydration, supply optimal antioxidant protection and efficiently deliver essential Vitamin B5 to the skin cells. More importantly, Hydra-Cool Serum contains Centella Asiatica, an amazing botanical ingredient which is proven to have extraordinary healing capabilities as well as possessing extremely high antioxidant properties. It provides relief for dry and damaged skin and doubles as caring for sunburned skin too.
This is one of my two ‘hero’ products from the clinical range and I use this morning and night, before moisturiser. For a weekly treat, I cleanse and then drench my skin with Hydra-Cool and let it work its magic overnight. I also take a bottle of this with me on long-haul flights and apply it to my skin every two hours, if I’m awake! I’m pretty obsessed with this product and I’ve used it for nearly ten years as an add-on to my skincare regimen. I’ve tried and tested other products of this ilk, but let me tell you, nothing comes close, and I’ll write about the other hero next month!
Hydra-Cool Serum £42 for 15 ml; Hydra-Cool Serum £74.50 for 30 ml by iS Clinical
Supplementation: If you are a regular reader of this newsletter, then you know that I have sung the praises of Skin Restoring Ceramides since we first launched it in the UK. This is truly an astounding supplement for dry and dehydrated skin and most people see a marked difference in the condition of their skin within 7-10 days. Ceramides play a central role in preserving healthy-looking skin, but if you have a wheat allergy then you cannot take this supplement (shame!), but do try Cellular Support by Sibu as an alternative.
Skin Restoring Ceramides £25 for 30 Liquid Capsules; Cellular Support £25.48 for 60 Softgels
Nude Nails: If there is one thing you need to know about nails for Spring, it’s that it is all about nude. We will be releasing the Spring Collection from Headline Colors shortly, but if you want to be ahead of the trend, then get yourself a bottle of ‘Quicksand’, a flesh-tone neutral, right now and paint the town mink ‘Nesquick’.
Quicksand by Headline Colors £9 for 10 ml
It’s not all about the nail colour though, it’s also about having strong, healthy nails and gorgeous hands. Bamboo Extract does the job beautifully from the inside and we love the hydrating qualities of Yes! Nurse’s replenishing hand cream.
Bamboo Extract £16.95 for 60 Vegicaps; Yes! Nurse £5.49 for 50 ml
Nude Lips: Somehow or other, I really don’t think that I am going to following the neon lip trend and neither am I up for ‘sunblock-neon’, where two bright neons merge together on the lips. I’ve always loved a ‘nude’ lip, so if you want the look then prep your lips by exfoliating gently with a warm wrung-out flannel and if you are in the mood, rev it up a bit to plump the lips up (provided you haven’t got cold sores). Take a flesh-coloured lip pencil to lightly define the shape of your lips and then brush on Beauty Bible Lip Balm. I sometimes use a nude colour lipstick with BB Lip Balm on top and for gloss try Lanolips Lip Ointment in Dark Honey (it goes on lighter than it looks). Finally, vamp it all up and do ‘heavy eyes’; apparently it’s all about the ‘blue eye’.
Lanolips Lip Ointment Dark Honey £7.99; Beauty Bible Lip Balm £6
Please excuse me whilst I vault myself onto ‘The Podium’ for a moment, but this is really important and you need to know this. For those of you who follow this newsletter, you will know that I am vehemently against eyelash growth enhancers (EGE’s) and I absolutely refuse to list them on VH. You may recall that we researched one of the leading brands before it had even reached the UK. That was approximately six years ago.
Recently, a legal judgment in California has ruled a bestselling EGE to be a ‘drug’ and not a ‘cosmetic’. The company has suspended domestic sales in California. I am going to leave the rest of the story to Sarah Stacey, Health Editor of YOU Magazine, whose report will be published later this month. I will of course link you to the article on our social media platforms and also on next month’s newsletter.
Two words from me. At last.
The Treatment of Scars
A scar is a blemish left behind after a surface injury or once a wound has healed. The human body was designed to sustain a variety of aggressions including cuts, grazes, burns and bruises. All these incidents set into motion a complicated and orchestrated chain of events that are involved in the healing process. When an injury occurs, such as a cut or a burn, a variety of cells are sent quickly to the wounded region and the complex healing process begins.
When you have a superficial wound, a scab develops to protect the wound. Over a few days the scab falls off leaving the skin to produce pigment, which over a few days or weeks would match the colour of skin. A deeper wound will cause damage to the pigment producing layers of upper skin. Due to the excessive inflammation as a result of this trauma, scarring is more likely.
Scars are composed mainly of collagen, a protein fibre found mainly in the lower layer of skin. The look of a scar tissue varies in individuals and is governed by several factors which include the depth of injury, skin tone and even genetics.
One of the best treatments to minimise the appearance of scars is HealGel Intensive. Created by five of the UK’s leading plastic surgeons, this advanced skin rescue gel has a dedicated following and works to soothe, repair and protect damaged skin. HealGel Intensive contains Arnica, Madecassosside, peptides and biodynes which all work in synergy to reduce inflammation, aid cellular renewal, boost collagen production and improve the appearance of skin.
Collagen fibres are made up of chains of amino acids, with glycine and proline being the most common. Glycine, by way of supplementation, bonds with other amino acids to form new collagen fibres and may therefore be of value in promoting the health and integrity of skin and for improving wound healing.
HealGel should not be used on open wounds, but Fulphyl from Phylia de M can be used, undiluted, straight onto broken skin. If you are taking Fulphyl, then please keep this in the back of your mind just in case you ever need to use it for wound healing. I have received some pretty phenomenal reports of Fulphyl’s extensive topical healing properties. Once the open wound has healed, then immediately start using HealGel to minimise scarring and whilst I am on the subject of Fulphyl, one of our customers informed me that she lightly soaks two cotton pads with Fulphyl and places one on each eye; she had been suffering from excessive swelling under the eyes and this worked for her; I’ve tried it and it works for me too; follow up with your favourite eye cream (mine’s Restorative Eye Complex).
HealGel Intensive £37.50 for 30 ml; HealGel Eye £32 for 15 ml; Glycine £9.06 for 100 Tablets; Fulphyl £160 for 360 ml; Restorative Eye Complex by Innovative Skincare £73 for 15 ml
Two Regimens from Shabir
This month we have two regimens from Shabir; both are important and because I couldn’t make my mind up which one to include, I’m doing both, most especially because we have had many requests for a migraine regimen, so we’ll start with that and follow up with the energy regimen.
The Migraine Regimen
Migraines are distinguished from everyday headaches, such as tension headaches, by their intensity and duration. The typical migraine begins with a throbbing pain, usually starting on one side of the head, becoming more generalized, and lasts for several hours to a day. Migraine episodes are often accompanied by dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Light sensitivity is also common with some people experiencing neurological effects known as ‘aura’ that precede the migraine. These effects usually produce visual symptoms such as flashing lights, blurred vision and bright spots.
Migraines can be triggered by stress, anxiety, tension, insufficient food, excess sleep, fluctuations in hormones and certain foods. All these factors result in abnormal electrical changes in the brain which can trigger a migraine attack. A specialized extract of butterbur root has demonstrated impressive efficacy in the prevention of migraine attacks. Used in Germany as a prescription remedy, this plant extract may help reduce the frequency of migraine attacks by 50% when used daily for three to four months.
It is estimated that well over 50% of people who suffer from migraines have magnesium deficiencies. Magnesium’s role in the case of migraines appears to be linked to its role in muscle function, nerve relaxation and optimal valve functions within the arteries and veins. Magnesium also helps relax nerves and hence prevents the signals that are sent to the pain receptors in the brain. Magnesium is often described as an anti-stress mineral due to its ability to relax both muscles and nerves and since stress is one of the biggest triggers of migraines, the use of a magnesium supplement would be prudent.
Most magnesium supplements are not readily absorbed into the nervous system. There is however an innovative form of magnesium called Neuro-Mag by Life Extension, which in trials boosted magnesium levels in the nervous system by an impressive 15% compared to no increase with conventional magnesium supplements. This type of magnesium is very specific for migraines and for the ageing brain, both of which are neurological disorders.
Migra-Eeze (Butterbur) £23.50 for 60 Softgels by Life Extension; Neuro-Mag £32.95 for 90 Capsules by Life Extension
The Energy Regimen
It is perfectly normal for people to feel tired especially when they are feeling slightly run down and cannot cope with the pace of life. Often, we use the terms tired, fatigue and exhaustion interchangeably for what we are experiencing and yet in medical terms they are very distinct.
Tiredness differs from fatigue because although you may not feel it, the body still has some energy in reserve, which it can tap into in the case of an emergency. The symptoms of tiredness include weakness of the muscles, heaviness, forgetfulness, impatience, which can often leading to irritability. Tiredness is very common especially if you have had a hard day at work, or if you are simply feeling a bit under the weather and have not had the time to relax and recuperate. Most of the time, this can be addressed by resting for a few hours allowing the body to recover.
However, if you are constantly tired, even after resting, then this may be indicative of what is termed ‘adrenal stress’. The adrenal glands are chiefly responsible for releasing hormones when under stress. Stress in this case can be physical stress or hormonal as is the case when we age and our hormone production declines. In both cases, the adrenals over-produce cortisol, the stress hormone. Whilst the adrenal glands are busy producing cortisol, they do not produce sufficient energising hormones and enzymes, resulting in constant tiredness.
To counter this, I would recommend the use of Sibergin by HealthAid, take one capsule fifteen minutes before breakfast. Sibergin contains a high potency of Siberian Ginseng, which works to lower cortisol levels and enhance the production of energising enzymes and hormones. For the majority, energy enhancement is experienced within a short period of time.
At times of stress, the adrenals place a huge demand on the supply of nutrients which are absolutely essential for their optimal function. To ensure that the body is not depleted of these nutrients, I would recommend the use of a good food-state multinutrient supplement such as Alive Once Daily Multivitamin or My Favorite Multiple Energizer.
Finally, the body requires good fats for the production of healthy cells, hormone regulation, transport of vitamins and minerals in and out of cells and for energy production. These good fats are termed as essential fatty acids and cannot be manufactured by the body. They have to be obtained either through our diet or by way of supplementation.
The two types of essential fatty acids that are vital for the body are omega 3 and omega 6. It is well accepted that we get sufficient omega 6 through our diet from vegetable oils, eggs, poultry, cereals and nuts. It is also recognised that we tend to be deficient in omega 3. The best source of omega 3 is Power of Krill and I would recommend a dose of two capsules daily. (PS from me – I take Sibergin and probably wouldn’t be able to write a newsletter without it!).
Sibergin £15.50 for 30 Capsules; Alive Once Daily Multivitamin £26.00 for 60 Tablets; My Favorite Multiple Energizer £15.50 for 60 Tablets; Power of Krill £24.95 for 60 Softgels
Colds, Flu and Viruses
Colds and influenza are caused by a wide variety of viruses, but there are differences between these infections. The symptoms of a ‘common cold’ include a runny nose, congestion, a cough and a sore throat, whereas the symptoms of flu tend to be far more severe. The virus is capable of infecting the lungs and it can also affect the joints leading to an ‘aching all over’ feeling.
Fundamentally, both these conditions arise when our immune system is compromised and so we need to take steps to ensure that we achieve optimal immunity. We launched Daily Immunity towards the end of last year and it is a comprehensive multi-purpose formula to help prime the immune system and to help protect the body from all types of infections. Daily Immunity can also be used for the treatment of infections to help shorten their duration.
It is also important to note that 80% of our immunity arises out of the gut from the beneficial bacteria that reside within. It therefore makes complete sense to proliferate the gut with good bacteria and this is where Mega Probiotic plays its role. Friendly bacteria have a powerful beneficial effect and aid in the production of antibodies, thus helping to prevent the occurrence of ‘unfriendly’ bacteria, which can attack the immune system detrimentally.
Daily Immunity £25 for 60 Capsules; Mega Probiotic ND £18.50 for 60 Capsules both by Food Science of Vermont
News and Feedback
Firstly, I would like to thank so many of you for your amazing feedback, most especially after the December newsletter, which went quite mad! The biggest reward for us is to know that the products we recommend have made a difference to each of your lives and I’m often teased by the VH team because I sit smiling at my computer screen as I read your emails.
This month we have launched ‘Health Concerns’ on the home page of our site. This is Shabir’s A-Z of the most common health related issues and it is a quick reference guide, which I hope helps you. As you will have noticed, I have included many of Shabir’s editorial features on this newsletter which explain, in depth, individual supplements and the related health concern where appropriate. This is important and remains one of the most important aspects of the work we do.
The editorial section of our site goes from strength to strength and VH Eats is growing and has a collection of some rather mouth-watering recipes, so do check it out. Other editorial features include the Beauty Bible girls having a bit of a love fest about VH (I promise you I did not bribe them!); one of our VH Addicts, Yenli Izzillo is back on the VH Community once again, this time writing about the things that keep her sane, Jo Fairley is on an ‘om’ mission and Shabir wants to shake up our sedentary lifestyle. I’m convinced that he wrote it as a dig to me because my exercise routine consists of walking to the car and back, with an occasional Pilates lesson if I manage to leave the office in time, which is pretty rare!
Right, let’s do the feedback:
Root Cover Up by Colour Wow: If you missed the launch of this ‘industry first’ product created by the original John Frieda team, then please click here to read all about it. Available in four different shades, this is the genius hair product that you brush on to cover your roots and you can also create highlights with the lighter colours. The feedback has been phenomenal and one comment received just says it all: ‘this is just flipping amazing and I don’t know how I ever lived without it’. Quite!
Root Cover Up by Colour Wow £28.50
Miracle Glo: I’ve written about this perfecting ‘glotion’ on the past three newsletters, so just to confirm that I am now using this as a primer for foundation and it works brilliantly to help make you glow in the midst of winter gloom.
Miracle Glo Perfecting Glotion £40 (with brush) and £33 without the brush
Daily Immunity: Yes, I know I’ve already written about this product, but we have been bombarded with emails from so many of you who seem to have avoided getting a virus, albeit there are so many bugs floating around. One comment to sum it up: ‘I’m screaming because nothing fazes me now. I’m on Daily Immunity and it just keeps colds and sore throats away.’
Daily Immunity £25 for 60 Capsules
Fulphyl: This from a customer: ‘I know I wrote to you about Fulphyl a week or two ago, but just want to tell you that I continue to thrive on this ‘super-food’. It really is the ‘elixir of life’ …. I think the Fulvic Acid, combined with all these extra potent minerals, really is a powerful tonic. My heavy tiredness has gone and I am feeling so much more energized. Yes, the body really does feel extra oxygenated and I’ve already told you about the wonderful results using Fulphyl topically for cuts and burns’. Nothing to add.
Fulphyl by Phylia de M £160 for 360 ml (5 ml daily)
Deep Sleep Dream Cream: I was very happy to read this: ‘I have been using Deep Sleep Dream Cream for over a week now and it is definitely helping me to drop off quickly. Also I feel I’m getting a deeper sleep. I thought it might just be a lovely smelling cream, but it DOES seem to work!
Deep Sleep Dream Cream by This Works £18 for 75 ml
Condition by Phylia de M: A post on Facebook: ‘Just wanted to share a bit more Phylia love here. My hair is fine and flyaway and the sides have a tendency to frizz, even when I apply anti-frizz products on it. After reading a tip here, I recently started applying a small dollop of Condition to the ends of my hair as a leave-in moisturiser and guess what …. bye, bye frizz. My hair behaves itself now and is much easier to style. It also looks healthier and glossier!’
Condition by Phylia de M £30 for 265 ml
Let’s end with a couple of new toothpastes. With the recent ban in the UK on many over-the-counter ‘bleaching’ products, I thought you may be interested in these:
VitaCare Multicare Whitening Toothpaste – Mint & Acai: Infused with powerful ingredients, you can achieve excellent results with the added benefits of Vitamins A, C, D, E and Calcium. Other ingredients include Cranberry Extract, soothing Aloe Vera, Xylitol and natural Silica to help whiten teeth. This toothpaste does not contain fluoride, parabens, phthalates or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate and additionally no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners are used.
Vitacare Multicare Whitening Toothpaste – Mint & Acai £5.99 for 96 grams; Mint & Pomegranate £5.99 for 96 grams
Just to say that whatever toothpaste you choose to use, CoEnzyme Q10 is pretty essential to maintain good oral health. It helps to oxygenate all the muscle tissues of the body, including the gums and also helps to prevent the anaerobic bacteria, which reside in the pockets of gum tissues, from thriving and causing gum destruction. There are many Q10’s available, but we specifically recommend Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10 for its superior absorption and potency qualities.
Super Ubiquinol CoEnzyme Q10 by Life Extension £20.75 for 30 Softgels
Finally, we come to the end of another newsletter, the first of the year. Together with Shabir and the entire VH Team, I thank you once again for your amazing loyalty and support.
I will be back in February, but will obviously be on Facebook talking to you throughout the month and with a few ‘60 Seconds’ and new Pop-Up shops ‘popping up’, there is always something happening on VH.
I hope you have a great January.