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Health Tips
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

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. 

Practice Good Eating Habit

According to the American Dental Association, consuming a balanced and nutritious diet is an essential aspect of caring for your teeth. Foods that are rich in Calcium and Protein such as dairy products, lean meats, soy products and nuts play an important role in protecting and rebuilding your tooth enamel. It is also important to avoid excessive intake of candy, soft drinks and cookies which can lead to tooth decay due to their high sugar content. 
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hair care tips

Does Regular Trimming Promote Hair Growth?

Having a haircut has no effect on the rate of hair growth. Whether you get a hair trim or not, hair grows at the rate of one inch per month. The only proven factors that affect the rate of hair growth are genetics, hormones, and diet. However, it is important to note that the chopping of the split ends (which impede healthy hair growth) may promote better hair growth. Still the best way to promote healthy hair growth is to reduce the likelihood of split ends by avoiding over-styling. 

Moisturize Dry Scalp

We put in a lot of efforts to make sure that our skin is well-moisturized but tend to forget the layer of skin underneath the hair. A person with dry skin will most likely have a dry scalp too. Having dry skin is the most common cause of an itchy and flaking scalp. Scalp oil moisturizes the scalp better than creams or lotions as it stays longer on the scalp. Jojoba oil is the most commonly used scalp oil, and other options include almond, flax seed or olive oil. Apply the scalp oil onto wet hair,as it prevents oil from getting into hair. Also, choose a shampoo with citrus oil, tea tree oil or chamomile oil as it rinses out oil treatment effectively.
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women's care tips

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.

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.
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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.

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.
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specific concern tips

Essential Good Cholesterol.

Cholesterol is necessary for the production of hormones, bile salts and vitamins in our body. High levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) may cause plaque formation on artery walls, while good cholesterol (HDL) facilitates removal of excess cholesterol thus decreasing the risk of heart diseases. Maintain a good cholesterol balance with soluble fiber intake (to lower bad LDL), and Omega-3 fatty acids (to raise good HDL). Cold water fish (salmon, sardine and mackerel) are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. Alternatively, try flax seeds and soy beans.

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

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

Stay fit at work.

There are simple exercises that you can do on your office chair without being noticed! Stretching relieves muscle tensions, especially for back and shoulder due to prolonged computer usage. Sit on a swivel chair. Lift your feet slight above ground. Support your body with both hands on the table. Twist your lower body to the left and right, keep your upper body straight. This helps to strengthen your back muscles. Stands up every hour for walk around. Best still if you can spare 10-min of your lunch time for whole body stretching or a short walk.

Walk your way health!

No time for gym? According to World Health Organization, physical activity does not necessarily means running a marathon or playing competitive sports. It can be walking children to school or taking a brisk stroll in the park. Studies show that increasing daily walking steps is associated with a decline in the body fats, reduced waist girth and improved resting heart rate. Keep your daily steps no fewer than 7,500, as it helps avoid tummy fat accumulation. Use stairs but not elevator, alight two bus stops early, it all adds up to the steps taken per day.
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joint health tips

Healthy weight for healthy joint

Being overweight increases the load that you put on your joints especially knees, hips and ankles with every step you take. Study found that heavy adults with knee osteoarthritis who lose 10% of their starting weight can significantly reduce their knee pain, walk faster and improve their mobility.   

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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