2016 was an exciting year for wellness, it was thrust into the mainstream more than ever before, and whether you like it or not, wellness trends are showing no signs of going anywhere. Last year we saw everyone sipping on Matcha tea, we used coconut oil for absolutely everything, and fermented foods were no longer confined to a yoghurt pot as we revelled in gut-healing benefits of probiotics. So, what can we expect to see take centre stage in 2017? Pull on your yoga pants and grab your smoothie and let's take a look at what is set to be looking big for the year to come.
Inflammatory fighting foods have become somewhat of a health priority. Inflammation is part of the body's immune response, and without it, we can't heal ourselves which is when we become ill or infected. It plays a role in problems such as acne, bloating and more severe illnesses like obesity and heart disease. Foods which are high in sugar and saturated fats can spur on inflammation which can lead to joint pain, fatigue and damage in our blood vessels. So despite it being tipped to be a big trend in 2017, it's also an important addition to your diet to keep your immune system strong, fit and healthy.
Last year, we saw the popularity of turmeric rise, and this shows no signs of disappearing. Used for centuries to fight off digestive disorders and inflammation, it is now more accessible than ever. Sip on a healing cup of Pukka Turmeric Gold Tea or add the supplement to your life with Viridian Organic Turmeric Caps. Not forgetting, turmeric is a highly popular spice used in curries so that you can add it to your diet this way too!
Other inflammation-fighting foods to start stocking up on are ginger and dark leafy greens such as spinach and kale, which work to protect the inflammation. Fancy snacking while protecting your insides too? Nuts are healthy fats which also combat and fight inflammation, particularly almonds.
Collagen is the building blocks which hold our body together - so just by that statement alone, it's pretty important! The substance can be found in our bones, muscles, skin and tendons where it provides strength and structure. So how is something which is already in our body becoming the latest trend to hit the supplement aisle?
Collagen supplements are not a discovery but, with fierce competition in the beauty world, with brands left and right promising younger looking skin and supporting our beauty from the inside out, collagen has some shown reliable results. It's something which is continuously being researched, with many options now available.
So why would you take collagen? Somewhere between our late 20's and early 30's, everyone's collagen production starts to decline. So if you lose the collagen production in your skin, you get wrinkles! Hence the boom in both beauty and wellness solutions and new 'it' ingredients being thrust upon us every year.
Health conscious consumers are being educated about the importance of looking after ourselves and providing our bodies with the nourishment it needs to thrive long term, and not just with short-term beautifying fixes. Take a look at The Beauty Chef; their Collagen Inner Beauty Boost contains a potent concoction of pre and probiotics to promote collagen production. It also boasts an array of other key ingredients such as grape seed extract, vitamin C, zinc and maqui berries to address skin firmness and combat cellular damage to support healthy skin, hair and nail growth. You only add a shot of their delicious-tasting elixir to water every morning to encourage a healthy looking complexion.
Once again, a firm favourite used in Asia for centuries has just started to become noticed here. Black garlic is created through a month long fermentation process, and it boasts twice the antioxidant level of its white counterpart. It can still be used in the same way as you would cook with regular garlic, or even as a snack. It has a slightly sweet taste and has a tender, jelly-like texture with absolutely no trace of a smell - goodbye garlic breath! Its super levels of antioxidants offer protection against free radical damage, therefore aiding in slowing down the ageing process.
Mushrooms have been used in our culinary ventures for centuries and were usually a staple in only the most hard-core health enthusiasts' health regime. However, the general consumer is becoming more aware of their benefits and how they can work towards protecting our bodies from toxins and help balance out the stresses we face every day. Although mushrooms have been used for medicinal purposes for years in places such as China and Russia, it is the daily rush and chaos of our busy lives now that has given mushrooms their 'trendy' status. Several varieties are 'adaptogens', meaning they will help our bodies to adapt to various situations of modern life - perfect for the modern day consumer.
Mushrooms are no longer destined to be a part of our diet in their original form. Brands are supplementing their benefits by freezing them from fresh to ensure all the active ingredients are intact and providing us with a quick and easy twice daily capsule to support a healthy immune system without the process of having to prepare them for a meal. Pukka Mushroom Gold For Hectic Lifestyles is based on three edible mushrooms, Maitake, Reishi and Shiitake which have high levels of polysaccharides, including beta-glucans, which activate our immune systems by increasing our white blood cells, along with providing a wide spectrum of plant nutrients to help us thrive from within.
Finally, we are over the moon to see clean beauty mentioned all over this year's wellness predictions. Beauty counters are becoming more aware of cleaner ingredients, and consumers are researching their beauty ingredients just as much as they would with the food they put into their bodies.
More and more natural and organic brands are being launched, and it has come a long way from the reputation it once had. Set to be a multi-billion dollar industry over the next few years - we for one are looking forward to welcoming the education of cleaner ingredients and hope to see nothing but positive development throughout 2017!
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