2020 was quite a year, and if nothing else, it changed our eating habits and brought our health to the forefront of our minds. Here are the five top wellness trends, identified by Eating Well, that are expected to take off in 2021.
Being in the middle of a global pandemic, immunity has never been so important. Thankfully, there are things we can do to keep our immune systems as healthy as possible, such as getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and reducing stress where you can. Eating a well-balanced diet helps boost immunity, too. Aim for certain nutrients, like vitamins A, C, and D, as well as zinc, to keep your immune system in tip-top shape.
A healthy gut is tied to a healthy immune system, so it makes sense why people are trying extra hard right now to get their gut health in check. But, it’s not just probiotics that you need to focus on (typically found in yogurt). Prebiotics, a type of fiber, and even postbiotics, a functional fermentation compound, are becoming more well-known, due to their ability to help bolster the immune system and improve the gut barrier. Prebiotics can be found in foods, like asparagus, walnuts and wheat, whereas postbiotics can be found in foods, such as sauerkraut, sourdough bread and kimchi.
Inflammation is a normal response that our bodies have to help protect us from injuries and defend against foreign invaders. But too much inflammation over time can do damage in your body. Thankfully, you can combat chronic inflammation by modifying your diet. Salmon, nuts, beans, leafy greens, avocado, citrus fruit and berries are just some of the foods that give you an edge on fighting inflammation.
Drinking Less Alcohol
Drinking consumption has increased during COVID-19. This may have been from being at home more, or due to using alcohol as a coping mechanism. But either way, alcohol is one of the worst things for your immune system, and too much of it isn’t good for our bodies, either. The good news, though, is that there are many options out there besides water. Pour a glass of Vitamin C-packed juice, brew a cup of herbal tea or grab a can of sparkling water – there are so many flavorful (and healthy) alternatives to keep your thirst at bay!
The pandemic has caused a huge surge in people growing their own food – something we at Lajollacooks4u have been encouraging for a long time! Gardening is a great and healthy activity: it can help lower stress, build muscle and boost your mood. It also helps you eat more fresh and delicious vegetables. Want to learn some of our tried-and-true gardening tips? Reach out to Chef Jodi at firstname.lastname@example.org.