5-Second Solutions for Everyday Health Woes

Simplify your life with these quick fixes to help in the kitchen, boost health, and lots more.

5-Second Solutions for Everyday Health Woes

Time matters, and #NurseNation nurses know it! Check out some of their favorite solutions to solve simple problems. From curing the hiccups to tricks to make swallowing pills easier, here are the fast ways to get around your most common woes.

Watch: Nurses Share Their Favorite 5-Second Solutions


Chew Gum to Avoid Crying When Chopping Onions

Crying while chopping onions is a common cooking problem. There are chemicals in the onions that travel through the air and when they hit the back of your nasal cavity and your eyes, you start to cry.

Here’s an easy tip: gum. When chewing gum, you diffuse the odors that make you cry and you breathe through your mouth, so the chemicals don’t make it to your nasal cavity. By chewing gum, you are stopping any irritants from going up your nose, so the glands don’t get frustrated. So chew away.

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Will you ever feel comfortable in your own skin? That is, if you don't make an effort to protect it? Although 64% of adults do report wearing sunscreen when outside for prolonged periods of time, it turns out that only about 10% of people surveyed actually protect themselves daily, according to a recent review.

No matter what your skin tone is, unless you live in a cave with no sunlight, daily protection with either sunscreen, sunblock or protective clothing can not only protect you from developing sunburns (ouch!) but can significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer, particularly the deadliest type called melanoma. In addition, for those of you wanting to keep your youthful looks, daily sunscreen has been shown to reduce the development of wrinkles. A great teacher once told me that the best way to not have wrinkles is not to get them in the first place (think of how much money you can save on useless creams that claim to diminish wrinkles).

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