Truth is, the health and wellness world is full of trends that seem to come and go. But, there are times you come across ones that stick around for good.
Just ask Peta Shulman, founder of GoodnessMe, Australia’s largest health food sampling box. Over the years, she has sampled over 2.5 million health products Australia-wide, and here, the mama-to-be shares the natural health and beauty trends that aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon!
1. Natural sugar alternatives
Have you heard? Refined sugar is out and natural sweetener alternatives are in! More and more people are saying goodbye to the white sugary stuff and hello to natural substitutes like maple syrup, rice malt syrup, coconut sugar and honey. Monk fruit sweetener is one that has been huge this year in addition to stevia which is great for baking and making raw treats!
I truly believe beauty starts from the inside out and along with ingestible powders that I mix in with my smoothies, my favourite way to get my collagen fix is through nourishing bone broth which is also great for immunity and gut health. Collagen is the most abundant protein present in the human body, responsible for healthy hair, skin and nails, so it’s no wonder we’ve seen a surge in popularity.
Trending now, but adaptogens in the form of medicinal mushrooms and tonic herbs have been used for thousands of years. They are natural substances that may help the body adapt to environmental and psychological stresses and support major systems such as the adrenal glands. Some of my all-time favourites include; Lion’s Mane, Ashwagandha and Ginseng which I find helps with energy and stress.
4. Sleep elixirs
Sleep elixirs consist of a blend of herbs, spices and adaptogens and have become one of my go-to ways to wind down on an evening. They are designed to help calm your body, reduce anxiety and promote a restful sleep and I love that they come in so many different varieties which you can simply mix with hot water or nut milk.
5. Alternative flours
Chances are you’ve already come across flour made from things like cauliflower, chickpea, hemp and banana—and you better believe there’ll be lots more where this came from! I’m excited to discover more interesting flour alternatives that make at-home baking more creative and of course, healthier.
6. Lymphatic health
Personally, I try to drink a minimum of 2L of water each day to improve circulation and help flush out toxins, but when it comes to beauty tools, I’ve recently discovered gua sha which is great for lymphatic drainage and depuffing those dreaded bags under the eyes. I find that it’s a great morning or nightime routine which also comes with relaxation benefits and I love combining this technique with some luxe facial oils.
Jackfruit is a tropical fruit which boasts a texture similar to that of “pulled pork” or “shredded chicken” which is what makes it a great substitute for many different dishes and cuisines! Jackfruit has become an extremely popular meat alternative for vegans and vegetarians and I don’t see this slowing down any time soon.
8. Oat milk
One thing I’ve noticed is that consumers are becoming more conscious about how their purchasing behaviour is impacting the environment. In this way, oat milk is becoming a hugely popular milk alternative because it translated to less emissions compared to cow’s milk and less water use compared to almond milk. Plus, it tastes delicious!
9. ‘Everything’ spreads
Watermelon seed spread was a HUGE hit this year, so all I can say is… watch this space! Although peanut butter, tahini and chia jam have reigned supreme in the arena of spreads, we’re getting a lot more creative when it comes to what we’re putting on our toast (or eating by the spoonful!).
The GoodnessMe x Nourished Life LIMITED EDITION ‘You Glow Girl Box’ is on sale now!
With over $200 worth of value for just $59.95, in the box, you’ll find a range of highly sought-after beauty and lifestyle products, handpicked by GoodnessMe founder, Peta Shulman and Nourished Life founder, Irene Falcone who have co-curated this box with their all-time favourite finds.
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