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Are Probiotics Unnecessary?

January 19, 2019
probiotics

Health advice changes frequently, which can be super-confusing if you’re trying to do the right thing. (Remember when eggs were bad and margarine was good? Yeah, us too.) Last spring, a widely publicized review cast some doubt on the value of taking probiotics. At least that’s how it got covered in the media.[1],[2]  The real story is more nuanced. The review was led by Dr. Saman Khalesi of Central Queensland University in Australia and published in the European Journal of…

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Celebrate Health This Holiday Season

December 18, 2018
health

From culinary and omega oils to probiotics, teas, and detoxes, we’re helping you give the gift of health to those who mean the most to you this holiday season. And maybe a little self-care for you while you’re at it. We all have that loved one who’s impossible to shop for. When it comes to their gift, it’s worth considering a gift from the health & wellness sphere. The average American spends over $100,000 on health and fitness in their…

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Holidays Recipes

Apple Cider Vinegar: The Secret Ingredient to a Healthy Mocktail

December 11, 2018
apple cider vinegar

Our apple cider vinegar isn’t like the others. Flora’s Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shots and Drinks combine our ACV with traditionally detoxifying, freshly ground herbs. Burdock, sheep sorrel, turmeric, blessed thistle, and kelp combine with proven digestion and immunity boosting plants like ginger, elderberry, turmeric, and lemon for a rounded out and amplified apple cider vinegar wellness tonic. They come in conveniently-sized glass-bottled shots for those on-the-go and 17-ounce bottles for the daily dose. ACV may not be broke, but…

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Recipes

No-Bake Brownies with a Secret Spicy Ingredient

November 26, 2018
brownies

There are some sneaky veggies in these brownies, which I find beyond delicious! Bulking this recipe up nutritionally is baked sweet potato. While I love sweet potato in this recipe purely for its taste and texture, there are some benefits to consuming it with other fats such as walnuts and chocolate. The bright orange flesh of sweet potatoes tells us that it’s high in the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene. Because beta-carotene is a fat-soluble vitamin, it’s best to consume sweet potato…

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Featured Health

Bitters: The Secret to a Happy Tummy

November 20, 2018
bitters

In today’s world, digestive problems are super common. Whether it’s indigestion, heartburn, or occasional constipation, an estimated 60-70 million Americans have some kind of digestive difficulty.[1] Turns out, our ancestors knew something about how to achieve the digestive harmony we’ve forgotten. What’s their secret? Bitters! What are bitters? Bitters are alcohol-based extracts of the flowers, leaves, bark, and roots of bitter-tasting plants. You may think of them as an essential ingredient to a good cocktail, but they’ve been used medicinally…

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5 Things That Can Happen When You Take Digestive Enzymes

November 13, 2018
digestive enzymes

Digestive enzymes seem pretty straightforward. They’re enzymes, and they help your digestion. End of story, right? Not so fast. Since all your other bodily systems depend on your digestive system to work efficiently, digestive enzymes affect your whole body. What are enzymes, exactly? If you remember the word “enzyme” from your high school biology class, but you can’t quite remember what an enzyme is, you’re not alone. Simply put, an enzyme is a substance that sets off a reaction. Enzymes…

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The Real Immune Booster You’ve Been Looking For

October 23, 2018
immune booster

We all know that vitamin C is the poster child immune booster. But there’s something else you should actually be grabbing when you feel that pesky cold coming on: probiotics. Why? Because your immune system starts in your gut. Yup, your gut health and your immune system are tied together like two peas in a pod against sickness. “A huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract,” says Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns…

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Recipes Seasonal

“Mulled Wine” Apple Tart with Flora Apple Cider Vinegar

October 16, 2018
apple

Something about fall just calls for baking. This season get festive and stay healthy thanks to one ingredient: Flora’s Turmeric & Cinnamon Apple Cider Vinegar. Taken as a shot to aid digestion* or mixed into an apple tart, this fall-flavored wellness shot does it all. Vinegar in a dessert? Yeah, we know it sounds a bit weird. But in the same way that a pinch of salt can amplify the sweetness of a dessert, adding a bit of cinnamon and…

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Colorful Fall Slaw with Flora Apple Cider Vinegar

October 11, 2018
fall

This dish is a light and bright take on slaw. Taking advantage of all kinds of flavors, it’s sweet, tangy and juicy. Our fall slaw features autumn apples fresh from the Pacific Northwest and farmer’s market root veg the colors of fall foliage. Print Fall Slaw with Flora Apple Cider Vinegar Ingredients 1/4 C sesame seeds Pinch of salt 1 clove of garlic 3 T Flora Apple Cider Vinegar Wellness Shot - Ginger & Lemon Flavor (US/CA) 2 T Flora…

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Gut-Loving Water Kefir with Flora Elderberry Crystals

September 27, 2018
gut

Why are more and more of us experiencing an imbalance in gut bacteria? The answer is complicated and very unique to the individual, but there are factors that contribute to a decreased microflora and ways to counteract this. The prevalent use of antibiotics, especially for a prolonged period of time, chronically, or starting from a young age have a huge impact on our gut bacteria. While antibiotics certainly have their place in the world of medicine and have saved many…

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