Category: Life Hacks

Wacky Remedies that Work – One of Them is Chilli

These weird and wonderful health cures have the seal of approval from the experts.

Chilli Fights Indigestion

Well, there’s a reason why this site is named Chilli Fresh!

This might surprise anyone who gets indigestion after a spicy meal, but when researchers in Italy gave 30 indigestion sufferers chilli pepper pills before meals, they had a 60 percent reduction in symptoms in five weeks. It’s said an ingredient called capsaicin in chilli blocks the production of a neurotransmitter called Substance P that transmits pain signals from the nerves to the brain.

Drinking Baking Soda can Improve Your Tennis Game

It might not save your life, but it’s bonkers, so we wanted to investigate it and asked Professor Chen-Kang Chang from the National Taiwan College of Physical Education. He found that tennis players who added a pinch of baking soda to a drink before a game got less tired and their shots stayed accurate for longer.

“The build-up of lactic acid and hydrogen ions in the muscles is considered one reason for fatigue. Bicarbonate neutralizes hydrogen in the blood, meaning the body releases hydrogen from the muscles to balance things, thus reducing fatigue,” he says.

It’s salty, so try mixing it in grape or orange juice. And be careful because while bicarb is safe, it can upset your tummy. Try it at home before you hit the court — and if it bothers you, avoid doing it again.

Cold Showers Make You Happy

Joy probably isn’t the reaction you’d expect from standing in cool water for two to three minutes, but according to a trial at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in the US, subjects with mild depression who took one or two cold showers daily found mood improved.

According to Dr Nikolai Shevchuk, who carried out the …

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Hazards of Modern Life

Having eye problems is nothing new, and in some ways, we’re much better off than our parents and grandparents were. But there are some aspects of today’s technology and 21st-century living that require a new approach.

Computers

Everyone knows that long periods of computer work increase your risk of muscle and joint pain, but the effects on eye health from time spent peering at your computer are not so obvious. As well as using computers at work, 73 percent of our communities have a home computer. Eyestrain from using your computer can be uncomfortable enough to decrease the amount of time you are able to work in front of a monitor. Fortunately, computer use probably won’t cause any long-term eye problems.

Correct Distance

Focusing your eyes at the same distance puts a strain on your eye muscles and causes fatigue. Computers are here to stay, so, until future technological advances with eye-friendly monitors and laptops, you should take steps to minimize the risks to your eyes with good work habits.

Adjust your monitor: it should be 60cm directly in front of you so that the screen is about arm’s length from your eyes (increase the font size if necessary).

Lighting and Glare

Bright light, illuminated computer screens, and glare make it difficult to see your screen and cause eyestrain, blurred vision, difficulty focusing on objects in the distance, and headaches. Customize the brightness and contrast to suit you and keep dust off your screen as it lowers down on contrast and can cause reflection and glare problems.

Take Eye Breaks

Give your eyes a rest by forcing them to focus on something other than your screen. The University of Canberra Health and Safety site has simple eye exercises to relieve eyestrain from computer use.

Blink

Blinking triggers tears which lubricate …

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