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Several crazy health tricks that really work

Many methods seem pretty straightforward when your health is involved. For example: to lose weight, eat less and exercise more; get more sleep; dehydration, drink more water. Others, however, are totally the opposite. These several tips really do work, they might be strange, but they’re true.

Drink coffee to have a better nap


“Adenosine is a byproduct of wakefulness and activity,” says Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine. “As adenosine levels increase, we become more fatigued. Napping clears out the adenosine and, when combined with caffeine, an adenosine-blocker, further reduces its effects and amplifies the effects of the nap.”

Don’t brush your teeth after eating, if you want them to stay healthy


Don’t brush your teeth immediately after meals and drinks, especially if they were acidic. Brushing your teeth after eating can speed up acid’s effect on your enamel and erode the layer underneath.

Gain weight to wear a smaller size


How it works? “A pound of fat weighs the same as a pound of muscle, muscle takes up less space”, says Mark Nutting, fitness director of SACO Sport & Fitness in Saco, Maine. “You can get bigger muscles and get smaller overall if you lose the fat,” he says. “The bulk so many women fear only occurs if you don’t lose fat and develop muscle on top of it.”

Eat more to eat less


Amy Goodson, RD, dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine says: “Eating small amounts of carbohydrates does nothing but spike your blood sugar and leave you wanting more carbs.” Goodson also recommends choosing a protein such as peanut butter or string cheese with an apple. “They are higher in calories per serving, but the protein and fat helps you get full faster and stay full longer – and you end up eating fewer calories overall,” she says.