We’ve gathered some of the biggest up and coming health trends that are gaining momentum for 2020.
1. Cannabis tea
As predicted by the Global Wellness Summit, with the legalisation of cannabidiol (CBD) – a nonpsychoactive compound derived from hemp – a variety of new CBD-infused products has hit the market, from oils to foods and beauty products. The report also predicted that the endocannabinoid system – the body mechanism that interacts with cannabinoids – would soon be getting as much buzz as the microbiome and good gut bacteria, a trend that
continues to flourish.
The latest addition to the CBD conversation is cannabis tea. Easy to consume, all-natural and efficient, it’s been pegged as the next big thing. In its rawest form, the tea – which is packed full of CBD – can interact directly with the nervous system and is believed to relieve stress, help relaxation, improve sleep and even alleviate pain.
2. Plant-based meal alternatives
This global trend continues to promote innovative meat alternatives, with the arrival of lab-grown salmon, meatless burgers, ‘tuna’ made from legumes and other creative options that are entering the market. While you might not see them on any menus just yet, plant-based meals are predicted to take the food industry by storm, as global awareness of sustainability and the climate crisis gains momentum.
3. Workplace wellness
This year, promotion of health, fitness and mental wellbeing in the workplace will encompass on-site gyms, the inclusion of wellness programmes such as yoga and meditation, greater time flexibility and various other support and evaluation systems. Research has shown that health promotion in the workplace leads to improved output from staff, making it a beneficial way forward for both them and employers.
According to the Global Wellness Summit, outdoor activity is better for us than we guessed. According to one study, a brisk 25-minute daily walk outdoors could add at least three years to our lives. The benefits of being in nature have also been linked to lower incidences of asthma, heart disease, anxiety, diabetes, migraines, depression, and breast and colon cancer. With this in mind, ‘green exercise’ (ie, done outdoors) is on the rise, as is working outside and bringing the outdoors in by adding living grass walls and plants to work spaces. One study found that offices with plants and green spaces could increase productivity by 15%, improve focus and increase wellbeing. The National Health Service Shetland, in Scotland, has even begun giving out ‘nature prescriptions’: pamphlets describing the benefits of outdoor activity for high blood pressure, depression and anxiety.
5. DNA-Tailored health regimes
Apart from revealing your personal ancestry, DNA testing can be a means of finding out details about your health, help you identify changes you can make to your diet and fitness regimes for maximum impact and allow you to monitor their effects on your body. A perfectly tailored health and wellbeing programme could soon become a reality,
ensuring that each individual is working in the best way for their particular genetic make-up.
6. Digital detoxing
Most of us are hopelessly addicted to our phones – and the cracks are beginning to show in our health and mental wellbeing. While our brains have become trained to release dopamine (the ‘happiness’ hormone) when we receive a like or a comment on social media, spending time on these platforms has also been proven to have links to anxiety, low self-esteem and depression. Constant checking of our various profiles is predicted to become a thing of the past, as living in the moment and the richer experience of real life is once again discovered and embraced, so leave your phone at home for a few hours!
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This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis and treatment. Always consult your GP or a medical specialist for specific information regarding your health.