Wellness trends change by the year, but these trends below are here to stay.
As well-intentioned as they may have been, by now, most New Year’s resolutions have come and gone. However, some appear to have stuck, with several wellness trends emerging. Below are five to look out for this year.
1. Gut health, aka the “gut microbiome”
In 2017, the gut microbiome received a lot of attention, a trend that is continuing into 2018 — and for a good reason. Research shows that the microbiome that is part of our digestive systems is vast, complex, and potentially as influential on our health and wellness as our genetics. The microbiome in your gut is a living ecosystem of microorganisms — such as bacteria, yeast, fungi, protozoans, and viruses — that help your body to digest food, make vitamins, and support the immune system.
Poor gut health is associated with various symptoms affecting the entire body such as food allergies, digestive diseases, asthma, depression, diabetes, and weight gain or loss. As 2018 continues, you’ll likely hear more about probiotics, supplements and nutritional programs focused on improving gut health.
2. Brain Boosters
This year, the brain is also getting a lot of attention. For example, there’s a new type of vitamins you may not have heard about yet, neurotropic vitamins. They’re not new, but rather a combination of specific vitamins such as B vitamins (B1, B6, B12) and vitamins D and E. Neurotropic vitamins have been associated with neurological functions, with B vitamins in particular, believed to be beneficial.
Improving cognitive function isn’t just about popping a magic pill — if only it were that easy. It’s also about reducing stress, getting more and better quality sleep, getting more exercise, and challenging the brain through puzzles and stimulating activities — all of which continue to be popular wellness trends for 2018.
3. Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care has moved out of the shadows and into the mainstream, with more and more people considering it part of their healthy lifestyle. Not only is chiropractic care embraced by patients due to its less invasive nature and focus on natural health, but even health insurance companies have also increased their support for it. The American Chiropractic Association reports that roughly 87 percent of all insured American workers have chiropractic coverage in their health plans. In 2018, patients are turning to chiropractic care for relief from any number of conditions such as back and neck pain, arthritis, headaches, bowel irregularities, sports injuries, sports injury prevention, repetitive motion injuries, and joint pain.
4. Getting back to basics
In 2017, you probably heard the words “clean eating” frequently. Clean eating remains a huge wellness trend, one built on the simple concept of eating “real” foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. That means with minimal processing and without additives. Clean eating is also about getting back to basics with simple foods. Along those same lines is a trend toward “clean beauty.” Consumers have become increasingly conscious of the ingredients their hair and skincare products and cosmetics contain. Those who are conscious about what they ingest have realized the same issues apply to products they slather on their hair and skin. The beauty industry is responding with more brands creating clean beauty products.
5. Wellness tech
Peruse your favorite app store and you’re likely to find plenty of apps dedicated to promoting wellness. In fact, in Apple’s App Store, health and fitness are one of its top categories. You’ll find brain training apps, meditation apps, yoga apps, sleep apps, diet apps, meal planners, fitness apps, workout challenges, heart rate monitors, gratitude journals, and water trackers.
In addition to apps, the technology that promotes wellness is becoming increasingly popular. For example, the recent Consumer Electronics Show in January, CES 2018, presented a number of new wellness gadgets. These gadgets included an indoor air monitor, purifier and aromatherapy diffuser, a pulse electromagnetic field (PEMF) device designed to increase blood flow to impacted areas of the body. Other gadgets included an allergen detector that alerts you to high indoor levels of allergens, a peanut sensor to detect trace amounts of peanuts in foods, and a number of products designed to help you sleep more soundly.
From improving gut and brain health and getting back to the basics with clean eating and beauty to using technology and seeking chiropractic care to treat and prevent common ailments, 2018 is shaping up to be a year focused on health and wellness.