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Syed Rizvi

Director of Sales and Marketing, Healthy Planet Canada

As the Director of Sales and Marketing at Healthy Planet Canada, Syed Rizvi has extensive experience testing natural health products – constantly responding to customer feedback. We asked him and his team of nutritionists and naturopathic doctors for their insights on achieving optimal health and wellness.


Mediaplanet: Why is it important to take supplements in addition to a healthy diet?

Syed Rizvi: Due to our depleted soil levels, increasing environmental toxins, and everyday stressors, we simply don’t receive the nutrients required to function optimally. Living in a fast-paced world, we often opt for eating on the go with convenience and fast foods, not giving our bodies the nutrients required. Even when we eat our best, due to the lack of nutrients in conventionally-grown crops, supplementing our diet with key nutrients may be needed to acquire necessary nutrient levels.

Living in Canada, vitamin D is a nutrient that may need supplementation. Vitamin D is necessary for a healthy immune system, bone health, skin health, and much more. During winter months with limited sunlight, our bodies aren’t able to synthesize as much vitamin D. Supplementing with vitamin D3 drops is recommended from October to May, even all year round, depending on individual needs.

Magnesium is another nutrient many Canadians are lacking due to many factors including our depleted soil and quality of food sources. Supplementation may aid in restoring essential levels. Magnesium is necessary for hundreds of enzymatic functions, including but not limited to supporting the cardiac system, muscle relaxation, and relief of cramping, twitching, and pain, as well as aiding in restful sleep.

When looking to make a seasonal routine change, what are a couple of core changes Canadians should consider?

Heading into cold and flu season, Canadians should consider including vitamin D, oregano oil, and echinacea into their daily routine.

As mentioned above, vitamin D is necessary for the creation of cells which protect the body against illness and may reduce the risk of catching a cold or flu. CanPrev’s vitamin D3 drops are a quick and easy way to get optimal levels of vitamin D daily.

Oregano oil is a strong antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and natural antibiotic that helps protects the immune system. Platinum Naturals’ Cold and Flu Oregano-8 contains a list of synergistically-acting nutrients to support the immune system, relieve symptoms of infection, and reduce the duration and severity of colds.

Echinacea has been shown to prevent colds as well as to shorten their duration. Taking echinacea at the first sign of infection or illness is best. Nature’s Way’s Echinacea with Goldenseal is a synergistic formula that helps support a healthy immune system.

Living in a fast-paced world, we often opt for eating on the go with convenience and fast foods, not giving our bodies the nutrients required.

What products can shoppers expect to find online and in-store at Healthy Planet?

All things health and wellness! Healthy Planet supplies groceries, natural beauty products, body and home care products, supplements, bulk foods, sports nutrition, and more! Healthy Planet also offers unique options for specific dietary and lifestyle needs such as keto, paleo, gluten-free, and vegan. We focus on providing options for everyone, including allergen-friendly selections such as dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, and grain- free. Healthy Planet offers promotions and deals both online and in-store, with a monthly in-store flyer and specialized online deals.

What products can shoppers expect to find online and in-store at Healthy Planet?

Healthy Planet carries both retail and professional brands to guarantee that affordable and high-quality products are available and accessible for all. We also support local, family-owned and operated businesses wherever possible.

Healthy Planet has a range of resources for customers online and in-store. We currently have a wellness blog and host webinars and in-store trainings on a regular basis. With nutritionists and naturopathic doctors on staff, we always aim to educate and empower our customers through every in-store interaction.

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