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Scrumptious Spinach Recipes

Popeye sure loved his spinach, but not everyone enjoys spinach as much as he did. With today being Fresh Spinach Day, we encourage of readers to give spinach another chance though. To help you do so, we think it’s only fitting to share some healthy spinach recipes that we love with our readers. Without further ado, here are some of our favorites:

Spinach and Strawberry Salad

As you might guess, spinach and strawberries are the main ingredients in this recipe. With the amount of hidden calories you often find in dressings, you should make your own to keep this recipe healthy. Find out the ingredients for a delicious, but healthy dressing here.

Tips For Summer Diet Weight Loss

Summer time is for vacations, festivals, camping, holidays, and cookouts. Whether you live in a place where there is sunshine all year or snow for 6 months, the summer is a time for everyone to relax and enjoy. But what do you do if your on diet or trying to lose weight? Sometimes will power alone can’t help you resist a s’more or a wheat beer. Here are some helpful tips on eating healthy this summer without missing out on summer fun.

How to Stay Fit After Marriage

As you stare at your wedding photo, you might be wondering what happened to that slim and gorgeous person looking back at you. It is common for some couples to gain weight after tying the knot since the days of trying to impress are over. Thus, they neglect exercise and ignore the pants that don’t fit anymore. But it’s not just about staying slim that’s important; you also have to watch your diet for your own health’s sake. Follow these tips to keep looking sexy for your partner!

Best Jobs of 2014

After reading reports from MSN Money, Business Insider, and US News and World Reports, we have created a list of nine of the best jobs to pursue this year. They were chosen for having a good combination of projected job openings, good salaries, job security, and a good work-leisure balance. Read on to learn more about some of the best jobs of 2014 (not listed in any particular order)!

  1. Software developer: These are the people responsible for today’s most popular iOS and Android apps! You can thank them for getting you addicted to Flappy Bird or Candy Crush Saga. In addition to application developers, US News and World Reports says that software developers can also focus on building entire operating systems (as opposed to the apps/programs that run within the operating systems).
  2. Web developer: This job includes the men and women who make sure your company’s website looks sleek and modern instead of outdated and frumpy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that this is one of the fastest-growing careers on the market, with a projected growth of 20% in the next eight years.

Tips for Eating Healthy on Vacation

With Spring Break quickly approaching, vacationers young and old are feeling the pressure to get bikini ready. Hitting the gym, skipping the cake, and filling up on healthy lean proteins and complex carbs help the body to get vacation ready. Often though, the healthy choices and exercise disappear once the getaway begins. While food is an important part of enjoying your vacation, eating the right foods can help to maintain high energy to enjoy it to the fullest. Our friends at the Sayre Mansion, a bed and breakfast in Bethlehem, PA, shared these tips for staying healthy without sacrificing taste.

Degenerative Disc Disease: Is Laser Spine Surgery an Option?

As we age, our bones start to weaken and we tend to experience more pain in the back and neck areas. Vertebral fractures and other disc-related problems start to appear, especially for people over the age of 35. Back pain and injury is also attributed to the kind of lifestyle we live. For example, frequent lifting of heavy items can lead to spine problems. All of these back-related symptoms are indicative of the degenerative disc disease.

Coping with Back Pain During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and back pain can be a strenuous combination for most women. Fortunately, pelvic girdle pain or PGP, which occurs during pregnancy, is manageable and there are ways to alleviate the discomfort and prevent long-term problems.

Pregnant women who have gained a lot of weight and are not having their first pregnancy are more likely to experience back pain. The pregnancy hormone “relaxin” also contributes to a woman’s back pain. The hormone causes the pelvis to expand as the baby grows. However, the ligaments in the spine also widen and force back muscles to make more effort. Extraneous factors, such as stressful work, previous pelvic injury, or standing for long periods of time, can also lead to back pain.

5 Foods to Fight Fall Allergies

Forover 35  million Americans, the transition into autumn means a lot more than just apple cider and snuggling into sweatshirts. Instead of enjoying the beautiful season, we celebrate the passing of Labor Day with our eyes constantly watering and a box of tissues close at hand. Common fall allergens include many substances that are hard to avoid altogether, like ragweed pollen and molds. With the many outdoor activities in the fall,  many are forced to choose between staying inside and missing out on the fun or a host of unpleasant allergy symptoms. Luckily, there are natural ways to combat the effects of fall allergies.

When Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good

Doctors have a professional responsibility to know about any potentially adverse side effects of the prescription drugs they prescribe. In some instances, drugs known to have negative side effects must be endured. Sometimes, however, there may be alternative drugs or treatment options that have fewer negative side effects.

What Not to Feed Fluffy

Normally at JGA Network we focus on human health, but for many of our readers, the health of their pets is just as important. We all know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but does anyone know why? While feeding our dogs and other animals with specially formulated food is easy, we often share our own food with them as well. Here are a couple things to look out for before you decide to hand off your scraps.

1) Chocolate.

Chocolate is well known as the nemesis of dogs, and yet many think that it’s ok to sneak a cookie now and then. The chemical theobromine, as well as caffeine, that is present in chocolate is toxic to dogs after a certain amount. That amount varies by dog breed and size, so it’s better to just avoid your dog getting his nose into any chocolate. Symptoms can range anywhere from diarrhea and vomiting to death in as little as 24 hours.