Anxiety Awareness

Do any of these scenarios sound familiar? You have insomnia, which causes you to worry about being late for work in the morning. You get anxious over your income and bills. You wonder how you’re going to take care of an ageing parent when he or she can no longer take care of themselves. Most everyone deals with anxiety at different times in their lives. It would be great if we could sweep anxiety out the door whenever it hits… right? Unfortunately anxiety is not always easy to get under control, but there are ways to help cope with it....

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Five Humble Herbs for Better Health

If you’re a fan of natural remedies, you’ll want to incorporate garlic, ginger, parsley, peppermint, and rosemary into your diet. Here’s why… Garlic – Research has shown that garlic’s antioxidants may help keep colds and flus at bay, may help reduce acne, and may help fight artery hardening, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Ginger – While ginger adds robust flavor to many dishes, it’s also prized for its health benefits. Ginger is known to reduce travel sickness, ginger is used to make an infusion for colds, coughs, and the flu, and ginger may relieve joint pain....

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Healthy Food Choices for Spring Menus

Whether you're sticking to your New Year's resolution to eat healthier or you're looking to mix up your spring menus with fresh, seasonal fare, these four food choices will supercharge your spring menus and your body with healthy benefits. Artichokes. If you're looking to boost your energy, you will want to add artichokes to your grocery-shopping list. Artichokes are chock-full of magnesium, a great source of energy. Asparagus. Perk up your palate and your body with asparagus. Asparagus contains a B vitamin called folate, which plays a part in the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Salmon. Many...

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Mediterranean Diet

If you like fish, fruits, grains, herbs & spices, nuts, olive oil, and vegetables, you will—more than likely—enjoy the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is mostly built around the traditional foods found in the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea, such as Cyprus, Greece, Morocco, and Turkey. Food dishes like Mediterranean-style grilled salmon, grouper with tomato-olive sauce, Tuscan white bean stew, and more are great Mediterranean Diet dishes. Breads, mostly whole grain, are dipped in olive oil. Six or more servings of fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants are enjoyed every day. Cheese, eggs, poultry, and yogurt are enjoyed in...

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Child Obesity

Between families having less time to spend together and/or kids spending too much time in front of video games and the TV, it’s not surprising that 1 out of 3 kids is now considered overweight or obese. And while minimal exercise and maximum drive thru dinners may contribute to excess weight or obesity, they’re not the only reasons why a child may be obese. Other factors may include hormones and/or genetics. The first thing to do, if you think your child may be overweight or obese, is to make an appointment for your child with his or her doctor. And...

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Tips and Tricks for Improving Memory

Have you ever crammed the night before a test or noticed that you have a hard time remembering people’s names when you meet them? These types of scenarios happen to everyone at some point or another. We can’t remember EVERYTHING, but we can implement tips and tricks for improving memory! Here are three: While cramming the night before a test may work it does not necessarily help you understand the material. Calendar study time regularly into your weeks so that you have the opportunity to “get” the material well ahead of test time. You want to actually learn, right? Students...

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How to Choose a Toothbrush

Toothbrushes are not created equal, that’s why consideration should be taken when choosing one, either for you or for a family member, such as a child. Here are three toothbrush tips to think about before your next toothbrush purchase. Soft, medium, or hard? Have you ever bought a toothbrush that was too soft, to the point that it felt as if your teeth were not getting clean? Or have you ever bought a toothbrush that was too hard, to the point that the bristles hurt your gums? One way to avoid buying a toothbrush with bristles that are too hard,...

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Healthy Food Choices for Winter Menus

Winter can seem like a tough time of year for eating healthy. Between cabin fever and wanting to feel comforted from the cold, it can be easy to get caught up in rich, heavy comfort foods. The good news is that there are plenty of healthy, fresh food options to boost your well being during winter. Here are four wonderful winter foods with great benefits. Citrus. Some people mostly think of oranges when they think of adding winter citrus to their menus, but they should not forget about grapefruit, lemons, and limes. Each of these is chock-full of vitamin C....

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Healthy Food Choices for Fall Menus

As the weather transitions from hot to cool, it's hard not to get excited for comfort foods. The good thing, though, is that there are plenty of options for comfort foods full of great health benefits. As you plan your fall menus, you'll want to keep these four seasonal favorites in mind. Apples. Full of antioxidants and fiber, apples are a must-have for fall menus. Whether you're preparing a fresh salad or baking apples for dessert, this signature fall fruit can be used in so many healthy ways. Brussels sprouts. Some people may not like Brussels sprouts, but that could...

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Help Fight Allergies with Food

Watery eyes. Itchy, runny or stuffed nose. Sore throat. These are just some symptoms of allergies. When a foreign object gets into the body, such as pollen from flowers, the body may react by producing antibodies to attack, and antibodies create histamines, and histamines cause the inside of your nose to swell, which produces allergy symptoms. It’s a case of one thing leads to another, but this is the body doing its job to protect against invaders. If you have or someone you love has allergies, you may be interested in learning that there are some foods that help fight...

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