Check your stools, know your health

Keep tap of your bowel movement and stool type; they can tell you a lot about your health. Have at least one bowel movement a day since shorter transit time can reduce oxidative stress and prevent inflammation. Having constipation or diarrhea can be a warning sign for health. Simple lifestyle changes such as increase fibres in diet, exercise moderately and reduce stress can help.

Chronic inflammation and type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes develops due to long-term, low-grade inflammation. Sedentary lifestyles and an unhealthy diet can lead to accumulation of fat tissues, overstressing of pancreatic cells, and changes in the gut microbiota, all of which stimulates the cascading effects of inflammation. Over time, the cells before resistance to insulin which cause elevated blood glucose. So, lower inflammation and you will reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Have a good laugh – It heals!

A good laugh improves blood oxygenation like aerobic exercise; it makes you relax and feels good, imbues you with positive emotions, dispels low moods, works like than a painkiller, and makes you feel supported. Let laughter open the door to your wellness journey!

Loving-kindness for heart health

Loving-kindness meditation is now being promoted by the American Heart Association (AHA) as a healthy lifestyle to reduce bias, anger, depression, and anxiety.

Acupressure for sleep disturbances in old age

Acupressure is safe and easy to apply. It can help to improve sleep for old people. Two acupressure points that are useful to improve sleep quality are Shenmen (神门) and Neiguan (内关). It is also good to combine acupressure with essential oils, especially lavender.

Is vaccine the answer to the coronavirus pandemic?

The world is racing to find a suitable vaccine for SARS-COV-2 virus, but it is unrealistic to expect any vaccine can fully eradicate the COVID-19 soon, if not ever. It is essential to maintain a healthy body with a robust immune system, our natural protection against coronavirus.

To mask or not to mask, this is the question

One of my WhatsApp chat groups had a heated discussion on the merit of wearing masks during this COVID-19 pandemic. The chat group consists of participants from three different countries: …

Don’t be paranoid over CoVID-19!

Singaporeans celebrated Chinese New Year this year under the shadow of a novel coronavirus (CoVID-19) outbreak. This outbreak originates in Wuhan in China and has since spread to many countries. …

Mindfulness and healing

Mindfulness can be a tool for healing of disease. Here is a sharing from a long-term meditator on how mindfulness helps to release emotional blockages during an acupuncture session.

Beware of chronic inflammation

Tell-tale signs of chronic inflammation include pain, fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, digestive problems, weight gain, and frequent infections. A multi-pronged approach that incorporates changes in diet, lifestyle and environment factors is needed to fight chronic inflammation.