Spices, herbs, tinctures and essential oils have been used for millennia to season our food, heal our bodies and boost our spirits. In our Throwback Thursday (#TBT) series, we at re:iimmune will take you back in history to learn how these gifts from Mother Nature have been used. We'll focus on their use through the ages and beneficial purposes in regard to nutrition, natural health and household care. Today the spotlight is on eucalyptus!Eucalyptus is a native plant of Australia where there are over 700 varieties. Aboriginal people considered them a general “cure-all” and the trees have been utilized for paper, mulch, fuel, as windbreakers and for fighting malaria. Because it has an extensive root system it can absorb large quantities of water and so it was intentionally planted in marshy, malaria infested areas to dry up the soil. The plant is also a good example of why humans have to be careful introducing non-native species. In the 1850’s during the California Gold Rush, thousands of acres of eucalyptus trees were planted in the state. Since the climate is similar to parts of Australia, the hope was that it could serve as a renewable source of timber for all sorts of construction including railroad ties for an ever expanding railroad system. However the timber wasn’t suitable for railroad ties as the wood has a tendency to twist when drying. Unfortunately eucalyptus trees release compounds which inhibit other plant species from growing nearby, it’s an invasive species and a fire hazard in a state plagued by drought and wildfires. All that said, eucalyptus has some wonderful health and wellness benefits and has been used from ancient to modern times for respiratory ailments like bronchitis, coughs and flu. During World War 1, the oil was in high demand to help control a meningitis outbreak and as a treatment during the terrible influenza breakout in 1919. The plant is antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, plus it’s a natural decongestant. Studies have shown that for people suffering from non-bacterial sinusitis, symptoms improve faster when given medicine containing eucalyptus oil. It’s also used as a remedy for sore throats and can provide relief when mixed with warm water and used as a gargle solution. With it’s cool and refreshing smell, eucalyptus has also been used to do away with sluggishness and promote mental alertness. For those suffering from asthma, massaging a few drops onto the chest and inhaling the vapors helps to calm the throat and dilate blood vessels allowing more oxygen into the lungs. The oil is also useful in dental care, the treatment of lice, as a foot deodorizer and skin coolant and for sore muscles. Below are links to some ways to incorporate eucalyptus into your wellness routine. Cooling Foot and Shoe Deodorizer Homemade Chest Rub Frozen Eucalyptus Towels
You may not realize it, but your body has an amazing ability to heal itself after a serious injury or illness. Although medicine has come a long way, and should not be takin for granted, it’s important to recognize and take responsibility for our part in recovery. If you are recovering from an illness, a severe injury or just trying to maintain a healthy immune system, it would be in your best interest to observe these health truths.
- Food is Medicine: Most of us have felt that swell of pride whenwe reach around the box of donuts and grab a piece of fruit instead, but that momentary feeling of elation often fades by dinner time as we find ourselves reaching for that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, or a heaping pile of cheesy pasta. Hungry yet? The truth is, our brains react to food with the same addictive stimulation as it would with any other drug. It doesn’t help that portions are larger than ever, and that processed, feel good treats are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of the temptation to indulge, is the confusion; with every diet fad in the book being thrown around at us from all angles. It can become overwhelming to decipher what approach to take when it comes to a healthy diet. Our mantra? Keep it simple. Say no to carb heavy, processed foods that will drain your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. Say yes to whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and most importantly, enjoy the food you eat! Branch out with some new recipes that abide by these principles, but still leave your mouth watering.
- Sleep Offers So Much More Than Beauty: Your body can cope without food for about a month, without water for up to a week, but sleep? Your body will start shutting down after 48 hours of sleep deprivation. http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/what-happens-when-you-dont-sleep-days/ Sleep benefits every aspect of our health, both physically and emotionally, from your heart health, mental stability, and weight control. So go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time, skip that last episode on Netflix, and hit the sack an extra hour early- your body will thank you!
- Exercise Your Way to Health: Get moving! Culturally we tend to complicate this concept, but the simple truth is this; move more. That’s it! It doesn’t take expensive gym memberships, hours of intense weight lifting, or fancy gadgets to “exercise”. Find what works best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. For me, it’s as simple as taking my dog on a 30-minute walk, or heading to the YMCA for a group yoga class. It gets your blood flowing while simultaneously moving toxins out of your body, and pumping endorphins back through your system. Maybe you’d be more comfortable bicycling through nature, tuning into your favorite in home work out routine, or joining a kick boxing club. However you choose to make exercise your own, own it! The benefits to your health are endless.
At Make People Better, we are passionate about enabling people to take control of their own health. Every day we have opportunities to improve our health, and one step at a time we want to inspire your journey! Don’t forget, the Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support found in re:iimmune® is the perfect accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle. Get better, better!
When Dr. Kerri Miller was taking her first steps towards the creation of reiimmune, the book “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek was a life changing inspiration that played a part in the foundation of the development of reiimmune. So it’s only natural that we want to know your "why".
Here’s Sarah’s WHY:
"I love drinking re:iimmune because it helps keep me balanced after a crazy season of transition and a new job. I know my immune system took a hit this winter when I had to take antibiotics for the first time in 6 years, and re:iimmune helped my gut health and in turn, my immune system. Now I am in a habit of drinking it regularly. It helps me stay hydrated and healthy, even during a stressful work week, and my dog is thankful I have the energy to keep up with him!" -Sarah
Why do you reiimmune?
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Maybe you’ve walked past it lined up on a shelf at your local pharmacy, or seen an ad pop up as you were scrolling through your favorite sites, but what do you really know about re:iimmune®?
Well here are THE FACTS; re:iimmune® was created by Springfield Missouri Native, Dr. Kerri Miller-- she saw a missing link in our health care system and set out to find the solution, an over the counter, illness recovery formula that will help you get better, better at home.
re:iimmune® combines clinical strength hydration, with a prebiotic and 14 probiotics for intestinal immune support, a dose of zinc for extra immune boosting power, ginger-- to soothe nausea, and L-glutamine to aid in repairing intestinal tissue. This powerful pack of essential nutrients pairs well with a balanced anti-inflammatory diet, and to top it all off, it is made with organic agave (prebiotic), all natural flavoring, and is sugar and gluten free.
Where can you find it, you ask? Good question! re:iimmune® has been on shelves locally since August of 2014 and we are proud to announce you can now also find re:iimmune® at one of four Walgreens in the Springfield Missouri area.
Not in Springfield? Check out our store locator to find a location near you.
Now that you know the facts, we want to help you get better, better! For more information on re:iimmune® click here.
|Walgreens Store Locations|
|1955 S National Ave||Springfield||MO||65804|
|2640 E. Sunshine||Springfield||MO||65804|
|2951 S. Campbell||Springfield||MO||65807|
|1349 E Republic Rd||Springfield||MO||65804|
We can’t deny that antibiotics have become a sort of controversy as of late, but to deny them the respect they so deserve, would be doing ourselves a great disservice.
The history of antibiotic discovery and use is actually a very interesting story; some say it dates all the way back to the early Egyptians who use to bandage wounds with a type of moldy bread poultice. Isn’t that nice? Needless to say, we’ve come a long way since then. Penicillin was our first successful antibiotic pioneer, before Alexander Fleming discovered the bacteria fighting power of penicillin, a simple cut or scrape could introduce serious infections and even fatality—not to mention the fact that we had no way of fighting pneumonia, strep throat, rheumatic fever or gonorrhea.
The threat we face today is the overuse of antibiotics. We’ve stopped using them solely for life threatening infections and have started relying on them for every discomfort in the book. We’ve begun to create a community of antibiotic resistant bodies and diseases. There are many consequences that come with the abuse of this powerful medicine, aside from the threat of them becoming completely ineffective--they also leave our immune systems worse for the wear as they destroy all bacteria in their path, including the healthy bacteria that keep our gut, the epicenter of our immune system, healthy and functional.
Our advice? Do everything in your power to build your immune system naturally-rest, eat right, and at the end of the day when you feel yourself coming down with something, evaluate the situation. Consult your doctor on whether what you’re experiencing truly is concerning enough to introduce antibiotics. Antibiotics are wonderful when used correctly and re:iimmune® will help your body begin to recover by re-introducing good bacteria to your gut, relieving antibiotic related nausea with ginger root extract and will also begin to repair your intestinal wall with it’s multifunctional L-Glutamine that also aids in hydration absorption.
The truth is, the flu is old news. Every year we are blasted with warnings of the approaching flu season, ads on TV of sniffly moms and dads, construction workers miserably trudging around in the cold, children with thermometers poking out of their mouths and disheveled business men trying to make it through their work day- directing us to the latest and greatest symptom reliever. The ugly truth is that the flu isn’t just another seasonal inconvenience, but a serious problem—in fact, thousands of people die each year from flu related symptoms which pose the greatest threats to children and elderly adults.
When the flu hits you, or your family, what is your plan of action? Most likely you run to the medicine cabinet for a variety of decongestants, cough remedies, hot teas and vitamin C. While immediate relief from your symptoms aids in allowing you to rest more comfortably (which is vital to recovery) we also have to focus in on the foundation of our health: the immune system. There are many commonly referenced immune boosters that we’ve all become familiar with, but did you know that 75% of your immune system resides in the digestive system? Without giving your digestive system the proper fuel it needs to restore itself, your body won’t have the strength it requires to ward off infection properly.
Our bodies are made up of nearly 90% bacteria, both good and bad. When your health is under attack it's best to fight back by strengthening your good bacteria with pre and probiotics, essential nutrients and Clinical Strength Hydration™. Without proper hydration levels, your cells won't have the strength they need to do their jobs efficiently and ward off illness. The same goes for your digestive system, without the power to ward off the bad bacteria residing in your gut, your immune system is left in a vulnerable position.
Our suggestion? Hold on to your favorite relief product, settle in with some "feel good" movies, steep a pot of hot tea, and mix yourself up a glass of re:iimmune®! With it's multi-stain blend of pre and probiotics, Clinical Strength Hydration™, a powerful punch of L-glutamine that works to rebuild your intestinal tissue, and ginger root that soothes and repairs your digestive flow, your immune system will thank you. re:iimmune® was specifically formulated to help you get better, better™!