Wellness

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Hot, Hot, Hot! Cayenne Peppers

If you like spice, you are most likely familiar with the cayenne pepper. This long, thin red pepper is a member of the Solanaceae family whose peppers run from mild to super-hot. This family includes sweet bell peppers, jalapenos, serranoes and the notoriously hot ghost peppers.

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Tumeric

Tumeric is a spice that belongs to the ginger family. It is native to SE Asia and has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice enhancing the flavor of many foods. It has also been used for many health reasons especially with problems with digestion, skin, and joints.

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Health Benefits of Ginger

As a child, whenever I would have an upset stomach, my mother would give me ginger ale and soda crackers. I never realized, growing up, that it was the ginger in the ginger ale, that helped me recover. As an adult, I have kept ginger ale in my refrigerator, to have if I was nauseous, seasick, or just felt like by digestive system needed a boost.

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Garlic, Yeah it’s real healthy stuff!

Did you know that garlic dates back almost 3,000 years? Yes, that is right. Cloves of garlic were found in King Tut’s tomb. Medical texts from the ancient civilizations of India, Rome, Greece, Egypt, and China mention garlic.
What makes garlic beneficial to your health?

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OTC (Over-the-Counter) – What’s that all about?

Sometimes we just need to pick up something from CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, or another pharmacy. Maybe it’s first aid supplies or cold/cough medications, eye drops, toothpaste, pain relievers, vitamins or personal care items. While shipping have you seen the OTC tags on the shelves?

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Red Tide

Red Tide has been in the local news quite a bit lately. What is it? Is it the same as blue-green algae? Is it dangerous? What are some of the symptoms and treatments? How can we monitor it in our area?

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Itch…Then Scratch, and Itch Some More

So, you move here from up north so are probably familiar with Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Sumac. Then you start to learn how to garden in Southwest Florida. And then the itching starts again. Maybe there is no poison ivy in sight so where does it come from?

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Taking Care of Your Diabetes

As described in the last article, all body cells need a steady supply of glucose. How can you open that cell membrane and allow nutrients to enter the cell and decrease the level of glucose in your blood?
The first answer often is to take medicine or insulin. This is not the whole answer and many times not even part of it.

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What is Diabetes

At the most elementary level diabetes is simply thick blood. How is that you ask? To begin to answer this question we will start with an explanation of what is insulin and what part does it play in your body.

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