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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 […]

By now, most people know that probiotic supplements give your gut a boost of good bacteria and provide many health benefits. But experts have identified an exciting new ingredient that can take gut health to the next level — bacteriophages. Pioneering companies like Global Healing are using the cutting-edge science of these unique organisms to supercharge their probiotic formulas. They are tiny organisms that make your probiotic stronger and more effective. One of the most exciting uses for bacteriophages has to do with gut health.[1, 2] They boost the good […]

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A "cherry on top" is always a good thing — that famous saying means something great is now even better. That’s certainly the case if you’re talking about an acerola cherry. "I’ve been using acerola for many years, both in raw and supplemental form. Acerola could be the most underrated tropical fruit out there," says Lina V., a doctor from Sofia, Bulgaria. "It’s a superfruit with a high concentration of vitamin C." This tart-flavored cherry grows in the tropics but has become a popular supplement of late, whether in powder […]

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