11 Signs You’re Dehydrated

11 Signs You’re Dehydrated

With summer about to kick off and temperatures on the rise – with some Southern states looking at possibly 3 more months of 90+ degree days – it becomes even more important to make sure you and your family are staying safely hydrated. Even in cooler climates, it’s possible to become dehydrated – the symptoms of which will come on at a slower rate than in hot weather. But the heat, especially when combined with outdoor activities, can quickly take…

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The Trouble With Conventional Energy Drinks

The Trouble With Conventional Energy Drinks

For many students and adults alike, energy drinks have become a ubiquitous staple on campuses and in workplaces nationwide. With different flavors, bright colors and grab-and-go portability, they’ve become an easy, legal way to keep the energy going…but that’s not always a good thing.   Between gulping energy drinks, sodas and coffee, it’s easy to see how anyone could quickly become overly-caffeinated. While straight-up brewed tea and coffee does have varying amounts of caffeine, what they (and even soda) don’t have –…

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How to Avoid Laundry Detergent Allergies

How to Avoid Laundry Detergent Allergies

Laundry detergent allergies are complicated because they can be caused by any number of chemicals used in detergents.  Because of this, there’s no allergy test that can be done to detect detergent allergies. Though doctors can’t give you forewarning about possible detergent allergies, there are things you can do after you discover that you’re allergic to certain laundry soaps to help prevent further allergic reactions. If you plan on using detergent, try some of these tips to protect yourself. Once…

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Water Conservation: A Job for Everyone

Water Conservation: A Job for Everyone

In most first-world countries, water seems like a plentiful resource. Even in times of drought, it’s still easy to walk into a convenience store and grab a bottle of water – a luxury many countries and people don’t have. And while 71% of the earth is covered in water it is still a sought-after and essential necessity. (Just ask the state of California right now!) By some estimates, the average person uses 50 gallons of water a day. If each…

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Demystifying the pH of Drinking Water

Demystifying the pH of Drinking Water

Can understanding the significance of the pH of drinking water help you choose better water for you and your family?  In short, yes.  When you’re choosing between bottled, tap, or filtered, understanding the role that water plays in assisting your body in its quest to maintain proper pH at 7.365 is critical. The pH level of a substance tells you whether it’s an acid, a base, or neutral.  On the pH scale, which is 0-14, things with a pH of…

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The Chemical Side of Clean

The Chemical Side of Clean

Whether we like it or not, most of us are exposed to cleaning products and their residues at low levels on a daily basis. When these chemicals are used, their fumes linger in the air and we breathe them in. Chemicals in cleaning products can also enter our bodies by absorption through the skin or through ingestion of household dust and chemical residues left on dishes and other “cleaned” surfaces. When used cleaning products are flushed down the drain, they…

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What to Look for in Fitness Supplements

What to Look for in Fitness Supplements

There’s a growing trend toward using fitness supplements to help boost energy and overall health. The number of products to choose from is also growing at record speeds, and sometimes it can be challenging to know which supplements are best for you. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when making your choice. Look at the ingredient list. Try to choose supplements that are made from natural ingredients and whole-food sources. This will help you get the nutrition…

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Sleep Deprived? How Better Breathing Can Lead to Better Sleep

Sleep Deprived? How Better Breathing Can Lead to Better Sleep

  Sleep is essential for all humans. For many of us, however, true, restful sleep can also prove to be elusive. Not getting enough quality sleep can create negative effects. While one night of little sleep isn’t usually enough to put anyone at serious (and really, who hasn’t experienced a bad night of sleep before?), chronic sleep deprivation can create major problems like increasing risk of stroke, increasing the risk of diabetes, memory loss, becoming more accident prone, premature aging…

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All About: Immune Support Supplements

All About: Immune Support Supplements

Many people take vitamins on a daily basis, but have you ever considered what you might need in an immune support supplement? After all, the immune system is the body’s natural defense against infection. The complex network of cells, tissues, and organs work in unison to stop outside substances from invading the body.  “Natural Killer” Cells  kill adverse foreign matter without any direction from other cells. “Helper T” Cells identify invaders and mark them to be destroyed by other immune…

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How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

How To Remove Chlorine From Your Drinking Water — And Why You Should

Since water is an essential part of your everyday life, you might wonder how to remove chlorine from water at home.  You want the water that you drink to be safe and clean.  It would be wonderful if all tap water were truly safe, but it does sometimes contain both chemicals and impurities.  Chlorine is added to tap water to kill off harmful bacteria.  Unfortunately, chlorine, even in the relatively small amounts used in tap water, can be unhealthy to…

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