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Top health trends for 2018


December 6, 2017 | View PDF

A digital detox is must-do for everyone in 2018, even if it is just for a week or a weekend.

Resolution season is just around the corner. On the top of many lists will be health and wellness goals. Before you decide which trend to try, let's look at what they are and the validity of these new trends.

Infused Beverages

You can get your water with protein, vitamins, caffeine, probiotics and even melatonin now. These different elixirs will proclaim many solutions, some are great. Some, however, are deceiving and have very little of the advertised ingredient in it but a lot of added sugar. Remember to always check the nutritional facts and ingredients of drinks like this to be sure you aren't buying a re-packaged bottle of sugar water.

Float Spas

Float spas are popping up all over. The trend is to hop into your personal pod of salt water and float with relaxing lights and music. While the health benefits may be null, no one can deny the relaxing feeling of floating. It's a great treatment if you have muscle aches or back pain as the weightless feeling will help eliminate the pressure. If you need a good excuse to go relax, float away.

Salt Lamps

You can find these small orange and yellow lamps all over the place these days, they are very much trending. But the benefits, like their ability to help purify the air, are undeniable. All it takes is to plug one into your room and the salt lamp will begin to attract and absorb water. The benefits of the lamps include helping alleviate allergies, asthma and even snoring. The beautiful ambient light is a great mood booster as well. If you are adding some salt lamps to your home in the new year be sure to get an authentic lamp. Signs it's fake include it's color (it should be yellow or orange not white), it's light emission which should be in an irregular patter, not like a typical lamp and it should be fragile, it's salt. If you already have a salt lamp in your home and are not sure of its authenticity, rub a damp cloth over it. The cloth should be slightly discolored and the lamp should look wet and have the condensation on it.

Digital Detox

There is no denying technology has taken over. We can do our banking, grocery shop, apply for a job, schedule an appointment and even meditate all with a tap of a button on our phone. But just because we can, doesn't mean we always should. A digital detox is a must-do for everyone in 2018. If going without the phone for an entire week, or even weekend scares you make it a point to keep the phone in the car at your holiday events and family gatherings and spend a little more time talking and connecting with the ones you love.

If you need some encouragement check out the app Moment. It will track how often and how long you use your phone and can set alerts and timers to help you use your phone less.

With the holidays upon us it's a good time to put a few health habits in place now so that we can ease into our New Year's Resolution and not feel overwhelmed. If weight loss or health and wellness was a resolution for you in 2017, use the motto "maintain not gain" this holiday season to keep up those habits and maintain your weight loss and not back slide.

Have a happy and healthy holiday!

Emily Countryman is a board certified health coach and owner of Ideal Wellness located at 2639 172nd St. NE Suite 104 in Smokey Point/Marysville She can be reached online at


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