6 Things You Should Know About Oral Supplements

Many people in the UK take one or more daily dietary supplements. Data from a 2021 survey commissioned by the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) shows that over 71% of adults support their health and wellbeing using various vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, probiotics, and other beneficial ingredients such as herbs. These supplements are available in a variety of forms, including oral supplements: tablets, capsules, gummies and sprays, or intravenous (IV) drips and intramuscular (IM) injections. Some methods of delivery are more effective than others of course, but oral supplements are the most accessible and commonly used. 

The same survey reveals that among new users of nutritional supplements, Vitamin D topped the list of ‘most common dietary addition’ at 63%, followed by Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) at 39%. Other popular micronutrient supplements are Vitamin B12, minerals such as iron and zinc, various amino acids, glutathione, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). 61% of users cited their reason for supplementing as for ‘general health and wellbeing’, with 24% claiming it was for vitamin deficiency. Additional reasons include joint health, health optimisation, and immune system support. 

With more and more people choosing to supplement their diets and a larger range of health products on the market – particularly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – it’s of even greater importance that you do your research and choose to purchase good quality vitamins and minerals to consume. Here are a few things you should be aware about when it comes to your oral supplements:

High salt and sugar content 

It really doesn’t help to have large amounts of salt and sugar in oral supplements that are meant to be good for our health. Some fizzy Vitamin C tablets contain more than 1000mg of salt each – that’s 17% of the daily recommended amount for adults! Excessive sodium intake increases risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. Sugar is most commonly added to supplements such as chewable vitamins and gummies in the form of glucose syrup, sucrose and dextrose to mask their otherwise unpleasant and bitter taste.

Too much filler

Many manufacturers use talcum powder as a filler to bulk up their oral supplements, meaning the majority of their capsules and tablets contain content that is of no actual nutritional use to your body. The ingredient is often hidden behind its chemical name, magnesium silicate – which, to the untrained eye, seems like just another useful dietary mineral. In fact, low-quality talc can even contain carcinogenic asbestos. Veins of asbestos can often be found in underground talc deposits, so there is a risk of cross-contamination, geologists say.

Inactive vitamin forms

Not all forms of vitamins are equal. Some are easy for your body to absorb effectively, while others aren’t. The better you can absorb a nutrient, the more effective it will be within your body. Unfortunately, less effective forms of vitamins and minerals are generally cheaper to manufacture: thus they easily find their way into many supplements on the market. A prime example of this is cyanocobalamin, an inactive form of Vitamin B12. Active forms of Vitamin B12 include methylcobalamin and adenosylcobalamin.

Artificial colourings

Titanium dioxide is used to give tablets and the contents of capsules a clean, white colour, suggesting the faux ‘purity’ of oral supplements. The European Commission actually banned the use of titanium dioxide as a food additive earlier this year – due to health concerns regarding its carcinogenic potential. Although it’s still legal in the UK, that doesn’t mean you should be comfortable consuming it.

Poor bioavailability 

Bioavailability is the proportion of a nutrient that is digested, absorbed and metabolised through normal pathways. Bioavailability varies greatly, and is affected by individual factors such as age, sex, digestive issues, medications, certain health conditions and more. Oral supplements have significantly poorer bioavailability compared to intravenous (IV) and intramuscular (IM) supplements, which are administered via infusion and injection. IV Drips and IM Booster Shot Injections are 100% bioavailable, since they are delivered directly into the bloodstream.

Potential health interactions

It’s way too easy to overdo it with oral supplements, especially with how easy they are to purchase in any pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Whether it’s taking too much in one go or taking them more frequently than you should, many people are guilty of not following the recommended dosage instructions, which could lead to negative side effects. Supplements may interact with other medications you’re taking, pose health risks if you have certain medical conditions, and produce adverse effects if you have recently had (or are due for) surgery. Be sure to talk to a medical professional about your medical history, concerns and goals before choosing to supplement. Get A Drip offers a free consultation service with our medical staff for this reason.

To conclude…

In summary, oral nutritional supplements can bring about health benefits: providing they are of good quality and used appropriately according to your individual needs. We strongly recommend that you do your research about the oral supplements you take, and perhaps consider alternative methods of supplementation such as IV Drips and Booster Shot Injections. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure of what exactly is on the labels of your vitamin and mineral bottles, and talk to a health professional for additional guidance.

Why you need cryotherapy

Why you need cryotherapy

A Whole Body Cryotherapy chamber is coming soon to Get A Drip’s Boxpark Shoreditch Clinic. Want to learn more about cryotherapy? Keep reading!

To register your interest today (and take advantage of our amazing early bird offer) click here!

What is cryotherapy, and how does cryotherapy work?

Whole body cryotherapy (WBC) is a form of treatment that uses extremely low temperatures to trigger a physiological response from the body. Cryotherapy consists of briefly exposing the body to extremely cold air (-85 ˚C down to -110˚C, brrrrr) by standing or sitting in a cryo chamber for a few minutes.

Very cold temperatures are able to constrict the blood vessels and in doing so, blood moves away from your limbs and goes towards the body’s organs. This then increases oxygen and anti-inflammatory proteins while helping to reduce inflammation, decrease stress, improve sleep, increase metabolism, enhance immune function & speed up recovery among many other benefits.

What are the key benefits of Cryotherapy?

There are lots of benefits to cryotherapy, and Get A Drip could talk about them all day, but we want to make this quick and easy for you! So, here are the key benefits that you can experience after a session of cryotherapy or two.

  • Improved mental well-being Cryotherapy can help improve your mental well-being. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression or stress, cryotherapy sessions can ease your mind. Exposure to the extremely cold conditions can cause the body to release adrenaline and endorphins which impact mood.
  • Pain management – If you are experiencing pain because of a condition or injury, it can be aided with cryotherapy by reducing the number of pain signals your brain receives, and cryotherapy also reduces inflammation. As a result of this, you can experience ease in pain after each session. Arthritis, migraines, fibromyalgia, are just some of the painful conditions, this treatment can help.
  • Recovery from injuries – If you’re suffering from an injury caused by playing sports, work or similar, cryotherapy can help. Regular cryotherapy sessions can help with reducing swelling and inflammation. For athletes, cryotherapy is particularly good because it also helps heal tender and painful muscles.
  • Weight lossCryotherapy can also help you if you are on a weight loss journey, as exposure to extremely cold temperatures burns calories and boosts your metabolic rate. So, you can feel energised after the session, and after more than one, you will start to see and feel a difference in weight. However, it won’t work on its own, you will still need a balanced diet and exercise of course!

Across the world, cryotherapy is used for sports, medical purposes or just to support your everyday health & wellness – it’s the perfect solution.

Whether you’re a long time fan of cryotherapy or it’s a new concept to you, Get A Drip has a launch offer that is too good to be missed. With sessions starting from just £9.45, Get A Drip will be one of the cheapest cryotherapy providers in London.

To register your interest today (and take advantage of our amazing early bird offer) click here!

What’s So Great About CBD Patches?

What’s So Great About CBD Patches?

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Searching ‘CBD supplements’ on your typical high street health store website returns an abundance of results. Just the first page covers a number of products ranging from gel capsules to flavoured gummies, sprays to oils, and balms to bath salts. CBD-infused snacks and drinks are very popular too! 

With cannabidiol (CBD) becoming more and more widely available in so many different forms, what’s available on the market can seem a bit overwhelming, especially when you aren’t that well versed in all the various ways you can supplement with CBD. 

In this blog, we are going to focus on CBD patches and their unique benefits, compared to other delivery methods such as capsules and tinctures. Although a patch might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about CBD, this category of CBD products has rocketed in popularity recently, and for good reason too.

How do CBD patches work?

CBD patches are transdermal patches that slowly release CBD into the bloodstream through the skin. The transdermal method delivers CBD quickly to the local area around the patch. From there, it works its way into the bloodstream directly, bypassing the digestive system.

High bioavailability 

When people take CBD orally – in the form of capsules or gummies, for example – the compound must first pass through the digestive system. The body may then use it, break it down, or even simply excrete it as waste. As such, much of an oral CBD dose is lost via its journey through the digestive system, i.e. the bioavailability of oral CBD is rather poor. Due to the low bioavailability of oral supplements, you are hardly absorbing any CBD from supplementing this way and probably won’t feel any noticeable benefits.

A transdermal patch applies the CBD directly to the skin, which absorbs it and allows it to enter the bloodstream directly. This delivery method allows the CBD to bypass the digestive system altogether, massively increasing the bioavailability of the product when compared to oral supplements.

Control over dosage

To personalise your dose of CBD, you can simply cut up a patch into smaller ones! Also, when it comes to local pain relief, CBD patches work best when applied as close to the painful area as possible. Thus, if you have more than one area of pain that you’re looking to target with CBD, you can cut one patch into however many smaller ones you require and apply these to the affected areas of your body. In this way, CBD patches are effective but affordable too, with no product wastage.

Another advantage of CBD patches is that they are very well tolerated by the body, regardless of how high strength they are. Even if you ignore the directions for use (we don’t recommend doing this!) and plaster yourself with patches from head to toe; your body is able to absorb only what it needs from the patches, so you’ll never absorb excess amounts. 

Slow release

Instead of dumping a lump sum of CBD into your body all at once, transdermal CBD patches provide a continuous delayed release of the substance into your bloodstream over time, providing you with 24-hour support while you get on with your everyday life. This slow and steady release facilitates a much more balanced approach to CBD supplementation, which works over the course of your entire day, including while you are asleep – there is no need to reapply throughout the day, like you would have to do with topical creams and balms.

Some people may experience a mild headache after trying a new CBD supplement – this means that they have taken too large a dose, too soon. Due to the unique slow release nature of CBD patches, this side effect can be avoided altogether when using patches.

Easy and discreet

CBD patches tend to be fully waterproof and are incredibly straightforward to apply to your skin. Once you have applied a patch, you will probably forget that it is even there! Taking showers, going swimming, and sweating at the gym are absolutely fine to do while you are wearing a patch, and you don’t have to worry about taking your CBD with you on the go for reapplication.

Get A Drip’s CBD Patches are also hypoallergenic, vegan, gluten free and 100% organic to help minimise the chance of any skin irritation occurring due to their use. 

Summary 

For many people, CBD patches are a great alternative method of delivering CBD to the body that allows for more balanced, controlled, and longer lasting benefits. Some people prefer to combine their use of CBD patches with other CBD products to maximise their useful effects on one’s overall health and wellbeing.

While using CBD patches for pain, inflammation, mood, and sleep can be effective and provide symptomatic relief, anyone with ongoing health issues such as chronic pain or depression should work closely with their GP to help address the underlying cause of the problem.

Additionally, it’s important to note that CBD may interact with certain medications, so it’s always a good idea to discuss your use of CBD products with a healthcare professional before taking them so that they can check for any potential contraindications.

Get A Drip offers high strength pure isolate CBD Patches in both 24mg and 50mg dosages. 

We also offer a soothing CBD Cream, suitable for aching joints and muscles.


Take advantage of our current 20% off CBD promotion, valid on all in-store and online CBD products! To redeem online, visit our online shop and enter the code ‘CBD20’ at checkout!

Alpha-Lipoic Acid – The Universal Antioxidant

Alpha-Lipoic Acid – The Universal Antioxidant

Alpha-Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a naturally occurring compound that’s made in the body. It’s essential for vital functions and reactions at a cellular level, where it helps convert nutrients into energy for your system to use, and aids in preventing damage to your cells caused by free radicals and oxidative stress. 

Also known as Thioctic Acid or Lipoic Acid, be careful not to confuse ALA with Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is a completely different micronutrient: an Omega-3 fatty acid found in nuts and seeds.

What Are Free Radicals and Oxidative Stress?

Free radicals are atoms with one or more unpaired electrons floating around them. An atom wandering around with free electrons is going to want to bond them up by easily reacting with other things, thus getting rid of them. However, by reacting with other atoms or molecules, free radicals can often set off large chain reactions. These reactions are known as oxidation.

Antioxidants can combat the oxidising effect of free radicals by absorbing harmful by-products of the reactions they cause, and cutting off chain reactions. This is called reduction.

Oxidative stress occurs when there is an imbalance between the prevalence of free radicals and antioxidants in your body. Such an imbalance can cause damage to vital molecules in your cells, including your DNA, proteins, and fatty tissues. This damage can cause cell malfunction or cell death, increasing the risk of developing various types of potential medical conditions over time. These may include:

  • Chronic inflammation and pain
  • Diabetes
  • Premature ageing
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Neurodegenerative diseases e.g. Alzheimer’s 
  • Cancer

Oxidative stress can be exacerbated by several factors, such as: poor diet, alcohol, stress, illness, pollution, age, and even too much exercise.

This is where antioxidants such as ALA come to the rescue.

The Universal Antioxidant

ALA is unique, because it produces its antioxidative effects in both water-based and fat-based environments. This means that ALA, being present in all of your cells, is effective throughout the entire body – unlike other antioxidants that are only soluble in either water (e.g. Vitamin C) or in fatty tissues (e.g. Vitamin E). 

Another important role of ALA is that it participates in the regeneration and recycling of other antioxidants in the body, including Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Glutathione, supporting its reduction (the opposite of oxidation) potential.

Due to these powerful properties, ALA has been dubbed the ‘universal antioxidant’ by scientists, researchers and nutritionists across the globe. 

How Can I Benefit From Taking Alpha-Lipoic Acid?

ALA’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects can help support areas such as:

  • Brain function
  • Nervous system
  • Muscle recovery
  • Cardiovascular (heart) health

Several studies have been conducted investigating the effects of ALA on nervous health and blood sugar regulation – particularly for research into diabetes management. In fact, since 1966, ALA has been approved in Germany as a non-prescription pharmaceutical drug for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy – nerve damage that can include numbness, pins and needles and weakness, particularly in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy).

To Conclude…

If you’ve made it to the end of this blog article, you’ll have realised that Alpha-Lipoic Acid has been criminally underrated in the mainstream supplements market. Fortunately, the ‘universal antioxidant’ has been growing in popularity during recent years, supported by a continually growing body of scientific research, highlighting its powerful properties as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.

As always, antioxidant supplements should never be used to replace a healthy, varied and antioxidant-rich diet (lots of fruits, vegetables and legumes!), or conventional medical care. But if you are looking to support your overall wellbeing and maintain well-rounded nutrition – Alpha-Lipoic Acid is well worth adding to your supplement regime.

Get A Drip’s Alpha-Lipoic Acid Drip delivers an intravenous (IV) dose of ALA into your system safely and effectively.

We are currently offering an exciting 40% off this service until 25th May 2022! 

To make a booking, click here or give us a call on 020 3441 9096.

World Asthma Day

World Asthma Day – Tuesday 3rd May 2022

World Asthma Day, organised by the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA), is held in May each year to raise awareness of asthma – a lung condition that affects an estimated 8 million people in the UK alone, and 300 million people worldwide 🌍

GINA has chosen ‘Closing Gaps in Asthma Care’ as the theme for the 2022 World Asthma Day.

There are a number of gaps in asthma care which require intervention in order to reduce preventable suffering as well as the costs incurred by treating uncontrolled asthma.

Triggers for asthma include: stress, infections, exercise, cold weather, pollution, allergies, and certain medicines such as ibuprofen. 

There is currently no cure for asthma, but it can be managed using ongoing treatments to help reduce symptoms and prevent potentially life-threatening asthma attacks. Such treatments can include:

💨 Inhalers for both relief / prevention
💊 Prescribed drugs in tablet, powder or syrup form
💉 Biologic therapies (Injections) for severe cases
🧑🏽‍⚕️ Bronchial thermoplasty surgery
💧 Complementary therapies, e.g. breathing exercises, dietary supplements

DID YOU KNOW?

A June 2013 study published in Wiener klinische Wochenschrift – The Central European Journal of Medicine found that antioxidants, including vitamins A and E, could have a beneficial impact on those with asthma.

A small study published in the August 2014 issue of Free Radical Biology & Medicine found that when combined with Vitamin C and Selenium, a nasal spray of choline helped treat allergic airway disease in mice. Though studies done on people are still needed, taking Choline, a B Vitamin, may reduce the severity and frequency of asthma attacks, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. High doses (3 grams a day for adults) may be most effective, but you shouldn’t take them without talking to your doctor first. 

Get A Drip offer a range of Vitamin Drips & Booster Shots containing the above Vitamins. Our ever popular High Dose Vitamin C Drip contains betweem 6.25g and 25g of Vitamin C, while Selenium is available as an add on to most of the drips on our menu.

If you have asthma, speak to a friend, family or colleague about your experience with it today!

Hay Fever – How can Vitamins & Minerals help?

Hay Fever – How can Vitamins & Minerals help?

Spring has truly sprung now, but with it blooms the beginning of hay fever season…
Seasonal allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes and a blocked nose occur when your body releases histamine in response to an allergen – in this case, pollen. While antihistamine tablets can help curb these irritating symptoms, they can also cause unwanted side effects: most commonly drowsiness, as well as dryness of the eyes and mouth. No one wants to feel like a sleepy desert!


Luckily for us seasonal sufferers, there is a lot of anecdotal advice on supplements that could help aid hay fever relief. These supplements don’t cause any adverse side effects when used within recommended dosage ranges. In fact, they provide the body with an array of extra beneficial effects, supporting additional areas of your wellbeing such as sleep, energy levels, hair health, detoxification, and mood.

Vitamin C – A Natural Antihistamine

Vitamin C, otherwise known as Ascorbic Acid, can work as a natural antihistamine by effectively reducing the total amount of histamine your body produces:
Lower histamine levels = improved hay fever symptoms!
Vitamin C also contributes to the protection of your cells from oxidative stress caused by inflammation due to repeated coughing and sneezing. On top of that, this essential vitamin has a whole range of other key health benefits, contributing to:

  • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Increased iron absorption
  • Normal function of the immune system
  • Normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • Normal collagen formation

…and so much more, especially in higher doses!


Get A Drip offers intravenous Vitamin C included in our MultiVit Drip, Immunity Drip, Detox and Double Detox Drips. You can even opt for additional doses of Vitamin C with any service as an IV Drip Extra!


Importantly, we also offer extra effective High Dose Vitamin C IV Drips, available in three different strengths.
To book your free consultation or Vitamin C Drip, click here.

What does your microbiome have to do with your mental health?

Have you ever thought about your brain and gut connection? How are they connected and why does a healthy good mean good mental health?

The gut-brain connection is absolutely something to be taken seriously, it links anxiety to stomach problems. Have you ever had butterflies in your stomach or had a gut wrenching feeling? Or had a gut instinct about something. That is your gut telling you something. 

We use these expressions for a reason. The gastrointestinal tract is incredibly sensitive to emotion. Emotions like anger, anxiety, sadness, happiness, all of these feelings (and many more) can trigger symptoms in the gut. Interesting right?

Another interesting fact is that the brain has a direct effect on the stomach and intestines. As an example, even the thought of eating can release the stomach’s juices before food gets there. 

And this connection goes both ways. If you are having trouble with your intestine it can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut.

In conclusion a person’s stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression. That’s because the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) system are intimately connected as we have shown you

At Get A Drip we recognise the power of the gut, and have launched gut health testing in our diagnostics section in order to support our clients on their journey to optimisation off health. For more information check out our website HERE.

What happens in the menopause?

Why NADH helps with brain fog.

Menopause happens when a woman havent menstruated in 12 consecutive months and can no longer become pregnant naturally. It usually begins between the ages of 45 and 55, but it can develop at early as late 30’s in some cases, although this is rare.

It can cause uncomfortable symptoms and at this point in a woman’s life it begins to feel like a big change. The symptoms range from mild to debilitating. The milder range includes hot flashes and sometimes weight gain. For most women, medical treatment isn’t needed for menopause however for some HRT is a recommended medication to aid the process.

Most women first begin developing menopause symptoms about four years before their last period. Symptoms often continue until about four years after a woman’s last period.

A small number of women experience menopause symptoms for up to a decade before menopause actually occurs, and 1 in 10 women experience menopausal symptoms for 12 years following their last period.

The median age for menopause is 51, though it may occur on average up to two years earlier for Black and Latina women. More studies are needed to understand the onset of menopause for women of color.

Symptons of the menopause:

Some women have come to get a drip during menopause when struggling with brain fog for our NADH drip. 

Some medical experts maintain that supplementing a healthy and balanced lifestyle with NADH can enhance your mitochondrial function and production, resulting in you feeling more energetic and less fatigued. In fact, NADH is commonly used by sportsmen and women to help improve their athletic performance.

For more information and to book our NADH drip click HERE.

Our new blood testing range has launched!

For more information on our new blood testing range scroll down to find out more….

We are so excited to introduce you to our brand new offering… Vitamin & Mineral Blood Testing to go alongside our Vitamin IV and Booster shot offering click here to check out what we have on offer. 

Whether you’d like a Vitamin check, Nutrient Profile check or an all round General Health Check, we have it all. You can view our new menu here. 

Our various blood tests are able to identify deficiencies within the body that may contribute to you being susceptible to certain medical conditions. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies may also cause you to experience symptoms such as fatigue, regular colds & low moods, and so blood tests are a great diagnostic tool that enables you to know exactly what your body needs.

It felt important in the next evolution of GAD to be able to offer a diagnostic service alongside Vitamin IV’s. Understanding what is going on in your body is absolutely key in order to optimise your health and what vitamins to take. Whether they are intravenously or orally.

The process is very simple, the blood samples are collected in the clinic by our registered healthcare professionals, so you are in very capable hands with us.

Once your results are ready, they will be reviewed by our GMC registered doctors who will be able to give any recommendations or referrals, all written in a report sent together with your blood test results.

Most of the UK population is chronically low in Vitamin D and with the NHS under strain at the moment, if you are feeling deficient and want to know why this is the perfect solution. 

For more information, (including tons of FAQ’s!) head over to our Blood Testing page HERE

Meet Our Mobile Franchisee

Say hello to Emanuel Obreja!

Essex based Emanuel has been with Get A Drip Franchise since February 2021. We chatted to him about the challenge of setting up a business during lockdown and what he enjoys most about being a franchisee.

Emanuel, tell us about your professional background

I was born in Romania and I came to England in 2013. I am from a medical background and after graduating from Nursing School I started my professional experience as a volunteer with the Ambulance crew before moving on to work at a dialysis centre in Romania. When I came to the UK my first job was a healthcare assistant in a Nursing Home and I then went on to work as a Senior Staff Nurse at The Harley Street Clinic.

What made you want to join GAD?

I have had an interest in Vitamin Therapy since first reading about its benefits 10 years ago. A colleague of mine introduced me to Get A Drip in 2020 and it really appealed to my entrepreneurial side. I was looking for an opportunity that would allow me to spend more time with my family, while still doing something that I love. Get A Drip was perfect. I love trying new things and also I like the flexibility which GAD offers. The team are nice and always available to help as needed. Also, having all of the necessary systems in place makes life so much easier as a franchisee.

How did you find launching your franchise during lockdown?

I felt that this was an opportunity as life was not as busy and I had more time to take it slow and learn effectively.
I also found that due to lockdown people were more considerate of their health and were more open to the benefits of Vitamin Therapy. My business has grown month on month with a high percentage of repeat clients which is great.

What is the best thing about being a Get A Drip franchisee?

The best thing about owning a Get A Drip franchise is the flexibility which I have. I’m still working in the hospital 2 days per week which keeps my skills up to date, but owning my own franchise gives me more time with my family. I also receive all the support which I need in running my business, such as help answering medical questions, managing bookings and marketing support. We also have a dedicated Business Development Manager who meets with us 1:1 on a regular basis to help us grow our business.

What are your aims for your business for the future?

My aim for the future is to do many pop up events to continue to teach people about the benefits of Drips and Boosters and raise awareness for Vitamin Therapy. Currently I operate on a mobile basis offering treatment in clients homes, I would eventually like my own static clinic in Kent and Essex.

For more information on franchising please email franchise@getadrip.com or visit our Franchise Page