Regain your sense of smell post-COVID
According to a recent study, as many as 88 percent of COVID-19 patients experience the loss of smell and/or taste (anosmia and ageusia, respectively). And while studies show the symptoms usually clear up within a couple weeks, if you can stand the wait, there are a host of new products to help those suffering recover faster, including smell training kits and cookbooks intended to help those who have issues with taste.
Specialized fitness for high-risk groups
For those considered high risk when it comes to COVID-19, something as simple as attending a fitness class can seem daunting. Fortunately, specialized fitness programs are increasingly popular for those who can’t visit or don’t feel comfortable frequenting a traditional indoor gym. So, stay active with individual and small group fitness classes that take place outdoors or at-home workouts via online classes.
When it comes to health-boosting acidic beverages, apple cider vinegar has long been the star of the show. And for good reason: studies suggest it can not only lower cholesterol, but also decrease the risk of obesity-associated health risks. Now, a selection of other living tonics and vinegars have also hit the market recently that promise similar benefits in a more palatable flavor profile.
Fermented oils in skincare
You’re probably familiar with the health benefits of putting fermented ingredients in your body, but did you know putting them on your body via skincare products can have positive effects, too? Fermented red ginseng can have anti-aging effects, fermented probiotics may boost anti-photo-aging properties of topical skin care, and a fermented barley and soybean formula shows potential in enhancing hydration and skin health. Find this trend in skin sprays, moisturizers, serums, and more.
Swap acupuncture for moxa
Like the idea of wholistic treatments like acupuncture? Give moxa, also known as moxibustion, a try. A traditional Chinese medicine practice used with or without needles, it features lit mugwort leaves strategically placed close to specific points along your body. It claims to activate blood flow and studies have shown it may have positive benefits for chronic kidney disease and can reduce symptoms in menopausal women Try it out at a spa or acupuncturist near you.
Deep breathing for relaxation
Feeling stressed or anxious? Try structured deep breathing exercises. Studies show that certain forms of breath regulation can help reduce anxiety, improve cognition, and boost a general sense of well-being and relaxation. One way to do it: inhale for a count of four, hold your breath for a count of seven, and exhale through pursed lips for a count of 8. But any intentional deep breathing that slows breathing to less than 10 breaths per minute should do the trick.