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If you snack regularly on nuts, you may be prolonging your life. The latest study on this healthy snack found that individuals who ate a one-ounce serving of nuts daily (that amounts to 16-24 almonds, 16 to 18 cashews) reduced their risk of dying from any cause over three decades compared to people who didn’t […]

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Verb: Deracinate  (\dee-RASS-uh-nayt) Definition: 1. Uproot 2. To remove or separate from a native environment or culture, especially to remove the racial or ethnic characteristics or influences from. Sample sentence: The old garden book said we should deracinate every other plant in the row to allow the surviving plants to grow.

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Probiotics are supplements containing the beneficial bacteria that normally inhabit the human digestive tract. They help to complete the digestive process – there’s even evidence that without them, the immune system can’t work properly, lessening resistance to infection. You may want to consider  probiotics if one or more of the following applies to you: 1. […]

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Verb: Crepitate  (KREP-uh-tayt) Definition; To make a crackling sound: to make a series of short, sharp noises. Sample sentence: Bob threw a birch log on the fire and caused it to crepitate loudly.

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The health benefits of beans are numerous: they are an excellent source of protein and fiber, are high in folic acid, and are a low-glycemic-index food. Buts some beans – both the varieties and the way they are cooked – are actually healthier than others. When choosing beans, consider the following: The most nutritious varieties […]

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If you can work up a sweat for just 1 hour a week, you’ll enjoy a range of benefits: reduced risk of heart attack, better mood, and lower blood pressure.  If you go to a gym, try interval training on the elliptical, with 15 pullups and 15 dips every 10 minutes. Your muscles will become […]

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Noun: Rubric  (ROO-brik) Definition: 1. A rule especially for the conduct of a liturgical service 2. Heading, title, class, or category 3. An explanatory or introductory commentary; specifically, an editorial interpolation 4. A guide listing specific criteria for grading or scoring academic papers, projects or tests. Sample sentence: A stricter enforcement of anti-littering has been […]

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Verb: Coax (KOHKS) Definition: 1. To influence or gently urge by caressing or flattering: wheedle 2. To draw, gain or persuade by  means of gentle urging or flattery 3. To manipulate with great perserverence and usually with considerable effort toward a desired state or activity. Sample sentence: Fred was hoping the flashy diamond ring would […]

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Your doctor can help keep you in good health, but the responsibility ultimately falls on you. Seek a second opinion before undergoing any procedure, because 30 percent of the time, that opinion will change the diagnosis or plan. Keep a written medical history, and educate yourself about any family problems, even if that means calling […]

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Ever wonder why women live longer than men do? One major reason: women form tight networks and actually talk about their problems. If you face life’s stresses alone, you will make yourself older. Bankruptcy, for example, causes enough stress to wreak havoc on your body. With another person’s love and support, that inner aging can […]

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