Drink coffee for naps. Picture: Pexels / Kaboompics .com
Drink coffee for naps. Picture: Pexels / Kaboompics .com

5 healthy but strange tips for a well-balanced life

By Viwe Ndongeni-Ntlebi Time of article published May 19, 2021

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There are many ways to achieve health and some of the ways to obtain that lifestyle may leave you scratching your head.

Here are some strange but healthy tips to make you more healthier.

Skip energy drinks when you’re tired

According Time Magazine, energy drinks contain up to five times more caffeine than coffee, but the boost they provide is fleeting and comes with unpleasant side effects like nervousness, irritability, and rapid heartbeat, says Amy Goodson, dietician for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine.

Plus, energy drinks often contain high levels of taurine, a central nervous system stimulant, and upwards of 50 grams of sugar per can (that’s 13 teaspoons worth!). The sweet stuff spikes blood sugar temporarily, only to crash soon after, leaving you sluggish and foggy-headed—and reaching for another energy drink.

Balance hormones with spearmint tea

Real Buzz says herbal teas have many different health benefits, and spearmint tea has been found to be an effective natural treatment for hormonal problems suffered by women, including facial hair and acne.

Spearmint is thought to be beneficial for the management of hormonal imbalances because of its natural anti-androgen properties. Turkish researchers found that drinking two cups of spearmint tea a day reduced levels of male sex hormones in the body which is good news for ladies who don’t want to rely on medication for this health issue.

Want to nap? Drink coffee

According to the Japanese, they conducted a survey where people took coffee naps, i.e. by consuming 200 mg of coffee and then take a 20-minute power nap or rest. These people felt more alert and did better in a test than those who did not have a coffee nap beforehand.

But isn’t drinking coffee supposed to keep you wide awake? When one consumes coffee, the caffeine kicks in and clears the adenosine, a molecule in the brain that triggers alertness.

So, when adenosine levels increase, they make one more tired. Therefore, napping at this time helps to flush out the adenosine and drinking coffee, reduces the effect of the molecule further. This results in better naps!

Disinfect a wound with honey

Pour a dab of honey on a cut before covering it with a bandage. Believe it or not, honey has powerful antibacterial properties.

According to a literature review published in the journal Wounds, honey offers the following benefits in healing wounds:

Acidic pH promotes healing. Honey has an acidic pH of between 3.2 and 4.5. When applied to wounds, the acidic pH encourages the blood to release oxygen, which is important for wound healing. An acidic pH also reduces the presence of substances called proteases that impair the wound healing process.

For healthy teeth, don’t brush after eating

Don’t brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic.

Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, sports drinks, tomatoes and soda (both diet and regular), can soften tooth enamel, according to Howard R. Gamble, past president of the Academy of General Dentistry.

Brushing your teeth too soon can speed up acid’s effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath.

Gamble suggests waiting 30 to 60 minutes after eating or drinking before brushing. The Mayo Clinic says brushing too soon after eating acidic food can remove enamel, weakened by what has just been consumed.

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