Dehydration

Hydration: Hypertonic, Hypotonic, Isotonic

 

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Hydration for optimum health should be one of our top priorities every day. When recovering from illness, fighting dehydration can prove difficult and too often people turn to sports drinks to supplement. The problem with this is that sports drinks are not well suited for illness recovery. Today we aim to explain different types of hydration for you to better understand what works for your system and what does not.

When talking about hydration, different solutions have differing potency in their ability to draw hydration into the cells of our body. Hypertonic drinks are what we typically refer to as sports drinks. These solutions have a higher concentration of salt and sugar than the human body and are used by athletes to supplement carbohydrate intake and up muscle glycogen stores. During long distance events, they supplement to meet high energy demands but are not doing much in the way of actual hydration. In fact, it’s recommended that they be used in conjunction with Isotonic drinks (more on that in a bit) to help replace lost fluids.

Hypotonic drinks are also used by athletes who require fluid without a carbohydrate boost, like gymnasts, to quickly replace fluids lost by sweating. They contain a lower concentration of salt and sugar than the human body. However, neither of these types of solutions are going to be helpful for someone who is recovering from illness or someone who wants to get a hydration boost without all of the heavily refined, highly processed sugars.

An Isotonic solution has the same concentrations of sugars and salt found in the human body and for anyone who is in a state of dehydration or whose health is compromised, it is the ideal partner to restore proper levels of hydration. Water follows sodium. The concentration of sodium inside plasma has to be held to within close limits (132-152 mmol/l) for proper functioning of the body and normally, this sodium concentration is controlled by the kidneys. However, in a state of dehydration, water is conserved by not urinating and the sodium regulation cannot work effectively. In a stressed state, such as dehydration, the cells of the intestines are impaired and sodium cannot be effectively absorbed. re:iimmune® is an isotonic clinical strength hydration formula created to help treat mild-moderate dehydration. If you are battling dehydration while recovering from an illness, we hope you’ll set aside the sports drinks and give re:iimmune a try!

Cholera Outbreak in Haiti – re:iimmune Relief Effort

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Friends, Haiti needs our help! After the recent devastation of Hurricane Matthew, Haiti’s citizens are facing a terrible outbreak of cholera as reported by news outlets such as nbcnews.com. Cholera is a an aggressive diarrhoeal infection caused by ingesting food or water contaminated with the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. People who have been infected begin to show symptoms within 12 hours and 5 days after exposure. Cholera can cause severe acute watery diarrhea which leads to dehydration. In severe cases it can kill within hours if left untreated. The bacteria remains present in feces for 1-10 days after infection and are then shed back into the environment, potentially infecting more people.

Our partners, Convoy of Hope and Project Hope have boots on the ground in Haiti. They are providing water and supplies within their relief efforts, but water alone is not enough. re:iimmune’s hydrobiotic technology is clinical strength hydration with intestinal immune support, the very thing to aid in relief efforts when IV’s are scarce and a rampant spread of intestinal disease is ever present.

Through re:immune’s Get Well, Make Well  program, we have donated over 120,000 servings of life saving hydrobiotics to date through Convoy of Hope. We have donated 4,000 servings to Haiti so far, but to reach more people we need your help! We have set up a page over on generosity.com that enables you to directly buy 1 box, ½ of a case or a full case as a donation to the people of Haiti. With each purchase, we will donate extra servings as well! You can find the full details by following this link: https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/haiti-relief-no-one-should-die-from-dehydration

Can you help us get more re:iimmune to the people who need it the most? Make your donation today and we’ll get it to Convoy of Hope and Project hope for delivery. Let’s make a difference today!

Get Well, Make Well – re:iimmune®

“Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” – Slovakian Proverb

Water is the source of life. But what if you aren’t lucky enough to live in a country that has developed sanitation and easy access to clean sources of that gift of life? In much of the world, water then turns from being “medicine” and instead becomes the infecting agent of terrible illness and death. As reported by the World Health Organization, each year gastrointestinal diseases kill 2.2 million people globally, primarily in developing countries where citizens lack access to clean drinking water. Contaminated water spreads malaria, dysentery, cholera and a host of other horrors which bring on diarrhea and weaken the body’s immune system. This year, a half million children under the age of five will die from dehydration and millions more suffer from poor intestinal health and malnutrition.

Our goal has always been to save lives by changing these awful statistics and we know you want to help! We understand that the weight of the world’s problems often leave folks feeling helpless and at loss for how to make a difference. Sometimes it is the simplest of actions that make the biggest impact, and our Get Well, Make Well campaign enables our customers to take part in changing and saving lives around the world. It’s pretty simple; For every box of re:iimmune purchased, a serving is donated to relief organizations working to improve the health of underserved populations. Your purchase of re:immune helps you to “get well” and simultaneously help “make well” the life of another.

We are proud to join great organizations like TOMS Shoes and to partner with humanitarian organization Convoy of Hope to distribute doses of re:iimmune to developing countries. To date, 80,000 doses have been donated and with your continued support we can make that number skyrocket!

The Secret Powers of Ginger

But Wait…There’s More!

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Just when you think we’ve covered all the bases, there’s more ingredients to our secret sauce and they really aren’t so secret after all! If you scroll through the ingredient list on the side of your box of re:iimmune®, your eyes will land on 275 mg of ginger extract listed right below L-Glutamine (which we covered in our last blog). Ginger is on the rise both in popularity and demand within the natural health community right now, but ginger has been highly respected and sought after as a powerful health aid for centuries among many different cultures. While it’s most commonly known for its ability to soothe nausea and aide in healthy digestion, ginger happens to be the sneaky ninja of health resources as it possesses many commonly overlooked benefits.

Although ginger has many more layers to it than simply acting as a nausea reduction, that was its main attraction to our formula. Often times when illness hits, nausea is a main event. Aside from the stomach flu itself, many more serious illnesses are treated with heavy medications that cause dehydration, gut imbalances, and almost always nausea. Chemotherapy, antibiotic use, pain medications and anesthesia, are all known to cause mild to severe cases of nausea and digestive complications, while the illnesses that require these medications are the epicenter of what initially led to the creation of re:iimmune®.  Not only is ginger effective in these extreme cases, but it’s also a completely natural and safe solution for even the most sensitive of situations, like pregnancy for instance.

The bio-active compound found in ginger that is responsible for much of its medicinal properties is called Gingerol, this compound acts as a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement. Anti-inflammatories are also a hot spot on the health scene at the moment. Treatments ranging from anti-inflammatory diets, to health supplements and topical creams- reducing inflammation is all the rage. It’s important to know that inflammation isn’t always a bad thing, in the case of a trauma to your skin and muscular tissue, inflammation is your body’s way of healing itself. However, inflammation of your intestinal tract is the result of irritation, therefore calming down the inflammation goes hand in hand with calming down the irritant while allowing your digestive system to heal properly.

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But that’s not all! When you take a closer look at how other cultures use ginger root, the possibilities are endless. According to Chinese medicine, there is a lengthy list of benefits associated with ginger. Here are a few just to give you an idea:

  • Analgesic- Topical Pain Reduction
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Antiemetic- Anti-Vomit
  • Anti-Parasitic- Fights Parasites
  • Anti-Pyretic- Fights Fever
  • Hepato-Protective- Ability to prevent damage to the liver
  • Hypotensive- Lowers Blood Pressure

The research on Ginger and all of its numerous benefits is still expanding and we’ve only just begun to learn all there is to know about this little game changing root we’ve all come to love, but one thing is for sure; we want it on our team!

 

 

 

Strength, Bravery & a Dash of re:iimmune®

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“I was first introduAngie_WhyFinishedced to re:iimmune by a friend, when I was feeling under the weather one day. Back in 2009 I had gastric bypass (weight loss) surgery. I have kept off about 80 pounds of that weight loss. One thing that weight loss surgery patients must be very attune to, is their hydration levels. Some who have had this type of surgery can dehydrate faster than the average person, and it can be much more dangerous, sometimes even sending people to the hospital for days of re-hydration I.V.’s. Living in the great state of Texas where summer temperatures easily reach over a hundred degrees for several days in a row, I must stay acutely aware of my water intake. Any time I feel like I’m not quite there with my hydration, or I’m feeling tired, I just drink a re:iimmune and in about 30 minutes, I feel completely refreshed and recharged.  I feel so glad that I was made aware of this wonderful product and I always keep a box on hand. I’ve recommended it to friends as well!  While I may not be the type of consumer using this product for a more serious medical issue, I think it’s good to get the word out that this is extremely useful for the “average” consumer; i.e., after having been out in the heat all day, etc.  Everybody needs re:iimmune.
Thanks for creating this great product!” -Angie M.

It takes bravery and strength to take a life altering step as drastic as gastric bypass surgery, it also takes strength and determination to recover from the operation itself. Dehydration and poor nutrient absorption are two of the most common and detrimental complications associated with bariatric surgery. Not only is your body healing from the trauma of surgery itself, but your stomach has a much smaller capacity to retain fluids and adequate amounts of necessary nutrition. This scenario affects everything from your body’s ability to heal itself, and the health of your digestive system as a whole. As the stomach works on healing itself and getting use to its new form, nausea is often an ever present side effect, making it even more of a challenge to eat and drink enough to heal properly.

As Angie explains, re:iimmune® is a great addition to your recovery if you’re considering, or have already scheduled a bariatric procedure, or any surgery for that matter. With its Clinical Strength Hydration™ that helps you maintain a reasonable hydration level, even when experiencing low liquid intake, essential nutrients to aid in gut health recovery, and ginger root to soothe nausea- re:iimmune® may just make your journey a little bit smoother! Angie is right though, you don’t need to have undergone invasive surgery, or struggled through a serious illness in order to benefit from re:iimmune®’s Hydrobiotic™ formula. Mid-day slumps are often a product of dehydration, a bogged down digestive system, brain fog, headaches and muscle cramps… these are all reasons to drink a re:iimmune®. As soon as you start to feel run down- grab a re:iimmune® Hydrobiotic™ and get better, better™!

What is a Hydrobiotic™?

When you make new things, you get to make up new words- so that’s what we did! Dr. Kerri Miller created a mighty combination of Clinical Strength Hydration®, and a multi strain pre and probiotic blend containing a special combination of 14 different probiotics and one prebiotic (the food probiotics require in order to flourish). When you look at the various keys to recovery, you’ll see that very high up on the list sit both hydration and intestinal health. Alongside these two vital components of recovery, you’ll also see adequate rest, a healthy diet, exercise, and a positive mindset listed.
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Dr. Miller saw a missing piece in our healthcare system after working in it for over 20 years. We weren’t providing adequate means for our patients to stay hydrated and improve their intestinal health in an easy and accessible way, so she did something about it! She began her journey to create a solution, the first oral Hydrobiotic™. The first and foremost portion of this equation is “Hydro”, which represents the Clinical Strength Hydration® formula found in re:iimmune®. It is the first sugar free hydration pack made for rapid hydration needs. The “biotic” in Hydrobiotic™ stands for, you guessed it, probiotics! Not only did Dr. Miller witness her patients struggling to stay hydrated, but many medicines given in critical situations such as cancer, surgery and chronic illness, take costly tolls on your digestive health.

The pre and probiotic blend in re:iimmune® was especially formulated to promote restoration of the beneficial gut flora (good bacteria) that keep your digestive system balanced and functioning properly. L-Glutamine is an amino acid found in re:iimmune® that has more than one purpose, not only is it a co-transporter that helps your cells absorb hydration quicker, but it also helps rebuild healthy tissue in your intestinal wall. The ginger extract found in re:iimmune® boosts immunity, aids in digestive health and also reduces nausea. In cases of chemotherapy patients, antibiotic use and pregnancy, nausea is a common symptom and ginger is a safe solution. As you see, the Hydrobiotic™ formula in re:iimmune® represents it’s core combination of both hydration and probiotic supplementation, but the moving parts that make re:iimmune® the best way to get better, better™ are vast!

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Impacting the World One Sip at a Time

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“I use rbritnee_maysee:iimmune to re-hydrate and support not only my body but also my child’s when he is ill. Why do I choose re:iimmune? For me, it’s about motherhood and making a conscious choice to use products that make the world a better place. It is re:iimmune/ Make People Better’s initiative to help prevent unnecessary deaths from dehydration by working with international aid organizations.  I feel it is the responsibility of motherhood to support other women and mothers who are not as fortunate to live in a country such as the United States. I believe in supporting companies that quite simply, “do good”. Companies like re:iimmune that share my same belief, that the choices I make here at home can positively impact the lives of mothers and children around the world.” -Brittnee

 

The very foundation that re:iimmune® was built on centered around the concept of intentional living, if you ask Dr. Kerri Miller what was one of her number one inspirations when it came to the creation of re:iimmune®- she will tell you she found her “Why”. If you have breathe in your lungs, you have a resounding “Why” of your own to fulfill, you have a purpose and something valuable that only you can provide to this world. Just as my fingerprints differ from yours, so do our purposes’ vary. When Dr. Miller created
re:iimmune®, she was driven by an overwhelming passion to help make people better (hence the name of our company: Make People Better LLC).

Whether you’ve grown up in a developed country, or built your immediate life in one, you may feel overwhelmed by the desperate situations others are facing all over the world that appear so far outside your sphere of impact, yet every day we are presented with opportunities to make a global difference. Thanks to companies like TOM’s shoes, MudLove jewelry, and S’well water bottles (just to name a few) we are able to reach across, otherwise impassable boundaries, and make a difference! Every time you purchase Britnee_Maysea box of re:iimmune®, one serving of potentially life-saving, Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support formula is given to a person suffering from life threatening dehydration in a developing country. The combination of rapid hydration and multi-strain pre and probiotic blend in re:iimmune® not only helps you and your family get better, better™, but it also allows you to be a crucial part of our mission to end dehydration related deaths around the world!

 

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No More Bandaids

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“I’ve strugglSarah_Garzaed for most of my adult life with constant UTI’s and in 2014, this reached an all-time high. I was pregnant, and during this pregnancy, I had 7 (yes 7) bladder infections and consumed countless rounds of antibiotics. By the end of it, I was exhausted, frustrated and feeling awful. My doctors decided to put me on a daily prescription that I would have to take for the rest of my life. Not a cure by any means, but a ‘bandaid” just to get me by. After reading the side effects of the medication, I knew I had to find a way to heal myself naturally. I began a diet of whole foods, and I started pumping my body full of probiotics. During this personal health revolution, a friend of mine told me about re:iimmune. It sounded like everything I was trying to put in my body all in one small packet! I ordered some re:iimmune almost immediately. Now, re:iimmune has become a part of mine and my family’s regular health routine. Sometimes, if I’m feeling particularly run down, I’ll take it once a day for several days in a row. Recently I had a stomach virus and the only thing I could keep in my system was the re:iimmune. My body was able to heal itself while staying hydrated. It’s been over a year and a half and I haven’t had one UTI, nor have I been on any antibiotics. I also never did take the prescription that was supposed to make my life “bearable”.  For me, this is a medical miracle! I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been and I contribute this to great gut health with the help of re:iimmune. I feel better at 40 than I did at 30, and I’m expecting a healthy baby boy this summer.” -Sarah

 

As a society, we have just begun to scratch the surface when it comes to our understanding of digestive health, and the effect it has on our overall health- the benefits of a healthy gut are proving to be endless! From energy improvements, uplifted moods, hormone balance and generalized health- to notable improvements in chronic illnesses and serious diseases. Digestive health has been linked back to all things positive in regards to our wellbeing. It’s time that we stop putting “Band-Aids” on our laundry list of symptoms, and begin to heal ourselves from the inside out.

When it comes to a healthy digestive system, there isn’t one explanation, one supplement, or one diet to correct the complexities of each individual body. Instead, it takes work, research and an open mind to find what’s right for you and your body. One thing we do know is that no matter who you are, or what your body tolerates, adequate hydration and healthy intestinal bacteria will assist your body in its attempt to heal itself. re:iimmune® contains a multi-strain probiotic blend that is accompanied by a prebiotic which acts as food for the probiotics and in turn, aids in your healthy intestinal bacteria’s growth. At the core of re:iimmune® is our Clinical Strength Hydration® formula which helps your body maintain optimal function for all of its vital organs, while strengthening your immune system. If you’re feeling distraught over reoccurring symptoms, a negative prognosis, or a plateau in your personal health goals, add re:iimmune® to your routine and get better, better™!

Dehydration and Heat Stroke

 

The sun is shining longer and the temperature gauges are steadily rising, it’s officially summer and it looks like it’s going to be a scorcher. These are the days of pool parties, barbeques with friends and boating until sunset. Summer time is known for it’s beautiful sunsets, ice cream cones and sweet memories made under palm trees, but summer and all of it’s fun, comes with it’s own dangers. As afternoon temperatures rise, so do your chances of heat related illnesses that can quickly take a serious turn.

This summer, protect your children, yourself and your loved ones with knowledge and preparation. Avoid the dangers of dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke while enjoying your fun in the sun over summer break. Watch for the tell tale signs and be prepared to take action when you recognize a heat related illness creeping up.

 

 

Early signs of heat exhaustion may include:heat stroke, heat related illness, dehydration

♦ Thirst

♦ Heavy Sweating

♦ Fatigue

♦ Muscle Cramps and Pain Central to the Legs and Abdomen

Advanced symptoms of heat exhaustion:

♦ Dizziness/ Light Headedness

♦ Headache

♦ Nausea and Vomiting

♦ Cool, Clammy Skin

♦ Dark Urine

♦ Weakness

Symptoms of heatstroke include:

♦ Extreme Confusion

♦ Rapid, Shallow Breathing

♦ Seizures

♦ Irrational Behavior

♦ Rapid, Weak Pulse

♦ Fever

 

Heatstroke is the most severe form of heat related illness and requires immediate medical attention. (Call 911).

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Dehydration plays a huge part in leading to a heat related illness. Sweat is our body’s way of cooling itself down and when your hydration levels fall, your body no longer has the ability to cool itself down by producing sweat causing your temperature to rise to a dangerous level and leaving you in danger of heat stroke. Some other factors that play a part in your risk for heat stroke are pre existing conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease, obesity or being underweight, and diabetes. Age also plays a part in your risk for heat related illness, infants and children under 4, as well as adults over 65 may be even more susceptible.

Prepare yourself this summer when you know you’re going to be exposed to high temperatures for extended amounts of time. The Clinical Strength Hydration formula in re:iimmune® is perfect for on the go summer fun since each serving is individually packaged in sachets that can be mixed with a bottle of ice cold water anywhere, and at any time. The L-Glutamine in re:iimmune® works as a co-transporter by pulling hydration directly into your cells and providing rapid rehydration. Make sure to pack extra re:iimmune® into your picnic basket or lake bag before you head out this weekend, and feel better, better™!