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Health Tip – July 31 – Go for Garlic and Onions

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Adding raw or lightly cooked garlic and onions to your meals may help keep you healthy. Both foods appear to possess antiviral and antibacterial properties and are believed to boost immunity.

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Word of the Day – July 30 – Utile

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Adjective: Utile (YOO-tul) Definition: Useful Sample sentence: Shaker crafts are simple, meticulously constructed, pleasing to the eye, and eminently utile, all at the same time.

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Health Tip – July 30 – Get a Massage

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Certain trigger points — spots of tension in musculoskeletal tissue — can cause back pain. Ask a massage therapist or other bodyworker who specializes in myofascial release or neuromuscular therapy to focus on these points during a massage.

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Health Tip – July 29 – Keep Capsaicin On Hand

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For sore muscles and joints, apply a cream or ointment that contains capsaicin, the active ingredient in chile peppers, two or three times a day. The heat from the peppers has been shown to help relieve pain.

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Word of the Day – July 29 – Syllogism

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Noun: Syllogism (SIL-uh-jiz-um) Definition: 1. A deductive scheme of a formal argument consisting of a major and a minor premise and a conclusion. 2. A subtle, specious, or crafty argument. 3. Deductive reasoning. Sample sentence: Kelly could not prove it, but she suspected that her opponent’s argument was a sneaky syllogism based on dubious “facts.”

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Word of the Day – July 26 – Addlepated

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Adjective: Addlepated (AD-ul-pay-tud) Definition: 1. Being mixed up: confused. 2. Eccentric. Sample sentence: The patient was blabbering like an addlepated fool.

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Health Tip – July 26 – Love Lavender

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To ease stress and prepare for bed, soak in a hot bath spiked with a few drops of lavender essential oil. Play soothing music while you bathe to unwind further.

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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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