According to the National Institutes of Health, only about 20 percent of your life expectancy is dictated by your genes; the rest depends on your lifestyle. Increasingly, people look to improve the length and quality of their life through certain products and habits.
Here’s a look at some popular roads to wellness:
- Back to nature: Dr. Chloe Evans of the Shetland, Scotland National Health Service, said that getting out into nature can help alleviate conditions ranging from high blood pressure to depression.
“The benefits of nature are that it is free, easily accessible, allows increased connection with surroundings which hopefully leads to improved physical and mental health for individuals,” she said.
- Personalized nutrition: When it comes to maintaining a healthful weight and well-being, foods that are good or bad for one person may not be for another. Personalized diets can help.
- Dress for health success: New technologies may let clothes correct your environment. Engineers from MIT created a “smart” jacket that automatically adjusts itself to suit your body temperature, the outside temperature and your movements.
- CBD is in: No longer illegal under the Controlled Substances Act, cannabidiol, or CBD, which doesn’t induce a psychoactive effect, is increasingly used to target specific ailments.
- Aromatherapy makes scents: At the Cleveland Clinic’s Innovations Lab, researchers came up with plant-based aromatherapeutic solutions to treat specific symptoms, such as pain, nausea and anxiety. Recent studies of people with knee replacements suggest the right scent can reduce pain and relieve anxiety.
- Be smart about supplements: “High-quality supplements and vitamins, herbs and homeopathy, and sports nutrition products can be trusted partners in your natural wellness lifestyle,” said Dr. Michael Murray, one of the world’s leading authorities on natural medicine. He has published more than 30 books, including “The Textbook of Natural Medicine,” used by hundreds of thousands of health care professionals the world over.
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