If you’re already planning your New Year health kick then we have just what you need! Our new Recovery range made with spring water and delicious natural flavours is a hydrating mix of electrolytes and vitamins to help replenish your body post-exercise. We’ve blended sodium, potassium and magnesium – key minerals in regulating fluid balance in the body along with a boost of added B vitamins to help produce energy. The Recovery range is available in Orange, Citrus and Cranberry and all come with a handy sports cap for hydration on the go.
If your new year goals include dropping a few pounds then our new Watermelon flavoured L-Carnitine & Chromium can help to support a healthy metabolism and maintain normal blood glucose levels – key for weight management.
And just like the rest of our Get More Vitamins range, they remain low in calories and sugar free. Now available in Tesco and Amazon.
The clocks going back might have brought us an extra hour in bed and a little more light in the mornings, but some research suggests that this twice-yearly event may have a damaging effect on our sleep in the long term.
One of the key ingredients for healthy sleep is the hormone melatonin which helps to regulate our sleep and wake cycles. Typically lowest during the day, melatonin rises at night to promote tiredness and the natural onset and maintenance of sleep. For a peaceful night’s rest it’s important not to disrupt the body’s production of this sleep hormone.
If you struggle to drop off or often wake during the night, now is a good time to review your sleeping habits:
Top 10 tips for better sleep
Natural light: try to get outdoors during the day – not only does this help to support a healthy circadian rhythm, it can improve energy levels and the quality and duration of your sleep. If you struggle to find time or work irregular hours, you might like to think about light therapy, there are various alarm clocks that replicate sunrise, waking you gradually rather than the sudden jolt experienced with traditional alarm clocks or your phone.
Avoid artificial light: blue light from laptops and phones have been proven to reduce melatonin production in the brain. Try to limit access to digital screens for at least an hour before bed, and if you have ‘night mode’ which dims blue light and changes it to a more amber glow, use it.
Exercise: is scientifically proven to improve the quality and length of sleep, so aim to factor in a workout at least 3 times per week. However, avoid high energy routines too close to bedtime or you might feel too wired to wind down in time for sleep, opt for swimming or yoga in the evenings instead.
Caffeine: the rate at which we process caffeine can be influenced by genetics however the average effect of caffeine lasts for approximately 4-6 hours. Drinking tea or coffee late in the day can stimulate the nervous system and prevent sleep, so switch for caffeine free herbal or fruit teas and before bed try calming camomile or valerian. If you’re particularly sensitive be mindful that green tea, chocolate and energy drinks contain caffeine as well as medications such as cold and flu remedies.
Alcohol: you might be tempted to have a ‘nightcap’, and while alcohol is a sedative which initially makes you feel drowsy the effects are short-lived. After a few hours the alcohol begins to wear off and we experience a ‘rebound’ effect causing lighter, less restful sleep and often waking earlier than usual. Alcohol also suppresses melatonin production and can block REM sleep (the most restorative form), so even if we sleep for the same length of time, the quality is affected making us feel tired and groggy. If you’re going to drink in the evening, the optimal window is between 5-7pm (happy hour!) allowing time to process the alcohol and limit the impact on sleep.
Dinner: avoid eating large meals too close to bed time. Feeling full can not only be uncomfortable but breaking down food can also drive up body temperature at a time when it should naturally drop to encourage sleep, the same goes for overly spicy food which can also cause sleep disrupting heartburn.
Instead, eat a small snack before bed: a balanced protein-rich snack helps to balance blood sugar. Sudden drops in blood sugar during the night can cause your adrenal glands to kick in and produce the stress hormone cortisol, stimulating us out of sleep. Try oatcakes with nut butter and banana which contain ‘tryptophan’ an amino acid (protein) which encourages the production of melatonin.
Relaxation: a warm bath an hour before bed slightly raises body temperature, which when it subsequently drops helps to send you to the land of slumber. Gentle yoga, meditation or breathing exercises are also helpful.
If you can’t sleep get up and try again: after 20 minutes tossing and turning, try getting out of bed and find a quiet spot to read a book or try a breathing exercise, but whatever you do – avoid bright lights.
Don’t clock watch! It will only stress you out and reinforce negative thoughts about not being able to sleep, it’s a vicious circle. Resist the urge to check your phone or even better invest in a regular alarm clock - just be sure to turn it away from you before getting your head down.
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 Get More Vitamins into your drinks.
Lemon & Lime Cooler
Looking for a low alcohol tipple you can keep on drinking (within reason!)? We’ve used our Multivitamin 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 Get More Vits Lemon & Lime
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 mint and lime together.
Add a generous helping of ice.
Pour in 25 ml vodka for each drink and top with Get More Vits 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 berries to this for even more skin loving goodness – ‘anthocyanins’ gives berries their purple colour and help to protect against skin damage.
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks
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 Get More Vits Blackcurrant & 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 added fresh mango for an extra boost of vitamin C and by blending the whole fruit you’re getting a little fibre for healthy digestion too!
Ingredients – makes 2 drinks
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 Get More Vits 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.
Add raspberries to a blender with half a bottle of Get More Vits 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. Get More Vits 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 Get More Vits 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 Get More Vits Orange and add a fresh slice of orange to garnish.
We have been working with some brilliant influencers from across the worlds of fashion, music and lifestyle as part of our activity introducing our new Get More Mutlivitamin Gum. One of our favourite images so far is this one from Made in Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue, showing how she incorporates our new gum into her morning routine.