Wellness has become a way of life for many of us. We’ve embraced turmeric lattes and made writing in our journals a part of our everyday routines.
Every year, a new set of wellness and health trends seem to pop up, promising to help us improve the quality of our lives. Here are the hottest trends to watch out for in 2018.
Self-Care as A Necessity Rather Than an Indulgence
People are leading increasingly fast-paced lives, and taking time out is more important than ever. They are beginning to realize that by caring for themselves they can support their families and communities better. So, in 2018 you’re likely to make space on your calendar for more me time and unplugged activities. Everyday rituals such as meditation and journaling that make you feel healthier and happier will become a part of your routine.
Purifying Indoor Air
Pollution levels are on the rise, especially in large cities. People are doing what they can to purify the air they breathe. This is the reason behind the increase in the popularity of house plants, candles, salt lamps and other products labelled as air purifiers. Plants absorb pollutants from the air while taking in carbon dioxide which is released as clean oxygen. So, adding plants to indoor spaces will be a huge trend this year.
Expanded Awareness of Gut Health
New research has shown that there’s much more to gut health than maintaining the good bacteria in the digestive tract with probiotics. There is a rise in the popularity of prebiotics such as apples, chicory root, and Jerusalem artichokes. These foods contain a type of fiber that nourishes the good bacteria in the gut. Scientists are also studying the positive role of gut fungi in our digestive health. This year supplements with added prebiotic fiber and beneficial fungi will gain prominence.
Tai chi, a gentle form of exercise is growing in popularity due to its potential to reduce pain, release stress and balance the mind-body connection. The movements involved flow into each other and create a sense of calm and overall well-being. More and more people are realizing the beneficial effects of practicing tai chi regularly and we are likely to see a lot of this exercise form in 2018.
This year, wellness is set to be at the top of our collective minds more than ever. The wellness industry will continue its upward trajectory, and there are tons of scientifically proven, health-oriented products entering the market. The trends mentioned in this article will not only help you feel better but are also likely to have a positive impact on your community and the environment.