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Saturday, 1 September 2018

13 Amazing Health Hacks Everyone Should Know



Life is already tiring, chaotic, and filled with unexpected wonders. Talking about our bodies, they are incredible and complex systems that we often do not have much control over. However, if we can understand some of the processes in our body, we can get what we want. Here’s a collection of 13 simple health hacks that everyone should know to make their daily lives simple and enjoyable. 

We advise you to start with the one that appears you most comfortable, and aim to make it a habit before moving on the next one. Soon you’ll be experiencing big changes in your health and well-being without feeling like you sacrificed anything at all. Use these health hacks to feel a little healthier every day.

Let’s take a look at some health tips that can solve every day, minor health problems.  After using these tips your life becomes so much easier!

#1. Mindfulness


Mindfulness meditation is the main key, so you probably know all about its benefits. But if you really don’t enjoy meditating or can’t seem to practice regularly, take a daily mindful moment instead. Pick an activity so boring that your mind typically wanders while doing it (for e.g. - brushing your teeth, walking to the bus, washing the dishes, blow-drying your hair, taking a shower etc.). If your mind roams, try to stay in the moment by using your senses
(See - 7 Ways To Boost Your Brain Power). When you catch yourself thinking about something else, bring yourself back to the present moment.

#2. Use Meditation

Setting aside as little as five minutes to meditate each day pays off big: those who commit to daily meditation are less stressed, sleep better, and have amazing immune system over those who don’t. (Check out - Benefits Of Meditating Daily) It’s especially helpful to meditate at the start of the week to gather your energy and go into the busy week with a calm intention.

#3. Use Yoga to Heal Headache


     If you have a tension headache (How To Overcome Depression Quickly) that just won’t go away, try practice yoga poses for headache relief. When you are on the mat, you focus on the practice. This means that all your attention is concentrated on the matter at hand, and your mind slowly drains out the stress and troubles that are plaguing it. These poses will improve blood circulation, stretch out tense neck and shoulder muscles, and help you relax.  
     [For more help - Yoga: A Simple Guide for Beginners ]

#4. Sleep Smarter 

  
We all know that getting quality sleep for 8 hours a night maximizes and recharge our mental state for the following day.  Sometimes it’s hard to get the full 8 hours (An Easy Guide To Diagnose Insomnia), but let’s look at the most effective ways you can get the best quality of sleep.
Stop drinking drinks with caffeine in them at least six hours before you go to bed.  Shut off your television and stop looking at “screens” (computer, phone, etc.) an hour before you go to bed.  This will helps you fall asleep at night.

#5. Your Sleeping Position 


The way you sleep can affect your acid reflux because of the position of your internal organs. Your stomach and esophagus connect at an angle. The position you sleep in determines which body part is higher. If you sleep on your right side, your stomach is positioned higher, allowing stomach acid to enter your esophagus easily. By sleeping on your left side, you make it difficult for the acid to reach the upper parts of your digestive system, as it would have to go against gravity.
Avoid hitting your snooze button, as it causes your REM sleep to be disrupted, resulting in you feeling even more tired.  If you are tempted to hit the snooze button like I often am, move your alarm so you are forced to get out of bed and shut it off.

#6. Learn Something New

The connections between the nerve cells in our brains (neurons) are capable of growing stronger as we age, but only if we keep challenging them with some new activities. So aim to learn something new (10 Handy Ways To Improve Your Concentration Power) — maybe set a goal that frightens you a bit, like learning how to swim or how to write program in java will make your mind active. You can also try some online learning, so start learning something new and build muscles in your brain.

#7. Cure Headache without a Pain Reliever


One of the most common reasons people get headaches is due to dehydration.  The next time you get a headache, instead grabbing a pain reliever, consuming two glasses of water will stop your headache quickly, and will actually address the reason why you got a headache in the first place rather than just mask the pain.

#8.  Smell Oranges for a Natural Mood Booster

Studies have shown that orange essential oil helps boost mood and alertness, and can reduce stress
(How To Calm Yourself).
#9. Take Care of Your Eyes - The 20/20/20 Rule
 

If you find yourself gazing at screens all day, your eye doctor may have mentioned this rule to you. Basically, every 20 minutes spent using a screen; you should try to look away at something that is 20 feet away from you for a total of 20 seconds.
Many doctors suggest the 20-20-20 rule is a best line of defense, researchers explain that any break from repetitive computer work or screens is beneficial.

#10. Pay Attention to Your Posture 


Be mindful of the way you hold your shoulders and neck. A laptop stand is a good investment for slouch prevention. This ergonomic guide is also helpful.

#11. Keep a Water Bottle with You 

Carrying a water bottle is the best way to confirm hydration throughout the day. Try to keep a water Bottle with you everywhere you go and avoid plastic by choosing a more durable option such as glass or steel.


#12. Ease Bloating.  


We’ve all experienced the awkwardness of bloating when eating more than we should have at a delicious meal.  When our body breaks down food, some carbohydrates cannot be digested in the small intestine, so it moves along to our large intestine in its undigested form. This causes gas to build, resulting in the body feeling bloated
(10 Fat-Burning Drinks To Lose Stubborn Fat Fast).
Drinking a few cups of dandelion tea will help purge excess water in your body and will stimulate bile that will cause the undigested food in your large intestine to break down quickly, relieving the bloat. Also try not to consume water before and after eating food for at least 30 minutes.

#13. Stop Ice Cream Headaches


Ice cream headaches, frequently called “brain freeze” occurs when we eat something cold too fast.  When the roof of our mouth feels the cold sensation, it causes a expansion of the blood vessels in our head, which causes a sharp cold headache.
When you feel the headache start, press your tongue on the roof of your mouth (this is where the nerve center is located that is causing your blood vessels to enlarge and cause the headache) this will calm the nerves and the heat from your tongue will signal to the brain that it isn’t as cold.

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