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Immune Health

Oral Health- Beyond Brushing your Teeth

Oral Health and Overall Health The oral cavity is the starting point of our digestive tract, masticating and breaking down our food so we can begin to get nutrients. Beyond that, it is the first point of exposure to many pathogens; this vulnerability means we have developed the physiology and structure to keep us protected. We are going to review why oral health contributes to overall health and what you can do to fortify your first line of defense. Risky Business Our mouths and throat are designed to optimise function, meaning improve digestion and prevent infection. Most people associate our

Don’t Submit to Stress – Support Your Immune Health

It seems that as the days get shorter, the To-Do lists get longer. As the holiday season approaches, it seems there is never enough time to get everything done. Increased workload, travel or trying to find that perfect gift can contribute to rising levels of stress. As a result, maybe you aren’t getting sufficient sleep, which can lead to even higher levels of the stress hormone, cortisol. Both stress and insomnia can lead to a suppressed immune system, which can in turn lead to increased susceptibility to any colds and flu being passed around the office or brought home by

The Mighty Molecule: The Role of PEA in the Endocannabinoid System

Definitions PEA (N-palmitoylethanolamide): an endogenous fatty acid amide synthesized and metabolized by cells that bind to cell receptors. It influences a multitude of physiological functions and has potent effects for a healthy inflammatory response and helps to relieve minor discomfort. Endocannabinoid System: A lipid communication network that has critical physiological functions and serves a vital purpose for our health and well-being through signaling processes, homeostasis and hormone regulation. Lipids and the ECS In 1929, scientists George Oswald Burr and his wife, Mildred Burr, discovered that omega 6 fatty acids were essential for health. This kicked off science’s interest into lipids, and

Back-to-School Family Support for Healthy Immune Response

After the relaxing fun of summer, back-to-school season is here again. Although every school year offers its share of gratification, it’s typically also a balancing act, for both parents and kids. Trying to juggle a busy schedule and the many demands of parenting while keeping the kids healthy and ready to learn can be a challenge. For kids, the return to bedtime and homework routines and new academic and social challenges can result in increased stress, which may lead to weakened immunity. These factors, combined with the increased exposure to flu bugs and other infections, can spell sick days for

10 Things You Can Do to Stay Fit

Are you looking for some good tips to stay fit? These 10 tips to stay healthy are easy to follow no matter how busy you are. Whether you’re a parent with children, a working single person or an older person just trying to stay as healthy as possible, you’ll appreciate the simplicity and practical nature of these 10 things you can do to stay fit. 1. Break Bad Habits The first thing you need to do is break bad habits and replace them with good habits. James Clear, a well-known self-improvement guru states that bad habits often form out of boredom

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

Immunity for the Athlete: Supplements to Reduce Effects of Overtraining

It has long been known that exercise is a key component in a prescription for a healthy lifestyle. With respect to the athlete, the issue is not whether you are getting enough exercise, but rather how exercise can be potentially harmful when it relates to your immune health. As an athlete, understanding the relationship between exercise and infection is very important for long term success. The “J” Curve Many individuals who begin an exercise routine often note that their immune health is much stronger since becoming athletic. As the athlete progresses in their training, however, there often comes a time

De-Mystifying Methylation

Even without a science degree, you likely have come across the term methylation. It’s receiving attention in the medical community these days because of its widespread impact on health. But what exactly is methylation? In humans, this reaction occurs in every single one of our cells, except red blood cells, which gives some insight into how vital methylation is, not only for survival but for us to thrive. Methylation is an essential biochemical process that forms the basic building blocks for hundreds of different biochemical reactions in the body. Through this pathway, folate and vitamin B12 help to form ‘methyl’

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