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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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Habit Hacks for Food and Snacks for Back To School

September 21, 2017
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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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Make Peace with Yeast?

September 14, 2017
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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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How I Helped My Son to Be His Best Self

August 28, 2017
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My son got new eye glasses this summer and ever since, he can’t wait to go back to school so that he can show them to his friends! I’m happy about his enthusiasm. Honestly, I’m relieved! You know, it’s awful to get a resistant, anxious or embarrassed child to go to school when they don’t want to. I have it easy actually. Some girls in my son’s class cry daily. I’ve read that anxiety is sending twice as many children…

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5 Signs You Have a Fat Deficiency

August 18, 2017
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I’m a nutritionist and I’m asked this question often—what is the most common problem you see? And the answer is easy—a fat deficiency. You may be thinking…fat deficiency?? In our high fat world, how is this possible?? Well, I’m a holistic nutritionist, and most of the people I see are already eating a pretty healthy diet. They’re enjoying lots of kale, brocolli, and everything healthy. They’re not your average fast food eater. But this issue applies across the board. Those…

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Surprising Link Between Our Gut and Our Mental Health

August 14, 2017
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Have you ever had a “gut feeling.” That feeling in your belly that something’s amiss? Did you listen to that feeling? New research is realizing that your gut feeling may be more than just a little bit of nervousness. Something is really going on down there. Our belly is chock-full of neurons (that communicate directly with your brain cells), or brain cells. There are more neurons in your gut than you have in your spine! And this “little brain”, called…

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4 Steps for Healthy, Youthful Looking Skin

August 10, 2017
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Can we reverse time and bring back the youthful glow to our skin? YES! We can peel years or even decades off our skin with just a few simple steps. First, let’s talk about why our skin ages, and a big part of that story is collagen. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin it’s firmness, elasticity, and the plumpness of youth. We’ve got tons of collagen when we’re younger, but as we get older our collagen production slows…

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Bring Back Your Hair’s Youthful Shine

August 6, 2017
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Do you have a memory of having nice, shiny, bouncy hair? Do you look at teenagers and envy their beautiful, youthful hair? I do…constantly. When I was a teenager I had really long hair. I didn’t need to do anything to it, I just washed it in the morning and let it dry on my way to school. Without any work my hair looked beautiful…oh how I miss those days. It was in my twenties that things took a turn.…

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Gluten: The Whole Story

August 3, 2017
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Glutens are mixtures of proteins originating from cereal grains. Gluten can keep dough from crumbling, make it stretch, and are 75-80% protein. They cause serious illness in people with celiac disease, who must completely avoid gluten just like a person with diabetes must avoid sugar. Although we throw around the term “gluten”, there are actually several glutens. One type is a storage protein called prolamin, which helps make grains hardy. Over generations, we have selectively bred cereal grasses, such as wheat…

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Meet the Intern: Kenan Bridges

July 26, 2017
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Hello all, my name is Kenan Bridges. I am Flora Inc.’s first summer intern and could not be more thrilled about it! So here is a little bit about myself… I am 21 years old and about to begin my senior year at East Carolina University. Yikes! That’s pretty scary even to type out. I will graduate in 2018 with a degree in Public Health concentrating in Community Health. I have a passion for promoting the well-being of others through…

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