The Mediterranean diet as the key for living longer

According to CNN, eating a Mediterranean diet can influence people’s lives both in quality but also in length.

A new study from Harvard Medical School shows that this type of diet can help manage weight and lower the risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease when followed for long periods of time.

The Mediterranean diet is based on eating vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans and peas, unrefined grains, olive oil and fish. Dairy, meat and saturated fats are kept to a minimum. It is possible to replicate a Mediterranean diet outside of the Mediterranean countries and create easy to make and tasty recipes. Ingredients like fruits, vegetables, olive oil and nuts have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

UNESCO considers the Mediterranean diet World Heritage and this diet is the foundation of the Portuguese cuisine. Portuguese award-winning chefs and restaurants use the Mediterranean diet as the basis to create tasty and healthy dishes. Olive oil and fresh fish are essential ingredients in every Portuguese table. Read more about it here.

Mediterranean diet meal
Mediterranean diet meal in Portugal

CNN says the findings of the study support “the health benefits of greater adherence to the Mediterranean diet for reduction of overall mortality, increased longevity and reduced incidence of chronic diseases, especially major cardiovascular diseases.”

If being healthy is one of your goals for 2015, Medical Port has weight-loss and health check-up programs that include Mediterranean food meals. So you can start your journey to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life the best way possible.

Deciding to go abroad for a medical procedure

When considering going abroad for a medical procedure or treatment it is important to get clear answers and be confident about the destination country.

Some characteristics are essential to make a decision, such as:

  • Internationally accredited facilities
  • Medical providers reputation and awards
  • The quality of the medical training in the country
  • Language spoken and the ability to speak other languages
  • How the Medical Tourism Facilitator takes care of the process
  • Waiting times
  • Total costs

When researching where to go for a certain procedure, patients often rely on the country’s overall safety and their ability to speak different languages. It is true that some countries and regions are well known for some medical procedures but it is also true that countries with a safe environment are great candidates for a safe recovery.

In a country like Portugal planning a treatment while enjoying leisure time is a natural association. There are state-of-the-art private medical facilities at affordable costs with high quality medical professionals. The country offers a variety of tourism options, from the most adventurous to the most relaxing in a welcoming weather all year round.

Some quick facts about Portugal:

  • 30% of the population is fluent in English, 20% in French;
  • Ranked number 8 out of 181 in KOF Index of Globalization;
  • Ranked number 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index by the Institute for Economics & Peace;
  • There are around 4 physicians per 1000 habitants;
  • Best 2014 European Destination voted by USA Today readers;
  • Voted best country to visit in 2013 and 2014 by Condé Nast Traveller;
  • Top 10 Best value destinations for 2015 by Lonely Planet.

Medical Port acts as the gateway for Medical treatments in Portugal, making sure the entire process is quick, smooth and trouble-free. We work with the best private hospitals and offer medical care in the fields of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Diagnosis & Check-Up, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Rehabilitation, Hernias and Psychology.

Visit www.medicalport.org for more information.

The importance of Vitamin D for your health

During the winter months it is important to keep up with the vitamin intake to stay healthy.

Vitamin D is a very important one we get from sunshine exposure or food.

As Harvard Health says:

Results suggest that vitamin D may have an important role in many aspects of human health, from bone fractures to prostate cancer, cardiovascular disease, neuromuscular problems, and diabetes.

Vitamin D’s best-known role is to keep bones healthy by increasing the intestinal absorption of calcium. Low levels of vitamin D lead to low bone calcium stores, increasing the risk of fractures. 

According to the publication, intestines, prostate, heart, blood vessels, muscles and endocrine glands have tissues containing vitamin D receptors. The body needs to have enough vitamin D so that these receptors can do any good for your health.

The amount of vitamin D our body needs is small, but most people don’t get it in the winter. Limited exposure to sunlight is the main factor. Some foods that can help with the vitamin D intake are: fatty fish like salmon or tuna, and egg yolks.

In countries like Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, or the UK it can be hard to receive the necessary vitamin D intake during the winter.  When recovering from a medical procedure or a surgery it’s important to get all the necessary vitamins for a quick recovery, especially for seniors, for people recovering from and orthopedic surgery or doing physiotherapy.

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon sunlight is unique.

Since the exposure to sunlight is key to receive vitamin D, Portugal is a great option to get it. With an average of 3300 of sunshine hours per year, the country enjoys mild winters compared to most European countries. Despite December and January are the wettest months, there are still several sunny days during the winter. And the temperatures are usually welcoming for a daily walk outside. Read more about Portugal during the winter here.

The importance of Check-ups in Health Prevention

The start of a new year always brings new health goals and the promise to take a good care of body and mind.

Committing to a healthy lifestyle is the best way to start off the New Year.

Eat better, sleep well, and practice exercise regularly can help prevent diseases. But if you want to assess how good is your health, you can do a complete check-up. Regular health check-ups improve your potential for a long and healthy life. Check-ups offer a look into how your body is functioning and your risks for certain types of diseases. They help guide physician recommendations to minimize the occurrence of disease and reduce their impact. For example, the impact of excess weight is clearly assessed in a health check-up.

Medical Port check-up programs are customized according to your needs. You can enjoy your stay in Portugal to a great extent and get to know how good your health is. With centuries of History it’s no surprise that there are plenty of places to see and things to do. From visiting magnificent castles to amazing contemporary art museums, the choice is yours. Portugal is a very safe destination, as it’s ranked 18 out of 162 in the Global Peace Index. There’s an average of 3300 hours of sunshine per year, one of the highest in Europe and nearly 30% of the population is fluent in English.

Read more about health prevention in this article from the Huffington Post. If you want to learn more about Medical Port visit our website at www.medicalport.org or send us an email to info@medicalport.org.

Portugal is the World’s Best Golf Destination

In the first annual World Golf Awards, Portugal received the awards of World’s Best Destination and Europe’s Best Destination.

These two important distinctions reflect the efforts made to establish Portugal as a leading golf destination.

Portuguese golf resorts offer high quality golf courses and luxury accommodations, providing guests with the best golf experience and competing with the world’s best golf destinations like the United States, Argentina, Australia, South Africa or Malaysia.

The award for “Europe’s best new golf course” was for the North course of the Portuguese resort Quinta do Lago, in Algarve. The mild weather Portugal enjoys all year round is one of the reasons for these awards.

The first edition of the World Golf Awards was held in Conrad Algarve and the second edition is already being put in place.  The World Golf Awards are a part of the World Travel Awards, distinguishing the best in travel since 1993, where Conrad Algarve won the World’s Leading Luxury Resort in 2013 and 2014.

Golf course in Portugal
Golf course in Portugal

Golf lovers may not realize how the game can improve their life and health conditions. And is a natural way of losing weight. Playing an 18-hole game of golf burns at least 900 calories, according to www.getintogolf.com.  A round of golf takes about four hours, which corresponds to walk around five to six miles. The health benefits of playing golf include: muscle toning and strengthening and stress relieving.  Also the vitamin D you get from the exposure to sunlight is essential for a healthy life.

Custom-made weight loss programs for long lasting results

Having a healthy weight loss is important when it comes to ensure long-term results.

It’s a firm commitment to yourself and those around you. Health prevention plays a key role in fighting obesity and pre-obesity states.

Effective weight loss programs start with a health assessment to find out the origin of excess weight. Medical Port offers custom-made weight loss programs with the adequate medical and behavioural treatment. Programs combine Psychological Support, Dietary Regimes, and Physical Exercises and Surgery when needed.

To learn more about these programs, please visit www.medicalport.org.

 

In Portugal you can find:

  • Internationally certified facilities;
  • Hospital services 24×7;
  • Cutting edge technology medical equipment;
  • Highly qualified physicians and medical staff;
  • No waiting lists;

Portugal is one of the safest countries in the world. Also known as Europe’s hidden treasure, has a rich and varied cultural offer. You can recover enjoying the sun, the beach, the river, or the countryside. All minutes away from each other.

Portugal is among the 10 best places to retire in 2015

Forbes magazine highlights why Portugal is a great place to retire if you ever considered retiring abroad.

Portugal is number 9 in the “World’s best retirement destinations for 2015” report. The country ranked among 25 countries.

The report by International Living, says Portugal is one of Europe´s best kept secrets. It has amazing golden sand beaches, near flawless water, and plenty of options to practice golf. And a relatively low cost of living compared to other European countries.

Portugal enjoys a mild climate all year round. Considered a European retreat with superb fresh food and picturesque castles. Locals are warm and welcoming to foreigners and English is widely understood.

Portuguese beach
Portuguese beach
Cascais, Portugal
Cascais, Portugal

Watch now this video from Portugal’s Tourism Bureau: