What Health Trends Will Be Hot for 2019?
New Years come with resolutions, and it's probably safe to say that most resolutions have something to do with getting into shape, getting healthy, and getting off the couch. If this sounds like your resolution, you're in luck. There is no shortage of health-related trends, fads, and crazes heading into 2019. From foods and supplements to workout routines and fitness fads, the new year will bring plenty of new health kicks for you to try.
From sun damage to fine lines, retinol is, for some, the go-to skincare additive for a host of conditions and treatments, and for good reason — the vitamin A derivative works. The problem is that retinol can be harsh and irritating, particularly for those with conditions like sensitive skin, eczema and rosacea. The good news is, several promising plant-based alternatives have emerged, with 2019 looking to be a breakout year for so-called retin-alts. Look for retin-alt ingredients like bakuchiol in new products sold at places like Sephora and Neiman Marcus.
In the realm of trendy "superfood" fads, kale was undoubtedly king in 2018, with avocados not far behind. Although the leafy cruciferous vegetable's and creamy green tree fruit's 15 minutes aren't up just yet, there's a new sprout in town. Contrary to popular belief, cauliflower is not just white broccoli, and the dense, fleshy veggie is surprisingly versatile — broiled cauliflower steaks are nearly as chic as cauliflower rice. Cauliflower, which actually comes in a spectrum of colors, packs a pretty hefty nutritional punch, and the health food industry is poised to make a big push to elevate it to the status of the next big superfood in 2019.
Cannabidiol oil (CBD) comes from the same plant as marijuana, but since it doesn't contain the psychoactive ingredient THC, it cannot get you high. It does, however, offer a range of promising and exciting potential health benefits, including relief from pain, anxiety, and even acne. With legal hemp production included in the most recent farm bill, and major marijuana legalization movements sweeping much of the country, 2019 is expected to be a banner year for CBD-based products of all stripes.
Soy milk long dominated the milk-alternative market for people seeking a dairy substitute, although almond milk in 2018 made a move from back-bench status to becoming a major industry player. It appears, however, that 2019 is shaping up to be the year of oat milk. The brand Oatly is spearheading the movement to put oat milk into the mainstream (at least among dairy alternatives), promoting the perceived benefits of the sugar-free, gluten-free drink.
For 10 seasons, NBC's "American Ninja Warrior" has entertained legions of fans who love watching seemingly regular people perform extraordinary acts of strength, endurance, and courage while traversing cartoonishly difficult obstacle courses. Now, the show's fans can train like their favorite competitors in Ninja Warrior gyms that follow the same unconventional theme as the hit TV program. Ninja Warrior gyms can already be found in a dozen states, and 2019 looks to be the year the trend finally catches on with the masses.
There's nothing particularly new about staring into a screen while working out at home — Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda built empires from the 1980s VHS aerobics tape craze. But 2019 is expected to be a banner year for a trend that gathered some real traction over the last year or 18 months — streaming luxury fitness. Chic, exclusive and expensive boutique fitness studios once reserved for high-end clientele in New York City and Los Angeles are now offering streaming services that beam their classes into the living rooms of the masses.
2018 was a breakout year for the humble, underappreciated mushroom, which health experts tout for the high level of protein, B-vitamins, and other beneficial compounds found in the edible fungi. In 2019, you can expect to hear even more about the versatile mushroom, which is now popping up in everything from ground beef patties and smoothies to skin-care products, and even coffee.
Probiotics have been a buzzword associated with digestive health for years, but they're most often associated with supplements and yogurt. Yogurt, however, isn't the only fermented food that's packed with "good" gut bacteria. One of the biggest trends heading into 2019 is the pursuit of naturally occurring probiotics and prebiotics in fermented foods, drinks and desserts. Be on the lookout for kombucha, kefir, fermented beverages like kvas and vinegar, and heaping servings of sauerkraut.
Devices like FitBit and Apple Watch popularized the digital cataloging of things like sleep, steps walked and heart rate, and now it appears that the trend of using tech to track personalized health and wellness is moving into nutrition. In fact, giants like Genesis Healthcare Technology and Nestle Wellness are using DNA tests to deliver nutritional programs that are individualized on a genetic level. In 2019, you'll likely see food planning go molecular.
When talking about trends regarding supplements and vitamins in 2019, the biggest surprise might just be what you're likely not to see. Gretchen Rubin, author of "The Happiness Project," recently told Outside Online that she predicts a steep drop-off in the multibillion-dollar nutritional supplement industry, thanks to skepticism based on a growing body of research that questions their effectiveness.
Gyms have long been the centerpiece of American workout culture, with a dizzying menu of gadgets, gizmos, and machines. This year, however, exercise enthusiasts are returning to the basics and embracing the one piece of workout equipment that they already own and never have to pay for: their bodies. From push-ups to pull-ups to hanging leg raises, bodyweight exercises can be done anywhere, they're endlessly customizable, scalable to any fitness level and trending hard in 2019.
Yoga and pilates have been trending in the mainstream for years now, but did you know that when you blend them together you get yogalates? High-intensity interval training (HIIT) has revolutionized how regular people exercise, but HIIT fusion keeps interval training fresh by adding elements from different workout genres and styles. Those are just two examples — 2019 is likely to be packed with new and exciting variations of fusion fitness, which incorporate elements from a variety of philosophies, platforms, and disciplines.
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