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 …