A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: January 2010

Biting Out Your Cancer Risk

Biting Out Your Cancer Risk

I was reading the January issue of the Reader’s Digest and a very interesting health article caught my attention. Reading the article made me glad as I found out that my favorite food and foods that I include in my daily diet are anti-cancerous foods. […]

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Hyperactive Baby

Hyperactive Baby

Baby has been driving me bonkers lately. As usual, she is hyper active and does not seem to get tired a wee bit. She wakes up at 6am and does not nap until around 11:30am when I force her to. She also sleeps late, at […]

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Musically Inclined

Musically Inclined

Sherilyn my #2 is musically inclined. She loves listening to music, has photographic memory when it comes to memorizing the lyrics of song (though she may not know the meaning of the words) and dances very well too. Almost every day, she would bring out her mini battery-operated stereo player cum karaoke player and switch it on to full blast while she sings and jiggles. I think very soon, she will pester me to shop for MP3 players, I am quite certain she’ll do just that, just like Alycia who has already started to bug me for a Playstation.

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My Bad Experience On My First Car

My Bad Experience On My First Car

Have I ever told you in this blog that I had a very bad experience with my very first car? It was a bright red Kancil and my dad helped me pay part of the car more than a decade ago. The first week I […]

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A Career In The Medical Field

A Career In The Medical Field

I have never ever liked careers in the medical field. However all that in me has changed ever since Baby C was born. Since Baby C was 7 weeks old, she has been in and out of the hospital, with the peak in May last […]

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Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil

Molecularly Distilled Fish Oil

I was at the pharmacy shopping for my fish oil yesterday when I noticed that several well-known brands of fish oil now has the word “molecularly distilled” printed on the bottle. I am still popping fish oil, all because I am still breastfeeding Baby and I want her to get the DHA, Omega 3 and what not nutrients from the fish oil, through my breast milk. Anyway, back to the molecularly distilled fish oil. I didn’t know what molecularly distilled (MD) meant but I knew it must be something good, an added advantage over non-MD fish oil. So I got a bottle of the molecularly distilled fish oil, which is slightly more costly than non-MD fish oil.

Today out of curiousity I googled what molecularly distilled fish oil is. Here are some excerpts that I have extracted from http://www.nutritional-supplements-health-guide.com/molecularly-distilled-fish-oil.html:

First, let me remind you why it is important to choose your omega3 supplement well. With fish oils, there is slight danger because some fish sources may contain toxic chemicals such as mercury and PBAs due to environmental contamination. Toxins such as mercury in fish oil will undoubtedly bring danger to your health.

However, this should not stop you from taking fish oil supplements. The health benefits of fish oil are just too important to forego. To ensure safety and effectiveness, you should choose high purity, molecularly distilled fish oil.

What is molecular distillation anyway? Molecular distillation is a purification method which is conducted in vacuum. It is actually an industrial standard procedure which is best for the purification of vitamins. Molecular distillation is the only process that can effectively remove metals, PCBs and other harmful toxins to a level that is perfectly safe for human consumption.

Molecular distillation is a very expensive purification method. The equipment you need and the conditions required are expensive and difficult. Not all fish oil supplement manufacturers have the resources to produce molecularly distilled fish oil.

In fact, other companies simply produce fish oil only by one straight, filtration process. After this lenient filtration, the fish oils are then encapsulated and bottled. A simple filtration process obviously will not take away much of the toxins. Hopefully, these companies’ fish sources do not have as much contaminants. But we can only hope. The question is: are you going to risk your health with these cheap fish oil supplements?

On the other hand, note also that molecular distillation as a purification process uses a solvent for distillation. This is also an important factor to consider. Some companies use hexane as solvent because it is cheap. Sadly, hexane can retain residual components so it may not be very efficient in removing harmful substances which may have been ingested by the fish.

Better fish oil supplement manufacturers use ethanol (food grade) which does not leave residual component. With ethanol, you get the purest fish oil possible at the end of this highly tedious process.

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Vomiting Caused By Trapped Wind In Stomach

Vomiting Caused By Trapped Wind In Stomach

On Saturday, we spent almost the whole day at Times Square. We spent almost 3 hours at the Cosmo’s World indoor theme park, which is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. We only had lunch at about 3pm and had some light dim sum […]

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Alkaline Foods For A Healthier Body

Alkaline Foods For A Healthier Body

Your health depends on the balance of an alkaline environment, created by eating foods such as tomatoes, avocados and green vegetables…striking the optimum 80/20 balance and regulating your body’s acid/alkaline chemistry through simple changes in diet can result in weight loss, increased stamina and strength, […]

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Organic Buckwheat Noodles

Organic Buckwheat Noodles

One of my 3 gals’ favorite noodles is buckwheat noodles. When there is green tea noodles or buckwheat noodles served, meal times are such a breeze – no coaxing, no bribes, no threats and no yelling at rascal #2 to finish her food.

Here’s one of the ways I prepare buckwheat noodles for Baby.  Boil the noodles al dente and season with a little Bragg’s liquid amino acid, toasted sesame seeds and a little ground almond (both for added calcium).

Another of my gals’ favorite and quick-to-prepare dish is onion omelette.   

Baby’s bowl of wholesome dinner – buckwheat noodles with onion omelette and veggie.


Baby enjoying her dinner.

Some interesting facts on buckwheat extracted from http://www.healthyreader.com/2006/07/19/the-health-benefits-of-buckwheat/:

It may surprise some people to learn that buckwheat is actually a fruit even though it is commonly thought to be a grain. Buckwheat is a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel.

Whole buckwheat is a very nutritious food. The protein in buckwheat contains the eight essential amino acids and is also high in lysine. Buckwheat is also rich in many B vitamins as well as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Buckwheat is also a good oil source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is one of the two essential fatty acids we must have to be healthy.

Health Benefits of Buckwheat

1.  Buckwheat is high in fiber. 1 cup of cooked buckwheat groats contains over 4 grams of dietary fiber.
2.  Buckwheat contains the eight essential amino acids.
3.  Buckwheat contains many minerals including: phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.
4.  Buckwheat contains a rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin.
5.  Buckwheat lowers glucose levels and is beneficial for managing diabetes.
6.  Buckwheat has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
7.  Buckwheat is a fruit seed and is a gluten-free alternative to grains.

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Kombu Health Benefits

Kombu Health Benefits

I am sure many of you have never seen or heard of kombu.  Kombu (pronounced as khuan poa in Cantonese) is a type of seaweed that is cultivated in Japan. Kombu is available fresh, dried, pickled, and frozen in many Asian markets. It is sweet […]

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