Health trends are always the rage it seems, especially at the start of a new year. New habits are not necessarily a bad thing but most people fail to deliver on their own promises to get (and stay) healthy. Some health trends are here to stay while others are mere fads, and may not even be healthy for you. Check out some of the most popular right now to determine what’s healthy and what may fade out quickly.
Many experts are saying the ketogenic diet was most Googled in terms of nutrition for 2017. People who do this diet eat to put the body into ‘ketosis,’ where the body’s main fuel source comes from the burning of fat instead of carbohydrates (carbs). Although this can be quite extreme, it all but eliminates carbs to focus on dietary fat and protein leading to fat loss over time. This may or may not be healthy and should be considered only one of many options after discussing dietary needs with a treating physician.
There will always be the desire for bricks-and-mortar fitness destinations and group fitness classes. CrossFit is one that has enabled people to get a gym at home and get into shape with minimal expense. Smaller boutique places are popping up but many people love the idea of working out from home to save money and work out on their own schedule. This may or may not be a good idea depending on whether you want to get motivated with other people or can be self motivated to work out.
If you love eating healthy and organic, farm-to-table provides lots of options. The number of farmers under age 35 is increasing with younger, smarter farmers trying new things in agriculture. Boasting produce and meat locally raised and produced, people are looking for this option more now than ever before to know where their food comes from.
The mind-body connection is hot today for consumers who want to tap into the mindfulness market. You are likely more aware and conscious of yourself and others than previous generations. Companies are also paying attention to creating campaigns geared towards mindfulness at work. This is seen as increasing productivity and promoting overall health.
Herbal and natural remedies are all the rage. Activated charcoal is endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as an antidote to drug overdoses. The black powder is being seen in toothpaste and deodorants. It helps reduce body odor and bad breath as well as clear up skin. There is not much research on it so it needs to be taken under advice of a doctor, especially for people in recovery from addiction.
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