Top Five 2020 Natural Health Trends
As we end a decade and begin a new one we have been working hard at Healthier by Nature to identify what the top five natural health trends will be in 2020. Here’s what you’ll be hearing lots about this year.
1. Environmental Sustainability
As more and more people are becoming conscious about what they put in their bodies, they are also becoming more aware of what they are putting into the environment. We are seeing a demand from Canadians for products that are environmentally sustainable, and seeing many companies respond to this demand in innovative and interesting ways. Canadians can now find dog treats, juices and soaps from less than perfect fruits and vegetables that would otherwise end up in the landfill. Or bandages made with sustainable bamboo fibre that is 100% compostable, biodegradable and toxin-free, to personal and home cleaning products made with more natural ingredients.
2. Intermittent Fasting
This new style of eating has become very popular as an alternative to constant calorie restriction. It allows you to severely limit calories during certain times or days of the week. During fasting, calories are completely restricted and no solid or liquid food, more than 50 calories, is consumed. Today, many of us are accustomed to eating from morning to evening, giving the digestive system little time to rest, and the body less opportunity to repair. Intermittent Fasting is beneficial because it gives the body a break, which helps with cellular repair, weight management and reducing inflammation.
Although no food is consumed during fasting, hydration is still important. Staying hydrated with water and herbal teas is ideal or drinks designed specifically for fasting. It’s important to note that intermittent fasting is not for everyone, and before trying it you should speak to your health care practitioner to find out if it’s right for you.
3. Progressive Probiotics
Our body is home to hundreds of billions of bacterial cells that play an important role in a number of bodily functions, including helping us digest and absorb nutrients from our food. Preliminary studies are also showing the important impact probiotics have on our immune system, helping to reduce the number and/or severity of symptoms associated with the common cold. We know that probiotics are beneficial but what makes them trendy is all the innovative ways they can now be consumed, to supplements in the form of pop-rock candy to snack food fortified with probiotics. As the trend to consume probiotics continues so does the ways in which they can be consumed.
Move over morning smoothie, elixirs are the new trend. In today’s fast-paced, time-deprived world, many of us are guilty of consuming lattes or sodas, filled with too much sugar and empty calories, for a morning or afternoon energy boost. Although elixirs can mean different things to different people, we are focusing on warming drinks that include a health benefit, a chocolate latte with ashwagandha and probiotics, matcha with a boost of MCT oil, golden mylk with turmeric and black pepper.
Collagen supplements have been getting a lot of attention and for good reason. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, acting mainly as a building block for the structural and connective tissues of the body: bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage, hair, nails and skin. Until recently, it was disputed that dietary collagen could influence tissue levels, but researchers have discovered collagen peptides can be absorbed intact from the GI tract and delivered to target tissues throughout the body. The results have been touted by collagen’s growing fan base, who credit their daily dose of collagen for youthful skin, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles, healthy joints, lustrous hair and nails, injury recovery, and strong bones. As more of us jump on the collagen bandwagon we will continue to see more innovative ways to consume collagen from powders to bars.