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Fighting the Flu

Fighting the Flu

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Winter is upon us and ‘tis the season to be sneezing! Winter colds and flu bring on days of miserable symptoms, with sore throat, coughing and congestion, and they are also a leading cause of lost work and school days. What does weather have to do with it? The risk of getting sick during the winter months is greater, not because of the cold weather, but because we spend more time indoors, closer together and the low humidity during the winter months makes it easier for...

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The ABCs of Getting ZZZ

The ABCs of Getting ZZZ

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If you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, wake too early or feel tired, groggy and have difficulty concentrating during the day, you could have a sleep disorder, such as insomnia. According to recent reports one-third of adults suffer occasionally from insomnia and 14 percent experience chronic insomnia. Sleep is absolutely vital for good health. It is a fundamental need for survival, just like food and water. Yet it is often compromised to accommodate a busy...

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Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease

Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Heart Disease

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Heart disease is considered to be largely preventable. Below are 10 simple tips for reducing your risk of heart disease: 1.Take 10,000 steps a day. Use a pedometer and gradually increase the number of steps you take each day. Exercise fights heart disease in numerous ways: it lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, improves circulation, reduces stress and strengthens the heart. 2. Get another hour sleep. A recent Sleep in America poll reported that less than half of adults...

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Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin – What Every Expectant Woman Needs to Know

Choosing a Prenatal Vitamin – What Every Expectant Woman Needs to Know

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Good nutrition is key for good health. This is particularly important during pregnancy to ensure both the mother and the growing baby receive all the essential nutrients for proper growth and development. However, even those who eat healthy may not be getting enough nutrients because many factors can deplete nutrients from the body. According to reports 20 to 30 percent of pregnant women have a vitamin and mineral deficiency, and without supplementation, roughly 75 percent...

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How Exercise Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

How Exercise Can Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

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Regular exercise is known to lower a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer. This has been well documented in a number of studies, but the way in which exercise provides protection has not been clearly understood. Exciting new research released recently has revealed how exercise can guard against breast cancer: vigorous exercise has a positive effect on how estrogen is broken down (metabolized) in the body. It is estimated that about 80 percent of breast cancer...

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