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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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While every human needs fat and cholesterol to survive, it is the type of fat that is critical, not how much you consume. Trans fats (found in fried food and many highly processed foods) and excess saturated fats can promote unhealthy cholesterol and fuel chronic inflammation. Healthy fats, such as omega-3 fats, monounsaturated fats (found […]

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