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How to Protect Yourself During Flu Season

January 11th, 2012

Now that we're in the midst of flu season, it's important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you're protected against the disease. If you come down with the flu, there is a chance it could become serious and may land you in the hospital. Luckily, keeping yourself safe isn't too difficult. The Centers for Disease Control has outlined a simple three-step process to stay...

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How to Protect Yourself From Osteoporosis

January 10th, 2012

Keeping your bones healthy as you age is very important. Osteoporosis is a condition that primarily affects older individuals, weakening their bones and making them more susceptible to breaks. It's fairly common as well - according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, about half of women above the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone related to the condition, as will about...

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How to Bicycle Your Way to a Healthy Heart

January 10th, 2012

Regularly riding a bicycle can be great for you - not only is it an enjoyable way of getting around, but the health benefits can't be denied. You are effectively propelling your own mode of transportation around, the process of which provides you with a fair amount of cardio. You don't have to be a triathlete to get something out of riding a bike - heck, you don't even need to...

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Making a Smooth Transition Into Vegetarianism

January 9th, 2012

There are a number of reasons to consider adopting a vegetarian lifestyle. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, the diet is naturally high in fiber, low in saturated fats and filled with chemicals that can aid in the prevention of cancer. Studies have shown that vegetarians are nearly 40 percent less likely to develop cancer in their lifetimes. Of...

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Foods With Health Benefits

January 6th, 2012

If you're looking to get in shape or add more nutrients to your diet, it may be time to say goodbye to fast food and hello to nature's bounty. Some of the top dietitians and nutritionists recommend the following products, all of which are packed with endless benefits. Peanut or almond butter, two items replete with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and tons of protein, can...

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The Benefits of Bike Riding

January 5th, 2012

Bicycles aren't just for kids and buff guys like Lance Armstrong. In fact, many people in the U.S. are starting to realize the benefits of biking - not only for environmental friendliness, but for their personal health. Here are some of the benefits of biking, as well as a few tips to help get you started. Benefits In addition to saving you money on gas and cutting down...

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The Basics of Acupuncture

January 4th, 2012

You may have heard of acupuncture or even seen pictures of people getting a bunch of needles stuck in their bodies, but did you know that it's actually becoming a very successful form of alternative treatment for many types of disorders? The practice originated in China thousands of years ago, but has been experiencing a growth of popularity in the past three decades in the...

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Fiber Facts

January 4th, 2012

It's frequently said that the foundations of a good diet include getting plenty of protein, moderate carbohydrates and dietary fiber, among many other nutrients. But do you know what fiber actually does when it's inside your body? Here are the basic facts. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, dietary fiber can be found in fruits, vegetables and grains in...

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What Vitamin C Can Do For Your Overall Health

December 22nd, 2011

Some of the most common advice you'll receive when sick is to make sure that you get plenty of vitamin C. It's generally believed that doing so can help eradicate your cold in no time at all. And consuming large quantities of vitamin C is pretty easy - these days, you can take a pill with more than 1,000 percent of your daily recommended value! But what can this nutrient...

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Tips for Taking Care of Your Hearing

December 22nd, 2011

In the age of ubiquitous headphone use, it's only natural that we grow concerned over potential hearing loss. In fact, earbuds may be much worse for our ears than attending a rock show. Why? It comes down to the fact that, even in the loudest concert, the sound at least has somewhere to travel. When you're plugged into headphones, it's going directly into your skull. Luckily,...

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