Living through a global pandemic over the last two years has forced us to redefine what wellness means. Now that we’re heading into 2022, experts in wellness and nutrition tell us these are the trends we’ll be hearing a lot about in the coming year.
- Improving your gut health- Most of the 40-trillion-plus bacteria in your body are found in your gut and experts say we should be paying more attention to our gut health. “The health of your gut dictates your ability to digest and absorb nutrients in your food, which impacts every area of health and wellness,” explains Joel Totoro, Director of Science at Thorne, a supplement and health test company.
- Hyper Wellness- It’s the practice of trying to find the ideal balance of energy, wellbeing and focus, using proactive and preventative approaches. After COVID pushed many of us to step back and assess our overall health and wellbeing, people are looking at different ways to stay healthy and reach their goals, including testing for food sensitivities, micronutrient and antioxidant levels.
- Tracking stress- Knowing where your stress is coming from can help you deal with it. At-home stress tests track stress hormones and can help you find the causes of stress and understand why your body is responding that way.
- Mocktails and alcohol-free living- So many people are sober-curious these days, non-alcoholic beverage sales have increased 33% to $331-million, according to a Nielsen report. Products range from non-alcoholic hard liquors that can be used to make mocktails to a new zero-alcohol, zero-sugar Budweiser beer and experts say more options are on the way in 2022.
- Telehealth- With so many people staying home when they can, it’s no surprise that telehealth appointments are more popular than ever. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Health, telehealth appointments have increased 63-fold since 2019 and they’re expected to become the norm. Primary care physician Dr. Kenn Brooks says it allows them to see more patients, provide quicker turnaround on prescriptions and that they can almost always diagnose people through Zoom.