With the bang and celebrations of the new year over, there is a lot to look forward to such as the resolutions that you can keep and the trends that will dominate. One such trend roaster to keep your eyes peeled for is the health and wellness trend.
Every year, we see different health and wellness trends. Last year, for instance, we saw sleep getting the priority that it deserves, planetary healing taking the spotlight, infrared saunas becoming the new place to hang out at, and natural beauty getting all the love.
Similarly, disconnecting from social media under the guise of digital detox also enjoyed the limelight. This year around, new predictions related to the health and wellness trends are surfacing.
Here is a compilation of the top health and wellness trends that will take over the current year:
1. Gadgets will play a significant role in our wellness
Last year, technology emerged as an excellent tool that helped promote wellness. We have TheraGun as a case in point over here. The handheld massage machine was developed by a chiropractor and instantly became the favorite tool for people to recover.
Research highlights that massage therapy can help amp up range of motion and enhance muscle performance after vigorous workouts. This year too, TheraGun and other such tech such as TimTam and Hypervolt are expected to slightly lower their prices to become affordable for other people than just celebrities.
Therefore, we will see this trend of tech playing a significant role in our well-being with the continuity in the use of gadgets that thrilled several people in 2018.
2.Eco-keto eating will continue to swell in popularity
The ketogenic diet has worked wonderfully in favor of eating healthy fats, meat, and vegetables while shunning all grains, carbs, and sugar. Studies applaud the role that this meal plan plays in effective weight loss and other health benefits that it delivers.
However, issues revolving around the lack of eco-friendliness of the meal plan are increasingly coming under focus. As meat requirements affecting the planet’s livestock industry generate the same amount of greenhouse gases as global transport combined.
Consequently, a new class of people have emerged, the eco-conscious ones, that is supporting the intake of keto foods minus the animal produce. In other words, this breed of people encourage the same keto-related rules of high protein and high fat principles without the animal produce though.
3. 2019’s two superfoods
Retinol was last year’s buzzword. This year, however, skincare will center around bakuchiol. Search for it has already increased by 275% and provides a more natural approach to blemish-free skin.
At the same time, elderberries are gaining a fandom-like popularity. They are the best anti-inflammatory berries to pick, helping boost gut health as well as curtailing stubborn spots. It’s Pinterest search has already upped by 685%.
4. Ginger oil will find a spot on your bathroom shelf
The search for ginger oil has also witnessed a spike on Pinterest. Therefore, be prepared to see ginger oil baths as a new health and wellness trend of 2019. And to make this trend lucrative for you, some of the benefits of ginger oil include improved energy, weight loss, better digestion, improved metabolism, and a lot more.
5. Brain food will be prioritized
Alzheimer’s disease does not have a cure in sight yet. Even so, the chronic neurodegenerative disease can be prevented by eating healthy foods. Such foods can retain and improve cognitive function and brain health.
Scientists agree that at least one-third of all the cases of Alzheimer’s disease can be kept at bay by making lifestyle changes such as keeping the brain challenged, increasing physical activity, and eating healthily.
Brain-healthy foods help protect the brain by being rich in antioxidants that help keep the memory sharp. These also contain the needed vitamins and minerals as well as polyunsaturated fatty acid such as omega-3 fatty acids.
This, eating fatty fish like salmon and mackerel, dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and berries, particularly blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, mulberries, and goji berries, and dark cherries can help improve brain health.
6. Greener beverage packaging and coffee will grow
Last year, in the UK, Starbucks started charging five pence for a paper cup to encourage re-usability. At the same time, McDonalds replaced plastic straws in all of its Ireland and UK outlets.
This January, Starbucks in the US has launched a gift that has the same green concepts at its base. Customers who purchase a Brewed Refill Tumbler will be given one free coffee or tea daily for the full month of January.
McDonalds has followed suit. The burger giant is planning to launch McCafe travel mugs. It cleared out all the foam packaging last year and replaced with paper. It is also planning on extending its campaign of “No Straw Monday.”
7. Mesonutrients will also rise
In 2018, the divide between macronutrients and micronutrients grew. Now we know how to separate the macronutrients such as fats, carbs, and proteins from micronutrients such as minerals and vitamins. At the same time, a new class has emerged: mesonutrients.
In Greek, ‘meso’ means inside. The focus in 2019 will be not only on the nutritious food that we eat but also on the active compounds that are present in these foods and how we can make use of them.
For instance, curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. Extensive research concluded that curcumin delivers anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits that attribute the health benefits to the golden spice, turmeric. The search and intake of such active compounds will continue in this year.
8. Fat fasting will become the trend for weight loss
Alongside the praise that the keto diet has received, intermittent fasting (IF) has also gained a lot of prominence. IF is one of the diets that help to keep the weight down. The most prominent forms of IF are fasting for 16 hours and having an eating duration of 8 hours, making it 16:8.
In this way, dieters can start eating at midday and stop by 8 pm. Others, however, also like the 10:14 hours of intermittent fasting and eating. The only catch is hanger. In that, empty stomach mornings contribute for moody mornings or a serious outburst.
Therefore, the hybrid of IF and keto diet is gaining popularity as a solution for weight loss without having to face the trouble of mood management. The emphasis is on controlling fasting regarding the amount of fat that you take.
Hence, if you are gunning for shedding the extra weight this year, try out fat fasting that comes without the risk of spiking blood sugar levels and outbursts.
9. Imperfect produce will be welcomed
For a long time, uniformly sized peas, clear-skinned fruits, and perfectly straight beans were the norm. Anything that did not make it to this class of fruits and vegetables was assigned to trash.
However, it is only now that consumers have realized that unblemished produce doesn’t taste any different than blemished product. With the increase in public consciousness about this, imperfect produce is increasingly being welcomed.
Thus, in the present year, consumers are not going to pay attention to how straight the carrots in their cart are.