WELL & GOOD

The global well­ness trends sig­nal a shift to­wards holis­tic heal­ing, both of the mind and body

India Today - - COVERSTORY - By ALE­JAN­DRO BATALLER

The well­ness in­dus­try is cur­rently boom­ing. One of the ma­jor rea­sons for this is that we have gone back about 50 years in many as­pects of nu­tri­tion and life­style. We are now suf­fer­ing the con­se­quences of our ex­cesses and are search­ing for an­swers for op­ti­mal health. Here are some of the ma­jor well­ness trends that I have seen emerg­ing in the last few years.

HOLIS­TIC NU­TRI­TION IS BIG

While there is a huge in­ter­est in the food and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try, very few take in­ter­est in find­ing out which is the best path to well­ness. There are too many mixed mes­sages about what is healthy and what isn’t. We have a huge num­ber of peo­ple who think they are suf­fer­ing from a ge­netic or chronic ill­ness but they don’t re­late it with a life­style prob­lem. They think they take care of them­selves. “I eat healthy. I go to the gym,” they say. But upon in­ves­ti­ga­tion it’s of­ten found that they are not liv­ing an op­ti­mal life. There is re­search in the nutri­tional habits of peo­ple in coun­tries where a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of peo­ple live for more than 100 years and it has been found that 90 per cent of their diet is fat-based with fish be­ing eaten less than three times a week, meat less than five times a month, no dairy, lots of ce­re­als, veg­eta­bles, grains and nuts with tea and wa­ter be­ing the bev­er­age of choice. This also aligns with what the Har­vard Med­i­cal School has de­scribed as the ideal food pyra­mid and the Mediter­ranean and Ja­pa­nese di­ets which are fol­lowed in coun­tries with the high­est life ex­pectancy.

STARV­ING IS NOT SUS­TAIN­ABLE

Cre­at­ing a diet that is at­trac­tive but ef­fec­tive is im­por­tant. Starv­ing and suf­fer­ing never work in the long run. We be­lieve that for some­one to make a change in their life, whether it be diet or ex­er­cise, it should be tempt­ing and sus­tain­able enough for the per­son to want to in­cor-

po­rate it in their life. Peo­ple will only make a cou­ple of changes and they start to ex­pe­ri­ence the ben­e­fit of these changes which leads them to make health­ier changes. It is im­por­tant to lis­ten to your body, as it will give off warn­ing alarms to sig­nal when some­thing is amiss.

TECH­NOL­OGY BOOSTS WELL­NESS

New re­search and tech al­lows us to make sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments in health rec­om­men­da­tions. Bioen­er­getic medicine al­lows us to test en­ergy, look for en­ergy block­ages and im­bal­ances and give very pre­cise re­sults. It's help­ful in de­sign­ing life­style rec­om­men­da­tions. We also have ad­vances in ge­netic test­ing which al­low us to de­ter­mine and ex­am­ine pre­ma­ture age­ing, which or­gans are age­ing faster than oth­ers and why. The lat­est non-in­va­sive aes­thetic medicine like in­fil­tra­tions are also giv­ing ex­cel­lent re­sults. There are tests to de­ter­mine your level of con­cen­tra­tion, re­lax­ation and mind­ful­ness which help per­son­alise well­ness tech­niques. A ground break­ing tech­nique de­vel­oped by NASA and Har­vard also al­low us to in­crease brain ac­tiv­ity through a neuro-feed­back hel­met that has been giv­ing re­mark­able re­sults. The LED light pulses in the hel­met help lower de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety and pre­vent Alzheimer’s dis­ease.

SHIFT­ING PER­CEP­TIONS

There is also a change in the way peo­ple view well­ness. Ear­lier, a well­ness get­away was con­sid­ered the bas­tion of peo­ple with some free time to kill. The ma­jor­ity of peo­ple who seek well­ness now are de­ci­sion mak­ers, CEOs, heads of gov­ern­ment, mem­bers of royal fam­i­lies, elite sports peo­ple and top models among oth­ers. Es­sen­tially these are peo­ple who, when they have free time, would like to make it count by im­prov­ing their vi­tal­ity, re­set­ting and be­com­ing a bet­ter ver­sion of them­selves. As peo­ple care more about be­ing healthy, the well­ness in­dus­try will un­dergo a par­a­digm shift.

BRAIN FOOD LED Pulses are now be­ing used to boost brain ac­tiv­ity and mind­ful­ness

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