Weekend Read 16 October 2021

Weekend Read 16 October 2021

Hello, and as I welcome you to another Weekend Read, I am going straight in with the news that Triple Flu Defense+ for the season 2021-2022 has now arrived.  At last.  For those who are unaware, Triple Flu Defense+ for the 2021-2022 flu season is a homeopathic remedy to help combat infective viruses and relieve the symptoms of flu and colds.  It helps to reduce the severity of symptoms of infection including body aches, headaches, sore throat, cough, congestion, fever, chills, nausea, diarrhoea and fatigue. 

Each year, there are many seasonal viruses that continually mutate to form new strains.  These viruses stay ahead of and challenge our immune system.  Flu strains present distinct symptoms, which is why influenza cases look different year to year.  Therefore it is important that the formulation is adjusted each year to best match strains and symptoms using CDC and WHO data.  And such is its efficacy, this is the product that I dole out each year to those closest to me.  In Triple Flu we trust.  Rather a lot.

So let’s take a moment to say that although we are increasingly aware of the importance of enhancing our immune system as best we can, we may remain susceptible to colds and flu.  So at the first sign of a cold or flu, it is recommended that you take Triple Flu Defense+ three times a day for symptom relief and then once a week for maintenance.  It is suitable for children, but there are specific dosages, which are listed on the product page.

And the caveat.  When I speak of viruses, I am absolutely not making reference to Covid-19, or indeed any of the Covid strains.  But what I will say is that this is probably one of our most-wanted supplements at this time of year, and it has a long history of having been so.  I really don’t know of any other product that gets to the root cause in this way, but then I don’t claim to know everything there is to know.  What I do know is that our delivery has been split into two consignments, so if it flips into a wait list, please don’t stress because the wait will probably be about fourteen days.  Let’s try and stay safe.  This season.
Triple Flu Defense+ (2021-2022) by Dr Nenninger £27 for 30 ml

I want to stay with health for the moment because there are three health concerns that I want to talk about before anything else.  And I will begin with a very common concern, an overactive bladder.  As Shabir writes, losing control of your bladder can be a very embarrassing concern and according to statistics, less than half of women and a quarter of men who suffer from an overactive bladder ever seek medical help.  Additionally, two large studies have indicated that one in six adults report some signs of an overactive bladder, with one in three having episodes of urge incontinence, so perhaps we need to explore this further.

There are several causes attributed to having an overactive bladder, but I will leave Shabir to explain these in his article listed below.  Interestingly, as early as 1578, a European herbal encyclopaedia mentions the use of pumpkin seeds to treat urinary problems.  Most supplementation targeting this concern will include the use of pumpkin seed oil, but studies have shown that it is the water soluble fraction of pumpkin seeds that have demonstrated some impressive results.  And therein the difference.

We have always recommended Water-Soluble Pumpkin Seed Extract and we still do, but further research, including some small studies, have indicated that Angelica Leaf Extract may also help with this concern.  So well done Viridian for combining the two ingredients in one supplement, Organic Icelandic Angelica Leaf Extract, which is ideal for those who are experiencing an overactive bladder, including women whose pelvic floor muscles have been weakened.  And into mode I go by taking the price of Organic Icelandic Angelica Leaf Extract down from £31.60 to £25.  Across the weekend.  Freedom to sneeze.
VH Editorial: Treating An Overactive Bladder; Water-Soluble Pumpkin Seed Extract by Life Extension £18 for 60 Capsules; Organic Icelandic Angelica Leaf Extract by Viridian Nutrition £25 for 30 Capsules (Offer ends at midnight BST Sunday 17 October)

One product.  Two health concerns.  The health concerns are SIBO and Heartburn (Acid Reflux).  And the product is Betaine HCI With Pepsin.  So, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is an overgrowth of bacteria within the small intestine, often due to a change in the microbiome, which is the environment of the bacteria that reside in the intestines.  It is quite a complex concern, so I will leave Shabir to explain it fully in his article, but the symptoms of SIBO can often mirror those of IBS and also include bloating, nausea, diarrhoea and food intolerances to gluten, lactose and fructose in fruits.

And now onto heartburn, which is described as a burning sensation in the chest area, especially when lying down or bending forward.  It is caused by the backwash of stomach acid into the oesophagus, which is the tube connecting the mouth and the stomach.  There are many causal reasons for recurring heartburn and acid reflux and once again Shabir does the lowdown.  The biggest factor is actually a lack of hydrochloric acid and/or digestive enzyme production by the pancreas, so in both concerns we are looking to increase acid production.  As I take the price of Betaine HCI With Pepsin down from £14.95 to £12.95 across the weekend.  Again.
VH Editorials: What Is SIBO; Quenching Heartburn; Betaine HCI With Pepsin by Lamberts £12.95 for 180 Tablets (Offer ends at midnight BST Sunday 17 October)

From health to beauty we now go, and with that said I am now going to tell about a new product from Lixirskin.  And it’s a very clever product indeed.  It is in fact a transformational booster for an existing product, Electrogel Cleanser, so please allow me to introduce you to Ionic Shot.  Ionic Shot was formulated to mimic the deep cleansing desincrustation phase of a galvanic facial to rapidly lift pore congestion, to help dry out spots and to help reduce blackheads and sebum production, without drying out the skin.  Its ingredients include Succinic Acid, Zinc Gluconate and Niacinamide.

Transforming from powder to mousse when mixed with Electrogel Cleanser, the Ionic Shot can be used up to three times a week by mixing one sachet with Electrogel Cleanser.  Simply work into a mousse, massage onto the face, avoiding the eye area, and leave on for five minutes, rinsing well with warm water.  There are twelve Ionic Shots in each box and to set you on your way, with each box of the Ionic Shots, we will automatically include a free Electrogel Cleanser (30 ml), so you can experience the alchemy.  I will also add that you can use the shots with other cleansers, with the exception of gel or balm cleansers.  If you feel the need.  A touch of magic.
Ionic Shot by Lixirskin £27 for 12 Sachets (Including Free Electrogel Cleanser 30 ml); Electrogel Cleanser by Lixirskin £25 for 100 ml

I now feel the need to do a few special treats, so please hold on and ride them out with me.  The first comes from Ameliorate.  It is called the ‘3 Step Kit’ and it contains three of their bestselling products.  These are Smoothing Body Exfoliant (50 ml), Nourishing Body Wash (60 ml) and Transforming Body Lotion (50 ml).  The kit has a value of £26, but whilst stock lasts, the price becomes £18.  And I say whilst stock lasts because this is a very limited edition, so if you find that you can’t add it to your basket, that would be because they have all gone.  Managing expectations.
3 Step Kit by Ameliorate £18 (Smoothing Body Exfoliant 50 ml; Nourishing Body Wash 60 ml; Transforming Body Lotion 50 ml)

Coming up next, an Aurelia treat.  Once again, this is a limited offer and it’s all about Aurelia’s Cell Repair Night Oil.  An intensive overnight treatment, Cell Repair Night Oil hydrates, soothes and protects your skin against the signs of ageing.  Cell Repair Night Oil is £20 for 15 ml, except I will drop that price to £14 whilst stock lasts and with that said, I am nearly onto the next treat, so all further information about Cell Repair Night Oil on the product page.  
Cell Repair Night Oil by Aurelia London £14 for 15 ml

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Garden of Wisdom’s Vitamin C Serum 23% + Ferulic Acid.  As most of you know, we have two different Vitamin C Serums in the Garden of Wisdom range, both formulated by Shabir.  There are those who are sensitive and reactive to some Vitamin C serums (count me in) and so Shabir formulated C-Deep Vitamin C Serum in order to overcome that issue.  I would like to tell you that he formulated it for me, but actually he didn’t.  He formulated it because he felt there was a need for a powerful alternative to all other Vitamin C serums, so let me do a few things here.

The first thing I am going to do is to link you to Shabir’s article on C-Deep, which will, in depth, explain why he believes Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate is so highly rated.  The second thing I am going to do is to tell you that we have overfilled C-Deep so you will receive 45 ml for the price of 30 ml.  That price is £18.  And I’m not finished yet.  I really like doing cross-brand treats, so for today only, Saturday 16 October or whilst stock lasts, when you buy the overfilled C-Deep Vitamin C Serum, I will also throw in a sachet of YourZooki’s Liposomal Vitamin C.  For the love of Vitamin C.
VH Editorial: Is Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate The Best Vitamin C Serum; C-Deep Vitamin C Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £18 for 45 ml

Right, let’s talk about a few more things and it would be rather remiss of me not to continue talking about helping to strengthen our immune system.  So I just want to say that we highly recommend Tonic Health’s Night Time Immunity Drink.  I wrote about the relaxing properties of Magnesium last week, so just to say that this formulation contains Magnesium, Vitamin C, Zinc, Valerian Root, Chamomile Extract and Montmorency Cherry Powder.  We think it’s rather brilliant actually, and just to say that the review written by Gill S is not me.  There is another Gill S in this world.  It would seem.  So Gill, thank you for sharing.
Night Time Immunity Drink by Tonic Health £7.99 for Seven Sachets

Might as well stay with Magnesium for another paragraph, so firstly my apologies if you went onto the wait list after I wrote about the Magnesium Flakes last weekend, we are now back in stock.  If you were concerned about Shabir, please don’t be because he is no longer in bed with back pain.  He attributes his recovery to using the Magnesium Flakes in the bath, but also to Magnesium Oil Joint Spray.  So in celebration of Shabir functioning again, I am reducing the price of Magnesium Oil Joint Spray from £12.20 to £11.  He had better not have a relapse after I've just written that.  
Magnesium Oil Original Flakes by Better You £9.95 for 1 kg; Magnesium Oil Joint Spray by Better You £11 for 100 ml (Offer ends at midnight BST Sunday 17 October); 

Onwards, and Shabir has requested a moment.  He asked if I could mention Weleda’s Shaving Cream.  Duly mentioned.  He would also like me to tell you that Weleda’s White Mallow Face Cream is a gentle, fragrance free cream created for babies and young children.  It is accredited by the National Eczema Association, so we honestly don’t see why anybody with sensitive skin shouldn’t use it.  Alongside the Face Cream, there is a White Mallow Nappy Change Cream, which is recommended for new-born babies with sensitive skin issues and a White Mallow Body Lotion, which was formulated under the auspices of midwives.  Responsible care.
Shaving Cream by Weleda £12.50 for 75 ml; White Mallow Face Cream by Weleda £11.50 for 50 ml; White Mallow Nappy Change Cream by Weleda £9.50 for 50 ml; White Mallow Body Lotion by Weleda £13.50 for 200 ml

One more thing before we head into the feedback.  And whilst I’m on a roll with overfilled serums, let’s do another one.  And this time it’s Eye Contour Serum.  It’s another one of those serums that Shabir formulated for his own use.  He really has a thing about the eye area.  I have to be honest and tell you that I don’t.  But maybe that’s because for as long as I can remember I have worn sunglasses whenever I’m out, even in the depths of winter.  I even wear them at night.  Nobody quite understands, but never mind, for those on Shabir’s side of the equation the overfill is the same as C-Deep, 45 ml for the price of 30 ml.  £18.  Whilst stock lasts.
Eye Contour Serum by Garden of Wisdom for VH £18 for 45 ml

And so the feedback from last week.  It would have been quite a good moment to run away because by 10 am one of the treats had already finished, namely the Sarah Chapman mask treat.  I absolutely promise you that we were really well stocked, but the demand was overwhelming and there was nothing I could do about it.  The next thing that happened was that the Anti-Aging Multi-Peptide Treat, where I included the Travel Size of HA capsules, finished shortly after.  I had written that I didn’t expect it to last long and it didn’t.  And then the Japanese Cleansing Clouds.

So this is just to say that I have had to delist both of the Japanese Cleansing Clouds because I gave them all away and we have none left.  I promise this is not the end of the Clouds because Jane (Jane Cunningham, British Beauty Blogger) and I are working on a new Cloud.  We think he is very special, but because the Clouds are hand-made, we will have to wait.  I’m not sure how long, but it will be this side of Christmas.  Unless something goes seriously wrong. 

That’s it and into the Saturday only treat we go.  And it must be the week of the sachets because with every order placed for £30 and above, excluding p&p, I will send you a single-serve sachet of Nuzest Good Green Vitality, which is a potent blend of carefully selected fruits, vegetables and herbs together with added vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.  You can read more about its benefits on the product page, linked below.
Good Green Vitality by Nuzest £22.50 for 120 grams

I really don’t want to write too many more words, so I will just leave you with this song.  This song is a reflection of my thoughts and feelings after my words about mental health issues last weekend.  Dedicated to Yolanda.
The Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel; The VH Playlist

With love

Gill x


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