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Fight Holiday Stress With These Foods

For many people, the holidays are often synonymous with stress — especially if you are hosting a social gathering at home. There’s just so much to be done before family and friends come to town. Fortunately, certain foods can help manage the stress of the holidays. Here are seven picks to try to incorporate into your diet.

1. Oatmeal: A bowl of warm oatmeal can boost levels of serotonin, the hormone that helps you relax.

2. Blueberries: This little fruit provides an excellent source of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps relieve stress. They’re also delicious!

3. Grains: Whole grains have several benefits to help reduce stress. The grains provide fiber and a steady supply of serotonin. Whole grains are also rich in magnesium, which is an important mineral to help combat anxiety.

4. Citrus fruits: Citrus fruits are rich in vitamin C, but they are also a good source of  glutathione, which protects the body from free radicals and helps protect your immune system.

5. Fatty fish: Fatty fish is rich in omega-3 acids, a nutrient that has been shown to help prevent surges in stress hormones and protect the heart against disease and depression.

6. Pumpkin seeds: Pumpkin seeds are rich in magnesium, which helps regulate cortisol, a stress hormone. In addition, if we do not consume adequate amounts of magnesium in our diet, it not only causes anxiety but it can also trigger headaches and fatigue.

7. Herbal teas: Instead of drinking coffee or a soda to calm you down, try an herbal tea. They are naturally caffeine free, and many of them carry a calming component.

Information gathered from Fox News.

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Gift Ideas For the Health Nut on Your Holiday List

Picking out the perfect holiday gift for the people on your list can sometimes be a challenge. What do you give someone who has everything they could ever want? Or what could you give the person who is all about the healthy and balanced lifestyle, the health nut? Here are some great gift ideas that you can get for people on your list this holiday season!

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Livliga

This dinnerware and glassware line focuses on portion-controlled meals. The circles on the plates and cups are designed to show you the right portion sizes so you don’t place supersized amounts on your plate. Livliga dinnerware is designed to help individuals regain control of their portions, and it’s a great gift for a family who may be trying to eat healthier and teach kids about proper serving sizes. You can purchase this on the Livliga site.

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FarmBox Direct

We all have those friends who are  completely into eating everything organic. FarmBox Direct is a food delivery service that can deliver 100% USDA certified organic seasonal and pesticide-free produce to your home or a reasonable price. Learn more at FarmBoxDirect.com

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Fitbit Charge

The FitBit Charge displays real-time activity stats in a sleek and sporty watch that counts your steps, distance, calories burned and floors climbed. It can also connect to your phone to get caller ID on your wrist, and it helps track and monitor sleep. The FitBit Charge can also wake you up with by a vibration instead of an alarm, so it doesn’t disturb your significant other. Find out more on Fitbit.com.

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LeapBand

The LeapFrog LeapBand was created to encourage active play and health eating habits for kids. The trackers come with eight different virtual pets that the kids can interact with, as well as preloaded games they can play. Check out the LeapFrog site or look for the LeapBand in participating retail stores.

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Briefcase Fitness Center

This is the perfect gift for someone who can’t miss a day at the gym. It looks like a briefcase but acts like a portable gym. The Journey Gym unfolds into a raised platform for weight and cardio exercises, and it comes with bands for weight resistance training from 5 to 75 pounds. It also has workout DVDs to teach the various different exercises that can be done with the kit. Find it at JourneyGym.com.

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Lumo Lift

The Lumo Lift is more than just a step counter. It counts your steps but also tracks and corrects your posture. Having good posture is essential to a great core and also can reduce back pain, increase circulation in the body and make you appear thinner. The Lumo Lift is worn on your clothing and held in place by a magnetic sensor. A simple tab on the device will allow it to calibrate a ‘good posture,’ and it will follow your posture position all day long. You can also set it to remind you to practice good posture. This is available at LumoBodyTech.com

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The Honest Company

With this healthy and toxic free line of health and beauty items created by Jessica Alba, you can give the gift of a monthly bundle of products for those families who like to avoid toxins as much as possible to keep their small children healthy. Although you can buy products individually, choosing a bundle allows you to pick five different items and have them sent to your loved ones as a gift. Find out more and see the full line of prodcuts at Honest.com.