Edible insects to athleisure… What’s trending in wellness
Edible insects, activewear in the office and napping for exercise… They’re just some of the many trends set to be making their way onto the health scene this year. We take a closer look
Move over turmeric lattes – chagaccinos will be your next go-to getting you through the morning rush. We’re decoding the weird and wonderful trends taking the wellness world by storm, from the latest interactive fitness trend to why ‘doga’ is the next big thing.
There are currently few proven brainpower boosters, but that’s set to change thanks to a new supplement from India. Nootropics are naturally derived drugs that help cognitive function as they contain memory-enhancing and braincell protecting compounds found in herbs such as ashwagandha. Nootropics include amino acids such as choline and tyrosine which help support the nervous system and reduce mental stress. You can buy them in a tablet form containing B vitamins and omega-3, helping protect the central nervous system from ageing.
Long celebrated in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, adaptogens are plants and herbs that are said to modulate the body’s stress responses – and are now offered as vitamin supplements. Dubbed ‘stressed-out plants for stressed-out people’, adaptogens normalise hormones and promise sleep and anti-ageing benefits. Maca root is one adaptogen that is increasingly popular, often sold in powder form to add to drinks. Try an adaptogen shot, or blend a superfood and adaptogen powder with nut milk for an energy-boosting latte.
A compound of marijuana, cannabidiol is proven to reduce anxiety and stress, lower inflammation and ease depression, PMS and insomnia symptoms – without the high. Labelled as the new coconut oil, cannabidiol is being infused into skincare products and tincture supplements as a way of getting the active ingredient into our bodies, although research is still being done to fully understand its benefits.
DUBBED THE NEW COCONUT OIL, CANNABIDIOL IS BEING INFUSED INTO
As we increasingly blend wellness into the working day with standing desks, walking meetings and running clubs in our lunch break, we need a multipurpose wardrobe that can take us from the boardroom to boxing class. Think technical fabrics, tailored sweatshirts and luxe backpacks.
Downward dog, anyone? Dog yoga – otherwise known as ‘doga’ – isn’t only good for working on your warrior pose, it promotes bonding with your fourlegged friend, too. Of course your pooch won’t be able to master the poses, but they will benefit from stretching, light massage and the calming environment.
3 CHAGA MUSHROOMS
For those of you who aren’t yet drinking chagaccinos, take note – they’re the new turmeric latte. This Siberian birch tree parasite is a nutrientpacked ingredient. Like other medicinal mushrooms, chaga contains potent polysaccharides known for their immunesupporting properties. Chaga is also high in antioxidants and is a powerful antiageing and anti-viral tonic. It can be used in powder form in recipes, or used in place of a teabag or coffee granules.
AS WE INCREASINGLY BLEND WELLNESS
INTO THE WORKING DAY,
WE NEED A MULTIPURPOSE
1 STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS
Ever dreamed of starting your own wellness brand or business? Make this your moment and turn your motivations into a reality. Remember these three key steps – seed, by refining your idea; have a strategy, by planning ahead – with a business coach, if need be; and scale, by setting your new business on the path to success.
2 BEING SELFISH
We’ve been all about showing kindness and compassion towards others, but the focus now is getting in touch with your inner nasty gal, as demonstrated in this Japanese self-help trend. Sound heavy? More than three million copies of The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi have been sold globally. But don’t expect a self-help book filled with positive affirmations – chapters cover how not to get sucked into doing tasks for others and how to shake off feeling inferior. The idea is that freedom is being disliked by other people, as it’s proof you’re living in accordance with your own principles, and that it’s not necessary to satisfy other people’s expectations. You Do You (A No F**ks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight is based on similar self-help principles.
3 GETTING TO KNOW YOUR TIME TRIBE
Don’t feel guilty sipping your morning coffee in a daze while your colleague is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. They’re not necessarily more productive than you – you simply belong to different time tribes. We all have a chronotype or circadian rhythm, which influences when we are in a better mood and at our analytical best. Your chronotype is the midpoint between when you go to bed and would get up if you had no responsibilities tomorrow. If it’s earlier than 3.30am, you’re a Lark, later than 5.30am an Owl, and if it’s between 3.30am and 5.30am you’re a Third-bird. Researchers have discovered that generally Twitter users’ language is engaged and hopeful in the morning, nosedives in the afternoon and becomes more positive in the evening. This is because most of us are Larks and Thirdbirds. And having a partner with a different chronotype can cause problems unless you make allowances for each other’s time tribes. Men are statistically likely to be owlier than women, meaning your brainpower peaks will rarely overlap. So when having a conversation with your Owl partner at 6.30am, bear in mind he really isn’t at his listening best. Likewise, teenagers are likely to be owlier than you, so be patient in the mornings to avoid meltdowns.
1 SELF-RELIANT KIDS
Take a break from helicopter parenting and read Achtung Baby: The German Art of Raising Self-Reliant Children by Sara Zaske. The German parenting style is all about giving kids confidence. The book takes inspiration from Berlin, where youngsters ride the underground alone, play outdoors unsupervised and use sharp knives during meals from a young age. German parents believe independence is good for kids; that handling risk is a key part of growing up. It’s part of the cultural value of selbständigkeit, or self-reliance. The concept encourages adults to rarely interfere in children’s play, not even fights, with the preference that they should let kids work it out themselves.
Our kids get nap time, so why shouldn’t we? At Napercise class, you sign up for 45-minute studio sleep sessions, excellent for exercise-phobes, the overtired or insomniac parents who want to lower their blood pressure and stress levels.
3 THE SLEEP GADGET
Thanks to a plethora of apps like Sleep Cycle and gadgets like Fitbit, many of us monitor our activity while in the land of nod. But while these tools tell us the quality of our sleep is poor, it’s hard to know how you can improve matters, which is especially important for tired parents. Now a gadget from China called the Sleepace emits natural red light, which helps release sleep hormone melatonin, and fragrances such as jasmine. Sleepace operates via a silent fan to help you get to sleep and wake in the morning. It tracks your bedtime habits, even monitoring light levels in the room.
THE CONCEPT ENCOURAGES ADULTS TO RARELY INTERFERE IN CHILDREN’S PLAY, NOT EVEN FIGHTS