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re:iimmune – Get Well Make Well Campaign

Through the Get Well Make Well program, a serving of re:iimmune will be donated for every box purchased to organizations who work daily to improve the health of under-served populations and catastrophe relief. Your purchase of re:immune helps you to “get well” and simultaneously helps “make well” the life of another. To date Get Well Make Well has enabled us to donate over 100,000 servings world-wide through Convoy of Hope.

Every year a half million children under the age of 5 die from dehydration and millions more suffer from poor intestinal health and malnutrition. Lack of clean water sources lead to an increase of diarrheal diseases which cause severe dehydration, leaving the body in a depleted state and requiring more than just plain old H2O to rehydrate efficiently.

Dr. Kerri Miller, the creator and founder of Make People Better spent time volunteering as a medical aid in Nicaragua where she witnessed lethal dehydration up close and inspired her to develop re:iimmune and eventually the Get Well Make Well campaign. She worked with the Nicaraguan government to introduce the World Health Organization’s protocol and implement the use of the oral rehydration solution with zinc for immune support. A prebiotic and probiotic complex promote the growth of beneficial bacteria which help destroy bad bacteria and support the immune system, while L-glutamine assists in tissue repair and ginger reduces nausea. By first restoring hydration and then offering support to the immune system, re:iimmune proved helpful to people facing terrible intestinal diseases such as cholera and dysentery.

Our Get Well Make Well campaign gives you the opportunity to help people a world away. For each box of re:iimmune sold, one potentially lifesaving serving is donated to organizations who work daily to improve the health of underserved populations and disaster relief. If you would like to get involved and use re:iimmune in your global health organization please follow this link to obtain more information.

Melinda Lund, Dietitian

Melinda Lund MS, RD

Dietitian, Center for Health Improvement/Outpatient Diabetes Services

 

It’s so wonderful to hear from the doctors, nurses and dietitians like Melinda who are witnessing the benefits of re:iimmune in their patients. The creation of our product was born from a desire to help folks who are recovering from a variety of illnesses to get better in a better and more convenient way. From l-glutamine to repair intestinal tissue, probiotics to help feed healthy gut bacteria to ginger to ease the discomfort of nausea all in one product, we’re proud to hear that re:iimmune is helping folks on the road to recovery!

“Professionally I’d like to focus on our oncology population. Even though I have recommended this product to other patients (including pre/post bariatric surgery), it’s our oncology patients I feel that are some of our most vulnerable.  The use of this product just within that group is multi-fold. We have the patients who are going through chemo treatment that may have higher risk than usual ER/UC utilization for dehydration after treatment (days 2-4 post chemo) due to treatment side effects (vomiting) and/or lack of intake. We also have patients who lose significant amount of weight or have head and neck cancer that, with treatment, are no longer to eat by mouth. In both cases, a tube feeding of some sort is warranted which means surgery and the risks/side effects that accompany the procedure.  

re:iimmune is a product that is fantastic to recommend in all of these scenarios.  Both pre-surgery on through post-surgery recovery and again just prior to and through post chemo treatment.  The bonus ingredient from my perspective is the ginger!  For our oncology patients that experience nausea (slight to extreme), I always recommend ginger in some form to them. This being in the re:iimmune, to me, makes so much sense and is the perfect place to “house it”.  The probiotics already added in are also very important to me for the patients.  Chemo/radiation treatment are very hard on the gut balance, and I typically was recommending a probiotic supplement for those patients all of the time already.  Again, having this already in the formula is amazing.  One drink, everything that they need.  Many of them can be overwhelmed with all of the medications they are asked to take during treatment, so to help them limit added pills to swallow makes life much easier for them…and in drinkable form.   

I’ve also had this product on hand to recommend to our ALS patients – again, many with declining oral intake, weight loss, PEG tube surgeries…an excellent supplement for them! As I mentioned, we have such a vast variety of patient populations here where I can see re:iimmune being beneficial…so I really am a firm believer in this product and it’s quality!”

 

 

 

 

IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome

An estimated 1 in 5 people suffer from a condition known as Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS. Characterized by pain, bloating, cramping, gas, constipation and diarrhea, many digestive disorders mimic the symptoms of IBS so it can be difficult to pin down a diagnosis. The digestive tract naturally contracts to move digested food through to the bowels. In sufferers of IBS, those contractions are uncoordinated and this leads an accumulation of mucus and toxins in the intestines. For those diagnosed with IBS, there are three different types. The first group are more prone to constipation, others are more prone to diarrhea and about half are prone to alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea.

Diet, food intolerances, stress, unbalanced hormones and disruption of the natural bacteria in the gut are all contributing factors to IBS. Common symptoms of the syndrome include. . .

 

  • Gassiness, bloating and swelling of the stomach
  • Abdominal stomach pain and cramping
  • Change in bowel movements from diarrhea to constipation
  • Urgency to go to the bathroom, incontinence, bladder problems
  • Low energy and feeling sick
  • Feeling of not completely emptying your bowels
  • Mucus in the stool

 

So what can sufferers of IBS do to help bring their system back into balance? The first step in managing digestive health is to work with your doctor on an elimination diet for removing food triggers. Common foods that trigger symptoms are dairy products, red meat, caffeine, sugar and alcohol. A diet that has recently become popular and shown positive results is called the FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols. Foods avoided in this diet contain carbohydrates that are incompletely absorbed in the intestines and are easily fermented by gut bacteria. These undigested sugars cause gas, pain and diarrhea. Avoiding inflammatory foods and regulating digestion with fiber and probiotic rich foods is recommended to those with IBS.

re:iimmune is here to assist in your recovery as well. Hydration is essential in maintaining a healthy intestinal tract. The L-glutamine in re:iimmune works to rebuild delicate tissues in the intestinal lining and the various strains of probiotics help to balance the digestive system. Finally ginger root extract soothes nausea and aids in decreasing inflammation. This combination helps those who are battling IBS and other illnesses get better, better!

Lactobacillus Acidophilus – The Friendly Bacteria

At re:iimmune we want to help our customers feel better faster as they are recovering from illness, help restore hydration and assist in boosting immunity. When we don’t feel well, there’s sometimes a disconnect between our minds and our bodies and we feel powerless to do anything. But knowledge is power! When one understands how different elements in our product, like Lactobacillus, aid in digestion and overall wellness, it helps to create a connection. When we know how our bodies work, we gain a sense of control in being an active participant in our own health. 

Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a bacteria but it’s a friendly one! It normally lives in our digestive, urinary and genital systems without causing disease. In fact, the bacteria is a pretty good friend to have on our side. It assists in breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and fighting off organisms that cause very unfriendly problems such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and yeast infections. Lactobacillus produces Vitamin K and lactase which is the enzyme that breaks down the lactose (sugar) in milk. Therefore, when it is included in foods such as yogurt, kefir and soy products it can help people who are lactose intolerant.The bacteria becomes the lactose intolerant person’s best buddy, doing much of the work in breaking down the lactose and making it easier to digest.

We include probiotics like Lactobacillus in re:iimmune to support our body’s natural immunity, 70% of which is our digestive tract. Think of your body as an ecosystem. When all things are in balance, the ecosystem flourishes. However when the ecosystem of your body is bombarded with pathogens like E. coli, Staphylococcus Aureus, Salmonella or Candida it compromises that natural immunity and throws your system off kilter. Probiotics help to restore order in the ecosystem and get our immunity back on track!

Sports Drinks are for Sports

Sports drinks, re:iimmune for illness recoverySports drinks are for sports, and re:iimmune® is the first oral hydration product created specifically for illness recovery. We could end this discussion right here, but let’s discuss WHY sports drinks shouldn’t be suggested to a person who is recovering from any type of illness. The average sports drink on the market is loaded with sugar, around 14 grams a serving in most cases, and not just table sugar- but highly processed, heavily refined sucrose syrups that are difficult for your body to process. Sugar alone weakens your immune system. Studies have shown that sugar causes a fifty percent drop in the ability of white blood cells to engulf harmful bacteria, not to mention the toll processed sugars take on your digestive system.

Sports drinks have their place, if you are a runner extra sugar turns into fuel and spikes your energy levels, but when you’re body is facing trauma, or an illness, re:iimmune® fills in the gap where sports drinks are lacking. When referring to hydration, a healthcare provider would reference a thing called osmolality to define the potency of a solutions ability to draw hydration into cells. Many sports drinks on the market would be referred to as “hypertonic osmolality”, there’s a lot of big words used to explain this term, but simply put, hypertonic would not be a healthy way for your cells to receive hydration on a daily basis. re:iimmune® is considered an “isotonic osmolality” (the same type of osmolality as the human body) which is also the most natural way for your body to receive hydration. This makes re:iimmune® safe to use on a daily basis.

The next time you or someone you care for is beginning a recovery journey, whether it be from the common flu, or a more severe illness, set down the sugary sports drink that’s loaded with artificial ingredients, and pick up the hydration pack that was created specifically for illness recovery. While the sugar and added chemicals in your favorite sports drink wreak havoc on your intestinal track, re:iimmune® works to rebuild your intestinal well being with its multi strain pre and probiotic blend that builds up the good bacteria in your intestines. The Clinical Strength Hydration® formula in re:iimmune® is 100% sugar free making it diabetic friendly and the perfect way to get better, better™ at home!

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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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Pre and Post Surgery Care

surgery, pre op, post op, recovery, re:iimmune recovery formula

 

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™!

What’s New About the Flu…

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.

Dog with a bag of cold water on his head

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™!