Top 3 Science-based Nutrition and Diet Trends of 2018

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Every year, millions of people work to make sure they are living healthier, happier, and longer lives. We look to advances in science, medicine, and technology for direction on how to achieve wellness. Last year, it was all about eating ethically and organic everything. This year, it’s all about eating for holistic health – not just leaner figures.

How we eat affects our bodies and our minds. Attitude, attention span, and energy are all linked to how you eat. The more we learn about the long-term benefits of thoughtful dieting and nutrition on our wellness, the better prepared we are to live life to the fullest – even into old age.

It’s as the famous author, Maya Angelou, said, “… when you know better, you do better.”

Check out these nutrition trends for 2018 so you can do better throughout the rest of the year!

Detox Diets

Some people think of detox diets as a way to correct the wrong eating habits – to cleanse their bodies of alcohol, sugar, processed food, and trans fat binges. They think that after they complete a detox, their bodies are back to good and they can pick back up on their unhealthy eating habits until it’s time for another detox.

This attitude is not ideal.

Detox diets should be a gateway into a healthy eating lifestyle. The ultimate purpose of detox diets is to focus on whole, unprocessed foods. These foods provide more nutrition content while lightening your body’s toxicity. That toxicity comes with eating overly processed and chemically enhanced foods and leads to:

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Belly fat
  • Skin issues
  • Low energy
  • Bad breath
  • Mood swings

Detox diets can help alleviate those issues for the long term. After completing a detox diet, your body and mind will be more prepared to transition into healthy living as a lifestyle – not just a fad.

The benefits of detox diets include:

  • Reduced inflammation
  • More energy
  • Better d  Weight loss
  • Healthier liver
  • Healthier, clearer skin

If embarking on a detox diet, be sure to avoid processed foods, foods with refined sugar, dairy, wheat, caffeine and alcohol. Be sure to keep hydrated.

During a detox, water should be your only source of hydration – and you should drink a lot of it. Make sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day to help flush out those toxins.

Exercise is also an important component of a detox diet. It helps boost circulation, which will push out more toxins. And don’t worry about jumping into a stringent bodybuilding routine. Just 30 minutes of light exercise per day (like walking) will do the trick.   

After completing a detox, you can start to transition back into a less restrictive diet. But be conscious of building up those toxins again. Less processed foods, refined sugar, and alcohol is always better!

Ketogenic Diets

We don’t know about you, but lately our social media newsfeed has been filled with posts about ketogenic diets – or as they say in the social media world: #keto.

With so many people talking about this diet trend, we did our own research… And keto diets certainly can be a good thing!

Basically, a ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. Its goal is to get the body to produce and use ketones for energy.

Avoiding carbohydrates and producing ketones means that the body is producing less glucose or insulin. When your body produces a lot of glucose, it uses that as its energy source and stores fat in undesirable places – like your mid-section.

By essentially starving your body of carbs, you force yourself into a state of ketosis, where ketones are burned instead of carbs, and fat is not stored.

In addition to weight loss, ketogenic diets have several holistic health benefits. They include:

  • Better regulated blood sugar
  • Stronger mental focus
  • Increased energy
  • Normalised hunger
  • Potential epilepsy treatment
  • Better regulated cholesterol
  • Normalised blood pressure
  • Lowered insulin levels
  • Decreased acne

If you are considering a keto diet, be prepared to avoid:

  • Grains
  • Sugar
  • Certain fruits
  • Starches

However, you can indulge in:

  • Meat
  • Greens
  • Vegetables
  • Full fat diary
  • Nuts
  • Berries

Type 3 Diabetes Diets

Most people are familiar with diabetes as the insulin and blood sugar related disease. Most people are also familiar with Alzheimer’s disease, which affects brain function and memory.

But do you know that these two could be related?

New scientific evidence suggests that the brain is also affected by insulin resistance and that modern diets are contributing to increasing cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia. With that, some are calling Alzheimer’s by a new name: Type 3 Diabetes.    

While scientists acknowledge that various factors impact brain function, such as aging, many believe that diets play a key role in brain health.

Neurologist, Dr. Joshua Kuluva (University of California, Berkley) says that a diet high in the following foods could help prevent Alzheimer’s, strengthen heart health, and promote overall well being:

  • Plant-based foods
  • Organic meats
  • Fish
  • High fibre, low-glycemic-load products

So in 2018, consider your whole health, not just those abs! Investments made in healthy diets and nutrition now could have lasting, life-enhancing effects.