Every country has its own traditions and ways of living. One area often approached differently by various nations is health. It may be interesting to learn other ways and possibly connect different rules, to create the ideal routine.
Saunas – Scandinavia
Russians and Scandinavians already know all the health benefits of sauna. For them, it is a weekly or even daily ritual, and it should be just that for you as well. Saunas help you get rid of toxins in your body and boost your metabolism. And the cold baths and showers help tighten your skin, give you loads of energy and make you more immune to the disease.
Meditation – India
Health comes from within. One of the best ways to have a healthy body is to have a healthy mind. Meditation has been proven to be incredibly beneficial in terms of reducing stress, therefore decreasing the risk of heart disease. It also lowers the high-blood pressure. Meditation helps ease your mind, control your breathing and calm yourself in difficult times. On top of that, it simply gives you a clearer mind and reduces anxiety.
Acupuncture – China
A part of the traditional Chinese medicine, the acupuncture. This technique involves inserting thin needles into the skin by a professional. The general idea of acupuncture is, that the energy flows through each person’s body. The disruptions to the flow cause illness. The needles correct the imbalance and therefore help cure the disease. It is said, that the procedure helps with the chronic pain, arthritis, migraines, insomnia, Nausea & Vomiting, as well as cures anxiety.
Yerba Mate – South America
We have already spoken about the benefits of yerba mate. Made from the leaves of the rainforest holly tree, Ilex paraguariensis, it is a unique yet very healthy drink. It seems to be a tea type, but it is actually somewhere between tea and coffee. Its leaves contain many vitamins and minerals, making it one of the most nutritious natural beverages. On the other hand, higher amounts of caffeine make it the perfect pick-me-up solution.
Wine – France
Another drink worth mentioning is wine. It has been popular for centuries, and there are good reasons why. Apart from it being delicious, many studies suggest, that it has various health benefits. If drunk in moderation, of course. That refers mostly to the red wine, that has antioxidants, able to prevent coronary artery disease, and decrease the risk of a heart attack.
What is the ‘moderate consumption’ in this case? The health experts suggest one four-ounce glass a day for women, and two for men.
Of course, everybody’s organism is different, so consult a doctor ahead of trying this solution.
Cycling – the Netherlands
It is no surprise, that one of the best ways to stay healthy is exercise. One of the best ways to do it is cycling. On nation, in particular, takes it very seriously. The Dutch are well known for their love of bikes. Every Dutch person owns on average two bikes, and there are 32,000 km of cycle paths all around the country. Thanks to its flat landscape, cycling is a breeze, and many citizens choose it instead of the public transport. Not only does it increase cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength, joint mobility and flexibility, but also helps keep our planet healthy!
Siesta – Spain
Spain is a wonderful country in many aspects. One of the most popular Spanish traditions is siesta. The afternoon nap does not only sound delightful, but it can be truly healthy. Firstly, it lowers blood pressure. But that is not the main benefit of it. Most importantly, it calms the nerves, boosts creativity and memory. Sometimes it is good to give yourself (and your body) a break. The ideal nap time is 15 minutes, or 1,5 hour when you can experience the REM sleep.