Health is indeed a treasure. Good health is life’s nectar that makes every experience taste sweet. Before we discuss the emerging health and wellness trends, let us discover in a nutshell what this year packs in the health department.
According to some, 2020 is the year of ‘mental and spiritual health’ while some have officially declared it the year of ‘mindful sleep’ and the time when finally ‘healthy dying’ is going to be given as much importance as ‘healthy living.’ Internet is flooded with scores of articles that talk about health and wellness trends at length. It is easy to get confused and lost. Therefore, we have handpicked the five most important health trends that are worth following and inculcating.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) for Weight Loss:
Gone are the days when skipping meals was unhealthy. Intermittent fasting is our first winner in health and wellness trends 2020. This weight loss trend calls for fasting from 12-24 hours for a minimum of 3-4 days per week, a sort of an alternate cycle of eating and fasting. This lowers Glycogen levels in the body, causing body to release stored fat to process energy. Caloric restriction (CR) is a process associated with IF that could lead to longer lifespan. In general, intermittent fasting (IF) improves gastrointestinal comfort, cardiovascular health and makes your day simpler.
Some popular intermittent fasting cycles:
1. The 16/8 method: Eat meals only within 8 hours, fast for remaining 16 hrs.
2. The 5:2 fasting: For 2 days reduce calorie intake to 500-600, eat normally 5 days.
3. Eat-Fast-Eat Routine: Fast straight for 24 hrs once or twice every week.
4. Alternate Day Fast: 24 hr long fast every other day.
5. Random: Skip meals whenever convenient.
Meditation and Mindfulness:
We all would agree, meditation (being mindful) has never been out of trend. Healing practices like meditation, zen, etc. have been around for centuries and they will remain so. As mentioned earlier, 2020 is packed with mindfulness which is simply being conscious about the surroundings and aware of everything around ourselves. Meditation is the one word answer to all kinds of mental troubles. This year however, it is going a level higher with kundalini yoga, mindful traveling and meditative art/crafts. Turning attention inwards, peeps are switching their screens off and zoning off to guided meditation. It is proven that meditating regularly increases grey matter in the brain and boosts emotional intelligence, learning and memory.
The desire to keep one’s exuberance unfazed is universal. Anti-aging is trending massively because of its universal appeal. Research in this field is promising and global market is seeing unprecedented growth. The skin is the first teller of age, and most anti-aging products and cosmetics have been focussed on the outside. However, the game is changing now as a novel market of anti-aging supplements that restore youth from inside is emerging rapidly. These supplements (Retinol, NAD+, Resveratrol etc.) elongate middle age and keep signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines at bay thus delaying the onset of age.
The ABC of CBD (Cannabidiol):
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound extracted from a marijuana/hemp plant (Cannabis). For a long time, consumers were confused between CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD, unlike THC does not have psychedelic properties. Consumer interest in CBD products is surging as more and more countries are permitting its usage in pharmaceuticals.
It can be consumed in the form of oils, cream, pills, tinctures, muscle balms, vapes, drinks or chocolates. CBD has great health benefits and all of them are backed with research and evidence.
1. Effective pain and stress reliever.
2. Reduces anxiety and depression.
3. For treating epilepsy and sleep disorders.
4. Treats acne, Alzheimers disease.
5. Anti-inflammatory properties.
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The digital era today demands that we look into screens, stay online and be surrounded by gadgets all day long. In 2020, people are shortening their ‘on-screen time.’ Focus has shifted towards ‘quality sleep’ post shutting down all screens. The importance of a sound sleep cannot be emphasized enough since it is the healing mechanism of the body. Without sleep, there is no repair, no growth, no immunity and thus, declining health. Work cultures promote power napping to boost performance and creativity.
Apart from the top 5 major trends listed above, groundbreaking disruptive technology and practices are changing the outlook to a healthy lifestyle. Smart wearables that track health indicators (pulse, blood pressure), convenient gadgets, digital trainers and novel food technology is changing the game of health and wellness in 2020. Apart from wearable tech, health sector is seeing some revolutionary technology replace the old diet and workout routine. Work culture is being redefined to become health sustainable.
We dedicate this year to healthy and mindful living with a hint of progressive modern tech. Revamping the whole health game fundamentally and action oriented approach based on herbal products will be the underlying health theme for some time. Keep watching this space for the latest on health and wellness. Stay fit, stay healthy!