Finally! The moment has arrived: we reveal the top
health and wellbeing trends we’re going crazy for in 2017
Tiger nuts are a small root vegetable that grow in the Mediterranean and Africa. They’re a traditional food in these areas and may even have been eaten as far back as the Stone Age! Tiger nut milk is also a traditional drink in Spain.
Tiger nuts are commonly found in the
form of tiger nut flour – a great alternative gluten-free, grain-free flour that can be used in baking or cooking and that’s suitable for all types of diets from vegan to Paleo to nut-free. Tiger nuts are high in fibre and contain calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, amongst other valuable nutrients. They are great when it comes to supporting the digestive system and weight loss.
Essential oils have been around for many, many years but have been a little forgotten about. Their return is in line with the 2017 theme of ‘natural’ and ‘holistic’ products.
They are among the simplest natural remedies. We’re rediscovering how they can help with a plethora of modern ailments including stress and anxiety, mood, sleep, and even hormonal balance.
Essential oils are gaining popularity on the beauty market too. We can see that in terms of skincare ingredients, with brands going back to basics – less is more! Essentials oils are packed with vitamins, amino acids and anti oxidants so they won’t dry your skin. Instead, they can smooth fine lines and heal blemishes at the same time. Go for natural products, such as new What Skin Needs Hydrating Facial Serum, which combines Aloe Vera and Plantolin essential oils.
People are becoming more and more concerned about their teeth and dental health. One way to help prevent against infection and the build up of bacteria is by taking probiotics in a chewable form.
As well as taking care of our intestinal health, friendly bacteria also live in our mouth and help to take care of our teeth and gums too. For this reason, chewable probiotics could help to keep our oral health in check.
Along with the 2017 trend of all things ‘natural’, there are themes of ‘environmentally friendly’ and ‘sustainability’. With this in mind, along with the rising popularity of vegan diets, the market for omega 3 from algae is only likely to increase. We know that there is a real concern about the sustainability of fish due to the over farming of our oceans. Omega 3 from algae allows us to have the benefits of the nutrient without affecting our fish stock.
We’ve seen probiotic yoghurts and probiotic supplements of course – and even probiotic chocolate has found a niche in the market. Now probiotic water is proving popular too, as another way to naturally help our gut. Tablets are out. Different ways of getting our supplements are in. Food and drink are becoming functional – this trend is an example of how we can get the goodness of water with the added health benefits of probiotics.
Cauliflower in all forms
Cauliflower is amazingly versatile. You can pulse raw florets in a food processor to make cauliflower ‘rice’, steam it and blend to make a delicious mash, or just remove the leaves, put it in the oven and bake it whole. It’s low in carbs and calories and high in fibre, vitamin C, folate and potassium. It also contains compounds called glucosinolates, which are thought to have anti-cancer activity.