Diet and Nutrition

A pregnant woman preparing healthy snacks for her pregnancy.
Diet and Nutrition

8 Healthy Snacks for Pregnancy

These healthy pregnancy snacks incorporate many key nutrients and are also easy to prepare, transport and eat whether at home, work or on-the-go.

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Everything You Need to Know About White Strawberries 

White strawberries are sweeter than red ones and can even smell tropical. Here’s what you need to know about this cream-colored fruit.

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Best Ways to Make Your Diet Heart Healthy 

Want to make some heart-healthy changes to your diet? It’s easier than you might think and it starts with some basic meal-planning tips.

What to Know About the New Mayo Clinic Die
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What to Know About the New Mayo Clinic Diet

A new diet and healthy lifestyle program being rolled out by the well-known Mayo Clinic is creating a buzz.

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Signs of Feeding and Eating Disorders in Children

Feeding and eating disorders are considered mental health disorders and medical illnesses. Understanding the types, signs and symptoms is important, regardless of an individual’s age and gender. 

Young woman preparing food at home using olive oil
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Which Cooking Oils Are Best for Heart Health? 

Grocery aisles are filled with choices. All oils are a type of fat, so they should be used sparingly compared to other ingredients in your diet. But there are some easy ways to tell which oils are better for your health.

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Cheese You Can Eat if You’re Lactose Intolerant

If you're lactose intolerant but still crave cheese, there are several kinds that won't upset your stomach and can still satisfy your taste buds.

Paczki-inspired pancake with raspberries
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Paczki-Inspired Pancakes

Skip the line for Paczkis this year, head out to the grocery store, and come home and make these Swedish-style pancakes with a raspberry sauce instead.

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Is Peanut Butter Healthy?

Peanut butter lovers may be aware of some of the pros and cons associated with their rich, creamy snack of choice. Let's dive into those, as well as some of the lesser-known peanut butter health facts.

Diet and Nutrition

Exploring the Pros and Cons of Milk Alternatives 

From soy to almond milks, let’s look at the pros and cons of milk alternatives when it comes to your health and the environment.

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How to Help Your Child Make Healthy Eating Choices at School

How can you help kids make healthy choices when they buy lunch? It’s important to educate children on nutrition and how to make healthy decisions on their own.

Woman shopping in the produce section
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Whole Foods to Eat in the Winter 

In the colder months especially, using whole foods to create nourishing and satisfying meals is one way to give ourselves a delicious health boost. 

Diet and Nutrition

Detroit-Area Entrepreneurs in the Non-Alcoholic Industry Offer Dry January Steps for Success

Trying Dry January? The month-long challenge can be mentally trying. Some of the people at the forefront of Detroit’s "sober curious" movement have some advice.

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Foods to Help Digestion and Bloating

The foods we eat, even our history with food, can impact our daily digestion.

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What is a Mocktail?

Call it a mocktail, a virgin version or a non-alcoholic drink. They’re the hottest things on the beverage menu right now.

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Diabetes-Friendly Thanksgiving Ideas

Enjoying food-centered holidays can be a real challenge for people with diabetes but there are ways to make these traditional gatherings more diabetes-friendly.

Diet and Nutrition

10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes More Nutritious

It’s time to push aside the gravy boats and heavy sauces for healthier holiday options.

Diet and Nutrition

Foods to Avoid with a UTI

Can the foods you eat make urinary tract infections worse? 

Pros and Cons of Vegan Cheese
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Pros and Cons of Vegan Cheese

Thinking of switching to vegan cheese? The plant-based product has its fair share of health advantages compared to dairy cheese. But it has its drawbacks, too.

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Tips for Decoding Egg Labels

Free-range. Cage-free. Organic. What do all these words on your egg cartons really mean?

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Nutrition Differences in Farm-Raised vs. Wild-Caught Fish

Does it matter if the fish on your plate was pulled fresh from a local lake or flown in from a fish farm?

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High-Protein Meat Alternatives that Vegetarians Love

Worried about not getting enough protein as a vegetarian? There’s actually lots to choose from.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
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How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds (Plus Two Tasty Variations)

Don't sleep on homemade roasted pumpkin seeds this fall! Here is a basic recipe for this crispy, crunchy and delicious snack, plus two fun variations.

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Brain Foods for Studying and Exams

The brain is a highly active organ that requires a healthy supply of energy and micronutrients to function at its best.

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How to Find Fresh Local Fish in Michigan

Ready to find your freshest locally-caught fish? We’ll show you how.

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How to Survive Your First Month as a Vegetarian

Ready to go vegetarian? Here are some tips to make that first month easier.

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Are Eggs Vegetarian?

Leaning toward a vegetarian diet and want to know if you can include eggs? Read on for more details.

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The Secret to Cooking Delicious Eggs in the Microwave

Want a healthy start to your day but don’t have a lot of time? Check out these easy recipes for cooking eggs in a microwave for a protein-packed breakfast.

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Hidden Sources of Sugar in Your Breakfast

From popular coffee drinks to cups of low-fat yogurt, do you know where the extra sugar is hiding in your breakfast foods?

Diet and Nutrition

What Are the Health Benefits of Apples

Full of fiber and other perks, apples come with lots of health benefits.

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What is Malnutrition?

Malnutrition doesn’t just mean undernutrition, when you’re not eating enough nutrient-rich food. It can also mean overnutrition.

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A Healthy Diet for People with Alzheimer’s

Can what you eat slow down age-related cognitive decline or early signs of Alzheimer’s?

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Microwave Do’s and Don’ts

The last thing you want to do after leaning on a microwave for its convenience is spend a half hour or more cleaning up the mess you made inside of it.

Diet and Nutrition

What is Millet?

Looking for a new high-fiber food to add to your diet? Jump on the millet bandwagon.

A Muslim mom and daughter have fun baking together in their kitchen.
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5 Fun and Creative Ways to Get Your Kids Involved in Cooking

Want to sharpen your child’s cooking skills early? These easy, creative tips can make for a fun family experience in the kitchen.

Cookies vs granola bars
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Is It Healthier Than a Cookie? Granola Bars Carry Hidden Sugars 

Is reaching for a granola bar a healthier choice than a couple cookies? Here’s how reading a label can help.

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Nutritious Alternatives to Mayo for Your Sandwich 

Ready to find a tastier option for your sandwich spread? Here are some flavorful alternatives to mayonnaise.

Asian Teenager girl eating fresh blueberry and looking at the camera happily from farm
Diet and Nutrition

Health Benefits of Blueberries 

A sweet fruit of summer, blueberries have lots of health benefits.

Diet and Nutrition

3 Unique Ways to Use Peaches

While peaches taste great on their own, they are also delicious when incorporated into both savory and sweet recipes.

Effects of Dehydration on the Body
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Ways Dehydration is Affecting You That You Didn’t Realize

Did you know 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated? Find out the signs and side effects of dehydration as well as ways you can stay hydrated.

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What are the ‘Salty 6’ Foods? 

Trying to keep your sodium intake in check? Beware of the Salty 6.

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Nutritional Value of Broccoli vs Asparagus: Which is Healthier? 

It’s time for a healthy comparison. Which is better for you: broccoli or asparagus?

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Foods That Are High in Iron 

Iron is an important mineral to keep your body working properly. Here’s how to make sure you are getting enough.

Foods Facts You've Heard But Aren't True
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“Food Facts” You’ve Heard But Aren’t True

Misinformation touches everything - even our food. On this episode, we

Woman at a restaurant reading the menu
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How to Communicate Your Dietary Restrictions with Others 

Millions of people have food allergies and other dietary restrictions. Here are some ways to communicate these with others.

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Grilled vs Baked: Which is Healthier? 

Grilling is a summer pastime in Michigan, and baking is known to be a healthy way to prepare foods. Which is better?

Happy African-American Family is Having a Picnic in a Park and Eating Sweet Cherries.
Diet and Nutrition

Health Benefits of Cherries 

Sweet or tart, cherries are packed with what’s good for you. Here are the health benefits of cherries.

Can Food Impact Your Lifespan by the Minute?
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Can Food Impact Your Lifespan by the Minute?

Can eating a hot dog reduce your lifespan by 36 minutes? On this episode, we explore a study analyzing the impact foods can have on lifespan by the minute.

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Diet and Nutrition

How Nutrition Guidance Has Evolved from These '90s Trends

The ‘90s were a decade of juice boxes, fruit snacks and low-fat everything. Our nutrition has evolved for the better.

A farmer's market vendor and customer discuss produce.
Diet and Nutrition

10 Questions You Should Ask at the Farmers Market

Just because something is sold from a stall doesn’t mean it’s necessarily organic, hormone-free or even local. That’s why it’s important to ask questions.

Portrait of multigeneration family outdoors on garden barbecue, grilling and talking.
Diet and Nutrition

A Better Barbecue: 10 Tips to Grilling Healthier Meals

If you’d like to fire up the grill this spring and enjoy some hearty barbecue dishes without compromising your diet, we’ve got you covered.

A mother applies a tissue to a child's runny nose outdoors.
Diet and Nutrition

How to Spot Common Food Allergies in Children

Offices, classrooms and even restaurants often have signs that warn of food allergies. Here’s how parents can stay ahead of them.

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Diet and Nutrition

Spices That Can Improve Your Health 

A pinch or more of these spices can make your meals more flavorful and even improve your health.

How Chronic Stress Impacts Our Weight
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How Chronic Stress Impacts Our Weight

Do you gravitate towards comfort food when you’re feeling stressed? There could be a reason for that. Find out more on the relationship between stress and food.

Garlic
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Stinking Good – Reap the Health Benefits of Garlic

In addition to its culinary uses, garlic has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries.

Woman enjoying health benefits of tea during a tea break
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Health Benefits of Tea

Drinking tea is linked to health benefits including preventing cancer, heart disease and diabetes; aiding in weight loss and boosting mental alertness.

Effects of Caffeine on the Body
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How Does Caffeine Affect the Body?

Sleep, jitters, a morning pick me up - we all know that caffeine is known to affect all of these things, but what is it’s true impact?

A heart-shaped bowl full of healthy foods like avocado, berries, fish and more.
Diet and Nutrition

Boost Your Brain with These Healthy Foods and Habits

It’s never too early to think about your brain health. Whether you’re a teenager or an adult, these tips can help keep your mind young.

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The Importance of a Good Breakfast

Breakfast is important every morning, partly because of its metabolism-boosting properties. Don’t have time? These grab-and-go ideas should help.

Is It Safe to Eat Food After Its Expiration Date?
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Is It Safe to Eat Food After Its Expiration Date?

When it comes to use by dates, it's common to throw food out when it's passed the expiration date. but is it really expired? we'll unpack that here.

Blue Cross Healthy Michigan Spaghetti Squash
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Small Daily Food Swaps Can Net Huge Results

Swapping out your morning caffeine source and afternoon snack for healthier options are two of the many tweaks you can make to your diet.

What to Look for When Reading Food Labels
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What to Look for When Reading Food Labels

Low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb. We see these phrases on products at grocery stores thinking they're a healthy option, but are they truly? find out more here.

Is Organic Overrated or Underrated?
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Is Organic Food Overrated or Underrated?

There's a perception that organic foods are more nutritious and environmentally friendly than non-organic foods, but they actually better for us? find out.

A countertop full of fruits and vegetables.
Diet and Nutrition

4 Easy Ways to Get More Vitamin C

Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant to protect the body against external factors. This valuable vitamin is found in these foods and supplements.

A woman stands at a kitchen sink filling her teal water bottle.
Diet and Nutrition

How Much Water Do You Need?

Are you drinking enough water? Find out why staying hydrated goes far in keeping you healthy.

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Diet and Nutrition

A Peek Inside Protein Bars

Are protein bars right for you? Read our tips for what to look for on the label.

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Diet and Nutrition

A Parent’s Guide to Dietary Discussions

Knowing how to talk to a child about their health is key to empowering them to make smart choices. Here are tips on how to start a dialogue.

Are Food Additives Harmful to Our Health?
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Are Food Additives Harmful to Our Health?

it’s estimated that an individual consumes 140-150 pounds of food additives each year. Can ingesting additives have a negative impact on our health long-term?

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What You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting

Think intermittent fasting sounds too good to be true? You’re probably right. If you are convinced this is the diet for you, read this first.

Closeup of a cheerful young couple picking some fruit and veggies from the fridge to make some healthy breakfast on Sunday morning. Shot from inside the working fridge.
Diet and Nutrition

7 Steps to a Healthier Kitchen

A healthy lifestyle starts at home. If your kitchen is in need of a makeover, these seven steps can help you revamp it.

Diet and Nutrition

3 “Mocktails” the Entire Family Can Enjoy

Whether you’re pregnant, don’t drink alcohol, or just want a break from the booze, these 3 delicious recipes can give you a fun beverage without the hangover.

Asian woman eating spicy food and having acid reflux or heartburn hand holding a spoon with chili peppers another hand holding her stomach
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Get to Know the GERD Diet 

Whether you’ve got occasional heartburn or GERD, following a GERD diet can help control acid reflux. 

Holiday Food Myths Busted
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Holiday Food Myths Busted

Should you do a post-holiday cleanse to lose weight? Or substitute ingredients in your holiday meal to prevent weight gain? Those myths and more debunked here.

Image of two boys in a wagon, eating a strawberry and peach.
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Fight Childhood Obesity with Go, Glow and Grow Foods

The typical American diet favors convenience foods over health. The “go, glow and grow foods” concept can help kids make healthier choices.

Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Myths Debunked
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Vegan and Vegetarian Diet Myths Debunked

We’ve heard a lot of different things about vegan and vegetarian diets, both good and bad. But what’s true and what’s false? We debunk myths about each.

A bowl of chicken noodle soup.
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Five Foods to Help You Fight Off a Cold

A healthy diet can help you maneuver through flu season. These five foods are chockful of proven immune-boosting power.

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Four Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System

Good sleep, proper nutrition and these other tips should help keep your immune system performing optimally.

How to Eat Intuitively
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Intuitive Eating – What to Know Before Trying

Non-diet approaches like intuitive eating seem to be gaining popularity. Can this approach to eating be beneficial to our diet or is it another fad?

If taste is an issue for you, juicing and blending are great ways to hit those benchmarks without enduring the full-on flavors and textures of fruits and veggies.  
Diet and Nutrition

What’s Better: Juicing or Blending? 

When deciding between juicing and blending, you have to weigh factors like caloric intake, digestion and whether you want to build muscle.

Woman making healthy breakfast in kitchen
Diet and Nutrition

High-Protein Breakfast Ideas Without Eggs 

If you want to fix some high-protein breakfasts but don’t want eggs, there are lots of choices to keep you full and feeling satisfied all morning long.

Are These Health Drinks Actually Healthy? - Chuk Gaidica and Shanthi Appelo
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Are These Health Drinks Actually Healthy?

Drink trends are flooding social media claiming to have numerous health benefits. But are these actually healthy or is it all hype? We unpack all of that here.

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling
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How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

When planning your next vacation, eating healthy might be the last thing on your mind. So how do we maintain balance with our food options during our next trip?

healthy school lunches for kids
Diet and Nutrition

7 Healthy Lunch Options for Kids

Here are 7 healthy lunch options to incorporate more nutrition into the school day for busy families.

Man picking strawberries in farm
Diet and Nutrition

Strawberry Picking in Michigan: Why You Should Go & Tips For When You Do

Fresh Michigan strawberries are a wonderful summer treat, especially when you pick them yourself!

cherry pie overnight oats
Diet and Nutrition

Cherry Pie Overnight Oats

This easy-to-make breakfast recipe is perfect for those days you’re rushing out the door.

Different types of dairy products and eggs
Diet and Nutrition

The Pros and Cons of Dairy

Is dairy good or bad for your health? Check out the arguments surrounding one of the most controversial food groups.

A bushel full of strawberries.
Diet and Nutrition

The Strawberry: Nature’s Heart-Shaped Superfood

Strawberries are also a great source of fiber, vitamins, manganese and potassium. In fact, about eight strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange!

How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring
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How to Get Your Garden Ready for Spring

With warmer weather right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about getting your garden in order for the season. Listen to hear how.

pumpkin pie overnight oats
Diet and Nutrition

Pumpkin Pie Overnight Oats

From pumpkin pancakes to baked oats, there are diverse ways to use this nutrient-dense fall crop. Try this overnight oats recipe for an easy breakfast.

Can Food Positively Impact Our Sleep?
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Can Food Positively Impact Your Sleep?

Can food really help improve our sleep? Are there specific foods that will lead to a better night's rest? we unpack all that here.

Uncommon Spices to Add to Your Pantry
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Uncommon Spices You Should Add to Your Pantry

Herbs and spices can transform a dish and really make the flavors come alive. In this episode, we deep dive into uncommon spices you may just want to try.

Overnight Oats with Raspberry Chia Jam
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Overnight Oats with Raspberry Chia Jam

The oats and raspberry-rich breakfast packs in healthy antioxidants and vitamins along with a healthy dose of fiber to keep you full and energized.

Is It Possible to Lose Weight with Diet Alone?
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Is It Possible to Lose Weight with Diet Alone?

What if we followed a tried-and-true diet for weight loss and solely that? Would we be able to lose weight with diet alone? Find out here.

How to Calculate Macronutrients
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Macronutrients – What They Are and How to Calculate Them

Counting macros can feel overwhelming as it's a little more involved than simply counting calories. here are tips on how to simplify tracking them.

How to Fight Fatigue
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How to Fight Fatigue with Food

We've all experienced that midday slump where it feels like our energy levels are tapped. what we eat throughout the day might be reason we're so tired.

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Diet and Nutrition

Tips for Managing Stress When You’re at College

If you are heading off to college, read these tips about prioritizing your physical and mental health while away.

How to Take Care of Your Gut
Diet and Nutrition

How to Take Care of Your Gut

Our gut impacts our immune system, heart, weight, and even mental health so it's important to keep it healthy. here's what you can do take care of it.

Exploring Culture Through Food
Diet and Nutrition

Why Food Is the Best Way to Explore New Cultures

There are so many ways that different ingredients from all over the world are making it onto our plate. Exploring new cultures through food is easier than ever.

Mature businessman having lunch break eating a salad
Diet and Nutrition

4 Key Nutrients the Men in Your Life Need

In honor of Men’s Health Month, check out these key nutrients that men should be sure to include in their day-to-day diets.

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Diet and Nutrition

Getting Hot and Irritable? Five Natural Strategies to Keep You Cool

If the heat of summer makes your irritable, you may be unconsciously making things harder on yourself. Explore these simple steps to stay cool.

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