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3 Adaptogenic Herbs to Get You Through The Long Winter Months.

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Adaptogens: nature's way of controlling stress and fatigue.   In recent years herbs known as adaptogens have become increasingly popular-- some of them, such as ginseng, are becoming familiar in many households.  Many people consider them to be a more sustained energy boost in comparison to caffeine and sugar (and also allows you to avoid the sugar/coffee crashes!) but they can also be used to help you feel less down in the winter, less stressed at work, and-- well-- better all around. Adaptogens are a group of herbs that are used for a variety of reasons.  They are called adaptogens because of their ability to "adapt" their...

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Think You Can't Avoid The Flu This Year? Try These Tricks.

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We all have heard-- or we know first hand-- that the 2018 flu season isn't to be taken lightly.  But that doesn't mean that there's no chance in avoiding it.  Here are 8 tips for the season to keep you as healthy and happy as possible!  1. Get the flu shot.  Yes, we've all heard the statistics: 30% effective doesn't really sound that great sometimes!  But health care workers agree, though it's not a perfect remedy, the flu shot is still the best line of defense against this vicious flu.  2. Wash your hands and be a clean freak!  Washing...

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Food History: 3 foods you thought were American that originated in Africa... plus 3 foods that are North American.

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Many of us assume some quintessential regional foods come from areas of the United States, when in fact many of them have histories that we never know about.  For example, many foods we might think of as being native to the southern United States were brought over by the Atlantic Slave trade.  Some of the foods that originated and flourished in Africa before being brought to the United States?  Okra, Watermelon, Coffee, and Black Eyed Peas are on the list!  While these delicious foods are featured in many of our favorite dishes, we are fascinated to know their origins.  Wondering what ingredients are...

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5 Nutrition Tips We Stand Behind At Cooked

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Stick to Health Basics It's easy to find your head spinning with health and pseudo health information these days.  At Cooked we believe that sticking to nutritional basics will get you far in reaching your health and wellness goals.  Here are 5 of our favorite health pillars to stick by.    Rock the ABCD's:That's right, Vitamin's A, B, C, D are all essential to feeling well, stress management, to children's growth, brain development, and more. Make sure you and your family are loading up on foods rich in these vitamins. Vitamin A: Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, ApricotsVitamin B: Meat, Fish, Dairy, Whole...

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Boredom Busters For Active Kids on Cold Days

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It's no secret that Winter 2018 is freezing.  When stuck inside, it can be hard to even work up energy to get active, but it's important for kids and adults alike!  For children, not only are you teaching them healthy habits to maintain for life, but you are also helping them develop strong cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal systems.  Furthermore, active kids are less likely to struggle with ADHD or depression and tend to struggle less in school. But what to do with grumpy or wild kids?  Here are 5 of our favorite games to get you and your family moving inside...

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