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Should You Use Antibacterial Soap?

Is Antibacterial Soap Safe?If you are like most people you probably wash your hands several times a day. I know I do. What kind of soap do you use? A lot of people push the idea that you need to use antibacterial soap to make sure you’ve killed all the germs. It has become so common now that it is sometimes difficult to find soap that isn’t antibacterial, especially in liquid soap pump dispensers. They even put packets of antibacterial soap outside of the play areas in fast food restaurants. Is all of this antibacterial soap a good idea?

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How to Lose Weight and Keep the Muscle

Healthy Weight LossIt is a common problem for people on a weight-loss diet to lose muscle mass that they want to keep along with the fat that they want to lose. When you go on a diet you limit your calorie intake in hopes that the body will then turn to its fat stores for the energy needed to get through the day. The problem is that most dieters also end up reducing the consumption of materials needed to preserve their muscle mass. In the end, even though they lost weight, they don’t feel better and end up regaining the weight.

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Why is Vitamin D Important?

Importance of Vitamin D3 I saw this infographic for Vitamin D on Facebook yesterday and it got me curious to find out more about what vitamin D is and what it does.

What is Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that your body can synthesize when your skin is exposed to ultraviolet B (UVB) light. There are some foods with vitamin D, so we can get it through our diet. Foods like cod liver oil, wild-caught salmon, portobello and maitake mushrooms, sardines and eggs are high in vitamin D.

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Qigong is Excellent Exercise

I spent 4 days at a qigong workshop and really enjoyed it.  The emphasis was on the healing aspects of qigong but I want to talk about the exercise benefits.  From watching us move through the forms you wouldn’t think it was much exercise, but you would be wrong.  The movements are slow which takes a lot of control.  Your arms are held out at either chest height or above your head for an extended period of time, which takes a lot of endurance.  Our instructor joked about how big guys who spend a lot of time working out have a hard time keeping their arms up.  Working through the forms of qigong will help you build up your endurance and work on muscles that you don’t normally pay attention to.

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