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Power Naps

How can you increase alertness and late-afternoon brainpower while decreasing stress and your risk of heart disease? Take a nap. The “power nap” does have the power to handle all of the above. Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos noticed that countries with lower heart disease rates were also…

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The Whole Truth about Whole Wheat

No doubt you’ve heard that whole grains are an important part of a healthy diet. Whole wheat, oats, brown rice and other whole grains give you more fiber, more vitamins and minerals and more protein with less fat. What is a whole grain? A complete grain that has not been stripped of its…

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SpongeJob GermPants

According to the Center for Disease Control, what you think are flu symptoms may actually be a mild case of food poisoning. Washing your hands, following safe handling instructions and keeping food prep surfaces clean can all help prevent food poisoning. However, your handy-dandy kitchen…

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Stress Reduction and Relaxation Techniques

Not all stress is bad, but it does need to be managed. Too much stress can lead to anxiety and depression. If you find yourself stressed out during the day, or after a hard day, try some of the tips below to help diminish stress and feel more relaxed. Focus on your breathing. Try to…

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Fresh Food Bytes

Your good health depends on good nutrition. While filling your grocery cart with processed snack foods or making regular stops for fast food may seem like an economical time saver, you might end up paying for the convenience with weight gain, lowered immune resistance, fatigue and mental…

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Steps to a Healthier You

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 were released early January. This pyramid looks a bit different than the previous pyramid. The original pyramid was essentially tipped on its side. Each food group represents a color of the new pyramid and the thickness of the stripes represent…

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Fresh Air & Sunshine

Fresh air and sunshine—those two prescriptions for healthy living abound in the advice of grandmothers, pediatricians and, these days, psychologists. Indeed, fresh air and sunshine do have a real, positive impact on your health, especially your mental health. Get outdoors. A 2004…

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Chocolate Health

Chocolate: Food for Today’s Goddesses? In past times, chocolate was referred to as the “food of the gods” and a “cure for humanity.” The ancient Olmec, Mayan and Aztec peoples used cacao as a remedy for various illnesses. In the 1500s, Spanish conquistadors brought chocolate back to…

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Attack of the Killer Backpack

Backpacks are all the rage these days. People of all ages appreciate the hands-free convenience of stowing their loads behind them. However, the backpack trend has caused an alarming health concern: back pain. School children seem to be especially prone because they often lug heavy…

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Nutrition for Healthy Women

Various diseases and conditions are unique to the female population. Diet and nutrition can play a role in reducing incidences of these health related issues. Women require special and individual nutrition guidelines to help them optimize their health. Registered dietitians advise women…

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