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Eat More Veggies! – Three Easy Ways to Guarantee You Eat Your Vegetables

{Guest post from Jean Larson, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors.} Do you struggle to get enough vegetables each day? I encourage all my patients to shoot for four to six cups of vegetables every day. One strategy that helps you increase your vegetable intake, and your… Read More Eat More Veggies! – Three Easy Ways to Guarantee You Eat Your Vegetables

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Four Ways to Naturally Balance Blood Sugar

Guest post from Jean Larson; licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. People with diabetes aren’t the only ones who need to lower their blood sugar levels. The American Diabetes Association says 1 in 3 American adults has pre-diabetes, which means their blood glucose (sugar) level is higher than normal… Read More Four Ways to Naturally Balance Blood Sugar

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Look Closely: Reading Labels to Locate Hidden Sugar

Guest post from Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors Most Americans consume 20 teaspoons of sugar every day. In comparison, our paleolithic ancestors consumed an estimated 20 teaspoons in a year. But we’re not digging into the sugar bowl. Instead, most of the sugar we eat… Read More Look Closely: Reading Labels to Locate Hidden Sugar

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Tips for Nurturing Ourselves Emotionally

Emotions are what make us human, but they can also unduly influence our decisions in life. When we are tired and overworked, they can get the better of us, and negative emotions can keep us from realizing our potential. But as with everything in life, there are a “work-around” or effective ways to stay negative… Read More Tips for Nurturing Ourselves Emotionally

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Get the Protective Power of Phytonutrients

Guest post from Jean Larson, licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. Most of us have heard of protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals as core components of our diet. A lesser-known category includes phytonutrients or phytochemicals. While not considered “essential nutrients,” I consider them extremely powerful compounds… Read More Get the Protective Power of Phytonutrients

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Is the Keto Diet Right for You? | Keto-Friendly Recipes

Guest post from Up North Parent Sponsor, Essentia Health’s Teresa Farrell, RD, LD With the Keto diet being very popular right now, you may be thinking about trying it yourself. Is it the right diet for you? Before deciding, what exactly is a keto diet? The diet is characterized by a dramatic reduction in carbohydrates… Read More Is the Keto Diet Right for You? | Keto-Friendly Recipes

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Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

Guest Post by Jean Larson licensed and registered dietitian at Essentia Health, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Did you know about 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut? Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in our digestive tract and help digest food, synthesize vitamins and support our immune systems. Eating more… Read More Boost Your Immune System | Making Probiotic-Rich Foods at Home

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Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

Guest post from Dr. Kristel Schamber of Lake Area Eyecare in Baxter, one of Up North Parent’s Sponsors. Eyes or eyelids dry, red or irritated? Your makeup or other products you use around your eyes could be the culprit. I had issues with red irritated eyes and have changed my makeup products and cleansers and… Read More Itchy Eyes? Your Eye Makeup Might Be the Culprit

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How do you know if a child has a concussion?

Guest post from Essentia Health of Baxter/Brainerd, one of the Up North Parent Sponsors. How do you know if a child has a concussion? Brooke Ylinen had a problem: a 13-year-old hockey player who needed to get back on the ice after suffering a concussion. Her son, Kamden, had been symptom-free for a week but… Read More How do you know if a child has a concussion?