What Do Antioxidants Actually Do?

People always say, “Make sure to eat your fruit and vegetables,” and while that is absolutely something you should do, it is not because of the antioxidants in them.

Antioxidant molecules have been found to counteract oxidative stress placed on the body by free radicals, which are unstable molecules that naturally form when your body converts food to energy and when you exercise. We are also exposed to free radicals with cigarette smoke, air pollution and sunlight. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, oxidative stress has been found to trigger cell damage and to play a role in diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and cataracts.

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The Health Risks of Loneliness

Loneliness is a state of mind that causes a range of emotions. This is not to get confused with being alone. There is a difference. Being alone gives you time to do your own thing and recharge for another busy day. Being lonely, however, has been linked to severe health risks, such as being more prone to heart disease, depressive symptoms and decreased self-care.

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2017 Well-Being Rankings: How does our community stack up?

In Gallup-Sharecare’s State of American Well-Being 2017 Community Well-Being Rankings, Gainesville is ranked 108 out of 186 communities across the country. This is quite the drop from its rank of 45 in 2016.

The annual rankings are divided into five parts: purpose, social, financial, community and physical. The purpose rank is dependent on people in the community liking what they do each day and being motivated to achieve their goals.

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The Low Down on Coconut Oil 

Apart from fulfilling our island sentiments, coconuts have gained a reputation for providing us with a healthy substitute for those not-so-healthy oils we use in cooking. Coconut oil is rumored to help your heart and thyroid, as well as skin care, hair care, weight loss and protect against Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis and diabetes.

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3 Signs it is Time for a Career Change

Sometimes you get on a career path when you are young and become so accustomed to working in that field, you never leave  — even if you are unhappy.

Well, surprise! You do not have to stay in a job or that field just because that is what you know. You can make a career or job change at any point in your life, but it is important to note the difference between the two. If you have worked in a few similar positions in the same field under different employers and you are still unhappy, it may be time for a career change. If you are just unhappy with your employer, but you like the work you are doing, it is simply time for a job change. If you notice any of the following three signs, it may be time to switch things up.

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Get the Scoop on Coffee 

If you are sitting there with your morning coffee and wondering if your daily cup is damaging to your health, worry not!

According to a November 2015 study in “Circulation,” the American Heart Association’s scientific journal, coffee consumption was associated with an 8–15 percent reduction in the risk of death. Similar studies have found that coffee consumption also reduces the risk of cardiovascular health, Type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and liver cancer, just to name a few.

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Forest Bathing for Better Mental Health 

Forest bathing has nothing to do with actually bathing and everything to do with allowing yourself to get lost in the forest and using all your senses to do so.

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Buddha Bowl Basics 

Everyone seems to be raving about Buddha bowls, but what are they really? Also known as glory or hippie bowls, the Buddha bowl is filled with an array of veggies, greens beans and either quinoa or brown rice. The bowls can also include toppings like nuts, seeds and even some light dressing, making them a healthy and filling meal.

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