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A Vegan Dream

Three years ago, my daughter decided to become a vegetarian. As a supportive mother, I decided to join her. Shortly into our journey, we decided cutting out meat wasn’t enough—that’s what some people think when they hear the word vegetarian. Instead, we decided to go for the gold and give up meat, poultry, eggs and dairy. I’m hesitant to use the word “vegan” as it stirs up a lot of connotations, but that is the best definition of our diet.

Since this transition, people are usually interested in and sometimes critical of what we eat. For the first year, well-meaning friends and family peppered us with, “Can you eat this?” “Do you eat that?” Occasionally, I had people nearly snatch food out of my hand announcing, “YOU CAN’T EAT THAT.” My mother, known to serve a stick of butter as an appetizer, nearly had a nervous breakdown and still mutters every holiday about what she’s going to feed us.

Some concerned parties have asserted that we could get very sick from lack of protein and minerals. We haven’t. And along this journey, we’ve discovered many ways to get the right vitamins, minerals, and proteins from foods other than the usual suspects. Sometimes, it just takes a little more work.

When I started taking Florax DS, it was more for the digestive and immune health benefits, but a happy latent effect is that its active ingredient, brewer’s yeast, is a vegan dream. It is loaded with B vitamins, folic acid, chromium, zinc, selenium and biotin. So in addition to digestive and immune health, you can look forward to increased energy and metabolism, stronger hair and nails, and healthier skin to name a few. Literally every time I start researching for a Florax DS blog, I learn about a new benefit.

Here’s are the advantages I’ve discovered so far: digestive health, stronger immune system, potential weight loss, more energy, faster metabolism, improved hair and nails…are you ordering it yet? You should be ordering it.

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Back To Our Roots

As we face increasing health issues such as obesity, gastritis, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and more frightening diseases, people are taking a long, hard look at what we put in our bodies. We are reading labels and seeking to replace the highly processed foods and drinks that led to this health crisis with whole, natural foods.

More of us are shopping at farmers’ markets, drinking water, growing our own fruits and vegetables, joining gyms, going for walks, and making healthier choices for ourselves and our families. We’re buying meat, cheese, and eggs from local farmers and in some cases limiting and cutting meat out of our diets.

As we make healthy lifestyle changes, we also need to consider how we treat ailments. The chances are good that exercise and healthy diet will lessen our need for medication. However, when we do need medicine, we don’t want to put dangerous chemicals into these bodies we’ve been working so hard to purify.

Hebron USA has always used the finest phytogenic or plant-based ingredients in their products. They have not changed their products to meet consumer demands; consumers are now demanding what Hebron has always offered: 100% natural products that out-perform their chemical counterparts with no side effects.

So the next time you need temporary relief from discomfort caused by acid reflux, heartburn, indigestion, nausea or other stomach issues, choose Kios DS. For temporary relief when suffering from a cough, stuffy nose, or scratchy throat, choose Bromelin DS and Propolis DS. And as part of your regular wellness regimen, for occasional diarrhea relief, to improve digestion and boost overall immunity, choose Florax DS. Then, rest assured that you’ve made a healthy choice for yourself and your family.

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No Mo Plateau

For the past year, I have been trying to lose the twenty pounds that accumulated on my biologically small frame through a combination of bad food choices—yes, even vegans sometimes eat crap—anti-depressant use, and laziness. By making better food choices and working out regularly, I was able to lose about ten pounds. Despite my efforts, I could not get rid of the other ten.

I doubled up on my workouts, but that made me hungrier. I tried juice fasts and raw diets, and those usually made me a little, uh, unfriendly. When your family is begging you to eat so you’re not so grouchy, it might be time to rethink your approach. I tried no grains, which seemed to work, but as a lifelong commitment—I would lose five pounds, eat a cracker or a sandwich, and gain ten back.

And if we’re being perfectly honest, losing ten pounds in your late 30’s is not as easy as cutting back on snacks or working out an extra day here or there. It was as if my body preserved fat in my thighs in anticipation of a famine.

Fortunately, I’d recently discovered Hebron USA’s products and started using Florax DS, a natural probiotic made with brewer’s yeast. Florax DS is recommended for treatment of occasional diarrhea and as part of an ongoing digestive health and wellness program. It’s just a tiny little vial that you drink every 4-6 days. It supplies live cells directly to your digestive tract helping to improve digestion and gut health and support overall immune health.

Well, I am not sure what happened, but within a week I had lost five pounds. FIVE POUNDS. And I did it without killing myself at the gym, without starving myself, and without spending any extra time in the bathroom—just keeping it real. It could be that improved digestion reduced my food cravings. It could be that Florax DS uses Raspberry Ketones, which are recently being touted as an amazing fat-burner. It could be any number of things; I really don’t care. I feel great and finally hopped off that plateau!

Just to be clear, I’m not saying rush out and buy this product and you’ll lose weight, I am just sharing my experience. And by the way, this was a few months ago, and though I’m still working on the last five pounds, those first five are still gone.

Florax DS and other Hebron USA products are available at Discount Drug Mart,, and more. Visit for a retailer near you.

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Back to School Supplies

It’s August, and for many of us moms, that means back-to-school shopping. Scanning the sale ads for the best prices on markers, crayons, glue, notebooks, and helping kindergartners decide on Monster High vs. Hello Kitty backpacks—is that just me? As we’re preparing our kids with new clothes and accessories, remember that the return to school also means increased exposure to germs and illness.

Today, nearly every classroom is equipped with an industrial-sized bottle of anti-bacterial gel, which may curb the spread of disease. But what if we started protecting our most precious possessions from the inside out? If you search for ways to boost your children’s immune systems, probiotics are on many back-to-school supply lists. “Today’s Dietitian” even notes that children in day care centers, who take probiotics, do not get sick as often as other children.

Since 70% of our immune system function is centralized in our gut, it makes sense that keeping our guts healthy will boost our overall health and well-being. Probiotics have been recommended by doctors for the temporary relief of diarrhea, constipation, colic, gas, even eczema and food allergies, although research is limited in these areas.

With nothing to lose—less than 1% of users reported any side effects (constipation, thirst)—and so much to gain, Florax DS is on our school supply list this year. Unlike some of its competitors, Florax DS does not have artificial ingredients such as fructose and lactose, which are sugar. It is completely natural, gluten-free, and safe for children (1 and up) as well as adults.

Florax DS and other Hebron USA products are available at Discount Drug Mart,, and more. Please visit to find a retailer near you.