Introducing our new super-sized 1 Litre bottle! Enough for all the family to enjoy, our new big brother means you never need go thirsty again.
Available now in selected Sainsbury’s stores nationwide, give our new 1L Vitamin D bottle a go at mealtimes, days out, picnics or just keep in the fridge to keep you topped up on all your essential daily vitamins!
In the Spring of this year we worked with one of our favourite activewear and wellness partners Hip and Healthy in a bid to try and encourage people to drink more water, with a week long takeover on their website.
Our Drink More Water challenge was a mission to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves by equipping them with inspiring content that will help them to make healthier choices. The overall theme was based around Hydration, and the aim was to do pretty much as the name suggests....to simply get people to drink more water!
A weeks worth of hints, tricks and tips to help you up your water intake included editorial pieces such as the benefits of vitamin water, the latest water trends ranging from charcoal water to rose water and the importance of stayed hydrated for both the mind and body.
Fend off those spring sniffles' with some great advice from our resident nutritionist, The Healthy Hedonist, Becky Graham...
As winter turns into spring here in the UK, we can finally welcome lighter, longer days and warmer months. However, less welcome for many is the extra pollen in the air, so if you suffer with seasonal allergies it’s time to get ahead of the game and arm yourself against symptom flare ups with some nutritional know how.
Why do some of us suffer more than others?
Allergies occur for a variety of reasons, they can be inherited or linked to the way we were born, for example infants delivered by C-section are not exposed to the same antibodies from their mothers as those delivered naturally, and as a result the immune system can take longer to mature and defend itself appropriately.
We can also develop allergies in later life, this occurs when the immune system becomes hypersensitive to substances that are normally harmless like certain proteins in foods, pollen or dust mites. The onset of symptoms may be caused by compromised digestion, poor diet, climate or exposure to pollution. Unfortunately, if you are susceptible to one‘atopic’ condition like asthma, atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis or hay fever,you are often sensitive to others.
Hay fever is one of the most common allergies, the NHS estimates around 10 million sufferers in the UK, and that figure is on the up - within the next 20 years it’s expected torise to 30 million. Symptoms are generally brought on by inhaling pollen, which encourages the white blood cells of our immune system to respond by producing antibodies. This triggers the release of a hormone called histamine causing inflammation and manifesting in the classic runny nose, itchy watery eyes, and sneezing.
There are a few ways you can help to reduce the impact of annoying allergies. Follow these 10 practical tips and tricks to support your health during allergy season:
Keep your digestive system happy and healthy. 70-80% of the immune system is located in our gut, so feed friendly bacteria with pre and probiotic-rich foods like onions and garlic, leeks, artichoke, yoghurt, sauerkraut, kefir, miso and kombucha.
Eat foods high in quercetin. This antioxidant that has an anti-histamine effect. Apples, peppers, berries, cruciferous veg like broccoli and cabbage, leafy greens and lemons are all good sources.
Juice a pineapple. The tough core contains an enzyme called bromelain which can be effective for respiratory irritation and inflammation associated with allergies.
Limit foods that are high in histamine. Some foods are naturally high in histamine, so it may help to limit them to lower the load on your immune system. These include alcohol (particularly wine and beer), cured meats, vinegars, aged cheese and smoked fish.
Increase vitamin C fruit and vegetables. Pack your plate with an abundance of brightly coloured foods like spinach, kale, broccoli and red peppers, as well as citrus fruits and kiwi. If you struggle to get your 5 (or 10!) per day you may like to consider supplementing or stock up on GetMore Vitamin C for an extra boost.
Eat a rainbow to help manage flare ups, colourful foods contain protective antioxidants. The compound anthocyanin found in berries can help to manage inflammation in the skin and support natural defences. Beta-carotene, the orange pigment in carrots, squash and sweet potato is converted into Vitamin A, another essential skin nutrient.
Up your omega 3 for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties. Include oily fish like mackerel or salmon, walnuts, flaxseeds and chia seeds several times a week.
Spend less time in damp environments. If you generally feel better in hotter, dryer climates, damp may be the problem. Check your home doesn’t have any mouldissues - it has been linked to the worsening of respiratory conditions like asthma.
Limit exposure to pollen. Simple tips like staying inside on windy days, keeping windows closed, taking a shower after being outside and removing shoes when you enter the house can be helpful at reducing contact with these problematic pollens
Top up with immune essential Vitamin D. Low levels are linked to the onset of allergies, and by February we are very much depleted in the UK. However, if spending time outdoors worsens your symptoms, you may want to think about adding a supplement, or get sipping our refreshing mango and passionfruit.
Finally, if you’re still struggling allergy testing can be helpful to determine foods or environmental allergens that may be causing an immune reaction, making your symptoms worse. Speak to your GP or a Nutritionist about blood tests that can measure IgE allergic reactions, which once identified and removed can reduce the burden on your immune system both during allergy season and beyond.
The heat is on and if you’re firing up the BBQ for a party this summer, why not try making your tipple a little healthier than usual.
Here are our 5 signature cocktails to GetMore vitamins into your drinks.
Lemon & Lime Cooler
Looking for a low alcohol tipple you can keep on drinking (within reason!)? We’ve used ourMultivitamin Lemon & Lime to make this simple, refreshing cooler. This works just as well without the vodka so for non-drinkers, make it a mocktail.
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks
500ml GetMore Lemon & Lime 50ml Vodka
2 Large handfuls fresh mint
Use a tall glass and add a handful of fresh mint leaves plus the juice of 1 whole lime to each glass.
Use a muddler (if you’re a cocktail pro) or the end of a rolling pin to crush the mintand lime together.
Add a generous helping of ice.
Pour in 25 ml vodka for each drink and top with GetMore Lemon & Lime, stir and enjoy!
Blueberry & Blackberry Bramble
Vitamin A is vital for healthy skin and vision, although let’s be honest it won’t stop youseeing double after one too many, so stick to your limits! We’ve added loads of fresh berriesto this for even more skin loving goodness – ‘anthocyanins’ gives berries their purple colour and help to protect against skin damage.
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks
500ml GetMore Blackberry & Blueberry 50ml Gin
Crush the ice by wrapping a few handfuls in a clean tea towel – then give them a good bash with a rolling pin.
Add to large gin glasses and pour in 25 ml gin per person.
Use a blender to combine fresh blueberries and blackberries and a splash of water into a smooth puree.
If you have a small strainer, use it to strain the puree into the gin glasses. If not, it’s equally as good without straining, as long as you don’t mind a few bits of berry!
Squeeze in the juice of half a fresh lemon and top with GetMore Blackberry & Blueberry.
Garnish with a sprinkle of blueberries or blackberries.
Mango & Passionfruit Mojito
This mojito is a thirst quenching take on a classic, and packed full of the sunshine Vitamin D will quite literally bring the flavour of the Caribbean to your own back garden. We’ve addedfresh mango for an extra boost of vitamin C and by blending the whole fruit you’re getting alittle fibre for healthy digestion too!
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks
250ml (half bottle) GetMore Mango & Passionfruit 50ml White rum
2 Handfuls fresh mint
Crush ice by wrapping a few handfuls in a tea towel – then give them a good bash with a rolling pin.
Use tall glasses, adding a handful of chopped mint and the juice of a whole lime to each, then top with the crushed ice.
Peel and chop the mango then add to a blender with a little water and whizz up to form a puree.
Pour the puree over the ice along with 25 ml rum per person and top with GetMore Mango & Passionfruit.
Give the mix a good stir, then sit back and enjoy.
Apple & Raspberry Cosmo
If you’re in for a night of it start things off with our healthy take on the classic Cosmopolitan. It’s loaded with B vitamins that are quickly depleted when we drink alcohol, leaving you low in energy and even feeling down. So, sip happy with our Apple & Raspberry Cosmo, and throw in a handful of fresh raspberries for added antioxidant power. This is best made using a cocktail shaker but if you don’t have one, a large blender cup or a tall Tupperware with a lid will work too.
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks
250ml (half a bottle) GetMore Apple & Raspberry 50ml Vodka
Large handful fresh raspberries
Orange peel or more raspberries to garnish
Add raspberries to a blender with half a bottle of GetMore Apple & Raspberry.
Use a cocktail shaker and combine the raspberry blend with Vodka and Cointreau.
Add a large handful of ice to the shaker then carefully tip one way and the other to cool the mixture – no need for a vigorous shake!
Strain the mix into martini glasses.
If you’re feeling fancy, use a peeler or small knife to garnish with a twist of orange peel or skewer a few raspberries on to a cocktail stick for extra berry goodness.
A Twist on a Spritz!
Everyone loves an Aperol spritz these days, so why not make yours a nutritious version? More nutrients = less guilt. GetMore Orange contains 200% of our recommended daily dose of Vitamin C which, like the B vits is quickly used up by our body to detoxify alcohol and is a key player for the immune system.
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks.
500ml GetMore Orange
Fresh orange slices to garnish
Add a large handful ice to gin glasses then pour in 50 ml Aperol per person.
Pop open a bottle of prosecco and add 75 ml of fizz to each glass.
Top with GetMore Orange and add a fresh slice of orange to garnish.