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Food source of vitamin D

ASK A NUTRITIONIST: WHY CAN'T I GET ALL MY VITAMIN D FROM FOOD?

July 29, 2020

So why do I tend to advise patients to get out in the sunshine and supplement to optimise their vitamin D levels? Because we’re often low in it! The main reasons? We don’t go out in the sunshine enough, we often block the sun either from clothing or suncream, or moisturisers with factor in them, or we have darker skin,... Read More
Coffee which does not affect vitamin absorption

DOES COFFEE REALLY AFFECT VITAMIN ABSORPTION

July 27, 2020

It’s pretty understandable why so many of us feel the need to start the day – or indeed, finish it – with a satisfying cup of coffee. Amid the rushes, stresses and strains of daily life today, we probably all feel the need for that kind of boost from time to time.But could your routine caffeine fix also be compromising... Read More
Immunity Soup Turmeric and Ginger

THE IMMUNITY DIET: HOW TO EAT YOUR WAY TO BETTER IMMUNE HEALTH

July 25, 2020

Ask the Tonic Health Nutritionist Karen Newby: Can you eat your way to better immune health? There’s a lot of discussion about immune food at the moment. I whole heartedly disagree with the British Dietetics Association which states “Simply put, you cannot “boost” your immune system through diet.” Well boost is the wrong word, as it suggests it might cause... Read More

Couple in Bed - Vitamin C and Sleep

A MATCH MADE IS HEAVEN 💤 DEEP SLEEP AND VITAMIN C

July 23, 2020

None of us want to find ourselves struggling to get to sleep, but of course, it can happen for all kinds of reasons, and often at times when we feel we can least afford it. Thankfully, however, as the Sleep Council has observed, there are also lots of ways to help to ensure a restful night’s sleep - here are 24... Read More
Travelling which can weaken the immune system

TIME FOR A SUMMER HOLIDAY? DON'T FORGET THESE TRAVEL IMMUNE HEALTH HACKS FOR THE JOURNEY.

July 22, 2020

With the summer holiday season seemingly set to get underway after an enforced pause, how do we make sure we travel safely and healthily. Whether you are traveling via airports, trains, or cars, you’re likely going to come into contact with a lot of people, even though things are quieter these days.   What’s more traveling puts your body through... Read More
Appendix and your immune system

THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND YOUR APPENDIX - WHY IT’S MORE VITAL THAN YOU THINK.

July 21, 2020

The appendix, the small, never thought of organ that most misconceive of as redundant. The appendix is a small, finger like projection which comes out of the large intestine on the right sight of the abdomen. Historically it has been thought of nothing more than an evolutionary hangover that provides no modern-day function and can be a real pain in... Read More

RAY OF SUNSHINE THROUGH THE TREES

7 SIGNS YOU MIGHT NEED MORE VITAMIN D

July 20, 2020

Vitamin D’s billing as the “Sunshine Vitamin” tells you much about where you can expect to obtain it, as well as why so many health professionals are concerned that some of us may not currently be getting enough of it. Indeed, in its “coronavirus update”, the NHS has advised us to consider taking 10 micrograms of vitamin D a day... Read More
Food as a potential source of vitamin C

THE THREE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS ABOUT VITAMIN C: DOSE, DOSE, DOSE

July 19, 2020

We’re one of the few mammals (aside from guinea pigs, primates and fruit bats) that can’t make our own vitamin C. And when we eat it in our food, the body finds it difficult to store it. That’s because it’s a water-soluble vitamin, which is less stable versus the fat-soluble vitamins A, E, D and K that are stored for... Read More
Vitamin C and the immune system represented by fruit in water

ASK A NUTRITIONIST: HOW DOES VITAMIN C INTERACT WITH THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

July 16, 2020

Vitamin C is definitely an immune system multitasker! There’s been a mountain of research since the 1930s on its use as an antiviral, and even though there continues to be much debate over whether it can prevent the common cold, there is scientific consensus that it can help us get rid of it quicker (1). When we’re ill, our immune... Read More

A man suffering from stomach upset

THE TRUTH ABOUT VITAMIN C AND MILD STOMACH UPSET

July 13, 2020

Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that isn’t stored very well in the body. The Reference Nutrient Intake for vitamin C is set in the UK at 40mg, which is the amount for 97.5% of the population to ward off deficiency disease, rather than being recommended for optimum health.  An important thing to note is that our need for vitamin... Read More
Walnuts which are full of polyphenols

WHAT ARE POLYPHENOLS AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

July 13, 2020

If you’ve been reading lately about some of the real plant extracts and powders in Tonic Health vitamin drinks, including ginger and blackcurrant, you may have noticed that these ingredients are rich in polyphenols.  What’s a polyphenol, you ask? Let’s find out... A natural support to good health  Some of the ways certain sources refer to polyphenols can be a little... Read More
That happy Friday feeling and the immune system

WHY THAT #FRIDAYFEELING COULD BE HELPING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

July 10, 2020

We all know and love that Friday feeling. A hard week at work complete, the excitement of the weekend ahead, seeing your friends or going to a party - it definitely gives you a little buzz. But does the way we feel impact our body? How powerful are our feelings on our physiology? How can something so small such as a weekly feeling even help our immune system? Read More

High doses of Vitamins represented by a large tree

WHY TAKING 1875% OF YOUR RDA OF VITAMINS COULD BE A GOOD IDEA

July 09, 2020

The definition of Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) fails to consider is that there is a big difference between the RDA (the amount you need to avoid deficiency) and the amount of a vitamin or mineral we need to achieve optimal nutrient levels for optimal health. Optimal health and peak performance are very different from this commonly understood guideline. We explore how this came to be.  Read More
Immune Health Hacks Man in Cold Shower

7 IMMUNITY HEALTH HACKS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW

July 08, 2020

Given the vital importance of the immune system, I’d like to share my own health hacks for immunity that can be easily incorporated into your daily life. These are the product of my own years of bio-hacking and experimentation, and the journey I went on to research and develop Tonic with the best science behind it. Read More
Soldiers who were at risk of nutritional deficiencies

ASK A NUTRITIONIST: WHAT IS THE RECOMMENDED DAILY ALLOWANCE, AND WHY IS IT SO LOW?

July 08, 2020

First, a quick history lesson. The concept of standardised nutrient requirements was first established to help ward off starvation during the depression of 1862. Later, during World War 2, rationing started and the next set of Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNIs) was established. The emphasis changed from avoiding starvation to making sure the rationed food provided all the essential nutrients (that... Read More

Dr Gemma from Team Tonic

INTRODUCING DR GEMMA, THE NEWEST MEMBER OF TEAM TONIC

June 23, 2020

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
Vegan Vitamin D Source

THE BEST WAY TO GET VEGAN VITAMIN D

June 22, 2020

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
A man suffering from the flu

MAN FLU: IS IT REALLY A THING?

June 17, 2020

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

Fruit full of vitamin C

ASK A NUTRITIONIST: HOW MUCH VITAMIN C CAN I ACTUALLY ABSORB?

June 16, 2020

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. Read More
A dog that can store vitamin C

ASK A NUTRITIONIST: CAN MY DOG CATCH A COLD?

June 16, 2020

 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! Read More
People working together like zinc and the thymus gland

ZINC AND THE THYMUS GLAND: STRONGER TOGETHER

June 15, 2020

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

The sun, which provides essential vitamin D

HOW VITAMIN D WORKS WITH YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR OPTIMAL PERFORMANCE

June 09, 2020

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
Vitamins that are full of nutrients

WHY WE NEED MORE VITAMINS AT CERTAIN TIMES

June 09, 2020

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
A person having a health check-up

THE 7 PARTS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM THAT KEEP US HEALTHY

June 09, 2020

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

An athlete who needs vitamin C

ATTENTION, ATHLETES: HERE'S WHY YOU NEED MORE VITAMIN C

June 09, 2020

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
absorbable vitamins in a drink

WHY WE TAKE OUR VITAMINS IN A VITAMIN DRINK

May 21, 2020

Tablets, liquids, gummies, lozenges, syrups, drinks... hard shell, soft gel, veg caps… The list goes on! But with so many ways to take vitamins, why does Tonic choose to make vitamin drinks? We’re glad you asked. It can be hard to choose the right supplements for you and your needs, let alone the right way to take them. But we’ve... Read More
Tonic Health Mumsnet Rating

TONIC HEALTH IS THE FIRST IMMUNE SUPPORT DRINK TO BE MUMSNET RATED

May 14, 2020

You’ve seen it on many of your favourite brands – the coveted blue and white badge that tells you a product is ‘Mumsnet Rated’. Tonic Health just became the latest to join the club, after 130 Mumsnet reviewers tested our Elderberry & Blackcurrant drink and 81% said they’d recommend it to friends and family. Keen to try Tonic for yourself?... Read More

Rowene and her boys drinking Tonic

DISCOVER ROWENA'S 7 TIPS FOR A HEALTHY FAMILY LOCKDOWN ROUTINE

May 10, 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has been nothing short of a total change to the way most of us live our lives. Yet the lockdown has brought some positives with most of us being able to spend more time at home with our families. We caught up with Rowena to discuss how she has been changing her family routine to keep the... Read More
A bowl of elderberries which have many health properties

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ELDERBERRIES: WHAT IS THIS BERRY POWERHOUSE?

May 08, 2020

Elderberries have been used in traditional medicine for millennia and it’s not new news that there is plenty of potential in these powerful purple fruits. Elderberries are used both in medicine and in food across the world, and there are studies that have shown their potential to prevent viruses from entering our system with their antiviral properties, alongside having the... Read More
Tonic Health Donation to NHS

TONIC HEALTH DONATES TO NHS SUPERHEROES

April 29, 2020

Last week, our founder, Sunna Van Kampen, parcelled up and posted 500 drinks of Tonic Health to key workers in NHS hospitals across the UK, including Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. With our NHS being so close to the frontline of the coronavirus, here at Tonic we wanted to ensure that we were doing our part to help – with... Read More

Lemon and honey, which both have health benefits

LEMON AND HONEY: WHY THEY’RE SO IMPORTANT

April 28, 2020

A soothing mug of honey-lemon drink may be one of the most time-honoured traditions for ‘treating’ a cold, but did you know that it could be more than just a myth? In today’s age of relentless scientific advances compared to past generations, it would easy to presume that people take lemon and honey brews in response to a cold simply... Read More
Vitamin Supplements for the Immune System

WHAT VITAMINS SHOULD I TAKE TO SUPPORT MY IMMUNE SYSTEM?

April 22, 2020

Few periods in recent history have brought as much anxiety about immune health as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Inevitably, then, we are also seeing many claims and counterclaims about what steps we should all be taking to support or even boost our immunity. Read More
citrus fruits full of vitamin C

COULD VITAMIN C SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM? TAKE A LOOK...

April 15, 2020

During this uncertain time many of us are eager to take whatever steps we can, to strengthen our immune health. Claims and counterclaims are being widely made about which nutrients we can and cannot rely on to evidentially support our immune system. So, what place should vitamin C have in your efforts to live healthily and provide your immune system... Read More

honey and its health benefits

THE BENEFITS OF HONEY TO EXPLORE

April 08, 2020

If ever there was a wonder substance for supporting human health then the liquid gold that is also known as honey, surely has to be up there. Indeed, humans have been using honey for in a whole plethora of ways since ancient times. The Egyptians, for example, used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds, and even... Read More
working from home with tonic

WORKING FROM HOME? HERE’S WHAT TO DO

March 20, 2020

Working from home: great, I can make endless cups of tea and spend more time with my spouse/family/housemates… but, when the novelty wears off and you face the reality – it may not be as fun as you initially thought. Battling for rooms to video conference call in, wondering if your bed is an acceptable place to set up your... Read More
mug of immune-healthy zinc

THE BENEFITS OF ZINC: HELPING TO KEEP OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM “IN-CHECK”

March 18, 2020

What is Zinc?   Zinc is a key micronutrient and mineral that is essential for the body in numerous ways, it keeps the immune system strong, helps heal wounds, and supports normal growth. A lack of zinc can make a person more susceptible to disease and illness. It is responsible for several functions in the human body, and it helps... Read More

Tonic Health featuring in the Telegraph

TONIC HEALTH FEATURES IN THE TELEGRAPH: "10 EASY WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM TO FIGHT OFF CORONAVIRUS"

March 09, 2020

This week, we featured in The Telegraph as 1 tip inside their "10 top tips to support your immune system to fight off coronavirus". Currently there is no cure for the coronavirus (COVID-19), but what we do know is that to fight a virus, if you don't have a specific anti-viral or a vaccination for it, you have to rely on your... Read More
strong and healthy immune system

TOP TIPS ON HELPING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

March 06, 2020

At Tonic Health, we’ve always been about championing your immune system to help you stay healthy in times of need. We wanted to take the opportunity alongside The Institute for Functional Medicine to remind you that there are several steps you can take to reduce your chances of being exposed and to help your immune system. What to Do During... Read More
Gut healthy food for immune health

WHY YOUR GUT IS CRITICAL TO IMMUNE HEALTH

February 10, 2020

We all know that eating healthy diet for our overall health but research over the last 10 years has shown a solid link between eating healthily diet and our immune system via our gut microflora (the micro-organisms in our gut). Our gut bacteria train our immune systems to behave appropriately to the environment. We are normally exposed to these bacteria... Read More

Garlic, food and the Immune System

THE ROLE OF THE DIET AND YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

February 05, 2020

Eating a diverse diet, rich in colourful vegetables and fruits, will ensure that you are getting a sufficient range of antioxidants. These antioxidants protect the structural elements of the immune system and the gut itself.  Read More
Tonic in a mug

OUR STORY – FROM FOUNDER SUNNA VAN KAMPEN

January 19, 2020

The Beginning of Harnessing the Immune System The essence Tonic Health, a natural remedy to support our immune system, was passed to Founder Sunna Van Kampen cup after cup, year after year, with every cold and sickness bug – lemon and honey in hot water made by his mother. From a young age Sunna was surrounded by natural remedies, but... Read More
A bed to emphasise the importance of sleep to the immune system

IMPORTANCE OF SLEEP TO THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

October 17, 2019

Sleep has an incredibly profound impact on both our physical and mental health, with the quality of our sleep as important as the quantity of sleep that we get. Numerous studies have demonstrated the impact of being sleep deprived and how it negatively affects how our brain functions, its association with increasing sensitivity to pain, hunger and possibility obesity, and... Read More

Vitamin C-rich oranges

HOW VITAMIN C HELPS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?

September 30, 2019

How Vitamin C helps the immune system? Vitamin C is required for our immune system to work efficiently. Find out more in this post. Read More
Person protected from the rain

WHAT IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM AND HOW DOES IT PROTECT US?

September 30, 2019

The immune system is a complex system that protects and defends the human body from damage from other organisms or substances from the outside environment. It is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs which work together to defend against pathogens. These come in the form of viruses, or bacteria which is when the immune system works... Read More
Sun in a heart shape

SUNNY DELIGHT, THE VITAMIN WE ALL COULD DO WITH A BIT MORE OF

September 30, 2019

Summer sun, something we all long for and yet something we actually need to maintain a healthy immune system. Read More