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May 18, 2018

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Are Essential Oils BS?

Among the crunchy set, essential oils have a reputation as catch-all solutions to major health problems. Have a fever? Rub peppermint oil on your feet. Suffering from shoddy memory? Put some rosemary oil in a diffuser. It doesn’t help that woo-woo bloggers are running around the internet touting the glory of essential oils in the same breath as some pretty paranoid fantasies ("This is what Big Pharma doesn’t want you to know!!!").

So, what’s the truth behind essential oils? Do they help? Do they harm? Are they just useless placebos? Are there real health benefits? We dug into the research and spoke to experts in the field to figure out what essential oils are, how they work, and what they really can do for you.

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May 04, 2018

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Is Boba Bad for You?

Even if you’re not sure what boba is, chances are that your kids are well aware. With an oddly addictive texture and vibrant colors that challenge the Unicorn Frappucino, bubble teas are popping up on menus everywhere. Here’s what you want to know about the star ingredient—boba.

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April 20, 2018

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10 Scandinavian Habits That'll Legitimately Make Your Life Way Better

10 Scandinavian Habits That'll Legitimately Make Your Life Way Better 

Ah, Scandinavians. They know a thing or two about living long and prospering: Their lifestyle is considered one of the healthiest and happiest in the world, and their cities keep being voted among the most livable. There is a method to their midnight sun-fueled madness, but you don’t have to travel to northern Europe to extract that wisdom. Here are some life-saving Scandinavian habits to start incorporating in your daily life, i dag (today).

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April 06, 2018

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7 Power Affirmations for Your Most Successful Year Yet

I love a well-timed affirmation. I stick them on Post-it notes throughout my apartment, especially on the mirrors; I have three alarms on my phone that go off throughout the day with various power statements; and I repeat numerous declarations to myself whenever I need a confidence boost to overcome self-doubt.

And they work.

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March 23, 2018

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Are Any of Those "Healthy" Sugar Alternatives Better for You?

Are Any of Those "Healthy" Sugar Alternatives Better for You?

Sugar has gotten so complicated. There’s plain old white cane sugar, raw sugar, brown sugar, coconut sugar, beet sugar, agave, honey... every month it seems like some new, allegedly better-for-you sugar-based sweetener debuts on the market. Still, while there are many different kinds of sugar-based sweeteners that are marketed as healthy alternatives to white sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, they don’t necessarily live up to the hype.

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February 09, 2018

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Can You Really Overdose on Vitamins?

Vitamins are essential for your health, but you only need them in small amounts and you should be able to get plenty from the foods you eat. But can you get too much of any one vitamin?

Yes, absolutely. While it's nearly impossible to get too much of any vitamin from eating foods, you can overdose on some vitamins if you take large doses of supplements for extended periods of time

How Can That Happen? I Thought Supplements Were Safe

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January 26, 2018

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Vegetables You Shouldn't Live Without

We all know that to be healthy we should eat more vegetables. But did you know that some vegetables are better for you than others? If you want a meal that packs a nutritional punch, add some cruciferous vegetables to your plate. Not only are they known as anti-cancer powerhouses, but their consumption has been associated with reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease and increasing longevity. The reason lies in the unique phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables.

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