2015 is all about YOU. In fact I dub 2015 the “Year of You”! As a yogi, I’m personally thrilled about this. I’m big on focusing on health as an individualized concept—encompassing personalized workouts vs. intense training (which, let’s face it, not everyone can or wants to partake in); specialized diets vs. broad sweeping eating regimens (that don’t bend to food dislikes, intolerances, or allergies); and a collaboration between health care providers and patients when it comes to being honest, open, and responsible for personal health. While many embrace the self-focus, keep in mind that 2015 will put the onus back on the individual when it comes to maintaining their own health.
Here are the top eight health buzz terms on everyone’s lips in 2015. You’ll notice a big focus on the individual as well as a move towards moderate, practical exercise and wellness…
1. Functional Medicine
In a move to encourage functional medicine, top health organizations like the Cleveland Clinic have opened the doors to their Center for Functional Medicine and a new era of a cooperative-style of medicine that calls on a deeper honestly, collaboration, and understanding between patients and their health care teams.
The goal of functional medicine shifts from a Band-Aid method of simply relieving symptoms—and delves deeper by diagnosing health issues based on an understanding of the underlying cause. For instance, rather than simply prescribing drugs for chronic fatigue, functional practitioners will work with the individual patient (i.e., lifestyle, diet, stress levels) to pinpoint the underlying cause of the fatigue and work in conjunction to fix it.