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DON’T MAKE SICKNESS THE SOUVENIR FROM YOUR NEXT VACATION

BY ROBYN PASSANTE

If vacations are supposed to be a healthy way to relax, recharge and enhance our lives through new experiences, then why do so many people come home sick? The phenomenon of people falling ill just after vacation isn’t a myth: A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that up to 21 percent of airline passengers report catching a cold within a week of traveling.

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Food Psych 101

Psychology-food

GET THE SKINNY ON HOW, WHAT AND WHY YOU EAT

By Robyn Passante

In the fight against fat, there are those who count calories and those who count carbs. But what really counts, says local wellness counselor Erin Risius, is the what, how and why we eat.

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Fighting a foreign invasion

Kids-Immune-systemCHILDREN’S IMMUNE SYSTEMS DEVELOP FROM BIRTH

By Dean Rowland

No one likes to have a cold — the runny nose, the sneezing, the sore throat. Adults can expect to get the sniffles, plus a few other minor illnesses, a couple of times a year, but kids will probably suffer a little more.

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4 Habits That Destroy Your Smile

1. Not flossing

toothbrashBrushing your teeth twice a day is important, but many patients don’t realize that flossing at least once a day is just as critical to achieving — and maintaining — a healthy smile. Flossing removes the cavity-causing bacteria left behind from food particles that get stuck between teeth.

2. Brushing too soon after eating

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What to avoid for your skin’s sake

protect-your-skinEating healthy and being sure to not overdo sun exposure will help protect your skin immensely, but they’re only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a healthy, skin-boosting lifestyle. Just as it’s important to eat plenty of antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, it’s important to avoid exposing your skin to lifestyle habits that can cause damage.

Among the top items to avoid for your skin’s sake are:

Smoking

Smoking damages collagen and elastin while decreasing blood flow to your skin. This makes it difficult for your skin cells to receive enough oxygen and nutrients to stay healthy. The physical act of smoking can also contribute to expression lines around your lips and eyes (from pursing your lips and squinting).

Drinking Alcohol

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Foods you should be eating

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Nothing says summer like fresh sweet corn. And did you know that two antioxidants — lutein and zeaxanthin– in corn may act like natural sunglasses, helping to form macular pigment that filters out some of the sun’s damaging rays? It’s true.

ICED COFFEE

An iced pick-me-up is a great way to start your summer mornings. Better yet: drinking a single cup of coffee daily may lower your risk of developing skin cancer. In one study of more than 93,000 women, published in the European Journal of Cancer Prevention, those who drank one cup of caffeinated coffee a day reduced their risk of developing nonmelanoma skin cancer by about 10 percent. (more…)

Diabetes warning signs

Common warnings signs of diabetes include:

Diabetes

– Increased thirst

– Increased hunger (especially after eating)

– Dry mouth

– Frequent urination or urine infections

– Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)

– Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)

– Blurred vision

– Headaches

– Diabetic coma (loss of consciousness)

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Five common misconceptions about digestive diseases

digestiveWhen you eat, your body breaks food down to a form it can use to build and nourish cells and provide energy. This process is called digestion. Your digestive system is a series of hollow organs joined in a long, twisting tube. It runs from your mouth to your anus and includes your esophagus, stomach, and small and large intestines. Your liver, gallbladder and pancreas are also involved. They produce juices to help digestion.

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