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July 31, 2015

High-Heel Injuries Doubled… Learn How To Keep You and Your Feet Healthy With 5 Easy Tips

Are women in their 20s and 30s more at risk for high heel injuries than those of past generations? Research suggests, yes. According to a 10-year study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the number of injuries sustained from wearing high heels has nearly doubled in the U.S. That equates to 123,355 injuries for women between 2002 and 2012, the report finds. Most of the injuries were sprains, with the majority of women who were treated being in their 20s and 30s. 

So is it time to hang the heels back on the rack? Dr. Emily Spichal, podiatrist and author of Everyday Is Your Runway: A Shoe Lover’s Guide to Healthy Feet and Legs, says, not [...]

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July 29, 2015

Fermented Foods May Help With Social Anxiety… What?!

I know I’ve already exhausted the microbiome subject, but the more I hear about it, the more I like it.

As I’ve mentioned, the microbiome is an important part of our body. Survival of the fittest goes on in there so it can keep us healthy. But it turns out our microbiome not only works to benefit our physical health, but also our mental health.

You’re probably wondering what our gut has to do with our mental state. Don’t worry: I had the same question. It’s quite simple. By upping your good bacteria by ingesting probiotics, you give your microbiome a stronger chance of keeping you healthy and improving your mood.

Don’t believe me? Dr. Raphael Kellman, M.D., a pioneer in [...]

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July 27, 2015

Why Holistic-Minded Pet Parents Should Consider Pet Insurance

When I brought home my 8-week-old German shepherd puppy five years ago, I thought I knew enough about dogs and had a strong enough of an appreciation of holistic methods that I could easily raise a healthy, happy dog. I was wrong.

Due to a confluence of genetics, vaccinations, environment and probably several other factors yet to be revealed, I have a dog who – while amazingly happy despite his troubles – has had to deal with an assortment of skin problems, ear issues and hypothyroidism. It’s been a roller coaster ride, I tell you. And while I’m sorry he’s had to go through this, I’m so grateful to him for not only showing me what real love is, but for truly opening my eyes to [...]

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July 25, 2015

Diary of a Recovering Tech Addict – How I Learned To Love Life Over Likes

When I look around a roomful of friends or strangers these days, I feel alienated. I often witness a sea of people that seem to have more personal relationships with their devices than other human beings.

This sentiment has been echoed a lot over the past few years: we’re losing touch with reality, addicted to technology, narcissistic, etc. It’s often presented either in a self-deprecating joking manner, or as a cynical view of human nature and conscious decisions.

What I came to find over the past few years was something different – the addiction to our technology and instant gratification is actually an addiction to dopamine. The problem is one of neurochemistry and [...]

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July 23, 2015

Move Over Kale, There’s a New Superfood In Town… And It Tastes Like Bacon

Bacon ice cream. Bacon cupcakes. There’s even a bacon jam recipe floating around out there. For years now, bacon lovers have been trying to come up with unique ways to add the salty-crunch of this meaty delight to spice up traditional plates.

And now, bacon lovers will rejoice because nature has created the ultimate bacon recipe.

It’s seaweed that tastes EXACTLY like bacon. I repeat: There is bacon-flavored seaweed, and it is more nutrient-packed than kale! WHAT?! I had to do a double take, too!

Researchers at Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center have patented a strain of this amazing food, and they’re trying to make it more affordable and [...]

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