Monday, March 10, 2008

How to Get a Shot and Feel No Pain

Just as the nurse is about to jab your arm with that flu shot, cough. Coughing causes a temporary rise in pressure in the chest and spinal canal, which blocks the areas in the spine where pain originates, according to Men's Health magazine editor Dave Zinczenko.

Who knew? You can play tricks on your body to alleviate minor aches and pains. Zinczenko calls them simple self-healing tricks. "Whenever we're feeling achy or under the weather, we reach for the drugs in the medicine cabinet," Zinczenko told "But the body has its own hidden cures, once you know how to push your body's own buttons."

Here are three more of Zinczenko's self-healing tricks:

Tickle in your throat
Scratch your ear. Opening the ear canal with just a little scratch will stimulate the nerves in such a way that it creates a reflex in the throat. That causes a muscle spasm or gag, and that can relieve the tickle.

Stuffy nose
To help clear a stuffy nose, push your tongue to the top of your mouth while you use your index finger to push on the spot between your eyebrows. By pushing on both places simultaneously, you'll move the vomer bone, which runs through the nasal passages and moves back and forth like a seesaw, says Zinczenko. Doing this loosens the congestion, and in about 20 seconds your sinuses will drain.

Brain freeze
When you get an ice cream headache, stop it fast by heating your mouth with your tongue. Just push your tongue flat against the roof of your mouth, covering as much of it as possible and hold it there. Zinczenko says that when the mouth gets very cold, it fools the body into thinking the brain is also freezing--and that causes the headache as the body overcompensates with heating.

If you want to have more self-healing tricks from David Zinczenko don't forget to read the following best-sellers that have made this author famous:

Eat This Not That : Thousands of Simple Food Swaps That Can Save You 10, 20, 30 Pounds-or More!

The smartest eating choices--made simple! The secret to looking, feeling, and living better than ever is not by depriving yourself of the foods you love. It's by making the best choices in a variety of real-life situations. Based on the most popular column in both Men's Health and Women's Health magazines, Eat This Not That is a comprehensive guide to what to eat at home, from the supermarket, even at a fast-food counter. Do you know why a hot fudge sundae is a good dessert option? Why potato chips are better than fries? And why Swiss cheese is three times healthier than Cheddar? With this simple, illustrated guide to hundreds and hundreds of foods--along with the nutrition secrets that lead to fast and permanent weight loss--now you will!

The Abs Diet : The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Stomach and Keep You Lean for Life

Whether you want to change your body to improve your health, your looks, your athletic performance, or your sex appeal, The Abs Diet offers a simple promise: if you follow this plan, you can accomplish your goal.
The editor-in-chief of Men's Health details a smart, sensible, easy-to-follow program that will never leave you feeling hungry, restricted, or deprived. You'll learn how to eat to keep your body's natural fat burners stoked at all times so you burn fat and build muscle all day, every day--even when you sleep. You'll discover what 12 power foods should become the staples of your diet, why 95 percent of all diets fail, and why The Abs Diet is different.

Abs Diet for Women : The Six-Week Plan to Flatten Your Belly and Firm up Your Body for Life

The New York Times bestseller now adapted specifically for women, shows how to achieve a flat stomach and great shape in just 6 weeks, and stay lean and healthy for life.
Drawing on revolutionary new weight-loss research, David Zinczenko, a leading health and fitness authority, developed The Abs Diet, the national bestseller that has been helping hundreds of thousands to lose pounds quickly and dramatically re-shape their bodies while maintaining the principles of a safe, healthy, and nutritionally balanced diet.
Now The Abs Diet has been tailored specifically for women’s unique needs. Packed with information developed exclusively for women, The Abs Diet for Women includes:
-the Abs Diet osteoporosis prevention plan
-tips on managing menopausal symptoms without hormone replacement therapy
-information on how the Abs Diet can prevent joint pain
-details on how the Abs Diet can improve female sexual response
-a postpartum workout for new moms
-a bonus stress-busting workout chapter that builds a fit body and a calm mind

The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide

On the heels of the New York Times national bestseller, The Abs Diet, comes The Abs Diet Eat Right Every Time Guide by Dave Zinczenko, the Editor-in-Chief of Men's Health magazine. Find tons of new ways to use the Abs Diet 12 Superfoods to lose fat and carve your middle into the sexy symmetry you've dreamed of.

The Abs Diet : 6-Minute Meals for 6-Pack Abs

The best-selling Abs Diet series continues with the perfect cookbook for anyone who wants to eat sensibly to get a flat, sculpted set of abdominals —but doesn’t have a lot of time to cook
Tens of thousands of Americans have changed their bodies—and their lives—with the help of The Abs Diet, the New York Times bestseller from David Zinczenko, editor-in-chief of Men’s Health® magazine. A key factor in the diet’s success is the meal plan, with its healthy, great-tasting, easy recipes featuring the Abs Diet 12 Powerfoods. Now, to meet the demands of today’s time-strapped society, Zinczenko and coauthor Ted Spiker present The Abs Diet 6-Minute Meals for 6-Pack Abs to help readers make the right food choices—in less time than it takes to pick up a meal at a drive-thru.
The Abs Diet 6-Minute Meals for 6-Pack Abs features:
• 101 6-minute recipes: fast and easy recipes like Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Smokehouse Salad, Summer Vegetable Couscous, and more
• the 12 Abs Diet Powerfoods, plus what makes them nutritional powerhouses and how they increase lean muscle mass and discourage storing fat
• shopping lists, appliance recommendations, and more
• a 7-day meal plan (for those who prefer not to mix-and-match)
• a bonus chapter with 60-minute Sunday creations and 15-minute meals when you have more time
This user-friendly cookbook is the perfect resource for followers of The Abs Diet as well as anyone who wants to change their body to improve their health, their looks, or their athletic performance.