Health trends to watch this year

Skin­care, well­ness and health trends you need to know about in 2019 to take care of your­self

The New Paper - - LIFESTYLE - JOYCE CHEO

CBD, which is short for cannabid­iol, is ex­tracted from the hemp plant (aka cannabis sativa plant).

It doesn’t con­tain any min­dal­ter­ing ef­fects. And since CBD doesn’t have any psy­choac­tive prop­er­ties, it isn’t a con­trolled sub­stance in Sin­ga­pore.

There is re­search that sup­ports the fact that CBD can have ther­a­peu­tic prop­er­ties against seizures as it is able to af­fect the brain’s chem­i­cal and elec­tri­cal ac­tiv­ity.

Sin­ga­pore’s Na­tional Re­search Foun­da­tion has also launched a Syn­thetic Cannabi­noid Bi­ol­ogy Pro­gramme to study this group of com­pounds and de­vise sus­tain­able ways to pro­duce medic­i­nal cannabi­noids and their de­riv­a­tives.

In coun­tries like the US and UK, there is also an in­crease in the use of hemp oil as an oral sup­ple­ment to relieve stress and aid re­lax­ation.

While it seems to be a chal­lenge to find hemp oil sup­ple­ments in health stores here, you can pur­chase them on­line at iHerb.

That said, not all of these prod­ucts con­tain CBD as it is only present in the flow­ers, leaves and stalks of the plant. If the sup­ple­ment only con­tains hemp seed oil, that means you are only get­ting the health ben­e­fits as­so­ci­ated with in­gest­ing fatty acids.

Sim­i­larly, many skin­care prod­ucts also con­tain hemp seed oil for nour­ish­ing and re­plen­ish­ing prop­er­ties. Usu­ally ex­tracted via a cold press method to pre­serve the in­tegrity of the ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, hemp seed oil is also free of psy­choac­tive prop­er­ties.

And just like many other botan­i­cal seed oils, it is rich in fatty acids, which makes hemp seed oil an ex­cel­lent op­tion to hy­drate and soften skin.

MESONUTRIENTS

Food trend junkies may be fa­mil­iar with the terms ‘macronu­tri­ents’ and ‘mi­cronu­tri­ents’.

The for­mer refers to food groups that we eat and get our en­ergy from, in­clud­ing car­bo­hy­drates, pro­teins and fats. The lat­ter refers to the groups of nu­tri­ents which are es­sen­tial to our body for en­ergy pro­duc­tion, im­mune func­tion, bone health and cell mul­ti­pli­ca­tion.

The lat­est buzz­word in 2019? Mesonutrients.

De­rived from the Greek lan­guage, macro means ‘big’, mi­cro means ‘small’ and meso means ‘in­side’. Mesonutrients re­fer to the spe­cific ac­tive com­pounds found within the foods that we eat, which make them ben­e­fi­cial to our health.

Some com­mon mesonutrients are cur­cumin (in turmeric), ly­copene (in toma­toes) and as­tax­an­thin ( in salmon).

CRYS­TAL-IN­FUSED SKIN­CARE

Whether you be­lieve in the heal­ing pow­ers of crys­tals or sim­ply love the cool­ing and depuff­ing ben­e­fits of a rose quartz face roller, most of us aren’t strangers to crys­tals.

An in­dis­pens­able part of beauty rit­u­als in an­cient civil­i­sa­tions, crys­tals are said to have heal­ing pow­ers be­cause they are es­sen­tially min­er­als, which con­tain tiny elec­tri­cal charges.

When they are finely ground and used in skin­care prod­ucts, these tiny elec­tri­cal charges can en­hance the prod­uct pen­e­tra­tion into skin or in­crease cel­lu­lar en­ergy for ac­cel­er­ated re­sults and health­ier skin.

FO­CUS ON YOUR POS­TURE

2018 might have been the year about mind­ful­ness, with many peo­ple prac­tis­ing it while liv­ing in the mo­ment, in sit­u­a­tions like breath­ing, con­trol­ling your tem­per and even your eat­ing habits.

In 2019, this mind­ful­ness move­ment in­cludes pos­ture.

Since most ur­ban­ites spend long hours at of­fice desks or at home look­ing at our de­vices, it’s easy for us to slouch, and over time, this can lead to mus­cle ten­sion and chronic aches.

One easy way to im­prove your pos­ture is to take deep breaths when you’re seated at your desk.

This is usu­ally suf­fi­cient to make you aware of your in­cor­rect pos­ture as it is dif­fi­cult to take deep breaths where your lungs are fully filled with air and your di­aphragm rises if you’re not seated up­right.

Or try tak­ing up yoga and pi­lates classes as they help strengthen your core mus­cles, which can then help with your pos­ture. If you’re al­ready suf­fer­ing from chronic pain at your neck, back or shoul­ders, it could be time to see a chi­ro­prac­tor to help realign your body and im­prove mo­bil­ity.

PLANT-BASED MEAT

Beef is one of the most en­vi­ron­men­tally un­friendly meats.

Which is why plant-based meat re­place­ments like Be­yond Meat and Im­pos­si­ble Foods are gain­ing in pop­u­lar­ity.

Re­cently, US-based Im­pos­si­ble Foods an­nounced that it would hit Sin­ga­pore this year. While since its de­but last year, Be­yond Meat is al­ready avail­able in ma­jor ho­tels, in­clud­ing Grand Hy­att Sin­ga­pore and The Fuller­ton Ho­tel Sin­ga­pore.

Ac­cord­ing to the US brand, its Be­yond Burger looks, cooks and tastes like a fresh beef burger patty. Plus, it also con­tains 20g of plant-based pro­tein, com­pa­ra­ble to the amount of beef pro­tein in a reg­u­lar beef patty.

PHOTO: AFP

The Im­pos­si­ble Burger 2.0, a new and im­proved ver­sion of the com­pany’s plant-based burger that tastes like real beef, was in­tro­duced dur­ing CES 2019 in Las Ve­gas.

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