Probiotics and Seasonal Allergies

Probiotics and Seasonal Allergies

Probiotics and Seasonal Allergies Seasonal allergy symptoms occur when the body’s immune system sees some harmless pollen protein as a foreign invader and decides to go to DEFCON 1. These are typically from tiny, airborne types of pollen and not from insect pollinated plants. Trees, grasses, and weeds are some of the common culprits. Immune cells in our bodies get primed for certain pollen and then trigger mast cells to release histamine, which lea... Continue Reading

Iron and Athletes

Iron and Athletes

Iron and Athletes Iron deficiency is an all-too-common nutrient deficiency that is more likely to affect certain groups and populations than others. Athletes of all types - professional, amateur and “weekend warrior” enthusiasts – often have more challenges in maintaining healthy iron levels than other groups of people. Low iron can result in fatigue, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating and poor circulation. As you can imagine, none of t... Continue Reading

9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health

9 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health We can’t see or feel it. But inside our gastrointestinal tract (aka the gut) lives an interconnected system of microorganisms totaling approximately 100 trillion cells housing up to 2000 types of bacteria [1]. What’s incredible is that this invisible colony  living inside our guts, which also includes fungi (yeast) and viruses too, collectively weighs about the same as our brain at approximately 3 pounds.  Bac... Continue Reading

    Tips for Weekend Warriors

    Tips for Weekend Warriors

    Tips for Weekend Warriors Hey, weekend warriors, summer’s here! Time to hit the pool, hiking trail, or bike lane. Or maybe all three if you’re feeling ambitious. (After all, you’ve got three months.) After you’ve splurged on some new gear — go ahead, we’re betting those ratty old hiking boots are at the end of their useful life — what else do you need to reach your personal best?  We’ve got suggestions. (We’re helpful like that.) These tips are val... Continue Reading

      Omega-3s for Athletes: Fuel Your Game

      Omega-3s for Athletes: Fuel Your Game

      Omega-3s for Athletes: Fuel Your Game If you’re an athlete, you ask a lot of your body. You want your muscles and heart in tip-top shape, your immune system protecting you from nasties, and your brain directing the whole show. What if there was something that could nourish all these parts of you? Guess what? There is: Omega-3 fatty acids.   New Study Finds Omega-3s Help Athletes A 2020 systematic review study analyzed the results of 32 placebo-cont... Continue Reading

      Biological Age and Cleansing at the Cellular Level

      Biological Age and Cleansing at the Cellular Level

      Biological Age and Cleansing at the Cellular Level The state of your cellular health will impact the way you age, including your energy, appearance, and overall vitality. The quantity of healthy versus unhealthy or dormant, senescent cells will affect the function of your immune system and other body systems. One way to capture this information is through the concept of biological age. Biological age can be thought of as an assessment of biologica... Continue Reading

      Breaking Down Menstrual Cycles

      Breaking Down Menstrual Cycles

      Breaking Down Menstrual Cycles                                                             Self care is not another task for the to-do list. True self care is about honoring your needs as they present themselves. And you cannot do that well if you’re oblivious to the rhythms of your body and spirit, as is often the case with people whose bodies reset every 28 days, instead of every 24-hours. In other words, people with menstrual cycles. What we lea... Continue Reading

      A Master Herbalist’s Quick Guide to Adaptogens

      A Master Herbalist’s Quick Guide to Adaptogens

      A Master Herbalist’s Quick Guide to Adaptogens “All plants contain adaptogenic compounds because plants have to contend with a good deal of stress themselves.” - James Duke, PhD, Scientist and Ethnobotanist Our ability to increase our resilience, expand our comfort zones and adapt to new environments, situations, experiences and stress levels in our lives is one of our greatest strengths. A little bit of stress in our lives can often be just the sp... Continue Reading

        What Women Need to Know About Collagen

        What Women Need to Know About Collagen

        What Women Need to Know About Collagen You’ve probably heard about women taking collagen as a beauty aid or seen it on the shelves of your local health food store. Ladies, if you’ve ever wondered what it is, why people take it, or if there’s a vegetarian source of collagen, we’ve got answers.   What Is Collagen? Collagen is a component of connective tissue, which provides structural support to your other tissues and organs.  Connective tissue is ki... Continue Reading

        Beautiful Skin From Within

        Beautiful Skin From Within

        Beautiful Skin From Within If you’re using sunscreen and cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing on the regular, you may think you’re taking pretty good care of your skin. These are important steps, no argument there. But they’re external remedies, and as we all know, beauty is more than skin-deep. Healthy, glowing skin comes both from what you put ON the outside and what you put IN the inside. How can you nurture your skin from within? It’s easy ... Continue Reading

          Five Important Supplements for Women’s Health

          Five Important Supplements for Women’s Health

          Five Important Supplements for Women’s Health Women make the world go round — are we right? Yet so often, we put the focus on everyone else in our life, while we run on fumes. May is Women’s Health Month — the perfect time for us ladies to put our own needs front and center. The best way to prioritize yourself is to establish a range of healthy habits — you know, things you do every day to nurture your well-being, rather than a one-off, self-care d... Continue Reading

            How Can Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Omegas?

            How Can Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Omegas?

            How Can Vegetarians and Vegans Get Enough Omegas?  You hear it all the time: If you want to reap the health benefits of omega fatty acids, you need to eat fish regularly or take a fish oil supplement. But is that really true? Nope! Perhaps the best-kept secret of plants is that many of them are loaded with omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids. Here are two ways vegetarians and vegans can get their fill of omegas without turning to fish.   Meth... Continue Reading

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