In January 2024, we’re swapping caffeine for cups of cacao, spices, and powdered mushrooms, getting our blood sugar levels in check, investing in longevity supplements and upping our strength training to combat ageing. All in pursuit of better cellular health, energy, and a longer lifespan. As for nutrition, we’re packing in essential nutrients, omega-3’s and brain boosting B vitamins with quick and easy sustainably sourced fish recipes. Read on for wellness focussed new year tips to help you make January 2024 your healthiest and most balanced yet
1. Caffeine-free alternatives
In 2023 we witnessed a cultural shift around alcohol consumption with 1 in 5 Gen Z claiming to be teetotalers. In 2024, more of us are opting to go caffeine-free to avoid headaches, jitters and mid-afternoon crashes. Why we’re seeing a rise in brands offering caffeine alternatives formulated for mental stimulation with Lion’s Mane and Chaga (functional mushrooms) and other adaptogenic superfoods like turmeric and cacao. It’s being driven by a desire towards human optimisation, and better education around the adverse effects of stimulants and sedatives, weakening out resilience to stress.
2. Blood sugar monitoring
Understanding our blood sugar balance has become a key component of a health-conscious lifestyle. Once reserved for diabetics, glucose monitors are helping people to better understand their blood sugar spikes to combat crashes and long-term health issues, whilst optimizing energy, mood, and metabolism. Expect to see more people sporting CGM’s (Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems) like badges of honour at a gym near you.
3. Sustainably sourced fish
In the pursuit of your most optimised self in January 2024, pack in omega-3’s to fight inflammation and maintain a healthy heart and brain function. According to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, several behavioural or mood disorders in children and adults are supposedly linked to having too little seafood omega-3s. When choosing fish, sustainability is paramount. Seafood from Alaska is the world’s Gold Standard for premium wild and sustainable seafood. For quick and convenient meals try canned salmon to packed in heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D for bone health and B vitamins. A nutritious addition to meals and the opportunities are endless. Try this quick and easy Alaska canned salmon recipe:
ALASKA SEAFOOD SALMON OKONOMIYAKI PANCAKE
- 2 eggs
- 120g plain flour
- 100ml vegetable stock, cooled
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 spring onions, chopped
- 2 heaped tsp of sushi ginger, chopped
- 150g pointed or sweetheart cabbage, thinly shredded
- 1 x 213g can Alaska Seafood salmon, well drained Vegetable oil, for frying Extra salmon, to serve Sriracha sauce, to serve Coriander leaves, to serve.
In a bowl mix the eggs and flour together, then stir in the sesame oil and cooled vegetable stock, making sure that there are no lumps. Add the carrot, soy sauce, spring onions, ginger, cabbage and canned salmon to the batter, mixing until combined. Heat a thin layer of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Pour the batter into the frying pan, and fry for 3 – 5 minutes on each side until cooked and golden in colour. Scatter over some extra salmon flakes if any remaining, sriracha sauce and coriander leaves to serve.
4. NAD supplements
In the pursuit of a longer lifespan, longevity supplements are a booming industry with NAD (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) taking centre stage. NAD is already present in our bodies, helping our DNA to repair itself, making our cells resistant to stress and protecting our brains. Naturally ageing leads to a reduction in NAD but supplementation is possible to boost cellular health, energy, and lifespan. Why not pay a visit to your local longevity lounge this January for an NAD+ IV infusion.
5. Strength Training
As we spend more time hunched over screens, glued to our phones, and WFH with dodgy home-office set-ups, more of us are choosing strength training to improve posture, increase flexibility and reduce the risk of musculoskeletal issues. Research shows that strength training can boost metabolism and contributes to increased bone density, mitigating the risk of osteoporosis. We progressively lose muscle mass as we age, and this muscle loss usually starts in our 30s and progresses with age. But we can combat off the negative effects with regular strength training. The British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers found that doing one to three hours a week of aerobic exercise and one to two weekly strength training sessions is the optimum for lowering risk of mortality.
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Emily Smith is a well-known tarot card reader with more than ten years of experience in the field. Emily's love for tarot started when she realized how the cards could show past, present, and future events. This led her to study deeply about tarot cards. With her school learning in basic math, her problem-solving skills help her in figuring out the meaning of complicated tarot card combinations. She has provided advice and hope to many people with her readings.