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To Support Your Emotional Wellness, Turn to Plants*

March 11, 2021
Back in June, I wrote about the connection between sleep, immunity and stress. There are clear connections between stress, the quality and quantity of our sleep, and the ability of our immune system to respond in just the right way when we need it to, and not more than that. There are many other common symptoms of stress that I want to talk about today. How do we recognize stress? What are the symptoms? Often our emotions feel negative or...

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Immune Health Begins in the Gut

February 23, 2021
You know how important a healthy immune system is to keeping you well. But have you ever wondered exactly where your immune systems is? If you know a bit about physiology, you might answer the spleen, the lymph glands, or the bone marrow. All these answers are right. But the motherlode of the immune system is in your gut. Wait, did you say my gut? Yep, that’s right. Your GI tract houses up to 80 percent of your immune cells....

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Elderberry Yogurt Drizzle

January 21, 2021

Elderberry Yogurt Drizzle Category Featured Health Recipes Persons 1 Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 5 minutes Ingredients 3 tbsp yogurt 1 tbsp Flora Elderberry Apple Cider Vinegar Drink 2 tsp maple syrup 1/4 tsp Sambu Guard Elderberry Crystals 1/2 tsp sea salt Few cracks fresh pepper Instructions Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl until evenly incorporated. Serve chilled over salad. Tags dinner recipe, Elderberry, elderberry benefits, elderberry crystals, healthy recipe, healthy recipes, immune boost, immune boosting, immune health,…

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All Things Elderberry

November 24, 2020
Liquid Elderberry+ supplement w/echinacea for immune support

If you’ve noticed that elderberry is suddenly everywhere, you’re not imagining it. This herbal superhero is popping up all over store shelves and social media feeds. Last year, it was the third best-selling herbal supplement in the United States — with good reason. This stuff works! But how much do you know about this intriguing plant? We’re here to spill the beans about the history, fun facts, and science around elderberry. Elderberry History and Folklore Cultural beliefs around an herb…

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Building Cellular Immunity with Immune·Essence™

November 17, 2020

Immune·Essence™ is Flora’s latest liquid herbal formula. This update to the Flor·Essence formula uses all the same, time-tested, original eight herbs for cleansing and detoxification and adds in medicinal amounts of turkey tail mushroom and turmeric. Turkey tail is a medicinal mushroom prized for its immunomodulating effects. Polysaccharides  and polyphenols in turkey tail support immune health by stimulating a variety of immune cells from within the innate and adaptive immune system.* Turkey Tail also has prebiotic effects in the colon,…

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Daily Immune Shot

November 5, 2020

Daily Immune Shot Category Featured Recipes Ingredients 2 large carrots, washed and roughly chopped 2 large lemons, peeled, seeds removed 4 inches ginger, washed 1 cup water 6 scoops Flora Acerola Powder 1 tsp turmeric powder Pinch black pepper Instructions Blender method: Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth. Use a nut milk bag to separate juice from pulp (save the pulp in the freezer). Serve. Juicer method: Add carrots, lemons, and ginger to…

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Why Whole Food Sourced Vitamin C is the Best Source

September 29, 2020

Vitamin C is an essential nutrient that many plants and animals can manufacture from their own glucose stores. Unfortunately for us humans, we’re not one of the mammals that comes with our own built in vitamin C factories. That means we need to ensure we’re getting enough from our diet. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects bodily tissues from oxidative damage. It is also involved in several important enzymatic reactions, including the creation of collagen in connective tissue. This…

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The Importance of Probiotics for Immune Health

March 31, 2020

How the Immune System Works The coordinated job of the immune system, including both our Adaptive and Innate functions, is to correctly differentiate between what is “self” and “not-self”. The immune system must identify what is a pathogen or toxin that we want to block, versus a beneficial compound that should get absorbed. This vital job is what allows us to mount a strong defense against bacteria and viruses but not overreact with allergies or autoimmunity. The Microbiome Plays a…

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The Power of Elderberry

February 4, 2020

If you’ve made it this far into winter without you or someone you love being flattened by an immune challenge, you may be feeling victorious. Don’t celebrate just yet though. The peak season for winter gremlins is January-February and doesn’t end until April, meaning we’ve still got at least another month or two before we’re out of the woods. You’ve probably already got tissues and vitamin C stockpiled, but there’s another item you’ll want to add to your winter wellness…

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Fatherhood & the Challenge of Time

October 24, 2019

I’ve looked forward to being a dad for a long time. Even while I was still in college, I remember someone telling me I have a father spirit. That stuck with me, hoping that one day I would get to be a dad. I studied developmental psychology because I have always enjoyed understanding how a person grows and matures. My summer jobs were always in daycares because I like mentoring. Perfect transition into fatherhood, right? Not really! I realize now…

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