Perfect gifts to surprise your loved ones

We’re so close to Christmas to now and a lot of people will be super organised with all of their gifts bought, wrapped and under the tree, but, if you’re like me you may well still have a lot to get and be stumped about what to buy certain people so I’ve put together a few ideas that will hopefully help get those hard to buy for people!

The beauty lover 

It can be hard to chose skincare products for someone else as you don’t know their skin type or concerns. They have preferential brands or their skin could be sensitive to certain ingredients. In this instance I recommend going for Revive Active beauty complex to nourish their skin from within! Filled with Vitamin C, Marine Collagen, phytoceramides and Hyaluronic acid it is the perfect treat to give them! A 21 day supply is £39.95 and after only one box many people start to notice a difference in their skin already! I have recommended this one to a few of my friends who now swear by it, especially for keeping dry skin away!

Your mother in law (or mum) 

My favourite choice here is Wild Ferns Bee Venom night cream with Manuka honey. I love this one as while it reduces the appearance of fine lines it isn’t called ‘anti aging skin cream’ so won’t cause any offence in case your MIL thinks you are trying to give her a hint. It leaves your skin luxuriously soft and hydrated and the Bee Venom assists in encouraging increased circulation allowing nutrients to flow into the skin tissue. It costs £19.95 for a 50g pot.

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The gym junkie

Going to the gym is more popular than ever and today’s society are always looking for this next big thing in nutrition, health and fitness. For the gym lover in your family I recommend a vortex mixer for them to mix those protein shakes with ease. It can be used to mix all sorts of liquids (you can even scramble your eggs) With a handy USB charging point there is no need for batteries and it has a handy sports flip cap for drinking out of. Trust me they will love it! There are a few brands on the market but I love the Twister power at £34.95 which is dishwasher safe and has a 600ml capacity.

The student 

Is someone in your family at university studying hard and maybe burning the candle at both ends? Give them the gift of mental clarity this Christmas with Revive Active Mastermind, this super supplement contributes to brain and cognitive function, mental performance and nervous system function. Prices start at £12.95 and this one has got such great reviews!

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The party princess (or prince!)

Got a family member who loves a good get together with plenty of food & drink? Why not get them a holiday hangover bundle. Designed to support your liver, digestive system, immune function and enhance your energy levels whilst detoxifying this bundle of products will restore them to their best selves after too many toasts an several roasts this holiday season. A collection of four products in this bundle at a discounted price of £131.95 may make it seem like an expensive choice for a gift but it would be worth it! Contains Milk Thistle, Glutathione, Dr Shades Bitter X and a box of Quinton Hypertonic. This would also make a great purchase for yourself to share with the adults in your home over the festive season. for a little recovery!

The new mum (and/or Dad) for the baby 

I had my son just before Christmas and found myself inundated with gifts of new baby clothes, I appreciated them all but he never got to wear most of it before he changed clothing sizes. I think what new mums really need are nappies (if you know what brand) and vouchers would be a great idea to buy other supplies, milk/bottles/muslins etc Another idea is to buy some baby bath or skincare items and my favourite is Child’s Farm. They have a great range of gentle products to bath babies hair and skin, they come in lovely scents and are free from dairy, GMO’s, Nuts, parabens, pork and wheat. Picking a few and putting them together with a hooded towel would make a lovely gift that would be practical.

For the whole family 

Finally I recommend you buy a gift for the whole family in the form of Your Zooki Vitamin C. With so many colds and flus about at this time of year sometime its good to use a preventative measure to protect your family since we all know their is no cure for the common cold. I find the best way to do this is to take a high dose vitamin c everyday to support and enhance your immune function to fight it away. Whilst there are many on the market my favourite at the moment is Your Zooki as it has no alcohol, dairy, caffeine, sugar and is vegan friendly! Prices start at £34.95 for 30 sachets.

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“The cure” How to shift a hangover and look after your liver (Giveaway)

Lets face it over indulgence of alcohol may seem like a good idea at the time but waking up with a banging heading and a mouth that tastes and feels like you’ve been licking the carpet isn’t great and often leads to regret and what is known as ‘the fear’ in the Urban dictionary.

Some people are lucky and don’t seem to suffer too much with just some tiredness and nothing a big fry up can’t cure, while others (including myself) pay for every drop of alcohol that passes our lips ( I can get a hangover from one glass of wine!)

Our hangovers are our bodies way of telling us it has been over burdened, it has become dehydrated, our blood sugar levels have declined and fatigue from toxins takes over.

Over the years I’ve tried many different remedies and now I have found a few great ways to beat my hangover into submission and also look after my liver at the same time so here we go!

Hydrate

We’ll start with the most obvious one and that is we have to combat the dehydration that is inevitable from alcohol consumption. Even people who don’t suffer too badly the morning after need to take heed to this one. Trying to get a glass or two of water over the course of your evening between the alcohol can really help and two before you go to bed. What’s even better than just water is an amazing product called Sufficient C. Each scoop added to your water provides 2000mg of vitamin C as well as L-lysine, bromelain and a 94% pure green tea extract. This will give your immune system a much need boost, aid your digestive system and most importantly aid your body in hydrating. I would recommend a large glass before bed and another when you wake up. One to avoid is coffee! You may think that this will give you the energy you need to get on with your day but the caffeine will only dehydrate you further and make your headache worse.

Nourish your liver

Whilst we are busy focusing on the pain in our heads or fuzziness we forget that the real part of body that needs looking after is our liver. It’s now working overtime to rid our body of toxins and needs some protection. Now this one is bitter by name and bitter in taste but it’s a wonderful product and just the tonic! Dr Shade’s Bitters no.9 is designed to strengthens your bodies natural cleansing system and remove the toxins, in turn it will aid in the restoration of your liver health. For anyone who has trouble with liquid formulas or bitterness there is an alternative from Ayush herbs called Livit-2 which comes in a capsule form to nourish and support your liver and give your immune system a boost at the same time!

Take a long soak in Himalayan mountain salt

Almost a third of toxins excrete from our skin. Soaking in a nice warm bath filled with Himalayan pink mountain salt is a great way to rejuvenate your skin, eliminate toxins and relax your muscles. You can buy in it most health food stores and online a large 1kg bag is normally about £5. I love a bath to de-stress and the salt can be added to your bath at all times and not just when hungover, its amazing for my dry skin too!

Feed your body the right way

The morning after often leads to cravings of fatty foods and a big fry up is top of the list for most people. This is due to the massive drop in your blood sugar levels and dehydration but these foods aren’t good for your already sensitive stomach and lead to gastric upset. (it should be noted though that a big hearty meal BEFORE you start drinking can help prevent or lessen your hangover as it lines the stomach!) As your body is already overloaded from the chemicals in alcohol and an overburden of acid its now time to increase alkalinity and get some vitamins and minerals in there. Eggs are a great source of vitamin B and are full of amino acids try having them scrambled, boiled or poached instead of fried with some whole wheat toast to help raise your blood sugar. Or why not try some oats, filled with B Vitamins, calcium and iron this superfood can help neutralise the acid build up and raise those blood sugar levels. Serve with some organic honey for an energy boost and sliced banana to raise your potassium levels.

Boost your glutathione levels.

In a previous blog post I talked about glutathione, what it is and what it does. You can read this here, in short Glutathione is our bodies master detoxifier. When we are ill or as we age it depletes and so our bodies ability to shift toxins reduces. This also happens after a bout of alcohol and we need to boost our glutathione levels to get our system up and running again. My previous blog post talked about various methods for doing this but for a hangover my absolute favourite is Quicksilver Scientific Glutathione complex. The reason I love this one so much is that it has other ingredients rather than just the Glutathione, it also has milk thistle (absolutely perfect for your supporting your liver!) and a suite of B Vitamins to up your energy. At £72.95 a bottle it may seem the priciest option but this is because it is a liposomal product. Liposomes are tiny microscopic bubbles that protect the nutrients as they travel though your stomach, protecting them from the acid. Once they reach the intestines the nutrients are then absorbed into your blood stream. This means that about about 98% of the product gets absorbed by our body whereas pills, powders, fizzies etc have about a 15% absorption rate.

Other supplements you can take

If you’re just looking for one all rounder supplement you can take then I quite like Revive active, called a “super food” it has 26 active ingredients in each sachet including the all important vitamin C. It’s a great daily supplement and can really help your immune system the morning after the night before. It can boost energy levels, reducing the fatigue associated with your hangover. Prices start at £12.50 for 10 sachets.

Sleep

When all else fails to lift that grogginess and fatigue sometime a bit more sleep is the best option to let your body heal while you sleep. Take your supplements, have some food, water and a rest. Many of us don’t have this option due to our family lives and so in this case I recommend going the opposite way and going out for a walk with your partner/kids/dog. The fresh air will do your body a world of good and the gentle exercise will shift some of the fatigue, it may not seem like it but once you’re up and out the distraction will definitely help.

Have your say and win! 

I want to hear what everyone else does to cure a hangover. Maybe its yoga, oodles of green tea or do you have a home remedy that you put together… egg yolks and so on! I’d love to hear them all and in return I will randomly select a winner to receive a hangover survival pack including a Brita FUN water jug, A pot of Sufficient C, some revive active sachets, a £10 Just Eat voucher and more!

(If you are T-Total and don’t drink you can still enter by writing why you would like to win instead)

Please enter via the gleam app below. Giveaway ends 31st October 2018 23.59pm and is open to all of Europe (over 18 only)

Proactive Healthcare Blog giveaway – hangover survival pack

Alkaline Water & the process of aging

Aging, as described by Alkalife founder Sang Whang in his book Reverse Aging, is the accumulation of acidic wastes within our body. Our body must maintain slightly alkaline pH levels to survive. Our blood pH value is 7.4 at the artery and the cellular fluid pH value is 7.2 to 7.3. In spite of the fact that our cells produce acidic wastes constantly, the body fluids maintain this alkaline pH. Our body is an amazing surviving machine.

Our body tries very hard to dispose of acidic wastes. Most of these wastes come out of our body through urine and perspiration. That’s why urine is acid in general (the pH value fluctuates between 4.6 to 8 depending upon what the body is dumping) and the skin surface is acidic. The acidic skin surface kills most of the germs and viruses that it comes in contact with. In order to reduce acidity of the blood, our lungs remove carbon dioxide (CO2) and exhaust it through breathing. Carbonic acid H2CO3 becomes water H2O when CO2 is removed. This is perhaps the fastest way to reduce blood acidity. The pH value of blood in the veins fluctuates widely depending upon the waste products dumped into them.

That’s why we only talk about the artery blood pH value, which is fairly constant. With all these efforts to dispose of acidic wastes, we still make more wastes than our body can get rid of. In the meantime, the body must maintain alkalinity in the body fluids to survive. The secret is to convert some of the liquid acid into solid acid. If substance is not dissolved into water, it does not influence the pH value of the water. Some examples of these solidified acidic wastes are: cholesterol, fatty acid, uric acid, kidney stones, urates, phosphates, etc.

Cholesterol is incompletely burnt carbohydrate. Cows don’t eat cholesterol-rich food yet they are full of cholesterol because they don’t exercise and don’t burn carbohydrates completely. Acid coagulates blood! This is the fundamental problem that comes from the accumulation of acidic wastes. Build up of acid clogs up capillaries and prevents smooth blood circulation. Body organs create all kinds of problems when blood circulation is cut off. It is amazing how the various body organs recover once blood circulation is restored, unless permanent damage is done.

Even if the circulation is not completely cut off, when the amount of blood supplied is reduced, the organs function poorly and aging symptoms appear. Build ups of too much cholesterol and plaques in the artery can cause stroke, as we know very well. Most of the degenerative diseases are caused by too much acidic wastes somewhere in our body that slows down blood circulation. Depending upon where our body accumulates the acid, disease symptoms are different.

However, the causes are the same: too much acid. Modern medicine is concerned with the treatment of symptoms rather than the elimination of the causes of diseases. The primary place where we accumulate solid acidic wastes in our body may depend on the individual’s genetic makeup. This may explain why some of the degenerative diseases are hereditary. Diabetes itself is not hereditary. What is hereditary is the accumulation of solid acidic wastes around the pancreas.

If we do not allow wastes to accumulate around the pancreas, there will not be diabetes in that family even if family members reach the age of 50 or 60. Cancer cells are acidic while healthy cells are alkaline. Cancer is though to be the result of acidic wastes accumulation. Uric acid crystals in the joints cause gout. Uric acid comes from nitrogen in proteins. In Korea, gout is referred to as “the rich man’s disease”. At one time in Korea only the wealthy could afford to eat meat. When phosphoric acid or sulfuric acid is created by the oxidation of nutrients that contain phosphor and sulfur, the strength of the acid is too strong for the body to take.

To overcome this problem, our body removes calcium from our skeleton to make phosphate or sulfate which is a much weaker acid. Urates and phosphate in kidney stones are the combination of acid and calcium. This is how osteoporosis develops. Simply taking calcium pills does not help much because calcium does not dissolve well. Vitamin D helps dissolve calcium.

Dr. Sebastian has successfully treated osteoporosis by administering potassium bicarbonate (KHCO3) to his patients (1). Our lungs remove CO2 from potassium bicarbonate and potassium hydroxide (KOH) remains. Potassium hydroxide is a strong alkaline, which kicks out ionized calcium from urates, phosphates and sulfates to restore calcium to the skeleton. (Diluted potassium hydroxide is the major ingredient of the patented Alkalife). We take vitamins, mineral supplements and trace minerals with the hope of improving our health.

However, if the body acid/alkaline balance is not maintained well, the body cannot absorb these things well and we wind up throwing them out. One way to help your body combat deteriorating health caused by aging is to drink alkaline water and maintain an alkaline diet rich in vegetables and fruits.

Below I have included a handy chart of foods and their pH value to show what foods you should be eating more of and those its best to restrict!

 (1) Drs. Sebastian et al “Improved Mineral Balance and Skeletal Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women Treated with Potassium Bicarbonate”, New England Journal of Medicine June 23, 1994

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Glutathione (GSH) our bodies master defender

Glutathione (GSH) has been considered our bodies most important antioxidant as it is found in all of the cells of the human body, yet most us do not know what it is or what it does.

Currently medical interest in GSH is on the increase and research is beginning to show the benefits of it in treating many conditions. Studies have begun to demonstrate the protective antioxidant, detoxifying, immune boosting, and healing properties of GSH throughout the body.

So what is Glutathione?

Glutathione (GSH) is an important antioxidant in plants, animals and fungi. GSH is capable of preventing damage to important cellular component’s caused by oxidative stress from the likes of free radicals, peroxides and heavy metals. GSH is our bodies master defender and protector of our immune system, Our bodies create its own glutathione but things such as stress, bad diet, toxins, infections and aging deplete the levels making it unable to do its job properly. When working correctly your bodies Glutathione system acts as a ‘sticky magnet’ to all of the toxins in our body which it then flushes to our bile and stool to be carried out. As we age or if we become ill, our glutathione levels most likely become deficient.

Studies have shown that that elevated levels of Glutathione can help increase our mental and physical function and even for making our energy metabolism run well.

Glutathione is also great on the run up to Christmas when the inevitable office party leads to a few too many tipples! Due to its detoxifying properties supplementing GSH can helps raise the levels that alcohol depletes in our livers when we have over indulged!

How to boost your GSH levels.

Eating a diet high in antioxidants is a good way to boost GSH levels, raw peppers, apples, bananas, onions, spinach, garlic, broccoli and potatoes are great sources of glutathione.

Exercise! Doing regular exercise can increase the levels of Glutathione in our body and it also boosts our immune system.

Supplemental/nutritional compounds that can be taken include;

Alpha Lipoic Acid– highly important to our cells and aids in energy production, blood sugar control, brain health and detoxification. Again oxidative stress can deplete ALA levels in our body. ALA is useful at recycling the Glutathione in our bodies and supporting the Glutathione system.

Vitamin C & E – These can work together to recycle glutathione

Liposomal Glutathione GSH
– Liposomal delivery prevents gastrointestinal degradation and assures high absorption into the blood, but it also appears to be capable of targeting the intracellular space and even further into sites within the cells such as mitochondria or nuclei. Combining GSH and liposomes for optimal absorption and bioavailability would appear to be a great combination as it should insure a very high (if not complete) absorption into the blood of the Glutathione.

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Vitamin C and the common cold

In my family we are well aware of the importance of Vitamin C. With a young son in primary school it is easy for bugs and viruses to be brought into our home. At this time of year colds and flu’s are rife and so it is always a good idea to arm yourself with all the information and the preventative measures that are out there to stop these pesky viruses in their tracks!

Our immune systems are liable to be attacked for many different reasons, a vast amount of factors can lead to us feeling run down leaving the gates open for bugs and viruses to get a firm hold on our bodies and leave us unable to function and perform our everyday tasks (or certainly not with any ease!) Stress, late nights and an imbalance in movement levels (too much or too little exercise) can all effect our immune system and leave us
feeling low.

This is where the importance of Vitamin C comes into play. Our bodies, unlike other animals does not make its own vitamin c. This means that Vitamin C must be consumed and this can be done through whole foods, such as fruits and vegetables or supplemented, with the popular choice being over the counter powders, tablets, capsules and fizzies.

Whilst these over the counter Vitamin C supplements and foods can help we can only consume so much before we encounter gastric upset as our bodies do not absorb all of the Vitamin C and rather it gets rid of it. Liposomal Vitamin C has an absorption rate of up to 98% as tiny little bubbles called liposomes protect the Vitamin C as it travels through our digestive system and enters the blood stream via the small intestine where it goes directly to the cells that need it.

Using this method we can gradually build up our daily dose of Vitamin C which in turn builds up our immune system’s ability to fight off bugs and viruses and we can pip them to the post before the grogginess kicks in!

Me and my family take our Vitamin C everyday and if/when we feel that oh so familiar cold working on us we take an extra dose to help the battle of fighting it off and for us it works a treat!

There are a few variations on the market but my favourite is Quicksilver Scientific liposomal Vitamin C. It comes in glass bottle (120ml) and easily mixes with my sons Orange juice unlike other thicker liposomal solutions.

If fighting off the cold isn’t enough Vitamin C also helps with Collagen production, boosting skin elasticity, promotes healing and so much more!

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The Journey Continues…

Thanks for joining me! My name is Sarah and this blog is to accompany my families business Proactive Healthcare

My Dad started the business back in 1997 in the beginning the focus was mostly on women and products to support them through menopause. Ten years ago my mum found out she had breast cancer and made the decision after a mastectomy to treat her body naturally, refusing chemo and radiotherapy. She travelled to different places in Europe to have various natural treatments, ate a raw high alkaline diet and used supplements, many of which we now sell. Over the years the business expanded and my Dad’s personal journey through mercury poisoning led him to explore many avenues before he could find what was making him feel so ill. It was this discovery that led him to our most popular brand and best discovery Quicksilver Scientific

I have been on board with the business for over 7 years now. I have learnt about amazing products, had conversations with the most knowledgeable practitioners, doctors and even customers about their journeys through natural healthcare. I learn something new every day from these wonderful people and now want to share some of that knowledge through this blog.

I hope you enjoy reading!

This blog and indeed our web shop is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease. All opinions are my own or will be credited and cited to the original author

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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