- Trends we’re leaving in the past include virtual fitness classes, gut health “hacks”, fad diets, and long skin care routines.
- Immune health support, adaptogens/nootropics, and mini workouts are among the trends we’re interested in keeping for the new year.
Another year has come to an end. 2022 has brought many new health trends, but which ones are worth following?
When it comes to health and wellness, there are both a lot of helpful trends and a lot of misinformation. It’s important to proceed with care if you’re considering following a health trend and to trust reliable sources. That’s where we come in!
We’re here to help break down the trends worth keeping to help improve your life and the ones we’re itching to leave behind.
Health & wellness trends we’re leaving behind
Virtual fitness classes
Throughout pandemic lockdowns, when going to the gym or your favorite yoga class wasn’t an option, people turned to virtual workouts. While the virtual options from home aren’t going anywhere, restrictions have. After over two years, most of us are ready to get back to the gym in person. People are looking for the community and environment feeling that only in-person experiences can give. One gym even saw the highest-membership increases in March 2022 and average gym check-ins have been higher than in 2019.1
We always recommend doing what makes you feel comfortable. Continue with at-home workouts and fitness classes if that fits your lifestyle and makes exercise more accessible for you!
Most health trends that promise a “quick fix” are not well researched or backed by healthcare professionals. Fad diets are often promoted by celebrities or media as the fastest approach to maintaining good health. Some fad diets that have circulated over the past year include intermittent fasting and a keto diet. When it comes to nutrition and diet, we’re more interested in tips that focus on long-term health. But always consult your healthcare practitioner to determine what diet is best for you.
Long skincare routines
Cleanse. Exfoliate. Toner. Essence. Serum…the list goes on. Ten step skincare routines have been all the rage recently—but how effective are they, really? Less is more when it comes to skincare. The American Academy of Dermatology Association recommends simplifying your skincare routine to include the basics, such as a gentle cleanser, sunscreen, and moisturizer.2
If you want to support your skin from the inside out, use a supplement like Solgar® Collagen Hyaluronic Acid Complex. The formula boosts skin collagen in just 12 weeks; increases skin elasticity and softens the appearance of wrinkles.*
Gut health “hacks”
Gut health content has been trending over the past year, especially on TikTok. Social media influencers have attracted over 1.2 billion views to the hashtag #guthealth, which directs to a number of advice videos on how to “heal the gut”.3 However, this trend is misleading, because there’s no straightforward, universal understanding of what this means.
Gut health will always be important and there’s no shortcut to better gut health. We’re leaving this trend behind to focus on long-term gut health habits.
Now that we’ve identified the trends we’re itching to leave behind, let’s look into what we’re carrying forward for a healthy 2023 and beyond!
Health & wellness trends we’re keeping
Immune health support
Since the beginning of the pandemic, immune health has been top of mind, and it continues to be a relevant health priority for many. The immune system, composed of various organs, cells, and proteins, plays an essential role in protecting the body from harmful bacteria.4 When it’s healthy, your immune system is also your support system, ensuring that you are healthy and capable of doing what you need.
You can support your immune health by getting enough sleep, eating a nutrient-rich diet, exercising regularly, and taking immune-supporting supplements.
Supplements for immune support
Solgar® Vitamin D3 helps support a healthy immune system and promote calcium absorption for strong bones and teeth.*
Solgar® Zinc Picolinate provides a highly-absorbable, chelated form of zinc. Each serving helps support:
- Immune system health*
- Healthy skin and eyes*
- Normal taste and vision*
- Normal skeletal, endocrine and reproductive system functions*
Solgar® Ester-C® Plus Immune Complex gives you the ultimate combination of immune-supporting ingredients.* Each serving supports upper respiratory health and gives you*:
- 1000 mg of clinically-studied Ester-C®
- Vitamins A, D3, and zinc for additional immune support*
- Elderberry, astragalus, and echinacea
- Magnesium & a range of B-vitamins
Nootropics and adaptogens for mental well-being
Taking care of your mental health is just as important as your physical health. One of the ways you can do this is with nootropics and adaptogens, which have been proven to support the body’s stress response.5 Nootropics and adaptogens offer similar benefits; they’re substances that can help with cognitive function and mood. Some examples include:
Best sleep and stress supplements with adaptogens
Get ahead of stress with Solgar® Daily Stress Support. It contains Rhodiolife® Rhodiola rosea extract – an adaptogen that supports the body’s ability to deal with stress.*
Solgar® Stress & Anxiety Relief uses KSM-66® Ashwagandha, which is the most studied ashwagandha extract available today. This specific strain is sourced from India in a way that makes sure the plant maintains its expected potency. It is also super bioavailable (or body-ready) and made without the use of alcohol or chemical solvents.
Solgar® Triple Action Sleep combines melatonin, calming L-Theanine, and a nighttime herbal blend (Chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, valerian root extract) to help you stay asleep and wake up feeling refreshed.*
Focusing on the gut microbiome
Let’s take a closer look at the microbiome—home to trillions of microorganisms that live in your small and large intestines. These microorganisms, also called microbiota or microbes, help trigger the immune system and break down food, two key contributors in good gut health.6
A healthy gut affects more than just your digestion. It’s connected to brain health, immune health, stress, and mood.7 But you can’t improve your gut health without strengthening your gut microbiome. Two research-backed ways to promote a healthy microbiome include eating a diet rich in dietary fiber (ex. beans, whole grains, broccoli, berries) and taking probiotics.8 9
Best probiotics for gut health
Solgar® Probi® Plus Enzyme Capsules contain 20 billion colony forming units (CFU) with three fermentation-based enzymes to promote optimal gut health.* It also contains the well-studied LP299v® probiotic strain, which has been clinically shown to help reduce abdominal discomfort associated with occasional gas and bloating.*
Solgar® Advanced Probiotic Complex is our most powerful probiotic yet. It contains 80 Billion CFUs to help support digestive health and provide good bacteria for the immune system.* The multi-strain formula provides Lactobacillus acidophilus La-14® & Bifidobacterium lactis BI-04, and B. bifidum SD-5857.
When it comes to nutrition—the more personal, the better. Science and technology are starting to pay more attention to personalized diets that focus on an individual’s unique DNA, biochemistry, and microbiome.
Personalized nutrition refers to identifying the foods or nutrients that are best for the individual, rather than offering recommendations based on a group of people (ie. seniors, pregnant women, etc.) For example, individuals are offered dietary recommendations based on their food allergies and intolerances.
That’s why at Solgar®, we like to offer a variety of innovative formulas for various health needs. And we always advise that you talk with your healthcare practitioner about what supplements are best for you.
Let’s face it—not everyone has time to spare 60 minutes a day to a comprehensive workout. If you’re interested in including more physical activity into your life, it’s better to start small and work your way up.
Mini workouts are quick and effective ten-minute workouts that you can easily squeeze into your day. One study showed that adults are likely to experience similar health benefits of accumulated shorter periods of exercise as they would from a single long bout of exercise.10
Try this mini workout for yourself:
- 10 bodyweight squats
- 10 pushups
- 10 jumping jacks
- 20-second plank
- Repeat 4-5 times
Healthy habits to start in 2023
Which health and wellness trends are you most interested in? Trends are constantly changing and evolving, but some are worth keeping around and can help inspire new healthy habits. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2023!
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