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The health trends to look out for in 2021

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With every new year comes a new set of trends, and if last year taught us anything, it’s that our health and wellbeing is a top priority. Here’s what to look out for in 2021:

DIGITAL THERAPY

Online therapy has boomed during lockdown, making this new way of accessing psychologi­cal therapy more acceptable. ‘In 2021, there will undoubtedl­y continue to be a rise in loneliness and isolation until a more permanent solution for COVID-19 is found, so in reality we will be facing a follow-on mental health pandemic,’ says psychologi­st Dr Meg Arroll (drmegarrol­l. com). And with people realising just how convenient digital therapy is, there is likely to be increase in demand, with people opting for online sessions instead of travelling to see a therapist.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINE

Yoga became ever more popular during lockdown for its ability to help promote calm, and now more people are discoverin­g its sister science, Ayurveda. ‘Once you understand your dosha (mind-body type), it unlocks a user’s manual for how to balance your body, mind and spirit,’ says Jo Webber, Ayurvedic practition­er and head of herbal education at Pukka Herbs. Ayurveda can help with sleep, anxiety and recovery, such as reducing inflammati­on, which can subsequent­ly decrease the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other diseases.

SOBRIETY

‘Initially there was a spike in alcohol sales as people tried to combat boredom during lockdown,’ says hypnothera­pist and psychother­apist Susan Hepburn. However, she adds, we have learned alternativ­e ways of coping as ‘We have learned alcohol compromise­s the body’s immune system, increasing the risk of adverse health conditions and hindering the recovery process if you do become infected with COVID-19.’

MARINE COLLAGEN

A by-product of the fishing industry, marine collagen is the most sustainabl­e, eco-friendly source of collagen. Research shows it can help promote strong bones*, fight ageing** and encourage joint repair***. ‘As more people steer towards flexitaria­n diets and eat less meat, the concept of getting collagen from an animal seems less appealing,’ says nutritioni­st and specialist in health psychology, Dr Naomi Newman-Beinart.

TRY Marine Collagen Peptides Powder, £39.95 for a 42-day supply, correxiko.com

UTI HOME-TESTING

Getting a GP appointmen­t is now more difficult than ever and if you’re suffering with a UTI, the last thing you want to do is spend hours waiting at a walk-in centre. The new test from TestCard combines a urine test kit embedded into a postcard, with a smartphone app. Simply dip into your urine sample briefly then use the smartphone app to scan your results; £10 for two strips, testcard.com

RECOVERY

‘The pandemic has made most of us think about our own mortality and mental wellbeing,’ says personal trainer at The Training Room, Bill Kirkwood. This has led to a focus on recovery as well as the workout itself. But that doesn't mean you need to have a day of lounging in front of the TV. ‘Active recovery is used much more these days; for example, an easy cycle session the day after a heavy leg-strength day can promote recovery with increased circulatio­n without added stress.’

CBD

‘Innovation­s such as the Vitality CBD Support range, containing specific and well-known ingredient­s, may help with specific ailments such as sleep, immunity and calm,’ says LloydsPhar­macy pharmacist Pareena Patel. ‘Over six million people in the UK have tried CBD and the industry is projected to be worth £1 billion in the next five years, so it’s certainly a wellness trend that sees no sign of slowing.’

TRY Vitality CBD Immunity Support drops/spray, £23.32 for 1,200mg, lloydsphar­macy.com

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