Science says these bizarre health tips really work

Most tried and tested methods to up your health game are pretty straightforward: to lose weight, eat less and move more; to boost your energy, get more sleep blah blah. Others, however, are slightly weird.

According to data released by the Medibank Better Health Index ahead of World Health Day, young Aussies are more likely to keep healthy through exercise and diet than ever before. The latest Index shows the percentage of 18-34 year-olds who’ve exercised in the past three months has risen from 56% in 2007-08 to 59% today, with those exercising more than 16 times increasing from 24 to 29%. Well done you.

What’s more, the percentage of us consuming alcohol has dropped significantly over the past nine years, going from 61% in 2007-08 to 52% today proving the health message is being heard loud and clear.

Take it to the next level with these 10 tips – even if they do seem counter-intuitive.

1. Replace paracetamol with Granny Smiths

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but it turns out they can also stave off headaches. A study by The Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in the US found the odor of green apple helped reduce the severity of migraines. According to researchers this may have something to do with the ability of pleasant fragrances to relax us and reduce tension to distract people from thinking about the pain of the migraine.

2. Flush with the lid down

Always flush the toilet with the lid down. Microbiologists from the University of Arizona found polluted water particles like E.coli and other faecal-based bacteria float around the bathroom for a few hours before they all land on surfaces – which could include your toothbrush.

3. Pack chocolate for the gym

Research from the Loughborough University found chocolate milk after a tough workout can aid recovery and encourage the muscle growth. How? The milk provides a source of protein, along with water and electrolytes while the chocolate is a hit of carbohydrates. Even the relatively high sugar content works to restore lost energy. Plus, it’s cheaper than a protein shake.

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