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We’ve all experienced it before: the nervous flutter of butterflies in your stomach before an important event or the power of love robbing you of your appetite and tying your stomach in knots. Much of our emotional and intellectual experiences are located at waist-level, and this connection is hardly surprising; after all, the human brain and gut are cut from the same cloth and share the same developmental background. There is still much more to learn about this special relationship, which is why research teams the world over are working hard to unlock the secrets of the brain, the gut, and the axis between them.
It’s a well-known fact that the most natural and sufficient way to feed a baby is with breast milk – this provides the specific micronutrients needed for their development. But a lesser known fact is that mothers should pay extra attention to vitamin D in the first year of a child's life, regardless if they are bottle or breastfed. Why do doctors recommend additional vitamin D for the tiniest of babies? And why is spending loads of time outdoors or getting it via food not sufficient?
Histamine intolerance describes an overload of a protein substance in the body that cannot be broken down. Specifically, it is a breakdown disorder of histamine – caused by the deficiency of the histamine-degrading enzyme diamine oxidase (DAO). Histamine passes through the intestinal mucosa into the bloodstream, from there into the organs where it irritates the cells.
While most micronutrients are found in abundance in a vegan diet, there is one vitamin that requires special consideration: vitamin B12 (cobalamin). This vitamin rarely occurs in plant foods, and if so, only in very small amounts. Without supplementation, there is an increased risk of deficiency – as recent data from a Czech study confirm.
Cobalamin or Coenzyme B12 are chemical compounds that are known to most as vitamin B12. It is particularly important for people with a lacto-vegetarian or vegan diet to be informed about this vitamin. What high-quality and vegetable sources of vitamin B12 are there? What role does vitamin B12 play in the human body? Find out everything about this water-soluble vitamin.
When it comes to nutritional care, there is no way around this specific water-soluble vitamin. But what exactly makes biotin so important? Read more!
Keep calm and take care of your heart – avoiding stress is one of the more widely known tips for keeping your heart healthy. Today, we have decided to take a closer look at some more tips for maintaining cardiovascular health. Why we need to do more for our heart than just count calories and impose restrictions on ourselves, which foods are good for our hearts and how lifestyle changes can help – here are our tips for a strong and healthy heart.
Not all fats are equal. In fact, the quality, composition and ratio of the fatty acids we ingest play a crucial role. Particular focus should be placed on the two essential omega-3 fatty acids DHA* and EPA**, which are found mainly in fatty cold-water fish – our body needs these fatty acids to keep any number of processes running smoothly. Yet it is precisely these substances – DHA, EPA and the omega-3 variant ALA*** found in certain vegetable oils – that are frequently lacking in our diet, an observation borne out by two recent studies.
A home of your own, a stable job and a loving partner: Once a person achieves these three cornerstones of adult life, they often see it as the perfect time to crown their joy by trying to conceive. However, not everything in life goes according to plan. Many people are driven by a strong desire to have children – but also feel an equally strong sense of impatience. While we don’t pretend to hold the secret formula for successful family planning, we’d like to offer some tips for different stages that can smooth the path to conceiving.
Are you interested in our PMS formula, but you have some more questions? Check out our FAQ article and see if we can clear up any of these for you.
During premenstrual days, 30 to 40% of all women regularly experience psychological and physical discomfort. These disappear with the onset of menstruation. The causes of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are still unknown. Several theories suggest
an increased sensitivity to the hormone fluctuations that occur during a cycle. This could also impair the transmission of stimuli in the nervous system.1 PMS is typically characterized by physical changes, a negative mood, and irritability as well as exhaustion,mental overload, and reduced productivity.
Lack of sleep, stress, and excess weight: how ashwagandha solves the most common health problems of Americans
Ayurvedic medicine has relied on the use of the Ashwagandha plant for thousands of years to strengthen the human organism. In modern times, it has been found to increase resistance to stressful situations. Recently, more Americans have become aware of the health benefits of Ashwagandha.
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