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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 September 28, 2020

                            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                            Con #4: Unique Distractions

                            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                            Final Thoughts

                            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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