Bifidobacteria Probiotic Fends Off Colds and Flu

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In a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers found that supplementing your diet with bifidobacteria probiotics will reduce colds and flu. The study followed 581 college students for six weeks as they prepared for their final exams.

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Lions Untamed: Shrine Circus Ends Wild Animal Acts

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Bill Cunningham, CEO of Dallas-based Fun Time Shows, the largest Shrine Circus producer in the country, says he’ll no longer produce shows featuring elephants, tigers, lions or other wild animals. Cunningham says, “These animals are very special; we cohabit the Earth with them, and they are deserving of our respect and awe.

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FUNCTIONAL FITNESS: More People are Discovering a Nontraditional Fitness Approach that Improves Strength, Health

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Like many areas of traditional medical care, there’s an evolution taking place for many fitness professionals. This evolving trend is moving away from old-style gym scenes and exercise programs to more natural methods of movement and physical activity.

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Global Outlook: Weather Website Tracks Climate Change

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A new website, WXshift.org, published by the hybrid science and journalism non-profit Climate Central, provides climate projections for a specific location along with the day’s weather. In addition to a typical forecast of highs and lows, UV (ultraviolet rays) index, wind and times of sunrise and sunset, it graphically shows if the area indicates a warming uptick and by how much.

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VIVA VEGERIA! Vegeria Hosts Vegan Winter Cooking Classes

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When Chef FredAnthony Garza expanded Vegeria from its original home on north Broadway to his new location on Nogalitos, just south of downtown, one of the things he most wanted to focus on was education, teaching residents that traditional Mexican dishes can be authentic, delicious AND healthy.

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New Pop-Up Bistro, “Sketch,” Now Open at SA Museum of Art

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The culinary artists who started CommonWealth Coffeehouse & Bakery off Broadway Boulevard are now exhibiting their tasty works daily at Sketch, a new pop-up restaurant at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Enjoy breakfast, brunch or lunch at Sketch, which features omelettes, crepes, sandwiches, salads and soups, complemented with a variety of coffees and teas.

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Alyssa Milano’s Anti-Aging Secrets: Her Natural Lifestyle Choices Keep Her Young

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by Gerry Strauss

Alyssa Milano has grown up, and most of us have grown up with her. From her days as preteen tomboy Samantha Miceli on Who’s the Boss? to witchy woman Phoebe Halliwell on Charmed, the actress has been a vibrant, relatable and beautiful persona we’ve come to know via television.

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Ocean Wear: Adidas Using Plastic Ocean Debris to Make Shoes

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Athletic shoemaker Adidas has teamed up with New York-based Parley for the Oceans, a multidisciplinary organization with a passion for protecting the oceans, to make footwear out of garbage. Available soon, the soft upper part of the shoe is knitted entirely from waste and debris pulled from the ocean, including yarn and fibers—just some of the estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of trash in the sea.

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Ancient Grains for Modern Palates: Gluten-Free and Eco-Friendly Grains Gain Favor

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by Judith Fertig

Ancient grains are making a comeback. Grown since Neolithic times about 10,000 years ago, varieties of barley, corn, millet and rice have helped assuage the hunger of many communities. Today, yellow millet, dark red wholegrain sorghum, brown quinoa and exotic black rice can help alleviate food shortages.

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FEBRUARY FOOTWORK Focus on Fun, Fitness at Area Running, Walking Events All Month Long

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With the days getting longer and the promise of just spring around the corner, February is the perfect time to renew your commitment to a healthier, happier you. Fortunately, February is packed with opportunities to dust off your running shoes and hit the pavement (or trails).

 

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