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Introvert vs. Extrovert

Personality traits are different for everyone, because of this people often struggle to understand each other. Two common traits that lead to misunderstandings or conflict are introversion and extraversion. Both have their benefits, and both have their difficulties, but everyone can agree that both are very different. There are a number of other smaller categories that

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A Message About MSG

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer commonly added to Chinese food, canned vegetables, soups, and processed meats. The Food and – Administration (FDA) has classified MSG as a food ingredient that is “generally recognized as safe,” but its use remains controversial.   It’s hard to not find articles discussing the health risks and side effects

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Mini Mindfulness Exercises

Jumping right into a mindful way of life or even practicing mindfulness can seem a little overwhelming at first. There is an abundance of information out there, some of it even conflicting. It can be difficult to figure out where to start or if this is even right for you. Here are a few mini

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The Facts About Juicing

With the summer upon us and an abundance of produce at local farmers markets and grocery stores, lots of people ask dietitians and nutritionists about juicing as an alternative for fruit and vegetable preparation.  Here are some common questions answered.   Is juicing healthier? Juicing is not any healthier than eating whole fruits and vegetables.

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Coping With Anxiety

Anxiety is possibly one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. It can range from mild to severe and have any level of impact on your quality of life. So what exactly is Anxiety? Anxiety is a broad spectrum of disorders, as well as being a component or symptom of several other mental disorders. Anxiety

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Multigrain vs. Whole Grain

“Multigrain” and “whole grain” are not interchangeable terms, even though we often use them that way. “Multigrain” simply means that a food contains more than one type of grain, although none of them may necessarily be whole grains.  The same goes for other variations of this term, such as “9-grain” and “seven grain.”  Whereas, the

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Starting the School Year Off Strong

The start of the school year can be a time of both excitement and anxiety for children and teens. Some children look forward to the year starting, seeing friends again, and maybe even crave the structure. Others simply dread the end of summer fun and most of all the start of structure. And then others

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Summer Skin: A Rainbow for a Glow

Research on the best foods for healthy skin is somewhat limited, and rather subjective. But what it does tell us is that for glowing skin, we need to eat a wide variety of foods.  And, those foods need to be higher in antioxidants because antioxidant-rich foods seem to have a protective effect for the skin.

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What Are Functional Foods?

Functional foods are certain foods that contain nutrients that have a potentially positive effect on health beyond basic nutrition. The term “functional foods” was first introduced in Japan in the mid­ 1980s and refers to processed foods containing ingredients that aid specific bodily functions in addition to being nutritious. Advocates of functional foods will explain

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What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is more than just a therapy technique, rather a lifestyle change. It is a component of a few different forms of therapy, most commonly associated with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy or Cognitive Therapy. It involves an awareness of all that is around while being present and in the current moment, without judgment. In a sense

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