Flamingos and bone health. What an unlikely combination, right? You may have wondered why these beautiful birds stand on one leg, and the surprising answer is that scientists are not exactly sure why.
Today, I’ll reveal why I stand on one foot, just like a flamingo. You see, not long ago I had the idea of using the two minutes it takes me to brush my teeth to improve my balance. So I decided to copy flamingos, and started standing on one foot while brushing in the morning. Before going to bed, I stand on the other foot.
It’s So Easy to Improve Your Balance!
I didn’t find it difficult – even at first – perhaps because I’ve trained my balance since childhood since I used to be an avid roller skater. But I’ve not only noticed that my balance has greatly improved, I also realize that each time it requires less concentration, becoming more like second-nature to stand without wobbling.
At first, make sure you’re able to hold on to a stable surface, in case you need a little extra help. The bathroom sink or the wall should work really well. Think how easy it is to improve your ability to avoid dangerous falls that could end up in fractures by simply doing this every day.
Ditch Fluoridated Toothpaste
And while you’re brushing and working on your balance, don’t forget to skip the fluoridated toothpaste – both for the sake of your bone health and for your overall health.
If you can’t find fluoride-free toothpaste in your local stores or prefer to not shop online, check out my refreshing bone-healthy homemade toothpaste. It’s a cinch to make!
Figuring Out Flamingos
Still curious about why flamingos stand on one foot only? The latest theory is that standing on one foot allows flamingos to better regulate their body temperature. Since flamingos spend most of their time in water, it pulls away the body heat very quickly – even the warm tropical waters.1 So now you know.