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September 2017

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You are what you eat…well, almost.

September 28, 2017
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You know that old saying “you are what you eat”? Well, it’s right, but it’s only 1/3 of the story. We are what we eat, but only if we digest it properly. So I prefer this way of saying it; “We are what we eat, absorb, and assimilate”. The food we eat goes into our mouth and then we chew it…hopefully, unless you’re a super speed eater. Then it goes into our stomach and small intestine where it’s broken down…

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Education Family

Where Have All the Swimmers Gone?

September 25, 2017
Swimmers

Sperm counts in men in Western countries have dropped by more than 50% in the last 40 years. A review and meta-analysis that included 43,000 men from North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand found that between 1973 and 2011, sperm counts have dropped by 52%. Men in South America, Asia, and Africa did not see any significant decline. Why is this happening? The authors commented that “sperm count and other semen parameters have been plausibly associated with multiple environmental…

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Family Lifestyle

Habit Hacks for Food and Snacks for Back To School

September 21, 2017
back to school

Back to school time. An energy of anticipation is in the air. Getting ready, getting set. A new year(ish). Back to school is a great time, as we settle into fall routines, to tweak our habits for the better. Identify a problem, take concrete action. Repeat. We can do this in any area of life, but since its September, let’s model smart habits for the kids! The trick is to make tiny changes. Baby steps. I’ll tackle 3 problems with food:…

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Featured Fitness

Fuel Your Adventure with Omega Sport+

September 18, 2017
Omega Sport+

Omega Sport+ ™ (US/CA) is Flora’s latest oil blend creation. With classics like Udo’s Oil 3·6·9 Blend (US/CA) and newer formulations like 7 Sources (US) for vegan EPA and DHA, we knew that another oil blend would really have to bring something exciting and new to the table. Flora has been proud to sponsor various athlete ambassadors and trail races over the years and we wanted to iterate on a sport blend that was multi-faceted and not just providing fat for fuel.…

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Make Peace with Yeast?

September 14, 2017
yeast

Confused by yeast? You’re in good company. The yeast that causes thrush has had 177 different names. Medical researchers couldn’t agree on a classification. For centuries, yeast research was like the parable of the blind men and the elephant: Clinicians saw and described very different things. The explanation? That yeast, which we now call Candida albicans, is a shape-shifter! Organisms capable of morphing, forming either round or stringy cells, are described as dimorphic. If that sounds adaptable, that’s only half…

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Featured Recipes

Autumn Scones to Fall for

September 11, 2017
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3 Flora Teas to Sip this Fall  When the leaves start to change color, fall is the perfect time to warm up with your favorite tea and pair with your Baobites Scones: Rooibos Chai (US/CA) In the palaces of ancient India, specialized doctors called Vaidyas mixed herbs, flowers, and spices into chai (tea) to treat the royal family. Flora’s traditional recipe, rich with organic rooibos, ginger, licorice root, and cinnamon bark, offers the same refreshing properties that once soothed kings…

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Education

Ayurveda, the science of life, part 2 of 2

September 7, 2017
Ayurveda

Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic wellness system practiced in India for over 5000 years. Some favorite Ayurvedic principals include: • Know and embrace your essence and constitution • What heals, also prevents • Live in tune with nature • Connect with your body through exercise • Purify and cleanse • Think right, sleep well • Herbs work more powerfully in synergy Sustaining balance in one’s energy, personality, and physical body is considered vital, and attainable if one harnesses the healing…

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Education

Ayurveda, the science of life – part 1 of 2

September 4, 2017
Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient holistic system of medicine from the Vedic culture. Called “the mother of healing”, Ayurveda uses many methods to maintain and restore health, vigor and vitality. In Ayurveda, sustaining a healthy balanced state is both a means and an end. It is recognized that the mind, body, and consciousness are connected and must work together to achieve equilibrium or heal. Ayurveda boasts the most developed herbal system in the world. Hundreds of medicinal herbs have been compiled…

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