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eye health tips

Are You At Risk For AMD ?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a chronic irreversible medical condition that results in the loss of central vision because of damage to the macular, also known as the central part of the retina. It occurs with increasing age and is most commonly seen in people who are over 60 years of age. One may see shadows in vision, have distorted vision, experience decreasing visual acuity, as well as the inability to discern colours or make out colour contrast when diagnosed with AMD. Studies found that Lutein and Zeaxanthin help prevent AMD and slow progression of the disease by preventing blue light from reaching the underlying structures of the retina, thereby reducing the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to AMD.

Eye-Friendly Nutrients For Dry Eyes

Many contact lens users, especially those who work in air-conditioned room, complain of having dry eyes. Eye-friendly nutrients such as DHA, Beta carotene, Lutien other antioxidants are important to support healthy eye functions including maintaining natural moisture level in the eye.  Include AFC Bilberry Lutein DX to your daily supplementation regimen to preserve your eye health. 
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brain health tips

DHA For Brain Development

During the last trimester of pregnancy and first two years of life, the brain undergoes rapid growth. At this stage, the brain requires sufficient nutrients especially DHA for the development of sensory, perceptual, cognitive, and motor skills. Fetuses and infants receive DHA from their mothers through the placenta and breast milk. Mothers should ensure sufficient DHA level through DHA-rich fishes that are free from heavy metals and pollutants, and high DHA supplements. Infant fed with formula milk should ingest milk that has DHA oil added to it to aid brain development.

Natural brain food

Avocados are fruit from Persea americana, a tall evergreen tree that can grow up to 65 feet in height. Avocados are rich in nutrients such as Vitamin E, C, K, Bs, fiber and potassium. Researchers suggests that foods rich in vitamin E—including avocado, whole grain, seed, nuts as well as dark green leafy vegetables are associated with a lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia that cause the death of brain cells which lead to memory loss and cognitive decline. 
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dental health tips

Keep Your Toothbrush Clean

Keeping your toothbrush clean is vital for your oral health. Always rinse your toothbrush with water after using it. Store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to air-dry until the next use. Do not routinely cover toothbrushes or store them in closed containers, as it  encourages the growth of bacteria. It is also important to replace your toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.  You may also opt for toothbrushes with anti-bacterial bristles to prevent bacteria growth on the brushhead. 

An Apple A Day, Keep Your Teeth Healthy

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

Dye Your Hair, Harm Your Health

Hair dyes contains chemicals that are capable of removing or covering natural pigments that are found inside the hair shaft. The usage of these chemicals may result in many side effects, including skin irritation, hair breakage and skin discolouration. Many studies have consistently found that hair colourists have an increased risk of  Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma and Leukemia. Avoid and reduce the frequency of hair-dyeing to reduce your risk from contracting cancer.

The Right Comb For Silky Hair

A good comb helps you to obtain healthy hair. Spend 3 minutes inspecting a comb. To avoid scalp irritation, choose a comb with smooth edges, and avoid comb that cause discomfort or pain. Next, choose wide-toothed combs as they are better for detangling hair. A good comb needs to have sufficient thickness to remain straight and unbent when you are combing your hair. Also, choose a comb with anti-static properties, it helps to prevent fizzy hair. Lastly, ox horn and certain other wood combs will help you to achieve silky hair. 
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women's care tips

Solution To Leukorrhea

Leukorrhea is a thick, whitish or yellowish vaginal discharge which is caused by inflammation and infection around the vaginal areas as well as the usage of vaginal deodorants. Power up your own immune defence system through the intake of probiotics which may help to inhibit the growth of yeast and other microbes that can possibly lead to abnormal discharge. Pick underwear made of cotton and avoid nylon as nylon retains sweat and increases the risk of infection. Good hygiene and a well-balanced diet are essential to reduce the risk of infections.

Is There A Link Between Hormone Pills And Breast Cancer?

Research findings from the California Teachers Study points at the reduced risk of Breast Cancer with the reduced use of Hormone Therapy (HT) at peri-menopausal stage. Prolonged use of HT may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, stroke, ovarian cancer, and endometrial cancer. As your body undergoes menopause, 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 Maca boon to improving menopausal symptoms.
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immune health tips

The Truth Behind Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD)

Hand-Foot-Mouth-Disease HFMD is caused by a viral infection. Children aged 2 weeks to 5 years are the most susceptible to the disease which can be transmitted via direct contact through saliva, nasal discharge and faeces. Boosting your child’s immunity can help to reduce the chances of contracting HFMD. Therefore, parents should ensure their child eats a balanced diet with more vegetables and fruit for the vitamins, minerals and antioxidant-rich content. For picky eaters, try King Chlorella -pure chlorella tablets with fully cracked cell wall that releases chlorella nutrients optimally. Chlorella is a super green food with the highest chlorophyll content, and can cleanse blood, remove toxins and balance body's pH. It has a high nutrients content that helps to support growth and daily nutritional needs.

Probiotics For Better Immunity

Probiotics are an alternative medicine that is recognized by the the National Institute of Health in the United States. They 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 study published in the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal in April 2010 shows that probiotics reduce the severity of diarrhea and enhance immunity. It also increases the bioavailabity of Vtamin B, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, and among others.
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specific concern tips

Easing Gastric Pain?

The term “gastric pain” is commonly used to describe pain or discomfort at the upper abdomen. Other symptoms typically include heartburn, bloating and nausea. Changing your lifestyle may help to ease your gastric pain. Eat small and frequent meals; avoid “irritating” food such as coffee, acidic, spicy or greasy food; avoid or limit alcohol intake and quit smoking. 

Simple Foods For A Healthy Liver

A poorly functioning liver leads to fatigue, weakness, abdominal pain and loss of appetite. The easiest way to protect your liver is to eat right! Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage contain Glucosinolates which help the liver to produce enzymes for detoxification. Green leafy vegetables and fruits contain antioxidants that protect the liver from free radical damage. Garlic contains Allicin, which helps rinse out heavy metals such as mercury and lead from the liver. Add these foods into your daily diet to keep your liver healthy!
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healthy lifestyle tips

Vinegar – Japan’s secret to longevity

Vinegar has a reputation for being a natural antiseptic, preservative and culinary ingredient. It is used in sushi not only to add flavour but as a preservative to prevent decomposition of raw fish (sashimi). Vinegar contains organic acids including acetic acid and citric acid which help to support digestive health, promote growth of good bacteria for regular bowel movement and reduce cholesterol level and alkalinize blood pH.

Take 5 from the computer

Computers have become necessities in our daily lives. It’s important to maintain good eye habits and good posture, as long term repeated usage can lead to repetitive strain injury. Ideally, the computer screen should be 18-30 inches away from you. Take short, frequent breaks of at least 30 seconds after every 20 minutes of computer use to rest your muscles and eyes. Bilberry is naturally rich in anthocyanins that alleviate fatigue and guard your eyes against the glaring damage.
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skin and beauty tips

Minimize sunlight exposure.

Overexposure to harmful UV rays can cause up to 20% more collagen loss in skin. Always ensure you have sun protection and stay out of the sun from 10am to 4pm, when the rays are the most intense. According to Environmental Working Group in UK, there are currently no sunscreens that meet their safety levels. Common sunscreen contains Vitamin A (retinol/ retinyl palmitate) which may increase the risk of cancer or disrupt hormonal balance. Choose sunscreen without these harmful chemicals. For added protection, wear a hat and cover up.

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

Why Japanese are slimmest?

How is it that the Japanese are one of the slimmest people around? Their slimming secrets: Seaweed & Walking. The Japanese have been eating seaweed for centuries. Seaweed is added to many Japanese foods such as sushi, soup and even as garnishing on their rice or noodles. Not only is seaweed high in fibre, it is also rich in nutrients and contains Fucoxanthin, a fat-busting substance. In addition, Japanese office folks walk a lot everyday during their commute as most of them take public transport that requires them to walk 30 minutes or more to the train station and changing trains. We too can emulate the Japanese lifestyle by putting in additional time for walking, be it to the supermarket, an after-dinner stroll or exploring the city on foot during weekends.

Trying to lose weight? Drink more water!

Drink more water and reduce your daily calorie intake by replacing soft drink, alcohol or coffee with water. Thirst can also be confused with hunger, so by drinking water, you may avoid consuming extra calories.
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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.

Spice up your joint!

Turmeric, the yellow spice are commonly used in Indian dishes, contains a phytochemical called Curcumin that may be able to reduce arthritis pain. Studies suggest that Curcumin helps to reduce joint inflammation and pain by inhibiting the expression of the COX-2 "pain" enzyme.  
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