The New Wellness Craze: The Biggest Vitamin and Supplement Trends of 2021
We’re pulling into the last quarter of 2021, and boy did it not disappoint. Murder hornets are a thing of the past and the vaccine passport is the latest hot topic as we’re slowly snapping out of the pandemic panic.
Interestingly, it’s a panic that pushed people into exploring and subsequently creating a huge demand for a healthier lifestyle powered by supplementation.
Which is the subject of this here blog, 2021’s fastest-growing health products. You ready? I’m ready.
Let’s explore exactly whatwellness trends have been on absolute fire this year.
People got even more into immune boosters
This one goes without saying. Immune booster sales exploded as consumers made sure that their immune systems were ready to get into a street fight against Covid-19.
It’s a reaction that led to people putting genuine time into educating themselves about how tobolster their natural defenses.
Of course, a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is always your best bet. But for most busy people, it led to people exploring alternative supplementation in the form of pills, gummies, vitamin patches, and (sigh) vape pens.
Vitamin D, vitamin D, vitamin D!
About1 billion people are thought to have a vitamin D deficiency.With this insufficiency comes the slew of serious health conditions it’s linked to. Things like:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Cardiovascular disease
- Neurological disorders
- And some infectious diseases
Covid brought about an absurd amount of theories on how to combat the virus. Vitamin D got a lot of traction, which I guess is good since it’s a fundamentally important nutrient that’s involved in vital functions in our bodies. (Win-win?).
Worried you’re not getting enough? If you eat meat regularly, you’re probably fine. Beef, poultry, and fish are fantastic sources of vitamin D.
If you’re vegetarian or you want some other options, consider shitake mushrooms,fortified milk and of course, sunlight.
We found sleeping pills hard to swallow
Over-the-counter sleep aids like antihistamines, melatonin, and an array of sleep tablets have always been a popular choice, but people are getting wary of pills
We looked into alternative delivery systems, mostly transdermal, to help us absorb vitamins and minerals that help us sleep. Things like magnesium and lavender-scented bath salts and patches for sleep became the rage.
People embraced ASMR as a great way to fall asleep. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a pleasant and soothing feeling that’s triggered by sounds like whispering, scratching, or, in my case, a podcast where a guy describes episodes of The Office in a comforting voice. Oh yes, it’s a real thing.
One thing was for sure, we started losing faith in pills because they’re only a band-aid.
We fell back in love with gut health
Want to know what happens when your gut is healthy? You might be surprised. When I started taking care of mine, I gained more energy and increased my cognitive function.
But it doesn’t stop there.
A healthy stomach helps your immune function and how you break down and absorb fiber and other nutrients. That means easier weight loss, increased blood flow and a healthier nervous system.
How do you get a healthier gut? With probiotics.
Probiotics come from fermented food like yogurt, kombucha, pickles, sauerkraut, miso and kimchi. You’ll also find it in certain cheeses.
Not a fan of fermented food? You’re not alone. That’s why there’s a wave of cool new products that will sell you on gut health with tablets, gummies, and even oils.
Cannabis flew even higher with Delta 8
By now, you’ve all heard of CBD. It’s the cannabinoid found in hemp and cannabis that has tons of health benefits but none of the high. Meet Delta 8, Delta 9’s (or as you know it, THC) cousin.
Here’s the difference in a nutshell: This substrain does everything that common THC does, including the high feeling that you get. But Delta 8 is a lot more stable, so your experience is mellow and balanced.
I’ve never been into cannabis, even when I was younger. Saying that I didn’t handle it well would be a colossal understatement.
When I ordered THC online last year, I still felt overwhelmingly high, even at low doses. So I’m curious to see if a weed rookie like me can handle it. But for those of you who aren’t me and can actually handle this stuff, it’s apparently worth looking out for.
Healthier living is out there
Your takeaway here should be simple. If you’re concerned about your stress levels, your sleep, or your general health, join the millions of people out there just like you and educate yourself. If you aren’t sure about something, consult a physician and explore your options.
Our health is always our own responsibility, so take the time and prioritize yours, you’re worth it!