Low Cholesterol Foods

What Are the Best Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is an important nutrient essential to many bodily functions. Every one of the body’s cells is surrounded by a membrane in which cholesterol plays an important part. Cholesterol is responsible for the building and maintenance of these cell walls and also helps regulate membrane permeability. Cholesterol is also necessary for nerve cell communication, is key to the healthy functioning…

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Door to the Outside

Ozone in the Air? Should You Care?

Ozone (O3) is a colorless gas naturally located high in the atmosphere, which helps shield the earth from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. However, when ozone exists at ground level it can be harmful to our health. Ground-level ozone is created when volatile organic compounds (VOC) and nitrous oxides react in the presence of sunlight. This type of ozone has…

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Green Tea

Green Tea Health Benefits

With cooler fall weather on the way, many people around the Pacific Northwest are reaching for hot beverages rather than cold ones. If you’re usually a coffee drinker (or even a traditional tea drinker), here’s a thought… Why not try something a little bit different–green team? The benefits of drinking green tea have been understood for centuries, since it was…

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A Hiker’s Guide to Insect Repellent

As the cooler fall weather approaches, many of us heed the call of the wild and go camping or hiking to enjoy being outdoors and in nature. Unfortunately, one aspect of nature that we tend to forget about until we’re out there on the trail are insects. What was supposed to be a relaxing hike in nature can turn unrelaxing…

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Woman Kissing a Frog

Natural Bad Breath Fixes

Bad breath, or halitosis, afflicts most of us at some point or another. If your friends have told you that you have bad breath often (and you know that they are friends if they tell you, because it’s often difficult to detect bad breath ourselves), rather than rely on gums, mints, and mouthwashes that are primarily flavored alcohol, there are…

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How to Choose the Right Pair of Sunglasses

As the summer days grow longer and warmer, we are increasingly drawn outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. And though we have all heard about how important it is to shield our skin from the potentially damaging rays from the sun, it’s also important to remember to protect your eyes with the right sunglasses. Though they can be…

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Allergy Season Survival Tips

While many look forward to Spring and its abundance of flowers, for allergy sufferers it’s more likely to be a season of stuffy noses, sneezing and watery, itchy, irritated eyes. For some, these symptoms may escalate to include sore throats and headaches. If you experience several of these symptoms and they persist for more than a couple of weeks, you…

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Tai Chi in the Park

Tai Chi for Posture and Back Pain

If you suffer from back or neck pain, you have probably found your ability to exercise somewhat compromised. Aerobics, running and other high-impact forms of exercise may actually increase the pain, because they put even more pressure on the misalignments of your spine, neck, joints and extremities that are causing the pain. There is, however, an effective form of exercise…

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Latest Research on Second Hand Smoke

One viewing of the television series “Mad Men” should be sufficient to point out how much society’s attitudes toward second hand smoke have changed in recent years. The sight of people lighting up a cigarette anywhere and any time they feel like it “just doesn’t compute” for us in a world in which smoking is now prohibited in many, if…

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Dark Chocolate

Is Dark Chocolate Good for You?

Author’s Note: No chocolate bars were harmed during the writing of this article. Recent reports in prestigious scientific journals have been viewed by chocophiles (lovers of chocolate) as the best health and nutrition news they’ve heard in years. According to the research, dark chocolate may actually be good for you. One study showed that test subjects who ate dark chocolate…

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Snow-Covered Bench

Do You Have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?

As autumn turns to winter and the days become shorter, do you find yourself suffering from symptoms of depression that mysteriously seem to disappear once the days have become longer? Do you feel like you would just like to hibernate until spring? If so, you may have Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which is estimated to affect around seven percent of…

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Water vs. Sports Drinks

No matter what your sport or activity, it is important that you keep your body adequately hydrated. You only have to lose about 2 percent of your body weight through sweating before you begin noticing the effects of dehydration, which reduces performance and can be dangerous for your health. But does it make any difference if you hydrate with water…

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