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Superfood Powders: Are They Worth the Hype?

In a world full of culinary choices, many people simply don’t like to eat fruits and vegetables. Instead of losing out on vital nutrients necessary to carry out bodily functions, powdered versions of these whole foods have found their way onto store shelves and online marketplaces as a way to bridge the gap.

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Reading Books is Good for Your Mental Health

When your mind gets absorbed in a good book, experts say it only takes six minutes for your body to begin to relax. In fact, when reading was tested against many traditional forms of relaxation, it reduced stress by 68 percent and was the highest ranked method among those tested.

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Is COVID Tongue a Real Symptom?

Some people with COVID have been experiencing changes to their tongue, such as inflammation and swelling, and have turned to the internet for answers. But are these complications coincidental or is there any evidence to tie it specifically to the coronavirus? This blog will help address those questions.

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Why Am I So Bloated?

Bloating, specifically the abdominal variety, affects as much as 30 percent of the population. What can cause bloating and distention? Many things. We share 13 common culprits.

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Stay Summer Safe: How to Keep Hot Weather Fun from Turning Hazardous

It’s easy to have fun in the summer; it can be equally easy for things to go awry and for people to get hurt. Let’s avoid summer maladies and injuries. With just a little bit of forethought, you can add a nice thick layer of safety to the season.

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Learn to Quash the Negative Self-Talk: It May Be Harming Your Health

Your self-talk is shaped by your beliefs, experiences and the situations of your daily life. It can be positive, neutral or negative. We share the different types of negative self-talk and tips to help turn it around.

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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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How to Reduce Spring Allergy Symptoms

Enjoying warmer weather and the gorgeous scenery of spring without the annoyance of itchy, spring allergies is not out of reach. We have several tips to help you manage springtime allergies and reduce your sneezing and itchiness.

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Foods to Avoid With Acid Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux is the most common gastrointestinal issue adults deal with on a daily basis. It can be a nuisance to live with – especially if it becomes a chronic condition – but a few simple dietary changes can go a long way in limiting symptoms.

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How to Grow Herbs Indoors

An indoor herb garden provides all the benefits of a traditional backyard garden in the confines of your own home.

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When Is Forgetfulness A Sign Of Something More Serious?

If you’ve forgotten your phone four out of the last five days, are you just distracted by your big project or is this how dementia starts? What if you notice you aren’t learning new things as easily, or forgetting to pay the occasional bill? What then? The answer: it depends.

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Healthy Uses for Baking Soda

Baking soda has long been marketed as a multi-use substance, great for tasks around the house and for easing ailments of various sorts. Its superpower is that, because it’s an alkaline, when it’s mixed with an acid, it changes the pH level. We explain what to know about baking soda and how it can benefit you and your household.

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The Importance of Pain Control During End-of-Life Care

There are many ways to successfully manage pain for hospice patients. Together, patients, their families, and the hospice team will develop the best care plan that eases suffering and provides the best quality of life during a patient’s final days.

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How to Reduce Food Waste at Home

As Americans move to a more eco-friendly environment, food waste still remains a big challenge. We discuss how home cooks and shoppers can reduce food waste and provide recipe ideas to reduce waste.

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The Beet Juice Craze: Beat it or Join it?

According to the Cleveland Clinic, beets are pretty special. They’re one of very few deep red-purple vegetables or fruits, and that beautiful color brings with it a more unique subset of antioxidants and nutrients than is found in produce of other colors.

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Living With Endometriosis

Living with endometriosis is more than just a painful menstrual cycle. This condition, which occurs in 10 percent of women, can impact your sex life, ability to have children and alter your day-to-day life. This blog will address how some simple dietary changes, along with certain medical treatments, can help you live a more enjoyable life with endometriosis.

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Sinus Massage Techniques That Reduce Congestion

Whenever you’re sick, the sinuses become obstructed with mucus. This blockage causes congestion and can lead to intense pressure and headaches. While there are nasal sprays and medications to treat symptoms, some simple massage techniques at home can provide you with relief.

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Foods To Avoid With Hemophilia

When combined with unhealthy eating habits, hemophilia can become difficult to live with. While there isn’t an official diet to follow for people with hemophilia, there are some general healthy habits that may help. We share what food groups to stay away from and food groups to embrace if you’re living with hemophilia.

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Benefits of Drinking Water

If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times: drink plenty of water. Water is good for you. But how much? How often? Bottled or tap? Is eight glasses a day a good goal or is that a made-up thing? We break down the details and benefits of staying hydrated.

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The Seven Forms of Rest and Why You Need All of Them

Whether you view rest as a political movement, scarce commodity, or something you rarely think about, one thing is probably true: you could use a little more of it, and more than one type of it. Rest and sleep are two entirely different things. Sleep is one form of rest (physical) but there are six more!

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What is Gallbladder Disease?

Most people are familiar with gallstones. After all, roughly 10 to 15 percent of the population will develop gallstones at some point. But not all types of gallbladder disease involve stones. Learn more about these conditions and what to do if you think you might have one of them.

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Why Is Organ Donation Important?

If you aren’t already an organ donor, consider becoming one. It may seem grim to dwell on what will happen to your body after you die, but choosing to donate your organs and tissue is a selfless and worthwhile decision that could save someone’s life. We share more about organ transplants and how to register as a donor.

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Can You Train Your Senses to Smell Again After COVID-19?

The next time you sit down for a meal, think of the complex process that occurs for you to savor and enjoy your food. It’s common to associate your taste buds with flavor, but your sense of smell is actually what contributes the most to how you experience food – it is believed some people can smell anywhere between 10,000 and 100 billion types of odors.

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What is Self-Esteem and How Can We Improve it?

Self-image is what you think other people think of you, and also how you want other people to think of you. Self-esteem is what you think of you. How do the two work together? What should you do if they don’t align, or if they’re too low or too high?

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8 Easy Lifestyle Changes to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

By making a few easy lifestyle changes, you can greatly reduce your risk of developing cancer or improve your chances of beating the disease if you are diagnosed. The recommendations outlined here also lower your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and other serious ailments, boosting your odds of living a long, healthy life.

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Types of Burns and How to Treat Them

Burns are categorized by their degree of severity. Health care professionals determine the degree of a burn based on how deep the injury goes. The recommended treatment depends on the cause and severity, though all burns should be kept clean and bandaged. Learn more about the three classifications of burns and how to treat each one.

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Colon Cancer vs. Anal Cancer: How They Differ

Beyond close proximity, the colon and anus don’t have much in common when it comes to cancer. To coincide with National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March, this blog will help explain what makes colon cancer so much different than anal cancer, ranging from how each originates to treatment modalities.

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Catching Cancer Early

One of the first and most pressing questions cancer patients want to know after their initial diagnosis is which stage the cancer is at. The answer to this question can often be the difference between a positive prognosis and an uphill battle full of hurdles. We’re here to walk you through why cancer staging matters, how cancers are classified by stage and how the staging process works.

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Plant-Based Diets: What You Need to Know

The plant-based diet can look different for everyone. Some limit their protein to only one meal a day while others go all out with no meat, dairy or any foods that come from an animal. Is a plant-based diet healthy? What are the risks and benefits? We break down what a plant-based diet is and whether or not it may be right for you.

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Wellness Trend: Facial Yoga and Gua Sha Stones

A wellness trend based on this concept has sprung up in the past couple of years. It’s called facial yoga, a combination of massage therapy, acupressure, exercise and relaxation. This free, non-toxic, non-invasive technique stimulates muscles, tightens skin and eases tension.

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