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Healthy Study Habits

By Thomas Cazneau

Being a student could mean that test scores are a crucial part of your world and that you are constantly working hard to boost them. At a junior college, for example, test scores drive your grades and affect your ability to transfer to 4-year colleges and universities.

Study habits are related to mental health and wellness. Implementing some simple steps before you study could make for a very productive study session, as well as promote your mental health and wellness during it. I like to think of them as “healthy study habits”.

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Healthy BBQ Recipes

By Thomas Cazneau

Barbecue much? You may be interested to know that there are ways to make your barbecue meats and sides a bit healthier. Below are some easy healthy bbq recipes and methods to consider when attempting to do so.
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Healthy Lifestyle Tips for Night Owls

By Thomas Cazneau

I’m such a night owl. My perfect normal day would probably consist of waking up at 10am, going to work around 1pm, clocking out around 8pm and then spending the wee hours catching up on my favorite TV series. However, this version of lifestyle can prove to be very challenging, so much so that my health around the clock can occasionally take a toll. When I add more to it, my health can also at times reach record lows if I’m not careful.
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Healthy Salad Tips

By Thomas Cazneau

On my journey to eating healthier, I’ve been ordering more salads when I eat out at restaurants. Lately, though, I’ve had to wonder about what constitutes a healthy salad?

Below are some suggestions I found helpful during recent research.

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Thyroid Problems? Get Your Energy Back Naturally

By Thomas Cazneau

I recently found out that I have hypothyroidism, a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Thyroid problems like this translate into low energy levels.

For most of my life, I’ve taken a generic medicine called Levothroid that helps raise and
regulate my thyroid levels, thus giving me more energy. However, I was curious about natural ways to combat hypothyroidism, especially during times when it’s difficult to pay for a prescription refill. Below are some helpful tips I found during my research.

How to Handle Thyroid Problems Naturally
Making dietary changes is the first step in helping thyroid problems and not being tired all the time.

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Potted Plants Combat Indoor Air Pollution

By Thomas Cazneau

Did you know that potted plants can combat indoor air pollution? According to a study by NASA scientists and the Associated Landscape Contractors of America, certain plants can absorb dangerous contaminants in the air. The results ultimately showed that placing certain potted plants in your home or favorite room can greatly improve your health. Below are examples of which plants may be great candidates as air pollution solutions for your home and health.

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Healthy Toothpaste

Looking for the most effective toothpaste may not be the most exciting task to do while at your local grocery store. However, finding the right toothpaste can increase your dental health and appearance.

Below are ideas to consider when making a healthy toothpaste selection:

1. The Pros and Cons of Fluoride
Fluoride is commonly found in most toothpaste, based on the idea that it protects teeth enamel. Enamel protection could theoretically prevent cavities and decrease the chance of tooth loss. However, recent studies have also shown that fluoride could cause low thyroid function. Because the thyroid is responsible for our energy and mood levels, low thyroid levels could lead to fatigue, weight gain, cold hands and feet, dry skin, irregular bowel function and brain fog. These are factors that should be considered when selecting the most effective toothpaste.

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Mood Boosters on the Menu

By Thomas Cazneau

We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat.” … Well, it’s true! Often times, the feel-good foods and beverages we prefer to consume can change the mood that we’re in.

All food items contain a certain level of neurotransmitters, which can greatly affect your mood at particular levels. The trick to sustaining a better mood knows is knowing which food and drink items can act as mood boosters and which ones behave as mood culprits. Below are examples of both good mood foods and bad mood foods that you may want to consider including or altering in your diet.

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Don’t Procrastinate. Get a Physical Exam.

By Angie Perez

In talking with friends and even my own family, I have found that a lot of people just don’t want to get an annual physical because…nothing is wrong! They feel great and have no need to see a doctor for an annual checkup. Unfortunately, the time to go is not when something is wrong, but rather before something is wrong. If you wait to go after something happens, then it can sometimes prove to be too late and costly. A simple yearly physical exam can keep the surprises at bay. The call is painless and the visit is well overdue…so call. What will it cost you? What is covered? What will they find? If you haven’t seen a doctor for over 5 years…you really need to make that call! To find out what’s included in a physical check-up at Kaiser Permanente, click Annual Physical Exams.
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