People are increasingly focusing on their health and how to take better care of themselves. The industry is answering this growing interest with new trends and products to help people take care of their health.
Read on to see three wellness trends for 2019.
High Tech Recovery Gadgets
We all know exercise is good for us, but increasingly science is showing us that recovery is where the real wellness magic happens. Recovery is not a new phenomenon for 2019, but the role technology is playing will be new in 2019.
If the craze of the Theragun this year is any indication of how technology is embracing the recovery market, 2019 will be the year of the recovery gadget. New facilities will be popping up focusing on recovery — versus solely exercise — like Upgrade Labs, a venture founded by Bulletproof’s Dave Asprey. The studios will provide 15 different “biohack” treatments aimed at helping your body recover properly.
Plant-based meat and dairy alternatives have been on an upswing as consumer become more aware of the downsides to consuming animal products. Plant-based meat alternatives grew by 23% in 2018 alone.
The next step in the evolution of plant-based food is fish. Achieving a tasty and sustainable plant alternative to fish has been challenging, but a few companies are killing it. From 2017 to 2018, early plant-based seafood provider, Sophie’s Kitchen, experience an impressive sales growth of 72%.
Regulating Light Exposure
Getting enough sleep, quality sleep, is a high priority for good health, but also one that so many of us struggle with the most. In 2019, following the natural circadian rhythm, and ways to maximize it for good sleep, will be a major trend.
Specifically, in 2019, managing light exposure will be a growing trend. The circadian rhythm is managing by two hormones in the body: cortisol and melatonin.
Cortisol is stimulated by light exposure, specifically the blue light present in sunlight and our screens (phones, tv, computers, etc.). It is cortisol that signals to our body and brain to be awake and alert.
Melatonin is in charge of sleep, which is why it’s often sought after as a supplement for insomniacs. The body produces melatonin when it knows it is time for sleep. According to the body’s natural circadian rhythm, sleep should happen when it gets dark.
In modern times, we often stay up past sunset on our screens. The blue light from those screens is still sending signals to our body that it is daytime and melatonin production doesn’t become triggered.
To mitigate some of the effects, 2019 trends to manage light will include more blue-light blocking glasses, blue-light blocking screen protectors, and “sleep mode” functions like the iPhone’s Bedtime mode.