Everyone knows how to lead a healthy lifestyle and avoid serious diseases. You need to eat right, exercise, deal with stress and get enough sleep. But besides these recommendations, there are others that seem illogical, but they work. It is about them that MedAboutMe talks about today.
If you want a pearly smile, don’t brush your teeth after eating
After eating, tiny remnants of food remain on the teeth and gums, which you want to remove so that your smile is snow-white and your breath is clean. But brushing your teeth right after a meal is a big mistake.
The acids found in many foods, from soda to berries and fruits, help soften tooth enamel. If you brush your teeth immediately after eating, the toothbrush can contribute to tooth damage. The correct tactic is to rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth after 30 minutes.
Fight extra pounds — eat more
Do you think a small bag of chips or a small cake are great snacks? You are wrong! A small serving of treats contains a lot of calories that will be deposited on the sides if they are not burned in a timely manner.
At the same time, a large portion of vegetables or cereals with a small slice of lean meat will have fewer calories, but they will provide a feeling of satiety for 4–5 hours. As a result, a person will not overeat and will not send extra calories to the “fat depot”.
Dreaming of becoming a size smaller — gain weight
Those dreaming of a thin waist and strong hips that fit in any jeans should go in for sports to build muscle mass. A kilogram of muscle and a kilogram of fat weigh the same, but differ in volume.
If you actively engage in the gym and do it regularly, you can build muscle, but at the same time decrease in volume. Thus, despite the increase in weight, you can easily “squeeze” into your favorite outfit.
Did you know?
Research published in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings, showed that a person inhales and exhales air through one nostril at a time. Then the leading nostril changes and another one joins the work.
Very tired — give up energy drinks
One can of energy drinks contains more caffeine and sugar than several cups of strong coffee. It also contains a nervous system stimulant called taurine. Working together, they provide a powerful boost of energy, but it quickly melts away, leaving behind side effects in the form of irritability, heart palpitations and nervousness.
After drinking a can of energy drinks, a person will feel tired and dizzy after 20–30 minutes. At the same time, adding another power engineer will only aggravate the situation.
Suffering from the heat — drink hot tea
Not cold soda helps a person to “cool down”, but a cup of hot fragrant tea. During and after its use, the body increases sweating. This process quickly cools the body and returns it to comfort.
After work, you run out of energy — go in for sports
The lack of physical activity in the daily routine makes a person with limited mobility and quickly deprives him of strength. Performing routine tasks is a burden, and a feeling of fatigue rolls over after minimal effort.
But if you find time to exercise, it will increase endurance and energize the body. In addition, during exercise, endorphins, the joy hormones, are produced, which greatly increase mood.
Did you know?
Human blood makes up 1/10 of the total body weight. On average, 5.4 to 6.8 liters of blood flows through the veins of an adult.
Need to increase mental capacity — take notes
During business meetings, listening to lectures and learning something, many people make notes in a notebook or diary. And researchers support them. The fact is that such notes help to better structure information and remember it more efficiently. And also — to find new solutions based on the data received.
If you want less pain, forget about antibacterial soap
Even if a person uses antibacterial soap during flu and cold season, this does not provide him with the best protection against infection. Scientists came to such conclusions. It turned out that ordinary soap, with the right washing technique, washes bacteria from hands and other parts of the body no worse than antibacterial ones. But at the same time, it does not have such serious side effects as, for example, the development of antibiotic resistance.
The latter phenomenon complicates the fight against diseases so much that one of the most authoritative oversight bodies in the world The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)) banned the free sale of antibacterial cosmetics.
Planning to take a nap in the middle of the day — drink a cup of coffee
In one Japanese study, scientists studied how easy and pleasant it is to take a nap during a noisy day. The scientists concluded that the best sleep was after drinking 200 mg of caffeine, which is equal to 1–2 cups of coffee.
Participants in the experiment who took caffeine immediately went to bed and dozed off for 20 minutes. After this time, they woke up cheerful and active. This is because the dream ended just at the moment when the caffeine was included in the work and activated the brain.
Did you know?
Procrastination is hereditary. Such data were presented by a 2014 study published in the journal psychological science.
Need to get rid of itching — scratch elsewhere
If a person is tormented by itching on the right hand, the researchers advise standing in front of the mirror and scratching the same place on the left hand. And it will work, a 2013 study found.
Scientists attribute the effectiveness of this advice to a psychological phenomenon called “mirror scratching.” When the brain receives information from the mirror, it thinks that a person is scratching an itchy limb, and therefore the manifestations of itching become weaker or disappear altogether.
Complain of a bad memory — chew gum more often
The benefits of chewing gum go beyond improving breath freshness. Studies have shown that frequent use of chewing gum improves brain function and has a positive effect on concentration and memory. And chewing gum, especially mint-flavored gum, effectively reduces the feeling of fatigue and signs of fatigue.
And a 2009 study found that people who chew gum often tend to have better memories.
Suffering from hypertension — get a pet
And the best choice would be a dog. Research shows that having a dog at home is associated with lower high blood pressure, lower stress levels, and better cardiovascular health.
Dog owners are less likely to have heart attacks. And if they do, then people with pets show a higher survival rate after a serious condition.
Need to get rid of hiccups — eat sugar
In one small experiment involving 20 people, a teaspoon of sugar washed down with a little water helped 19 out of 20 patients get rid of obsessive hiccups. And this is another tip in the treasury of oddities that are very effective.
Use these tips in your life and get great results!