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How the world created a trillion-dollar industry in health and wellness

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Many industries have been unsuccessful in overcoming the challenges brought about by the recent financial crisis. However, the wellness sector has surprisingly survived and managed to flourish against all odds. In fact, a recent report revealed that the global fitness and wellness industry is a $3.7 trillion market today and it’s predicted to continue to dominate in the years to come.

According to many statistics conducted on health and wellness around the world, the younger and present generation are more sedentary, spending more hours in inactivity and consuming unhealthy diets. In addition, the prevalence of fast food and processed goods as an answer to their fast-paced lifestyle is not really helping solve the problem.

A 2014 global survey showed that almost 40% of adults over the age of 18 were overweight, and in the U.S. alone, the percentage went up to 70%. As a response to these troubling revelations, a great portion of the world’s population began making changes in their lifestyle choices, starting a massive demand for both products and services that encouraged healthy living.

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Millions of individuals began looking for ways to stay fit, exploring alternative dieting methods just to make that first step to achieve a healthier lifestyle – and many businesses and startups seized this opportunity.

For most experts, the different movements centered on healthy lifestyle awareness will continue to influence not only the modern population but also the generations of the future.

With an emerging digital health market, the value of the industry is anticipated to grow and contribute to the global economy come 2020.

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The three countries with the healthiest people

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Nobody can predict how long we’ll live but in this world of modern technology, there are various factors and ways to prolong man’s life. In some countries, the average life expectancy has been increasing over the past few decades. You might be wondering how these nations live longer than others. Economically speaking, a healthy population is essential to productivity. The healthier the people, ideally, the more they can produce goods or services. Below is a list of the countries considered to be the healthiest in the world:


  1. Monaco

This small principality in the Mediterranean is the second smallest nation but one of the wealthiest in the world. In this country, there’s no such thing as income tax, however, most of the residents are millionaires and billionaires. For decades, Monaco is known for its Monte-Carlo casino, Monaco Grand Prix, and yacht-lined harbors which became the country’s main sources of income.

Aside from being rich, the inhabitants of Monaco are also very healthy. One of the reasons is the healthy Mediterranean diet, which includes lots of veggies and seafood, especially fish which is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids. Furthermore, Monaco has state-funded health care system that provides excellent-quality health care services to all its people. The average life expectancy in the city-state is almost 90 years old.


  1. Japan

Most travelers consider Japan as one of the best places to live in. Apart from possessing impressive natural scenery and electrifying urban landscapes, the country also offers unique cultural traditions such as tea ceremony, social conventions, as well as martial arts, among others. They are undoubtedly one of the most technologically advanced nations on earth.

Japan ranks second worldwide on life expectancy, with its citizens capable of reaching the age of 87, according to World Health Statistics. Japanese diet is most likely their number one secret to such longevity. This eating pattern is based on consuming foods with less calories but has high amount of antioxidants (such as fish, seaweeds, and vegetables). In addition, all the residents of Japan are covered by a mandatory health care system, in which 70 percent of the hospital costs is paid by the government.


  1. Macau

It is widely known as the “Las Vegas of Asia,” which is now the 4th wealthiest territory and the biggest gambling enclave in the world. A tiny SAR (special administrative region) of China, it is the most densely populated place on the planet. It primarily earns from its vibrant casino industry, bagging large revenues that are being used by the government to provide free high-quality public services such as health care. Recently, the World Health Statistics has put Macau’s average life expectancy at 84 years. Healthy (and sumptuous) Macanese food and active lifestyle also contribute to such long life span.


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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.


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).


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.


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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