The Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) announced the top natural health trends to look for this summer at local health food stores.
“Summer heat and seasonal changes put new stresses on our body’s systems,” said CHFA president Helen Long. “Leading experts helped us find new, exciting, natural solutions that we are pleased to share with Canadians across the country to help them get the most out of summer.”
The first choice for summer 2014 hydration is a new beverage that’s close to home: maple water. In its purest form, maple sap is an effective summer hydrator, filled with minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium and manganese.
Ultimate Summer Supplements
The hottest supplements to watch for on the shelves of your local natural health retailer this summer include omega-3s and Astaxanthin. Astaxanthin is a supplement naturally derived from a pink carotenoid antioxidant found in algae, which studies have found protects against wrinkles, redness, and UV damage.
Canadians are increasingly demanding simple, transparent labelling. Canadians should look for labels like the Canadian Organic Symbol that tells you at a glance that the ingredients used are obtained from certified organic sources.
Summer Superfoods for Natural Health
The trendiest superfood this summer is going to be watermelon. Watermelon is also a great source of lycopene, a potent antioxidant pigment that gives the watermelon its rich colour, with a growing list of benefits from prostate to skin health. Other delicious and healthy summer superfoods range from seaweed snacks and healthy bars, to anything and everything coconut.