It's time for new beginnings, new promises and a new you! As studies and health news comes out, trends are shifting. You've tried your share of fashionable diets and maybe you're looking for something different next year to inspire you. Never fear, we see some great things coming in 2017 that you can start right now!
What To Try
Maitake Mushrooms - We're not going to tell you to go out and start eating random fungi, because that would probably end badly, but maitake mushrooms are naturally rich in antioxidants, antibacterials and anti-aging materials. They're also being used against cancer cells with and without chemotherapy with some pretty interesting results. Adding these to your supplements (or to your diet) is a great way to explore new possibilities in the new year. Ashwagandha - Hardly a new find, this herb is growing in popularity in the west for its multiple uses. A new study just released revealed its effect on sleep deprivation symptoms in rats, suggesting it's something to try for those suffering from insomnia. It has also helped with weight management and chronic stress, according to a study published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. If your resolution is to cut back on calories and anxiety, you may want to pick some of this stuff up! Kava - While ashwagandha treats the symptoms of sleep deprivation, the kava plant may actually help you get to sleep. From the Pacific islands, kava is a plant that has a strong effect on the body not unlike alcohol and may promote sleep and help calm anxiety. Since it's still being studied for its true potential, definitely talk to your doctor about it first if you're on any medications. CBD - Cannabidiol (CBD) was one of our blogs this year but it's only now getting real steam behind the movement and for good reason. As we said before, CBD oil has all the healing properties of cannabis without the negative THC drug effects, making it pure supplement. It's the ultimate anxiety, stress, inflammation and pain fighter of the new year. Get yours in pill, spray or liquid form. Best of all, because it's THC-free, you don't need a doctor's note. Chlorophyll - Also known as that thing you learned about in science class, chlorophyll has been extracted from plants to be made directly into supplements and drinks for easy consumption. If you're not into eating your vegetables, we've got you covered. The green stuff can help you with weight loss and diet management. Move over wheat grass. Activated Charcoal - This isn't for your patio cookout. Activated charcoal is your new biotin - it helps with hair and skin when mixed with your favorite products and can whiten teeth if you add it to your toothpaste. We even have a blog on how to make your own face mask with it, check it out here. But what's more, if you take it when needed, it may actually help relieve gas and bloating, avoiding constipation and other bowel discomforts. Great for those who only need something occasionally.
While we're talking about trends which have the nature of changing, lifestyle over temporary diets is the real switch coming our way in the health industry. What does this mean exactly? It means looking at every aspect of your life and making changes so you're living healthier instead of just treating the symptoms.
For example, if you're constantly being plagued by stress like 77% of people do, trying a new supplement may help you cope but dealing with the root of the problem is what's actually going to help you. Finding the source of your stress and adapting
to make it less of a burden on your life is going to be a lot more helpful and healthy than taking CBD oil every day.
Cooking is the new diet trend too. We're seeing boxed delivery meal plans popping everywhere and they aren't diet food. Real, home-cooked meals that are balanced in what you're striving to eat more of, be it a the high-fat Keto diet
or simply cutting back on preservatives and sugar. It's changing your relationship with food. Going with a delivery service or taking on the workload yourself each has it's pros and cons, time versus money, but both take commitment. It's a lot more work than frozen dinners but if you plan it out, you may find yourself liking and craving healthy food instead of just tolerating it.
This new year, look at what you really want to accomplish and think about how to change it at its source. You don't have to do it alone. Talk to friends and family and they can help you cook or head to that fitness class you always wanted to try. And of course, eVitamins is here with all your supplements, recipes and health tips you need this new year to help.
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