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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Daily Medicine For A Longer Life

    As we age, important chemicals in our bodies have a harder time staying on top of things. Your joints ache, your vision goes, and it’s more important than ever to eat a diet full of healthy vitamins and minerals. One of these minerals is calcium. You probably grew up believing that you should always drink milk because the calcium it contains would make your bones stronger. While that’s true, it turns out that your body has a harder time processing calcium as you age. The reduction of calcium-binding proteins is one of the biggest indicators of memory loss

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3 Ways to Feel Better Today

  There are dozens of ways to improve your health and mood over a long period of time. A balanced diet, long-term exercise and plenty of good sleep are the simplest and most proven of these. But none of those solutions will help you feel better today. When things aren’t going quite right and you need a pick-me-up these three ideas are proven solutions for improving your mood and making your day better with only a little bit of effort.   Take a walk.   According to an analysis of many walking studies, “walking reduced the risk of cardiovascular events

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The Best Ways To Slay A Cold

    You sneeze, sniffle, then reach for a tissue. That’s when it hits you: you have a cold, and it’s only going to get worse. There is no magic pill to destroy a cold before it starts. All you can do is help your body fight off the virus as quickly as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this list of immune system hacks to shorten the lifespan of your cold.   Lemon Water   Lemon juice is an acidic liquid, which will thin the mucus in your throat and make it easier to breathe. Combined with the antimicrobial properties

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Easy Food Substitutions for a Healthy Diet

    When people think about eating healthier, they often imagine changing every little thing in their diet down to the last calorie. This often leads to too much change all at once, and then they abandon the diet after only a few weeks. The more sensible approach is to make smaller, subtle changes to your diet with one food at a time. Little substitutions like these four will have you feeling healthier without feeling overwhelmed from overhauling your diet.   Substitute turkey for pork and beef.   Turkey is a white meat which is significantly leaner than its cousins, beef

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Can Smiling Make You Healthier?

  Every little thing that can make life happier for you is worth seeking out. One simple thing—smiling more—can help you feel healthier and happier, and it doesn’t cost a dime. Here are four ways that smiling can make you healthier.   It makes other people smile.   The next time you watch a comedy on TV, pay attention to your face when the characters are smiling. You might notice that you unconsciously smile when they do. Mirror neurons in your brain mimic the behavior and facial expressions of other people, including on TV. So whenever you smile, you’re unconsciously

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