Top 10 Health Trends For 2018
2017 saw the wellness movement transforming our approach to physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. 2018’s trends are all about eating nourishing foods, finding purpose, moving our bodies, and curating your health to keep your quality of life in the next big leap in lifespan. The foundation of wellness starts with the self. You need to start by taking care of YOU! Below, we’ve outlined ten of the top key global health innovations set to transform your lifestyle in 2018 and beyond.
- Turmeric Latte
Golden milk, or turmeric latte, is made with Ayurvedic spices and your choice of milk. It will always have turmeric as the main spice, imparting its Inflammatory, anticancer, and other health benefits to you. Look for black pepper in the mix as the piperine found in black pepper maximises the benefit of the active ingredient, curcumin, found in turmeric.
Though not a new trend for 2018, low-carb, high-fat diet (LCHF), think Paleo diets, continue their rise with the results speaking louder than anything else. The low-fat industry has stripped essential fats and oils from our food and replaced them with flavour enhancers, like sugar. An industry that preceded the obesity epidemic. LCHF or keto diets stabilize blood sugar levels, brings insulin (the fat-storing hormone) levels back to normal, and restores healthy cell function by putting essential fats and oils back into our food.
- Gut health
Science is now proving the essential role of a full and diverse ecosystem of gut bacteria, the microbiome, in determining your health. Probiotic foods like tempeh, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, yoghurt and now share the supermarket shelves with new probiotic technologies introducing good gut bacteria to packaged chips and biscuits, and even to granola. Kombucha tea products will also appear across many store shelves as another probiotic. 2018 will also be the year of curated meal delivery businesses with a complementary health focus.
- Edible Insects
Substitution foods and alternative proteins – coconut, banana and cassava based flours and monk fruit granules instead of sugar will be on the rise. Eatable insects are now appearing on restaurant menus as less energy, land, water and food is needed to produce the same amount of protein. With 69% protein, crickets contain all the essential amino acids, and are a good source of Omega’s 3 and 6, Vitamin B12, potassium and are rich source of heme. You can buy ground cricket powder if you just don’t want to see what you’re eating. However, for the squeamish, vegetable protein is no longer a dry and tasteless alternative with many products increasing their levels of plant based heme, the iron-containing molecule present found in all plants and animals, making vegetable protein even more competitive against animal proteins. Jackfruit based meat alternatives are also appearing in 2018.
- Intermittent fasting
Intermittent fasting of different intervals and many different lengths of time, rather than long periods of restricted food intake will become the mainstream this year.
- Salt Spas
You are what you breath – 2018 will see a focus on air purification, both natural systems like living walls of plants at the office and filter machines, will be the most noticeable trend, but another air-health trend will be spending time in salt spas where you sit in rooms lined with Himalayan salt with proven benefits in treating asthma, cardiovascular treatments and skin diseases.
- HIIT Training
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) of between 2 or 3 minutes between periods of rest throughout the day will appear as a new trend supported by the growing trends in group training and wearable tech’ which monitors the intensity of your workouts and celebrate your achievements. Work-leisurewear helps to make this possible with clothes designed to look good at work and be comfortable doing a workout at the gym, and socialise on the way home, so expect to see a lot of work-leisurewear this year. Internet based fitness gurus and big brands will also start getting the mix right to win and keep those of us able to do a workout from home with the backup and support of wearable tech’.
- Getting enough sleep
Getting enough sleep over 2018 will become a trend of its own. From sleep-tech like sleep inducing pillows, smart beds, tracking your sleep patterns and posture, temperature regulating pyjamas, to foods that combat insomnia and supplements that support restorative sleep.
Cognitive enhancers and smart supplements, or nootropics, will dominate the world of supplements from 2018.
10. Self-care staycations
Staycations will become the ‘in’ thing this year as we all seek respite from the fog of an ‘always-on’ digital world. Regular affordable escapes within your region, or even within your own home, where you completely switch off and do a digital detox, will become essential to keeping up your endurance during the working year. The health of your home and neighbourhood will be front-of-mind from now on and we will see “wellness architecture” and healthy home furnishings enter public conversation.
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