42. Apple for Cleaning Teeth
Did you leave behind your toothbrush and are looking to clean your teeth after a big lunch before a work meeting? Try munching on an apple. The adage might be true–apples don’t just help keep the doctor away, but also the dentist! “When you eat this fleshy fruit, it scrubs the teeth–think of apples as a natural toothbrush,” said dentist Nancy Rosen, DMD.” The skin of the apple, which is high in fiber, can scrub against your teeth, helping to remove plaque and stain.” While apples contain sugar and acids, which are known to cause tooth decay, the benefits to your chompers might outweigh the negatives.
41. Neti Pot for Congestion
Feeling those pesky cold-like symptoms? Try your hand at using a neti pot to keep them at bay. As you pour water into your nostrils, the pot is used to clean out the nasal passageways. According to a recent study from the U.K., participants who used a neti pot showed a greater reduction in symptoms of chronic sinusitis than those who didn’t. However, use with care and clean your neti pot correctly. “If you don’t use sterile water, which means boiling it and letting it cool, one can develop a sinus infection or worse from neti pots,” Dr. McGee warned.
40. Cod Liver Oils for Inflammation
Old-time remedies such as cod liver oils can naturally ease the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Not to mention, cod oil has other benefits. “This oil, extracted from codfish, provides a rich source of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which are the primary omega-3s you need to support heart health, brain health, eye health, and maternal health,” Palinski-Wade said. “One study found that cod liver reduced inflammatory markers in insulin-resistant individuals.”