Health, wellness and fitness trends dominate 2016,
the Year of the Fire Monkey

The Year of the Fire Monkey is upon us! According to the Chinese calendar, this is a time for adventure, discovery, change, and progress. With many risk-taking and challenges ahead, it’s best to watch over your health and wellbeing.

The start of the year is also a time for new beginnings, where New Year’s resolutions are often made, either listed on paper or kept in the back of your mind. More often than not, these resolutions include goals to become healthier, more fit and happier.

Amid the eagerness to follow new health programs, doctors also advise people to be cautious. “Consider the sources first before following any diet or fitness trend. Do not also forget to consult with your doctor to know exactly what is best for your body,” says Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre.
In 2016, health trends gear towards preventing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which is one of the biggest health issues of the year. According to Dr. Monica Cabral, an active consultant of Internal Medicine-Endocrinology at St. Luke's Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, “Tobacco use, lack of physical activity, harmful use of alcohol, and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from an NCD. But while the diabetes and obesity epidemics are rapidly increasing, they are mostly preventable and treatable.”

Mobility helps prolong life.
Physical activity continues to be important in 2016. Whether it’s using machines at the gym for an hour a day or simply taking a brisk 15-minute walk a few days a week, research shows that moving around reduces the risk of dying from non-communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart attack among others. Improvements in breathing, endurance, flexibility, bone and muscle strength, and even mental health and mood, are just a few positive effects of keeping in motion.

Moderated drinking and decline of tobacco use.
Medical research still points to heavy smoking and heavy drinking as key causes of heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, and a declining immune system. Evidence is growing that the combined abuse of tobacco and alcohol can dramatically increase the risk of certain cancers (particularly in the mouth and throat) and problems with the liver (cirrhosis) and digestive system (peptic ulcers, inflammations, etc.).

The good news is that more governments all over the world have placed heavier restrictions on the availability of tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. But at the same time, medical experts still encourage the public to avoid lighting up all together. While the benefits of certain drinks like beer and wine are still being examined, the general consensus of doctors and health professionals is that having more than two glasses of either beer or wine can lower your resistance to illness.

Going natural
Because of various reports that link processed meat and red meat to chronic diseases, people are expected to consume more organic food and use plant-based protein alternatives. Dependence on prescription drugs in treating various illnesses will also lessen as more people favor natural remedies, like food therapy, vitamin and mineral supplements, and aromatherapy.

Food is your medicine.
Given the current trend of using natural remedies, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre uses food as medicine to address the hormonal imbalance causing obesity and obesity-related diseases. The Cohen’s Lifestyle Program uses scientifically proven wellness and weight loss plans based on the biochemical analysis of the blood as formulated by international specialist Dr. Rami Cohen. The Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre develops the program and teaches clients the right cooking, eating and sleeping habits to optimize the performance of organs vital for metabolic processes. Without requiring exercise, injection or pill intake, the program delivers fast results, with clients averaging a loss of up to 8 to 10 lbs a month.

In the Philippines, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre has successfully helped overweight and obese clients since 2009, but it is expected to become more visible in 2016 as more Filipinos seek natural, safer and personalized weight loss options. Clients have improvements in their breathing, mobility, disposition, immune system, blood pressure and sugar levels, among others. The Centre has continued to innovate by introducing Cohen Meals of Wheels, which are personalized and healthy ready-to-eat gourmet meal sets delivered to your doorstep. The support program has strengthened with follow-up consultations, while Cohen’s Lifestyle Center itself has become more accessible by moving to the medical hub of Makati, Medical Plaza Building.
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Cohen’s Lifestyle Centre reminds that when it comes to your health goals, you must not simply follow the trend but know what’s best for you, given that each person has different health and wellness needs due to genetic make-up, biochemistry, and the effects of one’s personal environment.

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