6 health tricks to feel better right now

These surprising home remedies can help you recover quickly from common ailments and get you where you want to go.

6 health tricks to feel better right now

1. Short-circuit hiccups

  • Plug your ears with your fingers for thirty seconds — that action will send a signal to your vagus nerve (which connects to your diaphragm) to relax.
  • Stick out your tongue. Doing so stimulates the opening between the vocal cords; you'll end up breathing more evenly, which in turn will help calm the hiccup-causing spasms.

2. Banish headaches with hot water

  • Soak your feet in hot water. The blood will head toward the lower part of your body, relieving some of the pressure on the blood vessels in your head.
  • As an alternative, plunge your hands into ice water. You'll get the same results.
  • You can also try flexing your hands underwater — that helps mitigate headaches, too.

3. Drown your hangover in water

  • Forget the hair of the dog; the best hangover remedy is water. You need to replace the water and minerals in your body that alcohol has stolen.
  • Drink a couple glasses of water in the morning — or even before you go to bed, if you had a few too many drinks at night.
  • Better yet, have water with a fruit juice chaser. Orange juice and grapefruit juice both contain vitamin C and fructose, which help speed the metabolism of alcohol.

4. Make diarrhea disappear with tea

Add a teaspoonful of sugar, and you've got a winning home remedy. The tannins in the tea help reduce intestinal inflammation, the hot water helps you rehydrate and the sugar aids absorption of sodium.

5. Bag hemorrhoids with tea bags

Soothe external hemorrhoids with a cool, wet tea bag.

  • As with the treatment for diarrhea, the tannins in the tea reduce swelling and, in this case, pain.
  • They also help blood clot, which means applying the tea bag will help stop the bleeding.

6. Cast off constipation with coffee

The caffeine in the coffee will kick the colon into high gear.

  • Keep in mind, though, that you need to limit how much coffee you drink; caffeine is a diuretic and can dehydrate you if you go overboard.

Next time you're on your way out and struck by a headache or a case of hiccups, you'll have a new home remedy to try and get you on your way, discomfort-free!

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