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eye health tips

Are you at risk for AMD ?

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a chronic irreversible medical condition that results in loss of central vision because of damage to the macula, or central part of the retina. It occurs with increasing age and most common for people over 60 years of age. One may see shadows in vision, have distorted vision, or 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 either help prevent AMD or may slow progression of the disease by block blue light from reaching the underlying structures in the retina, thereby reducing the risk of light-induced oxidative damage that could lead to AMD.

Preserve your eye health

After age of 40 years, tear secretion is progressively reducing which may lead to dry-eye syndrome. To protect our eyes from dry-eye syndrome, we need to get enough of Omega-3 fatty acids which help to nourish and moisturize our eyes and sooth dry eye syndrome by reducing inflammation activity in the body and eyes.  Include more Omega-3 rich-food such as salmon, tuna, flaxseed, almond and walnut in your daily diet. For extra help, grab a bottle of AFC Bilberry Lutien DX or AFC Ultimate Vision that contain a full range of eye nutrients such as DHA omega 3, Lutein and Antioxidants! 
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brain health tips

DHA for eye and brain health

Do you know that hyperactivity disorder in children, cognitive decline in elderly, poor memory and depression are associated with DHA omega 3 deficiencies? Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a valuable nutrient found abundantly in the brain and retina to support brain development, maintain optimal brain function and preserve eye health. DHA is also an essential fatty acid that cannot be produced by the body, hence the need to get it from diet or supplement.

Help your brain by staying 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 water. An Ohio University study found that people whose bodies were well hydrated scored significantly better on tests of brainpower, compared with those who weren’t drinking enough. 
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dental health tips

Drink green tea for healthy teeth and gums

Green tea contains phytochemicals called Catechins that can fight inflammation and control bacterial infections. A Japanese study found that people who drink green tea regularly have less occurrence of periodontal disease, as compared to infrequent tea drinkers.

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

Hair styling without the damage.

Exposure to heat through blow-drying or perming can affect the quality of hair. It may result in split ends which are non-reversible. Please ensure that sufficient nourishment is supplied before and after the heat-styling. You can always consult your hair stylist for styling which causes lesser harm, and products with natural ingredients.

Right practice for shampooing!

Daily hair wash is essential for the hot and humid weather in Singapore. But, do you practice the right way in shampooing? The first step should be gently brushing your hair to improve blood circulation in scalp and avoid entangled hair. Rinse hair with warm water to remove the dirt. Do not apply your shampoo directly onto scalp. Make it into foam by using your palms before applying. Massage scalp gently with fingers, not nails. Spend longer time while rinsing to ensure no shampoo residue remains. Tapping your hair by towel and let it dry with cool air. 
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women's care tips

Caffeine and pregnancy.

Excess caffeine may lead to low birth weight and miscarriage. Caffeine may affect baby’s growth as it may constrict blood vessels and limit the nutrient supplies to baby. Also, caffeine inhibits iron absorption. The low iron stores at fetal stage causes higher risk of iron deficiency anemia during infant development. Yet, pregnant mothers need not avoid caffeine totally. 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!

Down 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 National Institute of Health shows that women currently under stress have moderate to severe symptoms during menstruation. Solutions? Pick a sport - running, tennis, aerobic dancing, any kind of intensive exercise is helpful to boost serotonin levels (the ‘happy’ hormone). This helps to reduce or even prevent PMS. Plus, exercise is a good stress buster too!
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immune health tips

Poor immune health? Your gut could be the culprit!

When the intestinal lining is irritated, it creates pathways for unwanted larger molecules to pass through. Bacteria, toxins, undigested food particles, are the potential culprits that impair your immune health. Stress, infections, excessive alcohol consumption, a poor diet and medication can affect your gut. Vinegar is a traditional aid for digestion and 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 natural weight loss!

Boost immune health with Agaricus mushroom.

The Agaricus Blazei Murill (or commonly known as Brazilian mushrooms) contains the highest level of beta-glucans. Beta-glucans stimulate various aspects of the immune system by increasing activity levels of immune cells like macrophages and T-cells that are first to fight bad bacteria and viruses. Lifestream ABM Immuno Advance contains 10 times concentrated extract with other medicinal mushroom extracts for potent immunity protection and support general health.
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specific concern tips

Pumpkin seed for restful sleep

Pumpkin seeds is naturally rich in tryptophan, the amino acid that needed to produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps us to relax and sleep better. 

Effective natural relief for constipation

Constipation can happen because the colon absorbs too much water or due to sluggish colon muscle contractions. Insufficient fiber intake is the likely cause in most cases. Soluble fiber from oats, rice bran, and fruit help 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 intestines. To meet your daily fiber needs, aim for at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 cups of vegetables/ legumes. Drink at least 8 glasses of water to aid regular bowel movement.
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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.

Choose whole grain breads

Choose wholegrain breads over white breads. White bread is made from white flour is refined to remove the bran and germ, which carry the most nutrients and fiber. Look out for food labels that list the first ingredient as whole wheat, whole meal, or whole corn. If you can, choose whole grain breads with intact grains, seeds, oats or nuts. These will help regulate blood sugar level and maximize the benefits of carbohydrates.
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skin and beauty tips

Water for Beauty.

70% of our body is made up of water. Water is necessary for metabolic activities and regulating the moisture content in skin. With aging, the skin’s water binding ability is significantly reduced. For hydration from within, try Hyaluronic Acid, a skin nutrient that locks up to 6,000 times its weight to retain moisture, smoothen wrinkles, and stimulate repair of damaged skin.

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

Swap your calories!

Tempted to grab the Curry Puff at your snack time? Paused. It is heavily loaded with 246kcal, 16g of fats, and Trans-fats. Equivalent to calorie of 1 Chinese bowl of rice! Quickly swap that fattening puff with 20 almond nuts of 120kcal instead. You save yourself of 126kcal! And you are feeding your body with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and other minerals! Still craving for fats? Take Chitosan Trim before your sinful indulgence. It binds and dispels the fats, for effective control of your fat intake.

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.
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joint health tips

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. 

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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