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Health Tips
eye health tips

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.

Travelling With Contact Lens

Aircraft cabins tend to have drier air quality and lower oxygen availability. If you are a contact lens user, using lubricating eye drops in your eyes before boarding may help to relieve some eye dryness during your flight. It is most ideal to remove your contact lens before your flight; your eyes are most comfortable wearing glasses when travelling by plane.
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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.

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

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

Spa For Your Scalp At Home

To boost healthy hair growth, sufficient nutrient supply is highly important. Massage promotes circulation to the scalp, ensuring that nutrients are channelled to the hair follicles, which increases the rate and quality of hair. As little as 5 minutes of massage will be helpful in strengthening your hair. Gentlely massage your hair after applying your hair care products- this will enhance the absorption of products into scalp layers, allowing the product to work better.

The Importance Of SLS-Free Shampoo!

Check your shampoo labels and look for Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) – a common foaming agent that present in 90% of commercially available shampoos. SLS is able to permeate the skin effectively and concentrate in some organs such as eyes, brain and heart. SLS washes away the hair's moisture and may lead to the premature shedding of hair, clogging hair follicles and hair loss. Therefore, it is important to avoid products containing SLS. Instead seek natural alternatives! AFC Shokaigan Shampoo do not contain SLS but incorporates a natural blend of 10 amino acids to gently but deeply cleanse, unclog hair follicles and regulate scalp pH levels. 
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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.

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.
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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.

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

Red Wine For A Healthy Heart

Red wines contain antioxidants that can help to increase your ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL) and protect against artery damage by the ‘bad’ cholesterol (LDL). Red wines also contain a substance called Resverastrol which help to prevent blood clots, reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke. According to the American Heart Association, the recommended daily intake of red wine is 2 for men and 1 for women (1 drink = 4 ounce/118ml of red wine). Taken in moderation, a glass of red wine helps to provide many health benefits towards a healthy heart.

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.
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healthy lifestyle tips

Cut down fried foods for healthy cholesterol level

Do French fries contain cholesterol? No, dietary cholesterol comes only from animal based foods. French fries, along with coconut milk (found in laksa) and margarine, have no cholesterol. However, French fries are high in saturated fat, which will increase the production of cholesterol in the body. Hence, eat fried foods sparingly. 

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

Skin friendly fruits

Eating more Vitamin C-rich fruits, such as strawberry, guava, orange, and papaya may help to ward off wrinkles and age-related dryness. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that slows the rate of free-radical damage -- free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, fine lines and wrinkles. Researches suggest that vitamin C may also reduce sunburn caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation and prevent the consequences of long-term sun exposure, which can lead to skin cancer.  

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

Fucoxanthin – The natural fat burner

Brown seaweed such as Wakame that is widely used in miso soup is rich in Fucoxanthin. Fucoxanthin is a botanical pigment that gives brown seaweed its brown-greenish colour. Researchers found that Fucoxanthin supports weight loss by enhancing body metabolism, increasing fat burning rate and reducing fat storage in the body.

Math for weight lost.

One pound of fat is approximately to 3500 calorie. Cut down 500kcal per day gives you 1 pound of fat lost per week. Cut down 250kcal per day by simply by skipping one slice of bread (75kcal), one tablespoon of peanut butter (90kcal), and three tablespoons of rice (90kcal). The rest of the 250kcal, you can burn it off easily with simple exercises: 15-min walk to office and 15-min back from office (95kcal) plus 20-min jogging. Set your weight target sensibly with the math! Remember not to push yourself too hard as it may cause lost weight rebound!
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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.  

Stretch and flex.

Regular stretching helps keep muscles and joints strong and reduce the incidence of injury. To increase your joint’s current range of motion, the surrounding muscles have to be stretched progressively beyond their accustomed length. For example, stretching your waist muscles can help prevent back injury. Stand with a half squat with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent and hands on hips. Bend slowly to the left then back to the center. Then bend to the right. You should feel the tension at your waist muscles. Keep it parallel without leaning forwards or backwards. It takes merely 5 minutes for 10 repetitions!
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