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Digestive Health

AOR’s Healthy Gift Guide

Finding the perfect, unique, and appropriate gift for your loved ones can be a stressful task. Luckily, we came up some gift recommendations for you. Maybe these ideas will remind you of someone on your list. Your ex-professional golfing dad (at least he thought he was pro) is having a hard time getting out of bed in the morning with stiff joints and rickety knees. He dislikes taking medication is willing to try natural supplements. Gift recommendation: P.E.A.k Endocannabinoid Support Why: Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) has widespread activity in supporting and sustaining the endocannabinoid system. PEA is scientifically shown to help reduce

What Supplements Should Men Over 30 Take?

If you’re a man over the age of 30, you’ve probably started noticing that you don’t always feel as young as you used to. There will be some days when you wake up feeling energized and others when you feel like you’re ten times older than you are. If you feel like your bones are starting to “creak,” it’s time to take some supplements that are perfect for men over 30. Bone and Joint Support It’s not your imagination. Men over 30 do experience some loss of bone and joint integrity. This can be caused by years of poor dietary

Six Natural Supplements You Should Consider to Reduce Allergy Symptoms

Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? Seasonal allergies affect millions of people around the world. For many people, fall time is the most severe allergy season. For others, springtime is when the pollen becomes unbearable and creates serious allergy symptoms. Still others have a very hard time dealing with the cut grass of summer. No matter what the season, it seems that there is some allergy symptom to go along with it. Did you know that there are allergy supplements that can help to reduce or eliminate common allergy symptoms? These supplements may not work to completely eradicate the allergy, but

10 Tips for Better Digestive Health

Digestive health is the core of your overall well-being. When your digestive health is not operating at peak efficiency, all the other systems in your body can suffer, too. That’s why your diet is so important to your health. Your digestive health is directly impacted by the foods you eat and the beverages you drink. If you want to improve your digestive health, it’s imperative to consider the following 10 tips. 1. Eat Plenty of Fiber Good sources of fiber in your diet include fresh greens, unpeeled apples and beans. If you can manage to eat one apple a day

Healing ‘Leaky Gut’

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is essentially a system of muscular tubes that propel materials along its length, to enable the absorption of nutrients and the excretion of waste products in and out of the body. The wall of the GI tract is sealed by a layer of intestinal epithelial cells. As well as selectively absorbing nutrients and excreting waste products, the GI wall acts as a first line of defense by preventing potentially harmful toxins or bacteria in the gut from entering the blood. Certain conditions and treatments may damage the GI tract, resulting in loss of integrity of the

The Breakdown on Digestive Enzymes

Digestive enzymes are naturally present in all living organisms to aid in the digestion of food by breaking down large food carbohydrates, lipids and protein macromolecules into smaller building blocks that can be easily absorbed and utilized by the organism. The Classification of Digestive Enzymes Digestive enzymes are classified based on their target substrate, whether it is carbohydrate, lipid, or protein. Within each class of enzyme lie many types of enzymes, each targeting different substrates, and digesting them into different sizes. Proteases and peptidases break down proteins into smaller peptides and amino acids. Amino acids, the smallest building blocks of

Botanical Supplement Support for the Digestive System

Nature offers many compounds that may be beneficial for alleviating digestive disorders such as IBS, IBD, cancer, ulcers, acid reflux and others. A few of the more widely studied and successfully used natural supplements include: DGL, boswellia, mastica, curcumin, and fiber. DGL (De-glycyrrhizinated licorice) Traditionally, licorice has been used throughout history by many cultures for various diseases. It is a key component in syrups and herbal teas and is useful for treating cough and cold symptoms, as well as for a host of gastric issues, the latter due mainly for its demulcent or soothing properties. Unfortunately, while being highly effective

The World of Probiotics: Good Bugs vs. Bad Bugs

Understanding Different Strains of Bacteria, Symbiosis, and Why Many Probiotics Don’t Work The original definition of probiotics was established in 1953 but was somewhat confusing. Today, probiotics simply mean live microorganisms which when reaching the intestines in large numbers will exert positive health effects. Probiotic literally means pro-life or health promoting organisms. There are trillions of bacteria that have set up shop in our intestines (both small and large) and represent a very large and diverse group. Not all of these are friendly; there are a significant number that are hostile such as E. coli or Salmonella or Cryptosporidium that

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