Don't let Norovirus ruin your Winter Health

Claire Perry - Manuka Doctor Product Expert
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Claire leads our Product Development Team, ensuring that our products are truly natural and effective. With more than 20 years experience in the health and beauty industry, she is one of the industry’s most experienced Manuka Honey Experts.

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Norovirus, also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can spread very easily and be very unpleasant but usually goes away in about two days. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading.(1) 

“Our hands can transmit all sorts of germs, not just coronavirus, so hand sanitising and hand washing is a good habit to practice forever.”

“Try and look for a product that has anti-bacterial and anti-viral benefits, as this means it will have been lab tested to kill up to 99.9 per cent of bacteria. Normally this will be written on the packaging for you to easily see.” Dr Hilary Jones

Find out more from about hand hygiene here in the Dr Hilary Jones blog.

Hand hygiene is one of the most important steps to protect yourself and others from illnesses caused by germs. Manuka Doctor’s highly effective Antibacterial Hand Wash features Manuka honey which keeps hands soft and moisturised whilst also having the ability to ‘Kill’ 99.9% of bacteria’, confirmed through external laboratory testing.

If you are unlucky enough to catch a stomach virus this Autumn, you can usually treat yourself at home. The most important thing is to rest and have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.(1) After two or three days, you could try taking a probiotic supplement to restore balance to your stomach. Friendly bacteria, also known as probiotics, can boost the numbers and type of ‘good’ bacteria in your intestine. A healthy microbiome has been shown to support the immune system, improve nutrient absorption and improve digestive health, easing diarrhoea and certain symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, like inflammation. (2)

The Manuka Doctor Tummy Bee Calm supplement contains a range of ingredients specially designed to aid digestive health, including Lactobacillus acidophilus, a type of friendly bacteria that can help restore the natural balance of microflora in the gut (3); Turmeric, a natural anti-inflammatory that has also been shown to support the friendly bacteria in your gut by increasing the numbers of healthy bacteria known as our microbiota.(4)

Calcium, which is needed for the normal function of digestive enzymes (5); Ginger, a traditional herbal remedy that has been used for thousands of years to treat a range of ailments including digestive problems such as stomach aches and nausea.(6)

As well as high quality nutrients, all our supplements contain high strength (MGO 300) Manuka Honey sourced from Manuka Doctor hives in New Zealand and freeze-dried into powder. Our Manuka Honey contains the active ingredient methylglyoxal (MGO), derived from dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is naturally present in the nectar of the Manuka Bush. The MGO that is present in our Manuka Honey is widely known for its special antimicrobial activity to fight against pathogenic bacteria (7), giving all our supplements that extra wellbeing ingredient.

We’re pleased to announce that Our Tummy Bee Calm supplement has recently been awarded Winner in the Health & Wellbeing category of the Janey Loves PLATINUM Awards!

BBC Radio 2 presenter and best-selling author Janey Lee Grace has been running the Janey Loves PLATINUM Awards since 2015. The Awards continue to highlight and bring the best of the best in natural products and services into the mainstream. Award entries are selected after testing by a panel of Judges and consumer votes. Judges this year include Janey Lee Grace, Jo Wood, Dr Marilyn Glenville, Glynis Barber and Carrie Grant.

Find out more about the other winners here.

It’s not the first time Tummy Bee Calm has been crowned WINNER! It also won Best Probiotic at the Health & Wellbeing Awards 2019. Similar to the Janey Loves PLATINUM Awards, the Health & Wellbeing awards celebrate the very best of beauty, health, food and fitness brands with an expert panel of judges, including Loose Women's Nadia Sawalha and top nutritionist Rick Hay.

Don’t just take our word for it, here are some great reviews from our customers too!

“I started taking the tummy be calm after being poorly with a virus and suffering from heartburn. Since taking the product my tummy has settled down and I have more energy.”
Margaret C
“Great product. Very good, it has settled my stomach problems and has given me a lot of peace of mind.”
Kenneth B
“I can’t rate this product highly enough. I’ve suffered with painful wind symptoms and bloating of my stomach for a good few years and have tried many many things to relieve this. I’ve been taking Tummy Bee Calm for a couple of weeks now, and all I can say is wow wow wow, I feel like I’ve got a brand new stomach, painful wind symptoms have disappeared. I’m nowhere near as bloated. So happy to have found this product, would highly recommend to anyone.”
Tracey B

To find out more about the natural ingredients included within Tummy Bee Calm, read our blog about improving your digestive health.

Article References

  2. Aragon G, et al. Probiotic Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Gastroenterology & Hepatology. 2010 Jan;6(1): 39-44.

  3. Hemarajata P, Versalovic J. Effects of probiotics on gut microbiota: mechanisms of intestinal immunomodulation and neuromodulation. Therap Adv Gastroenterol. 2013 Jan;6(1):39-51.

  4. Peterson CT, et al. Effects of Turmeric and Curcumin Dietary Supplementation on Human Gut Microbiota: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study. J Evid Based Integr Med. 2018; 23.

  5. European Commission. EU Register on nutrition and health claims.

  6. Prakash J. Chemical composition and antioxidant properties of ginger root (Zingiber officinale). Journal of Medicinal Plants Research. 2010 Dec 18;4(24):2674-9.

  7. Atrott J, Henle T. Methylglyoxal in manuka honey—correlation with antibacterial properties. Czech Journal of Food Sciences. 2009 Jan 1;27(S1):S163-5.