• Health, wellness and fitness should be top priority

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    Dr. Monica ‘Mitos’ Cabral (left), active consultant of Internal Medicine Endocrinology at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, and Barbara Young, Cohen’s Lifestyle Center CEO

    Dr. Monica ‘Mitos’ Cabral (left), active consultant of Internal Medicine Endocrinology at St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, and Barbara Young, Cohen’s Lifestyle Center CEO

    The Lunar New Year has begun as the world welcomed the Year of the Red Fire Monkey on February 8.

    According to Feng Shui expert Marites Allen, the year is filled with opportunities but challenged with health issues. All 12 animal signs, she forewarned, should pay close attention to their well-being because in general, health luck is not stable in the Year of the Monkey with the Illness Star positioned at the center of the chart.

    Whether or not you believe in Feng Shui, taking care of one’s health is always a must, and if you haven’t done so until now, this second chance of a new beginning is the best place to start.

    A good first step according to health and fitness experts at Cohen’s Lifestyle Center is to be skeptical of fad diets: “Consider sources first before following any diet or fitness trend. Also, do not forget to consult with your doctor to know exactly what kind of program is best for your body.”

    Big health issue
    According to Dr. Monica Cabral, an active consultant of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Bonifacio Global City, health trends are geared towards preventing non-communicable diseases (NCD) or chronic diseases, which comprise one of the biggest health issues of 2016.

    Cabral explained that 38 million people die each year because of NCDs. Approximately 29 million of the said number, or 80 percent, comes from low- to middle- income countries. Moreover, 18 million NCD deaths occur before the age of 70.

    She added that NCDs are the cause of cancer, cardiovascular disease, lung disease and diabetes.

    “Tobacco use, lack of physical activity, harmful use of alcohol, and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from non-communicable disease. But while diabetes and obesity epidemics are rapidly increasing, they are mostly preventable and treatable,” Cabral indicated.

    Lifestyle change
    One of the best treatments for this health problem is lifestyle change, not only during the first few months of the year but for life.

    According to research, exercise and physical activities reduce the risk of dying from communicable diseases like cancer, diabetes and heart attack among others. Improvements in breathing, endurance and flexibility, bone and muscle strength and even mental health and mood, are just a few positive effects of keeping in motion.

    On the other hand, medical research still points to heavy smoking and heavy drinking as key causes of heart disease, lung disease, arthritis, and a declining immune system.

    Medical experts maintain that people should avoid smoking all together, and to drink moderately to avoid lowering resistance to illness.

    Food is medicine
    To help people kick-start a lifestyle change, Cohen’s Lifestyle Change Center uses food as medicine to address hormonal imbalance causing obesity and obesity-related diseases. Using scientifically proven wellness and weight loss plans the program is based on the biochemical analysis of the blood as formulated by international specialist Dr. Rami Cohen.

    The center teaches clients correct cooking, eating, and sleeping habits to optimize the performance of organs vital for metabolic processes. The program is said to deliver fast results, with clients averaging eight to 10 lbs. weight loss a month.

    In the Philippines, the Cohen’s Lifestyle Center has successfully helped overweight and obese clients since 2009, but it expects to become busier this year as more Filipinos adapt the habit of seeking natural, safer and personalized weight loss options.

    This year, they are further introducing “Cohen Meals on Wheels,” which are personalized and healthy ready-to-eat gourmet meal sets delivered to clients’ homes.

    Bearing in mind that eating the right food is “medicinal,” those who follow their specific Cohen plans cite improvements in breathing, mobility, disposition, immune system, blood pressure and sugar levels, among other benefits.

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