It’s wonderful to see so many new health trends emerging as more and more people look to improve their lives through better nutrition, movement, mindset and more. It can be a little overwhelming with the sheer number of new products and programs coming on to the market and we’ve seen many health fads over the years from sugar-free to low-fat, high-protein, no artificial flavors, you name it, if they can print in on the label, they’ll do it! So how do we separate the good fads from the bad?
We tried and tested a range of new health trends to see which ones work and what we’ll be adding to our regime in 2019.
1. The Slow Movement
Over the past few years, the fitness industry has been all about fast movement. From Cross-Fit to Boxercise, Boot-camp to Trampoline workouts, we’ve been busy trying to burn the most number of calories possible. More recently, we’ve had a change of pace to say the least, with slow movements taking the fitness industry by storm. Moving in a slow, mindful way allows us to adapt each posture to exactly what our bodies need, and when we align the body in a healthy way, we move in a more productive way that gives us sustainable results without placing the body at risk for injury. People are now rediscovering walking, hiking, yin yoga and tai chi, noticing a change not only in their physical state but their mental one too.
2. Vacuum Blenders
We’ve been testing out some of the best vacuum blenders on the market and we are loving this up and coming technology! Vacuum blenders blend your ingredients in a ‘vacuum’ environment to help with preservation, reduce oxidation and creates a smoother, more drinkable products! You can learn more about this and watch our blender review here.
3. Breathwork and Cold Exposure
Wim Hof has been working hard to bring more awareness to these techniques. Personally, we have been using these techniques daily and feeling the benefits of them! Optimizing your breath and exposing your body to the cold can help to improve alkalinity, circulation, energy, sleep and immunity while decreasing stress, chronic fatigue, and more. You can learn more about this in the TRANSCENDENCE Series and Masterclass on Food Matters.
4. Belief Systems and Healing Your Mind-Body Relationship
This is something we often overlook when it comes to our health. Learn these powerful techniques can help you let go of stored trauma and emotions that could be holding you back from achieving your ultimate health goals! Understanding this can truly help you transform your mind and body. Dive deep into this in the new TRANSCENDENCE series on Food Matters TV.
5. CBD & CBG Oil
Cannabis oil and many hemp related products are often tainted with its association to marijuana. This misconception is common and many people aren’t educated in the understanding that cannabis can assist our body in a vast array of functions. We recently discovered that the human body has cannabinoid receptors in various sections of the body including; helping to control brain and nerve activity (including memory and pain), energy metabolism, heart function and the immune system. Both cannabidiol oil (CBD) and cannabigerol oil (CBG) have been shown to inhibit cancer cell growth. So why wouldn’t you want to add this elixir of life to your daily regime! Stay tuned for more research!
6. The Power of Sleep
There’s nothing worse than waking up on the wrong side of the bed and nothing better than a good night’s rest. Waking up after a solid night’s sleep will have you feeling invigorated and ready for the day and sets the tone for how we feel, look and how we operate creatively and productively. If we want to optimize our productivity, health and well-being – getting more sleep is an essential strategy. These are just some of the benefits you can enjoy from a better night’s sleep:
- Restores and improves brain function
- Improves Memory and creativity
- Improves immune function
- Repairs body and muscle tissue
- Improves skin and hair health
A deep and rich, powerful topic that usually falls to the bottom of our long lists in life. It’s time to start resting deeply (and not feeling guilty for it)! We’ve been practicing this and boy, does it feel good! Focusing on filling up your ‘love cup’ helps re-energize you to be a better Mom, employee, boss and partner. Because we know how good this feels, we’ll be bringing you some of the best techniques to help you do the same in 2019.
8. Digital Detox
Keeping connected is paramount in today’s digital society, but is our inconsumable obsession with our smartphones taking a toll on our inner health? Over the past 10 years, we have seen a paradigm shift in the way we use technology, specifically with the rise of the smartphones and social media. Our ‘technostress’(originally conceptualized as the negative influence of technology and social media) is directly associated with the round-the-clock accessibility afforded by mobile phones, creating a feeling of never being free and guilt at the inability to respond to notifications, calls and text messages. By digitally detoxing ourselves from our devices, you’ll enjoy;
- A calmer more content you! When you’re on your phone or absorbed in your emails, you’re not living in the present. It’s only when you open your eyes to the here and now that you realize how easy it is to miss out on the good things around you.
- Improved Sleep. Science has shown that when you look at a screen before bedtime, your brain is tricked into thinking it must remain alert and awake, preventing melatonin from being released.
- Increased Productivity. It’s not until you divest yourself of social media, that you realize how much time you actually spend on it!
9. Brain-Boosting Foods and Techniques
There’s no simple drug to make us smarter, but did you know eating the right foods can help you bolster your brain function? Recent studies show that your food choices may be the most influential variable you can control that relates to the health, vitality, and functionality of your precious brain. Here’s our list of brain foods:
- Coconut oil: Enhances the ability of the brain’s neurons whilst also ridding the body of damaging free radicals!
- Wild salmon: A great source of OMEGA-3 which we know to improve memory function and radically reduce the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease.
- Blueberries: Not only do they taste great and are full of anti-oxidants, but blueberries can assist with short-term memory function as well!
- Eggs: Eggs can assist with a variety of functions in the body including improved cognitive impairment, decreased risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s Disease.
10. Celery Juice
This stuff is for real! Medical Medium has been creating awareness around this for a number of years now and we’ve seen it blow up on social media! We love it, especially with cucumber and lime! Any live liquid nutrition added to your body is something we support. Celery is amazing in assisting to remove toxins from the body while reviving your liver cells, relieving digestion issues, reduced acid reflux, providing more energy and clarity! Stayed tuned for when we bring more to you on this.