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Does Tryptophan Make You Sleep?

There is a longstanding myth that this fatigue, drowsiness and overall lethargy can only be the culprit of one thing – the turkey. For years, tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey, garnered headlines in the media for making you sleepy. However, there is another more plausible explanation that helps give context to this common occurrence around the holidays.

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Eleven Reasons You Always Feel Hungry

Feelings and physical sensations that come with true (physical) hunger are low energy, an empty-feeling stomach and even fatigue. The longer it’s been since you last ate, the more noticeable the sensations will be.

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Heart Disease and Diabetes: There’s a Link

Heart disease, AKA cardiovascular disease, affects people with diabetes disproportionately. Most people who have type 2 diabetes will also experience cardiovascular disease. In the United States, about one in ten people has diabetes. Of the many people who have diabetes, about 95 percent have type 2 diabetes. Those are some big numbers.

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How to Get Screened for Depression

Major depressive disorder affects 17 percent of people in America. Because so many adults, children and pregnant women will experience depression during their lifetime, it’s important to have screenings available for earlier diagnosis. This blog will highlight some of the more common screenings that can help you stay on top of your mental health.

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Avoid Illness Like Colds, Flu and Covid with these Commonsense Tips

Colds and flu (and Covid) flourish in cooler weather, not because they prefer lower temps, but because they are spread via droplets in the air, which is much more easily done when people are closer to one another indoors.

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High-protein cereals: A Healthier Breakfast Alternative?

Instead of turning to eggs and other processed meats for protein sources at breakfast, some consumers have ventured into the world of high-protein cereals as an alternative. This blog will explore this growing market and expand on the possible health benefits.

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How to Spot a Possible Iodine Deficiency and What to Do About it

Iodine is a mineral our bodies need to make thyroid hormones. The body uses thyroid hormones, which are produced with the help of the iodine we consume, to control metabolism. We don’t produce iodine, so we must eat foods rich in iodine in order to keep our bodies properly supplied.

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Is Diarrhea a Symptom of COVID?

The presence of a fever, sore throat, persistent cough and body aches are what most people think of when attempting to decipher if they have COVID-19 or not. Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as diarrhea, are usually an afterthought. If you find yourself on the toilet, instead of assuming it’s due to food poisoning or a stomach bug, should COVID cross your mind? This blog will dive deeper into the relationship between the coronavirus and diarrhea.

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5 Ways to Boost Your Immune System

As the cooler months are approaching, your chances of getting sick increase. Luckily, there are several different ways you can support your immune system to get ahead of fall and winter time sicknesses. We share 5 ways you can boost your immune system.

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How to Discuss Exercise and Weight With your Child in a Healthy Way

There is a real stigma with discussing weight, whether it’s with friends or family. It’s even harder when you attempt to discuss this with your own children. But how do you know how to approach these conversations? Further, how do you decipher what is right to say and what is wrong to say? This blog will provide tips on how to talk to your kids about their health and engage them in activities to help them feel good about themselves.

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What Normal Aging Looks Like

As much as you’d like it to be the case, what you look like and how you feel at 20 years old certainly won’t be the same as when you’re 70 years old. From the day you’re born, your body undergoes a series of complex changes that eventually peak. From there, a slow process known as aging begins. From your physical appearance to how well your brain, heart and lungs function, these inevitable changes will ultimately affect each person at some point in their life.

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Is Non-Alcoholic Beer Better For You?

The non-alcoholic beer movement is well underway. Sure, you’ve probably noticed six-packs labeled “non-alcoholic” out of the corner of your eyes at stores for the past few decades. As the taste has drastically improved, one question remains – is non-alcoholic beer healthier and better for you? We sought out some answers.

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Ten Healthy Foods to Eat Right Now

As we enter the fall and winter months, there are lots of things to look forward to: Sweater weather, holidays, football, chilly mornings and cozy evenings. It’s also a great time to revamp your diet according to the season. Soups and hearty stews, while not very appealing during Oklahoma summers, are perfect for cooler temps. Done right, they can be warming, tasty and packed full of nutrients.

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How to Add Prebiotics and Probiotics to Your Diet

While some bacteria are harmful, it’s easy to forget your body is full of good bacteria that helps carry out several important functions. Maintaining a balance between good and bad bacteria is key, and eating foods with prebiotics and probiotics is one way to achieve this.

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How Eating Fewer Animal Products Can Lower Your Cholesterol

High cholesterol levels can cause plaque build-ups that increase your risk of heart attack, heart disease and stroke. This blog will explain how eating fewer animal products can keep your cholesterol levels at bay.

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Coffee Alternatives That Won't Break the Bank

Whether it’s to jump-start the morning or wind down the night with friends, Americans love their coffee. Consumption of the caffeine-fueled drink has reached a two-decade high, with two-thirds of people consuming coffee each day, according to the National Coffee Association.

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What Toxins Are In Your Beauty Products?

You may not think twice about the skin cream you rub on your face, the eyeliner you apply before work or the shampoo you lather up in your hair. These products, which seem relatively safe in theory, typically contain dozens of ingredients that are difficult to pronounce and even harder to spell. But just what are these chemicals, some of which can be considered toxins, and what do they mean for your health? We compiled a list of some of the most common ingredients and which products you can find them in.

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Morning Routines for Stress Relief

For many people, the alarm clock signals the start of a stressful morning – you’re tired, cranky and don’t want to get up. Instead of staying glued to your phone for 30 minutes scrolling through Facebook, here is a morning routine guide you can follow to boost your productivity and provide stress relief each day.

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Are Your Healthy Snacks Actually Junk Food?

There are a lot of foods perceived as “healthy” that are packed with hidden calories and sugar. Despite your best efforts in choosing healthier snacks, many choices might be sabotaging your health and your weight.

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Can You Live Without a Pancreas?

Considering how important the pancreas is to digestive health and blood sugar regulation, living without this organ may seem impossible. But it's actually feasible and more common than you may think. This blog will detail how you can survive without a pancreas and how to manage this condition.

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