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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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What in the World Are Tonsil Stones?

Never heard of tonsil stones? They're nasty little stones that can form in your throat. So should you freak out if you have them?

Can Foods Really Bolster Your Immune System?

It's something we hear or read a lot: Certain foods can help your immune system. But what does that really mean? And is there any science behind it?

Yes, Hot Yoga Can Still Be Hot at Home

During this time of social distancing and isolation, many hot yoga aficionados are craving the heat of the hot yoga studio, but our experts say you can create that heat at home.

Isolation and Monotony Stress the Brain. Here's How to Cope

Social isolation, boredom and monotony in these days of COVID-19 may seem like passive problems, but they actually trigger the brain's stress reactions. Luckily, there's help.

7 Great Ways to Stay Fit in Da House!

Staying fit is more important now than ever. Regular exercise decreases tension, and elevates and stabilize moods — all things we need at times like this. So how do we stay fit from home?

What's Scarier: No Toilet Paper or Wiping With One of These 5 Alternatives?

What in the world do you wipe with when you're totally out of toilet paper? You can try one of these alternatives. Desperate times call for desperate measures!

Why Is It So Hard to Make a Universal Flu Vaccine?

Every year, a version of the flu vaccine must be developed, to compensate for the changes in the flu virus the year before. Will we ever have a one-and-done flu vaccine?

What Is Social Distancing and How Do We Do It Right?

Social distancing is definitely not something most of us are used to. After all, we humans are social creatures. So what is it exactly, and how are we supposed to do it?

Why Hand-washing Beats Hand Sanitizer Hands Down!

Put down the sanitizer and get out the soap! Health experts say washing with soap and water gets more germs off your hands than using the alcohol-based stuff. But why?

Oil Diffusers Make Your House Smell Great, but Are They Safe?

Burning some essential oils around your home may make it smell really nice. But could there be some side effects you should be worried about?

What Is Kefir, and Is It Good for You?

Kefir is a fermented milk drink similar to a thin yogurt, said to be full of good gut bacteria and capable of lowering blood sugar and bad cholesterol. Sounds great, but does the hype match the reality?

How to Succeed at Intermittent Fasting

Your friends might be talking up this way of eating and have you curious as to whether it may work for you. We talk to the experts to find out, as well as give you our personal experience.

6 Anti-inflammatory Foods You Should Be Eating

Some foods have been linked with making the body less inflamed. But what is inflammation anyway and how can food make it better?

Is Cold-Shocking Your Body After a Sauna a Good Idea?

The Finnish people tout the therapeutic benefits of a hot sauna, followed by a cold plunge into a lake. And they would know. They're credited with starting the practice and have been doing it for centuries.

How to Stay Warm in Your Freezing-cold Office

Whether winter is a-knocking at your poorly insulated office – or you have a too-efficient AC in the summertime, we have some creative real-world tips and advice on gadgets to help you stay warm.

IV Drip Bars Are a Hot Trend, But Are They Safe?

Feeling hungover or rundown? Just walk into an IV drip bar, sit down and roll up your sleeve. Is this a good idea or a fad that will go the way of the sauna suit?

Should You Always Take Off Your Shoes in Your Home?

Some people feel you track a lot of germs and dirt into your home if you keep your street shoes on inside, but studies have shown it's not that bad.

Asian Americans Should Be Screened for Diabetes at Lower Weights

Some U.S. doctors and Asian American health advocates are calling for a lower BMI cutoff for Asian Americans, mainly because of health concerns about Type 2 diabetes.

Bagel, Muffin or Doughnut: Which Is the Best and Worst, Healthwise?

When you're grabbing something to go with your coffee in the morning, which of these three baked treats will do the least damage to your health?

9 Refreshing Uses for Peppermint Oil

There are so many uses for this essential oil, including soothing irritable bowel syndrome, relieving headaches, even keeping head lice away.

What Do Pheromones Do to People and Animals?

Pheromones are a powerful means of controlling behavior among members of a social group or species. They can indicate danger, territory or even readiness to mate. But what exactly are pheromones, anyway?

Have People Ever Really Eaten Tapeworms for Weight Loss?

The rumor mill says that if a person were to intentionally swallow a tapeworm their excess pounds would simply melt away. But what's the truth about the 'tapeworm diet'?

Why People Are Downing Chlorophyll, the Plant Pigment

Chlorophyll doesn't just make grass green – it has properties that help people too. And some folks are taking chlorophyll supplements to get more of it. Is this a good thing?

A Moo-ving New Therapy: Cuddle Up to a Cow

Perhaps you already know that having a pet or being around animals can have therapeutic value. So can hugging a cow. Hey, if goat yoga is a thing, why not this?

The Science and Smarts Behind Hypertrophy (and Getting Ripped)

Hypertrophy is just a super-science-y way to say you're building muscle. And there are lots of ways to do it.

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