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5 health trends and practices to follow in 2018

Every New Year brings a number of new fitness crazes, wellness buzzwords, fad diets and healthy eating trends. Rather than follow the crowd we have asked our team of experts what trends are worth following in 2018.

1. Ayurveda – what’s old is new again by Damian Rocks – Program and Guest Experience

Ayurveda is the oldest system of medicine in the world, also one of the most exciting – offering a complete framework for linking diet, wellness and individual temperament. Many of the discoveries being made today around gut health, individual biome profiles and the links to a huge range of diseases have been known to Ayurveda for thousands of years. A completely natural yet effective approach to health, Ayurveda explores the interaction between body, mind and soul to assess wellbeing as well as offer practical tools for maintaining optimal wellness that are tailored to the individual. The Golden Door holistic program encompasses Ayurveda practice through nutrition, tactile therapies, yoga and mindfulness.

2. Gut health – beyond Kombucha by James Knight – Executive Chef

Dietary fibre is an important part of gut health and one that is often overlooked. Just improving the quality of dietary fibre we consume can have a big impact on our gut health. Dietary fibre is defined as all the components of plant food that pass through the stomach and small intestine undigested. Certain fibres are fermentable and will interact with our gut bacteria; others play a lead role in improving our digestive health by regulating transition time in the bowel. Enjoy a wide the variety of food sources and types of fibre to improve your digestive health. There are soluble & insoluble fibres; we need a good mix of both for optimal gut health

  • Wholegrain bread is a good source of insoluble fibre
  • Beans and legumes are a good source of insoluble fibre, but also contain some soluble fibre also
  • Fruits and vegetables are important players as they often contain both soluble and insoluble fibres too, apples are a good example in that the tougher chewier skins are a source on insoluble fibre and the flesh of the apple itself is a source of soluble fibre
  • Interestingly, Avocados are a great source of insoluble fibre!

3. Sorghum – the new quinoa by James Knight – Executive Chef

Our love affair with ancient grains is not over; sorghum is going to re-emerge as a popular menu item. This healthy grain is gaining its superfood status; firstly, it shares a similar nutritional profile to raw oats – which is awesome. It is also gluten free and contains numerous essential nutrients. Sorghum is a sustainable crop that is so easy to grow. Originated in Africa this grain grows well in harsh climates with an unreliable water supply. Sorghum is easy to cook; you boil it like you would brown rice, quinoa or barley. Try it in salads to add a lovely variety in texture and nutrients. It can also be used to replace oats in porridge, to replace couscous in salads and to replace lentils in dhal curry. The applications are endless!

Golden Door brown rice porridge recipe – swap cooked brown rice for cooked sorghum 

4. Holistic Health – the complete approach by Peter Rule – Holistic Health Services Manager

This ancient approach to health emphasises the connection of mind, body and spirit. Rather than focusing on specific parts of the body or illness it considers the whole person and how they interact with their environment. Holistic health specialties such as Infrared sauna, acupuncture, Reiki massage, meditation, cryotherapy, and energy healing and natural beauty products are ones to explore in 2018.

  • Infrared Sauna -45 minutes of infrared light is said to detoxify your body of environmental toxins seven times more than a traditional sauna, and it can burn more than 600 calories.
  • Energy healing will also be big. Aura reading and energy healing such as Reiki are becoming more and more mainstream to assist in getting a person’s energy back into balanced vibration.

5. Stability training – get activated by Mel Ingram – Clinical Health

Physical stability is our combination of the muscular system, the skeletal system and its associated ligamentous structures, as well as the neural system – meaning that the brain is also heavily involved with the body’s stability requirements. It is necessary to address the specific muscular weaknesses we each have to focus on the ability of the body to maintain stability. This means that a strong muscle isn’t necessary stable and a stable muscle isn’t necessarily strong – we need to focus on both, and be able to do both at the same time! As we age the risk of falls increases so training our stability systems allows us to cope much better later in life.

A simple, practical tool is to practise standing on one foot with your eyes closed and count how many times you need to touch the other foot to the ground to maintain balance over a 30 or 60 second period. The goal is no touchdowns! Removing footwear is a very simple method of making this more challenging.

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Please note: This blog is for information purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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