Diet, Health Studies
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How Wine and Chocolate Cause Migraine Headaches

Few maladies are more miserable than a migraine headache. To add insult to injury, migraines are often triggered by the very food and drink people enjoy most, such as wine and chocolate. Now scientists believe they have figured out why this is true. It’s all about intestinal microbes and the way they interact with the chemicals in food.

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Health Studies
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NASA Recommends These Plants to Detoxify the Air You Breathe

During the 1980s, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) began looking for ways to protect air quality in its space stations. The agency conducted research to learn which flora were most effective in detoxifying air. They were looking for plants that would filter toxic substances from the air and convert carbon dioxide to oxygen. The results of the study were published in 1989. NASA presented a definitive list of detoxifying plants.

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Natural Remedies
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Don’t Throw Away Used Teabags

If you’re a tea lover, you may begin each morning with a cup of your favorite. Green tea is health giving, and it’s particularly tasty flavored with mint. Chai is an warm comforting taste in the afternoon (did you know that “chai” is actually the Indian term for tea?). If you have an upset tummy, ginger tea with honey is the perfect tonic. If you need a pick-me-up, black tea is just the thing. And chamomile tea supports restorative sleep.

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Health Studies
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Scientists Prove Morning Sickness is a Sign of Healthy Pregnancy

As any pregnant woman will tell you, morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant side effects. But recently, scientists proved that morning sickness is actually a sign your pregnancy is going well. A team of government researchers say women who experience nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy are at reduced risk of miscarriage. The researchers followed a group of women who had in the past suffered at least one miscarriage; of those subjects, the ones who had morning sickness were 50 to 75 percent less likely to have another miscarriage.

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Mental Health
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How to Practice the Elements of Self-Care

“Self-care” is a term used by social workers and psychologists, and it usually refers to activities that are pleasurable. Helping professionals often suggest a walk in nature, a yoga class, or a bubble bath. In a recent article on The Mighty, contributor Mawiyah Patten writes about her own experience of depression and the role of self-care.

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Health Studies, Prevention
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Science Proves Smudging Kills Bacteria

The ancient ritual of smudging has regained popularity in the modern world. In recent years, people have used plant smoke to “cleanse” a space, clarifying the energy of negativity. The practice involves burning herbs and plant resins for spiritual and medicinal reasons, and it was used by indigenous peoples around he world.

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Disease
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What You Should Know about High-Functioning Depression

Amanda Leventhal looks like any other college student. She maintains a high grade point average, sings in her campus choir, and hangs out with a group of good friends. It is unlikely anyone would identify her as depressed. When she wrote an essay on her private battle with anxiety and depression, her friends were shocked.

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Disease
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Can this Spice Stop a Heart Attack in its Tracks?

What would you do if you were with someone who clutched their chest and said they suspected a heart attack? Of course, your first action would be to call 911. But it might take a few minutes for an ambulance to arrive. A number of sources on the internet say there is one more thing you can do in such an emergency. You can reach into your pantry for a helpful natural remedy you probably have on hand.

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Cancer, Immune System
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A New Weapon in the War Against Cancer

The human body was designed with a built-in defense force, your immune system. If you imagine the immune system as a general coordinating his troops, when your body is threatened, he gives orders to the white blood cells called T cells, to stand at attention poised to fend off foreign invaders – such as malignant cells. When the T cell warrior sees an invader, he raises his weapon and targets that cell for annihilation.

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Diet
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A New Way to Pack Your Lunch

Julia Mirabella is a Washington, D.C. based attorney who grew up enjoying Italian food. When the time came to pack her own lunches for the office, she began designing portable, delicious Mediterranean salads. In her book, Mason Jar Salads and More: 50 Layered Lunches to Grab and Go, she showcases tasty layered meals that fit easily in a wide-mouth jars.

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