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

endometriosis

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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FODMAPs Explained 

FODMAPs Explained

Most people do not have to follow the low FODMAP diet to have a good life. However, those who suffer from IBS may find this food plan the best way to manage the painful symptoms of the disease. 

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Best Time to Take Probiotics

Best time to take probiotics

When is the best time to take my probiotic? Have you ever asked yourself this question? Many probiotic products on the market today have guidelines on when it’s best to take them. Who doesn’t want to get the most out of their supplement? One of the best things about Flourish is the secret of the…

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Autoimmune Disease and the Gut

autoimmune disease

As we continue to grow in depth of knowledge about gut health, let’s further our investigation about the immune system as it relates to autoimmune disease.  We should begin with the definition of autoimmune disease. An autoimmune disease is when the body seemingly spontaneously recognizes the native cells of the body as foreign invaders. Because…

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Gut-Brain Axis

Man with anxiety

The connection between the gut and the brain is a two-way street. This ‘street’ is referred to as the gut-brain axis. For every 1 message going from the brain to the gut, there are 9 going from the gut to the brain! Your gut and brain are connected through the central nervous system, immune system, and…

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Leaky Gut

LEAKY GUT

Leaky Gut. This is a common phrase around the gut health realm. It’s used as an umbrella term to cover a common idea about the integrity of the intestines as a barrier to the outside world.  First, let’s talk about the structure of intestines. The human intestines are designed to serve as a barrier between…

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Consistency is Key

Consistency is key

Consistency is KEY. (We say this a lot.) The main job of probiotics is to support a healthy balance of bacteria in your body. Your gut is filled with millions of native bacteria. Some have harmful tendencies and some produce needed byproducts that the body uses to modulate many different pathways.   The potentially harmful bacteria…

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