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Month: December 2016

Charity is Good for Everyone

Generosity seems to be abundant around holidays or after natural disasters occur. But most folks in need and the charities that serve them have year-round expenses.  Remembering to donate, help, and volunteer on any day is a bonus—for the givers, too. Kindness Has Many Rewards While we should all aspire to being selfless, the truth is that giving and helping makes us feel good. Numerous studies have proven the positive mental effects of donating time, money, or goods to help the needy. People who are charitable suffer less depression and anxiety, and even live healthier and longer lives. Aside...

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A New Twist on Original Soup-er Food

Tired of the “same old” for lunch and dinner? If you’re seeking a delicious, nutritious, and economical way to feed your family, there’s an easy solution. Getting back to old-fashioned soup with a new, super twist will do it! Kick the Can The saying may go, “soup is good food,” but look at the label of a typical canned soup, and your head will spin. The average canned soup contains a whopping 600 to 1200 milligrams (or more) of sodium per serving. That’s almost a third more of your recommended daily allowance of sodium. If you consume the entire...

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Keep your Belly Balanced with Probiotics

Does your stomach talk to you after you’ve eaten? Overeating, poor food choices, and definitely stress can give you a bad tummy. Incorporating a few simple, probiotic-rich foods can help restore your belly’s balance and have you digesting more efficiently. Gut Check You’ve probably heard it a million times: You are what you eat.  That’s only partially true—you are also what you absorb. If you’re not digesting and processing your food properly, you are not getting the most out of the food you consume.  Your gut, or your digestive system, is the foundation of your body and it has...

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How to Make Your Face Pretty and Safe

There’s a lot of controversy over what is safe to use (or not) in cosmetics. Even though many ingredients have been approved by the FDA, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are healthy. Below is a brief overview of some safe ingredients (and some not so savory) that you can make note of before beautifying. The Bad News First: But There’s Still a Rainbow One of the newest reports is that the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has suggested placing a limit on the amount of lead used in beauty supplies. This includes make-up, skin creams, and shampoo. Getting a...

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How To Beat The Bloat

Whether it’s a holiday or a fun-filled, eating-spree weekend, the after affects can be uncomfortable and undesirable. Believe it or not, bloat can actually be reduced with food—just the right kind, with dashes of certain herbs and spices. What Have I Done? Whether it’s mom’s glazed ham, Grandma’s frosted, sugar-sprinkled cookies, or spiked egg nog, too much can leave you feeling more than full. Overindulging in food and drink leads to that bloated feeling, which is not just gas. It’s actually an inflammatory response. So besides just feeling gnarly for a few days, inflammation can lead to bigger problems...

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