Here’s what’s hot in natural health.
Move over, chickpeas: There’s another legume that’s getting a major PR push thanks to growing interest in the world’s “blue zones” (places where people live the longest, healthiest lives). It’s the mighty lentil! Many people who’ve reached age 100 consume a mostly plant-based diet that’s heavy on beans and—you guessed it—lentils. Look for crunchy roasted lentil snacks, pastas, and chips, as well as lentil protein powders that blend fabulously into smoothies.
Seafood goes green
Can’t get enough of the plant-based food movement? Then you’ll love the fact that fish and seafood are now venturing into vegan waters! Alternative crab cakes, tuna burgers, and shrimp are coming to a natural grocer near you. These plant-based wonders have tasty, protein-packed ingredients to sink your line (erm, teeth) into, including peas, soy, chickpeas, and lentils, to name a few.
CBD may be the hottest cannabinoid right now, but there are plenty of others in the hemp plant. Interest is growing in “minor cannabinoids” like CBG, CBC, and CBN, which are found in full-spectrum hemp extract. These minors just might provide major health benefits, such as reduced inflammation and improved GI tract health, according to preliminary studies. As with CBD, more research is needed to support specific uses and dosages.
Elevated coffee add-ins
Your morning cup of joe is about to get even more appealing. New creamers containing medicinal mushrooms <and> MCT oil from coconuts can be added to your favorite beverage to bring health benefits to every sip. When taken regularly, mushrooms like chaga, cordyceps, and turkey tail may help boost immunity. Meanwhile, MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides) are an easy-to-digest source of energy for the day ahead!
While working from home can lighten our load when it comes to commuting, packing a lunch, or dressing the part (we love our yoga pants!), there’s a drawback: We’re always “on,” and work-related email is increasingly creeping into our evenings and weekends. The French call this “info-obesity,” and they take it so seriously that the right to disconnect is protected by law in France. To fight info-obesity, go for a phone-free walk after work and unplug on the weekends.
Stimulating the lymphatic system, a network of vessels that transports a fluid called “lymph” and plays a key role in immune health, is increasingly popular. From mini trampolines to jade face rollers to full-body electric rollers, it’s believed the more we stimulate lymphatic activity, the better our health. These new and ancient remedies may not have loads of scientific evidence behind them, but at the very least, they’re stress-busting and relaxing!