2020 Health & Wellness Trends to Know About Now

This year, the health and wellness world was all a buzz with oat milk lattes, elderberries and, of course, the ultimate at home luxury fitness accessory: the Peloton Bike. Wellness is a market that is constantly growing and evolving, and according to the most recent study by the Global Wellness Institute, the global wellness market is valued at $4.2 trillion, up 12.8 percent from 2015. And with no sign of the market slowing down, we got to wondering what will we be trying, sipping and lathering on in 2020 to keep feeling our best? We did some digging and compiled a few of the biggest health and wellness trends that the coming year the new decade will bring. 

More ZZZ’s

We’ve all hit the snooze button one too many times, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, 45 percent of Americans are not getting the sleep they need. Sleep is vital for cell function, maintaining a healthy weight and reducing stress. So, it’s no surprise, with sleep becoming a growing priority, that more and more sleep apps are becoming available — along with melatonin gummies and natural supplements hitting the mainstream marketplace. 

Another way to enhance your sleeping in 2020 is to use blue blocking glasses or screen protectors that filter and reduce exposure to blue light waves that can keep you awake. Warby Parker just launched their own line. Or if you’re in the Houston area, consider popping over to a place like Nap Bar for a quick midday snooze. 

CBD 

Chances are you’ve probably heard all about CBD oil. It’s in virtually everything from pet treats to skincare, but what is the hype all about? CBD is the abbreviation for cannabidiol, one of the chemical compounds found in marijuana or hemp. Unlike THC, which is another compound found in marijuana, CBD is not psychoactive. In other words, you will not get stoned. However, because advocates say the compound will reduce your anxiety and help manage pain, the market for CBD is growing at a rate of 132 percent. 

Shannon Sherfey, a physician at Newton Family Physicians says, “I think that’s partly why it has become so popular. People are grasping at straws for help with things like stress, anxiety and insomnia, and so many other medical problems that are not easily treated.” So, what type of CBD products can you look for in 2020? Topical lotions that can be applied directly to problematic areas, gummies to aid insomnia and capsules that can be swallowed to provide immediate relief. 

 Personal Life Coaching

Taking care of our physical health by drinking water, getting a good night’s sleep and working out are things we all know to do, but what about our personal well-being? In a culture where #girlboss and #riseandgrind are daily mottos for many, hiring a personal life coach has never been more common. 

With a steady 6.7 percent growth rate in the U.S. self-improvement industry, projections show the industry reaching an all-time high in 2020, with a value at $1 billion. Niki Puls, the life coach behind the company Lion Hearted Coaching (@lionheartedcoaching) says that people seek out life coaching in times of transition. “Many people seek out a coach because they are feeling stuck or overwhelmed. They just need to get the momentum going and want to make sure they are heading in the right direction,” she says.  

Plant-based meats 

It all started with veggie burgers and then came the demand for even more realistic faux burgers. Cue Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods. With their “bleeding patties” and meat like texture, consumers couldn’t get enough — and Burger King even jumped on the bandwagon. 

While we can expect these burgers to continue making headlines, 2020 has its sights set on providing other plant-based meat alternatives that go beyond the burger. Gardein, a plant-based meat company just introduced mini crab-less crab cakes and vegan cult favorite restaurant, by Chloe launched a Chicky collection that consists of tempeh-based faux chicken.

 The increase in plant-based meats comes on the heels of consumers learning the health and environmental benefits of ditching animal products. Studies have linked red meat to an increase in cancer risks and the animal agriculture industry is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions which is a major cause of climate change. So, whether you want to try a chicken-less sandwich or venture into the sea of faux-fish patties, the options are only going to continue to grow in 2020.

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