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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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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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5 Home Remedies for UTIs

May 17, 2017
UTIs

Is that uncomfortable pain, something many describe as razorblade-like pain, something you’re familiar with? If so, you’re not alone. More than half of us will deal with a Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) at some point in our lives, and 1 in 5 of us will have recurrent UTIs. Many of you know this feeling really well. If this is your first possible UTI, be sure to go to your doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment. But if you’ve had more…

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Enzymes vs. Probiotics and Why We Need Both

April 7, 2017
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There’s much confusion as to what digestive enzymes are versus probiotics, since both play key roles in gut and digestive health. People ask all the time: Should I be taking probiotics or enzymes? If I take one, do I need the other? These questions are understandable! To answer these questions, we must first understand the basics of what each is. Let’s take a look. Digestive Enzymes 101 Digestive enzymes are non-living, protein-based molecules made and secreted by the GI tract.…

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Manuka Smoothie Soother Recipe

April 4, 2017
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This Manuka Smoothie Soother recipe is key to your gut health and offers great immune support. Probiotics in this recipe can help you to break down your food easily and forget any discomfort, plus the combination of Manuka Honey (US/CA) and Adult Probiotic Blend (US/CA) offers double the immune support. Print Manuka Smoothie Soother Recipe Yield: Serves 2 Ingredients 2 cups milk kefir 1 frozen banana 8 oz. fresh or frozen strawberries/blueberries or 1 large mango 1 tsp. vanilla extract or powder 1 tbsp. Manuka Honey 1…

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Probiotics for oral health: Udo’s Choice Super 5 stood out!

March 4, 2017
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Probiotics for oral health: Udo’s Choice Super 5 stood out! Some probiotic products are directed at oral health; to reduce plaque, protect against cavities, promote gum health, or protect from sore throat, ear ache and bad breath. Probiotics support healthy yeast levels, including Candida levels, because they establish large, healthy populations of friendly bacteria that compete with harmful yeast trying to take up residence. This means that oral health probiotics may also help control yeast in the mouth and throat,…

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Act Your Age!

March 2, 2017
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You’re heard it before: Act your age! Well, the same rule applies when it comes to choosing your probiotics. Throughout the human life cycle, the bacteria that make up the gut microbiome normally maintain a positive symbiotic relationship with their host, providing far-reaching metabolic, immunological, nutritional, and psychological benefits. However, an unbalanced microbiome—known as intestinal dysbiosis—can wreak havoc on one’s health. In order to thrive physically and mentally, and to prevent dysbiosis, we need beneficial gut bacteria known as probiotics.…

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Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis

December 29, 2016
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Probiotics, or “beneficial bacteria that confer a health benefit” (catchy right?), have been one of the fastest growing market segments for dietary supplements and health products of late and have also been receiving a lot more research attention. Pub Med shows there have been nearly 1400 research papers published in 2016 alone on the topic. Most people know probiotics as supporting digestive and immune health. One of the more recent areas of interest though has been looking at how these…

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The Pain of UTIs

December 26, 2016
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UTIs. The razorblade-like pain and the pressure…it’s just so uncomfortable. Many of us know these symptoms well; it is the second-most common infection in the body. 50% of woman will have at least one Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), and 20% will have more than one. Men, your risk of UTIs is much lower, but if you do get one they can be much more serious. The best medicine is preventative medicine. Keeping a balance of good bacteria in the body…

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Cheers to a Happy Bladder

December 22, 2016
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Why is it that women are more likely to get UTIs throughout their lifetime compared to men? It may just come down to the fact that women are born with a shorter urethra (duct from bladder) than men. Therefore, bacteria are more likely to succeed in causing infections due to the shorter travel distance. What a disadvantage! Burning sensation when urinating, foul odor, or frequent urge to urinate are no strangers to those who’ve suffered from UTIs. Girlfriends, why put…

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