When it comes to our bodies, we are always looking for new tips that can help us stay healthy for as long as possible. It’s always nice to know little tricks that can ease discomfort or improve your overall health. While some health and wellness tips are common, like eating chicken noodle soup when you have a cold. Others are…well, a little more unusual. Check out six strange health and wellness tips that actually work:
1. Cool Down With A Warm Drink
Just thinking of this one probably makes your head spin, but hear us out: drinking a warm beverage when you’re hot can actually help cool you down. When it’s the middle of summer and you’re dripping with sweat, you’re most likely going to grab an ice cold water. However, many cultures, including those in India, have found that drinking a hot tea in hot weather can actually make you feel colder. This may be because when you drink a hot beverage, your body produces more sweat, which in turn helps you cool off.
2. Wash Your Facial Hair With Dish Soap To Prevent Allergies
File this one under things that make you go, “huh?” For people with facial hair who also suffer from allergies, the culprit could actually be in your facial hair. Allergens and bacteria often get trapped in facial hair and because of the close proximity to your nose and mouth you spend the entire day breathing those allergens in. If you’ve spent a lot of time cultivating your “scruff,” you probably don’t want to just shave it off. Fortunately, the better solution is washing it with dish soap each day. Dish soap will strip the allergens and bacteria from your hair and help reduce your allergy symptoms.
3. Use Coconut Oil To Clean Your Teeth
The idea of using any kind of oil to brush your teeth probably doesn’t sound very productive, but it turns out coconut oil is actually a great way to remove bacteria from your teeth. In a phenomenon called “oil pulling,” the coconut oil actually pulls bacteria off the teeth and away from the gums. It also provides anti-microbial benefits that can help reduce bad breath and oral hygiene issues.
4. Eat More Often To Lose Weight
You may have heard this one before, but eating more often can really help you lose weight. Some people may still think it’s a counterproductive idea. How can eating more often cause you to lose weight? The reality is that it’s all about portion sizes. Eating numerous small meals throughout the day helps keep your metabolism up and your body in fat-burning mode.
5. Get Massages To Help Quit Smoking
If you’ve been having a hard time kicking that nasty nicotine habit, you may want to start visiting the local massage parlor. Studies have shown that regular massages are highly beneficial for people who are trying to quit smoking. The most obvious reason is that massages can calm the mind and body, reducing the anxious behavior that often leads you to reach for a cigarette.
6. Wash Your Hair With Beer
This strange tip dates back to the early 1970’s. In fact, at one point, shampoo manufacturers were actually including beer as an ingredient. This is because beer has actually been shown to strengthen the hair shaft and reduce breakage. It has also been linked to shinier hair and increased volume. Don’t ask us how it does any of this, though. It’s magic.