The Goods

These wellness hacks sound absurd but they happen to work

A DIY head massager made from a whisk? Now you’ve seen everything.

A DIY head massager made from a whisk? Now you’ve seen everything.

The Internet is full of suggestions for healthy habits to incorporate into your day to day routine. And while we can't turn down a good hack, we're not sure that all of them are necessarily legit. So the hosts of The Goods sifted through the myriad of wellness tips and tricks out there to bring us a few that are worth trying for a happier, healthier you.

Protein in coffee

Many of us love starting off our mornings with a delicious cup of coffee, and one of the latest wellness trends floating around out there is drinking coffee with added health benefits. The internet says adding protein powder to your coffee is a great way to increase your protein intake and it'll leave you with a delicious frothy drink.

Here's what you need:

  • Coffee
  • Protein powder
  • Immersion blender
  • Large glass measuring cup

Here's how to make it:

1. First add the protein powder to the measuring cup and then the hot coffee.

2. Blend it up with an immersion blender until smooth. Voila!

This is actually delicious, but the key lies in the prep. If you just add protein to hot coffee it will be all clumpy, and that's definitely going to disappoint. But this won't happen if you use an immersion blender.

Head massager DIY

If you're having a stressful day, we've heard a few recommendations telling us to go to use a regular whisk from your kitchen as the ultimate relaxation tool. Despite sounding very strange, and our scepticism, it actually works as a tool to help relieve headaches, increase circulation to the scalp and improve both falling and staying asleep.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Whey protein
  • Whisk
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Paper

Here's how to do it:

1. Use the wire cutters to cut the ends of each loop.

2. Use the handles of the wire cutter to gently press each wire out to form a gentle slope.

3. Load up your glue gun and lay a few globs out on a sheet of paper.

4. While still hot, poke the ends of each wire into the glue to form a bead so that all sharp edges are contained.

5. Let dry, and then massage away!

Greek yogurt hack

Thick and creamy Greek yogurt is super satisfying, but it's usually a couple of bucks more than regular yogurt. Well, according to the internet you can save that cash by making your own Greek yogurt simply by straining regular yogurt overnight. The only difference between the two yogurts is that the liquid whey remains in regular yogurt, whereas the liquid whey is strained from regular yogurt to create Greek yogurt.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Tub of plain yogurt
  • Coffee filter
  • Bowl

Here's how to make it:

1. Line a strainer with a coffee filter and place it in a bowl.

2. Fill it with regular yogurt, and let sit in the fridge overnight. Voila! Fresh Greek yogurt for breakfast.

Greek yogurt is lower in carbohydrates and sodium than many condiments and dips out there, so it's a bit healthier. It also has twice the protein of regular yogurt, because the protein is concentrated in the yogurt after it's strained. That means it's the perfect healthy substitute for sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo, and its creamy consistency makes it a great (and healthier) addition to dips and dressings.

Flexibility hack

Flexibility is essential to our health and wellbeing – tight muscles can create problems throughout the entire body and potentially increase the overall risk of injury. Although one of the most popular tests to see how flexible you are is by seeing if you can touch your toes, some claim that a drinking straw can improve your results.

Here's how to do it:

1. Fold a straw in half and then bite down on it using the left side of your mouth.

2. Stick your tongue to the roof of your mouth against your teeth and you should be inches closer to touching your feet.

It's said that the straw inside the jaw on the left side activates certain muscles from the jaw that are attached to another bone inside the skull called the sphenoid. Biting on the straw actually realigns that bone and then that follows through the rest of the spine, putting them in proper position. This repositioning supposedly allows one to then be better able to reach down and touch their toes. Who knew?

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