In a world where the latest health trends are as elusive as that last sock in the laundry, it seems that people will do just about anything to avoid the dreaded “E” word—exercise. We’ve seen it all: from drinking kale smoothies that taste like freshly mowed grass to wrapping ourselves in seaweed like human sushi rolls in the name of wellness. It’s as if we’re living in a society that would rather attempt levitation than take a brisk walk around the block. So, why do we willingly hop onto these health bandwagons faster than a caffeinated kangaroo on a pogo stick? Grab your yoga mat and your unicorn-shaped crystal water bottle because we’re about to dive deep into the world of health trends that make exercise look like a relic of the past!
Mouth taping, a recent health trend, involves covering one’s mouth with surgical or athletic tape during sleep to encourage nose breathing, which proponents claim can reduce allergies, improve airway moisture retention, alleviate dry mouth, decrease anxiety, freshen breath, enhance sleep quality, and reduce snoring. Despite a lack of scientific evidence, this trend persists among health enthusiasts. However, individuals with certain breathing or sleep conditions, like sleep apnea or asthma, should consult a doctor before trying it and ensure the use of skin-safe tape to prevent unintended discomfort.