The new superfoods
Move over, turmeric and kale, there’s a new slew of superfoods in town, and leading the pack are cassava, monk fruit and jackfruit. Hailing from South America, cassava is a root that can be ground down and used as a flour substitute, while the monk fruit, native to China and Thailand, is 300 times sweeter than sugar and can be used as a low-kilojoule sweetener. The South Indian jackfruit, which is the world’s largest tree-borne fruit, happens to taste like pulled pork. Jackfruit tacos, anyone?
Smart beds and pillows
Forget pillow-top mattresses and memory-foam pillows, the beds and pillows of the future will do more than give you a comfortable night’s sleep. Now there are beds that adjust their height to stop you snoring, mattresses that track the optimal temperature at which you sleep and cool down accordingly, and pillows that track your sleep patterns, help you fall asleep by playing soothing sounds from nature and simulate a sunrise to gently wake you up in the morning.
Turn up the heat
Already loved by Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga, infrared saunas are the hottest trend in the wellness world. Unlike traditional saunas, which heat the air around you, infrared saunas use heat-generating light to heat the body from within. The treatment claims to rid the body of toxins and heavy metals, boost the immune system, stimulate collagen growth, assist with weight loss and boost endorphin levels. Where do we sign up?
High-intensity interval training (HIIT)
Forget slogging it out on the treadmill for over an hour, HIIT is all about short bursts of activity followed by a brief rest-and-recovery period. Known to be incredibly effective in burning fat while toning and shaping the body (all within under an hour), this fitness trend looks set to become even more popular in 2018.
Fitness apps that require solitary workouts and self-motivation are losing popularity in favour of group workouts, especially competition-based ones where teams contend with one another, building camaraderie and adding a sense of fun to an otherwise boring workout session. Adding another level of playfulness to the usual routines are gyms, such as Throwback Fitness in New York, that are incorporating childhood playground games into their workouts.
The rising trend of helpful and intelligent mobile health apps, which allow doctors to consult with patients through the use of mobile devices without them having to physically visit the doctor’s rooms, looks set to become an even bigger trend in 2018. Patients can ‘visit’ a doctor from any location, giving an increased number of people access to healthcare, while saving them time and money. Not only does this offer people in remote areas increased access to medical care, but it also allows the health industry to more easily deliver health news and programmes to outlying areas.
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