By the seats of our pants, we’ve made it this far! But 2018 just got real: type-2 diabetes, malnutrition, gout and other nasties caused by wretched diets are on the rise in the UK. As a consequence, health companies, the Government and the NHS are searching desperately for ways to stop the rot.
But help is already at hand.
A quick browse of the t’internet will reveal a whole list of homespun ideas to boost metabolism and immunity, many of which have emerged in recent months. We’ve whittled the list down to the top 10: the ones you should try if you’re keen to get fit and stay fit. But remember: there’s no miracle route to your wellbeing and no-one is better placed to help you than ‘you’.
A few years ago everyone was hot for smoothies and homemade juices. Today, it’s the turn of soup, and ‘souping’ looks set to stay trendy for a while. Basically, souping is a cleansing regimen of soup, soup and more soup but it has to be soup made from vegetables. Puree your veggies and tuck in. It’s meant to be a great way to lose weight.
2 Strength training
It used to be the case that ‘strength training’ was the sole domain of the meathead. The rest of us went to the gym primarily to lose weight, and headed more often than not for a Stairmaster or treadmill. But strength training is now seen as a great way to promote better joint health and skeletal mass: essential guardians against the illnesses of later life.
3 Plant proteins
Sticking with strength training for a moment there is a huge trend towards supplementing our diets with plant proteins like hemp instead of the usual egg and milk powders. In fact, our love for eating plants is gathering pace all the time and is obvious at mealtimes too. We’re choosing to eat more lentils, quinoa, fungi, algae, pulses and veggie burgers.
Try some Supercoffee. It’s coffee with added protein and MCT oil. MCT oil (medium-chain triglycerides) is definitely a trend in itself: it’s a great source of energy. This energy is easily metabolized by the body and is released ultra-slowly thus preventing sudden drops in blood sugar. MCT oil is also thought to be mildly anti-biotic.
5 Purifying plants
Indoor plants have been around for years but have you ever stopped to think about how they affect the air in your house? The US space agency NASA calls plants ‘nature’s life support system’. And their research determined that a Chrysanthemum was the most effective at purifying the air around us because it removes chemicals such as ammonia and benzene. House plants don’t just provide more oxygen; they eat nasty stuff too.
6 Tai Chi
Tai chi is the meditation of 2018. It’s all about deep breathing and flowing movements. It used to be a method of combat but is now considered one of the all-time great routes to ultimate inner harmony. Tai Chi performed properly will also promote better mental health and relieve aches and pains.
For years we have known mushrooms to be low in bad fats and salt and high in fibre and vitamins. But ‘medicinal mushrooms’ are taking things to another level. Found in powders and capsules the new ‘superfungi’ is packed with anti-oxidants and nutrients and is said to reduce stress and fatigue and fight infection.
8 Sugar snap peas
It’s a hard one to get right, but substituting sugar snap peas for crisps may just be a way to reduce our salt intake and calories. Veggies and legumes get a rough ride in our modern society but if we want to look and feel our best (and live for a few more years) it is changes like this we must make. Sugar snap peas are full of vitamin C which is known to boost immunity.
If you’ve ever heard of a ‘golden’ coffee you might have wondered what on earth was in it that warranted the name. Turmeric is the added ingredient of a golden coffee: a spice that is mainly used in curries. Turmeric is said to ease the nasty symptoms of all sorts of diseases, including degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease.
10 Nut milk yoghurt
Soya milk has been around for some time and is a useful replacement for dairy milk for vegans and people who are lactose intolerant. Nut milk (almond, coconut, cashew) and its derivatives contain the same vitamins and minerals as standard dairy products, and it is now being used to make yoghurts.