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9 Backyard Makeover Tips That Won’t Break the Bank

Are you tired of your outdoor living space? Are you ready for something new but don’t have a massive budget to blow? No worries, there are many easy and inexpensive ways that you can breathe new life into your landscape. Transformation is just a few dollars away. With these ideas, you can create a brand new, inviting outdoor oasis! Rugs are not just for indoor living; they add immediate color, warmth, and personality to any outdoor space. Cover up your cracking patio or your sun-worn deck with

11 Amazing Benefits of Sweet Basil

Fresh sweet basil is floral, pungent, and readily available in the U.S. You’re probably well aware of the flavor it contributes to dishes, like pasta and salads. But what you may not be aware of are the powerful healing compounds associated with the essential oil. In fact, sweet basil oil can help the digestive, immune and nervous systems. If you haven’t tried it yet, here are some natural fixes that can really boost your health.= Sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum), is a plant with thick foliage an

Beat Dry Eyes and See Clearly By Eating These 11 Foods

Though you may think that vision decline is simply inevitable as you age, there are actually quite a few ways to help preserve your eyesight and prevent eye diseases from developing. What you eat doesn’t just affect your waistline, it can benefit (or harm) your vision as well. Though there is no way to reverse poor eyesight, these foods can help prevent further degeneration and keep your peepers healthy. Fish are loaded with high levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids that can contribute to e

Why You Should Put Apple Cider Vinegar in Your Belly Button

Because our belly button is a long way from our nose and often covered up with clothing, it is unlikely that you would even catch any odors coming from it. However, if you take your finger and do a quick swab, you might be alarmed at what you smell. I know, it sounds gross. Although most belly button odor results from poor hygiene, it could also be more serious and require medical attention. As you well know, the belly button is the location where your umbilical cord attached you to your mother

Banish Chronic Pain with these Superfoods

Millions of people suffer from chronic pain, either from an injury or as a result of a health condition. And many of them turn to pharmaceutical drugs for relief. While these drugs may indeed relieve the pain, they are often accompanied by some nasty side effects. Some are even highly addictive. The primary culprit behind chronic pain — and behind most chronic diseases, for that matter — is inflammation, activation of the body’s natural response to an invasion, which often leads to tissue and j

Slather Egg Whites on Your Face for Glowing and Youthful Skin

You may know that eggs are nutritional powerhouses, containing 4 grams of protein along with vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, calcium, and folate. Lysozyme is one of the many functional proteins found in egg whites that contains potent antibacterial properties and is widely used in the food industry. Eggs for breakfast is indeed a good thing, but what about putting egg white on your skin, is there value in this? Let’s unpack why egg whites should be a part of your skincare routine. A

This Ancient Nourishing Food is Great for Your Gut

Ghee is also known as clarified butter which is made by heating butter until the curds sink to the bottom and brown. The foam is skimmed off, and the pure butterfat is also poured off which leaves milk solids behind. As it cools and solidifies, the pure fat left behind is ghee. Revered as a prized superfood in India, ghee is supremely flavorful and contains a number of health-boosting properties. Ayurvedic practitioners consider ghee to be a top-notch health tonic that is recommended, in small

Yes, You Should Eat Dark Chocolate Daily (Here's Why)

Thanks to unhealthy processing methods, chocolate has earned a reputation as a “junk food.” While the candy bars lining the supermarket shelf are certainly not good for you, organic, raw dark chocolate has many surprising health benefits and is even considered a superfood. There is nothing I enjoy more than a square or two of high-quality, organic, dark chocolate after dinner. It is the perfect end to a healthy meal and something I can feel good about eating. Of course, moderation is important.

Add Seven to Ten Years to Your Life By Doing These Things

What if someone asked you, “Would you like to add between seven and ten healthy, disease-free years to your life?”. You would likely say a resounding YES and press in to find out just how you could make this happen, right? There aren’t many people that wouldn’t be ecstatic to add healthy and quality years to their life here on earth. The answer lies in the adoption of some specific healthy habits. Read on to find out how you could add quality years to your life starting today. Lifestyle choices

Sipping Lemon Water First Thing In The Morning Is Good For You: Here's Why

You’ve probably heard of drinking lemon water for any number of ailments, and though there is limited scientific research to back up many of its purported benefits, there is still plenty of proof that should inspire you to include lemon water in your morning routine. Unlike many other health fads and fleeting trends, this wellness aid is more than just smoke and mirrors. Read on for our favorite reasons to drink a glass of warm (or cool) lemon water as soon as you step out of bed. Can help keep

Cavities are Contagious: Here's How it Happens

As cold and flu season waits around the corner, you may be preparing to protect yourself from catching a bug. No one wants to come down with a yucky sickness, and we all know that colds, the flu, and painful strep throat are all contagious. Most of us try to do all we can to protect ourselves from these germs, such as backing away when someone coughs or sneezes for fear that their germs will land on us. But, what if we told you that, like a common cold, cavities are contagious? Blame it on the

Get Your Hot Chocolate Fix and Smash Chronic Inflammation at the Same Time

Tis the season for crackling fires, snowball fights, and warm and delicious hot chocolate. But, how do you make yours? Do you rip open a package and pour hot water over something that claims to be hot chocolate? Do you splurge at your favorite coffee shop for a “special” hot chocolate drink? What if I told you that there was a hot chocolate delight teaming with health benefits that far surpasses any other hot chocolate you have ever had before in flavor, richness and all around goodness. The su

Science Says: Do This For 15 Minutes a Day to Decrease the Age of Your Brain By 25 Years

How often do you just stop and do nothing each day? Not many of us are good at this practice, especially since we live in such a highly productive culture where slowing down is often regarded as laziness. However, the benefits of stopping for just 15 minutes per day and doing nothing can reduce the age of your brain by 25 years! This is a truly remarkable finding that researchers found about 50-year-olds. The benefits that flow from practicing mindfulness and meditation are vast and range from

The Great Fall Houseclean, What Matters and Why

While spring is generally the season reserved for “the big clean,” deep cleaning your house before winter is equally important. Let’s face it, with the warm weather and clear skies of the summer, you’ve likely neglected a few essential housecleaning tasks over the last few months in favor of spending time outdoors. I don’t blame you! Fresh air is good for your mind and body. However, as the weather cools down and you begin to spend more time inside, you’ll want to have a fresh, clean home to cud

How to Grow and Use This #1 Citrus Fruit for Whiter Teeth and Radiant Skin

How to Grow and Use This #1 Citrus Fruit for Whiter Teeth and Radiant Skin Lemons, one of the most popular citrus fruits of all time. Along with other fruits and vegetables, Christopher Columbus brought lemons with him on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, and they have been growing in Florida since the sixteenth century. Besides large amounts of vitamin C, lemons also contain riboflavin, thiamin, iron, magnesium, pantothenic acid, fiber, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, calcium, and fo

Packaged Fruit Recall Has Walmart and Other Retailers Scrambling

The pre-cut fruit slices sold at Walmart and other grocers are handy – they are washed and cut, ready to eat. This must mean that they are safe right? Wrong. Like any other “fresh” produce found in the grocery store, they are susceptible to contamination by dangerous organisms like Listeria monocytogenes. That is exactly what has happened… once again grocers are scrambling to ditch inventory after a red flag warning went out after listeria monocytogenes was detected on equipment used to package

What do Those Annoying Body Twitches Really Mean?

You’ve likely experienced a random muscle spasm at some point. Whether you’ve had an extremely uncomfortable charlie horse in your calf, had a consistent twitch in your pectoral muscle after lifting weights, or been jerked awake by a full-body twitch just as you were dozing off, you probably understand how strange it is to have a muscle moving outside of your control. So what exactly do those annoying body twitches really mean, and are they something you should be concerned about? Read on to fin

Irish Supreme Court Ruling: Subway Bread is NOT Real Bread

The Irish Supreme Court has weighed in on a popular American eatery. Subway bread is not legally bread, they say in a ruling that came out today, October 1, 2020. Even the best bread option, at one of America’s favorite “healthy” quick food chains, 9-Grain Whole Wheat, contains 31 ingredients, including added sugar. Gotcha again, Subway! No wonder you want to keep going back to Subway; the so-called bread used in their sandwiches is like eating a Snickers Bar in disguise. Sneaky? Yes. And addic

Why Scheduling Time for Social Media is a Good Thing

Does this routine sound familiar? You turn the lights off and crawl into bed at the end of an exhausting day, mentally and physically ready to collapse into sleep. Instead, you grab your phone to “check a few things,” the blue light shining into your face. Thirty minutes later, you finally set your alarm and plug in your phone inches from your head on the bedside table. In the morning, it is the first thing you reach for. You get your initi dose of social media before your feet have even touche

9 Places You Forgot to Wash But Should

We often take our showers for granted, assuming that the water passing over our bodies will clean all the nooks and crannies. Well, that may not necessarily be true. Some body parts require a little more daily attention, and when left unnoticed not only creates a stink, but also helps bacteria thrive. Here’s nine places you forgot to wash but should. Your toes need your attention Sure, soapy water hits your toes daily, but are they actually clean? Not really. Keeping your feet clean reduces pr
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