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BACK-TO-NA­TURE RIT­U­ALS MEET EVER-EVOLV­ING TECH­NOL­OGY IN EIGHT WELL­NESS TRENDS SET TO SHAPE THE WAY WE LIVE, WORK­OUT AND PLAY

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Gold Coast Eye - - FEATURE EYE - WORDS: HE­LEN HAWKES He­len Hawkes is a health coach and coun­sel­lor

What’s go­ing to be hot in 2019? Here are some well­ness trends to look out for:

SELF CARE

The new buzz­word. What it means: pri­ori­tis­ing healthy habits that will see you look­ing and feel­ing bet­ter. That could be eat­ing health­ier meals, writ­ing in a jour­nal or med­i­tat­ing to re­duce stress, or hav­ing a spa treat­ment. Ac­cord­ing to Google, searches for “self care” in 2018 were 25 per cent higher than in 2017.

FER­MENTED FOODS

Kom­bucha, kim­chi, sauerkraut and ke­fir will con­tinue to be pop­u­lar as fo­cus re­mains on in­creas­ing the health of your gut, where mi­cro­biota pro­vide es­sen­tial health ben­e­fits, es­pe­cially to im­mu­nity.

SLEEP HY­GIENE

It sounds like some­thing your grand­mother would say. But, as we are in­creas­ingly sleep­less, we’ll be of­fered sleep sup­ple­ments, nat­u­ral bed­ding and even light bulbs that emit less blue light to help beat in­som­nia. Smart de­vices will con­tinue to help you have a good night, with the Fit­bit Versa watch of­fer­ing track­ing of light, deep and REM sleep stages.

WELL­NESS COACHES

As fo­cus con­tin­ues to turn to well­ness and its im­pact on per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals, a well­ness coach, life strate­gist or other well­ness-ori­en­tated ex­pert will be­come the must-have ac­ces­sory. In the USA, the well­ness coach­ing mar­ket is al­ready es­ti­mated to be worth US$6.14 bil­lion an­nu­ally.

RE­CON­NECT­ING WITH NA­TURE

Whether it’s in­door plants or moon­light yoga, we’re crav­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to com­mune with all that is green and good. Watch out for sun­rise or sun­set ex­er­cise classes in the out­doors, com­mu­nity gar­dens, per­ma­cul­ture classes and the use of lus­cious green­ery in in­te­rior de­sign. Re­search shows liv­ing in greener en­vi­ron­ments is as­so­ci­ated with bet­ter men­tal health and lower mor­tal­ity.

BRAIN EN­HANCERS

It could be sup­ple­ments that fea­ture stressre­duc­ing l-thea­nine or brain/me­mory apps such as Lu­mi­nos­ity. Keep­ing the grey cells in shape will be key as Baby Boomers and Gen­er­a­tion Xers con­tinue to age. Ac­cord­ing to Re­search and Mar­kets, brain health will be worth $11.6 bil­lion by 2024.

“FREE” FOOD AND DRINK

In­creas­ingly it’s what we don’t want in our diet that’s defin­ing how we shop. In 2019, con­sumers will con­tinue to de­mand a choice of ad­di­tive, ni­trite, sul­fite and gluten-free prod­ucts. As a re­sult, the food in­dus­try will con­tinue to in­tro­duce foods that have less of the in­gre­di­ents that con­sumers be­lieve are bad for health.

TRACK­ING TECH­NOL­OGY

Smart de­vices that help you get health­ier con­tinue to evolve. The Fit­bit Versa watch al­lows you to track your ac­tiv­ity, your Car­dio Fit­ness score and even your men­strual cy­cle. In the long-term, Fit­bit is set to de­liver nex­tgen fea­tures such as glu­cose mon­i­tor­ing, blood pres­sure and sleep ap­noea track­ing.

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