Decoding Nutritional Labels

Decoding Nutritional Labels

Every package, box, bottle or can of food has a nutritional label, but very few people actually know how to read and understand it. Looking at these labels can make you feel like you’re reading a foreign language, so you may be tempted to completely ignore them. However, if you’re going to make healthy, informed

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7 Tips for Losing Tummy Flab

7 Tips for Losing Tummy Flab

Whether it’s left over baby weight, the result of too many bonbons or just a product of where you tend to carry extra weight, tummy flab sucks. It not only is less than flattering when it hangs over the waistline of your pants, but it’s also flat out not good for you. Abdominal (or visceral)

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10 Reasons to Adopt a Dog

10 Reasons to Adopt a Dog

Dogs can bring more to your life than you ever thought possible. If you’ve been mulling over the idea of joining the ranks and becoming a dog owner, consider visiting your local animal shelter instead of going to your nearest breeder or pet store. Every year, shelters across the country take in nearly four million

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8 Holiday Stress Busting Tips

8 Holiday Stress Busting Tips

It’s the day after Thanksgiving, and I’m visiting my fiancé on tour. Our sublet is 43 floors above the hustle and bustle of the city center where shoppers, traffic and mayhem mix and mingle. It’s that wretched day called “Black Friday” and we’ve chosen to not participate. High above the madness—with soothing music and candles

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8 Things You Need to Make a Homemade, Natural First Aid Kit

8 Things You Need to Make a Homemade, Natural First Aid Kit

It’s always good to have first aid kits on hand. They can be useful when you least expect it, helping to treat accidental injuries or sudden illnesses. Although there are premade first aid kits out there, did you know that there are lots of great natural things you can add to your kit to make

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5 Ways to Battle Urinary Incontinence

5 Ways to Battle Urinary Incontinence

You may feel like you’re alone, but the truth is that millions of Americans suffer from urinary incontinence. Men and women alike fall prey to bladder leakage; however, menopause, pregnancy and childbirth mean females are two times more likely to have incontinence issues. Approximately one in every four women between the ages of 18 and

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10 Ways to Be Healthier Right Now

10 Ways to Be Healthier Right Now

There’s nothing better than feeling well—it’s hands down the best thing on earth. Think about what it’s like to be tired, hungover, cranky, drained and worn out from life. It happens to us all, and while we may not be able to control certain outside factors, we can take charge of several major aspects of

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The Benefits of Echinacea

The Benefits of Echinacea

Echinacea is an herbal remedy that’s well known for staving off the common cold. It’s one of the most popular herbal remedies on the market, and you may even unknowingly be growing this perennial in your garden. Those butterfly-attracting coneflowers that look like pink, white, pale yellow and purple daisies have a lot more to

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5 Reasons Not to Put Too Much Stock in BMI

5 Reasons Not to Put Too Much Stock in BMI

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a term most people have heard of but few understand. In a nutshell, BMI takes into account your weight in comparison to your height, and is represented by a number. That number is then used to determine whether or not your weight falls within a healthy range on a chart.

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Kitchen Ingredients for an At-Home Spa

Kitchen Ingredients for an At-Home Spa

No offense to Bath and Body Works, but their home spa product line seems almost silly to buy once you notice the simple ingredients that are used. Many of these products are incredibly effective, which is what makes it so exciting to create them at home for a fraction of the cost! Is there a

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Natural Eye-Care Tips For Maintaining Healthy Eyes

Natural Eye-Care Tips For Maintaining Healthy Eyes

It is often claimed that the eyes are the window to the soul, and maintaining their health is very important. However, today’s world can make caring for our eyes difficult. Long hours spent staring at a screen or the TV, dust and pollution in the air, and lack of sleep can all combine to make

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6 Health Dangers to Watch for During Menopause

6 Health Dangers to Watch for During Menopause

When you think of menopause, you probably associate it with hot flashes and mood swing—symptoms that are uncomfortable and irritating, but not life threatening. But did you know there are also a number of serious health conditions associated with menopause? These health dangers are less well-known, but just as common as hormonal symptoms, and can

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10 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up

10 Ways to Cheer Yourself Up

Everyone gets down, and it isn’t the end of the world—being present when difficult feelings arise is healthier than ignoring your sadness, anger jealousy or grief. Social media would have us think that a one-liner about having that “can-do” attitude or looking a picture of a kitten should be enough to snap us out of

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