Chances are, at some point, somebody’s told you to put on a jacket before heading into the cold winter air so you don’t end up catching flu. Thing is, contrary to popular belief, being cold won’t ensure you catch one. Both afflictions, flus and colds, are only ever caused by one thing and that’s a virus.

Still, winter is the season you’re most likely to get sick because viruses remain more stable in cold, dry air. For this reason, offices that use air conditioning are also the perfect environment for a would-be invading virus. Fortunately, having a strong immune system is one way to beat them and this is something you can boost with good nutrition. However, if you aren’t eating a healthy diet or don’t have a well-balanced gut, you might find it difficult to get and absorb everything you need and this is where intravenous or IV infusion therapy can help you out.

Go direct!

IV infusion therapy is a great way to get immune-boosting nutrients, in the right amounts, delivered direct in a way that bypasses your digestive system to ensure you benefit from maximum absorption. Both Skin Renewal and Health Renewal have a host of IV infusion treatments for you to pick from but the most popular come flu season is the Super Immune Support (SIS) cocktail.

Also known as The Meyer’s Cocktail, so named after the doctor who pioneered it, the SIS cocktail is formulated with potent antivirals and immune-boosters like vitamin C, a vitamin B complex, calcium, magnesium and glutathione. Just one or two infusions taken at the first sign of a cold or flu can reduce them as well as shorten the period for which you’ll be under the weather.

But that’s not all

The SIS cocktail isn’t just a great flu-fighter. It can also help prevent inflammation, treat low blood calcium, promote strong hair and nails, improve memory function and assist in times of stress. (Pop stars Rihanna, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga are all fans as it helps them remain fighting fit for their gruelling concert schedules.)

Clearly a great multitasker, the SIS cocktail is one of many IV infusions administered at The Renewal Institute. They also offer those that can help detoxify, take care of your heart and even give your skin a healthy glow. Still, it’s important that you always consult with one of the Renewal Institute’s doctors first. They can ensure you’re a candidate and help suggest the cocktail that would be best suited to your needs. There’s no guessing either thanks to baseline blood tests used to find out exactly what you’re lacking.

In the same way that you can’t eat just one healthy meal a week and expect results, you’ll need multiple infusions to truly benefit. Most of them require at least 10 sessions – one per week – but you can turn it into a pamper session by booking an add on treatment like a mini massage or a mani or pedi. Looking after your health this winter never sounded so good!

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Skin Renewal

Renewal Institute offers its clients a holistic and integrated approach to anti-aging. This includes non - surgical anti-aging procedures - weight loss programmes, body sculpting procedures as well as health renewal diagnostic screening, nutraceutical supplements, IV detoxification and gene screening for hereditary diseases. The aim is to provide optimal health and well-being and to restore the aesthetic beauty of our patients. 16 Luxurious clinics can be found across Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban. There are also 24 Medical Doctors all with a special interest in aesthetic medicine and integrated healthcare. They are supported by a qualified team of registered nurses and fully trained therapists. Renewal Institute was founded by Dr Maureen Allem in 2005 and its fast paced expansion and growth is testament to its team’s aesthetic knowledge, professionalism and personalised care of each of its clients. The choice to join the company’s Radiant Loyalty Programme is offered to all new clients. It’s generous and easily attainable rewards is the company’s way of giving back and rewarding its client loyalty. Most Popular Procedures include: Skin Renewal: Injectable treatments using Botulinum toxin and Dermal fillers, chemical peels, pigmentation and rosacea treatments, lips and eye rejuvenation, sun damage reversal, age-defying facials, jaw line definition and acne treatments. Body Renewal: Medical weight loss programmes, cellulite and body sculpture with fat freezing treatments, hair and vein removal (sclerotherapy), stretch mark treatment, and hand, neck and décolleté rejuvenation. Health Renewal: Health renewal integrative consultation, bio-identical hormone balancing, nutritional supplement advice, IV vitamin therapy and IV detoxification. Oasis Spas: Five of the Skin, Health & Body Renewal branches offer their clients spa treatments providing massages, facials, hair waxing, manicures and pedicures. To find out more about holistic anti-aging: 0861 SKIN SA (7546 72)

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