While there’s plenty of health news that just seems like its designed to scare the pants off us, there’s plenty that we need to pay attention to, too. This monthly update will answer a few questions and give you news that’s relevant to keeping you fit and healthy in Singapore.
Kickstart Your Fitness Journey
No doubt, the Circuit Breaker has taken its toll on your body in some way – whether it’s weight gain, stress, poor eating habits or lethargy. Luckily, UFIT’s integrated hubs are back in action and ready to help with personal training (PT) programmes, and a slew of other integrated health and fitness offerings – including nutrition support, health coaching, physiotherapy, rehab, sports medicine and more.
And, since getting healthier is a complex process that’s unique to every single person, you can be sure your personal training plan will be tailored for you. There are various training packages to choose from, but each starts with a free thorough initial health consultation (worth $200) to assess your needs and goals. You’ll be asked some questions about your lifestyle, and offered a blood pressure check and In Body Scan, which measures muscle, body composition, BMI and more. This data is used to put the perfect plan in place for you! Throughout July, EL readers can get $150 off any in-person PT package by using the code “UFIT150”.
Head to ufit.com.sg/ufitpersonal-training to redeem the offer!
Stress is harder to cope with if you suffer from underlying depression or anxiety. Key signs of depression can include the following: a depressed mood most of the day every day (feeling sad or empty, or being tearful); loss of interest in activities that you normally enjoy; changes in appetite or sleep pattern (either insomnia or sleeping more than usual); loss of energy or fatigue; feelings of guilt or worthlessness; difficulty thinking or concentrating; and recurrent thoughts about death and suicide.
“If you’re experiencing some of these symptoms, talk to your family doctor,” advises DR MÉLI NOËL of International Medical Clinic (IMC) Jelita. “If making an appointment with your doctor feels like a huge task, reach out to a loved one and ask them to help you. Depression feels like it is untreatable and like it will never end, but there are many effective treatments. By seeking help, you’re taking the first step towards recovery.”
Health help: Can chiropractic care help with stress relief?
“From job pressure and money difficulties to a global health crisis, it’s definitely easy to find things to stress about. And, whether it’s emotional or environmental, this stress can lead to anxiety, depression and other illnesses, both mental and physical. In fact, anxiety and depression often manifest with physical symptoms such as fatigue or insomnia, muscle tension and stiffness, headaches or migraines, aches and pains throughout the body, and an inability to relax. Chronic stress has the capacity to alter the body’s internal chemistry, too, releasing stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. These, in turn, suppress the immune, reproductive and digestive functions.
Mental and physical repercussions of stress impact your spine, and these spinal abnormalities are often overlooked. Mentally, you’re less likely to make solid decisions; you have a short fuse, snapping at those around you. Physically, the tension affects your posture and breathing; you tend to slump and not carry yourself well. This tension can cause the muscles to contract and the spine to lock in an abnormal position, interfering with the nervous system’s proper functioning. An improper functioning nervous system leads to developing health issues. Chronic stress can also lead to bad eating habits, smoking and less exercise, causing a vicious cycle.
Luckily, chiropractic care can help; it aims to find the right balance between mind and body. Central to chiropractic is a type of manual manipulation called an adjustment to fix spinal misalignments and improve system efficiency. Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, soothe irritated spinal nerves, and improve blood circulation – not to mention alert the brain to switch off the flight-or-fight response so that the body can relax.
While many people take medication for anxiety and pain caused by chronic stress, Gonstead Chiropractic offers a way to reduce these symptoms without medication and its side effects. A Gonstead Chiropractor can also recommend nutritional supplementation, exercises, relaxation techniques and postural changes to help you manage stress.”
- Dr William Choi Gonstead chiropracto
Dairy Fat: Friend or Foe?
A recent study found that a higher intake of dairy products, particularly whole-fat varieties, is associated with a lower risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) and diabetes. The research, which included data from nearly 150,000 participants across 21 countries spanning Asia, North and South America, Africa and Europe, concluded that an increase in whole-fat dairy consumption (at least two servings per day, in fact) was also linked to lower rates of metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions that occur together, upping your chances of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.
Though many people tend to think of reduced-fat alternatives as healthier, whole-fat foods do have some advantages, according to the authors of the study. They say that dairy fat actually provides high-quality protein and a range of vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B-12 and riboflavin. Fair to say we won’t be passing on any cheese boards or fro-yo in the near future!