It’s that time of year again. With a brand new calendar and a fresh start before us, many of us are looking for ways to optimize our new year and help make it the best it can be. And of course there are plenty of opinions on what the hottest trends will be in 2019. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the health and wellness trends that we believe will get attention this coming year.
In 2019, expect to see more of these 9 trends
1. Nutritionally Savvy Americans
We are all becoming more knowledgeable about our food options and over the past couple years, we’ve seen more of a focus in where our food comes from. In the coming year, awareness of how the foods we consume will impact our foundational health will expand. You can expect gut-healthy foods that support your immune system, like probiotics and prebiotics to get more attention.
2. Shelf-stable Gut Support
With more science supporting the need for a healthy balance of bacteria in your intestinal tract, look for more advances in probiotics and prebiotics. You may be familiar with probiotics (live beneficial bacteria) but prebiotics may be new to you. Prebiotics are the non-digestible parts of food that ferment and reach the large colon to feed good bacteria. In 2019, you’ll see convenient Improvements like shelf-stable formulas of both that don’t require refrigeration.
3. Fat-Friendly Diets
Long gone are the days when fat unfairly got a bad name (within reason, of course). Americans are becoming more aware that certain fats are necessary – and healthful – for your system. In the coming year, you can expect to see more Paleo, Keto, Flexitarian and other diets that promote the right, healthy types of fat like MCT oil, coconut butter and avocados.
4. Plant-based Omegas
The benefits of eating a diet rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids has been known for a while. However increasing concern over rising mercury levels in fish, you’ll see a switch from fish-based to plant-based Omega sources to ensure you’re getting the purest form. We’ll have more access to plant-based omegas like:
- Chia seed
- Hemp seed or oil
- Flax seed (ground) or oil
5. Mushrooms Popping Up Everywhere
Edible mushrooms are one of nature’s superfoods. Look for a spotlight on types like Shiitake, Oyster, Pioppino, Lion’s Mane, Maitake and Porcini and an increase of mushroom-based powders and supplements to improve your health. And it’s obvious why we’ll be turning more to mushrooms — they’re low in calories and are great sources of fiber and protein (good for plant-based diets). They are also packed with nutrients, including B vitamins, selenium, potassium, copper, and vitamin D.
6. Brain Fuel
As holistic wellness becomes the norm, more of us will include mental and cognitive health in our overall wellness plans. A focus on nutrition that supports the brain as well as the body will become more and more prevalent in 2019 and beyond.
7. New High-intensity Workout Options
From Crossfit to Orangetheory Fitness, high-intensity interval training isn’t all that new. Now, Hot HIIT Pilates is added to the list of popular new workouts that feature targeted, high-intensity training. By providing a great pairing of high-intensity training and body-balancing stretching exercises, expect to see this and exercises like it gain in popularity in 2019. Look for it in hot yoga studios and gyms across the country.
8. Collagen Is New “It” Protein
Now that the cat is out of the bag about how good collagen is for supple skin and proper joint function, more and more functional foods will add collagen into their formulas. Look for collagen types I, II, III, V, or X and that feature collagen peptides from sources like grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine.
9. Ayurvedic Herbs
Ayurvedic Medicine is an Indian system of medicine that’s been used for thousands of years. Powerful herbs commonly used in Ayurveda like ashwagandha will become more and more common, and will be seen as options in micro-boosters and as ingredients in supplements.
Keep an eye on these emerging health and wellness initiatives as you embrace a fresh new year filled with good nutrition, happiness, and an active lifestyle. Here’s to taking the first step towards your best self in 2019!