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Walgreens Flu Index notes gains in Aloha State

BY David Salazar

For the fifth flu season, the Walgreens Flu Index is tracking flu activity by looking at the chain’s retail prescription data for antiviral flu medications across its locations nationwide. This week, as it does every week, the Index has compiled the top markets and states, as well as the markets and states seeing the most gains in flu activity on a week-over-week basis.

Hawaii topped the list of state gains, with Honolulu taking the second spot on the list of city gains. The El Paso, Texas/Las Cruces, N.M. market topped the list of markets in overall activity, with Nebraska taking the pole position of state activity. The full rankings for the week ended Jan. 5 were:

Top 10 markets with flu activity

  1. El Paso, Texas (Las Cruces, N.M.)
  2. Lincoln & Hastings-Kearney, Neb.
  3. Omaha, Neb.
  4. Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas
  5. Louisville, Ky.
  6. Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
  7. Montgomery-Selma, Ala.
  8. Colorado Springs-Pueblo, Colo.
  9. Bakersfield, Calif.
  10. Chattanooga, Tenn.

Top 10 states with flu activity

  1. Nebraska
  2. New Mexico
  3. Kentucky
  4. Texas
  5. Tennessee
  6. New Jersey
  7. Colorado
  8. Wyoming
  9. Nevada
  10. Alabama

Top 10 markets with flu activity gains

  1. Bakersfield, Calif.
  2. Honolulu, Hawaii
  3. Richmond-Petersburg, Va.
  4. Syracuse, N.Y.
  5. Columbus-Tupelo-West Point-Houston, Miss.
  6. Springfield-Holyoke, Mass
  7. La Crosse-Eau Claire, Wis.
  8. St. Louis, Mo.
  9. Albuquerque-Santa Fe, N.M.
  10. Hartford & New Haven, Conn.

Top 10 states with flu activity gains

  1. Hawaii
  2. Connecticut
  3. Maryland
  4. South Dakota
  5. California
  6. Utah
  7. Arkansas
  8. Virginia
  9. New Mexico
  10. Rhode Island

The Walgreens Flu Index also offers a live map that can be accessed here.

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Bio-Kult highlights need to build immune system during winter

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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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