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The Harmful effects of Inactivity

The Harmful effects of Inactivity

Ancient physicians such as Hippocrates believed and understood the benefits of physical exercise. However, during the 20th century, an opposite view began to form. In fact, patients of heart attack were prescribed bed rest!

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Fireworks Safety for the Fourth of July

Fireworks Safety for the Fourth of July

Each year, Americans celebrate the Fourth of July with food, family, friends, and of course, fireworks. This holiday can leave many lifelong memories; however, with all the fun and celebration comes some very serious dangers.

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Exercise Tips for Busy Dads

Exercise Tips for Busy Dads

As all busy parents know, making time for yourself isn’t always easy. With Father’s Day coming up on June 17th, it’s a great time to acknowledge that being a healthy parent is important not only for your family but also for yourself!

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Summer Staple for Eye Health

Summer Staple for Eye Health

It’s a scientific fact that the sun is stronger in the summer1. While the rays may feel glorious, too much of a good thing can be harmful to our skin, as many of us know from past experiences with unpleasant sunburns. Another important area to protect that is sometimes overlooked: our eyes.

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5 Tips to Slim Down for Summer

5 Tips to Slim Down for Summer

With this past year’s mild winter, experts predict it’s going to be a long, hot summer. All that heat means more exposed skin. And, for many, that means ramping up exercise routines and cutting back on calories to slim down. Have fun with exercise. Luckily, longer hours of daylight in the spring and summer seasons allow [...]

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Your Gut, Your Health

Your Gut, Your Health

New research has uncovered a link between intestinal health and other health conditions, including diabetes, autoimmune diseases, allergies, digestive and bowel disorders. The gut is one of the body’s top defenses against pathogens when there is a proper balance of bacteria and protective cells. However, when this balance is disrupted, the body becomes vulnerable to inflammation – which can lead to poor health in other systems of the body.

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Berries for Brain Health

Berries for Brain Health

Research has suggested for years that strawberries, blueberries and blackberries may help restore cognitive functioning and prevent age-related memory loss, which has been accelerating in recent years due to factors such as poor diet, pollution, and lifestyle habits.

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Immaturity and ADHD Diagnosis

Immaturity and ADHD Diagnosis

ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral condition diagnosed to our children. According to the CDC, 9.5% of children age 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD since 2007 – that’s 5.4 million children! On average, there is a 3% increase in children diagnosed each year. That is an alarming number, and what is leading to this drastic increase? A recent study published in the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) found that the youngest children in the classroom are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD.

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Bloating and Water Retention

Bloating and Water Retention

When women reach a certain age, they begin to go through menopause. This is when the body has reached the end of fertility. For the majority, menopause begins around age 50, but for some, it may start earlier.

Menopause begins with a reduction in the production of hormones estrogen and progesterone. This reduction causes many symptoms including: hot flashes, flushes and/or cold flashes, night sweats, mood swings, thinning hair, irregular periods, and vaginal dryness.

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Trying to Lose Weight? Watch Out for Aspartame

Trying to Lose Weight? Watch Out for Aspartame

Many dieters often turn to sugar substitutes when trying to lose weight, often switching to sugar-free diet sodas and chewing gum to avoid snacking and eating more calorie-laden foods. However, aspartame is found in many of these products, and can cause many undesirable side effects, and is involved in 75% of reported complaints received by the Adverse Reaction Monitoring System (ARMS) of the US Food and Drug Administration.

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