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Probiotics: The friendly microorganism necessary “for life”

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Probiotics are “friendly” microorganisms which are similar to those naturally living in the human body.

The trillions of friendly bacteria which exist in and on the human body are those bacteria our bodies depend on to help digest our food, produce some vitamins we depend on, maintain the health of our skin, inhibit the growth of bacterial pathogens, and numerous other tasks in the human microbiome. The word “probiotic” is derived from the Latin “pro,” meaning for, and “biota,” meaning life.

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Chocolate: The healthy sweet treat to love on Valentine’s Day

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Americans will spend approximately 1.8 billion dollars on candy this Valentine’s Day. And the sweet treat most often desired is chocolate!

With colorful bags and heart-shaped boxes filled with chocolate hearts, bonbons, truffles, cremes, squares, dipped-fruits and more, this delectable and refined delicacy made from cocoa beans raises Valentine’s Day senses with passion and excitement for sharing highly anticipated affections.

Valentine’s Day earliest beginnings belong to the early Christian martyr Saint Valentine of Rome a 3rd-century Roman whose saint day is February 14. Since the High Middle Ages, Valentine was known as a purveyor of courtly love, though there is little historical evidence to support this.

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Give your heart a Valentine: Celebrate Heart Health Month!

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Valentine’s Day is coming and your heart health needs some love! A human heart requires nurturing, attention and care if it is to be healthy and fully functioning.

Heart disease is the number one killer in the United States.

Americans are often prone to downplaying their own heart health risks. Yet according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease accounts for one out of every four deaths in the United States.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has reacted to the increasing risk of heart disease through the establishment of their Million Hearts initiative.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News.

RAISE Family Caregivers Act: Bringing family caregiving to the forefront

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

On January 22, 2018, President Donald Trump signed H.R.3759 into law, demonstrating his recognition for the challenges facing family caregivers. The bill was sponsored by Rep. Harper, Gregg [R-MS-3].

Known as RAISE Family Caregivers Act, this new legislation promises to provide relief for the burdens of family caregiving through a massive national social and governmental engagement effort.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services Agency, in conjunction with leadership within several key Federal Committees, will form an Advisory Council to address the most pressing issues impacting family caregivers today, with the charge of developing a Family Caregiving Strategy for review and consideration within 18 months following the Law’s enactment.

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Healthy Weight Week: Setting health and diet goals

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Healthy Weight Week is here and it is time
to join the celebration by making healthy diet changes for a better lifestyle.

What a perfect time to assess your overall health, body type, lifestyle
factors and current weight to become content with what weight is right for
you.

There is a great amount of societal pressure to become physically perfect
and to be a version of a perfect American woman or man.

Advertising in all its various forms inundates us daily with encouragement
to partake of fast-foods and restaurant fare, drink particular alcoholic
beverages, wear certain styles and lines of clothing and to sign up for
various dieting and exercise opportunities.

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Birth Defects Prevention Month: Protecting the unborn

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

January is Birth Defects Prevention Month. “Birth defect” is the generic term used to describe health and other syndromes created in the development of the fetus while in the womb.

According to the March of Dimes, approximately 1 out of every 33 babies born in the United States have a birth defect. Birth Defects are responsible for over 20% of all infant deaths.

What are Birth Defects

The term “birth defects” is a way to describe a variety of structural changes in one or more parts of the body which are present at birth and can have serious or adverse effects on the health, development or functional ability of the baby, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”).

Moreover, children born with birth defects tend to have greater proclivity for long-term disabilities and illnesses throughout the duration of their lives.

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2018 Resolutions: Every sunrise brings a new chance for resolutions

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate.

Christmas 2017 is in our rearview mirror. It is now time to look forward. To look ahead to the promise of the new year. To take a moment to bask in the good-will and afterglow of holiday merriment while looking forward with optimism, and make resolutions to be better.

There is something in the human spirit which is driven to believe in a better tomorrow. Many Americans set new goals through the traditional practice of creating New Year’s resolutions.

A New Year – New Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions first began with the ancient Babylonians. The Babylonians would promise their gods that they would pay off their debts, and also return anything which they borrowed from another.

Over time this early tradition spread all over the world and morphed into a variety of practices and resolutions which were varied, depending on the country, culture and belief systems.

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Merry Christmas from LifeCycles!

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(design/image Sutton Porter/courtesy of Laurie Edwards-Tate)

Christmas and the holidays are times of family, friends and love!

Read my latest Communities Digital News, LLC A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego here>

A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego

A LifeCycles Tradition: Memories of Christmas in San Diego

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate–Christmas was always a wonderful experience growing up in San Diego, California.

The concept of a white Christmas is not entirely lost on those who live in warm climates. However, in sunny San Diego, the experience of dashing through the snow is completely foreign.

Even though December is the coldest month of the year in San Diego, the average is still in the high 60’s. Temperatures of 75 degrees or more are not uncommon during Christmas week.

The all-time record: 88 degrees!

The average rainfall is just one and a half inches for the whole month.

Local attractions do their best, bringing out the snow machines and creating artificial snow to delight California children.

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Homemade and heartfelt: The gift of Cranberry Chutney for the holidays

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Bringing you the heart of the matter in LifeCycles by Laurie Edwards-Tate-all about cranberry chutney!

Over the Christmas holiday season, gift-giving is an inherent part of expressions of appreciation amongst friends, colleagues and loved ones, those relationships that are held most dear.

Gift-giving can be expensive while also producing feelings of uncertainty as to exactly what type of gift would be best to give.

The following Christmas recipe of Cranberry Chutney, compliments of cookbook author Diane Morgan and published in “Oprah,” is a delightful, palate-pleasing addition to almost any holiday table.

Plus it is inexpensive and easy to make. Which makes it the perfect holiday gift.

Read more on Laurie’s article at LifeCycles in the Communities Digital News