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eye health tips

Smoking Can Affect Your Vision Health

Smoking is a risk factor for certain eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy. This is because it reduces blood flow and nutrient supply to the eyes and increases the amount of toxic substances like tar and nicotine in the body.  Hence, protect your eyes by quitting smoking. Consider taking an eye care supplement that contains Lutein, Zeaxanthin and various antioxidants to reduce age-related vision degeneration.

Why DO I Have Blurred and Cloudy Vision?

A cataract is a condition in which the clear lens of the eyes becomes cloudy, preventing sufficient light rays from entering the eyes and impairing vision. Age is the most common reason for developing cataracts. The development of cataract is also associated with a positive family history (if a family or relative has cataract before), an unhealthy lifestyle (such as smoking and heavy alcohol intake) and prolonged exposure to sunlight or radiation. Cataracts can cause eyes to be easily irritated, and can lead to decrease in visual acuity, with blurry and double vision.
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brain health tips

B Vitamins Preserve Brain Health

Vitamin B6, B12 and folic acid - are known to reduce the level of homocysteine in the blood. Elevated levels of Homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of stroke, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. A study of a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment found that after two years of intervention with high doses of B6, B12 and folic acid there was significantly less brain shrinkage compared to a subset that was given placebo treatment.

Maintain Brain Health With Good Family Relationship

Regular visits, outings and phones calls with your family and friends not only make your life more meaningful but also stimulates and protects your brain! Research has shown that the elderly who have regular social interaction with family and friends have a better long-term brain health and less likely to suffer from cognitive decline. 
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dental health tips

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.

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.
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hair care tips

Shampoo Your Hair The Right Way!

Daily hair wash is essential for the hot and humid weather in Singapore. Here are some steps to shampoo your hair the right way: Gently brush your hair to improve blood circulation in your scalp and avoid entangled hair. Next, rinse hair with warm water to remove the dirt in your hair, but do not apply the shampoo directly onto scalp. Instead, lather the shampoo into foam by using your palms before applying the foamy mixture onto your scalp. Massage your scalp gently with your fingers, not nails then spend a longer time rinsing to ensure that no shampoo residue remains. Lastly, use a towel to remove excess water in your hair and let your hair dry with cool air. 

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

Cervical Cancer Leads To 100 Death Cases Per Year In Singapore!

There are 200 diagnosed cases of Cervical Cancer yearly. Being infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), early sexual contact, multiple sexual partners, smoking, having a weakened immune system and taking oral contraceptives expose females to higher risk of contracting Cervical Cancer. Cervical cancer often does not present itself with signs or symptoms until it has progressed to an advanced stage. If you are sexually active, it is important to visit your doctor for a pap smear every three years. Load your body with raspberries as the Ellagic Acid in these berries have been clinically proven to possibly kill off HPV and inhibit cancer growth.

Away With PMS!

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) includes irritability, mood swings, water retention, bloating, and headaches.  Interestingly, PMS can account for more than 50% of the sick leave women take at work. Research by the National Institute of Health shows that women under stress have moderate to severe symptoms during menstruation. Solutions? Pick a sport - running, tennis, aerobic dancing, or any other kind of intensive exercise! This boosts serotonin levels, also known as the ‘happy’ hormone, which helps to reduce or even prevent PMS. Plus, exercise is a good stress buster too!
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immune health tips

Stay Healthy For An Enjoyable Trip

Nothing spoils the excitement of discovering a foreign place like falling sick. The most common conditions that take place during trips are diarrhea, nausea, abdominal cramps and bloating. It pays to take extra precautions, particularly if you are travelling to developing countries: always stick to bottled water, and avoid eating raw or undercooked food. Also, wash your hands with soap, and use a hand sanitizer when washing facilities are unavailable.

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

Cut Down On Fatty Foods

Reducing the intake of saturated fats and trans fats is vital for your liver's health. Saturated fats are found in deep fried foods, red meats and dairy products. Trans fats are found in processed foods such as cookies and cakes. The liver stores excess dietary fat, and the buildup of fat can eventually lead to fatty liver disease.  

Why Should One Take Vitamin B Complex?

Our body need 8 Vitamin B's including B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, biotin, folic acid, and B12 for maintaining health. For daily supplementation, it is best to take Vitamin B complex rather than taking a single Vitamin B, because Vitamin B's work together, A deficiency in one often cause a deficiency in another.
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healthy lifestyle tips

Liver-Friendly Diet

Firstly, watch your alcohol intake. Processing alcohol stresses your liver significantly. Keeping your liver from toxic chemicals relaxes it and maintains its optimal function. And also, keep yourself away from greasy fatty foods. Saturated fats are harder to process, such as sausages, bacon, hot dogs, and high fat dairy products. Limit the intake of processed food like white rice, biscuits, cakes, pastries, donuts and candy. Fresh fruits and vegetables are good source of enzymes, fibers, vitamins, phyto-nutrients, that help optimize liver functions.

Less salt, better health!

The average intake of salt of an average adult in Singapore is 9g per day, which is more than the recommended 5g per day. Excessive sodium intake can lead to hypertension and aggravate health problems such as kidney disease, congestive heart failure and premenstrual syndrome. Therefore, it is important to choose and prepare food with less salt and sauces which are the main source of sodium in our diet. 
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skin and beauty tips

Barley grass for beautiful skin.

Barley grass has a wide array of skin-beautifying nutrients. It is naturally rich in Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) that neutralizes  free radicals from sunlight, pollution and so on. SOD is also found to reverse skin scarring. Barley grass also provides chlorophyll that facilitates detoxification for clear and radiant skin. AFC Green Beauty is a unique blend of barley grass, with kale and green tea for detoxification and 2,500mg collagen per serving to enhance skin protection.

Eat more avocado for supple skin

The main avocado‘s skin benefit comes from its high omega-9 fatty acid and vitamin E contents. Omega-9 fatty acid helps to maintain moisture in the outer layer of skin, make it soft and moisturized. It also involved in regenerating of damaged skin cells and reducing facial redness and irritation. While, vitamin E has strong anti-aging properties, beneficial to guard against photo-aging from sun –exposure. 
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weight and diet tips

What is in the bubble tea?

A cup of bubble tea to quench your thirst and you are loading your body with calories, fats and sugars! Bubble tea contains flavourants, sugars, with minimal nutritional value. The chewy black pearls are made from tapioca and sugar. With one added serving of the pearls, the calories of your bubble tea boosts up another 100kcal. Prefer the milky taste? It adds another 70kcal. For a calorie-sensible treat, get plain bubble tea without milk and choose Nata de Coco instead of the pearls. Best of all, head to the nearest convenient store for a low-sugar soy milk instead!

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

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.  

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.
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