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The 12 Shocking Foods That Can Cause a Bad Complexion

You haven’t been a teenager in more years than you may want to admit.

So why does your skin look like you’re a hormonal high schooler?

Or maybe having a bad complexion means something different to you.

Maybe you’re dealing with dullness and fine lines.

Or maybe you’re one of the lucky few who gets to deal with breakouts and wrinkles.

But no matter how many cleansers and toners and lotions you use, your bad complexion only gets so much better – and never as clear and youthful as you’d like it.

The problem may not be how you’re treating your face on the outside, but how you’re treating it from the inside.

Check out these twelve foods that can cause a bad complexion and see if any of these may be the source of your problem…

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How Weight Loss Can Improve Your Sex Life

Weight loss howSex can be awkward to talk about. It can also be awkward to think about.

At the same time, if your sex life isn’t up to par, it’s difficult to think about anything else.

But in all of this thinking and worrying, have you given any thought about how weight loss might help improve your sex life?

Because as unrelated as sex and weight may seem on the surface, if you’re carrying around more weight than you’d like, they can be connected.

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Exercise Your Way to a Healthy Blood Sugar Level

blood sugar level healthyYou know how important it is to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

That’s why you eat right and keep a close eye on your numbers.

But did you realize that exercise can help keep your blood sugar levels healthy and where you want them?

Of course you have to maintain a healthy, appropriate diet.

Nothing can replace your meal plans when it comes to keeping healthy blood sugar levels. But your food choices are only the beginning…

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Get An Energy Boost with These Deep Breathing Techniques

techniques deep breathingSome days, you’re tired from the moment your alarm goes off. Other days, you’re fine until mid-afternoon – and then you’re exhausted.

Or what about the nights you’re dozing off in front of the television, but don’t dare go to sleep this early…

This is when an energy boost would come in handy – and when deep breathing techniques are exactly what you’re looking for.

No caffeine to keep you up into the wee hours of the night. No sugar that will spike your energy but then make you “crash”.

And certainly no scary chemicals that could lead you down a path you want to avoid. Just deep breathing using techniques that rejuvenate and recharge, so you’ve got the energy to get through the day and still sleep at night.

In this article, you’ll get a general overview of deep breathing techniques, how to perform them, and what they will do for you.

We will also explain four very specific deep breathing techniques you can choose from whenever you could use a lift.

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13 Dangers of Botox: Why You Should ALWAYS Avoid It

botox dangers ofYou want to look your best, regardless of your age. The tell-tale fine lines and wrinkles in your mirror can be frustrating.

Especially when you don’t feel any older than you used to. But here’s the truth: the dangers of Botox simply aren’t worth it.

Sure, it’s marketed as “safe”. You’ve been told it’s a quick, easy procedure that can show nearly immediate results.

It’s understandable that you’re tempted. But beyond the marketing, underneath the spin, are the real dangers to Botox.

Dangers that get minimized or swept under the rug, or simply flat out ignored.

Let’s take a real, objective look at the dangers of Botox. Then you can reevaluate just how tempting this so-called “safe” procedure really is.

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How is Your Vision REALLY? [Take the Eye Quiz Now]

Quiz eyeYou’ve heard about 20/20 vision. You’re familiar with vision tests and eye quizzes.

But what does it all mean? If you want to know how good your vision really is, how are you supposed to find out?

Luckily, there are some good home vision tests available online.

You can perform them yourself by simply printing them out and following the directions.

But if you want a more general idea of how healthy your eyes are, we have compiled this eye quiz that should help you identify any potential problems.

And the best part of this eye quiz is that there are no wrong answers!

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Could Gum Chewing Be Linked to Cancer?

chewing gumGum chewing can’t possibly be bad for you.

It keeps your breath fresh and, for many people, it’s instrumental in kicking the smoking habit and losing weight.

Chewing gum is a harmless habit, right?

Not necessarily… Turns out, gum chewing – or at least some common ingredients in chewing gum – may actually be linked to cancer.

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Could this Vitamin Be the Answer to Urinary Tract Health?

health urinary tractIf you’ve ever experienced an unhealthy urinary tract, then you understand just how important urinary tract health can be.

So you get plenty of water, and drink cranberry juice – but if you aren’t getting enough of one key vitamin, you could still be missing out!

So let me ask you – how much time do you spend in the sun?

Think it’s unrelated to urinary tract health?

Not when you realized that vitamin D is the key to a healthy urinary tract system!

And yet, up to 75% of the population could be vitamin D deficient!

Which makes it even more important to understand how vitamin D plays a role in urinary tract health.

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Why Sex is Necessary for Good Mental Health

mental health goodGood mental health is just as important as good physical health.

Yet, while people embrace good physical health, society often whispers about good mental health.

Everyone is just supposed to be okay, all the time, without working on it. Or talking about it. Or admitting to it.

But that’s not reality. The reality is that good mental health takes as much work as good physical health.

So let’s talk about ways to maintain good mental health, instead of pretending it’s easy. And better yet, let’s start with a fun one!

Because sex can play an important – even vital role – in maintaining good mental health.

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7 Food and Drug Interactions to Steer Clear Of

Drug and food interactions Before you start taking any new medication or supplement, you ask your doctor about it.

And that’s a smart move. But do you ask your doctor about the foods you eat? Probably not.

Unfortunately, you could be missing food and drug interactions that are making your medications less effective – or even dangerous!

Check out these seven food and drug interactions to make sure you’re as healthy as you think you are!

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9 Quick Fixes to Help Thinning Hair

fixes quickYour hair belongs on your head. Not in your brush, not down the drain. You need quick fixes before you’re totally bald.

But what are you supposed to do? Over the counter creams don’t work for every type of hair loss, and surgeries are expensive, scary, and take too long.

We understand! So we’ve found these quick fixes to help thinning hair that work fast…

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6 Unknown Causes of Stomach Pressure

pressure stomachSome of the causes of stomach pressure are so common they’re clichéd.

After all, everyone knows beans are a magical fruit…

But what happens when you’ve stopped eating the obvious foods that can cause stomach pressure and discomfort, but you’re still dealing with it?

If this is the case, then it’s time to look beyond the obvious.

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Supercharge Your Colon Cancer Diet

diet colon cancerColon cancer. Even the phrase is scary.

And trying to get information can feel like wandering around alone in the dark.

Well, we’re going to turn the lights on!

You can protect your colon health and possibly even prevent colon cancer with one thing: diet.

Start eating the right delicious foods, stop eating the unhealthy ones, and get on board with a colon cancer diet that can keep your doctor happy and you healthy!

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9 Tips to Become More Flexible as You Age

flexible become moreFlexibility is a cornerstone of health, especially the older you get. While you don’t have to be a contortionist, you would like to be able to touch your toes again.

So, to become more flexible, you stretch every morning when you first wake up, but is that really enough?

That morning stretch is one way to become more flexible – but it’s not the only way.

Read on to learn more tips that will help you become even more flexible…

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How is My Stomach REALLY? [Take the Leaky Gut Test]

test leaky gut Are you suffering from symptoms from your head all the way down?

Do you really not feel well, in spite of being “just fine”?

Has your doctor given you a laundry list of treatments that don’t seem to be working?

If any of this sounds familiar, we may have answers for you – finally.

Because your symptoms may not be the problem at all. The problem may be in your gut.

Take the leaky gut test, and learn if relief is just around the corner…


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Treating Tennis Elbow in 20 Minutes or Less

Tennis elbow treatingThere’s a sharp pain, a quick gasp, and next thing you know, a friend, a neighbor, or a coworker is telling you how you should be treating tennis elbow.

But you don’t even play tennis!

We sympathize with your pain and understand your confusion. After all, if you never pick up a tennis racket – or haven’t in years – how can you have tennis elbow.

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What’s My Healthy Sodium Intake? [Quiz]

Intake healthy sodium You know you should limit sugar…and saturated fats…and yes, salt, too.

But you’re not 100% sure what a healthy sodium intake really is. Or even if your sodium intake is healthy or way off the charts.

Let’s be honest – it’s not so easy to maintain a healthy sodium intake every day if you’re not sure what that means.

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