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The truth about energy drinks

  Guest post by Bonnie Brost of  Essentia Health in Duluth.   Energy drinks have become popular, especially with young adults. Marketing campaigns proclaiming improved performance and concentration feed the popularity of these products. Just the word “energy” in the name gets people interested. And the companies often sponsor extreme sport events that appeal to… Read More The truth about energy drinks

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What’s a Flexitarian?

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Only 1 in 10 Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Vegetarians should be making the grade, so there’s plenty of opportunity for the rest of us to improve our diets. Most Americans are omnivores because… Read More What’s a Flexitarian?

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Sick of being Sick? Check out these Foods that Boost Your Immunity

{By Teresa Farrell, Licensed and Registered Dietician at Essentia Health.} This time of year everyone seems to be worried about getting a cold, the flu or worse. The question becomes what can you do to improve your immunity. Things that can boost your immunity include better stress management, exercise, getting adequate sleep, and proper nutrition.… Read More Sick of being Sick? Check out these Foods that Boost Your Immunity

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Serve up a healthy nachos bar for the Super Bowl

{guest post from Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health} Super Bowl Sunday is America’s second largest day for food consumption, surpassed only by Thanksgiving. Pizza, chicken wings, pretzels, potato chips and dips are some of the top-selling foods. Domino’s Pizza estimates its Super Bowl Sunday sales are five times greater than the average Sunday. These popular convenience foods are packed with… Read More Serve up a healthy nachos bar for the Super Bowl

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The scoop on gluten-free eating

{shared with permission from Essentia Health} Gluten-free has achieved “health halo” status. Celebrities tout their gluten-free diets as healthier and a survey found many Americans believe such a diet improves both physical and mental health. In 2014, Consumer Reports’ National Research Center surveyed more than 1,000 Americans and discovered 63 percent thought a gluten-free diet… Read More The scoop on gluten-free eating

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The weather outside may be frightful, but exercising outdoors can be delightful

Guest post from Essentia Health-St Josephs Hospital of Brainerd During these cold months, most folks want to hibernate inside and drop all outdoor activities. However, there’s no need to spend almost half a year sitting inside. “When it comes to being active outdoors, there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing choices,”… Read More The weather outside may be frightful, but exercising outdoors can be delightful

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A Dietitian’s advice on ways to make your favorite recipes Healthier

**shared with permission from Essential Health Press Release   Make your recipes healthier with a few easy steps The Holidays mean many of us plan to do more cooking at home. Cooking from scratch gives us the opportunity to Make Recipes Healthier that still taste great. Denise Cleveland, registered and licensed dietitian and Director of… Read More A Dietitian’s advice on ways to make your favorite recipes Healthier

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Tips for avoiding a cold this winter | Advice from Essentia Health

Guest post from Essentia Health of Brainerd Note from Becky: As I type this, half of my household is battling runny noses and hacking coughs. Being sick is the pits and exceptionally so around the holidays. Here are some Tips for avoiding a cold this winter from the peeps that are in-the-know at Essentia Health… Read More Tips for avoiding a cold this winter | Advice from Essentia Health

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Holiday Healthy Hacks | Taking Healthy Dishes to your Holiday Parties

By Bonnie Brost, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health. Holiday Healthy Hacks We’re in the holiday season when parties challenge our commitment to healthy eating. There are family parties, club parties, work parties and annual gathering of friends. These events are often centered on food that’s loaded with calories, sugar, fat and sodium. When… Read More Holiday Healthy Hacks | Taking Healthy Dishes to your Holiday Parties