Eat more veggies. Drink more water. Exercise more often. We all know the usual wellness tips we should be doing on a regular basis. But those are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. From “earthing” to “forest bathing,” the following unique and unusual healthy habits will make you rethink your daily schedule and inspire you to find new approaches to being your healthiest, fittest self.
3 Unusual Healthy Habits You’ve Never Tried Before
The concept of grounding, also known as earthing, first began to receive media attention in the mid-2000s when the book Earthing: The Most Important Health Discovery Ever? was published. In the book’s forward, the practice gets endorsed by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, who writes that it “ranks right up there with the discovery of penicillin.”
But what exactly is earthing or grounding?
The premise is simple:
- First, the human body is governed by thousands of very complex bioelectrical processes.
- Second, the earth is the largest bioelectrical influence in our lives, and our bodies have evolved to be influenced by the earth’s energy and magnetic field.
- Third, our modern lifestyles are literally blocking us from connecting to the earth’s energy.
“Today, some scientists suspect that the earth’s energy cycles and rhythms play an important role in our own bodies’ electrical rhythms, such as regulating our hormone production and sleep-wake cycles,” reports Alive magazine.
For example, studies have looked at how the practice of earthing can reduce disease risks, improve restful sleep, minimize stress, and so much more.
Getting grounded is fairly straightforward. The premise is that urban landscapes, rubber-soled shoes and other modern inventions are keeping us from connecting to the earth’s electrical pulses. To practice earthing, one must simply find ways to get reconnected:
- Wade in the ocean (the ocean’s salty water is very conductive)
- Sit or stand barefoot on the soil
- Go for a walk in nature and find ways to connect with the land around you with bare hands and bare feet
“Ground yourself two or three times per day if you can,” suggests Alive. “The effects are cumulative. The more we do it, the better we’ll feel.”
2. Forest Bathing
Shinrin-yoku, which means “forest bathing” in Japan, grew in popularity in the late 1990s. But it’s only recently that North Americans have taken notice.
It’s both similar, and dissimilar, to earthing/grounding.
Whereas the former is focused on reconnecting to the earth’s electromagnetic field in order to jumpstart the body’s own electrical impulses, forest bathing is more broad and involves immersing yourself (i.e. “bathing”) in nature in any way possible.
For example, you can garden (raising houseplants at home counts!). Or suntan. Or play in a park. It’s all about boosting your intake of vitamin N (nature).
The purpose, according to National Geographic, is twofold: “to offer an eco-antidote to tech-boom burnout and to inspire residents to reconnect with and protect the country’s forests.”
- More mindfulness
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Increased sense of well-being
- Improved markers of health, such as lower blood pressure
The American Sports and Fitness Association named fasting as one of the top three health trends predicted for 2021. And while many people think of fasting as something primarily done for weight loss and weight management, its health benefits are so much more:
- It can help control blood sugar levels
- It reduces inflammation and the harmful health effects related to chronic inflammation
- It may enhance brain health
- And more!
Fasting doesn’t necessarily mean having to go a day or two without food. Many people enjoy intermittent fasting, where you fast for a certain window of time (18 hours is a popular amount) and then eat your breakfast, lunch and dinner during the remaining hours of the day.
Regardless of which of these unique health habits you choose to try this year, don’t forget your BioPro-Plus 500. Taking thymic proteins is a healthy habit that many people forget to employ, which means millions of Americans are missing out on the critical immune-enhancing benefits of such unique supplements.
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