In the quest for a harmonious blend of personal health and global responsibility, nutritionist Steph Lowe unveils the top five health trends shaping 2024.
1.Mindful Eating: Nourishing the Body and Soul
In a fast-paced world, the concept of mindful eating is gaining momentum. It's so important to be present during meals, savouring each bite and paying attention to hunger cues.
This practice not only aids in better digestion but also fosters a deeper connection with the food we consume, leading to improved overall well-being.
2. Organic Organ Meats: The Nutrient Powerhouses
I'm a strong advocate for the inclusion of organic organ meats in one's diet. These often overlooked treasures are packed with essential nutrients like vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Organ meats, such as liver, heart, and kidneys, are rich in B vitamins (B12, B2, B5, B7, B6, B3, B1), iron, copper, choline, selenium, zinc, essential fatty acids and more, making them a nutritional powerhouse.
Additionally, they provide crucial nutrients that are vital for a strong immune system and overall well-being. I'll either source high-quality fresh organ meats from my local butcher and include them in hearty dishes, or I keep a bottle of Cell Squared Organic Beef Liver capsules on hand.
This gives me a daily dose of fresh, gently freeze-dried organ goodness, that I know I can trust as they test and verify the vitamin & mineral content in all their organ products, which is what helps drive those health benefits previously mentioned.
3. Properly Prepared Plant Foods
It’s time for us to take a good hard look at properly prepared plant foods, where soaking, sprouting, fermenting, activating, and other traditional methods take centre stage.
In 2024, educate yourself on the transformative health benefits of these meticulous techniques. Say goodbye to the mundane and discover the age-old wisdom behind these processes, unlocking the full nutritional potential of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and whole grains.
It's not just a meal; it's a journey toward revitalised wellbeing, enriched with a tapestry of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
4. Gut Health: The Foundation of Wellness
In recent years, we've seen a growing awareness of the gut-brain connection and its impact on overall health.
Incorporating gut-friendly foods such as fermented foods, prebiotics, and probiotics can help maintain a healthy gut microbiome.
A balanced gut is associated with improved digestion, enhanced immunity and even better mental health.
5. Sustainable Eating: Caring for the Planet
As environmental concerns become more prominent, sustainable eating practices are gaining traction. We should all be making eco-conscious choices, such as reducing food waste, supporting local and sustainable agriculture, taking a nose-to-tail approach and opting for reusable packaging.
Sustainable eating not only benefits the planet but also contributes to personal health and well-being.
As we embark towards 2024, let these trends guide your journey toward a healthier and more fulfilling life.
Steph Lowe is Cell Squared's Nutrition expert. Cell Squared is an Australian-owned company that looks to our ancestral options to help boost health and longevity.