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Seventy – eighty percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, making a healthy gut a priority for good health. Stress, as well as poor nutrition, can compromise the digestive system and break down the epithelia mucosal barrier that prevents toxins and microorganisms from entering the bloodstream. Adding digestive enzymes to your regimen may help to break down the carbohydrates, proteins and fats, improving digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. Taking a daily probiotic can also help restore balance and boost the immune system.

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7 Ways to Navigate this Sugary Holiday Season

What’s a winter wonderland without sugar fairies and hot cocoa? Think of minty candy canes guarding a frosted palace of gingerbread. Gummy droplets strewn like Christmas lights on desserts… The […]
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Controlling Cravings: Are You the Hand or the Puppet?

Anytime you find yourself reaching for that extra slice of cake you might consider this: It might not be you, it might be your gut bacteria. Whether you’re aware or […]

How Gut Microbes Shape the Brain

Evidence of the association between the gut microbiome (the microorganisms living in the intestines, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa) and the brain, keeps getting stronger. Several studies have shown […]

Cedar Fever has Arrived in Central Texas – How to Keep Your Body in Balance

Cedar fever has arrived and local news is reporting it as  “the most dreaded allergen in Central Texas.” That’s because mountain cedar trees are the most allergenic tree in the […]

Clear Gut Vision

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the industrialized world, affecting over 10 million people in North America. There are two basic types of macular degeneration: […]