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5 Foods That Help Fight Colds

Barley
Already hailed for its power to improve cholesterol numbers, the soluble fiber that’s so abundant in barley may also keep your nose from dripping like a leaky hose. A University of Illinois study discovered that soluble fiber increases the production of an anti-inflammatory protein that strengthens the immune system. With that said, beta-glucan, the prominent soluble fiber found in chewy barley, has been found to potentially slash the number of days of misery you experience while gripped by an upper-respiratory-tract infection.  Read More

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Why “Forest Bathing” is the new health trend

Taking a walk in the woods and soaking up the lush scenery, clean air, and supreme quiet of a forest could do more than refresh your mind and recharge your energy. Thanks to a do-it-yourself therapy known as forest bathing or shinrin-yoku (a Japanese term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere”), spending a few serene hours in the woods may give you a long-lasting health boost. Read More

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Vegetarianism + Digestion: How to Stop the Rumbles

New vegetarians and vegans who enthusiastically pile their plates with whole grains and vegetables may be dismayed to experience bloating, gas, or other stomach upsets—and mistakenly think they have a food allergy or that this diet isn’t for them. Not so! Shift to a more plant-based diet gradually, and most likely your body will adjust just fine to a vegetarian
or vegan diet.

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