Digestive Ailments

Frequently Asked Questions About Probiotics

Frequently Asked Questions About Probiotics

Probiotics are an important part of your supplement regimen and can support immunity, balance digestive health and more (learn more about which strains to look for based on your health concern.) Here, Tori Hudson, ND, member of Pharmaca’s Integrative Health Advisory Board, answers some of the most common questions our practitioners get about how...

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Snapshot: Different Probiotic Species and Strains

April 22, 2013
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As a follow up to our post on how to choose a probiotic, here’s a snapshot look at different probiotic strains, when they’re useful and where to find them. Probiotic species & strains  Health benefits Where you’ll find it B. longum   The most significant and important probiotics in the body, and among the...

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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

February 11, 2013
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How Do I Choose a Probiotic?

We know now that probiotics are good for us. But with so many to choose from, how do we choose one that’s right for us? Not all probiotics are created equal; different varieties of bacterial strains have different benefits, in addition to differing potencies, routes of ingestion, manufacturing methods and so on. Read on...

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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

January 24, 2013
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What Are Probiotics (and Why do I Need Them?)

Probiotics are microorganisms, including both bacteria and yeast, that live in the small and large intestines (also referred to as the gut). Collectively, all organisms in the gut are referred to as flora. There are more than 400 different types of bacteria species living in the gut, accounting for a whopping 3-5 pounds of...

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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

October 29, 2012
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Enzymes: Beyond Digestion

Enzymes aren’t just vital for digestion—they’re important for the function of every cell in the body. In order to maintain balance in the structure and function of cells, tissues and organ systems, there are millions of metabolic enzyme reactions happening in your body. Where do enzymes come from? Enzymes are proteins made by the...

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The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

The Scoop on Vitamins: Vitamin B1 – Thiamine

This is part of our continuing series on the function of vitamins in the body. The family of B vitamins is collectively called the B Complex. B Vitamins are used in many ways, from helping the liver clear toxins and excess hormones to creating energy within our cells. Every system in your body requires...

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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

April 25, 2012
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What’s the Difference Between Food Allergy and Sensitivity?

The term “food allergy” and “food sensitivity” are thrown around a lot these days. But it’s important to know that these two things are not the same.  In fact, there’s a very big and important difference between the two. As described by the Food, Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, a food allergy “occurs when the...

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Pure Encapsulations: Offering the Best in Digestive Health

Pure Encapsulations: Offering the Best in Digestive Health

Did you know? The gastrointestinal (GI) system is home to 75 percent of the body’s immune cells and more than 400 species of microflora. Proper nutrient digestion, immune function and minimization of toxin and allergen absorption are all dependent on optimal gastrointestinal health.* A number of supportive nutrients can help address these issues. Pure...

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Good Digestion All Stars

November 3, 2011
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Good Digestion All Stars

Digestion issues? Good news. There are a variety of tools that can help smooth out indigestion and other intestinal issues. Here, Kate Brainard, naturopathic doctor, gives some suggestions for natural digestive aids that can make everyday meals more pleasant. If you need long-term digestive support “There’s not anyone out there that shouldn’t be on...

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Natural Ways to Treat GERD

Natural Ways to Treat GERD

Millions of Americans suffer from the painful symptoms of gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), which causes heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms. The good news is there are plenty of natural ways to treat GERD. How does GERD occur, exactly? When we eat and drink, food and liquids pass from the throat to the stomach via the...

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