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Although we can find many foods in the supermarket that have been fortified with a synthetic form of vitamin D, there are only a select number of foods that naturally contain vitamin D. Normally, the human body makes vitamin D. Exposure to sunlight is the catalyst for the synthesis of this hormone in the skin. But today, many people spend countless hours indoors, and exposure to the sun is limited. This may be a cause of many ailments, including a depressed mood and weak bones. With age, bones can become […]

Did you know that there are five different types of Vitamin D? There's D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5, but D2 and D3 are the only types that our bodies can use. So, when something just says "vitamin D" it is generally referring to D2 or D3 (or a combination of the two). Even more impressive, Vitamin D is one of the only vitamins that your body can produce by itself. What is the catalyst that gets your D production going? Good old-fashioned sunshine! It's the ultraviolet-B radiation (UVB) that […]

Many people don’t realize a healthy gut does far more than handle digestion. Research into the gut microbiome is revealing startling results, showing its effects on the immune system, obesity, allergies, and mood. Nutrition plays a firm role in gut flora quality and quantity. In fact, certain foods contain “prebiotics” that feed beneficial gut bacteria. The more beneficial bacteria we have, the greater likelihood our health will benefit. On the other hand, a diet high in refined sugars and trans fats may hinder the gut microbiota and influence practically every […]

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Your gut is where digestion begins, it's connected to your brain, and it's at least 70 percent of your immune system. The bottom line — you can't be healthy if your gut isn't healthy. A diet free of refined sugar and artificial ingredients are part of the equation in promoting a healthy gut flora. Achieving a positive balance of bacteria is the other. Within your gut live colonies of friendly bacteria known as probiotics that are part of your microbiota. When you have healthy, established colonies, it has positive effects […]

Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a beautiful, fruit-bearing plant native to the flooded areas of the Amazon rainforests. This is a superfruit you should know about! The round, plum-sized fruits contain more vitamin C than oranges and lemons, supporting your immune system. Yet it offers plenty of other health benefits![1] Camu camu and its powerful polyphenols also promote healthy aging and longevity, heart health, and weight loss. Besides having one of the highest vitamin C content of any fruit on the planet, camu camu has an incredible nutrient profile. High […]

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