Health Library

  Food for Your Brain

Eat Breakfast to Fuel Your Brain

Tempted to skip breakfast? Studies have found that eating breakfast may improve short-term memory and attention. Students who eat breakfast tend to perform significantly better than those who don’t. Foods at the top of researchers' brain fuel list include high-fiber whole grains, dairy, and fruits. Just don't overeat; researchers also found high-calorie breakfasts appear to hinder concentration...

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  Top Pelvic Pains Discussed

Pelvic pain refers to pain in the abdomen below the belly button. This pain can accompany a wide range of conditions. It may be a harmless sign of fertility, a digestive disorder like IBS, or a red flag for a life-threatening emergency.

Appendicitis
This is an inflammation of the appendix, a tube of tissue connected to the large intestine. The symptoms include sharp pain in the lower right abdomen, vomiting, and fever. I...

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  Quick Ways to Improve Your Day

1. Make your bed

This isn't about being a clean freak. It's a small ritual that can help create a calm environment for you in your bedroom -- and a soothing bedroom is part of "sleep hygiene" -- little habits that can help you sleep better

2. Pack a snack

Before you head out the door in the morning, prep a healthy snack to take with you. Ideas include fruit, unsalted nuts, and low-fat cheese or yog...

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  Healthy Food Choices

You love to eat, but you also love to feel great. You can do both if you choose foods that make you smarter, leaner, stronger—and then use them in tasty new ways.

Wild Alaskan salmon

Omega-3s also boost mood, fight depression, and may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and cancer. Add in salmon’s lean protein and vitamin D (a critical nutrient many women lack), and you’ve got yourself a near-perfect food.

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  Why You Should Drink Green Tea

Weight-loss wonder: For many, the holiday season is the worst time for maintaining diet goals. During the season of indulgences, then, every little bit helps. Drinking green tea regularly has been shown to help suppress appetite and increase your metabolism — both of which can help you save or burn a few calories while you celebrate this season.

Sickness prevention: Nonstop shopping, traveling, and socializing can mean ...

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  Easier Holiday Travels

Being home for the holidays is part of the joy of the season. But for many of us, getting there is super-stressful. It’s you -- with gifts, luggage, and kids in tow -- up against flight delays, crowded airports, and wintry roads. Here are 10 tips to help you escape the heartache and headache of holiday travel. We've focused mostly on air travel, but these principles can apply to any way you hit the road.

Book early

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  Must Have Nutrients

Potassium: Lower Blood Pressure

The USDA says American adults don't get enough of seven essential nutrients. Potassium is a key one. Studies show that potassium can help keep blood pressure healthy. Potassium also supports fertility and muscle and nerve function. But while potassium is in lots of foods naturally -- like milk, potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, avocados, and bananas -- many Americans still aren't getting enough...

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  Headache Foods

When you have a headache your diet can actually make it worse! Here is a list of a few foods to avoid when battling that frustrating migraine.

Aged foods and drinks

Aged cheese, dried fruit, and cured meats contain tyramine, which may force blood vessels to constrict and then expand, potentially causing pain.

Aspartame

Experts aren’t sure why, but the artificial sweetener can bring on he...

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  Foods to Eat When You Have the Flu

Popsicles

An icy popsicle can soothe a sore, prickly, swollen, or dry throat. It can also help keep you hydrated, which is key when battling the flu. Getting enough fluids can keep mucus thin and help lessen congestion. Look for popsicles made from 100% fruit juice to make sure you're getting vital nutrients and not sugar water. Some flavors to try: apple, grape, or strawberry.

Turkey Sandwich

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  How to Get Your Kids to Sleep More

1. Lead by example. Prioritize sleep in your daily choices.

2. Set a fixed bedtime and wake time. The body adapts to falling asleep at a certain time, but only if the sleep schedule is relatively consistent, with no more than one hour of bedtime difference between school nights and weekends or holidays.

3. Create a consistent, calm bedtime routine. It is important that the sleeping environment should b...

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  Back Pain Relief

When you have back pain, sleeping can be hard. It can be a vicious cycle because when you don't get enough sleep, your back pain may feel worse. A poor sleep position can also aggravate back pain. Try lying on your side. Place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine in a neutral position and relieve strain on your back. If you need to sleep on your back, slide a pillow under your knees. Be sure to sleep on a comfortably firm mattress. <...

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  Post Workout Snacks

Just finished your workout and wondering what to eat to maintain your healthy lifestyle choices? Here are some easy and quick snacks to munch on right after your workout to ensure the best recovery process. These snacks are full of protein, protein helps to build and repair muscles and potassium balances electrolytes and fluids.

Homemade trail mix: Combine 1/4 cup almonds with a mini box of raisins and 1 tablespoon of sunflow...

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  Bad Foods are Actually Good for You!

Eggs

When it comes to healthy eating, few foods have sparked as much debate as eggs. The latest research suggests an egg a day is safe and nutritious for most adults -- and if you eat that egg for breakfast, you'll boost your odds of losing weight. The reason: Eggs are packed with protein, which takes time to digest. Eating protein in the morning keeps your stomach full, so you eat less during the rest of the day.

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  Tips for Falling Asleep

During the day

Squeeze in exercise whenever you can. Doing even half of the recommended weekly 150 minutes of moderate activity and two muscle-training sessions has been shown to significantly reduce sleep problems in women, in part by regulating body temperature and reducing anxiety and depression.

Two hours before bedtime

Lower the lights. Turning off lights and lamps signals to the body that sle...

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  How to Prevent Hot Flashes

Here are some quick tips on how to prevent hot flashes. Try to avoid these triggers:

• Stress
• Caffeine
• Alcohol
• Spicy foods
• Tight clothing
• Heat
• Cigarette smoke

Other things you can do to keep hot flashes at bay include:

• Stay cool. Keep your bedroom cool at night. Use fans during the day. Wear light layers of clothes with natural fibers such as cotton.
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  How to Reduce Back Pain

1. Limit Bed Rest

It may seem counterintuitive, but studies show that people with acute low-back pain who rest have more pain and are less able to perform daily tasks than those who stay active.

2. Keep Exercising

Activity is often the best medicine for back pain.

3. Maintain Good Posture

The pain may have started after a long workout at the gym, but the strain that ca...

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  Lowering RA Pains

Do you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis? Here are some quick and simple ways for you to lower the pains associated with RA.

Lose weight. Every extra pound you carry translates to added stress and pain to your knees and hips. Too much weight also increases your risk for gout.

Get moving. Exercise helps lessen pain, helps with weight loss, increases range of movement, reduces fatigue, and helps you feel b...

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  5 Best Foods to Eat Everyday!

Spinach Popeye knew its benefits. Spinach is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and foliates. It helps reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and osteoporosis. Try to eat one cup of fresh spinach or a half cup of cooked spinach every day. You can throw leaves on top of a salad, cook some in your morning omelets, or order it on top of pizza.

Yogurt Enjoy it frozen, drink a shake, or scoop it right from the contain...

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  How to Beat Insomnia

Are you finding it hard to get to sleep at night? Are you tired frequently throughout your day? Try some of these tips to help you overcome your sleeping problems.

1. Wake up at the same time each day. It is tempting to sleep late on weekends, especially if one has had poor sleep during the week. However, if you suffer from insomnia you should get up at the same time every day in order to train your body to wake at a consisten...

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  Acne Help!

1. Keep your face clean. Whether or not you have acne, it's important to wash your face daily to remove impurities, dead skin cells, and excess oil from the skin surface. Use warm, not hot, water and a mild facial cleanser. Using a harsh soap (like deodorant body soap) can injure the already inflamed skin and cause more irritation.

Avoid scrubbing your skin harshly with a washcloth, exfoliating glove, or loofah (a coarse-textu...

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  How to Cut Your Breast Cancer Risk

1. Limit yourself to two or three alcoholic drinks a week

Alcohol, consumed even in small amounts, is believed to increase the risk of breast cancer. Most doctors recommend cutting back on wine, beer, and hard liquor.

2. Exercise at least three times a week (more often is even better)

And when you do exercise, work to keep your heart rate above its baseline level for a minimum of 20 continuous min...

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  Suffering from Knee Pain?

Here are some quick exercises/stretches to help you with that bothersome knee pain.

Calf stretch

Stand at arm's length away from a wall. Place your right foot behind your left foot. With your hands against the wall for support, slowly bend your left knee forward, keeping your right knee straight, your right heel on the floor, and your left knee above your left foot. Hold for about 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat...

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  How to Have Great Posture

Open up

To stay limber, try to get up for a couple minutes every half hour and stretch, walk, or stand.

Easy exercises

Try this exercise: Every morning and night, lie down on the floor and make slow "snow angels" with your arms for two or three minutes. For an extra challenge, roll up a towel and put it on the floor underneath your spine. Many gyms have half foam rollers—a tube cut in half lengthwi...

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  Working Out Tips with a Heart Disease

Are you taking care of someone with a heart condition? Here are some managing tips for helping them exercise and stay healthy!

• Be sure any exercise is paced and balanced with rest.

• Avoid encouraging isometric exercises such as push-ups and sit-ups. Isometric exercises involve straining muscles against other muscles or an immovable object.

• Don't let the patient exercise outdoors when it is too cold, hot, or...

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  Get Better Sleep Now!

Halt your afternoon habit

It’s a no-brainer that drinking coffee or tea right before you hit the sack won’t do you any sleep favors. But you also need to watch your afternoon drinks. Love your 4 p.m. peach tea? It’s got caffeine, and so do some flavored waters and even orange sodas. Check the labels on your favorite midday drinks—any that boast energy-boosting benefits are likely culprits. Then, if possible, stop sipping them...

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   9 Steps to Tackle Allergies

1. Track the Allergens

As the weather gets warmer, pollens and molds are released into the air. If you have seasonal allergies, check your local pollen forecasts.

2. Keep Allergens out of Your Bed

You spend a third to half your life in your bedroom, so make sure allergens like dust mites don't too. If you've had your pillow and mattress for several years, replace them. Encase new ones in allergen-p...

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  How to Avoid Broken Bones

Exercise to Prevent Falls

When you have osteoporosis, keeping still may seem like the best way to prevent falls and broken bones. But exercise improves strength, flexibility, and balance -- which help you stay on your feet. Stick with low-impact activities like walking or swimming rather than sports that require bending and twisting, like golf, or those with a high risk of falling, like skiing. Experts often recommend tai chi....

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  How to Not Get Sick

Make friends with fresh air

Common wisdom has it that staying indoors, where it's warm and toasty, is easier on your immune system than being outside in the cold. Problem is, being inside puts you in close constant contact with other people—and their germs.

Relaxation fights off colds

Being stressed will increase your susceptibility to catching a cold. That may be because, over the long term, it le...

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  What to NOT Buy Organic?

Don’t get caught up in the organic hype, keep in mind there are many things you do not need to worry about buying organically. Here is a short list.

Avocados

You’re pretty safe with fruits and vegetables like avocados, which have a thick skin that you don’t eat. Just remember to wash the peel before cutting into them to get rid of any residue.

Eggs

Chickens as a rule are not given grow...

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  Screening Tests For Women

Why Screening Tests Are Important

Getting the right screening test at the right time is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Screenings help find diseases like cancer or diabetes early, often before you have symptoms, and when they're easier to treat. Which test you should have depends on your age and your risk factors. Learn more about the screenings your doctor may recommend for you.

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  Where to Get Vitamin D

If you want Vitamin D but do not want to damage your skin or health by sitting in the sun for too long then check this out. There are many other healthy ways to get vitamin D in your life.

Start Your Day With Vitamin D

Choose your breakfast foods wisely, and you can get a substantial amount of vitamin D. Most types of milk are fortified, including some soy milks. Orange juice, cereal, bread, and some yogurt brands a...

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  First Aid Kit Essentials

Tweezers

Tweezers are an essential part of any first aid kit, particularly if you enjoy hiking or other outdoor activities. The safest way to remove a splinter or a tick is with a clean pair of tweezers. Disinfect the tweezers well before and after each use.

Hydrocortisone Cream

For itchy bites, consider carrying two small packets of 1% hydrocortisone cream. This topical steroid provides quick reli...

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  How to Lighten up Your Snacks

With the summer soon upon us, we are all trying desperately for that summer beach body. Here are some tips to help you along your fitness journey. When it comes to food this can be the hardest part; so follow these tips to ensure your snacks are healthy and delicious!

Skip the whip

Like a cool afternoon pick-me-up drink? Skip the whipped cream on top of your tall, blended iced-coffee drink and you’ll save big. Kee...

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  Diet Tips to Avoid Heart Disease!

Portion Control: Lend a Hand

Most Americans eat super-sized meals, with portions that are twice the size recommended for good health. That can contribute to weight gain and high cholesterol. Here's an easy way to practice portion control for a meal: Use your hand. One serving of meat or fish is about what fits in the palm of your hand. One serving of fresh fruit is about the size of your fist. And a serving of cooked vegetable...

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  Heatstroke

Heat stroke is the most serious form of heat injury, and is a medical emergency. If you suspect that someone has heat stroke -- also known as sunstroke -- you should call 911 immediately and render first aid until paramedics arrive.

Heat stroke can kill or cause damage to the brain and other internal organs. Although heat stroke mainly affects people over age 50, it also takes a toll on healthy young athletes.

Heat stroke ...

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  What to Include in Your Allergy Relief Kit

Skin Creams and Lotions

For allergic skin reactions, keep small tubes of moisturizer and hydrocortisone cream in your allergy kit. Moisturizers can soothe the dry, itchy feeling, and hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation. Having this and other items handy will help you tame allergy flares -- wherever they happen. For serious skin reactions or eczema, your doctor may recommend or prescribe other medications.
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  How to Quickly Improve your Day

Here are six quick steps you can do to instantly improve your day and your personal attitude.


1. Make your bed. Starting off each day with this small ritual can help create a calm environment for you in your bedroom. Many people benefit from making this modest step part of their routines. By checking it off your to-do list first thing, you've got one less thing to worry about for the rest of the day.

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  Migraines: Triggers You Should Know

What Is a Migraine?

A migraine is a headache with throbbing pain that is usually worse on one side of the head. The pain is often severe enough to hamper daily activities and may last from four hours to three days if untreated. More than one in 10 Americans, including one in 6 women, have migraines, but many have been told mistakenly that they have a sinus or tension headache. Foods, stress, and hormones can be migraine trigge...

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  What Causes High Cholesterol?

Your diet

Eating too much saturated fat (like the kind found in this classic breakfast) can cause high cholesterol. You will find this unhealthy fat in foods that come from animals. Beef, pork, veal, milk, eggs, butter, and cheese contain saturated fat. Packaged foods that contain coconut oil, palm oil, or cocoa butter may have a lot of saturated fat. You will also find saturated fat in stick margarine, vegetable shortening, a...

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  For the Busy Moms

For all of your moms out there that are constantly on the go and finding yourself with low levels of energy here are some great ways to give yourself that extra spark of energy for your hectic day!

1. Guzzle a Bottle of Water.

Mild dehydration can affect your body even before you know you’re thirsty, and may leave you with headaches, fatigue, and lack of energy. A quick pick-me-up is drinking a full bottle of wate...

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  Healthy Family Relationships

Family disputes can lead to having an unhealthy family relationship. There are many ways you and your loved ones can work through your differences to avoid conflict. Here are some tips to help you through your feuding family times.

It's normal to disagree

It may help to know that arguments aren't necessarily a sign that your family is dysfunctional.

Don't drink too much

Consuming too m...

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  Why You Are Not Losing Weight!

You signed up for a new gym membership, and for once you've actually kept your resolution to drag yourself there a few times each week. So by now, all those sweat sessions should be paying off, right? If your jeans aren't any looser and your abs still look more like the laundry pile than the washboard, you're probably falling prey to one (or more) of these common gym mistakes.

You're inconsistent

Committing to a re...

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  Best/Worst Foods While You Age

As you age it is even more important to watch what you eat. There are actually types of food that will age you faster, so it is best to avoid these! Here is a list of the top worst foods and best foods to eat to help you age better!

Top 5 Worst Foods

1. Potato chips and French fries. Really, anything that's deep-fried in oil is laden with trans fats, which contribute to inflammation throughout your entire bo...

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  What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?

Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their life. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms.

The symptoms for back pain are:

• Persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine, from the ba...

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  What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?

Most people have experienced back pain sometime in their life. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms.

The symptoms for back pain are:

• Persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine, from the base of t...

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  How to Avoid Emotional Eating

Tame your stress. If stress contributes to your emotional eating, try a stress management technique, such as yoga, meditation or relaxation.

Have a hunger reality check. Is your hunger physical or emotional? If you ate just a few hours ago and don't have a rumbling stomach, you're probably not really hungry. Give the craving a little time to pass.

Keep a food diary. Write down what you eat, how m...

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  Know More: Salmonella

Salmonella is a nasty bacterium that sometimes turns up in the food supply, including chicken, tomatoes, peanuts, salsa, guacamole, and even pet food. It thrives in the intestinal tracts of animals and humans and can cause food poisoning. Illnesses range from mild to very serious infections that can kill vulnerable people. But there are ways to protect yourself.

Food Sources of Salmonella

Any raw food of animal orig...

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  Living with Alzheimer’s

When living with Alzheimer’s or when you know someone who has Alzheimer's it is important to know the following to help them in their daily activities. As difficult as living with this disease is proper management of the disease and its symptoms can make living with it a little easier. Please make note of the following to ease your daily activities:

- Physical exercise, proper nutrition, good general health, and socialization are im...

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  Mistakes Made When Aging

When aging there are many things women wrongfully do and don’t do which can lead them to age poorly. So we have developed this list to help you all age beautifully.

Not realizing you need to change

The biggest mistake women make is not doing anything at all. Hair, makeup, and clothing that made you look fantastic in your younger years, often won’t cut it as you grow older. If you want to age gracefully, you’ll nee...

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  Healthy and Helpful Spices

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a nutritional powerhouse, with antioxidant properties that keep cells safe from oxidative stress and dangerous free radicals. Antioxidants help fight such diseases as cancer, Alzheimer's, diabetes, and Parkinson's.

What's more, cinnamon is a powerful weapon against cardiovascular problems. Cinnamon helps the hormone insulin work better, which reduces blood sugar levels. That's great news for the...

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  Getting Calcium without Eating Dairy

Are you lactose intolerant? Can you not eat diary? Here are some foods to help you build strong bones with calcium without having to give in to dairy.

Green Vegetables

Dark green vegetables, such as kale, broccoli, Swiss chard, spinach, collard greens, and mustard greens have a fair amount of calcium. One cup of cooked spinach, for instance, has 245 mg., nearly a quarter of your daily recommendation. But be careful. S...

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  Best Mobility Help for MS

A Helping Hand for Your Feet:

Walking problems are the most common disability in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Within 15 years of diagnosis, half of MS patients need some assistance getting around. Fortunately, if you're in this group, there are a wide range of devices to help you stay mobile and active. Read on for a quick look at your many options.

Brace Yourself:

Some people with MS wear ...

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  Care for Your Eyes

If it seems like more people wear glasses at younger ages, you're right. Myopia, blurry distance vision, has been on the rise since the '70s. Farsightedness, or hyperopia, is less common. Both require corrective lenses. It's a myth that getting glasses will make your eyes weak. People may need stronger vision correction as they age. But that happens whether or not you wear glasses.

Getting the newest lens technology starts with an e...

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  Great Grapefruit!

You may love the taste but there is more to a grapefruit than its pink color and fresh taste!

Protects Your Heart
Enjoying one grapefruit a day can help lower "bad" LDL cholesterol levels by 15.5% and triglycerides by 27%.

Smooths Your Rough Skin
Use this citrus star to get rid of dark patches on your knees and elbows. Cut one in half, sprinkle on a teaspoon of sugar (a mild exfoliant), and rub over...

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  Pain from Unexpected Places!

There are many things we do in our daily lives that cause us pain. Things that we would not normally associate with pain. However, simple changes to your activities can prevent you from extreme pain. Here are some great tips!

Flip-Flops
Flip-flops and foam-soled sandals provide poor arch support, leading to pain in the feet, ankles, and knees. Wear shoes with arch support. When you know you'll be walking a lot, opt f...

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  Foods for a Healthy Heart

It is essential for us to eat healthy and maintain a good health. Most importantly our heart needs extra care and attention. There are many things we can do to prevent the possibility of heart damage, one of the easiest things is changing our diet! Here are some foods to include in our diet that can possibly save your heart!

Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs make many other foods heart-healthy when they replace salt, fat, ...

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  Breathing Problem Triggers

Allergies, exercise, animal fur, pollen, or smoke – we all know these common triggers of lung troubles. However, there are some surprising triggers in our daily life that you may not be aware of. Keep in mind that not all of these may trigger each individual's asthma.

Fireworks
When lit, Roman candles, bottle rockets, sparklers, and other fireworks release numerous chemicals, including sulfur dioxide, which can exacerba...

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  10 Ways to Have Great Posture as You Age

Good posture will do more to keep you looking youthful as the years go by than a face-lift or Botox. And the benefits of maintaining your bone health are much more than skin-deep.

Although a stooped posture may seem to go hand in hand with old age, you can help prevent the characteristic rounding of the spine that is often caused by osteoporosis and the destruction of the vertebrae in the upper and middle spine.

Here are 1...

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  How to Lose Weight and Get Fit with Technology!

One of the best tools for peeling off pounds is already in your bag: It’s your smartphone or iPad. In fact, all that texting, tweeting, and posting—the average woman spends more than 80 minutes a day on her phone, according to a recent report from the mobile apps analytics firm Flurry—can tip the scales in your favor.

And one in three of us are already using social sites like Facebook to get slender, reports research from the Univers...

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  12 Diet Mistakes to Avoid!

Simple diet mistakes can derail your best efforts to get back into that favorite pair of jeans. If the scale seems stuck, or your weight drops off only to bounce back up, there's a chance you could be making one of these 12 weight loss blunders.

Relying on Crash Diets

Determined to lose 10 pounds fast, you turn to a crash diet. Perhaps your plan calls for nothing but grapefruit or cabbage soup each day. You slash yo...

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  7 Best Exercises!

Are you looking to get fit in 2012 and wanting to make the best use of your fitness time? We have found the seven BEST exercises to provide you with the BEST results.

No. 1: Walking

Why it's a winner: You can walk anywhere, anytime, either on a treadmill or with no equipment other than a good pair of shoes.

How to: Beginners should start by walking five to 10 minutes at a time, gradually moving up to at ...

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  Sleepless Nights?

Do you suffer from a lack of sleep? Maybe it is your profession that is restricting your sleep. Here is a list of some common sleep killers, which ones can you relate to?

Air Traffic Controller

News of air traffic controllers falling asleep on the job shows the difficulty of shift work. Even when lives are at stake, it's a challenge for some people to stay alert throughout the night. That's because their internal ...

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  Asthma Triggers You Must Know!

Do you or someone you know live with asthma? It can prohibit you from doing many things in your life such as physical activities or visiting certain geographical areas. We have put together a list of the top common triggers for asthma.

Airborne allergens: These include pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroach droppings, dust mites, mold

Air pollutants: These include smoke (especially from cigarettes),...

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  How to Overcome Hard Times

At this time of year it can be difficult to get past the hardships and see through the light. Here are some great ways to change your lifestyle and move towards a healthier you!

Become more optimistic

Optimism is believing that good things can happen and that you can effect positive change in your life and in the world. Pessimists underestimate how much control they have. They tend to focus their mental energy on t...

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  Need an Energy Boost?

Getting motivated while you feel down or depressed can be hard to do. However, finding your energy boost is much easier than you think! The following are some ways you can boost your energy in under ten minutes!

1. Get some sunshine. If you’re toiling beneath artificial light all day, use your 10 minutes to get some sun. First, getting outside can be refreshing. Second, a few minutes of sunlight has concrete benefits. It h...

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  Beauty Tips you Can’t Live Without!

You may read this and believe it is all common sense; however many of us forget these simple tips on how to maintain healthy skin! Print this list out and keep it handy, so you can always refer to it! Share with family and friends!

1. Wash Your Face Regularly: Wash your face at least twice a day but no more than 3 times a day with a cleanser that suits your skin. Select your cleanser depending on your skin type (dry...

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  Overcoming Boredom

Boredom could strike the busiest of the people and it can strike you when you are at work or at home. Boredom has the capacity to drain you off your energy, and distract you from important chores. We have found some great tips on how to overcome that boredom as soon as it starts!

When Boredom Strikes At Work

Usually, in the office, you have plenty of work to fill you time with. However, sometimes you may find that...

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  Holiday Hangover Myths

The holidays are coming close, and so are the holiday parties. Drinks will be shared and good memories will be created. However, the next morning can be a different story. The following are some common myths surrounding hangovers and how to cure them!

MYTH: Hangovers Are No Big Deal

- FACT: A hangover is the body's reaction to being poisoned with too much alcohol. Heavy drinking rocks the central ner...

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  Skin Irritants

It is that time of year where the weather is getting dryer and our skin is suffering because of it. There are many things aside from the weather that cause our skin to get irritated. Here is a great list to reference for common skin irritants.

1. Soap

Excessive hand washing, using soap and water, strips the skin of its natural oils and can result in "dishpan hands." At first, it may look like dry, chapped skin. Bu...

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  Health Benefits of Pumpkins

This time of year pumpkins are everywhere. They are perfect for decorating your house with, carving into scary faces; as well they make great ingredients in food! We found some great health benefits of our beloved pumpkins, so this holiday you can rest easy knowing the pumpkin is here to help your health!

- Pumpkins contain carotenoids which boost up the immune system and keep the body protected against infections and viruse...

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  Top 5 Nutrients for your Child

Getting our children to eat well is not an easy thing to do. There is so much we need to ensure they are eating to build a healthy diet and lifestyle. Try to set examples. Take healthy foods in front of them and your kids will start following you. And remember, patience is the other name for parenthood and it really pays. The following is a detailed list of the top five nutrients each child should have, why they are important, and where you ca...

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  Stress Eating!

We all face stressful time in our life where we cannot focus on anything else but our stress. During these times it is easy for us to lose focus on important things in our life such as our health and diet. Stress is one of the leading factors to weight gain in society. Therefore, we have gathered some great tips for you to avoid putting on those extra pounds from stress!

Awareness is the Key: Being aware of your ac...

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  Treadmill Tips!

We either love them or hate them. The treadmill can be a very useful exercise machine if we use it correctly. So many times beginners hop onto a treadmill and expect results; however they do not know the correct way to use the machine. So we have put together some quick tips on how to get the best results from your machine!

1. Know Your Equipment: The first step toward making your treadmill running a success is to ...

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  How to Refresh your Brain!

Life can get very stressful and busy. We are constantly thinking of millions of things and performing thousands of tasks. So how do our brains keep up?! If you are finding you face “brain overload” at times, follow these great tips on how to refresh and kick start your brain in your day!

  1. Music: Soothing music is very beneficial for your mental resources. Clear your mind by just sitting back and getting lost in good mus...

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  Healthy Family Living Tips

It is easy to start a healthy lifestyle on your own; however getting your partner and kids on board may be a daunting task. So we felt it was time to brush up on some quick tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle with your whole family.

Eating healthy meals together
- Healthy family meals have been linked with higher academic performance, greater psychosocial wellbeing and a reduced risk of unhealthy weight loss beha...

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  Dietary Supplements for Women Over 40

Once you have completed 40 glorious years on this planet, you learn to take your health more seriously. A number of dietary supplements are available in the market that helps women lead a healthier life. Here is a quick overview of some of the top dietary supplements for women over 40.

1. Multivitamins

Facts and Benefits: Multivitamins, as the name suggests, is a combination of var...

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  Top 8 Healthy Drinks!

Monitoring our food is commonly practiced by people who wish to lead a healthy lifestyle and diet. We are counting calories and fat content in our meals; however many of us forget to think about the liquids we consume in a day. Along with food, drinks can have large amounts of additional calories that we can avoid. Drinking drinks such as pop, high sugared juices, alcohol, and cream filled drinks can work against us when striving for a healt...

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