AuthorK.C. Dermody

K.C. Dermody is a freelance writer, writing for YCN, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports, and OMG! Yahoo as well as other web content projects, and working on a historical fiction novel based in ancient Ireland. She has a passion for travel, having traveled to over 40 U.S. states, Ireland many times, as well as other European countries, Mexico, Barbados and St. Vincent. She also has a love of history and an addiction to sports, especially the Oakland Raiders. Follow K.C. Dermody on LinkedIn: k-c-dermody and Twitter: @kcdermody

The Health Benefits of Beetroot

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At the time of writing, ‘beetroot’ is the third suggestion that comes up on Google when you type ‘health benefits of’. This tells us that the world at large is interested in the nutritional properties of this particular fruit, which in turn suggests that there may be more to it than meets the eye. Beets are a somewhat ‘obscure’ fruit and you might not find that...

Best Natural Options for Battling ADHD Symptoms

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The use of ADHD medications has skyrocketed among children as well as adults in recent years. With those synthetic medications also comes a long list of potential side effects ranging from mild such as insomnia, irritability and stomach upset to the more severe like high blood pressure, increased heart rate, psychiatric problems and even substance abuse. Unfortunately, the many side effects can...

The Dangers of Artificial Sweeteners, Sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup

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You probably already know that in order to maintain an ideal shape, lose weight or achieve optimal health, it’s important to avoid eating too much sugar. While there are naturally occurring sugars in a number of foods such as whole, unprocessed foods like milk, fruit and vegetables, it’s generally the added sugar in processed foods that causes the most detrimental effects on our health. Added...

The Amazing Health Benefits of the Nopal Cactus

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The nopal cactus may not be nearly as well-known as other “superfoods” such as blueberries and leafy green vegetables, but it’s certainly not any less powerful. This amazing cactus plant is a vegetable with edible pads; however, the cactus also produces an edible fruit and a beautiful flower. Because of its shape, it’s often referred to as the “prickly pear” cactus due to...

How to Stay Fit During an Injury

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When faced with an injury, it’s easy to give in to the temptation to give up and lie on the couch watching TV all day. Unfortunately, by the time that injury is healed, you could lose quite a bit of the fitness level you worked so hard to achieve in addition to possibly packing on unwanted pounds. While it’s important to rest an injury, if it is only affecting one part of the body, it’s essential...

How Meditation Can Improve Athletic Performance

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While some people are under the impression that meditation is something for new-age hippies, in reality, practicing meditation or deep breathing can be highly beneficial for most people, including those who want to boost athletic performance. Meditation has even become popular with many top NFL stars as well as the military. Many studies have found that it cannot only increase fitness levels but...

Top 3 Healthy Oils to Add to Your Diet

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Most people today realize that eating fat does not necessarily make you fat. The days of the “no fat” diets are over, with the knowledge that healthy fats are essential for optimal health. Unhealthy fats such as those that are found in processed products like the trans fats in margarine and other packaged foods should be avoided as much as possible, but by adding healthy fats we can...

5 Foods to Avoid for Fighting Inflammation

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If you haven’t heard about the anti-inflammatory diet, you should know that by following an anti-inflammatory diet you can prevent or even eliminate symptoms of many chronic conditions and diseases as well as live a longer, higher quality life. Research has found that hidden inflammation is the root cause of nearly all chronic illness as well as maladies like cancer, diabetes, heart disease...

How to Stay Motivated to Reach Your Fitness Goals

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Most of us realize that achieving our fitness goals will take a lot of hard work and dedication. Unfortunately, even with the best intentions it’s easy to get sidetracked by work or other responsibilities, and before you know it, one missed workout turns into three or four and before you know it another year may go by with dreams of that ideal physical shape gone out the window. Even if you have...

5 Natural Energy Boosting Options

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Many people have a hard time finding enough energy to get through their day with so many responsibilities at work or home. In an effort to accomplish everything, turning to a quick fix by downing a caffeine-filled energy drink, a pot of coffee or indulging in a candy bar may feel like the only option, but it often serves to drain energy in the long run. Too much caffeine can have a dehydrating...

K.C. Dermody

K.C. Dermody

K.C. Dermody is a freelance writer, writing for YCN, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Sports, and OMG! Yahoo as well as other web content projects, and working on a historical fiction novel based in ancient Ireland. She has a passion for travel, having traveled to over 40 U.S. states, Ireland many times, as well as other European countries, Mexico, Barbados and St. Vincent. She also has a love of history and an addiction to sports, especially the Oakland Raiders.

Follow K.C. Dermody on LinkedIn: k-c-dermody and Twitter: @kcdermody