There are several myths about health and fitness out there. Some are ridiculous and some actually have some merit to them. Listed below are some health and fitness “body hacks” that actually work. Some of these may surprise you!
Cherries are great for strengthening the heart and circulatory system.
Bananas are a great source of anti-viral properties.
Pineapples burn fat and tone the stomach.
Lemons have properties that alkalize and cleanse the liver.
Blueberries have properties that balance blood sugar and prevent hypoglycemia.
Limes have properties that remove toxins from the body.
Cabbage helps reduce body fat.
Fennel soothes pain, relieves cramps and spasms.
Oranges help the respiratory system and helps sinuses.
Melons have properties that hydrate the skin and nails.
Currants purify the blood and help reduce anemia.
Quick Pain Relief
To lessen the pain when you have an injection from the doctor, cough! Studies have shown that the act of a sudden cough cause less pain to a person while having the injection.
Push your tongue against the roof of your mouth and press a finger between your eyebrows if you want to clear a stuffy nose or relieve the sinus pressure. This causes the vomer bone to rock and your congestion will be loosened.
Digestion/Acid Reflux Help
Lay on your left side if you want to sleep after having a big full meal. The stomach is higher than the esophagus when you sleep on your right; thus allowing food and stomach acid to go up to your throat.
If you have a toothache, rub some ice on the on the webbed area between your thumb and index finger. By numbing your hand, your pain intensity will be reduced.
When you have a nosebleed, put some cotton on your upper gums behind the small dent below your nose and press on it. By giving pressure on the gums, the supply of the blood to the nose can be blocked.
Tickling Throat Relief
If your throat is a little itchy, scratch your ear. By doing so, you stimulate the nerves in the ear and create a reflex in the throat which causes a muscle spasm that kills the itchy feeling.
Better Listening/Processing of Information
Use your right ear to listen to the phone or hear people talk at a party. Your right ear picks up words better while your left ear picks up sounds/music better.
If you start to feel dizzy and drunk, put your hand on something hard and stable. Putting your hand on a stable subject help you feel more balance.
Brain Freeze Relief
Putting your tongue flat against your mouth’s roof can prevent brain freeze. This is because brain freeze happens when the nerves in your mouth’s roof get too cold.
Get Circulation to a Hand that’s “Asleep”
If your hand falls asleep, move your neck and head. The compressing nerves in your neck causes your hand to fall asleep, so move it side to side can relieve that.
Calm your Nerves
If you feel nervous, try to blow your thumb. Blowing cool wind to your thumb can slow down its pulse and calm you down eventually.
Seal/ Clean your Pores
Turn the water to cold at the end of your shower to prevent acne. Cold water seals your pores and prevents dirt and bacteria from entering them.
Stuffy Nose Relief
Keep an onion near you at night, while you sleep.
Put your hands in ice water and flex them for migraine relief.
If you’re feeling tired, hold your breath for as long as you can then release it.
Read a speech or project before you go to bed, you will remember it better in the morning.
If you are having trouble falling asleep, blink fast for a minute, it will help tire your eyes out.
If you are in bed and feeling dizzy, place one foot on the ground. This will help your brain recalculate and recalibrate it’s position.
Press your tongue firmly against the back of your teeth to prevent yourself from sneezing.
Put Deodorant on a bug bite to stop itching
Itch Relief #2
Put a hot spoon on the itchy area to relief the feeling.
Tuck your thumb into your fist and grip tightly to stop gagging.
If you’re laughing uncontrollably, pinch yourself.
Stop a Yawn
If you are about to yawn, try touching the tip of your tongue just as your mouth opens to stop this embarrassing display dead in its tracks.
There are a million and one home remedies for the hiccups and we all have our personal method of choice, but if you ever find that your go-to technique just isn’t cutting it, give this a shot: hold a breath as long as possible and when you just can’t hold it any longer, exhale as slowly as you can.
Avoid Blisters from Burns
Typically, if you touch something hot, the initial reaction is to reach for some ice, and while that may ease your pain quickly, that’s not necessarily what’s best for your skin as you are going from one temperature extreme to another. Try cleaning the affected area and applying pressure against the palm of your uninjured hand to prevent the burn from turning into a blister.
Relieve Side Ache from Running
Most people, when running, tend to exhale when their right foot strikes the ground, which actually puts pressure on the liver and causes the dreaded “side stitch” in many runners. Try simply training yourself to exhale when your left foot strikes the ground and take the pressure off your poor liver… which probably takes enough abuse as it is.