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#TBT – Dill – History and Benefits

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 we focus on the wonders of dill!

These days, dill is known primarily as a pickling herb and though it is common in many gardens, it’s not widely used for medicinal properties. However, since ancient times and still today it’s been used by herbalists as a digestive aid to ease gas, infant colic, to induce sleep and treat kidney problems.

In the ancient Egyptian Ebers papyrus from around 1500 BCE, lists dill as an ingredient for a painkiller mixture. The Greeks are said to have used fronds of dill to cover their eyes to induce sleep and even it’s name is derived from a Norse word “dylla” which means “to lull” or soothe. Modern German studies have shown the herb to be an effective treatment against intestinal bacteria.

The seeds of the plant contain an oil which has antibacterial properties which help destroy the intestinal bacteria that lead to ulcers and other intestinal issues. The herb contains stimulating essential oils that activate digestive juices and is helpful in relieving constipation. It’s also very effective at combating halitosis and in India, the seeds are often chewed to treat bad breath.

It has also been commonly used throughout history by nursing mothers to increase milk production and deter colic in newborns. The essential oils of the herb can also help with the stimulation of hormones helping to keep menstrual cycles regular. The plant is also a good source of calcium, helping to reduce bone loss in postmenopausal women.

In addition to all of the above, dill is also a good source of fiber, manganese, magnesium and iron.

To store fresh dill, it’s a good idea to keep it wrapped in a damp towel or stems in a glass of water in the refrigerator. It is a fragile herb and therefore will only keep for a couple of days. You can also freeze it, whole or chopped in an airtight baggie or container. Dill seeds, if stored in a sealed container and kept in a cool, dry place, will stay fresh for about six months.

Cucumber Dill Greek Yogurt Salad

Creamy Cauliflower Dill Soup

Pickled Dill Green Beans

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What People Say About re:iimmune

The change of the year has us thinking about how changing your routine or adding something new into your life can be unsettling or invigorating or perhaps a little bit of both. Even something small, like adding re:iimmune into your routine to better improve your gut health and stay hydrated can seem like a huge commitment. You might be thinking “I’ve got a thousand things to do in a day. What? Now I’ve gotta remember to drink this too?” Don’t laugh! You know what we mean. All of us are creatures of habit but it takes some of us a lot of time, effort, reminders and information to fall INTO those habits. So today we thought we’d give you some ideas on how to kickstart the habit of making re:iimmune part of your day and inspiration from some of our customers on why you should! What People Are Saying “Best. Product. Ever. My wife and I are both very health aware and try to make good choices. re:iimmune® does exactly what it says it will do – help you rehydrate and recover. How and why? It is the product of solid research. Simply put, it really does “make people better.” Dale Moore “As a Registered Dietitian I am always on the lookout for superior nutrition products that are supported by evidence-based medicine, and have found a keeper in re:iimmune.  I often find myself becoming dehydrated throughout my busy workday, when things become so hectic it’s easy to forget to drink or eat anything! It’s a snap to mix up some re:iimmune and instantly feel recharged- and it tastes great, too, not like some other supplements that contain artificial sweeteners and a chemical-laden aftertaste. The nutritionist in me also likes fact that there aren’t extra calories from added sugars- it’s really just good, simple, nutrition- and can be enjoyed by diabetics or others who are controlling their carbohydrate intake.  Knowing that re:iimmune contains probiotics and L-glutamine, both proven to support intestinal health, makes me feel even better about drinking it and recommending it to patients, especially those on low-fiber diets or with gastrointestinal disease. re:iimmune contains just the right ingredients whether you’re recovering from an illness or just trying to stay healthy! And did I mention it tastes great?!” Stephanie B. “I have been a daily user of Emergen-C and was recently introduced to re:iimmune®, my current job requires weekly travel with extended stays in hotels and use of rental cars and public transportation, my body tends to weaken / breakdown with the air travel and poor diet. With re:iimmune’s® keen ability to rehydrate my system it allows me to stay focused and maintain my energy level.” Mike Smith re:iimmune® has been helping me since I was diagnosed with cancer. I drink one packet the day before and one the day of chemotherapy. I have not needed any additional medication for nausea. I am so thankful for this product.” Ladonna Appelbaum “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. “As a hairstylist and make-up artist, I spend most of my days on my feet rushing around, and I rarely have a chance to even slow down long enough to take a drink of water or eat a full meal. I love my job, and I am passionate about creating art with my clients, but the toll it takes on my body is unavoidable. Days when I’m feeling especially run down, dehydrated and fatigued, one glass of re:iimmune will put me right back on my A game. When my husband has clients in town, his job is to entertain them, so after a long day of work when the only thing my body wants me to do is relax and recuperate, re:iimmune gives me the refreshment and stamina to socialize without winding up sick the next day!” Vivian Conway “I was first introduced 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. Making re:iimmune Part of YOUR Day So as you can see, people have so many good reasons to add our hydrobiotic recovery formula into their routine! Now how do you go about turning that into a habit? We found this awesome article on lifehack.org “18 Tricks to Make New Habits Stick” by Scott H. Young. We’ll share a few of his recommendations below but then we highly recommend you click on the link above to read it in it’s entirety because his suggestions are spot on! Commit to Thirty Days -  Young says, “Three to four weeks is all the time you need to make a habit automatic. If you can make it through the initial conditioning phase, it becomes much easier to sustain. A month is a good block of time to commit to a change since it easily fits in your calendar.” Stay Consistent - With any habit you are trying to form you need to play upon your regular routine. So for something like adding re:iimmune into your routine, find a certain time of day that you can easily see yourself mixing and drinking it. Perhaps it works best for you to mix it up in the morning and drink it in the car on the way to work. Or maybe it’s better for you to incorporate it during lunch. As Young says, “When cues like time of day, place and circumstances are the same in each case it is easier to stick.” Remind Yourself -  Young suggests, “Around two weeks into your commitment it can be easy to forget. Place reminders to execute your habit each day or you might miss a few days. If you miss time it defeats the purpose of setting a habit to begin with.”
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Registered Dietitian’s Stamp of Approval – re:iimmune for Intestinal Health- Why Wednesday

unnamed “As a Registered Dietitian I am always on the lookout for superior nutrition products that are supported by evidence-based medicine, and have found a keeper in re:iimmune.  I often find myself becoming dehydrated throughout my busy workday, when things become so hectic it’s easy to forget to drink or eat anything! It’s a snap to mix up some re:iimmune and instantly feel recharged- and it tastes great, too, not like some other supplements that contain artificial sweeteners and a chemical-laden aftertaste. The nutritionist in me also likes fact that there aren’t extra calories from added sugars- it’s really just good, simple, nutrition- and can be enjoyed by diabetics or others who are controlling their carbohydrate intake.  Knowing that re:iimmune contains probiotics and L-glutamine, both proven to support intestinal health, makes me feel even better about drinking it and recommending it to patients, especially those on low-fiber diets or with gastrointestinal disease. re:iimmune contains just the right ingredients whether you’re recovering from an illness or just trying to stay healthy! And did I mention it tastes great?!” Stephanie B. It’s always exciting to hear from dieticians and other health care professionals who are using  and recommending re:iimmune to their patients and clients for better intestinal health! Dr. Kerri Miller’s intention in creating the first ever  Hydrobiotic formula was to help people get better, better. Added sugars are not better, in fact they are counterproductive! Much thought and consideration has gone into making a supplement that assists in hydration and helping to balance the digestive system but with no added sugars, artificial sweeteners or terrible aftertaste. Thanks for the shout out Stephanie! Testimonials found on reiimmune.com have been sent to us by Make People Better customers and may not reflect the typical purchaser’s experience and are not intended to represent or guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. The testimonials are meant to be a showcase of the best result our product has produced, and should not be taken as the results a typical user will get. If you'd like to send us your testimonial, email us at info@makepeoplebetter.com 
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Pre and Post Surgery Care

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Chances are, most of us will have surgery at some point in our lives, in fact the average person will have several procedures in their lifetime from- tonsil removal, getting your wisdom teeth cut out, or something a little more serious like- hip replacements and open heart surgery. When the time comes to prepare for a surgery, there are many important factors to consider- making sure you have the right caretakers appointed for post surgery recovery, choosing the right surgeon, and learning as much as you can about your condition. One of the most important things we can do to prepare for invasive surgery is boost our immune system. It’s important to be well rested, eat a balanced diet, and take optimal care of our bodies in the weeks leading up to an operation.

 

Surgery, regardless of the seriousness, poses itself as a trauma to our bodies, and in turn triggers inflammation and depletes essential nutrients. These things impair the immune system and in turn leave you at a higher risk for post operative complications, especially infections. There are many ways to make sure your immune system is charged up, and one of the top influencers of your immunity is your gut health. Making sure you are working on building your beneficial, intestinal bacteria, is essential to your gut health, and ultimately, your immune system’s strength.

 

Hydration is also a key component to a smooth recovery, patients who are well hydrated report less nausea and pain after going through a surgery. Water retention after surgery is a common discomfort as well, and the more hydrated you are, the lower your chances of water retention will be. Not only will adequate hydration leave you feeling more comfortable, but the more hydrated you are, the faster your body will flush itself of the anesthesia and drugs you have been administered as you are recovering, in allowing your body to relieve itself of any unnecessary toxins.

 

We believe re:iimmune® is the perfect touch to any pre surgery preparation or post surgery recovery. Combine it’s clinical strength hydration and intestinal immune support with a balanced diet and lots of rest- you’re sure to get better, better™!

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