How to Decide if a Wellness Trend Is Worth Trying
Whether it’s a juice cleanse, PiYo, or colonics, some wellness trends are temporary and some are around for decades. Keeping up with what’s healthy and what’s not is hard enough as it is, but adding the element of “wellness+” to our diets and workouts is where it gets impossible. So how does one decide if a wellness trend is worth implementing or is just an elusive marketing gimmick? Keep in mind the following, and the road to wellness will be much clearer to navigate:
Look for needs that still haven’t been resolved through dietary changes
Always, always, ALWAYS shift your diet towards more nutrient dense (i.e. plant-based) foods before putting all your wellness eggs in one kombucha basket. Not only will a random superfood or adaptogen not make up for a lackluster diet, but your body won’t reap all the nutrients as well as it would if it were running properly and being fueled optimally.
However, if you’re eating well and still feel like you need a boost, then outsourcing is an option. Look for foods, powders, or alternative tactics to make getting what you need much more convenient/easier. If you suffer from colds every year, consider spirulina. If you’re in need of a coffee alternative, try mushroom coffee. Just remember to keep your needs at the forefront; trying wellness trends for the sake of trying them doesn’t do anything but affect your bank account.
Pay attention to possible risk
Believe it or not, but some wellness products or trends can come with negative baggage. For example, adaptogenic mushrooms and certain superfood powders can negatively interact with prescription pills. If you’re taking any sort of pill, even supplements, check with your prescribing doctor for possible contraindications.
If you’re not taking anything that could be interfered with, you still have a few quality assurance steps to take. Is what you’re considering plant-based? Plant-based products or foods will always be more nutrient dense (as long as additives are on the slim-to-none side) than an animal-based product. If you’re swapping butter for ghee, there’s not a world of improvement there. If you’re swapping butter for avocado oil, then that would be an improvement worth making. Plant-based trends will always be worth consideration and will come with a lesser likelihood for inflammation than their animal-based counterparts.
Be a late adopter
If you’re curious about a circulating wellness trend, don’t jump on the bandwagon immediately. Wait until the acclimation period has passed, and start poring through reviews. It’s always easier to tell if something is worth trying once people have had the chance to share their reviews and experiences for you to consider. Plus, if something dies out just as quickly as it came onto the scene, chances are it was mostly a gimmick and certainly not worth wasting your time or money on.
It’s never a bad idea to take your time to do a little research, consult with people whose opinions you trust, and weigh out whether or not you have a need for a specific wellness trend or if you’re just having wellness FOMO. Address an underlying need, consider the possible risks, and take your time incorporating anything that you feel compelled by.
At the end of the day, wellness trends are just that – trends. They’re not a fix-all for a crappy diet or a long-term solution to living an all-around healthy lifestyle. If we remember that they serve a simpler purpose, we can more responsibly and accurately implement all the wellness trends we see fit.