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Maintaining a Healthy Heart

Know the Facts. Decrease your risk. What is Heart Disease? Any disease or condition that affects the heart and blood vessels from functioning normally is considered a type of heart disease Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States What Causes Heart…

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A Safe and Green Clean

A sparkling bathroom, gleaming kitchen appliances and tabletops that reflect like mirrors… do these images broadcasted by cleaning product manufacturers reflect healthy homes? Maybe not! Many common household cleaning products contain toxic chemicals. In 2000, cleaning products caused…

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The Salad Daze of Summer

Now is the perfect time to upgrade your eating habits with more salads. Salad is more than a diet food. Fresh greens are packed full of phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Lettuce begin. Most of us think “lettuce” when we think salad. The most common—and least…

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Diabetes and Diet

Eating a healthy diet and having an active lifestyle are very important to disease prevention. Heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes can be prevented if the right steps are taken. The American Diabetes Association defines diabetes as “a disease in which the body does not produce or…

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The Dirt on Gardening

New Dirt on Depression Any gardener will tell you that digging in the dirt does wonders for the soul. Now, science has proven it in two different studies: one with cancer patients and another with mice (Neuroscience Volume 146, Issue 2, 11 May 2007). It seems certain harmless bacteria,…

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Energy the Natural Way

Many people want to know what to eat to keep their energy levels up. Some have asked questions about the newest energy drink containing caffeine and an antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate). This beverage has been shown in a clinical trial to help people burn calories.…

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High Protein Meat Alternatives

Millions of Americans follow a vegetarian diet. There are several types of vegetarians: Lacto-vegetarians do not eat any animal flesh, but do consume dairy products. Ovo-vegetarians avoid flesh or milk products, but will eat eggs. Semi-vegetarians do not eat beef, veal, pork, or similar…

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Cooking Tips

Have you ever started to cook something, only to realize that you are missing one of the ingredients? What do you do then? If you have friendly neighbors, you could try borrowing the ingredient from them. You could run to the store in a frenzy, but that’s often a hassle, especially if…

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Sleep for Good Health

If you’re like most of America, your lifestyle is hectic, your schedule packed full. You may see sleep as a waste of time and try to get by on less than you really need. When you add a couple of hours to your day by robbing yourself of sleep, you are only robbing yourself. Did you know that…

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Spring Clean…Your Refrigerator?

Spring-cleaning is a task taken on by many people during this time. Closets are tidied, winter clothes are put away…but what about your refrigerator? This appliance may be overlooked during the organizational process, but it is an important one to clean up. Food borne illness can lurk in…

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