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8 health and wellness trends to watch out for this year

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Sleep. There has been a growing trend towards maintaining a healthy sleep routine. Sleep has a high impact on our physical and mental health and more and more people are striving to ensure they good adequate and good quality sleep. Watch out a rise in digital apps to help track and aid sleep, supplements to help us achieve them zzz’s and foods and drinks claiming to help us sleep better. Always check if a supplement/food or drink has proven benefits and is approved by a regulatory body for health claims such as EFSA.

Plant-based isn’t going anywhere. There has been a significant rise in the number of people eating a more ‘plant-based’ diet or becoming a vegetarian or vegan. This may be due to personal choice, ethical reasons, environmental reasons or otherwise. Nevertheless ‘plant-based’ diets, foods and lifestyles are growing FAST! Watch out for a whole new range of innovative products in this area in 2019.

Home workouts. Forget the cringey home workout DVDS – being physically active in your living room is about to get a whole lot easier. In 2018 the smart Mirror was introduced which streams workouts into your living room or bedroom! Wearable technology is evolving also which means that we have a range of activities possible anywhere, at any time! Who knows what 2019 will bring.

Rest. ‘No pain, no gain’ has been a popular saying in the last few years however now we will see people prioritising rest and recovery. This goes for people who are physically active but also those who just need to slow down, destress and rejuvenate themselves. This ties into improving sleep but includes making time for breathing and calming exercises. Mindfulness and mental health are sure to rise in 2019.

Unplugging from social media. There are many apps which now tell you how much time you spend on your phone and on each application. We will see people being more mindful of the amount of time they spend on social media and unplugging from the digital world. As a society we are obsessed with social media, likes and validation for others which can have a detrimental impact on our health – both physically and mentally.

Edible insects. Fancy some crickets as a snack? Edible insects as a snack are growing whether they make us squirm or not! Many insects are a good source of lots of nutrients including protein and their production has been shown to be environmentally friendly compared to meat production. This year expect to see snack products in particular incorporating more insects. Don’t knock ‘em ‘til you try ‘em!

Sea snacks. In the past few years there has been a high rise in the number of products containing seaweed and sea life. In the coming months we can be sure that we will see more and more snacks make from seaweed, fish and other sea creatures. Seaweed in particular has been hailed for it’s nutrient content and can be an extremely food to incorporate into the diet. Here at Good4U HQ we use a red algae seaweed in some of our kids products which gives our Nutri Balls a calcium hit!

Middle Eastern & North African flavours. I hope you like cardamom, chili, coriander, cinnamon and paprika because these flavours are predicted to feature heavily in various dishes this year. Spices and herbs are a great way to add a burst of flavour to dishes. Check out some of our Good4U recipes for inspiration!