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Category Archives: Health and Wellness

Information about healthy living & a variety of health conditions

August is National Immunization Awareness Month!

To immunize or not immunize, that is the question! There has always been some controversy around whether or not parents should immunize their children against certain illnesses, partly because of falsified research (i.e. that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine causes autism) but also because some parents feel that their child will be protected as a result of “herd” immunity. Herd immunity is the idea that
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And the BEST way to Re-fuel after exercise is…

People frequently ask: “What should I eat after I exercise?” or “Should I start drinking protein shakes after the gym?” or, “Should I eat dinner before, or after I work out?” and my personal favorite….. “But won’t I just replace all the calories I just expended, if I eat something after working out?” The answer to that final question is: NO, that not correct
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Kale Chips

Kale is a green nutrition powerhouse with benefits including the antioxidant vitamins A and C, minerals including calcium, and is a good source of fiber. I received some kale last week through our work CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and I wasn’t sure what to do with it! I tried sauteeing it with some garlic and olive oil – it turned out to be very tasty! Satoko suggested I try adding it
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Energy Drinks and Sports Drinks…for Children?

Are energy drinks and sports drinks the same thing? Sports drinks contain carbohydrates and electrolytes to replenish water and electrolytes lost during exercise. They sometimes contain proteins, vitamins and minerals. Energy drinks can contain similar ingredients but also contain stimulants such as caffeine, guarana, ginseng, etc. A report published recently has advised that children and teenagers should avoid energy drinks and limit or eliminate
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Staying Hydrated in the Heat

One of the (very few) drawbacks to hot summers in New England is the increased risk of dehydration.  It’s important to be sure you remain adequately hydrated throughout the hot summer months, to avoid the potential negative impacts that improper hydration can have on the body. Our bodies respond to the heat by sweating, to prevent our body temperatures from rising to dangerous levels.
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