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Practical Wellness falls under the Wellness & Learning umbrella, which covers all things fitness and wellness in creative and inspiring ways that resonate with people living in a mountain community.

Get Cultured

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The yogurt aisle used to be a pretty straightforward place, offering a handful of flavors and a choice of nonfat, low-fat, or whole milk yogurt. But most yogurts are marketed to appear healthier than they really are. To find a quality product, here are some things you should know.

Blowing the Lid Off Sports Drinks

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Supermarket shelves are loaded with sports and energy drinks claiming to boost performance and hydration. But do you really need a specialty drink every time you exercise?

If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose

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Everyone knows that sleep loss makes you feel lousy. But losing sleep early in the night has a different effect on memory, learning, and creativity than losing the same number of hours toward morning. Linda Lindsay examines why everyone needs a full night of sleep —especially students heading back to school.

Health Studies in the Media

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Don't believe everything you read in the media about medical studies' findings.

The Key to Good Habits

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How should you classify your habit forming techniques?

Common Summertime Myths

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Here’s a look at the facts behind a number of common summertime myths, particularly those affecting us here in Tahoe where the humidity is low, the UV rays are strong, and everyone is recreating in the glorious outdoors.

Turmeric: Nature’s Golden Super Spice

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If you’ve eaten Indian or Thai food, you’ve eaten turmeric — it’s one of the signature ingredients in curry. It’s also used as a food coloring for mustard, cheese, and butter.

What Do You Really Know About Zika?

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To date, 1,800 Americans have returned from overseas infected with Zika. Of these, 134 are Californians, including one man from the Sacramento area.

The D.O. Will See You Now

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What differentiates a doctor of osteopathy from a doctor of medicine? In this installment of Practical Wellness, columnist Linda Lindsay explores what makes them the same — but different.

Caffeine: What’s All the Buzz About?

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We know that caffeine perks us up. But the compound also boosts focus and physical endurance, and lowers the risk of a number of diseases. Here’s what to expect from your daily cappuccino or Earl Grey.