4 Wacky (but Wonderful) Wellness Trends You've Never Heard of
The world of wellness is certainly a revolving door of some traditionally quite weird and wonderful trends. From sensory deprivation tanks to detox tourism, there's never a shortage of buzzy new experiences and products to try. In fact, trying to keep up with it all can be downright exhausting—just ask the smoothie bowl, which went in and out of favour on social media faster than you can say "extra acai please". According to The Huffington Post Australia, this culture could be set to change with the newest of new wellness trends making their mark as pleasingly "fad-free". In other words, these techniques and foods are actually capable of adding value to your day-to-day. In our estimation, one in particular, (as you'll discover below), could be genuinely life-changing.
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We can thank Gwyneth Paltrow for the rise of "clean sleeping", a term she coined in her book Goop Clean Beauty ($20) towards the end of last year. Since then, the idea of elevating your nightly rest has taken off, supported in large part by the ongoing success of Arianna Huffington's The Sleep Revolution ($14). According to Gywneth (and other experts), implementing an unwind routine before bed is crucial to good sleep, and abstaining from gadgets can help too.
Never heard of them? You're not alone. Zoats are a relatively new social media phenomenon that involves combining oats with grated zucchini and milk. Sounds strange, but if the trend's 45,000+ Instagram posts are anything to go by (not to mention a serious Pinterest presence), they actually look appetising.
The effects of quitting booze on your mind, body and skin are clear, but being sober-curious goes further than that. This movement is all about encouraging people to reframe how they think about social situations that are usually soaked with alcohol and whether drinking in those instances truly ties in with their health and wellness goals. Considering the US and UK have flirted with booze-free bars, and teetotaler cocktails, Australia can't be far behind.
Labneh certainly isn't new (the protein- and calcium-packed yoghurt cheese has been a staple in Middle Eastern households for eons), but it is having a moment. To make it yourself, tip a jar of Greek or natural yoghurt into the middle of a square of cheesecloth (top tip: You can also use a clean Chux wipe, $7), then tie up the four corners over a wooden spoon. Hang it over a bowl in the fridge and the next day you'll have homemade labneh.
For more fad-free wellness trends, read the rest of The Huffington Post Australia article, here.