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What Does Krill Oil Do For You?

It’s a fair question! Given that Viva Labs, is clearly invested in marketing our products to consumers interested in investing in long term healthy lifestyle changes, it’s fair for you – the consumer – to want to know exactly why you should be choosing to use Krill Oil as a supplement?

In this article, I’ll specifically address the advantages of choosing a krill Oil supplement to address specific health concerns, while also pointing out why you would choose Krill Oil supplements over leading fish oil brands. Let’s get into it.

Advantages of Krill Oil

To be honest, the advantages surrounding Krill Oil as an omega-3 supplement, are almost endless. You will find research, studies and trials that will back Krill Oil’s ability to address health issues surrounding; auto immune disorders, behavioral problems in children, certain types of cancers, eye health, liver health, Diabetes, cardiovascular health, joint inflammation, depression and symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome. As I continue to research and write about the benefits surrounding the use of Krill Oil and it’s numerous health benefits, I will get into each of these health concerns in more detail. In the meantime however, I would like to address four of the most popular known benefits behind using Krill Oil daily for omega-3 supplementation.

Promoting Cardiovascular Health

The American Heart Association has strongly pushed the necessity of omega 3 fatty acids in support of cardiovascular health. Extensive clinical evidence and blind to blind trials have gone on to suggests that omega 3’s help reduce risk factors associated with heart disease such as high cholesterol and hypertension. These essential fatty acids have also been shown to slow the development of blood clots and plaque that clogs arteries. People taking sufficient doses of omega 3’s on a regular basis will have a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke.

Reducing Joint Inflammation

Clinical research has also shown omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation. Reduced joint inflammation lowers the risks of diseases associated with chronic pain such as arthritis. People suffering from both; Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis have reported significantly reduced joint pain and joint stiffness.

Assisting With PMS

A superior omega-3 supplement like Krill Oil will work reduce the pain from symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome while also working to balance mood swings, boost cognitive function, and improve feelings of personal well-being – acting as a completely holistic form of relief. Because Krill Oil is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, it will also work to alleviate uncomfortable bloating.

Depression

Numerous clinical studies have found omega 3 fatty acids will help provide relief from some of the debilitating symptoms associated with depression.  There is evidence to prove that people who took omega 3 fatty acids in conjunction with prescription medications have noted a significant improvement in symptoms as opposed to relying solely on prescription antidepressants. Some clinical trials involving women have also reported that omega 3’s played a large role in conquering postpartum depression.

Daily omega-3 supplementation (specifically using omega-3 supplementation that stands above the rest in quality, purity and concentration) will boost ones overall feelings of personal well-being and self value.

What’s The Advantage of Krill Oil Over Fish Oil?

Krill oil and fish oil both contain the essential fatty acids that are so impactful to our holistic health. Krill Oil however, does not contain heavy metals that are harmful to the body. Krill Oil also contains a powerful antioxidant called astaxanthin that cannot be found in fish oil supplements. Because of this, Krill Oil provides 54% the antioxidant power than leading fish oil products.

Why Use Krill Oil Supplements?

Krill Oil is a supplement that continues to surprise us with its numerous impactful benefits. Included in the health benefits of Krill Oil supplements, is the fact that Krill Oil omega-3’s are stored in what’s called a phospholipid form. Phospholipids are natural fats that are found in your body. What does this mean to you? It means your body isn’t doing any added work converting the essential fatty acids once they’re in your system. Because your body isn’t doing double time, trying to convert your omega-3’s in order to utilize they’re benefits, absorption rate is that much faster – allowing your body to reap the benefits of a high purity omega-3’s, right away.

Other benefits of Krill Oil pills as a means of getting your daily omega-3 intake, include the fact that you won’t have to experience some of the negative symptoms often associated with fish oil pills – like an upset stomach, or those unsavory (often embarrassing) fish burps. The reason you are able to avoid these uncomfortable side effects – is again because of the phospholipid form that omega-3’s are stored in with krill oils.

Faster omega-3 absorption for quick, optimal health benefits – without the fish burps. It’s a win/win!

Good To Know – Other Krill Oil Effects

Naturally, we always suggest speaking with your health care practitioner about all supplements, or medications you are taking.

Because krill are tiny crustaceans living deep in oceanic communities worldwide, there are very high chances, that anyone suffering from a shellfish allergy, or intolerance, will also have allergies and intolerances to krill and all krill based products. We recommend consulting your physician regarding finding an Omega 3 supplement that does meet the needs surrounding your health – as omega-3’s are so impactful in their numerous health benefits.

If you do choose to invest in a fish oil because of shellfish allergies, Viva Labs personally puts its stamp of approval on a fish oil product called Omega Select. Manufactured by Viva Labs, Omega Select is one of the few fish oils available on the market today that goes the extra mile in eliminating toxins and fillers – to guarantee a 90% concentration. It is an impressive product – for a fish oil that is!

One of the major benefits of Krill Oil – could also be a concern to some health care practitioners depending on the situation of your cardiovascular health. Krill Oil will inhibit plaque and blood clots in the arteries – it could also be potentially dangerous leading up to a surgery as it may increase the risk of bleeding. It is probably best to stop taking Krill Oil supplements at least two weeks before a scheduled survey however, again, as always – it is best to speak with your health care practitioner!

I do hope you found this article informative, and that some of the questions you may have had coming in, regarding Krill Oil supplements, Fish Oil supplements, the difference between the two – and most importantly – how this applies to YOUR personal health – were addressed.

I encourage you to also research, research, research. This is after all, your health we’re talking about. Talk to your doctor, investigate your health goals, and choose a supplement that provides quality, meets IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards), and takes your health concerns seriously.

I hope you’re feeling great!

Citations

Krill Oil

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1172-KRILL%20OIL.aspx?activeIngredientId=1172&activeIngredientName=KRILL%20OIL

Pros and Cons of Krill Oil

http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/Pros_and_Cons_of_Krill_Oil_a1308.html

Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.steadyhealth.com/articles/Pros_and_Cons_of_Krill_Oil_a1308.html

Krill Oil Health Benefits

http://www.disabled-world.com/artman/publish/krill-oil.shtml

Krill Oil Side Effects

http://krilloilsinfo.com/krill-oil-side-effects/

Krill Oil – What You Should Know About It

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/krilloil.htm

61 Health Benefits Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/61-health-benefits-omega-3-fatty-acids

Krill Oil 48X Better Than Fish Oil?

http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2008/07/23/krill-oil-48x-better-than-fish-oil/

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Krill Oil & Dogs

If you’re anything like the author of this article, or millions of Americans who are proud dog owners – there likely isn’t anything you wouldn’t do to ensure your dog enjoying a vibrant, healthy life!

When a dog becomes part of your family, they become just as much a part of your heart. The term ‘a dog is a man’s best friend’, rings so very true to many of us. Together, you and your dog exercise, explore, watch movies, grow as a family, and sometimes, even experience great celebrations and losses together.

Of course you’re going to want to do everything within your power to ensure your dogs’ health, is at its best – which is why I strongly recommend including Krill Oil into his or her daily health care regime. Dogs are a lot more aligned to humans than we think. Many of the health concerns that we tackle throughout our lifetimes, they do as well. Cardiovascular disease, arthritis, depression and anxiety disorders, degenerative eye diseases, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue and cancer, are just a few of the dangers that dogs face – depending on their age, size, breed, diet, level of exercise and intake of essential nutrients.

Is Krill Oil safe for dogs?

Assuming your dog does not have a shellfish allergy (as krill are tiny crustaceans found in oceanic communities around the globe), there should not be any health concerns whatsoever when it comes to providing your pet with a daily supplement of krill oil. In fact, the benefits behind using krill oil as a daily supplement to your dogs’ already nutrient filled diet are numerous.

If you are not sure as to whether or not your dog may have a shellfish allergy, we do recommend consulting your dogs’ veterinarian.

What are the benefits of Krill Oil for dogs?

As mentioned earlier in this article, dogs suffer from many of the ailments and chronic diseases that we do as we age. Just like us, recovery also becomes more difficult with age, which is why it’s important to try and promote a healthy lifestyle for your pet right from the get- go. We will go into detail on three specific health topics that are predominantly important to dogs, in efforts of showing how very instrumental Krill Oil can be in promoting optimal health with your dog.

Joint Pain

As dogs age, many of them (specifically larger breeds), experience chronic joint pain. Krill Oil has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation in joints – which in turn provides pain relief. Using Krill Oil on a daily basis could help your dog avoid the many aches and pains that often accompany mobility as they age. In fact, clinical studies published in the January 2010 and March 2010 issues of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), report the possible benefits of feeding foods high in omega-3 fatty acid concentrations to dogs with osteoarthritis. Dogs that were fed the foods experienced significantly less pain associated with the disease and greater mobility.

Cardiovascular Disease

Above all, Krill Oil is known for its ability to promote cardiovascular health, balanced cholesterol levels and circulation. Certain breeds of dogs are prone to specific conditions attached to cardiovascular disease such as; Ventricular arrhythmias, high blood pressure, thromboembolisms and even cholesterol problems. Krill Oil will work with your daily to reduce the risk of heart disease and cholesterol within the blood.

Anxiety Disorders

Many dogs of all breeds, ages, and sizes – actually suffer from mild to severe forms of anxiety disorders. This anxiety can be attached to numerous triggers such as; separation, children, other dogs, cats, strangers, storms, loud noises and/or traffic amongst a myriad of other things. Krill Oil works naturally, to provide an overall boost to self-esteem and a personal sense of well-being. Having daily Krill Oil supplementation will help give your dog a lift in their day, and work to reduce or alleviate the fear associated with some of these stressors.

These are only a few of the benefits attached to including Krill Oil in your dogs’ nutritional in take on a daily basis. Superior omega3 supplements like Krill Oil have also been known to assist in; bone health, digestive disease, degenerative eye disease, cancers, weight regulation, skin allergies and encouraging healthy, shiny coats.

What is the Krill Oil dosage for dogs? 

The dosage of Krill Oil you decide to give your dog really depends on their size, breed, and the health goals you are trying to achieve. We always recommend that you consult with your veterinarian before giving supplements to your dogs as breeds with specific allergies will likely have higher dosage requirements than usual.

Some dogs actually like taking Krill Oil in capsule form as they enjoy the ‘pop’ of the capsules in their mouths, similar to how us humans often enjoy our tapioca, bubble tea’s, or certain types of sushi! If you have a dog that’s a little more finicky about their supplements, a very easy way to ensure they are getting their optimal omega-3 in take is to break the caplique, and squeeze the contents into your dogs’ food.
Depending on the size, and breed of your dog, you will likely notice the health benefits of daily Krill Oil supplementation within two to four weeks!

I hope this article was helpful. I have always been a huge advocate of taking my pets’ health as seriously as I take my own. If you’re anything like me – you feel the same way. I hope your pet – be it a dog, a cat, or a budgee – is feeling great!

Citations

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Feeling Sluggish? – Krill Oil Energy

Life is exhausting, especially in our North American culture of trying to squeeze 38 hours into a 24 hour day. We’re addicted to work, but we want to have our cake, and eat it to.

We wake up and rush to get ready to rush through breakfast to rush to work to rush to pick up the kids to rush to the gym and through a work out so that we can rush home and get some sleep to do it all over again. Somewhere in there, we’re also trying to be parents, partners, friends, moviegoers and chess champions!

It’s no wonder we’re constantly hitting the snooze button, having that third cup of coffee followed by a piece of chocolate and an energy drink before running to the washroom to splash cold water on our faces. We’re tired!

There are numerous healthy ways to try and boost more energy into your bones without constantly looking for a quick fix. I have mentioned a few tricks from the trade in other blogs on this site, however, today, I want to specifically address the power of omega 3’s in promoting a significant boost to your energy levels, both physically and mentally. I then also explain the difference in utilizing fish oil energy sources vs krill oil energy sources, as there are important distinctions between the two that are certainly worth exploring. But first…

Omega-3’s

The fatty acids in omega-3’s are very similar to the fat found in the human body. Two very critical types of omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA, are essential to healthy brain function. Omega-3’s provide a simple way to boost DHA and EPA levels in the brain, which results in increased energy, focus and attention. As the brain is composed largely of fatty acids, the under consumption of omega-3’s can lead to mental fatigue, illness and memory related difficulties.

Omega-3’s are also critical in promoting cardiovascular health. Some would argue that this is their strongest, and most important function when it comes to supporting your health. When your cardiovascular system is operating at optimal levels, blood is flowing freely throughout your body, replenishing your blood with fresh oxygen. When your circulation is moving at full speed, you will feel the rejuvenation constantly ‘pumping through your veins’.

One last note, on omega-3’s and their ability to give your energy levels a lift is that each gram of fat from omega-3’s delivers 9 calories. Carbohydrates and proteins provide only 4 calories per gram. Fat is also oxidized at a slower rate within your body, which means that the energy it is providing lasts longer.
Because achieving optimal omega-3 intake on a daily basis through food sources, is becoming more and more difficult given our busy schedules, millions of Americans are turning to fish oil and krill oil supplements as a means of ensuring they are getting the essential fatty acids that our bodies need to thrive.

Fish Oil

While fish oils are an incredible source of omega-3’s, unfortunately, many leading brands available today don’t have the resources, ethical codes of conduct, or finances to manufacture superior products. Because of this, many fish oils will contain up to 70% fillers, which means you could be receiving as low as just 30% of your intended omega-3 intake.

Another concern with fish oil products is that many fish used for harvest in fish oil supplements, are predatory fish, which often means they contain potentially dangerous levels of mercury, dioxin and/or PCB’s. Consuming contaminants such as these on a daily level will cause a breakdown in the immune system – leaving you open to fatigue, illness and disease.

Krill Oil

Viva Labs Krill Oil however, is derived from 100% krill, which means that each serving is providing you with optimal omega-3 concentrations, and because of that, optimal omega-3 benefits.

Because krill, are at the bottom of the food chain, they are not a predatory marine presence, which alleviates concerns regarding the presence of the contaminants and pollutants that so many fish oil products contain.

Lastly, krill have incredibly potent antioxidant power. So much so, that krill oil is actually able to provide 54 x more antioxidants than competing fish oil products. Antioxidants equal cell protection. Cell protection equals a healthy immune system. A healthy immune system equals a healthy, vibrant you.

Above All

Your health is vital. If you’re searching for an omega-3 supplement that will help provide a boost to your day – seek out superior products that go the extra mile. Above all, if you choose a marine based omega -3 supplement, look for products that have been third party tested through the IFOS (International Fish Oil Standards program), are manufactured in FDA approved facilities and follow Good Manufacturing Practices (also known as GMP). I wish you all the best as you continue to work towards true holistic health!

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The Prohibition Of Coffee

We can all get (more than) a little ‘testy’ when we don’t get our coffee. Coffee culture is so much a part of day-to-day consumption in America that we literally drink more than 330 million cups of coffee a day, according to CBS news. Now, take that number and imagine if coffee was suddenly deemed illegal. Chances are underground communities of; farmers, exporters, roasters and cafe’s would pop up as frequently as “speakeasies” did in the days of prohibition. There would likely be a revolt. It could be mayhem.

In truth, coffee has actually been declared illegal multiple times throughout the centuries. Here are three examples of attempted coffee prohibition throughout history.

Khair-Beg

The relationship between Islam and coffee has not always been smooth. During the 16th century, Khair-Beg, the young governor of Mecca, came to learn that satirical verses written about him were coming out of coffee houses. The governor decided that coffee must be banned by the Koran. Khair-Beg convinced his advisors to agree to the outlaw and so, in 1511 coffee houses in Mecca were shut down. At the time, many worshippers were drinking coffee during mosque in preparation for late night prayer vigils. The pro-coffee and anti-coffee Muslim query soon caused a heated debate. Some Muslims believed that the heightened sense of awareness brought them closer to God. The restriction of coffee was lifted when the sultan of Cairo, Khair-Begs superior demanded that the widely enjoyed drink could not be banned without his permission. Khair-Beg was then charged with embezzlement and put to death.

King Charles the II

As coffee houses became prevalent throughout the seventeenth century in London, King Charles the II became paranoid. Because coffee houses were an ideal place to exchange political ideas, he feared they could be the birthplace of political dissent and thoughts of revolution. The king certainly could not admit to his own political insecurities, and so claimed they disrupted peace, promoted laziness and bred deceitful rumors.

Below is a copy of the king’s proclamation banning coffee houses and private coffee consumption.

By the King

A PROCLAMATION FOR THE Suppression of Coffee-Houses.

CHARLES R.

Whereas it is most apparent, that the Multitude of Coffee-Houses of late years set up and kept within the Kingdom, the Dominion of Wales, and the Town ofBerwick on Tweed, and the great resort of Idle and disaffected persons to them, have produced very evil and dangerous effects; as well for that many Tradesmen and others, do therein mis-spend much of their time, which might and probably would otherwise by imployed in and about their Lawful Callings and Affairs; but also, for that in such houses, and by occasion of the meetings of such persons therein, diverse False, Malitious and Scandalous Reports are devised and spread abroad, to the Defamation of His Majesties Government, and to the Disturbance of the Peace and Quiet of the Realm; his Majesty hath thought it fit and necessary, That the said Coffee-houses be (for the future) put down and supressed, and doth (with the Advice of his Privy council) by this Royal Proclamation, Strictly Charge and Command all manner of persons, That they or any of them do not presume from and after the Tenth Day of January next ensuing, to keep any Publick Coffee-house, or to Utter or sell by retail, in his, her, or their house or houses (to be spent or consumed within the same) any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea, as they will answer the contrary at their utmost perils.

And for the better accomplishment of this his Majesties Royal Pleasure, his Majesty both hereby will and require the Justices of the Peace within their several Counties, and the Chief Magistrates in all Cities and Towns Corporate, that they do at their next respective General Sessions of the peace (to be holden within their several and respective Counties, Divisions and Precincts) recall and make void all Licences at any time heretofore Granted, for the selling or retailing of any Coffee, Chocolet, Sherbett or Tea. And that they or any of them do not (for the future) make or grant any such Licence or Licences to any persons whatsoever. And his Majesty doth further hereby declare, that if any person or persons shall take upon them, him or her, after his, her or their Licence or Licences recalled, or otherwise without Licence, to sell by retail (as aforesaid) any of the Liquors aforesaid, that then the person or persons so Offending, shall not only be proceeded against , upon the Statute made in the fifteenth year of his Majesties Reign (which gives the forfeiture of five pounds for every moneth wherein he, she or they shall offend therein) but shall (in case they persevere to Offend) receive the severest punishments that may by Law be inflicted.

Given at our Court at Whitehall, the Nine and twentieth day of December 1675, in the Seven and twentieth year of Our Reign.

God save the King

This proclamation, banning coffee houses was to take effect on the date of January 10th, 1675. However, pressure from his own coffee loving cabinet ministers caused him to rescind the proclamation on the 8th of January.

Frederick the Great

Frederick the Great was King of Prussia from 1740-1786. It is said that he banned coffee in 1777 due to concerns with money leaving the country due to mass addiction to the beverage. Rumors allege however, that while he banned his people from drinking coffee, he himself continued to enjoy the drink, often brewing it with Champagne instead of water.

The King of Prussia can be quoted in an issued manifesto as saying: “It is disgusting to notice the increase in the quantity of coffee used by my subjects and the like amount of money that goes out of the country in consequence. My people must drink beer. His Majesty was brought up on beer, and so were his ancestors.”

His subjects enjoyed their coffee to such an extent however, that eventually coffee won the battle against all attempts to remove it from the German kingdom.

These are just three of many examples throughout history, where people in positions of power have tried to control coffee consumption. There are also numerous other examples of coffee prohibition for religious reasons still continuing today.

This does raise the question then, what would you do, if someone took your coffee away?

Citations

Uncommon Grounds – The History of Coffee and How it Transformed Our World – Mark Pendergrast

http://www.nytimes.com/books/first/p/pendergrast-grounds.html

History of Coffee – Part 1 Africa & Arabia

http://www.gallacoffee.co.uk/coffee-knowledge/history-of-coffee-pt-i.html

History of Coffee

http://coffee.wikia.com/wiki/History_of_coffee

Caffeine Nation – Rome Neal

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-529388.html

Coffee – Cultivation, Processing and Prices

http://factsanddetails.com/world.php?itemid=1567&

The King Bans Coffee

http://www.theoldfoodie.com/2006/12/king-bans-coffee.html

The Rise of the Coffeehouse Reconsidered – Bryan Cowan

http://www.academia.edu/444265/The_Rise_of_the_Coffeehouse_Reconsidered

London Coffee Houses and Mathematics
http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/HistTopics/Coffee_houses.html

5 Crazy Attempts to Ban Coffee
http://www.theroasterie.com/about/blog/2013/01/5-crazy-attempts-to-ban-coffee/

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What, Where and How – All About Krill Oil

What IS Krill Oil?

Everyone is talking about it. Even Dr. Oz called Krill Oil “the new omega-3 power source”, which, is a powerful statement considering the food sources and (literally) thousands of supplements that provide omega-3’s to the human body. So what’s so special about krill oil? A LOT actually, but we’ll get into that in a moment. First, let’s get some basic questions out of the way.

Where Does Krill Oil Come From?

At the very, very bottom of the oceanic food chain, are tiny, shrimp like crustaceans of which there are approximately 500,000,000 tons in the Antarctic Ocean alone. Considering krill reside in every ocean worldwide, one can only imagine the abundance of krill in the marine community.

Because of their powerful omega-3 concentration, and antioxidant power, krill have started to receive international attention amongst the medical, naturopathic, dietary and homeopathic communities. Krill oil is fast being recognized as one of the most important omega-3 sources available on the market today.

Are Krill Sustainable?

Considering the increasing concern with the harvesting of fish for human consumption, and the huge quantities of krill available, already we can begin to see that it is also a powerful choice when we think in terms of sustainability. Within Antarctica, krill harvesting is also highly regulated by the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources. Because of this, less than one percent of the krill population is harvested on an annual basis, making krill one of the most sustainable choices available when it comes to omega-3 supplementation.

What Do Krill Eat?

Krill feed off of phytoplankton and zooplankton, which are incredibly rich in nutrients. In fact, marine based foods often far out do land based food sources in powerful micro-nutrients. Because they live on a sustainable, nutrient rich diet, krill are not only a powerhouse source when it comes to omega-3’s, they are also one of the most incredible sources of antioxidants out there.

How is Krill Oil Made?

Manufacturers worldwide use many different means when it comes to extracting oil from a food source. Viva Labs extracts its krill oil at a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified laboratory. We use a patented cold-vacuum extraction process that allows optimal purity and concentration, while preventing any potentially harmful levels of heavy metals or other contaminants. In layman’s terms, out cold-vacuum extraction method allows us to obtain oil from krill in an atmosphere with no oxygen or light at temperatures as low as 70ºF. This protects the oil from any outside contaminants. Very superior olive oils are often also produced using a similar process.

So back to the question:

What’s so special about krill oil?

A LOT!

Essentially, krill oil provides all of the health benefits associated with giving your body optimal omega-3 levels – while being a sustainable choice – and a superior omega-3 source because of its added antioxidant benefits!

Some of the incredible health benefits associated with choosing to add krill oil to your daily nutritional health care plan include; promoting your cardiovascular health and balanced cholesterol levels, boosting your cognitive function and memory capabilities, a reduction in joint inflammation, a proactive lift to your overall mood and feelings of personal well-being, and relief (for those of us that need it) from some of the symptoms associated with premenstrual system.

I this blog answered some of the questions you may have had concerning krill, and the benefits associated with choosing a krill oil. There are literally thousands of supplements on the market today – and it’s important to understand what you’re taking – and why.

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