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Cold and Flu Myths
“Feed a cold, starve a fever.” “Wet hair will make you catch a cold.” Paging Dr. Mom: If you have children under the age of two, it’s likely you’ve heard at least one of these theories. But are these myths -- or actual medical advice worth following? One thing is certain, cold season is here and it’s nothing to sneeze at. More than 90 percent of all Americans have at least one cold a year, and many have several. To keep your family healthy, let’s sort out what’s fact -- and what’s not -- regarding the top three cold and flu myths.

1) Feed a Cold; Starve a Fever
False. While Mark Twain may have a beloved spot in American history, this centuries-old saying he popularized is simply not true. Whether they’re battling a cold, fever or both, all sick kids (and adults) need nutrients and liquids to get better. If your baby doesn’t feel up to eating solids, try soups, juices, popsicles and other fortified liquids.

2) Breathing the Same Air as a Sick Person is the Easiest Way to Catch a Cold
False. While cold viruses can travel through the air -- especially when a sick person coughs or sneezes -- it’s not likely they’ll infect your baby this more »

Relieve Sore Muscles
Fruit Advantage Cherry Prime may be the solution many are looking for to enjoy a reduction in muscle soreness and achy joints during the cooler winter months. What's the secret of this product? Cherry Prime is the result of over three years of research and is a patent-pending formula. In addition, it is the first product to combine the vital ingredients of glucosamine, chondroitin and tart cherries. This new product delivers the essential compounds of these three natural ingredients.

Recent research conducted at the University of Vermont showed that cherry juice reduced muscle soreness in participants. The results indicated that the individuals who drink a tart cherry juice blend had reduced symptoms of normal muscle damage caused by physical exertion. The study recorded isometric elbow flexion strength, muscle tenderness and pain prior to the study and four days following more »

Diet is key to overall wellness, and proper nutrition will help you remain energized and motivated to make other healthy strides. Unfortunately, some think making healthy meals is too time consuming and often make less nutritious decisions in the name of convenience. But with the right tools, creating a wide variety of tasty, wholesome options is quick and simple. With a high-performance blender like the Vitamix 7500, you can make nutrient-packed green smoothies, steaming hot soups and healthy frozen treats in minutes. Simply toss whole fruits or vegetables into the Vitamix, choose the settings, and in a matter of seconds the machine's unmatched power and versatility will create dishes that taste great and are good for you. The new 7500 model also features easy controls and a compact design that will fit into most kitchen spaces - as well as your new healthy more »




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