More humans, changing weather, and changing treatments/medicines have come together to create a time where viruses are more common. Doctors, childcare workers, and anyone who’s been paying attention the last few decades will tell you: it’s more common these days to see several illnesses a year, rather than one or two (especially in kids, who are just building their immune systems). Read more about viruses…

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Disrupt Insomnia

November 13, 2018

Lose sleep, and spend the next day feeling bad. Whether it’s occasional or a chronic problem, forgoing sleep or fighting insomnia can have adverse affects on your health. People who get less than 7 hours sleep face an increased risk of heart attacks, perform worse at work and driving (also giving them an increased risk of accidents) and, according to new research, are more likely to be dehydrated. Make sure you get enough sleep with help from our Sleep Support Pack. Read more about insomnia…

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Studies are starting to peel back the ways that our gut bacteria (and skin bacteria, and other bacteria colonies) may impact not just our health, but potentially who we are. If you enjoy exercise, creativity, or struggle with depression, it might actually be the bacteria. A new preliminary study is taking the causation a bit further. While it was assumed that bacteria were releasing enzymes and hormones or triggering other actions that caused these changes, preliminary research shows that these bacteria may actually be making their way up to our brains, and potentially colonizing there as well.

If you weren’t serious about caring for your gut bacteria before, you should be now. If this research is verified, it could have implications for Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases, as well as fundamentally impact the question of who we are! Read more about gut bacteria…

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Avoid a Salmonella Turkey

November 9, 2018

A rare strain of Salmonella is affecting turkeys and turkey products throughout the country. This particular salmonella outbreak has been ongoing for about a year, so expect that it could pop up in any turkey, anywhere. Here’s how to stay healthy this holiday and avoid Salmonella food poisoning while enjoying your turkey.

First, beware pre-prepped foods. So far, the current outbreak has centered around things like patties, dog food, and raw turkey products. But there’s always a risk the equipment processing other pre-made foods (like a pre-done turkey dinner) could become contaminated, leading to an unpleasant holiday meal. Make sure to heat your turkey dinner up according to package directions, even if it’s already been cooked! Read more about salmonella food poisoning…

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November and December are busy travel months in the US thanks to two major holidays and lots of time off school—they’re also smack dab in the middle of flu season. You’ll receive lots of warnings about flu season this year, but there’s something else to worry about if you’ll be flying: measles and mumps. Read more about travel…

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