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Keto, intermittent fasting, cauliflower, and Tabata—all were really hot health and fitness trends in 2018. We can’t forget the recent legalization of marijuana and how it’s already affected pain management and anxiety-focused disorders.

For the past 27 years, Lower Mainland residents have relied upon The Wellness Show as a leader in showcasing the up-and-coming wellness trends each year. 2019’s show takes place on February 2 and 3 at Vancouver Convention Centre West.

Want to know what the leading health and wellness trends will be? Here are the top six that are going to have a big impact over the next 12 months.

LOOP Juices

Sustainably-Produced Products

As we become more concerned about the environment and our impact on it, the key is to divert as much waste as possible from landfill and to create closed loops.

LOOP Mission, a local company created by David Cote (RISE Kombucha) takes “ugly” fruits and vegetables (that would normally be discarded) and turns them into delicious juice. The company then takes the residual pulp and turns it into dog treats.

David will be sampling Loop Juice at the show as well as hosting a seminar titled From Trash to Treasure, Reducing Food Waste with Circular Economy.

Brush Naked

Zero-Waste Packaging

Over the last few years, we’ve seen a huge shift towards more environmentally-friendly packaging (e.g. packages made of compostable or recyclable ingredients). But a big up-and-coming trend is zero-waste stores where you bring in your own clean, refillable containers and purchase only what you need.

Additionally, you can outfit yourself with a zero-waste kit for daily use: reusable water bottle, coffee mug, utensils, silicone zip-top bags and straws. Add a compostable, packaging-free toothbrush from Brush Naked and you’re set to go.

Cooking class

Travel with Intention

Vacations are not always about exploring new places and cultures—they can also offer a life-changing experience. Mindful adventures include volunteering in places like South America, Africa, South East Asia and Mexico.

Yoga and fitness retreats are also a great way to learn, connect to ourselves, give back and gather with like-minded individuals. Find more retreat ideas at Arrow Yoga or Head + Heart.

BC Bud Rub

CBD and Hemp

Cannabidiols (derived from the hemp plant and void of intoxicating THC oil) are finally getting their moment in the spotlight. Though they’ve been hailed for thousands of years for their calming and healing properties, they’re beginning to appear everywhere, from beer to skincare.

Check out Natera Life’s full line of hemp products, ranging from protein powders to hemp hearts to heart-and-brain-healthy hemp oil.

Hemp is sustainable and full of plant-based protein! CBD oil makes an appearance in skincare at High Vibes Apothecary. BC Bud Rub helps ease sore muscles and joints (including women’s monthly period discomfort).

MCRCI, Canada’s leading resource centre for patients wishing to become licensed for Medical Marijuana, will be on hand to answer all your medical marijuana questions.

IV Treatments

IV treatments came on the scene a few years ago and were purported to be a great hangover cure. We now see more people using IV treatments on a regular basis as part of their wellness routine. IV treatments work because the drip bypasses your body’s digestive system and delivers nutrients in a more bioavailable form.

Offerings available from local Mainline Wellness include Iron, Magnesium, an Immune Booster (to help recover from a cold fast) or a workout recovery formula.

Chasers juice

Wellness Under One Roof

When it comes to wellness, one-stop shopping is a trend we can really get behind.

Victoria’s Encompass Health includes Nutritionists, Chiropractors, Acupuncture and Massage Therapy, all in one convenient downtown location. In Vancouver, check out Avicenna Holistic Centre and Honor Wellness. And Vancouver’s True Nosh offers healthy cooking classes, yoga and women’s-only wellness retreats.

For more on the latest and greatest health and wellness products, recipes and trends, stop in at The Wellness Show next month!

The 2019 Wellness Show

Dates: February 2, 10 am to 7 pm and February 3, 10 am to 6 pm
Venue: Vancouver Convention Centre West (Exhibit Halls A + B), 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver
Tickets: $14.50 General Admission, $12.50 Seniors 65+/students with valid ID; $6.00 children (5 & under free); available online and at the door
Two-day pass: $20.00

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