Sleep is essential for all of us. However many people including me often find it hard to fall asleep or
tend to wake up during the night. Now help is at hand, thanks to Swedish based company WellBeMed who have recently launched the fab WellBeSleep® Shots and WellBeSleep® Bar. Products are innovative in format, beautifully packaged and they taste lovely, too.
“We wanted to create healthy, well documented products that can help against lifestyle-related health problems. Both WellBeSleep® products were developed with the aim of becoming part of people’s evening bedtime routines. Using one of nature’s own resources, lemon balm, we were able to create delicious products that help people wind down before bedtime,” says Victoria Lagnevik, WellBeMed MD.
WellBeSleep® shots and WellBeSleep® dark chocolate/oat bar all contain lemon balm, a herb used over the centuries for its calming effect. Mixed with hops, this helps create the best possible conditions for falling asleep. The WellBeSleep® Bar is made from oats and oat fibre, also beneficial to your health. It is recommended to eat and drink the WellBeSleep® products thirty minutes before going to sleep. This gives the lemon balm the necessary time to relax your mind and body.
WellBeSleep Apple Beetroot & Ginger Shot
made from Organic apple juice 78%, organic beetroot juice from concentrate 20%, organic ginger juice 1%, lemon balm extract, hops extract.
WellBeSleep Apple Turmeric & Elderflower Shot
made from Organic apple juice 96%, organic turmeric juice 2%, organic elderflower extract, lemon balm extract, hops extract.
WellBeSleep Apple Blueberry Shot
made from Organic apple juice 85%, organic blueberry juice from concentrate 14%, lemon balm extract, hops extract.
All three WellBeSleep shots are organic, suitable for vegans and have no added sugar.
This delish chocolate bar contains dark chocolate 35% (cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin, aroma), milk protein, oligo fructose syrup, oat fibre, rolled oats, stabiliser: (sorbitol syrup), rapeseed oil, lemon balm extract, extract from vanilla, hops extract.
The company kindly sent me samples to try and I really liked them. Better still, they actually helped me to fall asleep. I therefore recommend them absolutely.
WellBeSleep products are popular throughout Sweden and the company are confident that the products will be just as successful in the UK.
Available via Ocado online RRP £1.99 for WellBeSleep® Shot (60ml) and £1.99 for individual WellBeSleep® Bar (32g).
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Flu season is here and those eligible are being urged to get the flu jab to prevent extra strain on the NHS. However, GPs have warned of a potential shortage in flu inoculations due to increase in demand as talks around immunity continue to dominate headlines.
It’s therefore safe to say health is at the front of our minds which raises the question, what can we do to support our immune system in a pandemic in winter?
How do I know my immune system is low?
You are more likely to have frequent or prolonged colds. Have you ever worked tirelessly to meet a deadline, to be met with flu or a cold after submission? This is due to stress. According to the NHS website, stress can take its toll on your body and your immune system. Similarly you might find that cuts take longer to heal or you are suddenly plagued by digestive problems.
What can I do to strengthen my immune system?
Getting the right nutrition is key to fighting off illness. The World Health Organisation’s research has shown that sufficient vitamin D in your diet can reduce your risk of experiencing at least one respiratory infection, including the common cold, influenza or pneumonia by a third.
The Mayo Clinic also reported that lack of sleep can affect your immune system. “During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation or when you're under stress." Sleep deprivation may decrease the production of these protective cytokines.
How much sleep should I get?
Research suggests most adults need 7 to 8 hours of good sleep each night. Teenagers need 9 to 10 and primary school aged children may need 10 or more hours. It’s worth mentioning that more sleep isn’t always better. Adults sleeping more than 9 to10 hours each night may result in poor quality, broken sleep.
What natural supplements can I take?
Opting for a natural plant based supplement when feeling run down could reduce your reliance on pharmacuetials and stop a cold in its tracks before it really takes hold.
Echinacea is recognised as one of the most powerful medicinal plants in this area and should be a staple item in your kit of winter health essentials. Research shows it can reduce the chance of developing a cold by 58% and speed up recovery by 1.4 days.
Eleven per cent of the 252 drugs the World Health Organisation considers essential is derived exclusively from flowering plants and up to 50 per cent of drugs approved over the past 30 years have come directly or indirectly from natural products.
Potter’s Herbals Echinacea Tincture is a herbal medicinal product used to relieve symptoms of the common cold and influenza type infections. The specific combination of traditional herbal ingredients including certified organically produced Echinacea makes this product one of the most potent formulas on the market.
Research from Potter’s Herbals , the UK’s leading proven, natural healthcare found that:
What else can I do?
After every use, wash your reusable mask. Hand washing, disinfecting surfaces and not touching your face are all vital to stopping the spread of any virus.
POTTER’S: Natural family care since 1812.
Potters Herbals Echinacea Tincture with Elderberry Juice can be bought online and instore at Holland and Barrett for £11.99 RRP.
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I'm Gilly, award winning journalist and author of 12 books. Published credits include the Telegraph, Daily Mail, CNN, Daily Express, Country & Town House, The Scotsman, The Sun, Woman's Own, Lonely Planet, etc