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Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced, healthful diet. Instead of simply shunning carbs in your efforts to maintain a healthy weight, learn to make the right choices. Start by avoiding the more-refined carbohydrates, which rapidly convert into blood sugar, causing corresponding rises and falls in insulin levels, which can lead to overeating, weight […]

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Noun: Spandex  (SPAN-deks) Definition: Any of various elastic textile fibers made of chiefly polyurethane; also clothing made of this material. Sample sentence: While spandex is appropriate for running races and perhaps errands, few of us can get away with wearing it in the workplace.

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Noun:  Bas-relief  (bah-rih-LEEF) Definition: Sculptural relief in which the projection from the surrounding surface is slight and no part of the modeled form is undercut. Sample sentence: Janel admired the bas-relief carved into the wall of the ancient palace.

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Vitamin D deficiency is common in the developed world, and according to at least one study, people with very pale skin are most likely to be seriously deficient. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom took the vitamin D levels of about 1,200 people. They found that 730 had lower than optimal […]

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Adjective: Cock-a-hoop  (kah-kuh-HOOP) Definition: 1. Triumphantly boastful: exulting. 2. Awry. Sample sentence: The driver’s pit crew was cock-a-hoop as they watched her cross the finish line to victory lane.

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That surprising notion – from the statement of a British health expert – was the lead story splashed across the front page of the British tabloid the Daily Mail, on January 8. The eye-catching headline heralded a new global campaign to stem the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The strategy begins by heightening […]

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Noun: Minutia  (muh-NOO-shee-uh) Definition: A minute or minor detail. Sample sentence: The self-help book said it was easy to get bogged down in one minutia of everyday life and fail to notice an important opportunity.

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Certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants are important for healthy hair, nails and skin. In addition to eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild Alaskan salmon and freshly ground flaxseed, and taking care to use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 to avoid sunburn, consider taking these supplements. Each provides benefits for your […]

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Bikram yoga was created in 1971 by Bikram Choudhury, an Indian entrepreneur based in Los Angeles. It is called “hot” for good reason: classes are held in rooms with the temperature set at 105 degrees Fahrenheit and the humidity controlled at 60 percent. It consists of 26 yoga poses (asanas) designed to warm and stretch […]

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Adjective: Virescent  (vuh-RESS-unt) Definition: Beginning to be green: greenish Sample sentence: Buds formed on the bare trees, infusing the stark branches with a slight virescent tint.

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