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What to Know About Toxic Blue-Green Algae Before Letting Your Dog Swim in the Lake | Toxic Blue

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It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a warm day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy. The culprit: toxic blue-green algae. “Blue-green algae can cause signs of poisoning in as little as an hour,” according to Justine Lee, DVM, a board-certified criticalist and toxicologist at the Animal Emergency & Referral Center of Minnesota. “Death has been reported within just a few hours. Signs of Read more [...]

A Science-Backed 7-Minute Workout That Hits All the Muscles You Forget About | Plank Position

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Don't get us wrong—we're all about bodyweight exercises. And quick, high-intensity routines like the scientific 7-minute workout (plus the research that inspired it) prove you can get in a great workout with very little time and equipment. But one issue with relying on body weight as resistance is that it can get a little tricky to work the muscles of your back body—you know, your upper and lower back, glutes, and hamstrings."It's easier to find bodyweight exercises that include Read more [...]

How to Clean Smelly Gym Clothes | Gym Clothes

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Green cleaning methods are the most effective way to get rid of stench. If you own gym clothes, then you’ll be familiar with the nasty smell that goes along with them. The downside to using high-tech, synthetic wicking fabrics is their inability to get perfectly clean in the laundry. They’re designed to repel water, which is great when you’re sweating profusely and don’t want to feel soggy clothes next to your skin, but it’s less desirable when you want those clothes to Read more [...]

the ultimate guide to natural face cleansers | Gel Cleanser

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New around here? Get my monthly newsletter for even more green beauty goodness. Thanks for visiting!When it comes to natural face cleansers, I have a pretty straightforward philosophy. To complete my daily and weekly routines, I need: A non-foaming/cream for gentle morning cleanses (usually with a konjac sponge) or for when my skin is extremely dry or irritated A light gel cleanser for double cleansing after oil cleansing at night A thick gel cleanser to use with a Clarisonic, konjac sponge or Read more [...]

What's the Least Amount of Exercise You Can Do and Still Be Healthy? | Sports Medicine

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It’s no secret that exercise does a body good. But between work, your side hustle, and just doin’ you, squeezing in time to sweat is a struggle—so we don't blame you for wondering how much is just enough.The Need-to-KnowThe rule of thumb—suggestions supported by the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and other health organizations—is this: 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of more intense aerobic exercise (or a Read more [...]

Empowering Tips for Fearless Aging | Super Senior

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Stereotypes about getting older can make a natural process stressful. Here‘s how to stop those negative messages from clouding the years ahead. If we’re lucky, we get older. Yet, as grateful as we might be for each passing year, that doesn’t always make the effects of aging easier to accept. The diminishing of some physical and mental abilities, the feeling that we may be less attractive, the increased odds of age-related disease — not to mention the know-ledge that life’s Read more [...]

Food Beauty Hacks from My Kitchen | Coconut Oil

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I pulled in another iHerb Haul this past week – and it was a beauty-packed one. So you’re probably expecting to see some of my natural beauty finds on these pages? Well, I hope I don’t disappoint you when I say, most of these products you will store in your kitchen cupboard. These “natural grocery” & “organic food”products I picked up were for dual usage: eatings and beauty. Check out below for my favourite food beauty hacks.I can’t do a food beauty hack post without Read more [...]

ask kimberlyloc, part 1 | Acid Exfoliation

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New around here? Get my monthly newsletter for even more green beauty goodness. Thanks for visiting!Beauty blogger skincare advice. Take it with a grain of salt, OK? If you’re a newsletter subscriber, you saw last month’s call for questions and blog post topics you want to see on kimberlyloc.com. Of the responses I received, there were lots of one-off questions and suggestions that seemed to be perfect for a regular “ask kimberlyloc” column. While I’m no dermatologist, aesthetician, Read more [...]

An Ode to Ranch: How I Fell in Love With America’s Condiment | Middle School

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What are your first memories of middle school? Catching a glimpse of your crush’s braces-crossed smile? Straining to remember your locker combination? Half-heartedly digging through your backpack to "find" the homework you knew you’d forgotten at home? My earliest middle school memory took place in the cafeteria, on the first Friday of the month: pizza day. I was sitting across from my friend Allen, mouth agape, as I watched him douse his slice of pizza in ranch dressing. I’d never Read more [...]

8 Vegetables That Are Healthier Than Kale | Leafy Green

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It’s no stretch to say that the past few years have been all about kale. This once humble vegetable, more used as a plate garnish than anything else, has turned into the ultimate mainstream health food. But other veggies are just as, if not more, nutritious than kale. Read on for some of the vegetables that are healthier than kale.Watercress. Of all the vegetables out there, watercress is the most nutrient-packed per serving. These greens are high in nitrate, which improves oxygen Read more [...]

You CAN Change: How to Change Your Attitude | Continuously Changing

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I was recently participating in a family gathering. It wasn’t that big, maybe 15 people, but it was big enough for groups of people to be formed and have different conversations.As I was walking past one of the groups, I overheard someone saying: “well there’s nothing you can do about it. That’s her character, and people can’t change.”The fact the people believe that character and attitude is something that you are born with and can’t be changed always strikes me as surprising.I Read more [...]

LPN’s Wellness, Spiritual & Green Beauty Faves in February | Code Livingprettynaturally10

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There was something about this February that was hard. Things just felt like they took a little more effort – getting into my yoga practice happened less frequent, my work hours were longer and my immune system seemed to struggle. For this reason, it was even more important to support myself in all ways: mind, body and soul. Maybe you noticed a trend last month on my posts: self care (cf. last week’s post and the one prior to that).  Keeping in with the theme of self care, here Read more [...]

How to Create a System That Will Help You With Any Goal | Goal

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Life coaches are crazy-obsessed big goal-setters. Coaching is largely about beginning with the end in mind (a goal) and creating an action plan to get there, wherever “there” is. I personally reset my goals every 6 months. They are pinned to my vision board as a daily reminder of what I’m working toward. But a goal alone isn’t enough for success. You also need a system to get you there. Because systems work—they provide clarity and keep you on track. In How to Fail at Almost Everything Read more [...]

7 Things People Do That Dogs Hate | Express Affection

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We love our dogs and consider them family. But that doesn’t mean they appreciate everything humans enjoy. As responsible pet parents, it’s important for us to learn their 4-legged language and communicate in ways they understand and can easily follow. Pay careful attention to your pet’s reactions to the following human behaviors: 1. Hugs From Strangers Imagine a total stranger coming up to you and giving you a full body hug. It would probably make you feel threatened, uncomfortable Read more [...]

the ultimate guide to eye treatments | Eye Cream

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New around here? Get my monthly newsletter for even more green beauty goodness. Thanks for visiting!To eye cream or not to eye cream. That’s NOT the question. Because the answer is obviously yes, of course, you should eye cream. The skin around your eyes is delicate and can have different issues (dark circles, puffiness, flakiness, dullness) than the rest of your skin. Thus, specialized eye creams. Or is it eye balm? Or eye oil? Or eye serum? That’s the real question. With so many textures available, Read more [...]

Here's Why You Might Feel Sad After Finishing a Big Race | Olivia Recommends

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One evening in late October, I was catching up with a friend when I suddenly found myself breaking down."I’m going through a hard time," I told her, choking back tears. "I had the worst summer of my life."The first statement was true, evidenced by my zombie-like daytime interactions and random, tear-filled outbursts on the subway (sorry, New Yorkers on the A train). But I'll admit that the second was pure melodrama, sputtered only in retaliation to how the event I had most been looking Read more [...]
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