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Zinc for Cold and Flu Season

There has definitely been a spike in the last few weeks of all sorts of nasty bugs going around. Today we want to share a little knowledge about the mineral zinc and how it can become your ally in the fight against these nasty bugs during cold and flu season. Our bodies rely on zinc to support immune function, cellular activities and more than 300 enzymatic functions. Zinc also combats inflammation in the body.  It’s essential for healthy hormone and immune development, as well as human growth. This is why it is especially important for pregnant women, babies and children. It is essential for cognitive development and regulates hormones such as leptin and cortisol. As important as it is, around 2 billion people worldwide are deficient primarily due to inadequate nutrition. Another factor is high sugar and carbohydrate consumption. When the body has an unhealthy blood sugar balance, the body cannot properly absorb zinc. For people suffering from leaky gut syndrome the inability to absorb zinc is common. Zinc deficiency can cause a host of problems in the body, including. . .
  • Lowered immunity
  • Low energy/insomnia
  • Skin rashes/eczema
  • Loss of libido
  • Poor memory
  • Abnormal hair loss
  • Spots on fingernails
  • Frequent colds or flu
Zinc is known to be helpful in boosting the immune system to prevent catching colds and also in shortening the duration of a cold. Studies have shown that taking zinc within 24 hours of the onset of symptoms can shorten the length of a cold by several days. A significant amount of colds are caused by rhinovirus which thrives in the nasal passages and throat and multiplies quickly. It has been found to be effective at preventing the rhinovirus from multiplying and may stop it from lodging in the mucus membranes of the upper respiratory system. Our clinical strength hydration supplement, re:iimmune, addresses the core reasons people struggle to recover from an illness: dehydration and malnutrion. Good hydration is critical when recovering from any type of illness. In order to properly fight against all these nasty germs we need our immune systems at the top of their game. Since 70% of our immunity is in our digestive tract we’ve included a prebiotic and probiotics in re:iimmune to support the intestinal immune system. Balancing electrolytes, L-glutamine for tissue repair and zinc are all included to get you better, better!
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Fighting Norovirus- Hydrobiotic Recovery Formula

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Travel season, cruise excursions, or even large conference type settings like we have recently heard about in the news, are all the perfect breeding grounds for the dreaded norovirus. Although cruises and resort destinations have become infamous for their reputation of remaining plagued by the norovirus, they aren’t the only place this nasty bug likes to lurk. Norovirus is easily spread where there are a large amount of people in one place for any extended amount of time. For example, it is common to hear of outbreaks in schools, healthcare facilities, military camps, and prisons. Not only is norovirus spread from person to person, but it is also often spread through contaminated food in restaurants and catered event type settings.

Over the last few years, we’ve heard stories in the media about an influx of norovirus on cruise vacations and resort destinations - mostly due to large numbers of people residing in close proximity, traveling to foreign waters, eating and drinking new foods, and exposing themselves to unfamiliar bacteria. Although norovirus isn’t exclusive to cruise ships and vacation destinations, it is a concern to keep in mind when you’re preparing for your next trip or convention. Norovirus is an infection that induces a sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhea and is highly contagious, as it spreads rapidly through close contact with an infected person.  

Here are some helpful tips to prevent catching norovirus, according to the CDC:

-Wash Fruits and Vegetables Thoroughly and Cook Seafood Thoroughly- it’s important to be aware that noroviruses are very resilient, they can survive temperatures as high as 140F

-When You are Sick DO NOT Prepare Food for Others, or Care For Others Who Are also Sick-even if you are feeling better, the truth is that you can still spread norovirus for up to two days after your symptoms have faded.

-Clean and Disinfect Contaminated Surfaces- it is suggested that you use a chlorine bleach with a concentration of 1,000 to 5,000 ppm (5-25 Tablespoons of bleach to one gallon of water) when washing contaminated surfaces.

-Wash Laundry Thoroughly- handle soiled items carefully and with rubber gloves, you should wash all soiled laundry at the maximum available cycle length and then machine dry them.

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The Clinical Strength Hydration formula in re:iimmune® is sugar free and diabetic friendly, making it a safe resource for everyone experiencing dehydration caused by diarrhea and vomiting. The multi strain pre and probiotic blend in re:iimmune® restores balance to your digestive health after the damage caused during an illness, while the L-Glutamine works to repair damage done to the tissue in the intestinal wall. The generous dose of ginger found in re:iimmune® works to soothe nausea, and strengthens the immune system alongside a healthy serving of zinc contained in each sachet. When it comes to enjoying your travels, don’t let norovirus or dehydration throw a hitch in your plans. The last thing you want to happen during an important event is to wind up stuck in a bed, far from the comforts of your own home -so add re:iimmune® to your packing list, and..  

get better, better™!

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