In the health and wellness field there is always something new to try, but whether or not they live up to hype is always a question. Since living with chronic illness I am always on the look out for new things that may help me with my health issues. Most of them turn out to be bogus, but there's no harm in trying, right?
1. The Home Gym
Now this one I can get behind because in reality you can do everything at home that you can do at a big box gym. Unless you're doing specialized training of course. I had a gym membership last year. Once the contract was up I didn't renew. It wasn't that I wasn't going or that I didn't like it. I did enjoy going a lot! It was a nice little break from my day and my toddler son. However, there were a lot of drawbacks.
My son kept getting sick in the daycare, so we'd go for about two weeks consistently then a week at home sick. It was getting annoying. I also had to carve specific times out of my day to do group classes as they didn't have classes at times I was free. I was tired of watching the same people grunt in front of the mirror. So I decided to just start working out at home, any time I want with any music I want. It's much more peaceful!
2. CBD Oil
I'll admit I have little knowledge of CBD oil. I know people use it for pain, but I don't know much more than that. I also know that it's unregulated and that there are varying degrees of potency and quality. I have also read a few preliminary studies that CBD oil maybe effective in treating ulcerative colitis with less side effects (one day). Hopefully this is good news for the future! For now, I'll hop on the cbd oil wagon just for external pain relief.
I have a love/hate relationship with meditation. I haven't yet found that happy medium with it for a few reasons. One, I just can't seem to do it consistently. I try it for a few days at a time then just fall off of it again for days or weeks. Two, I loathe being in the meditation state most of the time. I feel uncomfortable and just antsy. I know it takes practice, but I am having trouble getting there. Three, I love how I feel afterward, but the in between just bothers me.
My goal this year is to find a practice that I am comfortable doing every day that's a minimum of 10 minutes and learn more about the science behind it. It's a fascinating subject that has been around for centuries that I think we have only begun to unearth.
4. Red Light Therapy
I have always been fascinated by any kind of light therapy. The fact that light can make a person's physical and emotional being better is just beyond me. Recently I have been seeing a lot of advertisements for the Joovv red light therapy kits. So I wanted to know more about it. Basically, the most beneficial thing it does is improve skin roughness and elasticity. Don't be fooled though by imitation red lights because in order for red light to work it has to be a certain wavelength and that's what Joovv provides. It's probably why the price is sky high too, but I definitely think it's worth trying in 2020.
5. Plant Based Diets
It seems that American society has lost it's way when it comes to food. It's like we no longer know how to eat, where our food comes from and how to cook meals at home. I think plant based dieting shouldn't even be a fad or a new fangled diet. We should be eating fruits and vegetables like they are going out of style. We should be growing them in our backyards with ease and using them in every meal! We should know how to make quick and easy meals with these ingredients like it's second nature because food is our first line of defense in all health related issues!
6. Primal Movement Fitness
Like the primal diet this type of fitness is based off of movements we evolved with. My favorite, and one company I have started following, is MovNat. They teach you how to properly move the way humans are supposed to by practicing simple movements that helped us survive through out the years from the ground up. Literally, they start a person off by helping them get up from the ground more fluidly, then moving on to things like pushups, jumping, squatting, climbing, hanging, etc. Basically, if you copied all of a preschoolers movements you'd have yourself a workout!
7. Mental Health Strategies
2019 was definitely the year for mental well being! Thankfully the stigma is slowly lifting and more and more people are realizing how prevalent mental health issues are. 2020 is going to ride this wave and more and more people will be talking about the subject.
8. Less or No TV
I saw so many people take resolutions this year about reducing the amount of TV they watch or eliminating it all together. It's also one of my goals for 2020, at least reducing the amount I watch.
TV, although has some great stories and information, is also a mindless activity. It can effect your sleep, memory and it's sedentary offering no physical value. TV is definitely something that needs to be considered when living a healthy lifestyle.
9. Improving Your Gut Microbiome
There are health and wellness bloggers out there that touched on this in 2019, but I don't think it was as prevalent as it's going to be in 2020. More and more people are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases and more and more it's being linked to a leaky gut. Basically a leaky gut is a dysfunctional gastrointestinal system.
Our intestinal track is made up of thousands of bacteria, not all of this bacteria are harmful, but some are (gut microbiome is the whole of everything working together). Bacteria that is bad carries toxins and bugs that penetrate our intestinal track causing inflammation, holes and cracks. This allows unwanted bacteria into the rest of the body causing more inflammation through out our system. If you'd like to learn more about leaky gut you can read an introduction post here from Havard Medical School.
The science behind how to fix our gut microbiome is just getting started. However medical professionals do know diet, stress, sleep and other factors of the American lifestyle are causing our microbiome to go crazy.
Honestly, I don't think we understand the complexity of mensturation and the implications it has on our physical and emotional well being. For the longest time women just took the word of doctors and marketers about what to do with periods and PMS. I see more and more women really studying this topic and putting a new perspective on what it means to mensturate and how it effects our everyday lives.
11. Zero Waste
As I have seen from TV shows like Hoarders and the Joy of Tidying Up stuff has a lot of impact on our well-being. As many people are becoming more aware of the impact people have on this earth I am seeing more people try to reduce and eliminate their waste. It's something I am striving to do in our household by slowing eliminating wasteful products one step at a time like not buying swiffer wet clothes, using rags instead of paper towels, cloth napkins, less water when washing dishes and taking shorter showers.
If you're in the health and wellness business what trends are you looking to incorporate this year? Hopefully, some of these suggestions will lead you to live a healthier, happier life for you and your clients.