It’s a new year, it’s a new you. The perfect time to make sure you’re caring for yourself properly is now. The year has refreshed and now it’s time to do so also. As we look onto the new and exciting promise 2017 holds, how is it going to look after our health. We’ve narrowed down the top health trends expected to take this year by storm. Try some of your favourites and tell us of the joy it gives you.
Purple is the new green
The future of modern cuisine, particularly modern health cuisine, is purple. We are fully aware of the range of purple vegetable alternatives, including purple kale, and purple broccoli, yet their violet hue is much than aesthetics. The antioxidants responsible for the purple colour have disease-fighting properties. This is wholly down to the anthocyanins in these vegetables. These anthocyanins have many incredible abilities to aid your health. Your immune system can be boosted with these vegetables as they soothe inflammation. Furthermore, it isn’t just your bodily health that can be helped by purple foods. Anthocyanin research has found that they also improve memory and brain function. This is an easy substitute to make for your own vegetables, but can truly revolutionise your health.
Super spice up your life
We’ve had superman. We’ve had superfoods. Now, it’s time for the super spices. The ‘supers’ have revolutionized our diets. As our knowledge grows and the understanding of the science of food develops, we are able to learn much more about the power of certain foods. One of the most important super spices expected to surge this year is turmeric. Turmeric has been used in cooking for centuries, however, we are just understanding that there’s more to this spice than delicious flavor. Turmeric contains a powerful and potent antioxidant called curcumin. This element of the spice has incredible abilities. It can relieve the pain of arthritis, any injury and even dental procedures. Known to improve your liver and help it function properly, turmeric is the perfect spice for post holiday indulgence. As an anti-inflammatory, turmeric can soothe you to feel happier and healthier.
Roaring tiger nuts
Don’t let the name fool you! Just like the brazil nut, the tiger nut is a misleading name. Tiger nuts are not nuts, they are a small root vegetable. They are originally native to the Mediterranean and Africa, with an ancient association! Records of the tiger nuts have dated back to the stone age, however, currently they’re hardly heard of. This is all set to change in 2017 as we have discovered the wondrous capabilities tiger nuts have. Their health CV is unrivalled. High in fibre with calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. An abundance of the vitamins, support for your digestive system and suitable for every diet. Whether you’re vegan, Paleo or even nut free, use tiger nuts for a healthy snack.
Add a sparkle
Bubbles are the perfect indicator of celebration and luxury. We pop the cork when we’re happy, and we fizz the can for fun. However, because of these associations, there has become the inherent belief that fizz means bad. Bubbles are over indulgent, which certainly does not marry with the idea of healthiness. Luckily, as the popularity of fizzy drinks has grown new discoveries into making them healthy have developed. Adding sparkles to your life doesn’t have to rot your teeth and damage your body as sparkling, sugar-free infused water is starting to take popularity. Add some excitement to your drink, without the guilt, and look around for new health drinks with a fizz twist.
Adapt to your health
Adaptogens are a wonderful range of plants, whose healthy qualities are near superpowers. Their name is indicative of this superpower. These plants are able to adapt their function, dependent on what your body needs. Some of these plant flavours are well known, although their abilities may not be, such as ginseng and liquorice. Adapotgens can strengthen your body, rebuild your body and also nourish your body. The stresses of life are difficult, but by involving adaptogens into your diet, you can adapt to them. They have a specific affinity for the adrenal and endocrine glands, therefore particularly important for hormonal balance and how you deal with stress. Your inner health is just as important as your body’s health, so treat it with the same respect in your diet.
Tell us in the comments how you use these new health trends.