From our health files: Here are a few easy tips to help get rid of nagging problems like motion sickness and heartburn, and prevent them in the future. This comes from the experts at Self magazine.
- Motion sickness. When your eyes and inner ear send conflicting signals to your brain, it can cause dizziness and nausea, like if your eyes are on a video screen in the backseat of a car, and your ears feel the car go around a curve. So, if motion is making you sick, keep your eyes on the horizon, so your eyes and ears pass along the same information. Before your next car ride, airplane flight, or boat trip, eat some protein. Studies show that eating protein prevents nausea better than carbs. So, grab a some turkey jerky.
- Anxiety. The fix: Sing along to some music. Researchers at Temple University say that listening to music reduces the amount of stress hormones released by your body, and singing along helps you focus on the music.
- Then there's: Heartburn. Quench the fire with a glass of milk. Why? Because high-alkaline foods like milk and cheese help neutralize acids, including the digestive juices that make your throat and chest burn. If you're prone to heartburn, avoid highly acidic foods like tomato sauce, fried foods and alcohol, because they increase the acid in your stomach, raising your risk for heartburn.
- Finally, how can you fight bad breath? If it's a mid-date emergency, use the edge of a spoon to scrape your tongue from back to front. That'll remove the stinky bacteria that live in the mucous on your tongue. For a permanent fix, floss and brush every day for a total of 10 minutes, and drink plenty of water. Dentist Anthony Dailley explains that oral bacteria grow faster and stinkier in a dry environment.