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Post #39 Are We as Healthy as We Thought We'd Be in 2020???

In Podcast Episode #35 Tami takes us through some of the predictions that were made about the "healthy innovations" we'd have in 2020...did they get it right?



So, I found this article I saved from 2018 by Denise Mann, that had predictions about how much healthier we’d be in 2020. The topics are from the Trend forecasters at the Global Wellness Institute.

I thought it would be fun to see if we’ve actually implemented any of these options, personally or as a society. And if not, can we add them now??? The full article link is above, but I picked my favorites. Ready? Here we go…


The majority of today’s kitchens are odes to the 1940s and 50s with cavernous cabinets that are perfect for packaged and processed goods and refrigerators with only small dark drawers for fruits and vegetables—but kitchen design is (finally) about to catch up with wellness trends. Savvy designers are turning the table on old-school kitchen design with transparent refrigerators and special instant access drawers that display (and correctly store) fresh foods so they are more enticing, not to mention easier to grab than those less healthy default choices.


Kitchens of the future will have space for gardens, which will help keep the air clean—and give you instant access to fresh herbs, like basil and mint. Built-in composts will also be a featured so more of us can get rid of organic waste the right way with only the push of a button.


Basic massages and meditation classes are so yesterday. So-called transformational travel will deploy fantasy avatars, gaming, role-playing, and storytelling for fully immersive experiences. Like the yet-to-be-built Red Mountain Resort in Iceland, where guests follow the intense, five-chapter emotional and sensory voyage of an ancient Icelandic hero. Big picture: We can expect more immersive experiences such as soaking in hot springs while listening to live music so that weary travelers can get out of their own heads and way.


We are already seeing companies like bring personal genetic testing to the masses, but this is just the beginning. One innovative company, Wellness FX, is combining a host of data sets (blood chemistry, hormone testing, genetics, and gut microbiome) for a better picture of our future health status and potential challenges. “This information will give way to a personalized diet and eliminate the trial and error involved with choosing therapies that prevent or treat diseases and conditions.” Some tests may be cost prohibitive, but others will be more affordable.

“Real, personalized healthcare is based on combining data with sophisticated coaching to develop tailored recommendations,” agrees Jennifer Lovejoy, PhD, chief translational science officer at Arivale, a Seattle-based scientific wellness company that offers genetic analysis with personal coaching. “By combining data from genetics and clinical labs with lifestyle questionnaires, coaches can create a personalized road map for individuals to optimize their health and avoid disease.” Once enough information is amassed, the genetic data can be used for research that may one day result in cures for chronic illnesses.


The term “brain hacking” sounds nefarious, but it’s a thing, and brain optimization clubs, like the soon-to-launch Field in New York City, will offer up all sorts of services to create an “elite brain.” “There are already a lot of supplements used for brain optimization, but we will be seeing more brain optimization clinics,” McGrath says. Doctors in these clinics run high-tech brain scans for up-close-and-personal imaging of your brain, and then they can tap noninvasive technologies to tweak the circuits and improve mental prowess and boost “consciousness enhancement” without drugs.


“Mushrooms may become the new kale, Brussels sprouts, or other formerly-eschewed-vegetable-turned-trendy,” says Katie Kennedy Gilligan, chef and director of the culinary program for GroundSea Fitness, a wellness retreat in the Berkshire Mountains. “Mushrooms provide a wide variety of essential vitamins and nutrients—particularly vitamins B, D, and C,” she says. “Shiitakes are particularly known for increasing immune and heart health, while assisting in ways the body fights off disease and inflammation. She’s a big fan of Lion’s Mane and Cordyceps, two varieties that are particularly effective for mind and body attentiveness.


Futuristic bathrooms may well contain smart toilets that analyze waste. There is really no better way to tell how you do—or don’t—digest and process certain nutrients or medications than by analyzing your stool and urine, says Beth McGroarty, director of research at the Global Wellness Institute. These laboratories in lavatories are likely not too far off as the latest smart toilets are powered by Alexa so germaphobes don’t need to use their hand to flush. There are many things that your poop can reveal about your health.

Bottom Line

Well, I wouldn't say these innovations are commonplace across America, but they are available...some for a very high price! I think the message is the same one we've been hearing for years now:

  • Eat Better

  • Get Some Rest

  • Have FUN when you travel

  • Poop Never Lies!

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