Men's Health lists 18 tricks you can teach your body that will allow you to do a variety of things, from remembering facts before a speech to clearing up a stuffy nose.
They include such tips as:
- If your throat tickles, scratch your ear; it stimulates a reflex muscle spasm that will relieve the itch
- You can clear a stuffed nose by alternately thrusting your tongue against the roof of your mouth, and then pressing between your eyebrows with one finger; this moves a bone in a way that will help loosen congestion
- You can reduce toothache pain by rubbing ice on the web between your thumb and index finger
- If you want to memorize something, review it before falling asleep; most memory consolidation happens during sleep
- Near-sightedness is usually caused by stressing your eyes; if, every few hours, you close your eyes, tense your body, take a deep breath, and then release both your breath and muscles, it can help relax your eyes and prevent vision impairment
One of the foundations of my health care philosophy is finding simpler, safer solutions to common problems. For example, something as simple as washing your hands with plain soap and water -- not antibacterial soaps-- is one the most effective ways you can protect yourself from viruses.
Most of these tips are excellent little tricks you can use to help you with minor life problems.
Some -- like their advice about relaxing your eyes -- could improve your health and well being in more major ways. Natural techniques to improve your vision can do you much more good than glasses.
On a similar note, their methods for relieving sinus pressure and congestion, and toothache pain, without your needing to take a harmful drug, could prove incredibly beneficial to you in the long run. By doing so, you will avoid the inevitable side effects even over-the-counter drugs can lead to.
All in all, this is a great little list for both your short-term happiness and your long-term health.