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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | September 3, 2021

    Berberine is a biologically active compound that is derived from various types of plants, such as the Berberis shrub. This compound is what is known as an isoquinoline alkaloid, which is a fancy name that identifies its chemical structure and designates its category of class. Berberine appears bright yellow in color and can be found in different parts of a berberine-containing shrub such as the roots, stem, and bark.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | August 26, 2021

    Elderberry is sort of an “umbrella term” for a variety of flowering plants found in the world. One of the most common is the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra or S. nigra), also known as the black elder. As expected, its origins are rooted in Europe, but it is known to grow in many other places around the world. Other types of elderberry include the dwarf elder, blue elderberry, American elder, red-fruited elder, danewort, and antelope brush.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | August 23, 2021

    Vitamin D affects cells in the immune system and protects against infection and autoimmune disorders. It supports immunity by inhibiting B cell proliferation, blocking B cell differentiation, and immunoglobulin secretion. During the recent viral outbreak, researchers noted that U.S. patients with low levels of vitamin D were more likely to be hospitalized. A higher incidence of autoimmune disease is linked with insufficient vitamin D in the body.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | August 23, 2021

    Ashwagandha is an evergreen shrub that is commonly used as a medicinal herb. The root and berry portion of this herb are traditionally used as Ayurvedic medicine in India. It is primarily grown in Asia and Africa and is referred to as an adaptogen—it helps the body adapt and handle stress. Here are some of the benefits of ashwagandha that are backed by science.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | August 19, 2021

    D-Mannose, or simply mannose, is a close cousin to glucose, which is the typical sugar used by the body. It is readily taken up by cells in a much similar way as glucose, but its metabolic fate differs slightly. Once the cell breaks down mannose, some of it is used to attach sugary chains into proteins and lipids in a process called glycosylation—or more specifically, mannosylation.

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    Allison Tallman, MS, RDN

    | August 18, 2021

    While many of us might take probiotics for gut health, many aren’t aware that digestive enzymes can also help to support a balanced gut by digesting the food that we eat. Adding Digestive Enzyme Pro Blend to your daily routine can help improve digestion, reduce bloating, and assist in better absorption of nutrients. It can also reduce instances of other gastrointestinal discomfort like abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. We break down the health benefits of digestive enzymes, how to include it into your lifestyle, and much more in this article!

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | August 16, 2021

    Classified as a fungus (or fungi for plural), mushrooms are almost like a cross between a fruit and a plant, except plants and fruits have seeds which sprout into more plants and fruits when planted. In contrast, the seeds of mushrooms are actually called spores, which are released into the air and carried in the wind until they hit the ground. Once on the ground, these spores feed off of the surrounding environment (soil or wood) and form roots. The network of roots formed by these spores is called a mycelium, and the mycelium provides the foundation by which mature mushrooms (the actual “mushroom cap”) sprout from the ground.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | August 13, 2021

    From time-to-time, we can all feel a little (or very) bloated. Bloating is the feeling that you get when your belly feels enlarged or swollen when you’re done eating. Bloating can be caused by too much gas production in the stomach or disrupted movement of the muscles that help your digestive system process food and drink. If you feel like you’re experiencing bloating regularly, you’re not alone—this is reported to happen in about 19% of people .

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | July 21, 2021

    As we age, we tend to experience increasing rates of hair loss. This can be natural due to the aging process or influenced by genetics. One of the ways that people have tried to restore lost hair is through hair transplant. This is basically the process by which a surgeon moves hair from one area on the head (usually from a place where it continues to grow) to areas where hair is missing.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | June 15, 2021

    The human gut is responsible for a large part of our intellectual and physiological functioning. Our brains receive continual messaging from the flora in our digestive tract, whose genes number around 20 million, compared with a human body's 20,000 genes. You might be thinking, but wait a minute. Isn't the gut part of my body?

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | June 11, 2021

    We’ve all heard the classic “drink 8 glasses of water a day” as a standard measure of how much water we should be drinking daily. But what happens when we don’t get enough water in our bodies? Here, you’ll find 8 signs that are often experienced by people who are dehydrated and often indicate that you need to drink more water.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | May 27, 2021

    We all deal with a little worry now and then. It causes us to become concerned and focused on tasks we need to accomplish throughout the day. But what happens when this anxiety becomes a little too much for our own comfort? What happens when this anxiety begins to take away from our productivity and increases procrastination? This has likely been the case for many people around the world: we begin a new task focused and ready to conquer it, only to begin working on another task, and another one after that.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | May 26, 2021

    Melissa Hartwig Urban, the founder, and CEO of the Whole30 brand, doesn’t mince words or beat around any bushes. Her approach to nutrition is sink or swim. You have to be all in and fully committed to the drastic changes required for the life-altering results you’ll love. The Whole30 way is eating whole foods for 30 days. NO cheating. But there are also some entire food groups you’ll eliminate—just for a month.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | May 17, 2021

    Optimally, we get enough of these micronutrients in our food and water when we eat a well-balanced, nourishing diet, but many people don't eat enough fruits and veggies in today's world. We can help to boost our intake with multivitamin supplements. It's important to note that too much of some vitamins or minerals can also be harmful. A multivitamin typically contains vitamins and minerals.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | May 14, 2021

    We’re always looking for naturally effective ways to look our best, especially when it comes to things that we pay attention to quite often: our hair, skin, and nails. Here are some evidence-based tips that can maintain the natural, healthy looking hair, skin, and nails of your youth.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | April 28, 2021

    Magnesium is a mineral that is required for many chemical reactions in the body. As a key player in energy metabolism, brain cell communication, and immune function, it is important to make sure you are getting enough magnesium every day to avoid any problems in these areas (and many more). Interestingly, about 99% of the magnesium in your body is typically found in bones, non-muscular soft tissues, and muscle, but the majority of this mineral is located within parts of your bones.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | April 28, 2021

    I saw an ad on my phone while playing Spider Solitaire, showing a nifty ‘nice cream’ maker. A hand put bananas and strawberries into a chute, and out came a delicious-looking pink dessert. The sales copy said something like, “Do you like ice cream but don’t want all the sugar and carbs? Are you kidding me? Do they think we don’t know that bananas and strawberries are FULL of sugar and carbs?

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | April 19, 2021

    Sometimes we just need a bit of a mental boost to get through our daily projects in and outside of work. Other days, you may want to try and combat awful brain fog that bogs you down and prevents you from becoming motivated and thinking clearly. Fortunately, nootropic compounds appear to be the saving grace when it comes to sharpening our mental abilities.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | April 19, 2021

    Before getting into the nitty-gritty of comparing the ketogenic and Atkins diets, let’s talk about why they’re so popular. Do you know anyone who “eats keto?” Maybe YOU do. Or you did. Should you? Humans need food to live, and historically, we’ve typically maintained “normal” weight ranges without dieting, supplementing, or going to the gym. Until the mid-20th century, with the advent of widely accepted processed food and TV dinners.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | April 6, 2021

    Feel that? That’s your heart working hard to pump blood through the blood vessels in your body so that each of your organs can receive the nutrients they need to function at their best. When I say your heart works hard, I mean it works hard. In fact, your heart will beat roughly 100,000 times every day to pump approximately 2,000 gallons of blood around your entire body. That’s hard work. So, you should aim to take care of your heart in the best way possible.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | March 29, 2021

    Turmeric comes from a perennial plant in the ginger family native in Southern Asia. It's what gives Indian curry a yellow color and some of its fabulous, pungent, earthy flavor. Most of the turmeric we use is grown in India and exported all over the world, but China, Vietnam, and Peru also produce and ship it. You can buy it fresh in the produce department of some groceries, and it's usually available as a spice in most baking aisles.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | March 26, 2021

    Yogurt is an excellent source for probiotics, helping digestion and maintaining a healthy immune system. Before we get into which types of yogurt are the best for your gut, let’s look at the benefits of probiotics in the body.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | March 26, 2021

    If you want to lose weight, you're not alone. We all want to fit into the cutest swimsuits, slide easily into the airplane seat, and feel confident walking down the street. According to the CDC, almost half of Americans are trying to lose weight. That's a lot of people, so you're in good company. People of all shapes and sizes spend billions of dollars each year on products, coaches, therapies, and diet plans to help them shed unwanted weight.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | March 22, 2021

    The liver is a large organ in the abdomen that is responsible for many different functions. In this context, it is no wonder that the liver is a vital organ that constantly works to make sure you stay in good health. Therefore, it is a good thing to include activities or behaviors in your daily routine that can help your liver maintain a healthy function.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | March 16, 2021

    For thousands of years, India has used natural remedies and earth elements as medicine. A medical system called Ayurveda, or the ‘knowledge of life.’ This alternative medicine focuses on balancing the body’s energies by healing our movements, metabolic systems, and overall body structure.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | March 15, 2021

    Simply put, intermittent fasting is the idea of cycling between eating and fasting. Now, there are different ways that you intermittently fast yourself, and it really comes down to how long you plan to fast for at once.

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    Jill Armijo, PTA, CHC

    | March 10, 2021

    Collagen makes up a third of the protein in the human body. It's in charge of making and keeping your skin, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments (altogether called soft tissue) strong and healthy.

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    Brett Melanson, PhDc

    | March 8, 2021

    Truly, the only way to know if you are getting enough vitamin D in your diet is to have this checked by your physician. However, evidence shows that roughly 24-40% of the population is actually vitamin D deficient—meaning they have less than the recommended amount of vitamin D in their blood.

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    Chelsea De Beer

    | November 6, 2019

    Taking of your hair, skin, and nails is paramount for living a healthy lifestyle and looking good. Keep in mind, though, that without the proper vitamins and minerals in your diet, it won’t be possible. Your body needs vitamins like B7, also known as Biotin, to create proteins and amino acids we need to survive. We cannot synthesize Biotin ourselves, so we have to make sure we eat enough Biotin-rich foods.

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    Chelsea De Beer

    | October 20, 2019

    Scutellaria Baicalensis Georgi is also known as Chinese skullcap. It’s one of the 50 fundamental herbs used in traditional East-Asian medicine. It has been prized for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Recent studies have shown that this therapeutic plant treats a wide variety of illnesses. In this article, we take a deep dive into the research so you can find out the facts.

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    Chelsea De Beer

    August 22, 2019

    You’re doing it wrong! Facing Our Keto Missteps Notice I didn’t say “mistakes” there? That’s because if you are learning from it, it’s not so much a mistake as it is an opportunity. Every accidental carb, every Thanksgiving dinner, every bogus health shake we’ve ever experienced as individuals, we can all benefit from the lessons…
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    Chelsea De Beer

    | August 22, 2019

    Are you searching for a way to maximize your performance both mentally and physically? Reaching peak performance and staying there is both a formidable challenge and an empowering achievement. Whether we’re talking about winning gold at the Boston Marathon or passing the BAR, the body needs to be running at optimal efficiency to transcend your…
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    Chelsea De Beer

    | August 15, 2019

    We often get the question: “Does your body really need exogenous ketones to achieve maximal physical and mental performance?” We’ve broken down the answers for you, with the help of a solid foundation of empirical data and academically acclaimed expert opinion. If you or a family member suffers from PCOS, epilepsy, ALS, Alzheimers or have experienced…
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    Chelsea De Beer

    | July 31, 2019

    The first week or so of your ketogenic journey may have you feeling less than epic. The reason this initial steppingstone happens to us is a simple question of adaptation. As our bodies get used to using fats for fuel and oxidizing ketones for energy, we start to feel more and more amazing, until we…
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    Chelsea De Beer

    | July 15, 2019

    The ketogenic lifestyle can add power, longevity, and clarity of mind to your life if you eat the right stuff and avoid lurking pitfalls ready to sabotage your progress. When you combine the hunger-busting qualities of the keto diet with its ability to sky-rocket performance in daily life or on the track, you have an…
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    Chelsea De Beer

    July 27, 2020

    Collagen is one of the most common proteins found in the human body. It offers structural support, playing a major role in connective tissues around the body. Though the body is capable of making its own supply of collagen, aging can slow down this process...