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Matthew Bednar PhD

Worried about Allergies? Look to the Microbiome

Worried about Allergies? Look to the Microbiome
Most of us know allergies all too well: runny noses, watery eyes, itchy hives. These are common results of what happens when our immune system senses a foreign substance. But did you know that your microbiome can decipher friend from foe? And luckily, your barrier systems (skin, nasal passages, gut lining) are teeming with microbiota.

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Matthew Bednar PhD

Gut Check Your Heart Health: How to Keep Your Heart Healthy

Gut Check Your Heart Health: How to Keep Your Heart Healthy
Discover how to keep your heart healthy and learn how it all connects back to the gut. Find 3 tips on how to improve heart health on your own and with ION*.

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Matthew Bednar PhD

Your Immune System Supports You All Year, Treat it in Kind

Your Immune System Supports You All Year, Treat it in Kind
Every year I usually long for a little more summer when fall’s cool days take over and winter is sure to follow. But it is these seasonal changes that are good reminders to appreciate what has kept you healthy throughout the year, what has kept you afloat as cold and flu season approaches. Without question what I have learned to appreciate the most, season after season, is my immune system’s continuous support of my health. I think of it as my always-on life preserver. Unfortunately, that life-preserver can get damaged and result in health issues, both chronic and acute.

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Matthew Bednar PhD

Trust Your Gut, It's Your First Line of Defense

Trust Your Gut, It's Your First Line of Defense
Has anyone ever told you to just “trust your gut”? Of course they have, but did you know you really have no choice? Your gut, which extends all the way from your sinuses to your rectum, is the primary barrier between you and the outside world, protecting you from environmental toxins. Every day we rely on this barrier to keep us healthy. However, pesticides, pathogens, and other pollutants can damage tight junctions (the seals between your cells) in the gut lining.

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