Wellness trends to watch

By Jane Smith on 6th Jan 2020

Sweet potato – a new superfood?
Cauliflower has been getting the star treatment in the world of healthy eating for a while, but 2020 might be the year of the sweet potato, according to experts. Despite most people associating it with holiday meals, it is actually one of the most nutritious vegetables and a good source of vitamins A, B and C.

More vegan options
While vegan and vegetarian options have come a long way, even more plant-based products are expected to hit the market in 2020, including seafood alternatives such as Tuno made from soy protein and seaweed and oat-based drinks from Chobani.

Plant-based gainz
What looks like meat, tastes like meat, but isn’t meat? Plants. Whether it’s a meatless burger, faux eggs, or vegan fish, 2020 will be the year of plant-based meat alternatives. While Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have been making names for themselves for a few years now, expect to see a variety of new products and brands enter the market. One such company is Good Catch. In order to address overfishing, Good Catch has introduced “tuna” made from a variety of legumes. You can also expect to see lab-grown salmon and “shrimp” from algae.

Deep nature
The healing power of nature cannot be overestimated and nature will become an increasingly valuable resource.  While every part of the planet is now a tourist destination and true wilderness no longer exists, people will seek out immersion in ‘deep nature’ that is far from technological and industrial influences. People will also become more attuned to the variability, beauty and fragility of local flora and fauna and the changes humans are imposing on it.
This will put pressure on natural environments and challenge operators to retain nature in its pristine state despite the impact of more and more people, as well as challenge designers and architects to satisfy our biophilia by creating natural experiences in urban environments. This will also open opportunities for sustainable economic and community development in locations with hot springs and other natural wellness resources, and provide opportunities for wellness-adventure experiences with minimal environmental impact.

A new addition to CBD
Although CBD, or cannabidiol, is the most abundant cannabinoid found in hemp, it’s just one of many that are thought to be supportive in the face of mental or physical stress. CBG (cannabigerol) and CBC (cannabichromene) have been touted as anti-inflammatory agents. CBN (cannabinol) shows some promise as a sleep aid. While CBD is also believed to have these benefits, some product developers believe they can create more nuanced, targeted solutions by incorporating higher levels of these secondary cannabinoids.
“CBC, CBG, and CBN are all being isolated and purified by formulators so they can reintroduce them into bespoke product formulations,” says Mills Miller, founder of hemp wellness brand Mineral. “We have created proprietary hemp genetics on our farm to produce plants which are higher in each of the different cannabinoids to serve our different products.” Mineral’s post-workout Recovery tincture and Maison salve include high concentrations of CBG alongside a broad spectrum of cannabinoids and terpenes—celebrity trainers Kirsty Godso and Joe Holder are fans of both products. (Miller notes that since relaunching Maison in summer 2019 with higher CBG percentages, sales of that product have tripled.) Its best-selling Sleep tincture, which launched in November 2018 and is responsible for 28 percent of the company’s revenue, is rich in CBN.

More sleep
Sleep: we’re all craving it, but likely not getting enough of it. According to the National Sleep Foundation, forty-five perfect of Americans aren’t getting the sleep they deserve, but that will likely change in the new year. As people want to make this a growing priority, MINDBODY’s research showed that 57 percent of people consider sleep to be a luxury (and not a necessity), with 28 percent using sleep apps, to help with this. Expect more downloads of Sleep Cycle and Relax Melodies to help put you down each night. Other ways you can try to prioritize your sleep in 2020 include natural supplements, non-toxic mattresses and bedding such as Casperand Purple, or even popping in midday at a nap pod, such as Houston’s Nap Bar.

Primal movement training
Functional fitness — that is, strengthening and loosening our natural body movements — has traditionally focused around squats, presses, pulls. The newest iteration: primal movement, a part-dance, part-mobility workout we’re seeing in classes like “Animal Flow” at Equinox and Gold’s Gyms across the country. “In recent years, moving your body like a caveman has begun to spread like wildfire not only due to its dance-like appeal, but also to its plethora of health benefits,” says Martinez. “Primal movements aren’t just flashy and fun, but they help with coordination, core strength, neurological development, and weight loss as well.”

Circadian-synced intermittent fasting
We know intermittent fasting — that is, limiting the hours you eat within and elongating how long you fast for — can help with everything from weight loss, to longevity, to reducing major disease risk and improving your digestion. The problem: It’s really hard to wait till 2 p.m. to eat breakfast. What’s more, eating helps alert your body it’s time to wake up, so waiting until noon or later to eat your first meal can interfere with your circadian rhythm (your natural, 24-hour clock that regulates when you’re tired and awake), says Kelly LeVeque, holistic nutritionist, celebrity health coach, and author of Body Love. She’s encouraging her clients to approach IF slightly differently: Eat when it’s light out and stop eating once it’s dark. This reaps all the benefits of a longer fast while still supporting and syncing with your circadian rhythm.

Compost with confidence and join the zero-waste movement.
Okay, we get it: Composting can be a little scary (and stinky), but the concept is here to stay, and Southern-based companies are leading the way. CompostNow, based in Raleigh, NC, but servicing other Southern cities, offers composting options for the food industry, offices and even personal homes. Plus, they make composting incredibly easy. Once you sign up, they’ll deliver a compost bin that they will pick-up and replace every week.

Limiting Screen Time
Over the last couple of years, we’ve been finding all sorts of harm that staring at a screen all day has on our body and mental health. The result is that we are starting to limit screen time for ourselves and our children. Some parents are even going so far as to say no tv, movies, or games for their babies until they’re at least 2 or 3. Some schools are placing phone bans. And with the rise in awareness, many products are hitting the market such as screen time apps, protective blue light glasses, and devises that measure radiation. Sharing information about safeguarding your health from blue light, radiation and overall screen time can help perk interest among your audience, especially if you’re sharing applicable tips and to-dos. Pair your posts with gorgeous outdoor images that evoke the feeling of freedom from technology.

Further reading:

Top 10 Wellness Trends To Keep In Mind For 2020

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