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Most people think of meat when we talk about consuming adequate amounts of protein. Meat does provide a good source of protein, and we all need protein in our diets, but there are also other options available to keep the protein levels up. Why is Protein Important? Protein is a building block of many parts of our bodies: muscle tissue, hair, skin, nails, blood, hormones and enzymes to name a...

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Managing anxiety

Worries will happen in life. However, worry is not productive, according to Jason Moser, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Michigan State University. “It’s something we do over and over again, without much resolution.”  Anxiety can lead to debilitating results if it gets out of hand. If you find yourself regularly suffering from occasional...

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You may have heard this buzz word being used more and more, but what are they, and why are they good for us? A superfood will usually contain a wide range of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They are typically whole food sources that contain little or no artificial additives or added nasties. Many cultures across the world have utilised their local superfoods for centuries. The abundance of...

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Cholesterol – Friend or Foe?

Cholesterol is a fat carried in the bloodstream. It comes from the foods we eat but made mostly by your liver. Your body needs some cholesterol to work properly, but having too much can create a fatty build up in your artery walls, narrowing the arteries and restricting blood flow. Your risk for heart disease and heart attack goes up as your LDL cholesterol level rises. The goal is to lower...

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Licorice Root

No one likes feeling sick. Coughs and colds can spread through workplaces and schools and into the family home. Even more sinister is influenza – the flu – a contagious virus that infects 3-5 million people worldwide every year. It can cause fever, chills, aches, runny nose, coughs and stomach upsets. It can affect anyone, no matter how fit, active and healthy they may be. When...

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