• 27Aug

    For those of you who have been quietly enduring pain each time you squat down, walk, run or climb stairs, fret not if you are not keen to take glucosamine. You can relief your knee pain or joint pain naturally with antioxidants or carotenoids.

    Super Lutein is a nutritional supplement containing 6 types of carotenoid. It is formulated with lutein, lycopene—found in tomatoes, zeaxanthin—found in maize and egg yolk, as well as ?- and ?-carotene- found in the orange-coloured pigments of carrots and pumpkins.

    One of our team members’ customer took 6 capsules of Super Lutein daily (total of 2 bottles of Super Lutein) and her knee pain was totally gone! She now takes 3 capsules of Super Lutein for maintenance of good health.  Super Lutein contains a potent strength of carotenoids.




    You can read a research article from the US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health on Serum Carotenoids and Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis

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

    Hydrogen (H2) as a potent antioxidant and exhibits anti-inflammatory and potentially anticancer-like activities (from US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health)

    Izumio Hydrogen Water and Super Lutein

    Izumio and Incontinence

     Super Lutein

    Day 18 On Izumio For Incontinence

    Symptoms of A Body Detox

    Day 20 On Izumio Hydrogen Water For Incontinence

    IZUMIO – Antioxidant Hydrogen Water

    Hydrogen Water Facts

    Super Lutein Goodness

    Dangers of Eczema Steroid Creams

    Super Lutein and Izumio Hydrogen Water For Glaucoma

    Effectiveness of Hydrogen Rich Water on Metabolic Syndrome (Diabetes and Obesity) – From US National Library of Medicine,








  • 24Aug

    It’s been more than a week since I started adding oat bran into my diet to reap its many health virtues.  But each time after I had taken oat bran, my tummy would feel really bloated with flatulence  and constipation would follow the next day!

    Initially, I wasn’t really sure that oat bran was the culprit. I thought I had eaten something that caused gas. And I blamed it on the hormones too!   However, after several times, I finally saw the trend and identified the culprit!  That after a meal of oat bran with milk, my stomach would start to balloon up with discomfort. The next day, I would be sitting and waiting on the throne!

    Today, I stopped taking oat bran and my stomach feels fine and dandy.  Then I googled ‘oat bran and gas’, ‘oat bran and constipation’ and I was spot on. Indeed oat bran is the culprit to all my stomach discomfort!

    Here’s a very interesting article on ‘Healthy eating can make tummy trouble WORSE: Why a high-fibre diet isn’t always the answer for gut problems‘ from the dailymail.co.uk


    Doctors often advise adding a handful of bran to cereals to help with constipation (defined as going to the loo less than three times a week).

    This is because bran is insoluble fibre, meaning it fills the stomach up and stimulates the bowel.

    But bran can actually exacerbate some forms of constipation.

    ‘For constipation, there’s a belief that eating fibre such as bran always helps,’ says Dr Emmanuel.

    ‘But with slow transit constipation (STC) — a nerve and muscle problem that causes the slow passage of waste through the large intestine — it can cause bloating and excessive gas.

    And for five million of the 12??million people suffering IBS in this country, fibre is one of the worst things, says Peter Whorwell, professor of medicine and gastroenterology at University Hospital of South Manchester.

    Adding a bulking agent in the form of fibre such as bran gives the bowel even more work to do,’ he says.

    ‘A significant number of IBS patients might be hyper-reactive to agents that stimulate or irritate the gut, particularly when it comes to bran.

    ‘It’s wrong to say that eating fibre is healthy when it exacerbates unpleasant symptoms for so many people with IBS.’

    Once he has assessed that this is the problem, Professor Whorwell advises his patients to switch to white bread, white pasta, biscuits and cream crackers — anything made from refined white flour, as these don’t contain as much rough fibre.
    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2249651/Healthy-eating-make-tummy-trouble-WORSE-Why-high-fibre-diet-isnt-answer-gut-problems.html#ixzz3jim6ZkHK



  • 18Aug

    Here’s just one of my typical breakfast ideas on a weekday…

    Organic oat bran with chia seeds and baked almonds with chilled chocolate milk.

    Weekday breakfast is very simple, healthy and easy on my innards before I put in slightly unhealthy stuff over the weekend with something like this for a breakfast on Saturdays…

    See that ham, bacon and sausage? And white bread! That’s crap! But I still indulge in deli meat once in a while.



  • 15Aug

    At the supermarket earlier this week, I bought a packet of Love Earth organic oat bran to try. I know that oats are a heart healthy cholesterol-lowering food and I try to include 3-4 tablespoons of oats into my diet everyday. I have read somewhere that the most virtuous and versatile component of the oat resides in its outer layer – which is the bran.

    Organic Oat Bran 400g [love earth] 0
    The bran contains a high content of a unique type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan, which bestows some remarkable health properties and is incredibly beneficial for weight loss.

    Technically, oat bran is not a whole grain (since it’s actually only one part of the oat grain). But because of its exceptionally high fiber content, it can be considered a whole grain.  A bowl of oat bran contains about 50% more fiber than the same size bowl of oatmeal, making it more effective at lowering cholesterol and in its weight loss properties. And because it is mostly fiber, oat bran has less calories than the same amount of oatmeal.  A three-quarter-cup serving of cooked oat bran contains only 66 calories, compared to 124 calories in the same amount of cooked oatmeal. Oat bran also has more antioxidants, protein, calcium, iron, thiamin, phosphorus, riboflavin, magnesium, and zinc than oatmeal.

    See, oat bran is not only more nutritious, it also contains lesser calories!  I am now going to switch from oatmeal to oat bran! 🙂

    Aside from fewer calories, there are two other combined properties that make oat bran a powerfully slimming food. First, because of it high fiber content, oat bran satiates you. As soon as you ingest it, the fiber in oat bran soaks up saliva and then expands in the stomach absorbing up to 25 times its volume in liquid, making you feel quite full, quite fast. It provides a prolonged feeling of fullness, so you eat less in between meals.

    The second way that oat bran helps with weight loss is more biologically unique. It’s called intestinal caloric loss. In other words, oat bran blocks the absorption of calories from the intestine. Here’s how it works: when you eat food, it is broken down into its individual components of fatty acids, carbohydrate (glucose) and amino acids (the building blocks of proteins). The calories from these components are then absorbed into the body. But when you eat oat bran, it mixes with water in your intestine to produce a gel-like substance called bolus. The bolus absorbs some of the breakdown products, and then it is attacked by gastric juices and stomach acids that turn it into a pulp. This pulp becomes part of the stool, and thereby carries the calorie-dense components of fats, glucose, and amino acids out of the body through the stool. This process both slows down the assimilation of sugar (glucose) and removes calories from the body while keeping your blood sugar levels low and stable.

    One key to make this action more effective is to reduce or eliminate other grains in the diet, especially wheat, and put oat bran in their place.

    So how do you eat oat bran?  Here are some ideas:

    1)  Oat bran can be cooked as a hot cereal by mixing 1 part oat bran to two parts water and cooking it the same as you would cook oatmeal
    2)  Add a tablespoon or two to your yogurt, cottage cheese or a smoothie
    3)  Add it to an omelet
    4)  Bread meat, poultry, or eggplant with it
    5)  Sprinkle it on salad
    6)  Use it in place of bread crumbs when making meatloaf, meatballs and burgers
    7)  Mix it in a soup or stew
    8)  Make flourless muffins and pancakes with it

    I eat my oat bran with chilled sugar-reduced chocolate milk and that’s the only way I like it now.  Perhaps I should even secretly throw in a couple of teaspoons of oat bran into my kids’ daily fruit smoothies! I’ll bet they will hardly even notice it 😀



  • 09Aug

    Despite a chilly morning and having a slight runny nose, Cass went swimming with her grandma this morning. On Thursday, she told me that her throat hurt a little and on Friday, she was sneezing with slimy worm-like goo oozing from her nostrils.   Many moons ago, I would have panicked when my girls had sore throat or a flu as a few days later, we would surely have to make a trip to the pediatric’s clinic for fever meds. These days, I no longer panic like a headless chicken when the girls tell me that they have sore throat or have a flu. All I need are an overdose of Izumio hydrogen water, Super Lutein and Esberitox (echinacea) for the flu. And it works like a charm. Cass’ sore throat lasted for a day and runny nose for 2 days. Today, I allowed her to go swimming in the morning and when she came back from swimming, she proudly announced “mummy, I am so happy that my goo goo is gone!”

    For breakfast, I made smoothie for everyone with my favorite kitchen gadget, Blendtec blender.

    Smoothie for today composed of red apples + oranges + chia seeds + coconut water + coconut flesh + mini pineapples.

    The mil bought the mini pineapples from the SS2 PJ wet market and they were super sweet!  Hopefully they ain’t  GMO pineapples!!


    2 huge oranges, 2 medium size red apples, 2 mini pineapples and 2 cups of coconut water yielded 5 bottles of smoothie which would have cost over RM65 if bought from smoothie and juice bars at the shopping mall.  My cost is only about RM15!  Did I tell you that one of my many business plans is to set up a juice, smoothie and salad bar one day?  Yeah, keep dreaming and it may materialize one day.  I do believe in the Law of Attraction!


    Izumio hydrogen water – safe and natural even for babies. I am so thankful I discovered it!  And my other dream is for everyone to try it. It’s life saving and you can say goodbye to many of your medicines forever once you’ve included hydrogen water into your daily life. Trust me!






  • 07Aug

    Important nutrients are normally absorbed by your body through healthy foods and vitamins, but there are many people who don’t eat nutritious foods, or even regular meals. If you’re daily diet is lacking in essential nutrients, natural health supplements can help your body replace what it needs.

    A poor diet without adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats can cause nutritional deficiencies. Over time, these deficiencies can result in a variety of health problems that affect your bones, heart, digestion, skin and mental health. Because your body stores nutrients to use them as needed, nutritional deficiencies can go undetected for a long period of time. If you’re not eating a well-balanced diet, it’s important to know the warning signs and symptoms of nutritional deficiencies.

    What are the Symptoms?

    The symptoms of nutritional deficiencies can vary based on the specific nutrients that are lacking in your diet. Since general symptoms mimic the symptoms of many illnesses, it may be necessary to visit your doctor for a blood test that includes a complete blood count. This is the only way a nutritional deficiency can be diagnosed. Here are some of the symptoms to watch out for:

    * Weakness
    * Fatigue
    * Dizziness
    * Sleepiness or insomnia
    * Constipation
    * Irregular heart rhythms
    * Poor concentration
    * Memory loss
    * Depression
    * Hair thinning or loss
    * Palor or pale skin

    Most health problems caused by nutritional deficiencies can be reversed with proper eating habits, a healthy diet and supplements, but severe or long-term deficiencies may contribute to permanent health problems.

    Common Nutritional Deficiencies

    Iron – Iron deficiency can cause anemia, since iron helps to produce healthy red blood cells. Red meat, egg yolks and dark green, leafy vegetables are all high in iron.

    Vitamin A – Vitamin A is important to good eye health. Vitamin A deficiencies and eye problems can be prevented with a diet that includes green and yellow fruits and vegetables and daily vitamin supplements.

    Vitamins B1 and B3 – Vitamin B1 (thiamine) builds healthy nerves and muscles. A deficiency can lead to heart problems. Vitamin B3 (niacin) is important for healthy skin and good digestion. A deficiency can lead to pellagra and gastrointestinal problems. Green vegetables, fish and whole grains are high in B vitamins.

    Calcium – Calcium is essential for strong bones, teeth, muscles and nerves. Calcium deficiencies can lead to osteoporosis, tooth loss and heart problems. Green leafy vegetables, calcium-fortified grains and dairy products are excellent sources of calcium.



  • 03Aug

    My low-carb + high fiber lunch today after 20 laps in the pool this morning 🙂

    East Meets West salad, composing of  Royale butterhead,  pink and white pomelo,  satay sauce as dressing and 3 forkfuls of my favorite Mee Siam (Thai-style stir-fried vermicelli).

    Satay sauce (sauce made from peanuts, spices and chillies) is from the hubby’s kitchen, prepared by his Indonesian cook.

    So satisfying, refreshing and wholesome, love it! 🙂



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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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