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The chicory root has been a staple of the human diet for over 2,000 years. Records of the chicory plant as part of regular meals date as far back as ancient Egypt, through ancient Rome, and into modern times.
Sadly, many people are unfamiliar with this incredible root, and an understanding of its many health benefits has begun to fade into obscurity.
Today we are going to discuss the benefits and uses of this extraordinary plant, one of nature’s most effective weapons in the battle for optimal health.
Chicory (also called Cichorium intybus) is a woody and herbaceous plant in the dandelion family. Natural chicory plants have beautiful blue flowers and a hearty root, and the entire plant is edible (be forewarned: the leaves and flowers are quite bitter).
The root of the chicory plant has been used for centuries to make tea. It has also been used since the 1800s as an alternative or additive to coffee, as when roasted and brewed, it has a similar taste and consistency.
Consumption of chicory root comes with an array of remarkable health benefits, including:
Sounds unbelievable, right?
Well, it will all click when you see what the roots contain.
Many of the benefits of the chicory root come from the fact that it is 68% inulin by weight. 
Inulin is a type of dietary fiber known as a fructan (also called a fructooligosaccharide), a carbohydrate made up of short chains of fructose molecules your body is unable to digest. 
And while the natural function of dietary fiber brings a host of health benefits, that’s not what makes inulin special. What makes inulin special is that it is also a prebiotic – which means that it feeds the good digestive bacteria in your gut.,
The scientific definition of a prebiotic is:
“A nondigestible compound that, through its metabolization by microorganisms in the gut, modulates the composition and/or activity of the gut microbiota, thus conferring a beneficial physiologic effect on the host.”
In addition to the more obvious benefits of a functioning, healthy digestive system, the good bacteria in your gut play a critical role in reducing inflammation, helping your body to absorb and use minerals, and fight off harmful bacteria. 
Countless studies have shown many real-world benefits from chicory inulin, including:
Further, your gut bacteria play important roles in your hormonal system, and improving your digestive system has been known to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. 
Chicory root is also chock full of polyphenols, micronutrients found in plants that protect them from UV radiation and diseases. Studies have shown similar effects in humans, including reducing the risks and effects of:
Chicory root is also a great source of beta-carotene, which your body converts into Vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A is a critical nutrient your body needs to maintain:
Beta-carotene is also an antioxidant that helps protect your body from free radicals to ward off chronic diseases and conditions.
With all of the research data available on this wonderful root, it was a no-brainer to use chicory root as a primary source of dietary fiber in our new BodyHealth Bar.
We formulated this bar with entirely non-GMO, vegan, kosher ingredients to provide a delicious, healthy snack that provides sustained energy and delivers real satisfaction.
So, whether you get a helping of chicory root in our bar, brew it as a coffee alternative, or take it as a supplement, you are on the path to optimized health.
If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.
The usual solutions people turn to include:
For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.
Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.
In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.
Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”
It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:
“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”
The Infantry Battalion that I am fortunate enough to command - 3-187 Infantry, the Iron Rakkasans - conducts an event each Spring called the Iron Warrior Challenge (IWC).
The IWC can be a single event or a series of events designed to test Soldiers physically and mentally. The purpose of this event is to link the currently serving Soldiers with those who previously served in the unit, and to remember those that have gone before us and all they endured in the service of our Great Nation. The event was started by GEN (retired) David Petraeus when he commanded the Iron Rakkasans in the early 90s, and has continued on ever since.