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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.

Eye Exercise

A four-step eye exercise can relieve tired eyes after long hours of working in front of the computer screen. Do it daily, particularly in between breaks from the computer. Step 1: Close your eyes tightly for 3- 5 seconds and open them for 3-5 seconds. Repeat 7-8 times. Step 2: Close your eyes again and massage in circular movements for 1-2 minutes. Step 3: Press three fingers against upper eyelids, hold for 1-2 seconds then release. Repeat 5 times. Step 4: Roll your eyes clockwise, then counter-clockwise, and then blink once. Repeat 5 times.
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brain health tips

DHA For Eye And Brain Health

Do you know that hyperactivity disorders in children, cognitive decline in the elderly, poor memory and depression are associated with DHA Omega 3 deficiencies? Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a valuable nutrient that is found abundantly in the brain and retina that support brain development, maintains optimal brain function and preserves eye health. However, DHA is also an essential fatty acid that cannot be produced by the body, hence it is necessary to take DHA supplement or take foods high in DHA content.

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.
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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. 

How To Get Rid Of Bad Breath?

Rinsing with salt water is a great way to get rid of bad breath. Salt is the most effective and easy way to fight bacteria and even stop decaying your teeth. It is recommended to rinse your mouth with salt in lukewarm water once a day. Keeping teeth clean by practicing good dental hygiene and maintaining a healthy digestive system are also crucial. 
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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.

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. 
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women's care tips

Caffeine During Pregnancy

An excess caffeine intake may lead to low birth weight and miscarriage. Caffeine may affect a baby’s growth as it can constrict blood vessels and limit the nutrient that are supplies to baby. Also, caffeine inhibits iron absorption. The low iron stores at the fetal stage leads to a higher risk of iron deficiency during infant development. Yet, pregnant mothers need not avoid caffeine totally. The American Dietetic Association suggests 300mg daily (equals to 3 cups of coffee) as the upper limit of caffeine intake for pregnant women. Other sources of Caffeine include tea, soda, chocolates and energy drink!

Monthly Breast Self Exam Can Save Lives!

The earlier Breast Cancer is diagnosed, the better the prognosis. All females should start conducting breast self-exam from the age of 20. To do a breast self-exam, lie on your back and put your right hand behind your head. Use three fingers from left hand to feel for lumps at right breast. Move your fingers around your breast in a circular movement from the outer edge to nipple area. Repeat the same steps for left breast. Do this self-exam at the same time every month either a few days after the start of your period or on first day of starting on a new pack of oral contraceptive pills.
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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

Forgot Where You Left The Keys?

If you are finding it harder to remember the little things, your brain may be deteriorating faster than you age. Ginkgo has a long history as the “memory herb”. Ginkgo leaf extract enhances blood flow to the brain, thus improving concentration and memory. The best quality markers come with 24% Total Flavonoids and 6% Terpene Lactones. Pick only standardized ginkgo leaf extract to ensure optimal efficacy to support memory and improve blood circulation.

Juicing To Combat Anemia

Beetroot juice is possibly the best natural remedy for anemia. It is also especially good for women during their menstrual cycle and women going through menopause. It contains excellent detoxification properties with a high iron content that increases the production of red blood cells and improves blood count. Drinking a glass of beetroot juice in the morning along with breakfast is helpful in fighting anemia and help with improving your energy production. 
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healthy lifestyle tips

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. 

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

For makeup that stays:

Start with a clean, moisturized face. It is important to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells, to minimize a blotchy or flaky appearance. For naturally radiant, healthy looking skin, ensure a sufficient intake of collagen in your diet. Collagen is an important protein that is an important building block for healthy skin. A quality collagen formula like Collagen Beauty helps skin regeneration and improves skin clarity for a more youthful appearance.

Protect your skin from the sunlight

Nothing ages the skin faster than overexposure to sunlight which may cause skin dryness, freckles, wrinkles and even skin cancer. Hence, it is important to wear sunscreen and avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to protect your skin from overexposure and minimize sun damage. The American Association of Dermatology recommends applying sunscreen daily with a minimum SPF 15 to all exposed areas, and then re-apply every two hours. Consider taking an internal sunscreen, such as high quality FloraGlo Lutein and Astaxanthin to maintain healthy skin from the inside out. 
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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.

Drinking tea is good for weight loss!

A cup of tea per day can boost your metabolism rate and keep your waist circumference in check. Study shows that participants who regularly consume hot tea have waist circumference and BMI lower than non-consuming participants. Green tea contains catechins (antioxidants) which help to increase ability of fat burning process during exercises.
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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.  

Joint food.

Foods high in antioxidants such as fruits and vegetables can help to fight off free radicals which may damage our joints. Omega-3 fatty acids have natural anti-inflammation properties to reduce swelling and stiffness. For extra cartilage help, take supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin to build up cartilage, improve joint lubrication and to inhibit enzymes from further cartilage breakdown. Joint Sensei is a quad-action formula with glucosamine, chondroitin, cat’s claw and Ajuga extracts specially formulated for joint health and improved flexibility.
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