IS AWESOME BODY WACKS
1. Cure Tickling Throat
When you were 9, playin: ur armpit was a cool trick. Now, jou still ap od feat, especially if it serves as a health remedy. Take that ticklein your throat:
It's not worth over. Here's a better way to scratch
your itch: Scratch your ear.
when the nerves in the ear are stimulated, it creates a reflex in the throat that can cause a muscle spasm," says Scott
Schaffer, M.D., president of an ear, nose, and throat specialty center in Gibbsboro, New Jersey. "This spasm relieves the tickle.-
2. Experience Supersonic
IF you're stuck chatting up a mumbler at a cocktail party, lean in with your right ear. It's than your left at following the rapid rhythms of speech, according to researchers at the
David Geffen on the other
ind, you're trying to identity that song playing si intl better at picking up music tones.
OF Overcome Your Most Primal
Need ed to pee? No bathroom nearby? Fantasize about sex.
Thinking about sex preoccupies your brain, so you won't feel as much discomfort, says Larry Li shultz, M.D., chief of male reproductive medicine at the Baylor Collegeof Medicine.
4. Feel No Pain
German researchers have discovered that coughing durin;
an injection can lessen the pain of the needle stick. According to. Usichenko, author of a study 'on the phenomenon, the trick chest causes and a sudden, temporary rise in pressure in chest and spinal canal, inhibiting the pain-conducting structures of the spinal cord.
Clear Your Stuffed Nose
Forget Sudafed. Here's an easier, quicker, and cheaper remedy to relieve sinus pressure: ternate thrusting, your tongue against the roof of mouth, then Thi pressing
n. your eyebrows with one finger. This causes the comer bone, which runs through the nasal passai s to the mouth, to rock back and forth, says Lisa DeStetano, D.O.,
"an an assistant professor at the Michigan State University college of osteopathic medicine. The motion loosens cons tion; after 20 seconds, you'll feel your sinuses start to drain.
6. Fight Fire Without Water
Worried those wings will repeat on you tonight? Try this
A. Starpoli, M.D., a New City fork gastroenterologist and assistant professor of medicine at New York Medical College.
Studies have shown that patients who sleep on their left are less likely to suffer from acid reflux. The esophagus and stomach connect at an angle. When you sleep on your right, the stomach ts biir the ese stomach acid to slide up your throat. When you're on your leFt, the stomach is lower than the esophagus, so gravity's in
7. Cure Your Toothache
Just rub ice on the back of your hand, on the v-shaped we area between your thumb and index finger. A Canadian study found that this technique reduces toathache pain by as much as 50 percent compared with ice. The nerve at the base of that V
the brain that blocks pain signals from
8. Make Burns Disappear
When you accidentally singe your finger on the stove, clean unmarred hand. ice will relieve your pain more quicl ly, Dr.
DeStefano says, but since the natual method brings the
Buried skin back to normal temperature, the skin is less likely to blister.
9. Stop the World from Spinning
One too many drinks leFt you dizzy? Ah, luckily there's a ear responsible for balance-the hand on cupula-floats in a fluid of the same density as blood. "As alcohol dilutes blood in the la, the cupula becomes less dense and rises," says Dr.
Schaffer. This confuses your brain. The tactile input trom a stable object 'gives the brain a second 'opinion, and you feel more in balance. Because the nerves in the hand are so sensitive, this works better than the conventional
10. Unstitch Your Side
iF you're like most people, when you run, you exhale as your ot hits the ground. This puts downward pressure on
our liver (which lives on your side), which then tugs at diaphragm and creates a side stitch, according to The
Doctor's Book of Home Remedies for Men. The Exhale as your left foot strikes the ground.
Tl. Stanch Blood with One Finger
Pinching, your nose and leaning backisa great way to stop a mind choking, 'on your own blood. A more civil approach: Put some cotton on your upper gums- arall indent bclow your -and prose against it, hard. "Most bleeds come trom the front of the septum, the cartilage wall that nose, divides the nose," says Peter
Desmarais, M.D., an ear, nose, and throat specialist at
Entabeni Hospital, in Durban, South Africa. "Pressing, here helps stop them."
12. Make Your Heart Stand Still
'Trying to quell First-date jitters? Blow on your thumb. The
vagus nerve, which governs heart rate, can be controlled
'through breathing, says Ben Aba, an emergency medical-services specialist at the University of Pittsburgh.
ttll get your heart rate back to normal.
Unthaw Your Brain
Too much Chips too fast will freeze the brains of lesser men. As for you, press your tongue flat against the roof of
jour mouth, covering as much as you can. "Since the nerves to in the roof of your mouth get extremely cold, your body thinks your brain is freezing, too," says Abo. *in compensating, it overheats, causing an ice-cream
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14. Prevent Near-Sightedness
Poor distance vision is rarely caused by genetics, says Anne
Barber, O.D., an optometrist in Tacoma, Washington. "It's usually caused by near-point stress." In other words, staring, at your computer screen for too long, So flex your way to vision. Every few hours during day, the close your eyes, tense your body, release your takea deep reath, and, at after same afew time.
seconds, release your breath and muscles at the same time.
Tightening and releasing muscles such as the biceps and glutes can trick involuntary muscles-like the eyes-into
Telaxing as well.
Wake the Dead
if your hand falls asleep while you're sitting in an odd ition, rock your head from side to side. It'll painlessly
DeStetano. A tingh hand or armis often the result o' compression in the 'of nerves in your neck; loosening your neck muscles releases the pressure. Com ressed nerves
dogs lie. Stand up and walk around.
16 Impress Your Friends
Next time you're at a party, try this trick: Have a person hold to maintain this position. Then place two fingers on his wrist and push down. He'll resist. Now have him put one foot on a surface that's a half inch higher (a few magazines) and
re This time his arm will cave like the French. By misaligning, his hips, you've offset is spine, says Rachel
ie, C.S.C.S., co-owner of Results Fitness, in Santa
Clarita, California. Your brain senses that the spine is vulnerable, so it shuts down the body's ability to resist.
17. Breathe Underwater
you're dying to retrieve that quarter from the bottom of
the ol, take several short breaths -essentially, hyperventilate. When you're underwater, it's not a lack of
in that makes you desperate for a breath; it's the bui ip of carbon dioxide, which makes your blood acidic, which signals your brain that somethin' ain't right. "When you hyperventilate, the influx of oxygen lowers blood acidity says Jonathan Armbruster, Ph.D., an associate professor of at Auburn University. "this tricks gour brain into thinking, it has more oxygen." tell buy you up to 10 seconds.
18. Read Minds
Your own! "iF you're giving a speech the next day, review it lling asleep," says Candi Heimgartner, an instructor of biological sciences at the University of idaho. Since most memory consolidation happens durin; sleep, anything, you
read right before bed is more likely to be encoded a: long-term memory.