We saw a shift in the definition of “wellness” in 2017. Turning far from treadmill workouts and restrictive diets. Rather, leaning into habits that benefit your mind, body and soul.  Wellness is bigger, better and bolder, with an emphasis on healing. 

We’re excited that wellness is more accessible than ever and this year’s trends prove that big corporations and consumer demand are lifting quality, sustainability and research.  We’ve handpicked a few you will want to watch. 

Activated Charcoal. Showing up in drinks, facial serums, and even pill form, activated charcoal is one of the oldest health remedies taking on new form. Activated charcoal acts like a magnet for organic toxins, claiming to purify, whiten, and cleanse. But be sure to seek activated charcoal from a sustainable source like coconut shells or identified wood species like Binchotan, made fro Japanese Ubame oak.  And remember, activated charcoal powder is dangerous to inhale. Mind Body Green shares more. 

Introducing Moringa. The super green more nutritious than kale, moringa is known as the miracle tree, or Moringa Oleifera.  Rich in in iron, calcium, vitamins, and antioxidants, moringa is  a complete plant protein containing all 9 essential amino acids. With a consistency and taste similar to matcha, it’s simple to add to any meal. 

FemTech. Female focused technology  is on the rise, giving women more power to influence their own health and wellness. Primarily, FemTech is addressing fertility solutions, period-tracking apps, pregnancy and nursing care, women’s sexual wellness, and reproductive system health care.

Gut Health. Everyone is talking about gut health and we are tuning into the conversation. Gut health, or digestive health, remains a big driver for new opportunities and is a fragmented market, with more willing to try. Research shows gut health is directly linked to overall brain function, including improved mental health and a decrease in diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. The conversation for 2018 turns to prebiotics, foods that contain the fiber that nourishes beneficial bacteria in the gut, like chicory root, apples, and Jerusalem artichokes. Dive deeper.

Women’s CoWorking Clubs. This past year, we’ve witnessed worldwide women’s marches that exploded with BIG LOVE, absorbing the once accepted Mean Girl vibes.  This shift has given rise to dude-free, co-working spaces where collaboration is in, and competition is out.  The vision? Take a look at WMN Space, created by Paula Mallis,  a doula and women’s circle facilitator.

Breathwork. Mindfulness, meditation and yoga are booming.  We understand that stressed, anxious, and goal-oriented people are looking for ways to balance, respond to technology’s unrelenting poke, and improve their relationship with their own minds and bodies. Breath is the quickest way to connect to ourselves and provides supernatural benefits.  

Edible Essential Oils. According to Pinterest, the saves for essential oil food recipes are up 689 percent! These delicious smelling oils aren’t just heaven scent — get it –they are great in creative recipes.  Just be sure oils are safe for ingestion. 

Turning from Tech.  Unplug. Disconnect. Shut down. Technology that was meant to simplify our lives has led us away from the real world and into a false reality. Need we say more. 

Lunar Everything. What was once taboo has become mainstream. Conversations about Mercury in Retrograde are common in the corner cafe over match green tea. Just like horoscopes, expect monthly Moon Reports to grow in popularity, as more people consult the planet as a guide for personal growth.

New Superfoods. Move over kale, quinoa, and coconut water. Make way for new superfoods that provide a powerful punch of vitamins and nutrients. A few making noise: kelp, pink pineapples, purple yams, peas. 

So there you have it! Now bring on 2018.