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The Importance of Potassium

by Kimberly Hays August 2nd, 2012 | Nutrition, Vitamins
If you have ever woken up in the middle of the night with a leg cramp, you have most likely felt the effects of a potassium deficiency. Potassium is an important nutrient that helps in maintaining healthy tissue in our muscles, as well as keeping our cells healthy. It also is essential to our heart health, as it helps control our blood pressure. Potassium deficiency has also been linked to depression and severe fatigue.

Someone can think they are seriously ill, even thinking they are having a heart attack, when it can just be a potassium deficiency. Of course, always
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Iron: Do You Need More?

by Jessica B. April 10th, 2012 | Nutrition
As a vegetarian, I am often questioned about my iron levels. Whenever I got sick as a vegetarian teen, my parents would drag me to the doctor to make sure my iron levels were acceptable. Despite all of the concern, my iron levels have remained well within the normal range. Here are a few suggestions to raise your iron level or keep it within a healthy range. I try to take a few normal precautions, but I don't spend too much time worrying about my iron unless I start to feel poorly.

1) Iron supplements - This might be an
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Amazing Health Benefits of Tea

by Mackenzie M. January 19th, 2012 | Nutrition
As a former employee of the Teavana Corporation, a high-end tea merchant, and an avid tea drinker, I am familiar with the amazing health benefits of the hundreds of kinds of tea leaves. The basis of tea is simply soaking the leaves of a plant known as the Camellia sinensis in hot water.

Tea, consumed hot or cold, has a plethora of health benefits, but in my experience I keep finding people who are not familiar with them, let alone that the world of tea expands infinitely farther than the powder found inside store-bought tea bags. Remember, tea bags are
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More of the Healthiest Foods

by Mackenzie M. November 24th, 2011 | Nutrition
It has been a few months since I wrote about “Five of the Healthiest Foods,” and in that time I have discovered several more foods that are absolutely delicious, and absolutely healthy for you. Some are well-known “super foods,” and others are hometown staples that have recently gained attention from nutritionists and scientists alike.

Like the five foods I previously wrote about, these items will not only make you feel more energetic and well, but they will also supplement your daily diet with much needed vitamins and minerals. Also keep in mind, these items can be found at
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Healthy Foods on a Skinny Budget

by Mackenzie M. October 27th, 2011 | Nutrition
It is a fact of life in urban America that to shop at health food stores, such as Whole Foods, or to attempt to eat only fresh foods, will be expensive. This affects people on lower incomes, the elderly on social security, and college students. I am a good example of the college student who attempts to buy weekly groceries at the local Whole Foods, but who simply cannot sustain it financially. Yes, the in-store coupons offered by these stores are great, but it is still out of reach.

So how do you eat healthy, get your vitamins and minerals,
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All health and medical information is provided for educational purposes and is not meant to replace the medical advice or treatment of your healthcare professional.