It’s not too late to abandon these fads.
Over the last decade the wellness world has exploded. It seems as though every week there is some hot trend being touted by a health expert, influencer, or celebrity (Gwyneth Paltrow, we are talking about you!). However, a handful (or three!) of these latest gadgets, diets, products, concepts, and workout methods have stirred up quite a bit of controversy—as skeptic experts claim the purported benefits are just hype and aren’t actually supported by scientific evidence. From sticking cold, hard gemstones in the vajay-jay to drinking stalky veggies, here are the 15 wellness trends experts hope to say sayonara to in 2020.
2. Extreme Fasting Methods
3. Reformer-Based Workouts
4. The Anti-Fluoride Movement
Over the last several years, there has been a major shift to all-natural, minimally processed everything—often at the expense of proven western medicine, says Heather Kunen, DDS, MS, co-founder of Beam Street. “There has emerged a strong anti-fluoride movement that condemns the use and consumption of the substance, deeming it highly dangerous,” she explains. While it is true that fluoride is poisonous if excessively consumed, it is an extremely important material for the maintenance of oral health and the prevention of dental disease. “When consumed as directed, the levels of fluoride that are used in bottled water, toothpastes and mouthwashes are not nearly high enough to lead to bodily damage, but are crucial for the preservation of oral health,” she continues. “Fluoride serves to bind to our tooth enamel and remineralize it, essentially forming a coat of armor that protects against invading bacteria and acids.”
5. Charcoal Toothpaste
Another dental trend that has emerged is activated charcoal toothpaste, many people swearing it as a tooth-whitening remedy or even as a replacement for traditional toothpaste. “Charcoal products will claim that they bind to tooth bacteria and help clear it away from the oral environment; however, no studies have proven such claims,” points out Kunen. While she attests that charcoal has abrasive properties that may help to remove the buildup from tooth surfaces (“think of it like shining a shoe”), activated charcoal has not been approved by the ADA or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Since charcoal is highly abrasive, it has the potential to wear away and erode enamel if overused. Furthermore, charcoal dental products must not be used as a substitute for toothpaste as it does not contain fluoride, which is an essential mineral to maintain strong enamel and fight off tooth decay,” she concludes.
6. HIIT (high intensity interval training) Workouts
7. CBD Oil
8. Jade Eggs
9. Working Out As A “Social Media Event”
10. Following Influencer Fitness Advice
11. “Detox” Diet Products
12. The Keto Diet
13. The Whole30 Diet
14. Hot Yoga
15. Celery Juice
*Original article online at https://www.eatthis.com/wellness-fads-2020/