2019 saw some encouraging wellness trends. Here are a few that seem to be gathering steam in 2020.
By Mimi Greenwood Knight
Our gut is being called the new frontier. Researchers now believe our weight, immune health, and many disease risk factors are tied to our gut health. Health starts from the inside out and the gut microbiome is at the frontline of internal disease fighting. Look for even more in 2020 about improving gut health to balance the hormones responsible for mood, sleep, hunger, stress, and sex drive while reducing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and many forms of cancer.
The latest scientific findings seem to bear out that chronic, low-level inflammation in the body is at the heart of most chronic health conditions and that a poor diet is one common trigger of inflammation. 2019 saw an emphasis on understanding how elimination of inflammatory foods—such as gluten and dairy—and incorporation of anti-inflammatory foods—such as turmeric, rosemary, ginger, walnuts, green tea, cacao, cinnamon, extra virgin olive oil, flax seeds, and walnuts—can help improve overall health.
Step away from that device! Much has been written about the critical health value of sleep—on our physical, emotional, and psychological state. Disconnecting from screens to reconnect with friends and family—and improve sleep quality—is all the rage. 2019 saw a flood of new devices, apps, and practices dedicated to disconnecting, creating space, or calming our minds to foster quality, restful sleep. Look for even more products designed to track and optimize sleep quality and get us away from screens—at least for a while.
Hydration is a top priority for feeling and looking your best, especially during the summer. Sparkling flavored waters are made without sugar, artificial sweeteners, sugar substitutes, or sodium, and can give you the oomph you might be missing from carbonated soda. For a special treat try using them to make no-sugar-added slushies or mocktails.
Mental health is losing its stigma. 2019 saw a boost in mindfulness and disconnecting from our smartphones and the demands of work and family for a little self-care. Whether it’s a yoga class, a Bible study, or a daily meditation practice, taking time to recharge your battery is not only medically recommended, it’s trendy!