If you’re sticking to well-balanced paleo meals, congratulations – you’re doing great things for your body.
One of the big benefits of eating paleo is the diet naturally reduces chronic inflammation at the cellular level thanks to its emphasis on consuming real, healthy food rather than processed foods and excessive omega-6 fatty acids that can cause inflammation.
According to a new study published January 2015 in the journal Emotion, there’s yet another way to keep cell inflammation in check – experience awe more often.
Seeing the world with a child-like sense of wonder may be tough in our busy lives with our to-do lists filled with a million and one mundane things to accomplish every day.
Do your cells a favor right now and watch some of this amazing video of the aurora borealis filmed in Scotland.
But according to the study, healthy subjects who said they experienced feelings of awe in some form on a fairly regular basis had lower markers (as measured by the presence or absence of an inflammatory protein) for cellular inflammation.
Unfortunately for most of us, experiencing something vast that transcends our understanding of the world probably isn’t something we’re going to stumble upon every day.
But if you make a conscious effort to seek out those less-than-grand, but still awe-inspiring moments in everyday life, the benefits to your mental and physical health just might be awesome.