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Immune Health Begins in the Gut

Immune Health Begins in the Gut
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. It’s their main ...

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Is It Too Late to Take Elderberry?

Is It Too Late to Take Elderberry?
You’re thinking spring, we get it. We are, too. But while we’re not going to yank that seed catalog out of your hands or tell you to stop browsing swimsuits online, we do want to put in a quick word for elderberry. “Wait, isn’t it a little late for elderberry?” you may be wondering. Nope! People tend to think about immune challenges in the fall when the cold weather sets in. That’s when they stock up on tissues, lozenges, and their favorite tri...

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Flora Supplement Calendar - Winter

Flora Supplement Calendar - Winter
We hope you’ve been enjoying our seasonal Flora Supplement Calendar and associated posts throughout the year. We’ve arrived at our final installment of these seasonal posts for 2020 with winter on our doorsteps. This the time for slowing down, reflecting on the year behind us, going into hibernation-mode, of ‘hygge’ (a Danish and Norwegian word describing the mood and feeling of comfort, coziness and conviviality that many try to cultivate in the ...

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Celebrate Health This Holiday Season

Celebrate Health This Holiday Season
From omega oils to probiotics, teas, and detoxes, we’re helping you give the gift of health to those who mean the most to you this holiday season. And maybe a little self-care for you while you’re at it. We all have that loved one who’s impossible to shop for. When it comes to their gift, it’s worth considering a gift from the health & wellness sphere. The average American spends over $100,000 on health and fitness in their lifetime with th...

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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 History...

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Daily Immune Shot

Daily Immune Shot
Lindsay Young @eatyoungnutrition is a nutritionist and lover of food from around the world. She’s passionate about making healthy, home cooked food accessible and approachable for everyone. She hosts workshops in her home town, Kelowna, sees clients and works as a recipe developer and food photographer.

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Why Whole Food Sourced Vitamin C is the Best Source

Why Whole Food Sourced Vitamin C is the Best Source
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 crea...

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The Importance of Probiotics for Immune Health

The Importance of Probiotics for Immune Health
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 alle...

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Elderberry and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus

Elderberry and the SARS-CoV-2 Virus
We’ve been noticing lots of interest in our elderberry products over the past few months and wanted to respond to various concerns and misinformation being shared with respect to elderberry, the SARS-CoV-2 virus/COVID-19, and immune health. This is a complex topic, but we wanted to share a few things to clarify. Elderberry has been shown in research to interfere with influenza viruses and support overall immune health. It has a long history of ...

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The Power of Elderberry

The Power of Elderberry
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 ...

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Elderberry Crystals & 25+ Ways to Use Them

Elderberry Crystals & 25+ Ways to Use Them
Elderberry: the most popular way we know to stay healthy—and for good reason! You know you want more elderberry goodness in your life and adding Flora Elderberry Crystals to food is the easiest, most versatile way to get your dose. We’ve searched the internet to collect some creative ways to get your elderberry boost. Here are over 25 of our favorite ideas: Drink It Up In this simple Gut-Loving Water Kefir or swirled into an eld...

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Back to School Immune Health for Kids

Back to School Immune Health for Kids
The September back-to-school period invokes a unique blend of feelings for both parents and children: excitement, anticipation, and butterflies, with novelty, planning, and growth all in the mix. More time indoors, crowded rooms of kids, and cooler weather can also present challenges to our immune systems though. The first two weeks back to school in September often involve a spike in colds/upper respiratory tract infections1. The infection rate c...

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