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Road Trip Essentials: A Packing List to Make Your Road Trip Go Smoothly

Road Trip Essentials: A Packing List to Make Your Road Trip Go Smoothly
  Summer’s in full swing and lots of folks are hearing the call of the open road. Whether you’re taking a trip you’ve been planning for months or escaping for a spur-of-the-moment weekend getaway, what you pack can make or break your trip. Depending on where you’re going, you may need a bathing suit, hiking boots, your bike helmet, or dressy clothes for a fancy restaurant. But no matter where you’re headed, these travel essentials will serve...

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The 7-11 for Getting the Most out of Iron (Everything Absorption)

The 7-11 for Getting the Most out of Iron (Everything Absorption)
  Today we separate the truth from the fiction when it comes to taking iron. You should come away clear about what you can do to improve your iron absorption. Why 7-11 (and not 411)? Because we will clear up 7 confusions and provide 11 solutions. When we find out we are low in iron, or someone that we care for is low in iron, we might start consulting Dr. Google, as one does. We might find interesting facts and theories, so let’s get cle...

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6 Ways to Help Keep Your Bones Strong & Healthy

6 Ways to Help Keep Your Bones Strong & Healthy
6 NUTRIENTS TO HELP KEEP YOUR BONES STRONG AND HEALTHY Did you know that all of our bones, pound for pound, are 4 times stronger than concrete, and inch for inch stronger than steel? Reaching peak bone density at around age 30, our bone strength can start to decline as we head toward middle-age. But keeping our bones strong and healthy is important no matter how old we are. In the United States alone, it’s estimated that about 8 million wom...

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Bone Health, Collagen and Mineralization

Bone Health, Collagen and Mineralization
Bone up on your Bone Knowledge Most people know that bone is made of minerals, like calcium. But despite well-intentioned folks taking huge calcium pills daily, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will have an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime. Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer, combined! We clearly have not given our bones everything they need. In some cases, a terrible diet is to blame. But...

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Sweet Treatment: Using Mānuka Honey to Care for Your Skin

Sweet Treatment: Using Mānuka Honey to Care for Your Skin
Do you remember when “face masks” were something you smeared on your face to soothe and soften it, not something you grab with your keys and wallet every time you leave the house? Let’s revisit those good old days, with a collection of DIY Mānuka honey-based skincare products. Honey is a popular ingredient for the skincare kind of face mask (the other kind not so much). But not all honey is the same. When bees in New Zealand sip the nectar of M...

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Love Your Mother (Earth)

In some countries, Earth Day is called Mother Earth Day. That’s a recognition that nature is our source, our wellspring. Without the Earth, we wouldn’t exist. That’s why we consider it a central part of our mission at Flora to delivery eco-friendly products from herbs that are grown, processed, and packaged in a sustainable way and to make our headquarters as green as possible. And to keep us focused on these goals, we have established an active H...

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Let Your Natural Beauty Shine Through

Let Your Natural Beauty Shine Through
We all want to look our best, so it’s natural to experiment with a new lipstick or hair color. But sometimes beauty is just a matter of getting out of the way and letting your natural splendor shine through. If your skin, hair, and nails are healthy, they’ll naturally look good. Even your legs can look better with a little TLC. (We’re looking at you, varicose veins.) What do your hair, skin, and nails have in common? Collagen. Like the sprin...

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All Things Elderberry

All Things Elderberry
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 Histo...

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Mental Fatigue

Mental Fatigue
Mental Fatigue by Flora Athlete Ambassador, Mario Mendoza I’m grateful with how the year has gone. My family has stayed healthy, I was able to set two treadmill world records earlier in the year, and jump into an actual race recently. I have always been a very positive person, even during difficult times. This year with a pandemic started out no differently. We can do this, we can get through this together, there is a light at the end of the tu...

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Staying Active During Pandemic Times

Staying Active During Pandemic Times
By Ellie Greenwood I’m sure like many of you, my exercise routine took a hit when social distancing and lockdown measures came into force in mid-March. I was no longer able to go swimming (an activity I use for cross training to supplement my running) and my twice weekly gym sessions were put on hold. At first I was at a real loss of how to work around these restrictions and was concerned that my training would be compromised, but as with any...

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Sleep and Cleansing

Sleep and Cleansing
Not sleeping much as a badge of honor for productivity has lost a lot of its luster in our society in the past decade. Part of the reason is we’ve learned a lot more about just how bad it is for your health to be burning the candle at both ends. Insufficient sleep impairs immune function, increases inflammation, has adverse effects on insulin and blood sugar balance, increases stress hormones and blood pressure. Pretty much every measure of good he...

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How to Reseason Cast Iron (The Best Way Is Not What You Think!)

How to Reseason Cast Iron (The Best Way Is Not What You Think!)
Why and How to Reseason Cast Iron Have you ever wondered how to reseason a cast iron skillet or why we season cast iron at all? Maybe you want to get the best oil for curing cast iron, or maybe you don’t even know what seasoning a pan is? This post will explain pan seasoning, including the what, the why, and the how – including how to reseason cast iron and THE BEST oil to cure cast iron. Seasoning or Reseasoning – What Is It? Seasoning i...

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