What you MUST avoid if you are trying to get pregnant


If you have decided that it's time to try and get pregnant, there are certain things that you should stop doing even before you try to conceive. Calling it quits on these things will help your fertility and increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy. It would be nice if we were all saints leading an uber-healthy life, but let's face it we're human and that's okay, we just need to step it up a notch when procreating. So let's review five things you should stop doing if you are trying to get pregnant, 'kay?

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Jackfruit: 5 ways this superfood is great for weight loss


Just like its size, this huge fruit contains huge benefits. The smell, flavor and even the appearance of jackfruit makes it highly distinctive. Its tree is one of the largest in the whole world, and it is very commonly found in south India. Since its presence is so prevalent, the nutritional significance of jackfruit is very undervalued, but this versatile fruit is brimming with nutrients. It can be boiled, roasted or eaten dried. The fleshy part can be juiced or made into jelly or ice cream.

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6 Powerful herbs to get you through flu season


Cold and flu season is here in full force. In fact, as I write this I'm nursing a doozy of a cold. These days, I typically choose to avoid the chemicals and additives found in most cold, cough and flu medications and wait it out with an occasional dose of acetaminophen to ease a sore throat or headache and a number of more natural remedies that can help ease symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness. 

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Why pregnant moms should NEVER get manicures or pedicures


No! These stats will scare any pregnant mom who loves getting manicures and pedicures. A new study conducted by Columbia University found that babies with prenatal exposure to the chemicals found in nail polish ended up having lower IQs during school-age. Yes, getting your nails done while pregnant could make your baby dumber. Just when we thought that pregnant moms had enough items to cross off their list, now they manage to add the one thing that makes women feel pretty and pampered! The details are even more shocking. 

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Girl who weighs 660 lbs is trapped in her body


As a mother of two daughters, my heart was broken when I heard about Amber. She is only 24 years old and she weighs 660 pounds! It's hard to feel anything but pain for this young girl who should be out there experiencing and exploring the world, but instead she is house bound because of her enormous weight. She lives with her parents and feels like a "yucky monster". Amber is so obese she has to bathe with a cup sitting on the toilet and she can barely walk. She is part of the third season of TLC's reality series "My 600-lb Life" and she hopes that the gastric bypass surgery gives her a new life.

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10 Things every Latina should do to make 2015 the BEST YEAR EVER!

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It's the end of the year--a time to reflect and evaluate what positive changes to make for 2015. Having a brand new year to start fresh and accomplish our dreams is such a blessing, but we all know how quickly time goes by. Make sure you're ahead of the game and ready to conquer 2015! New beginnings can be amazing and promising with the right kind of energy. 

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Onions: The surprising ingredient that can help you lose weight fast


Yes, they can make you cry, but onions also make your fat cells weak with fear. This versatile vegetable holds some very powerful benefits when it comes to slashing pounds and making your body stronger inside and out. In just 45 calories, this bulb shaped vegetable, can add immense flavor and a powerful punch of nutritious goodness to any dish.

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Arnica: 10 Facts about this amazing medicine plant


The benefits of arnica are being hailed all over the place lately. My mother goes on and on about arnica and its miraculous medicinal benefits and I've seen Spanish-language commercials for it many times. I myself have used it to treat bruising and swelling and can tell you that I found it to be super helpful like to the point of WOW! Much of arnica's appeal for medicinal purposes comes from centuries of anecdotal evidence like mine rather than scientific studies, but that hasn't stopped the herb from being highly sought after for its believed health benefits.

So let's get into 10 facts about arnica so we know how to use it safely because it can actually be dangerous.

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Man finds out he had a 3 foot long tapeworm in his FOOT

After living with foot pain for a year, a Sudanese man living in Melbourne, Australia, finally visited a doctor when his foot became swollen. Turns out, he had been living with a tapeworm in his body since before he moved from Sudan to Australia four years ago. Yes, you read that right--a tapeworm in his foot!

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Freekeh: 5 ways this miracle grain can help you lose weight


The unique strength of Freekeh comes from the fact they, unlike other grains, are harvested when still young. They are then roasted which gives it its characteristic nutty and smoky flavor. Mostly used in Middle East and North Africa, it is slowly finding its way into the west. This wheat product is bursting with nutrients and as a healthier substitute, they can replace your ordinary grain. Simply put, they are a highly nutritious addition to any meal. Here are five ways how Freekeh boosts your health:

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