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Honey, Let's Bee Real: How to Buy True Mānuka Honey

Honey, Let's Bee Real: How to Buy True Mānuka Honey
In New Zealand, there grows a tree the native Māori people call mānuka. They use its durable wood to make tools and smoke meat, and they make an essential oil—which you may know as tea tree oil—from its leaves. But the most special thing about the mānuka tree may be its white or pink blossoms. These flowers attract bees that make honey from the nectar, and this one-of-a-kind elixir contains special enzymes and antioxidants other honey doesn’t. It’...

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Probiotics & 5 Signs You Might Need Them

Probiotics & 5 Signs You Might Need Them
Probiotics have become one of the hottest supplements on the market and for good reason! It seems like most health experts are calling probiotics the panacea for every ailment, that miracle supplement that helps with just about everything. And actually…it’s kind of true. While nothing will magically “fix” everything, our gut bacteria are the first line of defense for many of our body systems. Therefore, they’re connected to a surprisingly...

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Form Matters When Choosing an Iron Supplement

Form Matters When Choosing an Iron Supplement
Being low in iron is no joke. It can leave you looking pale and feeling wiped out, weak, short of breath, lightheaded, and like you’re living inside a refrigerator. Women of baby-making age are extra susceptible to these woes since they lose blood every month, but anyone can become low in iron—that includes you, gentlemen! Other vulnerable groups include vegetarians, African-Americans, and Latinos, since their dietary intake of iron is typically l...

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Iron Could Be the Hidden Reason Behind Your Fatigue

Iron deficiency is more common than you think. We all seem to have accepted that tired is the new normal. It’s easy to write off persistent fatigue as the inevitable result of a busy, modern life. But what if there’s a tangible, correctable, physiological reason behind your exhaustion? Your tiredness could be due to iron deficiency. You need iron to help you manufacture hemoglobin, a key component of red blood cells. If your blood vessels are stre...

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Sleep Matters - The Impact Sleep Has on Our General Health

I recently listened to a podcast that featured Dr. Matthew Walker, Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, whose work I’ve been following for some time now. Dr. Walker is the Founder and Director of the Center for Human Sleep Science and the author of “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams”. When it comes to taking care of and tending to my personal health, I see four facets that play tog...

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The Dangers of Eating Too Clean

I recently enjoyed a farm-to-table meal in the Malibu hills. We nibbled garden-fresh veggies and berries straight from the bush. After all, what’s a bit of dirt? A lot, apparently. A hypothesis suggests that microbes that co-evolved with us are our ‘old friends’; they protect against a wide spectrum of immune-related disorders. Some of these are present in soil and can be inhaled when out in nature. This might be why spending childhood on a farm i...

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5 Essential Tips to Banish a Yeast Infection

Oh, the dreaded yeast infection. If you’re one of the 75 percent of women who have had one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And what’s worse than one yeast infection? A chronic one that doesn’t want to go away. That uncomfortable itching, burning, and discharge can be unbearable. A yeast infection is an overgrowth of a kind of yeast in the vaginal canal called Candida albicans. You can also have an overgrowth of bad bacteria, which is cal...

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Why Beets Are the New Darling of the Active Community

If you run, bike, lift, or play a sport, chances are you’ve heard the buzz about beets. Everyone and their mom is juicing them to enhance their athletic performance. In fact, this ruby-red elixir is downed by Olympic athletes, marathoners, and a whole bunch of folks who want to work out stronger, longer. So what’s the deal? Why is everyone suddenly going crazy for beets? How beets enhance stamina The main reason beets are so popular is nitrates. Be...

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Muscle Health with Cal-Mag, Magnesium & Calcium

Are you calcium or magnesium deficient? That could be what your muscles are missing. Put your best and strongest foot forward and go the liquid route for calcium (US) and magnesium (US/CA) supplements that are 98 percent absorbable. You’ll finally see the difference in your bones, muscles, and energy levels you’ve been looking for. Have you been low on energy? Have your muscles been twitchy (who among us hasn’t suffered from the dreaded eye-twitch...

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Every Day is Earth Day at Flora

Earth Day is a time to celebrate our connectedness with the planet. It is the ideal time to embrace a holistic view of health, one that encompasses the health of all our world’s species, waterways, and biospheres. With a focus on the principles of respect for all life and environmental stewardship, Flora and the brands we distribute choose sustainable and ethical business practices. We are committed to respecting the earth and its inhabitants, and...

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Four Easy Steps to Make Peace with Yeast

Four Easy Steps to Make Peace with Yeast
If there’s one word that strikes fear the most in my clients it’s the “dreaded C-word”: candida. It’s probably because it’s so common; most of us have a friend or colleague who has been put on a six-month incredibly restrictive candida cleanse. You know the type: you’re constantly in the kitchen preparing food and you feel like you’ll never eat anything truly enjoyable ever again. It’s a very hard six-month sentence. I’ve also dealt with a very s...

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How to Get the Sleep You’ve Been Dreaming Of

How to Get the Sleep You’ve Been Dreaming Of
There are few things as life-changing as sleep. Get enough sleep, and you wake up rested, feeling like you can take on the world. Not enough, and making it to your lunch break seems like an inhuman feat. For 45 percent of Americans, insufficient or poor sleep is a sobering reality that affects daily life and well-being. But that doesn’t just mean the difference between being grumpy/lethargic and being happy/energized. It also means your body’s ove...

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