Vital vitamin D – are you getting enough?

According to new research’ “The most vulnerable group of population for COVID-19 is also the one that has the most deficit in vitamin D.”

And the results aren’t surprising either. They are in line with previous studies that also suggest healthy vitamin D levels can reduce the risk of respiratory infections such as influenza as well as childhood asthma.

Vitamin D has a range of benefits:


It helps maintain calcium levels in our teeth and bones. Low levels can cause skeletal deformities like rickets as well as an increased risk of bone degeneration leading to conditions such as osteoporosis.

Immune system

“There is particular interest in its role in viral infections such as influenza and coronavirus,” Dr Barry Boyd MD RDN Yale Medicine hematologist, oncologist, and nutritionist, after studies show a stronger response to respiratory diseases.


Helps maintain strong muscles, reducing the risk of falls


Can help with cases of depression where vitamin D levels are low.

Other potential benefits, such as weight loss, diabetes, hypertension and reducing the risk of certain cancers, are still being investigated.

So how can we make sure that we are getting enough?

There are a limited range of foods which contain useful levels:

  • oily fish
  • red meat
  • some mushrooms
  • eggs

as well as certain foods which have it added, such as some breakfast cereals, bread, non-dairy milk and baby milk (although levels are not always high).

Of course, we can also get vitamin D from sunlight. But in many parts of the world, that’s not enough during autumn and winter. And today, many people spend most of their time indoors.

So supplements may be the answer. Current medical advice is to take at least 10 micrograms pd in winter or if you don’t spend enough time in the sun. That includes children.

If you want to increase your vitamin D intake, here are some Forever Living products which will help, as well as providing other benefits:


Kids Vitamins


Vitolize for Women

Forever Daily

Forever Focus


Or just go direct to my shop:

Just make sure you are getting enough!

Study hacks and aids to get your learning back on track

So many people need to catch up on missed learning time. But it can be hard to find the motivation and focus for study or serious brain work, especially in the current climate. So here are five simple tips to help:

  • create a separate work area – somewhere quiet, where you have everything you need. And organise it to suit you.
  • have a simple and realistic work or study timetable/schedule/plan – then stick to it!
  • use a timer for your work periods, take breaks (little and often), get up, go out for a walk – it’s good thinking time.
  • cut down on screen time, all kinds of screen time.
  • sleep and eat well. Don’t try and cram more in or skip meals. You will learn better and absorb more if you are rested and fed.

If you need a boost, stay away from caffeine and energy drinks in the evening, they just mess up your sleep, but try these brain boosters:

Forever Arctic Sea Fish oil:

A perfectly balanced blend of omega-3 fatty acids that supports heart and brain function. Brain food.

Forever ARGI+

ARGI+ is packed with nutrients including your daily value of the ‘miracle molecule’ L-arginine, a popular amino acid and a building block for proteins, and essential B vitamins that support the nervous system, normal protein metabolism, psychological function and red blood cell formation. Keeps you sane and helps your brain!

Forever FOCUS

There’s a clue in the name! Stay sharp, stay focused. Combining traditional herbs, vitamins and minerals with clinically studied Cognizin. Take charge of the day!

And if you feel a bit low, how about something that’s fit for a Queen?

Forever Royal Jelly

Good for mind and body, can really help lift your mood.

Now you know what to do, get studying!

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Simple DIY Essential Oil Diffuser Tips

Everyone loves the subtle fragrance of essential oils round the house, don’t they? So here are some simple ways to have these wonderful aromas without being overwhelmed.

Simple tissue or fabric diffusion is when you place 3-4 drops of essential oil onto a tissue and place the tissue near you. As you move around, the aroma from the essential oils will waft through the air. This is great for public spaces where you can’t easily diffuse essential oils throughout the room. You can also place oils on fabrics such as a dressing gown or corner of a pillow, just avoid anywhere that would have direct contact to skin.  Though the aroma doesn’t last long, it’s a terrific boost.

Steam diffusion is created by boiling a pint of water on the hob, pouring it into a bowl and adding up to 6-8 drops of essential oil. The steam will heat the essentials oils causing them to diffuse by evaporation quickly into the room. Don’t put your face directly over the steam, but let it sit near you to enjoy the benefits. Add Forever Oil Defense for a winter holiday scent.

A DIY car diffuser can be made from a few drops of an essential oil on a wood clothes pin.  Clip onto an air vent for a refreshing boost. 

stick-on air freshener can be easily made with a small felt pad – the sort you would put under furniture to protect the floor. Place in rubbish bins, drawers, cars, or nappy bins…all the stinky places. The result is a portable air freshener you can stick anywhere. This is fantastic for those hard-to-reach places that need a bit of freshness. 

A toilet paper roll refresher gives your bathroom an extra boost of freshness. Using a dropper, add 4-5 drops of your favourite essential oil to the interior of the roll. Each time you spin the roll the scent will be released to freshen up your bathroom.   

Blast away nasty odours. Take 5 drops your favourite essential oil and mix it with water in a 2-ounce spray bottle. Shake and spray anywhere that smells—laundry, shoes, rubbish, the kids’ rooms, etc. Or soak a cotton ball and place it at the bottom of your rubbish bin or overnight in trainers to eliminate unwanted odours.

For a hack with your hoover, put 1-2 drops of your favourite Forever Essential Oil inside your vacuum bag or filter and freshen the house while you clean.  Or add a few drops to a tissue, tear into small pieces on various parts of the carpet and then hoover it up, as this will leave a lingering scent. 

Here are a few more simple hacks:

  • Tap a little of Forever Essential Oils Lavender right into the wood shelves in your closet or the drawers in your dresser.
  • Fill a microwave-safe bowl filled with water and four drops of Forever Essential Oil Lemon and “steam clean” your microwave.  Place on high for 10 minutes, then wipe down the inside.   
  • Put a couple of drops of Forever Essential Lavender onto a tissue and tuck it inside your pillowcase.

Diffuse Forever Essential Oil when doing yoga, relaxing, working, playing board games or even mindfulness.  And don’t forget your essential oils whilst you take some well-deserved ‘me-time’ with one of Forever’s multi award-winning Aloe Bio-cellulose masks.

To get yours and try out these great tips, just click here:

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