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The "Tea" on Fresh Breath

“Where there’s tea, there’s hope…and fresh breath.” Okay, so this isn’t EXACTLY how the Arthur Wing Pinero quote goes, but it’s true! Tea can freshen your breath. In 2003, a group of scientists from the University of Illinois in Chicago presented their findings to the American Society of Microbiology about how the compounds in tea can stop the bacterial growth that causes halitosis. Just one...

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Stretch Break!

Say goodbye to a limited range of motion and tight muscles! It’s time to stretch and get focused! How many times have you been at your desk and start daydreaming or thinking about EVERYTHING else you had to do or needed to do that day? How if you leave work at exactly 4:50 pm, you can miss after-work traffic, pick up dinner, drop it off and make it in time to your 5:30 hair appointment, when y...

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Witch Hazel to Take the Sting Out

As the end of summer approaches and football season begins, many of us will be spending a lot of time outside. Last-minute family reunions, Labor Day barbecues, and evening football practice will have us and our loved ones out and about. Sadly, as we catch the sun before it’s gone, there are a few pesky bugs following us around chasing us back inside. The main one being the infamous mosquito. ...

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Yoga Poses for Headache Relief

It’s Wednesday. Your head is throbbing as if it has a pulse, and you’re burnt out from dealing with everything that is “back to school.” Between work, meet the teacher, and shopping for school supplies “you” have been last on your “to-do list.” Due to the back to school rush, your eating and sleeping schedules have been terrible, and the tension headache you have is reminding you of it with ea...

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Beat the Stink!

Some of us have the misfortune of dealing with smelly feet. The odor is caused when your feet sweat and the bacteria on them begin to eat away at it. Gross, right? The fungus that causes athlete’s foot can also cause smelly feet. You could spend your money on expensive creams and medications, or you could try out this simple— and surprisingly efficient— hack!   You may have never thought abou...

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Wash Away the Wax!

You know better than to take a bite out of a piece of produce bought straight from the store! Produce is often covered in dirt, chemicals, or wax. A simple rinse under the water faucet isn’t good enough to wash away these potentially harmful substances. You definitely don’t want to scrub them down with soap and a sponge, either. So, what do you do? Did you know you can make a natural scrub to ...

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Back to School Tips

It's time for school! Here are some tips on how to start the year right!

Backpack Safety Everyone has to carry a backpack, but you want to make sure that the backpack that your child may be using is big enough to carry all of their school supplies, and is easy (and healthy) to carry around almost all day. Be sure to purchase a lightweight, durable backpack. The shoulder straps should be wide and padded to prevent discomfort. The part that rests against the back...

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We Know About DWIs, but Have You Heard About DWD?

If water isn’t a part of your daily routine, then you could be making a potentially life-threatening mistake. Driving while dehydrated (DWD) has the same effect as driving while intoxicated, as far as how many hazardous mistakes are made behind the wheel. Dehydration causes reduced concentration, slowed reaction times, and impaired memory recall—all things most people associate with driving whi...

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5 Ways Cranberries Can Help UTIs!

It’s the dreaded acronym… UTI. Though everyone can get them, most women (and some men) have had the misfortune of suffering from the pain and discomfort of a urinary tract infection (UTI). Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common clinical bacterial infections in women, accounting for almost 25% of all infections. It’s expected that 50%-60% of all women will experience a UTI ...

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Spiders Hate Citrus!

What has eight legs, the ability to make silk, and a distaste of citrus? Spiders! So, pull out those orange peels because they are about to come in handy! Most people aren’t raving fans of these arachnids that can be spotted on every continent except Antarctica. Despite providing us with free pest control from insects such as mosquitos and fleas which in turn helps with the spread of diseases...

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