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Multiple types of prebiotics work together to improve the microbiome in three primary ways...

Phenols are the chemical compounds that give color to foods such as the red in a raspberry and the blue in a blueberry; phenolic compounds created by plants are called salicylates. Phenols are also found in artificial colors, artificial flavors and preservatives, and these can cause symptoms in some people...

We all desire to have a healthy mind and body. But did you know your gut microbiota plays an important role with how the gut, brain, and immune systems are interconnected? The good bacteria in our gut helps self-regulate the immune system to survive in all the conditions. Further, the gut is connected to the brain through the gut-brain axis that involves the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system.
Having a good immune system is vital to ward off disease-causing microorganisms. If you or any of your family gets flu, cold, or illnesses (viral and bacterial infections) easily, then it can be a clear sign that the immune system needs to be improved. Here are the top 10 ways to boost your family’s immune system.
As a parent, you want your kids to eat well and stay healthy. From a FDA report, food allergies affect millions of Americans every year. So, how can we as parents and carers understand if there is a food allergy, and is there a way to minimize food allergies?

Pamela J. Wirth enjoys health & wellness, traveling and helping others, specifically enabling children to feel better from the inside out. She combines these passions along with her experience while living in Europe and Asia with US doctors and other families to write Hello, Health. Ms. Wirth's consulting, life experiences and attention to detail allowed her to work with a number of people including doctors to solve her son's complicated autoimmune disorder.

Emotional and/or mental health doesn’t always fall in the same sentence with nutrition.  But did you know a child’s mood can be affected by the food they are eating? It is vital to keep an eye on what you give to your kids to eat not only for their physical health but mental health as well.

 No parent enjoys seeing their child sick from a bacterial or viral infection. Usually, this means a week or so of dealing with the symptoms and nursing the child back to health. In some instances, though, an infection can have dramatic long-term consequences, altering the child’s behavior completely. A once-happy child may now be moody or irritable, suffer from anxiety attacks, or become apprehensive about separating from parents or loved ones. In extreme cases, he or she can begin exhibiting physical or vocal tics, changes in basic motor skills, or symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Eating a healthy diet is crucial for kids as they are constantly growing and developing both physically and mentally. Despite our best attempts, kids may suffer from nutritional deficiencies. Sometimes the deficiencies are due to diet or sometimes due to genetic mutations (such as MTHFR that affects nearly 50% of the global population and inhibits proper vitamin absorption).
Have you ever noticed how hyperactive you feel after eating sugar, drinking cola or coffee? Or how you feel tired, drained, and non-energetic after eating certain types of heavy foods?

Diet, nutrition and exercise play a very important role in dealing with anxiety, stress and depression. What you eat affects the way you feel emotionally and physically. Here are some diet and nutrition recommendations ...