Gut health was huge for 2018, but what will the New Year bring?
From hemp seed oil to new ways to manage weight loss, naturopath and Go Healthy product manager, Peta Teuma, shares her insights on what is set to be huge in the health and wellness space for 2019.
Probiotics for weight loss
Probiotics and good gut health go hand in hand, but what about aiding weight loss?
“Research is continuing to show the impact our gut flora has on our health including our ability to maintain our weight,” Peta explains. “Studies on humans and animals have shown that transplanting gut bacteria from subjects at a healthy weight into obese subjects impacts positively on weight and insulin sensitivity.”
She says that certain strains of bacteria are showing promise that can assist with weight management.
With over 100 trillion microbial cells, look out for further research on the impact these bacteria have on our health,” she says.
Focus on our eyes
There’s simply no avoiding being glued to electronic devices, these days. From computers to TV to mobile phones, the blue light being exposed to our eyes is endless.
“We are now living longer and expecting our eyes to do more,” Peta says. “Look out for more products rich in antioxidants such as Lutein and Zeaxanthin, which help to reduce the oxidative damage caused by blue light emitted from electronic device and strong sunlight.”
Hemp seed oil
After Hemp seed oil became legal in Australia late 2017, it has fast become a popular product.
Despite it being flagged as a big health trend for 2018, Peta says that 2019 will be the year that we fully embrace hemp seed oil.
“The hemp seeds contains very little or no delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol, the component of cannabis that creates the associated high,” Peta explains. “Hemp seed oil is a good source of nutrients, Omega 6 linoleic acid (LA) and Omega-3 fatty acids α-linolenic acid (ALA). The ratio of LA to ALA is thought to be perfect f at 2:1 for general wellbeing.”
Along with this, hemp seed oil is rich in Vitamin E, has almost as much protein as soybean, and offers minerals, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and zinc, Peta tells.
Try using it in a salad dressing or as a marinade for meat or tofu – you just can’t deep-fry or stir-fry with it, due to the low smoke point.
Traditional medicines will keep growing in popularity, especially Ayurvedic medicine from India.
“Turmeric will continue to be popular due to its multiple benefits as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and for digestive and liver support,” Peta reveals. “We will also see more herbs such as Ashwagandha, an adaptogen traditionally used to support you during times of stress and to help support memory and performance.”