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Acne Skin Care Regime

The first most important thing for an acne prone skin is hygiene. A healthy skin care regime should include no harsh scrubbing or over-washing, because this can cause possible skin irritation or over production of oil to replace what has washed off, clogging pores in the process. Products with gentle exfoliation ingredient should be used; i.e. not scratchy nut or fruit shell pieces that can tear skin. Also skip alcohol products when possible; these can take off the top layer of your skin and cause your glands to produce more oil, further causing clogging pores in the process. If you do spot acne-troubled areas, do NOT mess with them. (more…)

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7 Things Every Man Should Know About The Prostate

Next time you see your father, your uncle, or any older gentleman over age 60 or so, ask them about their prostate. If you know the guy well enough, and he feels comfortable enough around you (some would say too comfortable), he will surely share a whole litany of the common prostate problems that are troubling him, or have troubled him, or will trouble him in the near future. That’s because an enlarged prostate, benign prostatic hypertrophy, and even prostate cancer can be in the cards for every man past a certain age. (more…)

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Got Diabetes? Get Exercising

The benefits and risks of exercising with diabetes.

There are many facets to living well with diabetes. One of the most important is regular exercise, as it helps control high blood glucose (sugar) levels.

Along with a eating a healthy diet and taking prescribed medications, regular exercise gives you the highest likelihood of thriving despite diabetes.

However, exercising with diabetes isn’t without its challenges. A diabetic’s body responds differently to exercise than a healthy body. With that in mind, what does a diabetic need to know about exercise? (more…)

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Preparing for the Birth of Your Baby

Are you ready for baby? Better make a birth plan!

When you’re expecting a new addition to the family, there’s a lot to do. With all the other preparations that need to be made, consider adding a birth plan to the list: a simple outline of your preferences during labor, delivery, and postpartum.

Do you plan on receiving an epidural? Do you want an episiotomy? Who will be present during the birth?

These are all important questions to go over with your physician or midwife before the big day, and they can all be answered with your birth plan.
Keep reading to learn how to formulate a birth plan to guide your birth experience. (more…)

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6 delicious ways to snack on superfood chia

By now, you’ve heard about chia as the hot new healthy ingredient.  But you probably have no idea what do with it. You aren’t alone. For many of us, our experience with chia is limited to Chia Pets, those kitschy animal-shaped lawn ornaments that were popular several years ago.  But when eaten, chia seeds are a nutritional no-brainer, loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. And since they can be eaten raw, they’re an easy way to up the health factor of just about any meal. (more…)

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Don’t Eat This, Sleep Better

A look at the foods and drinks that help and hurt your ability to sleep well every night.

If you have a hard time sleeping, you probably have a hard time staying awake, too. And when you’re sleep deprived, you’re willing to do whatever it takes to get better sleep. However, better sleep doesn’t have to require medication. Getting good sleep may be as simple as changing your diet.

Here are some ways to use what you consume during the day to your advantage when it’s time to hit the hay.

Make Dinner a Light Affair. Eating a gigantic dinner may seem like a good solution to your frequent hunger-induced night awakenings. However, eating lots of food—particularly high-fat foods—can prevent you from getting the quantity and quality of sleep you need for optimal health. This is particularly true if you eat dinner within an hour or two before going to bed.

Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. – Thomas Dekker (more…)
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Keep Your Marriage Strong

Through the power of marital counseling, your marriage doesn’t have to go down in flames.

As you know, the divorce rate is staggering. Just as hard to swallow is the life-long impact it has on those involved. If you’re having a hard time clinging to your vows of “‘Til death do you part,” you’re not alone. But if these promises now seem hollow, you feel you’re on a sinking ship but want smooth sailing seas once again, or you feel as if you and your spouse have lost touch and just want to reconnect, there is hope. In fact, despite how bad it may seem, these difficulties may be the beginning to a long, peaceful marriage.

However, you may not be able to do it alone. When you’ve come to the end of your rope, it may be time to try out marriage counseling. Also called couples therapy, marriage counseling can be one way to prepare for marriage, salvage marriage, resolve conflicts, and improve relationships. (more…)

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Water Safety First

Protecting your kids in the presence of any and all water.

Kids plus water equals fun. Unfortunately, water fun can quickly turn disastrous without proper supervision and safety measures. While drowning can occur during any time of the year, cases of drowning increase by nearly 90 percent during the summer months. Whether at home or enjoying a day on the lake, it’s always important to put safety first when kids are in or around water.

Here’s how. (more…)

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Special Nights with the Family

Making the most of the minutes available for the little people in your life that mean so much to you.

Sometimes, it feels like all you do is give your all to making your family happy. Every second at work and home are for their benefit. But if you’re not giving quality time to your littlest loved ones, they could be missing the message. How can you make sure your children know you care?

Institute a special night with your family, and stick with it every month. If you need some assistance figuring out what to do during your special nights, this should help. (more…)

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The Caregiver

Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s.

One of the most devastating diseases to affect mankind, Alzheimer’s is a top killer of people across the world. While other main causes of death slowly decline, deaths related to Alzheimer’s are rapidly on the rise. And while Alzheimer’s disease is incurable, there are signs of hope. People are becoming increasingly aware of this disease, which is important for early diagnosis, and many new drugs show promise of helping to relieve and manage symptoms. (more…)

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Kid Camp Questions

What you should ask when your little ones are going to big-kid camp.

A great way for kids to spend the hot months away from school, summer camps are beloved by kids around the globe. Once these kids become adults, they often look back at summer camps as times during which they made lifelong friends, built self-confidence, gained independence, and did a few new things. To help make sure summer camp is everything it can be, you’ll need to ask a few questions of the head of whatever camp you’re considering for your youngsters-whether it’s a sports camp, art camp, day camp, or overnight camp.

What questions should you ask about your child’s camp? (more…)

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Decoding Sunscreen Labels

Can you trust the label?

Summer is here and it’s time to spend time outdoors. Whether you’re heading to the beach or working in the garden, the sun will be waiting for you!

You’ve heard the dangers of over-exposure to the sun’s harmful rays: increased risk of skin cancer, premature aging of the skin, wrinkles, tumors, and discoloration of the skin. While a little sun may make you feel good and you may like the way it makes your skin appear for a short time, the damage it does to the largest organ of your body will definitely show as you age. (more…)

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The Beauty and Burden of Technology

What a little balance will do for your high-tech needs.

If you’re fully absorbed into the information age, you may wonder how people made it before cell phones, video games, or the Internet. Electronic devices are such a large part of our lives we can’t imagine what it would be like without them. How did people have time to hand write letters? How did they perform research for school projects or find their way around an unfamiliar city?

These days, all the information we think we need is at the touch of a button. But are all these technological advances truly improvements? (more…)

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Bon Voyage!

10 steps to prep your home for vacation.

Preparing to leave for vacation can be a lot of work. There’s all the planning, packing, and preparations. And then all of a sudden you realize you’ve not prepared one of your most valuable investments: your home. What if a pipe bursts while you’re gone? Imagine the potential damage when you return a week later. Will your home appear empty and be an easy target for burglars? Returning home to a burglary would ruin the whole vacation. Thankfully, you don’t have to learn these lessons the hard way.

Before heading out of town, whether for two days or two weeks, here are 10 steps you should take to help ensure your home is safe and sound, so you can rest easy on your vacation. (more…)

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Take It A Staycation

Not up for traveling to distant lands for vacation? Why not make it a staycation?

With unemployment rates high, the fear of job loss in the back of minds, and the high cost of gas, the prospect of a pricey vacation isn’t an option for many people this summer. But everyone needs a vacation, a time to disconnect from the daily routine and reconnect with the people who matter most.

How can you make fun memories and spend quality time with your loved ones without heading to an exotic destination? An increasingly popular idea is a staycation, or staying close to home for vacation. If you look hard enough, fun activities can be found in your own backyard.

Here are some tips to make your staycation a fun experience for all. (more…)