Treatment and Surgical Procedures for Cardiovascular Diseases

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Published on: August 21, 2017

To treat different cardiovascular diseases, the person is advised by the cardiologist to make changes in diet and lifestyle, to take medications based on the heart screening tests, to monitor blood pressure everyday, and to undergo surgical procedure if needed and as advised by a heart surgeon.

Lifestyle Changes

For some people in Singapore who were able to get diagnosis and treatment early, changing bad habits may be the only solution to the problem.

1. Diet. Changes in the diet can improve most symptoms. That doesn’t mean you can no longer eat your favorite food, but you have to do everything in moderation. Go for balanced meals that provide your body with all the nutrients needed without relying on supplements. You might have to lower the sodium, solid fats, refined grains and sugar content in your food, however.

2. Drinking. This refers not just to alcoholic beverages but to sugary drinks as well. Drink less soda and always opt for water instead. Even juice drinks should be consumed moderately. As for alcoholic drinks, one glass a day should be enough to help your body.

3. Weight. Being overweight or obese increases the chances of getting heart diseases. To recover from illnesses, you will need to cut down on your calorie intake by eating small portions of food and eating a balanced diet. If you’re having trouble changing your diet, talk to your heart doctor about recommending a dietitian to help you lose weight safely. Your cardiologist will also advise that you need to have a BMI less than 25 as well as a waistline not more than 35 inches.

4. Exercise. Even if you start watching your diet, you cannot maintain a healthy weight if you just sit the whole day. You need to be more active or else even the best cardiologist in Singapore can’t help you. But before you start working out, ask your cardiologist while doing a heart screen test at Gleneagles in Singapore about the correct exercise plan that is safe for you. Some people are not supposed to exert a lot of effort and walking might be the only exercise they need.

5. Smoking. Most doctors would advise patients to quit smoking as the first step in relieving symptoms not just in cardiovascular diseases, but in many other illnesses as well. People who are also exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk.

6. Stress. Stay away from people and things that can cause stress. If you’re stressed, your body will try to compensate by over-eating and drinking. Talk to your heart doctor if you are having a hard time managing stress at work and home. You might be showing signs of depression too, which will only aggravate your heart disease.

Medications

The following might be prescribed for your cardiovascular disease.

1. Beta-Blockers. These medicines will prevent the adrenaline hormone from acting on your heart. The effect is that your heart rate slows down, allowing the heart to pump blood more efficiently without over-working.

2. Calcium Channel Blockers. These are used to help the muscles in your heart contract and pump by preventing the movement of calcium into the heart and blood vessels. The effect is that the blood vessels are able to relax.

3. Antiplatelent Agents. One example of this is the Aspirin. It will help stop blood clots from forming. The antiplatelet agent will prevent the blood platelets from sticking together.

4. Anticoagulants. They are called blood thinners because they decrease the coagulation of blood in the blood vessels that could cause a stroke.

5. ACE Inhibitors. These are medications that lower the levels of angiotensin II so that the blood vessels can expand. The blood is able to flow freely without obstruction in the blood vessels.

6. Vasodilators. Your heart doctor in Singapore might refer to this as nitrates. They help your blood vessels relax so that the heart isn’t over-worked.

7. Diuretics. Your body needs to get rid of excess amounts of sodium and fluids. Diuretics can help by removing the buildup fluids and disposing them through the urine.

8. Angiotensin II Receptor Blockers. These function differently from ACE inhibitors. ARBs prevent angiotensin II from affecting the blood vessels and the heart so that the blood pressure stays normal.

9. Digitalis Preparations. It is prescribed by the cardiologist for people with irregular heartbeats and heart failure. It is supposed to increase the force of your heart’s contractions.

10. Angiotensin-Receptor Neprilysin Inhibitors. This is a combination of ARB and a neprilysin inhibitor. It works by breaking down the blockages in the arteries and reducing the salt retention.

11. Combined Alpha and Beta Blockers. This is used on patients during a hypertensive crisis and to prevent heart failure.

12. Cholesterol-Lowering Medicines. The cardiologist might prescribe one of these three; statins, nicotinic acids or cholesterol absorption inhibitors.

Surgical Procedures

Before a surgical procedure is recommended, the cardiologist will need to assess your overall health using various heart screening tests. If lifestyle changes and medication can’t repair the damage to the heart or the blood vessels, the cardiologist will refer you to a heart surgeon.

1. Bypass Surgery. This will help improve the flow of blood to the heart for people with coronary heart disease. The heart surgeon grafts a healthy artery or vein so that it goes around the blocked vessel.

2. Heart Valve Repair/Replacement. The heart surgeon will recommend this to people with damaged valves by replacing the valve with man-made or biological valve, inserting a catheter in a large blood vessel to the heart or by making a cut in the chest and left ventricle.

3. Heart Transplant. This is the removal of the person’s heart so it can be replaced with a healthy heart from a donor.

4. Angioplasty. This procedure attaches tubes and a balloon to the arteries so that the blocked blood vessels are widened. Sometimes a catheter with a laser tip is used instead. Atherectomy is also a similar procedure which uses a rotating shaver on the catheter instead of the laser.

5. Transmyocardial Revascularization. The heart surgeon makes an incision on the left breast so that the heart can be drilled.

14 Autobiographical Books to Read

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Published on: July 31, 2017

Add these inspirational books to your reading list.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Maya and her brother were sent to live with her grandmother at the age of three. At 16 years old, she became a mother. The book chronicles her transformation from a victim to a strong young woman.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
This is an unfinished book by one of the Founding Fathers of the US known for his various skills and interests. He wrote the book when he was 65 years old.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Originally written in Dutch, Anne wrote a diary while her family escaped and hid from the Nazis in Netherlands. When she died, her diary was given to her father who was the only survivor in the family.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
It’s a semi-autobiographical account of a woman named Esther Greenwood who suffered from a mental illness and attempts suicide. The writer herself committed suicide just after the book was published.

The Story of My Experiments with Truth by Mahatma Gandhi
He wrote the book detailing his life until 1921. It originally appeared as a four-year series in the journal Navjivan.

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman
The Nobel Prize-winning physicist wrote a mix of humorous and serious topics about different incidents in his life from his hobbies to his work on the Manhattan Project.

Old School by Tobias Wolff
This first appeared as a series of short stories in The New Yorker. It mirrors Wolff’s life when he attended an elite boarding school in the US.

My Lifelong Challenge Singapore’s Bilingual Journey by Lee Kuan Yew
Singapore’s first prime minister wrote several memoirs including this. It details the nation’s struggle to include the different cultural groups as well as his own study of the Chinese language.

Wild Swans by Jung Chang
The book recounts the lives of three generations of women in China. It talks about Chang’s grandmother, mother and her own.

My Struggle by Karl Ove Knausgaard
This is a six-part novel by Knausgaard detailing his private pleasures, humiliations and dark thoughts. He began writing in 2008 about the troubled relationship with his father.

Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
The 11th president of India wrote about his early life until his opportunity to lead the Indian space and nuclear research programs. He was a son of a boat owner but he became a scientist and a statesman.

Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler
Written by history’s most notorious villain, the book talks about Hitler’s political ideology and plans for the nation. He started writing it while he was detained in 1923.

The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein
This was written based on the life of Stein’s partner Alice B. Toklas and how they met through Stein’s sister-in-law in 1906.

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
McCourt was born to a poor Irish immigrant family. He details his early life and his family’s struggles to live a decent life despite poverty and illness.

What You Need to Know About Botox

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Published on: July 28, 2017

You will often hear the word Botox as a cosmetic for removing wrinkles and as a treatment for muscular conditions. It’s a product name for botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin from the Clostridium botulinum bacteria.

How does it work?

The toxin works by paralyzing the muscles temporarily. The source bacteria is inactive in a natural environment and become harmful when when its spores become vegetative cells and they begin producing botulinum toxin excessively. An infection of the botulinum toxin is called botulism. It can cause respiratory failure by targeting the signals in the nervous system. It is considered one of the deadliest substances.

In very small concentrations, botulinum toxin can stop signals from the nerve cells by preventing the release of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter. The muscles are paralyzed for a while because they don’t receive instructions. There are currently eight types of these neurotoxins.

What is it used for?

It’s used for the following medical conditions: muscular disorders, bowel and bladder disorders like urinary incontinence, chronic migraine, excessive sweating, eye squints or spasm of the eyelids, crossed eyes, severe neck and shoulder spasms, post-stroke upper limb spasticity, hemifacial spasm, esophageal issues, anal sphincter dysfunction, allergic rhinitis, cerebral palsy, contraction of jaw or vocal chords, and hypersalivation.

For cosmetic purposes, they remove frown lines and crow’s feet. The toxin is diluted sodium chloride and injected directly into the neuromuscular tissue. It usually takes three to five days to take full effect. An injection relaxes the muscles causing the overlying skin to become smooth.

Is it safe?

Don’t worry, botulinum toxin is safe at correct dosages, but it should not be administered to people who have allergic reactions to the drug or to pregnant or lactating mothers.

Its side effects include pain at the injection site as well as edema; headache; transient numbness; temporary weakness of muscles, weakness or drooping of eyelids; dysphagia; nausea; brachial plexopathy; blurred or double vision; dry mouth; rashes or hives and swelling; fatigue and wheezing. There is a danger that the effect can spread to other parts of the body.

Botox treatment for wrinkles are effective for at least four months, so the injections can be repeated when the effects wear off.

If you’re considering getting one for cosmetic purposes, consider the proper labeling, naming and dosage of the types of botulinum toxin used for the procedure. The most common brand names are the following: Botox Cosmetic is named onabotulinumtoxinA, while Myobloc is called rimabotulinumtoxinB. Dysport is called abobotulinumtoxinA while Xeomin is named incobotulinumtoxinA.

What should I remember?

When considering getting a Botox for your wrinkles, tell your doctors about your medical history such as allergies, nerve and muscle conditions, your medicines and supplements, and the side effects after the treatment. Remember that these injections should only be done by licensed doctors and treatments are spaced at least three months.

Before doing injections, the doctor will do a facial analysis and interview. During treatment, the specialist will inject three areas of the muscle at the side of each eye, while five injections are done on the forehead muscles.

6 Common Myths About Engagement Ring

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Published on: June 9, 2017

When you have finally decided to pop the question, it seems like everybody becomes interested of your next move—buying an engagement ring. People don’t hesitate to give advice that is said to supposedly make wedding ring shopping easier.

However, not all advices and the things we believe about buying engagement rings are true. Many of these are just myths and are actually completely false.

When it comes to buying engagement and wedding rings, there are no necessary rules to follow. Here are the most common myths and the truth behind them.

Myth #1: The Cost of the Ring Should Be Three Months’ Worth of Salary

By far, this is the most misunderstood thing about buying an engagement ring. If you have been researching about wedding rings, for sure you have encountered that a good rule of thumb is to spend about three months’ worth of your salary for an engagement ring. However, this is a rule made decades ago to encourage consumers to spend more on wedding ring and grow the diamond industry.

Today, with so many alternatives available and elements you can add on a simple ring to make it look more sophisticated, there’s no reason to constrict yourself to this rule. There are now so many options for different price range that buying a ring from an engagement ring shop in Singapore makes it all about your budget and how much you can afford. There’s no specific number that serves as one-size-fits-all answer as to how much a person should spend.

Myth #2: As Brilliant and Clear as Possible

While a diamond’s most important criteria is its brilliance and clarity, it is not its only criteria, especially with coloured diamonds. Tradition and symbolism of love can still be greatly achieved with a ring that we don’t typically see on every bride’s hand. More and more women are embracing the beauty of coloured stones because although they love diamonds, they also want something unique and one of a kind.

Coloured diamonds, for example, are also graded based on 4Cs (colour, cut, clarity and carat), with the colour as the most important of factor. Therefore, clarity and brilliance doesn’t matter as much with coloured stones. And even if you go for the colourless one, you can accentuate a less bright diamond with a halo of yellow or pink stones to make it look more expensive.

Myth #3: The Bigger the Stone, the Better

It is very common for people to think that women want a huge stone on her finger. In a society where bigger is always seen as better, it’s no longer a surprise that bigger diamonds appear to be more likeable. There is also an outdated belief that the bigger the diamond, the bigger love the man has for the woman.

But believe it or not, not all women want a gigantic diamond ring. Some prefer the charm of smaller, more sophisticated stones on their finger. And, not all jobs here in Singapore allow women to wear big-stoned jewelleries. Ring shopping is not just about your preferences for your soon-to-be fiancé, but also about getting the right one that suits her lifestyle.

Myth #4: Recycled Diamond Is a Bad Omen

Diamonds hold their value very well, making it possible for people to resell or pass on diamonds from their engagement rings. One reason for reselling a diamond ring is divorce, and for many, buying a ring from a divorced couple is a bad omen for soon-to-be married couples.

But of course, we all know that the future of the marriage depends on the relationship you have with your partner. Rest assured that the story behind a recycled diamond will not impact the future of your life together as husband and wife. Plus, it’s a great way to save extra money if you buy a second hand stone or proposal ring.

Myth #5: Round Cut Is the Best Diamond Cut

Even if you don’t know much about diamonds, you know that round cut is the most popular choice iof diamond shape. What many of us don’t know is that while round diamond is the most well-known cut, there are plenty of options that could be far better. Furthermore, if you’re considering coloured stones, round cut is usually more expensive since it takes time and effort for the jeweller to polish the stone to make the colour visible without affecting its clarity.

Less common shapes for a proposal ring include oval, emerald, heart, asscher, pear, marquise and princess, all of which offering a chock full of personality and unique beauty. Round diamond may be the perfect cut for some, but don’t forget to factor in your woman’s personality, lifestyle and overall nature.

Myth #6: It Should Be a Surprise

Popping the question with a ring on your hand has always been a romantic way of proposing. However, more and more modern couples in Singapore are embracing the practicality of shopping together for engagement rings. Yes, it will no longer be a surprise, but you’ll be 100% sure that your fiancé will love and wear the ring for the rest of her life.

Moreover, shopping with your significant other not only gives her the privilege to pick the ring she wants, but also gives you the opportunity to talk about budget. An engagement ring is a major expense, and there will be more expenses to come for the wedding.

Now that you know the truth behind the popular beliefs about engagement rings, you are in a much better position to make a smart decision and shop for the right ring for your significant other.

Financial Qualities to Look for in a Partner

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Published on: May 29, 2017

Someone once told me that men marry for love, while women marry for security. Although it isn’t the most romantic thing to hear, on some level, it does make sense. Every time we hear a woman who refuses to date a man who doesn’t earn six figures, we instantly dismiss them as opportunistic or shallow – but the truth is, we actually understand. Some women need to have that kind of security, but we believe that there are more important financial qualities to look out for when looking for a potential partner – and some of those qualities are as follows:

1. Someone Who’s Ambitious

While there’s no need for every woman to date a millionaire, it’s never a bad idea to find someone who isn’t a slacker. A drive to earn is an essential quality to have, especially if you’re looking for someone you’d want to spend your life with. He doesn’t need to have lots of money yet, but wouldn’t it better to find someone who’s determined to chase his dreams?

2. Someone Who Has a Clear Financial Goal

Ambition is just the first half of the equation – he needs to have a clear financial goal as well. Does he know what steps to take to get where he wants to be, career-wise? Or is he someone who sorts of just go with the flow and waits for things to turn out well. When it comes to finances, is he productive or passive?

3. Someone Who Desires to Learn New Things

The best way to avoid a stagnant career is to continue studying. For instance, doctors attend medical conferences because there’s always something new in science – and the same thing is true in every industry. So be sure to date someone who strives to earn more degrees, set new goals and develop bigger dreams. After all, a person who strives hard in his career likely works just as hard in his personal life.


4. Someone Who Won’t Be Jealous of Your Success

Aside from having ambition and a financial goal, your potential partner should be someone who’s happy with your own success. Don’t settle for someone who’ll make you prioritize his dreams over yours. Remember, his desires may be important, but so is your own dreams and goals.

Apart from being smart and having a good sense of humour, a good financial quality is also a must-have when looking for a potential partner. So before you start taking things seriously, ensure that the person you’re dating now has the aforementioned qualities. Finding someone who has these qualities will certainly make you feel secure both now and in the future.

Why You Should Consider Going Gluten-Free

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Published on: May 25, 2017

Gluten is a form of protein that’s found in wheat, which helps it rise and retain its shape. Most variants of pasta and bread have it, making it quite difficult to avoid. But despite that, there are still some people who live their lives without consuming the said protein. Some do it for health reason, while others go gluten-free for weight loss purposes. While some see it as a fad diet, there’s no denying the fact that going gluten-free worked wonders for some people. With that in mind, we listed down some reasons why living a life free of gluten might actually be a good idea.

1. It Prevents the Onset of Celiac Disease

Basically, celiac disease is a gluten intolerance. People who suffer from this illness tend to experience an immunity system response that damages a part of their small intestine known as the villi. The villi aids our body in absorbing nutrients from the food we eat, and without it, we will end up being extremely malnourished. So if you ever experience symptoms like becoming gassy or feeling stomach pains after consuming anything with gluten, do consult your physician to get a proper diagnosis.

2. It Encourages You to Eat Healthier

Another reason to go gluten-free is because it gravitates you towards eating healthier meals. Fruits and veggies are some of the healthy gluten-free foods, although gluten-free versions of bread and pasta exist as well. Yet, we’re not saying that all gluten-free products are healthy for that’s one of the common misconceptions about the diet. What we’re emphasizing is, gluten-free or not, you should always check the food labels to see its cholesterol, sodium and sugar content.

3. It Improves Digestion

Decreasing your gluten consumption is an easy way of dealing with bloating and upset stomachs. Just make sure that you double-check if it’s really the protein that’s causing you all these issues before fulling committing into the diet plan.

4. It Helps Cure Eczema

Several studies have shown that celiac disease and eczema are related, and going on a gluten-free diet helped people suffering from celiac improve their eczema. So if you’re suffering from eczema, do go gluten-free for a while and see how it’ll work on you.

5. It Trains You to Check Food Labels

Another benefit of going gluten-free is it makes you more critical of your choice of meals. Sure, excluding gluten from diet can be a real hassle, but it’ll force you to read the ingredients list of a certain product before you decide on putting it on your grocery cart. This habit trains you to be more wary of what’s in your food, which could eventually lead to a healthier eating.

Despite being touted as a fad diet, no one could deny that gluten-free diets work wonders for many people. Not only does it help prevent ailments like celiac disease and eczema, it also provides amazing weight loss benefits. So give this diet plan a shot and see how it could lead your lifestyle to a healthier route.

Retirement Saving Tips for Millennials

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With today’s more competitive job market and fresh graduates burdened with student loan debt, it’s obvious why most millennials are less aggressive when it comes to saving for their retirement. If you are part of the generation Y who’s ready to explore the world of investing, here are some important points to keep in mind when planning to start saving for a retirement fund.

  1. Find a Reliable Advisor

If you have zero experience and limited knowledge about bonds, stocks and mutual funds, you’ll probably feel overwhelmed by the volume of investment options out there. Finding someone who can give you sensible and unbiased advice on what moves to make is critical to your financial health.

While it’s tempting to run to your parents for financial advice, it’s a better idea to talk to an expert who specializes in your demographic. After all, financial strategies suitable for a 25-year-old is likely very different from a 45-year-old.

  1. Start Investing Early

If you find it difficult to save a portion of your monthly pay check, you need to find an investment tool to make saving less effortful for you right away. Check if your employer offers a CPF (Central Provident Fund) or an SRS (Supplementary Retirement Scheme) and learn how to use it well.

These programs will help you save by providing tax benefits and automatically deducting your monthly payment from your pay check, so you’ll never get a chance to spend it. If you’re self-employed or if your employer doesn’t offer such programs, set up a direct deposit to an independent retirement account to make saving easier.

  1. Budget Your Lifestyle

If you’re young, this might be the hardest thing to do. Millennials tend to enjoy life too much—we often buy expensive things recklessly, travel on whims and have frequent night-outs. All of these habits cost you more money that you could have saved for your retirement.

Realistically, we don’t want to deprive ourselves of having fun in order to save, so plan for practical ways to save. Things like minimizing use of air conditioning system or turning off appliances when not in use will help reduce electricity bill. Pay your bills on time, so you won’t incur penalty charges and deactivate unnecessary premium subscriptions.

Investing and planning for retirement can seem like a hassle, but for millenials who have witnessed firsthand how unpredictable the economy can be, it’s particularly scary. If you are not ready to take the risk, taking baby steps and starting educating yourself as early as now goes a long way to ensuring your future.

Steer Clear from These Thrift Buys to Avoid Clutter at Home

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Published on: April 7, 2017

 

Amidst its fabulous and upmarket shopping scene, Singapore is also thriving with thrift shops and flea markets, all filled with interesting items at extremely cheap prices. However, the thrill of finding new things from these stores often don’t last because if you’re not selective of the things you buy, you’ll end up with a box of useless things that will only cause clutter in your house. To ensure your space remains clutter-free, here’s a list of things we strongly recommend that you should avoid when going thrift shopping.

  1. Retro Clothing

Many of us have this I’m-going-to-make-this-work mindset when we see an interesting retro fashion item. Unless you are going to a 70s-themed costume party this Halloween, it would be good idea to just leave it on the rack.

  1. Broken Furniture

Second-hand boutiques are great places for scoring items to up-cycle. However, if you can’t commit a hundred percent to repairing a damaged thrift find, better just skip it. Otherwise, that cabinet with the broken drawers will just become a big clutter in your home.

  1. Broken Decor Pieces

When checking out old vases and frames, sometimes we find something that initially looks stunning that we look past its cracks and damages. If you know how to fix it and you’re absolutely sure you can, go ahead and buy it. If not, buy something else.

  1. Small Kitchen Appliances

You might think you’d do better hunting for waffle maker and toaster at a local thrift shop than spending hundreds of bucks at a retail store. Sure, you can find such appliances for SS10 or less, but you run the risk of purchasing outdated appliances that may not work with your household. This does not only add clutter, but also is a waste of your money.

  1. Used Jewelleries

Thrift shops are excellent places for finding marked-down jewelleries. However, if you are not knowledgeable about recognizing genuine stones and metals, you can easily be deceived into buying fake items.

  1. Extremely Damaged Books

If you love to read, by all means help yourself to the piles of books at the stores, but be sure not to pick ones with cheap covers or damaged binding. Surely, after reading the book you’d want to display it, and it wouldn’t be worth displaying if it’s falling apart.

Shopping in Singapore has gotten more expensive over the years, which is the very reason why thrift shops sprung up like mushrooms. If you just know what to buy and not to buy, you will certainly find incredible second hand steals that are actually useful.

12 Health Benefits of Aloe Vera Gel

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Published on: March 22, 2017

Aloe vera, a type of succulent plant, has been used for a myriad of purposes since ancient times. Called “the plant of mortality”, almost all part of this plant contains a myriad of nutritional elements that can be used to treat both internal and external health problems.

Aloe leaves produce a clear gel that, when extracted from the plant, can be applied topically to heal wounds or can be drank to soothe internal problems. It is also said to be an effective product to treat minor skin infections, burns, diabetes, cysts, elevated blood lipids, and some more serious conditions like genital herpes, eczema, psoriasis, skin ulcers, and canker sores.
If you yourself want to try the amazing effects of this wonder plant, here are 10 more benefits of using aloe vera gel.

1. It moisturizes the skin. Aloe vera Singapore can serve as a moisturizer without leaving a greasy feel to the skin, making it a perfect facial moisturizing product for people with oily skin type. For women, aloe’s gel is a great primer before putting on make-up to keep the skin hydrated throughout the day. For men, the gel can be used as an aftershave balm as its healing properties can treat small cuts caused by shaving.

2. It treats acne. For treating acne, aloe vera contains two hormones: Gibberellins and Auxin. These hormones have anti-inflammatory properties that soothe wounds and minor infections caused by acne. Gibberellin, in particular, is a growth hormone that stimulates the regeneration of cells and, as a result, heals inflammation quickly with minimal scarring.

3. It’s a great ‘adaptogen’. Aloe vera has great adaptogen properties. An adaptogen is something that boosts the body’s ability to adapt to resist illnesses and adapt to external changes. It is believed that the plant’s adaptogen properties balance the body’s system, strengthening the adaptive and defence mechanisms of the body. This increases your body’s natural ability to cope with stress, whether emotionally, mentally, physically or environmentally.

4. It fights aging. As we age, our skin ages with us. We begin to see fine lines on our faces and lose the elasticity of our skin. Therefore, consuming good aloe vera from Singapore is abundant in antioxidants, including vitamins C, E and beta carotene, that help improve the skin’s natural firmness and hydration.

5. It soothes periodontal disease. Researchers said that aloe vera gel is extremely helpful in the treatment of gum diseases, like periodontitis and gingivitis. It reduces inflammation, swelling, and bleeding of the gums. It’s powerful antiseptic and antifungal properties greatly helps in keeping the teeth and gums free from harmful bacteria that can cause serious dental problems like apthous ulcers and denture stomatitis, as well as cracked corners of the mouth.

6. It treats sunburn. Perhaps, this is the most popular use of aloe vera. Its powerful healing activity helps soothe burns at the epithelial layer of the skin, a layer of cells that covers the body. Applying aloe gel on the skin will serve as the skin’s protective layer while replenishing the lost moisture. Because of the plant’s nutritional and antioxidant properties, burns in the topmost layer of the skin heal much faster.

7. It blurs out stretch marks. The skin is a big piece of elastic that expands and contracts to accommodate growth. However, if the skin is stretched our too much (due to pregnancy or rapid weight loss or gain), the natural elasticity of the skin may perish, resulting to the appearance of stretch marks. These unsightly marks appear because of the minor tears in the skin layers caused by excessive stretching. Aloe gel can help blur out stretch marks by healing wounds in the skin.

8. It aids digestion. Aloe vera doesn’t only offer external benefits, but internal benefits as well. The plant extract is said to alleviate ulcers and boost digestion. Some people in Singapore even consider it a natural laxative. To test such claims, steep a couple of cuts of the plant’s leaves in water or chew small pieces of fresh leaf.

9. It regulates weight and energy levels. As mentioned, regular use of aloe vera extract boosts the body’s digestion, keeping the body in its optimum performance. And because of this, your energy level increases and maintaining a healthy body weight is much easier.

10. It provides essential nutrients. Eight amino acids (lysine, phenylalanine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, valine, threonine, and tryptophan) that are essential and cannot be naturally produced by the body are found in the plant. Taking aloe vera gel regularly helps maintain a healthier body by naturally providing your system with these essential amino acids.

11. It alkalizes the body. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses cannot survive in an alkaline environment. However, most people in Singapore are consuming more acidic food. To keep the body alkalized, remember the 80/20 rule—80 percent alkaline foods, 20 percent acidic foods. This plant is a great source to alkalize the body, helping to balance acidic dietary habits.

12. It helps in detoxification. Aloe vera gel is a gelatinous substance, just like chia seeds and seaweeds. The main health benefit of consuming these gelatinous foods is that the gels move smoothly through the intestine, collecting toxins along the way, and get eliminated through the colon. By consuming aloe gel, you’re helping your body in the proper elimination of waste and in the detoxification of your body.

Aloe vera is incredibly medicinal, yet moderate usage is still highly advisable. Just because a little amount is beneficial, doesn’t mean that a lot is better. If you want to reap these health benefits, stick to a maximum of four ounces a day.

6 Cleaning Weapons to Get Your Home Guest-Ready

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Published on: March 17, 2017

 

We try our best to keep our homes clean, especially during this time of the year when family and friends are bound to visit your home to celebrate the holidays. Cleaning should be made easier, but do you have the right products and tools? Here’s a round-up of the basic cleaning agents and tools to help keep your home squeaky clean and ready for the season.

  1. All-Purpose Cleaner

Find an all-purpose cleaner that isn’t just powerful, but non-toxic as well so you won’t have to rinse it afterwards—just wipe it dry, saving you a lot of time when cleaning. Natural ingredients like coco oil and corn oil boost the grease-busting properties of the product while keeping it toxic-free. Use them to wipe clean the countertops and the dining table.

  1. Cleaning Brush

Soft sponges and rags just won’t cut it. For more intensive cleaning or hard-to-remove stains and grime, you need stiff brush to have it done.  Brush with handle would be ideal to keep your hands off the grime.

  1. Scourers

A scourer pad has so many uses: it scrubs away grime, removes encrustations from pans and helps remove dirt and mould build-up in between tiles. Purchase a pack of these scrubbers as they get worn out quite easily.

  1. Bleach

Every professional cleaner swears by plain old bleach. Other than keeping your laundry crisp white, bleach is an effective cleaning agent for removing mildew and moulds on tiles, cleaning plastic chopping boards and other cooking tools and disinfecting trash cans.

  1. Hard Surface Cleaner

This particular type of cleaner has many different uses: it can be used to deep-clean stone surfaces and ceramics and polish stainless steel tools, fixtures and metal cookware. It also easily removes hard water stains on sinks, shower doors and bathroom walls.

  1. Air Freshener

When you’re done deep-cleaning your house, spritz all the rooms with an air freshener in your choice of scent. A disinfectant-deodorizer air spray is a better option as well. You can find a myriad of different scents in the supermarket, but we suggest getting a fresh, clean scent, like ocean breeze or light floral scents.

Cleaning your home and making sure it always looks presentable is a tedious task. However, if you have the right cleaning tools and products, cleaning could be done much faster, allowing more time to spend with the family and your guests.

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