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Top 10 Health Influencers on Instagram

Who are your favorite health influencers on Instagram? According to a study, Instagram is the second most influential social media platform in the world (just behind Facebook). And, more than 50% of health influencers on Instagram create content to inspire rather than sell products.

At Functional Remedies, we share the same goals. In fact, we take a focused approach to wellness, from our special lipid infusion process to our sustainable manufacturing practices. However, we also know that hemp is just a small part of a comprehensive wellness strategy.

As believers in sustainable living, we understand the challenges involved in setting out on the journey to health. In order to achieve optimal wellness, there are many factors to consider. These include diet, exercise, emotional health, and hydration. When you try to address them all at once, it can feel a little overwhelming.

For those looking for guidance to lead longer and more satisfying lives, Instagram is an excellent resource for information and inspiration. Experts on the social media platform support users in their wellness goals, and the information they offer can lead to constructive results.

Below are ten influencers you may want to check out. They offer more than just beautiful images on their account. All are committed to smart, healthy choices that are backed by solid information. That’s the sort of thing we can really get behind!

Tatiana Houser @tatianahouser
If you’re looking for health inspiration but can’t relate to many of the fit, perfectly poised, and expertly coiffed wellness influencers out there, check out Tatiana Houser’s page. She’s like an easygoing friend you can look up to and still feel comfortable hanging out with. Her recipes are easy to follow, nutritious, and delicious. She knows how to hit that sweet spot, combining “healthy” with “lots of chocolate” and comfort food favorites.

As a busy mom to her son Huck, an adorable toddler, Tatiana is a big fan of simplifying life to give herself enough room for meaningful self-care. Her approach to wellness is refreshingly laid back, and her style is both elegant and down-to-earth. Be sure to check out her stunning crocheted wedding dress!

While you’re there, take a look at Randy Houser, her husband. He’s a successful country music artist who released his fifth studio album, Magnolia, last year. He and Tatiana share a relaxed approach to healthy living, and together with their lovely baby Huck, they represent one of the most relatable health influencers on Instagram.

Danette May @thedanettemay
You’ll find plenty of meal prep and fitness tips here. Be sure to check out Danette’s delicious recipe for breakfast cookies. Her approach to healthy eating is relaxed and still leaves room for favorites like chai smoothies and cupcakes.

That said, what sets Danette apart is her focus on self-belief. She gently encourages her followers to rethink their mindsets. Danette maintains that all the kale, yogurt, and yoga in the world can’t overcome the effects of negative self-talk or toxic self-criticism.

She also offers practical workout advice, along with unique challenges to try. This includes focusing on your ability to balance or spending a full seven days unplugged from technology. You’ll also find tips on protecting your skin from the sun. But, don’t think Danette is all work and no play. She’s certainly committed to maintaining a sense of fun in her life.

In all, Danette has a wealth of useful information to share, and she’s passionate about focusing on the choices that can help increase your joy and wellbeing.

Kim Kine @kim_kine
Her work as a holistic chiropractor is what guides Kim’s approach to wellness. She focuses on posture and exercises to help counteract the effects of prolonged sitting on the body. According to studies, sitting for more than eight hours a day exposes one to the same risks posed by smoking. In other words, you incur a similar risk of dying from either prolonged sitting or smoking.

Sure, working on your posture may not sound like a sexy undertaking. However, addressing the reasons for a slumped posture can also help ease chronic pain, especially in the back. Kim offers tips to deal with different kinds of back pain, whether it’s situated in the lower or mid-back.

She also offers posture tips to help you stand tall. If you’d like to further improve your posture, Kim has a number of simple exercise routines to help. This includes a quick, five-minute workout to reset your posture as well as important stretches to help you end the day with a flexible and more relaxed body. And, here’s a bonus: studies show that improving your posture can also make you happier.

In all, Kim is an excellent resource for learning about protecting yourself from injury when exercising. Plus, her channel isn’t just about sitting up straight. It offers tips on diet and lifestyle choices to help you build a strong, functional body.

The HIIT Man @courtneyfearon_
Sometimes, you just want a no-nonsense, challenging workout that will get you in and out of the gym quickly. If that’s you, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is an unbeatable choice, and Courtney is the inspiration you’ve been looking for.

He demonstrates effective bodyweight exercises that will target just about every muscle group in your body. HIIT workouts are remarkably effective and quick — but not exactly easy.

Still, Courtney is an encouraging resource to turn to if you’re looking for vigorous, efficient exercises that deliver results. He offers equal parts support and challenge, to help you stretch a little further to meet your fitness goals. There’s no denying he’s impressively muscular, but he’s also a warm, uplifting source of support. If you’re looking to achieve a sculpted look, Courtney is one of the best health influencers on Instagram to follow.
As she puts it, QiQi is the one to turn to if you’re looking for “Not your average fitspo.” She is an enthusiastic fan of weight training, HIIT workouts, and bodyweight exercises. She’s also unapologetic in her acceptance of her body. Or, in her words, “The thighs are staying, but you can go.” You won’t see her hoisting tiny pink dumbbells every morning. In fact, she prefers lifting impressively sized free weights. She also works out with kettlebells and performs challenging bodyweight exercises.

If you’re looking for a balanced approach to health, QiQi offers both food tips and workout routines. She also provides sensible, supportive advice for people who are trying to lose weight. However, QiQi never takes on the chastising tone many weight-loss experts seem to adopt. Instead, she treats wellness as an adventure of sorts. She’ll leave you feeling like you can achieve just about anything in your quest for better health.

Amy Michaels Koberling @the_skinthusiast

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While many Instagram influencers will dole out advice about how to have glowing skin, Amy has the credentials to back up her words of wisdom. As a dermatologist, she provides science-backed information to help you care for your skin in the best and most effective way.

Amy takes time to explain the modern approach to skin health. She provides information on things like protecting your skin from the blue lights emanating from your digital devices. Be sure to check out her helpful video busting retinoid myths.

Most importantly, her no-nonsense critique of popular skincare products offers great value to her followers. Much information exists online about how to take care of the skin, but not all of it is helpful or safe. Instead of peddling another skincare fad, Amy can be trusted to give you information that’s based on facts, not filters and fantasies.
Wellness isn’t just about pretty lattes and yoga on the beach at sunset. Carly focuses on a set of different but vital issues for women, including infertility and endometriosis. She’s very open about her own health journey and offers a safe space for those who struggle with the same conditions.

According to the CDC, 12% of women ages 15 to 44 years of age have trouble getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to term. So, you don’t have to face infertility alone. Visit Carly’s Instagram page for helpful tips and encouragement as you ponder important life decisions.

Carly has gone through multiple rounds of IVF, and she shares openly about her experiences. In addition, she struggled with endometriosis for years before getting a diagnosis, which is often true for people with this condition. Her hard-won knowledge means that she is able to provide a wealth of information for those who struggle with similar challenges.

In addition, she talks freely about the importance of therapy. Carly is frank about it being one of the things that helps her handle the demands of infertility treatments and life as a mom of one (so far). For people who are dealing with the challenges of infertility and endometriosis, Carly is a compassionate source of support.

Shana Minei Spence @thenutritiontea
As a registered dietitian and nutritionist, Shana has lots of solid advice about how to have a healthy diet. However, her focus isn’t on what foods you should cut out of your diet or a list of superfoods you “must” eat. You also won’t find any strict eating plans here. Her take on healthy eating goes much deeper than that.

Shana’s focus is on helping people develop a healthy, balanced relationship with food while leaving the diet mentality behind. She offers support and science-backed information about feeding yourself compassionately and accepting yourself as you are. She also has some great tips to help you deal with all the stress that the current news cycle tends to bring.

If all of that sounds a little too serious, rest assured that her sense of humor makes the discussion a fun one. Her upbeat, supportive advice is a welcome voice in a world that often promotes stringent diets.
The Well Necessities account is like a deep, cleansing breath of fresh air in Instagram form. Lili offers guided meditations and mindful eating exercises to help followers pursue inner peace and calm amidst the chaos. For example, she recently focused on ways to process some of the grief, loneliness, and anxiety that many people are struggling with in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. She makes it clear that there’s no reason to wait for “real life” to start again before taking care of one’s wellbeing.

Lili likes to share healthy recipes with her followers. However, she also stresses that fad diets and a punitive approach to eating never helps. As a Registered Dietitian, she’s seen the damage that extreme diets can do, and she’s passionate about making sure people know how dangerous they are. She believes that it’s possible to make your peace with food and nourish your body. Most of all, she maintains that true health requires kindness to the self. Her calming approach to caring for the body is both courageous and inspiring.

Jeanette Ogden @shutthekaleup
For those trying to encourage smart eating habits at home, Jeanette is one of the best health influencers on Instagram to follow. As a mother of two little ones (one of whom is still breastfeeding), she shares the real struggles and triumphs of focusing on health and family life. Jeanette is forthright about the challenges, offering sympathy and encouragement to her fellow parents in the trenches.

Her food pictures are mouthwatering, whether they are of chocolate-drizzled cookies or platters laden with colorful fruits and vegetables. She shares recipes for gorgeous salads as well as kid-friendly fare like waffles and pepperoni pizza. Like all parents, Jeanette understands the all-consuming search for food everyone in the family will eat. Join her as she celebrates healthy foods, happy movements, and a joy-filled family life.

Join Synchronicity in the Journey to Health

At Synchronicity™ , we appreciate the work of these top health influencers on Instagram. At the same time, we also believe that hemp can be an important part of a healthy lifestyle.

This is why we developed our unique LipidTrans™ Infusion Process, so we can make available to you the most potent cannabinoids, terpenes, antioxidants, and phytonutrients in the hemp plant. These powerful compounds work together to deliver a supremely bioavailable hemp product to YOU, the consumer. Try it out and see how it can support you on your journey to better health.

As you consider your lifestyle choices, we invite you to see how Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil can support your wellness goals. To learn more about our products and the science behind them, contact us. Have your own list of health influencers on Instagram you like to follow? Share them with us on Twitter or Facebook.

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5 Science-Backed Wellness Trends for 2020 and Beyond

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In light of COVID-19, more Americans are focusing on health. This year, 55% of surveyed individuals say they plan on attending a health and wellness event. We all want to take better care of ourselves and our families. Not surprisingly, the gospel of self-care has taken the world by storm. And, judging by the wellness trends for 2020, health will dominate the national conversation well into 2021. Let’s be honest; you probably see health-related ads every time you log into your social media account.

But, unfortunately, the massive size of the health and wellness industry (+$50 billion) draws out some nefarious actors. Vigilant consumers and watchdogs consistently ferret out shady businesses using so-called science to hawk their products. From Chobani’s not-so-sugar-free yogurt to Kellogg’s faux “health” cereals, it’s tough to identify the right health trends to adopt. Facebook has even taken to deleting wellness pages that tout pseudoscientific claims.

So, what can you trust? Science obviously! Here are the five biggest wellness trends for 2020 and beyond, all backed by reputable studies — not fancy marketing gimmicks.

1. The Endocannabinoid System Will Transform the Field of Pharmacology

Two things you may not know about one of the most groundbreaking wellness trends for 2020:

  • Cannabinoid receptors are more numerous than any other receptor in the human body.
  • Prolonged exercise produces anandamide — a “bliss” inducing cannabinoid.

CBD is the most researched health-and-wellness trend on the Internet. According to a study, online users made more than 6.4 million Google searches for CBD in April 2019. In fact, we would argue that CBD has become the buzzword for health in the 21st century. Clearly, Hemp Oil is having its moment in the spotlight. So far, research shows that CBD may be beneficial for:

  • Balanced mood support (1,2,3)
  • Physical discomfort (1,2,3,4,5)
  • Mental tension (1)
  • Nervous system support (1,2,3,4,5)

While CBD has been shown to reduce health discomfort levels, it isn’t the only cannabinoid that interacts with our bodies in a profound way. Every human being has an endocannabinoid system (ECS) — a complex combination of receptors and neurotransmitters that directly interact with cannabinoids in our bodies. Other cannabinoids like THC and CBN (cannabinol) also interact with our ECS system. To date, studies have uncovered the role interactions between cannabinoids and the ECS play in our overall health.

The Importance of Cannabinoids

Believe it or not, it was just a few years back when scientists were calling cannabinoids like CBD the “most misunderstood compounds on earth.” In 2003, Nature Medicine described the endocannabinoid system as having “an important role in nearly every paradigm of pain, in memory, in neurodegeneration, and in inflammation.”

Yet, research surrounding hemp and its cannabinoids didn’t flourish until the last few years due to regulatory issues (namely, the illegality of the hemp plant). Scientific American even made a rallying call to increase research into cannabinoids — like CBD — back in 2004. But, it wasn’t until the last few years that we really started to understand the massive role Hemp Oil plays in our bodies.

CBD may be no stranger to fame, but it’s not the only cannabinoid we should pay attention to. The other hundred plus compounds in hemp also affect our ECS in profound ways, and consumers are starting to notice. Of course, pure CBD products still reign supreme in the public consciousness. But, Hemp Oil is where modern trendsetters are heading. CBG (cannabigerol) and CBC (cannabichromene) are two of the rising stars in the cannabis world. Initial studies show that both exhibit anti-bacterial properties and offer effective nervous system support.

Depending on your supplier, natural Hemp Oil may contain a hundred or more types of cannabinoids. For consumers, Hemp Oil is an effective way of obtaining health benefits from cannabinoids without the THC “high.” People are already adding Hemp Oil tinctures to their green smoothies in the morning. Within the next few years, Hemp Oil may be a breakfast staple.

2. Outdoor Living Helps Connect Us With Nature

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

Did you know?

  • Preliminary studies suggest that spending time in nature leads our bodies to produce protective anti-cancer proteins.
  • You don’t have to spend nights camping out in the mountains to reap some of the rewards of nature. Sitting near a window that affords a view of trees and grassy landscapes can reduce workplace anxiety and increase productivity.
  • Studies suggest that walking in nature reduces the risk of depression and is increasingly being used as a form of therapy by individuals suffering from mood disorders.

Most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. We’ve traded hunting, fishing, and outdoor sports for video games, the Internet, and phone screens. However, our bodies aren’t prepared to camp out in frosty air-conditioned rooms forever. Being outdoors can do wonders for our minds and bodies.

What the Research Says About Nature and Health

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According to research, taking a walk in nature improves memory recall by 20%, decreases levels of anxiety, and lowers pulse rates by 4%. In fact, you get a boost in mental energy simply by looking at images of nature. CDC data shows that the number of adults embracing walking has jumped by 6% over the past few years, and we expect that number to climb as we all look for ways to disconnect from media and reconnect with the majesty of nature. Blue Zones — a wellness project based on longevity research — recommends that everyone walk at least an hour a day in order to earn that coveted “centurion” label. Taking a walk in the park may prove more beneficial than ingesting salads drenched in fat-laden dressings.

But, it’s not just simply walks that are driving the outdoor wellness trend. Since 2014, the number of people who spend at least two days a year camping has increased by 72%. Driven by Millennials and Gen X, camping is undergoing a new renaissance — and there’s plenty of research to support the benefits of camping.

In one study, students who spent two days in a forest had lower levels of cortisol (the human “stress hormone”) and inflammation than their city-dwelling counterparts. Other studies suggest that a few days in nature can bump our creative capabilities by up to 50%. Of course, you don’t have to be an expert in bushcraft to bask in the sun. Startups like Gateway — a premium cabin rental business that recently secured $22.5 million in Series B funding — offer people the opportunity to unplug from the online world and embrace the serenity of nature in cozy luxury cabins.

Meanwhile, AutoCamp — a “glamping” experience offered in Cape Cod — lets you experience the great outdoors in trendy comfort. Finally, HipCamp offers an “Airbnb” camping experience for those looking to experience wilderness living minus the “wild.”

3. Alt-Meat Enters the Mainstream

“I believe that in 30 years or so… all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same, and be much healthier for everyone” ~ Richard Branson

Did you know?

  • Beyond Meat’s growth has doubled over the last year.
  • Annually, we eat over 220lbs of meat per person.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen plant-based meat substitutes go from a niche to mainstream option you can order from the Burger King drive-thru. The plant-based meat boom isn’t going away anytime soon. Beyond Meat — one of the leaders in the plant-based burger space — has seen its growth double over the last year. So far, White Castle, Burger King, McDonald’s, Qdoba, and hundreds of other restaurants have added these delicious faux meats to their menus.

We’re seeing major players in the meat industry, including Tyson, Purdue, and Cargill, jump into the alternative protein market with their own offerings. Presently, the global market for alternative meats has skyrocketed above $5.2 billion. For consumers, plant-based meats offer a better way to savor the tastes they love without incurring the consequences they fear.

Will We Stop Eating Meat Altogether?

The American Association (ACA) recommends that Americans cut out the majority of meat from their diets. There are also thousands of studies that show the benefits of sticking to a minimal-meat or meat-free diet. Already, 80% of Millennials purchase alternative meats when grocery shopping, and research points towards Gen Z having an even more insatiable appetite for plant-based options.

We won’t see meat leave the menu anytime soon. But, for health-conscious individuals, alternative proteins offer a great way to stay healthy without significant sacrifice. A full 70% of the world’s population is decreasing their consumption of meat, and around a quarter of consumers expect to see meat substitutes at their favorite eating spots within the next year.

4. Skincare Goes Au Naturel

“The finest clothing made is a person’s own skin, but, of course, society demands something more than this.” ~ Mark Twain

Did you know?

  • By 2027, the natural skincare market will be worth $54 billion dollars.
  • Millennials are driving the demand for natural skincare, one of the most notable wellness trends for 2020.

In this “love the skin you’re in” age, finding ways to increase skin elasticity without caking it in laboratory chemicals isn’t easy. But, it certainly is trendy. According to a report by Kline & Company, “natural” is the leading trend in the personal care industry. At Synchronicity, we’re heavy believers in the power of natural products to transform our health. Why slap a coat of lab-created petroleum products on your lips when you can pick up a natural solution like Wthn’s Rose Lip Polish? Or, why use a BHA-infused lotion when you can rely on natural Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Lotion?

“Natural” isn’t just a trend; it has become a way of life. However, eating whole foods while slapping man-made chemicals on our faces may be antithetical. Still, what happens when natural substitutes don’t exist? For example, many retinol-infused skincare products contain chemicals. And, retinol, a derivative of Vitamin A, has proved effective in transforming skin at the cellular level.

You don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater, however. Brands like Clark’s Botanicals offer retinol-based, chemical-free face cleansers that contain wonderful natural compounds like oatmeal.

Put Nature Back Into "Natural" Skincare

If you’re considering making the switch to natural skincare, there’s no better time to do it than the present. There are hundreds of natural beauty products offering serious benefits. Still, you may quite rightly wonder: Can “natural” really compete with all those powerful skin-rejuvenating acids that Big Skincare constantly pumps out? You bet. If you haven’t been paying attention, WEN by Chaz Dean recently lost a $26 million class-action lawsuit because its hair care products were causing people’s hair to fall out. Similarly, Johnson & Johnson is losing billion-dollar lawsuits due to its carcinogenic talc products. And, that’s just the start. Without being over-dramatic, the FDA has banned at least 30 chemicals. In the EU alone, countries have banned over 1,300 chemicals in consumer products.

According to the Fashion Institute of Technology’s graduate school, 90% of consumers believe that natural beauty products are safer than the alternative. And, who can blame them for thinking so? Even the perfume sector, a notoriously chemical-laden industry, is getting a makeover. Presently, companies like Petite Historie offer completely natural fragrances that smell amazing without the addition of toxic chemicals.

5. Gut Health Is Still "In"

“Follow reason, but don’t ignore that gut feeling.” ~ Debasish Mridha, M.D.

Did you know?

  • Disturbances in the gut biome can lead to obesity, autoimmune diseases, and metabolic abnormalities.
  • Gut bacteria helps you digest food, fight off viruses, and regulate your hormones.

The past few years have been a Golden Age for our gut. We switched from fruit-infused water drinks to fermented beverages like Kombucha to satiate our thirst (and fortify our bodies). We also learned that our gut plays an important role in aging, disease resistance, and physical wellbeing. And, like us, many of our friends began scarfing down Greek yogurt to aid digestion and deal with a host of intestinal conditions.

But, like the endocannabinoid system (ECS), gut health is just getting started. 70% of your immune system is centered in your gut, and finding ways to maintain the trillions of good bacteria living there is more than a health fad. It’s become a pursuit of passion. There are 10x more bacteria in your gut than there are cells in your body. Probiotics in foods like yogurt help mitigate the side-effects of treatment for certain health conditions and provide seasonal immune support. In fact, probiotics have hundreds of proven benefits, so we won’t dive into the extensive research about this. For more information, check out this Harvard post.

Probiotics: The Secret to Optimum Gut Health

There are two ways to increase good bacteria in your gut: naturally (through your appendix) and orally (through consuming probiotic-rich foods). Did you know that your appendix actually serves as an incubation chamber or reservoir for probiotics (good bacteria)? But, even with our appendix cultivating microscopic goodies, many of us still need to maintain a healthy gut biome. And, the trick to doing this is simpler than once thought: you consume probiotics.

Companies like The Nue Co sell probiotic gummies that include both probiotics and prebiotics. For those looking to stock up on all their vitamin needs, Careof offers a vitamin service that delivers individually packaged vitamins — which are custom-tailored for your body — to your home each month.

The gut health revolution isn’t going away anytime soon. As one of the most significant wellness trends for 2020, it promises to change the way we eat forever. So, stock up on probiotics and drink up that Kombucha.

Wellness Trends for 2020: Reinvent Your Health Routine With Synchronicity

At Synchronicity, we believe that health and wellness is the single most important part of life. Happiness doesn’t happen by chance. You must put in the effort, change less-than-ideal lifestyle habits, and embrace evidence-based healthcare.

In the final analysis, we can’t rent you a snazzy cabin in the mountains or make you eat probiotic-infused yogurt. However, we can offer you fine hand-pressed, whole-plant Hemp Oil produced from sustainably raised, organic hemp plants. If you’re ready to get back in the driver’s seat in light of the plethora of wellness trends for 2020, contact us. Let’s talk hemp, health, and happiness.