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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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Gas & Bloating? Enzymes to the Rescue!

April 14, 2017
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“I fit into these jeans yesterday and now I’m too bloated to zip all the way up!” We’ve all been there! Not a great way to feel when the big B hits. Bloat is the ugly cousin to gas because that air has to escape our bodies somehow. Two undesirable side effects that make us question, “Was that deep fried Oreo worth it?” Well, if you can put on sweats and let it rip in the comfort of your own…

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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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The Essence of Flora

March 28, 2017
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In 1992, Flora began producing Flor·Essence as an herbal cleansing tea. We didn’t know it at the time, but this was just the beginning of what has now become a popular line of liquid, herbal products that distill the essence of traditional herbal formulas that target different bodily systems to support their health and well-being. Flor·Essence: the original, gentle, whole body detox and cleansing tea Cardio·Essence: the cardiovascular system, a healthy heart Sleep·Essence: the nervous system and sleep Respir·Essence: the…

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So You’ve Done a Cleanse…Now What?

March 24, 2017
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Many of us woke up on New Years Day feeling the after-effect of a month of indulgences. The tired, foggy, exhausted feeling that can inspire even the most dramatic dietary changes and cleanses. And now it’s a few months later and we’ve persevered. We’ve even enjoyed some of it (isn’t an evening mug of Flor-Essence (US/CA) surprisingly lovely?), and now what? Where do we go from here? How do we continue these great feelings of health and vitality in normal…

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Athlete Spotlight – Damian Stoy

March 7, 2017
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Photo Credit: Lindsey Hintz New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Damian Stoy. He’s the owner and founder of Wholistic Running which offers professional coaching with an emphasis on injury-free running and holistic nutrition. Here is his athlete spotlight. “As you know, I’m a passionate vegan athlete and the vegan market is exploding. Flora is the premier company able to bring plant-based products to all types of athletes. I’m such a huge fan of Flora products because they…

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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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Human Adapted Probiotics? What?

February 20, 2017
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Probiotics may be invisible to the naked eye but they’ve been dominating product formulations, industry news, supplements research, and consumer demand for the past few years. The more you’ve read about them, the more you may have come across phrases like “human adapted” or “human strain”. What does this actually mean though? Is this just marketing-speak for “diaper sourced”? Thankfully not! Human adapted is a real selling feature and advantage for a number of reasons. In a nutshell, this means…

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