10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

We hate to admit it, but we’re beginning to face the truth that we’ll never be superheroes at this stage in our lives. Without laser eyes, adamantium claws, or any of the other awesome anatomical features we’ve been wishing for since we were six (we’re now thirty, but that doesn’t really matter), we’re stuck with boring human bodies. The good news is that we now know about dozens of “life hacks,” allegedly supported by science, that will enable us to discover the mysteries of our (terrible, dull) bodies, thanks to the internet. The unfortunate thing is that some of those hacks may be a little deceptive. We made the decision to look more closely at some of the stranger examples that have been circulated online. Others are more akin to “writing hacks,” while some of them are very fantastic body hacks.

1. Being Creative Can Be Influenced by The Color Green.

You have an essay to write, so sit down. Looking for ideas for your most recent play? Are you a professional wrestler who is having trouble coming up with new variations on the armbar? Hackers claim that if you simply stare at a large green rectangle, you can fool your brain into reactivating its creative circuitry. Actually, there is some science behind this hack. The color green can help in creative work, according to a 2012 study that was published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, however, the authors were careful to point out that the effect was limited.

Participants in the study were given a “short glimpse of green” before being given several “creativity challenges.” For instance, in one experiment, participants were instructed to brainstorm different applications for a tin can, after which a tester rated their answers. Participants displayed more inventive behavior when they observed a green rectangle as opposed to a white rectangle. According to researcher Stephanie Lichtenfeld, Ph.D., “green may act as a cue that inspires the urge to strive for improvement and task mastery, which in turn may enhance growth.”

But Lichtenfeld also described the impact as being subtle. The American Psychological Association advises creating a creative habit if you’re serious about enhancing your creativity. Additionally, you should try to avoid stress, get enough rest, and work with people. If you can do these things in a space that is entirely green, even better.

2. You Can Avoid Migraines by Massaging “pressure Spots” on Your Body.

10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

This hack originates from a Livestrong article that uses some…unscientific sources. Its foundations include pressure point therapy, a dubious application of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and a booklet that appeared to have been purchased from an internet health food retailer (not exactly the New England Journal of Medicine). As a result, some studies advise massage and acupuncture (another form of pressure therapy) as the first line of treatment for migraineurs. Activating such “pressure spots” can actually lessen the symptoms of a migraine.

There are several significant exceptions, though. First off, it’s debatable if pressure points are actually necessary for pressure point therapy. According to one study, even if point selection is not as exact and dogmatic as the Chinese system suggests, positive results “may be attained.” You might be able to simply rub for a bit and achieve the same outcomes as opposed to searching for the one inch of your body that contains all of your Chi. Additionally, it’s likely that pressure-point therapies offer a form of the enhanced placebo effect because the placebo effect is more strong in persons who have migraine symptoms.

While beneficial at reducing migraine discomfort, trigger-point massage was found in one research to be no more effective than a placebo. If you experience migraines, it’s best to up your folic acid intake, engage in regular exercise, and consult a doctor if the headaches become frequent. However, if you feel like rubbing the webs between your fingers, go ahead. Don’t expect to be able to treat severe headaches this way. No harm is being done by you. Oh, and while we’re talking about potential placebos…

3. Treat a Variety of Ailments with Placebo.

Placebos are more than simple sugar pills. Okay, so these are simply sugar pills, but they are still effective medication. According to Professor Ted Kaptchuk of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, “the placebo effect involves more than positive thinking—believing a treatment or surgery will work.” This was said in an article that was published on Harvard Health. “It’s about strengthening the relationship between the brain and body and how they interact,” the speaker said. According to Kaptchuk’s research, placebos can be just as beneficial as other types of medical care.

That idea has definitely come up before; it has a tonne of documentation. You might be surprised to learn that the placebo effect has a counterpart; strangely enough, some placebos are effective even when their use is known to be untrue. Even when a person is aware that they are taking a placebo, Kaptchuk stated that they “may still have a placebo response.” In many situations, you can obtain a strong and meaningful placebo effect without using deceit or concealment. In one of his experiments, Kaptchuk administered “open-label” placebos to individuals with IBS.

While half of the trial participants received nothing at all, the other half received the pills and were specifically informed that they were in the placebo group. There was a “dramatic and considerable improvement” in the symptoms of the placebo group. How is that even possible? Kaptchuk offers a few hypotheses. People often think of the ritual of taking drugs as having a curative impact, he claimed. Even if people are aware that it is not medication, the act itself can cause the brain to be stimulated into believing that the body is being cured.

So, how can you use this knowledge to your advantage? While swallowing sugar tablets won’t give you Wolverine-like healing powers, if you have a condition where pain or stress are contributing factors, try taking a safe supplement and convincing yourself that you are treating the illness. Even though it may seem silly, evidence demonstrates that open-label placebos can be effective. Oh, and make sure you see a real doctor if the placebo doesn’t work. Seriously. Do not rely on any health advice you may have read online.

4. To Get Rid of The Hiccups, Lean Back in Your Chair.

10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

We are aware that everyone has a remedy for hiccups. We’ve seen treatments include covering your mouth, rubbing your hands together, and drinking pickle juice. Some people may benefit from those treatments. However, you must consult a neuroscientist if you want a truly effective hiccup remedy.

According to James Giordano, Ph.D., professor of neurology and biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center, “there is a really easy way to cure them for 99 percent of the population” for non-pathological hiccups. “You want to sit down and bend forward, I mean really bend forward, at the waist… After that, take eight to ten swallows of a room-temperature, non-carbonated liquid and hold it in your mouth for 10 seconds.

Once you’re done, continue to be in that position and then slowly sit up. How does that function? The upper portion of your digestive tract, including the soft palate, the top of the throat, and the top of the stomach, is overstimulated and this results in hiccups. According to Giordano, his technique dissipates the spasm, allowing your muscles to unwind. He describes it as “kind of a neurological override.”

You literally overcome the spasm by super-coordinating a pattern response since the swallowing reflex demands the synchronization of several distinct nerves. Of course, frequent hiccuping can be a sign of a more serious problem, so you should probably contact a doctor if they don’t go away in a few hours.

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5. Make Changes to Your Walking Style to Increase Calorie Burn.

 

If you can consider walking to be an exercise, then it has to be the best of them all. The knees suffer a lot during running. Simply put, lifting weights is challenging. though walking? Hell, we do that daily. Happy news According to the fitness inspiration website Super Skinny Me, if you know how to walk properly, you can burn a lot of calories during a pleasant, peaceful walk. However, the website exclusively uses internal links and only mentions itself. Is this welcome exercise recommendation therefore unreal? Super Skinny Me’s advice for strolling seems to make sense at first glance.

It is advised to increase your walking speed until your heart rate monitor indicates that you are beating at 65 to 85 percent of your maximal heart rate. They advise adopting an uphill path, pumping your arms, and weighing yourself down. It makes obvious that since all of those things demand more effort, they would also burn more calories. What do medical professionals think about walking as exercise, though? The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases says it’s okay, especially for people who aren’t used to exercising (NIDDK).

You can burn calories when walking, which also lowers your chance of developing high blood pressure and heart disease. Super Skinny Me did, however, get one thing right: you must maintain a fairly rapid pace in order to reap the greatest advantages. 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise are advised by the NIDDK.

You can get there by walking quickly enough to elevate your heart rate. Therefore, while learning new walking skills is not necessary to burn calories, you still need to walk quicker than a shuffle. Try brisk walking five days a week for 30 minutes. The NIDDK advises increasing your daily walking time to an hour if that doesn’t help you reach your weight loss objectives.

6. Quickly Recharge with A “coffee Nap.”

10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

 

Over one-third of Americans report regularly sleeping too little. If you’re one of them, there is some good news for you: Caffeine consumption with a brief nap can give you an extra boost of energy. Okay, that makes sense and is rather obvious. It’s not exactly ground-breaking counsel to say, “Drink coffee and take a nap to get energy.” The “coffee sleep” craze has been promoted by dozens of websites, including HuffPost, and scientific research indicates that it is more beneficial than other techniques. Let’s get to it: The adenosine receptors in your brain can bind caffeine.

When coffee binds to some of the receptors in your brain that adenosine naturally accumulates during regular brain activity, you are less likely to become drowsy. On the other hand, adenosine is naturally eliminated as you sleep. If you drink a cup of coffee and then take a 20-minute snooze, your body will begin to eliminate some adenosine as the caffeine enters your brain. However, if you sleep for longer periods of time, the effect won’t last as long because you’ll be in a deeper slumber (when that happens, your body needs more time to recover).

This impact has been proven by numerous scientific research, therefore this “hack” is genuinely validated by data. However, because sleep is such a complicated process that experts aren’t entirely sure why we sleep, your results may differ. It’s still worth a shot, though. Try downing a cup of coffee and taking a quick nap if you’re experiencing lunchtime tiredness. Just remember to set an alarm, otherwise, your coffee-sipping efforts will be in vain.

7. Chewing Gum Can Help Your Brain Function Better.

10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

Have you ever heard it said of someone that they are “so dumb, he can’t walk and chew gum at the same time?” It’s a sick burn, so there might be something to that. Although the magnitude of the effect is debatable, some studies suggest that chewing gum has an impact on cognitive functions. Participants in a 2011 study found that chewing gum significantly improved their test-taking skills. The results were published in the scientific journal Appetite. According to research, chewing gum actually improves our capacity for thought since it increases blood flow to the brain for about 15-20 minutes.

It’s crucial to remember that that was just one study, so interpret it with caution (and a stick of Juicy Fruit). We’re unsure if this qualifies as a practical life tip, and we have much more doubts about the other alleged benefits of chewing gum. For instance, a number of websites, such as Cracked, claim that the practice can significantly increase reading speeds by reducing “subvocalization.”

The theory behind the hack is that while you read, your brain attempts to vocalize the words; however, if your mouth is already full, it skips this stage. That makes sense to us, and based on the above-mentioned study, we can be certain that some people read faster when they’re chewing gum, but we were unable to locate any scientific evidence demonstrating that the effect had anything to do with subvocalization. Try chewing gum to increase your mental acuity; it can’t hurt, as long as you pick a sugar-free variety.

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8. Taking a Brief Snooze Will Help You Study More Effectively.

While taking a nap can aid you during a late-night study session, chewing gum might not turn you into a genius. A group of Saarland University academics tested 41 study participants’ memory recall in 2015. After studying, around half of them were instructed to take a quick nap. According to professor Axel Mecklinger, who oversaw the study, “the control group, whose members watched DVDs while the other group napped, did much worse than the sleep group when it came to memorizing the word pairs.”

The memory performance of the participants who took a power nap was identical to how it was right after they finished the learning phase, or before they went to sleep. Sleep is crucial for memory encoding because it allows our brains to sort through and delete irrelevant information from our short-term memories (like the color of the dog you saw on the way home) while retaining the crucial information (the speech you need to memorize for your presentation on Thursday).

According to Mecklinger, taking a quick nap at work or school can considerably increase learning success. “We should seriously consider the benefits of sleep wherever people are in a learning setting.” There you have it: You can simply say that you followed science’s advice when your employer wonders why you’re sleeping before an important meeting.

9. by Closing One Eye, You Can See in The Dark (and in The Light).

10 Body Hacks, Evaluated: What Science Says About Shortcuts to Health and Wellness

One of the easiest hacks on this list, this one is from Reddit and, strangely enough, one of the best. Reddit user jbondhus2002 said, “If you’re like me, sometimes you have to go to the restroom in the middle of the night.” Why, jbondhus2002, yeah, we agree with you. “[When] you do if you need to turn on a light, keep one eye closed. Open your closed eye when the light is turned out, and it will be able to see in low light. It’s a super nice trick that highlights how amazing your body is.

This one is rather simple to explain. Your pupils enlarge in a dark room to absorb as much light as possible. Your pupils close when the lights are on. By keeping one pupil constricted and one dilated, you may see in either environment by alternating between them while covering one eye. This, according to some Reddit users, is the reason why eyepatch-wearing pirates were common.

Sailors simply changed their eyepatch while moving from one region to another because they frequently had to transition from dark cabins to the light outdoors. This theory was put to the test by Mythbusters, who found it to be reasonable but pointed out that there are no historical records to back up the notion that pirates wore eyepatch in the first place.

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10. Use a Quick Hack to Unclog Your Nose.

In a video from Prevention Magazine, it’s suggested that you press on the middle of your forehead while pressing your tongue to the roof of your mouth to get rid of a stuffy nose. Press the two locations in succession (one with your tongue, the other with your finger). Here is the video if you’re having difficulties picturing it.

According to a Reddit user, the vomer bone, which divides the left and right nasal cavities, is moved in order for this to function. Sorry for the graphic, but your sinuses become looser, the buildup is released, and you can breathe clearly once more. There are many anecdotes about this approach working, but we were unable to locate any academic research to support it.

That explanation regarding the vomer bone might not be entirely correct, too. Another Redditor, this one claiming to be a doctor, responded that the vomer shouldn’t move and that it’s more likely that the nasopharynx, which connects the nose to the throat, just moving around due to muscular activity, loosens things up.

Even if this approach works as advertised, you probably won’t experience much comfort because you aren’t addressing the underlying cause of your problems; rather, you are temporarily relieving the pressure, which will rapidly return. Even so, it’s a useful tip to remember during flu season.

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