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Why You Should Consider Going Dairy-Free
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Why You Should Consider Going Dairy-Free

I stopped eating dairy when a friend challenged me last October. At first, it started off as me not eating it for 90 days but then it has become a lifestyle for me. Before then, I don’t think I even considered it because I absolutely loved dairy. You can ask anyone, cheese was one of my favorite foods to eat. So, at first it was difficult, not only because I loved cheese but everything contains milk! I never realized that until I was forced to read the ingredient section. When…

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8 easy ways to reduce bloating
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8 Easy Ways to Reduce Bloating

Bloating has to be one of the worse feelings in the world. That is a complete exaggeration but it is highly uncomfortable. Bloating is a buildup of gas in the abdomen. It can be in the stomach and/or intestines. Yes, contrary to popular belief, it is not fluid in your lower abdomen you are feeling. Bloating causes stomach cramps, back pain, burps, hiccups and that tight stomach discomfort where you feel like you cannot button up your pants. The most common cause for belly bloating is dietary triggers and constipation….

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foods that boost your immune system
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8 Foods that boost your immune system

I know that winter is over but if you are looking for ways to prevent colds and other sicknesses, your first step should be a visit to your local grocery store. Who wants to be sick during the spring and summer, right? Feeding your body certain foods may help to keep your immune system running strong. Not by any means will just eating one of these foods completely fight off the flu, but they could help a great deal. Keep in mind that variety is key to proper nutrition. Pay…

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Get Better Sleep
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7 Ways to Get Better Sleep

This year, I’ve made it a goal to get better sleep. I have always struggled with getting consistent good sleep at night. Especially when I was in college, there would be nights when I wouldn’t go to sleep at all and would pay for it the next day. But what college student didn’t do that, right? Recently, I have realized how important it is to get an adequate amount of sleep. Now, I don’t have a problem with getting sleep but instead with the quality of sleep I get. If you…

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healing crystals
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The Healing Power of Crystals

Crystal healing has either gained a lot of popularity recently or many people I am connected with are on a wellness/spiritual-awareness kick. I am all for cleansing my aura and making sure my chakras are aligned and opened, so I figured I would give crystal healing a try. This method of alternative therapy uses crystals and stones to cure ailments, draw out negative energies, produce positive energies and protect you against disease. This is not a medically certified technique of healing, but many people believe in its power to help….

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5 Ways to Boost Energy without Caffiene3
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5 Ways to Boost Energy without Caffeine

For energy, I have never been a coffee or soda drinker. How much energy do you have without caffeine? There was a time I felt fatigued and not motivated to do things when I wasn’t working. Now, we all have those days when the only thing we want to do is sit on the couch in some comfy pajamas and watch episodes of our favorite show. We all deserve that once and a while. But I didn’t feel like even doing that. Since I didn’t rely on caffeine for the…

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6 Ways to Fight Anxiety and Depression
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6 Ways to Fight Anxiety and Depression

Since I was an early teen, I have always struggled with depression. In the last few years, anxiety was added to the mix. These aren’t uncommon struggles, especially amongst African-Americans. However, we are less likely to do anything about it and choose to silence ourselves and our emotions. According to an article from the Huffington Post, data from the CDC showed that African-Americans are more likely to report major depression, but less likely to seek treatment. In our community, we look at therapy and counseling as bad words. They aren’t….

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