Four Ways to Fight Germs, Naturally

The new school year has begun! We adore our little ones – but once school starts, you know the drill: they start bringing home all sorts of germs and bugs.

This makes “back to school” time an occasion to keep clean and protect both yourself and your kids. If you’re trying to do this in a simpler and more natural way, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of options!

Here are some of the best natural ways to keep germs at bay, and to protect yourself naturally from germs.

Natural Soaps

When it comes to fighting germs, washing your hands will always be number one. We recommend a natural-based soap like Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Lavender Hand Soap. There are plenty of soaps out there made with protective yet natural ingredients.

Some of these ingredients include antimicrobial essential oils, like peppermint, eucalyptus, or lavender. One of the greatest benefits of natural soaps: they’re quite gentle. Perfect for children and adults with sensitive skin.

Natural Hand Sanitizers

When there’s no direct access to water and hand soap, we’d recommend having a hand sanitizer nearby. Just like natural hand soaps, natural hand sanitizers are gentle and often even have skincare benefits – for both little and adult hands alike.

Many contain vegetable glycerin, vitamins, or aloe, all of which are natural ingredients that help soothe, pamper, and cleanse the skin. Germ-killing essential oils and natural alcohols are also added to halt pesky microbes in their tracks. The Honest Beauty Hand Sanitizer Spray (Fragrance-Free) is a great travel-sized option to throw in your bag or car.

Immune-boosting Herbs

Germ-fighting doesn’t just happen topically. A whole world of herbs and supplements can help control the effects of contagions, even after they’ve already taken hold… and when you’re already experiencing symptoms!

These natural remedies do their part by ramping up the immune system in your body, which can help fight the effects germs can have. They increase natural antibodies and T cells to fight infection though they cannot do something like “kill a cold” directly.

Many immune-boosting herbs and supplements are fully natural and gentle on the body, and some are safe even for children. Great supplements for fighting germs include turmeric, reishi mushroom, garlic, and many others, each being antioxidant-rich and nourishing to immunity. Read our blog post, 7 Immune-Boosting Herbs & Supplements, to learn more.

Vitamins and Minerals

Keeping the effects of germs and illnesses away can also be incredibly simple: as simple as cooking and eating healthy to make sure the whole family gets plenty of vitamins and minerals.

A healthy diet full of whole fruits and vegetables can accomplish this, as they do their own part in making sure immune systems are strong. But if you have concerns that your family might not be getting enough, a complex supplement full of all your daily nutrient needs can help. Make sure you opt for a vitamin supplement with vitamin C and vitamin E (like our Immune Daily), the most important vitamins for immunity!

As the new school year arrives, make sure you’re stocked up on the best natural ways to prevent germs at home. Both natural sanitary and health-boosting products are sure to do the trick, though be sure to see a doctor and turn to over-the-counter medicines if and when you or your kids do happen to get sick.

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Our Best Supplements to Maximize Your Keto Diet

Are you following the keto diet, contemplating getting started, or just curious what it’s all about? Well, we have good news for you! Dr Tobias has a range of products that can help you reach and stay in ketosis.

If you’re just getting started or simply curious about keto, we’ll break it down for you. If you’re well versed on the topic, feel free to skip along to Our Best Supplements to Maximize your Keto Diet.

Keto Basics

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is a metabolic state that occurs when your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates to burn for energy. Instead, it burns fat and makes substances called ketones, which it can use for fuel.

Ketones are responsible for putting your body into the ketosis state. They are produced by the liver, from fat, for energy in the absence of readily available glucose. In these cases, it becomes the primary energy source for your mind and body.

Ketosis has gained a lot of recognition over the years. Several recent studies have shown that when you reach a state of ketosis, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for both your body and brain.

What is the Ketogenic Diet?

The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It involves reducing your carbohydrate intake and replacing it with high-fat foods such as avocado.

The reduction in carbohydrates puts your body into ketosis; the metabolic state we mentioned above. Some studies have found that this diet helps you burn fat, maintain muscle, and helps you feel less hungry.

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s get right into it!

Our Best Supplements to Maximize your Keto Diet

1. Keto Energy (Exogenous Ketone Complex)

As if the name doesn’t give it away… Keto Energy comes in at number one for a reason.

Keto Energy is an advanced formula designed to help you increase the number of ketones in your body. It contains 3,000 mg of our advanced exogenous ketone complex. It’s a combination of beta-hydroxybutyrate bound to calcium, magnesium, and sodium which work together to boost ketones and increase energy levels in both your body and brain.

2. Omega 3 Fish Oil

Our Omega 3 Fish Oil is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and is ideal for those following the keto diet. Fish oil helps you maintain a healthy Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio when consuming a diet high in fat. It’s also been shown to reduce inflammation which can be triggered when eating a high-fat diet.

*To learn more about the benefits of fish oil, check out our post on Why You Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

3. Digestive Enzymes

Switching to a high-fat diet can shock the system and take a toll on your digestive tract. Some people experience side effects such as an upset stomach or bloating. To alleviate these problems, we recommend adding Digestive Enzymes to your daily routine. Our Digestive Enzymes contain the lipase enzyme, which specifically helps you digest lipids (fats).

4. Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a rich and natural source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCT fats are easily digestible (unlike most other fats) and are used by your body for a quick source of energy. MCTs are then converted in the liver to ketones, which are responsible for putting you into a state of ketosis.

5. Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black Cumin Seed Oil is a great vegan alternative to our Omega 3 Fish Oil. It contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin E, and thymoquinone. This oil is well known for its ability to help detoxify the body and aid in digestion. Two essentials for a high-fat diet!

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5 Things to Consider When Buying Vitamins

Most of us take vitamins to boost our nutrient intake in addition to our (mostly) healthy diets.

However, not all vitamins are created equally, and with our busy lives, it’s easy to overlook the details. To make things easier, we’ve put together a list of five things to consider before buying your next bottle.

1. Are the ingredients non-GMO?

Genetically Modified (GMO) foods are grown using pesticides, herbicides and synthetic or chemical fertilizers. No matter how much they’re rinsed and washed, the residue of these chemicals remain.

Research has shown mixed results as to whether or not GMO foods have negative effects on our health. However, products formulated without chemicals and synthetics are safer for both human consumption and the environment.

Look for the non-GMO seal on a variety of our products including our Omega 3 Fish Oil and Adult Multivitamin.

2. Does it have certifications?

Organizations like NSF International and U.S. Pharmacopeia certify supplements to help ensure the product has been third-party tested for safety and efficacy. These certifications can typically be found on the bottle or box, as seen on our Omega 3 Fish Oil.

Keep in mind, these certifications are optional, but it helps the consumer know the supplement is annually tested by a third-party organization.

3. Is it routinely tested?

In addition to annual certifications, it’s helpful to know the product is tested on a more frequent basis. Our manufacturer tests batch-for-batch to ensure you get the same quality product in every bottle.

4. Where is it manufactured?

As an extra measure of caution, it’s good to know where your supplements come from. Look for supplements that are manufactured in an FDA registered and GMP-certified facility.

What does GMP-certified mean? Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) is a system that ensures products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. This simply means the facility receives announced and unannounced inspections to ensure safety and quality production.

We proudly stand behind our top-quality products and facility. Our products are all manufactured right here in the United States using the finest ingredients from the most reputable sources. Of course, our manufacturer is FDA registered and GMP-certified too.

5. How are the reviews?

Dr Tobias Omega 3 Fish Oil
has over 12,000 reviews on Amazon.com.

Last but certainly not least, read reviews! Reviews are helpful in understanding the experience and results of other customers as well as evaluating the credibility of a company.

Did you know our Omega 3 Fish Oil has the highest number of reviews out of all fish oil’s sold on Amazon? We take supplements seriously and so should you!

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Why You Need Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Whether you’re a health nut or not, you’ve probably heard omega-3 fatty acids are vital to our health. Not only are they vital, but they also deliver some incredible health benefits. Before we explain why they’re vital and their benefits, let’s cover the fundamentals. Don’t worry, we’ll keep it simple!

What are omega-3 fatty acids?

Omega-3 fatty acids are a family of important polyunsaturated fats (poly meaning many).

The three most important types are:

  • ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) – found in plants such as leafy greens, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – found in marine plants, fatty fish, and fish oil.
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) – like DHA, they’re found in marine plants, fatty fish, and fish oil.

Since our bodies can’t produce omega-3s, they’re referred to as “essential fats”, meaning you have to get them from your diet. Over half the North American population is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, largely due to our westernized diet.

Dr Tobias Health Tip: It’s important to note the EPA to DHA ratio when purchasing omega 3 fish oil supplements. We developed our Omega 3 Fish Oil with the optimal absorption-aiding ratio of EPA to DHA (800 mg to 600 mg) so you get the most out of every dose.

What about omega-6 and 9?

Omega-6 and 9 fatty acids are also important dietary fats.

However, omega-6 is needed in much smaller amounts. In a westernized diet, omega-6 intake is extremely high in comparison to omega-3 which can cause inflammation.

Foods high in omega-6 include:

  • Eggs
  • Nuts and seeds (cashews, almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds)
  • Processed cheese
  • Store bought salad dressings and mayonnaise
  • Vegetable oils (canola, corn, safflower, soybean)
  • Foods made with oils high in omega-6 (fast food, chips, snacks, etc.)

Omega-9s aren’t “essential” as they’re produced by your body and are the most abundant fats in majority of our cells.

Why are omega-3 fatty acids vital?

Omega-3s play a significant role in the development of cell membranes. DHA is arguably the most vital out of the omega-3 fatty acid family. It’s a key structural component of your brain, the retina of your eyes, and numerous other body parts. Without DHA, these body parts wouldn’t function properly.

Both omega-3 and omega-6 are used by your body to produce signalling molecules called eicosanoids. Eicosanoids are essential for inflammatory response and regulating blood clots.

Benefits of omega-3 fatty acids

Not only does your body need them to function at optimal levels, they provide a load of additional health benefits.

Here’s a list of 10 science-based benefits:

  1. Helps prevent depression and anxiety
  2. Can improve eye health
  3. Promotes brain health
  4. Can fight inflammation
  5. Helps reduce fat in your liver
  6. Can improve bone and joint health
  7. May improve sleep
  8. Can alleviate menstrual pain
  9. Great for healthy-looking skin
  10. Can help lower blood pressure

The bottom line

Omega-3 fatty acids are vital for optimal health. If you’re not regularly consuming fatty fish, we highly recommend taking an omega 3 fish oil supplement. It’s the best way to ensure robust omega-3 intake.

Our Omega 3 Fish Oil contains 2,000 mg of fish oil with the optimal absorption-aiding ratio of EPA to DHA. It’s sourced from fresh, non-GMO, wild-caught fish. Forbes also rated our fish oil as number one in highest quality and number six in best value for fish oil supplements on the market. The best part? We guarantee NO fishy aftertaste or fish burps!

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Six Liver Detoxifying Foods

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Liver detoxing doesn’t have to involve an extreme diet or juice cleanse. A gentler approach can be taken by including more whole foods into your diet which have been known to benefit the liver. Try incorporating the foods listed below for a detoxifying boost!

1. Garlic

Eating garlic helps activate liver detox enzymes. These enzymes break down toxins and help the liver flush them out of your body. It also contains selenium – a mineral known to detoxify the liver.

When it comes to garlic, the fresher, the better. We recommend buying and using fresh garlic whenever possible.

2. Apples

Not only are apples high in fiber and water content, but they also contain pectin, a chemical that helps cleanse and remove toxins from the digestive tract. With fewer toxins to manage, the liver can better cleanse the rest of your body.

When buying apples, opt for organic. Apples have made it on The Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list many years in a row.

Dr Tobias Health Tip: Each year EWG releases an updated dirty dozen list. Keep the Dirty Dozen list in mind when buying produce to avoid harmful pesticides.

3. Berries

Berries are liver-friendly as they’re packed with antioxidants. They contain organic acids believed to help lower blood sugar levels, burn fat, and cleanse the liver.

Raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries are all great for the liver. We recommend wild blueberries over cultivated blueberries as they’re much higher in antioxidant properties.

4. Walnuts

Walnuts are rich in arginine, an amino acid that helps your body flush out toxic byproducts from alcohol and ammonia. Walnuts also contain glutathione and omega-3 fatty acids which support natural liver cleansing.

5. Artichoke

Artichokes are seriously underrated! They contain chemical functions that help the liver neutralize toxins before they reach your brain or heart. Artichokes also stimulate bile flow, which helps carry toxins from the liver out of your body.

Dr Tobias Health Tip: One artichoke contains nearly 25% of your daily recommended fiber intake and 16 essential nutrients including vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, magnesium and more.

6. Milk Thistle

Milk thistle is a flowering herb. Silymarin is the main active ingredient found in milk thistle. It’s both an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant known to support and maintain healthy liver function.

If you’re looking for a more advanced detox method, check out our Liver 21 Day Cleanse. It’s formulated with artichoke, milk thistle, dandelion, antioxidants, and enzymes to help cleanse and repair the liver.

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Boost Your Energy in 5 Simple Steps

Do you ever feel sluggish, tired, or struggle to stay alert throughout the day? Add these 5 simple steps into your daily routine to beat that sluggish feeling and boost your energy levels!

1. Eat for energy

Your body uses essential nutrients from food to fuel vital organs including your brain. Aim for fresh, whole foods, which are high in these nutrients and steer clear of refined sugars and processed foods.

Some of our favorite energy-boosting foods include quinoa, bananas, leafy greens, nuts, and dark chocolate.

2. Get moving!

Exercise is an incredible fatigue fighter. It releases epinephrine and norepinephrine which can decrease feelings of stress and help you feel more energized.

If you’re feeling sluggish, take a quick 15-minute walk, perform 10 minutes of yoga, or try stretching to instantly boost your physical and mental energy levels.

3. Hydrate your body

Water is essential for maintaining a healthy body and proper brain function. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired and drained. Aim for at least 2.5 litres a day to reap the benefits of hydration including feeling energized and refreshed.

4. Caffeinate

Contrary to popular belief, research shows caffeinated drinks actually contribute to your daily fluid requirement.

Caffeine increases mental alertness and cognitive function. Take into consideration caffeine is most effective when consumed in moderate amounts and earlier in the day.

Some great sources include coffee and green tea which also have great antioxidant properties.

5. Take a multivitamin

Juggling work, family time, a social life, and everything in-between can make it hard to get all of the nutrition you need, all of the time. A multivitamin provides you with all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs to run at peak performance.

Our Adult Multivitamin was designed to help keep your body moving. It’s a natural, food-based formula, that includes stress-fighting and energy-boosting vitamins including vitamin A, C, and E. Each capsule contains 42, non-GMO fruits and vegetables, plant-based enzymes, and prebiotics.

For best results, we recommend eating a well-balanced diet, staying hydrated, and exercising regularly in addition to taking our Adult Multivitamin.

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