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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.

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.

Arsenic and Rice: An Unfortunate Link

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Arsenic was once known as the poison of kings and the king of poisons; the former because it is thought to have dethroned many...

Time-Restricted Eating

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If you like the idea of intermittent fasting, but can’t imagine a day without food, Time-Restricted Eating may be the answer. You get to eat every day, as long as you do so within an eight to 12-hour window. By aligning with your body’s natural circadian rhythms, just about every biological system — including fat burning — will work more efficiently.

And 20 Years Went By …

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Moonshine Ink’s longtime column writers have plenty to say about their commitments to the monthly paper. Read their comments here.

Kill Your Pain, Not Your Liver

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Be wise with over-the-counter pain medications

COVID-Somnia

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A good night’s sleep is essential to our well-being, but in 2020, many people suffered from “COVID-somnia.” This month’s Practical Wellness offers tips for easing anxiety and getting in sync with your body’s natural sleep rhythms.

Tempting, but Troublesome

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All color additives require FDA approval, so we assume they’re safe. But over the years, more artificial dyes have been banned than any other type of additive, mostly due to cancer risk.

Health Studies in the Media

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

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?

Tropical Oils: Healthy or Hazardous?

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Tropical oils like palm kernel oil, palm oil, and coconut oil have lots of health benefits, but it depends on how they are processed.