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Preventing and Easing Constipation

Constipation, infrequent or difficult to pass bowel movements, can cause abdominal pain and bloating. It’s a pretty common complaint among those eating a low fiber diet. Foods such as eggs, red meat and cheese are low-fiber/high fat and slow down digestion. Balancing out your diet with plenty of high fiber foods help to rev up that sluggish digestive system and is one of the best ways of preventing and treating constipation. There are other less well-known causes of constipation. Certain medications such as narcotic painkillers, antacids, blood pressure medications and allergy medicines containing antihistamines can be the culprit behind constipation. People suffering from hypothyroidism, where the thyroid gland is underactive, are dealing with a slowed metabolic process. This includes the digestive system. Lack of exercise also plays a major role in constipation. Too much sitting can really slow down the system whereas activity and good muscle development helps to keep digestion running smoothly. Back to those high fiber foods! The average American only consumes around 13 grams of fiber per day which doesn’t even come close to the recommended amount. Women ages 18 to 50 should be getting 25 grams per day and men in the same age bracket should have 38 grams. After age 50, the numbers go down slightly at 21 grams for women and 30 grams for men. The most fiber filled foods include fruits (pears, berries, apples and oranges), vegetables (carrots, potatoes, squash, broccoli and Brussels sprouts), beans, lentils, split peas, whole grain breads, brown rice, oatmeal, nuts and seeds. Last but certainly not least is making sure you are fully hydrated. The digestive process slows down considerably when we aren’t taking in enough water and dehydration can lead to constipation. Using re:iimmune helps to optimize your digestive tract as it contains L-Glutamine which draws water over the intestinal wall and aids in absorption. We’ve also included probiotics, friendly bacteria, and a prebiotic food source to encourage healthy bacterial growth. Kick constipation to the curb with proper hydration, a high fiber diet and plenty of exercise!
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Renew Your Energy – 5 Ways to Put the Spring Back in Your Step

The next time you reach that point in your day when you are feeling sluggish and need to renew your energy, step away from the sweets and the caffeine and try one or more of these five tips to put the spring back into your step! Take a Nap Obviously, this option isn’t always readily available to us in the middle of the day. However, if your schedule allows you to take a siesta, the ideal power nap time length to renew your energy level is 20 minutes. A nap in this time frame keeps you in the lightest stage on non-REM sleep and can improve alertness, performance and mood. Have a Healthy Snack Food is energy after all! The right kinds of foods can make all the difference. Foods like beans, lentils and spinach which are rich in iron are known to help energy levels. Foods that have a good mix of fats and protein, like nuts and yogurt, can also help with that mid-afternoon slump. Fresh fruit which contains natural sugars and fiber to keep blood sugar levels steady is another great choice. Stretch It Out Many of us spend too much time sitting during the workday and it’s important to get the blood circulating and stretch our muscles. Yoga15.com recommends these 8 yoga moves to help give you energy and help your back, hips and knees while your at it! Scent Stimulation The inhalation of certain essential oils has been used for thousands of years to enhance mood and boost energy levels. Lemon, ginger, rosemary, grapefruit, peppermint and eucalyptus are all known to help clear mental fatigue and lift the spirits. Hydrate! Dehydration is the main culprit for causing feelings of sluggishness! In fact, that tired feeling is often the first signal that our body gives us that we aren’t taking in enough water. Eight glasses a day or half of your body weight in ounces is the recommended daily intake. Add a packet of re:iimmune to that water for the added benefit of L-Glutamine, which assists the cells of the intestines in water absorption. We steered clear of sugar, sucralose and dextrose, opting for fructan derived from agave as the sweetener. This fiber helps to sweeten, boost energy and is a natural prebiotic to promote healthy bacteria in the gut.
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Surgery Recovery and re:iimmune

If you or a loved one are facing an operation, you will want to put as much thought into surgery recovery as the procedure itself. The healing process can be a frustrating one but planning ahead can make the surgery recovery time less daunting and help support healing. Today we have some tips for you as you begin the healing process. . . Follow the Doctor’s Orders Listen carefully to what your doctor instructs you to do post-surgery. Sometimes patients follow only the instructions that make sense to them personally and ignore the ones they don’t care for, think silly or decide don’t apply to their case. There are usually very good reasons for the surgery recovery directions your physician gives. You may hear things like “no lifting anything over ten pounds” or “showers no baths” and blow it off but these types of things can really impede healing and if your doctor says to avoid them, then listen and follow that advice. Get Up and Walk Unless your doctor has given you strict instruction not to do so, walking can be one of the most beneficial things you can do in surgery recovery. Short walks can help prevent constipation, one of the side effects of anesthesia, and prevent complications like pneumonia and deep vein thrombosis. Short walks every couple of hours are recommended and if you can get out into a little sunshine, that helps the healing process as well. Incision Care Obviously you want clean hands before inspecting and touching your incision. Don’t scrub or remove scabs from the area or use alcohol or peroxide on the incision unless your doctor specifically directs you to do so. Scabbing can be annoying and itchy but picking them off can cause the site to heal more slowly. Food as Medicine During surgery recovery many patients suffer from nausea, lack of appetite and constipation. However it is vital to think of food as medicine. Certain foods help support recovery and aid with fatigue. Protein found in foods like eggs, meat and beans is at the top of the list as it helps with wound healing. Foods with B12, iron, fiber and vitamin C are beneficial during the healing process. It’s important to discuss supplements with your doctor to be sure of what you should and shouldn’t be taking with whatever medications you are on. One supplement that many find beneficial during surgery recovery is bromelain (pineapple extract). It’s aids in digestion and has strong anti-inflammatory effects to help reduce swelling and bruising. Once again, consult with your physician first. Hydration for Healing Dehydration is a serious risk that can get in the way of recovery. Staying hydrated helps to reduce the chance of stroke, deep vein thrombosis and urinary tract infections and is one of the most important things you can do to support healing in the body. Poor hydration and a stressed immune system can slow your body’s natural ability to heal. We understand that healing starts from the inside out and re:iimmune was specifically designed to aid in the healing process, providing isotonic clinical strength hydration with balancing electrolytes. L-Glutamine pulls water across the intestinal wall, assists the cells in absorbing water and aids in tissue repair. The probiotics found in re:iimmune were included to give the digestive system support in strengthening beneficial bacteria. 75% of our body’s immune system is located in the digestive tract. With probiotics and a prebiotic food source you can help fight against the side effects of antibiotics that kill off healthy gut flora, inflammation, bacterial infection and constipation. All of which helps you on the road to recovery!
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Call for re:iimmune testimonials

    re:iimmune® Hydrobiotic - 3pack - 30 day supplyWe love to hear from our customers about how re:iimmune has helped support their regular health routine and/or aid in their recovery. We often share testimonials from our regular customers to help get the word out about the benefits of our hydrobiotic formula. Now we are calling for a new round of testimonials and if yours is selected as a feature on our blog, you’ll be entered to get a gift of thanks, a box of re:iimmune to replenish your supply! If you have been regularly using our product which was created to deliver clinical strength hydration, provide beneficial gut bacteria and decrease inflammation in the gut, we want to hear your story! Here are some ideas of what to include. . .
  • Give us a little background on yourself and how did you come across re:iimmune? What issues were you aiming to address? Were you recovering from an illness, suffering from a chronic condition or adding it to your wellness routine to aid in staying healthy?
  • How long have you been using re:iimmune? What is your routine to incorporate it into your day?
  • What benefits have you noticed by regularly consuming re:iimmune?
American consumers are literally flooded with gimmicky and expensive variations on H2O: concoctions of sugar, artificial flavors and unsubstantiated ingredients that can themselves pose a challenge to our health. At the same time, poor hydration and insufficient intestinal microflora can endanger patient recovery and lead to hospital readmissions and poor outcomes. Dr. Kerri Miller developed re:iimmune to address those issues and to help people get better, better! A Johns Hopkins and Harvard educated nurse practitioner, Dr. Miller developed a simple solution; make the water you drink more efficient during illness recovery! With her oral Hydrobiotic technology, she created a solution that gives water more power to hydrate while supercharging the body’s natural defense system. We want to hear from you and share your story to encourage others to give re:iimmune a try and help more people who are on the road to recovery or looking to maintain a healthy gut and stay properly hydrated. If you would like to help us get the word out, please email your testimonial to info@makepeoplebetter.com. As inspiration we’ve included a couple of testimonial videos below! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vm2O7MFBc8c&t=30s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3s1j8ZTkFw
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Natural Cold Remedies

  Fighting a nasty cold? An average of 2-3 times a year, most adults suffer through the effects of the common cold including sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, coughing, headaches and body aches. There is no cure for the common cold. Over-the-counter medicines mask symptoms but often have side effects people would like to avoid. Here are some natural cold remedies to lessen the misery and support your recovery! Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate No surprise to hear us shouting this from the rooftops. In any recovery, staying hydrated is essential. When dealing with a cold, drinking plenty of water helps to prevent respiratory secretions from getting thick and making it difficult to expel. If plain old water is hard to get down, it’s helps to add lemon which is high in Vitamin C and assists in loosening up stuffiness and congestion. Hot tea is also soothing for a sore throat, stuffy nose and congestion and adding honey to it will help with coughs. Just be sure to reach for the decaf. Caffeine is dehydrating, making caffeinated teas, coffee and soda the last thing your body needs to recover. Also, as we’ve discussed in previous posts, stay away from sugar loaded sports drinks. If you are looking to replenish electrolytes, re:iimmune’s hydrobiotic formula was created to address poor hydration, a weakened immune system and intestinal inflammation which affects immunity. re:iimmune provides isotonic, clinical strength hydration along with a prebiotic, probiotics, electrolytes, L-Glutamine, Zinc and Ginger and it’s sugar free! Simple Soothers When you are suffering from a cold, it’s all about finding ways to soothe the symptoms to make yourself more comfortable. We mentioned adding some honey into your tea above and you may even want to ingest a tablespoon or two all on it’s own if one of the symptoms you are struggling with is a nasty cough. Honey has been shown to be as or even more effective at controlling and soothing coughs than over the counter cough medicines. When we’re sick, our nasal passages go into overdrive, swelling up and producing more mucus to try to drive the virus out. An easy and effective way to calm them down is using a saline spray which helps to loosen mucus and moisturize the nasal passages. If all that mucus is irritating your throat, a saltwater gargle can also provide relief. Another irritating symptom? The sore nose that inevitably comes from blowing it so much. Using a little dab of coconut oil will moisturize your nose and help prevent it from getting raw and sore. We’ve included some links to other great natural cold remedies, including essential oils that bring relief and why chicken soup really might deserve it’s cold remedy reputation. Hope you’re feeling better soon!   Chicken soup How To Make Homemade Vapo Rub 15 Essential Oils for Cough, Cold and Congestion
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Hydration: Hypertonic, Hypotonic, Isotonic

  twenty20_de30ff1c-282e-4a27-83b8-7babf1a74abf 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!
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Cold or Flu? Tips to Tell and Ways to Deal

cold-and-flu-prevention-clipart-1   Got the sniffly, sneezy blues? First things first, you gotta know your enemy! In the beginning stages of sickness you might be wondering if what you are dealing with is a cold or flu. Today we are sharing some helpful ways to figure out which monster you are battling and common myths to dispel. The symptoms are very similar but one of the first ways to tell if you are dealing with a cold or flu is how quickly it comes on. A sudden onset of symptoms such as respiratory issues, fever, chills, aches and intense tiredness typically point to the flu. If what you are dealing with is a stuffy nose and sore throat, with none of the other symptoms just described, then it’s a common cold. Vomiting is a sign of neither, but instead is a sign of a stomach bug. Flu is a respiratory illness, not a digestive illness. It’s really important to figure out what you are dealing with because if it is the flu then there are prescription antiviral medications specifically formulated to lessen the symptoms and duration. However, those medications are most effective if taken within the first 48 hours of the onset of symptoms. Now to dispel some of those myths floating around there about the cold and flu. . . “Feed a cold, starve a fever” Nope. Your cold is not gonna budge just because you are filling up the tank. And a fever doesn’t lessen just because your tummy is grumbling. In any case, you need to eat healthy to give your body the essential nutrients it needs to repair itself. Not a myth? Chicken soup really is good for a cold and at providing relief from your symptoms. “You need antibiotics” Wrong. A cold or flu are both caused by viruses. Antibiotics only work on bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics when you don’t really need them lessens their effectiveness when you really do. So unless a doctor has diagnosed you with a bacterial infection, don’t go this route. “Cold weather is to blame. Bundle up or you’ll get sick” Negative. As just mentioned, colds and the flu are viruses spread person to person. However, those roller coaster temperatures we experience in the fall can play havoc with your sinuses. Just don’t go blaming the weather for your cold or flu. “You need to sweat it out” Absolutely not! Dehydration can be dangerous and the exact opposite is what you need. Staying hydrated is essential to recover from illness. Our re:iimmune Hydrobiotic Recovery Formula has balancing electrolytes to help provide maximum rehydration.
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Dealing with Dry Skin

Has the weather got you feeling itchy? Dry skin is a major problem for people all year round. Never fear, we’ve got some tips for you to help you stay smooth and soft. Our skin is our largest organ, measuring around 20 square feet! As with all the organs in your body, the most important thing you can do for your skin is to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. re:iimmune can help in that department! Sometimes to get hydration to optimum levels your body might need a bit of assistance. The L-Glutamine and electrolyte balancing nutrients in re:iimmune can help give a boost when trying to stay well hydrated. Speaking of water, another tip to keep in mind is avoiding super hot showers. Whereas ingesting water is excellent for your skin, frequent bathing in hot water can make dry skin worse. Keep the shower temps down and make sure to replenish the oils stripped from your skin during bathing with a good moisturizer. Check out our post on how various plant oils, not lotion, might be your best bet! Before we talk moisturizing, there’s another important step in keeping your skin at it’s best. Exfoliation is key! Dead skin cells need to be dealt with and there are several ways to do this. Alpha-hydroxy acids are essentially fruit acids that help to eliminate dead skin cells. One of the best is pineapple! In Sri Lanka, women have used pineapple on their skin for centuries to smooth their skin. Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain which literally eats up dead skin cells! Other great natural exfoliates include baking soda, apple cider vinegar, rice bran and oatmeal. As with water, the food we eat plays a huge part in the health of our organs and skin is no different! Here are a few suggestions of items to add to your diet which have great benefits to your skin’s health. . . Walnuts - Omega-3 fatty acids increase your skin’s ability to retain moisture. Cantaloupe - Chock full of choline, Vitamin K and E which keep skin healthy and radiant. Watermelon - No brainer! It’s 93% water, aiding in hydration. It also contains vitamins A, B6 and C to repair and protect your skin. Kale - Some studies have shown that the indole-3-carbonal in Kale boosts DNA repair in our cells and may help block the growth of skin cancer cells. Other food helpers in the struggle to keep skin looking great include strawberries, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds and avocados. So eat, drink your water and keep your skin merry this winter season!
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Natural Remedies in the Fight Against Fall Allergies

screen-shot-2016-10-21-at-10-47-01-am Last time, we talked about understanding the main culprits behind fall allergies and different ways to prevent them. Today we’ve got some suggestions of natural helpers to relieve your symptoms! Raw Local Honey Not only is it yummy but it also relieves symptoms of seasonal allergies as it contains the local pollen that is causing those allergies. Adding a couple of teaspoons into your day each day helps you to build up a tolerance. It’s a good idea to do this year round. Pineapple Sweet and juicy relief! Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain which helps to reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses. Apple Cider Vinegar Well known for giving your immune system a boost, it also helps in breaking up mucus and supports lymphatic drainage. When you are feeling that runny nose coming on, try mixing one tablespoon each of Apple Cider Vinegar, fresh lemon juice and local honey mixed with water to get some relief. How Can re:iimmune help? As we discussed in the last post, staying hydrated is one of the most important steps to take in preventing and relieving symptoms of fall allergies. You want to flush all that nastiness out of your system! Our isotonic Clinical Strength Hydration® formula also contains zinc, which helps adrenal fatigue caused by stress. Stress worsens the symptoms of both seasonal allergies and the common cold. Other Supplements and Essential Oils Other supplements to add into your routine include Spirulina, Stinging Nettle and Quercetin, all of which help stop the release of histamines. Some folks find relief by using a combination of different essential oils. Remember that essential oils should typically not be applied directly to the skin. Instead, they should be added to a carrier oil such as jojoba, sweet almond or grapeseed oil to avoid irritation. Lavender, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus and tea tree essential oils have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities to aid in your allergy relief. One common way to get their benefits is by adding a few undiluted drops to your bath or shower to breathe in as you wash that pollen away! Check out essentialoilbenefits.com for more ideas and essential oil recipes.
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Why would you NOT re:iimmune?

Why Wednesday

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“A better question is “Why would you Not re:iimmune?”

I have suffered from IBS since I was a teenager, I know how important “gut health” is so when I heard about re:iimmune I knew I had to try it.  I have used it for a couple years and I love it.  Every morning I drink a full glass of it, so it helps rehydrate me and the probiotics keep my gut in check. Since starting on re:iimmune I have not had any IBS issues, even in situations that would otherwise cause a flare up. I also have shared the product on numerous occasions with my elderly parents when they have had the flu and or have to take antibiotics and it has helped them recover faster and like me, my Dad thinks the salty flavor is great.  So, why re:iimmune…because it is all about taking care of yourself, being healthier, and living an active life style with NO side effects.”  –Paula T.

IBS is one of many gut related disorders that make life miserable for countless individuals, in fact IBS affects between 25 and 45 million people in the U.S. and that’s just one gut related disorder among many. There are diet regimes and medications that help alleviate the daily discomfort that goes along with most of these digestive disorders, while re:iimmune® is here to help boost your progress, and pitch in some extra aid on the especially challenging days. Hydration is a key component in maintaining a healthy intestinal tract, so naturally the Clinical Strength Hydration™ found in a glass of re:iimmune®, combined with its intestinal immune support formula, provide a safe and easy way for you to get better, better™The L-Glutamine in our intestinal immune support formula works to rebuild the delicate tissue specifically found in your intestinal lining, while the ginger root extract soothes nausea and aids in decreasing inflammation. One of the most important things you can do for your body when you're dealing with a digestion upset is to add a pre and probiotic blend to your diet, re:iimmune® combines 14 different probiotic strains with one essential prebiotic (food for the probiotics to live off of). Probiotics will allow your body to produce the good bacteria your digestive system requires in order to function properly.

We love hearing each persons story! You may picture a large customer service center with employees filtering through emails, then discarding them after skimming over each one, but the truth is; our CEO reads each email and customer inquiry that flow through our website or social media pages. We’re still a small team at this point, but we have big ideas, and knowing that re:iimmune® is changing lives is the motivation that keeps driving us forward. This is Dr. Miller’s passion, this is our passion as a team- to Make People Better and to continue hearing stories of how re:iimmune® is aiding this mission in a safe and sustainable way! If you have a story you’d like to share with us, or a questions and comments- please feel free to reach out to us on any of our social media platforms, or email us at info@makepeoplebetter.com We want to know your WHY!

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