Ever heard of the KISS rule? It stands for “keep it simple silly,” and it’s a great approach to tackling many health issues.
Sure, there are times when a heavy duty drug or a major medical intervention may be needed such as targeting a life-threatening infection or setting a broken bone. But on the other hand a simple solution will often work just as well for many everyday health complaints.
Following are four strange but effective drug-free health hacks that you’ve got to see to believe.
1. Lower blood pressure by humming:
Our bodies haven’t evolved nearly as quickly as today’s fast paced world with its 24-7 news cycle and constant communication has. Which means that our fight-or-flight reaction, including a racing heart and a spike in blood pressure, is being triggered more and more often.
Whether it’s a deadline at work, a major decision you need to make or simply a doctor’s appointment stress is a fact of life we all face. But it turns out a simple humming technique could be all you need to tackle those BP spikes and help bring your heart rate back down to normal, according to a study published in the Nepal Medical College Journal.1
Slowly breathe in for five seconds then slowly exhale for 15 seconds making a humming sound (like a wasp) as you do. When performing this simple exercise volunteer’s systolic and diastolic blood pressure, as well as heart rate, dropped after just five minutes.
2. Head off a headache with apples:
When you feel the pressure of a headache starting to build reach for a green apple. Munching on this deliciously sweet and tart fruit, or simply smelling the sent, could help stop a headache in its tracks, according to research published in the journal Headache Quarterly more than a decade ago now!2
When researchers had a group of 50 chronic migraine sufferers sniff a green apple fragrance from an inhaler they reported the scent reduced their symptoms. Why it works is up for debate, but the researchers theorized that it may be as simple as the pleasant scent distracting folks or as complex as the scent reducing muscle contractions in the head and neck leading to less pain.
3. Move more despite the pain using music:
If you’ve got arthritis no doubt your doctor has told you that you need to keep moving to make sure your remain flexible and mobile. And no doubt you’ve wondered, “How the heck do I move more when it hurts?” Well it turns out music could be the key.
When Scottish researchers had a group of women suffering with rheumatoid arthritis listen to their favorite music they were able to walk an astounding 30 percent further then when they went for a stroll in silence. A study published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing found that simply listening to music can slash chronic pain and depression by up to 25 percent.3 And researchers have successfully used music to reduce pain and increase mobility in folks suffering from fibromyalgia.4
According to experts it works because the music effectively distracts you so you’re far less aware of the effort and pain as well as triggering your body to release pain relieving dopamine.5,6,7 You can put this little trick to work simply by loading up your music player or phone with some of your favorite tunes and heading out for a walk.
4. Dial back nausea with this pressure point:
Do car rides make you queasy? Or does the very thought of stepping foot on a boat trigger a bout of nausea? If so you’re going to want to give this weird but effective trick a try.
Before you head out on your next trip head off motion sickness at the pass by trying this simple acupressure technique. Gently but firmly press on the space between the two tendons on the inside of your wrist (about three inches down from your palm) known as acupressure point P6.
Researchers say this technique can effectively help relieve all sorts of nausea. In one review stimulation of P6 was found to calm nausea after anesthesia.8 And a study on pregnant women revealed that using this technique during the first trimester can slash morning sickness episodes and the severity of the nausea.9