5 Wellness Trends to Look Out for in 2018 It’s only a month into 2018 and some of the year’s biggest wellness trends are already starting to take shape! Maybe you’re even noticing a little bit of rollover from 2017. (Lookin’ at you, turmeric and charcoal-activated everything!) Let’s take a look at what trends are rising to the top!

1. Gut Health

You may have heard the word “biome” thrown around a lot in 2017, and here’s why it’s important. According to Dr. Axe, your microbiome is your body’s complex ecosystem of bacteria—a vast majority of which live in the digestive system. Poor gut health can affect the whole body, leading to symptoms like food allergies, asthma, diabetes, depression, weight gain and digestive disease. In 2018, you can expect even more supplements, nutritional programs and health information to become available to you.

2. Sleep Health and Tech

With risks like weight gain, anxiety, hormone issues, lost productivity and decreased brain function, sleep deprivation is more of a threat to health than most realize. But as more and more research emerges, the health world is catching on; expect sleep tech to rise in 2018—we’re talking more than just trackers and weighted blankets. Think: temperature-regulating fabrics and digital mattresses that respond to position changes.

3. Chiropractic Care

Less of a “trend” and more of a growing lifestyle, in 2017, chiropractic had seen more patients than ever before. And in 2018, the pull to natural health is only getting stronger. Even cost has become more accessible. According to the American Chiropractic Association, as many as 87 percent of all insured American workers have coverage for chiropractic in their health plans! What does this mean? Chiropractic care is casting a wider net in 2018, and more people will be able to experience the gentle, all-natural healing of chiropractic.

5 Wellness Trends to Look Out for in 2018

4. Moringa

Packed with amino acids, vitamins, minerals and numerous antioxidants, this nutrient-rich heavyweight comes from the Moringa tree in tropical and subtropical areas. You’ll most frequently see it ground up and put into smoothies, soups and other foods but it can be used for a wide variety of other purposes. It’s said to aid digestion, boost energy, strengthen bones, improve skin health and prevent disease. Are we looking at the new coconut oil? Just might be.

5. Intermittent Fasting

In 2018, more and more people are turning to intermittent fasting to jumpstart their metabolisms—alternating periods of eating with periods of fasting. Benefits may include helping you beat weight-loss plateaus, improving brain health and reducing insulin resistance and inflammation in the body. It looks like it may even be beneficial for heart health.

Consult with your physician or doctor of chiropractic if you’re interested in adding a new physical or nutritional routine to your lifestyle.