7 Weird Health Tips that Really Work!

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Weird Health Tips

This is the perfect snack for your next flight. Read on to find out why.

Actor Chris Pratt is quoted as having said, “I have some weird habits. For instance, I love beets. Show me a salad bar and I will clean them out of their beets.”

Beets are definitely good for you. When Chris indulges in this habit, he’s getting a good dose of a number of vitamins and minerals, supporting his liver function, boosting his mental health, and taming any inflammation he may have in his body.

Weird habit? Maybe, but nonetheless, a healthy one!

You may have some similar habits, but are they good for you? We’ve listed seven here that definitely work in your favor. If yours is in the list, you’re good to go. If not, well, let us know, and we’ll do our best to find out!

  1. Bring a green apple on the plane with you. If you’re someone who feels claustrophobic in small, confined places—air travel, anyone?—then take a green apple with you. According to Philadelphia Health Connections, the scent of green apples and cucumbers help make a space seem larger. Lavender and vanilla may also work. Research has also found the smell of green apple to help ease migraine headaches.
  2. Lose weight by eating with your non-dominant hand. A lot of us suffer weight gain when we engage in “mindless eating”—popcorn during a movie, for instance. The practice of munching while doing something else usually results in the consumption of too many calories. Researchers tried interrupting this mindless behavior in a recent study. They asked people eating popcorn during a movie to eat with their non-dominant hand. The results? The participants consumed, on average, 30 percent less than when they ate with their regular hand.
  3. Use the stall closest to the door. Public bathrooms contain several kinds of germs, including salmonella, E. coli, rotavirus, and staph, but they’re not lurking where you think they are. In fact, microbiologist Charles Gerba, who has studied germy places like public bathrooms, states that the toilet seat is actually the cleanest part of the facility—followed by the door handle. (Huh? It’s true!) The floor is the dirtiest (so keep your purse off of it), followed by the sanitary napkin disposal unit. Oh, and those hand dryers? Not so sanitary. Tests show they take air in the restroom that’s laden with bacteria and blow it on your hands. Bring in some napkins or drip dry, and when you can, choose the first stall—it had the least bacteria, theoretically because fewer people use it.
  4. Keep medications in the linen closet. You’ve probably heard that heat, light, and humidity are bad for medications, whether over-the-counter or prescription. Yet many people keep their pills in the bathroom medicine cabinet. Bad idea—whenever you take a bath or shower, you’re exposing them to both heat and humidity. Store them in a cool, dark place, like the linen closet.
  5. Drink water to improve focus. If you’re slaving away at the office and you find your eyes drooping, reach for a tall glass of ice water. Not only will it rehydrate you, but it will also help wake up your brain. Researchers from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center discovered that plain water increases sympathetic nervous system activity and constricts blood vessels, reducing the fainting response (such as after giving blood) and raising alertness.
  6. Put duct tape on your warts. Tired of unsightly warts? Tried over-the-counter remedies to no avail? Rob them of oxygen! A study published in American Family Physician found that putting duct tape over the wart actually worked better than cryotherapy. Participants received either 10-second applications of liquid nitrogen to each wart every two to three weeks for a maximum of six treatments, or had their warts covered by a small piece of duct tape for six days (they reapplied if the tape fell off). At the end of the six days, they removed the tape, soaked the wart in water, rubbed it with an emery board or pumice stone, let it breathe overnight, then re-applied for another six days. This pattern was retreated until the wart disappeared or two months had passed. Results showed that 60 percent of those in the cryotherapy group had their warts completely resolved, but a surprising 85 percent of those in the tape group also got rid of their warts.
  7. Get a dog to lower your risk of heart attack. Pets relieve stress. You probably already know that. But studies have shown that the results on our health are more beneficial than you may have realized. In 2013, the American Heart Association (AHA) concluded that owning a dog, particularly (though cats are obviously beneficial as well, of course), was probably associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. On their website, the AHA notes that people with dogs usually exercise more, and may also have lower levels of blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Do you notice an improvement in your appearance when you eat right? Please share your tips.

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Sources
Elizabeth Landau, “Conquering the ‘ewww’factor of the public potty,” CNN, December 9, 2008, http://www.cnn.com/2008/HEALTH/10/03/bathroom.hygiene/index.html?eref=rss_latest.

“Myth: Toilet Seats Are the Dirtiest Thing in the Bathroom,” ABC News, October 14, 2005, http://abcnews.go.com/2020/Health/story?id=1213831.

Leigh MacMillan, “Plain water has surprising impact on blood pressure,” MC.Vanderbilt.edu, July 8, 2010, http://www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/reporter/index.html?ID=9047.

Julia McHugh, et al., “Portal Osmopressor Mechanism Linked to Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid 4 and Blood Pressure Control,” Hypertension, April 2010 (55): 1438-1443, http://hyper.ahajournals.org/content/55/6/1438.abstract.

“The Scent of a Green Apple,” Philadelphia Health Connections, June 5, 2009, http://philadelphiahealthconnections.blogspot.com/2008/09/scent-of-green-apple.html.

“Method of treating headaches, and article of manufacture therefore,” Google Patents, August 22, 2000, http://www.google.com/patents/US6106837.

“Duct Tape More Effective than Cryotherapy for Warts,” American Family Physician, February 1, 2003; 67(3):614-615, http://www.aafp.org/afp/2003/0201/p614.html.

Focht DR III, et al. The efficacy of duct tape vs cryotherapy in the treatment of verruca vulgaris (the common wart). Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. October 2002;156:971–4.

David T. Neal, et al., “The Pull of the Past: When Do Habits Persist Despite Conflict with Motives?” Pers Soc Pychol Bull November 2011; 37(11):1428-1437, http://psp.sagepub.com/content/37/11/1428.

Anahad O’Conner, “Owning a Dog is Linked to Reduced Heart Risk,” New York Times, May 9, 2013, http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/heart-association-weighs-in-on-pets/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0.

“Pets may help reduce your risk of heart disease,” American Heart Association, May 9, 2013, http://newsroom.heart.org/news/pets-may-help-reduce-your-risk-of-heart-disease.

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story

Colleen M. Story, a northwest-based writer, editor, and ghostwriter, has been creating non-fiction materials for individuals, corporations, and commercial magazines for over 17 years. She specializes in the health and wellness field, where she writes and ghostwrites books, e-books, blogs, magazine articles, and more.

Colleen is the founder of Writing and Wellness. Her fantasy novel, “Rise of the Sidenah,” was released with Jupiter Gardens Press in September 2015. Her literary novel, “Loreena’s Gift,” is forthcoming in spring 2016 from Dzanc Books. She lives in Idaho. www.colleenmstory.com

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  1. really weird these tips 🙂 I would have added one about fruit yoghurt.
    Fermented dairy products are considered as tasty and sensational nutritional and healthy. Especially fruit yogurts are often chosen primarily by women as a form of healthy and nutritious snacks. Unfortunately, they contain a lot of sugars and additives. Maybe some of you is hard to believe, but most of the fruit and flavored milk contains small amounts of beneficial bacteria, and in return provides a good dose of empty calories. The consequence of this type of dairy products additional centimeters kilograms.

  2. Many articles recommend that you stay away from juices because of the sugar content.
    They say it is better to eat the fruit.

    Dr. William Douglass says to stay away from tap water because filtration does not remove
    all the bad things within it. He says he hasn’t drunk water in 20 years, but he hasn’t said
    what he substitutes

    What do you say about this?

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