THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE JUST PLAIN WEIRD
As a holistic wellness centre, at Akasha Studio, we’re constantly expanding our knowledge of holistic healthcare treatments. This means we’re always up-to-date on the latest alternative health trends; there are some we love, some that make us say ‘Ick!’ and others that are best avoided. Here are a few of our favourites—with a couple shockers in between.
No more calorie counting:
People are realising that looking and feeling your best doesn’t mean cutting out nutrition-packed carbs and healthy saturated fats; it means getting the proper nourishment your body and mind need by taking in the right kind of calories, including fats and carbs!
Massage for the masses:
The value of massage therapy for physical, mental and emotional wellbeing is finally being recognised by the mainstream. As a result, community wellness centres offering affordable and easily accessible rehabilitative and clinical massage services are now popping up all around the world.
Even with the shift in perspective as to what constitutes a healthy diet, there are still a few crazy diet fads out there. The fad for 2015 is ‘souping’, drinking large amounts of watery meat broth to lose weight. Let’s just say we expect this unhealthy trend to be relegated to the same dark corner of health-fad history as the cabbage-soup cleanse and the grapefruit-and-boiled-egg diet.
Ayurvedic herbs and natural ingredients are increasingly being used to create safe, holistic topical cosmetics that influence the skin’s biological function and slow the aging process. Full Ayurvedic skincare regimes which incorporate balanced nutrition and the three doshas are also growing in popularity.
Eastern medicine has always emphasised the therapeutic importance of the setting in which treatments are given. Doctors and alternative medicine practitioners in the West are following suit, and there’s been a noticeable shift towards delivering healthcare services in an atmosphere that is just as therapeutic and healing as the treatment itself.
Flour made from crickets (yes, we mean the insect) is increasingly being used in foods like protein bars and cookies because of crickets’ impressive protein content. Although an unconventional food in the Western world, crickets are a much more sustainable, eco-friendly protein source than meat, and they’re full of nutrients: amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids, insoluble fibre, iron, potassium and B vitamins. Bon appétit!
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