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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

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. 

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.
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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

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.

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

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!

Should You Eat For Two During Pregnancy?

Mothers need to take in additional calories during pregnancy for natural weight gain. However, the extra calorie that are needed are not as high as most mothers think. Pregnant women only need to add about 100kcal for the first trimester, and add another 200kcal for the second and third trimester. A cup of soy milk supplies you with your excess calorie needs for the first trimester, and a medium-sized banana, an apple or a cup of soy milk with a piece of digestive biscuit provides you with the extra nutrients needed during second and third trimester.
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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.

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.
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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.  

Food For Probiotics

Humans consume food and drink water to survive. How about good bacteria or more well-know as probiotics? Probiotics also need food nourishment  to be able to flourish. Prebiotics are non-digestible carbohydrates, found in whole grains, bananas, onions and garlic, that act as food for probiotics which stimulates the growth and activity of good bacteria in our intestines. /p>
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healthy lifestyle tips

Take 5 from the computer

Computers have become necessities in our daily lives. It’s important to maintain good eye habits and good posture, as long term repeated usage can lead to repetitive strain injury. Ideally, the computer screen should be 18-30 inches away from you. Take short, frequent breaks of at least 30 seconds after every 20 minutes of computer use to rest your muscles and eyes. Bilberry is naturally rich in anthocyanins that alleviate fatigue and guard your eyes against the glaring damage.

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

Wear protective clothing.

Clothing provides up to 98% UV protection against harmful UV rays. Choose tightly-woven fabric over loosely-woven types for the best UV shield. Test the UV-protection level of the fabric by holding it up to the light. If you can see through the fabric, then the UV radiation can penetrate it easily to reach your skin layers. Taking antioxidants can help boost your sun protection from within. Coenzyme Q10 is an essential nutrient and potent antioxidant to fight UV-generated free radicals, and also safeguards your heart and enhances energy levels.

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

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.

Omega-3 fortified foods for health?

Research shows omega-3 fats help keeping heart, joints and brain healthy. The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for omega-3 fats in the UK is 450mg for adults and 200mg for children. Recognizing the health benefits of omega-3, a lot of foods are now fortified with this healthy fat. But, are they sufficient to supply the need? To reach the recommended daily amounts, an adult needs to eat 5 omega-3 enriched eggs daily! A 6-ounce salmon has 100 times higher omega-3 content compared with fortified yoghurt. So, go get the salmon or tuna instead!
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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.   

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.  
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