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Matthew Bednar PhD

Listen to Your Gut, Your Immune Health is Talking

Listen to Your Gut, Your Immune Health is Talking
We know that the gut is the primary battleground for immune health, but how do we correspond with our frontline defense? By recognizing daily signals that may indicate an immune health issue, such as Celiac or Crohn’s disease, we can be more proactive with our health. Our bodies communicate to us through discomfort so learning to make the connection is key to addressing the problem. Left unchecked, persistent immune issues leave us vulnerable to more serious health conditions. Let us move past this paradigm of accepting less than perfect well-being and boost our immune health today.

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Matthew Bednar PhD

4 Ways to Improve Your Child's Immune System Today

4 Ways to Improve Your Child's Immune System Today
According to a 2010 study, chronic illnesses in children doubled from 12.8 percent in 1994 to 26.6 percent in 2006. The most prevalent chronic conditions were asthma, obesity, allergies, and behavior problems. Such statistics make me realize I am not alone in struggling to keep my kids healthy; it seems to have become more difficult for us all. So, I did some research on what we can do to boost our children’s immunity right now.

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Matthew Bednar PhD

Gut Health Equals Immune Health

Gut Health Equals Immune Health
If I asked you if you wanted stronger immune health, the answer is likely, “yes”. But if asked “what is immune health”, your answer may not be so clear. You likely wouldn’t immediately relate the immune system and gut health. So, let’s discuss what immune health is, its purpose, and how we can best keep it strong. If you gain anything from reading this, it should be that a healthy immune system comes from a healthy gut.

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Matthew Bednar PhD

Is Your Gut the Key to Respiratory Health?

Is Your Gut the Key to Respiratory Health?
Each breath we take triggers a massive amount of microscopic communication between microbiota and cells, driving not only respiratory health but immune response throughout the body. What does the gut lining have to do with respiratory health? We know the gut is an epicenter of communication, driving health in the body....

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