Unusual But Helpful Health Tips
We’ve all heard that we should be drinking more water, exercising, and cutting out the refined sugars. But there are a lot of random health facts out there that many people wouldn’t know to do, but they actually seem quite practical! Here are a few strange yet true health habits for you to undertake, as taken from Health.com:
Drink coffee to sleep better
According to Health.com, “In a Japanese study that examined how to make the most of a nap, people who took a "coffee nap"—consuming about 200 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in one to two cups of coffee) and then immediately taking a 20-minute rest—felt more alert and performed better on computer tests than those who only took a nap.”
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. Napping clears out the adenosine and, when combined with caffeine, an adenosine-blocker, further reduces its effects and amplifies the effects of the nap."
Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating
Don't brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Acidic foods—citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes, soda (both diet and regular)—can soften tooth enamel. Brushing your teeth at this stage can speed up acid's effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath. Experts suggests brushing 30-60 minutes after eating.
Lose weight by eating more often
You might’ve heard this one before. Sure, you should cut out all the refined sugars, carbs, and unnecessary calories from your diet. But also, you shouldn’t deprive yourself. Instead, counter the low-carb snacks you think are helping, with protein and healthy fat snacks. For example, 100 calorie packs of sugary snacks only spikes your blood sugar, making you crave more carbs. Instead, satiate your appetite by eating protein snacks more often throughout the day - such as peanut butter or string cheese. Have 5-6 smaller meals a day, and you won’t go hungry, but you’ll stay healthy!
Drink water when you’re bloated
Yes, it sounds odd. Why would you add more to your stomach when it’s already bloated?
If you're on a high-fiber diet, your body needs more water to work more efficiently. Drinking more water also relieves bloating caused by dehydration. When you're dehydrated, your body clings to the water your body does have, causing you to puff up.