Another day, another spin class? Ho hum. Try something new to breathe much-needed life into a routine that's feeling stagnant. We've rounded up some of the latest (science-backed) health trends for you to check out.
See something that sparks your curiosity? Test it out! Maybe a few of these fun new ways to care for yourself will be a good fit for you.
Meditation is no longer only for monks and yogis. It's gaining widespread popularity – more than one in 10 people practice meditation, which focuses on relaxing and quieting the mind.
Besides helping people de-stress, research suggests that meditation may also:
Want to try meditation? You just need a few things: a quiet space, a comfortable sitting position and deep breathing. Search for meditation apps and videos to help you get started.
Move over soy, almond and coconut, there's a new dairy-free milk to pour on your cereal. Made from oats and water, oat milk is a great alternative for those with allergies to dairy, soy and nuts.
And because it tastes more like cow's milk than other nondairy products – thanks to a creamier consistency and naturally sweet flavor – fans say it's ideal for coffee.
Oat milk contains protein, fiber and beta glucans, which are naturally occurring sugars that boost the immune system and lower cholesterol. It's frequently fortified with vitamin D, too.
Want to try oat milk? It’s higher in calories than some other dairy-free options, but oat milk can still be a healthy choice. Check the labels to avoid brands with lots of added sugar.
The hardest thing about exercising can often be finding the time to do it. But the 7-Minute Workout proves that anyone can squeeze in muscle-building moves and a bit of cardio.
This 7-Minute Workout is based on a popular program called high intensity interval training (HIIT). You run through a series of familiar exercises – like jumping jacks and push-ups – that work all the major muscle groups.
The catch? You have to put forth maximum effort in performing every drill. But the payoff is worth it. Research says that this quick, intense workout is more effective at decreasing body fat than exercising for longer at a steady pace .
Want to try it? Download the official 7 Minute Workout app for free or check out similar ones in your app store.
A fruity bouquet with hints of … pesticide? Most people don't stop to consider what else is in wine other than grapes. But like most produce, there's potential for pesticides and insecticides.
Wine may also contain additional ingredients like colorants, added sugar, preservatives and other chemicals. But winemakers aren’t required to list those additives on bottle labels.
Enter: Organic wine. If a bottle carries this designation, the grapes and anything else added to the wine are all certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Also, organic wines do not contain added sulfites, a common preservative often used to stop the fermentation process. (Note: All wine contains some level of sulfites because they occur naturally during the winemaking process.)
Want to try it? Look for the USDA organic symbol on the wine label.
Sleep research is getting more attention than ever as science shows just how much a good night's rest can affect physical and emotional health. Chronic lack of sleep is associated with a greater risk of developing depression, dementia, obesity, heart disease and infections.
One major cause of insomnia is the use of electronics at night. A whopping 90 percent of us use electronics right before bedtime. But the blue light emitted from TV screens, computers, smartphones and other electronics messes with sleep-wake hormones – which makes it difficult to fall asleep. Blue-light blocking screen protectors and glasses may help you sleep better by cutting down on the amount of blue light your eyes absorb.
Want to try it? It doesn’t hurt to test out these devices. But since they don't completely eliminate blue light from reaching your eyes, there's no guarantee they'll work. Sleep experts have a more effective and cheaper (though admittedly more difficult) recommendation: Turn off electronics at least an hour before bedtime.
Tahini is a paste made from toasted ground sesame seeds and commonly used in hummus and other Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. It's a creamy, nut-butter alternative that's now showing up in recipes for everything from smoothies to burgers.
Want to try it? Tahini is high in calories and fat, so use it sparingly. You can find it next to peanut butter at your local grocery store.
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