Food does a lot for your body as it enters into your digestive system. Some foods can improve your eyesight, some repair your muscles, and some keep your inner organs working at a nice, steady pace. Did you know that some food products offer more health benefits than you're currently utilizing? The trick is letting them work their magic on the outside of your body rather than on the inside--aka not eating them. Test out a few of these healthy tricks to see if you like your food inside and out.
 

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil
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Coconut oil is an
all-natural moisturizer. It's also a whole lot cheaper than fancy bottles of lotion. If you have sensitive skin and the chemicals and fragrances of lotions irritate you, use coconut oil as your new lotion for a pain-free softness. If you put on too much, a slimy layer will remain until your skin has time to absorb it. Put on a light layer or only use it before bed as a night cream.

You can also use it as a leave-in conditioner. If your hair is lacking hydration, rub a small spoonful of coconut oil in it before your shower. Let it sit, and then wash it out with shampoo and conditioner during your normal routine. Your hair will be moisture-rich and softer as a result.
 

Peppermint Oil

Peppermint Oil
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Rather than simply hiding you from the bugs like mosquito spray does, the smell of peppermint on your skin will act as a full-on
mosquito repellent. Rub a drop of peppermint oil into your gums or make a spray out of it before you head to the insect-infested outdoors.

Place the oil on your finger tips and rub it on the back of your neck to reduce the tension of headaches. The peppermint will invigorate your muscles to release your head from the pain.
 

Honey

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Rub honey on any burn to sooth the pain, speed the healing process, and prevent any infection. Honey contains natural antibacterial elements that
treat burns as well as any medicine.

 

Baking Soda

Baking Soda
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Skip the all those money-eating teeth whitening treatments and find the cheapest
teeth whitener in the world right in your pantry. Dip your tooth-pasted toothbrush in some baking soda, and in a few weeks, notice the shiny difference.

Baking soda also cleans just about anything from floors to appliances to clothes. Sprinkle some on the floor along with water and mop away. Put some on a washcloth, and scrub those appliances. Toss a small cup in the washing machine, and find your stains less noticeable.
 

Coke

Coke
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There is phosphoric acid in coke that
loosens the rust on any metal object. Let the item sit in a cup of coke or scrub it with a soaked cloth.

This same acid will also act as a deodorizer. Use it on your clothes or on your skin in the case of a skunk encounter to lessen the smell.

 

 

There are several healthy, fun ways to use food that don’t even require chewing and swallowing them. Let the physical benefits of your food reach their full potential.

 
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