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Don't let stress and infection ruin your much anticipated vacation

Don't let stress and infection ruin your much anticipated vacation

Holiday Time

The year-end holidays will soon be upon us.

The kids may be recovering from exams and getting their results.

Working parents may work overtime, rushing to finish their work so that they can enjoy their holidays without worrying about unfinished work or problems in their absence.

The airport is packed at this peak time with holidaymakers.

There are long queues.


The family collapses on the plane ready for the much anticipated holiday, often planning to see as much as possible in the shortest time.

Does this sound familiar?

If it is your family, the immune system of each member is not in the best condition to start with. Lack of sleep, stress from exams and rushing to finish up work reduces the immune system, making you more prone to infection.

Add on to this, being cooped up in the plane, for long hours with circulating air and germs.  If nearby people are coughing and obviously have a heavy cold, you feel like moving to a safer healthier place. Often this is not possible.

It also does not help your immune system if you going to an extreme weather place, for example from hot Singapore to wintry Europe. Again jet lag and lack of sleep make you more susceptible to infection.

What can you do about this?

1. Ideally, try to have a lag time of recovery before embarking on your holiday so that you don’t start your holiday exhausted and stressed.

2. Take our immune modulator Santivia Immune, doubling the dose to 4 capsules a day, from the maintenance dose of one capsule twice a day. This gets your immune system better primed to protect you. 

3. Pack some extra Santivia Immune to give to your fellow travellers. There is nearly always someone sick in the group and it is likely to spread to the rest.

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Enjoy your holidays! Come back happy and healthy with many stories, experiences and pictures.

Wishing you good health and vitality,


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How Does Chronic Stress Affect Your Immune System?

How Does Chronic Stress Affect Your Immune System?

Chronic stress can really take a hit on your immune system.

My personal experience – An unhappy job situation

When I was in my 20’s, in the early stage of my career, I had a new boss whom I found unreasonable and unfair and at complete odds with me. Up to this time I really enjoyed my job and had 2 prior very supportive and encouraging bosses. I was very miserable and could not sleep well. During that year, I was constantly sick with the flu and this developed into chronic sinusitis. I stuck with the situation for almost a year and then resigned without a job. What happened to this normally very healthy and happy girl?  Chronic long term stress weakened my immune system. It took me a long time to get my health back on an upward trend.

Can you relate to this scenario of an unhappy job situation?  I am sure many of you can.

Chronic stress from caring for an aged love one or special needs child

Some of you may be suffering, being the long-term carer of aged sick parents, watching the deterioration and feeling tired and helpless.  Or maybe you have a special needs child which is a constant worry? I have been through this and the chronic stress wears you down.

The stress hormone and the havoc it wreaks

When long term stress becomes chronic, many systems in the body are affected. Chronic stress results in high levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol. Over the long term, mental and physical damage may occur. Symptoms like anxiety, depression and sleep problems can occur. Physically, there is the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and digestive problems.

A weakened immune system can result from chronic stress

Your immune system is the body’s form of defence. It is comprised of organs, tissues, cells and cell products that all work together to fight harmful substances like the pathogens that cause infection and disease.

There are two main ways that stress, via cortisol, has a direct, negative effect on the immune system:

  1. It creates chronic inflammatory conditions
  2. It lowers the immunity, increasing the risk of infection and auto-immune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia and lupus.

Mode of action of the stress hormone, Cortisol

The release of Cortisol, due to stress, suppresses immunity by attacking and destroying cells engaged in cellular communication, disrupting the cytokine messenger pathway so the immune system is without the appropriate direction.

How can Santivia Immune help to counter the effects of Cortisol?

Santivia Immune supplies these communication molecules and hence supports a competent, balanced immune system.

I have been very disciplined caring for my immune system for over 10 years, taking my supplement daily. I am sure that is the reason I feel healthy, active and I feel much younger than my 70 years chronological age. I hope this for all of you too!

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Wishing you good health and vitality,


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Are Antibiotics Bad for You?

Are Antibiotics Bad for You?

We have all been prescribed antibiotics at one time or another but are taking antibiotics bad for you?

History of Antibiotics

The invention of antibiotics was a major milestone in the increase in quality of life and life extension. Since the introduction of penicillin in the 1920s and the subsequent development of other antibiotics, illness and death from infectious diseases have indeed dropped dramatically.

Your immune system still has to deliver the death blow.

Antibiotics kill bacteria however your immune system is still required to finish the battle. Any remaining bacteria not overcome can become stronger through mutation resulting in antibiotic resistance and stronger bacterial opponents.

Antibiotics kill good as well as bad bacteria and can result in yeast overgrowth

Antibiotics kill not only bad bacteria that is making you sick, but also your body's friendly bacteria in the gut. A bacterial imbalance can result in yeast overgrowth. The immune system is partly responsible for keeping yeast at bay.  

Antibiotics are toxic to your immune system

Antibiotics are toxins, and toxins suppress your immune system. Toxins are known to have a role in disrupting immune memory and communication.

A study at New York University Langone Medical Center confirms that toxic damage to the microbiome, or gut, results from the use of antibiotics. That means that we not only suffer a reduction in our immune response which can contribute to allergies and autoimmune disorders, but we are also exposed to changes in our metabolism that can predispose us to diabetes and other diseases later in our life.

Ascertain if you are suffering from a bacterial infection

You should be certain before using an antibiotic that you are actually suffering from a bacterial infection and not a virus which is not able to be treated by antibiotics (Most often the flu is caused by a virus). You must also avoid the quick response to use antibiotics freely and often. We want the antibiotic to be effective when we really need it – in life-threatening infections! 

According to researchers today the constant use of antibiotics with humans and livestock is a leading factor in our growing inability to eradicate disease. Antibiotics are becoming less effective because of bacterial resistance.

Santivia Immune is a great complementary immune support supplement if you are on antibiotics.  It helps to restore the depleted communication system of your immune cells and supports the regulation of your Immune System towards a BALANCED, competent state.

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Wishing you great health and vitality,


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