Rebecca Newman rounds up all you need to stay buoyant in mind, body and spirit, from hi-tech sleep trackers to phytoplankton (yes, plankton…)
Let 2019 be the year you get your sleep on track.
Not snoozing as you should? Try these…
Oura Worn as a ring, this natty gadget tells you how deeply you sleep — and how to do it better. Prince ‘Why-am-I-shattered-all-the-time?’ Harry is a fan, you know. From £284 (ouraring.com)
Lys Are you a night owl? Or a lark? It’s all about the chronotype and if you’re getting enough light to maximise your sleep/wake cycle. Clip this gadget to your clothes to find out. £98 (lystechnologies.co.uk)
LDN CBD Organic cannabinoids are blended with a clever infusion of vitamins and minerals to soothe and nourish. Don’t mind if we do. Full Spectrum CBD Oil With Hemp Oil 3 per cent, £25 (ldncbd.co.uk)
A unique beauty and fitness hybrid, Face Gym’s Training Sticks are movement-activated so you can pant, sweat and swear as the product’s ingredients are being released into your poor old face. Available from March. £38.50 (facegym.com)
Be kind to your bank balance and work out at home or in the park with TRX’s satisfyingly brutal and effective Home System and app (£196.95; trxtraining.co.uk). We also love Fiit TV, which lets you sweat with the world’s best trainers in the comfort of your own home (£120 for a year)
Many of us don’t get enough magnesium in our diet, causing tiredness and dehydration. Besides upping your leafy greens, try L’Officine Universelle Buly’s magnesium tincture (£41; buly1803.com) once a day.
Soaring sauerkraut sales testify to our growing awareness of gut health, but you ain’t seen nothing yet. New research is linking the health of our microbiome (the bacteria living in our intestines) to ailments such as diabetes, depression and obesity.
- Get to know your gut with a stool test, which can be done by a nutritional therapist (try evekalinik.com, from £279) or a cheaper DIY version. With Carbiotix’s at-home test kit, you send off monthly samples and receive analysis and diet tips, from £18 a month (carbiotix.com).
- Be sceptical of probiotics. An Israeli study last year cast doubt over whether the majority of probiotic-laced drinks bring much benefit. However, supplement brand Symprove (£79 for four weeks; symprove.com) stands out brilliantly for its consistent clinical data, and this year is involved in an NHS pilot study involving the microbiome and early-stage Parkinson’s.
- Eat a variety of vegetables, and anything fermented (such as kefir, kombucha and the aforementioned sauerkraut).
- Leave 12 hours between dinner and breakfast to benefit your bacteria: this year’s favourite (and easiest) way to fast.
Jolly good stuff
Lust-worthy products (that are also straightforwardly worthy)
Bare Biology A fish oil blend formulated to enhance your mental health. £1 from each product goes to Mental Health Mates. Mindful Omega 3 Fish Oil for Mental Health, £16 (barebiology.com)
The Soap Co A scrumptious grapefruit and ylang-ylang body oil made by a London social enterprise that employs those who are blind or deaf. Renew Body Oil, £20 (thesoapco.org)
REN Soothing to mind and body, kind to skin and packaged with plastic reclaimed from the oceans (which is recyclable): perfect. Atlantic Kelp and Magnesium Anti-Fatigue Body Wash, £22 (renskincare.com)
Big Bush Energy
It’s all about the vagina this year (Alamy Stock Photo)
BBE will be to 2019 what Big Dick Energy (the quiet confidence exuded by a well-endowed man) was to 2018.
Yep, it’s all about the vagina this year, and about time too. Hot on the heels of Emma Watson’s favourite Fur Oil (£40), LA-based brand Moon Juice has launched Holy Yoni, an adaptogenic blend of natural oils and extracts to nourish and improve the elasticity of your vajayjay (£40; both freepeople.com). Then get to know your bits better with Lynn Enright’s ‘Vagina: A Re-education’, published 7 March (Atlantic Books).
Shotgun your slot in these epic new contentment-upgrading classes
SOS at Psycle
The new myofascial release session focuses on trigger-point release and self-massage to boost recovery, improve performance and strengthen the immune system. SOS at Mortimer Street studio £20 per class (psyclelondon.com)
TenStretch at Ten Health & Fitness
Whether you’re a desk jockey or an ultra-runner superstar, this reformer-based class’s dynamic stretches limber up the mind as much as the bod. £30 per class (ten.co.uk)
Sanae Baba at Cloud Twelve
Blending cranio-sacral work, reflexology and acupuncture, this is the one-stop shop to make you feel better. £120 for 60 minutes (cloudtwelve.co.uk)
London’s best IV drip provider has expanded its menu. See you in the queue for the immunity and anti-ageing ones. From £75 (getadrip.co.uk)
Back to plant school
Keen to expand your vegan repertoire, if only on meat-free Mondays? This month sees the opening of Plant Hub, an east London space that celebrates community and seasonality. January events include visits from guest chefs Niki Webster and Rachel de Thample of River Cottage, and nude life drawing classes complete with modesty-protecting aubergines. (planthub.net)
Trend watch: marine phytoplankton
Hollywood’s latest health buzz? Plankton. Or more specifically, the stuff that plankton emits: a wholly natural source of the nutrients our bodies need for optimal functioning. Sign us up now, please.
Cellnutrition Quinton Isotonic Ampoules
Contains all the minerals and trace elements your body needs, in exactly the right proportions. Great for those with digestive issues. £36 for 30 vials (cellnutrition.uk.com)
More concentrated than Cellnutrition Isotonic, this is a high-performance hydration formula containing all 78 electrolytes the body needs. Fans include Rafael Nadal. £18 for 10 sachets (totumsport.co.uk)
Hello Day Brain & Heart Maintain
Ideal for vegans, this plankton-based source of omega-3 fatty acids is sustainably harvested and generally right on. £24 (hello-day.com)
No, we’re not about to tell you a gap year tale. Mushrooms continue to prove themselves as a vital health resource. Try Hanah Cordyceps+ (£131; hanahlife.com), a powerful combination of cordyceps sinensis and herbs and minerals to boost immunity as well as mental and physical performance. Innermost’s The Health Protein is a vegan powder with added mushroom magic (£29.95; liveinnermost.com).
Practise self-compassion and put Rituals for Every Day by Nadia Narain and Katia Narain Phillips on your bedside table. This is a paean to being kind to yourself, and a far more qi version of other good habit-forming tomes by which Silicon Valley-types swear. (£14.99; Hutchinson)
Try a future lab gym
Which one will you choose?
Fancy seeing the future? Time to get acquainted with Jon Denoris (above). What with shaping rock gods for going on tour and putting Premier League footballers back on track, he is the kind of trainer who was using infrared saunas and light therapy way back when. He’s always introducing new ideas, such as hi-tech mind games to boost mental performance. Sci-fi stuff. By appointment only, from £85 (clubfiftyone.co.uk)
Recovery is the health buzzword of 2019, and Gymbox is putting the buzz into it — literally. ‘Cannabliss’ is geared towards those who are seeking to train without trashing their bodies. Get slapped with a CBD patch and let the rehabilitation class — a soothing mix of stretches and mobility — reduce inflammation, ease anxiety and make you feel really, really relaxed. It’s like a one-hour holistic retreat but with abs at the end. £20 per class (gymbox.com)
Meet the mind healers
Angela McKrill Hypnotherapy
A sane and sage hypnotherapist whose techniques are said to work as powerfully on anxiety and insomnia as on curing full-blown phobias, depression and IBS. £95 for one hour (angelamckrill.com)
Nicola Dunn, Constellation Family Therapy
Describe your issues to psychologist Dunn and she will lay models of your family members on a kind of game board. As you talk, the patterns are oddly revealing and the next steps become clear. £95 per session (nicoladunnconstellations.com)
Steve Haines, Trauma Releasing Exercises
A key feature of trauma is the shutdown, or freeze response. Haines literally shakes out the nervous system, relaxing tight muscles and reconnecting us with our physicality. A powerful new kind of mind-body therapy. £90 per class (triyoga.co.uk)
Original article published in Evening Standard Magazine, in January, 2019