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The Best Body Hacks You Should Know About

The Best Body Hacks You Should Know About

OK, so there are lots of hacks that help with your things around the home, things to help you save time, your productivity.. but what about your body? How do I get rid of that itch in my throat, stop a nose bleed or prevent brain freeze? Fortunately, Tolu Manuwa answered these questions and provided many other body hacks we can all use in his answer on Quora.

Get rid of an itch in your throat by scratching your ear.

When the nerves in the ear get stimulated, they create a reflex in the throat that causes a muscle spasm, which cures the itch. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm.”says Scott Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey

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    Trouble hearing someone at a party or on the phone, use your right ear.

    Your right ear is better at picking up rapid speech. But, the left is better at picking up music tones.

      This is according to a study done by researchers at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine: You can read the full article here. Left and Right Ears Not Created Equal as Newborns Process Sound, UCLA/University of Arizona Scientists Discover

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      If you need to relieve yourself badly

      But you’re not anywhere near a bathroom, fantasize about relations. That preoccupies your brain and distracts it.

      Next time the doctor’s going to give you an injection, cough as the needle is going in.

      Studies have found that people who coughed ­during intravenous injections suffered less pain than those who did not. According to the British Medical ­Journal, the act of coughing causes a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in the chest, inhibiting the pain-conducting work of the spinal cord — leading to pain-free injections. You can read more about it here: Coughing can reduce pain of injection, study shows | BMJ

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        Want to know how to relieve a stuffed nose or sinus pressure?

        “Clear a stuffed nose or relieve sinus pressure by pushing your tongue against the roof of your mouth then pressing a finger between your eyebrows” says Lisa DeStefano, D.O., an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. This causes the vomer bone to rock, which loosens your congestion and clears you up. After 20 seconds, you’ll feel your sinuses start to drain.

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          Acid Reflux?

          If you ate a big meal and you’re feeling full as you go to sleep, lay on your left side.  That’ll keep you from suffering from acid reflux it keeps your stomach lower than your oesophagus  which will help keep stomach acid from sliding up your throat. Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left sides are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The oesophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach is higher than the oesophagus  allowing food and stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you’re on your left, the stomach is lower than the oesophagus  so gravity’s in your favour 10 Steps to Lessening Nighttime Heartburn. Remember, it is not advisable for you to go to bed immediately after eating. Wait for 2 to 3 hours.

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            Bad Toothache?

            You can stop a toothache by rubbing ice on the back of your hand, on the webbed area between your thumb and index finger. You can relieve a toothache by rubbing the back of your hand between thumb and index finger (the V zone where the bones of the two fingers meet) with an ice cube. Rub the hand on the side of the body where the toothache is located. Researchers at McGill University (Canada) have shown that pain intensity can roughly be halved by numbing the hand in this manner for about seven minutes (with the effect assumed to likely be due to the interruption of pain impulses travelling to the brain). The research done involved a small sample size: 22 men and 14 women. So, it is hard to say if the findings were correct. Google News Archive Search.

            Room is spinning due to too much liquor?

            If you get all messed up on liquor, and the room starts spinning, put your hand on something stable. The reason: Alcohol dilutes the blood in the part of your ear called the cupula, which regulates balance. Putting your hand on something stable gives your brain another reference point. The tactile input from a stable object gives the brain a second opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional foot-on-the-floor wisdom

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              Stop a nose bleed

              Stop a nose bleed by putting some cotton on your upper gums right behind the small dent below your nose and press against it hard. It’s believed putting pressure on your gums blocks an artery that supplies blood to the nose. If it doesn’t work, you could press between your eyes, where there is also an artery. If you cool the area with a cold ­fabric, that may help as cold makes the arteries constrict. If it doesn’t stop within five to ten minutes, you might need to get more advice at your local walk-in centre or call your GP.

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                Burned your finger?

                When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean the skin and apply light pressure with the finger pads of your unmarred hand. Ice will relieve your pain more quickly.

                  Feeling Nervous and want to calm down? Nervous? Slow your heart rate down by blowing on your thumb. This idea has its roots in the fact that the thumb has its own pulse,” says Dr Ghosh. ‘If you can calm that pulse down, you’re effectively calming the heart down, too. “Blowing will cool the thumb and hence calm the heart rate, as cold does slow down your pulse.This method might also help because the act of blowing itself forces you to deepen your breathing, which calms your heart. “Oxygen is the natural antidote to the adrenaline which raised your heart rate in the first place. Hyper-inflate your lungs to ensure maximum ­oxygen intake to calm down. Breathe in for seven seconds, hold for three ­seconds, and out for seven seconds.”

                    Brain Freeze from Ice Cream?

                    You can prevent brain freeze by pressing your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much surface area as possible. Brain freeze (also known as  Ice-cream headache) happens because the nerves in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, so your brain thinks your whole body is cold. It compensates by overheating which causes your head to hurt. By warming up the roof of your mouth, you’ll chill your brain and feel better.

                      Pins and needles, or hand falls asleep?

                      If your hand falls asleep, rock your head from side to side. ‘Pins and needles’ (paraesthesia or limbs ‘falling asleep’) is a sensation of uncomfortable tingling, usually felt in the hands or feet. A common cause is awkward postures that compress the nerves. Your hand falls asleep because of the nerves in your neck compressing, so loosening your neck relieves it. If your foot falls asleep, that’s governed by nerves lower in the body, so you need to stand up and walk around.

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                        DO NOT hyperventilate before going underwater – you can drown. 

                        On the other hand, one of the worst body hacks is to trick your body when going underwater (discussion and images from Wikipedia article): (This is called “Shallow water blackout”.) There is a folk belief that this increases your blood oxygen level, letting you stay underwater longer, but it doesn’t (your blood oxygen level is already pretty saturated), and is very dangerous. Instead, it decreases your blood CO2 level, reducing your reflexive respiratory drive (i.e., “must…breath…now”), tricking your body into not begging for air when it needs it, leading to drowning. Your body uses the CO2 level to judge when to breath, not the oxygen level, and thus when these are out of balance you can black out (from lack of O2) without realizing you need to breath (because the CO2 level is too low to trigger the reflex). Instead, before diving, take a moment to relax and breath normally (you may be excited and hyperventilating without realizing it), and always dive with a CPR-training buddy observing. Right: O2 and CO2 levels with normal breathing

                          Wrong: O2 and CO2 level with hyperventilation

                            Useless, but a nice trick:

                            Next time you’re at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold one arm straight out to the side, palm down, and instruct him to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He’ll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that’s a half inch higher (a few magazines) and repeat. This time his arm will cave like the French. By misaligning his hips, you’ve offset his spine. Sources: 18 Health Tricks to Teach Your BodyDoctor, you can’t be serious! They might sound barking, but some of our crazy DIY remedies actually work10 Amazing Tricks Your Body Can Do! | Yahoo! Health

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                            Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                            13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                            13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                            Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                            Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                            Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                            1. Stress Eating

                            I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                            While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                            I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                            If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                            How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                            2. Nail Biting

                            Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                            People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                            Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                            For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                            3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                            We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                            Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                            Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                            4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                            Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                            While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                            Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                            Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                            5. Smoking

                            Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                            In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                            Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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                              6. Excessive Drinking

                              All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                              According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                              • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                              • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                              • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                              • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                              • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                              If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                              If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                              7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                              Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                              If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                              A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                              “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                              And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                              While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                              Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                              Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                              8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                              There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                              In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                              Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                              Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                              9. Watching Too Much TV

                              I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                              Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                              Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                              It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                              10. Being Late

                              Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                              Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                              Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                              11. Being in Bad Relationships

                              Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                              I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                              Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                              12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                              Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                              Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                              Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                              By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                              Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                              13. Focusing on the Negatives

                              In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                              Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                              Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                              And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                              The Bottom Line

                              So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                              Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                              Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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