Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Brain Damaging Habits

1.No Breakfast.
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.
It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
It causes multiple brain shrink age and may lead to Alzheimer disease.
4.High Sugar consumption.
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.
5.Air Pollution.
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our 20 body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.
6.Sleep Deprivation.
Sleep allows our brain to rest... Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells...

7.Head covered while sleeping.
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

8.Working your brain during illness.

Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

9.Lacking in stimulating thoughts.
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

10.Talking Rarely.
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Eathing Fruits the Right Way

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?


If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining — every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc — actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the purifying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene — the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA:Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

If you are not eating enough fruits in a day, then you shall consider to take supplements to cover your body daily nutrition.

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Love Your Liver

The liver is important for fat metabolism, cholesterol levels,  weight control, blood cleanser, destroy toxic chemicals and removes unhealthy cells from  the blood and protects the immune system.


The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual flowerets that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower. Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further. Color is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical and sweet, it will be a good fruit. The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter and juicier the taste. After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will. This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical, it also offers many benefits to our health.

Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet and exotic flavor, but it may be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis or sinusitis. The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms. Let's look at how pineapple affects other conditions.

Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age.

Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple's value. Proteolytic means "breaks down protein", which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently.

Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It produces mild pain relief. In Germany , bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.

Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucus in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucus after certain sinus and throat operations. Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies.

Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots.

An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. It really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often makes a difference. It's also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Protect Your Heart

Feeling tired all the time may be a sign that the body is lacking in a viatmin-like substance called Coenzyme Q10. 

PAUL Lim, 45 years old, works in an advertising firm that requires him to work long hours and entertain clients in the night. The constant late nights and lack of sleep causes him to suffer from brain fog.

How about you? Do you find yourself feeling dull and out of focus or having difficulty concentrating in any hour of the day? Is your memory failing you sometimes?

This subtle loss of brain power is a sign of your body running low on energy.

If you are feeling tired all the time, chances are that your heart is probably not getting the “fuel” that it needs to be strong and healthy. This fuel, Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), is essential for production of energy at the cellular level.

Coenzyme Q10, energy, and heart health
Scientists have discovered that your heart contains 10 times more CoQ10 than any other organ, and it beats 100,000 times a day. None of these beats could have happened without energy. Therefore, the heart, being a non-stop working organ, requires a tremendous amount of continuous energy supply.

Human energy production is a complicated process. The food we eat is broken down into smaller components in the digestive tract. These smaller components are then used by the cells to produce energy. For the cells to convert food to energy, it requires a vitamin-like substance called Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). Without Coenzyme Q10 our body is unable to make energy.
What causes CoQ10 deficiency
CoQ10 is produced by every cell of the body. The production of CoQ10 is a 17-step process, which requires at least eight vitamins, several trace minerals, and the amino acid tyrosine. A deficiency in any one of the nutrients due to poor dietary intake can hinder the body’s production of CoQ10.

Age can lower your CoQ10 levels. As we age, our body produces less CoQ10. By the time you reach 50, your heart will be struggling with half the CoQ10 you had when you were 21.

When that happens, your heart cannot work efficiently, and is not able to deliver all the oxygen and nutrients needed by the organs, tissues, and every part of your body. You feel tired and run down.

Intensive exercise can deplete our body’s CoQ10. Stress further exhausts CoQ10 reserves.

Drugs can also cause CoQ10 depletion in the body. An example is the popular cholesterol-lowering drug family, HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitor (statins), which not only lower cholesterol levels, but also CoQ10. Statins block cholesterol synthesis by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase. However, this effect is not selective as it also blocks CoQ10 production.

Studies have shown that CoQ10 depletion from statin use can be reversed with supplementation. Further, CoQ10 supplementation does not appear to affect the cholesterol-lowering efficacy of statins.
CoQ10 for healthy cholesterol levels
Researchers have found that not all cholesterols are bad. Cholesterol can be divided generally into HDL-high density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) and LDL-low density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol).
The higher the HDL levels in the blood, the better. LDL is not really bad but becomes a problem only when it is oxidised by free radicals. It is the oxidised LDL that builds up in our arteries and helps to develop the plaque which is characteristic of hardened arteries.

In the bloodstream, 60% CoQ10 is transported by LDL. CoQ10 protects LDL from being oxidised by free radicals. Studies have found that when more CoQ10 is contained in LDL-cholesterol, the less susceptible it is to oxidation and the less likely it is to form artery clogging plague.

The biggest problem with most CoQ10 products is the absorption into the bloodstream. The traditional forms of CoQ10 supplements are not easily absorbed by the body (powdered CoQ10 suspension in soy oil incorporated into softgel capsules, powder based tablets, powder-filled hard gelatin).

The reason is that CoQ10’s particle size is very large, insoluble in water and poorly soluble in lipids, which makes it hard for your body to absorb.

However, an American company has developed a patented Biosolv process which reduces the particle size from 25-70 microns to 0.3 microns – even smaller than bacteria! Hence, this makes it “hydrosoluble”.

As a general rule, the smaller the particle size, the better the absorption. Therefore with hydrosoluble CoQ10, more CoQ10 gets absorbed into your bloodstream to boost energy levels in the body.

Above article is extracted from the star online dated 13rd March 2011

Sunday, 6 March 2011

H1N1 symptoms

The recent news reported the death of the form 4 student in Kajang who confirmed H1N1 positive tests. The H1N1 seems come back again silently and raise up the threat again among the students and school teachers now. They main concern now is people who do not have H1N1 awareness, they may think that is just a normal flu and they delayed for seeking medical treatment, it would probably become too late and will cause death. This is a serious matter and we should take the H1N1 alert seriously. How to identify that is a H1N1 symptoms? You are advice to know the difference !

Know the difference!

Make an informed decision and take the right action!
Understand the difference between Cold & Influenza A (H1N1):
Common Cold
Influenza A (H1N1)
Characteristic, high (38° C) lasts 3-4 days
General Ache
Pains Usually Slight
Often Severe
Very Mild
Can last up to 2-3 weeks
Extreme Exhaustion
Early and Prominent
Running/Stuffy Nose
Severe, without phlegm in the beginning
Sore Throat
Chest Discomfort
Mild to moderate hacking cough
Common: Can become severe

In case you have any symptoms of above, please advise your medical doctor for further confirmation. In a daily lifestyle, people are encouraged to wash hand thoroughly or wear mask when they go places packed with crowds, public area like shopping complex, hospitals, cinemas, taking public transport etc. Those people who has lower immune system like pregnancy women, children and old age people are among the high risk group. Others important measure such as having a healthy lifestyle, take balance food intakes, regular exercise and take supplements are among the basic steps to enhance your body immune system level.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Amazing Gingers 神奇的生薑

1. Ginger contains anti viral, anti toxic, and anti fungal properties, and is used for the prevention of and treatment against the common cold.

2.Ginger acts as an antihistamine and aids in the treatment of allergies.

3.Ginger displays anti inflammatory properties and can be used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and various other muscular disorders  

4. The chemical components of the root are instrumental in inhibiting the biosynthesis of prostaglandins which are responsible for causing inflammation.
Thus the root has proven to be a highly effective form of treatment, in some cases, even more so than the NSAID's that are traditionally prescribed.

5. So eating ginger may help to prevent cancer and aging disorders.

6. Ginger contains special enzymes responsible for catalyzing the proteins in your food, thus aiding in digestion and the prevention of cramps.
7. The ancient Greeks used to eat ginger after a large meal, in order to ease the digestion process.
Good for those with constipation!

8. Ginger has proven to help lower your cholesterol levels and prevent the formation of blood clots.


9. As a mood enhancer, ginger's cineole content may help contribute to stress relief.


10. Also used for migraine headache
Ginger can also be used for reducing toothache and the discomfort which arises due to the infection in the upper respiratory tract due to its antibacterial and antifungal nature.


11. Chewing on fresh ginger, can help freshen the breath.

12. Being a warming herb, ginger can help knock out a fever. This property also makes it effective in stimulating circulation of the blood
 13. It can also help relax muscles around the blood vessels and is said to help prevent blood clots from forming. The warming effects make it a natural decongestant as well as an antihistamine, making it the perfect remedy for colds.
14. Some studies show that it can even help inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.


15. Recent studies show that ginger might also have a role in lowering LDL cholesterol because the spice can  help reduce the amount of cholesterol that is absorbed.
16.It has also been shown in animal trials to help slow or even prevent cancerous tumor growth.

17. Ginger doesn't only spice up your food it can also help to put some extra spice in your intimate life too. It improves blood flow to your sexual organs, and contains Vitamin C, zinc and magnesium.
生薑不單可以添增菜餚的味道還可以額外添增一些生活的親密情趣。生薑可以改善性器官血液流,並含有維生素 C,鋅鎂。 

Tips 贴士
1。 To discover the health benefits of ginger for yourself, simply make a tea by steeping about 5 slices of ginger in hot water.

2. If you prefer it in your food,
Ginger is excellent in many dishes and is perfect when combined with garlic.

生薑是許多菜餚的絕妙配搭尤其是與大蒜合併 。 
Hope it will be of benefit  to you & others. Wishing you all a happy healthy life.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Osteoporosis, the number game!

Osteoporosis has developed into epidemic proportions, affecting more women than men, and has its roots in childhood and early adult life.

Males generally have a fatter bank account as far as bone mass is concerned.

Bone growth reaches the maximum in strength and hardness by age 30. This is known as peak bone mass. Boys reach 90% of peak bone mass by age 20, whilst girls achieve it earlier around age 18, rendering the male species extended growth potential, answering in part the question why guys are taller.

The best time to invest in the bone account is during youth. Exercise, good nutrition, and adequate calcium intake pay long term dividends. Just like a financial account, the bone account is subject to deposits and withdrawals. In youth, deposits exceed withdrawal, until a period of steady exchange in the 30s.

Unfortunately, the gentler gender succumbs to far more withdrawal than deposits after age 40, leading to a net loss of bone mass. Multiple pregnancies herald premature onset of bone deficit. As the ovaries start to wrinkle and the eternal spring of oestrogen trickles, culminating to a dry spell, that phase of mood swings, hot flushes, dryness, and loss of libido collectively known as menopause stamps its sovereignty.

Loss of oestrogen accelerates the diminishing bone mass, leading to a greater tendency to pathological fracture. Simply put, brittle bones that break with trivial force.

To dent the glee in the aging male, there is no escape from the gloom of age-related osteoporosis after the age of 75, with a ratio of one male to two females afflicted.

The above information are partially extracted from the star online dated 23rd Feb 2011

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Food for thought

Healthy eating and living is not only good for the ageing body, but also, good for the mind.

TODAY, as we get used to the idea of people living longer lives, we have also learned to accept the changes in our bodies and minds as inevitable developments we have to deal with when we age.

The physical changes are usually obvious. We have more aches and pains. We need more time to recover after pulling all-nighters. We no longer have the strength to move heavy boxes around the house.
Changes in the way our minds function (cognition), however, are subtler. Over time, we may notice that we take more time to learn new skills.

We need written checklists as we forget easily. Simple calculations make us reach for our mobile phones.
While we may be familiar with the ways we can slow or delay physical decline, we often overlook that the same measures can also help us slow and delay cognitive decline.

Cognitive decline may not be preventable, but there is much that can be done to delay or slow the decline,” said US Northeastern University Professor of Health Science Dr Katherine L. Tucker.

Keeping the mind active with Sudoku and mahjong is only a part of it. “Eat healthy foods, be physically and cognitively active, and avoid obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol,” Dr Tucker continued, as she wrapped up the presentation of her paper, Cognitive Decline with Aging: Can it be Prevented?, at the International Symposium of Health Sciences in Kuala Lumpur recently.

“Although we do not yet have enough data to confirm causal relationships between diet and cognitive decline, we are accumulating considerable evidence,” she said.

Eat well
Cognitive decline can be caused by infections and degenerative changes in the brain (when brain cells are diseased or damaged) or the lack of blood flow to the brain (which may cause brain cells to die).
But before science backed them up, factors that contribute to the acceleration of ageing have been largely observational. For instance, we notice that people who lead highly stressful lifestyles seem to age, physically and mentally, faster than those who lead simple, peaceful lives.

But why, and how? Researchers like Dr Tucker and her team at the Northeastern University, and formerly, at the Tufts University in Boston, are finally getting some clues. And Dr Tucker thinks it has a lot to do with good diet choices.

The strongest evidence for a dietary component supports a role for omega-3 fatty acids or fish consumption, wrote Dr Tucker in her abstract. There is a catch, though. As there is increasing evidence that omega-3 fatty acids interact with processes that are influenced by certain genes in the body, our genes may determine whether we will enjoy the protective benefits conferred by consuming it.

Other nutrients with compelling evidence include vitamins B6, B12 and folate from diet, although clinical trials with these as supplements have been disappointing, she continued.

“We know from history that the deficiency of several B vitamins can cause neurological deficits and dementia,” explained Dr Tucker. The chronic deficiency of vitamin B12, for instance, can cause peripheral neuropathy – damage to the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord.

Also, as the B vitamins and folate play a role in breaking down homocysteine, its deficiency can result in higher levels of the protein, which is associated with a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and lower cognitive function.

Studies of nutrients with antioxidant properties like vitamin E, vitamin C, and beta-carotene show conflicting results, but there has been increasing support for the role of an overall healthy dietary pattern.
Participation in physical and social activities, and the avoidance of tobacco use, too, has been shown to be protective.

“Other risk factors include diabetes, the metabolic syndrome, and depression, so it is likely that nutritional factors associated with these conditions contribute indirectly to cognitive decline,” Dr Tucker wrote in the report.

Live well, with less stress
A systematic review of research that looked into the link of health behaviours and cognitive decline by Korean researcher Lee Yunhwan and his team have found the following:
·Leisure-time physical activity, even of moderate levels, showed protective effects against dementia, whereas smoking elevated the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (the most common form of dementia).

·Moderate alcohol consumption tended to be protective against cognitive decline and dementia, but non-drinkers and frequent drinkers exhibited a higher risk for dementia and cognitive impairment.

·Midlife obesity had an adverse effect on cognitive function in later life.

·Analysis showed vegetable and fish consumption to be of benefit, whereas, persons consuming a diet high in saturated fat had an increased dementia risk.

However, besides these dietary factors, there are also other lifestyle factors that researchers have found important to maintain cognitive health as we age, said Dr Tucker.

“Things like keeping your mind active, continuing to work, and keeping a positive attitude can also help delay cognitive decline. So, being under stress and having a lot of concerns can take a toll on you as well,” she noted.

In a 2009 study that assessed the association between food insecurity and lower cognitive performance in 1,300 Puerto Rican adults in Massachusetts, Dr Tucker and a team of researchers also studied the interaction between stress and nutrition.

“When you have more stress in your life, your requirements for vitamins are even higher. And so it is even more important for people under high stress to have a good diet – because the processes in the body that are activated (under stress) need to be controlled with vitamins and antioxidants,” she explained.

Unfortunately, most of the time, the last thing on these people’s minds is eating well.

“That’s another reason why stress is harmful,” said Dr Tucker. “It has an effect directly on the body in terms of its utilisation of nutrients, and it also affects people because they tend not to eat as well,” she elaborated.

Education appears to count, too. “We don’t know completely why, but individuals with higher education tend to retain their cognitive function better when they age,” said Tucker. “It may be because people with higher education continue to be actively learning, and tend to have better diets as well,” she reasoned.

It’s a combination
With a reported 63,000 patients with dementia living in the country, and the Health Ministry’s expectation that this number is to double in 10 years, prevention is one of the important things we should look into.

The good news is, we don’t have to be nutritionists, PhD holders, or Zen masters to improve our chances at retaining our mental capabilities as we age, as any effort in the right direction counts.

This is because when researchers take into account all the promising results of separate studies done on diet, exercises and activities that build mental muscles, the evidence remains largely non-conclusive for any single factor.

They do, however, suggest what we have observed so far: that like any chronic condition, following a healthy lifestyle with a good quality diet, physical activity and social engagement can delay cognitive decline, Dr Tucker concluded.

The next step, then, is to find out how these measures can be tailored to fit current society needs. “More research is needed to develop effective interventions,” she said.

SOURCES FOOD sources of nutrients that may help cognitive decline:
Omega-3 fatty acids
Fatty fish (like salmon, mackarel, anchovies and sardines)
Vitamin B6
Organ meats, fortified cereals, fortified soy products
Vitamin B12
Fish, poultry, meat, fortified cereals
Folate (Folic acid)
Dark, leafy vegetables; enriched and whole grain breads; fortified cereals
Vitamin C
Raw guava, red pepper, kiwi fruit, orange, green pepper, brussels sprouts, strawberries, papaya
Vitamin E
Fortified cereals, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, vegetable oils
Carrot juice, pumpkin, sweet potato, spinach
1. Food sources for Vitamins and Minerals, WebMD.com
2. Food sources of Selected Nutrients, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, USDA.gov.
3. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 22 Nutrient Lists, US Department of Agriculture Food and Information center.
 Above article is extracted from the star online dated 20th Feb 2011

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Probiotics good for gut !!

The good bacteria in our digestive system help our body to resist invasion by other foreign, potentially harmful microorganisms, regulate the immune system, and perform metabolic activities, among others.
BACTERIA generally get bad press. After all, aren’t they the cause of many diseases? But like most things in life, bacteria can be divided into the good and the bad. As a matter of fact, did you know that the number of bacterial cells in our body outnumber our cells by about 10 to one?

Most of these bacteria are obviously not harmful to us, and indeed, some actually help our body to function better. Dr Lahtinen said " probiotics help to maintain the balance in our immune system."

One example of this would be the bacteria in our digestive system, which forms the largest bacterial community within our body.

These microorganisms help our body to resist invasion by other foreign, potentially harmful microorganisms, regulate the immune system, and perform metabolic activities, among others. And it is these functions that are the basis behind probiotics.

Probiotics, as defined by the World Health Organisation, are “live microorganisms, which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.

After all, if some bacteria are good for our body, wouldn’t more of the same be better?

“When we think of the immune system, one of the major systems is the gut. Many immune defences are in the gut. And they are doing this together with the bacteria in the gut,” he told reporters at a group interview. Probiotics, he said, have different effects on the immune system.

“In some cases when the immune system is low, probiotics can help boost it. In some cases, the immune system is too high and overreacting.

“In these cases, we can use probiotics to suppress the immune system – for example, in the case of allergies.
“So, in this way, we can use probiotics to maintain the balance of the immune system,” he said.

According to Dr Lahtinen, our gut bacteria (and also the bacteria in probiotics) does this through a combination of various mechanisms that are still being researched.

“The bacteria can stop pathogens (disease-causing microorganisms) from attaching to the gut wall because they are already attached there.

“They also trigger production of anti-bacterial defence cells from the body’s immune system,” he said, explaining that the presence of these non-harmful bacteria puts the immune system on “alert”, but does not trigger the full-on defence system of the body.

Above article is partially extracted from the star online dated 21 Nov 2010

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Monday, 14 February 2011

Keep our digestive system healthy

The stomach is a very tolerant organ when compared to other organs in our body. It is a strong grinder, and can hold up to one gallon of food and liquid when fully stretched. (This is the upper limit of comfort.)

“It can tolerate a lot of abuse, so people are generally not sensitive to it. So, when they get indigestion, bloatedness or angin, as they like to call it, they generally ignore it until they experience pain or develop constant irritation.

“By that time, the problem has already become serious.”

Certainly, our stomach is not the only organ in our digestive system. It also includes other organs in the digestive tract (our mouth, esophagus, small and large intestines, rectum and anus), and supporting organs such as the liver and pancreas.

It may be a complex system, but the things we can do to take care of it are rather simple.

This figure may have improved over the last decade, but Easaw-John doubts Malaysians are getting enough fibre today. “When I look at my patients over the years, at least about 60 to 70% had not achieved their fibre intake, and many of them had not even achieved their five to six servings of fruits and vegetables daily,” she notes.

Of course, fruits and veggies are not the only sources of fibre. Grains, beans and oats are also good sources we can choose from.

Various studies have shown that fibre, either in supplements or in its natural form, can relieve chronic constipation, reduce blood cholesterol, and maintain the stability of the digestive tract. On top of that, fibres can provide “food” for the good bacteria in our intestines and make us feel full after our meal (hence stopping us from eating more), says Easaw-John.

Supplements are not the alternative, but it can ‘do the trick’ for the moment. But supplements are just that – supplements, says Easaw-John. “They are add ons and they are supposed to enhance your diet, not to replace a meal,” she notes.

Above article is partially extracted from the star online dated 13 Feb 2011

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Mind Your Health

A Rolls Royce needs maintenance, but does one have a service programme for the body? Are you living your life by accident (waiting for incidents to happen), or by design (having a health strategy)?

When a baby is born, so very often, the cute little miracle is deprived of the caress of the mother’s bosom and given a hard plastic bottle to nurse on. When the child grows older, the milk is exchanged with a bottle of coke. With the dawn of adulthood, the beer bottle takes over, and as the wheels of misfortune continue to turn, one may have to find sustenance through a bottle of intravenous fluid, reflecting on regrets of the past.
If exercise can give an additional five years of health, would one not be interested? If exercise, lifestyle, dietary modifications and taking the right supplements can offer 10 or more years of enhanced living, would one not embrace it?

If the picture is still hazy, it is because the “why” zone is rusted and clouded by cobwebs. With a little clean up, there should be better connectivity with the live wire.

Cigarette packaging carries pictures of lung damage so grotesque that it makes the seasoned pathologist squirm. Visual image at best is carried up to the occipital lobe where it dissipates with no impact. The “why” zone is not activated because the desire to smoke overwhelms the perceived danger.

Unless something significantly dramatic occurs, like being a survivor of a nasty heart attack or severe bronchitis, there is no trigger for change. A smoker will continue to smoke, a drinker will continue to drink, a heart will continue to be attacked.

We hear of the typical sponsored radio message that goes like “Heart disease is the No.1 killer in Malaysia. Exercise, eat healthily, reduce stress, and do not smoke and drink. Act now!

That lyric has been sung for the last two decades, but heart disease is still the chart-topper. The song never touched the “why” zone. I should know as I, too, serenaded that ballad for the greater part of my career to impervious minds. Unless the “why” zone gets connected, there is no U-turn.

Despite herculean efforts to take action, change is usually inconsistent. Have we not heard of the diet plan that failed? Or someone who tried to stop smoking but quit trying to quit?

The final link to success in better health, wealth, or happiness is sustained commitment, not just for a day or a month, but daily.

If we do the right things today and everyday, we need not spend all of tomorrow rectifying yesterday’s mistakes. A health plan that works will add another decade of good years to life, but one has to work on the plan. A parting caution of D.I.Y. is that, if the wrong plan is chosen, a short circuit can electrocute the “why” zone, resulting in permanent damage.

Above article is partially extracted from the star online dated 9th Feb 2011 by Dr C.S.Foo

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Main cereal foods of Malaysians

Rice is the staple food of this country. Almost the whole population consumes rice twice daily, sometimes as porridge. White rice is invariably the choice of the population.
Greater efforts should be made by the community to consume under-milled rice or brown rice as they are of much higher nutritional value.

A variety of rice products are also consumed. These include a variety of products made from rice flour, and include several noodle-type products, such as mee-hoon, mee-sua, kueh-teow, lo-see-fun and mee-laksa. These are useful ingredients to prepare rather complete meals, after adding some meat or fish products plus plenty of vegetables.

You should prepare these meals with less oil and coconut milk. There are also several local “kuih” made from rice flour, e.g. bidaran, kuih kasui, kuih bom, kuih buah Melaka, kuih karas, kuih koci, and kuih talam. These foods should be consumed only in moderate amounts as many of these are high in sugar and contain coconut milk.

A variety of wheat flour products are consumed by wide segments of the community. Bread is certainly the most common one. The preference should be for the healthier alternatives of whole grain or wholemeal bread, as well as those with other grains added.

A number of products made from wheat flour is also commonly consumed, the most popular being noodle (mee). Cake is also made from wheat flour, but we should take note that it could be high in fat and sugar. Several local “kuih” are also made from wheat flour, e.g. dumpling, kuih apam, apam balik, and kuih ketayap.

As for rice flour products, we should opt for varieties of these that contain less sugar, coconut milk and fat.

Tubers are also good sources of energy

Tubers are the fleshy underground swelling of stem or root strands that normally contain varying amounts of starch. Root and tuber crops are consumed as food in many countries in the world.
However, their contribution to the energy supply of the population varies within a large range, depending on the country.

Many species and varieties are consumed but three species such as cassava, potato, and sweet potato provide more than 90% of the root and tuber crops used for direct human consumption.

Tubers are also sometimes consumed in this country. The common tubers include cassava, potato, sweet potato and yam. Tubers are also rich in carbohydrates, with similar protein levels compared to cereals. But their fat content is very low, resulting in slightly lower energy levels than that of cereals.

The MDG 2010 has grouped tubers together with cereals and cereal products, placed at the base of the food pyramid.

I would like to promote the consumption of red varieties of sweet potato and yam, in view of their interesting flavours and the carotenoids they contain.

Above article are partialy extracted from the star online dated Jan 30 2011

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Health is Wealth

The key to health and longevity is finding the trigger to demolish the barrier to a healthier and better life.

IN sitcoms, there is often an episode that plays flashbacks to consolidate the storyline. For those who had joined our tour from the beginning, we have discussed the four pillars of true health. Knowing the benefits of exercise, appropriate lifestyle habits, healthy dietary choices, and a science-based approach to supplementation is still not good enough. It is the keying in of the right digits that opens the combination lock of the door to optimal health that makes the difference.

The secret behind health and disease, life and death, lies within the 100 trillion cells in the body, which are the miracles of life itself. When cells are subjected to toxic and free radical burden, the body fights back with its own artillery, nature’s own immune and antioxidant defence system.

The roots of many chronic diseases are man-made. Never in the history of mankind have we seen such an escalating incidence of heart diseases, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cancer, and a host of other degenerative diseases. What is worrying is that these conditions are afflicting a younger segment of the population today. Part of the blame is on highly processed foods, a sedentary lifestyle, and overindulgence of the “good life”.

Above article are extracted from the star online dated 26 Jan 2011

Friday, 21 January 2011

Malaysians afflicted by type 2 diabetes

THE Metabolic Syndrome Study of Malaysia (MSSM) that was conducted in 2008, had uncovered startling facts: 22% of those surveyed above the age of 18 are suffering from type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM).

Even more alarming is the fact that half of these people were unaware that they even have the condition.
The rise in the occurrence of T2DM has been linked to the increase in obesity amongst the population. With the mean age of T2DM sufferers gradually lowering, a greater number of the Malaysian public are at risk from this condition, which can lead to diseases involving multiple organ systems, including coronary artery disease, stroke, blindness, and renal failure.

Nearly two million Malaysians suffer from diabetes. Obesity and weight management are linked to this rising trend. The escalation of diabetes over the last 20 years is fairly shocking, with over 50% of Malaysians currently grappling with a weight management problem.

Malaysians are also rather recalcitrant when it comes to managing diabetes, with over 80% of patients demonstrating poor glycemic (or blood glucose level) control and low treatment compliance.

Hyperglycaemia is caused by two main conditions: insulin deficiency and/or insulin resistance. Insulin deficiency is a condition where the body does not produce enough insulin.
Insulin resistance prevents the body from converting glucose into glycogen (a starch-like source of energy stored mostly in the liver), which in turn makes it difficult or impossible to remove excess glucose from the blood. To further compound the issue, a 2006 study found that 92% of type 2 diabetes patients are insulin resistant.

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Above article are partly extracted from the star online dated 16 Jan 2011

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Allergic Rhinitis

Having a stuffy nose all the time is one of the most common symptoms of allergic rhinitis.

IMAGINE not being able to breathe properly because of a stuffy, or congested, nose. Add on repeated bouts of sneezing, and snot constantly dripping from your nose.

Sounds quite miserable, doesn’t it?

You might think these are symptoms of the common cold. And it probably would not be so bad if it was, because although having the cold is definitely no fun, at least you know that you will recover from it in a matter of days.

Also commonly referred to as nasal allergies, hay fever and “sinus problems”, allergic rhinitis is on the increase around the world. Aside from nasal congestion, sneezing and a runny nose, patients might also experience headaches, itching in the nose, eyes or throat, watery eyes, coughing, a reduced sense of smell, and dripping from the nose into the back of the throat.

Above article is partly extracted from the star online dated January 16 2011

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Because of its antioxidant properties, grape seed extract is considered an anti-aging wonder. Antioxidants are the most important nutrients for the skin. The bioflavonoids in grape seed extract help strengthen and protect cell membranes from oxidative damage caused by free radicals.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Giving preventive Nutritional Medicine a hope

They studied the number of cancer patients who survived more than five years following diagnosis and treatment and found that overall, chemotherapy contributed just over 2% to improved survival in the cancer patients.

The authors strongly questioned the continued use of chemotherapy [Clinical Oncology (2004)16:549-560]. Since evidence-based medicine shows that the success rate with chemotherapy is so poor, any nutritional or non-conventional (ie. not yet generally accepted by mainstream medical practice) or complementary therapies that can give 2% or better success rates should be considered, especially if they are safer and less expensive.

However, no matter how poor chemotherapy results are, these are backed by adequate scientific studies, while the others are not. That is why chemotherapy is so widely prescribed despite the outcomes. It is the best among the “proven” therapies.

Patients opting for the other therapies should be clearly told about this. Proponents of nutritional, non-conventional, and complementary therapies should not be giving patients false hope. But it is not wrong to give them some hope, especially after conventional therapy has failed, and they have nothing to lose by trying other methods.

Moreover, many of these other methods do have recorded success cases. While such documented cases do not qualify as scientific studies, they give us hope to try on those patients who refuse conventional therapy (for whatever reason), and for those in whom conventional therapy had failed.

Above article is extracted from the star online dated 9-Jan-2011