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Bio-Kult highlights need to build immune system during winter

BY DSN STAFF

With winter in full swing, ADM Protexin’s Bio-Kult is noting that winter is the optimal time to help build up beneficial gut bacteria.

The company highlighted the fact that 70% of immune cells reside in the gut’s lining, and that taking live bacterial supplements has been shown to significantly shorten colds and reduce symptom severity.

Given the need for multiple strains to build various bacteria, the company offers Bio-Kult Advanced Multi-Strain Probiotic. The product includes 14 strains that are believed to help support the immune system, including Bacillus subtilis PXN 21.

Bio-Kult Advanced Multi-Strain Probiotic is available in 30-, 60- and 120-capsule bottles at the suggested retail prices of $14, $25.50 and $49.95, respectively.

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SlimFast unveils line of Keto products

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SlimFast is embracing the growing Keto diet, which has helped many in their weight loss endeavors, by releasing a line of products that cater to those who follow the diet.

The Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-based company’s new launches include meal replacement shakes and bars that are formulated on such principles as ketogenic nutrition, with high-fat, low-carbohydrate and moderate protein.

“With new SlimFast Keto, we are giving American dieters what they told us they wanted for 2019 — they want a quick, easy and super-convenient way to follow the ketogenic diet,” SlimFast president Doug Reader said.

SlimFast Keto contains two meal replacement shake mixes in fudge brownie and vanilla cake batter, two meal replacement bars in whipped peanut butter and whipped triple chocolate, Peanut Butter Cup Fat Bomb snacks, unsweetened Keto coffee creamer, and MCT oil.

In addition, shoppers also will be able to purchase SlimFast Keto Ketone Test Strips to track their results.

“The products in the SlimFast Keto line can be used as meal replacements for those following the SlimFast Keto Plan, or as a super-convenient component for those following their own DIY ketogenic plan. It’s an effective way to boost your chances of weight-loss success, especially when you have little time to food shop or cook,” Maryann Walsh, a dietitian based in Palm Beach, Fla., and a SlimFast Plan consultant, said. “Thanks to SlimFast Keto, you simply pack up a meal bar or some shake mix, and take it with you. I call it ‘Keto-to-Go.'”

The brand’s Keto line of products can be found on the shelves of such mass retailers as Walmart, Publix, Kroger, Ahold, Wakefern, Hy-Vee, Meijer and Amazon.

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Wyoming nabs the top spot on Walgreens’ Flu Index

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Another week means another update on Walgreens’ Flu Index.

The Deerfield, Ill.-based retailer, which compiles a weekly report on state and market-specific information on flu activity, has released its findings for the week ending Dec. 29, 2018.

Walgreens’ Flu Index is compiled by using the chain’s weekly retail prescription data for antiviral medications used to treat influenza across its Walgreens and Duane Reade locations across the nation. In addition to the top markets and states, the Flu Index also ranks the markets and states experiencing the greatest gains in activity on a week-over-week basis.

Results for the week ending Dec. 29, 2018, include:

The Top 10 Designated Market Areas, or DMAs, with Flu Activity

  • Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, Neb.
  • El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  • Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Montgomery-Selma, Ala.
  • Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Tyler-Longview (Lufkin & Nacogdoches), Texas
  • Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Nashville, Tenn.

The Top 10 States with Flu Activity

  • Nebraska
  • Texas
  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Alabama
  • Wyoming
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey

Top 10 DMAs with Flu Activity Gains

  • Tyler-Longview(Lufkin and Nacogdoches), Texas
  • Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, Neb.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • Waco-Temple-Bryan, Texas
  • Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo.
  • El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Las Vegas, Nev.

The Top 10 States with Flu Activity Gains

  • Nebraska
  • Kentucky
  • Wyoming
  • Texas
  • Nevada
  • Iowa
  • Utah
  • Kansas
  • New Jersey
  • Montana
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