Top Tips to Beat Colds and Flu – Let’s prevent not cure!

Prevent colds washing hands

We are here to help you beat colds and flu! This year probably more than any other has people worried about picking up cold or flu. With the cold weather often come sniffles and coughs. So, we have created a list of our top tips to help you beat any wintery colds that come your way.

Our Tips

Wash those hands

You’ve definitely heard this one so much this year but that’s because it’s true! If there could only be one piece of advice, it would be this one. The CDC recommends scrubbing those hands for a full 20 seconds. However, we know this isn’t always possible so be sure to carry a handy mini sanitiser wherever you go. 

Keep active

We know. It’s tough. It’s cold. We all want to curl up and watch Netflix all day. But, it’s so important to get out and get a sweat on to keep your immune system strong, especially for children.

Don’t stress

The first step in having a healthy body, is having a healthy immune system. Meaning, if this is ready to go you should be ready to fight off any common cold. Which means your body shouldn’t have any deficiencies that could put the body into overdrive. So, make sure you are eating balanced meals and getting 8 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes this isn’t enough and you need something more. Our Immunity drip is just that.. More! Our Immunity drip  combines Multivit drip with extra Vit C, ensuring all your vitamin needs are met.

Stay home

If you or your family members are feeling any congestion or fever, stay at home. Not only is this important to reduce prolonging your illness, it protects others.

Know the difference

Knowing the difference between cold and flu can be  tricky. But the flu can be serious business so knowing the difference is important. The symptoms of a common cold include,  cough and runny nose, whereas the flu is often indicated by fever, chills, body aches and extreme fatigue.

Conclusion

To conclude, knowing about colds and flus is key to beating them. So, basic hygiene, staying active, nutrition and immunity system, staying home and  knowing the signs are all key to staying healthy this flu season

Let’s talk about Veganuary

What is Veganuary?

Everyone is very used to hearing about Dry January in January, but what about Veganuary? This year Veganuary seems to be the word on everyone’s lips this month! Haven’t heard of it? Well, let us fill you in…

The veganuary challenge was initiated by a U.K non-profit, back in 2014. Since then a record number of 400,000 people joined the movement in 2020. The pledge is for its participants to only eat vegan/plant-based foods for the month of January. 

What is vegan?

Vegan is a diet which includes no animal sources. Meaning vegans do not eat meat, fish, diary, eggs or honey. In addition to diet, some people take it a step further than just a diet change, it can be a whole lifestyle adoption too, meaning no using products from animals, products tested on animals, clothes from animals etc. 

Why is it important?

The animals

Did you know that every vegan saves nearly 200 animals per year? This has to be the easiest way to help animals!

Your health

The British Dietetic Association and the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics have said that vegan diet is suitable for all ages. In addition, some research has linked vegan diets with lower blood pressure and cholesterol, lower rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer. Definitely information that may be interesting for those at high risk of these illnesses.

Climate change

Meat and other animal product production places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved. In addition, the vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction

Budget friendly

A myth that is often  heard in the vegan community is that Veganism is expensive.. In fact, many vegan diets stick to basics that are considered staples in many diets, including – grains, beans, seeds and legumes.

Some downsides?

Adopting a vegan diet can be very healthy, but many can struggle to still get enough essential nutrients.

One of the main vitamins that people can become low in is vitamin B12! Because B12 is naturally only found in animal sources. What does this mean for vegans? Well, there are many options out there such as fortified foods, a daily multivitamin or a vitamin drip or a booster shot! And it’s not just B12 that people are missing, some other key nutrients to pay attention to are vitamin D, omega fatty acids, calcium, iodine and iron. For such deficiencies it’s important to eat a variety of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, nuts and plant based oils. There are also options out there which include multivitamins. Or if you are looking for a more long lasting solution, a vitamin drip or booster shot.

Do These Detox Diets Work? 3 Different Ways to Cleanse

The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ has plenty of truth to it. Diet is one of the most important factors when it comes to our health, so it’s no surprise that people are always looking for new ways to get their nutrients. But what if there was a diet that, in addition to giving you essential vitamins and minerals, actually removed harmful toxins from your body in a process known as a detox or cleanse? It certainly sounds like a health hack we could all take advantage of! The question is, are these detoxes simply too good to be true?

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular detox diets and cleanses trending today and see whether they could help – or hurt – your health.

Liquid Detox

Cutting solid foods from your diet sounds like a radical prospect. Nevertheless, “juicing” – consuming only fruit juices or smoothies – is one of the most popular cleanses available. In fact, plenty of companies offer their very own pre-packaged juice cleanses, typically designed to last from 3 to 10 days (although some encourage weeks of detoxing). So, what is it about these liquid detox diets that make them so attractive to health bloggers and influencers?

For one, the health benefits that come from a fruit and vegetable focused diet are undeniable. Health experts encourage “5 A Day” for a reason: eating your greens provides you with a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are vital for bodily function. Freshly squeezed juices or smoothies chock full of plant goodness seem like a simple, easy and low calorie way to get the nutrients you need. The problem arises when you cut out everything else in your diet, and just rely on these liquid substitutes.

Juices in particular lack the amount of fiber, fats and proteins sufficient to fuel our body. Without these key elements, liquid cleanses fail to give us satiety – that sense of fullness that helps control our appetite. You’ll also be running low on calories, as most juice cleanses run under 1,000 calories daily. There’s also the issue of sugar content. Whole fruits contain roughage to slow the absorption of fructose into your body. Juices and smoothies lack this fibre, causing your blood sugar to spike and then drop after drinking. This erratic reaction can lead to energy slumps and feelings of hunger.

Liver Detox

When we think about detoxing, let’s not forget that our body has its own natural cleansing method: the liver. This vital organ helps filter out toxins and waste that has no business in our bloodstream. So what if we could curate a diet that ‘super charges’ our liver, improving its detoxifying function in order to cleanse us more effectively? Liver cleanses are designed to do exactly this, and in theory they sound like a great way to recover from a week of partying!

Liver detoxes can involve a variety of dietary restrictions, including fasting and the ingestion of various herbal supplements. By following a strict regimen over a few days, the detox is intended to reduce toxin ingestion, giving the liver a break and allowing it to repair and improve its performance. Sounds good, but do we have the evidence to support the claims?

Some people swear by supplements such as milk thistle and turmeric. The milk thistle contains seeds bursting with Silymarin, a chemical with antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. The research results are mixed – while the thistle could help with inflammation and repair, it can’t combat diseases such as Hepatitis. Similarly, turmeric is also said to have a protective effect on the liver, reducing the impact of toxins and the risk of inflammation.

But there’s no reason to subsist on herbal supplements alone. You’re almost certainly better off including them alongside a balanced diet. Long term lifestyle changes are far more impactful than temporary cleanses when it comes to preventing liver disease – that includes drinking less, consuming plenty of fiber and protein, and keeping a healthy weight.

Colon Cleanse

Colon cleanses aren’t detox diets per se, but they are often undertaken for the same reasons as juicing or liver detoxes – to flush out toxins and remove a build up of waste from the body. In this case, the focus is less on what enters your mouth, and more on what exits the other end!

Also known as colonic irrigation or hydrotherapy, colon cleanses typically involve flooding the colon with water to manually remove the waste inside. It’s thought that this process can be a quick way to relieve congestion, digestive issues, constipation and bloating. It’s a procedure that can be offered professionally, but more and more people are doing their own colon cleanses from home. A home remedy that can flush toxins and waste out of your body may sound appealing, there are plenty of risks that should give you pause before attempting any sort of colon cleanse.

Without professional assistance from a colonic hygienist, you may perform the cleanse incorrectly, which in some cases can lead to pretty severe health consequences. For one, it can remove fluids from your body, leading to dehydration. This can be compounded further with the side effect of diarrhea. Some people have also reported unpleasant stomach cramps. If the cleanse really goes awry, things can get serious. Electrolytes can become imbalanced, chemicals vital for the health of our cells. This can cause fainting and even liver damage. There is also the risk of bacterial infection, and the nightmare situation of bowel perforation, a medical emergency.

These scenarios may be unlikely, but are they worth risking? If you’re looking to colon cleanse, it seems best to see a professional. Otherwise, there is plenty you can include in your diet to boost your colon health, such as eating foods rich in soluble and insoluble fiber – try wholegrains, root vegetables, as well as beans, pulses and lentils.

The Pros & Cons Of Detox Diets

Pros:

  • Detox diets often consist of foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and low in trans and saturated fats.
  • Detoxes generally cut out processed foods and drinks.
  • Liquid based detoxes hydrate effectively if you are absorbing sufficient calories.
  • Detoxes and cleanses could encourage you to start including healthier foods and supplements into your diet, as well as helping you get a better feel for how your body responds to different ways of eating.

Cons:

  • Detox diets rarely include enough daily calories to sustain you.
  • Juice and smoothie based cleanses are high in sugar.
  • Abstaining from a balanced consumption of solid foods can lead to negative health effects such as loss of water, erratic blood sugar levels, low satiety, and reduced energy levels.
  • Colon cleanses without the aid of a professional can lead to significant health risks.
  • The liver naturally detoxifies the body, with little evidence that cleanses make a positive difference to liver function.
  • Many detox diet claims aren’t supported by current medical evidence.

Looking For A Boost In Well-Being?

Detox or not, different diet trends can often become a source of confusion. Diets typically come down to whatever works for you, as not all methods suit everybody. Nutrition science is a pretty advanced subject, so it’s no wonder we can struggle to pin it down. It’s also important to remember that food isn’t the only way to get the nutrients your body needs. 

If you’re looking for a more direct way to boost your health, Get A Drip offers a range of IV drips and booster shots that help keep you at your best. Whether you’re looking to strengthen your immune system with Vitamin D, top up on powerful anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C or simply rejuvenate and refresh using our Hydration drips, we’ve got you covered. 

It’s important to remember that health can start from home. Whether you’re using our call out service or ordering natural medication through eco-friendly online pharmacies like e-Surgery, expert healthcare really can arrive right on your doorstep!

Advice from the experts

“Whilst detox plans are quickly gaining popularity, it should be noted that many of these regiments lack compelling evidence of health benefits and can pose negative side effects. You should always involve your regular GP when making any drastic changes to your diet, and especially before starting to take any herbal products. Many herbal preparations are not standardised for active constituents and can interact with other medication you might be taking.”

-Dr Oskar Wendowski e-Surgery Superintendant Pharmacist

To Vit D or Not To Vit D – There is No Question

Vit D or not Vit D, there is no question

There has only been one thing on everyone’s mind this year, Coronavirus! The first major pandemic in many years.  I’m sure you are all fed up hearing about it on the news, in daily life and want normality to return.  Boris keeps telling us the government is “following the science.” Well, there is actually a lot of ongoing research into the effects of vitamin D on Covid infections and this blog highlights some of the science and why we should all be supplementing vitamin D. 

Vitamin D is well known to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy, but did you know it also helps with the immune system? Several large scale reviews have shown that it can protect against acute respiratory infections, and individuals with sufficient levels of vitamin D were most protected (1,2). This therefore became an area of study interest in the fight against Covid 19.

 

As of 08.10.2020 there were over 20,000 publications on Google scholar looking at Vitamin D in both the prevention and treatment of Covid infections. There are also several trials in the UK currently under way looking at this (3).

Many studies have already shown that having a vitamin D deficiency increases the chances of having more severe Covid infections and therefore a higher chance of dying from Covid (4). One study reporting people were 32 times more likely to have critical Covid if vitamin D deficient (5). Some have even shown that having sufficient levels of vitamin D in the body actually reduces the chances of testing positive for the virus, indicating this may prevent people getting it in the first place (6).

One study quoting that in 192,000 American citizens sampled, they were 47% less likely to test positive if their vitamin D levels were > 55ng/ml (sufficient) compared to 20ng/ml (deficient) (7,8).

Others looked at the average vitamin D levels for various countries, comparing these to their respective Covid rates. They found countries which have lower average vitamin D levels tended to have more cases of Covid, and also higher mortalities (9).

Countries closer to the equator generally have higher levels of vitamin D in their population and this is another factor possibly affecting Covid rates. 

We also know that people from BAME communities are more likely to test positive and are also at a higher risk of dying from Covid than white individuals as released in the government document “Understanding the impact of Covid -19 in BAME groups.” (10) This may be attributed to low levels of vitamin D, as people from BAME communities tend to have lower levels of this in their blood.

So why is this so important? Well, this is just snap-shot of some of the publications of research ongoing throughout this critical time.

We are all still learning about Covid-19 but the evidence is mounting that a simple dietary supplement can help prevent and treat this condition. It is important to say that this is not the only factor in transmission rates and mortality, but evidence based medicine is key, and to quote Boris, we should all “follow the science”.

So supplement with vitamin D! It is safe and the potential benefits could not only help you, but also help us all return to normality. 

At Get a Drip we offer Vitamin D booster shots which can be purchased and taken in two different ways:

  1. Book your monthly booster shot of 30,000 units without having your vitamin D tested. This is in keeping with current NICE guidance (all adults living in the UK should supplement vitamin D throughout the year) and is comparable to buying a vitamin D tablet over the counter, but saves the hassle of remembering this every day.  
  2. Book a vitamin D blood test (recommended) to discover whether you are deficient or not. Our staff can then tailor a treatment plan to replenish your vitamin D levels. Please read our blog post “Vitamin D testing is here”

This article was written by Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Matthew Calcasola.

COVID Testing Now Available!

COVID testing is now available at Get A Drip

 

Get A Drip have partnered with an ISO:15189:2012 accredited UK laboratory to make available a COVID-19 RT-PCR (Antigen) test that you can do in the safety and comfort of your own home.

The process is simple:

  1.  Order the test online via our website 
  2. The test is delivered to you within 48 hours of your online order being placed
  3. You take your nasal and oral swabs at home and send it off using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit
  4. You will have your reliable test results back within 24 to 48 hours 
 

How does an at home sample work?

Your kit will include a simple sample collection device with comprehensive instructions on how to complete your test in just a few minutes. Once you have  taken your sample, simply follow the instructions and return the sample to our lab using the pre-paid postage bag included in the test kit.

How do I return my test properly?

Royal Mail are providing a special set of arrangements for the transportation of test samples. You can read more about it here and find your closest Royal Mail Priority Postbox. Samples returned via Royal Mail Priority Post Boxes should reach the lab in the following 24 hours. Once a sample is delivered to the lab, the lab usually take up to 24 hours to process the test, though it can sometimes take longer.
Please note that the postal service is not suitable for those with a Saturday or Sunday ‘test’ date as your test will not be processed until the Monday.

How do I get my results and how long will it take?

In general, once your test arrives at our lab facility you should have a result emailed to you within 24 hours. In particular please take weekends into account as there is a drastically reduced service available at weekends.

What do I do if my Covid-19 PCR swab test is positive?

If your covid-19 PCR test is positive, please follow the national guidelines. You and your household will need to isolate.
For more information go to the NHS covid-19 website. Do not visit a health centre such as a hospital, Clinic, GP surgery or Pharmacy unless instructed.

What do I do If My Covid-19 PCR swab test is negative?

A negative PCR test means that you were not infected with Covid-19 when you took the test. If you have no symptoms, you can continue as normal (unless you have been told to self isolate until a certain date).

 

 

 

Why Your Hormones Are Stopping You Losing Weight

We have a big one for you today on the Get A Drip Podcast. I spoke to nutritionist Pippa Campbell all about hormones and weight loss and, sorry gentlemen, this one is mainly for the ladies. We talk about why us females are more likely to have a harder time with our hormones, what hormone imbalances look like and how hormones can affect our weight.

So Pippa, you’re a nutritionist but you specialise in hormones and weight loss is that correct?

That’s my area! Although weight loss has never been an issue for me personally, helping women lose weight is something that I find so rewarding.  I specialise in a hormone balancing weight loss. I’ve been doing that for many years.

The reason why I got into it so many years ago was because I used to suffer horrifically with PMT from the age of about 19. I got my period at an early age, I was 12 and getting my period every 2 weeks so there was obviously a hormonal imbalance. 

Now in those days, you didn’t go to the gynaecologist if you had ongoing problems like this. I went to the GP and he just put me on the pill so then I didn’t get my period. I really didn’t want anything artificial in my body anymore so I came off [contraception] at about age 18. 

My PMC was horrific, two months out of every month. I felt exhausted, I didn’t really get period pains, no sort of chronic pain. But I felt dizzy, I felt shaky, I felt really emotional. 

Diet definitely helped and supplements were the icing on the cake. When I did the DNA testing, I’m a certified nutrigenomics practitioner for LifeCodeGX. I was then able to finally understand what was going on. 

Would you say that hormone imbalances affect women more than men?

Absolutely. Men can also have hormone imbalances of course. But when I’m talking about hormones, I suppose I’m specifically talking oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone and the like. Thyroid hormones also definitely come into play as well.

I suppose it’s like an orchestra as they all work together so we always have to look at everything in balance. 

You mentioned before that there are people that sometimes experience anxiety as one of their symptoms of a hormone imbalance. I’m sure there’s so many ways that a hormone imbalance can manifest itself. What are some of the most common signs that you see of a hormone imbalance?

We’ve got so many different hormones but if let’s focus on the female sex hormones- oestrogen and progesterone. So while they’re getting their periods, they might experience the symptoms that I was talking about such as extremely heavy periods. It could be anxiety. Some people can’t sleep, they feel very anxious. Sometimes people can feel very sad and very down and that they don’t feel quite right. A lot of women say they don’t feel right; they feel like they’re having an out of body experience. 

How can our diet help hormone imbalances?

The first thing we want to do is to get rid of the rubbish because it’s inflammatory. Throw away the crips! I would recommend going lower carbohydrate, I’m not saying keto, I’m not saying people have to go high fat but I definitely think that finding the amount of carbohydrates is key. I would eat three meals a day and  no snacking because every time we eat, we would release incidents and no snacking. 

Want to hear the rest? Listen to the rest of the Get A Drip Podcast here

How to Prevent Burnout

Are you at risk of burnout?

Have you been so stressed out by work that every small task feels impossible to complete? Do you struggle to switch off? Is the word ‘rest’ even a part of your vocabulary? 

Rosie Millen, also known as Miss Nutritionist over on Instagram, is a Nutritional Therapist based in London and has had to learn about burnout the hard way. Since experiencing burnout, Rosie has turned her life around, and has since released her debut book, entitled Burnout’s a B*tch, that details her experience of burnout as well as providing readers with a six week lifestyle plan. We talked about all things work stress, her darkest days and how to say no. 

Rosie, a few years ago you experienced burnout and you’ve since written a book called Burnout’s a B*tch. Tell us about your experience with burnout?

Yeah so six years ago on March 6 2014, I was walking in the park on a beautiful sunny day when all of a sudden I felt really really dizzy and I collapsed to the ground. I freaked out because nothing like that had ever happened to me before so I basically climbed into a taxi, went home to bed and stayed there for three years straight. I was completely paralysed and exhausted and I couldn’t move couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t socialise, I couldn’t exercise, I couldn’t work. 

My whole life was just totally put on hold. At my worst, I couldn’t lift my head off the pillow. I just found everything really, really debilitating soI kind of did what anybody would do in that situation, I took myself off to the doctors, got some tests done. When the results came back there was nothing wrong with me! I was totally normal so the doctor just prescribed me antidepressants and I burst into tears because I was like, ‘I’m not depressed, I’m exhausted.’

I realised that I have to get to the bottom of it myself. I knew that something was going on. I did a tonne of reading loads of research, I ran loads of tests on myself. Eventually I found it was all pointing to the same thing; I severely burned out. 

That’s crazy! So for three years you couldn’t get out of bed?!

I mean, on a successful day I made it from the bed to sofa. It was just so hard, it was the most lonely, darkest, frustrating, saddest place I’ve ever been. I didn’t want to be alive anymore and I did consider taking my life because I would just wake up exhausted again and again. I just couldn’t bear it. When a week goes by and you’re tired, it’s one thing but when a month goes by and then a year and then another year.

I think the number one thing that really made a difference was identifying my stressors and eliminating them. When I see my clients I always say, ‘it doesn’t matter if you have the perfect diet you’re taking the perfect supplements, if the fuel to the fire is still there, you’re not going to recover. You’ve got to eliminate the stressors, you’ve got to get rid of them. You’ve really got to change your life.

What did your life look like prior to burning out? What was a regular week in your life?

It was a whirlwind!  I was working like a freight train.  I was actually running two businesses at the time so I’d actually just launched my second business, which killed me. I would get up, have meetings, do emails, marketing calls, coaching calls, you know you name it, do anything and everything all day, every day. 

It was a completely different life and I said yes to everything. Now my life is completely different. I’m a different person and I’m very good at saying no without explaining myself. 

Do you think people are much more aware of burnout now then they were when you were experiencing it?

Yeah, 100%! Now we’re burning out left, right and centre. A lot of the doctors didn’t really understand burnout because they hadn’t seen it and there wasn’t as much information out there about it.  

In 2016, 12.5 million workdays were lost due to stress related conditions. So it is a byproduct of the way that we live and before it wasn’t and I think doctors and the medical profession are waking up to that now. 

Leading up to this interview, I did a poll on our Instagram stories and one of the questions I asked was, do you think people with type A personalities are more likely to experience burnout and around 96% of  people said yes!

Oh 100%! You settle for nothing, you keep going, you don’t say no, you say yes to everything. If you’re a perfectionist, you find that work is your priority and sleep takes a backseat. 

Sleep is the number one thing that starts to become compromised. And, oh my god, sleep is absolutely paramount to the recovery of the adrenal glands. So, if you’re not sleeping, you’re not going to recover.

Listen to the rest of the episode! 

 

Find Rosie below! 

Website: https://missnutritionist.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/missnutritionist/

Order Rosie’s book! https://www.amazon.co.uk/Burnouts-B-tch-Rosie-Millen/dp/1784726672/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?keywords=burnout+is+a+bitch+rosie+millen&qid=1575975063&sr=8-1-fkmr0

Implantable technology and keeping your health data INSIDE you!

Anna Louisa, you are the CEO of Impli. Tell us a little bit about what you guys do because it is extremely interesting and quite different!

Absolutely. So Impli is an implantable company and we want to make people’s lives safer and more convenient with implants. We launched our first product in the beginning of 2019, and it’s calling to Implicaspian and it allows you to hold your medical information with you at all times through a small rice, sized implant that sits right underneath the skin and can be interfaced with any smartphone that has NFC capability.

We’re a London based company, but we are working on products that go into the sensing mechanisms and so that can sense your glucose levels or temperature or pulse and but also payment applications. Those are all interesting factors of the implantable space which is a small market, small and growing market. 

What are the kind of reactions that you get from people when you tell them what you guys do?

So, I think we get the complete enthusiasts that want to try it right now; those that are very technologically advanced and understand and likes technology. And we have the complete opposite which is very much scepticism or ‘is this really necessary?’ or ‘what are the benefits?’ or doesn’t doesn’t really like it at all. So, and that’s kind of the scenario that we’re facing. COVID has somewhat changed the perception of people into a more kind of technologically advanced mind. 

Why do you think people post-COVID have a different reaction to it and kind of coming around to the idea?

I think COVID has made a lot of people more aware of their health and the value of their health. I also think that it’s made people aware that their data is really important, so Implicaspian obviously keeps your most valuable data. When you’re stuck somewhere else and you get COVID, what are you going to do? You don’t have your documents with you. Implantable devices can have a huge impact on remote healthcare. And they can have a huge impact on digital diagnostics. 

What kinds of people seem to be the most receptive to it? Who are your earliest adopters? 

Early adopters are particularly people who love technology, who know the technology and want to use the technology for their own purposes. One of our customers, Alex, has used his implant to link all of his lighting system at home. We also see a big trend in early adopters with people who have underlying health care conditions. So another customer, Magdalena for example, who got her implant, has type one diabetes. There are many people that we know that have had bicycle accidents that would like those implants. So I think there’ll be a mix between early adopters from the technological space and early adopters from the health space who want to have that data with them at all times. 

Does it hurt?!

We get that question quite a bit quite a lot actually. Implantables sit underneath the skin which means they never actually go into your muscle tissue, which means that you don’t hit as many nerves.

 

It’s kind of like a bee sting or the scratch of a cat! It takes about two minutes to get the procedure done, it takes two days to heal over and then you’re ready to use it. The benefits definitely outweigh any pain. 

What does the future hold for Impli?

In terms of the near future, we’re working with Get A Drip, which is really amazing, on delivering our devices and on building a very secure distribution so that we know that our devices are safely administered and held. 

At the same time, we’re definitely going down the route of sensors, we’re working on visibility studies and temperature sensors and pulse sensors, and then biosensors, so we can measure more and do more things and add more value to our customers.

We are launching very soon. So we’re really excited to jump into our first products to the masses and to also understand what the market does with this and also understand how people will start using this technology. 

Wanna listen to the full episode? Listen here.

Korean Skincare, Crazes and Innovation | Get A Drip Podcast

Korean skincare, crazes and innovation on the Get A Drip Podcast

This week on the Get A Drip podcast, we chatted with the lovely Maree, founder and CEO of Beauty & Seoul, THE online retailer for all things Korean beauty and skincare.

Adopted from a South Korean orphanage and raised in Australia and the UK, Maree has such an interesting story that you’re going to love. 

Maree, I love your story so much I’d love it if you told us about how Beauty & Seoul came to be.

So I’m actually adopted from South Korea, I was an orphan there when I was a baby and then I was adopted by my British parents who were living in Australia.  I wasn’t really interested in anything to do with my heritage, my adoption, or Korea and it wasn’t until I was in my mid 20s that I began to get really interested about finding out more about where I came from. 

So I quit my job in London, flew over to Seoul for six months, and tried to find my birth parents there. But, a month into that six month trip, I found my birth mother, and she didn’t want to meet me, so I was there in Korea, thinking okay I’ve quit my job for this. I don’t know what the hell I’m meant to do. I don’t speak Korean, even though I look Korean and as a distraction I just started blogging about everything that I was discovering there from the food to all the beautiful places but particularly, because it’s a topic of interest to me, the trending Korean skincare and beauty scene. 

The blog took off, I started Instagram, and then I decided to use the time to reach out to the brands that I really liked in Korea. I started writing a business plan, thinking about how I could introduce these products back to the UK. 

It was really difficult if you were in the UK and wanted to try Korean skincare; you had to buy directly from Korea, which meant, obviously, long shipping times, high costs, etc. So, I came back to London and set up Beauty & Seoul, which was almost four years ago now, which seems pretty crazy. And here we are!

Tell us about the beauty scene in South Korea

It was really eye opening the first time I went. If you compare it to the West, certainly back in the early 2000s, there was more of a focus on makeup over skincare so I think the average person would spend more money on makeup products than skincare. That was flipped on its head when I went to South Korea. You literally walked out of High Street, and it’s all just skincare stores, it’s pretty crazy to get your head around until you go there and actually see it. 

The ethos is that if you look after your skin, then you actually don’t need much makeup to hide it. And at first I was like, well, that totally makes sense and the more I was kind of speaking to friends that I made over there they said, ‘well you know, the skin is your largest organ, why wouldn’t you take care of it the way that we try to look after our insides as well?’

You’ve mentioned to me once before that there was a huge craze about plastic surgery, as well. So tell us a bit about what you discovered when you were there. 

I read an interesting stat that one in three women in Seoul has probably undergone some sort of surgery, which I just couldn’t get my head around, and just from speaking to people, it is very common. 

The most common surgery to get is double eyelid surgery. And I’m not here to want to say what’s right or wrong; I think that if you’re severely insecure about something and there’s a means in which you can rectify that for your own self confidence, hundred percent, I’m all for that. But I think where potentially they may have gone too far in Korea is that when there’s that societal pressure to look one’s best. That’s when I just see a darker side of it it’s that pressure to look a certain way. 

In Korea, you will literally see advertisements saying ‘go from witch face to pretty.’ It’s really in your face and, you know, having lived there and not having experienced that in the West, it wore me down in terms of confidence. I felt the pressure so I can’t even imagine how younger girls are feeling there. I wrote a blog about it previously, which was entitled ‘feeling fat and ugly in South Korea’, and showing all the advertisements I was seeing, it’s a dark side of what we talked about that kind of cultural thing to look your best.

How did your skincare routine change from when you’re in the UK to when you live in South Korea?

I cringe at some of the products I used to use on my skin!

I now double cleanse, using an oil based cleanser and then a water based cleanser which will effectively remove impurities, dust, bacteria, SPF and makeup, without drying your skin so you don’t want to use products they’re going to disrupt your skin’s natural barrier. 

When I think about the products I used to use, you know those toners that used to make your face feel so tight. At the time I thought, that’s great! It’s reducing my pores and I won’t have blackheads but all it was doing is just drying out your skin, and you don’t want that, even if you have oily skin you still need hydration because what you don’t want is your skin to crack and then make it more open to bacteria which then causes breakouts. So I would definitely say stringent toners so those like ones that always burn and dry out your skin and NO face wipes, I used to use face wipes a lot!

Also, I now always use an SPF on my face! 

Any Korean skincare trends you forecast coming over to the UK?

Industry experts suggest that the formulations in Korean skincare brands are about 10 to 12 years ahead of French and American brands. The reason being that these brands are investing so much into research and development, because the demand is there in Korea because they’re spending a hell of a lot of money on skincare. Two trends that really excite me is that there’s been a big shift in vegan skincare formulations and also sustainable packaging, which is something really great to see, they are actually leading the way in terms of sustainability packaging in the beauty industry.

Another thing another brand is doing is using data analysis to create your own bespoke skincare, believing that everyone’s skin is different. Everyone has different skin types, skin concerns, and environmental factors, and basically on a monthly subscription basis they are analysing your skin, your lifestyle and then delivering formulated personalised skincare.

I feel like I’ve seen a lot about vitamin C at the moment. Would you agree with that?

Absolutely. It’s one of our most asked questions like, ‘which vitamin C serum like would you recommend?’ Vitamin C is just a really great all round product for brightening skin, evening out complexion. And it’s a really good ingredient for those trying to remove acne scarring as well.

How else do you take care of your skin from the inside out? Do you do anything to intentionally your skin?

I would say, intentionally I drink a lot of water. Two years ago, I was working full time and running Beauty and Seoul and I was extremely busy. I think I was averaging three to four hours of sleep, living off coffee, skipping breakfast. My skin was at its worst. It was really, really bad, and it was a result of poor diet, no exercising and just being worn out. 

I then started to take time to actually cleanse my skin before going to work. I started hydrating, sleeping eight hours a night, making sure I was exercising four times a week. My skin then went from at its worst, to at its best. at its best. 

If you could give one piece of skincare advice to everyone listening, what would that be?

Please use SPF every day and reapply it! Don’t just put it on once in the morning, reapply it and make sure it is at least, at LEAST factor 30.

 

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After two hugely successful years in London, Get A Drip are now Franchising our Vitamin Drips & Booster Shots around the world!

Get A Drip is the UK’s number one Vitamin Drip provider. To date we have administered over 20,000 IV Vitamin Drips and Booster Shots from our premium central London locations and now have demand from all over the UK, and globally.

An award winning company with press coverage in The Guardian, Telegraph, Daily Mail, Sun, GQ and Grazia to name but a few, we’re known for disrupting the wellness industry and alongside our extensive menu we offer DNA tests to enable our customers to give their bodies the exact nutrition it requires based on their unique genetic makeup.

We are offering you the opportunity to benefit from the Get A Drip brand and become a Get A Drip Booster Shot Technician with our franchise opportunities. 

Now we’re sure you have lots of questions for us, so we thought who better to answer them than our Franchise Manager, Mikey? 

Mikey, why should people franchise with Get A Drip?

Because we’re the best! Get A Drip is an established brand with a team of world class Doctors, Nurses Nutritionists and Pharmacists. By franchising with us, you can benefit from our experience, reputation, brand and promotion by offering Get A Drip Booster Shots to your own clients.

What types of franchises are on offer?

We are offering a franchise where we will train you to administer our Booster Shot injections and Vitamin Drips. You can choose to offer the service from an existing clinic, spa or salon, or offer home and office visits to your customers, so you can begin trading with very little financial outlay.

Who can become a Get A Drip Vitamin Drip & Booster Shot franchisee?

You must be a Nurse, Doctor, Phlebotomist or Technician/EMT to undertake our two day training course. We will then offer you all the marketing and operational support that you need to be a Get A Drip Technician.


What countries can I franchise in?

We are currently taking franchise applications from around the UK and globally. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from potential franchisees in The Hague in The Netherlands and Barcelona in Spain. Wherever you are based, if you think that Vitamin Drips will be in demand then get in touch!

 

What will franchisees receive when they enrol?

Great question! When you enrol in the Get A Drip Franchise, we will give you all the resources you need to help you become a successful Technician, including:

  • Use of the Get A Drip brand 
  • A two day intensive CPD Accredited training course with theory and practical training
  • 24/7 exclusive access to the Get A Drip portal for stock ordering, marketing downloads, community support and prescriptions 
  • Get A Drip Booster Shot starter kit
  • A bundle pack with all the equipment you’ll need to get started

As well as introductory support, we’ll continue to offer you ongoing guidance, including:

  • Get A Drip website location listing
  • Large corporate and client referral scheme 
  • Continued product research and development 
  • Bespoke paperless CRM, prescriptions and booking system 
  • Exclusive Point of Sale and card machine benefits 
  • Marketing and PR materials with continued support and guidance
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  • Automated stock management system
  • Engagement of celebrity and brand ambassadors   

So it’s safe to say, you get a lot of support from us!

How much will it cost to get started?

To ensure that franchising with Get A Drip Franchise is as accessible as possible, we have low start-up costs. Access to finance options may also be available, subject to personal credit scores, so that capital expenditure needn’t be a barrier to entry. Please speak to us if you’d like to discuss how we can assist you to get started. 

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Get in touch with Mikey today by filling out this contact form to find out how you can get involved and start administering Vitamin Drips and Booster Shots!