The 5 Biggest Health & Wellness Trends Of 2020

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The year is 2020 and more people are focusing on their health and wellbeing. With a growth in interest comes a flood of products and diet fads but what’s worth listening to? We’ve looked into some of the biggest trends around for you to keep an eye on!

Gut Health: what’s your gut feeling?

Keeping the balance between good and bad bacteria is vital to our gut health. They live in harmony within our microbiome and convert food into nutrients which the body can use for energy. An imbalanced or unhealthy gut can have a negative effect on our body’s immune system, so it’s important to treat it well!

Probiotics can help improve the health of our gut flora. Fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut are all natural sources of probiotics that can ease stomach problems. For more advice on what foods are good for your gut, see the NHS’s list of good foods to help your digestion.

Turmeric Benefits

Turmeric is an age-old spice used in eastern cuisines for hundreds of years. So why is it becoming so popular today?

The NCCIH suggests turmeric has significant health properties that can help with preventing Alzheimer’s, improving brain function and act as a natural anti-inflammatory. It has moved far past its original root form and can now be found in an array of health supplements from turmeric powder to turmeric capsules. And of course, there is nothing us Brits like more than a cup of tea! Turmeric tea is not only delicious but boosts our immune system and improves our cardiovascular health.

Although, you can always have too much of a good thing so make sure you’re monitoring your turmeric intake as a high dosage can be counterproductive.

Circadian Health

Believe it or not, early birds could be telling the truth when they say they love waking up. We all have an internal body clock known as the circadian rhythm which uses light to know when to be awake and the dark to know when to sleep. However, not everyone’s rhythms are the same. Some people are full of beans first thing in the morning, whilst night owls don’t feel energised until the evening.

External factors like jet lag and screens before bedtime can put your rhythm out of whack. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences suggests this disruption could lead to mental health disorders, obesity and sleep-related illnesses.

Although, you can stabilise your rhythm by making small changes to your daily routine through maintaining a sleep schedule or turning all the lights on after your alarm goes off. Modern technologies are also making it easier to look after our circadian health from sunrise alarm clocks which gently increases light in the room as you awake to the jet lag app, Timeshifter.

Skincare: Face Rollers

Everyone needs a little TLC and what better treat than a facial from your own home! Face rollers are one of the biggest trends around as a new, non-invasive dermatological treatment. They come in all different styles with rose quartz and jade rollers being the most popular.

Face rollers work by giving your face a lymphatic massage which stimulates blood flow and oxygenates the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and acne. They also have a positive impact on your health by easing headaches and jaw tensions, as well as your wellbeing by releasing toxins to leave you destressed and feeling zen!

You can use these rollers alongside your regular skincare routine or try with other popular wellness products like glycolic acid (a natural substance found in pineapple and sugarcane) which removes dead skin cells and acne scars. You can find vegan-friendly facial rollers over at The Vegan Warehouse.

Going Bananas

We all know a banana’s nutritional value. It’s rich with potassium, can help with heart health and digestion. However, the humble banana is set for a rebrand in 2020 that will launch it as one of the major dietary trends of the year, but not as we know it…

As more people are switching to a plant-based diet, there is a growing demand for innovative fruit and vegetable alternatives. The banana flour was born! Gluten-free and paleo-friendly, green banana flour is set to become a common grain replacement, packed full of fibre and micronutrients.

Banana is also becoming an alternative for those non-dairy drinkers. Banana milk is a great natural source of protein and rich in vitamins to ensure you are still getting your essential nutrients.

Why not try our Nakd Banoffee Pie Bar which uses a mixture of dates, nuts and banana to recreate the dessert classic in a way that’s vegan-friendly, dairy and gluten-free.

Of course, all of our Nakd Bars are made from 100% natural ingredients – just fruit, nuts and sometimes a smidgen of natural flavouring, explore the whole Nakd Bar range to pick your favourite.

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