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Five ways to boost your levels of concentration

In the information overload age, being able to focus and keep your attention on the task at hand can be a struggle. Here are some concentration-boosting and distraction-fighting techniques to fire up your capacity to concentrate from the experts at Medical News Today. Get regular ‘green time’. A dose of nature could be just what the doctor ordered when trying …

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Opioid epidemic-Nashville Hospitals to restrict supply?

A recent NPR story by Blake Farmer looked at how local hospitals are, belatedly, trying to curb and control the Opioids they have in the past dispensed like free candy to patients. “We really do have a lot of responsibility and culpability and this burden, and so we have to make sure we do whatever we can to stem this …

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Minty Fudge Brownie Bites – perfect for Valentine’s day

Minty Fudge Brownie Bites – perfect for Valentine’s day

By Laura Lea Goldberg Ingredients: • 2 cups raw walnuts • 4-5 tablespoons cocoa powder (I use 5) • 1½ cups Medjool dates pitted (make sure they are juicy!) • 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract • 1 tablespoon coconut oil • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt (plus more for garnish) • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: In a food processor, pulse together …

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Zoe’s Kitchen-Fast Food-and Healthy

Zoe’s Kitchen-Fast Food-and Healthy

Yes, it’s a Restaurant chain. No it’s not some trendy indie diner with recycled barnwood on the walls. And, yes, it is attempting, successfully it seems, to persuade consumers that you can have tasty, appealing, fast food, without a French Fry, Pancake, side of Bacon or Burger in sight. Zoe’s Kitchen which started in Alabama some 20 years ago, has …

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Cold weather help for Nashville homeless

During the recent very cold weather, The Nashville Office of Emergency Management “expended more than 480 man hours doing cold patrols to check on the homeless and other vulnerable people in the community”. OEM activates cold patrols when overnight lows dip below freezing. Volunteers from OEM go to areas where the homeless are known to camp or gather. The volunteers …

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Nashville Hospitals and doctors swamped by Flu patients

According to a Jan 12th article in the Knox Times, (www.knoxnews.com) the flu season has hit Tennessee hard this year-and still has a few weeks to run. “We’re up to our proverbial ears in influenza,” said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious disease specialist with Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. “Over the last two weeks, our hospitalization numbers in Middle …

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Local Nashville author writes book for ‘grumpy kids!’

Local professional writer Judith Wolf Mandell has recently written Sammy’s Broken Leg (Oh, No!) and the Amazing Cast That Fixed It. It’s a whimsical book for glum, grumpy kids in a clunky cast…for children curious about life in a cast…and for kiddos who aren’t real happy about a prolonged recovery from any condition. The book was inspired by her granddaughter’s …

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10 Interesting facts about the Human Brain

10 Interesting facts about the Human Brain

The human brain is one of the most important organs in a human body. It helps us think, reason, remember, and learn new things. Here are 10 interesting facts about the Human brain: The human brain weighs 3 pounds. It comprises 60% of fat and is one of the fattest organs in the human body. Human brain has the capacity …

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Why couple’s communication fails

Probably the number one complaint I hear from couples when they arrive in my office is “We just don’t know how to communicate.” As we go through our daily lives we observe all sorts of people and objects. We use our past experiences to filter and organize our observations and information we take in. Sometimes we encounter new information that …

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New ‘healthy’ restaurant opens Downtown

Grabbagreen, a fast-casual restaurant “known for their fresh and healthy alternative to fast food” has opened a new location in Nashville, under franchisee, Deerfield Hospitality Group, LLC. It’s on the ground-level retail space of SkyHouse Nashville at 111 17th Ave. S, Nashville. Grabbagreen claims “You can’t make an unhealthy decision at Grabbagreen. The clean eating menu includes green + grain …

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Avoiding those ‘embarrassing’ moments

Nashville Health & Wellness regular contributor Sheila McGinnis, expert on all things to do with natural remedies, has some suggestions for something we all suffer from: GAS! “It’s a natural part of digestion but at times it can be not only embarrassing but painful. No need in taking anti acids, which could actually make it worse over time but can …

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The importance of Core Foods

The importance of Core Foods

By Karina Hammer, Certified Holistic Wellness Coach Did you know that we are fed by not just what we eat, but by other areas in our life that “feed” us? These are what I call Core Foods. Core Foods can nourish us just as much as food can. They satisfy us internally at our core and provide energy on a …

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Good for your teeth

Bad foods for your teeth: Hard Candies: While these hard candies seem harmless, eat too many and the constant exposure to sugar can be harmful to your teeth. Hard candies also put your teeth at risk because in addition to being full of sugar, they can also trigger a dental emergency such as a broken or chipped tooth. Better alternative? …

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Dental Care should start before the first tooth appears

Dental Care should start before the first tooth appears

Many parents have a tough time judging how much dental care their kids need. They know they want to prevent cavities, but they don’t always know the best way to do so. Here are some tips and guidelines courtesy of KidsHealth.org When should Kids start brushing their Teeth? Good dental care begins before a baby’s first tooth appears. Just because …

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The Basics of understanding Body Language

Experts say some 90% of communication is non-verbal, so how you read someone’s body language (and how they read yours) is important in understanding people you meet for the first time. Makenzie Jones provides some basic guidelines. “What did I say wrong?” you may ask yourself after an encounter with someone that did not go as expected. However, it may …

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Treating Hair Loss with Robots and Stem Cells?

Everywhere you look there is another futuristic breakthrough right out of a TV cartoon episode of the Jetsons. From cars that drive themselves to stem cells and robots that help restore thinning hair – modern breakthroughs seem to be everywhere. Even right here in Nashville! Michael Ramsey (pictured) at PAI Medical Group explains how they treat patients with state of-the-art …

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A Healthy Heart starts here

A Healthy Heart starts here

Marielle Suddarth, NSCA CPT, Program Director at The New Beginnings Center, suggests three simple ways you can start improving the health of your Heart, and avoid the risk of Heart Disease. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in the United States for both women and men. Every 40 seconds someone dies of cardiovascular disease in the United States. 2,150 …

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Dating? You need Help? Here it is!

Dating? You need Help? Here it is!

February 14th is coming up. Romance is in the air, but if you don’t have a partner, how can you avoid mistakes when finding one? Don’t worry, there’s plenty of advice around. Jade Spilka, (pictured) looks at some of the sources. Dating can be a complex thing. It always has been. But add in our modern technology with its copious …

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10 Healthy Places and Activities for a First Date

10 Healthy Places and Activities for a First Date

Jade Spilka suggests you might be a little bit more original, healthy-and adventurous in your choice of a venue for a first date. Choosing the venue and activities for a first date can be a hard decision. There are so many options, but you always want to take your time in choosing which would be the best for the both …

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Juicing for great Health

Juicing for great Health

Having a diverse diet and getting all the nutrients you need can be hard with a busy lifestyle. Veronica Williams (pictured) suggests Juicing is a great way to kick start a healthy lifestyle that has some great benefits. From helping avoid the common cold to kick starting weight loss, juicing can be your answer to a balancing a healthy and …

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