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Why you should never thaw frozen fish in its vacuum-sealed packaging

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Botulism is a word often associated with home canning and dented canned goods you find at the grocery store. But did you know vacuum-sealed, individually wrapped …

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Turmeric could help treat indigestion, new study suggests

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Using home remedies to cure minor sicknesses or conditions goes back generations. Whether it’s a treatment grandma recommended or one your best friend tells you about, …

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Are you living in one of America’s happiest states?

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Americans are not a notably happy people. In annual rankings, the United States never finishes in the top 10; without fail, it’s put to shame by …

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8 foods that can turn you into a fart machine

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OK…who cut the cheese? Whether you’re in a crowded elevator or a quiet movie theater, the unmistakable scent of methane in the room can be a …

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Healthier alternatives to the sugar you use in your coffee

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  If you are looking to cut down on processed foods and need healthy alternatives to sugar in coffee, I’ve gotcha covered.   For most of …

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Are you really getting the most from your health care plan?

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  Since the onset of the global pandemic, healthcare has never been more critical. However, the cost involved also continues to rise. In 2020, health spending reached …

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Do sunrise alarm clocks actually work?

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  If you’re like many people, you probably have an alarm clock (or five) on your phone to wake you up in the morning. It doesn’t matter how …

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How to get a good night’s sleep with hemorrhoids

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  About one in 20 Americans, and half of adults older than age 50, experience hemorrhoids, according to the National Institutes of Health. Hemorrhoids can be incredibly …

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Yes, you can stay fit & eat cheese puffs. Here’s why

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  Most afternoons, as the workday heads to a close, I get a craving.   A craving for processed, puffed corn coated with cheese, or even…*gasp* …

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Weird weather phenomena, explained

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Extreme weather is our new normal. If you’re not already dropping words like bombogenesis into everyday conversation, it’s time to expand your weird weather vocabulary. Here …

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How to make your own laundry detergent at home

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  Laundry is an unavoidable task. Whether you use a laundry service, do it at home, or take it to the laundromat, clothes get dirty and …

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How to keep IBS from ruining your sleep

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  As many as one in three Americans live with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that includes such challenging and sleep-disrupting experiences as stomach pain, …

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The mind & body benefits of boxing

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  It happens every year. After daylight saving time expires, and the days grow shorter and chillier, I struggle to find motivation to exercise. While I …

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What are ‘forever chemicals’ & how can you avoid them?

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  Quick Key Facts: PFAS are a group of synthetic chemicals. There are thousands of different types of PFAS, and these chemicals can be found in …

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Do you really know the differences between Medicare & Medicaid?

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  Medicare is a federal government health insurance program in which covered people share the cost of healthcare. Medicaid is a federal/state assistance program, and covered …

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Does feeling younger actually help you live longer?

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  Of all the hard things in my dad’s battle with cancer, I think the hardest was coming to terms with the rapid aging that came …

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Life insurance could get a lot more expensive. Here’s why

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  Life insurance companies paid a record $100 billion to beneficiaries of life insurance policies in 2021. The amount was a 10.8% increase over 2020, which was itself …

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ASMR for sleep: Here’s how it works

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  Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) videos have taken the internet by storm. Chances are, you’ve seen at least one of the strangely calming YouTube videos …

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City life stressing you out? Here’s the trick to relieving stress & anxiety

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  If walks aren’t part of your fitness plan, they should be. Walking is a fitness “no brainer,” especially as you age. As I’ve written previously, walking …

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Running fixes everything. No, really

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  I’ve always had my best ideas while running. I’ve solved thorny work problems, recovered from breakups and overcome writer’s block over the course of long …

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8 impressive benefits of cold-brew coffee

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Cold brew coffee has undergone several transformations in the 21st century for a caffeinated beverage that got its start in the 1600s. Today, steeping coffee in …

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Is pet wellness insurance actually worth it?

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  If you own a pet, you know that routine medical visits are important, as they can keep your pet healthy and catch health issues before …

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How to find a good sleep doctor

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  When you’re having trouble sleeping, sometimes there comes a point at which you exhaust everything you can do on your own. You try melatonin, eat sleep-inducing …

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Easy ways to prioritize your sleep in 2023

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  In 2022, we faced many continued challenges, such as the ongoing pandemic, economic uncertainty, and professional burnout. These challenges affected every facet of our lives—including, notably, …

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Where do we get our ideas about fitness & how can we change them?

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  “I just don’t understand why … you have to run so much.” I could see the look of distress on my mother’s face when she …

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5 insurance policies even young people should have

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  As a young adult, you’re likely near the bottom of your earning potential. You may be repaying student loan debt while trying to save a …

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18 reasons to skip a gym membership in the new year

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  Thinking about signing up for a big box gym for the new year? You know, like Planet Fitness, LA Fitness, 24 Hour Fitness, Lifetime Fitness…why do all these places …

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The real reasons why we sleep

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  Perhaps you’ve never really stopped to think about something we do every night of our lives: why do we need sleep?   Simply put, and …

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More Americans postpone doctor visits due to costs

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  Americans have a tough choice to make: See a doctor or feed their families. One-third facing a medical emergency prolong seeing the doctor because they …

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Don’t let self care slip away over the holidays

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  It’s no secret that the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. Many people find themselves deeply immersed in all the trappings of …