15 Of The Best Health Hacks

We’ve searched through our archives and found 15 of the best health hacks for all of the ailments and concerns that face us daily:

1. Anti-age your brain

A 2012 study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease showed that eating walnuts as part of a Mediterranean diet was associated with better memory and brain function.

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2. Soothe a cold

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Try a spicy hot drink. Herbalist Meral Prince suggests trying this herbal cuppa: combine 1tsp dried ginger root with three cloves, ½tsp each of ginseng powder and aniseed, and a cup of water. Simmer, strain, and then drink to soothe your cold and boost your energy.

Find more holistic ways to cure colds and flu

3. Reduce your risk of a stroke

Women who walk about 7 km/h (not t hat fast, but a bit more than a gentle stroll) have a lower risk of stroke than slower walkers, says research from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.

Here are 9 more health-boosting tricks for you to try

4. Get a flatter tummy

You can reduce bloating by cutting out “fermentable” fruit and veggies.  Mediterranean veg such as aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes and peppers are fine – but hold the onions and garlic.

Spinach, carrots and potatoes are all great, but steer clear of broccoli, sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and leeks.

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5. Beat headaches

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Sandalwood, peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender and a wide assortment of other natural essential oils can be used to reduce, if not completely eliminate, headache pain. At home, use them in an oil burner and lie down while you relax into the aroma.

4 more ways you can beat headaches

6. Stop yourself from worrying

Set a benchmark for the things you worry about. Are they life-threatening to you or those you love? Will they leave you emotionally or financially abandoned? If not, they should be scaled into categories ranging from “minor concern” to “major concern”.

Click here for more tips on how to worry less

7. Keep your joints young

One way to do this is to take a Devil’s Claw supplement. In a study, people with osteoarthritis of the knee, hip or lower back reported less pain after 8 weeks of devil’s claw, an indigenous South African plant. Consult your doctor if you take blood-thinning or diabetes medication.

Read about more tips for younger joints here

8. Boost your immune system

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Moderate exercise, such as walking, helps reduce the risk of developing colds, but marathon runners are more at risk of bugs following the event, says Professor Mike Gleeson at Loughborough University.

Also see: more ways to protect your immune system

9. Lose weight while you sleep

A study from the University of Oxford showed that women who slept in the darkest rooms were 21% less likely to be obese than women who slept in lighter rooms. This is because light can cut down your body’s production of melatonin which interferes with sleep quality.

Here are 5 more bedtime habits that could help you lose weight

10. Reduce inflammation

The key to reducing inflammation is keeping your gut bacteria healthy. Provide “food” for your gut bacteria in the form of soluble fibre, which includes fruit and veg, particularly bananas, asparagus and apples.

Click here for more ways to reduce inflammation

11. Quickly boost your energy at work

The scent of peppermint is known to help decrease fatigue. Studies have found that chewing gum boost alertness and concentration.

Research from the University of Northumbria in the UK found that in a test involving word recall, peppermint-gum chewers’ scores were up to 36% higher than those of non-chewers.

Here are a few more ways for you to boost your energy

12. Stop yourself from overeating

You make less healthy food choices when you’re hungry. In fact, hungry shoppers buy 23% more junk food as they’re more likely to choose high-calorie products.

Because you’re likely to be hungrier between 4pm and 7pm, avoid shopping during this period. If it’s your only choice, go with a shopping list and stick to it.

Also see: More ways to avoid overeating

13. How to de-stress

When the pressure is on, take a deep breath and stand back from the situation. Yes, it’s bad right now, but ask yourself, “Will this matter in six months? Or five years?” The answer is very rarely “Yes”.

You can also regain your calm with these tips

14. Improve your gut health

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If you want a flat tum and healthy digestive system, try to eliminate sugar and drink plenty of water to keep food moving. Too much sugar promotes bad bacteria and inflammation

Click here for 7 more ways to improve gut health

15. Cope at work after a bad night’s sleep

Alternate between physical and mental activities at work – answer some e-mails, then go fetch a parcel at reception perhaps. It’s all about keeping busy, and not letting boredom get the best of you.

Here’s how you can recover from a bad night’s sleep

DISCLAIMER: Before starting any diet, you should speak to your doctor. You must not rely on the information on this website/newsletter as an alternative to medical advice from your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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