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Kim’s top 5 products for December

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After a long year demanding resilience, fortitude and patience from all of us I am sure many of our customers will be looking forward to a much deserved rest or break over the December festive season. With this is mind, whether you are choosing a stay-cation in your back garden or a trip outdoors here are some of my top 5 product choices for the month of December.

Sunumbra Sunscreen

Sunumbra sunkids is a dermatologically tested fully natural sunscreen containing organic ingredients which ensures High UVA protection as well as SPF40 for UVB protection. It is a broad spectrum balanced protection that allows for 40 minute water resistance. It is PETA certified vegan and gluten free, tested on humans only! Additionally, it is REEF SAFE – zinc oxide only, with no toxic chemicals used.

Their sport suncreen contains red raspberry seed oil and their kids sunscreen contains astaxanthin which has been shown to prevent UV-induced lipid peroxidation, sunburn, phototoxicity, photoallergy and protect collagen after UV radiation exposure.

Sunumbra Sunkids uses Cape Camomile oil, which is anti-inflammatory and soothing for irritated skin. In their ingredient list is also aloe ferox extract, which is healing for chapped skin, polyphenol rich green rooibos and broccoli sprout extract adds additional UV protection. No wonder it has a generous SPF 40!

So if you are out in the lovely KZN sunshine this December remember to look after your skin no matter where you go.

Kim’s top 5 products for December. Kim’s top 5 products for December

Re-useable Bamboo Cup

Very few people know it, but 2017 marks a somewhat dubious 30th anniversary: that of the modern single-use “paper” cup. In three short decades, we estimate over 2 trillion of them have ended up in landfill – oh, in case you’re wondering, that’s 2,000,000,000,000.

The average lifespan of a single-use cup is 13 minutes – and due to their plastic content less than 1% get recycled.

Ecoffee Cup is a new generation of reusable takeaway cup. Created with the world’s fastest growing, most sustainable crop – bamboo fibre, making it BPA and phthalate free. If you haven’t experienced Ecoffee Cup, it feels a bit like thick, yet super-light cardboard; hard to believe it can hold hot liquids.

And because bamboo fibre is naturally sterile, Ecoffee Cup is lovely to drink from and won’t flavour-taint your drinks. The lid and sleeve are made with matte food-grade silicone which is designed especially for hot liquids.

It has a re-sealable no-drip lid, making it perfect to take with you everywhere you go. The whole product (cup, lid and sleeve) is dishwasher safe and should last for years if you treat it nicely; so why not switch to an alternative for your cappuccino or flat white while you are travelling on the roads.

Thrive Mixed Nuts & Dried Fruit

The synonymous South African ‘padkos’ is always filled with wonderful treats mom has packed in the car. If you are anything like my family, the demand for snacks starts about 10km out of Hilton bounds!

Why not swop out some of your padkos for healthier alternatives?

Benefits of nuts and dried fruits may help to improve our health and to prevent some diseases when included regularly in eating habits. Because of their interesting nutritional profile, some studies have evaluated the impact that nuts have on health and have observed an inverse association between the frequency of nut consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD), type 2 diabetes and BMI.

In addition, traditional dried fruits also provide essential nutrients, such as fiber and potassium, and a wide range of phytochemicals that have been related to health promotion and antioxidant capacity.

Our Thrive range of dried fruit and nuts are packaged locally down the road from Hilton, keeping our carbon footprint as low as possible whilst still maintaining high quality standards for the produce you are consuming. I love the Hawaiian mix for my boys which has been sweetened slightly with honey.

Kim’s top 5 products for December  Kim’s top 5 products for December

Metagenics Phytomulti

PhytoMulti is an amazing blend of more than a dozen concentrated extracts and phytonutrients with scientifically backed biological activity to support cellular health. Not sure what all of that means and why you need to add it to your supplement cabinet? Keep reading…

Epidemiologic studies have found that human longevity is closely linked to a high consumption of plant-based foods, those that rich in essential vitamins and minerals in addition to beneficial phytonutrients, the latter of which PhytoMulti gets its name from. PhytoMulti, with its aforementioned blend of concentrated extracts and phytonutrients is jam packed with the vitamins and minerals deemed critical to living a longer and healthier life, and aging well.

Let’s run down the key anti-aging benefits of each. Vitamin A diminishes the breakdown of collagen, which is directly connected to providing skin its youthful appearance and elasticity. Vitamin B is known to mitigate levels of the amino acid homocysteine in the blood, the latter of which is associated with an increased risk of mental decline in the elderly. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which has shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin D has proven to promote normal functions of the bone mineral metabolisms and the immune function. Vitamin E is well-reputed for minimising sun exposure damage and limiting the production of cancer-causing cells. Lastly, Vitamin K has shown to promote bone and joint health in older adults, which has a direct impact on maintaining mobility later in life.

If all of that doesn’t convince you to make PhytoMulti a part of your life, and protect your family this festive season – we are also running special 10% discount on PhytoMulti at any of our Thrive Stores this December.

Green Start Kids Puzzles

The Green Start Collection is an educational and eco-friendly series of books and puzzles made from 98% recycled materials and printed with soy based ink! The series is designed to help children become aware of their natural world, it teaches them how we are interconnected with everything around us. It will be that much easier for them to incorporate environmental practices into their lives as they grow when they have a base understanding of their surroundings.

Whether you’re a diehard recycler who shops with canvas bags and keeps a compost bin in the corner of your garden, or a busy parent looking for some quick tips on sorting glass from plastic, it’s easy to get your family on the path to greener living.

But the best earth-friendly practices require the co-operation of everyone in the household. So, how do parents get kids to reduce, reuse, and recycle and embrace the other basics of environmental responsibility?

As with most good habits, the best way to teach them is to be a good role model yourself. By showing that you care about and respect the environment, your kids will do the same. We believe that starting with products like Green Start exemplify all of these principles – plus their designs are gorgeous.

So that is my round up for my top 5 festive product pics for the season.

May you all stay safe, protect and nourish those around you with compassion and joy… and remember your Thrive pharmacists are always here to keep you Better Than Well.

BY: Kim Germiquet – Responsible Pharmacist & Thrive Hilton Manager