Tickling in the throat, stuffy nose, stress, nosebleeds … certain situations can be embarrassing. Here are some tricks to fool your body and relieve these pains of everyday life.
- Soothe the Itchy Throat
When you experience itching in your throat, just scratch your ear to stop the tickling. “When the nerves in the ear are stimulated, they create a reflex in the throat that can cause muscle spasm. This spasm relieves the tickle”, said Scott Schaffer, MD, president of a center specializing in ENT in Gibbsboro, New Jersey in the US.
- Overcoming the Urge To Urinate
An urge in an inappropriate moment? Focus on something that might divert your attention. For example, you may think about sex, and so occupy your brain will “forget” the urgency to use the bathroom. This tip is proven in a research conducted by Larry Lipshultz, chief of reproductive medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.
- Use Cold Water to Calm Down
The next time you feel angry, take a deep breath and put cold water on your face. Your body will think that it is completely immersed in cold water, and develop a reflex incentive to use oxygen more efficiently and relax.
- Avoid Pain During a Blood Test
You want to donate blood, but can’t stand the feeling of the needle into the skin? This tip might be helpful: a study conducted in Germany showed that coughing during insertion of the needle can reduce the pain. Taras Usichenko, author of the study on this phenomenon, asserts that coughing causes a temporary increase in pressure in the spinal canal and chest, inhibiting the structures of the driver of the pain in the spinal cord.
- Supersonic Hearing Experience
According to research done by David Geffen from the UCLA School of Medicine, the right ear is more apt to follow the rapid flow of words that the left ear. The latter would be more sensitive to different tones. So when you talk to a friend, you should use the right ear, and to identify a song, use the left ear.
- Swallow Food Supplements
Dietary supplements are sometimes hard to swallow. Here’s a tip to swallow them without choking: take a glass of water and put the pill in your mouth, then tilt your head forward instead of backward and swallow.
- Clear a Blocked Nose
Instead of using expensive treatments, you can follow these instructions to clear a blocked nose: push your tongue against the palate (oral cavity) and press with one finger between your eyebrows.
Lisa DeStefano, assistant professor at the University of Michigan Osteopathic Medicine, explains that this action stimulates the vomer which runs through the nasal passages to the mouth. After 20 seconds, the nose will be totally unblocked.
- Sleeping Position to Stop Acid Reflux
According to Anthony A. Starpoli, MD, gastroenterologist and assistant professor at New York Medical College, it is better to sleep on the left side in case you have acid reflux. Studies have indeed shown that people who maintain this position are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. This trick works because when you sleep on the right side, the stomach is placed higher than the esophagus, causing acid reflux. Now, on the left side, the stomach is below the esophagus and prevents food and stomach acid to slide up to the throat and cause the annoying reflux.
- Cure Toothache
If you are experiencing toothache and you don’t have pain killer, grab an ice cube and rub it on the V-shaped area between the thumb and index finger. A Canadian study showed that this tip can reduce the dental pain by 50%. Nerve pathways within the V area of the hand stimulate part of the brain that blocks pain signals.
10.Stop the World from Turning
If you feel dizzy, find a stable surface and place your hands on. According to Dr. Schaffer, this helps to maintain a balance because the nerves in the hands are very sensitive, that is what makes this more effective tip that the myth to put the feet on the ground to stop the dizziness.
- Stop Blisters
If you burn your finger while cooking, clean the skin and make a slight pressure with the fingertips of the other hand. This way you will avoid the formation of blisters, which usually occur when you apply ice on the burned area.
- Stop Side Cramps
If you’re like most people, when you run, you exhale when the right foot hits the ground. According to the book The Doctors Book of Home Remedies, this places a strain on the liver (which is right) and it creates a side cramps. Therefore try to exhale when you place the left foot on the ground.
- Stabilize the Heart Rhythm
According to Ben Abo, a specialist of emergency medical services at the University of Pittsburgh, blowing on your thumb helps keep a steady heartbeat.
- Stop Nosebleeds
If your nose bleeds, you can put cotton on your upper gums of the teeth beneath your nose, and one beneath the nose as well.
Peter Desmarais, MD, ENT specialist at Entabeni Hospital in Durban, South Africa, explains: “Most bleeds come from the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that separates the two sides of the nose, pressing it helps stop the bleeding.”
- Relieve Migraine
Before seeking painkillers, use your thumb and index finger to pull the muscle that is located between the thumb and index finger of your other hand, then press gently for 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat the action several times and you will feel the benefits after 4 minutes.
The pain is due to the stimulation of the point called “shiatsu” which, when properly stimulated, promotes good blood circulation.
- Promote Long-Term Memory
If you have a speech to prepare for the next day, review it before going to bed. According to Candi Heimgartner, professor of biological sciences at the University of Idaho, a large part of the memory consolidation occurs during sleep and everything you read before bed is more likely to be stored in your memory.
- Learning To Stay Underwater Longer
To be able to stay underwater longer, you need to take short breaths, hyperventilation is essential.
Jonathan Armbruster, associate professor of biology at Auburn University, explains that it is not the lack of oxygen causing suffocation, but the accumulation of carbon dioxide that makes the blood acidic, telling your brain that something is wrong. “When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers the acidity in the blood and it deceives your brain into thinking it has enough oxygen.”
- Relieve a Brain Freeze
Press your tongue firmly against the palate (oral cavity). “As the nerves in your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain also freezes”, according to Dr. Ben Abo. “To compensate, it starts to overheat.” The more you repeat this action, the more your headache will disappear quickly.
- Impress your Friends
Ask your friend to keep his right arm to the side, palm down, and tell him to maintain this position. Place two fingers on her wrist and push her down. She will resist. Then ask her to put her foot on some magazines and do it again. This time her arm will collapse.
“By changing the position of the hips, the spine shifts,” says Rachel Cosgrove, co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it orders the body to no longer resist.
- Waking A Sleeping Organ
If a part of your body “falls asleep” (becomes numb) when you stay too long in one position, you have to shake your head from left to right.
According to Dr. DeStefano, this trick stops the tingling and pain in less than a minute. The tingling in hands or arms is often the result of the compression of the nerves in your neck; relaxing the neck muscles helps relieve this pressure.