Sunday, 29 July 2012

WELLNESS@LXG: Shout-Out for Supplements

There are two distinct camps where the subject of supplements is concerned; those that believe that we should simply eat healthily - and those that believe that we should pop a pill or twenty a day to ensure we live to be a hundred.

I however tend to find middle ground between the two. Yes we certainly should eat healthily, but with our current hectic work schedule, how many of us actually have the time to cook and eat even two meals a day at home? (And I’m sorry to disappoint but processed food straight from a can, sachet or packet does not count).

So the only way to ensure that we stay healthy, would be to take a supplement together with as many fresh fruit and vegetables as we can get our hands on in a day.

I spent most of my youth working out and being active (unlikely but true). I’ve hiked through the highlands of Scotland in unsuitable footwear and nearly lost my toes to frostbite. I have traversed the jungles of Sri Lanka photographing exotic wildlife, and I was almost desiccated in the deserts of Northern India. So after so much abuse, my knees and joints are now protesting and refusing to be as pliable as they once were. 

Before I was introduced to Kneipp, I used to pop a glucosamine tablet, but the problem with that was I often forgot to take it, and because the tablets have to be taken with food, it became quite a chore, with me probably only taking it twice in a week. 
Kneipp® Active Joint’s 5-in-1 Effervescent Tablets (l)
Kneipp® Magnesium + Calcium + D3 Effervescent Tablets (r)
The great thing about Kneipp® Active Joint’s 5-in-1 Effervescent Tablets is that I can take them any time I remember, which is a huge bonus as I often remember at bizarre times during the day. The effervescent tablets taste really subtly citrusy and I actually served it as a “drink” to someone who popped down unexpected recently.  

The Glucosaminsulfate and chondoitinsulfate - which are natural components of articular cartilage and connective tissue - together with the added Vitamin C helps build collagen, while Zinc helps build up bone, and Vitamin E helps protect cells. Dissolve in iced water for a great tasting and refreshing drink. Each tube, comprising of 15 tablets is priced at $22.90.
We all know that calcium is essential for keeping our bones healthy. Kneipp® Magnesium + Calcium + D3, made from natural minerals and combined with Vitamin D3 and calcium, provides the body with essential nutrients in times of physical and mental stress. Build your calcium store when young to prevent osteoporosis and other ailments that afflict us when we age due to a lack of nutrients. In fact, with all the pain that I have in my joints, sometimes I regret the abuse I put my body through in my youth... 

Kneipp® Magnesium + Calcium + D3 Effervescent Tablets is priced at $14.90 for a tube of 20  tablets.

Kneipp® Tea

Kneipp® has been producing contemporary products made with the very best natural ingredients since 1891. Kneipp® Herbal Teas are naturally caffeine-free and contains no artificial colouring, aromas or flavouring, so you get to enjoy the pure benefits of the herbs.

Stinging Nettle (Cleansing Herbal Tea)

Now this product really intrigued me, and while researching the benefits of Stinging Nettle, I found out that Nettle leaf is actually among the most valuable of herbal remedies. It is a slow-acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes. It is also one of the safest alternative remedies in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long-term treatment. It is said to have a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys.  

Nettle’s iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of Vitamin C aids in the iron absorption making it an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women. Stinging nettle is also beneficial during pregnancy due to its rich mineral value and Vitamin K, which guards against excessive bleeding. It is also a good supplement to strengthen the fetus and can be used during labor to ease the pain.

Kneipp’s Stinging Nettle (Cleansing Herbal Tea) is priced at $9.60 for a box of 15 tea bags.

Kneipp Products are available at:

Unity Healthcare:
2 Jurong East Central 1 #B1-05 Jcube Mall
252 North Bridge Road #B1-44L Raffles City Shopping Centre
LINK BRIDGE 62 Collyer Quay #02-01 to 04 OUE Link
3 Temasek Boulevard  Suntec City Mall #02-105 ( S) 038983

Guardian Health & Beauty:
290 Orchard Road # B1-20/24 Paragon
101 Thomson Road #B1 United Square
930 Yishun Ave 2  # B1-01/02 Northpoint Shopping Centre Singapore 769098
2 Jurong East Street 21 #01-57 IMM Building Singapore 609601                        
Novena Hospital 38 Irrawaddy Rd.#01-08/09/10/11 (S) 329563

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