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Meditation lowers blood pressure

Regular practice of meditation can lower blood pressure (BP). This is the finding of a recent meta-analysis study that is slated to be published in April 2017 in the Journal of Hypertension, one of the most prestigious medical journal on hypertension [1]. Meta-analysis is a type of research study that combined data from multiple clinical […]

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Take the right magnesium supplement to relieve night cramps

A recent news article on Channel New Asia reported that “Magnesium may not ease nighttime leg cramps” [1] has prompted me to write on this topic to provide a more balanced view on the use of  magnesium supplements to relieve night cramps. Inaccurate news coverage This news article was based on the results of a […]

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Why I choose to go organic?

Going organic has become a lifestyle choice for an increasing number of health-conscious consumers. The global organic food market is projected to grow at an annual compounded rate of 16% between 2015 to 2020 [1]. In Singapore, for instance, organic food is now easily available on the shelves of neighbourhood supermarkets like Sheng Siong and […]

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What is “Detox”?

Most people must have heard something about “detox” these days with many health products being commercially marketed to have detox benefits. We can find detox diet, detox supplements, detox programme, detox juices, detox smoothies, detox massage, detox essential oil, detox soap, etc. And the list goes on.  It seems like anything and everything can have […]

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Silicon builds strong bones

Public awareness of osteoporosis has increased over the years. Many people are now aware that calcium is the essential nutrient for building strong bone and vitamin D is needed for better absorption of calcium from the diet. However, bones are not only built from calcium. Healthy bones also depend on many other essential nutrients including […]

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Walk away cancer!

Walking is my favourite exercise, it is low-impact, free, and a good way to keep fit and healthy. The following poster from EverybodyWalk.Org best summarises the many health benefits of walking. In fact, numerous studies have consistently shown that regular walking has been associated with lower mortality from all causes, regardless of one’s current health […]

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Traveller’s diarrhoea: Natural remedies for prevention and self-treatment

I have just returned from India after a two-week stay in Bihar, one of the least developed state in this South Asian country [1]. Like many travellers from more developed countries, myself and my travel companions, one-by-one, developed diarrhoea after some times. Not surprisingly, since diarrhoea is one of the most common illnesses in travellers. […]

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Blender or Juicer?

“Should I get a high-speed blender or a slow juicer?” This is a question that I was asked quite often from people who starting to consider adopting a healthy lifestyle by taking fresh juices regularly. My advice is, if there is only one equipment that you want to invest in, then get a high-speed blender. […]

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Chinese “almond” milk: recipe and health benefits

Chinese “almond” milk or Xing Ren Cha (杏仁茶/露) is a traditional Chinese drink. I remember it was my grandma’s favourite drink. With a distinctive smell, I used to hate it when I was young. Only lately that I started to appreciate it and learn to make it. For the namesake, most people thought that this […]

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Can dandelion root tea cure cancer?

A friend forwarded me an internet article which claimed that drinking dandelion tea can cure cancer. The article reported that a 72-year old leukaemia patient, who was sent home to live out his final days, found his cancer went into remission after four months of drinking dandelion root tea. My friend was intrigued by the […]