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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is ToBetterDaysTM?

ToBetterDaysTM is an innovative, non-medicine alternative to help those experiencing sustained discomfort. Our easy to use adhesive patches contain a patented combination of vitamin D and dextrose to offer a topical and targeted option that supports the health of joints, muscles and nerves. Simply apply the patch directly to the source of discomfort for relief within hours. Made in Britain, our exclusive health patches are the first of their kind to be available in the UK. For all those experiencing prolonged discomfort, here’s to being on the move, having more ‘get up and go’ and a feeling of freedom. Here’s To Better Days.

Who invented the patches?

The patented combination of vitamin D and dextrose in ToBetterDaysTM active patches is inspired by the 30-year practice of specialist neuropathic doctor, Dr John Lyftogt and his wife, a physical education therapist, Maria Lyftogt. Their work explored using the two ingredients together to progress new, natural and non-addictive ways to treat patients for nerve, muscle and joint ailments in their New Zealand clinic, first by injection and later via a topical cream. 

Their research suggested that injecting a 5% dextrose solution subcutaneously in close proximity to the nerve cell endings that signal pain, could alleviate pain quickly and effectively. They later created a topical cream containing a high concentration of vitamin D combined with dextrose that when placed over the nerve calmed the TRPV-1 receptor, easing pain. . Building on Dr Lyftogt’s discoveries, ToBetterDaysTM active patches seek to make this treatment more widely accessible to all. 

Who is selling them?

Horopito Limited trading as ToBetterDaysTM. Horopito Limited is a UK company established to develop and promote Dr Lyftogt’s ideas and discoveries.

Who or what is Horopito?

Horopito Limited is a British company that launched ToBetterDaysTM active health patches in 2020. We are on a mission to help change people’s lives for the better, both physically and mentally, and are here to support consumers on their health journeys in ways that really matter. We believe our products offer a natural, non-medicine alternative to help people get back to being themselves and feel positive about the future.

The company name Horopito is inspired by a native New Zealand plant that is revered for its health properties in Maori culture, which we believe to be auspicious. The Horopito plant is not an ingredient contained within our ToBetterDaysTM products.

How do they work?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are designed to support the health of joints, muscles and nerves. The unique, patented combination of dextrose and vitamin D contained within each patch offers a natural, topical and targeted means of localised relief on the area. The vitamin D contained within

ToBetterDaysTM active patches is the same type (cholecalciferol) of vitamin D that our body naturally produces from exposure to the sun. Simply apply the patch onto clean, dry and unbroken skin at the source of discomfort, for a more controlled, transdermal delivery of the active ingredients.

Where should I put them?

Simply apply the patch onto clean, dry and unbroken skin at the source of discomfort, for a more controlled, transdermal delivery of the active ingredients.

How soon will I feel their effect?

From our consumer testing*, 65% experienced a difference to their pain after just one hour, while over half (52%) noticed a difference within as little as 30 minutes and many (76%) reported a difference within a day. We recommend trying ToBetterDaysTM active patches for one week to see whether it is suitable for you.

* ToBetterDaysTM consumer study of 29 people carried out across one week during January 2020.  

What evidence do you have to support your claims around efficacy?

The link between Vitamin D and pain is well-established. Medical students have long been taught about the vitamin by the mnemonic ‘bones, moans and groans’: it aids bone growth, it improves mood (moans) and has long been noted as having a beneficial impact on pain (groans).

There’s no shortage or research to support that Vitamin D can be delivered effectively through the skin (epidermis).[1] Furthermore D vitamin has acknowledged neuroprotective benefits[2]

In January 2020, Horopito carried out a consumer study* of 29 pain sufferers, to better understand their experiences. Almost two thirds (65%) experienced a difference to their pain after just one hour, while over half (52%) noticed a difference within as little as 30 minutes and many (76%) reported a difference within a day.

The company is committed to furthering dedicated research in this area and is investing in independent UK based clinical trials to support and further substantiate the positive benefits of its patches.

* ToBetterDaysTM consumer study of 29 people carried out across one week during January 2020. 

Who is ToBetterDaysTM suitable for?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are intended for all adults who are experiencing some form of sustained discomfort, whether that’s joint, nerve or muscle related. The patches are not classified as medicine but contain a proprietary combination of vitamin D and dextrose that is based on sound scientific theory, in order to provide relief at the point of discomfort.

Free from gluten, lactose and latex, the patches are suitable for many, including those who experience adverse effects with conventional medicines such as painkillers, those with dietary intolerances to lactose or those with IBS. As the patches are applied topically, they are also ideal for those who struggle with or dislike swallowing tablets.

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are not suitable for vegans due to the vitamin D used being sourced from lanolin (sheep’s wool). We are on the search for vegan sources of vitamin D at the concentration levels we need and strive to make our products more eco-friendly, sustainable and plant based/vegan. For example, our packaging cartons are Food Safety System Certification certified.

Are they suitable for people with allergies?

All of the ingredients contained within ToBetterDaysTM active patches are of premium quality and cosmetic grade with a low risk of allergic response. The patches have undergone dermatological testing and are classified as kind and safe for skin[1]. However, if you do notice any soreness or inflammation around the area of the patch, try to keep the patch on for no more than two hours at a time. If irritation persists, discontinue use and please consult your pharmacist or GP. Those with known allergies to plasters should not use the patches.

Are they suitable for people with diabetes?

Yes, ToBetterDaysTM active patches are suitable for those with diabetes. The glucose quantities are far below those ingested in food but if you have any concerns, please consult your GP. The patches should always be applied on to clean, dry and unbroken skin.

Can the patches be used during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding?

Please consult your GP before using ToBetterDaysTM active patches if you are either pregnant or breastfeeding.  

Can children use them?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are intended for use by adults. Please consult your GP before using this product on children.

Do they cause drowsiness?

No, ToBetterDaysTM active patches do not contain any ingredients that can cause drowsiness.

I’ve bruised myself, will the patch help?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are primarily intended to support the health of your joints, nerves and muscles and promote healing. All injuries, including bruises, need time to heal both internally and externally from any physical pain as well as the aesthetic marks.

What ingredients do the patches contain and what are the benefits? 

Each ToBetterDaysTM active patch contains a unique, patented combination of dextrose (8mg) and the vitamin D that naturally occurs through exposure to sunlight albeit in a higher concentration (33,000IU). Whilst not a medicine, it is the combination of these active ingredients and their proximity to the source of discomfort that is the basis of scientific theory to support the therapeutic effect reported.

The decision for the inclusion of a higher dosage of vitamin D is based on the first-hand clinical experiences from a specialist neuropathic doctor in New Zealand, Dr John Lyftogt, who found that administering greater levels of vitamin D to his patients had a significant positive impact when treating joint, nerve and muscle pain. Dr Lyftogt tested various formulas and concentrations and noticed a bigger improvement among his patients when increasing the vitamin D dosage from 20,000IU to 40,000IU but not as substantially at higher dosages.

How long can you keep the patches on for and how often can you use them? 

ToBetterDaysTM active patches should be left on for 24 hours, unless you notice irritation, in which case two hours is the recommended time limit. There is a guideline stamp on the patch which starts to fade at this time as a visual reminder, depending on your body temperature and how secure the patch application is. Do not leave patches on overnight, or for longer periods to reduce the risk of skin irritation. As they are medicine-free, the patches can be used every day over a number of months however, if you are using the patches daily for longer than one month we recommend getting your vitamin D levels tested. From our consumer testing* 65% experienced a difference to their pain after just one hour, while over half (52%) noticed a difference within as little as 30 minutes and many (76%) reported a difference within a day. We recommend trying ToBetterDaysTM active patches for one week to see whether it is suitable for you.

*In January 2020, Horopito carried out a consumer study of 29 pain sufferers, to better understand their experiences. The company is committed to furthering ongoing dedicated research in this area and is investing in independent UK based clinical trials to support and further substantiate the positive benefits of its patches. 

 Why won’t they stick?

The most likely reason for an adhesion issue with ToBetterDaysTM active patches is a residue of oil, ointment or cream on the skin. Ensure the area is kept clean, dry and clear of all of these before applying. We have also found that the patch can take up to 30 minutes to mould itself into the skin and stick properly, especially on trickier areas such as the hand or knees. Limiting movement for a short while to allow the patch to adhere should help.

The patch has left a sticky residue. Why? How can I get it off?

The residue will be from the adhesive on ToBetterDaysTM active patches. The active ingredients should no longer be present. You can wipe it off with warm soapy water.  For more resistant residue, baby oil or cooking oil can help dissolve the adhesive further.

What sizes do the patches come in and what is the difference?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are available in two sizes: Big Joint active patches, to apply onto larger surface areas of the body and Small Joint active patches. There is no other difference; both sizes contain the same level of active ingredients (8mg dextrose and 33,000 IU vitamin D).

Can I use more than one patch at a time on a specific area, or on multiple areas? Can I cut them down to size, or into smaller shapes?

Yes, you can use more than one ToBetterDaysTM active patch at a time. Whilst you can cut our ToBetterDaysTM active patches down to size to help with application to hard-to-reach areas such as the toes or knuckles, this will not provide the optimal dose provided by a whole patch, and we would recommend that you use a whole patch where possible. When using multiple patches, or daily for longer than one month, we recommend getting your vitamin D levels tested.

How much do the patches cost?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches are available from as little as 99p per day. A pack of 15 Big Joint active patches are priced at £18.99 for application on larger surface areas, whereas the Small Joint active patches are £14.99 for a pack of 15. Patches are available from www.tobetterdays.co.uk

Can I use it with other treatments, or while taking food supplements?

Yes, ToBetterDaysTM active patches are safe to use alongside oral medication but do not apply on top of any medicated or cosmetic skin creams or treatments, or whilst taking any other supplements that contain vitamin D. Always consult your GP if you are taking any medication and/or if you have concerns about using this product.

What claims is the product making?

ToBetterDaysTM is an innovative, non-medicine alternative to help those experiencing sustained discomfort. Our easy to use adhesive patches contain a patented combination of vitamin D and dextrose to offer a topical and targeted option that supports the health of joints, muscles and nerves. Simply apply the patch directly to the source of discomfort for relief within hours.

A recent consumer trial study carried out by Horopito (29 respondents over the course of a week in January 2020) found 65% experienced a difference to their pain after just one hour, while over half (52%) noticed a difference within as little as 30 minutes and many (76%) reported a difference within a day. We recommend trying ToBetterDaysTM active patches for one week to see whether it is suitable for you.

If probed: The company is committed to furthering ongoing dedicated research in this area and is investing in independent UK based clinical trials to support and further substantiate the positive benefits of its patches.

What evidence do you have to support your claims? How have these been tested?

Each ToBetterDaysTM active patch contains a unique, patented combination of dextrose (8mg) and the vitamin D that naturally occurs through exposure to sunlight albeit in a higher concentration (33,000IU). Whilst not a medicine, there is sound scientific theory that supports the combination of these active ingredients and their proximity to the source of discomfort in delivering the therapeutic effect reported.

The link between Vitamin D and pain is well-established.  Medical students have long been taught about the vitamin by the mnemonic ‘bones, moans and groans’: it aids bone growth, it improves mood (moans) and has long been noted as having a beneficial impact on pain (groans).5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 There’s no shortage or research to support that Vitamin D can be delivered effectively through the skin (epidermis).13 Furthermore D vitamin has acknowledged neuroprotective benefits.14

In January 2020, Horopito carried out a consumer study of 29 pain sufferers, to better understand their experiences which suggested that in some cases, relief was provided in as little as 30 minutes, with many experiencing an effect within one day. The company is committed to furthering dedicated research in this area and is investing in independent UK based clinical trials to support and further substantiate the positive benefits of its patches.* ToBetterDaysTM consumer study of 29 people carried out across one week during January 2020. 

What do people who have tried it say about the product?

A recent consumer trial study carried out by Horopito (29 respondents over the course of a week in January 2020) found 76% noticed a difference from using its ToBetterDaysTM active patch after just 24 hours and 83% of people felt that they helped with their pain after just one week of use. Additionally, the majority said they would recommend it to others.

More than half (59%) of respondents, stated that they felt either the same or better than when taking other pain-relieving oral anti-inflammatory medicines tried such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen. 55% also felt the patches fared either somewhat or a lot better than other physical therapies such as hot or cold packs, massage, hydrotherapy and exercise.

Here’s what some of our consumers tell us: 

“It’s a non-intrusive method to relieve pain and better than keeping on taking painkillers and putting chemicals into your body.”

“I have more control over my pain and feel more comfortable as there will be no nasty side effects as those often found in synthetic products.”

“Amazing patches! I’ve had pain for years and this is the only thing that has taken a lot of my pain away – I will definitely be buying them again.”

“I would 100% recommend as they were effective and worked. To be pain-free has been such a relief and I honestly thought I would never be pain-free again.”

How do the ingredients from the patch absorb into the body transdermally/topically? What is the absorption rate?

There is sufficient research to support that vitamin D does release into the skin transdermally i.e. when using a patch[2] however, at this present time there is no clear evidence to indicate the absorption rate of ingredients into the skin, added to the fact that this will vary from individual to individual. This is an area where we are committed to further research. ToBetterDaysTM active patch provides the same type of vitamin D as produced naturally by the body through exposure to sunlight, and therefore we would expect that the body only absorbs only what it requires.

Horopito is committed to furthering dedicated research in this area and is investing in independent UK based clinical trials to support and further substantiate the positive benefits of its patches.

Is the product safe? Can you experience vitamin D toxicity at the dosage level that the patches contain? Are there any possible side effects?

 Although vitamin D toxicity is extremely rare, the vitamin D supplementary intake guidelines vary. The NHS recommended safe limits for oral vitamin D supplementation is 100 micrograms (4,000 IU) daily[3], whilst the British Medical Journal advises 80–250 micrograms (3,200–10,000 IU) daily or 500–1,500 micrograms (20,000–60,000 IU) once weekly over the duration of 8-12 weeks where there is a vitamin D deficiency.[4]

However, our individual responses to vitamin D can greatly vary from one person to another. Much of it can depend on your age, weight, skin tone, the sunscreens you use, the latitude you live on and even your wider genetic make-up.

Furthermore, whilst there is concern around toxicity in relation to the oral intake of vitamin D, there is no evidence to suggest that the body accepts more vitamin D than it should when it is received transdermally. ToBetterDaysTM active patches deliver a high concentration of vitamin D (33,000IU) – the same type that is produced naturally by the body through exposure to sunlight. In this case, the body has a mechanism to only take in what it needs when it enters through the skin. Therefore, the product is also likely to have a much more localised effect rather than a systemic .

What about evidence linking excess vitamin D to raised calcium levels?

Whilst there is evidence to suggest that orally consuming vitamin D at 40,000 IU can result in hypercalcemia (calcium levels in the blood serum exceeding 2.6 mml/L)[5], there is no recorded evidence for transdermal absorption. The dose of vitamin D provided by each ToBetterDaysTM active patch is less than the 40,000 IU threshold (33,000 IU), and the type of vitamin D provided is cholecalciferol, the form naturally made in the skin through exposure to the sun, which is in turn regulated by the body’s own mechanisms to ensure that overdosing on vitamin D3 by photo-exposure alone, is not possible[6].

Where can I buy the patches from?

Today, you can buy ToBetterDaysTM active patches through our brand website at www.tobetterdays.co.uk. To achieve our mission of ‘changing people’s lives for the better, both physically and mentally’, we will continue to explore partnerships with trusted retail partners across pharmacy, grocery and health stores to enable even greater access to our products in the future.

 Can I return the patches if I am not happy with my purchase, or have changed my mind?

Our own consumer test data suggests that the majority of people who try our patches, (76%) would recommend them to others. However, if you’re not entirely sure whether ToBetterDaysTM active patches are for you, we have created a trial pack format of 6 small and 3 big active patches for just £9.59 to help you find the size that best suits you.

If you have changed your mind on the purchase of ToBetterDaysTM active patches, you can return them to us within 14 days for a full refund minus the postage costs, provided they have not been used and the package seal is not broken. If you have used the product and are not satisfied with the results, please contact us at [email protected] and we will directly assess and respond to your enquiry.

How long have the patches been available for?

ToBetterDaysTM active patches have been available to buy in the UK through our brand website www.tobetterdays.co.uk since January 2020.