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  • Keep Antibiotics Working: New Health Campaign in England

    by Paula Gallagher | October 25, 2017

    antibioticsIt is no secret, that antibiotics are the most prescribed drug. Patients are quickly prescribed antibiotics for things like ear and sinus infections. But how are effective are they? It turns out that the overprescribing of antibiotics is actually decreasing their efficacy.

    A few years ago, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) noted that treating sinus infections with antibiotics (standard practice in the US) wouldn't help most cases and may actually do more harm.

    According to the IDSA, sinus infections are the fifth leading reason for antibiotic prescriptions, Read more

  • Keeping Your Kids Healthy With Probiotics

    by Paula Gallagher | September 5, 2017

    kids-to-schoolWe have been free of illness all summer. No colds, flus or any other sort of viruses. But as I walked my kids to school this morning, I realized that this streak might end soon. Kids are exposed to all sorts of bad bugs at school, so it’s important for them to have a strong immune system.

    One way to start it is to make sure they know how to properly wash their hands and that they are doing it frequently. But another important aspect of immune health is sugar consumption.

    Sugar is often a culprit for weakening a child’s immune system, Read more

  • Why You Need Prebiotics Too

    by Paula Gallagher | March 7, 2017

    onions-garlicWe have heard plenty about probiotics and how important these beneficial bacteria are for your health, but compelling studies show that prebiotics are equally important. Beneficial bacteria found in probiotics such as yogurt and prebiotics such as fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) can keep the digestive system functioning normally. While probiotics are beneficial to your immune system, prebiotics help feed probiotics (the beneficial bacteria).

    Probiotic micro-organisms thrive only with the proper environment and food sources. That’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are non-digestible, oligosaccharides (complex sugars) in our food that become food sources for probiotics. Read more

  • What Supplements Do I Really Need?

    by Margo Gladding | October 19, 2016

    multivitamins_smallCustomers often ask me to recommend a basic supplement plan for them. Of course, everyone is unique and has different needs, but there are four supplements that I do often recommend as a solid foundational base. From there, we can branch out to cover other areas of support based on age, gender, health risks, and health concerns. I also like to utilize some great lab testing that can help assess one’s micronutrient levels and nutrient needs. This information can be very helpful in personalizing and maximizing a nutrition program.

    Many of the most prevalent health conditions are directly linked to improper nutrition and poor lifestyle habits. Read more

  • Mangoes Can Help Prevent Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

    by Paula Gallagher | September 14, 2016

    mangoesNew research from Oklahoma State University published in the Journal of Nutrition has found that eating mangoes can help prevent or decrease the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eating mangoes can also prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria that comes from a high-fat diet.

    Obesity and high-fat diets are associated with the development of many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And although there are many drugs prescribed to treat these diseases by lowering blood glucose and lipids, medications can have serious side effects.

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