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How to get better-looking skin: consume more green tea!

If you want healthier, better-looking skin, then it may be time to think beyond creams and topical products. A growing body of research has revealed that certain foods and supplements can benefit our skin from within, by providing it with compounds that can fight aging and protect the skin. At the top of the list…

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What’s causing your fatigue?

Nearly everyone struggles with fatigue at some point. Summer’s heat and humidity can be particularly draining. Late nights, not enough sleep and stress are some other obvious causes of fatigue. But fatigue can also be a sign of underlying health issues such as a nutrient deficiency or hormonal imbalance. If you are tired of feeling…

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summer dieting, Sunfiber, Sherry Torkos

Six strategies to slim down while still having fun this summer

Beach season has arrived. Could your beach body use a little fine tuning? Trying to diet or deprive yourself during the summer is no fun with all the parties, picnics and social gatherings. Here are six simple strategies that can help tone your body, reduce calorie intake and boost your calorie-burning efforts. 1. Fit in…

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Wedding stress survival strategies

Rain is forecasted for the day of your outdoor wedding. Your flower girl may have the measles. Your soon-to-be in-laws want to double the size of the guest list. What else can happen?! The days and weeks leading up to the happiest day of your life may also be filled with the most stress. Even…

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Four reasons why your heart loves fiber

You may only think about your fiber intake when you are concerned about bowel regularity. Here are four reasons why fiber is also important for heart health. 1. It helps promote healthy cholesterol levels, particularly the LDL (bad) cholesterol. 2. It helps support normal, healthy blood pressure. 3. It supports healthy blood glucose levels. This…

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Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about traveler’s constipation?

When it comes to travel-related health issues, we hear more about jet lag and even diarrhea than we do about constipation. But I suspect constipation is just as common. And because it can make you feel uncomfortable throughout your trip, constipation is something that you really should be prepared to manage. Why are you suddenly…

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Love travel but hate jet lag? My five favorite tips for helping your body to adjust more quickly

Travel can be fun and exciting, but it can also be hard on your body and your sleep patterns, especially if you are crossing time zones. You may not always have time to indulge in a nap once you arrive at your destination. The good news is that with some simple pre-planning, you may be…

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Prebiotics versus probiotics: What’s the difference?

Our bodies are lined with billions of bacteria, from our mouths to our bottoms. While we often associate bacteria with causing disease, there are also beneficial types of bacteria, called microflora that play an important role in various aspects of health, from regulating digestion, improving nutrient absorption to supporting immune function and fighting off pathogenic…

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Sherry Torkos and son Phoenix at the sink.

Green, do-it-yourself cleaning

As a pharmacist I worry about toxic exposure from chemicals. You can reduce your exposure to dangerous chemicals found in household cleaners. Do-it-yourself cleaners can be made at home. They are free of toxins, and are safer for people as well as the environment. Check out these natural foods and products you can use to…

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