1. Gut Health
Gut health is one of the largest trends in women’s health for 2018 according to Women’s Health Magazine. They report a 251% rise in people saving pins on recommendations and recipes associated with gut health. Foods like yogurt, sour kraut, kimchi, bone broth, kefir and coconuts are popping up as probiotic solutions.
“The research is overwhelming when it comes to the subject – good gut health has a significant impact on your physical and mental health.”
Gut health focuses on balancing the bacteria in your gut with diet and probiotics. Sounds a little gross, but it’s actually quite helpful to your overall health and wellbeing!
(Learn more restoring and maintaining your gut health.)
2. Collagen Drinks
Many stars from Khloe Kardashian to Jennifer Aniston have been seen sipping on their collagen drinks while flaunting their smooth skin like it’s NBD. But does it work?
Collagen is an important protein found in the human body that is essential to our health. It provides strength, structure and stability. It’s found in your bones, muscles, skin, tendons, and even your vagina. (Gasp!)
As we age, we lose collagen which can contribute to wrinkles. But is drinking collagen the way to go? Jury is still out on the effectiveness of these collagen supplements and drinks. Sure, there are some studies, but there isn’t enough data to make it fact.
“Just because an article is published does not make the results valid,” dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett told Chatelaine Magazine. “There are a number of flaws in the study design and potential biases in both papers such that one is not able to extrapolate these results clinically.”
(Learn more about the craze around collagen and why it matters.)
3. Activated Charcoal
If you haven’t heard of this yet, don’t be alarmed. People aren’t just grabbing coal and tossing it back with a drink. Activated charcoal has been used since the 1800s to treat poisonings, and was once considered the universal antidote.
Today, people claim that activated charcoal whitens their teeth, improves bloating, cures hangovers, and clears up skin.How? It is supposed to trap chemicals and toxins in the gut, so they are not absorbed throughout the body. Once these negative substances are trapped in the activated charcoal, it is released from the body through your feces.
Apply that method to your skin, teeth and hangovers, and it makes sense. Right? Theoretically and anecdotally, yes. However, according to Healthline there is not enough research to support these claims.
“Activated charcoal is considered safe in most cases, and adverse reactions are said to be infrequent and rarely severe. That said, it may cause some unpleasant side effects, the most common of which are nausea and vomiting.”
(Read more about activated charcoal and it’s various uses here.)
4. HIIT Workouts and Strength Training
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): Brands like Les Mills or Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide workouts focus on blended HIIT workouts, and gyms all over the country are adding in HIIT classes.
The draw? A short workout—some are only 15 minutes—with quick results. For a busy lifestyle, these seem perfect!
Strength Training: Contrary to popular belief, lifting weights will not make women “bulky” or “big.” It can, however, boost your metabolism, amp your energy, improve your cardio routines, and help you burn more calories, (which is why it’s trending right now). Ladies, strong IS sexy! (Also, it helps you age gracefully, as we start loosing muscle mass at age 30.)
“Building more muscle leads to health benefits like a higher metabolic rate and stronger bones and joints,” Dr. Nita Landry —OB/GYN and co-host of The Doctors—told Brit + Co.
5. New Kegels Workouts
We know the term “Kegels” and how it somehow relates to squeezing some muscles “down there” to help tighten our vaginas. It’s supposed to improve our sex lives and prevent or treat bladder leakage (urinary incontinence), where you pee a little when you sneeze, run, jump on a trampoline, etc.
But studies show that 50% of women can’t perform Kegels correctly because targeting your pelvic floor muscles without resistance is very difficult to do by yourself.
These illusive Kegel workouts have been trending for years, but even more recently as new devices are helping women perform the “perfect Kegel” using biofeedback and active resistance.
We know what you’re thinking: Isn’t self-care something that should be trending all year long? Yes! You’re right, it should. But now we’re starting to see it as an essential part of living rather than a luxury.
Especially during summer, when the kids are out of school, vacations are being planned, long weekends are taken to see family and friends, we start thinking about “me time.”
“Self-care is growing as a healthy concept because these practices are crucial for finding peace of mind and the fortitude to give back in uncertain times—something that everyone needs right now.” –Well + Good Magazine
(Check out our tips on how to self-care this summer.)
7. Normalizing Women’s Intimate Health
Recently, it’s like someone opened the floodgate—we’re talking about women’s intimate health, openly and honestly. And, we’re not just talking about birth control or hormones, but we’re getting to know our own anatomy. And, wait for it, we’re starting to call our vagina, a vagina.
No, not your “va-jay-jay” your “flower” your “rose” your “cherry” or whatever else it’s been nicknamed. Instead, women are starting to call it by its proper name.
We are (finally) beginning to normalize women’s intimate health. Because women have had vaginas since the dawn of time. We’ve also been giving birth, having sex, going through menopause, causing physical changes, since the dawn of time. Our vagina is an important part of our anatomy, and it MATTERS.
“Communities and countries and ultimately the world are only as strong as the health of their women.” –Michelle Obama
What’s trending for you?
Have you started focusing on a particular part of your health? Let us know! Maybe it’s a new herbal remedy, a trendy skin care routine or even a different way to workout. Whatever it is, we’d love to learn about your health experiences. We’re always looking for new information on what’s trending in women’s health.
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