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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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Sacha Inchi Peanut Sauce Recipe

July 17, 2017
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Sacha Inchi Oil (US/CA) is full of healthy fats and packed with a nutty flavor, but can be intimidating in the kitchen. After some serious thought and experimentation, I found that it’s the perfect base for this easy savory peanut sauce which can be used on veggie noodles or with quinoa! Just add veggies, nuts, seeds, or proteins for a well-rounded meal. Print Sacha Inchi Peanut Sauce Ingredients 1 tbsp. Flora Sacha Inchi Oil 1 tbsp. peanut butter 1/2 tbsp. coconut…

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Get Glowing, Healthy Skin

July 11, 2017

It’s all about beautiful skin from the inside out. That’s right, I’m not talking about what to put on your skin but what to put inside your belly so you can create beautiful, glowing skin. That’s where really gorgeous skin comes from—from the inside out. The madness started about 40 years ago when the first dietary guidelines came down from the government. Their focus was to make Americans healthier, but 40 years later we’re actually more obese and have more…

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4 Signs of Adrenal Fatigue

July 5, 2017

Do you feel like you’re living in a fog of fatigue? Tired body, tired mind, tired everything? Do you reach for a caffeine boost constantly throughout the day? Our body really wants to be healthy and balanced; it does everything it can each day to keep you feeling great. Feeling exhausted and tired is your body telling you that its batteries are running very low. So, what do we do if our phone’s batteries are running low? We recharge it.…

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Honey Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe

June 27, 2017
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Perfect for a fresh summer salad paired with your favorite berries! This sunflower seed oil-based vinaigrette is super flavorful and offers some of the benefits that come from sunflower seeds themselves—such as increased energy, uplifted mood, and support for your cardiovascular system. Talk about good mood food! Sunflower seeds have been cultivated for thousands of years, originally by the indigenous people of Mexico and Peru. Brought to Europe by Spanish explorers, the seeds have since played a significant role in…

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Beet the Bonk with Beet Crystals

June 21, 2017
Beet Crystals

Preparing to run Canada’s largest road race for the first time in 25 years, I put Salus Red Beet Crystals (US/CA) to the test in training, feeling less fatigued when I used them. I wanted to know the science behind why it works, to be sure it wasn’t my imagination. Here are the questions I asked, and what I discovered: Why the excitement over beet juice, beet crystals, and beets? Beets have a unique mix of nutrients and attributes that line…

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