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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.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

Gut Check Your Heart Health

I usually kick off the new year with a list of grandiose resolutions for improving myself. However, given the unique challenges of 2020 I have decided to forgo the list of resolutions this year and instead keep my focus on maintaining my family’s health.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

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.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

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.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

Why We're Not Disinfecting Our Homes (even now!)

This is a time we are collectively called to make wise choices to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing, and fortify our family’s immune systems against contagious disease. In times like these, it is critical to understand the facts that matter most.

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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.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

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.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

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.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

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....

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

Maintaining Your Pet's Health in a Toxic World

If you’re a fellow animal owner, I think you can agree that our pets are more than just furry fixtures in our homes; they are full-fledged members of the family. However, taking care of their health is becoming more challenging in the ever-increasing toxic environment in which we live. You may not realize it but most of the chronic diseases that your pet faces are rooted in fighting environmental toxins and the associated chronic inflammation.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

Nasal Breathing: A Surprising Key to Boosting Immunity

When life gets stressful, I usually tell myself “Ok, just breathe.” It always gives me relief to take a deep breath. But recently I can’t help but wonder, am I breathing in the most effective way? Could I be doing more with my breath? Well, there is one simple approach that makes a lot of sense: nasal breathing. Nasal breathing benefits many aspects of our health, as surprising as it may sound! It turns out your nose is much more than a prominent facial feature; it is your front line of immune defense from airborne pathogens.

 • Matthew Bednar PhD

9 Ways to Strengthen Immunity

Building a strong immune system begins with the inner and outer surfaces of the body, as they are the first barriers against pathogens (germs). These surfaces include the skin and all mucous membranes, which form a kind of mechanical protective wall.

The body already has natural ways to boost the immune system...

 • Matthew Bednar PhD