There are some things that annoy us all, such as a blocked nose, an itchy throat, and needing to pee when we can’t get to a bathroom. Most of us put up with these problems, but we don’t have to! Here are 12 amazing and useful body hacks from I Love Positive World.
You can lower your heart rate by putting your thumb in your mouth and blowing hard. As your thumb is sealed in your mouth, this creates elevated intra-abdomnial and intrathoracic pressure inside your body. This stimulates the vagus nerve, slowing down your heart rate.
Recent research has found that people remember more if they learn or revise before going to sleep. Scientists aren’t sure why yet, but they believe it could be because the brain relies on sleep to form new connections.
We have known for a long time that different sides of the brain register sound differently, and recent research has found that this applies to our ears too. This body hack is especially useful for interviews and musicians!
If you are stressed, angry or upset, writing your feelings down will help you to confront your emotions and sort through them. This will help you to calm down and de-stress.
If you’re the kind of person who finds themselves laughing in awkward situations, try pinching yourself. This will distract you from the awkwardness (or hilarity) and you will stop laughing. Simple!
Onions are an excellent decongestant so they can help you to get rid of a blocked nose. Simply cut an onion in half and sleep with it next to your bed to wake up with a clear nose. You can also rub the juice on your nostrils for a quick fix!
If you’re in public and you need to pee, think about sex. According to Larry Lipshultz, chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine, this will distract your brain so that you don’t notice your bladder.
You can quickly deal with an itchy throat by scratching the back of your ear, as it will stimulate nerves that can cause a muscle spasm in you throat.
Scientists aren’t sure why this trick works, but they think that it is either because it provides a distraction, or because it affects the nerves in your hand.
Marshmallows are delicious, and they can also ease sore throat pain. This is because the gelatin in marshmallows coats and soothes your throat.
Lots of people hate the idea of crying around other people, and with this body hack you won’t have to. Simply open your eyes wide when you feel tears coming on as this will distract you, and it could help to cut off the tear flow.
Scientists believe this works as it helps to warm up the temperature of your mouth, making the brain freeze pass quickly.