There’s more than misery when you miss out on a good night’s sleep. Your performance at work drops, your immune system is weaker, you look tired (and thoughtless people might even tell you as much), and you’re putting yourself at serious risk: miss enough sleep, and you might find yourself dozing off in a dangerous situation, like while driving.

But there’s plenty of small, painless changes you can make to start improving your sleep today. A few new habits, and you might be less tired, without even spending an extra minute in bed. Read more about sleep…

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It may have been discovered in the 1980s, but a diagnostic test was only developed in the last year, and you’ve probably never heard of it—it’s mycoplasma genitalium.

Mycoplasma genitalium is an STI. Like most STIs, there’s been a boost in transmission as the world has grown smaller thanks to the internet. With vague symptoms, doctors are prone to mistreating mycoplasma genitalium, leading to it developing antibiotic resistance—a growing problem among all STIs, but especially one the general public is unfamiliar with. Read more about STIs…

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Ticks are booming coast to coast and around the globe. In the US, only the islands aren’t experiencing a boom in ticks—and with new communities suddenly exposed, spreading awareness is more important than ever.

Ticks aren’t being tracked as well as mosquitoes. The threat of Zika, Yellow Fever, Dengue, West Nile Virus, and a host of new tropical diseases spread by mosquitoes seems to loom larger than Lyme Disease. But Lyme Disease is it’s own torture and can become chronic, either through reinfection, damage from inflammation, and new tick-borne illnesses are equally concerning. The midwest is facing the risk that a tick bite could lead to a red meat allergy.

But beyond Lyme Disease, there are other tick borne illnesses that people are less aware of: Rocky Mountain spotted fever, babesiosis, anaplasmosis and Colorado tick fever. Every state has its own ticks and diseases, and many of them are spreading faster than Lyme Disease, but getting far less attention. Here’s a brief run down of the major ones: Read more about ticks…

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Cleanse!Your home should be your safe place. Unfortunately, a combination of factors may make it a source of exposure to toxins that could be impacting your health. From the ubiquitous presence of plastics to antiquated regulations, here’s how to reduce, then detox your exposure to household toxins.

What are the biggest risk factors? Clothing and furniture used to be subject to regulations that required they be doused in fire retardant (thanks, California, for mandating it so manufacturers everywhere had to follow the rule). Couches more than a few years old will still be made to those specifications, while newer purchases will come with the option to have none. In addition to flame retardant, materials that are spill proof (furniture or carpets) are also putting off chemicals. It’s recommended to keep food separate from all these chemicals (don’t eat off the floor or couch, basically). Read more about toxins and detoxing…

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Unless you’re closely following all the health studies that come out, you may not be aware that there’s a big new player in the world of health: bacteria. Not the kind of bacteria that make you sick, but the kind that keep you healthy—they support heart health, mental health, how we age, how we digest (even what we weigh) and overall wellness. Our gut bacteria, our skin bacteria, and bacteria all over and throughout our body are determining our health, influencing our lifestyle, and more. Make sure that you’re supporting your bacteria with Flora MGR.

Commercials, at least, have informed us for decades that supporting good gut bacteria can help regulate digestion, putting us in the perfect middle between being regular and having diarrhea. According to the past decades of research that easily observable fact is just scratching the surface of what our gut bacteria (and beyond) can do. They can change how well we absorb nutrients, what chemical signals get sent out from the gut (impacting diabetes risk, caloric use, and weight gain or loss), and what sorts of food we crave. Good bacteria influence us toward healthier eating (and thrive when we feed them prebiotics like vegetables) while bad bacteria can quickly spiral us toward craving sugar and other high caloric junk. Our gut bacteria even influence our risk of developing kidney stones and asthma!

It goes beyond the gut, though. Genital bacteria can affect men’s health and fertility, as well as women’s cervical cancer risk. Skin bacteria influence wound healing, infection risk, and more. Read more about good bacteria…

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