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Archive for April 2012

A Natural Antidepressant

Not convinced that those dead lifts can lift your mood? Check this out: A growing body of research suggests that exercise can relieve symptoms of depression, including sadness, irritability, stress, fatigue, anger, self-doubt, and hopelessness. It’s unclear exactly why, but researchers think that exercise’s effect on endorphins and other mood-lifting neurotransmitters may be at play.…

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Exercise: Good for the Body, Good for the Mind

It may come as a surprise to you that I don’t love to exercise. Sometimes I actually hate it. But I do it anyway, because the rewards far outweigh whatever discomfort I feel during a workout. Regular exercise leads to better health, more energy, a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes, and a longer…

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Buy Fresh, Buy Organic

Vegetables start losing their nutrients from the moment they’re harvested, so you want to buy the freshest produce available. Your best bet is your local farmers’ market, where it’s likely that your produce was picked that very morning (as opposed to trucked across the country for days and days). Buying organic helps too. Organic produce…

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How Anita Is Now One Hot Momma!

Today I want to share Anita’s story. After suffering an injury that kept her from exercising, Anita and her husband decided to have a baby, and Anita began taking fertility treatments that caused weight gain. During her pregnancy, Anita found that her weight just kept creeping upward. Here’s a bit of her story: I gained…

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How to Get the Most Nutrition From Your Veggies

I have some good news and some bad news about vegetables. The good news: They’re packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other good-for-you, cancer-preventing nutrients. The bad news: By the time those veggies hit your plate, a substantial amount of those nutrients can be lost. Vitamins are sensitive to heat and air exposure, and some are…

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Bottled Water Isn’t the Answer

The fewer plastics in your life the better, I say. However, I know you can’t lug around water filters all day. Instead, when you’re away from home, carry along a stainless-steel or ceramic-lined drinking bottle filled with filtered water. Avoid hard-plastic drinking bottles; many of these are made of polycarbonate, a type of plastic that…

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