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Strengthen Immunity for Back-to-School, Back-to-Business

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Strengthen Immunity for Back-to-School, Back-to-Business

Strengthening Immunity is Important! Back-to-school is right around the corner and many people are also going back-to-work at the same time. Covid-19 is still affecting our communities and now the cold and flu season is fast approaching. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu viruses are detected year-round in the United States but are most common during the fall and winter. Why more sickness in fall/winter? Some factors that increase susceptibility in the fall and winter include: People spend more time indoors where viruses easily spread from person to person. Viruses thrive in colder conditions. Our...

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Super Ingredient Series: Melatonin

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Super Ingredient Series: Melatonin

What is melatonin? Melatonin is a hormone created in the brain. It helps regulate the body’s sleep cycle. Melatonin production is affected by the time of day and amount of light. Usually, the body produces more melatonin as it gets to be evening time and darker, and less when it is day and full light. Melatonin can also be taken as a supplement and is a very popular way to aid sleep, especially for those who have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep as well as a lack of energy during the day.  What are the benefits? Melatonin offers the...

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Super Ingredient Series: Turmeric

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Super Ingredient Series: Turmeric

What is Turmeric? Turmeric is an edible root that comes from the turmeric plant. It is a very common ingredient found in the Asian diet and has been used in India for thousands of years for its flavor, coloring, and medicinal qualities. Turmeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow color and is used to color and flavor mustards, cheeses, and butter. Modern scientific research has shown turmeric has amazing health benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and it is the curcumin that offers the medicinal benefits. What are the benefits?...

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Joint Care for Pets

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Joint Care for Pets

Joint problems? Just like humans, pets also can suffer from joint problems. Is your dog, cat, or horse slowing down? Do they seem less interested in the lively activities they used to love? Do they have a loss of appetite? All of these are signs that your pet might need some joint care to enhance their quality of life. What to watch for... Some of the most common signs that indicate joint care is needed include: Stiffness, soreness, limping, or lameness Swelling and increased temperature in the joint area Difficulty getting up and down Reluctance to go on walks Pain...

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How is Inflammation Affecting My Body & Joints?

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How is Inflammation Affecting My Body & Joints?

Inflammation The word “inflammation” doesn’t sound like a good thing. It's something we want to avoid – right? Well, yes and no. According to Dr. Robert H. Shmerling, medical editor from Harvard Health Publishing, inflammation “plays an essential role in healing and injury repair to keep your body safe and healthy.” Inflammation is the way the body fights infections and works toward healing. When the body is injured or becomes sick, white blood cells are released to protect the wounded area and attack any invading bacteria or viruses. Chronic Inflammation There is a problem, however, when the immune system continues to...

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