APile of SoilSoil. No, really. And I don’t just mean how different regions have different nutrient conditions (impacting the nutrients in our food); I mean the right kind of soil, namely, Humic and Fulvic acid. It’s more than just a collection of important minerals, it actually helps cells to absorb the nutrients from your diet and Humic and Fulvic acid is a great natural source of probiotics (where natural is valuable because of selection and diversity. Humans have figured out a handful of beneficial strains, but there are so many still unexplored!). Read more about humic and fulvic acid…

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Feel Better Digestion

September 12, 2016

Krill SketchWhether you already add omega-3s to your diet with fish oil or need to start, it’s time to do something better with Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

Why switch to Krill Oil? For one, it’s easier for your gut to digest. For people with any sort of digestive troubles—whether they came naturally with age or are from a condition like celiac, IBD, or IBS, digestibility (and bioavailablity) should be top considerations when choosing a supplement. But everyone can appreciate easier digestion, especially when it means no stinky fish burps! Read more about krill oil…

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Fall in a Cup

September 9, 2016

Senior woman with cup of teaHere’s something worth noting for the holidays: a sweet drink may be giving you more teaspoons of sugar than a small pastry.

A pumpkin spice sugar drink might say fall to you, but here’s something healthier you can try: the fresh earthy taste of Jiaogulan tea.

No added sugar but lots of antioxidants, Jiaogulan is known as the tea of life. It supports a healthy cardiovascular system and more. Plus, it’s caffeine free so it won’t cause insomnia or interrupt your circadian rhythm. Read more about tea…

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Gram Stain“Complications related to…” is a neat little phrase put on death certificates that can be horribly misleading. Most people understand that with even a mild disease, one thing can lead to another until you’ve got some pretty serious complications (TV dramas about doctors have been around for decades, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one)—and that’s a reasonable use of the phrase. But it’s not uncommon for hospitals to use it to cover their own blunders. In fact, it might be more fair that in a growing number of cases, it should say “complications related to hospital stay”, not accident/illness/etc.

Specifically, I’m referring to the growing number of deaths related to antibiotic resistant diseases, and MRSA in particular. Reuters recently called out this exact practice, because it obscures the exact toll of human lives to antibiotic resistant illnesses. According to the CDC, just being a patient in a hospital gives you a .05% chance of dieing from a hospital acquired infection (actual chance of getting an HAI is about 10-12%). That’s 1 in 200 people, and it very well may be an underestimate, since bacteria like ElizabethKingia (which attack people with extremely weak immune systems and a host of issues) fly under the radar. Read more about Superbugs…

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Lung Woman CoughingIt’s a good time of year for everyone—those with and without allergies or asthma—to take a look at the air contaminants coming from their own home and get rid of them. If you have allergies or asthma, you probably have a deep sense of the benefit of fighting back dust and other triggers. Otherwise, noticing the difference comes down to either close attention to your airways, or close attention to other markers like energy, sleep quality, and more.

Before going over the staples of fall triggers, here’s something new to add to the list: Vitamin D. A new study has linked lack of Vitamin D with asthma attacks in mild and moderate sufferers. A Vitamin D supplement taken with regular asthma medication cut hospital/ER visits for attacks in half. While researchers aren’t sure exactly why, whatever Vitamin D is doing for the respiratory system and immune response is clearly pretty important! Read more about asthma and allergies…

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