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BistroMD’s Guide of the Top Health Trends 2021

Health trends come and go, leaving guesswork on which ones will be hot this year. Fortunately, you can find a curated guide to the top health trends of 2021 here!

BistroMD’s Guide of the Top Health Trends 2021


Adversity and hardship afflicted the year 2020, but on the bright side, many people shifted their lifestyle, including health habits. As priorities changed, health and wellness culture adapted too. 

Alas, many new healthy trends and wellness products flocked health and wellness websites, providing consumers with plenty of new hacks to try and brands to sample.

Without further ado, here is a curated guide to the top health trends of 2021.

Health Trends 2021

Last year’s health trends heavily focused on the relationship between food and immunity for obvious reasons. But expect this year to showcase even more unique wellness tactics largely targeted towards overall wellbeing. 

This is an exciting era for health and wellness as society continues to understand the importance of holistic health, a movement that extends beyond just diet and exercise.

Low-Intensity Exercise

Within the past five years, there has been an enormous emphasis on high-intensity interval training (HIIT). While HIIT certainly provides numerous health and fitness benefits, more athletes are starting to understand (and feel) the importance of low-intensity training.

Low-intensity steady-state (LISS) works at a much slower and steady pace. Walking, bodyweight home workouts, yoga, and pilates are proving invaluable for the overstressed and chronically fatigued for good reason. Not only does lower-intensity movement maintain hormone levels, but it also confers physical health benefits. 

And not to mention, low-intensity exercise may be more sustainable for those who despise burpees and the like!

Flexitarianism

For those looking for the perfect middle between veganism and carnivore, flexitarianism is it. This dietary pattern promotes eating plentiful plants and meat in moderation. 

More flexible than vegetarianism but fortified with similar health benefits, it encourages eating mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. focused on plant proteins. The diet focuses on plant proteins, incorporates animal foods on occasion, and limits added sugar and sweets.

Overall, flexitarianism sounds like a sustainable, balanced way of eating whole, real foods!

Localism/Climitarianism

Known as local eating with an emphasis on the environmental impact of food, both of these premises help preserve the environment. Think reducing carbon footprint, buying locally, and purchasing directly from farms. 

Not only does this help conserve the planet, but it also bestows better overall health by reducing pesticide, hormone, and antibiotic exposure. Localism also encourages networking with local food producers. 

Diet Culture Derail

The demise of diet culture continues to surge. This is largely thanks to body positive and intuitive eating dietitians and other healthcare workers promoting this key message: 

Short-term fad diets often fail not because one can't follow it correctly, but because they are designed to fail so consumers continue to return. 

There will always be the latest and greatest diet to try. But there will also be more of an emphasis on tuning into the body to honor its needs.

Therapy

Last year also exposed a gap in mental health care and treatment. With some of the highest rates of depression, anxiety, and suicide ideation, it became apparent more people need therapeutic outlets to manage mental health. 

This gave rise to new virtual talk spaces, 24/7 online therapy options, interactive mental and emotional health applications. It also opened the talk of better mental health screening techniques, similar to a physical at a doctor's office. 

Overall, the mental health movement will only continue to gain momentum this year!

Food, Drink & Supplements

From magic mushrooms to postbiotics, a wide variety of food, drink, and supplements are on the rise. Find out if they might be worth the hype or give false hope. 

Magic Mushrooms

Fortune Business Insights exclaims that rising health consciousness is leading to increased demand for food with high nutritional value like mushrooms. Mushrooms’ high medicinal value and the increasing awareness of this will likely lead to an exponential growth of this market. 

Already, numerous mushroom powder, pill, and product companies offer innovative ways to consume this polarizing fungus. These mushrooms are magical for their health properties, not because they elicit psychoactive effects.

Hemp-Based CBD

Nowadays, CBD (non-psychoactive) is in all kinds of food and drink products from chocolate to smoothies to tinctures and more. And it is not slowing down thanks to research that touts its numerous benefits like reduced stress, anxiety, and depression. 

The major change of the coming years revolves around transparency and how it is marketed. Right now, many products contain CBD derivatives that aren not as potent or functional as true hemp-based CBD. 

So, expect more food and drink to contain the pure form along with better information about its sourcing and production.

Immunity Boosters

Never before has there been such an emphasis on immune health as last year. As a result, food and beverage brands adapted their inventory to include ingredients that support a healthy immune system. High on the list include zinc, selenium, vitamin C and D, elderberry, echinacea, turmeric, astragalus, ginger, and probiotics.

However, rather than focusing on treating a condition, products will be marketed as preventive. Or, particularly intended to boost the system so it can better attack pathogens before they inflict disease. 

Adaptogenic Products

These herbal pharmaceuticals have been used for centuries in Eastern culture. They work to counteract the effects of stress and act on neurological, cardiovascular, endocrine, digestive, and immune systems.

Ashwagandha and Rhodiola are two popular sources, but hundreds of others exist. As research continues to elucidate their power, they will be added to more food and beverage products like smoothies, juices, bars, muffins, condiments, and powders.

Postbiotics 

Pre- and probiotics gained high popularity within the past decade, but many have not heard of postbiotics

Postbiotics are the end products (metabolites) of probiotic fermentation. Quite similar to their counterparts, they are being studied for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Other areas of research include their impact on the immune system and gut barrier improvement. 

They are not live cultures like pre and probiotics so can be used in more applications. They are, however, also found in many similar foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, and sourdough bread.

New Wellness Products

Wellness products tend to promote both physical and mental health. Some newer items to keep out on the lookout for include digital detox kits, non-toxic candles, and much more detailed below.

Mindfulness/Guided Journals

Accompanying the shift towards more mental health care are tools to help facilitate! Mindful, guided, astrological, inner child, devotional, and many more kinds of journals can help to turn inward.

Myofascial Release Balls

Myofascial release balls are intended to maximize muscle recovery. They do so by increasing blood flow, reducing muscle soreness, sustaining muscle length, and improving lymph movement.

YouTube is a great resource for hundreds of different how-to videos to tailor individual needs.

Digital Detox Kit

Last year, more time at home meant more time on social media. Most everyone could stand to rest and recharge their mind free of social influence. Digital detox kits not only make it simple but also entertaining!

Stress/Focus Gummies

Many brands are adding targeted supplements, herbs, and adaptogens to their products to help people focus and reduce stress. Already popular in gummies and small candies, they are being added to chocolate bars, premade drinks, tinctures, and teas as well. 

Collagen Creamers

Within the past five years, collagen has been popularized due to its wide array of benefits. These include:

• Strengthen skin, hair, and nails
• Improve digestive and gut health
• Alleviate joint pain
• Preserve muscle mass

Instead of taking it in supplement or powder form, add a spoonful of concentrated creamer to coffee in the morning. Doing so may lead to shiny hair and unbreakable nails. 

Self Cleaning Water Bottle

One less dish truly equals 10 times less stress, especially after an exhausting workday. Although pricey, the convenience is unparalleled.

Face and Eye Ice Roller

Jade rollers and gua sha tools will remain beloved beauty tools but an iced face and eye-rollers will offer some competition. The cold temperature is known to quickly depuff and tighten pores, so it is bound to be a hit.

Non-Toxic Candles

As more research reveals the harm of synthetic fragrance, expect non-toxic candles to replace their counterparts. Although more expensive, they are much better for respiratory health.

The Bottom Line

The health and wellness industry is ever-changing and always adapting to growing concerns and new needs. Thus, there will always be emerging trends in practice and within products.

While some are bogus gimmicks, many hold merit with intentions to bolster health and equip consumers to live with vitality.

The expected health and wellness trends and new supplements and gadgets included in this curated guide serve as the latter. Experiment with a few and feel your healthy lifestyle build and health transform.

References:

Davidson K. Top 10 Food and Nutrition Trends on the Horizon for 2021. Healthline Media. Published November 23rd, 2020. www.healthline.com/nutrition/food-and-nutrition-trends.

How do spiky massage balls work to relieve muscle tension? Bodyfix. Published April 27, 2020. https://www.mybodyfix.co.nz/blog/how-do-spikey-massage-balls-work/

Today Show. The biggest healthy food trends in 2021, according to a dietitian. TODAY.com. Published January 11, 2021. http://www.today.com/food/these-will-be-biggest-healthy-food-trends-2021-according-dietitian-t203476

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Written By Sarah Asay, RDN. Published on March 01, 2021. Updated on October 19, 2021.

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