2018 was the year of #selfcare – the hashtag clocked up over 10 million posts on Instagram – and for 2019, it looks like this holistic mindset will continue to evolve. So, with wellness in mind, we bring you the best of the new year trends, to inspire your resolutions.
Excerpt via VOGUE UK
Trend #1: Mesonutrients, the Super in Superfoods
Macro- and micronutrients have been part of our health vernacular for a while now, especially for those who record everything they eat (using apps such as MyFitnessPal). Macros are your fats, carbohydrates and proteins, and micronutrients are minerals and vitamins.
Mesonutrients, are next level. These nutrients focus on what’s inside (i.e. the active ingredients and compounds within the food that have direct health benefits). For example, the super-compound in turmeric is curcumin, celebrated for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. In order to extract the optimum dose of this active ingredient from the root (400mg), 10kgs of dried turmeric powder would have to be added to food. So beyond macro and micro-counting, a good knowledge of mesos allow us to carefully tailor our supplements too (if in doubt about what to take, ask a doctor to assess any deficiencies).
Superfoods have also been linked to metabolism regulation, healthy weight management, reduced inflammation, improved brain function, softened signs of aging, and an increase in energy, immunity, and overall wellness.
While the awareness and availability of superfoods is nothing new, what is likely to trend in 2019 in relation to superfoods is the rise of mesonutrients. Mesonutrients are the nutrients that are found in the superfoods that make them so super. SHOP THE TREND
Trend #2: Calm the nerves with CBD
CBD (cannabidiol) has been on the rise throughout 2018, and looks set to continue for 2019: both in skincare, with oil-based formulas; and increasingly in supplements, balms or oils that focus on calming anxiety and reducing stress levels and inflammation.
“It is clear stress and anxiety are pervasive in our culture and often precursors to other ailments,” says Gabe Kennedy, founder of the US-based Plant People. “We are only scratching the surface of what cannabis, CBD and the other compounds in the plant can do for the health of people and planet. CBD is being studied for therapeutic options, for severe conditions such as epileptic seizures, neuropathic pain and diabetes. Yet in more recreational settings, people are finding support in reducing stress, anxiety, pain and inflammation, as well as increasing focus, regulating appetite and metabolism.
“It’s about balancing, levelling and smoothing sensation in the body,” says Kennedy, rather than leaving the user with a “stoned” effect – this is caused by the psychoactive compound in cannabis, THC, which has been removed from these new CBD products. A resolution to relax more? Yes please. SHOP THE TREND
Trend #3: Fitness furniture is here
Artificial intelligence at home is on the rise. Smart fridges that tell you what to eat are in development, with cameras inside to make meal planning easier and a further setting that analyses eating habits, nutritional values and can even create recipes. An in-house nutritionist of sorts.
Mirror, the world’s first nearly invisible, interactive home gym, has developed a steel-framed mirror that streams live fitness classes, which include personal shout-outs and motivational instructions throughout. And The Habit – created in Hong Kong, where space is often limited – designs stylish, aerodynamic wooden coffee tables and chairs that double up as workout benches and dumbbells. SHOP THE TREND
Trend #4: IV Drips
While the idea of an intravenous (IV) drip to tackle a hangover has been around for some time in certain circles, vitamin IVs – stocked with a bespoke cocktail of nutrients to support the immune, or boost energy – are set to hit the mainstream as a go-to way to recharge the body. New York-based Dr. Frank Lipman, a specialist in functional and integrative medicine and creator of the celebrity favorite Cleanse program, has been using IV treatments for over 20 years.
In London, Harley Street’s Plastic Surgery Group offer a selection of IV drips that are administered over 90 minutes, with your choice of soundtrack and refreshments throughout. The Elixir Clinic has also just launched at The Ned, where you can get Vita Drip infusions of vitamins, minerals and aminos that aim to tackle everything from hydration to jet lag, stress and ageing. And in Santa Monica, LA, Infuse Wellness has drips designed specifically for migraines.