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Health Tips
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.

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 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.
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brain health tips

Is Memory Decline Due To Aging 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 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.

Help Your Brain To Stay Hydrated

Every cell in your body needs water to thrive, and your brain cells are no exception; in fact, about three-quarters of your brain is made of water. An Ohio University study found that people whose bodies were well hydrated scored significantly better on tests of brainpower, compared with those who were not drinking enough. 
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dental health tips

Why Should You Use Dental Floss?

To have good oral health, it is not enough to brush your teeth twice a day, you need to floss at least once a day too. By flossing daily, plaque is removed from the areas between your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach. This is important because plaque that is not removed by brushing and flossing can eventually harden into tartar. In addition, people who are wearing braces or have big interdental gaps can use a special interdental toothbrush for a more effective cleansing effect.

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. 
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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.

Easy Steps For Dandruff Prevention

Dandruff happens due to the faster turnover of skin cells on our scalp. It is more prevalent among people with imbalanced oil level (oil or dry scalp) and is common among men. People who have dandruff should wash their hair frequently with a natural shampoo while incorporating a massage to stimulate blood circulation and loosen the dandruff flakes. 
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women's care tips

Bigger May Not Be Better During Pregnancy

Weight gain during pregnancy varies among women. If you are underweight (BMI <18.5), you should gain 12.5-18kg. If your weight is normal (BMI 18.5-25), the recommended weight gain is 11.5-16kg. For overweight mother-to-be (BMI 25.1-29.9), the weight gain should between 7-11.5kg. For those who are obese, the weight gain should be less than 7kg. Avoid sudden and excessive weight gain as these are associated with adverse health effects such as pregnancy induced hypertension, gestational diabetes and complications during delivery.

High Heels & Foot Pain!

Research shows that women who wear high heels have shorter muscle fibres and thicker and stiffer Achilles’ tendons. In the long run, this limits the motions of the ankle and heels-wearer will find it painful to walk in flat-soled shoes. The occasional swapping between flat-soled shoes and high heels will help to keep your tendons stretched and will also prevent aching feet. Also, regular stretching relieves the tensed muscle fibers. It is important to choose your shoes wisely. Platform shoes are often better than stilettos, and always opt for shoes with a snug fit.
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immune health tips

Laugh Your Way 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. It also helps to  strengthen your internal defence system to resist colds better. Having a positive attitude, and a sense of humour helps you to relax and feel more upbeat.

The Gut Is the Culprit Of Poor Immune Health!

When the intestinal lining is irritated, it creates pathways for unwanted larger molecules to pass through. Bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles, are the potential culprits that impair your immune health. Stress, infections, excessive alcohol consumption, a poor diet as well as medication can affect your gut. Vinegar is a traditional aid for improved digestion and helps in reducing bloatedness, as it promotes the growth of good bacteria in the gut. For a new sense of wellness from within, try Kouzu Vinegar, a prized amino-rich Japanese vinegar. The 3-year fermented formula promotes vitality, aids digestion and boosts natural weight loss!
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specific concern tips

Effective Natural Relief For Constipation

Constipation can happen because the colon absorbs too much water or is sluggish. Insufficient fiber intake is the likely cause in most cases. Soluble fiber from oats, rice bran, and fruit will help to soften stools for easy elimination. Whole grains, cereals, seeds, and the skin of most fruits and vegetables provide insoluble fibers that help the stool pass quickly through the intestines. To meet your daily fiber needs, aim for at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables/ legumes. Also, drink at least 8 glasses of water to aid regular bowel movement.

Miso- A Super Healthy Soup!

Miso soup helps your body to get rid of harmful radioactive waste. A compound known as Dipicolinic Acid attaches itself to heavy metals and radioactive strontium and carries them out of the body. During the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki in Japan, clinic workers drank miso soup regularly, which may have helped them to avoid severe symptoms of radiation.  Cooking tips: Never boil miso as the boiling process will destroy its nutrients. Instead, add miso paste to your soup after it has been removed from direct heat.
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healthy lifestyle tips

Cultivate stronger relationships

Spending too much time isolated and alone can be detrimental to your mental and social well-being. Long term isolation or a lack of community interaction is proven to result in emotional issues like anxiety. Sharing your feelings and thoughts with your family and/or close friends can foster a sense of belonging and reduce negative emotions. You’ll be amazed that even a simple short message can brighten up your day!

Healthy lifestyle, Healthy liver

Liver damage usually has mild or no symptoms, and it is highly associated with one’s lifestyle. Excessive consumption of alcohol, nightlife, diets rich in fatty and sugary foods, and long-prolonged use of medications can place undue stress on his/her liver. In addition, researchers found that overweight and sleep problems may increase risk of liver disease and other health complications.
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skin and beauty tips

Why the Japanese live the longest?

Want to know the secret why the Japanese live the longest? There is a small village which is 2 hours drive from Tokyo, Yuzurihara 'Village of Long Life' with villagers live up to 90s with extremely good health. They have remarkably youthful skin, surprisingly good eyesight, strong and flexible joints. Their secrets? a diet rich in hyaluronic acid. Dr Toyosuki investigated the intriguing phenomenon and found that the villagers ate abundance of starchy root vegetables - konnyaku, taro, sweet potato and so on - which are naturally high in hyaluronic acid. A molecule produced naturally by your body, hyaluronic acid is greatly distributed in joints, skin and eyes. Known as 'Super Water Magnet', hyaluronic acid is commonly used as nature's moisturizer in skin supplement and skin care products. It traps moisture within skin layers, plumps up flaccid skin cells, smoothens fine lines and wrinkles.

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

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.

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

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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