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The three diets you’ve probably never heard of

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Many of our certified nutritionists have created a large selection of easy-to-follow dietary guidelines that are designed for people who don’t want to follow a strict meal planning in order to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. Here are three diet plans you may not have heard of yet that may actually work for you:

 

  1. Shangri-La Diet

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A very eccentric weight control regimen, Shangri-La Diet, was created by Professor Seth Roberts. This unusual method of diet can change your eating habits which allows you to eat anything without gaining those extra pounds. In doing so, you need to consume 100-400 calories daily by consuming light olive oil and/or fructose water (a water with sugar) between meals.

According to Roberts, consuming flavorless foods will diminish your appetite, thus, makes you less hungry. The theory of Shangri-La Diet is that your body will regulate itself to keep your body fat at a certain time depending on the amount of weight you want to lose. Hence, if you don’t want to suffer and follow strict diet plan, this dietary regimen might work well for you.

 

  1. Dukan Diet

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A French physician, Dr. Pierre Dukan is the creator of the famous Dukan Diet. His best-selling book about this diet was published in France in 2000 and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. The Dukan Diet plan is based on a high protein, low carb, and low fat diet. It is divided into four phases –attack, cruise, consolidation and stabilization.

The Attack phase consists of pure protein and strictly no carbs for one week, while Cruise phase involves alternate days of eating pure protein and days of protein with unlimited vegetables. The third phase, consolidation, allows you to eat starchy foods, cheese, whole grain bread, and fruits. Its main purpose is to achieve and maintain your true weight. Lastly, the stabilization phase, aims to stabilize your true weight for the rest of your life following three simple steps: (1) consuming pure protein every Thursday (2), eating 3 tablespoons of oat bran every day, and (3) choosing to take the stairs instead of escalators or lift whenever possible.

 

  1. Blood Type Diet

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According to Dr. Peter D’Adamo, a naturopathic physician, each blood type represents genetic traits of our ancestors, including which diet they evolved to thrive on. In his diet plan, he suggests to eat essential foods that are compatible with your blood type. Type O people are supposed to eat more high-protein foods such as meat and fish. For type A’s (agrarian) must follow the vegetarian diet. Type B’s (nomad), meanwhile, should avoid eating corn and wheat but are encouraged to eat green vegetables and low-fat dairy. Type AB blood (enigma) calls for dairy, tofu, and green veggies. Finally, type O’s (hunter) are encouraged to stick to a meaty diet high in protein, dairy, beans, grains, and vegetables.

 

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These countries spend the most money on healthcare

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Countries around the world allocate their national budget depending on the demand and priorities of their population.  For instance, among the list of the standard and highly important expenses that government focus on are education, military, infrastructure, and most importantly, healthcare.

Because of the varying needs of these sectors, administrations have to prioritize some over the others. This list gives you the countries with the highest allocated budget on healthcare in the world.

United States

As one of the wealthiest and most culturally diverse countries in the world, the United States’ annual spending on healthcare ranks as the first and top compared to other countries with similar life expectancy, allocating 17.1 percent (based on 2014 data) of the GDP on health services. That’s equivalent to an average of over $9,000 dollars per person. Looking at the data from 1995, there was an increase in budget distribution in 2014 and it can be credited to the Obamacare reforms that opened more opportunities and benefits for healthcare services.

Sweden

Did you know that per 1,000 people in Sweden (based on 2013 data), there were four practicing physicians available? This is thanks to the country’s jump in health spending that has reached 11.9 percent in 2014.  Furthermore, these changes have boosted their population’s life expectancy to 84.7 years (2014).

Switzerland

With 11.7 percent of GDP allocated to healthcare, Switzerland became 2013’s second highest spending country ($6,325 per person) in the world with a life expectancy of 82.9 years. The country has been topping rankings among many others, revealing a 66 percent increase in health expenditure from its 1995 to 2014.

Haiti

According to the 2014 expenditure statistics, Haiti recorded a 13.2 percentage of GDP expenditure per capita—that’s $61.50—and as the World Health Organization (WHO) noted, the country’s annual spending has more than doubled from its 1995 budget of 6.6 percent.

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Someday, wearable techs are going to save your life

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Wearable technology may sound straight out of science fiction but in recent years, such innovation has gradually become a reality and may even soon become more mainstream. In fact, experts predict that more than 400 million smart wearable devices—worth an incredible $34 billion—will be sold worldwide by the end of the decade. Indeed, the future is here and in the very near future, we’re going to see major changes in systems and processes involved in different sectors and industries—most especially in the medical industry.

So what are the present and possible roles of wearable tech in the medical setting? Let’s start with the most common type of this innovation that any ordinary person can easily access in the market.

 

Technology for the active lifestyle

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From smartwatches, smart apparels, and fitness trackers, wearable tech in this category can help you keep track of your fitness levels. These devices easily and perfectly blend in with any fashion style so it’s been popular among active individuals from different walks of life without feeling and looking a little bit ‘nerdy’.

 

Wearable tech for physicians

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Wearable tech’s huge jump from a commercial device to a more medical and expert-oriented tool is what we’re going to expect in the years to come.  In fact, it’s going to change everything about the medical practice and the industry as a whole. Possible features of this future tech include providing doctors and health practitioners with an activity tracker for patients and in turn, the collected data will give physicians a better idea of the overall physical status of patients with all accuracy and honesty.

 

Overall health tracker

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One day, wearable techs will enable medical experts to track the most serious health problems and help keep up with patients suffering from chronic conditions such as heart disease, asthma, diabetes, and other challenging ailments.  In addition, patients will be encouraged to comply with their doctor’s diet and workout instructions.

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