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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.
One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.
Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.
As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.
You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?
Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.
This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.
Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).
Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.