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eye health tips

Feed your eyes.

In various studies and clinical trials, antioxidant vitamins such as vitamins A, C and E can help maintain healthy cells and tissues in the eyes. These vitamins are found in fruits and vegetables such as oranges, tomatoes, kale and spinach. Two key protective antioxidants are lutein and zeaxanthin, which also help to protect against macular degeneration and protect eyes from free radical damage. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for nerve conduction in the retina. For healthy eyes, eat a good and balanced diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, with oily fish like salmon, sardine or mackerel.

Travelling With Contact Lens

Aircraft cabins tend to have drier air quality and lower oxygen availability. If you are a contact lens user, using lubricating eye drops in your eyes before boarding may help to relieve some eye dryness during your flight. It is most ideal to remove your contact lens before your flight; your eyes are most comfortable wearing glasses when travelling by plane.
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brain health tips

Is memory decline due to aging is preventable?

Some parts of brain essential for memory are highly vulnerable to aging. With increasing age, brain losses its nerve cells and becomes less efficient. Brain aging can be accelerated with exposure to poisons, tobacco, alcohol. Studies have shown that memory problems among older people can be lessened with physical and mental stimulations to improve mental performance. DHA is highly researched as an important fatty acids that support brain function and reduce aging decline.

How to use DHA for brain development

During the last trimester of pregnancy and first two years of life, the brain undergoes rapid growth - 'brain growth spurt'. At this stage, brain requires sufficient nutrients especially DHA for the development of sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and motor development. Fetuses and infants receive DHA from mothers through placenta and breast milk. Mothers should ensure sufficient DHA level through rich DHA fishes free from heavy metals and pollutants, and high DHA supplements. Infant fed with formula is highly recommended to have DHA oil added to milk to aid brain development.
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dental health tips

Drink green tea for healthy teeth and gums

Green tea contains phytochemicals called Catechins that can fight inflammation and control bacterial infections. A Japanese study found that people who drink green tea regularly have less occurrence of periodontal disease, as compared to infrequent tea drinkers.

An apple a day, keep your teeth healthy

Do you know that by chewing on apple helps to scrub your teeth?  Apple has a high concentration of Malic acid, that helps to increase the flow of saliva, which cleans your teeth and removes stains. Apple is also rich in fiber, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium and Zinc that are vital to maintain general health.
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hair care tips

SLS-free shampoo!

Check your shampoo label and look for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – a common foaming agent that present in 90% commercially available shampoos. SLS is able to permeate the skin effectively and concentrate in some organs such as eyes, brain and heart. It washes away the hair moisture and may lead to premature shedding of hair, clogged hair follicle and finally, and hair loss. Avoid products containing SLS. Seek natural alternatives! AFC Shokaigan Shampoo with zero content of SLS and natural blend of 10 amino acids to gently deep cleanse, unclog hair follicles and regulate hair scalp pH.

Moisturize dry scalp.

We put in a lot of efforts to make sure that our skin is well-moisturized and tend to forget the layer of skins underneath the hair. If we have dry skin, most likely will have a dry scalp too. Dry skin is the most common cause of itchy and flaking scalp. Scalp oil moisturizes scalp better than the cream or lotion as it stays longer on the scalp. Jojoba oil is most commonly used. Others include almond, flax seed, or olive oil. Apply the scalp oil on wet hair, it prevents oil getting into hair. Choose shampoo with citrus oil, tea tree oil or chamomile oil as they rinse out oil treatment effectively.
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women's care tips

Hormone pills and breast cancer?

Research findings from the California Teachers Study point the decline in breast cancer to the reduced use of Hormone Therapy (HT) at peri-menopausal stage. Prolonged use of HT may be a link to the increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer. As your body undergoes the transition, try to rely on natural plant-based alternatives instead. Try Maca (Lepidium peruvianum), clinically proven to support hormonal imbalances, to improve mood and regulates stress. Many women find this a boon to improving menopausal symptoms.

Leukorrhea solution.

Leukorrhea is a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge. Inflammation around the vaginal, yeast infection and the usage of vaginal deodorants may lead to leukorrhea. Power up your own immune defense through intake of probiotics may help inhibit the growth of yeast and other microbes that possibly lead to abnormal discharge. Pick underwear with cotton material over nylon as nylon retains sweat and increases the risk of infection. Good hygiene and a well-balanced diet are essential to reduce risk of infections.
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immune health tips

Laugh to better health!

The easiest and simplest way to boost your immunity is to laugh out loud. Laughing helps to decrease stress hormones and increases immune cells and strengthens your internal defence system to resist colds better. Having a positive attitude, and a sense of humor helps you relax and feel more upbeat.

Probiotics for immunity.

An alternative medicine recognized by National Institute of Health in US, probiotics are commonly used to prevent and treat certain illnesses and support general wellness. Antibiotics kill gut-friendly bacteria as well as the unfriendly bacteria and probiotics are widely used after antibiotics to offset its side effects. A research published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal at April 2010 shows that probiotics reduce the severity of diarrhea and enhance immunity. It also increases bioavailabity of B vitamins, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and others.
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specific concern tips

Red wine for a healthy heart

Red wines contain antioxidants that can help to increase your ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) and protect against artery damage by the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL). Red wines also contain a substance called resverastrol which help to prevent blood clots, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended intake is 2 drinks per day for men and 1 drink per day for women (1 drink = 4 ounce/118ml of red wine). Taken in moderation, a glass of red wine help provide many health benefits towards a healthy heart.

Pumpkin seed for restful sleep

Pumpkin seeds is naturally rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that needed to produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps us to relax and sleep better. 
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healthy lifestyle tips

Choose whole grain breads

Choose wholegrain breads over white breads. White bread is made from white flour is refined to remove the bran and germ, which carry the most nutrients and fiber. Look out for food labels that list the first ingredient as whole wheat, whole meal, or whole corn. If you can, choose whole grain breads with intact grains, seeds, oats or nuts. These will help regulate blood sugar level and maximize the benefits of carbohydrates.

Opt for brown carbohydrate!

White carbohydrate refined grains include white rice, pasta, white bread, cracker and noodles, most of the nutrients have been removed in the production process, leaving them rich in calories but low in nutrients. They may also cause unhealthy spikes in our sugar level. Go for brown carbohydrate (unrefined complex carbs) instead, like brown rice, whole grain, oats, oatmeal, legumes and nuts. They are packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential to our body. 
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skin and beauty tips

Oatmeal as a natural exfoliator.

Looking for a natural remedy to cleanse and exfoliate skin? Other than helping lower cholesterol and improving digestion with its high fiber content, Oatmeal contains saponin, a natural cleanser to retain skin’s moisture. Grind 3 tablespoons of rolled oats finely and add water to form a paste. Apply to face and neck, leaving on for 10 minutes. Rinse off. This natural mask gently removes dirt, oils and cleanses the pores without irritating the skin. Try it today!

Never sleep with your makeup on!

Go to bed without removing your make up causes dirt and oil quickly build up and pore clogging , leading to blackheads, whiteheads, skin irritation and dull skin. Our skin needs to breathe when we are sleeping. Hence, it is important to cleanse your face with makeup remover and followed by your basic skin care regimen which including face wash, toner and moisturizer.   
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weight and diet tips

Eat early, weight less!

“When you eat” as well as “how much you eat”  may also affect your weight. Studies suggest that consuming more of your daily calories at breakfast and fewer at dinner can help you drop more pounds. Eating a larger, healthy breakfast can jump start your metabolism, stop you feeling hungry during the day, and give you more time to burn off the calories.

Walk the mall!

Nothing is more exciting than doing your exercise and shopping at the same time. A research on shopping pattern shows that shoppers spent up to 86 minutes in shopping mall per visit. An 86 minutes of brisk walking can use up 500kcal! That is ¼ of the daily calorie intake of a normal weight adult! Incorporate brisk walking during your shopping spree for the extra calories burnt. A weekly shopping trip can help you lose 1kg in 4 months time, simple by walking faster in the mall!
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joint health tips

Exercise strengthens joint functions

Joint pain can be caused by many different factors, include wear and tear, injury and osteoarthritis.  Will exercise aggravate joint pain? No. Exercise such as brisk walking can help to maintain bone strength, strengthen muscles and tissues around your joints. It helps to ease arthritis joint pain, increase strength and flexibility.

Natural joint pain relief

Shark cartilage is an excellent source of nutrients vital for optimum joint health. Shark cartilage contains the purest form of Mucopolysaccharides, the essential component found in synovial fluid that provides lubrication to the joints. It is also rich in Glucosamine and Chondroitin sulphate which help to repair and build cartilage as well as protecting cartilage from daily wear and tear. 
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