Wellness

Of late, you would’ve noticed the word mindfulness appearing frequently in reading materials. It is the latest trendy term in the world of self-improvement. A quick online check of the word reveals more than 300 million articles have been written on the subject. The opposite of meditation, which requires you to empty your mind, mindfulness
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Don’t shy away from the topic of condoms, as this unglamorous contraceptive is one of the most effective methods of preventing sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancies. There tends to be an unfair stigma against discussing condoms, let alone using them. Once, while attending a talk on sexual health, a condom was passed around for
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Humidifiers can ease problems caused by dry indoor air, like dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips. They can also help ease symptoms of a cold or other respiratory conditions. Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapour or steam to increase moisture levels in the air (humidity). There are several types: • Central humidifiers are built
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Antimicrobials are medicines that inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, and cause their death. Over the years, due to overuse/misuse of antimicrobials, these microorganisms have mutated into “superbugs” that have the ability to resist antimicrobial treatment. As a result, infections continue to persist, resulting in prolonged illness and the
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Why does our tummy growl when we think of food or have ‘butterflies’ when we are nervous, whereas an upset tummy causes anxiousness or a bloated tummy brings your mood down? There is a link between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis. This intimate bi-directional link is the result of the
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In a new study in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Surrey (Surrey) in the United Kingdom have discovered a link between meditation and how individuals respond to feedback. Participants in the study – a mixture of experienced, novice and non-meditators – were trained to select images associated
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We hear so much about self-improvement – but what about self-acceptance? Ah, January. The month when gym memberships soar, salad sales go up, and we’re swamped with encouraging messages of “New Year, New You”. Just before sitting down to write this column, I scanned social media to see several posts on self-improvement: “This is the
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Probiotics, or good bacteria, are live microorganisms that replenish “good” bacteria found in our guts and provide positive health benefits when taken in adequate amounts. Probiotics play various roles in our bodies by helping to digest food that cannot break down efficiently, increasing the body’s metabolism by extracting more energy from food nutrients, producing B
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The statistics make for grim reading: Approximately two-thirds of Malaysians have at least one of three lifestyle (non-communicable) diseases (NCDs) – diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) or hypercholesterolaemia. This is according to the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS). In fact, 7.2% of Malaysians have all three NCDS, while 26.3% have two. Hypercholesterolaemia The
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the environment in relation to health as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviours”. There’s no avoiding interaction with the environment as we go about our daily business of living. And as the world changes and gets more polluted, these
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Infants and toddlers in low-income communities may be even more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke exposure than has been believed, according to new research. In testing that included more than 1,200 children, researchers found that up to 15% of them had levels of cotinine, a byproduct of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable
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Yes, your brain is like a muscle: If you don’t strengthen and stretch its capacities, it will not deliver high performance. But your brain is not like one of those forgiving muscles that lets you engage in a lifetime of indolence and then perks up willingly when you take up weight-training upon retirement. No, your
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Good digestive health is important to maintain a healthy immune system, as 80% of our body’s immune system is centred in our gut and it is the body’s first line of defence against infections. Unfortunately, Malaysians place little emphasis on digestive health. Citing from the Ministry of Health’s Health Facts 2017, “Digestive system diseases were
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Meningococcal septicaemia, also called meningococcaemia, refers to a sudden onset of a bloodstream infection. Complications include limb or hearing loss, cognitive dysfunction, visual impairment, educational difficulties, developmental delays, motor nerve deficits, seizure disorders, and possibly death. Tiny, but deadly The bacteria Neisseria meningitidis is the culprit behind meningococcal septicaemia. It can also cause meningitis and
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Goodnite International Sdn Bhd is the largest bedding manufacturer with the first StatFree anti-static mattress in Malaysia. Goodnite Mattress is helping Malaysians get a good night’s sleep through comfortable beds and quality bedding material containing its proprietary StatFree layer, which neutralises static electricity. Its Love Series Queen Size mattress (5-inch) starts from RM2,199 – a great
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A new Cochrane Review published on Nov 17, 2018, has found that increasing the intake of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids during pregnancy reduces the risk of premature births. Premature birth is the leading cause of death for children under five years of age worldwide, accounting for close to one million deaths annually. Premature babies
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Having a healthy immune system is vital for good health and there are many factors which can positively influence it. While leading a healthy lifestyle that incorporates healthy eating habits and regular physical activity can be considered as the de facto standard, many do not realise your immunity is closely linked to good digestive health
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Treat yourself to a complimentary skincare service at Lancome Gardens Boutique at selected counters nationwide to experience the Lancome Youth Infusion. The service, available to anyone looking to try Lancome’s Advanced Genifique serum out, aims at showing the efficacy of Advanced Genifique and Advanced Genifique Light Pearl using a face probe and an eye probe respectively with three
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Are you suffering from poor digestion? Do you (or someone you know) frequently experience bloating, tummy discomfort, diarrhoea or constipation? These are all common digestive ailments that afflict many people, yet most often pay little attention until more serious symptoms start appearing and until the pain becomes unbearable. Gut And Health Gut health and overall
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