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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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Enzymes vs. Probiotics and Why We Need Both

Enzymes vs. Probiotics and Why We Need Both
There’s much confusion as to what digestive enzymes are versus probiotics, since both play key roles in gut and digestive health. People ask all the time: Should I be taking probiotics or enzymes? If I take one, do I need the other? These questions are understandable! To answer these questions, we must first understand the basics of what each is. Let’s take a look. Digestive Enzymes 101 Digestive enzymes are non-living, protein-based molecules made...

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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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4 Rules for a Healthy “V”

4 Rules for a Healthy “V”
Some call it a magical and mysterious place, and others are simply mystified by its complexities. Our “V”s are really amazing organs, but most of us don’t quite know how to treat them as well as they deserve. The most important thing to know is that it’s pretty much self-sustaining. We only need to do a few things to keep it happy and healthy. But for those of you who have dealt with a vaginal infection, you know that it will show its unhappiness l...

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The Dreaded Yeast Infection

The Dreaded Yeast Infection
Itching, burning, and uncomfortable. A yeast infection is one of the most common conditions that no one wants to talk about. So many of us are suffering, and we’re suffering in silence. Let’s change that! 3 out 4 woman will experience a yeast infection in their lifetime and ½ of all woman will experience more than one. Men, you get them too! 15 – 20% of men carry yeast, although most don’t have any symptoms…but you could be unknowingly passing this...

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Employee Spotlight - Gerardo Quiroz

Here at Flora, we feel as though we’re all one big family. Some of us are new to the company while others have been here for 20+ years. We each bring a unique set of qualities to the company. Therefore, we thought we’d post an employee spotlight from time to time so our subscribers can get to know our employees a little better. Name: Gerardo Quiroz What is Your Role at Flora?: Corporate Operations Manager. I make sure Flora has expansion capabi...

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Human Adapted Probiotics? What?

Human Adapted Probiotics? What?
Probiotics may be invisible to the naked eye but they’ve been dominating product formulations, industry news, supplements research, and consumer demand for the past few years. The more you’ve read about them, the more you may have come across phrases like “human adapted” or “human strain”. What does this actually mean though? Is this just marketing-speak for “diaper sourced”? Thankfully not! Human adapted is a real selling feature and advantage for...

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Athlete Spotlight - Heather "Anish" Anderson

Photo credit: Adam Walker New this year to the Flora ambassador team is Anish Hikes (Heather Anderson). She has set the self-supported FKT on the Pacific Crest Trail, Appalachian Trail, and the Arizona Trail. She's kind of our hero. You can learn more about her in the athlete spotlight below. Full Name: Heather Anderson Nickname: Anish Birthday: 7/11/1981 Age I am: 35 Age I feel: Ageless My occupation: Personal Trainer and Public Speaker What...

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