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articles by: Samantha, selected from TreeHugger

10 Food Swaps to Lower Blood Pressure

While blood pressure rises and falls naturally, sustained elevation -- otherwise known as high blood pressure, or hypertension -- can damage your heart, kidneys, and even brain. More than 65 mil…

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6 of the Biggest Flowers on Earth

By David DeFranza, TreeHugger For millions of years, flowers have dotted the landscape. Their simple manipulative evolutionary innovation—using color and scent to trick insects and animals into d…

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9 Surprising Items Made With Animal Ingredients

By Paula Alvarado, TreeHugger If you thought that by quitting meat or at least going weekday vegetarian you were doing your part to avoid the horrors of factory farming, think again. Even though…

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6 Ways Climate Change is Impacting Animals

By David DeFranza, TreeHugger Climate change has been blamed for failed crops, drought, severe storms, and rising seas—but these major shifts in weather and climate are only part of the story. Al…

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Is Meat Glue Safe?

By Sara Novak, TreeHugger Transglutaminase and beef fibrin, often called meat glue, is an ingredient used across the food industry to hold together smaller cuts of meat, poultry, and fish that’s …

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10 Most Polluted Cities in the U.S.

By Brian Merchant, TreeHugger There's a pretty good chance you live in a city with air that's so polluted it's often unhealthy to breathe. Yes, you. Forty-one percent of Americans do. That's 127 …

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5 Easy Flowers to Plant in Your Garden

By Ramon Gonzalez, TreeHugger If you’re trying to overcome your seed starting fear by growing the five easy vegetables I recommended growing from seed, add these five annuals to your garden too. …

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Is Daylight Saving Time Costing Us Billions in Electricity?

By Brian Merchant, TreeHugger Ever since being implemented in the early 1900's, considerable controversy has surrounded the use of Daylight Saving Time. The practice benefits sports, retail (the …

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10 Marine Species Threatened by Ocean Acidification

By David DeFranza, TreeHugger 1. Blue Sea Slug The ocean is a delicate place, and tiny changes to its composition can cause serious devastation. Adding carbon to the atmosphere contributes to…

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9 Essential Oils with Huge Health Benefits

Essential oils have their place secured in a natural beauty routine: They're natural, chemical-free alternatives to everything from traditional cosmetics to potentially toxic fragrances. But many…

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