As Dr SimonéLaubscher, formulator of WelleCo’s ingestible beauty-through-wellness collection and founder of Rejuv Wellness, explains: "Touching the elements of nature - getting out in your garden, or a park, putting your hands in the soil, walking or sitting on the grass, swimming in the sea, and even filling your home with plants or playing with pets will improve your internal microbiome and the microbiome of your home. If grounding with the earth is tricky and you have to spend many hours a day on your computer inside, then think about buying a grounding mat to put under laptop, or place it under your feet while you work to reduce your EMF load - even using a yoga mat will help.”
'Tapping' is the simple wellness hack that can reduce anxiety in minutes
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Levelling Up Your Hydration
We all know how vital it is for our wellbeing to properly hydrate our bodies, and we’re seeing more people mixing up their own electrolyte drinks at home to maximise this hydration. “Mixing up a ‘wellness water’ not only keeps this more interesting, it’s also a wonderful way to balance your blood sugar levels, reducing cravings, and to detoxify and nourish the body. I suggest taking a glass jug with 2L of water, and mixing it with the juice of 1/2 a lemon, 1/2 a lime, ginger (to taste), fresh mint leaves, sliced cucumber and 1tsp cinnamon powder. Drink this throughout the day and avoid large amounts at meal times,” says Dr SimonéLaubscher.
We talk about gut health but why do we not talk about brain health? The gut is our second brain, so why are we not taking the same care with our actual brain? The brain is arguably the most complex organ in the human body and recognised as the body’s command centre, influencing every aspect of life. Brain health is the state of brain functioning across cognitive, sensory, social-emotional, behavioural and motor domains, allowing a person to realise their full potential and that's why people will be supplementing with nootropics. Nootropics are brain-boosters: they are known to enhance cognitive performance and improve brain health. They work in many ways to produce a wide range of benefits across memory, focus, motivation and verbal fluency. Many nootropics have adaptogenic properties – helping your mind and body adapt to physical, mental and emotional stressors and find balance.
Damien Byrne, Founder of HUX Health, says: "Most people wouldn't do a workout without replenishing their body, usually with proteinand electrolytes. However, the brain is the hardest working organ. It needs specificnutrition; this is the foundation of mood stability, mental clarity and a vital marker for mental health. Brains are now starting to get the attention and care theydeserve. Nootropics are brainfood.”
East meets West - a fusion of Chinese medicine with modern technology
More and more people are discussing the effectiveness of ancient Chinese medicine modalities such as Gua Sha, Cupping and Acupuncture and their effect on wellbeing. And Ada Ooi, Chinese Medicine & Red Carpet Skin Expert, believes they'll continued to be used for specialised treatments for hormone regulation, stress management and postpartum health in 2023. “Legendary plants used in Chinese medicine will be coupled with scientific research to create formulations that elevate ancient holistic use for modern skin,” she says. "Following the principles of Chinese medicine, the concept of life and growth are researched to not only aid correction and recovery but stimulate new activities for prolonged healthy skin. Some key ingredients to watch out for are a variety of Eastern mushrooms like shiitake mushroom, as well as roots like ginseng.
New Wave Wellness
Out with the old, in with the new wave wellness. According to Hotels.com, a quarter of Brits are more open to wellness breaks than ever before and almost a third have admitted this is because they are bored with traditional wellness retreats and want to experience something more exciting in 2023. A further 36% say it’s because there are more alternative wellness experiences than ever before. The UK is at the core, with most British travellers wanting to stay here to explore new offerings. However, Gen Z have a different view and are looking much further afield, with the Maldives topping the list, followed by New Zealand. The quirkier the better, with activities such as sylvotherapy (forest bathing), fruit harvesting, and body therapies including cryotherapy. To capture this awakened market, hotels such as the Loire Valley Lodge in France and Whitepod in Switzerland are innovating and offering advanced rejuvenation programs and hands-on activities that encourage travellers to get up close and personal with nature.
Are you tired of trying hard to keep fit but feeling like you are constantly held back by a reoccurring pain or injury? Same. As we head into 2023, posture experts are warning that lots of people will suffer the effects of trying to start an exercise regime on a misaligned body (joints in the wrong positions and muscles doing the wrong jobs). When we exercise on a misaligned body, we will eventually feel the impact of this wonkiness and uneven distribution of load through our joints (which will hurt) and our muscles (which will get tense). Who knew? So it seems that focusing on our posture before we embark on those grand marathon plans is key. We love 'Posture Ellie' (@postureellie), who teaches people the joy of moving well by educating her clients on how to restore balance across the joints and function to the muscles. She has a two week free sign up period to her 'Online Studio' if you're keen.
As climate change continues to impact us and our environment, consumers are finding ways to contribute positively to the planet. This includes being more eco-conscious when it comes to food. Research shows that73% of peoplethink it is important to buy food that has a low environmental impact. Meal planning is one of the ways that can help you be more eco conscious when it comes to food, as well as eating locally and seasonally. Recently, Marks & Spencer has removed “best before” labels from 300 varieties of fruits and vegetables in stores to cut food waste, which is why Fresh Fitness Food - a personalised meal delivery service, delivering ready-to-eat, high quality, tailored meals to your door every day - is convinced people will eat on demand.
High fibre wellness plans
With between 70-80% of our immune system in our gut it is no surprise that the two trends are becoming intertwined as more research is done. Consumers are beginning to understand the importance of a healthy microbiome and whilst everybody is different there are some key steps we can take to ensure a healthy gut and in turn a strong immune system. According to the nutritionists at PRESS, high dietary fibre is associated with gut microbial diversity - which is why its range of soups are sources or high in fibre.
Digestive breath testing
At-home breath testers allow people to personalise their diets to tackle common, but hard-to-treat, digestive conditions like IBS and bloating. FoodMarbleis the world's first personal digestive breath tester and app that does this by helping people monitor their meals, stress, sleep and symptoms and test fermentation level with personalised, real-time results.
Conscious Deceleration is whereby more attention is given to restoring the best version of you by focusing on slowing down, allowing yourself space to breathe both physically and mentally - so you can build resilience. Need. “We predict a huge preference towards a longer-term approach and lifestyle (rather than a “quick-fix”) that build results over time (think: treatments, sessions, classes, circuits etc…),” said Ms Elda Ferrara, Manager at ROMEO The Spa by Sisley Paris (Naples, Italy).