Why Good Oral Hygiene Could Literally Save Your Life

Nothing feels better than having clean shiny teeth and fresh breath. We all know that neglecting your oral hygiene can lead to all kinds of problems such as tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. But did you know that poor dental habits could mean you’re actually playing Russian roulette with your life? There’s an

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10 Important Pains You Should Never Ignore

We’ve all done it, haven’t we? We have that annoying ache or niggle that doesn’t seem serious enough to bother the doctor, but doesn’t really get better either. However, some seemingly trivial pains must be dealt with promptly or they can lead to more serious consequences. But how do you tell the difference between the

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9 Things You Should Know About Hoarding Disorder

Hoarding disorder is surprisingly common, affecting 2 to 5% of Americans. It can interfere with daily activities such as cooking and sleeping, increase health risks from home accidents and poor sanitation, and make it difficult to leave the house in an emergency. It also strains family ties. If you think that someone close to you

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Signs of Magnesium Deficiency

In spite of the fact that magnesium doesn’t get quite as much press as some of the other key vitamins and minerals, it’s essential nonetheless. It’s involved in hundreds of biochemical reactions, influencing everything from your heart rate to your muscles and hormones. However, a lack of magnesium is often referred to as the “invisible

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7 Health Benefits of Baking Soda

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines baking soda as “a kind of salt that is used to make baked foods (such as cookies and breads) light and fluffy.” But what else can this white, powdery substance do? Baking soda—also known as bicarbonate of soda (NaHCO3)—is used in everything from fire extinguishers to artificial mineral water, deodorants and

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Sign and Symptoms of an Inflamed Gallbladder: What You Need to Know

It’s believed that over 25 million Americans have gallstones, and every year thousands of people suffer the excruciating pain of an inflamed gallbladder—a pain that has been described as feeling like a heart attack, and can be as severe as giving birth. But what causes gallstones, and what can be done when your gallbladder becomes

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Lyme Disease: The Important Facts You Need to Know

What do Avril Lavigne, George W. Bush and Richard Gere have in common? The answer—they’ve all fallen victim to Lyme disease. This disease has been in the spotlight recently, with several celebrities going public about their experiences. But what is Lyme disease, how do you get it, and how is it treated? About Lyme disease

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Top 5 Natural Alternatives to Retinol Cream

When it comes to minimizing wrinkles, preventing sun damage, healing scars, and eliminating acne, few products are as thorough as retinol. This miracle ingredient is a molecular preparation of vitamin A (either natural or synthetic) that is used in beauty products and anti-ageing serums. The enzymes in retinol increase the rate at which your cells

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10 Benefits of the Neem Tree

The neem tree (Azadirachta indica) is a member of the mahogany family native to the Indian subcontinent. Neem is known as ‘sarva roga nivarin’ or ‘healer of all ailments’. The bark, seeds, leaves flowers and roots have been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and traditional Indian medicine. Parts of the tree also play a role

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Is Your Outfit Harming Your Health?

While it feels good to wear some of the latest styles, doing so might land you in the hospital. It sounds somewhat ludicrous, but you read correctly—as much as you enjoy wearing those must-have jeans or pretty bras, they may jeopardize your health. Here’s a closer look at some common fashions and the health risks

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Dance versus Cardio Training: Why One Workout is Effective for Life

Exercise provides many obvious health benefits, as well as a great figure. However, people often joke that their New Year’s resolutions do not last past February, and many of these resolutions include losing weight or working out more. The key is to find the right type of exercise for you—a type of exercise you want

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Technology That Helps You Stay Healthy

Technology has shaped the entire world we live in—including the medical world. Penicillin, ultrasound imaging devices, and MRI scanners have greatly changed illness detection, treatment, and prevention in hospitals and doctor’s offices. At the same time, the general population can also access technological advancements that promote a healthy lifestyle, (which is key to prevention of

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Exploring Surgical Options for a Hysterectomy

Arriving at the decision to have a hysterectomy stirs up a lot of emotions—fear, uncertainty and even relief. Over 6,000,000 hysterectomies are performed each year, making it the second most common surgical procedure performed on women in the United States. Major surgery was once the only option, with women decades ago resigning themselves to long

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5 Reasons Social Media is Good for You

Just about anywhere you go these days, most people will have their heads down as they look at the screen of a smartphone offering up various social media apps that connect them with the outside world within seconds. The average American spends over 21 hours a week on social media, and job productivity reports show

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The Psychological Benefits of Nature

Many of those with deadlines, busy schedules and high expectations find it difficult to unwind at the end of the day. This is when people turn to relaxation tools such as meditation, but meditation may be a real struggle for the active individual—clearing the mind of worries and responsibilities can seem impossible. If you find

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What Exactly Are Free Radicals?

In the health world today, there’s a lot of talk about free radicals, the damage they can cause to your body, and the importance of defending against this damage. Everything from medication to food to personal care products is judged based on its ability to “fight” free radicals. But what exactly are free radicals? What

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The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

If you’ve been having one too many late nights at the office, followed by errands, tending to matters at home, and ultimately a restless sleep, you’re not alone—and that’s not a good thing. According to the latest information gathered from the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep Health Index™, which monitors the sleep behaviors of Americans, we’re

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Floatation Tanks: Helpful or Hype?

If you’ve ever had one of those dreams in which your body feels as though it’s suspended in the air, then you’re probably close to knowing what it feels like to step into a floatation spa. These spas (also known as float tanks or sensory deprivation chambers) have been attracting a great deal of attention

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5 Ways Humor Helps Health

When was the last time you laughed or watched a funny movie? If it’s been a while, you may want to make humor a regular part of your life again, as it’s been shown to have several health benefits. Interestingly, humor need not be the kind where you’re constantly doubled over from a case of

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What’s the Difference Between “Natural” and “Organic” Beauty Products?

From soap and shampoo to concealer and perfume, there are a lot of products out there for you to put on your body every day. If you’re a health-conscious, eco-conscious consumer, you probably spend a fair amount of time trying to decide which products are safe for use. However, there are a lot of labels

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