Wellness

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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It turns out that people who are both healthy and obese are rarer than you might think.

By Alia Hoyt

The world's largest cockroach farm turns out 6 billion bugs a year.

By Jesslyn Shields

Activated charcoal is making its way into smoothies, pills and food of all kinds these days. What's the truth behind the health claims?

By Laurie L. Dove

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Synthetic marijuana use is spiking all over the country, sending people to emergency rooms with some ugly side effects.

By Carrie Tatro

Compared to sports drinks, bananas might be tops at helping us power through workouts and heal faster on the other end.

By Jesslyn Shields

From tire swings to marbles to video games, childhood friends aren't just the stuff of lifelong memories; they may actually benefit a man's physical health in years to come.

By Nathan Chandler

Could they be getting in the way of success? They might. If they're too tight.

By Alia Hoyt

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Cutting nicotine out of cigarettes altogether may be the only way to end smoking addiction for good.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Is something fishy with all those fish oil supplements?

By John Donovan

Researchers looked at several studies before finding inconclusive results.

By Alia Hoyt

The sodium in salt causes most of the damage to our organs, so how much is necessary for survival?

By Carrie Tatro

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The meditative practice dates back to ancient times but is growing in popularity in the U.S. What are the benefits and are they real?

By Cherise Threewitt

A surprising number of people do, but why? And are there any downsides to doing it?

By Alia Hoyt

Why is it so hard to keep weight off after losing it? One study suggests it's because your body wants you to put it back on.

By Dave Roos

Leftover pizza is practically a staple in college dorms and bachelor pads, but is it safe to eat at room temperature?

By Dave Roos

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Britt Marie Hermes started out at a naturopath. Now, she writes a blog criticizing their practices, which has landed her in a lawsuit. At a time when naturopaths are fighting for more state licensing and insurance coverage, she shares her story.

By Dave Roos

Many opioid addicts swear kratom helped them get off heroin or other drugs. But the FDA disagrees and just announced it is looking into whether it will put the herbal supplement onto its Schedule I drug list.

By John Donovan

Increasing scientific evidence shows that ultrafine particles are especially hazardous to health.

By Patrick J. Kiger

Some alternative health practitioners advocate drinking untreated water because it's 'healthier' for you. But scientists do not agree.

By Alia Hoyt

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From libraries to used book stores, books get passed from hand to dirty hand. How safe are they to handle?

By Carrie Tatro

New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.

By Chris Opfer

A quick workout before or between flights would be a nice way to get energized, especially if there was a gym conveniently located at your terminal. So why aren't there more gyms inside U.S. airports?

By John Donovan

Hot yoga may not be as beneficial as once thought, a new study suggests.

By Robert Lamb

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The average American eats 66 pounds of sugar every year, but the sugar industry doesn't want us to how much damage its doing to our bodies.

By Diana Brown

Workout trends are changing, as younger people are less into the gender divide of classes for women and weightlifting for men.

By Alia Hoyt