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A Gut Health Morning Routine Straight From RDs

Folks in the wellness world are all about their morning routines. Lemon water, meditation, a.m. virtual workout classes…for many, optimizing your health and well-being starts as soon as you wake up.

The morning brings opportunities for a variety of fresh starts, from hitting your fitness goals to resetting your mood. But did you know that boosting your gut health should be an important factor in your morning routine, too? Starting the day with poor digestion or an unhealthy gut can make the day feel long and tiring, and if gut issues become chronic, you could notice such discomfort on a regular basis. That’s why improving gut health is key—and you can do so with a few handy morning habits that will start your day off right.

1. Drink a glass of water ASAP

Starting your day with enough fluids supports your overall daily needs and can help prevent constipation. “Aside

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How Asheya Dixon’s Military Background Fueled Her Passion For Skincare

Asheya Dixon

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Asheya Dixon prides herself in approaching the beauty industry from a unique lens – her military background. Since birth, Dixon has been traveling the world as a military brat, a previous Army and now as an Air Force spouse.

BRWN Beauty originated with a vision and women of color in mind as well as a push from the lack of access to common beauty brands during her time in the military. HelloBeautiful had the chance to catch up with Asheya Dixon about her unique military skill set in relation to beauty, financial wellness and her hopes for the brand.

Created to take care of one’s skin as a person of color, Dixon successfully built a brand on the values, core beliefs, and strengths she knew all too well.

My interest in skincare surfaced when I realized that every location

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5 Carrot Juice Benefits and Recipes To Make It At Home

The wellness world has evolved immensely the past few decades. (Biggest understatement ever, right?) It wasn’t that long ago where tracking steps (and fitness trackers themselves) was a brand-new concept, and athleisure wasn’t even a word, much less a lucrative clothing category. But healthy juices have long been a staple among the health set—including carrot juice, one of the OG flavors.

However, unlike some other juicing trends, carrot juice benefits are the real deal. It’s no wonder that the drink has stood the test of time as a go-to beverage, despite so much else changing within the wellness world.

Here, registered dietitian Kim Melton, RD, highlights the benefits of carrot juice, which is exactly what it sounds like: juice produced with carrots. Plus, get tips on how to make sure you’re buying one that’s truly healthy and see recipes for how to make your own at home.

5 carrot juice

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Tri-Valley School Donations May Be Curtailed By Coronavirus

TRI-VALLEY, CA — Only one thing is certain about the Tri-Valley’s upcoming school year, and that’s uncertainty.

With the coronavirus being far from under control, school officials have been debating when, or if, classrooms will reopen in the fall and, more importantly, how California’s economic crisis will ultimately impact the bottom line on budgets already stretched to the limit and largely dependent on revenue from the state.

Also impacted will be the flow of what has been millions of dollars donated by an extensive network of Tri-Valley nonprofit organizations, money used to supplement the increasing costs of educational activities.

During the 2016, 2017 and 2018 school years alone, nearly 80 individual tax-exempt nonprofit organizations provided some $40 million to the region’s four school districts — San Ramon Valley Unified, Dublin Unified, Pleasanton Unified and Livermore Valley Unified.

Chief among these benefactors is the San Ramon Valley Education Fund (SRVEF) based

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4 Qualities to Look for When Shopping for Immune-Support Supplements, According to an RD

Browsing hundreds of pages of supplement options online can feel like an overwhelming exercise in sensory overload, with bright packaging exclaiming puzzling phrases like “chelated!” or “bioavailable!” And if you’re shopping for immune-support supplements with the aim of staying healthy? Just pile on the confusion.

With that head-scratching feeling in mind, we asked nutritionist Bonnie Taub-Dix, RDN, author of Read It Before You Eat It – Taking You from Label to Table, for some guidance in the supplement shopping department.

“I always believe in food first, but there are times when we may need more of a certain nutrient than we can get from our diets,” Taub-Dix says. “Certain supplements like vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc can help support a healthy immune system.”

Oh, and re: bioavailability, that’s the rate at which the supplement enters your system, Taub-Dix says. “This is important because some supplements could be digested

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How Low Can Dems Go On Unemployment Benefits?

WASHINGTON ― The extra $600 a week Congress added to unemployment benefits is set to expire in a matter of days, and Republicans and Democrats remain as far apart as ever on a deal to extend the money ― both between their parties and within them.

Senate Republicans have delayed unveiling their own legislation to extend the benefits all week, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) now saying Republicans in his chamber will release their bill on Monday. 

Democratic leaders won’t have much time to negotiate before benefits expire. In fact, even though the extra money was supposed to last until the end of July, many recipients will get their final $600 on Saturday or Sunday, because most states pay benefits on the weekend and July 31 is a Friday. (Regular state unemployment benefits, which are much lower, will continue.) 

And when lawmakers finally get around to hashing out final

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Stressed out and overwhelmed by distance learning? Here are some resources that might help

With the announcement that the Sacramento City Unified School District will begin the year with distance learning, many parents are looking for ways to support their children as they learn from home.

Supporting a student engaged in distance learning can be challenging for parents, particularly those who are juggling working from home, working in essential jobs, or supporting multiple students at the same time.

There are a wide variety of resources online, through the Sacramento Public Library, and through tutoring agencies. Here’s a guide to help parents get started as they support students learning from home this fall.

Have patience

Andrea Venezia, an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State University, said parents should be patient with themselves and with their children.

“Take a breath and know that this is an unusual time, and that our kids might not learn as much as

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City Of Napa Receives $975K In Federal CARES Act Grant Funds

NAPA, CA — The Napa City Council approved a spending plan Tuesday for $975,000 in grant funds the city received through the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security — CARES— Act.

Napa City Manager Steve Potter said the grant funds give the city “a much-needed opportunity to assist residents, local businesses and staff health concerns.”

The funds are part of the $2-trillion economic relief package passed March 27 by Congress that also included stimulus checks for American taxpayers. The city was restricted to spending the CARES Act funds on specific purposes related to the coronavirus pandemic, so it focused on providing assistance to local economically impacted community members and the business community. The money will also be spent on improvements to internal city operations and workspaces for city employees.

“While the funds will not make up for the revenues that have been lost due to coronavirus, they will

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Maryland election board told state faces ‘emergency,’ is short 14,000 judges due to pandemic

With little more than 100 days to Nov. 3, Maryland’s counties and Baltimore City are short nearly 14,000 election judges and “it’s becoming impossible to fill all of these vacancies” during a pandemic, the state elections board was told Thursday.

“That’s 35% vacancies,” said David Garreis, president of the Maryland Association of Election Officials. “A 35% vacancy rate so close to Election Day … is an emergency for the local boards,” he said.

Garreis told the state board during an online meeting that local election boards are struggling to comply with Gov. Larry Hogan’s order that every polling place open Nov. 3 for a general election expected to attract substantial voter turnout because of a hotly contested presidential contest. A survey of local boards found that 1,386 polling places would be required, Garreis said.

“As everyone knows, without the election judges, it’s impossible for the local boards to open all

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private Zoom tutors spark controversy as virtual school year looms

<span>Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images</span>
Photograph: John Moore/Getty Images

Elyssa Katz, a Santa Monica mother of three, is growing a matchmaking service to connect families with tutors, or “Zutors”, as she calls them – a word she’s in the process of trademarking.

“The role of a Zutor is a tutor, a nanny, and an angel for a parent,” Katz told the Guardian, someone who can take over parental demands, help children with online homework and take them outside when it’s time for “recess”.

Katz’s clients range from the rich and famous, to everyday people who need childcare because they can’t look after their children while they have to work. Katz said she had gotten calls from parents as far away as the Hamptons.

For a matchmaking fee that can range from $700 to $1,000 (£549 to £785), Katz and her team will interview tutor candidates, run background and reference checks, then match them to the

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