The Healthy Truth: Health and wellness trends for 2017

healthy-truth-health-wellness-trendsDear Friends,

As 2016 is coming to a close, it’s that time to start looking forward into 2017 health and wellness trends. Each year, there is always a certain health fad everybody is crazy about all of a sudden. For example, in 2016 we saw a rise in wearable technology, waist trainers, and detox teas (not the best health trends, that’s for sure), and foods like avocado and kale.


When something becomes trendy, it usually means it is highly used by celebrities or heavily pushed by experts in the field. Trends also take into account what consumers want and how they spend their money. Some trends can actually open our eyes to foods and products that are actually good for us, while others are gimmicky and die out quite quickly. It’s important then that you do your research prior to embarking on a health trend. Partaking in the trend blindly may actually be harmful or may not yield the results you are looking for, meaning, you have wasted your hard-earned money.

Below you will find some of the 2017 health and wellness trends to watch for. As mentioned, these are just early trend predications so by no means am I telling you to rush out and purchase all of these things to be a healthier person. Use your own discretion and see if these trends are actually fitting for you and your health.

2017 health and wellness trends

Consuming inflammation-fighting foods: Inflammation-fighting foods are already becoming increasingly popular online searches and have been used to tackle many ailments including bloating, acne, and even pain. Some examples include turmeric latte, cauliflower rice, and ginger tea.

Athleisure wear: If you ever wanted to wear your workout clothes to the office, then 2017 is your year. Athleisure wear is active wear that is designed to be worn in everyday settings. Major brands are stepping up their active collections to take you from the workplace into the gym effortlessly.

Wellness retreats: We all know getting away is a great way to improve wellness but now we will see an influx of specific retreats with the goal to improve health and wellness. No longer will you relax on a beach. These retreats contain seminars and workshops to promote overall wellbeing.

Plant protein: In 2017, we may see a rise in plant-sourced protein. As more and more people look to vegetarianism and veganism, there will be a push to educate people about protein found in plants, rather than meat sources.

Staying in: Staying in as opposed to going out is on the rise (and actually close to being the next best thing). Millennials have no problem staying in and declining to weekend socials for more “me time.” After a long week, they know they need some time for themselves, so if your ideal night involves Netflix then you are right on trend.

Franchised fitness boutiques: SoulCycle and Pure Barre are just some examples of fitness boutiques. These studios are popping up all over, so you may want to switch up your traditional gym membership for one of these smaller ones.

Functional beverages: Sugary water and juices are so 2016. In 2017, health tonics that provide plenty of nutrients and health benefits are the way to go. With the rise of ancient healing, the push for functional beverages is already becoming quite strong. These allow for consumers to avoid popping pills and drink a delicious elixir instead.

Going natural: No more cake face in 2017. Celebrities have already began paving the way for going makeup-free, and even if you still choose to wear makeup the more natural the look the better. Bonus points: It can cut down on your morning routine time!

Natural cosmetics: Even if you do choose to wear makeup, you will begin to notice that more and more cosmetic brands are using natural ingredients (yay!)

Booze-free gatherings: There has already been a rise in New York and California in booze-free gatherings. Social settings no longer require alcohol to have a good time, but don’t worry, even if you are a drinker there is also an influx in tasty mocktails so you can still feel like you’re drinking a cocktail but without the hangover the next day.

As you can see, there seems to be a general theme for the 2017 health and wellness trends and it’s all about going back to our roots. It seems we are moving towards a more minimalist way of living, from consuming ancient ingredients to only putting the bare minimum into our body and even on our skin. We continue to move further away from loading up and instead are unloading in order to promote overall wellbeing.


Do you follow any of these trends or will you begin in the New Year? With the start of 2017 right around the corner, it may be the time to evaluate your current habits and find areas that need improvement, along with finding the best ways to address your concerns. Regardless, just make sure you’re not changing your life just because something is “in.” Take care of yourself in the way that works best, not because it is trendy.

Until next week,

Emily Lunardo

Author Bio

Emily Lunardo studied medical sociology at York University with a strong focus on the social determinants of health and mental illness. She is a registered Zumba instructor, as well as a Canfit Pro trainer, who teaches fitness classes on a weekly basis. Emily practices healthy habits in her own life as well as helps others with their own personal health goals. Emily joined Bel Marra Health as a health writer in 2013.


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