• 23Sep

    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 breath, and then a need to cough to ‘set things right again”. As it only occurred about 2-3 times in a month, I did not give much thought about it. When my parents were here last weekend, I experienced another heart fluttering episode. I told my mum about it and she told me that she suffered from this condition too when she was about my age and was under lots of work stress and lack of sleep!  She hasn’t had any heart fluttering episode ever since she retired from work.

    Since I have no history of heart disorder or lung disease, from my own reading and research from the internet, I can only deduce that my heart fluttering is caused by family history (my mum had it), stress and most importantly, lack of sleep.

    I did a full medical check-up in June, which included an ECG and the report  showed normal heartbeats.  But my doctor did mention that my heartbeats are  fast and it’s most likely contributed by my daily exercise.

    What is Atrial Fibrillation?

    Atrial fibrillation is an irregular and often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow to the body. During atrial fibrillation, the heart’s two upper chambers (the atria) beat chaotically and irregularly — out of coordination with the two lower chambers (the ventricles) of the heart. Atrial fibrillation symptoms often include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and weakness.

    Episodes of atrial fibrillation can come and go, or you may develop atrial fibrillation that doesn’t go away and may require treatment. Although atrial fibrillation itself usually isn’t life-threatening, it is a serious medical condition that sometimes requires emergency treatment. It can lead to complications. Atrial fibrillation may lead to blood clots forming in the heart that may circulate to other organs and lead to blocked blood flow (ischemia).

    Treatments for atrial fibrillation may include medications and other interventions to try to alter the heart’s electrical system.


    Those who do have atrial fibrillation symptoms may experience signs and symptoms such as:

    Palpitations, which are sensations of a racing, uncomfortable, irregular heartbeat or a flip-flopping in your chest
    Reduced ability to exercise
    Shortness of breath
    Chest pain

    How Often Does It Happen?

    Atrial fibrillation may be:

    Occasional. In this case it’s called paroxysmal (par-ok-SIZ-mul) atrial fibrillation. You may have symptoms that come and go, lasting for a few minutes to hours and then stopping on their own.  I believe I fall into this category!

    Persistent. With this type of atrial fibrillation, your heart rhythm doesn’t go back to normal on its own. If you have persistent atrial fibrillation, you’ll need treatment such as an electrical shock or medications in order to restore your heart rhythm.

    Permanent. In this type of atrial fibrillation, the normal heart rhythm can’t be restored. You’ll have atrial fibrillation permanently, and you’ll often require medications to control your heart rate. Most people with permanent atrial fibrillation will require blood thinners to prevent blood clots.

    Possible causes of atrial fibrillation

    Abnormalities or damage to the heart’s structure are the most common cause of atrial fibrillation. Possible causes of atrial fibrillation include:

    • High blood pressure
    • Heart attacks
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Abnormal heart valves
    • Heart defects you’re born with (congenital)
    • An overactive thyroid gland or other metabolic imbalance
    • Exposure to stimulants, such as medications, caffeine or tobacco, or to alcohol
    • Sick sinus syndrome — improper functioning of the heart’s natural pacemaker
    • Lung diseases
    • Previous heart surgery
    • Viral infections
    • Stress due to pneumonia, surgery or other illnesses
    • Sleep apnea

    However, some people who have atrial fibrillation don’t have any heart defects or damage, a condition called lone atrial fibrillation. In lone atrial fibrillation, the cause is often unclear, and serious complications are rare.

    Risk Factors

    Certain factors may increase your risk of developing atrial fibrillation.

    These include:

    • Age. The older you are, the greater your risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
    • Heart disease. Anyone with heart disease — such as heart valve problems, congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, or a history of heart attack or heart surgery — has an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.
    • High blood pressure. Having high blood pressure, especially if it’s not well-controlled with lifestyle changes or medications, can increase your risk of atrial fibrillation.
    • Other chronic conditions. People with certain chronic conditions such as thyroid problems, sleep apnea, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, chronic kidney disease or lung disease have an increased risk of atrial fibrillation.
    • Drinking alcohol. For some people, drinking alcohol can trigger an episode of atrial fibrillation. Binge drinking may put you at an even higher risk.
    • Obesity. People who are obese are at higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation.
    • Family history. An increased risk of atrial fibrillation is present in some families



    Sometimes atrial fibrillation can lead to the following complications:

    • Stroke. In atrial fibrillation, the chaotic rhythm may cause blood to pool in your heart’s upper chambers (atria) and form clots. If a blood clot forms, it could dislodge from your heart and travel to your brain. There it might block blood flow, causing a stroke.The risk of stroke in atrial fibrillation depends on your age (you have a higher risk as you age) and on whether you have high blood pressure, diabetes, a history of heart failure or previous stroke, and other factors. Certain medications, such as blood thinners, can greatly lower your risk of stroke or the damage to other organs caused by blood clots.
    • Heart failure. Atrial fibrillation, especially if not controlled, may weaken the heart and lead to heart failure — a condition in which your heart can’t circulate enough blood to meet your body’s needs.

    Lifestyle And Home Remedies

    You may need to make lifestyle changes that improve the overall health of your heart, especially to prevent or treat conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease. Your doctor may suggest several lifestyle changes, including:

    • Eat heart-healthy foods.Eat a healthy diet that’s low in salt and solid fats and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
    • Exercise regularly. Exercise daily and increase your physical activity.
    • Quit smoking. If you smoke and can’t quit on your own, talk to your doctor about strategies or programs to help you break a smoking habit.
    • Maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight increases your risk of developing heart disease.
    • Keep blood pressure and cholesterol levels under control.  Make lifestyle changes and take medications as prescribed to correct high blood pressure (hypertension) or high cholesterol.
    • Drink alcohol in moderation. For healthy adults, that means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than age 65, and up to two drinks a day for men age 65 and younger.
    • Maintain follow-up care. Take your medications as prescribed and have regular follow-up appointments with your doctor. Tell your doctor if your symptoms worsen.


    To prevent atrial fibrillation, it’s important to live a heart-healthy lifestyle to reduce your risk of heart disease. A healthy lifestyle may include:

    • Eating a heart-healthy diet
    • Increasing your physical activity
    • Avoiding smoking
    • Keeping a healthy weight
    • Limiting or avoiding caffeine and alcohol
    • Reducing stress, as intense stress and anger can cause heart rhythm problems
    • Using over-the-counter medications with caution, as some cold and cough medications contain stimulants that may trigger a rapid heartbeat


    Did I see the word anger and stress above?!! Those look like everyday words to me!!  From now onwards, I have to remind myself every single day to keep calm and to keep stress and anger at bay!  I know it’s not easy but practice makes perfect!  It’s pointless being a perfectionist when you don’t live to reap the benefits. So yeah, I am going to try taking things easy. So what if my kids don’t score As in their exams or if  the house is not 100% clean?    I’m going to take imperfections in stride and include them as a part of my life!  I will try to leave my work desk by 10:30pm every day (or even earlier) so that I get at least 6 hours of sleep each day.  Work can continue the next day.  And I will continue with consuming Izumio hydrogen water and Super Lutein as both products have proven to improve heart disorders.




  • 23Sep

    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 operations. Irrespective of the unique challenge that is precluding your company from pushing forward, there are numerous strategies you can implement to help stimulate ongoing growth. Here are three:

    1. Shop Online.

    Shopping online for coffee shop supplies is a simple and effective way to keep your company growing. The benefit of shopping online is that you can save time and energy that would have been spent fighting traffic and standing in line at the store of a physical retailer. If you’re looking for the ideal online shop from which to purchase your coffee products, consider Espresso Parts. The company has extensive industry experience and is known for offering a diverse product selection.

    2. Carefully Evaluate Your Marketing Plan.

    In addition to shopping online for your coffee products, make sure that you are carefully evaluating your marketing plan. This step is important because facilitating growth is contingent upon your ability to connect with as many members of your target market as possible. In many cases, the simplest and most effective way for a coffee shop to update and optimize its marketing plan is to implement a digital campaign. These campaigns can help you build relationships and optimize the brand recognition process through efforts such as social media optimization, blog work, and e-newsletters.

    3. Invest In Your Health.

    One final strategy you should consider as you strive to keep your coffee company moving forward is the importance of health. Unfortunately, many coffee business owners fail to make the connection between great health and outstanding work performance. Don’t commit this error. Instead, recognize that being fit and feeling good increases your confidence, improves work stamina, and inspires the people around you to optimize their level of wellness. With all this in mind, make sure that you’re optimizing your health through measures such as eating well, sleeping regularly, avoiding the use of stimulants, and meditating.


    Oftentimes, a coffee shop owner’s dream is to see her or his company become wildly successful. This aspiration does not have to remain a dream. In fact, the vision can be realized by implementing simple growth strategies such as those outlined above. By buying coffee products online, developing strong marketing campaigns, and investing in your health, you’ll likely find that your coffee shop starts moving forward!



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  • 22Sep

    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? 🙂






  • 22Sep

    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 eczema on her hands became better after consuming high dosage of Izumio and Super Lutein for just 1.5 months.


    Read steroids side effects here: http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/ss/slideshow-steroids-101?ecd=soc_fb_091715_ss_steroids

    For those of you who missed out on my earlier posts on what Izumio and Super Lutein are and how they can help to ease a host of ailments, you can click on the following links to read:

    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,






    Super Lutein For Osteoarthritis – Testimonial

    You can email shireenyong@gmail.com to find out more about Izumio and Super Lutein.


  • 15Sep

    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 at only RM29.90.  What a steal it was!   I think I want to grab another punnet tomorrow after breakfast.

    Did you know that cherries are touted as a super food?

    For those of you who love cherries, this ruby sweet fruit is much more than a tasty summer treat. Cherries are known to combat cancer, improve sleep, balance blood pressure and ease gout. Compounds found within cherries also help to relieve pain. Possessing potent anti-inflammatory properties, these delicious gems are an excellent way to ward off disease.

    Rich in vitamins and minerals as well as antioxidants, cherries are a powerhouse of nutrition and should be enjoyed often.  If only cherries are more affordable in our country, I would definitely be stocking up cherries in my fridge!


  • 03Sep

    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.


  • 03Sep

    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 years before anybody knew about skin cancer of the harmful effect that the sun’s rays can have on skin. Around 30 years ago, tanning salons became very popular. These businesses gave people the opportunity to tan their skin without any sun exposure. However, the tanning beds also had the power to hurt the skin. At places like Sun Tan City, you can now darken your skin using a sunless tanner. Here are a few of the reasons why you should try sunless tanning.

    1. Your skin will not be harmed in any way
    This is an important consideration. Using the sun or a tanning bed to get your tan makes it possible that you can develop skin cancer. At the very least, you can harm your skin by burning it. None of these things are possible if you use sunless tanning. You will not need to worry about the horrible pain and dryness that are commonly associated with getting a sunburn. You will also not have to deal with your skin peeling off. There is absolutely no downside to trying sunless tanning. The health of your skin is not in any jeopardy.

    2. It does not fade quickly
    If you pay your money for a tan, you want it to last for more than just a couple of days. Fortunately, sunless tanning will last anywhere from 7-10 days, depending on the person. Everybody’s skin is different. Sunless tanning lasts longer on some people than others. There will be a person at the tanning salon who will be able to help you choose which shade your tan should be.

    3. It looks good
    When people think of using sunless tanning, they may have visions of ugly streaking or skin that looks orange instead of a sexy brown. This is not the case. There is no streaking and the tan looks healthy, natural and very attractive. You will not need to worry about other people being able to tell that you are using sunless tanning because it will look like the real thing to them. Its natural appearance is one of the biggest reasons why sunless tanning has become so popular.



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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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