Global Health Tips To Help You
By Stepy Kamei
In today's increasingly globalized society, it's easier than ever to pick up useful healthy living tips from around the world. Different cultures can offer us different ways of taking care of our physical and mental health and well-being. Even if you don't have the time or the means to travel and experience other cultures firsthand, you can still take the time to learn a little more about ways in which you can incorporate healthy living habits from all corners of the globe into your everyday health and wellness routine -- no matter where you are.
From the North: Saunas, Spas, and Staying Active
Considering how cold it can get in the Northern European and Scandinavian countries, it makes sense that the people living in these parts of the world learned how to harness the power of heat through the use of saunas and steam rooms. Saunas in particular can be very therapeutic. The dry heat from these rooms can ease muscle tension and relax the nerves. It also naturally encourages the release of endorphins, which can boost your mood, decrease anxiety, and even promote better sleeping habits.
People in these countries also often tend to stay physically active more than their Western counterparts. They often bike or walk across town, whether they're going to work, catching up with friends, or running errands.
From Asia: Drink Tea and Eat Smart
Japan, in particular, is known for having one of the world's highest life-expectancy rates, and this can be largely credited to the extremely healthy Japanese diet. Most people in Asian countries start the day by drinking tea (usually green tea), which is a healthier alternative to coffee because it doesn't encourage anxiety and it contains plenty of antioxidants. The typical Asian diet consists of lean proteins, fresh vegetables, and natural, wholesome ingredients.
From Latin Countries: Nap and Rest When Needed
For some reason, napping is sometimes frowned upon in Western society; it's sometimes seen as a sign of laziness. Latin American cultures have a much different viewpoint, and it lines up with what many healthcare experts around the globe agree on: Naps can actually boost energy and productivity, not to mention a person's overall sense of happiness and alertness. Afternoon naps are a common practice in these countries for a good reason, as it turns out!
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