Top 8 Health Trends for 2018?

Every year patients ask me about the current health trends which are published by popular health magazines and online health blogs. Some of these health trends have a level of validity while others do not. Below is a review of the upcoming health trends for 2018.

  1. Golden Milk – This is a spice filled beverage used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to combat inflammation. It contains turmeric, coconut milk, pepper and ginger. Tumeric is highly anti-inflammatory, coconut milk provides an easily absorbable source of fat, ginger is soothing to the digestive system and pepper helps with the absorption of the turmeric. Click on the link for a recipe for GOLDEN MILK                                                                   
  2. The low FODMAP diet – Many patients who suffer from IBS have found digestive benefits from following a FODMAP diet. FODMAP stands for Fermentable, Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols (sugar alcohols). These saccharides and polyols are short-chain carbohydrates which, if poorly digested, can cause fermentation in the digestive system. This can cause an increase in methane, hydrogen and carbon dioxide gas which leads to digestive discomfort and bloating.
  3. Jackfruit is the new Super Food? – Jackfruit is indigenous to South and S.E Asia. It is a starchy fruit which has multiple uses in everyday cooking and is high in protein, potassium, calcium and iron. It grows prolifically in subtropical climates and is the largest fruit produced by a single tree – up to 100lbs each! Jackfruit can be sustainably harvested and can feed many people from a single fruit. This increases it’s appeal because not only is it an everyday food source but it’s also environmentally sustainable.
  4. Intermittent Fasting – This has become a very popular health topic over the past few years. It is a term used to describe eating patterns whereby people cycle between periods of fasting and eating. It has very little to do with what you should eat and more about “when” you should eat. As an ND, I always suggest people are aware of what they eat, however, it has been shown that giving our bodies a break from eating can actually protect our brains from cognitive decline. I’ve posted a similar article on my professional Facebook page from September 22nd, 2017.
  5. Probiotic Everything! – As naturopathic doctors we educate our patients about the importance of a healthy digestive system with the help of taking probiotics. Probiotics are naturally found in yogurt and fermented foods, however, they are also being infused into chips, cookies and granola bars. This may seem like a great idea in theory, but probiotics are best found in their natural state and not artificially inserted into a food product. It’s always best to consult your healthcare provider before buying probiotic infused foods.
  6. Low Calorie Ice Cream? – Diet ice cream at 300cal per pint! This sounds appealing for those of us who enjoy the taste of ice cream but don’t appreciate the calories. However, please be careful about emulsifiers like carrageenan, soy lecithin, cellulose gum and polysorbate 80. These emulsifiers can lead to disruption of our good gut bacteria and lead to obesity if eaten in excess.
  7. Air Frying? – Air Fryers are kitchen gadgets which allow you to cook a meal using only a tablespoon of oil. This small kitchen appliance allows you to use hot air with a small amount of oil instead of deep frying your food. You can enjoy the comfort of “deep-fried” food without the additional calories.
  8. Plant-based proteins – More and more people are searching for protein alternatives. Look no further than lentils, beans, hemp and quinoa. Plant based proteins are affordable, digestible, environmentally friendly and anti-inflammatory. Consider having 3 or more meals a week which contain only plant based proteins.

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