4 Ways to Eat More Fruit This Summer

Summer is a great time to start eating more fruit—many are at the height of their season. According to the USDA, most people should try to eat at least 1.5 or 2 cups of fruit daily.  For the best deals, visit a bulk food store or go for frozen fruits.  To incorporate more fruit into your diet this summer,…

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Keeping Your Child Safe In and Around Water

Warm weather is here and kids of all ages are jumping into pools, and swimming in nearby lakes and oceans. Before you let your kids take a splash in the water, remember that even small pools may be dangerous. The chances are small, but it only takes a second for a child to inhale water and risk drowning. Consider these…

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What is Hay Fever?

In 2015, over 26.1 million people, children and adults, were diagnosed with hay fever in the United States. Hay fever, also known as rhinitis, is an allergic disorder in which the immune system flares up in reaction to pollens and other irritants in the air. Triggers of RhinitisIf you have allergic rhinitis, pollen may be your worst enemy. High pollen counts…

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Allergies and Eczema: Connected?

The exact cause of eczema, also known as dermatitis, is not known by medical professionals. It’s a red rash that can appear on the skin anywhere on the body. Eczema can be genetic, but can also be triggered by any number of environmental and emotional factors. There appears to be a link between eczema and allergic rhinitis (hay fever) as well as asthma. Dust and other irritants that…

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“Spring Clean” Your Life

It’s spring. It’s time to clear the clutter – physical and mental! The following are some ways to “spring clean” your life.Edit your clothes: We recommend you go through your winter clothes to determine what you didn’t wear or use last season. If it’s taking up prime real-estate in your closet, part ways. Now is also an opportunity to…

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Allergies or a Cold?

The symptoms of allergies and colds can be very similar, so it can be pretty difficult to tell them apart. Each can cause running noses, sneezing, possible headaches, and congested nasal cavities. Luckily, there are some differences that make it possible to tell whether or not what you have is contagious.Colds often include some special “bonuses” that…

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Treats for the Heart

Doctors and medical researchers have actually endorsed these treats, and here’s why:Chocolate: Antioxidant Powerhouse #1The cells in our bodies are continually subjected to damage through a process called oxidation. This can cause a host of problems for the heart, like prompting LDL (“bad”) cholesterol to form artery-clogging plaque.To resist the damage of oxidation, our bodies…

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Bronchitis, Pneumonia, and the Flu: What’s the Difference?

‘Tis the season.  No, we’re not talking about spreading holiday cheer for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any other winter holidays. We’re talking about the season of spreading nasty germs that can make you sick for weeks. More specifically, the flu, pneumonia, and bronchitis are the common illnesses to watch out for this time of year. Here…

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Outsmarting Your Fall Allergies

Of course, we all hate to see weeds mucking up our gardens and lawns. But, during the fall season, a specific family of weeds does much more than simply invade our green space—it invades our bodies and causes an extremely unpleasant cascade of allergy symptoms.The trouble with ragweedThis troublesome plant is called ragweed. There are…

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New Recommendation for Children’s Flu Vaccine

The 2014-15 flu season has begun and pediatricians across the country are prepared to engage in battle. Estimates suggest that nearly 160 million people will receive the influenza vaccine and, surprisingly, many of those vaccinations won’t come from a needle. For the first time ever, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending…

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