Potato milk and dream therapy – the health trends in 2022

It’s not just potatoes – sunflower seeds are reviving next year. In the US, Ben & Jerry’s recently launched sunflower seed ice cream, while Whole Foods sells sunflower butters and brands like Biona have also caught on.

Plant foods will only increase. Since the release of Netflix’s highly acclaimed documentary Seaspiracy, more of us have been looking for alternatives. Vegan sashimi ‘Zalmon’, usually made from tapioca starch, is on the rise, along with mushroom ‘Speck’ from MyEats.

Dream retreats

Researchers at Harvard Medical School found in a survey that 29 percent of people had had particularly vivid dreams during the pandemic – a “dream wave” that led to a surge in dream therapy. From apps to courses and retreats, the search for help deciphering meaning is on the rise. Tree Carr, who leads a retreat, says she saw a huge surge in people wanting to know more about their dreams. As you “began to decipher them, you find that your subconscious is helping you to balance something in your waking life,” she explains.

Overpressure chambers

Breath work has gained in importance with apps and courses in order to master the technology. But the newest way to oxygenate your body is through a session in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Typically, hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a treatment where you get into a hyperbaric chamber and breathe in pure oxygen. Athletes have been using the treatment for a long time: soccer players Mohamed Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo, swimmer Michael Phelps and basketball star LeBron James are all well-known fans. But now others are jumping on the trend to take advantage of the anecdotal benefits (studies so far inconclusive), which include better sleep, faster recovery times, and newly improved breathing capacity for long-term Covid sufferers.

“Under normal conditions, the air we breathe contains 20.9 percent oxygen. In a hyperbaric chamber, however, the air can reach 95 percent oxygen. This increase in oxygen levels helps oxygenate the blood and encourage the formation of new blood vessels … [this] helps to develop your breathing capacity, ”explains Samson Garwood, deputy fitness director at Lanserhof in the Arts Club. In addition to some fancy gyms, chambers are available in some hospitals and clinics across the country, including the Nottingham Oxygen Center, which is currently treating people with long-term Covid.

Heavy tire

The surprising fitness trend storming TikTok is weighted hula hooping: the hashtag #weightedhulahoop has more than 200 million views, and the trend is rising. But unlike a lot of social media trends, this one is actually good for you. A 2019 study published in Obesity Facts found that those who used a weighted hula hoop for just under 13 minutes a day for six weeks lost just over 3 inches from their waists along with belly fat, compared to those who only walked 10,000 steps a day. Try the Core Balance Weighted Fitness Hula Hoop, £ 14.99 (corebalancefitness.co.uk).

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