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When you think of “improving your health,” there are likely a few core concepts that jump straight to mind.
First and foremost, everyone knows that in order to be healthy it’s important to get plenty of exercise. So, that might mean regular treadmill sessions at the gym, laps in the swimming pool, and a commitment to cycling to work instead of driving.
Then, it’s also pretty common knowledge that eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg is essential for maintaining optimal health, so in your mission to be a healthier you will inevitably include things like tailored meal plans, and green smoothies, and “an apple a day.”
All of that stuff is great – essential, even – but there are also some lesser-known and more unconventional ways you can go about improving your health.
Here are a few of those ways.
Get genetically tested for disease susceptibility
Not everyone is equally as susceptible to every health condition. Some people have certain genetic predispositions to diseases that you can’t determine through a regular checkup.
In some cases, these genetic predispositions will vary according to race and ethnicity, but sometimes they will be all your own, and there will be nothing obvious to suggest that you are in a higher risk band.
In order to detect and counteract any of these unfortunate conditions, you could consider getting genetically tested for disease susceptibility.
A researcher using a chip SEQ kit might be able to help you out here, and various commercial companies offer genetic screening for various diseases.
Of course, you should be careful who you release your genetic data to, and shouldn’t expect that every disease can be detected through such a procedure. But it’s something to consider, anyway.
Practice breathing exercises
Breathing is easy, right? We all do it automatically, from birth, and that’s just all there is to it.
In fact, though, there are certain health and fitness gurus who argue that there is more to the art of breathing than that.
The medical marvel and daredevil, Wim Hof, for example, uses a specific breathing exercise in order to allow him to withstand incredible degrees of cold, and also to take conscious control of his immune system. That sounds like nonsense, but there are actually studies that have been done on him by reputable institutions that confirm it.
There are a lot of different types of breathing exercises out there. It may be worth investigating a few of them on your quest to boost your health.
Go for periods of time without eating
All right, so this is slightly dangerous advice, and of course it’s important to mention that you shouldn’t take it too far.
Nonetheless, there is ample research suggesting that occasional (not excessive) fasting – as in, going without food for set periods of time – can work wonders for your health.
Among other things, fasting helps to regulate blood sugar levels, and engages a process in your body known as “autophagy.”
Autophagy is, simply, a “recycling” process, where your body breaks down and consumes damaged cellular tissue, and regenerates new, healthier cells.
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