We’ve seen several health and wellness trends pop up during the past year due to the pandemic. It’s been the perfect time for all of us to make our physical and mental health a top priority. And with the weather heating up, it’s the ideal opportunity to continue those healthy habits and maybe pick up new ones.
Here are the top five health and wellness trends you should consider adding to your summer routine.
1. Try Drinking Chlorophyll Water
These days a lot of trends are popularized through TikTok. And chlorophyll water is one of them. Chlorophyll is naturally found in green vegetables like spinach and it’s filled with vitamins and antioxidants.
You buy chlorophyll supplements online. However, it’s now becoming common to see it in liquid form under the name “chlorophyllin.” The liquid drops are added to water and make it turn a dark green color. There’s been various health claims that drinking chlorophyll water can help with weight loss, get rid of acne and reduce inflammation in your body.
Dr. Azadeh Shirazi, a board-certified dermatologist, addressed some of those claims in her TikTok below. She notes that a few studies show that liquid chlorophyll can reduce inflammation and acne. But, drinking too much can cause digestive issues.
So it’s definitely worth consulting your doctor first to see if it’s something worth adding to your diet. However, if you’re not a fan of drinking water that looks green, you can never go wrong with regular H2O to stay hydrated in the heat!
2. Take Care of Your Gut Health
Although gut health has always been essential to a person’s overall wellness, more people are really starting to pay attention to why it’s important. Healthline reports that it affects your mood, weight and quality of sleep among several other bodily functions. So taking care of your gut (often called “the second brain”) is key for keeping your health on track.
Luckily, there’s some easy ways to do this on a daily basis. The foods you eat can be a make or break situation for maintaining good gut health. Eating Well recommends limiting your intake of processed foods, red meat and artificial sweeteners prevents any buildup of unhealthy additives in your gut. They also suggest eating more yogurt and raspberries which will supply your body with prebiotics and probiotics. This increases the amount of good bacteria needed for healthy gut function.
Also, you can buy prebiotic and probiotic supplements online which are easy to take every morning. Just be sure to speak with your doctor before starting a new supplement. But, if you didn’t previously know about the buzz surrounding gut health then now you know.
3. Consider Splurging on Your Favorite Celebrity’s Skin Care Brand
It feels like there’s at least one or two skin care trends that emerge every year. From jade rollers to collagen, there’s always a way to reinvent this daily routine. However, one trend worth noticing is the amount of celebrity skin care lines that have been popping up over the past year.
Pharrell’s company called Humanrace launched in November 2020 featuring eco-friendly packaging and a three step skin care kit that includes a humidifying cream awarded Best Moisturizer at the 2021 Women’s Health Beauty Awards.
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Similarly, DJ Khaled released a line of CBD-infused men’s grooming products called Bless Well back in May. The products range from a blue charcoal face mask to a lathering body scrub. And they’re all priced under $27 individually and $70 for the complete grooming sets.
So these are just two of the several new celebrity facial care lines that could be worth the investment for more clear and glowing skin this summer.
4. Start Doing Shorter Workouts
We usually think that workouts have to be an hour or longer to burn calories and stay fit. But shorter workouts can be just as effective and they’re much easier to do at home. An increasingly popular fitness regimen is high intensity interval training (HIIT).
This involves doing several quick bursts of exercise like cycling, burpees or push ups with short rest times in between. Full HIIT workouts can be as short as 15-20 minutes. So this is great news if you’re extremely busy and find it hard to find time to exercise during the day.
According to the experts at Medical News Today, research shows that HIIT is good for your heart, can improve mental health and help reduce body fat. With all of this amazing news about HIIT, the best part is that it hardly requires expensive workout equipment!
There’s plenty of videos online that can help you get an idea of what this style of fitness looks like. But a good place to start is with this fully body workout video from the Group HIIT YouTube channel that’s perfect for beginners.
5. Do a Social Media Detox
We’re halfway through 2021 with the chapter known as Covid-19 gradually coming to a close. And this should be all the more reason to do a social media detox. Over the past year, we’ve been bombarded with so many unfortunate events on our timeline while being in isolation that everyone deserves a break from the endless news cycle.
It doesn’t have to be super long, but taking a few hours or a day to truly enjoy your surroundings without constantly checking your phone can do wonders. Plus, it’s the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things as more public places like restaurants and coffee shops are starting to open back up. And maybe you can catch up with a few friends if you haven’t seen them in a while.
Your health and wellness are non-negotiable so give any of these trends a go to hopefully make them a staple part of your everyday routine this summer and beyond!