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H20: Water for Health and Beauty

Did you know that our bodies are made up of 45-60% water? Ample hydration is essential for our organs and essential bodily functions to work properly. When so much of our survival depends on water, it's important to examine the quality of our water intake. After all, using poor quality water can be detrimental to our health. For instance, in some places, access to good quality drinking water might be difficult, and diseases spread as a result, such as dysentery.   Is Our Tap Water Safe for Drinking? Luckily, in Singapore, we have...

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Quiz: What’s Your Skin Condition

Did you know? Skin type does not equate to skin condition. Skin types are constant - we're born with it, but skin conditions can change with age and various external or internal stimulants. For example, you might have oily skin (skin type), but a stint of intensive exfoliation without ample hydration might have led to a flaky, tight and irritated skin surface, while skin beneath is still prone to oiliness and congestion - a dehydrated skin condition. Skin conditions can be reversed with proper care and the right products. What's your...

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Top Foods For Healthier Skin And Hair

Top foods for Healthier Hair and Skin

Avocados Avocados are full of natural healthy fatty acids and other goodness that is good for our skin. Some of it includes Vitamin K, Folate, Potassium,  Vitamin E, as well as a few varieties of Vitamin B and more. For those with extremely dry skin, avocado can help to hydrate our skin when applied on as a mask. Avocado also has wonderful healing properties for those with eczema and other skin conditions.   Berries Berries contain a powerful antioxidant known as Anthocyanin. The antioxidant can help scavenge free radicals. It may help reduce signs of...

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Wellness 101: How To Keep Anxiety At Bay Even At The Most Stressful Times

  Being in touch with our own feelings is an important part of our overall well being. However, with our busy lifestyle, we might neglect our own feelings and stress or even downplay them. Eventually, we feel dissatisfied, unhappy and lonely. Taking time to examine our own feelings and learning how to manage them in a healthy way is an important part of keeping ourselves in tune.   Talk with someone you trust Bottling up your feelings can become unhealthy. If you bottle your feelings too much, your negative feelings might eventually manifest themselves in...

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Lose Weight more effectively

The Best Exercises to Burn Fat and Build Muscle

  Did you know that running for an hour on the treadmill may not be the most effective way to lose weight? Here we highlight some proven ways to tone up more efficiently.   High-intensity interval training High-intensity interval training, also known as HIIT, is an exercise training method that alternates between intense bursts of extreme physical workouts and periods of rest. It is one of the most effective ways to lose weight as well as improve cardiovascular fitness.Compared with a long jog on the treadmill, a 20-minute intense workout actually burns more calories. As...

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How to reboot your diet, your habits and your health

Wellness 101: How to Reboot Your Diet

  With the Lunar New Year festivities over, it is time to re-examine our eating habits and plan how we can make a healthy diet part of our daily lifestyle. Here are some ways to kickstart making changes to the way we eat for good.   Look at nutritional labels Check out the nutrition content of what you're going to buy and compare. Knowing how to decode nutritional labels can help us become smarter shoppers. For those who find decoding nutritional labels difficult, here are the things we need to look out for when...

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Feast Wisely this Festive Season

From the irresistible bak kwa to melt in your mouth kueh bangkit and crunchy love letters, the Lunar New Year provides ample temptation for us to overeat. We may think that overeating during the festive season is perfectly fine as it is only once a year, but it is actually not a good idea to do so.   Why the Chinese New Year binge is a bad idea:   It makes us feel worse about ourselves: Overeating during the holiday season can create feelings of guilt in us. Our self-image may become affected.   We...

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