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Milk is Not Enough

Milk is Not Enough

How about a little sun?

When it comes to Vitamin D which is truly a hormone, and hormones have thousands of important functions, make sure you know your numbers. A deficiency of Vitamin D causes your other hormones to be out of balance, including the ones that control your blood glucose (insulin), your sex hormones, even thyroid and parathyroid hormones. Healthy adults can take a 400 IU supplement of vitamin D daily — more if they get little or no sun exposure, or if your doctor prescribes a higher amount after testing your levels. 10 to 15 minutes in the sun (without sunscreen) can provide you with 10,000+ IU’s of Vitamin D; a cup of milk gives you 90 IU’s.

Herbs to the Rescue

Herbs to the Rescue

Did you know that stiff joints could be signs of arthritis? These anti-inflammatory herbs might help.

Parsley can safely remove toxins from the body and it’s also an anti-inflammatory that helps with inflammatory conditions like arthritis.

Sage has anti-inflammatory properties. Also, a cup of sage tea can add shine to your hair.

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bend over backward

bend over backward

Sitting over a keyboard all day can wreak havoc on your back. Poor posture and low energy are just some of the side effects. Reverse the damage by bending backward a few times each hour. All you have to do is stand up, put your hands on your hips and slowly bend back. Doing some yoga poses after work is helpful too. Between hunching over a computer at work and staring at our smartphones off hours, we owe our back, neck and shoulders a little TLC.

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In a Nut Shell

In a Nut Shell

Nut eaters tend to have healthier diets because nuts can replace unhealthy processed foods. And the monounsaturated fatty acids in nuts tend to target and melt away belly fat, too (Bonus!). When selecting nuts for daily intake make sure to avoid nuts coated in salt, sugar, chocolate or other seasonings.

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cucumbers. More than food.

cucumbers. More than food.

Not only are Cucumbers packed with H2O (96% water), they are an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that helps make skin stronger. Silica is often in makeup or face cream, to help skin absorb moisture for that wanted matte finish. It’s also a natural anti-inflammatory that can soothe skin. You know the old trick of placing chilled cucumber slices on your eyes to take down puffiness? It works.

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