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Healthy Home-Baked Goods

You can make home-baked goods healthier by mixing whole-wheat flour with white flour. Because whole-wheat flour is heavier than white flour, a straight substitution won't work for every recipe. Try starting with a ratio of one part whole wheat to three parts white to see if you like the results.… Read More
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Distinguishing Types of Stress

Your body does a poor job of distinguishing between life-threatening events and day-to-day stressful situations. Anger or anxiety triggered by less momentous sources of stress, such as financial fears or traffic jams, doesn't find a quick physical release and tends to build up as the day rolls on.… Read More
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Low-Fat Diet Caveats

A low-fat diet is no guarantee of good health. In fact, a diet with only 20% of calories from fat can be virtually a junk-food diet if you make up for the lost fat calories with sugary foods such as soft drinks, nonfat cookies, and high-starch carbohydrates such as white bread and potatoes. An overabundance of these foods increases the risk for heart disease… Read More
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Blister Strategies

If you develop a blister, don't pop it. The skin provides a natural defense against infection. A blister should drain on its own in a few days, as a new layer of skin forms underneath the fluid. If you have a blister so large and painful that it interferes with walking, seek medical help. Also seek help if you notice that the fluid in… Read More
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Supplement Selection

If you opt to take dietary supplements look for products that bear the U.S. Pharmacopeia Dietary Supplement Verification Program (USP-DSVP) mark, which indicates that the supplement manufacturer has complied with certain standards. Supplements vetted by the USP-DSVP should contain the ingredients noted on the label in the amounts and strengths stated.… Read More
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Heart Attacks and Aspirin

If you think you're having a heart attack, call 911 and then chew an aspirin. Aspirin makes blood platelets less "sticky," and sticky platelets are major players in the clots that jam up coronary arteries.… Read More
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