We've all heard the usual lifestyle assessment health tips – stay active, eat your vegetables, avoid fatty foods, etc. But there are some health tips that seem to run counter to accepted wisdom, yet still have a positive effect on body and mind.
- Don't brush your teeth immediately after eating acidic food – If you've ever had a strongly flavored meal or gotten food stuck in your teeth, you understand the urge to go to the bathroom and give your teeth a nice post-meal brushing. You'd think this would be a good thing to do for your teeth, but you may be hurting your teeth instead of helping them – brushing your teeth after eating acidic food (like lemons) speeds up the corrosive effect, possibly damaging enamel and the layers beneath. Instead, wait 30 minutes to an hour before giving your teeth a brush.
- Make your small snack bigger – You may think that eating small amounts of food for a snack is better for your health and weight, but it may be making you hungrier. When you eat small amounts of carbohydrates, your blood sugar spikes and your body starts craving more carbs, which often leads to eating more to get rid of the hunger pangs. Instead of a small snack pack, try something protein-heavy, like low-fat cheese or peanut butter, combined with fruit or veggies for a snack.
- Feeling bloated? Drink more water – When your body feels bloated and puffy, putting more liquid in your stomach often seems like the last thing you want to do. But water relieves the causes of most bloating, which include high-fiber diets and dehydration. Water helps dissolve fiber and relieve related bloating. The puffiness that comes from dehydration is caused by your body clinging to the water that is available to it; drinking more brings the bloating and puffiness down.