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    • Make Your House Feel Like a Luxury Hotel With These Home Collections

      2 March 2021

      We all know the feeling of waking up in a luxurious hotel room totally refreshed. From the bedding to the bath products, everything about the experience is designed to promote relaxation. For those who have spent time wondering how they can recreate a similar experience at home, the good news is that many of today’s luxury hotels are helping to make that a possibility. Here are several home collections from distinguished hotel brands that are available online and worthy of bringing into any home.

      Four Seasons Home Collection
      The Four Seasons is renowned for excellence and their online collection certainly does not disappoint. You’ll find all of the expected items here, like linens, towels and robes, but they go a step further by offering mattresses, cashmere throws and a line of candles inspired by destinations around the world. They even have a stunning coffee table book, The Art of Hospitality, that you can put on display in your living room.

      The Ritz-Carlton Shop
      Similarly, The Ritz-Carlton goes above and beyond with their comprehensive online store, which includes five different types of pillows and seven different linen sets. For those who like to be pampered, you can bring home their signature bath and spa products, like 50 Central Park Bubble Bath, Asprey Purple Water and Spa Fresh Body Butter. If that’s not enough, you’ll be pleased to find dishware, lighting and much more.

      St. Regis Boutique
      You’ll find all of the luxurious bedding and bath products you could ever dream of at the St. Regis Boutique. However, the iconic hotel sets their store apart by teaming up with other high-end brands to create exciting products, like the Frette 1860 for St. Regis Pajamas, the St. Regis Bloody Mary Set by Saint-Louis and Vilebrequin Swimwear for St. Regis. From jewelry to handbags, there are plenty of more collaborations available that are sure to leave you swooning. 

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    • Health Tips to Navigate Year Two of the Pandemic

      2 March 2021

      (Family Features) After months of unfamiliar restrictions and guidelines, pandemic fatigue is affecting how some Americans protect their health. However, experts warn that diligence is still extremely important because new mutations and variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 are being discovered. The typical cold and flu season also brings added threats to people’s health and wellness.

      “Staying diligent is one of the most important things we can do as we navigate through the cold and flu season as well as the COVID pandemic,” said family medicine physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle. 

      Though you may still be spending more time at home, it’s important to take proactive steps to maintain your health. Caudle offers these practical tips to help protect your health while you’re waiting for vaccination eligibility amid the pandemic this cold and flu season.

      Avoid Exposure
      As COVID-19 continues to impact communities from coast to coast, there’s no better time to avoid getting sick. Even if you catch a less serious illness like a cold or the flu, health care professionals in many areas are stretched thin. What’s more, getting sick could compromise your immune system, making you more susceptible to a more serious infection. 

      Minimizing your risk of exposure means limiting close contact with others outside your household, wearing a mask and washing your hands regularly with soap for at least 20 seconds. An alcohol-based sanitizer that is at least 60% alcohol can substitute for hand washing, if necessary. 

      Practice Self-Care
      Staying healthy isn’t just about avoiding germs. Managing your physical health means keeping your body in top condition by eating right, exercising, getting enough sleep and ditching habits that can negatively impact your body, like smoking and excess drinking. It’s also important to monitor your mental health since factors like stress and depression can take a physical toll that impacts your body’s immune response.

      Pinpoint Symptoms
      If you get sick, it’s important to pay close attention to your symptoms. However, this cold and flu season brings a unique variable with the possibility that your symptoms may actually stem from a mild case of COVID-19. Weather may also fuel stronger than usual allergy responses, so distinguishing between cold, flu, COVID-19 and allergy symptoms can be especially tricky. Testing may be necessary to get the proper diagnosis and ensure you’re taking the right precautions to prevent the spread of any infection. If you have questions or concerns about your symptoms or about COVID-19, consult your health care professional. 

      Treat Symptoms
      Depending on your diagnosis, a health care professional may suggest medication to help treat symptoms until your illness runs its course. There are a variety of products available over the counter that are commonly used to treat symptoms of respiratory viral infections. Many provide relief from multiple symptoms in a single dose. For example, an option like Mucinex DM lasts 12 hours when used as directed and contains dextromethorphan, which helps to control cough, and guaifenesin to help thin and loosen mucus. 

      You can identify the right formula to provide relief based on symptoms you are experiencing by using the online tool at Mucinex.com, where you can also find more information regarding self-care remedies.

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    • 6 Tips for Getting Your Best Sleep Ever

      2 March 2021

      In these stressful days, getting a good night’s sleep can sometimes be elusive. Yet poor sleep—or not enough of it—can impede your ability to think and problem solve, and can even age your skin, cause weight gain and lead to health problems. 

      If you’ve been having trouble falling and/or staying asleep, or simply want to get the best sleep you’ve ever had, try a few of these simple sleep tricks:

      • Wind Down From the Day - You shouldn’t expect an easy transition from high activity to sleep. Sip a cup of herbal tea and try listening to calming music or coloring in an adult coloring book for a bit before getting into bed—and stop reading emails or scrolling through social media once you slip between the sheets.
      • Watch Your Diet - Lean proteins, like tofu, roasted turkey or salmon, and complex carbohydrates such as lentils, sweet potato and quinoa, have been shown to stimulate calming neurotransmitters that can help you doze off. Avoid anything high in saturated fat as your digestive system works overtime to break them down, keeping you awake longer. 
      • Consider Allergies - Poor sleep can be explained by allergies you’re not even aware you have to things like dust mites, pet hair and mold. Congestion or postnasal drip can prevent sleep or wake you during the night. Vacuum the floors, change sheets often and keep pets out of the bedroom. An over-the-counter antihistamine or nasal spray may help with congestion.
      • Drown Out Noise and Light - If you live in a high traffic area, a sleep mask can keep out bright street lights.  A white noise machine is another simple solution for reducing environmental annoyances.  
      • Try Aromatherapy - It's easier to feel peaceful when you feel like you're lying in a bed of flowers. Research shows that lavender essential oils can help reduce anxiety and increase sleep quality. 
      • Stay Cool - Hot flashes are one of the major reasons menopausal women lose sleep. Buy cooling sheets made of breathable fabric to keep you cool and comfy. Even keep a cool, damp cloth nearby that you can place on your forehead when you need it.

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    • 5 Health Benefits of Oranges Beyond Vitamin C

      1 March 2021

      (Family Features) Healthful eating starts with the ingredients you use, so it’s important to use fresh, seasonal ingredients that pack a nutritional punch. One of the easiest ways to meet your daily nutrient needs is to eat a variety of whole foods like fruit (which about 80% of the U.S. population doesn’t get enough of, according to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans), because they provide a unique mix of beneficial nutrients that can’t always be found in a supplement.  

      Consider an option like delicious California Navel and Cara Cara oranges, which are in season and available nationwide, offering a wide variety of health benefits. Oranges are best known as an excellent source of vitamin C to support a healthy immune system, because one orange can offer 70-100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C depending on the varietal. However, oranges also offer other important nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, including: 

      • Phytonutrients (beneficial compounds produced by plant foods) like flavonoids, which can help mitigate cell damage and support brain and heart health. 
      • Citrus is the only type of fruit packed with hesperidin and naringin, two flavonoids that offer anti-inflammatory properties. 
      • Potassium, which the body can’t produce on its own, supports cell function, healthy blood pressure levels, bone health and hydration. 
      • California Navel and Cara Cara oranges are good sources of fiber, which supports gut health. 
      • Oranges are good sources of folate, which is particularly important to consume during pregnancy because of its role in cell growth, according to the Mayo Clinic. 
      Oranges are a versatile fruit, making them an easy addition to both sweet and savory dishes as well as beverages. Try incorporating oranges into your weekly meal plan with dishes like a lighter version of orange chicken or drinks like this Orange Moscow Mule Mocktail. To help maximize the flavor profile and nutritional benefits of California oranges, consider these tips:
      • Numerous parts of citrus can be consumed, including the flesh, juice, zest and peel, meaning a single piece of fruit can go a long way. 
      • Next time you use citrus in a beverage or as part of a meal, bring it to room temperature before cooking to help ensure you get the most juice. 
      • Because vitamin C is water soluble, it’s important to eat it fresh. When using as part of a recipe, use as little water as possible and avoid overcooking. 
      • For storage, it’s often best to keep oranges refrigerated to help them last longer and ensure freshness. 
      • Visit californiacitrusgrowers.com to find more information. 
      Orange Moscow Mule Mocktail
      Recipe courtesy of Gina Homolka of “Skinnytaste”
      Servings: 1

      1 California Cara Cara orange
      1 cup ice
      1 bottle (6.8 ounces) light ginger beer
      fresh mint leaves, for garnish

      Slice orange in quarters then cut 2-3 slices for garnish and set aside. Juice the rest of the orange and place in a copper mug (or any glass). Fill glass to top with ice. Add ginger beer and garnish with orange slices and mint leaves.

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    • Snack Foods You Want in Your Pantry or Fridge

      1 March 2021

      Whether it’s just you at home or you live with an always-hungry mob, snacking is a serious pleasure. Having a stock of delicious and nutritious snack foods can go a long way toward satisfying cravings without adding empty calories.

      Besides having a variety of fresh fruits and cut-up veggies handy, nutritionists suggest keeping these snack foods readily available in your kitchen:

      • Nuts - An ounce or two of nuts each day can lower the risk of chronic diseases, including heart disease, cognitive decline, certain cancers and type 2 diabetes. Most nuts pack lots of antioxidants, a few grams of protein and fiber, as well as heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that keep you full.
      • Popcorn - A high quality food at a budget-friendly price, popcorn is a satisfying, low calorie food that, while not loaded with nutrition, supplies trace amounts of B vitamins and minerals and satisfies the urge to munch
      • Whole Wheat Crackers - Providing a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals, 100% whole grain crackers provide full flavor and crunchy crispiness right out of the box.  Top them with a bit of nut butter or hummus for a healthy snack choice. 
      • Dried Fruits - Dried fruits, like raisins, contain substantial amounts of minerals, such as iron, copper, magnesium and potassium, all beneficial to health. They are high in sugar, though, so limit portion size to a handful.
      • Almond Milk - Naturally creamy almond milk is a dairy- and lactose-free alternative to cow’s milk, whether or not you are trying to go plant-based or have issues digesting dairy. It’s significantly lower in calories and sugar than regular milk and it's an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D and vitamin E.
      • Greek Yogurt - A cup of creamy Greek yogurt per day provides protein, calcium, iodine and potassium. It’s low in calories and contains probiotics to support a healthy bacterial balance in the gut. Try it with honey or topped with berries or granola.

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