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Health and Wellness Columnist Toasts Graduating Gauchos

As We Take Our Last Breath As Undergrads My Fellow Graduates, When you took your first breath on Earth, you underwent a beautiful, irreversible transformation. Before, your lungs were fully immersed i...
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The Low Fat Myth: Why A Fat-Deficient Diet Could Prevent a Slim Waistline

At some point, most people have set a New Year’s Resolution to improve some aspect of their health, wellness or fitness. We all know it’s January when every gym in America is offering a New Year...
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Why A Good Night’s Sleep is Crucial to Your Health

“Sleep is for the weak” and “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” used to be my life mottos until I realized the complete opposite was true. Recent findings confirm the recommendations that have been...
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Why The Foods You Love Could Be Causing Serious Health Problems

Bread, beer, cake, cereal, cookies, donuts, pancakes, pizza and spaghetti. Are you hungry yet? What do all these things have in common? The answer is not only that they’re all pretty yummy human cre...
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Beneficial Bacterias: The Friends Your Belly is Aching For

When I hear the word bacteria, I still get chills imagining the endless wait on a freezing chair at the doctor’s office with those fluorescent lights glaring at me. Though bacteria has received a ba...
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Make the Most of Your Years at UCSB

Ah yes, College. The habits you adopt during your time here are likely to stay with you for life. As I approach my last year at this incredible institution, there are a few tidbits I wish I knew earli...
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The Down Low on Dopamine

Do you find yourself taking Facebook breaks every five minutes? Well, it may just be your human nature. According to a recent study conducted by Vanderbilt University, researchers found the neurotrans...
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How Spicing Up Your Plate Can Spice Up Your Health: The Truth About Peppers

Watch out salt, pepper just got even spicier! For most of our post-Gerber days, many of us have been aimlessly smothering black pepper on our meals to enhance its taste. Although this act is immediate...
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When Tech and Health Collide: LOL-ing and Driving

Texting while driving has become NBD. In fact, data from the University of California, San Diego’s Trauma Epidemiology & Injury Prevention Research Center suggests this act is quite widespread a...
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Exercise Your Brain Power: The Smarter Study Break

Contrary to popular belief, research suggests that not all procrastination is bad. In fact, hitting the gym before the books may actually help commit the dreaded Krebs cycle to memory. Conventional he...
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Health’s Newest Pop Sensation: The Latest on Popcorn’s Nutritional Benefits

In recent years, dieticians and health experts have recommended popcorn as a healthy substitute for sweets because of its low fat content and its high insoluble fiber. New findings from the University...
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New Devices Help Users Track Fitness Goals: How One Local Company Marries Tech and Health

As springtime approaches, many of us may have already returned to the couch, having forgotten our ambitious New Year’s resolutions. Nonetheless, we’ve all experienced or seen the “freshman 15”...
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Attention Chocoholics: Scientists Confirm Cocoa As A Healthy Stimulant

As your post-chocolate jitters are winding down from Valentine’s Day, you might actually consider continuing to treat your sweet tooth to benefit from the healthful antioxidants present in dark choc...
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From Fun to Food: Why Ch-ch-ch-Chia is Back

Upon hearing the word “chia,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is the obnoxious catchphrase, “Ch-ch-ch-chia!” Though these little plant pets are nostalgic for some, I’d like to sh...
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Super Snacks & Big Game Bites

Ask any American what their favorite day of the year is and you will almost always find that it’s their birthday or Christmas — or 4/20 if they live in I.V. However, Super Bowl Sunday comes in a c...
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