2020 was quite the year and many of us are hopeful for better days ahead….but this won’t happen all by itself. It’s more important than ever that we consciously focus on setting our families up for a Happy & Healthy 2021. We have partnered with London Drugs to bring you some easy ways to boost health in all aspects of your family’s life. London Drugs is a Canadian-owned pharmacy-based company with health experts & stores across Western Canada. London Drugs offers flu shots & other Immunizations that can be booked online, online prescription refills through their app, prescription delivery, and connected technology that allows customers to easily monitor, manage and share data with your doctors, pharmacists & caregivers.
And while the Pharmacy is still the heart of London Drugs‘ business, they also offer incredible lines of good-for-you supplements, body care, food & beverages, cleaning & baby products, and more to help keep families as strong and healthy as possible. Just want we all want and need heading into 2021!
7 EASY ways to a
happy & healthy new year
Sometimes we just forget to eat or drink enough, and dehydration can happen easily without us noticing. Headaches, fatigue, and irritability are all signs of dehydration, and 3 out of 4 adults are dehydrated. If you‘re not drinking your 8 glasses of water a day, this could easily be you. Hydralyte is a Doctor-Approved, on-the-go hydration formula with the right ratio of glucose and electrolytes to rehydrate you faster than water alone. It has 75% less sugar and 4x the electrolytes of a leading sports drink. Rapid rehydration occurs when Hydralyte enters the body because it‘s able to be absorbed faster into the bloodstream. So, you need to drink less, to absorb more, to feel better FASTER! We love that their instant-dissolve powders are free from artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners, and the fact that they are Non-GMO, vegan, and free of gluten, dairy, and caffeine makes Hydralyte a solution the whole family can enjoy. For our extra family walks and hikes lately, we especially appreciate the portability and convenience of Hydralyte’s effervescent electrolyte tablets that come in three tasty flavours that our kids love as much as we do: Orange, Berry and colour-free Lemonade!
The New Year always seems full of possibilities, but it’s also often full of bills to be paid…especially for parents who are juggling all the things! Just as you’re ready to prioritize health and make a conscious decision to purchase better products for your family, you realize you also have to cut back on spending. Hello Bello makes premium and affordable family care products designed to eliminate the choice many parents have to make – deciding what’s best for their kids and what’s best for their budget. We especially love their Shampoo & Body Wash in Creamy Coconut. Great for all hair types and sensitive skin, the two-in-one formula includes Organic Coconut, Marshmallow Root and Aloe extracts to soothe, soften, moisturize and nourish. Plant-based, premium formula, dermatologist-tested, hypoallergenic, pH-balanced, vegan and cruelty-free. What’s not to love?!
Probiotics are the good bacteria that are beneficial to our bodies, and specifically our digestive and immune systems. Every day, our intestinal flora is disrupted by our diet, stress, medications (especially antibiotics), and lifestyle. Sometimes, this is for the better, but other times for the worse, and this is where problems begin. Probiotics have a positive effect on our bodies and constantly interact with our intestinal flora (also called the intestinal microbiota). Bio-K+ is a Quebec-based, Canadian probiotic company that specializes in the manufacturing, research, and development of clinically-proven, effective probiotics. Developed to promote intestinal health, Bio-K+ probiotic capsules contain live beneficial bacteria in a range of potencies. Whether you’re new to probiotics, have mild digestive issues, need daily support, or are looking for specific support to prevent some side effects of antibiotics (e.g. diarrhea), Bio-K+ has a special formulation just for you.
This year we want to make sure that we are using great eco-cleaners that are good for our home and the earth. We looked for a plant-based eco-cleaner that would be effective and uplifting, and we found all of this in Sapadilla! We love that they take such great pride in their “smart formulations” – composed of 100% pure essential oil blends – that leave our home sparkly clean and smelling fresh. Their eco-cleaners don’t smell like any others because their handcrafted aroma profiles are formed from non-traditional essential oil blends that are journeys through nature with no artificial fragrances or colours. We LOVE that all of Sapadilla‘s products are bio-degradable, non-toxic to the environment, and ready to bring smiles to everyone at home. And with all of our extra handwashing these days, we’re exceptionally big fans of their biodegradable and earth-friendly liquid hand soap that keeps things simple with plant-based ingredients, vegetable glycerin and uplifting blends of 100% pure essential oils. Delightfully cleansing and lightly moisturizing, it leaves our sensitive hands happy as can be!
Often overlooked in our daily lives, mushrooms can offer important health benefits. And Reishi mushrooms in particular can enhance immune function through their effects on white blood cells, which help fight infection. For over 45 years, the Mayuzumi family of Japan has perfected the cultivation and extraction of red reishi. Mikei is your source for high-quality red reishi products, crafting their products with Mayuzumis’ proprietary reishi strain. You only need one daily capsule of Mikei’s Red Reishi Mushroom Essence to support your immune system, reduce the effects of stress, and balance your energy levels. And the Mayuzumi family recipe for Mikei Stick Ramen features 7 kinds of mushroom extracts from Japan: red reishi, maitake, kiirotake, shitake, fukurotake, chakitake, and chitake. And one of our favourites, Mikei‘s chocolate (handmade in Canada) is made of premium quality red reishi essence and sustainably sourced cocoa (70% cacao) to create a decadent bite of bittersweet dark chocolate. What a delicious, healthy way to ring in the new year!
Anyone else craving a moment to soak up the sunshine? To feel the warmth on your face and let the rest of the world just fade into the background for a minute?! It’s been a long year for all of us. And there is something about the taste of mango iced tea that brings back all the warmth and freshness of the summer sun. We could all use some of that goodness right now! GoodDrink‘s crisp, clean, all-natural Bottled Teas have up to 40% fewer calories than other leading brands, and their Organic Spritzers offer a range of 6 sparkling organic fruit sodas with only 100 calories per can. Just what we’re looking for as we head into a brand new year. We also LOVE that GoodDrink is part of the Choose To Give beverage brands, which means that enjoying our favourite iced tea helps build pipelines that deliver clean water to communities that really, really need it.
Moving your body in the great outdoors is the perfect way to treat yourself well this year both mentally and physically. But you will need to fuel your adventure! People on the go need a sweet little flavour boost and these natural dried fruits deliver. All with no preservatives, additives, or artificial flavours. Wild Coast Fruit Co. is family-owned and runs a zero-waste operation which means that from fresh juice to seeds and pulp, they make sure that all by-product is used, eliminating any waste. We love that they gently sweeten each BC-grown whole cranberry and blueberry with a touch of pure, non-GMO cane sugar for the perfect sweetness, and then for an extra treat they coat some of them them in rich dark chocolate. There is no better hiking treat than chocolate!
Hydralyte clinically formulated tablets are designed to help relieve dehydration by quickly replenishing lost electrolytes. Convenient and portable, Hydralyte’s effervescent electrolyte tablets come in three great-tasting flavors: Orange, Berry, and color-free Lemonade. Hydralyte instant-dissolve powders are free from artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. Non-GMO, vegan and free of gluten, dairy, and caffeine makes Hydralyte a solution the whole family can enjoy.
Find Hydralyte at London Drugs.
Hello Bello makes premium and affordable family care products designed to eliminate the choice many parents have to make – deciding what’s best for their kids and what’s best for their budget. Co-founded by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, the brand is built on the simple idea that all kids deserve the best, which is why they created products that give parents comfort about what they’re putting on to their child & bringing into their home. All products are carefully crafted with babies, parents & the planet in mind.
Find Hello Bello at London Drugs.
Overloaded by harsh cleaning chemicals? Meet Sapadilla, the nice little eco-cleaners that do great things for you, your home, and your family. These smart formulations that use plant-based ingredients and 100% pure essential oil blends leave your home sparkly clean and smelling wonderfully fresh.
Find Sapadilla at London Drugs.
Developed to promote intestinal health, Bio-K+ probiotic capsules are available in a wide range of potencies. Their proprietary and clinically proven formula contains live beneficial bacteria well known to support digestive health. Bio-K+ helps with the prevention of side effects of antibiotics such as antibiotic-associated diarrhea. It is also great for anyone requiring a high concentration of good bacteria to support their digestive needs.
Find Bio-K+ at London Drugs.
Mikei® is your source for high-quality red reishi products. Mikei is crafted with the Mayuzumis’ proprietary reishi strain. For over 45 years, the Mayuzumi family of Japan has perfected the cultivation and extraction of red reishi. As one of the first pioneers in this specialized field, they continue to produce premium reishi products to share the health benefits of this revered herb.
Find Mikei at London Drugs.
GoodDrink Beverage Co. started in BC in 2009 as a company simply trying to find the best iced tea that they could. This empty search lead them to ask the question, ‘If we can’t find one – why not make one?’ Now you can enjoy crisp, clean, all-natural Bottled Teas with up to 40% fewer calories than other leading brands, and GoodDrink Organic Spritzters – a range of 6 sparkling organic fruit sodas with only 100 calories per can! All GoodDrink beverages also support the ChooseToGive initiative bringing clean drinking water to communities in need.
Find GoodDrink at London Drugs.
Fuel Your Adventure with Wild Coast Fruit! People on the go need a sweet little flavour boost and these natural dried fruits deliver. Using only premium blueberries and cranberries grown with no preservatives, additives, or artificial flavours on their family farms in BC, Wild Coast Fruit picks and processes them in their own Abbotsford facility. That’s how they can guarantee the best quality and flavour, so you can take the great taste of the Wild Coast anywhere you go!
Find Wild Coast Fruit at London Drugs.
Wondering what to do with the kids in Metro Vancouver this weekend, or what to make for dinner? You can find it at HealthyFamilyLiving.com! From the Sunshine Coast to the Fraser Valley, we’re the best online resource for busy parents looking for practical tips for healthy, active, sustainable living. For the latest on family events, outdoor adventures, birthday parties, camps & classes and kid-approved recipes, follow us on Facebook and sign-up for our parent-approved e-newsletter!