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3 Things You Can Do to Shake the Salt Habit

The two most prominent dietary risks for death and disability in the world are not eating enough fruit and eating too much salt. Eating too little fruit kills nearly five million people every year, and eating too much salt kills four million. There are three things we can do to lower our salt intake. First, don’t add salt at the table. One third of us add salt to our food before even tasting it! Second, stop adding salt while you’re cooking. At first, the food may taste bland, but within two to four weeks, “as the sensitivity of the salt taste receptors in the mouth become more sensitive…

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How to Make Sense of the New U.S. Nutrition Labels

Consumers in the United States may have to wait until January 1, 2020, to see the new nutrition label on all foods, but the wheels are in motion. Although the Food and Drug Administration originally had named July 26, 2018, as the required deadline for revamped nutrition food labels, The Washington Free Beacon announced recently that the FDA had moved that date to 2020. The label changes were part of what Michelle Obama championed during her anti-obesity “Let’s Move” efforts while she was First Lady. The main reason for the delay is that food companies and trade groups said they needed more time to…

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Last Minute Gift Ideas that Won’t Create Clutter

If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, here are some last-minute gifts to purchase for family and friends that won’t add to clutter. Keep in mind when making your purchases, it’s a great idea to support locally owned businesses. • Gift cards: The perfect gift for the person who has everything. From stores, restaurants and gas stations to spas and nail salons, it’s easy to find a terrific gift for everyone on your shopping list. • Edible gifts: Keep clutter at bay by purchasing edible gifts such as candy, fruit, Italian cookies, wine, fudge, jellies. The options are endless. Create your…

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The Benefits of Vitamin C: Why Your Child Needs It

Vitamin C has long been touted for its potential health benefits when battling a cold — I’m sure we’ve all been told to load up on it when we are sick. But did you know this vitamin is crucial for children’s good health and development? With winter and cold and flu season getting started, it’s important to know what vitamin C does and doesn’t help. How vitamin C helps your body Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is a vitamin found in specific food sources, such as citrus fruits, berries, potatoes and peppers. You can also find Vitamin C as  a dietary supplement. Vitamin C is important…

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7 Tips for Exercising When You Have Chronic Pain

Too much of the wrong activity can make pain worse. If running or jogging are out of the question, you may be able to manage and enjoy cycling, which is easier on painful knees and hips. Aquatic therapy, including aerobics performed in warm water, help to alleviate inflammation; the buoyancy of the water protects the body from the stress of gravity and from jerky or jarring movements that might otherwise cause pain. No matter which type of exercise you choose, use caution not to move too quickly, stretch or twist too far, or do so much that you pain becomes…

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11 Genius Tips For Managing A Cold Once You’re Already Sick

Catching a cold or the flu is often a miserable reality of the winter months. And while there’s no stopping it once the bug is already in your system, there are ways to make it less dreadful. It all comes down to how you take care of yourself. “You want to make sure that your immune system, which absolutely depends on getting the right nutrients on a daily basis, is being nurtured and supported,” Jonny Bowden, a health expert and board-certified nutritionist, told HuffPost….

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9 Non-Stuff Gift Ideas for Kids

Instead of toys, games or other material things, consider some of these non-stuff gift ideas for the kids in your life. I know that it’s fun to watch kids unwrap presents. I love when my son opens a gift from me and his face lights up. But what are we teaching our children with all of this stuff? As Christmas and Hanukkah approach, I think it’s a good time for us to consider some non-material gifts for kids. Kids don’t need mountains of toys to know that we love them. In fact, rewarding kids with more stuff can actually do them harm as they grow…

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Is the Weather Worsening Your Back Pain?

Grandma could predict an approaching storm when her joints ached, and she might have been onto something. Similarly, people with chronic back pain may notice a change in how they feel as the seasons change or weather shifts. But the connection between weather and spine pain isn’t well defined, and several reasons play into why a person might feel pain based on where they live or the season. “I don’t see a lot of research about how weather affects specific spinal conditions because it is so multi-factorial,” said Robert Hayden, DC, PhD, FICC, a spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association (ACA)…

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9 Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy Levels

With increasingly busy lives, many people regularly find themselves feeling tired and drained. However, if the tiredness you’re experiencing is lifestyle-related, there are lots of things you can do to increase your energy levels. This article looks at 9 ways you can change your lifestyle and boost your energy levels naturally. 1. GET MORE SLEEP Sleep is something that easily gets put on the back burner when you’re busy. From pushing back bedtime to meet a deadline to missing out on a few hours of sleep due to shifts at work, many people cut back on hours that should be spent in…

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Snow Shoveling Techniques to Prevent Low Back Injuries

Snow shoveling is one of the more common causes of back injuries during the winter months. However, this type of injury is preventable if you know the best ways to remove snow without straining the back. The following snow removal tips can help you to avoid low back injuries and pain during the snowy winter season. Pick the Right Snow Shovel An ergonomic snow shovel can help take some of the effort out of snow removal chores. A shovel with a curved handle or an adjustable handle length will minimize painful bending, requiring you to bend your knees only slightly and arch your…