Expect These Health Designs to Dominate 2018
Resolutions are over. The annual custom of drawing new year plans is not working anymore. We make it and then break it, realizing it’s difficult to keep up the vows.
The latest health report on cardiovascular diseases by WHO had grim findings as usual. Each year, CVDs alone are taking 17.7 million lives globally. Growing tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet were manifested as the prime reasons.
Not that people are not aware of the situation. They understand how important it is to take care of health but they have also realized over the years that defining outright resolutions is not helping. This year it seems to be a little different. In fact, it sounds pretty exciting to me.
People have started cultivating a holistic approach. They feel getting rid of a bad habit or changing a few things isn’t going to improve their lives. Rather, it needs to be designed from all corners.
Take a look at some of the recent trends that I noticed of late. I am sure this would pick up in the coming months –
Healthy Eating would be Redefined
The traditional diet which is rich in fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and whole grains is said to be more healthful as compared to western diet. Those who stuck to traditional diets had 25 to 35% lower risk of having depression and anxiety, a study said.
The theory of Nutritional Psychiatry isn’t difficult to understand. Our diet has a direct impact on our health and brain.
Healthy recipes, cooking and consuming patterns would come to the fore. Packaged and canned foods would be replaced by fresh items. Non-perishable foods would be filtered by healthier options.
Households and even in restaurants, people will prefer steaming and pressure cooking. These are apparently effective in terms of retaining essential nutrients and minerals. Expect this to pick.
Similarly, fried foods are usually good for taste and flavour which makes them tempting to eat but baking is a better option any day which leads to lower consumption of oil and fats. See people trying it more often.
Career Options & Job Search would Change
Medical graduates and other professionals don’t really have an option but to continue working in their fields. However, a beginner level job in aviation or hospitality would have fewer takers. Though higher level jobs would continue to fill because of their lucrative nature.
More than 15 million Americans work in graveyard and evening shifts. This is taking a toll on their health like anything. In fact, in 2007, the World Health Organization defined night shift work as a probable carcinogen due to circadian disruption.
Working round the clock, waking up late, skipping meals – it disturbs the entire body clock, lowering down immunity and increasing the tendency to catch ailments and diseases. People are recognizing the hazards associated with it. The traditional 9 to 5 working would come again.
Healthier Means of Transport
According to Persistence Market Research (PMR) report, the global market for bicycles is forecast to increase by 37.5% by 2024. Given our busy schedules, it is difficult to take out time for workouts and exercising these days.
Biking or Cycling is gradually becoming popular. More people will prefer commuting via bikes than cars. Workplaces situated next door would be travelled on foot. Leisure travels to nearby places and short distance transportations would be common.
Pollution-induced ailments and disorders will see some respite in the long run. Cycling will not only promote sustainable environment but will also help lifestyle ailments and disorders to subside.
Developing economies like China and India are actively pushing people to take up cycling to deal with the rising problem of traffic and population.
Hard Drinks to Go Soft
The global alcohol consumption is declining steadily. It shrank by 1.6% in 2016. I am not expecting it to come down considerably but people will have more options on their menu. Instead of having whiskey, liquor and other hardcore spirits that contain higher levels of alcohol, wine and beer will attract more customers.
Wine which is also known for its health benefits has its lovers all across the globe. While a wine generally has 15 to 20% of alcohol, the content is even lower in beer, with roughly 5 to 10%.
Whiskeys and liquors, on the other hand, are upward of 40% alcohol content. Several studies have suggested drinking is beneficial for health but only if it is taken in moderation.
Going over the board generally does not help and can lead to chronic health issues including liver cirrhosis and cardiovascular diseases.
Less Use of Gadgets & Electronic Devices
Today, technology is running at an unmatched pace. A technological invention was gladly received a decade back. This was because it made our lives simpler. Its interference in our daily lives was limited but now things have taken a U-turn.
These days, it’s common to spend 2-3 hours a day on Facebook. Technological advancements are negatively impacting our health.
However, it seems people are getting conscious of this trend. They don’t like their kids playing Temple Run on their mobile phones anymore.
Though it’s difficult to get rid of smartphones and devices alternatives would come out for sure. Sports will replace games. Outdoor stuff would be encouraged more to ensure mobility & physical activity.
Health is wealth. In fact, health is the biggest wealth. Be it eating, drinking, working or sleeping, we should carefully analyze what’s sticking out and complicating our health.
Trying to achieve one-off challenge each year is not the solution. It would only add another two to the list. The need of the hour is to design our everyday lifestyle in a way that it addresses all aspects at the same time.
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