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2019's worst health and wellness trends

Posted at 10:37 PM, Dec 23, 2019

Health trends aren’t always healthy.

We’re taking a look back at the worst health and wellness trends of 2019. Our Chief Health Editor Dr. Partha Nandi joins us now with the fads we may want to do away with in the new year.

We saw a lot of health and wellness products and trends this year. It’s a huge industry that brings in $4.2 trillion. But the big question is: What really works and what doesn’t? Here’s what I consider some of the worst health & wellness trends of 2019:

• CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of the active ingredients found in marijuana and hemp that doesn’t get you high. It has been touted as a cure-all for things like stress, muscle soreness and insomnia. As a result, CBD was added to just about everything, such as lotions, lattes, and supplements. But, the jury is still out on whether it can do all that companies claim it can.

• Then we have Vitamin IV Drips. This is a popular trend, especially among celebrities. Nutrients are injected in your arm, and it’s been used to prevent a hangover after a long night of partying. This year, the IV therapy became more of a health trend, promoting brighter skin and increased energy. However, these IV drips can be dangerous and they are not regulated by the FDA.

• Of course, Vaping has made headlines for the danger it poses, especially to teenagers. Many thought e-cigarettes were a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. But, as we know, the CDC and FDA are investigating thousands of cases of lung disease related to vaping.

• And finally, the Keto Diet was more popular than ever in 2019. It promotes high-protein, low-carb eating, which sends your body into “ketosis.” That’s when you begin to burn stored fat as fuel, because there’s nothing else to use for energy. However, research shows there may be some serious health risks and side effects associated with low-carb diets that are high in animal protein. So, it’s not a good choice for everyone.