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The 5 Healthiest Beans and How to Eat Them

Beans, beans, good for your heart—and just about every other part of your body too! Not only are beans low in fat with no cholesterol; they are also packed with fiber, high in protein and loaded with antioxidants. Beans have long been a go-to source of protein for vegetarians, but recent studies showing that consumption

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4 Simple Ways to Add Sea Vegetables to Your Diet

With the rising status of sushi and Japanese salads, you’ve probably had some experience eating sea vegetables. Typically dark green and delicately thin, seaweeds are considered supernutrients because they provide crucial trace minerals, a healthy dose of vitamins C, E and B complex, plus beta-carotene and dietary iodine. Making sea vegetables a regular

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Snuggle Therapy

A hug is much more than simply a gesture of love or affection; it’s also a release of hormones that can instantly change your mood. One major hormone that’s released is oxytocin, a neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of pleasure and reduces anxiety and stress. A recent study by researchers at the University of

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Dandelion Detox Tea—Iced or Hot

Dandelion is known for helping the body’s natural detoxification process, and this detox iced tea is a wonderful way to support the liver and get your digestive juices flowing. Since dandelion tea can be a tad bitter, this recipe calls for a touch of honey or maple syrup for sweetness. Dandelion root tea can be

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DIY Easy and Natural Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer can be a great way to get clean hands when a sink isn’t available. Many of the hand sanitizers sold, though, contain nasty chemicals that are worth avoiding. Here’s an easy recipe for natural hand sanitizer from the natural health bloggers Jon and Erin Stewart. We like that you can scent it

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Ease Kids’ Back-to-School Anxiety with Visualization

It happens one hot summer day. You round the corner at the grocery store and there they are: endless rows of back-to-school supplies. Suddenly your stress level kicks up a notch. But parents aren’t the only ones whose anxiety levels rise as the last days of summer tick by. As adults, we think of

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Almond-Crusted Chicken Salad

Late summer means that produce from your garden or farmers’ market is at its peak—perfect for a supper salad like this one provided by holistic nutrition coach Linda Wagner.  If desired, you can easily sub out the chicken with nuts, veggie burger or other alternative. Make extras and you have lunch as well! Prep

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Can Cleaning Change Your Life?

For months I had been hearing about this little book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: the Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo. How could I avoid it? The book was ubiquitous, a number-one New York Times bestseller that people seemed to regard with an almost religious devotion. With “magic” and

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