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Recovering from a serious illness – What to eat?

A friend was hospitalised with a serious illness recently. He was slipping in and out of coma and had to be kept in the intensive care unit for 10 days. Luckily, he manages to weather through this difficult time and now he is in rehabilitation. I was asked to provide some advice on the most […]

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Gut microbiota and cancer prevention

Do you know that there is a link between cancer and the bacteria in your gut? Scientists have found out that the gut bacteria can influence the development of cancer in the body as well as how a cancer patient response to the treatment. This has been an active area of research in recent years. […]

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Managing menopause with flaxseeds

Menopause is a natural age-related physiological change that every woman will experience. Normally occurs around age 50, it is the time of life when a woman’s ovaries stop producing sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). Oestrogen, together with progesterone, regulate menstruation. With the ovaries stop producing these sex hormones, the menstruation cycle comes to an […]

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Seven common food items that can lower your blood sugar naturally

Diabetes is now a global public health problem with over 425 million adults affected by this condition worldwide, according to the International Diabetes Federation [1]. In Singapore, 1 in 3 residents are at a lifetime risk of developing type 2 diabetes and the risk is forecasted to increase to 1 in 2 by the year […]

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Sweet potato – the ultimate wonder food

Steamed sweet potato is one of my favourite breakfast items, it is easy to prepare (just wash and steam the whole tuber until soft), delicious to eat, and most importantly, packed with energy and loads of nutritional value! Sweet potato is the tuberous root of a plant scientifically known as Ipomoea batatas.  The edible root […]

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Do you really need calcium supplementation during menopausal age?

“All my friends around my age are all starting to take calcium supplements, must I take as well? They all say we need it for menopause”, asked a client in her late forties.  Indeed, such concern is common, and not without merits. During menopause, oestrogen levels in the body naturally decline. Besides its important effects […]

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My mom’s brown rice yam cake recipe

Diabetes is now a major health problem worldwide. In Singapore, fighting diabetes is now the most prominent government health policy, as mentioned by the Prime Minister in his recent National Day Rally speech. White rice, especially has been single out as an example of high glycaemic index food item. Brown rice as a replacement is […]

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Nine types of cancer-fighting greens

Higher intake of fresh fruits and vegetables is known to reduce the risk of cancer with available evidence from more than thirty years of research [1]. Green vegetables, particularly, are an integral part of any anti-cancer diet, and were found to have protective effects against cancers in many studies [2]. Green vegetables are nutritionally rich, […]

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Seven reasons to consume mushrooms regularly

Edible mushrooms have been treasured as not only as culinary delicacies, but also medicine since ancient times. Warriors in ancient Greece took mushrooms to gain strength for battle; to the Romans, the mushrooms were the “Food of the Gods”.  Similarly, in ancient China, mushrooms were considered the “elixir of life” [1]. Once considered to be […]

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Iron deficiency anaemia and vegetarian diet

Iron is an essential nutrient that the human body cannot do without. It is needed by the body to synthesize haemoglobin (red blood cell) as well as myoglobin (iron-binding protein in muscle) which are important proteins for cells respiration and energy production [1]. Deficiency in iron can lead to anaemia, i.e. insufficient haemoglobin concentration in […]