Even with the right exercise, many of us struggle with losing weight. Having a proper nutrition plan not only helps with that, but it also plays an important role in managing conditions like chronic health diseases and skin ageing. We find out more from Nutrition & Longevity Specialist Dr Naras Lapsys, the latest addition to The Wellness Clinic, which is part of the Verita Healthcare Group.
What prompted your relocation to Singapore?
After spending most of our lives in Australia, my wife and I decided we were ready for a new experience that would provide our family with a more global perspective. Singapore had an immediate appeal due to its outstanding reputation as a medical, technological and business hub of Asia. So, when the opportunity came up, we decided to move without any hesitation.
I also felt the move would provide a rare opportunity to reflect upon my experiences and learning to date and allow me to re-engineer my career path. Although leaving the safety net of my home and business was daunting, I knew it would lead to greater development and growth. Joining The Wellness Clinic has been a unique opportunity and I’m excited for the future.
Tell us more about the new services offered at The Wellness Clinic.
I bring to the clinic 14 years of experience in helping people use nutrition and lifestyle to improve their health, body image and well-being. As such, there are several key services I look forward to incorporating into the clinic.
For many people, sustainable weight loss (or even weight gain) can be a frustrating and challenging process. Weight management has been a mainstay of my business since I first started private practice. I draw upon all my experiences and learning in helping people to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve and maintain a better weight balance.
Chronic health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension can often be prevented, better managed and even reversed through changes in diet and lifestyle. Diabetes is a major health concern in Singapore and I hope that my knowledge in management of chronic health conditions may be of benefit.
In Australia, I developed a real interest in digestive issues that plague an increasing percentage of our population. Fortunately, so much more is being understood about digestion, the microbiome (micro-organisms in the body) and its impact on health. In many circumstances, I can provide targeted nutritional strategies that better manage the symptoms of these conditions.
Over the years, I’ve been helping women understand the important role that nutrition plays in all aspects of a healthy pregnancy and plan to continue offering such advice here.
As an accredited sports dietitian, I can help elite athletes and sports enthusiasts discover the dramatic impact that nutrition plays in improving sports performance, recovery and body composition.
In addition, I have an active interest in the concept of food addiction and the approaches one might take to re-establish better control. I’ve also recently become quite involved in the emerging field of longevity medicine and the role that nutrition and lifestyle play in living a healthier and longer life.
How does nutrition work in line with aesthetic treatments?
The Wellness Clinic specialises in non-surgical procedures that help reverse age-related changes to the skin. Nutrition plays an intrinsic role in how the skin responds to these treatments and how long the effects of treatments last. Through targeted nutritional strategies, we can influence hydration, inflammation, cell growth and rejuvenation. By taking both the “outside-in” and “inside-out” approaches to skin health, it’s possible to not only make skin tighter but also make the skin tissue as healthy as possible. Ultimately, this holistic approach to skin rejuvenation translates to lasting improvements in appearance, complexion and overall health.
Take us through a typical day in your life as a nutrition specialist.
In a perfect world, I wake up quite early having had seven hours uninterrupted sleep. This is an aspirational goal, but I do try! In general, I try to keep processed food to a minimum, and to follow Michael Pollan’s simple advice to “eat whole food, mainly plant”. Until recently, I was juggling both formal study and seeing clients, and rarely a day went by where my head wasn’t buried in a textbook at every possible opportunity. Much of my day is now dedicated to seeing clients in a personal, one-on-one setting. I adopt a highly individualised approach because each person has their own unique circumstance. I build each nutrition and lifestyle plan from the ground up.
What inspires you?
We’re living in a time when, given some luck and the right circumstances, we have the potential to live healthier and longer than ever before. I’m greatly inspired when I see people influence the trajectory of their health by making fundamental changes in how they choose to eat, live and feel. I believe that all of us are in the position to potentially extend our health span, and to compress or even abolish the latter years where we may suffer from ill health.
We’re also entering a period where the immense power of data mining and computer technology is being directed towards disease, health and ageing. Computer scientists will soon be finding “many needles in many large haystacks” and I’m intrigued by what they will discover and how it will impact our future health.
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