The Top 5 Wellness Trends of 2017

Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017! We’re ringing in the new year by looking ahead to the top wellness trends in the year to come. These trends aren’t limited to our diet, either. Remember: everything you do can either help or hurt your overall wellness. As 2017 approaches, keep these trends in mind and consider making a resolution to evaluate the ways in which your wellness is affected by what you eat and do every day.

1. Plant-based protein

The verdict is in: animals don’t have to be our only (or greatest) source of protein. Plant proteins are showing up in our smoothies, nutrition bars, and even (vegan) burgers. Not only are these proteins better for our health, but they’re better for the environment! Plant proteins include brown rice, hemp, pumpkin, alfalfa sprout, and sacha inchi. Plus, these protein powders are also available in different blends and mixes, so you can fill your smoothies with all your favorite types of plant protein!

2. Inflammation-fighting superfoods

As science advances, medical researchers are discovering that inflammation is related to many of the ailments we find ourself faced with in life. In fact, many people claim that inflammation is related to every aspect of our health. Obesity, ADD/ADHD, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, cancer, Crohn’s disease, and acne are only a few health issues directly related to inflammation in the body.

So it’s no surprise that in 2017, inflammation-fighting superfoods will be the next trend - even Starbucks has hopped on the bandwagon; they will be implementing a new inflammation-fighting drink called Chile Mocha. Other inflammation-fighting superfoods include broccoli, hemp seeds, onions and garlic, spinach, ginger, and turmeric. So make sure to add these to your grocery list this new year!

3. Collagen

Most of our body is made of water, so we have to drink a lot of it! However, most of our body is also made of collagen, so why don’t we consume a lot of it? In 2016 we saw a surge in consumption of bone broth (which has tons of benefits, including immune support and strong bones), a great source of collagen. Plus, collagen-rich powders and bottled drinks are becoming increasingly popular. This fibrous protein is known for promoting shiny hair, strong nails, and healthy digestion. Here’s to the year of collagen!

4. Natural makeup

Get ready to go au-natural! Swapping a made-up face for a natural complexion is a new trend in 2017, and it’s a huge promotion of wellness in the form of self-love. Since celebrities like Alicia Keys and Kylie Jenner have been rocking the no-makeup look and even posting natural selfies with the hashtag #NoMakeup, this trend has caught momentum. Embrace the natural beauty trend with DIY products you can make from superfoods you already have in your pantry!

5. Recovery rules

With high-intensity workouts ruling the exercise world this year, it’s no wonder that recovery will be of utmost importance in 2017. Recovery is super important for your body, especially when your workouts are rigorous. And the best thing about recovery is that it can be done in a plethora of ways; from yoga to simply rolling out your muscles, there are tons of fun tactics to let your body chill. Plus, new wellness apps and devices make recovery easier by tracking your sleep and heart rate. From the looks of it, the universe is begging us to use this new year to recover.