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

Month: May 2015

Healthy Breakfast – 30 May 2015

Healthy Breakfast – 30 May 2015

These are some light snacks for Cass yesterday while waiting for me to bring her out for breakfast of bitter gourd + minced pork vermicelli, which is our absolute favorite on a Saturday morning… Izumio hydrogen water (to zap away free radicals), toasted almonds and […]

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3 Ways to Make Your Medical Office More Inviting

3 Ways to Make Your Medical Office More Inviting

Most people dread visiting the doctor because most of it is out of our norm. Having someone exam your body can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. Ensuring that patients feel at ease in your office is important in sealing their next appointment with you. Doing […]

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Dangerous Chemicals In Toiletries and Make-Up

Dangerous Chemicals In Toiletries and Make-Up

My face is often devoid of make-up. I don’t even have foundation and face powder in my vanity pouch.  Thank God for my parents’ genes, I have pretty flawless skin.  The most I’ll do is to dust some baby powder on my face and brush a stroke or two of blusher on my cheeks. Occasionally, I will draw my eyebrows and put on a little color on my lips. I dispose my lipstick after a year, even if the stick is not even 50% used.  I really hate to think of what the chemicals will do to my body when I ingest chemicals from the lipstick that I put on.

See this list here?  This applies to everyone, not just eczema sufferers. When we use these products with hidden chemical, it is indirectly entering our bloodstream and over time causes harm to our bodies. Breast cancer is just one disease you can get from over use of such products, for example.

This is how manufacturers screw consumers!

 

My friend chanced upon this Drug Facts labelling when her young daughter peeled it off her Lady Speed Stick.  Tell me, who would actually tear the label off to read what’s overleaf.  I’ll just chuck my empty toiletry container into the recycle bin without giving a hoot to peel off the label to read what’s overleaf.

This particular speed stick, looked pretty innocent with a sticker at the back showing its ingredients.  Check out the 4th line – it says ‘Ask a doctor before use if you have kidney disease’.  So what does this mean?  It is trying to warn you that the chemicals from the Speed Stick enter our bloodstream and if you are a kidney patient, the chemicals may exacerbate your condition.

That is why I never use roll-on anti-perspirant and anti-deodorant. Even with talcum powders, I read the ingredients very carefully and only use baby talcum powders made from corn and other natural ingredients.  Once I bought a bottle of talcum powder with cooling effect. I liked it a lot as it gave me a nice cooling sensation and I loved the fragrance.  Then, the health freak me read the list of ingredients carefully and I was horrified when I read that Triclosan is one of the ingredients in it. Go Google to find out what Triclosan is.   I  buy shampoos and soaps without  SLS and paraben, though they cost so much more than regular ones.  And I drink Izumio everyday.  The hydrogen from Izumio acts to flush out toxins from our body through sweat and urine, besides balancing the pH within the body.  Hydrogen is the smallest atom in the world that can penetrate your cells at a mitochondrial level and has strong anti-oxidant properties, eliminating free radicals within your body at enormous rates.

It is really quite hard for many of us to avoid using make-up, toiletries with hidden chemicals and expose ourselves to toxic chemicals. Even the Clorox (which is highly corrosive) that you use to clean your toilets and whiten your white shirts are highly toxic when mixed with ammonia.

So do yourself a favor today by giving your body a detox to rid it of toxins and free radicals.  Besides the simple fruit and veggie detox, juice cleanse, exercise and drinking detox tea, you can also drink hydrogen water.  Choose one that suits your lifestyle.  Do not wait till your body is overloaded with toxins and serious ailments start to creep out.  Start detoxing your body today! 🙂

For more reading on Izumio and Super Lutein, please click on the following link:

Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

Izumio and Incontinence

Super Lutein

Day 18 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

Symptoms of a Body Detox

IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

Hydrogen Water Facts

Super Lutein Goodness

Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

 

 

 

 

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Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

Effects Of Sleep Deprivation

If you ask me which department I really need to start buckling down with immediate effect, it would be my ‘sleep department’.  I am chronically sleep deprived ever since my live-in helper went back to her country for good 3 years ago.  Even when our […]

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A Fast Diagnosis

A Fast Diagnosis

There are some tests that need to be completed as soon as possible so that you know the results in order to begin dealing with the health issue at hand. ELISA kits are associated with a test that examines the immuno assay. In short, it […]

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Kimchi Health Benefits

Kimchi Health Benefits

My 3 kids love kimchi, I kid you not! Do your kids like the tanginess of the kimchi?   I have not seen many kids who can stomach this spicy and sour pickled veggies but my kids ace through it, though they would be gulping down cups after cups of water afterwards (drinking lots of water is good!).  They even love kimchi soup and even 7-year old Cass loves the piquant taste of kimchi.

On Mother’s Day last Sunday, we had Korean BBQ and this plate of spicy kimchi was superb in taste and texture. I especially love the pickled radish.   My kids loved it too.

 

Article extracted from US National Library of Medicine:

Kimchi is a traditional Korean food manufactured by fermenting vegetables with probiotic lactic acid bacteria (LAB). Many bacteria are involved in the fermentation of kimchi, but LAB become dominant while the putrefactive bacteria are suppressed during salting of baechu cabbage and the fermentation. The addition of other subingredients and formation of fermentation byproducts of LAB promote the fermentation process of LAB to eventually lead to eradication of putrefactive- and pathogenic bacteria, and also increase the functionalities of kimchi.

Accordingly, kimchi can be considered a vegetable probiotic food that contributes health benefits in a similar manner as yogurt as a dairy probiotic food. Further, the major ingredients of kimchi are cruciferous vegetables; and other healthy functional foods such as garlic, ginger, red pepper powder, and so on are added to kimchi as subingredients.

As all of these ingredients undergo fermentation by LAB, kimchi is regarded as a source of LAB; and the fermentative byproducts from the functional ingredients significantly boost its functionality. Because kimchi is both tasty and highly functional, it is typically served with steamed rice at every Korean meal.

Health functionality of kimchi, based upon our research and that of other, includes anticancer, antiobesity, anticonstipation, colorectal health promotion, probiotic properties, cholesterol reduction, fibrolytic effect, antioxidative and antiaging properties, brain health promotion, immune promotion, and skin health promotion. In this review we describe the method of kimchi manufacture, fermentation, health functionalities of kimchi and the probiotic properties of its LAB.

 

Food For Thought:

Health Benefits of Kimchi

1. Contains healthy bacteria and probiotics for the overall wellness of your body

2. Lowers cholesterol levels

3. Facilitates healthy body development and clear vision

4. Produces radiant skin and shiny hair

5. Prevents stomach cancer

6. Slows down the aging process

7. Helps you lose weight

8. Prevents the occurrence of peptic ulcer

By eating kimchi. Kimchi contains leuconostoc mensenteroides which produce dextrin, a substance important to stop the growth of H. pylori in your body!

9. Boosts your immunity

Fret not if you don’t have the time to make your own kimchi; just pick it up in the refrigerated section of your supermarket or an Asian market and they ain’t very costly. You can wake up your morning by scrambling eggs with kimchi, diced tomatoes, and mushrooms. Use it as a wrap filling or to top a baked potato. Or try Spicy Beef and Kimchi Stew.  I like to fry rice using Kimchi with loads of chopped garlic! Kimchi wrapped with raw lettuce tastes great too and that’s how the Koreans like it eaten best.

 

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Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

If you’re suffering from eczema and using a steroid cream of some sort, you need to know this. It is a known fact that topical hydrocortisone cream for conditions like eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can cause a number of side effects. Most over-the-counter topical steroids […]

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Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

Cancer Patients Drinking Hydrogen-Rich Water

A blog reader’s mother will be undergoing chemotherapy soon for cancer. My blog reader asked me whether Izumio hydrogen water is  good for cancer patients, to which I told her that we have members (Naturally Plus Malaysia) with cancer markers brought down significantly after consuming […]

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Sweet Corns – Healthy Or Bad?

Sweet Corns – Healthy Or Bad?

I love sweet corns and so do my girls. The aroma of sweet corns steaming in the pot is really therapeutic, better than any expensive essential oils!  Today I am going to steam sweet corns for dinner, along with other dishes.  I have heard the not-so-sweet news on sweet corns but how true is it that sweet corns are bad for you?

Well, I always believe that moderation is the key. I do not think that eating an ear of sweet corn once or twice a week can cause diabetes or heart disease.

Antioxidant Phytonutrients in Corn

  • anthocyanins
  • beta-carotene
  • caffeic acid
  • coumaric acid
  • ferulic acid
  • lutein
  • syringic acid
  • vanillic acid
  • protocatechuic acid
  • zeaxanthin

 

Here’s what Eating Well Media Group, a communications company producing an award-winning consumer magazine in the US has to say about sweet corns:

Myth #1: Most sweet corns are genetically modified.
Truth: A lot of people mix up “sweet corn,” the vegetable you buy to eat, and “field corn”—the virtually inedible commodity crop used to make everything from livestock feed to ethanol to high-fructose corn syrup. While most field corn is genetically modified, most sweet corn is not. Last year only 3 to 4% of the sweet corn grown in the U.S. was GMO. Food-giant Monsanto hopes to change all that this summer, however. For the first time, farmers are planting Monsanto’s newly approved, genetically modified Performance sweet-corn seeds. A representative from the company wouldn’t divulge how much will be planted this year. One way to try to tell whether the sweet corn you’re holding is GMO is to ask the farmers you buy from if they plant GMO corn. (Syngenta’s Attribute and Monsanto’s Performance are the two varieties sold in North America.) Another way: choose USDA organic corn. GMO crops are forbidden under organic standards.

 

Myth #2: Corn is fattening and sugary.
Truth: An ear of corn has about the same number of calories as an apple and less than one-fourth the sugar. In other words, it can be one of the healthier foods at the cookout! Just remember: while sweet corn is healthy, some of the toppings people like to put on it aren’t. So don’t assume an ear of corn slathered in butter and doused in salt is still a healthy option.

 

Myth #3: Cooking corn makes it less nutritious.
Truth: Antioxidant activity, which helps protect the body from cancer and heart disease, is actually increased when corn is cooked.

 

Myth #4: Corn has no healthy benefits.
Truth: Sweet corn is loaded with lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytochemicals that promote healthy vision. A mid-size ear also offers a helpful 3-gram dose of dietary fiber.

 

Myth #5: The best way to choose corn is by the color of the kernels.
Truth: Although corn lovers often profess to have favorite varieties, farmer Kevin Smith, interviewed by Estabrook for the story, says variety is far less important than freshness. “Any corn can be ruined if it’s old,” he says. Nor is color a key to quality. Yellow, white, bi-color—it doesn’t really matter. Preferences vary from region to region. Avoid corn with dry, pale husks and silks that are desiccated where they enter the cob. If pricked, kernels should squirt whitish juice. As for choosing the best-tasting corn, abide by Smith’s “one-day rule.” Don’t buy a cob that’s more than 24 hours out of the field.

 

So we are still going to have our once weekly  indulgence in sweet corns.  Eating sweet corns is still a much better option than tucking into some unhealthy snacks that are processed.  The sweetness from the sweet corns can satiate my kids’ craving for something sweet and this is way healthier than licking on a lolly or chewing on some colorful candies. 🙂

 

 

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Down With Flu – Super Lutein To The Rescue

Down With Flu – Super Lutein To The Rescue

I have been down with the sniffles for the past two days, no thanks to the girl who brought back the woeful virus from school and spread it to everyone! Yesterday I felt so bushed and lackluster that I popped 6 caps of Super Lutein […]

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