When life deals us a bad hand, we all go through periods of feeling down, “blah“ or just plain sad. This is completely natural. But when the occasional blues turn into chronic feelings of hopelessness, there could be a problem.

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Most Americans, if they know about yeasts at all, are only familiar with baker’s and/or brewer’s yeasts, that is, the yeasts used to make bread and to produce beer and wine. In the natural health world, the term “yeast” is typically associated in a positive way with these “brewer’s/nutritional” yeasts and in a negative way with Candida albicans (as in “yeast infection” and “yeast overgrowth”). One association that is not commonly made is “probiotic.”

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It’s that old, familiar feeling: For too many people, digestion woes are a part of their routine. Whether it’s heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or one of the many other common digestive tract discomforts, their condition is something planned around and accounted for ahead of time. It can limit what one eats, as well as where and when. Gastrointestinal (GI) difficulty can even be debilitating, and can thus be a limiting factor in one’s quality of life.

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The powers of medicinal mushrooms aren’t a mystery to consumers anymore as more research proclaims the many health benefits of those miracle fungi. New studies are discovering what Chinese and Japanese herbalists have known for centuries: certain types of mushrooms can energize the body and may benefit those with certain illnesses.

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The information shared by Arnie Gitomer, R.Ph., and Don Goldberg, R.Ph., owners of Willner Chemists, with both their radio audience and store clientele is built on a 100-year-old legacy of offering individuals the tools they need to lead the healthiest lives they can.

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During a recent presentation on the wave of diabetic trouble sweeping through our population, Martie Whittekin, CCN, consultant to Lily of the Desert, Denton, TX, cited a fearful statistic. By the end of the current decade, up to 50% of the United States population will be contending with diabetes of some form and severity.

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The Boss. Command Central. The Human Computer. We have many analogies for the brain and each emphasizes an important point: this vital organ controls everything about us from our preferences to our movement to our morals.

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Be they energetic or docile, pocket-sized or king-bed-sized, pets of all shapes and sizes are warming the hearts of Americans. Millions of households consider their furry friends to be lifelong companions, and they’re treated as such. States Butch Smith, natural national sales manager for WellPet, Tewksbury, MA, “There’s no doubt that pet parents have developed a more intimate relationship with their pets than ever before…As people are adopting healthy, natural diets for their families, they also want to provide the same for their pets.”

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It is safe to say that a large majority of the population has heard of vitamin K, just as they have heard of every other vitamin that health experts advise people to take. However, the facts about vitamin K2 are not as widely known. For instance, are you aware that vitamin K1 and vitamin K2 serve two completely different purposes in the body? Most people don’t realize this distinction because vitamin K2 was only discovered in 1929, relatively late compared to the discovery of other well-known vitamins (1).

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Many regulatory changes are percolating in the natural products industry. Leaders from several industry associations and nonprofits offer some insight about what could be in store for companies in the near future.

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