Top 5 Trends for Healthy Living in 2018 - by Dr. Linda Friedland
Top 5 Trends for Healthy Living in 2018

One of the most exciting parts about the medical and healthcare space is that it is constantly changing. As we continue to strive for greater fitness and improved wellbeing there are some super new ideas and much scientific data setting the health trends for this year. Now that 2018 is in full swing, let’s take a look at some of the biggest upcoming health trends straight from some of the leaders in the medical field.

Here are five of the top interesting trends to motivate you on your WAYAL journey!

1. Supplements are on the UP-SWING!

The general public is more aware than ever before, of the importance of health and wellness, and they are taking steps to empower themselves in all areas. Adults of all ages and walks of life will be looking for more vitamins, supplements, and nutraceuticals to meet their health and wellness needs at all phases of life. WAYAL is a highly reputable and reliable brand, offering the outstanding AndorraLife product lines. As an affiliate, you can take advantage of this upswing! Now is the time to empower your clients with so much more important knowledge and boost their health and energy for 2018.

2. Inflammation-Fighting Foods

Well+Good recently named ‘inflammation-fighting foods’ as the number-one Wellness trend for 2018. Fighting inflammation in your body with food is becoming a health strategy–and for good reason–considering that we now know that inflammation is at the root cause of most illnesses.

“We expect to see the market for inflammation-fighting foods to grow and we expect 2018 to be a big year in terms of new product announcements and continued research and development,” says Deborah Barrington, a senior editor at Industry Dive to Well+Good.

Pinterest’s insights lead Stephanie Kumar is in complete agreement. She describes a massive spike in Pinterest searches for things like turmeric lattes, and ginger tea. In China, for centuries people have appreciated the value of green tea, bokchoy, goji berries as power foods without knowing their anti-inflammatory properties.

3. Sober Scene

If you exercise daily, have ditched sugar, and love your healthier food, there is bound to come a time when excessive alcohol loses its appeal. For many people, now is that time. A new (very new) trend of alcohol-free gatherings is gaining some momentum. A drink with dinner and a few more once you go out  is a tough habit to break. It may not, however, be necessary to become a teetotaler. Simply cutting back to a single serving of alcohol can make a huge difference.

4. It’s All About Recovery

High-intensity training continues to be one of the hottest fitness trends, with excellent supporting scientific data.  But an obsession with intensity and over-training has led to both injuries and burnout, ushering in a new trend: Slow-down and Recover!

Super tough workouts aren’t fading away just yet and more types of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) franchises are popping up everywhere. But many fitness fanatics are finally focusing on stretching and recovery time as well as massage and good self-care.

“I think we’re finally getting some balance back, which is why we’re seeing a resurgence in restorative techniques” explains Lauren Roxburgh, an alignment expert whose clients include athletes like LeBron James.

“People are becoming more educated on the importance of recovery,” agrees Daniel Giordano, a New York City physical therapist for many of the celebrities. Fitness classes dedicated to recovery are also beginning to trend this year – gentle yoga, low-impact training, as well as good old-fashioned ‘rest’ days.

5. Part-time Vegie

Choosing a vegan or vegetarian diet today seems like a cool, new fashion! Notwithstanding this apparent fad, there are several extremely good reasons to explore this trend. A growing concern over the environmental impact of the production of meat and the inhumane factory farming process has raised concerns amongst many health-conscious, compassionate humans.

The good news is that you don’t have to give up meat altogether in order to make a real difference. There are several (tongue-twisting) terms such as Reducetarian or Flexitarian used to describe the eating of a mainly plant-based diet with occasional animal products including eggs, dairy, fish, and meat.

These diet choices continue to grow in popularity. Brian Kateman, the co-founder and president of the ‘Reducetarian Foundation’ who gave an extremely popular TED Talk on the topic, predicts a real spike in people significantly reducing their meat intake. The USDA expects a continued decline in meat consumption, with the average American eating 12.2 percent less meat today than in 2007. The good news is that you can be a part-time vegan, and in so doing can help your health and the planet!