From chowing down on collagen to locking away the smartphone, 2018 is turning out to be a year of some very strange, and very effective, health fads.
In the world of health and wellness, it is true that not every trend is suited to everybody. But there are always some that are definitely worth a shot, thanks to the immense benefits they offer. Here are the top five wellness trends that have taken 2018 by storm, and for good reason.
It is common knowledge that fasting can be good for your health. However, on the other hand, overdoing it can have serious long-term health consequences. Like everything else in life, the key to fasting successfully lies in moderation. This is where intermittent fasting steps in. Cycling between periods of fasting and eating, intermittent fasting isn’t about ‘what’ foods you should or shouldn’t eat, but rather ‘when’ you should be eating. There are a number of methods that can be used to practice intermittent fasting, including the 16/8 Method (limiting eating period to only eight hours a day and fasting for 16 hours) and Eat-Stop-Eat (fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week). Some methods, such as the 5:2 Diet, involve drastically reducing the number of calories on some days rather than fasting completely.
One of the reasons why skin ages the way it does is because of the lack of collagen production as your body gets older. Collagen is what’s responsible for keeping your skin firm yet supple. As you get older, collagen production reduces and the result is fine lines and wrinkles as your skin loses its suppleness. While you cannot reverse the skin ageing process, you can slow it down by ensuring there’s enough collagen in your body to keep your skin nourished. Consuming collagen is a new trend that exults the virtues of collagen and ensures that your skin never goes wanting for it. Cooking using ingredients high in collagen is one way of doing it; dishes such as bone broth are a great way of ingesting collagen the natural way. Though collagen is mostly present in animal products, it does not mean vegetarians have to miss out. Collagen supplements are available in the marketplace—they work just as well, and are definitely the more convenient option.
Did you know that how long or little you sleep actually determines how your brain ages? This is beside the fact that your sleeping patterns have a very noticeable effect on your skin and overall health. In today’s world of hectic work-life balance, sleeping well means sleeping smart. The smart sleeping trend uses a combination of traditional best practices as well as modern technology to ensure you are getting as much quality sleep as you need, and when you need it. Sticking to sleep schedule, checking what you eat or drink before sleeping, relaxing rituals—all of these and more play a key role in determining the duration and quality of your sleep/nap. Furthermore, you can invest in gadgets like sleep monitors that track your sleep patterns and let you know if your are sleeping correctly. No more sleeping for nine hours and still waking up tired!
Believe it or not, some of the day-to-day technologies we rely on to make our lives easier might actually be doing as much harm as good. It’s not necessarily what over-reliance on digital technology is doing to us, but rather the tools we use to tap into the digital realm that is of concern. This has given rise to digital detox, a growing movement that sees individuals shun electronic devices—especially their smartphones—in order to cut back on stress and reduce unnecessary social interactions. Many people consider holidays and weekend getaways as the perfect time to indulge in some digital detox. It is not possible to have a healthy body without a healthy mind, and this digital detox is guaranteed to give you the peace of mind that most of us crave on a daily basis.
Anyone and anything alive needs to breathe, and breathing comes naturally to us—you don’t even have to think about inhaling and exhaling; it just happens on its own. Turns out, research suggests that we should be paying greater attention to the way we breathe, and this is why ‘breathwork’ or ‘breathing management’ is fast becoming a popular wellness trend. Breathing correctly is key to ensuring a number of bodily systems and functions operate at peak efficiency. With the right breathwork techniques, you can take in greater amounts of oxygen and flush out carbon dioxide much more effectively. From increasing blood circulation to reducing stress levels, breathing management has a lot to offer to those who want to take on this meditation-derived trend.