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

Month: September 2015

Atrial fibrillation (Heart Flutter – Heartbeat Disorder)

Atrial fibrillation (Heart Flutter – Heartbeat Disorder)

About a month ago, I developed heart flutter, which is a heartbeat disorder. Each heart flutter lasted about 2-3 seconds. Each time I get a fluttering sensation in my chest, it would immediately be followed by what I would describe as a ‘catch’ in my […]

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Three Simple Strategies To Keep Your Coffee Company Growing

Three Simple Strategies To Keep Your Coffee Company Growing

If you’re like most coffee shop owners, keeping your company in a state of growth is very important to you. However, many business owners find that their companies periodically come to a standstill in terms of things like visibility, conversion, and the optimization of daily […]

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Cakes Made Healthy

Cakes Made Healthy

My chef wannabe daughter #2 dished up this dessert for her granny, my mum, on her 69th birthday several days ago…

 

It’s a small slice of the birthday cake (green tea cake with sweetened adzuki beans), with a huge chunk of cream scraped off coz she knows that granny can’t take dairy products, topped with healthy accompaniments like toasted pecans, almonds, pistachios, fresh cherries and freshly plucked mint leaves from our pot.

How thoughtful and sweet of that 10-year old girl eh? 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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Treating Eczema Naturally

Treating Eczema Naturally

Eczema patients are usually prescribed with steroids which will cause a host of unfavourable side effects. This is why we must resort to something more natural which will be a better solution for eczema. The below pictures show how one consumer’s (she’s my friend) chronic […]

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Cherry Orange Apple Lemon Smoothie

Cherry Orange Apple Lemon Smoothie

Our smoothie-of-the-day for today… 3 oranges + 1 green apple + handful of cherries (seeds removed)+ juice from 1 lemon.  Simply love the zesty lemony taste from the lemon! Cherries are on offer at our neighborhood supermarket and hubs managed to grab a huge punnet […]

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Should Fruits Be Eaten On An Empty Stomach?

Should Fruits Be Eaten On An Empty Stomach?

I have been eating my fruits on an empty stomach in the morning for almost 20 years. My ex-colleague was the one who introduced this health regime to me. Sure enough, after following this fruit-eating on empty stomach routine for weeks, I felt the difference in my health. And so I have been religiously doing this since 1996, everyday of my life, even when I had to travel overseas or was stuck in the hospital with Cass.

 

But now health experts are saying that eating fruits on empty stomach is a myth. These experts are saying that fruits can be eaten at any time and it can be eaten along with other foods.  The body produces digestive enzymes for protein, fat, and carbohydrates which help it to digest mixed meals. Besides, since the stomach has a high concentration of hydrochloric acid, bacteria is killed before it is able to reproduce, so fermentation cannot take place in the stomach.  If we could not digest mixed meals, we would not even be able to digest most foods since most foods are a combination of nutrients. For example, even vegetables like green beans and broccoli are a mix of carbohydrate and protein.

Whatever claim there is on eating fruits, I still prefer to eat my fruits on an empty stomach.  My kids do that too and we have been practising this for many years.   What food is good for you and what food is bad for you keeps changing. Decades ago, coconut oil was the bane to our health. Now, coconut oil is touted as a super food!  Similarly, years ago, we were advised to choose margarine over butter. Now, it is the other way round!

If you have an elderly Chinese relative  living with you, I’ll bet she / he will digress and say that fruits is too ‘leong’ or cooling for the body and should be eaten after food.

My take is – do whatever makes your body feel good. You can try both methods and compare the effects and then stick to one that you are comfortable with.

 

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Tanning Salons

Tanning Salons

There are millions of people who were born with skin that they believe looks too pale. For many years, people like this only had the option of laying out in the sun in order to tan their skin and make it look darker. This was […]

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