We’ve passed the unofficial start of summer and are on to patio and bikini season. The wellness industry has really picked up speed in the last few years and has promoted mindfulness and healthy living to the general public. We’ve compiled our top 5 wellness trends for the coming sunny season.
Adaptogens, herbs that are known to reduce a variety of stressors including physical stress, PMS, and anxiety, are all the rage. This summer you’ll be seeing all sorts of different potions and tonics that contain things like ashwagandha, reishi, and he shou wu. Sounds crazy but there is actually quite a bit of research and years of eastern medicine behind the craze. It you want the 411 on these medicinal herbs, look here.
We may see the unicorn craze on social media being replaced by these pretty pink (and GMO) pineapples. The genes of this tropical fruit have been modified to present with the pink color and have been approved for shipment to the US. We’re not sure when they’ll be hitting the shelves but are sure your Instagram feed will be tickled pink when they do. The jury is still out on their taste, but they sure are pretty.
The beauty industry is going through a major overhaul thanks to superstars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba. Traditional beauty products are packed with toxins like parabens and phthalates that have been linked to diseases like cancer. Whoa. Some brands like Juice Beauty, Beautycounter, and Credo are becoming mainstream. Want to know more? Read Clean Beauty – and Why It’s Important.
While we’ll still be enjoying some adult beverages this summer, there is a trend to cut back on the alcohol and actually keep it to 1-2 drinks per day. There have been plenty of studies related to the harmful effects of alcohol on the body but also plenty on the benefit of moderate drinking – key word here being “m-o-d-e-r-a-t-e”. That’s 1 drink for women and 1-2 drinks for men today. We think that more people will be passing up the vodka waters for things like Frozen Coconut Limeade or Cucumber, Basil, Lime Juice.
Rest and Recovery
You’ve been HIIT-ing it hard all year, and your body might be screaming to slow it down. This summer will be full of long walks and restorative yoga to supplement our super high intensity workouts. Our bodies need time to rest and rebuild. What are some of your favorite restorative exercises?