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8 Of The Best Spring Flowering Shrubs

Whether you’re renovating your garden or just looking for a bit more color, spring is an excellent time to consider adding some new plant material. Spring-flowering shrubs are a great way to liven up a yard. If you choose the right shrub to fit your needs, you’ll be rewarded with a gorgeous spring display year after year. 1. Forsythia spp. This may be one of the most flexible options for spring blooming shrubs. Forsythias can grow ten to fifteen feet tall and wide. They naturally have a beautiful, arching form when fully mature. If you don’t have space for a mature specimen,…

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8 Tips for Surviving a Horrible Allergy Season

Seasonal Allergies on the Rise Aside from this season’s unique weather conditions, the incidence and severity of allergies (which are an overreaction of the immune system to harmless substances, like pollen or mold) seems to be increasing for other reasons too. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the prevalence of allergic rhinitis has increased substantially over the past 15 years; now 10 to 16 percent of U.S. adults are estimated to have allergies, which cost the healthcare system $18 billion annually. There are no definitive answers as to why allergy rates are increasing. One theory is that…

Sleeping Less as You Age? 9 Best Tips to Tackle Insomnia

There are many reasons that getting a good night of sleep may become more of a struggle as you age. It’s important to pinpoint any problems you have — and take steps to correct them. It all comes down to the quality of your life, and solid, restful sleep certainly contributes to an overall feeling of wellbeing. Sleep is vital for the body for many reasons. It helps flush toxins from your brain and allows your body to rest. Some people find they need less sleep as they age, but most still aim for seven or eight hours each night — about right…

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Here Are Some Pretty Solid Reasons To Look At The Bright Side

Life is brighter when you have a sunny disposition. Optimism has a ton of perks. Research shows a positive attitude may improve heart health, boost your immune system and lift your mood. If you needed any more excuses to find a silver lining, look no further than the infographic below. Happify, a website and app dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, breaks down all the ways optimism enhances your health and happiness. You may want to start looking at things through a glass half full.

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Know These Five Life-Saving Emergency Tips

Would you know what to do in an emergency? A parent has suddenly collapsed; you’re at the scene of a bad accident. Of course, call 911 — but what can you do while waiting for help to arrive? In medicine, we label the early moments after an emergency the “Golden Hour” — because what you do right then may determine the outcome. That may sound scary. But as an ER doctor, I’ve seen countless patients whose lives were saved by a quick-thinking and knowledgeable bystander or loved one. We never know where life may…

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How to Tell the Difference Between Toxic and Beneficial Sun Protection

There’s a lot of fear surrounding the use of sunscreens in the natural-minded community, and for good reason. Many of us have heard that sunscreens contain toxic chemicals and cancer-causing ingredients, so we opt not to use these potentially hazardous ingredients on our skin. While it’s true that some sunscreens contain chemicals that have been linked to certain types of cancers, it’s important to remember that not wearing sunscreen is almost absolutely linked to a certain type of cancer: melanoma. So, what’s an ingredient-conscious person to do? Thankfully, there are some very effective sunscreens out there that pose an extremely low…

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How Often Should You Step on the Scale?

If you’re trying to lose weight, you might sometimes feel as though the bathroom scale is not your friend. But research suggests that the scale can be a powerful ally in your weight-loss effort. A study by researchers at Cornell University suggests that frequent weighing in — as much as once per day — can help weight-loss efforts for overweight adults. To weigh or not to weigh Psychologist Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA,  says there are some benefits to checking the scale daily. The more information people receive, the more they can make progress toward their goals. “If you’re trying to lose weight without gathering some of this information,…

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Why You May Experience Phantom Phone Vibrations

Have you ever felt your phone vibrating in your pocket – even when the phone is not there? Or perhaps you forgot to wear your fitness tracker one day, but still felt it going off on your wrist. What’s going on here? Clinical psychologist Scott Bea, PsyD, says that these phantom phone vibrations are fairly common. In fact, 89 percent of the people in one study reported experiencing these phantom phone vibrations at one time or another. Nearly 87 percent of those in the survey felt them weekly and 13 percent perceived phantom vibrations daily. Overall, most said the phantom vibrations were not bothersome. Anticipation Although…

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Good Stress Detoxifies Your Body Better than a Juice Cleanse

When we think of cleansing our bodies, a few vivid images come to mind: liquid juice diets in a vast array of colors, a protocol of various detoxifying teas and wallets that dwindle exponentially faster than our waistlines. Popular detoxes and cleanses may or may not prove beneficial to you, which can make the whole detox-cleansing game a little confusing. How can we really cleanse our bodies? Worry not! Our bodies actually have their own built-in auto-cleansing program. It is called autophagy, and, although it may be a little unpleasant, it is actually cheap, highly effective and your body does…

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Why Dynamic Stretching is Best For Your Young Athlete

Warming up before an activity is always a good idea to prevent injury and get ready to perform a sport or exercise. It’s important that we teach our children about performing proper warm-up stretches. In recent years it’s become clear that the manner in which we do warm-up stretching can directly benefit or hinder performance. Within the past 10 years, there has been a paradigm shift from static stretching toward dynamic stretching. Traditional static stretching involves moving a joint as far as it can go and holding it for a length of time, typically 30 to 60 seconds. Dynamic stretching, however, is movement-based…