By admin March 7, 2019

Women’s Month

Happy Women’s Month to all the women out there; we appreciate all of you and this blogspot is dedicated to all things women! Hair, nails, beauty, weight-loss, hormones and so much more.

We have linked the best buys directly to our website so you can simply add to cart!

Beauty:  

A good hair and skin day means more time to focus on everything else!

Lamberts Florisene, contains significant levels of amino acid, biotin and selenium which all contribute to the maintenance of normal hair.

Color of Soin is great if you want to colour your hair. Made with plant exracts, it has been formulated with ingredients that respect the essential health of your hair. Amonia and paraben free, Color of Soin also works as a hair treatment.

Coconut & Castor Oil is great for dry, damaged hair. Coconut oil should be used regularly to condition all hair types as well as to maintain healthy hair.

Applied Nutrition Liquid Collagen boosts naturally aged skin by getting rid of wrinkles and lines with its high collagen content and antioxidant blend of the right nutrients.

Avalon Organics skin care, hair care and bath and body products are created with a profound respect for the earth; where products are created to embrace a holistic lifestyle of health, wellness and sustainability. Their lovely products leave you feeling rejuvenated and fresh.

Hormonal Balancing

Agnus Castus is a great supplement for relieving pre-menstrual symptoms such as irritability, mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating and menstrual cramps.

Kyolic Candida Cleanse & Digestion helps manage yeast production by cleaning out the gastrointestinal tract. Great to use if you are prone to yeast infections.

Maintain normal Estrogen levels with Kyolic Estro Logic and optimize your urinary tract and intestinal function with Kyo-Dophilus plus Cranberry, especially good to use if you are prone to UTIs.

Sage Leaf Tablets are known to provide relief from hot flushes and excessive sweating associated with the menopause. The tables are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. Source Naturals Menopause Multiple is also great in easing the symptoms of menopause and hormonal changes.

Pre and Post Pregnancy

If you’re ready to start trying for a baby start taking Natures Plus Procreation as it supports uterine and ovarian function. It also contains reproductive-optimizing vitamin A, C and E, and contains DHA to support healthy early-stage embryonic development and uterine implantation.

Fenugreek Tablets and Neuners Nursing Tea are both great for boosting milk supply for breast-feeding mums. The tea contains aniseed, fennel, verbena, caraway and fenugreek seeds, with no added flavouring, sugar or caffeine.

StrongStart or Natures Plus Source of Life Prenatal multivitamins are ideal for women who are trying to conceive, already pregnant or breast-feeding.

Weight Loss:

If you’re keen to shed some pounds, we encourage you to do it the right way and not by depriving yourself from essential nutrients. Come in and talk to one of our nutritionists or Metabolic Balance Coach for your personalized nutrition plan based on your BMI and your target weight. You can also begin your weightloss journey with Nutrex Lipo6 Extreme Potency Hers, available instore. The formula is created specially for women and helps with metabolism, promotes energy, alertness, helps balance food intake and controls appetite.

We love seeing all our customers in our stores but we also encourage you to try out the convenience of our online shopping platform. Most of our products are available online and they get delivered straight to your door.

We wish you all a happy and healthy March!
Live Life Well!
Team Healthy U.

By admin September 24, 2020

The Rainbow Diet

Eating health is colourful, not complicated.

Taste the Rainbow! EAT THE RAINBOW!

The rainbow diet is probably one of the ‘more fun’ diets out there. This is a holistic approach to radiant health, and has rules that are as simple as possible:

  1. Eat whole foods
  2. Eat as many colours as possible

This means that you are simply adding more fruits and vegetables of different colours onto your plate.

This is a very simple diet and health hack, but how exactly does it benefit you?

In having different colours on your plate, you are getting different properties that are unique to that colour. In summary;

  • The natural colours found in fruits and vegetables are the result of pigmented compounds called flavonoids.
  • Each unique flavonoid provides its own anti-oxidative and immune-supporting actions. People who eat at least six servings of high-antioxidant vegetables daily have decreased oxidative damage to their cells.
  • By eating a wide variety of colourful fruits and vegetables, you are consuming a full spectrum of anti-oxidative flavonoids.
  • This is also a great and effective way to boost your immunity this cold season!

In addition to flavonoids, fruits and vegetables contain important immune-enhancing vitamins and minerals. These include zinc, vitamin E, vitamin D, sterols, and carotene’s such as vitamin A and lycopene.

Therefore, just by simple eating more colours; red, green, purple, yellow and blue, your body will be healthier too!

By admin

The Dangers of Fake Bodybuilding Products

Protein is a staple in anyone’s diet, and the quickest and easiest way to get them is through protein powders and sports supplements.

You do not need to be a fitness enthusiast or an athlete to use sports supplements. Everyone from the elderly to those who require enough protein such as vegetarians can get incredible benefits from utilizing such products.

These products can help athletes as a way to increase performance, recovery, endurance or growth, or it can be used by particular individuals to make sure that they are getting enough protein in their day.

With such a wide variety of uses, with so many different products in the market, it can sometimes get confusing. There is one simple rule , however; “MAKE SURE YOU GET AUTHENTIC”

So what exactly is an authentic sports supplement and bodybuilding product? These are products that are made from reputable companies with certifications on their products. These should not be tampered with, imitated, or altered at any point from the source.

One can also trace their product directly back to the manufacturer, to make sure that it is authentic.

Although counterfeit products may look or taste the same, it may not mean that it holds the same benefits, and may sometimes counteract your long term health goals. This is because some counterfeit products may not have the right ingredients, are lower in quality, and may even have some potentially damaging ingredients in them.

With making sure that you are purchasing authentic products, you are minimizing the risk of being exposed to products such products, and you make sure that you are getting exactly what you asked for!

At Healthy U, you know that you are getting the best products, at some of the best prices!

We are certified distributors of;

  • Optimum Nutrition
  • Muscle Tech
  • Sun Warrior
  • Evlution
  • Dymatize
  • Sci-Mx
  • Olimp
  • Garden of Life
  • Cellucor
  • Neocell
  • MusclePharm
  • Nutrex
  • Quest
  • Grenade
  • Fulfil
  • Pulsin
  • And so many more!

Be the Best! Get the Best!

By admin December 19, 2017

Stay healthy before during and After Pregnancy

Optimal nutrition before, during and after pregnancy is essential for not only the mother but her baby too.

Why?

  • Some nutrient deficiencies have been shown to contribute to congenital abnormalities and birth defects.
  • Also, gestational under nutrition contributes to increase offspring’s susceptibility to chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension among others in adulthood.
  • Proper nutrition makes conception easier and helps prevent possible miscarriages, promotes a healthy pregnancy and the birth of a healthy baby.
  • It can also help to lessen or avoid the common problems experienced during pregnancy.
  • The pre-conceptual plan should take at least 3 months it takes for the egg and sperm cells to fully mature.

YOUR PRE- NATAL PLAN

How can you boost fertility and provide a good foundation for a healthy pregnancy?

  • Avoid/reduce foods, drinks or substances which reduce fertility i.e.
  • Smoking – Smoking is linked to infertility in women and contributes to reduced sperm count in men
  • Alcohol – Studies have shown that women who drink less are more likely to get pregnant. Research has shown that alcohol reduces sperm count and increases abnormal sperm cells in men. In addition, it decreases the absorption of important minerals such as zinc.
  • Xenoestrogens – These are environmental oestrogen from pesticides and plastics which can cause hormonal imbalance. Consuming organic produce helps to eliminate such compounds.
  • Caffeine – Drinking a lot of caffeine especially in form of coffee may reduce fertility.
  • Do a proper detox/cleansing e.g. a whole body detox
  • By removing toxins from the vital body organs such as the liver, kidneys, blood, gastro-intestinal tract and lungs among others you can improve hormonal balance (liver), improve circulation especially to the reproductive organs and enhance proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  • Consume a suitable diet which provides the full spectrum of nutrients.
  • This helps to avoid common deficiencies during pregnancy s
  • Nutrients such as iron, folate and other b vitamins, vitamin A, calcium and vitamin D, zinc, omega 3s and probiotics are very important.
  • Also, supplementing quality pre-natal multi-vitamin and mineral complex can provide these nutrients in proper proportions and formulations.

YOUR PREGNANCY

Proper nutrition may help to lessen or prevent common problems associated with pregnancy such as morning sickness, constipation, heart burn, weight problems, pre-eclampsia, pre-mature labor and infections.

These important nutrients include;

  • Folic acid – Prevents neural tube defects such as spina bifida
  • Iron- helps in hemoglobin formation which transports oxygen throughout the body. During pregnancy the amount of blood in the body increases steadily hence more iron is required.
  • Omega 3 fats – Provides DHA and EPA which are essential to build a healthy brain.
  • Calcium and vitamin D – For proper development of bones and teeth. Also, it prevents the loss of bone minerals in mothers.
  • Zinc – Required for proper growth and development and for immune boosting.

It’s important to note that all nutrients are required in proper proportions to support optimal health for both the mother and the developing fetus.

The important food choices to obtain these nutrients include:

  • Organic green leafy vegetables and fruits– They are high in fiber and contain important nutrients such as vitamin C, k, iron, magnesium, manganese, and fiber among others.
  • Cultured or fermented foods e.g. yogurt and Kefir. These provide fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Also, they provide probiotics which improves digestion, improves immunity and reduces the growth of pathogenic bacteria among other functions.
  • Proper protein rich foods e.g. poultry, fish, eggs, lentils, tofu – Suitable protein sources for growth and development.
  • Seeds and nuts – Provides fibre, minerals and essential fatty acids essential for normal brain development.
  • Whole foods e. whole grains, oats – low glycemic load foods which ensure sustained energy release and helps to regulate blood sugar levels.

OPTIMAL NUTRITION WHILST NURSING

How can I ensure my body has all the nutrients I need when nursing?

  • Neuner’s nursing tea and stomach calm tea – Provides nutrients such as fenugreek and fennel which helps to increase breast milk production and reduce colic respectively.
  • Colic calm – A homeopathic remedy which helps to relieve colic in babies.
  • Prenatal omega mom – Provides essential nutrients for a healthy mother and baby.
  • Probiotics – Promotes a healthy intestinal lining thus helping to improve digestion, immunity and reduce the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
  • Omegas – For proper growth and development especially the development of the brain.
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Fenugreek seeds and powder, dill seeds – Helps to increase breast milk production
  • Fennel tea – Helps to relieve colic.
  • Green foods (organic) – Provides essential nutrients for proper growth and development.
  • Peas, beans, lentils, brown rice – nutritious whole foods.
By admin

Quit Smoking the Healthy Way

You want to quit smoking, you know all the bad effects it can have, you keep making excuses that now is not the right time, you tried it once and found it too difficult. We are here to help you get rid of these thoughts and find the healthiest way to #LiveLifeWell and quit smoking.

Smoking can have some severe side effects. Some of these include:

  • lung disease, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cervical cancer, pregnancy complications
  • Females can experience early menopause, osteoporosis, cervical cancer, decreased fertility and pregnancy complications
  • Males may experience low penile blood pressure which may contribute to impotence.

Quitting can be hard due to nicotine addiction. You can also experience other withdrawal symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, headache, tremors, and disrupted sleep.

How do you get past this? Proper supplementation and diet can help to control these symptoms, getting you back to normal in no time.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Supplements;

  • Smokers cleanse kit – this is a three-part program that contains herbs, vitamins and amino acids aimed at respiratory system cleanse and support, reducing cravings and stress relieving.
  • Total lung therapy – Helps to expel mucous from deep in the respiratory system, sooth and heal the inflamed tissues as well as protecting and strengthening the system.
  • Antioxidants e.g. Coenzyme Q10, grape seed extract, N-Acetyl cysteine (NAC.) These protect the system against the oxidative stress and improve circulation and oxygenation of tissues. They also help to repair lungs and the other damaged cells.
  • A potent multivitamin and mineral complex which provides important nutrients such as Vitamin C which is depleted by smoking and Vitamin B3 which helps to lessen the cravings.

Aromatherapy;

  • Peppermint, lavender and orange essential oils – they can help to fight the urge to smoke and can reduce headaches associated with nicotine withdrawal.

Diet;

  • Consume more fruits and vegetables to get all the beneficial nutrients you need such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.
  • Consume more cayenne and ginger- cayenne helps to desensitize respiratory tract cells to irritants from cigarette smoke.
  • Consume more onions and garlic as they contain nutrients that help in detoxifying harmful substances from the body and can boost the immune system.
  • Consume herbal teas that help in blood cleansing, relaxation and general well-being.
  • Consume nuts and seeds that have nutrients with nerve-calming properties.

To find out more or get the support you need, talk to one of our in-store nutritionists today and don’t forget to #LiveLifeWell

By admin September 24, 2020

Natural versus Synthetic Supplements

At Healthy U, we pride ourselves in having the largest and most extensive range of natural and high quality supplements in Kenya.

What does this mean however? Aren’t all supplements created the same?

When it comes to supplements, you have two basic options, natural or naturally derived supplements, and synthetic ones.

Although some may argue these are the same, there are some fundamental differences between the two.

Synthetic vitamins and minerals are processed in a laboratory, and these synthetic supplements contain little or no natural ingredients.

Whilst sometimes these may be cheaper in price, the benefits may be limited as your body (probably) does not absorb synthetic supplements in the same way that your body would absorb natural supplements.

Although they can be effective, when given the choice, we would always recommend going for a natural supplement.

Naturally derived vitamins and minerals come  from plants. We leave nature to do the creation of these supplements, but they are only manufactured, not produced, in a laboratory for sterile purposes.

Natural supplements are as close to nature as you can get without eating the actual plant. Natural supplements, or high quality naturally derived ones, allow you to ingest concentrated amounts of vitamins and minerals. They also allow you to get vitamins and minerals from plant foods that you may not have access to, from faraway places.

With natural supplements, you are directly harnessing the power of plants, and all their wonderful and magical properties.

With the essence of nature captured in our high quality range of supplements, you know you are getting the best.

At Healthy U, we therefore believe in quality. Your body can tell the difference, even if a microscope can’t.

By admin July 21, 2020

Men’s Health – Ageing Gracefully

Age is inevitable. Despite the fact that it gets a bad reputation, aging does not need to be a dreadful process.  At Healthy U, we want to support the lifestyles and habits that makes you a man that is more distinguished with age.

Aging gracefully was something that was thought of as just traditionally for women, but we also support our men looking great too!  In this short guide, we highlight the key points that might help remind you to take care of yourself.

Skin

Looking after you skin should be just as important with men! Keep your routine short but effective!

Moisturise!

  • You want to keep your skin looking fresh and subtle throughout the years. Simple moisturisers or oils such as rosehip oil are a skin lifetime saver!

Sunscreen?

  • Did you know that 90% of skin aging comes from UV rays from the sun? Keep your skin looking younger for longer by using a sunscreen everyday!
  • We recommend our natural sunscreens that are free of harsh chemicals, and environmentally friendly.

Hair and Head

Afraid of hair AND/OR memory loss?

Take care of your hair with;

  • Multivitamins! In an easy and efficient way, make sure that you are getting all your essential vitamins and minerals through a simple once-a-day multivitamin. We recommend Irwin’s Living Green Liquid Gel Multi-Vitamin. This product has a breakthrough formula which combines over 70 nutrients, vitamins and minerals.

Take care of your memory with;

  • Omega-3’s! These fats are important for overall health and have been shown to lower the risk of heart disease, reduce inflammation, relieve stress and anxiety, and slow mental decline. Therefore, make sure to cover your bases with this supplement! Omega-3’s are also great for mitigating anxiety and depression.

Body

Under body, we shall highlight main concerns with the gut, blood sugar and pressure.

With Blood sugar:

Refer to: https://www.goplacesdigital.com/managing-blood-sugar-levels/

With Blood pressure:

Refer to: https://www.goplacesdigital.com/manage-your-high-blood-pressure/

Recommended Products:

Originally Posted on Go Places Digital : https://www.goplacesdigital.com/mens-health-age-gracefully/

By admin August 26, 2020

Learn How to Boost your Immunity from One of Our In-House Nutritionists, Brenda Ngina

We are living in uncertain times and one thing that we can all agree on is that we all want to make sure that we, and our loved ones, are keeping safe and healthy. Part of keeping safe and healthy is knowing that our immune systems are strong.

At Healthy U, we are here to help you select the right immunity boosters and educate you on your options.

So, what is “immunity”? Immunity simply put is your body’s ability to be able to fight off disease causing pathogens. In this blog, we want to get into the specifics of how you can boost your immunity.

How to boost your immunity through food
Food is an essential part of maintaining a healthy immune system. Paying attention to what is on your plate can indeed boost your immune system.

Eat More:
Make sure you eat plenty of fruits, especially citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruits. Also make sure you are getting plenty of vegetables, whole grains, and natural herbs such as garlic, ginger, turmeric. These contain natural compounds such as vitamins, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help elicit a good immune response.

Eat less:
Reducing your sugar, salt, alcohol and highly processed foods is important for a strong immune system. These substances through studies have shown to have a detrimental effect on the immune system. Studies by The American Journal of clinical nutrition showed that persons who were fed with as little as 100gms of sugar, experienced a slug in their white blood cells ability to fight off bacteria.

A tip when creating healthy and nutritional meals: the more colorful your plate is, the more of these compounds are getting into your system. Enjoy putting together colorful dishes of peppers, carrots, cantaloupes, spinach, and fresh turmeric and enjoy your journey to a better immunity for you and your family!

How to boost your immunity through hydration
Our immune system is dependent on the nutrients that we consume. When you are not properly hydrated the transportation of nutrients and their assimilation to your organs can decrease. Staying hydrated also helps with detoxification, which helps our bodies get rid of all waste from the system and function at an optimal level.

How to boost your immunity through rest
Consider your body as a machine that runs on batteries and rest is essential to recharge those batteries in order for your body to function at its best. When you are resting, your body releases protein compounds called cytokines which may have a protective effect to your immunity.

How to boost your immunity through supplements
Supplements have a positive impact on your immunity. They provide key essential nutrients that have been shown to help boost immunity.
Some key supplements we recommend include: Vitamin C, Zinc, Echinacea and Garlic supplements.
Vitamin C deficiency for example, can lead to increased susceptibility to infections. It plays an important role in the engulfing of pathogens from the system and barrier protection of cells from invasion by harmful organisms.

By putting these tips to practice, you will be creating a safe haven not just for yourself but also for your loved ones!

As always, stay safe.
Brenda Ngina

By admin December 19, 2017

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is prevalent mainly in adults and is caused by a deficiency or lack of lactase, the required enzyme to digest lactose. It is believed most people lose the ability to produce lactase after a certain age and some stop producing it as a result of digestive damage caused by illnesses such as IBS, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease.

Some of the symptoms of lactose intolerance include abdominal cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhea.

Luckily for those who suffer from this intolerance, there are several substitutes available on the market today:

Non-dairy cheese; produced mainly from soya protein concentrate and coconut oil which provide many health benefits. This is also a good option for those who suffer from high cholesterol.

Non-dairy ice-cream; also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, the ice-cream is made from almond and vegetable oils. A great option for those who are diabetic and gluten intolerant.

Plant-based milk; 100% plant based, the vast options available are high in B vitamins and calcium. Most of the varieties available are often preferred by the “eat-clean generation” due to their high nutrient, low fat, low sugar components.

Non-dairy desserts; free of artificial flavours and sweeteners, these plant-based desserts can be enjoyed guilt-free.

Goats milk; made from pasteurized goat’s milk, this is a highly nutritious alternative to dairy and is becoming a common preference that parents choose for children.

By admin September 24, 2020

Keep your Immunity High!

Your immunity is a complex system that does a wonderful job of protecting your body from all things harmful and hurtful.

Now more than ever, having a strong immunity is essential! This requires some additional attention to help boost your natural defences.

At Healthy U, we aim to equip you with all the necessary tools and products to make sure that your immunity is working in tip-top condition!

1) Feeding your body with certain foods may help keep your immune system strong. Make sure to include lots of produce such as;

a) Papaya / Pawpaw
b) Sweet potatoes
c) Spinach and dark leafy greens

2) Make sure that you are taking a variety of supplements, such as;

Echinacea

This is known to have immune boosting properties. Echinacea is known to be a great supplement during the cold season as it may help reduce symptoms of infections and other illnesses, including the common cold.

Vitamin D
Recent research suggests that taking Vitamin D may protect against respiratory tract infections, vital to raise your respiratory defence systems.

Curcumin
Curcumin is what gives turmeric its yellow colour and taste. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and antioxidant effects, this is a must have in keeping your immunity up!

Cat’s Claw
This is a great supplement that may contains properties that are known to stimulate the immune system, kill cancer cells, and fight viruses.