2019’s Worst Health & Wellness Trends

Unfortunately, health fads aren’t always for our benefit, and 2019 saw it’s fair share of health and wellness trends. It’s a huge industry, at 4.2 trillion dollars a year, and goes largely unregulated. Here are four health fads I’m encouraging you to keep away from or drop as we enter a new decade.

CBD

This is a big one since so many states have recently legalized cannabis to varying degrees. CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of the active ingredients found in the marijuana and hemp plants. Unlike THC, the compound responsible for getting a user ‘high’, CBD is non-psychoactive and has been touted as a cure-all for anything from stress, to insomnia, to muscle soreness. With those looking to make a buck jumping on the bandwagon, CBD has been added to just about anything you can think of – candies, mints, lotions, lattes, or just pure oil. Even our pets have gotten in on the trend with companies offering CBD products designed specifically for them. However, the jury is still out on whether it can do all that companies claim it can.

Vitamin IV Drips

This is a popular trend among celebrities and other various influencers. Nutrients are injected into your arm and have often been used after a night of partying to stave off a hangover. In 2019, IV drips became more of a health trend with proprietors touting better skin and increased energy. However, these are not regulated by the FDA and can be dangerous. So, maybe think twice before letting someone stick an unregulated needle into your arm. 

Vaping

This one obviously made headlines due to the drastic rise of dangerous side effects. Many thought e-cigarettes and vapes were safer alternatives to smoking. I’ve reported on many lung illnesses resulting from vaping, and it seems the more sinister side effect could be hiding in plain sight – how this new product is affecting teenagers. And, as we know, the CDC and FDA are investigating thousands of cases of lung disease related to vaping. 

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