With every New Year come new trends, and we are always looking forward to seeing what is next. As we put our first foot forward into 2014 its time to start thinking healthy and keep an eye out for the latest health trends that people are following. Here is just an insight to what you can expect from 2014.
Wheat & Gluten Free Diets
Gluten free and wheat free diets are set to become popular this year, even for those who do not have intolerance. In fact many nutritionists and dieticians forecast that it would be the biggest health trend of 2014. So, why are people opting to avoid wheat and gluten? The principle behind this latest trend is that many weight loss dieters believe that wheat is toxic, addictive and makes you crave junk food. Wheat belly is a term that has become popular in recent months. It refers to excess fat on an individual that isn’t a result of gluttony or eating too much junk food, rather a result of eating too much whole grains like bread, wraps, pasta etc.
Many of us consume too many wheat products every day and this can have many adverse effects on our health including rashes, stomach bulges and high blood sugar levels. Wheat has also been determined as the largest contributor to the unfortunate obesity and childhood obesity problem that many countries are now experiencing. This is the latest trend that the public is following in a bid to control and lose weight and you are guaranteed to hear more about it in coming months.
Wellness Retreats/ Vacations
This is a certain health trend of 2014 and indulgent wellness vacations will be somewhat of a fashion statement in the coming months. So, what does a wellness retreat or vacation comprise of? They will look after all of your needs from helping you to distress and relax to enjoying spectacular body treatments to trying out some fitness techniques and regimes. There is an array of breathtaking, remote destinations internationally that you can visit.
Here is a sneak peak at just a few of the best. If you are looking for a fitness holiday why not try the Westin Hotel Group with 190 locations worldwide. The hotels have recently joined up with New Balance and offer guests everything they could possibly need including sneakers, shorts, socks and sports bras for a very small fee. Some rooms are even equipped with exercise bikes and treadmills, weights and an exercise ball. If that is not enough, try out their start of the art fitness studio to take it to the next level. If you are hoping for a more relaxed, indulgent wellness break, you can’t go too far wrong with a spa vacation. Take a look at Anada Spa in the Himalayas, The Mekong Spa in LuangPrabang, ESPA in Riga and the Verdura Spa in Golf Resort to name just a few of the best. There is plenty to choose from…
Spice It Up!
It is time to get a little bit more creative with our cooking, not only will our food taste nicer by adding various spices and herbs but there are plenty of health benefits to reap too. In the past herbs and spices were used for medicinal purposes so we can understand why the likes of ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, basil, mint and parsley are likely to be a huge health trend in our meals this coming year. Another benefit of adding herbs and spices to your foods is that they can help preserve them for longer periods of time, it is a win, win really. So, in terms of health, what are the benefits? The majority of herbs and spices in fact contain more disease fighting antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables. They have high traces of B vitamins and trace minerals. It is time to hop on the bandwagon and literally spice things up in the kitchen.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. It is the New Year after all, and there is no better time to embrace a new you. Be happy, be healthy. Most importantly, a very happy and healthy 2014!