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There are many approaches and countless factors that make up a persons overall wellness. HowStuffWorks has extensive coverage on the different types of natural medicine such as DIY remedies and traditional Chinese medicine.

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Does Kombucha Really Have Health Benefits?

Kombucha is having a moment as a probiotic that can help with all kinds of diseases. But what does the science say?

Is Hummus Really Healthy?

Hummus is a chickpea dip that has surged in popularity in the U.S. over the past decade. It sure seems healthy but is it really?

Are Probiotics Really Beneficial?

Probiotics have been having a moment — but are they really beneficial to our health?

Could You Pass Your Kid's Middle School Fitness Test?

They're probably the bane of your middle school memories. So why do we still subject kids to these humiliating physical fitness tests?

Why Generation Z Is So Stressed Out

A new survey found that today's teens and college students are far more stressed out than older Americans are. Why do they feel this way?

Got Milk? It Might Depend on Whether It Came From a Cow or a Plant

The FDA is considering whether to enforce a rule that restricts usage of the term 'milk' to dairy products. But makers of plant-based milks like soy milk and almond milk are fighting back.

Going Nuts for Nuts Could Improve Your Health

A slew of new research suggests eating more nuts is not just good for your heart, but it's also good for your waistline.

Plastic Pollution Is Showing Up in Our Poop

Microplastics in our poop indicate that even our food supply isn't safe from our plastic problem.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar the ‘Secret’ to Weight Loss?

Lots of people believe that a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar a day helps to speed weight loss. But what does science say?

CBD Oil: What's Behind the Hype?

CBD is an extract of the cannabis plant. It won't get you high, but it's being touted as a remedy for a whole range of health problems.

Why Is the HPV Vaccine Suddenly Effective for Adults?

The HPV vaccine used to be only for adolescents, before they were sexually active. Now, the FDA has approved the vaccine for adults as well. What accounts for the change?

Why Playing Musical Pillows Isn't Helping Your Neck Pain

Chronic neck pain may be a sign of something more serious, but body position and the proper pillow go a long way toward helping you wake up pain-free.

Vampire Facials May Be Bloody Bad for You

The latest, and dare we say weirdest, spa treatment is reportedly causing health problems.

Can You Really Sweat Out a Hangover?

Some people think taking a run after a night of drinking will help them to sweat out a hangover. But is this true?

Time-restricted Eaters Lose Weight Even Without Changing Diet

A small study found that just by eating breakfast later and dinner earlier, people could lose twice as much body fat as those who did not. But could they stick with this diet?

Booze News: Heavy Drinkers Responsible for Big Chunk of Alcohol Sales

A mere 4 percent of England's drinkers account for 30 percent of the country's alcohol consumption. That's a lot of drinks — and a lot of money.

Liquid Nitrogen 'Dragon's Breath' Cereal: A Dangerous Fad

Liquid nitrogen is a cool new dessert ingredient. But is it safe?

Do You Need Soap to Get Your Dishes Clean?

We spend millions on dishwashing detergents every year, but how necessary is soap to the cleanliness of our dishes?

Actually, We're Not Overdoing It on the Salt

A worldwide study found that although most people consumed more salt than was recommended, it wasn't enough to do damage to their heart health. And there wasn't much of a link between sodium consumption and heart attacks.

How Salmonella Can Wind Up in Your Breakfast Cereal

Sure you can get salmonella from eating contaminated produce or meat, but your beloved breakfast cereal? Really?

Is Lectin-free the New Gluten-free?

A lectin-free diet bans beans, grains and even some veggies. So is this the next cure-all fad diet?

Is Breathing the New Smoking?

A new app analyzes air pollution and its equivalence to cigarette smoking.

Rinse and Spit: The History of Toothpaste

From urine to incense, the ancients had some weird ideas about what to put in toothpaste.

FDA OKs First Marijuana-based Drug

Could this groundbreaking drug finally lead the way to the legalization of marijuana?


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