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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 […]

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Everyone needs probiotics

Do you know that the digestive tract is colonised by 10 trillion living microorganisms with the combined weight of 1-2kg? How do we ensure that these living microorganisms are not harming us? This is the job of probiotics. Defining probiotics World Health Organization (WHO) defines probiotics as “live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts […]

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Complete proteins from plant-based sources

The most commonly known sources of proteins for vegetarians, especially for vegans who avoid all animal-based foods, including eggs and dairy, are legumes like beans and peas. However, legumes are not the sole source of proteins for vegans. Vegetables, grains, nuts, and seeds are all important sources as well. In fact, it is important for […]

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Are all processed foods bad for health?

Health promotion messages today often advised the public to reduce consumption of processed foods. For example, in the Singapore Health Promotion Board’s “My Healthy Plate”, the public is advised to limit intake of processed foods that are high in sugar or salt [1]. However, what constitutes processed foods and are they necessarily bad for health? […]

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Essential oils and cancer treatment support

Essential oils are the concentrated water-insoluble oily liquids produced naturally by plants.  They are also called volatile oils since they are easily evaporated through steam distillation and usually have strong aromas. They are the compounds that gave pants their distinctive smells. The use of aromatic plants for their healing properties can be traced back as […]

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Common household herbs and their health benefits

There are many common household herbs that can be easily grown under the hot and humid weather of Singapore. Even with only a limited space in most apartments, herbal plants can thrive as long as there is sufficient light and water. I and my wife are not known to have green fingers. Our first experiment […]

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Virgin coconut oil: Potential health benefits and controversies

Virgin coconut oil (VCO) is growing in popularity. It can now be found on the shelves of most health food stores and in the health foods section of major supermarkets. Coconut oil was once a popular cooking oil in many tropical countries, including countries in the South East Asia. However, since the 1980s, with research […]