Life is precious and we should do everything to stay healthy. We should not overlook the advice that we can get from the various other cultures around us. Today we will be looking at some foreign secrets for better well being and a healthier life.
Originally from India, meditation has been proven by medical research to have several positive benefits. Some of these are:
- Emotional balance – Free yourself from all the neurotic behavior resulting from a mind that is overly concerned with itself.
- Fertility – Numerous studies have showed a positive correlation between reduced levels of stress and fertility, in both males and females. Meditation is one of the most effective ways of reducing stress levels, and can boost fertility.
- Reduced blood pressure – By making your body less susceptible to stress hormones, meditation can effectively lower your blood pressure. This is a natural alternative to taking medication, which works using the same principle.
- Better Immunity – Studies have shown that reduced stress and a greater state of relaxation make you more resistant to all kinds of illness by boosting immunity.
The sauna is a great way to relax and lose weight at the same time. It is a purifying experience where you literally sweat your stress out. It is believed that a single session in the sauna can burn anywhere between 200 to 300 calories. The sauna has many other benefits to your health similar to meditation, thanks to its ability to reduce your stress.
A lifestyle choice that is quickly becoming adopted by more and more employers in Japan and America is the power nap. Research has shown that sleeping during the day was something common to our ancestors who would sleep for multiple short periods rather than one long period during the night. Studies have also shown that it boosts your concentration and performance by significantly reducing the symptoms of fatigue.
Especially popular in Holland, who have dedicated cycle paths almost anywhere, is cycling everywhere. The idea is simple – switch out travelling around in your car for a bike, where you are killing two birds with one stone: getting to your destination and getting a fantastic workout. This is one of the reasons the country is reported as being the healthiest in the world.
Muesli for Breakfast
A Swiss morning favorite, Muesli is the healthy option for Breakfast. It contains real fruits and nuts which cover a lot of nutrients and goes a long way in meeting your daily nutritional requirements. It contains no cholesterol unlike many other fatty morning options and is at the same time extremely easy to prepare and eat. The breakfast is also whole grain, meaning energy is slowly released, making sure you feel both full and energized for a longer period of time.
Hot Springs are famous for their therapeutic and rejuvenating effects. Many people will fall into a state of calmness and experience reduced levels of stress. Various minerals are contained in hot springs, like sodium bicarbonate and calcium. When bathing, these minerals are absorbed by your skin and your blood circulation increases as your hydro-static pressure increases, in a process similar to that which occurs when exercising. This keeps your heart and other organs healthy.