If you are looking to become healthier and be more balanced there are many health trends worth trying. This doesn’t mean that the basics of living well are trends, but trying new things can make you happier, healthier and enhance your life in different ways. If you are trying to improve health and well-being here are 7 tried and true health trends to try:
- Bone Broth– Homemade bone broth can be made from the bone of any animal, although grass-fed is best. The bones contain minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. They also contain many nutrients like gelatin, collagen, proline and glycine. By boiling the bones in water for several hours the broth turns into a brew containing materials for immune development. Bone broth supports healthy skin, hair and nails, blood cells, digestive tract, joints, bones, ligaments and tendons. It is a great healing food and can help to heal and repair the body from many infections and disorders. Store bought commercial broth is not the same as homemade bone broth. It doesn’t contain nearly as much nutrients and can contain MSG and other artificial ingredients.
- Fermented Foods– Cultures from all over the world have been eating fermented foods for centuries. Fermentation is the process of preserving food using natural bacteria to feed on the sugar and starch, creating lactic acid. This process preserves food and creates beneficial enzymes, vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids and probiotics. Commercial food production has caused this traditional type of food to become lost in our society. Including fermented foods into the diet helps to increase beneficial bacteria healing the digestive system and helping our body to absorb vital nutrients. Making fermented foods at home is easy and cheap. There are many books, online clubs, and even local communities that can help with diving into this fun health trend.
- Oil Pulling– Is an ancient Ayurvedic technique in which you swish a spoonful of high quality oil such as organic unrefined coconut oil, or olive oil upon waking. This is to be done before brushing the teeth or eating anything. Swish the oil all around, through the teeth and around the entire mouth for 10-15 minutes. Avoid swallowing the oil which contains toxins. Once finished spit the oil into a trash can, rinse your mouth out and brush your teeth. Oil pulling removes the toxins from the mouth and the mucus membranes. Oil pulling removes plaque, bacteria and other toxins from the mouth but also can prevent and treat illness. Evidence shows that oil pulling helps with skin disorders, digestive problems, allergies, migraines, sinus infections, joint pain and arthritis.
- Dry Brushing– Using a soft brush with natural bristles on dry skin is called dry brushing. When this technique is done on a regular basis it provides numerous health benefits such as increasing circulation, stimulating lymph flow, regulating hormones and firming the skin. It is best to do before a shower or bath and staring at the outer parts of the body (feet and hands) and working in towards the center of the body, with the strokes moving words the heart. Dry brushing is a great way to encourage the discharge of metabolic waste and eliminate toxins.
- Coffee Enema– Coffee Enemas were made popular by Dr. Gerson in his therapy as a way to heal and prevent chronic illness. Coffee enemas reduce systematic toxicity by up to 700%. They are a great way to detoxify and repair the liver as well as cleanse and heal the colon and digestive tract. Coffee Enemas can easily be done in the comfort of home and works to boost energy levels, improve mood and enhance mental clarity.
- Earthing– This technique, also known as grounding, is a simple and effective way to connect electronically with the Earth and it’s energy. By walking barefoot on the Earth one can improve their health benefits by connecting with negatively charged free electrons. These free radicals help to balance the positive charge of the body which can improve the immune system, sleeping patterns and digestion. Practicing grounding as often as possible is great for reducing stress, anxiety, inflammation and electro-sensitivity and helps the body to heal.
- Meditation– This ancient technique has been used for years in many cultures and recently modern science has began studying evidence of how meditation changes our bodies on a genetic level. Regular meditation releases the feel good chemicals such as serotonin and endorphins which combat stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin. Meditation has many health benefits such as boosting the immune system, aiding chronic diseases, keeping the heart healthy and balancing overall health and well-being. This not-so-new health trend pretty much benefits anything from headaches, anxiety, depression, infertility, chronic pain, insomnia, obesity and much more.