The New Year is the perfect time to get off on a clean slate and turn in a new leaf. Be it about getting a new job, enhancing relationships, or decluttering your closet, hope springs everywhere! Perhaps, now would be the opportune moment to take better care of yourself. You can feel it in your bones—that the next 12 months might just be the best ones ever for a happier and healthier you. So why not prove your instincts right by starting off with these top wellness trends of 2023?
Best trends to boost your wellbeing
Here are some of the touted game-changers in the wellness industry for 2023:
1. Mushroom-powered products
From coffees to teas and even skin care, mushroom-based products are popping up everywhere. The demand for mushrooms is estimated at USD 51.53 billion in 2021 alone. This market is even projected to increase at a compounded annual growth rate of 9.3% from 2022 to 2028. And this comes as no surprise: The edible fungi have long been used as a medicinal superfood for thousands of years.
Today, mushrooms are consumed as food or dietary supplements because of their multiple health benefits. They boast plant compounds called polyphenols, which protect against cardiovascular diseases, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. "Shrooms" also contain polysaccharides, large carbohydrate molecules with anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-viral properties. This is why leading supplement manufacturers have incorporated mushrooms into their nutritional best-sellers.
A fine example is Chill Chews from HigherDOSE. These magnesium gummies are packed with highly-functional ingredients like Ashwagandha root extract and an adaptogenic (stress-resisting) blend. The latter is a potent combination of different mushrooms: Lion's Mane, Turkey Tail, Cordyceps, Chaga, Shiitake, Maitake, and Red Reishi.
2. Non-traditional supplement forms
Traditional capsules and tablets will continue to remain popular. That's because they offer a convenient way to deliver the nutritional benefits of supplements. Yet, more and more health and wellness products are taking fun and exciting forms. Examples are "candyceuticals," like Chill Chews, and powders, like HigherDOSE's High-Dration Powder. The Nutrition Business Journal has reported that gummies boomed in 2021 with a growth of 74.9%. Thus, the 2022 Delivery Format Report projects a more robust growth for non-pill alternatives.
3. Infrared saunas
Infrared saunas have taken the health and fitness world by storm in the past few decades. And this wellness trend isn't letting up, with increasing evidence supporting its regular use.
This phototherapy leverages the power of infrared light on the electromagnetic spectrum. Although you can't see it, it can mimic the healing capabilities of the sun—without any of its harmful effects. In addition, its long wavelengths can penetrate deep beyond the epidermis. This enables the efficient delivery of energy to the mitochondria, the "power generators" of cells. Thus, the medical community has tapped infrared light therapy to achieve the following, among many other benefits:
- improved performance
- enhanced cognitive functions
- reduced chronic pain
- treatment of symptoms of depression
The fantastic news is that you can get your infrared sauna therapy anywhere you please. For example, the at-home Infrared Sauna Blanket can get you hooked on heat with its far infrared rays that deliver a deeply detoxifying sweat. This enables blissful relaxation, boosts your circulation, and makes you glow up! Or you can check out the Infrared PEMF Mat that combines two powerful technologies for the ultimate recovery tool. Its powerful infrared light comes with PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) waves. These ground you in the earth's own frequencies, resulting in a full-body reset. This mat also comes in a mini-me version via the Infrared PEMF Go Mat—perfect for traveling and your office chair!
4. Sustainable packaging
Another emerging wellness trend focuses on the protection of Mother Earth. This has to do with increasing awareness about the dangers of single-use and non-biodegradable plastics. These wasteful disposables, which accumulate in landfills, take years to disintegrate. Also, the chemicals from these non-recyclable containers seep into waterways, wreaking havoc on our marine ecosystems. Thus, consumers need to check if their favorite supplements have eco-friendly packaging.
For instance, Detox Drops, the nutritionally dense elixirs from HigherDOSE, come in ecological glass bottles. So not only do they help remove toxic substances from the body, but they also come in more environmentally-conscious packaging.
Cryotherapy is literally one of the "chillest" wellness trends of 2023. This type of treatment, which covers all kinds of therapy involving cold temperatures (usually between −100°C and −140°C), is nothing new. Ice packs and cold-water immersion have traditionally been used in sports and exercise medicine.
From whole-body mode to facials, cryotherapy's popularity is snowballing due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. Among its advantages are:
- Reduction of abdominal obesity (for those with metabolic syndrome)
- improvement of skin appearance (helpful with atopic dermatitis)
- Promotion of circulation
- Enhanced muscle recovery
One way to boost the effects of cryotherapy is to alternate exposure to cold, dry air with hot temperatures. For example, you could take cold showers interspersed with lying on infrared PEMF mats. Studies show that this may be more effective in relieving muscle stiffness and fatigue than heat stimulation alone.