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What are the Best Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches?

What are the Best Natural Remedies for Migraine Headaches?

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5 Reasons to Give Your Sweetie a Night Out With Friends

5 Reasons to Give Your Sweetie a Night Out With Friends

One of the best ways to ignite or reignite relationship is to invite in fun and play. While mostly we think of bringing fun and play into the relationship, we sometimes forget that fun and play can include sending our sweetie out for fun night with friends. Here are 5 reasons to send your guy or gal out for a night of fun with friends.

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Ask Dr. Maiysha: Should I be Concerned About Systolic Hypertension?

Ask Dr. Maiysha: Should I be Concerned About Systolic Hypertension?

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Why Testosterone is so Important in Women

Why Testosterone is so Important in Women
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When people hear the word testosterone they typically think only of its importance in men. While men produce much more of it than women, it is essential for the health both sexes. Women with low testosterone often experience several potentially serious medical problems. One of the dangers of low-testosterone in women is that the symptoms are often believed to just be part of natural aging so they are ignored.

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Get Your Dance On!

Get Your Dance On!

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5 Fun Fitness Dates

5 Fun Fitness Dates

Exercise can seem like a chore, but that generally is about our perception of what exercise has to look like. If we see exercise as a chore or something that "has to be done" then it just becomes work. However, if we see it as an opportunity to get out and do something fun and active, it could be a whole different story.

A great way to promote fitness with your partner or spouse is to make it fun and romantic. Our society has largely forgotten how to play, and everything has acquired a heaviness. Romance and play not only enhance the fitness activity itself, but also enhance the relationship. Here are five ways to make exercise fun with a fitness buddy.

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F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real

F.E.A.R.: False Evidence Appearing Real

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Advanced Directives: Not Just for Advanced Age

Advanced Directives: Not Just for Advanced Age

While it may seem morbid, planning for sickness and death it is an important topic to both think about and discuss with your family. We humans come with an expiration date, and when properly planned, our decline and exit will leave our families with more dignity, and less stress around our transition.

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Give an Unbiased View of the Pro's and Con's of Getting a Flu Shot

Give an Unbiased View of the Pro's and Con's of Getting a Flu Shot

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Quinoa: What It Is, Where It’s From, and Why It Can Change Your Life

Quinoa: What It Is, Where It’s From, and Why It Can Change Your Life
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The benefits and virtues of quinoa are widely extolled in health magazines and wellness publications, but what is the history behind this grain-like food? Originating in the area surrounding Lake Titicaca in Peru and Bolivia, quinoa was originally a food staple of pre-Columbian civilizations and was widely distributed around and beyond Inca territory. It was first successfully grown for human consumption around 3,000 – 4,000 years ago, though there is evidence that it was used for herding practices as far back as 5,000 BC. Incas labelled quinoa the 'mother grain,' and had a number of rituals and traditions relating to the substance. Incan emperors would break ground with a golden tool at the first planting of the season, in order to show respect for what the planet provided them, in producing quinoa. Religious festivals included offering quinoa to the 'Sun God' in a fountain of gold, and Incas worshipped entombed quinoa seeds regularly. Indeed, its status among these groups was so high that even as recently as the sixteenth-century, a khipu (method of measuring numerical information) showed that quinoa was ranked higher that potatoes on an inventory list. As well as having such high status among those living in the Andean area, quinoa was used largely in baking, and was served in a number of dishes prepared by the indigenous people of the region. Quinoa plants can be anywhere from three feet to more than ten feet tall. They are frost-resistant, they can survive on only a few inches of rainfall, and they thrive when grown between 9,000 and 13,000 feet above sea level, meaning that they are an almost exclusive product of the Andes, which provides all of these conditions. Peru and Bolivia boast around 2,000 types of quinoa, but these are whittled down into five broad categories: quinoa from the valley, altiplanic quinoa (which grows in lakeside areas), quinoa from Bolivian salt flats, sea-level quinoa and subtropical quinoa. Billed in the modern-day as a 'supergrain,' quinoa has an extensive range of health benefits that have led to its inclusion in many wellness and health regimes. Firstly, quinoa is one of only a few foods to contain all nine essential amino acids, making it one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat. It contains twice as much fiber as the majority of other grains, which can help in preventing heart disease, reducing high blood pressure and lowering cholesterol. Quinoa contains an abundance of iron, which is vital for brain function and regulation of body temperature, and with mineral and antioxidants including magnesium, manganese, riboflavin and lysine, it is little wonder the Inca set such store by this 'superfood.'Though quinoa appears to be grain-like, it is not actually a grain, which means the food is also gluten-free. This is crucial for many people who discover that weight loss and general well-being is improved when they cut out gluten or wheat; huge numbers of people have at least a small intolerance to these types of food, and replacing bread, rice, pasta and other grainy food with quinoa can have a huge impact on their sense of well-being and their overall health. Calorie-counters can also find satisfaction in swapping their regular carbohydrates for quinoa. It has just 172 calories per ¼ of a cup, and it has a low glycemic index, making it ideal for those who suffer from diabetes. The United Nations has even sat up and pay attention to the benefits of quinoa, stating that it could be a key component in the ending of malnutrition across the globe. The indigenous people of the Peru and other surrounding countries have been praised for preserving such a crucial ingredient for thousands of years, and the UN even declared that 2013 would be the International Year of Quinoa, as they attempt to raise awareness surrounding this incredibly rich and nutritious food.

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Grilled Zucchini, White Bean, Tomato and Tortellini Pasta Salad

Grilled Zucchini, White Bean, Tomato and Tortellini Pasta Salad

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A fresh, flavorful and filling main dish pasta salad! This Grilled Zucchini, White Bean, Tomato and Tortellini Pasta Salad is easy to make and perfect for a fast and healthy weeknight dinner! Enjoy!!

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In the Kitchen with Dr. Maiysha: Alkaline Juicing

In the Kitchen with Dr. Maiysha: Alkaline Juicing

Today we’re going to do a great alkaline juicing recipe. I want to talk a little bit about juicing and how easy it actually is. Some people thing juicing can be very complicated, but you don’t need a gazillion ingredients. You can use four or five ingredients. You can even use one or two. This is one of my favorite recipes, and it’s easy to make.

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We Are How We Eat?

We Are How We Eat?

We live in a rushed society, a society that wants everything fast and now. Thus there is the financial growth and success of fast food chains. However, the question that we really need to ask ourselves is, "Is faster really better?"

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Sweet Potato & Fresh Basil Bruschetta

Sweet Potato & Fresh Basil Bruschetta

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Because I’m all about creating a lot of flavor with a few fresh ingredients, I opted to roast a few sweet potatoes just to perfection and then simply mash them together with sea salt, pepper before I spread it onto a toasted piece of gluten-free Italian bread and popped these pieces of toast back into the oven to warm up. The grand finale? To serve these babies with fresh lemon zest, diced red onions, fresh basil (ahhhhh the smell of fresh basil!) and a whole lotta love. See how easy it can be to create an appetizer for your family that’s packed with flavor but doesn’t have any of those processed inflammatory ingredients inside?

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How Do You Know When Menopause is Here and Natural Remedies?

How Do You Know When Menopause is Here and Natural Remedies?

The first sign is that you have abnormal menstrual cycles; and the most obvious sign is when you don't have your menstrual cycle at all.

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5 Fun Ways to Romance Your Partner

5 Fun Ways to Romance Your Partner

One of the best ways to ignite or reignite relationship is to invite fun and play into your relationship on a daily basis. Sometimes when we get weighed down with the responsibility and ‘busy-ness’ of life, children, work, that we forget to put fun into our lives. Fun, uniqueness, and romance can be simple to add into the daily routine with conscious thought. Here are 5 fun ways to romance your partner whether you are a man or woman doing the romancing.

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Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Flautas

Baked Black Bean & Sweet Potato Flautas

Craving something with a little Latin flavor for dinner? Then you’ll definitely enjoy our flautas recipe, which features plenty of crunchy corn, onion, Habanero Cheddar cheese, cilantro, sweet potato and fresh guacamole. One of the best things about flautas is that—aside from being delicious—you can fill them with practically anything, ranging from protein to veggies. Enjoy!!

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Why do swingers have large success rates in staying together, and why do they seem happier?

Why do swingers have large success rates in staying together, and why do they seem happier?

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Noticing your Senses

Noticing your Senses
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We have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. How many times a day do we stop and appreciate all five of these senses? How likely are we to notice our sense of touch unless there is an unpleasant one such as pain or extreme heat or cold? How often is our sense of hearing dulled by constant background noise of people talking, phones ringing, copiers running? How often do we just look up and notice all of the brilliant colors in our place of work or even outside our window? Do you stop to taste your food or do you simply inhale it down so that you can get on with your busy day? The answers to these questions should bring you to an acute awareness of what you might be missing!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Banana Cream Parfaits

Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding and Banana Cream Parfaits


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These no-cook vegan parfaits are perfect any time of year. The dark layer is a rich chocolate peanut butter avocado pudding, and the light layer is a luscious banana "cream" made from cashews. Obviously the flavor combination is a win, but what also works beautifully together is the dense texture of the pudding juxtaposed with the airy "whipped" consistency of the cream. Neither layer is overly sweet, which allows you to actually taste the flavors in each component.An added bonus is that these parfaits require zero cooking! All you need are a good blender and food processor, and you’re set to go. Just grab a spoon, and dig in! Enjoy!!

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