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Home remedies for common cold

We all know the popular adage, there is no cure for common cold. While it is true that it might not always be prevented, there are homemade cures. A cold is a kind of infection that is caused by different virus. Some of the common symptoms of cold are headache, running nose, cough, high fever, itchy eyes, sore throat, body aches and so on.

It is important to treat cold before it leads to other infections like strep throat, bronchitis and pneumonia.Many natural treatments offer effective relief from the various symptoms of common cold without side effects.

Garlic

Garlic’s antibacterial and antiviral properties can be very helpful in getting rid of cold. It is good for the immune system and helps open up respiratory passages and also helps flush toxins out of your body

Mix one crushed garlic clove, two teaspoons of lemon juice, one teaspoon of honey, and half a teaspoon of red chilli powder. Consume it daily until the symptoms subside.

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How to get rid of a stiff neck

A stiff neck is a common problem. It often occurs due to sleeping in an awkward position, sitting in front of a computer for a prolonged period, or straining a muscle due to bad posture or carrying heavy loads that put too much pressure on the shoulders.

Other causes include anxiety and stress that create tension in the neck muscles, trauma or injury that affects the neck and some diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, meningitis or cancer.

The main symptoms are soreness, pain and difficulty moving the neck, especially when trying to turn the head to the side. At times, a stiff neck may cause a headache, shoulder pain or arm pain.

A stiff neck does not usually indicate a serious medical problem, but it can hinder your daily activities and make it hard to sleep. Lack of sleep can make things worse. This problem usually gets better after a few days or a week. However, you can use some simple lifestyle changes and home remedies to ease the pain and stiffness. If your condition does not get better within a week or if it occurs with a high fever, consult your doctor immediately.

Massage

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Seven ways to appear more intelligent than other people

You don’t have to know the entire works of Shakespeare or the square root of Pi to seem highly intelligent 

There is no fast-track route to wisdom but intelligence, defined as the way that we comprehend, analyse and respond to the world, is a far more malleable concept. 

Scientists once claimed that intelligence quotient (IQ) levels were hereditary. This meant that human beings had no control over their brain power; it was decided by their genes. 

However, recent studies have shown that IQ scores are barely linked to genes at all. They can also be extremely volatile, changing significantly - by up to 20 points - over time. 

We have scoured the writings of neuroscience experts, business leaders, technologists, and psychiatrists to find out how ordinary people can instantly boost their IQ levels by making small tweaks to the way that they comprehend the world. 

The idea is to increase mental agility. These techniques cannot make anyone appear well-read, or replace life experience. 

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Can diet soda cause weight gain?

Most of us are actually addicted to this popular beverage. But soda itself is not good for your health, particularly if you are trying to lose weight. Diet soda is touted to give the best of both worlds amazing taste and no weight gain. But is that the whole truth? Do they actually do what they claim to do?  The market for diet sodas is huge involving several big companies. The tag, labels or highlighted texts of ‘sugar free’, ‘zero carbohydrate’ or ‘no calories’ attract buyers, but when you pick up that can of diet soda, are you falling for a marketing gimmick?

What is diet soda

As the name suggests, is a non-alcoholic, sugar-free, zero-carbohydrate and zero-calories carbonated drink. Some well known diet soda brands are Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Sprite Zero, Diet Mountain Dew which are popular across the globe.

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How bad is it to hold your pee?

You might have heard about bedtime procrastination, but what about bathroom procrastination? You know, when you put off peeing until your legs are crossed and you can barely hobble to the porcelain throne. Whether it is because you are going through work emails at your desk or you would rather avoid the horrors of a public restroom, sometimes peeing just lands at the bottom of your to-do list. But can that actually be dangerous? 

How long is it okay to hold it?

Your body’s physical capacity to keep in urine is based on a few things: “Most of the time women can hold urine for three to six hours, but this will vary. It really depends on the amount of urine that someone makes, which is determined by hydration status and fluid intake and also functional bladder capacity, which is a combination of the actual size of the bladder and bladder sensitivity. But ultimately, there is not a ton of research on the subject. The truth of the matter is normal urination in women across the lifespan is not as well understood as it should be,” Benjamin Brucker, MD, Assistant Professor of Urology at NYU Langone Medical Center, said.

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