The Christmas rush and the feasting that follows can take a toll on your health. In fact, statistics have shown that heart attack incidences spike right after the holidays, owing to the indulgences one takes during the festivities. This is why it is important to still keep your health in mind during this season by following the S.E.E.D. lifestyle, an advocacy campaign of preventive healthcare promoted by Healthway Medical, as a tool to staying fit and healthy for the coming New Year.
Carmie de Leon, Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Healthway Medical says that the S.E.E.D. lifestyle is rooted on Sleep, Eating Right, Exercise, and De-stressing as part of active and preventive healthcare. It may be tempting to treat yourself to excess this Christmas season with late night parties that offer rich food and alcoholic drinks, but one has to remember that moderation is still the key.
The Department of Health (DOH) has released an advisory on how to stay healthy during the holidays, with the tips applicable to the S.E.E.D. lifestyle. According to the article, if a glorious holiday buffet can’t be avoided, the DOH recommends eating just the right amount and kind of food in parties and gatherings. Eat moderate amounts of nutritious foods to sustain your daily activities. One practical advice is to eat at home before heading out to parties, so you will feel full and be less likely to indulge in fatty or oily food.
In a traditional Filipino table, one will find rich foods to celebrate festive occasions such as Lechon. The DOH advises avoiding salty and fatty foods, as these foods may cause heart conditions and other diseases. It will also help to drink plenty of liquids, such as water and fruit juices, to facilitate excretion.
The agency also issues a warning against excessive drinking. As much as possible, avoid too much alcohol, as it can cause serious damage to the liver and heart or may induce stroke. It is very important not to drink and drive to avoid vehicular accidents.
The DOH likewise reiterates the importance of regular exercise along with a healthy diet. Despite the cooler weather that makes it enticing to stay in bed in the mornings, Filipinos are encouraged to walk, run, dance, and exercise regularly to stay active during the holidays. Also, one must get enough sleep so that the mind and body can rest from a full day of holiday activities.
To minimize holiday stress, DOH encourages by preparing ahead and avoiding the holiday rush for Christmas shopping, party planning, and meal preparations. Over-fatigue and stress may cause complications, such as heart diseases and hypertension.
To help check if your lifestyle choices are on the right track, consult the doctor regularly. Visit any Healthway Medical clinic. Their experienced healthcare professionals can give advice on how to incorporate the practical aspects of S.E.E.D. into your busy lifestyle. To find out more about the S.E.E.D. lifestyle, call Customer Care Hotline (02) 751 4929 or visit the Healthway Medical website at www.healthway.com.ph
About Healthway Medical
As the most trusted and preferred network of mall-based clinics in the Philippines, Healthway Medical has revolutionized the way healthcare is being provided to its patients for nearly two decades. The company offers unparalleled customer-centric experience on top of optimum primary and multidisciplinary care from its reputable and experienced doctors, allowing its seven clinics at the Alabang Town Center, Shangri-La Plaza, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, 8 Adriatico, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5 to earn a remarkable standing in the country in terms of preventive healthcare.