Protein Food List

Protein Food List

Protein provides us with amino acids. When you eat protein-rich foods such as meat, eggs, fish, dairy, lentils, beans or quinoa, your digestive system breaks down the protein into peptides and then into amino acids to build muscles, organ tissues, enzymes or neurotransmitters. Protein also plays a good role in supporting your blood sugar balance. So, if you crave for carbohydrates, you might not consume enough protein. Click here to read more about the signs of protein deficiency. There are 23 amino acids which the body can use to build the neurotransmitters and muscles but only 8 are known as essential amino acids as they must be obtained through diet. If there is not enough of the other 15 amino acids in the diet, they can be made in the body from these 8 essential amino acids. It’s very important for vegan or vegetarian to eat grains and legumes on the same day to obtain these essential amino acids. If you do not consume enough protein from foods, you may take protein supplements. However, please ensure to have a blood test every 6 months to check your liver and kidney functions. Excess dietary protein can cause high blood sugar, weight gain, kidney stress, leaching of bone minerals, and stimulate cancer cells. If you have a consistent foamy urine, please see your doctor for a kidney function test. Foamy urine could be due to dehydration, pregnancy or kidney issues. It’s very important to buy a good quality of protein supplement as some protein supplements can cause acne, constipation, diarrhoea and flatulence. Always opt for RAW, organic and fermented protein as it’s easier...
Egg Allergy Avoidance List

Egg Allergy Avoidance List

Egg Allergy Avoidance List Egg allergy is very common in children with eczema and asthma. If you suspect your child or yourself having an egg allergy, please see your doctor to have a skin prick test, a RAST or an immunoCAP test. A lot of people are allergic to the albumin protein in egg whites. Egg white is a histamine trigger food. It triggers the allergic reaction if your body is reached to the “tolerance threshold” of some natural chemicals in foods or you expose to other allergens such as dust mites, pollen etc. Under TGA rules, foods contain eggs must be labeled to declare that it “contains eggs.” However, many foods, cosmetics and personal care products, prescription and over-the-counter medications, supplements, pet food, toys and crafts contain a trace of eggs that are not listed on the labels. It is very important for you to know how to read a label for egg ingredients. How to read a label for hidden egg names? All labels should be read carefully before consuming a product, even if it has been used safely in the past.  The following ingredients contain egg protein: Albumin Apovitellin Cholesterol-free egg substitute (e.g. Eggbeaters®) Dried egg solids, dried egg Egg, egg white, egg yolk Egg wash Eggnog Fat substitutes Globulin Livetin Lysozyme Mayonnaise Meringue, meringue powder Ovalbumin Ovoglobulin Ovomucin Ovomucoid Ovotransferrin Ovovitelia Ovovitellin Powdered eggs Silici albuminate Simplesse Surimi Trailblazer Vitellin Whole egg May Contain Egg Artificial flavoring Baked goods Lecithin Natural flavoring Nougat Pasta Lasagna Ice cream Reference http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org/media/Egg-Allergy-Avoidance-List-Hidden-Names.pdf...
Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium Rich Foods

Calcium Rich Foods Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body with more than 90% of it located in the bones and teeth. The Benefits of Calcium Strengthening bones and teeth Regulating muscle contraction and relaxation Regulating heart function Blood clotting Transmission of nervous system messages Enzyme function Releasing the hormones Energy production Maintenance of immune function Low-calcium may cause several serious diseases including: Colorectal cancer Osteoporosis Hypertension types I and II Preeclampsia and eclampsia The Recommended Daily Intake for calcium for the age between 19 – 50 years is 1,000 mg which can be easily achieved if you eat a variety of green vegetables especially bok choy, broccoli, spinach, almonds, walnuts, sesame, tahini, figs and other nuts and seeds. Food Amount Calcium (mg) Milk 1 cup, 250ml 300 Low-fat milk 200 ml 300 Yogurt 200g, natural or plain 300 Ricotta 1/2 cup, 125 ml 300 Soy drink, fortified 250 ml 300 Rice drink, fortified 250 ml 300 Bok Choy, cooked 1 cup 250 Dried Figs 100g – four to six pieces of fruit 250 Cheese 30 g 200 Cottage cheese 1 cup 200 Ice cream 1 cup 200 Spinach, cooked 1 cup 200 Sesame seeds 25g – a small handful 168 Almonds or walnuts 1/2 cup 150 Tinned salmon, with bones 100 g 150 English muffin 1 whole 150 Tofu (soybean curd) 1/2 cup 150 Watercress 80g 136 Kale 80g 120 Broccoli, cooked 100 g 100 Tahini (ground sesame seeds) 1 tablespoon 100 Oysters, raw 1/2 cup 100 Beans, cooked 1 cup 100 Brazil nuts 30g – a small handful 87 Butternut pumpkin 1 cup 80...
Signs of Protein Deficiency

Signs of Protein Deficiency

Signs of Protein Deficiency Slow wound healing Oedema (Swollen hands/feet/abdomen) Wasting/shrinking muscle mass Sagging skin Anaemia Poor digestion Fatty liver Hair loss If you have more than 3 symptoms, you may not eat enough protein or you may not digest protein well. Reference Fischer K, 2008, The healthy skin diet, Wollombi, Australia, p80 Photo credit:...
Leatherjacket Fish Broth

Leatherjacket Fish Broth

When buying seafood, I always make sure that they tick my “clean seafood” criteria (i.e: not farmed, very low in mercury, not contaminated, high protein, healthy fats, minerals) hence farmed salmon (unfortunately, 85% of them in the market), tuna, kingfish, lobster, crab, shrimp, prawns, king mackerel, shark, tilapia don’t make it to my “clean seafood” list. A lot of shellfish are farmed so I only buy them if they are labelled “wild caught or organic”. Do you know that farmed prawns are fed with fish meal, fish oil and soy protein? What happens if the fish oil is rancid? Rancid fish oil creates inflammation in our body and the more inflammation we have, the higher chance of having cancer, Multiple sclerosis (MS), arthritis and other autoimmune diseases etc. Leatherjacket fish is one of the fish on my “clean seafood” list as it eats small fish and shrimp, not fish poop or waste in the ocean like prawns, shrimps, tilapia and catfish (bottom-feeding fish). Leatherjacket Nutritional Value 100 g Leatherjacket contains 16.2 g Protein, 2.4% Calcium, 2.4% Iron, 1.2% Vitamin A and 45.6 mg Sodium hence it’s excellent for people with anaemia, osteoporosis and low-energy. *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Leatherjacket Fish Broth Ingredients 1.50 kg Leatherjacket fish, cleaned (Click here for How to choose fresh fish tips) a Spanish onion 4 inch of ginger 5 – 6 garlic cloves 2 sprigs of thyme 3 bay leaves 2 sprigs of rosemary a teaspoon of dried Tarragon 2 tablespoon Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar Organic  3...
Everything You Need to Know About Colonoscopy and Endoscopy Procedure Preparation

Everything You Need to Know About Colonoscopy and Endoscopy Procedure Preparation

I am so grateful to my family doctor, Dr Van for pushing me to have my first colonoscopy when I suffered from so many digestive issues (i.e: constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, pain etc). I’d never thought that I would have Adenomatous polyps in the colon at 29 years old. I was way too young for that!!! Like a lot of people, I used to live on pasta, pizza, lasagna, frozen meals, red meats, Hungry Jack’s, Macdonald’s, KFC and drink coca cola or Mountain Drew (my favourite!) every day in additional to my stressful job in a corporate world. I got up feeling lethargy and had to drag myself to work everyday. I only EXISTED but NOT LIVED my life! Everyday, I felt like a zombie without a soul and forcefully laugh in front of people and felt totally miserable once I was by myself. Does it sound familiar to you? I am glad that I have found my soul and living a very content and healthy life at the moment. Everyday, I am grateful that I wake up and listen to the birds singing and live my life with purposes Every 2 years, I have to have a colonoscopy – it’s a hassle but it saves my life! Last month, I had my 3rd colonoscopy and endoscopy and I started doing yoga straight after I woke up from the anaesthetics. I felt completely normal and still had 3/4 of my energy – NO nausea, vomiting, sore throat,  tiredness, sleepiness nor hoarseness. The doctor and the nurses were very surprised of my recovery rate. Drinking bone broth, coconut water and taking vitamin D...
Slippery Elm Porridge

Slippery Elm Porridge

Slippery Elm is a native South American tree and its inner bark has been using as medicine to treat cough, sore throat, colic, diarrhoea, constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), bladder, urinary tract infections, syphilis, herpes, tapeworms, stomach and duodenal ulcers, colitis, diverticulitis, gastrointestinal inflammation and reflux. Slippery elm contains mucilage which adheres to the digestive lining and helps soothing the intestinal walls and inflammation. It also decreases the absorption of medications so it is best to have the porridge at least one hour after taking the medications. Slippery elm also can be added into smoothies or add a teaspoon to a glass of warm water and drink it 30 minutes before meals to soothe the inflammation in the gut. I always bring Slippery Elm with me whenever I travel and use it if I have food poisoning or some digestive issues especially after colonoscopy or endoscopy procedure. This Slippery Elm porridge might not be suitable for pregnancy and breastfeeding. Slippery Elm Porridge   Ingredients: Serving: 1 2 tablespoons Bonvit Slippery Elm (Buy here) 1 teaspoon raw honey or Beringa Manuka honey (Buy here) 1/4 teaspoon Planet Organic Cinnamon (Buy here) 1 cup almond milk (Click here for recipe) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract a pinch of Nirvana Himalayan salt or Celtic salt (Buy here) 1 teaspoon shredded coconut 1 tablespoon Orgamix chia seeds (Buy here) Method: Add all the ingredients into a small saucepan. Place it over a medium heat and whisk it constantly until it thickens. Remove from heat and pour it into a bowl. References...
10 Best Tips for Healthy Kids

10 Best Tips for Healthy Kids

10 Best Tips for Healthy Kids You are in charge  Tell the kids you want the whole family to be fit and healthy and invite them to make suggestions. They will accept that you are in charge more easily if they contribute their ideas. Decide on changes you can make to your family’s lifestyle and eating habits. For example, going for a walk together for 30 minutes at least twice a week and including fruits and vegetables with every meal. Make a list of nutritious foods to buy next time you shop. Take charge of what goes into the supermarket trolley. Instead of asking your child what they like to eat, ask them if they like to eat apple or orange – limit their choices! Parents are role models  Little kids watch their parents carefully. This is how they learn. As they get older, they are more influent by other kids, relatives, and people on TV. Stock up your cupboard and fridge with healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, pasta and legumes (i.e: chickpeas and lentils). Take an interest in nutritious foods and learn how to prepare them in new and delicious ways. Your enthusiasm will rub off on your kids. Let your kids see you becoming more active. Learn to ride a bike or surf. Join a fun run or fun walk and take the kids along. Be active every day as much as you can. Eat nutritious rather than high-fat and sugary snacks. If they try it, they might like it Serve a new food for 2 or 3 weeks and say “Try it, you might like it”....
The 20/10 Exercise Program (Weight Loss, Thyroid T4 Production, Energy, Insulin Reduction)

The 20/10 Exercise Program (Weight Loss, Thyroid T4 Production, Energy, Insulin Reduction)

This 20/10 Exercise Program is created by Dr Ridha Arem, an endocrinologist and a director of the Texas Thyroid Institute. His 20/10 exercise program only requires 30 minutes a day (20 minutes of cardio-focused high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and 10 minutes of strength training with a little stretching) which can easily be done in the morning before work or school. The benefits of 20/10 exercise program: Boosting the brainpower and energy levels Switching your metabolism to high calorie burning Increasing the production of thyroid hormone thyroxine (T4) which is very beneficial for people with thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Grave’s disease etc. Burning more fat around your waist and abdomen. A study of type 2 diabetic men found that HIIT reduced their abdominal fat by nearly 50% after 8 weeks. Breaking down and releasing the sugar stores in your liver into the bloodstream as a form of energy Speeding up growth hormone levels and promoting body to burn fat and build lean muscle Reducing insulin levels Boosting overall metabolic activity Increasing muscle oxidative capacity, meaning your muscles and mitochondria burn more fat for energy Increasing skeletal muscle endurance Decreasing fasting insulin and insulin resistance Increasing fat loss What is 20/10 exercise program? The 20/10 exercise program includes 3 important types of exercise: aerobic/cardio, strength training and stretching. You can adjust frequency, speed and intensity according to your capablities. You can start and continue to follow the 20/10 program regardless of your fitness level. Please consult with your doctor if you have heart conditions or over 40 years old before embarking any exercise program. Required Equipment: A stationary bike, a rubber...
Sweet Potato Dip (Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Nordic, Mediterranean)

Sweet Potato Dip (Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Nordic, Mediterranean)

This Sweet Potato Dip is packed with healthy fat, vitamin A, C, beta-carotene, phytonutrients and fibre. It is great to serve with snacks, spread, dip, pasta, crackers and bread. It’s perfect for Paleo, Keto, Vegan, Vegetarian, Nordic and Mediterranean diets Sweet Potato Dip Ingredients 1 medium sweet potato 1/3 cup (80ml) Spiral Foods Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 garlic cloves 1/2 lemon juice 1/2 Planet Organic Spice Chilli Flakes powder (optional) 1/2 teaspoon Nirvana Himalayan Crystal Salt Fine 1/2 teaspoon Planet Organic Spice Oregano Method Steam or boil sweet potato, then peel the skin, chop the sweet potato and set it aside. Using a hand mixer or blender, blend the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, oregano, chilli flakes and Himalayan salt until smooth puree. Add sweet potato into the olive oil mixture and blend it until smooth. Taste and adjust the salt accordingly....
Simple Deep Breathing Exercises To Relieve Stress

Simple Deep Breathing Exercises To Relieve Stress

Simple Deep Breathing Exercises To Relieve Stress   When we are stressed, we likely take shallow breaths with a rapid breathing rate. Deep breathing focuses on deep slow breathing to relieve stress, promote relaxation, overcome anxiety and depression. Deep breathing benefits: Reduce stress and anxiety Improve the metabolism Improve the circulatory system Improve the brain and nervous system Calm the mind Increase energy levels Improve endurance especially in swimming How to practice Deep Breathing Lie down or sit comfortably in a quiet place, close your eyes and relax your abdomen. Imagine that there is a deflated balloon in your abdomen. Stay relaxed through the whole exercise, keeping your shoulders down and relaxed. Breathe in slowly through your nostrils to the count of 4, visualise the balloon filling and pushing your abdomen out. Hold your breath for a count of 6, keeping the balloon full but stay relaxed. Slowly to a count of 8, breathe through your nose. Allow your shoulders to relax and drop as you breathe out. See if you can let a little more air out of the balloon and then repeat the cycle 4 more times or continue for 10 – 15 minutes. NOTES: If you have problems visualising the balloon, just use the counting but keep your abdomen relaxed. As your practice everyday, it will be easier to slow down. When you first practice deep breathing, start with 4:6:8 (breathe in, hold your breath, breathe out) and slowly increase it to 8:12:16 and 12:18:24 if you can. Once you have practised deep breathing a few times, you can use it when you are feeling stressed, anxious...
The Benefits of Vitamin D

The Benefits of Vitamin D

Vitamin D is unique in comparison to other vitamins as your body can make vitamin D under the skin by ultraviolet light when your skin is exposed to sunlight but you need to get other vitamins from the foods you eat such as fruits and vegetables. We normally get vitamins from the foods we eat; however we cannot get adequate vitamin D from the foods as there are no rich vitamin D food sources. To have an adequate vitamin D, we need to expose our skin to sunlight regularly (ideally 10 – 15 minutes everyday without wearing sunscreen or wearing protected clothes) or take supplements. Unlike other vitamins, vitamin D is turned into a hormone once your body gets the vitamin D. This hormone is an “active form of vitamin D” which is structurally linked to cortisone and oestrogen. What are the benefits of Vitamin D?   1) Calcium and Phosphorus Balance The role of vitamin D in the human body is to regulate calcium and phosphorus metabolism. Functioning with the parathyroid glands, vitamin D assists the intestine to absorb calcium and maintains calcium and phosphorus balance in the arteries, bones, blood, kidneys and teeth. When the calcium level is low, the parathyroid glands secrete parathyroid hormone (PTH). PTH increases the production of active form of vitamin D (calcitriol) in the kidneys. Calcitriol activates the vitamin D-dependent transport system in the small intestine which increases calcium absorption, mobilization of calcium from bone into circulation and calcium re-absorption by the kidneys. PTH is also needed to increase mobilization of calcium from bones and calcium re-absorption by the kidneys. However, PTH...
Organic Sugar Free Sport Drink Alternative

Organic Sugar Free Sport Drink Alternative

I got this recipe from an amazing Holistic Athlete Trainer when I was training for the triathlon years ago and I tweaked her recipe a bit to a healthier version. Ever since, I don’t even look at any sport drinks again – they contain too much sugar!!! A lot of gym junkies, bikers, dancers, hikers, sauna & hot yoga lovers are mineral deficiencies due to they do not replace their bodies with the minerals they lost throughout these activities. When we sweat, we sweat toxins and minerals as well so it’s essential for us to drink mineral water or electrolyte drinks if exercising more than 45 minutes. Organic Sugar Free Sport Drink Alternative Ingredients: 3 organic oranges (300ml orange juice) 1/4 tsp Nirvana Himalayan Crystal Salt 200ml coconut water, alkaline water, mineral water or filtered water Method: Squeeze the oranges into a 500ml glass cup. Add Himalayan salt and coconut water/alkaline water/mineral water/filtered water into the cup. Stir and drink it or pour it into a bottle to take it to the gym, sauna, hiking trip, cycling, hot yoga or boot...
Paleo Coconut Chocolate Pavlova (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free)

Paleo Coconut Chocolate Pavlova (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free)

I love Pavlova but I don’t like the original pavlova with full of sugar so I attempted to try to make a sugar free paleo pavlova with my 2 favourite ingredients (chocolate and coconut). It tastes yummy! This Coconut Chocolate Pavlova is packed with healthy ingredients and high protein, antioxidants, calcium, iron, Potassium, Zinc, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Copper and Manganese. The best of all, it’s guilt free! 😉 Paleo Coconut Chocolate Pavlova (Gluten Free, Dairy Free & Sugar Free) Serving: 8 Ingredients: 6 organic egg whites 5 tbsp Wonder Foods Stevia Powder 1 tsp organic lemon juice 1/4 cup organic desiccated coconut 2 tbsp arrowroot powder 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract 1/4 tsp melt Absolute Organic Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Topping: Coconut chocolate mousse (click here for recipe) Any fruits: strawberries, blueberries, banana, kiwi or oranges   Method: Preheat oven to 140°C. Place all the egg whites in the bowl and beat them with an electric hand mixer until soft peaks form. Add 1 tbsp stevia at the time and beat it well until the mixture is glossy. Sift the arrowroot powder, add lemon juice, desiccated coconut and carefully fold it through. Melt the coconut oil and brush it all over an 18cm round cake mold. Pour the beaten egg whites into a greased cake mold and place it in the oven. Reduce the heat to 120°C and cook for 1 hour. Turn the oven off and allow the meringue to cool in the oven. To serve, spread the Coconut Chocolate Mousse on top of the meringue and top it with some fresh fruits....
43 Foods Rich In Vitamin B17

43 Foods Rich In Vitamin B17

There are so many controversies about using Vitamin B17 (Amygdalin or laetrile) in cancer prevention and treatment. Vitamin B17 is derived from natural food sources and abundant in apricot kernels and apple seeds. Vitamin B17 interacts with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and pancreatic enzymes to break down and eradicates harmful cells from the body which is good for detox, increases immunity and prevents some diseases.   Below are Vitamin B17 food list. 43 Foods Rich In Vitamin B17   Apple seeds                                                                          Kidney beans Alfalfa sprouts                                                                     Lima beans Apricot kernels                                                                    Loganberries Bamboo shoots                                                                    Macadamia nuts Barley                                                                                     Millet Beet tops                                                                                Mulberry Bitter almond                                                  ...
17 Foods Promote A Good Night Sleep

17 Foods Promote A Good Night Sleep

17 Foods Promote A Good Night Sleep Salads and fresh vegetables Eat plenty of fresh greens, fruits and vegetables throughout the day especially lunch, dinner and including in your breakfast if possible. Whole grains and fiber foods Eat one slice of whole fiber bread at each meal (Omit bread if you are on Paleo or GAPS diet). Complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables, fruits, potatoes and salads can reduce the risk of certain cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Calcium rich foods All dairy products, bone meals, almonds, tahini, sesame seeds, green vegetables, broccoli, buckwheat, egg yolk, molasses, sardines, soybean, turnip. Iron rich foods Green and leafy vegetables, apricots, clams, kidney, oysters, , yeast, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, red wine, liver, eggs, fish, meat, poultry, whole grains, avocado, almonds, pumpkins, dried prunes, dates, beetroots, rice and wheat bran, soybeans, millet, parsley and blackstrap molasses. Copper foods Almonds, avocados, barley, beans, broccoli, buckwheat, chocolate, crab, dried legumes, lamb, mushrooms, oyster, pecan, perch, pork, prunes, sunflower seeds, wholegrain cereals, water from copper pipes, beetroots, nuts, raisins, salmon, soybeans and green leafy vegetables. Magnesium rich foods Meat, fish, almonds, barley, cashews, cocoa, cod, eggs, mineral water, molasses, parsnip, seeds, dairy products, seafood, apples, apricot, avocado, banana, brewer’s yeast, brown rice, figs, garlic, kelp, lima beans, seaweed, millet, nuts, peaches, salmon, sesame seeds, tofu, green leafy vegetables and whole grains. Tryptophan rich foods  Milk, tuna, beef, beans, dairy products, fish, legumes, lentils, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, soybeans, cottage cheese, rice, oats, egg, peanut butter, banana, nut butter, grapefruit, dates, figs, turkey, yogurt, kefir. Eating Tryptophan foods...
Top 32 Things That Interfere With Your Sleep

Top 32 Things That Interfere With Your Sleep

Sleep plays an important role in our physical health. It helps our body to recover from our daily activities, refresh our mind, repair our body, boost our immunity and recharge our heart and cardiovascular systems for the next day. Lack of sleep can cause fatigue, poor memory, poor concentration, mood swings, slow judgement and reaction, and poor coordination. It’s important to identify the causes of your insomnia or lack of sleep and treat them accordingly. Top 32 Things That Interfere With Your Sleep   Stress (Job-related stress, financial worries, family crises, or relationship) Allergies Angina pectoris Arthritis Asthma and other chronic breathing problems Birth control pills (Contraceptive pills) Heartburn Hypertension (High blood pressure) Incontinence (Lack of bladder control) Jerking hands and legs in sleep (Restless leg syndrome or Periodic Leg Movement Disorder) Kidney  infections Bladder infections Kidney stones Migraine headaches Menopause or pre-menopause Narcolepsy (Tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings) Pregnancy Snoring Sleep apnea (Pause in breathing or shallow breaths while yousleep) Thyroid problems (Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism) Ulcers Sleeping pills Medications that can disrupt sleep Emotional problems and sleep Foods prevent sleep such as foods high in sugar (avoid eating chocolates, dates, raisins, candies, cookies, cakes, pies, sugared cereals before bedtime), too much starches (corns, potatoes, rice, spaghetti and other flour products), white bread, caffeine (tea, coffee, cola drinks). Alcohol Smoking Jet lag upsets your sleep Shift workers Advanced sleep phase syndrome (ASPS) is a condition in which patients feel very sleepy and go to bed early in the evening (e.g. 6:00–8:00 p.m.) and wake up very early in the morning (e.g. around 3:00 a.m.). Delayed sleep phase syndrome (DSPS) is disorder...
Top 14 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Top 14 Signs and Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Do you have Hypothyroidism? You may have Hypothyroidism even if your Thyroxine levels show normal. It is called: Subclinical hypothyroidism: Normal Thyroxine and high TSH with no symptoms. Grade 1 Hypothyroidism: Normal Thyroxine and TSH > upper limit of reference range (10mlU/L) Grade 2 Hypothyroidism: Normal Thyroxine and TSH 10.1 – 20 mlU/L Grade 3 Hypothyroidism: Normal Thyroxine and TSH > 20 mlU/L Clinical or overt hypothyroidism: Low Thyroxine and high TSH Primary Hypothyroidism is characterized by low thyroid hormone and high TSH blood levels. Secondary Hypothyroidism is characterized by low thyroid hormone and low TSH levels. Cellular Hypothyroidism is characterized by normal thyroid hormone, TSH levels and low functional thyroid activity (as defined by a low basal metabolic rate). Signs and symptoms of Hypothyroidism Central nervous system: Depression, fatigue, forgetfulness, decreased concentration, memory deficit, slow thinking, cold intolerance, decreased sweating, ataxia (loss of full body movements), headaches. Muscloskeletal: Muscular weakness, cramps, myalgia (muscular pain), arthralgia (pain in joint)and delayed relaxation phase of reflexes. Cardiovascular: Bradycardia (abnormal heart rate), diastolic hypertension, high LDL, ascites (abdominal swelling), poor circulation (cold extremities), hyperhomocysteinemia. Haematological: Iron deficiency anaemia Respiratory: Shortness of breath Gastrointestinal: Anorexia, reduced appetite, constipation, sluggish bowel transit time associated with flatulence, or bloating. Ear, nose and throat: Puffy eyes, enlarged tongue, hearing impairment, goiter, hoarseness of voice, dysphagia (difficult to swallow), sore throat. Immune: poor immune system, recurrent infections, easily sick Genitourinary (Genital and urinary organs): impaired kidney function Female reproductive: low libido, infertility, irregular menstrual cycle, Menorrhagia (heavy bleeding at menstruation), galactorrhoea (excessive milk production), hyperprolactinaemia (high prolactin), fibrocystic breast disease (lumpiness in breasts) Male reproductive: Low libido,...
Chicken Rocket Soup – Liver Detox Recipe

Chicken Rocket Soup – Liver Detox Recipe

If you are big fan of rocket, you will definitely enjoy this chicken rocket soup. This soup is great for a liver detox which is packed with Protein, Folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese & phosphorus. Bitter foods including rocket (arugula), dandelion and bitter melon are excellent for liver cleansing and performance booster especially after a drinking night.   Chicken Rocket Soup – Liver Detox Recipe   Serving: 1 Ingredients: 500 ml chicken broth (recipe here) – (substitute it with vegetable broth if vegan) 1 cup cooked chicken meat – (substitute it with vegetable broth if vegan) 2 garlic cloves 2 handfuls of rocket 1 tbsp olive oil (or coconut milk) Edible flowers (for garnishing) 1 tsp lemon juice (option) Method: Place both chicken broth and chicken meat into a medium saucepan and bring it to the boil. Wash the rocket, add garlic and rockets into the saucepan. Make sure the soup covers the rocket. Turn the heat off to avoid overcooking the rocket. The rocket should look green still. Pour the soup into a blender and add olive oil (or coconut milk), then blend them until smooth. Garnish it with some edible flowers and lemon juice (options). Enjoy! Notes: Buy organic ingredients whenever possible to avoid antibiotics, growth hormones, pesticides or other...
Do-It-Yourself Candida Saliva Test

Do-It-Yourself Candida Saliva Test

Candida overgrowth may cause mood changes, chronic fatigue, brain fog, sugar craving, bad breath, white coat on tongue, hormone imbalance, joint pain, loss of sex drive, chronic sinus, allergies, flatulence, bloating, urinary tract infection or weak immune system. Candidiasis diagnosis is not an easy task however the Candida Questionnaires and DIY Candida Saliva Test may be useful tools for self-diagnosis. Further lab tests from your doctor will need to be done to confirm the diagnosis. Your doctor may run the following tests: Blood test on Anti-Candida Antibodies  – IgG, IgA, and IgM Stool Analysis over a few days as Candida does not show up in one single stool test Urine Tartaric Acid Test to detect tartaric acid     Do-It-Yourself Candida Saliva Test   1. When you get up in the morning and before you brush your teeth, eat or drink anything, fill a cleared glass with filtered or bottled water at room temperature. 2. Spit some saliva gently into a glass. 3. Come back every 15 minutes for the next hour and check for the following Candida signs: If  you can see “Strings” (like legs) traveling down into the water from the saliva floating on the top Cloudy saliva that sinks to the bottom of the glass Or cloudy specks of saliva suspended in the water These signs indicate a possible fungal overgrowth in the body. If there are no strings and the saliva is still floating after an hour, you may be free of Candida and other fungal overgrowth. A healthy immune system keeps Candida growth at bay. When the immune system is compromised, Candida can grow excessively and spread to places it does not...
Is Food Combining a Key to Weight Loss, Better Digestive Health and More Energy?

Is Food Combining a Key to Weight Loss, Better Digestive Health and More Energy?

Is Food Combining a Key to Weight Loss, Better Digestive Health and More Energy?   You may have heard of Ian Pavlov, a Nobel Prize winner who published a book called “The work of the digestive glands” in which he explained the basic fundamentals of proper food combining. Food combining frees up the energy so our body can work to detoxify itself. Proper food combing creates the environment for weight loss, better digestion and more energy. If the food you eat goes through your stomach in 3 hours instead of 8 hours, your body has 5 hours for the detoxification and weight loss. The principles of food combining are: NO proteins and starches to be eaten at the same meal as they are incompatible chemically. For example, a steak, a piece of fish or chicken should not be eaten at the same meal with potato, rice, noodles, cheese or bread but with other vegetables. NO 2 different proteins such as meats, seafood, eggs, dairy products, or nuts to be eaten simultaneously as they have different characters and complex compositions hence they get putrefied in our gut. More than one starch can be eaten together as they are easier to break down and they do not cause fermentation in our gut. For example, rice and beans; croutons on a salad with a baked potato. No fruits and vegetables to be eaten at the same meal. Fruits should be eaten alone at least half an hour before meals or 3 hours after meals. Melons should be eaten alone or at least 15 minutes before other fruits as they have the fastest digestion...
Top 24 Foods Contain Selenium

Top 24 Foods Contain Selenium

Selenium is a nutritionally essential trace element for humans and it is present in foods and supplements. It plays important roles in reproduction, thyroid hormone metabolism, DNA synthesis, and protection from oxidative damage and infection. Who needs selenium? People have heavy metal contamination, thyroid issues, ageing, vitamin C deficiency, cancer, alcoholism, ageing, cirrhosis, high LDL cholesterol, premenstrual tension, pregnancy, premature infants, smog exposure, smoking, total parenteral nutrition (TPN), Crohn’s disease, Coxsackievirus infection, cystic fibrosis, hemodialysis, Keshan’s disease.   What Foods Contain Selenium?   Alfalfa Barley Broccoli Brazil nuts Butter Cashews Crab Celery Eggs Fish Garlic Human breast milk Kidney Liver Mackerel Oysters Peanuts Seleno-yeasts Tuna Wholegrain cereals Yeast Organ meats Onions Turnip Selected Food Sources of Selenium (2) Food Micrograms (mcg) per serving Percent DV* Brazil nuts, 1 ounce (6–8 nuts) 544 777 Tuna, yellowfin, cooked, dry heat, 3 ounces 92 131 Halibut, cooked, dry heat, 3 ounces 47 67 Sardines, canned in oil, drained solids with bone, 3 ounces 45 64 Ham, roasted, 3 ounces 42 60 Shrimp, canned, 3 ounces 40 57 Macaroni, enriched, cooked, 1 cup 37 53 Beef steak, bottom round, roasted, 3 ounces 33 47 Turkey, boneless, roasted, 3 ounces 31 44 Beef liver, pan fried, 3 ounces 28 40 Chicken, light meat, roasted, 3 ounces 22 31 Cottage cheese, 1% milkfat, 1 cup 20 29 Rice, brown, long-grain, cooked, 1 cup 19 27 Beef, ground, 25% fat, broiled, 3 ounces 18 26 Egg, hard-boiled, 1 large 15 21 Puffed wheat ready-to-eat cereal, fortified, 1 cup 15 21 Bread, whole-wheat, 1 slice 13 19 Baked beans, canned, plain or vegetarian, 1 cup 13 19 Oatmeal, regular and...
Top 10 Things Boost Our Immunity

Top 10 Things Boost Our Immunity

Top 10 Things Boost Our Immunity   Cold pressed oils including olive oil, fish oils, nut and seed oils. Fresh eggs especially organic raw egg yolk. Onions and garlic. Freshly pressed vegetable and fruit juices. Regularly consume green vegetables such as parsley, dill, coriander and spring onion etc Probiotic supplementation and fermented foods such as kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, miso and tempeh. Contact with animals such as horses, dogs, cats etc. Having a pet in the family can do a lot for children’s immune system. Physical activity in the fresh air. Swimming in unpolluted natural waters like lakes, rivers and ocean. Exposure to sunlight and sensible sunbathing.   References: Mcbride N, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Medinform Publishing, Cambridge, p221 Photo...
Top 10 Things That Weaken Our Immunity

Top 10 Things That Weaken Our Immunity

Top 10 Things That Weaken Our Immunity   Refined sugar and everything has it such as sweets, soft drinks, confectionery, ice-cream etc Processed carbohydrates such as cakes, biscuits, crisps, snacks, chips, breakfast cereals, white bread and pasta. Chemically altered and artificial fats such as margarines, butter substitutes, cooking and vegetable oils, processed foods prepared with these fats. Inadequate high-quality protein from meats, fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts and seeds. Exposure to chemicals such as cleaning and washing chemicals, personal care products, paints, fire retardants, petrochemicals, pesticides etc. Exposure to radiation such as electronic screens (TV, computers, play stations etc), mobile phones, high-power electricity lines, nuclear stations and nuclear wastes. Drugs including antibiotics, steriods, antidepressants, painkillers, anti-cancer medication, anti-viral drugs etc. Lack of fresh air and physical exercises. Lack of exposure to sunlight and low in vitamin D. Lack of exposure to common microbes in the environment. Living in a too sterilised environment is strongly associated with compromised immunity. The immune system needs constant stimulation from the microbes in the environment.   Reference: Mcbride N, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Medinform Publishing, Cambridge, p22 Photo...
Top 5 Tips For Strong And Healthy Muscles

Top 5 Tips For Strong And Healthy Muscles

Healthy ageing means healthy muscles! The older we get, the more muscles and strength we lose so work it or lose it! To avoid fatigue, weakness and joint issues, the following tips may help you to keep your muscles in the best shape as possible: Top 5 Tips For Strong And Healthy Muscles Exercise: Go for a 20-minute-brisk walk at least everyday with your dumbbells on both hands, do some weight lifting or some resistance training exercises to strengthen your muscles. Yoga, pilates, taichi and chiball help to maintain joint flexibility and reduce the risk of falls. Hydration: Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Hydration helps the heart pump blood more easily through blood vessels and muscles and helps the muscles work more efficiently. Dehydration may cause muscle cramps. Diet & Supplements: Ensure adequate daily protein, carbohydrate, fruits and vegetables intake and take supplements to provide nutritional support for healthy ageing. Stretch: Warming up, cooling down and stretching help blood flow to muscles and work on joint flexibility. This helps sustaining strong and healthy muscles, allowing them to rest slowly and avoid soreness. Rest and sleep: Sleep is very important as it helps your muscles to repair, build and replenish. Take rest every second day if training on the same muscles.   References: Photo credit: http://healthpointmart.com/ Better Health Channel Ageing Isowhey...
Dairy Free & Sugar Free Chia Seed Pudding

Dairy Free & Sugar Free Chia Seed Pudding

Chia seed pudding is a perfect on-the-run-breakfast, afternoon snack or dessert. I make it on my glamping trip too!   Dairy Free & Sugar Free Chia Seed Pudding Serving: 4 Ingredients 1 can of Spiral Foods Coconut Milk 1 cup of The Chia Co Chia Seeds Black 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp Planet Organic Spice Cinnamon 1 tbsp Berringa Super Manuka + 120 MGO 100 ml water kefir or kombucha (optional) Method Open the coconut milk can and pour it into a 750ml glass jar. Add chia seed, vanilla extract, honey and cinnamon powder. Stir it. Refrigerate it overnight or at least 2 hours. Serve with strawberry or any of your favourite fruits on top....
Do You Have a Sluggish Liver? Top 35 Signs of Sluggish Liver

Do You Have a Sluggish Liver? Top 35 Signs of Sluggish Liver

Liver is a very important organ for well-being. It metabolises fat to control your weight and cholesterol levels; detoxifies and filters your blood to maintain your energy level. It also manufactures essential proteins for healthy immune function; maintains hormone balances; breaks down excess oestrogen and generates the energy to keep you alive. If the liver is under functioning, there are many signs that appear before it gets to the stage of having an abnormal liver function according to standard diagnostic tests.   Here are the Top 35 Signs of Sluggish Liver:   Feeling groggy upon wakening, even if sleep was sufficient; Problems with blood sugar regulation (eg headaches, dizziness or grumpiness on missing a meal); A white or yellow coating on the tongue; Inability to digest fatty foods or alcohol; Sticky or floating stools Constipation; Bad breath; body odor Tendency to gain weight; Skin problems such as eczema, boils, acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, or itchy skin; Headaches especially if associated with nausea, and brought on by alcohol or fatty foods; “Fuzziness” in the head; lack of ability to concentrate; poor memory; Depression or unwarranted anger; Mood swings or unpleasant moods Menstrual irregularities; Allergies; Poor blood clotting ability; Oedema especially of the ankles. Often wake up between 3 am – 5 am Fatigue Abdominal bloating Discomfort or pain over or under the liver “Pot belly” Reflux and heartburn Hemorrhoids Fatty yellowish lumps in the skin around the eyes Overheating of the body Excessive sweating Red itchy and/or dry eyes Red palms Hot and/or burning soles of the feet Gallbladder problems Unexplained weight gain Inability to lose weight even whilst dieting High blood pressure High blood...
Raw Sugar Free Pomegranate Jam

Raw Sugar Free Pomegranate Jam

I love the ideas of catching up with my friends over a High Tea but since I’ve been on a gluten free, dairy free and sugar free diet, munching on some sandwiches and sipping away some English tea aren’t something that my body would fancy for. So, I thought to myself “Maybe I could introduce the raw diet to my friends by inviting them over for some raw high tea?”. And, here I was on my mission looking for some raw sandwich inspirations and came across to a raw strawberry jam photo on Instagram. Raw jam? Awesome! How did they make it? Maybe with some mucilage ingredients? So, I started pulling out all the mucilage ingredients in my pantry and gave lecithin my first go. Surprisingly, all my guests loved this raw jam when I spread it on the banana sandwiches Until now, I still don’t know how others make their raw jams but here is my version of raw jam. Raw Sugar Free Pomegranate Jam   Ingredients   2 big Organic Pomegranates (you could use 1 cup organic strawberry, blue berry or any fruits) 3 tablespoons Wonder Foods Lecithin Granules 2 – 4 tablespoons Berringa Super Manuka + 120 MGO  (depends on how sweet you want your jam) Method   In a high performance blender (I use the Optimum 9400 blender), blend 2 tablespoons Manuka honey, 2 pomegranate seeds or 1 cup of any other fruits and 2 tablespoons lecithin until smooth. Pause the blender to check the sweetness. Add extra Manuka honey if required. Pour the raw jam into a glass jar and store it in a fridge for a...
Vegan Buckwheat Miso Wakame Soup – Macrobiotic & Vegan Diet

Vegan Buckwheat Miso Wakame Soup – Macrobiotic & Vegan Diet

After a year of listening to my nutritionist and naturopath friends bragging about how good the Macrobiotic diet is and how it saved George Ohsawa’s life when he got tuberculosis and a lot of others’ lives with their chronic diseases. So, I decided to read up about the Macrobiotic diet and give it a go. Buckwheat and sea vegetables have been my essential food list for a few years and they are in this diet ay! And here, you go. My first Macrobiotic meal which is very suitable for a vegan diet as well – Double-winner!!! Vegan Buckwheat Miso Wakame Soup Serve 1 Ingredients: 1 cup cooked Eden organics buckwheat hulled wholegrain 1 small sweet potato, chopped 1 handful of Spiral Foods wakame sea vegetable 1 small Spanish onion 1 tsp Carwari Organic Extra Virgin Black Sesame Oil 750 ml filtered water 1 tsp Spiral Foods Organic Hatcho Miso 1 heaped tsp Organic Marigold Health Foods Powder Vegan Some chopped shallots A pinch of Planet Organic Spice Cayenne Pepper Method In a big bowl, soak wakame in hot water for 5 minutes. Rinse it under the water and squeeze the excess water out. In a medium stainless steel or ceramic pot, add water, cooked buckwheat, sweet potato, wakame, vegan powder and cook it in a medium-low heat for 5 – 10 minutes. Turn off the heat, add onion and leave it on the stove for a few minutes. Pour the soup into a bowl, garnish some shallots, drizzle the black sesame oil and sprinkle some cayenne pepper on top.  Bon Appetit!!!...
Wheat Free Oat Porridge Without Cooking – Perfect Breakfast On The Run

Wheat Free Oat Porridge Without Cooking – Perfect Breakfast On The Run

A few days ago, I had a conversation with my platonic friend about our favourite breakfast – oat porridge. Although, we both love oat porridge but it’s a bit time consuming (for those who always rushing in the morning) and not to mention that it gets boiled over easily Personally, I always like drinking or eating something warm after coming out of surfing. Breakfasts on the run are the norm for me so I always look for some breakfast ideas that save me time and still keep my stomach satisfied. So, I thought to myself “Why not using my thermos to “cook” the oat porridge?” and so my new creation begins…. This recipe is perfect for breakfast on the run, while camping or trekking. Enjoy!!! Wheat Free Oat Porridge Without Cooking Serve 1 Ingredients  500 ml – 750 ml boiling hot water 1 cup Gloriously Free GF Rolled Oats Organic (Wheat Free) 1/2 tsp Planet Organic Spice Cinnamon (add 1 tsp if you like cinnamon) a handful of organic raisin 1 tbsp Absolute Organic organic raw cold pressed coconut oil Method Add oats, cinnamon, raisin, coconut oil into 1.5 L thermos. Pour hot boiling water into the thermos up to 3/4 way (if you want the oat porridge is a bit runny, add more water and adjust it accordingly). Stir the mixture before closing the lid. After 2 hours, Voila your cooked oat porridge!!! Tips: Prepare this the night before or in the morning if you’ll have your oat porridge in a couple of hours. Wheat Free is suitable for gluten sensitivity or intolerance but not for those with celiac disease....
The Best 5 Exercises

The Best 5 Exercises

The Best 5 Exercises Regular exercise can  improve your mood, boost your ability to fight off infection, reduce your risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and colon cancer. Hundreds of studies show that exercises help you feel better and live longer. A morning exercise is the best way to start your day! These 5 exercises will help to keep your weight under control, improve your balance, strengthen your bones, protect your joints, prevent bladder control problems, and reduce the risk of memory loss and other diseases. Swimming The water supports your body and takes the strain off painful joints. Swimming is excellent for people with arthritis because it is less weight-bearing. Studies show that swimming can also improve your mental state and make you feel better. Water aerobics help you burn calories and tone up the muscles. Yoga Yoga increases strength, flexibility, fitness, reduces blood pressure, relieves your stress, calms your mind, increase your feelings of happiness and well-being. When practiced regularly, yoga can become a powerful and sophisticated discipline for achieving physical, mental and emotional well-being. Strength Training “Use it or lose it!” is the saying. If you do not use your muscles, you will lose them over time. “The more muscles you have, the more calories you burn” says Dr. Lee from Harvard Medical School. With just two sessions per week, weight training could help to prevent the osteoporosis, strengthen the bones and muscles, tone your body and boost your confidence in your life. Make sure to start light and be able to lift the weight 10 times with ease. After a couple of weeks, increase the weights. If you could lift the weights easily...
Gluten Free Baby Spinach & Sweet Potato Patties

Gluten Free Baby Spinach & Sweet Potato Patties

Gluten Free Baby Spinach & Sweet Potato Patties Serving: 1 Ingredients: 1/2 Sweet potato 2 handful of organic frozen Baby spinach 1 Spanish onion 2 Organic eggs (Use Marigold Health Foods Engevita Yeast Flakes if Vegan) 1 tbsp Absolute Organic organic raw cold pressed coconut oil 1 cup Glorious Free GF Organic Wheat Free Rolled Oats a pinch of Nirvana Himalayan Crystal Salt a pinch of Planet Organic Spice Cayenne pepper 1 tbsp Melrose Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1/2 tsp Marigold Health Foods Vegan Powder Dairy & Nut Free a handful of Organic Activated Almonds a pinch of Black pepper 2 tbsp Ecomil Drink Almond Milk Method: Grate the sweet potato by using a grater or a peeler. Chop the frozen baby spinach and slice the Spanish onion thinly. Then put sweet potato, baby spinach and onion into a big mixing bowl. In a separate small bowl, beat the eggs up. Add nutritional yeast flakes, Himalayan salt, cayenne pepper, black pepper, vegan powder, almond milk and the beaten eggs into the vegetable bowl. Mix it all up. Put the rolled oats into a high performance blender like the Optimum 9400 blender and blend it into flour. Pour oat flour into the vegetable mixture and mix it up. In a large frypan, melt 1 tbsp coconut oil. Pour some mixture into the pan and fry it at medium heat for 5 minutes. Flip the side once it gets brown. Chop the activated almonds and serve it on top of the patties. Tips:To increase the iron absorption of baby spinach and eggs, squeeze some lemon/lime juice on the patties when serving....
Top Tips for Natural Cures for Insomnia

Top Tips for Natural Cures for Insomnia

What are the natural cures for insomnia? Exercise: Daily exercise such as yoga, walking, swimming, taichi or cycling can help promoting your sleep. Task organising skills: Before going to bed, write the list of things that you need to do the next day or what concerns you down. This will help putting your active mind at easy. Sleep habits: Warm bath or shower: Having a warm bath or shower before bed may help promoting a good night sleep. Taking supplements: Try taking Valerian, Magnesium and Calcium 30 minutes before bed (Click here to buy your supplements). Don’t use Valerian more than 3 continuous weeks. It is recommended to take a week break after 3 weeks of taking Valerian. Essential oil treatment: Mix 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 3 drops lavender oil, 3 drops clary sage oil, 2 drops marjoram oil together (Click here to buy the essential oils). Massage a few drops on the temples and the back of your neck. If you are going to have a warm bath, add 2 teaspoons of mixed oils to the warm bath just before getting in. Sprinkle 2 – 3 drops on a wet flannel, squeeze and then rub gently over your body or; Add 3 drops of Eco Aroma Dream Drops essential oil (Lavender, Geranium & Ylang Ylang blend ) into your Essential-in-a-box Aroma Diffuser (Buy it here) Herbal treatments: Make a small herb bag containing crushed Hops and Lavender and slip it into your pillowcase. Fill a small muslin bag with fresh or dried chopped lavender and marjoram, hang it under the tap as the bath is running and then use it as...
Natural Remedies for Candida Overgrowth

Natural Remedies for Candida Overgrowth

Natural Remedies for Candida Overgrowth Treatments Avoid: Antibiotics, immunosuppressive drugs, steroids and cigarettes. All sugars including white sugar, brown sugar, honey, molasses, FOS, fructose, rice syrup and corn syrup. Sugary foods such as chocolate, candies, cakes, preserved fruits, jellies, jams, prickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, sauces, condiments, mayonnaise, breakfast cereals, ice-cream, processed foods, fruits or fruit juices. Yeasty and fermented foods such as bread, soy sauce, cider, ginger ale, vegemite, miso, tempeh, vinegar, except the lactobacillus fermentation (kefir, kumiss, or kombucha). Sugary drinks, alcoholic beverage of any kind including beer, champagne, cordials or sport drinks. Foods that carry moulds including nuts, some cheese, dried fruits, Indian and Chinese teas. Stimulants including tea, coffee, cola. All refined white flour products including breads, pre-made foods with a bread crumb coating, buns, cakes, pastries, crackers, biscuits, noodles and pastas. Choose whole grain products and yeast free bread. Foods containing citric acid (usually derived from yeast) including most canned or frozen citrus drinks. Multivitamin or multi-mineral supplements unless it is yeast free source. Read labels carefully. Foods and products containing MSG (monosodium glutamate). Meat or fish that have been cured, smoked, persevered, pickled or processed in any way including ham, frankfurters, salami, luncheon meats and bacon etc. Meat, fish and poultry that raised on antibiotics including farmed fish and non organic meats. Choose organic chicken, grass-fed antibiotic free red meats and wild caught fish instead. Milk products including milk, cheese, custards, milk curd etc except for 3 cups of “live” sugar free yogurt every day. Yogurt can also be used as a douche to treat thrush. Nystatin, an anti-fungal medical drug is yeast-based. Washington University...
Do You Have Candida Overgrowth?

Do You Have Candida Overgrowth?

Do You Have Candida Overgrowth?   What is Candida Overgrowth? Candida Overgrowth is an infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida Albicans organisms, a common yeast or fungus that lives in the mouth, throat, digestive tract, genitourinary tract and on the skin since birth. Normally, candida is kept under controlled by the friendly bacteria. They live in a healthy balance with the other bacteria in the body and is harmless to us. However, once the candida is out of control, it changes its form from a yeast to a dangerous pervasive pathogenic fungus and causes significant health problems. What causes Candida Overgrowth?   Antibiotics: Antibiotics are like a double-edged sword. It kills the harmful bacteria but at the same time destroys the friendly bacteria. Without the friendly bacteria, the first line of defence against candida is defeated and the candida is free to multiply. High sugar diet: As candida thrives in a sugar environment, a high-sugar diet can infest this organism. Immune suppressive drugs and other medications: Steroids, birth control pills, Epstein-Barr virus and herpes weaken the immune system cells and reduce the ability to fight against the candida overgrowth. Hormonal changes Hormonal changes due to menstrual cycle, pregnancy and diabetes. Nylon underwear Synthetic materials create a warm and moist environment which is perfect for candida growth. Symptoms Candida overgrowth may cause the following symptoms: Constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, gas and bloating. Thrush in the mouth (burning or spotted tongue), soreness of mouth corners, canker sores and bad breath. Athlete’s foot, hives, jock itch, fungal nails infection, acne, psoriasis and other chronic skin rashes. Swollen membranes of the nose and throat,...
Coriander Pesto Recipe to Remove Heavy Metals

Coriander Pesto Recipe to Remove Heavy Metals

Coriander Pesto Recipe to Remove Heavy Metals (Mercury, Lead and Aluminium) I had an Haematology/Bolen’s Clot Retraction Test (CRT) done yesterday and the results showed that I have a slight Heavy Metal Toxicity. Maybe the heavy metal toxicity was from the amalgam dental filing that I had when I was a kid, eating tuna for more than 3 meals per week, or using the aluminium cookware/foil years ago? Who knows how, when or what caused it? I just did not want any of those heavy metals in my body. Some people believe that heavy metal toxicity is “a major cause of hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, parasites etc”. Others believe heavy metal doesn’t do any harm to your body. I am not going into details to explain whether heavy metals are good or bad for your body but this Coriander Pesto recipe is yummy! Well, it’s food and there is no harm of eating it everyday so whether you believe it removes the heavy metals or not, let the results speak for itself. For those who have heavy metal toxicity but do not like Coriander, you may try Bentonite (I use Hydrated Bentonite) or Zeolite but foods are always better! You will need to eat 2 tablespoons of this coriander pesto everyday for 3 weeks to remove the heavy metals. I tweaked this coriander chelation pesto recipe from yberaud9 a bit to give it a bit of kick. Coriander Pesto Recipe 6 garlic cloves (use 2 or 4 cloves if you don’t like garlic much) 1/3 cup Brazil nuts – a good source of...
Top Tips for Buying and Storing Nuts and Seeds

Top Tips for Buying and Storing Nuts and Seeds

How to Buy and Store Nuts and Seeds?   Nuts and seeds have high lipid content which makes them get rancid more quickly if they are exposed to light, heat, moisture and metal ions. Therefore, it is best to buy unshelled nuts and store them in a dark, cool, dry area and in air-tight glass containers. You can store your nuts and seeds: At room temperature for 2 – 4 months. In a fridge for 6 – 7 months. In a freezer for a year or so. If you only have a small quantity of nuts and seeds and go through them within 2 – 4 months, store them at the room temperature otherwise it is best to refrigerate or freeze them. During the hottest months of summer, store them in the fridge.     Photo Credit: cook13.com...
The Best Tip To Kill Cockroaches & Fruit Flies Naturally Without Any Sprays

The Best Tip To Kill Cockroaches & Fruit Flies Naturally Without Any Sprays

 How to kill cockroaches & fruit flies naturally?   What comes in as an uninvited guest and becomes an owner? Cockroach and fruit fly!   We have been having a lot of fruit flies at home lately and we have set a few fruit fly traps around the house with apple cider vinegar but they didn’t seem working as effectively as we wanted. The fruit flies seemed attracted to the wine that my flatmate’s (Shorty) drank more. Maybe they are alcoholics? A bit frustrated with the fruit flies enjoying “their bath” in his glass of wine, Shorty set up some traps with the red wine that my friends brought over for dinner last time. We could see a lot more fruits flies falling into our traps. Hooray! We left one trap outside our garden patch too. Surprisingly, the next morning we got 3 cockroaches and a few fruit flies in our trap. So, we have more “alcoholics” falling into our trap – Jackpot!!!   So, what do you do to get rid of cockroaches or fruit flies?   You can simply pour some red wine into a tall glass (we use tumbler) or a tall jar so the cockroaches can’t craw themselves out. Leave it on the floor anywhere that you think the cockroaches like to “play hide and seek” (i.e: kitchen corners, kitchen bench, kitchen cupboard, wardrobe or outside the garden etc). If you decide to leave the cockroach trap in your wardrobe, put it in right the corner so that you won’t knock it over.   Change the wine every 2 days. Pour the cockroaches and the wine into a few plastic...
Valerian – A Natural Remedy for Insomnia

Valerian – A Natural Remedy for Insomnia

What is Valerian? Valerian scientific name is Valeriana officinalis and it is a perennial flowering plant with heads of sweetly scented pink or white flowers that bloom in the summer. Valerian flower extracts were used as a perfume in the 16th century. Valerian has been used as a medicinal herb since at least the time of ancient Greece and Rome (Wikipedia, 2015). What are Valerian benefits? Valerian has been used for insomnia, dyssomnia, anxiety-associated restlessness, sleeping disorders, muscle and joint pain, nervous asthma, hysterical states, excitability, hypochondria, headaches, migraine, stomach upset, menstrual cramps and symptoms associated with menopause including hot flashes and anxiety. It has also been used for mood disorders such as depression, infantile convulsions, mild tremors, epilepsy, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Valerian can also be used as a bath additive for restlessness and sleep disorders. Research shows that taking valerian orally modestly reduces the time to sleep onset by 14 – 17 minutes and improves sleep quality by 1.4 – 1.8 times. The greatest benefit is usually seen in patients taking 400-900 mg valerian extract up to 2 hours before bedtime. Valerian does not relieve insomnia as fast as benzodiazepines hence continuous nightly use for several days to 4 weeks might be needed for significant effect. Some research shows valerian extract 600 mg daily for 3.5 months has similar effects to oxazepam 10 mg for improving sleep quality, sleep duration, and feelings of refreshment after sleeping. In clinical research, a valerian combination product containing 400 mg valerian, 160 mg lemon balm, and 375 mg hops significantly improved sleep quality compared to a similar product that did not contain a substantial...
How to Lose Your Belly Fat in 3 Days with Only 3 Healthy Ingredients

How to Lose Your Belly Fat in 3 Days with Only 3 Healthy Ingredients

This recipe has been given by my Doctor’s wife. She has tried it herself and she lost her belly fat and shredded some weights after 3 days eating steamed Sea Perch (Orange Roughy), steamed Asparagus and Granny Smith Apples for lunch and dinner. She has been telling many of her friends, family and her husband’s patients and a lot of them found this recipe help losing their belly fat. As unbelievable as it sounds, my Doctor’s wife thought she could give this “fish diet” a go and see how it goes after received a “green light” from her husband to go ahead with this diet. If you find this “diet” works, please spread the words so others could benefit from it. Sharing is caring!  Photo Sources: Vegkitchen.com & Environment.gov.au All the Ingredients to Lose Belly Fat for 3 Days: 6 Sea Perch (Orange Roughy) Fillets (The fillet is milky white and boneless) 3 Bunches of Asparagus 12 Granny Smith Apples You are only allowed to eat one steamed Sea Perch (Orange Roughy) fillet and 1/2 bunch of Asparagus with 2 Granny Smith apples for lunch and dinner and drink at least 2 liters of water throughout the day – Nothing else! For this recipe to be working effectively, these 3 ingredients are very essential. It is NOT recommend to substitute Sea Perch with other fish or Granny Smith apple with other apples as the sea perch, asparagus and Granny Smith apple combination helps to “defecate” the fat out of your stomach. We still do not why but it actually works! Breakfast: Upon rising, drink a glass of warm water and the remaining...
Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? What are the Benefits of Buckwheat?

Is Buckwheat Gluten Free? What are the Benefits of Buckwheat?

What is Buckwheat? Buckwheat was originally grown in Asia but is now also grown in North America. It has likely been grown in China since approximately 1000 BC. Credit Photo: photos-gratuites.org   Is Buckwheat gluten free? Yes, it is. People often think Buckwheat is a gluten grain because it contains the word “wheat” in its name but Buckwheat is actually a gluten-free grain. Both the Celiac Disease Foundation and the Gluten Intolerance Group consider buckwheat an acceptable food item (Credit Source: naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com). What are the benefits of Buckwheat? Buckwheat is low in Saturated Fat, very low in Cholesterol and Sodium. It is also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Copper and Manganese (Credit source: nutritiondata.self.com) Buckwheat is one of the grains that contains the Total Fatty Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6. Now, we know the Total Fatty Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 are NOT only in fish but in grains. One cup (170g) of Buckwheat contains 583 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 122g Total Carbohydrate, 17g Dietary Fiber, 23g Protein, 133mg Total Omega 3 Fatty Acids, Total Omega 6 Fatty Acids, 0.2mg Thiamin (11%), 0.7mg Riboflavin (42%), 11.9mg Niacin (60%), 0.4mg Vitamin B6 (18%), 51mcg Folate (13%), 2.1mg Pantothenic Acid (21%), 30.6mg Calcium (3%), 3.7mg Iron (21%), 393mg Magnesium (98%), 590mg Phosphorus (59%), 782mg Potassium (22%), 1.7mg Sodium (0%), 4.1mg Zinc (27%), 1.9mg Copper (93%), 2.2mg Manganese (111%) and 14.1 mcg Selenium (20%). Preliminary evidence suggests that consuming dietary buckwheat may improve long-term glucose tolerance in patients with diabetes and that drinking a buckwheat tea for 3 months may prevent further leg swelling compared with placebo in patients with chronic venous insufficiency....
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