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May 26, 2015

Expert Contributor: 3 Tips To Get You Summer Ready

When are you most aware of your body? The answer more often than not is summertime.

I mean is there anyone who really loves bathing suit shopping? I don’t care what size you are, we have all felt insecure and vulnerable when it comes to slipping into a bathing suit or short shorts. It’s tough: We feel we cannot live up to today’s standards. But I want to remind you not to stress out about getting to the perfect size or weight.

If you are concerned about your weight, talk with your doctor about what is a healthy weight for you, and work toward it – slowly.

It’s not easy, but perhaps these three tips will help you get started.

Tip No. 1: It’s a [...]

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May 25, 2015

Commentary: Grains Or No Grains? That Is the Question

Grains used to be the foundation of a healthy pyramid diet according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but now they seem to be getting a lot of hate. Even the healthier whole grains are catching some flack.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines grains as, “Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or other cereal grains.” Some examples are cereals, oatmeal and bread.

Grains come in two different forms: whole grain and processed grain. Whole grains contain all parts of the kernel, including the bran, endosperm and germ. Refined grains go through a process that removes the bran and the germ.

Grain refinement extends shelf life and [...]

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May 24, 2015

5 Tips for Treating Allergies Naturally

Allergy season is upon us, and there’s nothing worse than having to load up on medication while dealing with a stuffy nose and other unbearable symptoms. Good news is we can possibly find relief naturally. (Remember to check with your doctor first if you’re taking any medications or have any concerns.) Consider the following:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar It might not sound too appealing, but apple cider vinegar is known to help with stomach problems, sore throats and cholesterol, among other things. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, apple cider vinegar can also help break up mucus. Pour a teaspoon of the vinegar in a glass of water, mix and drink up.

2. [...]

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