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08 Oct

Probiotics Targeted for Immune Support

Most of us know that washing hands, getting plenty of rest, getting your vitamin D and eating a diet rich in antioxidants and various botanicals (such as Echinacea, Astragalus, Elderberry and mushroom blends) can help boost the immune system. But what other immune-boosting tactics might be...

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01 Oct

Sleep Disturbance Impacts Immune Mechanisms

The function of sleep remains a lively topic as we are beginning to understand sleep helps with replenishment of brain energy stores, detoxification, restoration of function and brain connectivity/plasticity. Sleep also acts as a host-defense mechanism strengthening the relationship between...

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23 Sep

How Alcohol Affects the Immune System

Advanced knowledge into the complex multi-layered interactions of alcohol on the immune system has been exposed in a wide range of research papers over the past decade, concluding that excessive alcohol consumption and misuse can have serious long-term deleterious effects on the immune system....

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16 Sep

5 Foods to Eat During the Cold & Flu Season

As we step into the back-to-school mode, we start to set our goals. Then the cold or flu can swiftly and unexpectedly stop us in our tracks. The good news is that there are steps we can take to help support our immune system.

Rather than getting on with business as usual, it’s generally a good...

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09 Sep

9 Ways to Strengthen Children’s Immune Systems

The immune system is not one single entity - it's a complex interconnected system that evolves as we age. Apart from fighting viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites, the immune system also plays an important role in tissue repair - wound healing, elimination of dead cells, and formation of gut...

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02 Sep

Demystifying Detoxification

The word “detoxification” can trigger a lot of negative responses from people. When we think “detox,” we think discomfort or something we are afraid to do. Everyone has a friend who has some kind of detox story, and fears range from, “Will I be starving?” to “Will I be in the bathroom all day?”...

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28 Aug

Lighten Up with Lithium

Lithium (Li) or “lithos” from the Greek word for “stone” was discovered in 1817 by Johan Arfvedson of Sweden. Lithium is usually sourced from hard rock mineral mining or extraction from mineral-rich brines. Current literature also explores agro-mining using plants to abstract the trace element...

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19 Aug

5 Ways to Promote Bile Production to Optimize Nutrition

Bile is a vital body fluid that plays an important role in the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine as well as flushing the liver of toxins. Bile is continuously produced in the liver by cholesterol oxidation and conjugated to glycine and taurine, and subsequently stored in the...

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13 Aug

Boost Your Athleticism with Magnesium

During exercise, magnesium (Mg) is dispersed throughout the body, and utilized where it’s needed most. Magnesium is a cofactor for more than 600 enzymatic reactions, responsible for building tissue and bone, as well as being a conduit for the nervous system. Magnesium is found in every cell in...

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06 Aug

Soothe the Central Nervous System with L-Theanine

L-theanine, also known as L-γ-glutamylethylamide and N⁵-ethyl-L-glutamine is a non-protein amino acid that’s naturally occurring in some plants and fungus. Theanine is the name given to L-theanine when it is used as a food supplement, which is permitted in many international locations. Most...

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