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7 Reasons You Need A Pair Of Dumbbells At Home

Owning a pair of dumbbells is half the battle won if you’re aiming for a toned figure. Photo: Pixabay / www.pexels.com Cardio is essential for getting rid of excess fat, but that’s not the only workout you need to do if you want to get fit. If you see people with an enviable, toned figure,
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Do These Yoga Poses If You Have Stiff Back & Shoulders

These yoga moves are like the magic lubricant to ease your tight back and shoulders. Got a computer back from those hours of hunching over the screen? Chances are, it’s stiff, sore and slouchy. To undo the digital-induced damage on your neck, back and shoulders, these yoga poses should do the trick. Recommended and demonstrated
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Here's Exactly How Acupuncture Can Give You Better Skin

Get healthy, glowing skin with acupuncture.  Photo: sheeler / 123rf.com Acupuncture is the practice of inserting needles into meridian points that affect the circulation of blood and Qi in the body. Though most acupuncture is used for illnesses, aches and pains, acupuncture for the skin, while less well-known, is based on the same healing principles. In TCM,
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Spleen Qi Deficiency: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment

In traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, major organs work by harnessing the body’s inner energy called qi. Spleen is paired with the stomach to process nutrients and regulate fluids. In TCM, spleen also regulates the raising qi. So when the organ malfunctions, it affects the body’s energies. This leads to a condition called Spleen Qi
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Fruits That Help Lower Blood Pressure

Maintain your blood pressure with these fruits. Photo: silviarita/ www.pixabay.com According to the National Health Survey (2010) conducted by The Ministry of Health, 23.5% of Singaporeans suffer from high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. Hypertension can lead to severe complications, such as heart disease, stroke, or even kidney failure. Besides leading a healthy lifestyle,
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Why You Really Should Monitor Your Child’s Myopia

Many kids in Singapore become short-sighted at a young age. Here’s why that’s a problem. Photo: Wang Tom/123rf.com At 65 per cent among Primary 6 pupils and 28 per cent among those in Primary 1, Singapore has one of the highest rates of myopia in the world. Figures from the Health Promotion Board show that
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6 Ways To Save Money On Your Dental Bills

Dental care can be seriously expensive. Here’s how you can keep the costs under control. Photo: Francesco Dibartolo/123rf.com Help out a dental student And save some money while you’re at it. The National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Dentistry offers general dental services by undergraduate dental students under supervision, as well as prosthodontics like crowns
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Natural Remedies to Prevent Water Retention

Edema is a condition wherein body fluids build up unnaturally in various parts of the body. It occurs when water becomes stuck within the tissues and organs. Edema or water retention is often caused by an underlying medical condition. This medical condition could be heart disease, kidney issues or liver disease. Edema also occurs during
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The Hidden Dangers of Eating Eggs

Eggs are healthy, inexpensive source of high-quality protein. Eggs are also available in your local supermarket, gas stations and health food stores. Eggs are a part of a healthy diet, but there are risks involved in eating too many eggs. They can be a source of food-borne diseases, among other things. Below are the hidden
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Banishing Flaky, Itchy Scalp The Natural Way

Dandruff occurs when the scalp sheds white flakes. These flakes are actually dead skin cells. Shedding dead skin cells is normal. The cells pushed themselves outwards the skin and scalp and die off. They flake out and go away on their own. But for some, the cell turnover is abnormally fast, shedding becomes persistent. The
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Treating Viral Infections with Essential Oils

Essential oil is made from collecting the volatile aromatic compounds from plant sources. This is why essential oils are also known as volatile oils. There are many ways to extract the aroma compounds of plants. These processes include distillation, expression and solvent extraction. Essential oils are typically used in aromatherapy. They are also popular as
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The Truth About Acai Berry Diet

Acai refers to a species of palm tree that bears edible fruits or “berries.” The acai fruit is acclaimed for its curative and weight loss benefits. The fruit is deep purple in color with a thin, pulpy flesh. Apart from being a rich source of vitamins and minerals, acai berry is teeming with antioxidants and
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Should You Drive Through A Flash Flood in Singapore?

Consider these things before driving on a flooded road. Singapore has been experiencing heavy rainfall and a few flash floods of late. Reader Ben Koh asked how safe it is to drive on a flooded road. “What’s a practical way of figuring out whether it is go, or no-go?” he asked. Senior transport correspondent Christopher Tan replied.
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Do This 7-Minute Kayla Itsines Workout For A Toned Body in Weeks

Kayla Itsines, author of Bikini Body Guide and personal trainer, designed this 7-minute workout to firm you up everywhere. Kayla Itsines, author of Bikini Body Guide, in one of her Instagram photos that shows off her rocking bod. Photo: Kayla Itsines Australian Instagram sensation, personal trainer and author of Bikini Body Guide, Kayla Itsines has one of
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Essential Oils to Treat Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are vascular structures in the anal canal. Usually, the structures help pass the stool. But when the structures become inflamed or swollen, it leads to hemorrhoidal disease. The most common symptoms of hemorrhoids include painless rectal bleeding, skin irritation and swelling in the anus. There is no known cause of hemorrhoids, but some factors
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All-Natural Remedies for Bad Breath

Any social situation gets even more awkward when you have bad breath. Halitosis is characterized by an unpleasant odor on the exhaled breath. It’s caused by bacteria in the gum line, on the back of the tongue and in between teeth. Bad breath is usually caused by oral problems. But there are times when bad
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8 Birth Control Methods That Really Work

If you want to prevent a pregnancy, don’t rely on the withdrawal method. Try these scientifically proven options instead. Safe and proven methods of birth control – from injections, pills, to even an app – are readily available. Photo: 123rf.com Not ready for a kid yet? Drink a toxic concoction of alcohol and dried beaver
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What Food Should You Avoid If You Have High Cholesterol?

Keep your cholesterol levels in check. Photo: lightwise / www.123rf.com Staying away from prawns for fear of raising your cholesterol level? While cholesterol is indeed present in the food we eat, most of the cholesterol floating in our blood is actually made in the liver. Therefore, it is a complete myth that elderly people have
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5 of the Best Milk to Drink

Not all types of milk are created equal. Each type of milk provides a range of nutrients that promote a healthy body. So which ones of the many milk types are right for you? In today’s post, we are listing down 5 of the best milk types you should try today! 1. Organic Cow’s Milk
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6 Uses and Benefits of Peppermint Oil

Peppermint is a cross between water mint and spearmint. Although peppermint is a hybrid plant, it’s been used for almost ten thousand years to treat a range of illnesses. The herb is native to Europe and the Middle East. The leaves and essential oil of peppermint are often used to treat a variety of health
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8 Great Reasons to Have More Me Time in 2018

Go ahead and be by yourself whenever you can – it’ll do wonders for your mental and emotional health. Photo: 123rf.com There seems to be a stigma to doing things alone (eg. “Why is she eating alone, she got no friends, ah?”), that it means you’re anti-social or not worthy of loved ones. We’re here
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Lower Your Risk of Diabetes with Antioxidant Rich Foods

Consuming foods such as fruits, vegetables and tea can lead to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes. Photo: Jeshoots.com/ www.pexels.com According to a recent study published in Diabetologia, the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD), a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes.
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12 Ways to Get Richer in 2018

The start of the year is the best time to look at how you can be smarter with your finances. Photo: 123rf.com With the year ahead of us, it is an opportune time to review our financial health, ensure that we are on track to achieve our goals and make necessary adjustments. Buoyed by a
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4 'Minor' Aches And Pains You Should Never Ignore

See a doctor if you experience these aches. Photo: primagefactory / www.123rf.com A slip, a trip, a fall. An injury can occur after even the most innocuous of accidents. If the pain seems mild or you’re not sure what damage you’ve done, it may be tempting to rest for a while, shake it off and then carry
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Here's How DNA Testing Could Actually Help You Get Healthier

Can’t seem to achieve your weight loss or fitness goals? DNA testing might have the answers. Photo: wxin/123rf.com Mention genetic testing and what comes to mind is forensics or medical diagnostics such as oncology or prenatal testing. Now, you can add wellness solutions to the list, as more companies worldwide offer test kits that analyse
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The Surprising Health Benefits of Balsamic Vinegar

Balsamic vinegar is a type of vinegar made from reduced cooked white Trebbiano grape juice. The vinegar, which originated in Italy, is often used as a condiment. Balsamic vinegar is highly valued for its balanced sweetness, acidity, and tartness. Because it’s made from grapes, it’s no surprise that balsamic vinegar offers a lot of health
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Feeling Stressed? Uh-oh, That's Bad News For Your Heart

Here’s exactly how stress affects your heart. Photo: Kritsanapong Thongthae / www.123rf.com It is perfectly normal for people to respond differently to the same events and situations. One may find an event extremely enjoyable but another may find the same event terribly frustrating. (Also Read: Most Women Can’t Tell When They’re Having a Heart Attack. Here’s
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