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Health, Skin

Stress – What it Does to Our Bodies

Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you -- and many things that you do yourself -- put stress on your body. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous

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Meditation

Breathe Deep and Let Go of Stress

When you think about your breath as being your link to life, it takes on a whole new meaning. In our fast-paced lives, most of us forget to breathe fully as everything occupies our minds, except for breathing.  We are often so caught up in meeting the needs of family, work, etc., that we fail to nurture ourselves.  When my daughter was born I noticed how every single part of her body moved with her breath. It reminded me that deep breathing is as natural to us as it is a child, and it fades away as we get older,

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Nutrition

15 SUPERFOODS for Under $20

Eating healthy does not have to cost the whole pay check! Fruits, vegetables, and whole foods in general are pricey and when you are trying to feed a family of four on a budget, choosing nutrient dense foods without draining your wallet may seem difficult. Where are the coupons for healthy, fresh good-for-you foods?  Guess what? Some of the healthiest foods in the world are quite affordable. Cheap, even. From veggies to whole grains and everywhere in between, the following list highlights the best superfoods available in a typical grocery store or at your local farmer’s market. The best part

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Health

Useful Nutritional Tools: Vitamin D & Vitamin D3

There is a vast body of science showing the many health benefits of vitamin D and D3. Vitamin D3, for example, is one of the most useful nutritional tools people have at their disposal for improving overall health. It has a strong influence over the body’s phosphorus controls, calcium, and bone metabolism and neuro-muscular function. Vitamin D3 is the only vitamin the body can manufacture from sunlight (UVB). Yet, with today’s indoor living and the extensive use of sunscreens due to concern about skin cancer, we are now a society with millions of individuals deficient in life-sustaining bone building and

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Nutrition

Nutritional Yeast and Its Benefits

What is nutritional yeast? Have you ever heard of nutritional yeast? What is so magical about this amazing food? Also termed by numerous doctors and nutritionists as a super food, nutritional yeast benefits stem from the fact that it is a rich source of vitamins, proteins and a number of trace elements. It has a light cheesy flavor, and can be sprinkled on foods such as eggs or added to gravies for enhanced flavor, too. Nutritional yeast is the deactivated form of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. It is called the "vegetarians' proteins" as it is a rich source of protein

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Health, Nutrition

What Is So Bad About Fried Foods?

It should come as no surprise that greasy and fried foods affect our health in many negative ways. First of all, it makes you gain weight. Weight gain can lead to obesity, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and even death. Secondly, greasy and fried foods have high cholesterol. In excess, this can lead to serious problems, especially because cholesterol buildup can block the blood flow in the arteries, leading to heart failure or causing a stroke, the number one cause of death in America. Fried foods contain an unhealthy fat known as trans fat. The

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