Most of the time, we think that being healthy takes a lot of effort, time, and money. But in reality, you can turn your life around and feel healthier simply by incorporating a few new habits into your daily routine. For example, you can whiten your teeth using fruit and enjoy an extra cup of hot coffee for a healthy gallbladder. In this article, we’ll show you how many natural and affordable ways there are out there to treat yourself.
The Bright Side team presents to you a list of effortless life hacks to treat your body right and give yourself some love.
1. Try grape juice to heal your migraines.
If you suffer from migraines and are looking for a more natural way to stop the insufferable pain, then grape juice is the answer. Since migraines mainly come from an imbalance in brain chemicals such as serotonin, grape juice can come in and save the day. It will not act as a painkiller but as a preventative. So the minute you feel a migraine coming on, take some grape juice to prevent it.
Since grapes are rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin B2, they can help stop you from getting a migraine. Let us break it down for you. Vitamin B2, otherwise known as riboflavin which is responsible for treating migraines, helps to balance out the chemicals in your brain and acts as an iron antagonist to reduce the iron levels in your blood that might be causing migraines.
2. Eat salmon to help your hair grow out shiny and healthy.
Healthy looking hair is something that all of us dream of, especially those mornings when we wake up, look in the mirror, and wonder how our bad hair days far outnumber the good ones. The thing is, it’s not just what you put on the ends of your hair, but also what you eat. The key trick here is salmon. Salmon is rich in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids which are essential to keep your hair and scalp hydrated.
In addition, omega-3 lubricates the scalp and keeps hair follicles clean and healthy. Since omega-3 is really a protein, a lack of it prevents the normal pace of hair growth. So the more salmon you eat, the healthier you and your hair will be. In addition, due to its moisturizing effects, omega-3 reduces inflammation, helps treat dandruff, and reduces dryness which all contribute to hair breakage.
3. You can shed extra pounds by drinking lemon + salt water.
It’s a known fact that lemon water in is healthy for you, but most of the time it’s just not as tasty as a glass of orange juice or even an energy drink. Lemon and salt are the 2 magic ingredients that help flush out toxins from your body and help shed extra pounds quite fast. This is because it increases your bowel movements and decreases your appetite, thus eliminating excess calorie intake.
Lemon and salt water can also speed up your metabolism and there’s even research to back this up. According to the National Institute of Health, drinking plenty of water increases your metabolism by increasing the mitochondrial function (which helps to generate more energy in the body without needing any calories to do so) and generates thermogenesis (the metabolic process where calories are burned faster to produce heat).
4. Whiten your nails using toothpaste.
Experiencing some yellowing around and on your nails is absolutely natural, but sometimes it’s not a good look. So if you’re looking for a way to naturally whiten your nails, toothpaste is the answer. Not only does toothpaste whiten and protect your teeth, but it also does the same for your nails since they are both keratin based.
- For this hack, simply take a clean toothbrush, apply some toothpaste on the tip of it, and start to lightly scrub/brush your nails with it. Let it sit there for a minute, wash your hands as usual, and voilá!
5. Stimulate hair growth by creating your own hair growth serum.
As we mentioned above, diet is key when it comes to faster and healthier hair growth, but for those of you who would like to go a step further, we’ll show you how to create your own hair growth serum. The first ingredient you’ll need is castor oil. It contains important nutrients such as vitamin E to moisturize your scalp, omega-9, and omega-6 fatty acids, as well as minerals that will help moisturize and penetrate your scalp.
The second one is avocado oil which is rich in vitamins and minerals such as oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid that can help nourish your hair and protect it from breaking. It’s the only oil that has the ability to penetrate the hair shaft and moisturize it instead of just sitting on your hair and acting as an oily layer.
The final ingredient is coconut oil, which is considered the king of all oils for many different reasons. To begin with, coconut oil is the only oil that you can apply on your hair and prevent it from losing protein. Since it’s rich in omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9 fatty acids, it also protects the hair shaft from environmental and sun damage.
Here’s how you make the mixture:
- Fill a small container with 1/3 castor oil, 1/3 avocado oil, and 1/3 coconut oil.
- Shake the bottle really well.
- Apply it to your scalp and hair and massage it in for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Let it sit there for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Shower and then apply some oil to the ends of your hair while it’s still wet.
- Repeat this 3 times a week.
6. Eat your breakfast within the first 30 minutes after you wake up.
Right after you’ve had your lemon and salt water right when you wake up, it’s important to have your breakfast within half an hour after you’ve opened your eyes. Even when you don’t feel hungry, missing your breakfast is a huge mistake especially when you’re trying to lose or maintain weight. According to the National Weight Control Registry, more than 70% of people who were on a successful diet ate breakfast within half an hour after waking up.
This is because your metabolism is relatively slow when you sleep, and it takes an hour for it to start working at a normal pace. So, eating breakfast before your metabolism is completely awake will make you feel fuller for a longer time and it will prevent you from eating a heavier breakfast or a bigger meal later in the day.
7. Drink hydrolyzed collagen instead of applying it to your skin.
Aging is something that most of us never really come to terms with and it’s often first noticed in your skin’s appearance. We all try to bring our skin “back to life” by purchasing moisturizers, masks, and serums that are rich in collagen (the protein responsible for keeping our skin tight and glowing in our 30s).
The thing is, collagen, or even hydrolyzed collagen, doesn’t penetrate the skin to the point where it will help it to bind with other proteins and improve your overall health. So the best way out of aging is to take supplements. According to research, taking hydrolyzed collagen can slow down aging by 27%, improve bone health, boost muscle mass, prevent bone loss and osteoporosis, and relieve joint pain.
8. Whiten your teeth using fruit.
The best thing anyone can wear is a bright smile, but what about those times when you don’t feel confident showing your teeth because they seem a little bit yellow? Well, don’t worry because you can change all that depending on your diet. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in anti-oxidants can work wonders when it comes to removing yellow stains from your teeth.
- Strawberries can help whiten your teeth and remove both coffee and wine stains.
- Apples act as natural stain removers because they help produce more saliva in your mouth and serve as a “self-cleaning” agent.
- Oranges or any kind of tart fruit help to neutralize the acidity of your mouth that causes tooth decay.
9. Drink more coffee for a healthy gallbladder.
Even though coffee might be associated with an unhealthy diet, coffee in its purest form is actually good for you. Think about it: it’s bean juice made out of hot water and has a lot of health benefits that we’ve covered before in other articles. One of coffee’s most important benefits is that it promotes a healthy gallbladder.
According to research, coffee activates contractions in the gallbladder which is believed to be caused by the caffeine in it. In addition, research has revealed that increased gallbladder contractions resulting from coffee can prevent minor crystals in the gallbladder from becoming large gallbladder stones. So, you’d better get yourself a cup of hot coffee for a healthy gallbladder and next time someone tells you that you’re addicted, show them this article!
Which of these healthy life hacks would you like to try? If you have any health hacks or tips to offer us, we’d love to read them in the comments!