We’ve peered into our crystal ball and seen… more crystal. Devotees believe that the vibrations of certain stones can absorb negative energy, transmit positive energy and even transform the former into the latter, claiming that the right crystal will help you get rich, find love and soothe digestive complaints. Victoria Beckham says she performs ‘rituals’ with hers backstage at New York Fashion Week, and more than one wellness guru has admitted to carrying a stone or two in their bra.
With potential benefits including weight loss, clearer skin and even a longer life, it’s little wonder so many of us look set to embrace vegetarianism in 2017 – at least part-time… 35% of Britons now identify as ‘semi-vegetarian’, and 27% of British women believe that, by 2025, their diet will be mostly meat-free.
As we age, the collagen which holds everything from our skin to our teeth in place begins to diminish at an alarmingly rapid rate. Anti-ageing face creams are all well and good, but what if we told you you could just, well, drink it? Yes, that’s right – the elixir of youth has officially been bottled. Jennifer Aniston adds Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Collagen Peptides to her daily breakfast smoothie. Bit pricey? Ocado’s grab and go Collagen+ Beauty Protein Milkshake is a shade more affordable…
2017 is set to be the year of the mushroom. Specifically, the adaptogenic mushroom. Adaptogens comprise a diverse range of herbs and fungi scientifically proven to counteract the negative effects of physical, emotional and environmental stress on the body. Members of the LA wellness set are already adding shiitake, maitake, reishi and cordyceps mushroom extracts to their daily protein shakes, and even their morning coffees… With evidence suggesting that a single shiitake mushroom a day could significantly reduce systemic inflammation, improve cell function and boost immunity, will mushroom espressos replace bulletproof coffee in 2017?
Could vinegar be the new coconut water? According to our American friends, who have taken to combining it with fruit, veg, herbs and probiotics in a variety of weird and wonderful concoctions (ranging from Cucumber Ginger to Hibiscus Ancho Chile), it’s got it beaten hands down.
What’s all the fuss about? Well, fermented foodstuffs can boost our absorption of other nutrients, enabling us to reap maximum benefits from the health-giving properties of our favourite superfoods. How do you supercharge turmeric’s anti-inflammatory effects or ginger’s immune-boosting benefits? Just add vinegar. Vinegars also regulate stomach acid, assist with the breakdown of proteins and fats, enhance circulation and help to prevent blood sugar spikes when ingested before meals.
Apple cider vinegar has garnered the most buzz. It’s said to jump-start digestion, clear toxins from the body and clear out the lungs and respiratory tract. Feeling brave? Down a shot first thing in the morning. Diluted for use as a facial toner or hair rinse, it’s also a favourite amongst the natural beauty set.
Whilst drinking vinegars are yet to make it to our supermarket shelves, you could always make a trip to Hackney’s Rawduck restaurant to sample their range of fermented beverages: from Ginger and Orange Kombucha to Hot Apple and Heather Honey, you’re bound to find something to tickle your tastebuds…
7. Fulvic acid supplements
We may be spending a fortune on superfoods and supplements, but are our bodies getting the most out of them? According to US wellness gurus, probably not. Many of the nutrients we ingest each day are simply not absorbed by our cells. The solution? A little electricity, apparently.
The soil our food is grown in should be ‘charged’ with the electrolytes which enable nutrients to penetrate our cells, but, according to experts, much of it is packed with charge-dampening pesticides and other chemicals, instead. Fulphyl, a form of fulvic acid produced by the fermentation of fruit and vegetables on organic farms, could be the answer.
Scientific research suggests that fulvic acid, which you can down in straight shots at California’s Moon Juice shops, could do everything from boosting immunity to treating Alzheimer’s. Sound good? You can buy a bottle from Victoria Health right now. The manufacturers suggest mixing a small amount into soups, juices and even skincare products.
It won’t get you high, but it could “reduce anxiety and stress, lower inflammation, relax the body and mind and subtly lift the mood,” says organic delivery company Sakara’s Whitney Tingle of their new range of raw, organic, sugar-free vegan chocolates infused with cannabidiol oil. Cannabidiol (or CBD) is non-psychoactive, but boasts natural anti-inflammatory properties which may ease the symptoms of anxiety, depression, PMS, insomnia, inflammation, auto-immune disorders and chronic pain.
Wellness insiders predict that cannabis will make its way into cooking, winemaking and even fitness classes over the coming year. Watch this space…
9. Sound baths
They’ve been making a noise in New York, and now sound baths are heading our way… If you’d quite like to partake of the benefits of meditation (improved immunity, reduced stress levels and an age-defying brain, anyone?) but the idea of sitting in silence makes you squirm, this is for you. Companies such as Sound Awakening and Otto Sound Therapy offer individual and group sound bath treatments.
“During a Sound Bath, you are taken on a sonic meditative journey,” Louise Shiels of London’s Sound Awakening explains. “While you lie down comfortably with your eyes closed, I will play various instruments around you known for their vibratory healing frequencies. Therapeutic instruments such as Gongs and Tibetan singing bowls stimulate the alpha and theta brain wave frequencies associated with meditative, clear and peaceful states of mind.”
10. Crystal Tights
Why simply carry a crystal when you can buy crystal-infused clothing? German hosiery brand M6 has just introduced a range of 60 denier compression tights with a difference: ceramic crystals have been ‘melted’ into the fabric. Why? Well, according to brand insiders, the crystals ‘convert body heat into infrared frequency and stimulate the breakdown of fat cells’ whilst increasing blood flow, oxygenation and regeneration. The result? ‘Lighter-feeling legs with fewer blemishes and spider veins, and reduced cellulite’.
Oh, and they throw in a bit of acupressure, for good measure. The tights apparently stimulate the spleen 6 meridian, located on the inner ankle, to tackle digestive issues, fatigue, stress and anxiety. Fancy looking good, and feeling even better? Order a pair of Beauty Tights now.