What To Look For In Vitamins

   Strolling down the aisles of your local pharmacy, what do you tend to see? Rows upon rows of plastic containers of all shapes and sizes containing an endless variety of vitamins and minerals. You want to live a healthy lifestyle, but the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming. How do you know what to look for in a vitamin? Here are a few tips. 1. WHOLE FOODS-BASED Whole food-based vitamins occur naturally in foods, plants, and herbs. The human body is designed to absorb these nutrients. It has trouble, however, absorbing nutrients found in synthetic vitamins, which

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Men’s Health Month

   Men face many unique challenges in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and Men’s Health Month is the perfect opportunity to heighten their awareness. To celebrate this special month of activity, let’s delve into several important health topics men may focus on. 1. Watch what you eat Heart disease is the leading cause of death among males in the US (according to the CDC), nearly a quarter of the population. Thankfully, the right heart-healthy foods can keep you from becoming a statistic. Fish, nuts, berries, and even dark chocolate are packed full of vitamins and nutrients that can contribute to good

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First Aid Items Every Mom Should Have

     You never expect something to happen to your child until it’s too late. You may think you’re prepared, but when was the last time you checked your first aid kit? Being prepared is the first step to protecting your children during an emergency. This doesn’t mean you have to operate a small hospital, but here are 10 first aid items that every mom should have. Prescription medication If your child has recurring allergies or asthma attacks that require a prescription, you need to be prepared. Next time you visit your physician, ask for extra prescriptions of any medicine

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Do I Still Need a Bedtime Routine as an Adult?

  If you think an appropriate bedtime is just for the ones you’re tucking in, you’re missing a huge opportunity to improve your quality of life. Maintaining a bedtime routine, especially as an adult, is crucial. This looks different for everyone, but there are several ways you can fine tune your internal clock. Be consistent Life gets busy, we get it, but choosing a bedtime and wake-up time is the first step to establishing your bedtime routine. The average adult needs between seven and nine hours of sleep. You tell your body exactly when it is time to crawl under

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3 Ways to Improve Digestion

  If you experience the occasional bloating or irregularity, your digestive system may be asking for a dietary or lifestyle change. An effective digestive system is responsible for breaking down what you eat into the nutrients you need to survive and is crucial to your well-being. Here are a few ways to improve your digestion significantly.   1. Adjust your diet Minor adjustments to your diet can improve your digestion profoundly. Eating a high-fiber diet is a great first step. You can find fiber in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Insoluble fibers, such as wheat bran, allow for more solid

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Does My Kindergartner Need to be Vaccinated?

Your greatest hope as a parent is to protect your child. Sometimes this might seem impossible, but vaccinations may be one way to put the well-being of your little one first by reducing their chances of disease. This is especially true as your child enters kindergarten. You’re excited about this new chapter, but you might be overwhelmed at what vaccinations are recommended, or even required, at this time in your child’s life. Here are several questions to ask yourself about vaccinations as you and your child begin this new chapter. What are my state’s requirements? Find out if your state

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The Best Smoothie Recipes

  There’s nothing as refreshing, healthy and all-natural to make for yourself than a smoothie. Packed full of fruits and vegetables, smoothies are a fun and tasty way to get your essential vitamins and minerals every day. But before you go and chuck the whole produce aisle in a blender, check out these recipes for hints to balance taste with nutrition.   1. Beginner’s Luck Green Smoothie This healthy favorite from 100 Days of Real Food features frozen fruits and plenty of leafy greens for a smoothie that’s as cleansing as it is tasty. INGREDIENTS 2 cups spinach 2 cups

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The Benefits of Meditation

  If you think meditation is just for monks and yogis, you’re missing out on a simple method you could use to improve your life within the next 20 minutes. Meditation takes many forms and is practiced by people from all walks of life, but they all have one thing in common: they’re seeking relaxation, health, and clarity just like you. Taking just 20 minutes a day to close your eyes and really focus could improve your life in the following ways.   1. Reduced stress. Stress in our lives comes from one main thing: we feel like we can’t

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4 Reasons to Drink Lemon Water Every Day

  You’ve heard that you should be drinking at least eight glasses of water every day to stay hydrated. That hydration helps your cells flush out toxins, makes you less hungry and gives your body the fuel it needs to grow and repair itself throughout the day. But if you add lemon to that water, you’ll give yourself a powerful health boost every day without making any major changes to your diet. Here are four of the many benefits of drinking lemon water daily.   1. Lemon acid helps with digestion. Your stomach uses acid to break down the food

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The Best Snacks for Weight Loss

  It’s that time of day again: even though it seems like you just ate, you’re hungry already and thinking about snacks. There’s no way you can focus on work or get your chores done until that pit of hunger in your stomach goes away.   But you’ve been trying to lose weight, and all this snacking isn’t helping. That’s why we’ve put together a list of healthy snacks that you can always depend on when those inconvenient cravings kick in at the worst time.   1. Hummus Hummus is a great alternative dip to the much fattier queso and

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