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Healthy habits and tips that prevent disease and keep your mind and body running in tip-top shape.

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For Your Hair

My niece, a master stylist just cut my hair. Love the look, I told her my hair is thinning & I use stuff that regrows hair. She told me to throw it out & just massage my head 15 mins a night w/almond oil to stimulate the follicles & hair will grow back. She does this with results.

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Added Calorie Burn

Remember to CHALLENGE Yourself to Taking the Stairs Today at EVERY opportunity! You burn 4 calories for every 10 steps you climb.

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BREATH DEEPLY

Take a few moments every day to go outside and breath deeply while you enjoy nature. It is very calming to center yourself like this. After this you are ready to face anything.

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Get rid of leg cramps (Charley Horse)

At night time, I used to get cramps in my legs constantly. The best remedy that I have found recently and it works like a charm! Flex your foot towards you so that it lengthens the calf. The cramp will be gone immediately! It really works!

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Bug bite soother.

Yesterday I had bug bites. Tried lots of things. Got a Spark mail. Hint there said rub a bug bite with inside of banana skin. Just peel and rub and i am amazed it actually has worked. Itch went away for the whole night so i could sleep.

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The Realization that I am Only ONE Person

all you super-mom's (and dads) it is a fact that stress from shouldering the world leads to illness, obesity, poor sleep and added pounds so I remind myself daily (sometimes every minute) that I am only one person. I can't take on the world if I don't take care of me first.

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When friends & family offer unhealthy food

In our family we just say, “Thanks, but that’s too rich for me!” Everyone thinks it’s a compliment about their cooking. They feel good and you don’t have to spend a lot of time explaining about your diet.

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You are never too busy to exercise

“What fits into your busy schedule better, exercising one hour a day or being dead 24 hours a day?” Randy Glasbergen, Cartoonist

I wear a pedometer and do at least 10000 steps every day. I add steps throughout the day, pacing about and marching on the spot whenever I can fit it in. It all ad...

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A Great Alternative if You Can't Afford Acupuncture

If you don't have an acupuncturist in your area, or can't afford the treament sessions, buy yourself a book on Acupressure. These are potent points that you can do yourself and there are also points to mitigating hunger. There is a variety of Acupressure books on Amazon and Ebay.

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Explore Nutrition Articles on Spark

It's important to read as many of the Spark articles on nutrition as you can. It will destroy many of the misunderstandings that you might have about food and it's role in losing and maintaining weight.

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