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Mia Barnes is a wellness journalist with a passion for healthy living and mental growth and wellbeing. She is also the Editor-in-Chief of BodyMind.com. She enjoys exploring the benefits of mindfulness and meditation on all aspects of life.

Heart-Healthy Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet

Heart-Healthy Foods to Incorporate Into Your Diet

Having a nutritious plant-based diet is critical for your health. It helps lower your cholesterol, preventing the risk of heart disease and stroke. So, here are seven heart-healthy foods to incorporate into your diet.

1. Add in Some Whole Grains

Grains are the perfect source of fiber. They help improve cholesterol levels and reduce your risk of stroke and diabetes. Grains also include plenty of B vitamins, iron and magnesium. These vitamins are essential in ensuring your body's cells function correctly.

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5 Mental Wellness Tips for When a Relationship Ends

5 Mental Wellness Tips for When a Relationship Ends

Like the old song says, breaking up is hard to do. The aftermath of a dissolved relationship provokes a strong emotional response that can even have physical consequences.

You should treat yourself gently during this time and take care to nurture your emotional well-being. Here are five mental wellness tips for when a relationship ends.

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How to Foster Emotional Intelligence in Your Relationship

How to Foster Emotional Intelligence in Your Relationship - Mia Barnes

Everyone needs something a bit different in their romantic relationships. You might want something long-term or need a low-key relationship that takes it slow. No matter what your priorities are, everyone aligns when it comes to emotional intelligence. It makes every partnership thrive, so learn how to foster emotional intelligence in your relationship with these tips.

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6 Healthy Daily Activities to Help You Take Back Control of You

6 Healthy Daily Activities to Help You Take Back Control of You

Uncertainty abounds in today’s world – and the way you cope with it influences your mental health. Events like pandemics, wars, and pending economic and climate catastrophes can leave you feeling powerless.

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5 Ways to Reuse Extra Food to Avoid Waste

5 Ways to Reuse Extra Food to Avoid Waste

You clean out your refrigerator once a week, sighing as you toss half-eaten fruit containers and moldy leftovers. All that food waste makes a significant difference to the planet. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that such practices add the equivalent of 42 coal plants’ worth of carbon to the planet’s problems each year.

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5 Tips for Deepening Your Regular Yoga Practice

5 Tips for Deepening Your Regular Yoga Practice

You might have fallen in love with yoga after your first class. However, two years later, your routine feels a bit stale. What can you do to reignite your passion for your practice?

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5 Tips for Opening up to a Loved One or Friend About Something Difficult

5 Tips for Opening up to a Loved One or Friend About Something Difficult

Stephen King once wrote, “The most important things are the hardest things to say.” He also observed that expressing big thoughts and feelings brings them down to size instead of the monsters they often seem when you keep them in your head.

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6 Tips to Help New Parents Manage Discomfort in Newborns

6 Tips to Help New Parents Manage Discomfort in Newborns

Few things terrify new parents like a fussy baby who won’t quiet down. Is it colic? Did you stick them with a diaper pin? Could it be something more serious?

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5 Tips for Ensuring Your Pet Has a Clean and Nutritious Diet

5 Tips for Ensuring Your Pet Has a Clean and Nutritious Diet

Your pet is more than a mere companion. They’re family. As such, they deserve the most nourishing meals you can provide. The right food can go far in giving your best friend a long and active life.

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5 Tips for Establishing a Healthy Plant-Based Diet

5 Tips for Establishing a Healthy Plant-Based Diet - Mia Barnes

The health benefits include improved weight loss, helping the environment and reduced risk for chronic diseases. Yet interestingly enough, just over 50% of Americans rank taste as their primary reason for switching to plant-based proteins, signifying that eating a plant-based diet can be just as tasty as being a meat-eater, and doesn’t only have to be made in the interest of health and eco-consciousness.

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5 Natural Skin Care Tips for Acne-Prone Skin

5 Natural Skin Care Tips for Acne-Prone Skin -  Mia Barnes

Most individuals experience skin impurities throughout their lives. Acne is the most common skin condition, which reaches all demographics. While some people experience rare hormonal breakouts, others struggle to develop clear skin.

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Why Is Water So Important? 8 Good Reasons to Drink Enough Water

Why Is Water So Important? 8 Good Reasons to Drink Enough Water - Mia Barnes

Hydration is beneficial to your overall health and well-being. However, many people do not consume enough water each day.

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5 Tips for Avoiding Gallstones

5 Tips for Avoiding Gallstones - Mia Barnes

Gallstones can be a severe detriment to your lifestyle. They can cause pain and even more serious health issues if left unchecked. As a result, you should avoid them whenever possible, whether by preventive methods or by dealing with them as they come. These five tips detail easy ways to keep gallstones from becoming an issue in your life — and you may improve other aspects of your health at the same time.

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5 Health Benefits of Buying Your Food Locally

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You probably know that your grocery shopping habits influence your and your family’s health. Did you know that your food-buying choices can also impact the planet as a whole?

Reducing the impact of climate change is a collective responsibility, and minor changes can make a significant difference. They can also make your life more nutritious and delicious. Consider the following five health benefits of buying your food locally.

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5 Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

5 Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea - Mia Barnes

Sleep apnea is a disorder that interrupts an individual’s breathing repeatedly through the night. This health issue occurs while you’re sleeping, so it can be challenging to self-diagnose.

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6 Reasons to Try a Low-Sugar Diet

6 Reasons for Low Sugar Diet by Mia Barnes

A low-sugar diet means reducing how much added and natural sugars you consume in a day. Less restrictive than a no-sugar diet, low-sugar diets encourage you to reduce your sugar intake and focus on healthier, balanced eating habits, such as switching out processed foods for more nutritious produce and whole grains.

Many health professionals recommend starting a low-sugar diet sooner rather than later to prevent harmful weight gain and other chronic conditions. Essentially, the goal of reducing the amount of sugar you eat is to maintain healthy glucose levels in the body.

Benefits of Eating a Low-Sugar Diet

There are many reasons to try a low-sugar diet, and the benefits greatly outweigh any challenges associated with making adjustments to your eating habits. Here are six reasons to try a low-sugar diet.

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4 Household Items You Should Replace Regularly for Better Health

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When you consider the cleanliness of your home, you may think of organization. While an unorganized junk drawer and a toy-covered floor can be unpleasant, they possess minimal adverse health effects. The real culprit of grime and contamination is disposable household items.

Many of us use various products daily without considering their hygiene or safety. There are four specific items to replace frequently in order to improve your well-being at home.

The Benefits of Replacing Items Regularly

You can ensure the protection of yourself and your family members by assessing the expiration dates of your household items. Prevent mold buildup by swapping out old items that come in contact with water.

Reducing your exposure to mold may decrease your risk of asthma attacks and other respiratory complications. Frequently replacing older items with new, clean ones can also reduce your risk of developing diseases. E. coli, listeria, and salmonella derive from unclean products, especially in the kitchen.

Over time, items accumulate bacteria, infecting nearly 48 million people annually. When you upgrade your household items often, you can protect the health and well-being of yourself and your family. There are four products you should replace frequently to maintain health and safety.

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7 Health Problems That Good Sleep Helps Prevent

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Have you ever been told you've woken up on the wrong side of the bed? Getting enough sleep is vital to a positive mood and having enough energy to attend to your daily tasks. But did you know that when you suffer from poor sleep, you can put yourself at risk for severe medical conditions like heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes? Good sleep hygiene is crucial for a healthy and long life.

Adults should aim to rest at least seven to nine hours at night. To ensure quality sleep, limit all caffeine intake after 2 PM. Establish a bedtime routine and be consistent each night so your body can grow accustomed to it. Make sure your room is dark, cool, and comfortable so you can rest well. Limit the use of all electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime, so it doesn't interfere with your natural rest patterns.

If you get good sleep each night, you’ll reduce your chances of developing serious illnesses. You’ll also boost your overall wellness. Here are a few health problems that good sleep helps prevent!

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Winter

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Have the winter blues got you down? Seasonal affective disorder affects about 1%-2% of the population, and milder forms may affect as much as 20%. This mental health condition occurs at the same time each year and can take a toll on every aspect of your life, from work to relationships to your sense of self-worth.

The good news is that, like other forms of depression, SAD is treatable — and there are plenty of steps you can take to help yourself feel better. Here are five simple ways to take care of your mental health so you can break through the gloom and actually enjoy the season.

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How to Create a Peaceful Place for Meditation

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Meditation offers an array of benefits for your body, mind and spirit. Enthusiasts claim the practice can do anything from easing chronic pain to helping you touch divinity.

However, you need an appropriate location to spread out your mat. Here are five steps to creating a peaceful place for meditation.

1. Find a Quiet Place

It isn’t always easy to carve out a space to hear yourself think. The problem compounds if you share an apartment with noisy roommates or have several littles making nonstop pitter-patter with their little feet. However, you can get creative even in a studio by insulating an area to find your zen.

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