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Stress and your Heart

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The hidden damage

Chronic stress – whether from the peak hour MRT crowd, an unhappy marriage, or a mounting workload – has a wide range of harmful health effects. It can interfere with your mood, sleep, and appetite. But can it cause heart[...]

Let’s Talk about Sex!

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Sexercise’ and other sexual myths

Sex is perhaps one of the most elusive practices in life – it has been around forever, but we’re only just beginning to develop a murky understanding of it. We scoured the academia for credible studies that debunk four common[...]

Affairs of the Heart

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How much do you know about keeping your heart healthy?

In Singapore, one in three deaths is due to heart disease and stroke. While we have no control over many risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key steps we can take to[...]

Hearty Eats

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Boost your cardiovascular health with these heart-thumpingly good recipes

Cheesy Salsa Oats (Serves 1) Start your day right with a steaming bowl of oats, which are full of omega-3 fatty acids, folate, and potassium. This fibre-rich staple can lower levels of LDL (“bad”) chol esterol and help keep arteries[...]

Vitamin K

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Keeping things together

Did you know that Vitamin K helps blood clot? Severe deficiencies can cause serious bleeding problems. Aptly named after the German word koagulation, vitamin K is key in helping blood to clot. It exists in several forms. The two main[...]

Phosphorus

You just can’t live without it

Phosphorus has plenty of benefits for our bodies — it strengthens our bones, protects our cells and helps us make energy. Even better news: it is available in a wide range of food sources. One of the most abundant minerals[...]

Chondroitin

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For strength and flexibility

Here is another clue to healthier, pain-free joints! Chondroitin is a natural component found in cartilage – the tough, connective tissues that cushion our joints. Chondroitin helps draw fluid into the cartilage, making it more flexible, and also blocks enzymes[...]

Vitamin E

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More than skin deep

Vitamin E is not only a choice ingredient in cosmetics; it also bodes well for our eyes, hearts and nerves. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E neutralises the oxidant effect of free radicals, which destroy the healthy cells in our[...]

Pep up your Peepers!

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3 easy recipes for healthy eyes and sharp vision

Zesty Carrot Ginger Soup (Serves 4) Packed with vitamin A, carrot prevents night blindness and is essential for retinal health. It also reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Ingredients 3 tbsp unsalted butter 680g carrot (about 6 or[...]

Bedtime Blues

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Are you getting a good night’s sleep?

Lack of sleep can be more dangerous than too much alcohol. A study conducted by the University of New South Wales showed that sleep deprivation may reduce reaction time by up to 50%. Most adults need eight hours of sleep[...]

Think Exercise = Weight Loss? Think Again

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Debunking the myths of ‘working off the weight’

So, you think you know how this works: exercise, burn calories, lose weight. Simple, right? Actually, no… it’s NOT all that simple! Here, we debunk the top three myths surrounding exercise and weight loss. Read on to get the whole[...]

Glucosamine

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For healthy joints

Naturally found in the fluid around our joints, glucosamine keeps our cartilage – flexible connective tissue found in various parts of our bodies, including our joints – healthy. However, natural glucosamine levels drop with age, leading to deterioration of the[...]

Vitamin D

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Walking on sunshine

Of the essential nutrients our bodies need, vitamin D is one that stands out from the crowd. You don’t get it from eating loads of green veggies (cue sighs of relief); interestingly, the best way to load up on vitamin[...]

Build a Balanced Salad

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Satiating salads do exist – and trust us, assembling them is not rocket science!

Are you the kind of person who has a salad for dinner – and then a post-salad pizza and Snickers for dessert? Perhaps you know the veggies are for your own good, but they leave you feeling hungry and craving[...]

Your Health is in Your Hands

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Introducing six personal pocket trainers that will help you reach your fitness goals with precision

Whether you are training for your first 5k, eager to get stronger or just want to sweat it out after a sedentary day in the office – yes, there’s an app for it. RunKeeper iOS and Android, free RunKeeper logs[...]

Snuff Out the Dandruff

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The persistent shedding of flakes from hair is frustrating, embarrassing, and worrying. Here are some tips to banish dandruff and keep them at bay.

Are you annoyed by the white flakes that drift from your hair? Do you constantly avoid wearing dark-coloured shirts to save yourself the embarrassment? While dandruff can be frustrating and embarrassing, the good news is that, it is usually harmless.[...]

The Showdown

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Raw veggies vs cooked greens

The rise of raw food-ism The focus of the raw food diet is on uncooked, unprocessed, and often organic food. While a raw food diet may include raw meats and dairy product, it is most commonly associated with vegan food.[...]

Combat Obesity

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Fight obesity with an active and healthy lifestyle

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board recently launched the One Million KG Challenge to motivate residents to collectively lose one million kilograms. It’s an excellent initiative; the first of its kind in the world. But while the tone is upbeat, the rationale[...]

Gymless Workout

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Five simple and effective exercises you can perform at home

Who needs a gym membership if you can do effective workout routines right within the comforts of your own home?  These exercises can be performed during each commercial break of a one-hour TV show. Perform these exercises as a circuit,[...]

Vitamin C

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Our familiar friend

Vitamin C is one of the most renowned nutrients in the world – even as kids, we could easily name citrus fruits and vegetables as good sources of this vitamin. Boasting a range of be nefits from nutrient production to[...]

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