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Benjamin Chi

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Superfood Kale: saving your body one vitamin at a time

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Kale is often touted as a super-food and has nicknames such as the world’s healthiest vegetable. However, it’s characteristically bitter taste means that it’s hard to incorporate into your diet. It’s no surprise to anyone that the majority of kale recipes onli... More »

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The truth behind the Freshman 15

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Everyone’s heard of the infamous Freshman 15. The 15 pounds students are expected gain during their first year in college have been a part of American culture for as long as anyone can remember. However, there are many conflicting studies and statistics about ... More »

Cracking down on meningitis

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In a smaller school like SMU, diseases seem to spread like wildfire. College living lends itself to spreading illness. Students often live in a closed space, like the on-campus commons. Along with shared bathrooms, sickness can spread easily. Additionally, stu... More »

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Hydration is important to your health

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Drinking the right amount of water every day may just be the easiest way to live a healthier life. Although it may sound silly, many people don’t realize how important drinking the right amount each day is. Even being dehydrated a little can affect you in ways... More »

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Consistency leads to a better nights sleep

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Sleeping poorly each day builds something called “sleep debt”. If left unchecked, this sleep debt can manifest itself as health problems such as weight gain, increased risk of diseases such as diabetes, mental and physical fatigue and increased risk of heart d... More »

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Guidelines of Healthy Foods

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Every elementary school student has seen a picture of the food pyramid. The food pyramid is a useful tool to concisely explain the basics of nutrition to children. The theory behind the food pyramid is that the areas in which the pyramid are larger, like fruit... More »

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The Effects of Caffeine

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Caffeine has become such an important part of the average American’s morning and, oftentimes, afternoons. According to a study by the US Food and Drug Administration, the average American consumes two to four amounts of coffee each day. The health benefits and... More »

The Debate on GMOs

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Genetically modified organisms, or GMO’s, have been a huge topic of discussion for Americans in the past ten years. The general consensus of studies on genetically modified organisms for consumption is that there is usually risk. They have no harm on your heal... More »

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College students and sleeping problems

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Not getting enough sleep is a struggle for every college student in America. Whether it’s due to studying all night or hanging out with friends, its seems like some people are just perpetually tired. Everyone knows what not getting enough sleep does to your bo... More »

Students’ mental health issues concerns colleges

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College can be a stressful time both academically and socially for every student. College students’ mental health is a growing concern in the United States. Over 95 percent of college counseling said “the number of students with significant psychological probl... More »