Learn to Love Bitter! Why Bitter Foods Are Good for Your Health

Learn to Love Bitter! Why Bitter Foods Are Good for Your Health

It’s universally accepted that humans can taste five dominant basic flavors: sweet, salty, savory (umami), sour, and, of course, bitter. While salty or sweet are pleasing to our taste buds, bitter foods like grapefruit or broccoli with their unmistakable strong and pungent character aren’t always as easy to get down the hatch. The reason for that lies in our evolution. While not all bitter compounds are dangerous, plants began producing these bitte... Continue Reading

How Digestive Enzymes Can Help You Digest Better This Thanksgiving and Always

How Digestive Enzymes Can Help You Digest Better This Thanksgiving and Always

Ah, Thanksgiving—a time to gather with loved ones, reflect on what makes us feel grateful, and stuff our faces with rich, fatty, glorious food. (We’re pretty sure the word “piehole” has its origins in this gluttonous holiday.) No shade if you overindulge this Thanksgiving and experience the attendant digestive issues, i.e., bloating, abdominal pain, and a massive desire to nap. But if digestive distress is an everyday occurrence for you, it’s not j... Continue Reading

How to Make Healthy Iced Chai Boba Tea at Home

How to Make Healthy Iced Chai Boba Tea at Home

Chai tea (masala chai) from India and boba (bubble) tea from Taiwan are two of Asia’s most beloved sweetened milky tea beverages. Their popularity has spread throughout the world and for good reason - they’re insanely delicious.  For the best of both worlds, this refreshing recipe for Healthy Iced Chai Boba Tea will hit the spot. This recipe combines delicious, fragrant, and spiced chai tea with the addicting creaminess and unique textures of bubbl... Continue Reading

Tips for Adjusting to the End of Daylight Savings Time

Tips for Adjusting to the End of Daylight Savings Time

Friends, it’s happening. Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 6 at 2 a.m. Unless you live in Hawaii or Arizona, that means you’ll be setting your clocks back one hour when you go to bed on the evening of the 5th. In other words, it’s gonna get dark a whole lot earlier. Aside from the depressing nature of shorter days, the change to our body clocks can also feel jarring. Here’s how to cope: Ease Kids into It The time change can be especial... Continue Reading

Why Does Being Sick Feel So Awful?

Why Does Being Sick Feel So Awful?

Good health is something that’s far too easy to take for granted sometimes. When we’re down for the count with a cold or flu—stuck in bed congested, coughing, waking up in the grip of that icky malaise and fatigue—that’s when we fully appreciate and miss what it feels like to be full of health and vitality. Saying you feel awful when you’re sick is a bit like saying water is wet. Why is it exactly that a cold or flu bug will make us feel this way? ... Continue Reading

Hispanic Culture and North America's Herbal Medicine Story

Hispanic Culture and North America's Herbal Medicine Story

North America’s herbal medicine story is rooted in Hispanic and pre-Hispanic culture. The use of medicinal herbs was first recorded in the new world by the pre-Hispanic cultures of the Aztecs. The history of herbal medicines in North America cannot be fully understood without looking at the large part Hispanic cultures have played in understanding these herbs as natural medicines, alongside their many uses. Hispanic traditional herbal medicine has ... Continue Reading

Get Cooking This Fall, with Flora

Get Cooking This Fall, with Flora

Now that the heat of summer has passed, it’s time to get back into the kitchen. Did you know Flora offers a selection of premium culinary oils? There are six delicious varieties to try, whether you want to whip up some salad dressing, a dinner entree, or a sweet treat.  Before you get cooking, though, it’s important to know a bit more about your oils. Why Unrefined? Refined oils are extracted using heat, which can result in the loss of nutrients, f... Continue Reading

Ginger Turmeric Omega Immune Shots

Ginger Turmeric Omega Immune Shots

As featured @onbetterliving Made with citrus, ginger, turmeric, apple cider vinegar, and omega rich Udo’s Oil 3-6-9 Blend from Flora, these immune “shots” are bursting with powerful nutrients that can help support your immune system and act as a digestive aid. Plus, they only take a few minutes to prep! Healthy, delicious, and packed with plant-based nutrients with medicinal qualities, these Ginger Turmeric Omega Immune Shots will nourish your sy... Continue Reading

Does Elderberry Cause a Cytokine Storm?

Does Elderberry Cause a Cytokine Storm?

A lot of people reach for elderberry at the first sign of an immune challenge, or even take it on the regular to fend off the nasties once the weather turns cold. We’re big fans of the stuff ourselves. But in recent years, there’s been some concern that elderberry could cause a cytokine storm — a harmful overactivation of the immune system. Is this a valid concern? Or much ado about nothing? What Are Cytokines? Cytokines are chemical messengers of ... Continue Reading

    It's Time for a Cleanse!

    It's Time for a Cleanse!

    Fall has arrived! Time to get out your sweaters and fuzzy socks, shop for apples and pears at the farmers’ market, and take walks as fallen leaves crunch underfoot. It’s also an ideal time for a cleanse. Many herbalists recommend cleansing four times a year, specifically at the change of the seasons. Cleansing is a good way to mark the transition from one time of year to another…a time to go inward, do some self-care, let go of the old and be open ... Continue Reading

    8 Beauty Benefits of Iron for Skin, Hair, & Nails

    8 Beauty Benefits of Iron for Skin, Hair, & Nails

    As previously posted on @onbetterliving Iron is a big deal when it comes to energy production in the body. But this essential trace mineral is also important when it comes to the health of our hair, skin, and nails. Why? The reason lies within the structure of our red blood cells.Our red blood cells have one main job: carrying oxygen from our lungs to the rest of our body where it’s used to transform the food we eat into cellular energy so our cell... Continue Reading

    Healthy Nutty Banana Cream Protein Shake

    Healthy Nutty Banana Cream Protein Shake

    Udo's Oil Recipe: Healthy Nutty Banana Cream Protein Shake A healthy spin on the flavors of a creamy and delicious banana cream pie, this probiotic rich, protein rich shake is free of refined sugar and also has a boost of plant-based omega-3s from Udo’s Oil 3·6·9 Blend!   If you love banana cream pie but don’t feel good about all the sugar, fat, and calories that come with it, then you’ll love this recipe for our Healthy Nutty Banana Cream Protein ... Continue Reading

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