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Dark Chocolate: The Not-So-Bitter Truth

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

By Joy Bauer, MS, RD | Reviewed by a board-certified physician Verywell FFor years, researchers have investigated the health effects chocolate (of course, when it’s eaten in moderation) and have ultimately reached the following conclusion: dark chocolate has numerous health benefits. I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate (and have even included it as one of my top 10 super foods), so I have compiled a list of its health benefits and of tasty ways to enjoy its deliciousness. Here’s your “Chocolate 101” lesson. The Truth About Antioxidants Dark chocolate is made from cocoa, a powder extracted from cocoa beans …

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A No-Fail Guide To Lesbian Dating For The Newly Out Lesbian

Lesbian Dating Help

Zarra Berrie Elite Daily Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of private Facebook messages from baby lesbians who are freshly out of the closet and asking me all kinds of questions: “How do I date girls?” “Where do I go to meet girls?” “How can I tell if the girl I like is gay too?” My heart melts every time. Oh, sweet girls, I SO get it. It wasn’t so long ago that I was a wide-eyed young gay hungry for the answers to a slew of my pressing questions about lesbian dating. It’s hard out there for a new lez. …

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Watch the Viral Smash “In A Heartbeat” and Meet It’s Creators

In a Heartbeat

A short film about a middle schooler whose heart literally leaps from his chest over a crush on another boy captivated the world last week, racking up more than 10 million views on YouTube in less than 72 hours. It’s been a wild few days for filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo, who brought the idea from pitch to viral sensation over a span of 18 months. Both believe this sudden success stems from the personal significance of the story to each of the out creators’ lives. In a Heartbeat resulted from the collaboration of two Catholic school graduates, one …

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The Six Hidden Causes of “Chronic” Illness

Chronic Illness

An estimated 133 million Americans, 40% of the population, suffer from chronic diseases, a number projected to grow to 157 million by 2020. Although these diseases are usually considered “incurable,” many people have found relief from their symptoms through methods pioneered by veteran holistic physician and author of bestselling book “The Emotion Code” Dr. Bradley Nelson, who has trained more than 3,200 healing practitioners worldwide in natural methods to relieve chronic pain and illness, and has testimonials to prove their success. DDr. Nelson practiced for 17 years as a holistic physician in Southern California plus two more years working with …

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Top Three Hot Weather Tips for Pet Owners

Keeping Pets Summer Safe

Warm weather means more active time outside of the home for many pets. Here are some essential tips from Dr. Kamiya to help keep your pets—and those in your community—safe this summer. 1.Keep Track of Your Pet: More time outdoors may mean more opportunity for a pet to wander too far. Make sure your contact info is current and clearly visible on your pet’s tags and be sure to follow appropriate registration requirements for your city or county. You may also want to have your pet microchipped if they aren’t already. This allows vets, shelters and animal services to scan …

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In Need of Fertility Treatment?

IVF Treatment

I Can Help. Growing up in California, I had many friends that were members of the LGBT Community. As I went through my medical training and became enamored with the field of fertility, I knew that one of my missions would be to help some of my wonderful friends become parents. As the leader of LGBT reproductive rights in South Florida, I was the first doctor to eliminate unnecessary medical testing requirements for members of the Lesbian Community undergoing fertility treatment. My goal was to make treatment as easy and friendly as possible, and treat all couples the same, regardless …

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Six Ways To Reduce Stress And Anxiety In Your Financial Life

Personal Finances

Trading in your morning coffee run to Starbucks for the pot of coffee in the office is never fun, but when finances get tight that drive-thru stop might be one of the first things to go. But do you really need to give up the little things in life that make you happy? Al Zdenek, the author of the book Master Your Cash Flow: The Key To Grow And Retain Wealth, doesn’t think so. “It’s important to be able to hang onto those things you enjoy,” says Zdenek, the president, CEO and founder of Traust Sollus Wealth Management. “You should …

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Four Ways To Stay Sober Through The Summer Holiday Drinking Season

Staying Sober

Here comes the summer drinking season—June graduations and weddings, Fourth of July, the beach, and barbecues! What could go wrong? Plenty, if you don’t have a plan for getting through the summer sober. In Alcoholics Anonymous, we call the period from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year the “Bermuda Triangle” of sobriety—many alkies come in, but not all make it through. If anything, summer is more dangerous for people in recovery, because there are so many social cues to drink. What’s a recovering alkie or addict to do? Here’s some kitchen-tested advice that gets passed along the Twelve Step meetings …

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Things That Happen In A Lesbian Relationship

Lesbian Relationships

If you’re a veteran lesbian, chances are you’ve been in at least one long term relationship with a girl. You may have noticed that it was scary and difficult. However, if you are new to the scene and curious about the future, here is a list of things you can expect to find yourself experiencing once you trap the lady love of your life. Olympic drinking Prepare to be constantly tipsy. In your new relationship, you will feel joyously carefree and adopt a devil-may-care attitude, which will make every day with your girlfriend seem like a mini celebration. Going on …

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