For most people, the New Year represents a fresh new start, a chance to hit the reset button. Leaving 2020 in the past is something that people can’t wait to do. This year turned every person’s world upside down and we had to learn, adapt, and transform as a result. We are now evolved and ready for what the future brings. Even though 2021 is just around the corner, we know that we have a long road ahead of us, and there is still room for growth.
If we can take away one positive aspect from 2020, it’s that people made a larger investment in health and wellness. Hopefully, society continues to become healthier and cares for overall well-being. With this new interest in health, experts predict a new batch of health trends for 2021. Some trends are brand new for the upcoming year and some continue to evolve from where they started this year. Keep reading to find out what health trends you can expect in 2021.
There is a direct link between a healthier gut and a strong immune system, but a healthy microbiome benefits the entire body. People are all about probiotics, including kombucha, fermented foods, kefir, and miso, all of which work to increase the presence of beneficial gut bacteria. As we enter 2021, health experts predict that people will continue to learn more about how different foods affect their gut. In addition to probiotic consumption, health enthusiasts must also consume prebiotics, which feed probiotics. Get some prebiotics by eating foods like sunchokes, walnuts, asparagus, and garlic.
It’s going to take a while before gyms re-open their doors, but this all depends on where you live. Nevertheless, many people discovered how easy and affordable it is to workout at home. Not to mention, engaging with online videos is often more fun for people and it’s like having a personal trainer without forking out the high cost that comes with it. The only negative about this is that people may have a difficult time finding free weights, e-bikes, or other workout equipment because companies are sold out.
The Air Frying Sensation
One of the best things to come out of 2020 was that people started cooking more often. One of the most popular cooking contraptions of 2020, besides the Crockpot or Instant Pot, was the air fryer. According to EatingWell.com, air fryer recipes during 2020 increased by 239%. Air fryers are essentially convection ovens that give food crispy texture without having to cook it in tons of unhealthy oils. Some people are hesitant to buy an air fryer because they take up space, but they are very versatile and affordable. Expect to see more air fryer recipes in 2021.
More Research On Healing Benefits Of Psychedelics
In 2020, Oregon became the first state to legalize psychedelic mushrooms, but more states plan to follow suit in the wake of the psychedelic renaissance. Many reports find that psychedelic-assisted therapy benefits people with depression, PTSD, and anxiety. The scientific community plans to conduct more studies on the health benefits of psychedelics, and how they may incorporate them into modern medicine.
Healing The Planet
The quest to keep the planet as healthy as possible is never-ending. When most of the world was under strict lockdown orders, people saw how much the environment benefited. Dolphins appeared back in the canals of Venice, Italy, and air quality improved in busy cities. Natural landscapes flourished, even if it was only temporary. People saw how taking a break from everything helped nature restore itself, making people realize how much everyday life negatively affects the planet. Health experts expect a new wave of environmentalism that puts power back into the hands of nature.
Bye Bye Inflammation
People want to beat inflammation almost as bad as they want the coronavirus to disappear. Inflammation is at the root of common life-threatening illnesses, and most health websites saw an uptick in anti-inflammatory content. While inflammation is a natural response to help protect the body from injuries or foreign invaders, chronic inflammation damages the body over time. Heart disease, arthritis, and cancer are common inflammatory conditions. Turn to inflammation fighting foods like leafy greens, avocados, berries, nuts, seeds, healthy fats, legumes, and citrus fruits.