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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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Noun: Frisson (free-SAWN) Definition: A brief moment of emotional excitement: shudder, thrill. Sample sentence: The emotionally-charged scene adds a frisson of tension to the play’s final act.

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Adjective: Fungible (FUN-juh-bul) Definition: 1. Being of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in the satisfaction of an obligation. 2. Interchangeable. 3. Flexible. Sample sentence: Since fruits and vegetables are regarded as fungible in this diet, you are allowed a total of five servings […]

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Are you looking out for your heart health this summer? Intense heat can actually be a risk factor for heart attacks and other cardiovascular events; it causes a deadly combination of dehydration and inflammation that can clog arteries and block circulation to vital organs, including your heart. Staying well-hydrated and taking natural anti-inflammatory supplements can […]

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When researchers at Kent State University compared the health of students with smartphones to others without these gadgets, they found measurable, negative effects. The study shows that access to a smartphone destroys physical fitness. The researchers found that despite the mobility of smartphones, high use contributes to less physical activity, more sitting around, weight gain […]

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Noun: Booboisie (boob-wah-ZEE) Definition: The general public regarded as consisting of boobs or those who care too much about things and too little about ideas and art. Sample sentence: When it came to planning for the new fine arts center, the committee found that there’s no dumbing down for the booboisie.

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