6 Top Health Trends for 2016

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Remember when everyone was talking about the South Beach Diet or when sushi first took off? Most recently, you may have watched as the healthy food “bowl” took over for traditional breakfast, lunch, dinner, and your social media feed while vegan eateries became some of the most desirable dining destinations. Along with fashion and technology, the world of health seems to ebb and flow from one set of diet, food, and fitness trend to the next. Curious about what the coming year has in store? These are some of the biggest health and wellness trends taking off around the globe.

1. Athleisure

Do you anxiously anticipate the moment you pull off your jeans or slacks and slip into your sweats? This year, athleisure clothing (a combination of “athletic” and “leisure”), a word that was just added to the Merriam Webster Dictionary will take the world by storm. Be warned that these aren’t your every day, baggy sweats. Think a slimmer silhouette, harem pant style sweatpants made with quality fabric that is not only appropriate for evenings engrossed in TV, but can be worn to brunch, dinner with friends, or a weekend of errand running.

2. Meditation

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The practice of quieting the mind has always been one health concept that while practiced by many, remained on the outskirts of the nation’s biggest health and wellness trends. This year it’s expected to make its big break as chronic stress is slowly gaining momentum with the potential to become an American public health crisis. In response, boutique meditation studios are opening across the country and for a low budget fix, people are turning to Pinterest for home mediation space inspiration. The social media site has seen a 49% jump in pins about creating meditation space at home in the past few weeks.

3. Seaweed

The buzz around kale is finally dying out, making way for a new hot green. Seaweed, that slimy underwater plant found at sushi joints is gaining momentum this year for its impressive nutrient profile, skin care benefits, and potential for fighting climate change. Expect to see the green pop up almost everywhere. Not only are some of the top chefs embracing the newest green, but manufacturers are using seaweed to replace added salt in processed foods.

4. Juicero

You might not have heard of it, yet, but this juice made from farm-fresh fruits and vegetables is expected to be a major player in the coming year. Juicero was founded by former Organic Avenue c-founder and CEO Doug Evans and has already raised more than $100 million from big time investors like Cambell’s Soup, Google Ventures, Thrive Capital, and more. The setup? Imagine a coffee Keurig, but for juice. You buy the machine then choose from inexpensive juice pods that make fresh juice in the comfort of your own home.

5. Matcha

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If you begin to notice bright green beverages and desserts, it’s probably matcha, one of the year’s biggest wellness trends. Matcha is a Japanese green tea in a powder form that is whisked into hot water or milk. Expect to see matcha lattes in coffee shops (including Starbucks) as well as make at home versions of the lightly caffeinated beverage. The tea is rich in antioxidants making it one health trend that may evolve into a staple.

6. Eastern medicine

If you’ve never heard of Ayurveda, you may not be alone, but before long this 5,000-year-old system of natural healing which spawned Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine will be a common household name. Ayurveda is the science of life and provides guidelines for daily and seasonal routines, diet, behavior, and proper use of senses. This lifestyle changer focuses on the whole being, making it much more than a diet or quick health fix.

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