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The Liver’s Role in Detox – How It Handles Toxins

December 17, 2017

The root of the word liver is, in fact, live. This is no wonder considering the importance of the work it does for us. In the liver, toxins get their chemical makeup altered so we can eliminate them. The liver acts as a bodyguard, identifying bad guys and disarming them. This process, called detoxification, happens only in the liver. Detox has two phases. Both depend on nutrients. Phase I, oxidation, uses over 100 special enzymes. It turns toxins into either water-soluble molecules that can be excreted…

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The Essence of Flora

March 28, 2017

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

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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Fitness Lifestyle

Athlete Spotlight – Damian Stoy

March 7, 2017

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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Flor-Essence vs. Essiac

January 30, 2017
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Flor-Essence® (CA/US) and Essiac®: two herbal cleanse formulas that are often referred to synonymously but in fact are made by different companies and are entirely different formulas. We often get asked about both of these formulas and find many customers are unsure of the differences. As a result, we wanted to respectfully point out some key differences and clear things up. Back in 1922, the Canadian nurse, Rene Caisse, was given the names of eight different herbs by a woman…

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Recipes

Artichoke “Hummus” Recipe

January 28, 2017
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Replacing traditional hummus made with chickpeas and tahini with a rich dip made with artichokes turns up the detoxifying, slimming, and liver-supportive properties and turns down the starches and harmful lectins. Great for cleansing in any season! Artichoke “Hummus” Notes Dip can be kept refrigerated for up to 1 week. Ingredients 2 cups chopped artichoke hearts 14 oz. cooked white beans ¼ cup Flora Pumpkin Seed Oil (US/CA) 2 cloves garlic, minced/pressed juice and zest from 2 lemons salt and…

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Clean Green Super Sauce

January 26, 2017
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Adding more healthy fats into your diet triggers the release of new fresh bile from the liver. This helps your body to flush old, stagnant bile and any fat-soluble toxins trapped with it! Cilantro and parsley are traditionally used to help remove heavy metals. Together this is one amazing sauce! Do not omit the salt – in winter it is important to combine greens with salt to keep the right electrolyte balance in the body. Clean Green Super Sauce Ingredients…

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4 Surprising Symptoms of a Toxic Load

January 25, 2017
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Have you ever asked yourself; “how is my liver doing?” This can be a popular question at this time of the year, and it can be very important to your overall health. Our liver does so much for our body, and it does it quietly without us even noticing…well, until it gets overwhelmed. A big job for the liver is detoxification, and each of us has a unique ability to handle and detoxify toxins. Some of us can handle great…

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Detox Phase 1 & 2 and Cauliflower-Parsnip Soup Recipe

January 17, 2017
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There are two major detoxification pathways inside the liver cells, which are called the Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification pathways. If Phase 2 cannot keep up with Phase 1, illness can ensue, because the products of Phase 1, although a step towards removal, can be toxic. Phase 1 To put it simply, this pathway converts a toxic chemical by various chemical reactions, and during this process free radicals are produced which, if excessive, can damage the liver cells. Some substances make…

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What to Eat When on a Winter Cleanse

January 13, 2017
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A winter cleanse can reduce our toxic burden and leave us feeling fabulous! Below are guidelines for a happy detox. They include; Pick the right winter cleanse program What to avoid What to include Troubleshooting tips Here we go! Pick the right winter cleanse: Is it right for the climate? Unless you are sunbathing on vacation, stick to a warming approach –> teas, soups and broths, cooked veggies. Why: Foods from different climates have nutrients that trigger different physiological responses. Cleansing with…

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How to make your detox less miserable

January 8, 2017

“I think I need to detox” is a popular statement I hear at this time of the year. With all of the extra alcohol and delicious treats we may indulge in, we can start to feel the need to do some inner deep cleaning. Or at least I do. I also find that full body detoxification is a little misunderstood. We tend to focus on our liver, but our body has many detoxification pathways and we need to support all…

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Detox Your Home in the New Year

January 6, 2017

The start of a new calendar year is a great time to take stock and hone in on unhealthy habits and the things that weigh us down. Many focus on detoxifying the body, but the New Year is an equally great time to focus on a detox of the home. After all, home is where the heart is, and it should be treated as a sanctuary for body, mind, and soul. In the spirit of the seasonal refresh, we’ve put together…

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