Over the last few years, the idea of ‘Wellness’ – a natural, holistic approach to health and self care – has become a way of life for many people. In response, there has been an enormous amount of new developments in the Wellness world.
This second instalment in our new Wellness Essentials series continues to showcase some of the new, innovative and sometimes bizarre trends in the wellness world to help you navigate this exciting space.
For the last couple of years it's been all about coconut oil. This year Avocado oil is taking its place in the spotlight.
It’s high in oleic acid, monounsaturated fats, vitamins D, E and A, antioxidants, and even magnesium. Some studies show that avocado oil has the unique ability to improve the function of our cells, and it may help to reduce gum disease and symptoms of arthritis.
In addition, avocado oil is a very healthy cooking oil, with an extremely beneficial fatty acid profile, good levels of antioxidants and other healthy compounds. It also has a very high smoke point that makes it a healthier option for high heat cooking than olive oil but without the strong flavour of coconut oil.
Avocado oil also helps support the body’s uptake of carotenoid antioxidants and other valuable nutrients that support bone structure. Another reason to partake in folate-rich foods is how it prevents the buildup of homocysteine, which can impair blood circulation and nutrient pathways to the brain. This interferes with your body’s ability to sleep, regulate your moods, and how your body perceives food. When this happens you may struggle with heightened anxiety and depression.
Sound baths might not be for everyone, but this the increasingly trendy form of meditation is said to reduce anxiety, pain and aid sleep disorders.
According to soundbathhealing.com “A sequence of quartz crystal singing bowls are played, each one keyed to the energy centres (chakras) of the body, where sound nourishes the nervous system. Other instruments are played such as the didgeridoo,harmonium, heartbeat drum and Tibetan singing bowls. The results are waves of peace, heightened awareness, and relaxation of the mind, body and spirit."
Recently re-discovered as an overlooked key to good health, Magnesium’s benefits can include reduced symptoms from conditions such as chronic pain, fatigue and insomnia. Magnesium may also provide protection from a number of chronic diseases, especially those associated with ageing and stress.
Magnesium flakes and Epsom salt baths are becoming more and more popular as people strive to take advantage of the benefits of magnesium to their overall health and wellness.
In 2017 yoga is moving beyond the studio floor. Christopher Harrison created antigravity yoga in 2007 but it’s seeing an exponential rise in popularity at the moment. In antigravity yoga (or aerial yoga, as it’s more commonly known) practitioners perform poses and inversions suspended above the ground with the help of a hammock or carnival silks. It involves performing a series of exercises inspired by yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics in the hammock-like apparatus, in order to achieve a total-body workout.