7 Surprising Foods to Combat Colds

Runny nose, congestion, sore throat, sneezing. Yep, sounds like it could be a cold. While cold symptoms vary (and can also include headaches and fever), all colds are respiratory infections caused by more than 200 possible viruses. With so many viruses waiting to take hold, another way of thinking of it is that a cold is caused by a weak immune system that allows the virus to set in. “There’s no magic superfood for combatting the common cold. However, there are numerous foods and nutrients that can play helpful roles in prevention or treatment of it. This lends support to the popular nutrition approach of enjoying a variety of foods,” says Jackie Newgent, RDN, chef, nutritionist and author of “The With or Without Meat Cookbook.” From sardines to mushrooms to wine -- try including a variety of these seven foods in your diet to maintain (or regain) a healthy immune system.
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What Are the Functions of Cuboidal Epithelial Cells in the Kidneys?

The kidneys are essential organs responsible for blood filtration. Each kidney consists of an outer cortex rich in blood vessels and an inner medulla. Both the cortex and the medulla contain millions of nephrons, the functional units of the kidney which work to filter the blood. According to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, the nephrons filter around 43 gallons of water daily. Each nephron consists of several small tubules, which are lined with cuboidal epithelial cells. The cuboidal cells within the tubules perform a range of functions in filtering the blood.
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Best Essential Oils For Headache Relief – All You Need To Know

Headaches can be a be a real problem. Regardless of whether they arrive once in a while, or worse, it is a regular occurrence, they are a debilitating condition. Ask anyone who suffers from them…they can make life miserable.

There are many ways to treat headaches from a wide range of over the counter medication to more natural remedies. While taking a pain killer every now and again for the odd headache is fine, it is not ideal if they happen regularly.

Using essential oils for headache relief is a popular alternative to traditional medications. Many doctors and patients consider them to be safer and more effective than over-the-counter medications. In many situations, particularly if the headache is a result of stress, they deliver exceptional and fast results, without the side effects of some pharmaceutical products.
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How To Feng Shui Your Home For Better Balance

We’ve all heard that living a balanced life is what we should aim for. But as with many things, it is easier said than done. Sometimes you need a little help and one thing that might help, particularly at home, is Feng Shui.

This traditional Chinese art has been embraced worldwide as a way to create balance in our modern lives. If it has been a mystery to you, then this article will help. I will give an overview of what Feng Shui is, some simple tips on how to Feng Shui your home and provide an insight on how Feng Shui might help you.
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5 Reasons Why Peppermint Oil Will Make You Healthier

The health benefits and therapeutic value of peppermint essential oil has been well known since ancient times. Even today peppermint oil is still being recognized as one of the most valuable herbal remedies that people can use in treating different health problems.

Peppermint can be used in various forms including herbal tea, capsules, pure essential oil and of course, the plant itself. In this article I will focus using the essential oil for its health benefits.
What Are The Best Essential Oils for Cold Sores

For anyone who suffers from cold sores, there is a feeling of dread that washes over you when you feel the first sign of pain by your mouth: a cold sore is coming. You can’t plan or prepare for them and they always pop up at the most inconvenient time.

The severity of cold sores can vary from person to person, from outbreak to outbreak. Sometimes they are extremely painful, and at other times they are just an inconvenient embarrassment (and no kissing allowed!).

If you’ve suffered from cold sores, you will no doubt want a quick and easy treatment to diminish pain and get rid of the cold sore quick. As a fellow cold sore sufferer, I totally understand. A few years ago I was keen to find an alternative to over the counter medicines – I just don’t like using them.

After consulting one of my favourite essential oil books (The Fragrant Pharmacy), I found a couple of oils to try…and it worked! So now whenever a cold sore strikes, it’s straight to the essential oil cupboard for me.

Today I’m going to share the best essential oils for cold sores and how to use them.
How to Lose a Muffin Top & Belly Fat Fast

Belly fat is linked to serious medical conditions, such as heart disease and stroke, and reducing it can improve your health, as long as you do it in a safe and gradual manner. Fast weight loss often requires drastic measures and is short-lived. According to Helpguide.org, it can leave you feeling sick and drained, and the weight you lose is most likely muscle tissue and water weight, the latter of which is quickly gained back. To lose weight safely, do not attempt to lose more than 2 pounds per week. Healthy food choices and the right exercise routine can help you accomplish this.
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Herbal Tea for Colds & Allergies

Colds and allergies are distinctly different disorders, but can produce similar symptoms, including sneezing, sinus congestion, runny nose, scratchy throat and sinus headache. The common cold targets the upper respiratory tract and is the result of exposure to one of more than 200 different cold viruses. Allergies are the result of your immune system reacting abnormally to otherwise harmless substances. Herbal teas, made from a variety of herbs, may offer some relief for mild cold or allergy symptoms. See your doctor if your symptoms persist, and ask your doctor if herbal teas are safe for you.