By David Saunders, Health Editor | UPDATED: 08:28, 26 June 2020
Are you looking to join the health hype in 2020 or perhaps you’re opting for new ways to give your wellbeing a boost? Whether you want to improve your nutrition or jump on the health bandwagon, our experts have shared their predictions for the 2020 health and wellbeing trends as well as their recommended products to get you ahead of the game…
1. Move Over Omega 3 Oil, It’s All About Algae Oil
“There has been a huge increase in consumer focus on sustainability, which is why 2020 may be the year of the algae revolution. An overlooked high quality vegan and sustainable source of omega 3 fats. Algae oil has the added benefit of far fewer contaminants such as PCBs and dioxins in comparison to fish oil. As veganism has snowballed over the last few years, we can expect an increase in functional foods such as omega 3 (algae oil) enriched vegan options to appear on the market,” explains the UK’s Leading London Nutritionist Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com).
2. Vegan Certification To Attract Consumers
The Vegan trend has quadrupled since 2012 and we predict that this popular trend is set to continuously increase with the rise in plant-based alternatives. Customers are now attracted by the Vegan certification on packaging and supplement brands that have been around for years, like Natures Plus, who have worked hard to earn the loyalty of millions of satisfied consumers, are adapting to this need by earning the all important vegan trademark. For example the popular Natures Plus Source of Life Gold Liquid (RRP £34.30, www.revital.co.uk), which provides a complete daily vitamin profile of 13 vitamins and 8 minerals in one 30ml dose a day, has just been vegan certified!
3. Mindfulness + Creativity = The Winning Combo For 2020
The typical health stereotypes are changing – protein powders are no longer associated with “gym bunnies” solely. We are becoming more mindful of fuelling our body with what it wants. In 2020 the number of individuals enjoying a protein shake for satiety, energy, sharpness and/or to simply increase their protein intake (especially vegans) will increase. As opposed to the targeted population that have a protein shake to help aid workout recovery.
As well as this, in 2019 we noticed an upgrade from the original protein powder shakes to protein packed pancakes, smoothies and balls and this creativity is set to step up another gear. Natures Plus have introduced a celery and pea protein soup to see you through the beginning of 2020.
2 tbsp. of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 potato, peeled and chopped into ½ inch cubes
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 cup cashew nuts
1 tbsp. vegetable stock
1 scoop Natures Plus Organic Pea Protein (RRP £22.50, www.naturesplus.com)
1 cup of soya milk or preferred alternative
Flat leaf parsley, chopped
Nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in a large pan and add potato, celery, onion and garlic. Reduce heat to low, cover and let the vegetables cook for about 10 minute, shaking the pan every few minutes to avoid sticking or burning.
Add cashews and cook for another 2 minutes. Then, add enough water to cover the vegetables and stir in vegetable stock. Let boil and then reduce to a simmer for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.
Pour mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth. Then slowly add milk and stir in Natures Plus Organic Pea Protein. Season with nutmeg (freshly grated is best), salt and pepper. Stir in chopped parsley and serve with croutons if desired.
4. GP Waiting Time Will Be The Longest Ever
People seeking help with their mental health are being kept on “hidden waiting lists”, with more than 122,000 patients waiting more than eight weeks to see a doctor again after their first appointment.
Self-help options that you can do in your own time to help with problems like stress, anxiety and depression will become increasingly popular in 2020. ThinkWell-LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com, Monthly Subscription £8.00) the ‘Mindfulness and More’ online toolkit draws on a multi-modular approach to add and combine leading techniques such as cognitive work, NLP, hypnotherapy, guided meditation and dream-work, delivered in both online and offline forms. Experienced therapist and former advertising psychologist Mick Cassell created a website app to answer the needs that his professional and personal experience told him were not being met by the Mindfulness apps currently in the marketplace.
“There is always a place for one to one therapy but the benefits of an online programme like TWLW lies in immediacy, accessibility, cost and range of choice. It can take a long time to be referred to a practitioner, to actually get an appointment, the cost can be considerable and a barrier for many and it can take time to find the right fit with the therapist and modality of therapy. People can access TWLW straight away and get started where they feel most drawn, seeing benefits immediately. There is no need to arrange childcare or take time off work. Without leaving the house, in just 5 minutes of downtime, people can seek the support and practical tools they need to invest in their health and feel a difference,” explains qualified Psychologist working with ThinkWell LiveWell (www.thinkwell-livewell.com), Suzy Reading.
5. Workplace Wellness Stepping Up
Workplace wellness is continuing to be of interest in the media as employers are encouraged to take better care of their employee’s health. Leading London Nutritionist, Lily Soutter (www.lilysoutternutrition.com) specialises in workplace wellness and the tools you need to make practical, sustainable and positive dietary changes no matter how busy you are. Her passion is to simplify the science around nutrition, to provide health hacks and smarter eating strategies to empower people to enjoy a healthy and successful lifestyle. Lily implements nutrition focused wellbeing programmes within corporate organisations across the UK. For a health optimisation plan in 2020, tailored to your employees with diet and lifestyle advice to target their health goals, request a consultation with Lily (www.lilysoutternutrition.com).
6. Ayurvedic Medicine Will Take The UK By Storm
The market for alternative medicine is growing and Ayurvedic Medicine is becoming the latest wellness go to. Ayurveda, the ancient healing system that has been treating chronic conditions for thousands of years is making resurgence. Natural herbs are a key component of Ayurveda and are key used for the regulation of blood sugar, insulin sensitivity, and other diabetic complications.
Dr Sarah Brewer, GP and medical advisory board member for CuraLife (www.curalife.co) adds, “Medicine is moving away from the old paradigm of ‘diagnose and treat’ towards one of ‘self-help and prevent.’ Pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are providing increasing support for people who prefer to take more control over their own health. Healing systems such as Ayurveda, which uses more natural approaches such as herbal medicines, are also increasing in popularity.”
“An individual herb that works for one person may not work for another because of the different sensitivity of their cell receptors” adds Brewer. A natural herbal supplement called CuraLin (£59, www.curalife.co), uses a synergy of 10 well known and investigated Ayurvedic herbs including Bitter Melon, Fenugreek, Amla fruit and Turmeric. “Combining 10 different Ayurvedic herbs that work in different ways helps to overcome this so that everyone responds to some of the ingredients. It also means that lower doses of each herb are needed, which significantly reduces the chance of side effects,” explains Dr Brewer.
7. Mushroom Infused Products On The Rise
Wellness trends like oat milk and CBD have hit the mainstream, and mushroom mixed products are on the rise. According to a Pinterest study released at the start of 2019, superfood powders have had a 144% year-over-year spike in searches on the 250-million-user-strong social media site, and interest in nutrient-packed mushrooms, in particular, is up 46%.[iv] Medicinal mushrooms also referred to as superfoods and adaptogens, which do not get you high, have long been used in Chinese medicines but we predict that this hot new trend will be creeping into mainstream products in 2020.
“Medicinal mushrooms are very potent herbs. They are a hot topic currently in health food stores. They have been used for centuries in the Far East cultures for diverse medicinal purposes. Natures
Plus chose to add these great herbs to improve and boost the effects of each formula, favouring a synergistic effect among foods and mushrooms,” explains Nutritionist at Natures Plus, Martina Della Vedova (www.naturesplus.co.uk). With Blue Monday on the horizon opt for a mushroom packed Vitamin D3 such as the Natures Plus Source of Life Garden Vitamin D3 (£13.85, www.revital.co.uk)