Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?

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Food sensitivities and allergies are on the rise around the world in an alarming rate. An estimated 20% of Americans struggle with a food allergy or intolerance. But what’s the difference?  

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UTI and Yeast Infection Prevention with Probiotics

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Urinary tract infections (UTI) and yeast infections are two of the most common types of infections that women experience. Often, these infections can be uncomfortable and painful and can even lead to more serious health problems if left untreated. Fortunately, UTI and yeast infection prevention with probiotics can help! What Causes UTIs and Yeast Infections?…

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Flourish & Synergy

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What is Synergy? Synergy is defined as the cooperation of two or more organizations that produces a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects. Bacteria are Naturally Synergistic. There’s an old adage in microbiology: no microbe is an island. That is to say, bacteria are not made to live in isolation. Out in…

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Probiotics and the Immune System

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Let’s talk about probiotics and the immune system. Can supplementing with these tiny organisms help you stay healthy? School is in session, and the dark cold days of winter are arriving. Unfortunately, this also means cold and flu seasons have begun. Respiratory illnesses are currently surging throughout the United States as hospitals report high rates…

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Probiotics for Men

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What are the “best” probiotics for men?   In our blog post The Importance of Men’s Gut Health, we learn that a gut is not just a gut. Although men and women have similar GI systems, there are unique differences between their gut microbiomes. Preliminary research shows that men have several male-specific health conditions that link to…

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Getting Dirty

Getting Dirty

What if getting “dirty” is actually good for your health?  You’ve probably heard the saying “A little dirt don’t hurt!” Perhaps you’ve heard that running around outside barefoot can actually benefit your immune system, or that getting exposed to pet dander and farm animals can help prevent allergies. Thoughts like these became popularized through a…

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Alcohol Use and Gut Health: A Crossroads

alcohol use and gut health

Have you ever wondered how alcohol use affects your gut health? As summertime approaches, kicking back on the deck with an ice-cold cocktail sound like a great way to end the day. Is a small amount of alcohol better than a large amount of alcohol? How does alcohol use affect the gut and the bacteria…

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C-section Birth & the Microbiome

Mother and baby after C-section birth

Giving birth is one of the most profound experiences of life, occurring every second of every day all over the world. It can also be one of the most overwhelming experiences, especially when pregnancy complications arise.    According to the World Health Organization, cesarean section (C-section) use continues to rise globally. As a result, we’re seeing…

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IBS

IBS

Do you, or does someone you know, suffer from IBS? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects an estimated 10-15% of the American population. However, only 5-7% of those actually receive the diagnosis. 

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Endometriosis and the Gut, A Powerful Connection

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Endometriosis.  You’ve likely heard this term before, but do you know what it is?  Perhaps you know someone who has been afflicted by this painful disorder. Or maybe, you’re an endometriosis warrior yourself. The prevalence of endometriosis is estimated at 10% of reproductive women worldwide.  That’s 1 in 10 females between the ages of 12…

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