Here’s what’s hot in natural health.
The upcycling movement has prompted people to repurpose plastic waste—especially plastics fished out of the ocean—as everything from shaving razors to sneakers. Some are taking upcycling even further by making workout clothing out of used coffee grounds. You may want to double down on buying what’s being dubbed “ethical sportswear” when you consider that recycled fabrics produce far fewer carbon emissions than, say, newly manufactured polyester.
Lend an ear
The traditional Chinese medicine practice of ear seeding—which involves affixing small seeds or studs to the ear using tape or magnets—is putting down roots in the West. The seeds are strategically placed on pressure points that are believed to have therapeutic effects throughout the body. You can buy DIY ear seeding kits, but it’s best to seek out a professional, such as an acupuncturist, to learn how to properly use ear seeds.
Trust your gut
Can a healthy gut keep hammering headaches away? A recent study shows it might. After testing a group of migraine sufferers with a multi-strain probiotic and a placebo, researchers concluded that the probiotic helped with migraine severity and frequency. The discovery comes thanks to growing momentum behind research into migraines and the gut-brain axis—the vital connection between your cerebral and intestinal functions.
As grocery stores experience shortages and people are increasingly drawn to the outdoors, foraging is re-emerging as a viable option for sourcing food. Dandelion greens, for instance, are commonly found and may sprout a few good recipe ideas (you can sauté them with garlic and then drizzle with lemon juice for a simple side dish). If you’re new to foraging, start with easily recognizable, non-endangered foods and stick to unsprayed areas to avoid toxic chemicals.
Fitness classes are fast taking many forms, from Facebook streams to boot camps in the park. But streamed classes can be impersonal and group settings can be intimidating. The solve? Custom classes at your home. One web-based service in the UK matches a teacher to your specific goals and needs, whether for soft yoga to ease back pain or performance coaching to bring out your inner athlete. Classes can be taken in person (with COVID-19 safety measures) or online.