We’re excited to announce a new addition to Tonic Health: Dr Gemma Newman, the UK’s ‘Plant Power Doctor’. Dr Gemma will be the Team Tonic GP, joining us on our mission to help people harness the power of their immune system with optimal nutrition, vitamins, minerals and plants. Based in London, Dr Gemma has over 16 years' experience as a... Read More
As you will have read in our last blog about how vitamin D works with your immune system for optimal performance the importance of Vitamin D is well establish for the immune system. We call it a vitamin, but in fact, vitamin D is actually a hormone that influences more than 3,000 different genes in your body. But do you... Read More
We all get sick from time to time, that’s a given. But whether or not your biological sex has an impact on the severity and duration of your symptoms is still up for debate. With Father’s Day around the corner, we thought it would be an appropriate time to delve into this topic a little further. What is ‘man flu’?... Read More
Your body is very clever and absorbs what vitamin C it needs. Anything that isn’t used is then safely excreted, although the body can hold onto vitamin C for a short period in the gut.
Unlike their masters, dogs don’t need to drink freshly squeezed orange juice at breakfast. Along with most other mammals (apart from fruit bats, guinea pigs, humans and other primates), dogs make their own vitamin C – which may be why a dog will always go for our breakfast bacon and not the fresh fruit!
Although their function in the body is often underappreciated, the work that zinc and the thymus gland do together is vital for protecting health. So, let’s start appreciating them a little more. What actually are they, and do they do for us? Introducing zinc It may be a mere trace element, but zinc is also a nutrient that everyone... Read More
If you’re reading this, it hopefully won’t be news to you that vitamin D plays an integral role in keeping you healthy. As the NHS website explains, this fat-soluble vitamin is key to regulating your body’s levels of calcium and phosphate, which are crucial to the health of your bones, teeth and muscles. While most of us tend to get... Read More
Most of us were probably aware long before adulthood that vitamins are important for health, having been told constantly by our parents as we were growing up to eat the healthy food on our plates because “It’s got loads of vitamins”. Mum knows best, of course. But do you know exactly how and why vitamins are so important, especially for... Read More
The human immune system is a truly wonderful thing, this sophisticated infrastructure of cells, proteins, organs and tissues routinely whirring into action to fight off nasties that can leave us feeling unwell. But how much do you actually know about all of those special components of the immune system that are constantly defending you? Many of us are unfamiliar with... Read More
The natural water-soluble vitamin called vitamin C – also sometimes referred to as ascorbic acid – has long been associated with various potential benefits, including the protection of cells, help with wound healing, and the maintenance of healthy skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage. What might surprise you, however, is that athletes in particular need to be mindful about getting... Read More