Monday, 31 December 2012


Happy New Year 2013 Elixir folks. It's been a tough year in many ways for lots of us but remember Janus the god of January has two faces. One looking back, the other forwards.

Here's to fresh beginnings!

As Alfred, Lord Tennyson said:

"Ring out the old, ring in the new
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true."

Friday, 21 December 2012


If you have ever lived with a woman as she is going through the menopause, be it your wife or your mother, you will be aware that it can be a tough time in a woman’s life! Some women are fortunate enough to make the transition easily, but most experience at least one of a long list of symptoms which can range from hot flushes, disturbed sleep, stress, low energy and libido, bladder problems, osteoporosis, muscle and joint aches and pains, vaginal dryness, weight gain and IRRITABILITY! Well, wouldn’t you be, with all that going on?

There are several options in how to deal with all this. You can try to persuade the body not to be menopausal by using hormone replacement therapy (HRT), but this is not suitable for every woman and is in any case only postponing the inevitable. Some women are also understandably concerned about side effects reported in the press, such as an increased risk of breast cancer, heart attacks, strokes and blood clots. Alternatively, you may like to try a soya based extract instead. It is a curious fact that women in the China and Japan do not suffer many menopausal symptoms so long as they eat a traditional diet, which is high in soya protein. Rather than changing your diet however, you may find it easier to try Arkopharmas’s Phyto Soya which will give you a soya boost without having to eat tofu every day.

So why soya? Well, isoflavones found in soya are oestrogen-like plant hormones (phytoestrogens), which help to reduce hot flushes and other symptoms by providing an additional hormone boost when oestrogen levels are low. Phytoestrogens have been shown in several studies to reduce hot flushes significantly, and that is certainly something we have witnessed in our customers at Elixir. It is not hard to see how menopausal symptoms can make life a misery, particularly coming at a time when perhaps children are leaving home, parents are becoming old and frail, and at the same time realising that you are not getting any younger yourself. It is therefore important to know that there is help available even if you are not able (or willing) to take HRT.

At the moment we have a fantastic special offer on Phyto Soya, so now is a great time to try it for yourself. You can try before you buy as we have free 10-day trial packs to give away, as well as buy two get one free deal as long as stocks lasts. There are no contraindications with Phyto Soya, but pregnant or lactating women or those on medication should seek the advice of their medical professional before taking supplements.

To buy this product click on the following link: If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

By Randi Henderson
Elixir Health Foods

Friday, 7 December 2012

Solgar Botanical Digestive Complex - The Alternative To...Digestive Discomfort

‘Tis the season to have – well, everything really, from mince pies to a mountain of turkey with all the trimmings, all washed down with whatever drink is on offer. No wonder ‘tis also the season for an upset tummy, with everything from bloating to intestinal cramping putting a dampener on the festivities.

Good digestion is the cornerstone of optimal health. Nutrients needed to nourish every cell in the body must come from the food that we eat. When the digestive system is not functioning well, the result can be detrimental to the whole body.

There are many times in life when your digestive system may need a bit of assistance. Stress, for example, can disrupt the digestive process by reducing digestive juices and slowing the movement of food through the system.

Digestive aids play a specific role in the process of supporting the different stages of digestion, absorption and elimination. At Elixir we are proud to present Solgar’s Botanical Digestive Complex, which provides nature’s finest herbs and botanical compound studied for their benefits to the digestive system.

Studies have highlighted the synergistic benefits of using many of these herbs and spices. Chamomile, fennel seed, lemon balm, peppermint and yarrow have a long history for calming the gastrointestinal tract and relieving intestinal spasms. Research has also repeatedly confirmed these benefits. Dandelion and gentian root contain various bitter principles, known to stimulate digestion and support liver health. A combination of these herbs may help to alleviate annoying and uncomfortable symptoms of poor digestion, such as excess gas, bloating and intestinal cramping.

In addition, there are things you can do to help yourself:

- Chew, chew and chew some more! Digestion starts in the mouth. Food has to be well broken down to be properly absorbed and there are no teeth in your stomach (I hope!)
- Don’t drink with meals as you’ll dilute your much-needed stomach acid and digestive enzymes
- Avoid using antacids. Heartburn is often a sign of low stomach acid, which will be reduced even further with antacids. Try taking digestive enzymes with meals instead

Solgar’s Botanical Digestive Complex capsules are suitable for vegans. There are no reported side effects, but speak to your doctor first if you are on medication.

To buy this product click on the following link: If you wish to speak to a customer advisor, you can telephone us on 01208 814500 for further information. We're always there to help.

By Randi Henderson
Elixir Health Foods