🍭 The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Health, Plus Alternative Ways to Indulge Your Candy Cravings

Between haunted houses, scary movies, and spooky costumes, there are many frightening (and fun) things about Halloween.  Yet, the most alarming thing you may encounter is the candy you hand out to trick-or-treaters.

Each Halloween, Americans will drop over 600 million pounds of chocolate bars, candy corn, lollipops, and sticky, sour candies into the bags of the neighborhood kids. Shockingly, each kid will collect up to 7000 (empty) calories.

But that’s not the scary part…

It’s the Sugar!

Halloween candy is loaded with sugar which is highly addictive. (4)  It stimulates the release of feel-good chemicals dopamine and serotonin in the brain, much like illegal drugs. The more we eat, the more we crave it. That’s the reason it’s tough to limit candy to just one piece.

Sugar is much worse than fat for your waistline because it’s the first thing that turns into fat in your body.

Most Halloween candy is made with high fructose corn syrup – otherwise known as the most toxic form of sugar you can consume. Long-term studies indicate that high fructose corn syrup increases your risk for obesity, insulin resistance, and fatty liver disease. (1-2)

Additionally, high doses of high fructose corn syrup kill off the good bacteria in your gut, impairing your digestion and immune system.

The Worst Halloween Candy for Your Health

Now, it’s OK to indulge your Halloween candy cravings; just do it mindfully.

First, try to avoid the worst of the worst, the candy that’s loaded with sugar, trans fats, and artificial coloring.

3 Musketeers: These chocolate bars filled with fluffy, whipped nougat are hard to resist, but they are the highest in saturated fats and sugar, with 36 grams per bar.

Skittles: may be lower in fat per serving than most chocolate options but, they are one of the highest in sugar with 30 grams per package. They’re also packed with food additives and hydrogenated oils — aka trans fats — which can quickly boost cholesterol levels.

Sour Patch Kids, like Skittles, are loaded with questionable ingredients. These dangerous candies are one step worse because they’re also acidic and can wear down teeth enamel, increasing the risk of cavities. 

Candy Corn brings little to the table apart from sugar and calories; it’s also full of highly refined, processed, and artificial ingredients and coloring.

Healthier Alternatives

You’ll very likely find healthy Halloween candy at your local health food store. Pick up treats that use more natural forms of sugar like organic cane sugar or honey.  

Dark chocolate is a terrific alternative to milk chocolate. It’s made with much less sugar while it’s loaded with heart-healthy polyphenols and antioxidants. 

Payday bars are primarily nuts, have 7 grams of protein and 2 grams of filling fiber. You’ll feel more satisfied after eating just one bar.

Novelty Halloween candies like Dum Dums, Jolly Ranchers, and Tootsie Pops are low in fat and calories. They take longer to eat, which may slow you down and help prevent a binge.

Remember, it’s OK to indulge your Halloween candy cravings; just do it mindfully. We all know we shouldn’t be binging on candy every night, but Halloween is a pretty special occasion.

Probiotics Help Control Cravings

Your gut microbiome contains trillions of helpful and harmful bacteria that influence your cravings. The toxic kind feeds on sugar. They highjack your cravings, making you eat even more sugar-loaded foods. (3)

Probiotics, like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics, have a wide range of benefits for your digestive and overall health. They also help control the harmful bacteria by crowding it out with helpful, wholesome food-loving bacteria. With the help of probiotics like Dynamic Biotics, you take a big step towards controlling your sugar addiction.

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4 Essential Ways to Prep Your Immune System for Fall & Winter


With summer fading into fall, it’s all hands on deck to ready your immune system for the coming cold weather.

Respiratory infections, colds, and flu spread more efficiently in colder weather for a few reasons. The first is proximity. We spend more time indoors, where we are less likely to social distance. At the same time, we are more likely to be face to face, passing along air-borne pathogens. 


Humidity is lower in the winter, a condition that spreads virus particles more easily. The particles breathed out by infected people absorb less water and remain lighter. They fly further around the room and are more likely to be inhaled.  

Now, you can’t completely control when and if you get sick. Germs are on almost every shared surface and floating all around us in the air. Even taking the most extreme precautions, you may unwittingly breathe in infected floating particles. You could lock yourself away – and never again open a public bathroom stall or shop at the grocery store – but that’s no way to live. 

Your best defense is to support your immune system in every way possible. By reinforcing a balanced immune system response, you take significant steps towards staying as healthy as possible this fall and winter. Let’s take a look at the top four ways to keep your immune system strong.


1. Adapt A Healthy Diet That Includes Probiotics 

The design of your immune system is complex and fueled by many factors and not by any one specific food or nutrient. Accordingly, a healthy diet consisting of a range of vitamins and minerals most effectively primes your body to fight infection and disease.

Nutrients essential for the growth and function of immune system cells include vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, selenium, iron, and protein (including the amino acid glutamine). (1,2) 

Prioritize these vitamin-rich foods in your diet:

Vitamin C: citrus, including oranges and berries, tomatoes, broccoli, and spinach.

Vitamin D and Magnesium: dark leafy greens, beans, whole grains, fatty fish like salmon, nuts, bananas, and avocados. Treat yourself to real dark chocolate, loaded with magnesium and antioxidants. 

Vitamin B6: Potatoes with skin, chicken, salmon, and tuna. 

Vitamin E: Seeds, peanut butter, and spinach.

At the same time, try to reduce or eliminate overly processed foods from your diet – anything deep friend, fast or fatty and replace them with antioxidant-filled options.


Probiotics have been shown in numerous studies to reduce the duration and severity of illnesses, including respiratory infections. (3) Over 80 percent of immune system cells live in your gut and interact with the good bacteria in your microbiome. Replenishing your gut microbiome with a quality daily probiotic is an easy way to support your immune system health. 

It’s best to pick a probiotic with high counts of bifidobacterium and lactobacillus strains like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics. 

Studies have shown these strains to be most beneficial for your immune system while helping eliminate the uncomfortable symptoms of an imbalanced microbiome. (7)


2. Exercise Regularly, But Don’t Overdo It

Boosting immune function and reducing inflammation are two positive effects regular exercise provides. Still, in this case, more is not necessarily better.

Overworking your body may lower your immune system’s defenses and increase your illness risk, especially when chronic soreness interrupts your sleep. A better approach replaces intense workouts with stretching, walking, yoga, and fun sports-oriented activities. (4)

3. Establish Good Sleep Habits

Sleep is one of the foundations for a good immunity response, so much so, the chance of catching a contagious illness is 450% greater if you get less than five solid hours of sleep at night. (5)

During sleep, your bodily systems – nervous, cardiovascular, and immune – reset and refresh themselves. When you miss sleep, you deprive your body of the opportunity of repairing itself. 

Give yourself a fighting chance for a whole night of slumber by establishing good sleep habits. 

Stick to a Schedule: Go to bed and set your alarm for the same time every day. Consistency reinforces your body’s sleep-wake cycle.

•Restful Environment: Make your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet.

•Limit Naps: Naps can disrupt nighttime sleep. If you must nap, limit the time to less than 30 minutes.

•Avoid Stimulants: Caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol take hours to wear off, so avoid them at least 6 hours before bedtime.


4. Supplement Your Immune System

To guarantee you are getting all the necessary vitamins and nutrients you need every day to support your immune system fully, consider taking a quality immune system supplement like Dynamic Immunity from Stonehenge Health. 

They’ve combined the critical nutrients – Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, L-Glutamine, and Zinc – in one daily dose to help restore and maintain your body’s natural defense system. You’ll also find Elderberry, Echinacea, Garlic, and Turmeric, powerhouse antioxidants shown to boost white cell and antibody activity. 

And if you do find yourself coughing and sneezing, Dynamic Immunity helps speed up your immune response and boosts your capacity to help fight off infections.  


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How Your Gut Can Help Keep You Well

There’s one question we get a lot – 

How are the gut microbiome and the immune system connected?

Until recently, we believed our gut microbiome was separate from us. The living microorganisms that work to keep our gut bacteria balanced (aka probiotics) may help with digestion, but otherwise, we lived independently of each other.

But the fact is, there’s a lot of interaction between our bodies and the little critters that live in our guts. Scientists have discovered that the gut microbiome is not a passive bystander but actively impacts multiple bodily functions, including your sleep cycle, nutrition absorption, metabolism, and most substantially, your immune system. 

Gut / Immune System Connection

You’ve probably heard that 80% of your immune system cells live in your gut. And that makes perfect sense once you understand the connection between your immune system, your gut, and the helpful (and harmful) bacteria that live there.

Now, this might sound strange, but your gut is technically outside of your body. 

The alimentary canal is one long tube that runs through your body, starting at your mouth through your esophagus, stomach, intestines and ending with your anus. Obviously, this canal is not closed off from the outside world and is, therefore, a significant source of pathogens entering your body.

Your immune system coordinates all the physiological mechanisms that allow your body to recognize and neutralize harmful pathogens. And these mechanisms include both physical barriers and immune responses.

The large and small intestines constitute your gut. Here is where the gut microbiome and the bulk of your immune system cells meet. 

Scientists believe probiotics (helpful bacteria in the microbiome) communicate with immune system cells and sound alarms when defenses are needed.

This cooperation starts the moment we are born, and our bodies are first introduced to microbes. As you grow, the microbiota affects how your immune system evolves, while simultaneously, your immune system affects what constitutes a healthy gut microbiota.

This process lasts our entire lives. The immune system encourages the proliferation of beneficial microbes and the microbiota, influencing the immune system’s ability to respond to invading pathogens, viruses, and other unhealthy substances.

Another connection is through the lining of our small and large intestines, which controls the permeability of the intestinal walls. A healthy gut lining, lush with probiotics, allows for nutrient absorption while helping block dangerous pathogens from leaking into your bloodstream. 

A Balanced Gut Supports Your Immune System

Getting and keeping your gut in balance is one of the keys to a robust, highly responsive immune system.

Your gut microbiome is out of balance when there aren’t enough probiotics to fend off harmful bacteria. You may experience symptoms like poor digestion, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, low energy, and headaches. This imbalance weakens your body’s ability to defend itself and makes it far more likely that you’ll succumb to a harmful virus or bacterial attacks that make you even sicker. 

A quality probiotic supplement, like Dynamic Biotics, can help bolster your immune system and help eliminate the uncomfortable symptoms of an imbalanced microbiome.

Dynamic Biotics contains 51 billion colony forming units of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium probiotic strains.  High counts of these strains have been shown to help decrease the risk and duration of common infections in the respiratory system and the gut.

Dynamic Biotics also includes prebiotics in the formulation to help nourish the good bacteria and give them the best chance to colonize and thrive. Dynamic Biotics is synbiotic, meaning it contains both probiotics and prebiotic fiber blend NutraFlora® FOS in every capsule.

Dynamic Biotics is an easy way to bolster your immune system, so it’s ready to take on the coming cold and flu season.


Save Your Summer Vacation – 6 Ways to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

I dream about my summer vacations – leaving the daily grind behind to enjoy myself with family and friends in a breezy, beachy place. But my excitement has often been ruined by a widespread vacation complaint; I get sick.

Now, vacations are supposed to be relaxing and rejuvenating – so what’s up? There’s a preponderance of evidence suggesting our bodies succumb to illness when we are on vacation. It seems that the combination of summer activities and unique aspects of travel exposes us to additional health risks.

But there are ways to keep safe and healthy this vacation. All it takes is a little bit of awareness and preparation to have a summer vacation that’s safe and carefree.

Tips and Tricks for Preventing Summer Vacation Sickness

1. Get the Jab:

Covid vaccines are widely available throughout the country for everyone 12 years and older. There’s no reason to expose yourself and others to the virus this summer.

2. Wash Your Hands (a bunch):

Consider everything you touch while on vacation, from public transit handrails to bathroom stall locks – pretty scary stuff. If you want to avoid getting sick, regularly wash your hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds at a time. Carry an alcohol-based hand sanitizer everywhere you go and use it.

3. Stay Hydrated

Airplane air can cause headaches, dry mouth, and dry skin. Drinking plenty of water gives you energy, helps prevent headaches, and helps alleviate travelers’ constipation. Whether you’re sick or not, you should always drink lots of water while you’re traveling. Research your destination to find out if tap water is safe to drink. If it’s not, be extra careful about the ice and other liquids you consume. Be extra safe and splurge on bottled water.

4. Avoid Too Much Sun Expose

Your skin is your largest organ, and when it’s damaged from too much sun exposure, your entire immune system responds to repair it, leaving you feeling sluggish and achy. Wide-brimmed hats, cover-ups, and umbrellas may defeat the purpose of a sun-filled beach vacation, but when it comes to avoiding too much sun exposure, they are the best medicine. Apply sunscreen all over your body, including ears and lips. If you go swimming or exercise, apply it again.

5. Rest

If you’re feeling under the weather, sometimes the best thing to do is take a day to sleep in your hotel room. No one wants to miss out on a vacation day but once you recover, you’ll up and running again, and overall you’ll probably enjoy the trip more.

6. Prepare Your Body

Visiting a destination where the climate and sanitary practices are different from your home increases your risk of developing traveler’s diarrhea. Fortunately, it’s typically not serious — it’s just very unpleasant.

Traveler’s diarrhea which is the onset of stomach cramps, loose stools, nausea, and gas, can last for a few hours to a week or more. Exposure to parasites like E. coli found in contaminated food and water is usually the culprit. Since tap water can also be contaminated, things like brushing your teeth or ice in your drink can infect you with E. coli.

Prepare your body in advance against a harmful parasitic onslaught by balancing your gut bacteria.

When gut bacteria are imbalanced, you’re more susceptible to harmful microbes, and the imbalance itself can cause diarrhea and other painful symptoms. Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics daily dose contains 16 unique strains of good bacteria and an industry-leading 50 billion CFUs to create a lush, healthy gut microbiome and help lower the risk of diarrhea and other health problems.

Dynamic Biotics also contains probiotic strain Bifidobacterium breve known to help combat travel’s diarrhea so you can quickly recover if you do get sick. Keeping a supply of Dynamic Biotics on hand is an excellent idea for upcoming trips and improved daily digestive health.

Ready, Set, Summer: 9 Tips & Tricks to Get Your Body Ready Now

It’s spring – and you know what that means – time to shed your winter layers. Soon enough, you’ll be showing off your shorts, tank tops, and, dare I say it – bikinis and swimsuits.

But if you’ve packed on 15+ while laying low through Covid in 2020 – you are not alone – and you may be a little insecure about what you’ve been hiding. But no worries, adopting the following tips and tricks starting now will have you looking and feeling like your sexy self before the summer solstice arrives.


1. Set time aside to exercise

The only way to get your slim self back is to pick a program and stick with it. Include cardio, at least 30 minutes a day, and strength exercises like squats and curls. Exercise encouraging wearables like the Apple Watch or Fitbit make a huge difference.


2. Make your belly and butt your top priorities

Your biggest muscles are your gluts. Working them out burns calories and helps firm up your saggy bottom. And, of course, the key to looking bikini fabulous is a tight tummy. Give both your butt and your belly extra attention when you work out leading up to and during summer. Try performing this move following your cardio workout, 2 to 3 times a week.

Donkey Kick
Get on all fours. Keep your right leg at a 90-degree angle and lift it into the air until your knee and shoulder align. Then lift your foot towards the ceiling. Reverse and return to the start position. Aim for four sets of 12 on each side.

3. Walk five minutes every two hours

When you’re behind a desk all day, it’s easy to forget to get up and move. A brisk 5 minute walk every few hours equates to an extra 20 minutes of walking a day. And while you’re out meandering, you’re less likely to snack.

4. Cut back on processed and starchy carbs

Pasta, bread, bagels, and chips are not your friends. Most of these foods are loaded with salt and preservatives that lead to water retention and bloating. If the ingredient list on the package is more than three lines—or lists anything you can’t pronounce – just say no. Instead, opt for a serving of your local farmers market’s finest fruits and vegetables now in season.

5. Drink extra water

The quickest way to flush your system of excess water weight is to flood your body with water. Shoot for drinking at least half your body weight in ounces each day (e.g., a 180-pound man should drink 60 oz. a day).

Make it icy! Studies show drinking ice-cold water causes your body to burn calories to maintain your ideal temperature. Consider that tall cold glass of H2O as your fat-burning fuel.

And finally, some research shows drinking 16 oz of water before you eat a meal can make you feel fuller, leading you to eat less overall.

6. Make dinner your lightest meal

People who eat their heaviest meals earlier in the day lose more weight, mainly because your body digests food more slowly at night.

7. Add 10% to the number of calories you think you’re eating

If you think your daily caloric intake is about 1900 calories and you’re wondering why you’re not shedding pounds and inches, add another 190 calories to your guesstimate. Chances are, the higher number is more accurate. Adjust your daily diet accordingly.

8. Get accountability and support

There are lots of benefits to fitness trackers and apps that help you track your eating. Visual accountability motivates you to move and keeps you honest. This type of support also allows you to include friends and family into your routines which encourages you to challenge yourself even more.

9. Supplements support healthy digestion and weight loss

Weight loss gets more challenging as we age, so attacking it from three sides – exercise, diet, and supplements – can make a big difference in seeing faster results.

A growing body of research shows that probiotic supplements contribute to your overall health, mood, and energy level, all things that support healthy weight loss.

There’s also evidence that taking a probiotic containing specific probiotic strains helps you slim down by naturally reducing your appetite and inhibiting the amount of diety fat your body absorbs. The probiotic strains with clinical support are Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus gasseri.

Taking a quality probiotic that includes these strains like Dynamic Biotics is an easy way to help you slim down, improve your overall health and get you ready for summer.


7 Ways to Help You Go Right NOW

I’ll just say it… this blog post is about pooping.

Before I started writing it, I researched euphemisms for the movement to soften the blow – my favorite “dropping a deuce.” But if you’re among the 65 million Americans that regularly experience constipation, it’s no joke.

Bowel movement regularity is an essential indication of your healthy body. And the longer it takes to go, stools harden and become even more challenging to pass. And when a hardened stool finally does pass, it can be quite painful.

If you find yourself blocked up, you might be wondering: What can I do to make myself go right now? And is it safe to force the situation?

The answer to both questions is Yes!

Some methods have been around forever; others may have been staring you in the face. Here’s a reminder that you should be doing all of them regularly.

1. Drink more water

Take a look at how much water you’re drinking every day and strive for eight cups – more when you exercise or if it’s hot and you’re outside. If you’re not drinking 64 ounces of water a day, your intestines may be lacking the fluids needed to soften your stools fully. Increasing your intestinal water can help restore regularity within a few days.

2. Eat high fiber foods

In general, we do no get enough fiber from our diets. Fiber-light foods like meat and cheese, common in the American diet, tend to back things up. Eating two or three meals high in dietary fiber will usually help things move. Fibrous vegetables and fruits – avocados, apples, squash, peas, and berries – are a good start.

3. Prunes

It’s the most traditional remedy for a reason, prunes work. Prunes contain a high amount of dietary fiber, which helps break up hard stools and push them through your intestines and out your bottom.

Prunes also contain a substance called sorbitol that promotes water being drawn into your large intestines, similar to how a laxative works. As a result, hard stools become more fluid, making them easier to pass through your system.

4. Get your body moving

Have you been experiencing newfound constipation while cooped up indoors or have been missing regular workouts? If so, try a brisk walk or break a sweat any way you can. Exercise makes for more successful trips to the bathroom, another reason you should find the time for exercise every day.

5. Squat exercises

Yes, it’s true; squatting triggers your colon to get things moving again. Squats optimize the angle between your anus and rectum and may even help with a more relaxed and complete elimination. Try doing squat exercises while you’re working out.

6. Toilet stools

You could find instant relief with a toilet stool. They are designed to elevate your knees about your stomach, mimicking a squat. As you now know, squatting optimizes the angle of your pelvic floor to allow stools to pass more easily. While almost anything that elevates your knees will work, a toilet stool that stores beneath the bowel makes it convenient and reminds you to use it regularly.

7. Probiotics with Prebiotics

An imbalance in your intestinal microbiota, which are the microorganisms living in your digestive tract, may cause constipation for some people. Probiotics and prebiotics work together to balance your microbiome and get your system moving again quickly.

A recent study showed that people given a combination of probiotics and prebiotics experienced a significant improvement in constipation along with relief from abdominal pain and bloating.

Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Defense contains the right type of probiotics with prebiotics to promote bowel movement regularity. And unlike other probiotic/prebiotic combinations, Dynamic Defense starts working within hours instead of days.

Final thoughts on laxatives

Reaching for a laxative once in a while is ok, but chronic use can eventually wear out your colon and, paradoxically – lead to worsening your condition. If you find yourself chronically using laxatives for a bowel movement, you should consult with your physician as there is possibly an underlying condition that warrants further investigation.


What Every Woman Must Know Before Choosing A Probiotic

By now you’re most likely familiar with probiotics – the good bacteria found in fermented foods and dietary supplements that help keep your digestive tract healthy. But did you know that not all probiotics are the same? There are many different probiotics – called strains – and each provides unique health benefits beyond just good gut health.

Certain probiotic strains are particularly helpful for women, as numerous studies show they can help combat urinary and vaginal health issues. But that’s not all these unique female-friendly microbes can do; some make managing your weight much easier, some help improve the look of your hair and skin, and some even lift your energy and mood.

Digestive Health

If you have tummy issues like gas, bloating, or cramps look for Bifidobacterium breve or Lactobacillus casei, which help restore your gut flora. If you can’t stop going number two, try Lactobacillus acidophilus, which can help ease antibiotic-related diarrhea and prevent extreme cases stemming from infections.

Weight Loss

One recent study showed that women taking Lactobacillus rhamnosus for three months lost 50% more weight than the group of women taking a placebo. Another study involving Lactobacillus gasseri showed reduced body weight, waist size, and hip circumference with belly fat reduced by 8.5%.

Lactobacillus fermentum has wide-ranging benefits for women’s health – shown in studies to help with weight loss and weight management while also protecting against vaginal and urinary tract infections.

Vaginal & Urinary Tract Health

The bacteria genus Lactobacillus is naturally present in your vagina and urinary tract, and their health relies on the right balance of this bacteria. If recurring yeast or urinary tract infections are your concern caused by an overgrowth of harmful bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most-researched strain in establishing and maintaining healthy balance. Two other capable strains are Lactobacillus reuteri and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

Stress & Anxiety

If you’re struggling with anxiety, there’s a probiotic strain that helps that too. Your brain and gut communicate with each other, and both produce the neurotransmitter, serotonin – also known as the happiness chemical.

Medical experts believe a balanced gut is a pro-health way to address mood issues like anxiety because it supports better communication between the gut and the brain. The strains with proven gut-brain benefits are Lactobacillus Plantarum and Lactobacillus reuteri.

Skin & Hair

And speaking of Lactobacillus reuteri, studies show that this remarkable strain may help make your skin look younger and your hair grow longer and stronger. In 2013, a study done on mice
titled “Probiotic Bacteria Induces a Glow of Health” demonstrated doses of Lactobacillus reuteri caused thicker, shinier coats and skin that was more resilient and younger-looking.

Immune System

For immune system support, look for a probiotic supplement with at least 50 billion colony forming units of a combination of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium strains. High counts of these strains support your immune system by decreasing the risk and duration of common infections in the respiratory system and the gut.

And remember, supplementing with probiotics supports your microbiome, especially when your innate good bacteria are challenged by antibiotics, travel, poor diet, and pathogens like viruses.

Keeping your female microbiome in balance is easy…

Many factors influence the balance of your microbiome, including your stress levels and what you eat. To help keep your microbiome and you in balance, eat more fermented foods, and take a daily probiotic supplement like Stonehenge Health Dynamic Biotics.

Dynamic Biotics formulation contains all the probiotic strains proven to help support a woman’s specific health needs. It is also synbiotic, meaning it contains both probiotics and prebiotics in one capsule. Prebiotics are the food that probiotics consume and which help them survive and thrive in your digestive tract.

Dynamic Biotics doesn’t need to be refrigerated, comes in a dark amber glass bottle to block out moisture and light, and is meticulously inspected and tested for quality, plus it’s vegan, free of gluten, dairy, soy, binders, and fillers. With just one easy to take delayed-release capsules to resist stomach acid, Dynamic Biotics is an easy way to feel and look your best.

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The Power of 3 for Optimal Digestive Health

If having better gut health (or maintaining the good gut health you currently enjoy) is one of your self-care goals, there is no better way than by adding the power of three – probiotics, prebiotics, and digestive enzymes.

Putting these three powerful tools together will help improve your digestion and help eliminate digestive issues. Together they can also help maximize the nutrition you get from everything you eat, which boosts your immune system and your overall health.


Your Gut Health

Your gut contains trillions of both good and bad bacteria; together, they make up your gut microbiome. When your microbiome is in balance, meaning good bacteria dominate and far outnumber harmful bacteria – all of your bodily systems work better.

Eating yogurt and fermented foods rich in probiotics is an excellent way to help maintain gut balance. Another way you can help the good bacteria thrive is by taking probiotics and prebiotic supplements together.


Probiotics & Prebiotics – What’s the Difference?

Think of the relationship between probiotics and prebiotics like a garden. Probiotics are the diverse plants, flowers, and trees that bring the garden to life. Prebiotics are like fertilizer that helps the plants in your garden grow lush and strong.

Probiotics contain beneficial bacteria that help your gut perform many duties that dramatically benefit your overall health. Probiotics supplements reinforce helpful bacteria, delivering microbes directly to where you need them.

Prebiotics are types of starches and fiber that feed the good bacteria in your microbiome and allow them to thrive.

But that’s not all prebiotics do for you; their benefits go beyond food for good gut bacteria. Prebiotics strengthen your bones by enhancing the absorption of magnesium and calcium. Prebiotic also take part in fat metabolism and appetite regulation.

Taking prebiotic and probiotic supplements together like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics and Ulitmate Prebiotic Complex helps create a more balanced microbiome, leading to better digestion, fewer gastric disruptions, and more complete nutrient absorption. And better nutrient absorption means your entire body gets more of what it needs for health and wellbeing.

Digestive Enzymes

Enzymes are a type of protein within cells that create chemical reactions. Your body contains many different kinds of enzymes that help perform various tasks like removing toxins from your body, digesting food, and building muscles. Digestive enzymes are enzymes that turn the food you eat into the molecules you use as energy.

There are four primary digestive enzymes. Protease helps breakdown protein. Amylase comes from the salivary glands, pancreas, and intestines to break down starch and carbs. Lactase breaks down lactose or milk sugar. And lipase comes from the intestines and breaks down oils and fats.

Several factors impact your digestive enzymes. Food choices can either help or hinder them, and certain foods like pineapple, papaya, mango, and spinach contain some digestive enzymes.

Unhealthy things we consume like alcohol can alter the stomach and intestines’ pH and reduce the number of digestive enzymes in your system. Some health issues and prescription medications like antibiotics can also reduce digestive enzymes.

Without enough digestive enzymes, your body can’t digest your food correctly, which leads to food intolerances that feel like cramps, uncomfortable bloating, and gas or worse. When the enzymes in your body are affected, or your digestive enzyme production isn’t as good as it should be, digestive enzyme supplements can help.

Digestive enzyme supplements help fortify the enzymes in your stomach and intestines to help improve digestion. Chose a digestive enzyme supplement like Stonehenge Health’s Incredible Digestive Enzymes that contains a complete range of enzymes able to break down the most troublesome foods like dairy and gluten.

Whether you reach for prebiotic or probiotic supplements, digestive enzymes, or all three, it’s well worth the benefits you’ll feel. Boosting your gut health will give you long-term benefits that affect your entire body, get more nutrition from the foods you eat and give you a more robust immune system, and so much more.


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Allergies, Cold, or Flu: How To Recognize the Difference

Coronavirus may be dominating the news, but cold and flu season is also in full swing. And spring allergy season that often leaves you feeling miserable and run down is here. When a runny nose, cough, and congestion come calling, understanding the difference between flu, cold, and allergies can help you treat your symptoms properly and recover more quickly.


Influenza, or the seasonal flu, is caused by influenza viruses that affect your throat, nose, and lungs. These viruses spread when infected people cough, sneeze, or even talk, sending microdroplets containing the virus airborne. People in the line of fire inhale into their mouths and noses these airborne infections, looking for a warm, moist place to take root.

Flu can also spread by touching surfaces containing the virus and then touching your mouth, nose, and eyes. Having a flu shot each year reduces your risk and may lessen the flu’s severity if you do contract it.

Flu symptoms typically come on quickly, and they last a finite amount of time–at most a week or two. An essential indicator of the flu is a sudden fever that exceeds 101 degrees. Unlike colds and allergies, the flu often produces symptoms like chills, body aches, night sweats, and gastrointestinal problems. The flu can be treated with medications like Tamiflu within 48 hours of the onset of symptoms to reduce the duration and intensity of the illness.

For people with heart disease, diabetes, compromised immune systems, or chronic lung diseases like asthma or COPD, the flu can be very serious, even resulting in death. The influenza virus is highly infectious and can spread to others before an infected person knows they’re sick. Infection spreads a day before symptoms appear and up to seven days after symptoms surface. Young children and people with weakened immune systems can infect others for an even more extended period.

Pneumonia is a dangerous complication of the flu and is caused by the influenza virus or bacteria finding its way into your lungs when your body’s immune system is weak. If you have trouble breathing, have chest pain when coughing, or cough up green, yellow, or bloody phlegm, make an appointment right away to see your doctor.


The common cold is a mild upper respiratory illness caused by a virus, typically rhinoviruses. They are transmitted the same way as flu, microdroplets containing the virus find their way into eyes, mouth, or nose. But, unlike flu symptoms, which come on quickly, cold symptoms usually come on more gradually.

Cold symptoms generally develop one to three days after exposure to the bug. Symptoms may include a sore throat, runny or stuffed up nose, sneezing, and fatigue. Fever rarely happens with the common cold, which usually goes away on its own after a week or so. Since there’s no cure for the common cold–antibiotics can’t treat it–the best course of action is to use over-the-counter medications and zinc supplements to reduce your symptoms until it runs its course.

A complication of the cold is sinusitis, or a sinus infection, usually caused by bacteria and treated with antibiotics. Sinus infection symptoms include discolored nasal discharge, facial pain or pressure, headaches, fever, and cough.


Allergies are a reaction to a substance the immune system interprets as harmful. This over-reacting immune response triggers your body to release chemicals that can cause symptoms similar to those of the cold, including sneezing, a runny nose, a scratchy throat, and nasal congestion. The mucus associated with allergies tends to be runny and clear. Unlike the common cold, allergies often produce itchy eyes, nose, and throat.

Allergic reactions will last as long as the allergen is present, and the best course of action is to take over-the-counter allergy medication or antihistamine.

Whenever possible, avoid the allergen. This may involve staying indoors during allergy season, keeping your HVAC system running so that allergens get trapped in the filter, and keeping your windows closed.

If you have severe allergic reactions, your doctor can test for allergies and treat them with immunotherapy, which involves exposing you to small amounts of the allergen over time to prevent symptoms.

How to Boost Immunity and Protect Yourself Against Cold and Flu

While there’s not a lot you can do to prevent common allergies, aside from avoiding the allergen or undergoing immunotherapy, there are several ways you can protect yourself against cold and flu viruses.

Number one, wash your hands. When you touch things like door handles, money, keypads, grocery carts, and other shared surfaces, your hands easily pick up viruses, including the novel coronavirus that’s currently causing COVID-19 around the world.

When you touch your face–your eyes, nose, or mouth–, the virus enters your body and causes harm. One of the most effective things you can do to protect against any virus or bacteria is to wash your hands thoroughly and often with soap and water.

When handwashing isn’t an option, use hand sanitizer. And never touch your face unless your hands are freshly washed.

Next, wipe down surfaces. Use disinfecting wipes to clean the surfaces you frequently come into contact with at home and work, including your phone, computer, and door handles. Viruses can live on many surfaces for several days, and frequently disinfecting often-touched surfaces reduces dramatically the number of microbes you’ll come into contact with as you move about your day.

And finally, boost your immune system.  A stronger immune system means you’re less likely to experience the full brunt of cold and flu symptoms. Since sound sleep and your immune system go hand and hand, strive for adequate sleep every night. Include plenty of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, which provide nutrients and antioxidants that improve immunity and help reduce the duration and severity of colds and flu.

Eat more fermented foods, and take a daily probiotic supplement Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics. Both promote a healthy gut microbiome by allowing beneficial gut bacteria to flourish, which helps your body’s immune cells respond more robustly to invaders. And according to research, probiotics may reduce virus levels in your nasal mucus, too.

As we age, colds, flu, and allergies can impact us more intensely, and underlying health conditions can make them worse. If you’re suffering from symptoms and aren’t sure whether you have a virus or allergies, visit your doctor. Early intervention can make a flu bout shorter and less intense, and it can help prevent dangerous complications.






How to Improve Your Digestion & Stay Healthier in Winter

Who doesn’t love to snuggle up at home during the cold, winter months binge-watching Netflix and awards shows, and enjoying more than one or two pizza deliveries? But that kind of “winter chill” can lower your metabolism and wreak havoc on your digestive system – leading to stomach discomfort and weight gain. Even worse, an unhealthy digestive system weakens your immune system and leaves you vulnerable to viruses and illnesses.

So here’s a quick rundown of food and lifestyle strategies you can adopt to improve your digestion – helping you enjoy good health all winter long.


Eat those winter veggies.

Sweet potatoes, carrots, squash, turnips, and beets are plentiful in the winter, and they’re packed with vitamins and minerals that do a body good–especially in your digestive tract. Winter greens like kale, chard, spinach, and Brussels sprouts are loaded with vitamin C, boosting your immune system and providing your gut with the fiber it needs for healthy balanced functioning.


Use lots of spices.

Spices like turmeric and ginger have been used for centuries to soothe intestinal woes. Turmeric is widely used to reduce symptoms of IBS, including cramps, constipation, and diarrhea. Ginger soothes upset stomachs.

Cumin used extensively in Hispanic dishes can help eliminate gas and bloating. If you like it spicy, cayenne pepper stimulates digestion and can even help repair damage to your gut lining.


Eat more, smaller meals.

Instead of loading up on three squares a day, try grazing instead. Grazing is the informal name of the eating habit that involves consuming many, smaller meals throughout the day. While the jury is still out about whether this eating style promotes weight loss, a substantial body of research shows that eating six to ten smaller meals a day improves satiety and decreases bloating and other digestive discomforts. However, you’ll want to be sure you’re choosing appropriate foods and portions at each eating interval as to not overdo it.


Stay hydrated.

Since winter doesn’t find most of us outside losing liquids to the heat, we often under-hydrate during the winter months, which can cause constipation and other digestive problems. Just because you don’t feel thirsty doesn’t mean you don’t need water.

In fact, by the time you feel thirsty, you’re probably already dehydrated. Even when you aren’t losing water through sweating, your body needs roughly 64 ounces a day for optimal functioning, including gastrointestinal and kidney function.



Moving your body stimulates digestion, and it helps you maintain a healthy digestive system. Strive to get in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, such as walking or biking, most days of the week.


Take a probiotic.

Probiotics like Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics have a wide range of benefits for your digestive and overall health. Probiotics are healthy gut bacteria that promote optimal digestion and nutrient absorption. Numerous things can lead to imbalances in the gut microbiome, including a poor diet, certain medications, and excessive alcohol consumption.

A daily probiotic helps to restore colonies of healthy bacteria to reduce digestive symptoms. Probiotics have also been shown to improve your immune function, which helps prevent colds and other seasonal illnesses that can further slow down your digestive system in the winter.

Keeping your digestive and overall health in tip-top shape over the winter months requires a healthy diet and plenty of physical activity. To boost your digestion, supplementation with a daily probiotic gives your gut the healthy bacteria it needs to function well despite long nights curled up and content on the couch.



Why Prebiotics Matter & Where to Find Them

Fascinating research continues to uncover the relationships between the bacteria in the gut and the function of numerous body systems. You’ve probably heard of the gut microbiome, also called gut microflora, which is the collection of bacteria that lives in the digestive tract. The microbiome helps regulate inflammation, protects you from bacterial and fungal infections, and forms short-chain fatty acids to help keep harmful invaders out of the gut.

Your gut bacteria play a significant role in your digestive health, cognitive function, mood, and energy levels. Your microbiome is also involved in nutrient processing, the development of vitamins B and K; and the health of your immune system.

A healthy microbiome is one that’s composed of a wide variety of bacterial species. Diversity in the microbiome protects against a number of health conditions, while less-diverse flora may increase the risk of those conditions.

Probiotic supplements and foods like kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, and yogurt introduce healthy bacteria into the gut. But once the bacteria are there, how do you keep the microbiome healthy?

A thriving community of gut flora needs to be fed a nutritious diet, and that’s where prebiotics come in. Prebiotics are the food the bacteria in the gut consume to maintain optimal health.

Prebiotic foods are generally types of dietary fiber that can’t be digested by the body. Here are five of the best prebiotic foods, with tips on how to fit more of them into your daily diet.

1. Garlic

Garlic is a culinary staple for many cooks, and it promotes the growth of beneficial Bifidobacteria while preventing the growth of “bad” bacteria. Garlic may also help reduce the risk of heart disease, according to research, and it also has been shown to have antioxidant effects.

You can use garlic in practically any savory dish for added flavor and excellent prebiotic benefits. Sautee or roast it to tame the spiciness and mellow out the flavor. Add it to meat and vegetable dishes, soups, and stews.

2. Onions

Like garlic, you can add onions to nearly any dish, including your breakfast scrambled eggs, pasta dishes, soups, and stews. The prebiotic fiber in onions helps strengthen the gut flora and increase nitric oxide production in the body’s cells. Onions also contain powerful antioxidants that help fight diseases.

3. Asparagus

The prebiotics in asparagus promote healthy bacteria and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Roasted asparagus makes a great side dish for a lean protein, or you can add lightly steamed asparagus to salads and soups.

4. Bananas

Bananas make a quick and easy snack, and they’re fantastic in smoothies, sliced over cereal, and baked into bread. The prebiotic fiber found in bananas increases populations of beneficial bacteria and helps reduce bloating. Bananas are inexpensive, and they’re rich in vitamins and minerals.

5. Apples

Rife with fiber, apples are an excellent prebiotic source. The pectin in apples increases short-chain fatty acids that feed healthy gut bacteria and reduce the number of bad bacteria in the gut. Apples have also been shown to improve digestive health and boost fat metabolism.

Prebiotic Supplementation

Research shows that shifts in the composition of the microbiome may be associated with the development of inflammatory bowel disease, blood cancers, autism, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Especially as we age, it’s essential to make lifestyle choices that promote a healthy, balanced microbiome. Eating plenty of prebiotic and probiotic foods or taking supplements will help you maintain better health on many fronts.

A prebiotic supplement like Stonehenge Health’s Ultimate Prebiotic Complex helps to ensure you’re getting the daily prebiotic fiber you need for the healthiest possible gut microbiome. Ultimate Prebiotic Complex can help relieve digestive woes, increase your energy levels, and promote optimal absorption of nutrients for better overall health and vitality.




6 Ways to Get Your Weight Back on Track after the Holidays

Are you feeling an extra inch or two around your middle?

This time of year, sweet and savory temptations surround us. And unless you’re superhuman, total resistance to all the delicious holiday delights is almost impossible.

No wonder experts say that between Thanksgiving and Jan 1, the average American adult gains about one pound. Now, one pound might not sound like a whole lot. But problems arise when that extra pound sticks around long after the holidays are over. After a few years of accumulated holiday pounds, the excess weight adds up.

But don’t worry. Losing holiday weight gain is easier than you think. Keep reading for a few simple things that you can do to get yourself back on track, and jump-start your way into a fit and healthy new year!


#1. Exercise Every Day for One Month

There’s nothing better for your body than moving. Study after study shows that exercise can both improve the quality and the duration of your life. Exercise every day can also help you quickly drop a few pounds while toning up your body.

Now there’s no stopping you from keeping the daily exercise going as long as possible. But by giving yourself a short term, incremental goals, you are much more likely to reach your ultimate weight loss and fitness objectives.


#2 Find A Friend To Workout With

What’s more motivating than knowing someone is saving you a mat at the pilates studio? Working out with a friend helps you avoid skipping your daily exercise when you’re feeling less than inspired. You’re more likely to meet your weight loss goals with a friend because you’re simply less likely to give up. And studies show, when you work out with a friend, you work harder too.


 #3 Ditch Unhealthy Holiday Treats

Is your fridge full of holiday leftovers, cakes, candies, and treats? This may sound crazy, but -open the fridge door, pull out every weight-buster you see – and throw it all away. If you can’t stand the idea of tossing good food, donate it to your local food pantry. Getting temptation out of your site is the only way you to avoid adding them to your waistline. And when your fridge is empty, fill it up with fresh, healthy, wholesome food – only.


#4 Be Prepared

When you’re extra busy at work, and hunger is gnawing at you, that’s when you are most likely to reach for a readily available – and unhealthy sweet treat. The key here is preparation. Prepare all your food for work the night before. When your meals are ready to go, you won’t make unhealthy, spontaneous choices. And while you’re at it – get your fitness bag ready too. Make sure there’s no excuse to skip the gym – remember, your buddy is waiting!


#5 Drink Lots of Water

Drinking lots of water cleanses your body of toxins, boosts your metabolism, and even suppresses your appetite. Drinking lots of water also stops your body from retaining water – leading it to drop extra water weight.

Thirst can make you think you’re hungry when you just need water. So before you decide on a snack, drink a glass of water first.


#6 Gut Health is Everything

The holidays are the prime season for overindulging on sugar, alcohol, and unhealthy fat – all things that throw your gut microbiome out of whack and make digestive issues much more likely.

At the same time, you’re less likely to eat high fiber foods that your helpful gut bacteria need to survive. Taking a probiotic supplement reseeds your gut, keeping your digestive health on track.

When it comes to holiday weight gain, studies show that taking probiotics from the Lactobacillus family can help. A study done on L. Fermentum showed it reduced weight by 3-4% over 6 weeks. That means a person weighing 165 pounds can lose 6.6 pounds just taking this one probiotic daily.

Fermentum, along with other strains shown to help you lose weight is included in the 16 strains of probiotics in Stonehenge Health’s Dynamic Biotics.

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