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From Mercury to Microplastics: The Importance of Fish Oil Purity

May 29, 2020 - 6:06pm
 The Importance of Fish Oil Purity

Many people supplement with essential fatty acids because they fear they cannot obtain enough from their diets. An essential nutrient is one our bodies can’t produce so must be obtained in the diet. Essential fatty acids, such as omega-3s, are primarily found in fish so those not consuming enough fish in their diets oftentimes supplement with omega-3s.

The Role of the Microbiome in Immunity

May 26, 2020 - 11:19am
The Role of the Microbiome in Immunity

The immune system is the body’s first line of defense. When triggered, white blood cells rush to the affected area, which can trigger symptoms such as redness, swelling that is warm to the touch, pain, and stiffness. Flu-like symptoms can also be implicated when inflammation is taking hold of the body's host defense mechanisms. We normally think of up-regulating the immune system, however, sometimes it can be overactive. In this case, balancing the immune response might be a more accurate approach. In the case of chronic inflammation, due to an overly active immune system, the immune response must be downregulated.

In this article, we’ll explore how various factors, such as the microbiome, genes, and inflammation impact the immune response.

The Role of Fatty Acids in Immunity

May 15, 2020 - 7:20pm
The Role of Fatty Acids in Immunity

We commonly evaluate food and macronutrients based on their ability to supply the necessary fuel for our bodies to operate; as such, we classify them as carbohydrates, proteins and fats. However, we must also consider food based on its healing power and role in optimal health, which goes beyond basic nutritional characterization.

Wash Your Hands and Take Your Probiotics

May 8, 2020 - 1:38pm
Wash Your Hands and Take Your Probiotics

Most of us know that washing hands, getting plenty of rest, getting your vitamin D and eating a diet rich in antioxidants and various botanicals (such as Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry and mushroom blends) can help boost the immune system. But what other immune-boosting tactics might be missing from your medicine cabinet? To keep the immune system running strong, there might not be just one magic bullet. However, more and more research points to the power of probiotics in supporting immune health.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month | Plus 3 Key Tools to Thrive

May 1, 2020 - 1:36pm
May is Mental Health Awareness Month | Plus 3 Key Tools to Thrive

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, both in the US and UK, drawing attention to the importance of mental health in all areas of life. The event is a step in removing the stigma surrounding mental health, so that people can reach out and get the much-needed help they require.

9 Natural Ways to Keep Calm

April 27, 2020 - 12:33pm
9 Natural Ways to Keep Calm

Did you know there is a human need for certainty? Your brain craves it; and the lack of predictability right now can easily lead to stress, panic or even boredom. This can cause us to reach for our cell phones to get answers. 

Immune Benefits of Whey Protein

April 20, 2020 - 10:02am
Immune Benefits of Whey Protein

High-quality amino acids in our diet are essential for maintaining immune system cell structure. Whey protein is a well-known, complete protein source that provides all the essential amino acids our body needs.

Bovine milk contains many components that have immunomodulatory and antimicrobial properties. Research has demonstrated that bovine colostrum and milk, whether or not they are from cows immunized against specific pathogens, provide a medium for the transfer of passive immunity, and may offer disease protection in a range of species. 

Peptides and amino acids in whey protein possess immune stimulatory activity. The most valuable proteins include: lactoferrin, immunoglobulins, β-Lactoglobulin, lactoperoxidase and lysozyme, along with bioactive peptides. These components are resistant to pepsin and trypsin activity and maintain their biological activity within humans as evidenced in numerous studies.

Cannabinoids: The Ultimate Guide

April 13, 2020 - 5:26pm
 The Ultimate Guide

What is all the fuss about cannabinoids? Is it all about cannabis or is there more to the hype? These are common questions, and for good reason. Although cannabinoids were pinpointed thanks to research into cannabis, cannabinoids are proving to be a treasure trove for deep exploration into holistic health and well-being. 

In this ultimate guide to cannabinoids - we’ll explore cannabinoids from all angles, including the entourage effect, cannabinoids in breast milk, natural ways to boost cannabinoids, the bliss molecule, labelling accuracy and the ins and outs of the endocannabinoid system, and much more.

10 Herbs for Lung Support

March 27, 2020 - 10:49am
10 Herbs for Lung Support

Respiratory complications are a common occurrence with a seasonal rhythm around the world. Because pulmonary inflammation is a hallmark of many respiratory complications, the objective is to support normal inflammatory pathways specific to pulmonary health. 

What Does it Mean to Have a Strong Immune System?

March 24, 2020 - 2:28pm
What Does it Mean to Have a Strong Immune System?

We’ve been hearing on the news a lot about people with “compromised immune systems” being at greater risk of contracting unwelcomed viruses. What does “compromised” actually mean except that you’re more susceptible to getting sick? 

7 High-Fiber Foods that Do More than Help Your Gut

March 17, 2020 - 12:20pm
7 High-Fiber Foods that Do More than Help Your Gut

Everyone knows that diet plays a critical role in human health. But too often we get carried away with the idea of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, and forget one really important nutrient -- fiber. Despite multitudes of scientific evidence linking dietary fiber to various health benefits, most Americans still fall short of the recommended daily fiber intake -- which stands at 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men

Immune Defenses Enhanced by Master Detox Molecule

March 17, 2020 - 11:31am
Immune Defenses Enhanced by Master Detox Molecule

While studying the glutathione molecule, researchers found that the antioxidant did more than simply promote the immune system. Researchers from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH) discovered how T cells ward off particles when they are expressing the Gclc gene. The Gclc gene encodes a protein that aids the production of glutathione. Previously glutathione was only thought to remove free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS).

5 Benefits of Collagen

March 11, 2020 - 11:20am
5 Benefits of Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein found in the animal kingdom. Though nearly 28 types of collagen have been identified in the human body, types I, II, and III account for 80-90 percent. The function of collagen is to support the softer tissues and withstand stretching. The basic structure of collagen consists of a triple helix made up of three alpha strands formed mainly of glycine, proline and hydroxyproline. The differences in collagen types is due to specific patterns of amino acids within the alpha strands that form the triple helix. Type I collagen is common in skin, bones, tendons, ligaments, vascular ligature and organs. Type II is primarily found in cartilage. Type III is found in skin, muscle and blood vessels. 

Magnesium and Mood

March 3, 2020 - 11:27am
Magnesium and Mood

According to the American Osteopathic Association, about 50% of the US population is not getting enough magnesium and magnesium deficiency can cause a variety of health issues. Recently, however, a closer look has been given to how magnesium deficiency is linked to low mood.

10 Dietary Fiber Sources to Upregulate Microbiome Health

February 26, 2020 - 1:17pm
10 Dietary Fiber Sources to Upregulate Microbiome Health

Eating foods high in dietary fiber leads to healthy outcomes. Examining the research into fiber fosters an appreciation for the molecular diversity and variations of fiber types, as well as the role fiber plays as a substrate for gut microbial metabolism. Dietary fiber impacts both the function and composition of the microbiota yielding physiologic responses to microbial-derived metabolites of fiber digestion, including protection against obesity and related metabolic diseases.

Healthy Blood Sugar Levels 101

February 17, 2020 - 4:19pm
Healthy Blood Sugar Levels 101

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) there are 422 million people with diabetes mellitus (DM) and 318 million with impaired glucose tolerance (dysglycemia). This is an important public health issue that requires attention given its relationship to a plethora of chronic diseases as well as economic burden. We know that overweight (BMI > 25) and obesity (BMI>30) also lead to increased health risk relative to increasing values. However, we must look beyond these numbers alone and consider numerous factors that contribute to metabolic imbalances.