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4 Steps for Healthy, Youthful Looking Skin

4 Steps for Healthy, Youthful Looking Skin
Can we reverse time and bring back the youthful glow to our skin? YES! We can peel years or even decades off our skin with just a few simple steps. First, let’s talk about why our skin ages, and a big part of that story is collagen. Collagen is a protein that gives our skin it’s firmness, elasticity, and the plumpness of youth. We’ve got tons of collagen when we’re younger, but as we get older our collagen production slows down and we begin to show...

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Gluten: The Whole Story

Gluten: The Whole Story
Glutens are mixtures of proteins originating from cereal grains. Gluten can keep dough from crumbling, make it stretch, and are 75-80% protein. They cause serious illness in people with celiac disease, who must completely avoid gluten just like a person with diabetes must avoid sugar. Although we throw around the term “gluten”, there are actually several glutens. One type is a storage protein called prolamin, which helps make grains hardy. Over gen...

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Get Glowing, Healthy Skin

Get Glowing, Healthy Skin
It’s all about beautiful skin from the inside out. That’s right, I’m not talking about what to put on your skin but what to put inside your belly so you can create beautiful, glowing skin. That’s where really gorgeous skin comes from—from the inside out. The madness started about 40 years ago when the first dietary guidelines came down from the government. Their focus was to make Americans healthier, but 40 years later we’re actually more obese an...

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Grandma’s tips for staying happy and athletic at any age

Grandma’s tips for staying happy and athletic at any age
How often do you joke that you’re getting old and out of shape? Do you expect heart function, breathing ability, and muscle strength to decline? Many of us do. Instead, we could stay open minded. Since expectations may influence behavior, I invite you to challenge those beliefs, and your health outcomes. Many older athletes, known as masters athletes, are showing us what’s possible. According to a 2002 study, maximum heart rate and VO2max (breathi...

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Keep Calm and Call Your Mom

Keep Calm and Call Your Mom
Of all the Hallmark holidays, I think most would agree that Mother's Day is one of the most deserving. Move over National Donut Day, I have more memories of mom making kick-ass pancakes with warm maple syrup, that both warm the tummy and heart. Think about it, when someone makes it on TV, who do they give a shout out to? “Hi mom!” When we are sick, the first person we want is mommy. And who’s the second most important person to a woman in the deliv...

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Fuel Yourself For ‘The Mother of All Jobs’ With EFAs

Fuel Yourself For ‘The Mother of All Jobs’ With EFAs
Do you recall that #WorldsToughestJob video, where they interviewed for a fake job? Interviewees were stunned by demands for broad skills, unusual dedication, and an increased workload around the holidays…with no rest or pay! The fake interview was actually an award-winning American Greetings ad, and the job, of course, was motherhood! I say “of course”, because although the ad was exaggerated, even frustrating in its portrayal of motherhood, it’s ...

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Beauty and the Beastly Low-Fat Diet – is Eating Low-Fat Aging You?

Beauty and the Beastly Low-Fat Diet – is Eating Low-Fat Aging You?
I believe that low-fat living is really the pits for our skin and aging. Here’s why: When fat comes out of foods, sugar is used to replace flavor and moisture. Sugar, especially fructose, creates Advanced Glycation End Products, a factor in aging. It stops collagen from doing its thing. Essential fats protect against UV sun damage. Omega-3 modulates the UVR-induced inflammatory response in the skin. We all know smoking is terrible for your s...

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So You've Done a Cleanse...Now What?

So You've Done a Cleanse...Now What?
Many of us woke up on New Years Day feeling the after-effect of a month of indulgences. The tired, foggy, exhausted feeling that can inspire even the most dramatic dietary changes and cleanses. And now it’s a few months later and we’ve persevered. We’ve even enjoyed some of it (isn’t an evening mug of Flor-Essence (US/CA) surprisingly lovely?), and now what? Where do we go from here? How do we continue these great feelings of health and vitality in...

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Green SOS Smoothie

It's easy to fall off the wagon when you forget to stock up on leafy greens and buy probiotics. I fell in love with this blend because it's so easy to travel with in case you don't have all the fresh ingredients you need for your healthy morning routine. I designed this naturally sweetened Green SOS Smoothie recipe to restore the body's nutrients to optimal levels. The nourishing ingredients provide the vitamins and minerals your body needs to rebu...

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Athlete Spotlight - Damian Stoy

Photo Credit: Lindsey Hintz New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Damian Stoy. He's the owner and founder of Wholistic Running which offers professional coaching with an emphasis on injury-free running and holistic nutrition. Here is his athlete spotlight. "As you know, I'm a passionate vegan athlete and the vegan market is exploding. Flora is the premier company able to bring plant-based products to all types of athletes. I'm such a huge f...

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Probiotics for oral health: Udo’s Choice Super 5 stood out!

Probiotics for oral health: Udo’s Choice Super 5 stood out!
Probiotics for oral health: Udo’s Choice Super 5 stood out! Some probiotic products are directed at oral health; to reduce plaque, protect against cavities, promote gum health, or protect from sore throat, ear ache and bad breath. Probiotics support healthy yeast levels, including Candida levels, because they establish large, healthy populations of friendly bacteria that compete with harmful yeast trying to take up residence. This means that oral h...

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Act Your Age!

Act Your Age!
You’re heard it before: Act your age! Well, the same rule applies when it comes to choosing your probiotics. Throughout the human life cycle, the bacteria that make up the gut microbiome normally maintain a positive symbiotic relationship with their host, providing far-reaching metabolic, immunological, nutritional, and psychological benefits. However, an unbalanced microbiome—known as intestinal dysbiosis—can wreak havoc on one’s health. In order...

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