The top health and well­ness trends for 2020


AN­OTHER year has come to an end, and an­other has just be­gun.

Many of us are mak­ing res­o­lu­tions for health­ier liv­ing this year. Whether we like it or not, many of our res­o­lu­tions are in­flu­enced by trends in health and well­ness.

Dig­i­tal detox, im­proved men­tal health, sci­en­tif­i­cally-backed CBD oil, and pre­dom­i­nantly plant-based di­ets, are among the top health and well­ness trends for 2020, say health ex­perts.


Plant-based meal plans are ex­pected to re­main pop­u­lar.

Jes­sica Kot­lowitz, a reg­is­tered di­eti­tian, says plant-based di­ets con­tain­ing lit­tle to no an­i­mal prod­ucts, along with Mediter­raneanstyl­e di­ets, which are also low in an­i­mal prod­ucts and high in plant mat­ter, have been shown to be among the health­i­est di­etary pat­terns for hu­man be­ings.

“As plant-based food op­tions are be­com­ing more ac­ces­si­ble and af­ford­able, peo­ple are more likely to adopt a plant-based diet and to eat fewer an­i­mal prod­ucts,” says Kot­lowitz.

Nu­tri­tional con­sul­tant Vanessa

As­cen­cao says a largely plant-based “flex­i­tar­ian” diet will con­tinue to gain pop­u­lar­ity and rec­om­mends eat­ing 70 to 80% nat­u­ral, whole foods, in­clud­ing plenty of fruits, vegetables and plant-based pro­tein sources in­clud­ing legumes and nuts, along with mod­est amounts of high­qual­ity or­ganic poul­try, fish and red meat.

As­cen­cao cau­tions against overly pro­cessed meat al­ter­na­tives laden with preser­va­tives and chem­i­cals.

Im­proved men­tal health Phar­ma­cist and life coach Gi­u­lia

Criscuolo says heal­ing and self-care will take cen­tre stage, in­clud­ing “dig­i­tal detoxes” – tak­ing time out from cell­phones or screens – and get­ting more sleep. Re­search sug­gests that the more we prac­tise self-care, the more con­fi­dent, cre­ative, and pro­duc­tive we are.

“I fore­see a fo­cus on im­proved men­tal health, given that up to one in six South Africans suf­fers from anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and sub­stance abuse,” says Criscuolo.

Screen time has even been linked to de­pres­sion in adult women, says love and life coach Francesca Hogi.

“Ideally, your bed­room is a sanc­tu­ary for sleep, re­lax­ation, and in­ti­macy. Phones, TVs and lap­tops dis­rupt all of those things,” she says. “Give your brain a break and en­cour­age bet­ter sleep in your screen-free sanc­tu­ary.”

CBD oil

With leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing adults to grow and use mar­i­juana in their own homes, cannabis oil is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar.

Ex­perts say it will con­tinue to gain mo­men­tum in the health and well­ness world, with some sci­en­tific stud­ies con­firm­ing it may ease symp­toms of ail­ments like chronic pain and anx­i­ety.

Chronic pain

An Acad­e­mies of Sciences, En­gi­neer­ing and Medicine re­port said there was ev­i­dence that cannabis or cannabi­noids, found in the mar­i­juana plant, could be an ef­fec­tive treat­ment for chronic pain.

How­ever, it’s im­por­tant to know that this oil may not be for ev­ery­one – we en­cour­age you to con­sult your doc­tor or well­ness prac­ti­tioner be­fore in­cor­po­rat­ing it into your rou­tine.

Plant based meal


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