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Gender medicine & Genetic Testing for a Healthy New Year

Gender Medicine at la pura

gender medicine

Too much caffeine, the wrong type of exercise, deficient in omega oils or too stressed to do anything about it. How is your health? Is your lifestyle balanced? Is it time to make a few changes?

With the dawn of a new decade and trend-setting health analysis methods, I decided to put my health under the microscope using gender medicine and genetic evaluation. And where better than through a pioneering company where “healthy ageing” is the pinnacle objective. Such an approach is practised at la pura, (www.lapura.at), a dedicated resort for women, located in the healthy heartlands of rural Austria.

La pura offers innovative concepts for the prevention of specific conditions in women based on the latest findings in gender medicine, in cooperation with the Medical University of Vienna. Diagnostic testing individualises relevant ageing subjects and tackles them in a scientific way, based on epigenetics. This scientific field differentiates between the (static) genome and an epigenome, which can be altered dynamically by biological, mental and social factors. In other words, the ageing process can be influenced preventively in a timely manner and used to actively and consciously shape the path of the future. At la pura, the epigenetic risk factors of each woman are determined comprehensively using modern diagnostic methods which can individually determine a woman‘s biological age and focus on any potential weak points. There are coordinated therapies and medical treatments, including some for home application, for any weak points that are discovered. The testing covers lifestyle and mental balance, exercise and nutrition to supplementation and hormone replacement.

It is recommended that testing is done before a stay at la pura. A test kit is sent in advance. It’s quick to do, a few painless pin pricks from the fingertips for several blood samples, hygienically and safely sealed and then whizzed off to a specialist hospital laboratory in Austria.  

After 3-4 weeks, the results are in. They are returned in the form of a detailed personal report, colourful graphs, medical terminology which is mind boggling at first, but becomes clear after a few reads. The report provides personal feedback in lifestyle routines, habits, exercise, anxiety levels, nutrition and metabolism. What’s more, it is designed just for you based on your own blood sample.

A one-to-one telephone call is scheduled to discuss the results in detail which takes around an hour. However, it is essential to read and digest the data first to gain some understanding of the principles of the evaluation and to grasp the meaning so as to be able to make lifestyle changes.

There are several types of tests offered, each valuable to anyone who places wellness as a top priority. I opted for the Metabolic Health Panel. This test covers three principles: nutrigenomics which includes DNA and nutrition, genes and how they are regulated, and personalised nutrition. The Metabolic Health Panel reveals your metabolic and genetic types and characters.

Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics is the research into the interaction between genes and nutrition for long-term individual nutritional recommendations. We all express our genes in a unique way, which influences the functions of the metabolism. We differ strongly in metabolic capacities as individuals. Depending on our genetic conditions, there are significant differences in our need for macronutrients (proteins, fats, carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins, nutrients, trace minerals). External factors such as the environment as well as our internal workings greatly affect the rate of influence of methylation on metabolism and other areas of our body. Our diet has a strong influence on our gene regulation (epigenetics).

Genes

Genes are sections of our DNA where the blueprint for proteins is located. Small deviations in the sequence of these main building blocks within a gene can affect the function of protein. Inherited or randomly formed, these remain for life. Epigenetics accounts for the mechanisms of gene regulation that can be influenced by environmental factors, diet, and lifestyle. With a change in one’s lifestyle (diet, exercise, and stress levels), gene activity can be increased and decreased.

Personalised Nutrition

Through the analysis of twenty-three gene variants (SNPs) and various epigenetic markers the test determines your metabolic type. There are four types:

Carbohydrate Type: Carbohydrates are metabolised well but there are difficulties in digesting protein and fat.

Fat Type: Fat is metabolized well, a desired weight can be achieved with the right intake and lipid composition in the diet.

Protein Type: Proteins are digested well so weight loss can be achieved with protein rich foods.

Balanced Type: All three macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) are equally well metabolized.

SNPs are evaluated individually and contribute to your personalized nutritional recommendations. The results offer indications on how to lose or gain weight according to your individual body type. How to attain a stabilized, healthy body weight through modulation of macronutrient intake, and by incorporating specific types and durations of exercise. This forms the basis for your individual personalised nutrition.

Genetics and Exercise: Which Exercise Type Are You?

Exercise is essential for all of us. However, the type of exercise to benefit you is dependent on genetics. Endurance sports may good for some, while others are better suited to and will gain greater health benefits from strength training or a combination of both.

By assessing the variations of genes, the analysis is able to assign appropriate and effective exercise programme suited to your body type. The test evaluates how physical movement effects your body weight.

Preventative Health

A genetic health report also can provide a prediction of your genetic risk for diabetes and obesity and provide a future lifestyle plan to avoid major problems in the short and long term.

Results

My report has guided me in adjusting my lifestyle habits and routines.  Being designated as a carbohydrate type, I am now mindful of the nutritional values of this food group, buckwheat, quinoa and rice and to the importance of including the outer shells of grains, as well as the proportion of proteins I need to include.  Complex carbohydrates are absorbed more slowly, provide more energy, and contain more vitamins. The quality of fats was highlighted (linseed oil highly recommended) as was the need to increase my intake of fish oils (omega 6). My body type also benefits from fasting intervals to give time to regenerate. Water consumption needs to be topped up to two litres. If I choose to reduce weight, exercise would not do the trick, my only option is to reduce my food calorie intake. But of course, exercise is important to mind and body. Endurance & strength are my recommended exercise – so here’s to Nordic walking, biking, jogging and swimming as well as weight bearing programme at my local gym.

My lifestyle, hooray, is balanced but I am warned to watch stress levels. My analysis revealed a few dodgy genes which of course I am unable to change but through this detailed report I can help to strengthen the good genes to counteract negative effects. We are not all perfect!

Identifying your own biological make-up, understanding how your body works and the red alert signs help you to feel more in control and at one with the workings of your own body. You become more aware of external factors reacting to your own system.

I’m on track to a healthier decade. My genes defined and the tweaks to my lifestyle habits and routine slowly integrated.  How about you?

The Geneometry Metabolic Health is priced at EUR 390

To find out more about metabolic testing, contact www.lapura.at

 

Menopause In Today’s Society

Hushed and under the radar in the world of wellness is the subject of menopause. That is until now.  Recognising the need for further evaluation and research into the effects of menopause on women today, the Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel, has introduced a unique programme to tackle this issue.

The ‘Women’s Health Optimisation’ programme has been specifically designed for women experiencing menopause in a bid to help them understand this important stage of life. It offers women the opportunity to rebalance and regenerate their holistic health and wellbeing, minimising the negative effects of this stage of their life, boosting self-confidence and vitality. With key symptoms being fatigue, hot flushes, reduced libido, night sweats, palpitations, headaches, memory problems, low mood and joint pains, Longevity’s new programme aims to check up on and address these symptoms, whilst inviting guests to enjoy 5* hotel accommodation located over the bay of Alvor in Portugal’s Algarve.

Usually considered a ‘taboo’ topic of conversation, attitudes to the menopause are being transformed. Wellness companies, fem-tech and beauty brands have started stepping up to champion this fundamental life stage. It has been reported that almost half of women say they would feel unable to talk to their boss about menopause and experience inappropriate comments about the menopause at work. Even celebrities, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, have spoken out on the need to recognise this key stage of life and Longevity has joined the movement. The media is now following suit.

Longevity Women’s Health Optimisation Programme
Over a minimum stay of four nights, the programme offers a large variety of medical consultations, menopause check-up and a Longevity holistic health check. Additional therapies and consultations include:

  • Integrative Medicine and Anti-Ageing Consultation
  • Gynecology and Obstetrics Consultation
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine Consultation
  • Vitamin B12 IM Boost
  • CoQ10 IV Boost
  • Glutathione IV Boost
  • Acupuncture Sessions
  • Bioidentical Hormone Therapy
  • Longevity Nutrition Consultation
  • Energetic Healing Therapies 

Additionally, guests will be able to enjoy access to the detox & relax wet area circuit, gym, half-board meal plan, access to the Longevity Vitality activity plan daily group activities and Longevity infusions, alkaline water ph 9.5, and aromatherapy essential oil.

Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel (longevityalvor.com/en/) offers a standard room from £170 per room per night on a B&B basis, based on 2 people sharing. The Women’s Health Optimisation is priced at €5,333/£4,725pp for 4 nights (excluding accommodation).

Scotland’sWell (Being)

 

Walkers taking in the view of Loch Lomond from Conic Hill part of the West Highland Way

With its stunning landscapes, food, drink and rich culture, VisitScotland for wellness. The destination provides a perfect setting to recharge and focus on enhancing your wellbeing.

To celebrate a newly published survey* revealing that almost a third of people (32%) see Scotland as an ideal destination for a wellness holiday, VisitScotland for wellness with a newly created  itinerary dedicated to health and wellbeing.

Covering the entire country and split over three days, the VisitScotland for wellness tour takes in a range of different experiences themed around mind, body and spirit.Highlights include:

 Relaxing retreats to rejuvenate your mind

Enjoy a stay at Kagyu Samye Ling Buddhist Temple in Dumfries and Galloway or  Holy Isle – Mindfulness Retreat on the Isle of Arran, where visitors can take a digital detox, escape busy life and revitalise the mind. While the Body Toolkit teaches the key tools and techniques to combat stress and negative thoughts while relaxing in the tranquil surroundings of the Scottish Highlands.

Pamper and recharge a weary body

Visit a spa like Taymouth Marina. Its lochside hot box sauna is a new addition to the shores of Loch Tay and is surrounded by a fire pit, panoramic windows, and gorgeous woodland views. Or try a deep tissue or Swedish massage to put muscles at ease at Stobo Castle in the Scottish Borders, Fairmont St AndrewsArdoe House Hotel & Spa in Aberdeen, and the Isle of Eriska Spa in Argyll.

Boost mental and physical health in the Great Scottish Outdoors

The benefits of being outdoors on both physical and mental health are widely regarded. Bag a Munro or conquer a Corbett,enjoy a stroll through stunning landscapes, try out some water sports or visit one of Scotland’s beaches.

Experience the spirit of Scotland

There is something spiritual about walking amidst ancient stone circles, standing stones and sacred attractions. The Calanais Standing Stones on the Isle of Lewis are believed to be 3000-5000 years old, while the Ring of Brodgar, which comprises 27 stones, is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site.

Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders and Iona Abbey on the Isle of Iona represent some of the country’s oldest spiritual attractions.   Follow in the footsteps of saints and embark on a pilgrimage such as the Fife Pilgrim Way, which officially opens this summer, or St Cuthbert’s Way in the Borders.

To view the full itinerary, click here: https://www.visitscotland.com/holidays-breaks/wellness-breaks/

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Visiting Masters of Health in Vietnam

 

Visiting Masters of Health demonstrate the practise

The art of chakra balancing

Chakra balancing, energy healing and yoga sound journeys, The Nam Hai, The Four Seasons Resort in Vietnam, has announced the Visiting Masters  of Health Programme in the coming months.

The tailored specialist experiences take place in the resort’s Heart Of The Earth Spa which floats  over a tranquil lotus pond. The spa offerings include massages, rituals, replenishers, ceremonies amongst other health services to heal the mind, body and soul.

Voted the Best Emotional Recovery Space at the Condé Nast Traveller Spa Awards 2019, the Resort is hosting a variety of “visiting masters of health”, each specialising in a different part of mental and physical wellness as part of their year-long programme.

The Visiting Masters of Health include:

30 May-10 June 2019: Drop Into Life Colour & Essential Oils

Tricia Sharkey is an international colour and massage teacher, therapist and consultant. She explores harmony and health by helping to heal individuals via colour and massage therapy.

17-30 September 2019: Yoga, Music and Healing Vibration

Lara Zilibowitz and Benny Holloway take guests on a journey of breath, sound, movement and meditation during their uplifting and soul-stirring yoga and live music sessions.

15-27 November 2019: Chakra Balancing & Reiki

Shaylini is a gifted Reiki master and intuitive energy healer and uses Reiki Healing, Chakra Balancing and Divinely Guided Meditation to provide emotional, mental and physical pain release alongside encouraging an alchemical shift in energy for greater harmony.

Earlier this year, Master experiences included Rashdy Ahmad, the son of a medicine man who practises  traditional Malaysian cupping using buffalo horn as well as energy healing and massage. Sixth Sense Readings provided guidance and direction to those who wanted to connect to a lost loved one or to establish facts about their past, present and future life from the renowned Marco Della Valle in addition to his psychic readings.

Visiting masters of health use cupping

Cupping

The visiting masters of health giving therapy

A spa guest receiving a specialist treatment

For more information, visit here.

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Ongoing Wellness Retreats in the Maldives

Nutrition, massage, yoga and pilates, Niyama Private Islands in the Maldives is continuing its ongoing residential programme of visiting practitioners from across the globe promoting health and wellbeing.

Former professional ballet dancer, Grace Hurry will host Pilates and Yoga from 7th – 25th April 2019, with a series of group exclusive classes focussing on alignment, strength and mobility.

She will be offering exclusive one-on-one sessions allowing guests of all abilities the opportunity to get first-hand knowledge and tuition. Mother-Daughter classes will also be available, encouraging families to stay healthy and exercise together, learning a new skill which they can then continue to practice following their stay.

The resort will also see Dr Paolo Fernandes’ Longevity, Lymphatic Massage and Nutrition Programme from 15th March – 30th April 2019. As a certified Health Coach, specialist in Nutritional Microscopy and international speaker, Dr Paolo will bring his wealth of knowledge about the inner workings of the body to guests. His proven 10 step programme to achieve perfect health has brought him clients including top Hollywood celebrities. The programme will assess guests’ internal health, measure blood flow and improve the lymphatic system. Results include the reduction of cellulite and stress, nervous system relaxation, removal of toxins, and an increase in physical fitness, concentration and sleep quality.

Niyama Private Islands is set across two spacious private islands, connected by a single wooden bridge across the Indian Ocean, Niyama is a Maldivian resort in the south-western atoll of Dhaalu.

Visit www.Niyama.com

 

Wellness journeys in Sri Lanka

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The Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort is offering 7-day wellness journeys based on the guiding philosophies of Ayurveda, and designed to balance and nourish mental and physical health.

With coconut palms lining the Sri Lankan coastline, this is a place to escape modern life, to re-centre and unwind at a slower pace and the setting to transform using the resort’s 3-pillars of mindfulness, deep sleep and self-care.

Each of the wellness journeys is tailored according to individual doshas and vikruti, (current imbalances) after a consultation with the Resident Ayurveda Doctor which addresses, holistically, exercise, diet, sleep, stress and relaxation needs. A week-long journey of coaching with personal yogis, life coaches, trainers and chefs culminates with a long-term plan for continued wellness back home.

According to Dr. Jayachandran Thampi, “These guided programmes are designed to balance and introduce the benefits of Ayurveda; perhaps leading to a deeper immersion upon return. Complemented by Yoga, healing arts and ayurvedic nutritional guidance they introduce the concept of ‘holism’ – not just evaluating our physical state, but along with it the more esoteric elements of being. Through our personalised approach, we gently ease guests through the process of healing.”

Each ayurvedic retreat offers a holistic journey of distinct benefits. Collectively these programmes encompass an ideal of happiness – a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit.

The Rebuilding Detox programme consists of two spa treatments daily using medicated herbs suited to your doshas. Virechana Karma evacuates toxins from the gut. The programme also includes detoxing the mind with three energy healing sessions, two life coaching appointments, a painting lesson with a local artisan, and daily journal keeping.

The Inner Harmony programme consists of three energy healing sessions, two coaching sessions with the Doctor of Ayurveda to understand individual lifestyle choices based on your doshas, ayurvedic nutrition counselling, daily spa treatments, local excursions, and a contemplative environment with technology blackout and journal keeping.

The Deep Sleep programme consists of two in-room slumber guru rituals, three energy healing sessions, two coaching sessions with the Doctor of Ayurveda to understand your lifestyle choices based on your doshas, and ayurvedic nutrition counselling. Unwind with daily spa treatments, a guided excursion to a local Buddhist temple, a painting session with a local artisan, and yoga sessions with the resident yogi.

The Natural Weight programme consists of invigorating daily exercise including four personal trainer sessions and a half day of surfing. Nutritional changes are recommended based on your doshas, with Eating for Balance counselling and life coaching according to ayurvedic principles to discover the ayurvedic approach to healthy weight management and vitality. Daily spa treatments, energy healing, and guided excursions to Buddhist temples are also included .

www.anantara.com/en/peace-haven-tangalle

Maldives’ Finolhu celebrates Global Wellness Day

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Shining a light on the benefits of healthy living and inspiring creative ways to embrace wellness into everyday life, Finolhu, the retro-chic Maldives resort has curated a fun-filled line-up of wellness activities and will stage a free ‘yoga marathon’ to mark Global Wellness Day.

Celebrated on the second Saturday of June every year, Global Wellness Day is all about the idea that ‘One Day Can Change Your Whole Life’. The Island playground is challenging guests to a ‘yoga marathon’ of five complimentary wellness-inspired classes throughout the day on 9th June.

Guests are invited to rise and shine with resident yoga trainer for a sunrise session Additional classes dare guests to join a Master UFC Gym trainer for an intense kickboxing and conditioning session on the beach, test their limits with a strength and endurance class using TRX and high interval training equipment and then take time out to breathe and disconnect from the world with an Aerial Yoga session using soft silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling before winding down with a Sunset Yoga session on the Sun Bank.

Staying with the retro beach vibe, Finolhu’s Cove Club strips the spa concept back where massage, movement and chill is medicinal and the fun glamorous side of the Sixties is at play.

Ten chandelier-lit treatment huts, each celebrating an iconic diva of the 60s and 70s, are complemented by a fitness centre, yoga and movement pavilion and an outdoor ‘Palm Beach Gym’.

Inspired by the island’s natural environment, guests can embrace their fitness goals with capoeira and paddle boarding to ballet and kickboxing, while other awesome facilities include a relaxation area overlooking the beach, steam/sauna, wellness area, salon and retail pavilion.

Finolhu is 30 minutes by speedboat from its sister resort Amilla Fushi.

www.finolhu.mv

 

Bodyism in the Maldives

This Easter, guests of the Maldivian island of Amilla Fushi are invited to embrace renewal on an exclusive, enriching retreat experience.

James Duigan, founder of the global healthy living phenomenon Bodyism, will be leading the retreat, guiding guests through individually tailored one-, three- and five-day wellness journeys focused on the four pillars of health: MovementNutritionSleep and Mindset.

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Bodyism personal training programmes are founded on the belief that movement is medicine, adopting an innovative, holistic approach and incorporating a wide spectrum of techniques focused on alignment, posture, intelligent weight training, functional movement, yoga, stretching and Pilates.

Each bespoke Bodyism programme at Amilla includes a personal ‘Body Oracle’ consultation, delicious, unprocessed, ingredient-led cuisine inspired by Bodyism’s  Clean and Lean philosophy at Amilla’s Bodyism Café at Javvu Spa and one-on-one training.

In 2006 Bodyism founder James Duigan made it his mission to transform people’s lives by empowering them to realise their physical and mental potential so they can experience a happier and healthier life. He began to focus on listening to his clients’ bodies, so they could improve their range of movement and posture, and enjoy injury-free movement for years to come. He later developed the Clean and Lean philosophy, encouraging people to nourish their bodies from the inside out through mindful eating, regular exercise and healthy long-term lifestyle decisions.

Amilla Fush is located just 30 minutes by seaplane from Malé International (Velana International Airport)

Easter retreats led by Bodyism founder James Duigan are currently scheduled for 28 March – 8 April 2018 For details of the retreat, contact www.carrier.co.uk.

For more information on Bodyism, visit  www.bodyism.com

 

 

 

Beauty whisperer in the Maldives

Dr. David M. Alessi (Picture 1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Niyama Private Islands, Maldives sees the return of beauty whisperer to the stars Dr. David Alessi who is also the Maldives’ first and only licenced cosmetic surgeon. His residency starts 25 March – 5 April 2018.

Dr. Alessi is the founder and medical director of the Alessi Institute for Facial Plastic Surgery in Beverly Hills. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.

Dr. David Alessi will be in residence to offer specialist treatments. He strives to make each one of his clients feel and look their best with non-surgical cosmetic procedures that include Botox and a range of dermal fillers to fortify the skin against ageing. In this relaxing setting, guests can choose treatments for wrinkles, contours and folds, all without the invasiveness of surgery, from a combination of Botox for crow’s feet and frown lines to Kybella, the first and only FDA-approved injectable treatment to destroy fat cells beneath the chin.

Dr. Alessi’s experience, training and desire to help people feel their best has resulted in thousands of patients from all over the world, including A-list celebrities, choosing Alessi Institute for facial rejuvenation. He delivers natural-looking results through a variety of trademarked techniques and procedures that he personally developed to reduce scarring and recovery times for patients.

Visit:www.niyama.com/en/niyama-spa and www.facialinstitute.com

To read our exclusive interview with Dr Alessi, go to the Review Section

Wellness is…..a ballet retreat!

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Swan Lake, pirouettes and tutus, wellness is to be offered in a unique arrangement and exclusive setting. The Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa has partnered with the Royal Ballet’s trained dancer, Karis Scarlette, for a ten-day residency in April this year.

This unique Ballet Retreat will include ballet techniques, artistry and strength training in a relaxed and tranquil environment. The Spa will offer “Tutu Perfect” body treatment that uses natural spirulina algae to impart essential vitamins, minerals and preteen to nourish and revitalise the body.

Guests will discover the healing benefits of classical ballet according to Karis Scarlette. “Ballet is a highly focused and empowering art form that benefits all areas of one’s life, from fitness and wellbeing, to memory concentration and grace. Not only are my classes carefully curated to focus on improving posture, strength and flexibility, but I also aim to build guests’ confidence through a holistic and friendly approach.

The Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa offers an on-going Residence’s programme which brings wellness experts from around the world from various fields to include wellness. Previous masters have included celebrity personal trainer and fitness influencer, Faisal Abdalla, meditation and mindfulness expert Jody Shields, as well as top yoga instructors from London

Visit www.shangri-la.com