Food Allergy or Food Intolerance?

lactose intolerant

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

prevent yeast infections and uti with probiotics

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

synergy

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 for Men

probiotics for men

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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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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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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Women as Bacterial Hosts

women

Yep. It’s true. Men and women are distinctly different from one another and studies are continuing to find that these differences affect the gut as well. Most science suggests the reason for these differences is due to the different hormones at play.   The female reproductive system is incredible: a reoccurring cycle that requires detailed regulation…

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