Every year we see shifts in society’s focus on particular health issues and approaches to wellness. Some of these trends and shifts are due to innovations in technology but many are simply due to increased awareness of certain issues. Some are just fads, while others may be overtly harmful.
Put down your phone
Possibly the biggest wellness trend in 2019 was to disconnect and take a break from being constantly available, constantly online, and constantly texting. In addition to disrupting sleep and concentration while working, being expected to be constantly connected and available can be very stressful and induce anxiety. The trend in 2019 was to urge people to put their phones away when they are working or enjoying a life experience, even if it was something as mundane as taking a walk or watching a movie.
CBD oil has been around for awhile, but it really took off in 2019. It’s now touted to cure practically everything and can be found in an amazing range of products, including rather odd things like hand sanitizer and toilet paper. There is some evidence that CBD oils applied to the mucous membranes or consumed by mouth are absorbed into the body. There is also some evidence that it can help with some conditions such as insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, and chronic pain, and it may be helpful in dealing with symptoms related to autoimmune diseases and cancer treatments. However, it seems quite unlikely it can cure neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, or autism, just some of the outrageous claims some companies have made.
Vaping has been steadily increasing in popularity for several years now, but 2019 was the year we finally realized just how popular it was, particularly among teenagers. Vaping was originally invented as a way to help people quit smoking, and some smokers switched to vaping as a hopefully safer alternative to smoking. However, huge numbers of teenagers have taken up vaping. Some vape marijuana products, some vape products with nicotine, while others simply vape flavored solutions.
Food sensitivity testing
These tests have grown wildly popular. They promise to test a tiny drop of your blood and then provide suggestions about what foods you should avoid. By avoiding foods you are sensitive to, users hope to increase their energy and relieve common gastrointestinal symptoms like bloating. The jury is still out as to their effectiveness, but many doctors are skeptical.