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Health Tip – July 25 – Eat Bananas

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People whose diets are rich in potassium may be less prone to high blood pressure. Besides reducing sodium and taking other heart-healthy steps, eat potassium-packed picks such as bananas, cantaloupe, and oranges.

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Word of the Day – July 25 – Umbrage

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Noun: Umbrage (UM-brij) Definition: 1. Shade, shadow. 2. Vague suggestion or hint. 3. A reason for doubt. 4. A feeling of resentment at some often fancied slight or insult. Sample sentence: I take umbrage at her suggestion that I just couldn’t be bothered to call.

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Health Tip – July 24 – Benefit from Bilberry

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Studies are mixed, but some have found that bilberry, a relative of the blueberry, may improve night vision. During World War II, fighter pilots reported better night vision after eating bilberry jam. Take 25 to 50 milligrams of bilberry extract; expect best results within the first few hours.

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Word of the Day – July 24 – Hawkshaw

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Noun: Hawkshaw (HAWK-shaw) Definition: Detective Sample sentence: Sherlock Holmes is Doyle’s gleeful hawkshaw who dazzles with deductions.

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Health Tip – July 23 – Go Fish

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If you suffer from dry eyes, up your seafood intake. Salmon, sardines, and mackerel contain omega-3 fatty acids, which the body uses to produce tears, among other things. Research suggests that people who consume higher amounts of these fats are less likely to have dry eyes.

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Word of the Day – July 23 – Irascible

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Adjective: Irascible (ir-RASS-uh-bul) Definition: Marked by hot temper and easily provoked anger. Sample sentence: That tidy little house belongs to an irascible old crank who never has a kind word for any of his neighbors.

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Health Tip – July 22 – Pop a Probiotic

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To keep yeast infections at bay, head for the vitamin aisle. Supplementing with “good” bacteria (for example, Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium) may help restore the balance the of bacteria living in the female genital tract and inhibit the growth of yeast in women with recurrent infections. Foods such as naturally fermented sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir, as […]

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Word of the Day – July 22 – Chicanery

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Noun: Chicanery (shih-KAY-nuh-ree) Definition: 1. Deception by artful subterfuge or sophistry: trickery 2. A piece of sharp practice, as at law: trick Sample sentence: The mayor’s spokeswoman quickly denied the charges of nepotism, financial indiscretions, and political chicanery.

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Word of the Day – July 19 – Lackadaisical

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Adjective: Lackadaisical (lak-uh-DAY-zih-kul) Definition: Lacking life, spirit, or zest: languid. Sample sentence: Feeling particularly lackadaisical in the summer heat, we lounged on the front porch drinking lemonade.

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Health Tip – July 19 – The Real Culprit in Heart Disease

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The secret culprit of cardiovascular illness and abnormal cholesterol production in today’s world is sugar. Table sugar, high fructose corn syrup and refined flour products all cause blood glucose levels to spike. That leads to insulin resistance and chronic inflammation, two major contributors to heart disease. Blood sugar imbalances (resulting from eating a high glycemic […]

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