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8 Tips For Staying Healthy This February

A few ways to stay healthy as we make our way through the last month or two of winter.

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A few tips on how to keep your mind and body in shape this month.

1. Increase H2O

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Water is so important on a daily basis, to begin with. Adding a few extra cups a day always makes me feel much more refreshed and keeps my skin very clear.

2. Vitamins

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I personally do not like to take vitamins from the drug store, but you can do that or search what vitamins you can find in certain fruits and vegetables and increase where you think you need to!

3. Dress Properly

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Wearing proper clothing outdoors and blow drying your hair before you go out is a huge step in the right direction to preventing you from getting a cold! Don't forget the hats and gloves your mom always nags you about.

4. Get Up

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Get moving! Don't sit around, if you're a college student like me you already spend so much time sitting in class. Hit the gym or just get out for a walk, weather permitting

5. Eat More Fiber

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Fiber found in apples, oats, and nuts is important in decreasing inflammation and boost immune system function. Also, this helps to reduce cholesterol.

6. WASH YOUR HANDS

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I would think this is something people don't need to be reminded of, but please take the extra 30 seconds in the bathroom to wash your hands. It is basic hygiene and will keep you germ-free.

7. Drink Herbal Tea

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Drinking herbal teas like chamomile and lemon can ease depression and anxiety by calming nerves and relaxing your body. Green tea is a great antioxidant.

8. You Time

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Don't ever forget to make time for yourself. We tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of our days, but at the end of the day RELAX. Drink some tea or hot cocoa, watch a silly movie, unwind from the day.

Add a few of these into your month of February to keep healthy, both mentally and physically!

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These Are 4 Proven Ways That Vaccines Cause Autism

Stock up on those essential oils.

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Let's just start with the first (and main) point.

1. They don't.

Susan in your anti-vax group is not a scholarly source (despite her hours and hours of Google research).

2. But in case you still believe Susan...

Maybe you'll believe Autism Speaks who says, "Scientists have conducted extensive research over the last two decades to determine whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research is clear: Vaccines do not cause autism."

3. And if Autism Speaks still didn't convince you...

Feel free to take a look at this comprehensive list of studies that all say that there is no relationship between vaccines such as the MMR vaccination and the development of autism.

4. But here's what you should know...

There have been a few studies lately that have shown that autism develops in utero aka before a baby is even born AND before a baby can even receive vaccinations.

Vaccinations have prevented COUNTLESS deaths and illnesses. Vaccination rates are continuing to fall and do you know what that means? Measles will make its way back. Whooping cough will come back. Rubella, mumps, and polio will come back and there will be no way to stop it.

So, now that you know that vaccines do not cause autism, you're welcome to go tell Susan from your anti-vax group that as well as tell her that the Earth isn't flat. But, don't forget to mention it to her that her essential oils and organic foods are not keeping her children safe from the measles or tuberculosis.

Vaccinate your children. And, besides, even IF vaccinations caused autism, wouldn't you rather have a child with a developmental disorder rather than a child who died from the measles?

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Why Ignorance In Our Country Is Not Bliss

And it never will be.

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The saying ignorance is bliss is a bunch of crap. Ignorance is ignorance.

With everything going on in our country, I think it is very important for us to be educating ourselves.

You don't trust the news? Do your own digging.

You don't understand? Do some research.

You don't have the same perspective? Share it.

You only have your religious beliefs to base your knowledge? Learn before you judge.

We live in a scary world today. People judge others they've never met or before they've ever heard their story. People involve themselves in matters that they shouldn't be involved in. People are trying to regulate other people's bodies.

People don't want to learn about the issues they so strongly believe in. People don't want to hear the other side. When did party affiliation become more important than being a human being? When did men get the power to decide what women can do with their bodies? When did we stop being compassionate? When did we stop being decent human beings?

I don't want to live in a world where I have all these questions.

I don't want to live in a world where a judicial system will convict a woman who got an abortion after she was raped, but won't convict her rapist.

I don't want to live in a world where my social media timeline makes me want to cry.

I want to live in a world where everyone's opinion matters, not just the one you agree with.

I want to live in a world where everyone's voice is heard equally, not just the one's in power.

I want to live in a world where everyone's story is taken into consideration, not just the one's the government wants you to hear.

I want to live in a world where I can raise a young girl and not be afraid for her.

I want to live in a world where we do good.

I want to live in a world where we have differences, but that doesn't make us any less equal.

I want to live in a world where we don't judge before we know.

I want to live in a world where religious beliefs are respected.

I want to live in a world where it doesn't matter what political party you are.

I want to live in a world where people see right from wrong.

I want to live in a world where I am not afraid.

What kind of world do you want to live in?

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