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Food labels 101: What Organic, All-Natural, Non-GMO and Grass-Fed really mean

“Raised Cage-Free.” “Certified Organic.” “All-Natural.” “No Hormones.” These are some of the food labels you may notice in the poultry case at your local grocery store today. But what do they mean? Are they important? Is the product with these labels better or more nutritious than the one that doesn’t have it? Deciphering food labels …

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The alarming rise of eating disorders and how to spot the signs

Eating disorders are behavioral conditions that impact eating behavior. If you looked around a crowded theatre or sports arena, would you be able to tell how many people in the crowd have an eating disorder? Could you recognize some signs that might tip you off? How common are eating disorders? It might surprise you to …

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4 simple ways to spice up your meals for a more diverse diet

Have you been feeling burnt out by the meals you usually make or have you lost the connection you used to feel with your meals? Switching things up in the kitchen can help provide variety in your diet and prevent repetitive meals, boosting your health and happiness at the same time. Here are some tips …

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Afraid to eat white foods? Not so fast

When it comes to healthy foods, you hear this all the time: eat the rainbow, avoid white foods. There’s even a “No White Foods Diet.” Sure, eating rainbow foods is a healthy habit, as the color in fruits, vegetables and legumes typically means they are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. But contrary to what …

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How exercise can improve your blood pressure

If you have it, this article concerns your least favorite subject. The ever-looming elephant in many of our rooms—high blood pressure. The medical condition known as high blood pressure (HBP), or hypertension, is simply when the long-term force of blood against one’s artery walls is consistently too high. Commonly referred to as the silent killer, …

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Is a vegan diet nutritionally adequate?

The vegan diet has gained much popularity over the last decade. Promotion of the diet by celebrities and athletes has increased awareness of the many health benefits of veganism. In fact, as many as 3-6% of US consumers report being vegan. This is a significant increase, compared to just 1% in 2014. The American Institute …

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Considering weight loss surgery to improve your health? Here’s what to know and what to expect

Carrying around excess weight can be a health hazard, but it’s not easy to figure out how to manage your weight—especially during major life events like marriage, pregnancy, career stress, injuries, and pandemics, when weight gain is especially common. The thought of surgical and non-surgical weight loss can bring up a lot of questions. But …

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12 tips to spark more meaningful, authentic conversations

We’ve all experienced conversations that didn’t quite go according to plan. You probably thought things through, approached the conversation with good intentions and phrased things in a way you thought would make sense, so what went wrong? Here’s the thing. Communication is deeper than words. Many things can impact our ability to effectively communicate, such …

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Beyond the BMI: Is it time to redefine what “healthy” means?

Maybe you’ve heard of the body positive or weight neutral movement that has been gaining momentum in social media in the last couple years. Health at Every Size means exactly how it sounds: moving toward the idea of exploring health for all bodies without weight loss, advocating for proper care regardless of one’s size and …

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16 things that can mess with your thyroid health and medication

If you have a thyroid disorder, you know they can be extremely difficult to manage and that many things can affect that small butterfly-shaped gland. If you didn’t know, there are certain foods and other medications that can impact thyroid health and the effectiveness of thyroid medication. There are also deficiencies you should be tested …

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