Many methods to improve your health are pretty straightforward: to lose weight, eat less and exercise more; to boost your energy, get more sleep; to prevent dehydration, drink more water. Others, however, are totally counter-intuitive.The following tips really do work—but they may leave you scratching your head.
For healthy teeth, don't brush after eating
Don't brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they are acidic. Acidic foods—citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda— can soften tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth at this stage can speed up acid's effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath. Wait for 30 to 60 minutes before brushing.
To eat less, eat more
Grabbing a 100-calorie snack pack of cookies or pretzels may seem virtuous, but it is more likely to make you hungrier than if you eat something more substantial. Eating small amounts of carbohydrates does nothing but spikes your blood sugar and leaves you wanting more carbs. Choose a protein such as peanut butter or string cheese with an apple which are higher in calories per serving, but the protein and fat helps you get full faster and stay full longer.
Skip energy drinks when you're tired
Energy drinks contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee, but the boost they provide is fleeting and comes with unpleasant side effects like nervousness, irritability and rapid heartbeat. In addition, energy drinks often contain high levels of taurine, a central nervous system stimulant, and upwards of 50 grams of sugar per can. The sweet stuff spikes blood sugar temporarily, only to crash soon after, leaving you sluggish and foggy-headed and reaching for another energy drink.
Handwrite notes to boost your brainpower
Typing notes enables you to jot down more material, but you are more likely to remember those notes if you handwrite them. To learn something means you have processed it and when you take handwritten notes you process or learn more information. You begin the learning process as you listen to the lecture. Moreover since you look at the page on which you are writing, you naturally review the material and reinforce the information you have already processed.
Drink water when you are bloated
When you feel bloated, drinking water sounds as if it would only make matters worse, but it can often help. If you are on a high-fiber diet, then your body needs more water to work more efficiently. Water mixes with water soluble fiber and makes it a gel like substance. This affects the motility of the gut and reduces the symptom of bloating. Drinking more water also relieves bloating caused by dehydration. When you are dehydrated, your body clings to the water your body does have, causing you to puff up.
Drink a hot beverage to cool off
Which will cool you off faster on a steamy morning: iced coffee or hot? Two recent studies say the latter—and so do other cultures where drinking hot tea in hot weather is the norm. When you sip a hot beverage, your body senses the change in temperature and increases your sweat production. Then, as the sweat evaporates from your skin, you cool off naturally.
Drink coffee to have a better nap
In a study researchers have found that, people who drink about 200 milligrams of caffeine and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest—felt more alert and performed better on computer tests than those who only took a cup. Why does this work? A 20-minute nap ends just as the caffeine kicks in and clears the brain of a molecule called adenosine, maximizing alertness.
Ditch antibacterial soap to prevent illness
Reaching for the soap bottle labeled ‘antibacterial’ won't necessarily reduce your risk of getting sick or passing illness to others—in fact, there is no evidence that antibacterial soaps are more effective than regular ones. What's more, long-term exposure to some ingredients in these products may pose health risks.