Health is Wealth.
This saying might just be the single most used (worn-out) health-related quotation on earth. And for good reasons.
People have heard thousands of health one-liners that they are now well-embedded in the minds of people around the world. This includes simple health tips like “if you want to build more muscle, go hit the gym at least three times a week and have a protein-rich diet,” or “to have more energy through the day, get enough sleep at night.”
However, there are some other, arguably “weird”, tips that you may have never heard of.
You may scratch your head or raise an eyebrow after reading some of these facts, but you may want to consider that some oft-repeated tips to stay healthy can actually be really absurd and counter intuitive. After all, the below “weird” tips are actually scientifically proven to make a more fit and healthy person out of you.
Drink Coffee Before a Power Nap
According to a research study in Japan, drinking coffee before taking a nap could help you to perform better as you wake up. The study’s result shows that people who had consumed 200 milligrams of caffeine and then immediately went for short nap felt more focused and alert afterwards versus those who just took a nap.
This is because after drinking coffee, the caffeine kicks in after 20 minutes and clears the brain of adenosine molecules. This maximizes alertness and focus since high levels of adenosine causes fatigue.
Use the first urinal in the comfort room
Surprisingly, the first urinal in a restroom – the one closet to the door – is most likely to be cleanest among all the urinals in the room. In a study, experts examined 51 public toilets and found out that urinals near the door are constantly the ones that have the lowest bacteria levels.
The first stall is probably the least used since it is near the door and most people want a bit of privacy when doing their business in the comfort room. Just a reminder though – when you’re done, stand away from the urinal before flushing. Doctors warn that flushing causes a fine mist of water to spray up which may contain harmful bacteria.
Don’t Blame Yourself for Losing Your Keys
There is a significant difference between how young people and older people interpret losing their car keys, according to research. A young person usually accuses someone else of taking the keys, while older people tend to blame their old age for being so forgetful.
Experts say that you should not use your age as an excuse for your failures – like not remembering where you put your car keys. It is actually an effective mental trick to stay mentally younger.
Do Not Use Antibacterial Soaps
According to the American Medical Association, using an antibacterial soap may not really be helpful. In fact, it could actually make you MORE prone to germs. Almost 50 percent of the soaps in the United States contain antimicrobial agents; AMA states that there is no definite scientific proof that these soaps are better at killing germs than regular ones.
On the contrary, they warned antibacterial soap users that it may be more harmful than it is beneficial. Most antibacterial agents cause dry skin, and having dry and flaky skin can cause skin irritations that could later on become wounds that can serve as a gateway for germs to enter the body.
Do Not Brush Your Teeth Immediately After Eating
For healthier teeth, experts say that after eating, you should wait for 30 minutes to an hour before brushing your teeth, especially if you ate something acidic.
Food and drinks that contain large amount of acid like citrus fruits, tomatoes, sports drinks, coffee, and soda can soften tooth enamel. That is why brushing your teeth after consuming acidic food allows the acid’s effect to speed up and can damage the enamel of your teeth and erode the layer below it.
To Fit In a Smaller Shirt, You Have to Gain Muscle
You heard it right – it’s about muscle mass, not fat. A 170-pound man who lifts weights (and thus is more muscular) is more likely to fit in a smaller shirt than a 170-pound man who does not exercise at all. Similarly, a 170-pound muscular man could wear the same size as a slightly lighter man who is physically inactive.
This is because the man who exercises gains more muscle mass, while the one who does not work out gains mostly fat, in spite of their similar weight. Muscle takes up lesser space in the body since it is more compact and denser than fat, so the muscular man ends up being thinner despite being the same weight.
Expose Your Body to Extremely Cold Temperatures
You read that right: if you want to increase your immunity against diseases and have a happier disposition in life, you may want to try the Wim Hof method. This technique is a rather odd mental and physiological training that incorporates breathing, meditation, and cold exposure. The theory behind the Wim Hof Method is that as the average human goes about their day-to-day lives, they are simply not exposing their bodies to particularly stressful environments, and the physiology of their body ends up reflecting that. Exposing your body to more controlled stressors allows the body to withstand and adapt to that stress.
According to a Wim Hof Method review, the author has become more powerful after doing the breathing exercises daily. Since trying out the unique method, he has noticed subtle but significant physiological improvements in his everyday life.
Flush Your Enemies
Just for clarification – it’s not real people that need to be flushed – it’s their names. There is a psychological trigger that induces a sense of satisfaction and relief from stress when people flush a toilet, especially with its rather triumphant flushing sound.
To make it extra stress relieving, bring a pencil or a pen every time you enter the comfort room. While doing your business, write on small strips of flushable toilet paper the names of the people who have stressed you out lately. Include anyone who has been causing you negative vibes, and has caused misery in your life. After you’re done, crumple the paper strips and throw it in the psychological pit (together with everything else). You then flush the toilet with your newly-heightened feelings. You would be surprised how relieved you will feel after doing this simple but powerful gesture.
Eat More to eat Less
Eating a low-calorie snack of bread or cookies to stave off your hunger may seem rewarding for someone that watches their calorie intake, however, diet experts say that doing that is actually more likely to make you crave more food than if you eat a larger meal. This is because eating in small portions of carbohydrates causes a spike in your blood sugar levels, which causes you to want to eat more.
Instead of eating low-calorie carbs, dietitians suggest that you replace it with high protein foods such as peanut butter or cheese with a serving of fruits. Although these are higher in calories, protein and fat makes you become full faster and stay full longer.
Exercise When Tired
After a stressful and exhausting day at work, most of us prefer to just sleep than to work out. However, researchers have proven that doing physical activities when feeling fatigued and tired can in fact give you more energy. In a study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the feeling of fatigue along with bad mood and depression improved after a single 30-minute moderate intensity exercise session.
This is because exercising helps you to regulate your breathing pace, allowing more oxygen to be distributed to all the organs of the body. Doing so allows you to work more efficiently as it improves your body’s endurance.Read More