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WHAT IS THE ROLE OF COPPER IN THE BODY?

November 26, 2020

You might not think a heavy metal would be a good thing to have too much of in your body – and sure enough, the likes of mercury, lead and arsenic aren’t good for you. But copper, on the other hand, is what is known as an essential trace mineral. That means, in trace amounts, it isn’t merely important for... Read More
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7 STEPS TO A GREAT NIGHT'S SLEEP

November 23, 2020

A restful sleep, night after night; it’s one of those things that we all aspire to, but which alarmingly few of us have actually been enjoying consistently, especially since the start of the UK’s first COVID-19-enforced lockdown in the spring. That’s according to the results of a King’s College London and Ipsos MORI study conducted in May, which discovered that... Read More
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TURMERIC, MATCHA, ELDERBERRY: WONDERPLANTS EXPLAINED

November 20, 2020

Like ‘superfood’, ‘wonderplant’ is a term you might have come across from time to time, referring to a plant perceived to have myriad benefits for human health. So, here at Tonic Health, we thought we’d introduce you to a few of these wonderplants – including what they are, and the evidence of their positive health and wellness implications. Turmeric We... Read More

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ASK AN EXPERT: WHY DO I NEED TO SUPPLEMENT MY DIET?

November 17, 2020

Two reasons: firstly our lifeload puts greater demands on our nutrient requirements and secondly, although we have lots of available food, our diet is often low in nutrients. Our 24/7 world is, like never before, putting pressure on our body. We haven’t changed much in 60,000 years and you only have to look at how our world has changed even... Read More
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NATIONAL IMMUNE HEALTH SURVEY RESULTS

November 14, 2020

Tonic recently conducted a survey with over 2000 people across the UK to get a better idea of the nation's understanding of immunity, as well as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their immune systems, and the steps they are taking to remedy this.    The results are as follows:  Across the UK as a whole, 75% of 16-34 year-olds report a... Read More
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7 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT GINGER

November 12, 2020

he flowering plant known as ginger is a familiar part of many of our diets – indeed, Chinese medicine has backed its use for the prevention and cure of all manner of health problems for more than two millennia. So, what are just some of the curious facts about ginger that help to show why this flexible ingredient has persisted... Read More

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OUR FAVOURITE IMMUNE-FRIENDLY RECIPES

November 10, 2020

While immunity has been a frequent topic of conversation throughout much of 2020, the start of the second national lockdown provides the perfect opportunity to take the time to work out what exactly you can do to strengthen your immunity. Over the past few months we've shared lots of tips on how to best to support your immune system, from... Read More
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WHAT IS COLLAGEN?

November 08, 2020

If you’ve heard anything before about collagen, it’s probably its status as the body’s most abundant protein, or its claimed benefits for the skin and hair. What you might not have known so much about, is collagen’s potential relevance to supporting your immune health. A key “glue” for the body Let’s start from the very beginning, by explaining what collagen... Read More
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ASK AN EXPERT: WHAT FOODS ARE GOOD FOR GUT HEALTH AND IMMUNITY

November 06, 2020

"All disease starts in the gut" - Hippocrates We have 100 trillion bacteria in our body, so collectively these contain more bacteria genes than we do! The gut is the biggest barrier to the outside world and contains a whopping two thirds of our immune system, so it's pretty important! It helps to protect allergens from getting in through the... Read More

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THE DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

November 04, 2020

Tonic's founder, Sunna van Kampen, reflects on the past year, challenges to date, and hopes for the future.   Tonic is officially 1 year old today! And what a year it’s been. I first started thinking about a way to help people harness the power of their immune system over 5 years ago. I was working a corporate job and getting... Read More
complete proteins for vegans

HOW CAN I GET COMPLETE PROTEINS ON A VEGAN DIET?

November 02, 2020

The task of getting enough protein into your diet as a vegan is simultaneously simpler and more complex than you might think. On one hand, it’s a bit of a myth that you’ll struggle to consume sufficient protein if you follow a vegan diet. After all, it’s not as if meat and eggs are the only dietary sources of protein.... Read More
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PUMPKIN SPICE & ALL THINGS NICE: A NUTRITIONIST'S RECOMMENDATION FOR SEASONAL VEG

October 30, 2020

Eating the season is essential as we turn from autumn to winter. The change of this season in particular, is when we start to see the rise in bugs and viruses, that’s even aside from the prevalence of Covid-19! Mother Nature I always think is rather clever; providing us with seasonal veg that supports our health needs at different times... Read More

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THE SCIENCE OF WHY YOU SHOULD WEAR SUNCREAM EVERY DAY (INCLUDING UNDER YOUR MASK!)

October 27, 2020

This year has presented us with quite a few new habits to get used to; more diligent hand-washing (although we’d hope you were doing that one before!), social distancing, and – of course – the wearing of face coverings in confined spaces to help protect others from COVID-19’s spread. But that still leaves all of the other health-supporting habits you... Read More
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SLEEP AND IMMUNITY: WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

October 22, 2020

Sleep, something we all know and love on a lazy Sunday morning, but throughout the week tend to cut back on in order to fit more into our already busy lives. But do you know the impact on your health of just one bad night’s sleep? Why is sleep critical for your immune system? And how are they intrinsically linked?... Read More
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WHY VALERIAN IS KEY TO A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP

October 21, 2020

Difficulties with getting to sleep are among the most prevalent health and wellness issues of our age; it is thought that about a third of Britons will suffer from insomnia at some point in their lives. It is unsurprising, then, that any remedies supposedly helping to tackle sleeplessness attract considerable attention – and one of those is valerian root. What... Read More

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WHAT IS SEROTONIN?

October 18, 2020

Frequently referred to as the body’s “happy” or “feel-good” chemical, serotonin actually has a broad range of roles beyond its contribution to wellbeing and happiness. Serotonin is certainly key to mood regulation, with normal levels of this neurotransmitter or hormone helping to ensure you remain happy, calm, focused and emotionally stable. But it would also be selling serotonin short to... Read More
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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW TO DEAL WITH A PICKY EATER?

October 18, 2020

So many of our eating habits go way back to childhood. Eating quickly: were you at boarding school or in a large family where siblings might have nicked your food off your plate? Or did you have lots of processed foods as a child which might be why you’re drawn to beige foods now? Or did you grow up with... Read More
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ASK AN EXPERT: DOES THE FOOD I EAT AFFECT MY SLEEP?

October 16, 2020

What we eat and drink in the day has a huge effect on how well we sleep. Unfortunately for many of us we get into a bit of a catch 22. The biggest reason for insomnia is stress… And here lies the Catch 22:   the more stressed we are, the worse we sleep, and the worse we sleep, the... Read More

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FOUNDERS 365 INTERVIEW WITH SUNNA, TONIC'S FOUNDER

October 14, 2020

Tonic Health's very own Sunna van Kampen, was recently interviewed on the podcast Founders 365! Keep reading for the highlights from the episode, including Sunna's story and mission as founder, current industry obstacles and Tonic's strategy to overcome them, and some of the highs and lows of startup life. And see the links at the bottom of this post if you fancy... Read More
the power of kindness

WHY THE KINDNESS YOU GIVE COMES BACK TO YOU

October 12, 2020

Wouldn’t it be amazing if there was just one “magic formula” in life that made everything a bit better? By this, we mean one thing that we could turn to time and time again, in the knowledge that it would help to increase our happiness, energy, self-esteem, pleasure, and even lifespan.  Well, there is seemingly such a thing, and it’s... Read More
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MENTAL HEALTH AND IMMUNITY - WHAT'S THE CONNECTION?

October 10, 2020

The fresh focus that the coronavirus pandemic has thrown on the vital importance of our immune systems may have already prompted you to make certain changes to your lifestyle to help to improve your body’s ability to fend off infection and disease. Some such alterations that one could make – including adopting a steady exercise regime and boosting consumption of... Read More

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7 EASY WAYS TO BECOME A MORNING PERSON

October 08, 2020

The old trope of the ‘night owl’ versus the ‘lark’ is a persistent one, partly because it is rooted in a degree of truth. After all, we all have different circadian rhythms, which are our natural sleep and wake cycles that largely determine the times of day when we feel most awake and alert. For ‘night owls’ – that is,... Read More
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WHAT IS AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

October 06, 2020

Your immune system is meant to safeguard your body against the risk of disease and infection, and to this end, can normally tell the difference between the body’s own cells and any foreign cells from external sources. When, however, your immune system fails to distinguish between your own cells and unwelcome foreign invaders, it can end up mistakenly attacking your... Read More
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NEW PLANT-BASED BOOK ALERT!

October 04, 2020

🔈 Attention all those interested in plant-based nutrition: Team Tonic's GP, Dr Gemma Newman, is publishing a book! The Plant Power Doctor, Dr Gemma's guide to the radical healing power of a plant-based diet, is out on January 7th 2021 but available for pre-order now.  Excited? So are we. Interested in finding out why she wrote this book? Us too, so we asked;... Read More

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ASK AN EXPERT: SHOULD I CUT OUT NATURAL SUGAR?

October 03, 2020

There are scales to which natural sugar becomes less helpful. Fruit and vegetables contain sugar (especially carrots, tomatoes, beetroot, sweet potato and soft fruits) but because this sugar is encased in fibre and these plants are abundant in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, I recommend you eat them in abundance! Never before in my clinic have I seen a patient who... Read More
THERMOMETER TO MEASURE FEVER TEMPERATURE

WHAT TEMPERATURE IS A FEVER?

October 01, 2020

With a fever reported to be the most common symptom of COVID-19, the above is a very pertinent question. Yes, you’ll be aware already that the term ‘fever’ refers to an elevated body temperature – but what temperature actually constitutes a fever, and how concerned should you be by it? Assessing whether you do, or don’t, have a fever First... Read More
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WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SUPPLEMENTS AND VACCINES?

September 29, 2020

As the world waits with bated breath for confirmation of the successful development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine, you may understandably wonder about the vitamin and nutrient supplements that you might already be taking to support your health.   What have the findings of previous research indicated about the relationship between supplements and vaccines, and the implications for... Read More

Healthy mediterranean diet

THE 7 BENEFITS OF A MEDITERRANEAN DIET AND LIFESTYLE

September 26, 2020

Given that it has been one of the most historically acclaimed diets since the 1960s, it is especially striking that the oft-cited “Mediterranean diet” isn’t really a diet at all, at least in the sense of comprising a single set of agreed-upon rules and restrictions. And clearly, it isn’t a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ trend. What it essentially is, is... Read More
Healthy smoothies full of vitamin C

3 EASY VITAMIN C DRINK RECIPES

September 25, 2020

As we've been saying for a while now, vitamin C is the powerhouse of the vitamin world. As well as having a large role in boosting our immune system, this abundant nutrient also helps us heal cuts and wounds faster, maintains the strength of bones and teeth, improves metabolism, and keeps our skin and hair in tip top condition. If... Read More
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IS RED WINE GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

September 24, 2020

Maybe it’s having a French wife that draws me irresistibly to a glass or two of a great, rich, lip-smacking red wine. But when I read how it can also help maintain your immune system, things just couldn’t get much better.  Like most of us in the current context, I’m  more conscious than ever of staying healthy. When I feel my body needs... Read More

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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DOES STRESS AFFECT MY IMMUNE SYSTEM?

September 22, 2020

The reason why stress affects us so much is that our body really hasn’t changed much in 60,000 years. Cortisol is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands (little glands that sit on top of the kidneys) which are hard wired to the body’s ‘fight or flight’ survival response. 60,000 years ago this would’ve been essential to either fight... Read More
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WHY TONIC IS AND ISN'T CHANGING NEXT WEEK

September 20, 2020

As a small business that is fast approaching only its first birthday, we are about to undergo some pretty big changes that I wanted to share with you first. There is a natural tendency to fear change, but in my life, I have always lived by the philosophy that change is progress. And as the great and powerful Nelson Mandela... Read More
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THE UNLIKELY COUGH AND COLD TREATMENT: PINEAPPLE

September 17, 2020

There’s no shortage of slightly eyebrow-raising foods that have been cited as effective for relieving the symptoms of cold and flu down the years, and you may have given some of them a go yourself when feeling under the weather. But has it ever crossed your mind in such circumstances to reach for a few slices of pineapple? According to... Read More

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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW TO INCREASE MINERAL DENSITY IN MY DIET?

September 16, 2020

The typical Western diet is low in micro minerals which isn’t surprising when you look at the National Diet and Nutrition Survey which shows only 8% of children and less than 30% of adults meet their 5-a-day fruit and veg which is where most of these vital minerals are found.   So what can be done to increase the minerals... Read More
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7 SURPRISING THINGS YOU NEVER KNEW ABOUT MUSHROOMS

September 13, 2020

As the spore-bearing, fruiting bodies of fungi, mushrooms represent so much more than a great topping for a pizza, or the perfect way to enhance the flavour of sauces and soups. And there’s certainly more to the world of mushrooms than the packaged and ready ones you probably spot all the time in your local supermarket. So, what are just... Read More
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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DO I ENSURE I'M GETTING ENOUGH ZINC IN MY DIET?

September 10, 2020

This power house of a mineral is responsible for a huge amount of wide ranging processes in the body. It’s probably best known for its role in the immune system, from modulating T cells to helping us fight infection. It’s also essential for our mental wellbeing too. Zinc is crucial for a healthy reproductive system and a tip top digestive... Read More

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GETTING SICK AT UNI DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A RITE OF PASSAGE

September 06, 2020

If you’re currently preparing to embark on university study for the first time or to return after the summer break, you’re likely to be feeling enough trepidation and strain without your health being an additional cause for concern. The coronavirus pandemic, of course, has put an even more perilous complexion on the matter of how to avoid falling ill due... Read More
Turmeric Root Flat Lay

WHY IS TURMERIC SO GOOD FOR YOU?

September 04, 2020

While the last few years have been characterised by plenty of health crazes, at least one of those was an overnight sensation more than four millennia in the making. The craze in question is turmeric, a deep orange-coloured spice that resembles ginger root in its raw form but is routinely ground down to create a powder frequently used in South... Read More
Myth Busting Immune Health

MYTHBUSTING VITAMIN DOSE: *SPOILER ALERT* YOU PROBABLY NEED TO UP YOURS

September 03, 2020

Myths, a widely held but false belief or idea. They are something we all hear in our daily lives, but where do they come from and why do they often need busting in accordance with the truth? Well, myths are kind of like stereotypes, a major way in which we simplify our social world; since they reduce the amount of... Read More

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ASK AN EXPERT: HOW DO YOU TACKLE WEIGHT LOSS MINDFULLY?

September 02, 2020

On average we go on four diets a year. And as soon as we come off them we put the weight back on. There are lots of reasons why we don’t lose weight and the outdated model of calories + exercise = weight loss often doesn’t work in the long term. Low thyroid function, stress, the wrong type of training,... Read More
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HOW TO REDUCE YOUR RISK OF GETTING ILL WHEN FLYING

August 28, 2020

These are tricky times when it comes to day-to-day risk management. While lockdown restrictions may have loosened as COVID-19 case numbers fall in many parts of the world – including the green light being given to international travel once more – the pandemic is most definitely not “gone”. So, whether you’re eager to make the most of your summer by... Read More
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IS YOUR PET THE KEY TO BETTER IMMUNITY?

August 26, 2020

Ask almost any pet owner, and they’ll tell you that owning and looking after their beloved dog, cat or other furry or feathered friend has definitely been good for their health. However, a lot of the discussion about how beneficial our pets are for our health has long revolved around how their affectionateness after a long and difficult day supports... Read More

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7 SIGNS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM NEEDS HELP

August 22, 2020

The central importance of the immune system for protecting you from all manner of maladies can so often be forgotten about, right up until the moment something obviously goes wrong. The good news, though, is that with a bit of knowledge, you can better spot the telltale signs of below-par immune health, so that you can swiftly take the steps... Read More
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IU VERSUS MG: HOW TO ACTUALLY READ A LABEL

August 19, 2020

It’s very much the responsible thing to take the time to actually read the labels of the vitamin supplements you’re comparing in a high-street health store, or for that matter, to scrutinise the specifications you might see listed for such products online. However, it can be an altogether different task to actually properly understand what you read on the label... Read More
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HAYFEVER & COLDS? YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IS TRYING TO TALK TO YOU

August 16, 2020

While it is the winter months that people usually most associate with such maladies as cold and flu, the warmer and sunnier time of year brings a new threat: that of seasonal allergies, such as hay fever. When one adds to this the ongoing and unpredictable COVID-19 threat, it’s clear that even during the spring and summer, there can be... Read More

face mask for immune system

7 WAYS TO PRIORITISE YOUR IMMUNE HEALTH

August 13, 2020

The immune system has a vital role: It protects your body from harmful substances, germs and cell changes. It is made up of various organs, cells and proteins. But ever the unsung hero, we don't ever notice it as long as the immune system is running smoothly. Like all things in our body, the immune system can benefit from a bit of TLC now... Read More
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CAN YOU SHOCK YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM INTO WORKING HARDER?

August 10, 2020

It’s an enticing idea for many of us; the idea that we can somehow trigger our immune systems into action via some kind of immediate ‘shock’ or trauma. Indeed, one of those potential means of providing such a ‘shock’ – a cold shower or bath – has been the subject of a few fair traditions and ‘old wives’ tales’ down... Read More
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ZINC AND LEAN MUSCLE: WHAT'S THE CONNECTION?

August 06, 2020

You’ve probably heard a fair amount about the importance of zinc, especially if you have so much as a casual interest in bodybuilding. While zinc is a trace mineral – which means you only need small amounts of it to be healthy – of the key trace minerals, only iron is present in a greater concentration in the body. This... Read More

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7 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE VITAMIN C DEFICIENT

August 03, 2020

The crucial role that vitamin C – also known as ascorbic acid – has in a range of bodily functions should not be understated. This essential water-soluble vitamin helps to safeguard the health of your body’s cells. It’s a big factor in keeping your skin, blood vessels, cartilage and bones in the best possible shape, and is also instrumental in... Read More
Natural Killer Cells Immune System

'NATURAL KILLER' CELLS: YOUR BODY'S STEALTH MODE

July 31, 2020

They’ve got a menacing enough name – but what are they, and what is their role in human health? Natural killer cells are also sometimes referred to as NK cells, killer cells, or just K cells. They’re a type of white blood cell, or lymphocyte, and form part of the innate immune system. Wait – what do we mean by... Read More