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5 Unconventional Health Tips You Have Never Heard Before

Updated on May 23, 2015

I'm tried of hearing the same health advice over and over again. So after some research and live testing, I've compiled a list of five healthy habits I've never heard before -- all here for you to digest.

5. Take Your Shoes Off At The Door

Jessica Alba's Health Tips
Jessica Alba's Health Tips | Source

Jessica Alba, actress and co-founder of The Honest Company, recommends to anyone that will listen to take your shoes off at the door. The reasoning? Your shoes are big contributors to the indoor air pollution in your home. According to her research, leaving your shoes at the door can reduce the lead dust in your home by 60%. That's a startling number.

To follow this tip, I keep a little basket near my door to through all my shoes in.

4. Stop Using Products The Kill 99% of Germs

Using strong cleaning products can actually make your exposure to germs worse.
Using strong cleaning products can actually make your exposure to germs worse. | Source

Products that advertise being extremely disinfectant and germ killing can actually lead to super germs. It's horrifying. The idea is similar to the overuse of antibiotics, by using extreme germ killing products we are telling the germs that survive that they need to bulk up and work harder. Plus, exposure to some germs is actually good for younger children as it helps them improve their body's immune responses to germs.

To make this tip work for me, I started making my own all purpose cleaner. Not only is this cleaner cheap and easy to make, it also helps keep unsafe chemicals away from my home. You can find DIY cleaner recipes all over the net but I particularly recommend this list from Apartment Therapy on 25 DIY Green Cleaning Recipes.

3. Add Turmeric To Your Diet

Turmeric is a life-saver, literally.
Turmeric is a life-saver, literally. | Source

Turmeric, a common spice in South Asia, can dramatically improve your health in the long term. Adding some of this spice to your daily life can reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease, prevent cancer, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, and dozens of other health benefits. Yet, not many people know about this amazing spice. Get more details on all of it's benefits at BodyandSoul.

Don't like the taste of turmeric? There's a pill form that you can get in the vitamin aisle. I take this handy turmeric pill with my vitamins daily.

Did I forget to mention that a turmeric face mask can fight acne? You're welcome.

2. Use the First Stall in Public Bathrooms

Using the first stall in public bathrooms is actually better for you.
Using the first stall in public bathrooms is actually better for you. | Source

The first stall in public bathrooms have less germs and often have more toilet paper. Sounds like a win win!

I first heard this tip a few years ago on my local news and have been following it ever since. If you aren't bladder shy, give this easy tip a try.

1. Keep the Toilet Seat Down

Now you have a reason to nag your husband about the toilet seat.
Now you have a reason to nag your husband about the toilet seat. | Source

Keeping the toilet seat down is not just an aesthetic choice. Flushing the toilet with the seat up actually lets polluted toilet water float up into the bathroom, where it stays in the air for several hours. Ew.

If this tip isn't easy for you to remember, leaving a note on the underside of the toilet seat is an easy way to make this habit stick.

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