Nutters Bulk and Natural Foods has all sorts of products that people need, regardless of whether they’re looking to boost their immune system, lead healthier lives or address food allergies.
The long-time local business, located in the Estevan Shoppers Mall, has what people need to boost the immune system. With students expected to return to in-classroom learning when school starts Sept. 1, owner Lesa Seipp said students, teachers and others within the schools should start looking for ways to enhance their immune system now.
“You only think of people getting sick because of the flu, but it can be … not eating well. So there’s the stress of going back to school, the stress of COVID in general and the stress of nobody’s really in a pattern anymore.”
When holidays come, there’s no structure in what people eat, either.
“Unfortunately, by not eating healthy, that can also cause you to get sick.”
Products that can boost your immune system for anti-viral purposes include elder berries and zinc, which Seipp said are the most effective. Other people will look for Vitamin C or Vitamin D.
“Elder berries are a fruit that grows on a tree. It’s a fruit that they dry, and it’s no different than oranges or Vitamin C,” said Seipp. “Elder berries have their own benefits that help with viral infections.”
Regular customers at Nutters would know about these types of products.
When COVID first hit, Seipp said customers were coming in for products such as zinc.
Now that children will be back in school in a few weeks, she’s also encouraging parents to think about healthy snacks, such as those that are lower in sugar. They have some snacks that offer a sweetness alternative that will not spike sugar levels.
“We have healthier options for snacks,” said Seipp. “And if people need any ideas for snacks, my staff are here to help people pick out what’s going to suit them.”
Nutters has a new line of sugar free products that are sweetened with xylitol. Double D is another great sugar-free alternative. Nuts and dried fruit also make for great snacks.
Herbaland Gummies are low-sugar treats that Seipp said are great for kids.
“They’re very popular. And it’s cool because some of the parents that are bringing their kids in are gravitating to it. So they don’t get that sugar rush. And then after you get that sugar rush, you feel like a nap? They don’t get that with these products.”
Seipp said there is a growing awareness and acceptance of these items, as people find out how much sugar is in much of the food they consume through better labelling.
“If you look almost all labels, they all have some type of sugar in them, and a lot of them don’t even need that in there. It’s just what they’ve done.”
Nutters is more than just food. They have healthy alternative to bug sprays, and health and beauty products have higher sales, with people going cleaner with fewer additives.
“That can be anything from soap to deodorant to body washes to makeup, the whole line. We have some of everything,” she said.
Nutters was able to remain open during the pandemic because its status as a grocery store meant it was deemed an essential service. The business continued to offer its array of products, and people have been excited to come back.
“We’re holding our own thanks to our customers … and thanks to Estevan and the surrounding area,” she said.