There is no doubt that 2020 is a year full of change and acceptance of new norms. It has had a major impact on the health and health care landscape, with more and more people becoming interested in taking better care of their bodies and minds. My predictions for health trends in 2021 reflect an extra emphasis on our overall well-being, and for good reason.
Now, more than ever, people around the world are taking their mental, emotional and physical health seriously. That’s good news, and it may be a ray of sunshine after such a difficult year. So over the next year, we’ll certainly be taking immune-boosting supplements, exercising at home, being more active outdoors, and more.
Here are my predictions for health and wellness trends in 2022.
01. Focus on immune system health
Have you taken a vitamin C, zinc or elderberry supplement lately? If so, you’re not alone! A continued focus on enhancing immune system health is sure to be one of the major health trends in 2021.
Not only will people continue to take immune-boosting supplements, but antiviral herbs will also become increasingly popular. These include Echinacea (Echinacea), Astragalus (Astragalus), Andrographis (Astragalus), and Elderberry (Elderberry). In addition, nourishing bone broth will continue to appear in home-cooked dishes.
02. Fermented foods
The focus on gut health is nothing new, but as more and more studies show the link between gut health and immunity, more interest is being shown in gut health. In addition, gut health can affect your brain, digestion and more.
That’s why in 2021, you may see a rise in the use of probiotics, fermented foods and fermented beverages. Ferment everything! If German kimchi (Sauerkraut), Korean kimchi (Kimchi) and black tea mushrooms (Kombucha, aka Kombucha) aren’t already staples in your fridge, they may be in the next few months. Fermented foods can strengthen our immune system, promote nutrient absorption, and support digestive health.
03. Home and Outdoor Fitness
This year, I predict that outdoor exercise and online fitness classes will continue to increase. For those who work remotely, this is a very beneficial point for maintaining your daytime exercise program. In recent months, at-home workouts have become more popular due to the limitations of gyms.
Home exercise equipment has also gained a lot of attention, with brands such as Peloton and Mirror posting record sales. These devices and teaching services allow people to participate in physical activity even when they stay at home.
04. Prioritize mental health
People are increasingly prioritizing mental health, not only to take care of our bodies but also to take care of our minds. Research has already shown that the risk of mental health problems has increased in the past year. In 2021, it will become important to promote mental health through lifestyle changes. This includes meditation, prayer, yoga and other such positive practices as well as outdoor walks and more.
This year is the perfect time to identify weaknesses and develop a plan to address the mental, emotional and physical health issues you need most. One helpful way to do this is to pinpoint the elements in herbal medicine, such as gold, wood, water, fire and earth, that will help you identify what your body needs most.
In fact, Dr. Axe wrote a book in 2020 called Ancient Remedies (published February 2, 2021) that covers such a customized program. I will discuss how our body has a superpower: namely, its ability to heal itself. Ancient healing works because it addresses the two most common underlying causes of ill health: toxicity and malnutrition.
05. Understanding Financial Health
With this year meaning financial loss for so many Americans, it’s not unreasonable to think that understanding and valuing financial health will be a major trend or practice in 2021.
There are many aspects to understanding your financial health, including having a clear budget, knowing how much you want to save for retirement and working to save it. Putting all your money in one “basket” can be difficult, but if you need help, there are professionals who can help you get on the right track.
06. The birth of flexible veganism
A flexible vegan diet is flexible, rather than a clear-cut vegetarian or vegan diet. The diet is based on plant-based ingredients, but does not require a commitment to not eating meat at all. Many people want to reduce their meat intake, but still want to enjoy an occasional meal with meat or fish. This is what makes flexible vegetarianism so appealing.
07. Cook at home every day
With many of us spending more time at home, good home-cooked meals have become part of our daily lives. There’s nothing better than gathering in the kitchen to cook a healthy, comforting meal. Or maybe cooking will be the quiet opportunity of the day. Either way, cooking at home gives you control over your ingredients, which is usually much healthier than dining out.
08. Adapt to the original epidemic
With chronic stress becoming a major health issue across the country and around the world, adaptogenic herbs are likely to become a household name, and so they should! These herbs help control cortisol levels and help the body cope with stress.
Adaptogens are currently available in a variety of forms, and they may become more popular or go mainstream. You can find them in supplements, tinctures, teas, sodas and juices. Some of the most common are ginseng, South African drunken eggplant, sacred basil, rhodiola, schisandra, and reishi.
09. Home grown herbs and vegetables
Have you spent more time in the garden in the past few months? I predict that more vegetables and herbs will be grown at home in 2021. Not only will this allow for more time outside, being able to touch nature and expose yourself to healthy bacteria, but you will also be able to grow your own food.
10. Non-Toxic Cleaners
This is one of the health predictions that has continued to grow in recent years. People are becoming more aware of the potential dangers of the products and chemical cleaners they use in their homes.
In addition, DIY home cleaning products and even skin care products are becoming more and more popular. Many people already have the ingredients they need at home, such as baking soda, vinegar and essential oils.
11. Natural Healing
Getting outside is the easiest and most beneficial thing you can do to promote overall health. It’s uplifting, calming and has been shown to have a positive impact on your mental health. Studies have shown that being in a natural environment is good for mental health and is a good separation from the stimulating environment that causes brain fatigue.
Having more time outdoors is sure to be one of the most important health predictions for 2021, as we all look for healthy outlets.
12. In the comfort of your own home
You may have noticed a trend – people are now spending more time at home. This means many people will work harder to organize their homes to create a comfortable, enjoyable space for work, play and relaxation.
This means changing paint colors, such as choosing more soothing colors like blue and green; organizing your home to reduce the amount of “stuff” you have; and creating a “safe space” that will help you feel good when you’re home.