In my course of Nutrition and Exercise Science_Part 2: Animal Protein links to Cancer and Osteoporosis

We often hear people saying, if you do not consume meat, drink milk or take cheese (dairy products), you will not have enough protein.  You will not have enough calcium.  You will have a calcium deficiency.

Well, no doubt meat and milk contain calcium and protein, however, in the Science of Nutritional Immunology, we learnt protein and calcium from plant sources will be better absorbed and retained by our body.  Over-consumption of animal-based protein on the other hand, will lead to osteoporosis.

Of course over the years, some people may still not be convinced.  After all, the majority of us grew up consuming meat and are taught by our parents that meat is the only source of nutrients and we need them in our food.  We also grew up watching media advertisement on drinking milk to prevent calcium loss. 

In my current course on Nutrition, it is also clear that if we consume too much meat and dairy products, not only we are not able to prevent calcium loss, we are actually creating the pathway for calcium to be depleted from our body (as seen from below slide).   

Hopefully with this, more awareness can be created.  If you read from advertisements that milk is a good source of calcium and can prevent osteoporosis, do check the source of the advertisement.  It is likely to be from dairy manufacturers promoting their products.

10 January 2019.

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Happy new year 2019!

Came back to Singapore from Bangkok on the 27th Dec and down with flu on the 29th.

On the 29th, the sore throat was immediately revealed after having laksa for lunch.  I believe I must have caught the virus in Bangkok when I did not drink enough water and still indulged in spice and fries.  And then laksa…

I quickly popped myself with <Act> throughout the day and kept drinking <Triflora>.  Took also an <Orchestra>, a packet of <toHusk>, a packet of <Nutriact> and a packet of <1-shape lite>.  Mucus trickled from my nose throughout the day.  Fortunately, I could be home wiping off the mucus and blowing it out.  Usually, by end of the day, I would have recovered.

However, this strain of the virus seemed to be new for my immune system.  I began to feel feverish towards the end of the day.  I felt my body inflamed and a headache with intermittent pulling sensation.  In the middle of the night, my fever got higher.

Luckily for me, my husband woke up 3 times to make me <Millennium beverage>.  Each time I drank, I could feel my temperature drop a fair bit and I could sleep better with a less inflamed and sore body.  Finally, after the third drink, the fever was gone.

The following day, on the 30th, still feeling weak after the battle, I continued my <Act>, <Triflora>, <Millennium beverage> and <Nutriact>.

Today is the 1st of January 2019, I am glad I got back my zest on the first day of the year ?

According to Dr Chen, how do we know if we have a good immune system?  It is from how fast we recover.
“If you recover within 7 days, good.
10 days, still okay.
More than 10 days, not so strong”

I am glad I recovered in less than 4 days.  With most thanks to my hubby!

Happy new year to all and let’s embrace it with love and gratitude!

1 January 2019

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In my course of Nutrition and Exercise Science_Part 1 Sharing: Heart disease

Why it is dangerous to engage in a physically demanding activity if you have a pre-existing cardiovascular disease.

Watch this video to understand what happens in the situation of a heart attack.

Heart disease is a silent killer.  It can rob your life even when you are sleeping.  It is The #1 cause of death in Singapore, right after Cancer.

We heard of people who ran, collapsed and died suddenly.  One known reason is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) – the formation of plaque in our artery walls that causes the artery to become narrower, restricting blood flow.

In the video, the victim was running and panting with his heart beating faster than normal.  Red blood cells were gushing through his arteries to meet the demand for more oxygen from his heart.  The gushing cells were hitting against the plaque in his vessel, causing disintegration.  Cells got stuck at the site and in no time, the site was accumulated with the red blood cells which formed a blockage. 

As the passageway got narrower, it reduced the flow of blood to his heart.  Oxygen supply to the heart thus was greatly reduced; just when it was needed most..

The oxygen-deprived heart sent the pain signal to his brain.  Not having experienced pain from the heart before, the victim thought it was simply indigestion; no idea that it was the start of his heart attack.

The above scenario could happen to anyone.  We may not know if we have CAD.  The plaque can be made of cholesterol, calcium and or fats.  CAD can lead to stroke, heart attack and other forms of cardiovascular diseases.

Nutritional Immunology stresses prevention.  Some of the wholesome foods good for our cardiovascular health are cactus, hawthorn, kumazasa, cordyceps mycelium. They can be found in Millennium, Encore, Orchestra, Millennium Gold.

9 December 2018.

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O-Seed unexpected benefits my hair and nails

I only started taking <O-Seed> two months ago (3 capsules once a day) and I started to notice that my nails grow faster than usual.  I don’t keep fingernails and I usually cut them to the shortest possible every month.  Since last month, I started to notice that my nails grow at a faster rate than normal; usually, it takes about a month for my nails to grow to the length that I would need to cut them, but now it takes only about 2 weeks to grow to the same length.  Same for my hair, I started to notice a lot of new hair growth on my head as well.

These are unexpected benefits because I started to take <O-Seed> for more Omega-3 to counter off the excess Omega-6 in my daily diets and hence to reduce my risk of cardiovascular disease.  As I’m already in my 40s, I didn’t expect my hair and nails to still grow at this rate!  Now I can put aside my worry of baldness and age gracefully 🙂

Article by Ou Ee Him. 24 October 2018.

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Antibiotics ineffective against Virus

Glad that Health Promotion Board is finally taking a more aggressive approach to create this awareness; with such a cute video too!

www.facebook.com/hpbsg/videos/2333701670179085/

The public needs to be clear on this, and be firm when telling their doctors that they shouldn’t be prescribed with antibiotics unnecessarily when they are diagnosed with flu, a type of virus-related disease, and not bacterial related. With this, we hope the case of super bugs will not continue to be rampant and we are not hurting our gut unnecessarily.

It was mentioned in The Straits Times, headline Doctors too trigger-happy with antimicrobials.  (dated 2 October 2018); how doctors actually prescribed antibiotics freely.

An extract from the article that we need to be aware:
Antibiotics kill millions of good bacteria in our gut.  We have been rearing these since childhood.  It will take time to build them up again.  Antibiotics should not be given unless absolutely necessary.

16 October 2019.

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A safe sunscreen lotion

As we apply our face or body with sunscreen lotion, would we have thought that the harmful chemicals can cause harm to the marine lives?

With reference to The Straits Times article dated 5 October 2018: Study warns of health risks from sunscreen chemicals.  Hong Kong Scientists are finding commonly used UV filters polluting the waters, and these could endanger health.

An extensive amount of seven common UV filter chemicals was found in Hong Kong seawater as well as in fish, shrimps and, mussels on aqua-farms.  Tests were carried out on zebrafish as it shares a similar genetic human structure.  It was shown that these polluted water had caused abnormalities and a higher mortality rate in the fish’s embryos.  In other words, the effects of the contaminants passing through the food chain to human could affect human’s fertility!

The UV filter chemicals tested were octocrylene (OC), benzophenone-3 (BP-3) and ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate (EHMC).  These were the UV filters found most abundant in HK waters.

The EU’s International Chemical Secretariat has established BP-3 as a threat to human health and has called for it to be replaced with a safer ingredient.  These chemicals cannot be simply dissolved or diluted by drinking water.

They have called for a safer use of chemicals in personal care products and recommend consumers to use mineral-based sunscreens such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead.

14 October 2018.

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The Baobab

The baobab trees! An iconic tree native to Africa! The big tree trunk stores huge liters of water and their fruits have abundance of vitamins, calcium, iron and, potassium.

Elemente oasis uses the baobab fruits to hydrate, revitalize, and soothe dry, dull, tired skin.

Singapore botanic garden also has a baobab tree, that is grown from a seed. Currently only at 30 years old. If you happen to be there, not to forget to look for it!

14 October 2018.

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Good antibacterial hand wash

We know that we can get infected with virus and bacterial from uncleaned hands.  With babies keep putting their tiny fingers into their mouth, adults that will land their hands on their own eyes and mouth, a good habit of regular washing hands is thus of extreme important.

With this, a good hand wash that is effective, not leaving our hands peeled, dry and itchy, is necessary.

The premium Antibacterial Handwash contains oxyginberry complex, peach leaf, jojoba leaf, licorice leaf and gardenia tahitensis flower. It is highly effective against germs, various fungi and viruses. It leaves a long lasting protection layer against bacteria. Long term use of it will neither affect its efficacy in killing and inhibiting bacteria nor lead to drug-resistance.

This antibacterial handwash can be used on any parts of our body.  It is mild, and yet effective. A mother uses this as a baby wash to bathe her baby.  When the baby caught HFMD, the blisters only appeared under the baby’s feet!  The reason was when the mother bathes the baby, the antibacterial handwash was used on everywhere except the soles of the baby’s feet! ?

7 October 2018.

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World’s first human case of rat Hepatitis E

Rat’s hepatitis E virus (HEV) has jumped to human.. to what Scientists feared..!!

(Did the virus finally mutate to where it can infect human beings? ?)

The case happened in Hong Kong.  A 56-year old man had underwent a liver transplant in May last year (2017) and after his discharged from hospital; he persistently had abnormal liver function test results.  It was eventually found that he had contracted the rat’s HEV.

It was suspected that he could have contracted the disease through food infected by rat droppings.  A check at where he resides (Choi Wan housing estate in Kowloon’s Wong Tai Sin District) showed signs of rat infestation.  Rat droppings are littered among piles of clutter near his place.

Good hygience is definitely very important to prevent wide spread of diseases.

A copy of the article can be accessed from the following link.

https://www.livescience.com/63712-first-case-rat-hepatitis-e-human.html

29 September 2018.

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Vegecolor & Freeze Drying

An ingenious product that has 28 different vegetables in a serving!  So convenient..just add the powder in your food or stir it as a drink!!

The following shows the ingredients in one sachet.

I attempted tang yuan using Vegecolor and they are nice! I mixed the vegecolor with the flour, formed the dough and boiled them. It’s not too difficult. I didn’t take any photos of the process. The following was what I captured when it was done by another independent distributor. The tang yuan can be added as toppings over red bean soup.

You can be as creative as you want with Vegecolor, especially when your little ones are picky with vegetables. Add them to your recipes!

Over your dishes
Bake with your muffins
Bake with your bread
Over porridge
With rice in sushi and as toppings

Note: The consumption of different colors of vegetables are important as they contain different types of phytochemicals.  Phytochemicals found in plants possess anticancer capabilities.  Each type of phytochemical can block one of the processes that leads to cancer. 

Many people have the impression that all health supplements contain preservatives.  They are not totally wrong.  Majority of the retail health supplements do contain preservatives, as indicated on their bottles/boxes.  It is rare to find preservatives-free supplements.

Nutritional Immunology products are without preservatives and additives. How is that so?

The company uses – Freeze-drying technique to eliminate the use of preservatives. Not only preservatives are not needed, freeze-drying allows the freshness of a harvest to be conserved.

Freeze-drying is not a new technology and has been around for decades.  One may do an Internet search to understand how this technique works.  Rare to find a health supplement manufacturer using this technology. After all, it is a time-consuming and expensive process.

Some extracts from wikipedia 
“The primary purpose of freeze drying within the food industry to extend the shelf-life of the food while maintaining the quality.  Freeze-drying is known to result in the highest quality of foods amongst all drying techniques because structural integrity is maintained along with preservation of flavors.  Because freeze drying is expensive, it is used mainly with high-value products.  Examples of high-value freeze-dried products are seasonal fruits and vegetables because of their limited availability…”

“The primary purpose of freeze drying within the food industry to extend the shelf-life of the food while maintaining the quality. Freeze-drying is known to result in the highest quality of foods amongst all drying techniques because structural integrity is maintained along with preservation of flavors. Because freeze drying is expensive, it is used mainly with high-value products. 

“Shelf-life extension is a result from low processing temperatures in conjunction with rapid transition of water through sublimation. With these processing conditions, deterioration reactions, including nonenzymatic browning, enzymatic browning, and protein denaturation, are minimized. When the product is successfully dried, packaged properly, and placed in ideal storage conditions the foods have a shelf life of greater than 12 months.”

我家宝宝的辅食品 – 多蔬彩 Vegecolor

25 September 2018.

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