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Cut down on alcohol. If that is too much to ask, there is evidence to suggest that a glass of red wine does have heart benefits. Avoid beer which is especially fattening. Cocktails can be very fattening depending on what they are made of. The other problem with drinking alcohol is that after a few […]

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Verb: Suffuse (suh-FYOOZ) Definition: To spread over or through in the manner of fluid or light: flush, fill. Sample sentence: Mother opened the curtains so the room would suffuse with the light of morning.

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Drink a glass of water 10 minutes before you sit down to eat. Water will naturally make you feel fuller so you don’t have to eat as much food. Quite often we confuse our feelings of hunger with that of thirst so have a glass of water first and see how you feel.

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Noun: Maverick (MAV-rik) Definition: 1. An unbranded range animal; especially: a motherless calf. 2. An independent individual who does not go along with a group or party. Sample sentence: The award-winning columnist was regarded as a political maverick who clashed with his colleagues on many issues.

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To remove excess fat from soups, stews or sauces, drop in 3 or 4 ice cubes. The fat will congeal around them as they melt. You can then remove the fat and reheat if necessary to re-thicken.

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Engaging in casual conversation with others may help keep you as sharp as doing a word puzzle, according to some studies. Just 10 minutes of daily chatter appears to improve mental function and preserve memory.

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Adjective: Labile (LAY-byle) Definition: 1. Readily or frequently changing. 2. Readily or continually undergoing chemical, physical, or biological change or breakdown. 3. Characterized by wide fluctuations. 4. Emotionally unstable. Sample sentence: The researcher spent years studying chemically labile compounds in the hopes that they could be adapted into new medications.

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Adjective: Orgulous (OR-gyuh-lus) Definition: Proud, haughty. Sample sentence: My golfing buddies and I are not orgulous members of some elitist country club because to us it is about the sport and nothing more.

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Avoid constipation and stay regular with Triphala, an Ayurvedic blend of three fruits that is believed to help tone the gastrointestinal tract. Look for capsules of Triphala and follow package directions.

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Plagued with sinus problems? Rinse your nasal passages twice a day to flush out pollen and other irritants. Put saline solution (a 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 cup warm water) in a plastic squirt bottle or a nasal irrigator, a spouted container that allows you to pour water directly into your nose. The solution should […]

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