N-acetyl glucosamine (N-AcG) comes from the outer shell of shellfish. Studies indicate it might help protect the lining of the stomach and intestines. N-AcG seems to be an energy source for friendly organisms within the microbiota, which may account for its protective benefits to the intestinal tract.  There is early evidence that taking N-AcG by mouth…

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The human body is home to over 100 trillion microorganisms, the majority of which are found in the gastrointestinal tract (“gut”). Taken as a whole, this community of microorganisms, their genes and the functions they encode, are referred to as the microbiome.  During the past two decades, research has revealed significant associations between the gut…

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Who would ever guess that a pair of insulated, wet socks could help alleviate congestion from your head and stimulate the immune system? Sounds a bit like a storyline in a Disney movie, right? A natural remedy that has been used by healers for centuries, it’s a fast-acting approach to reduce, or even arrest, congestion…

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Allergy sufferers suffer. And they are always on the lookout for something safe and effective to relieve – and even prevent – symptoms. Most of us are aware that antioxidants are critical to protecting our cells from oxidative stress, a key factor in the development of many health conditions, including allergies. One very powerful antioxidant, procyanidin,…

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Several recent studies have shown the effectiveness of probiotics in supporting the immune system. About 70% of our immunity is in the gut, facilitated by a symbiotic relationship between gut microbes and our immune cells. Supplementing with probiotics such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. plantarum may help your body fight off invaders and improve inflammatory response…

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