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Why Aren’t Medicated Plasters Helping?

How often do you feel the need to crack your bones or stretch your back after a long day of sitting at your desk? Do you reach for that medicated plaster or muscle rub to treat the muscle pain but it does not seem to help alleviate the pain for long? It might not be
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Managing Your Blood Sugar

Any traditional medicine doctor would tell you that the stomach is one of the most important parts of your body. The reason being, the stomach is the key to a healthy body. It has a connection with the other parts of the body. In Western medicine, a popular phrase is always used to describe the state
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The “Perfect” Body in Different Eras

Our idea of the “perfect body” has evolved throughout the years. What our grandmothers thought was the perfect body is not the same as what our mothers thought was the perfect body. Over the years, it has evolved into various shapes and sizes, based on what is trending at that moment. The idea of a
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Food Myths Debunked

It’s time to separate fact from fiction when it comes to popular beliefs about food and we have compiled some of the food myths that is far away from the truth. Here are some persistent fallacies on food as we break down each food myth to reveal the truth. Myth #1: Nuts are Fattening Nuts
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Can Immunotherapy Cure Cancer?

With the cases of cancer rising, it is no wonder that more people are researching on a cure. However, some cancer patients have sought immunotherapy, also called biologic therapy, to cure cancer. Is this a better form of therapy than chemo or radiation? Immunotherapy is still considered a growing process and a field that is
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Your Body Without Exercise for a Month

You have been good with your exercise regime. You’re seeing the effects: weight loss and toned muscles. You pat yourself on the back and feel that you deserve a break. Or maybe you have suffered a bad injury and need time to recover. A day turns to a week, other priorities have taken over, you
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Is it Just Back Pain?

An aching back is not a pleasant feeling, yet it is more common a problem than we realise. In Singapore alone, a study found approximately 60 to 90% of the population experience lower back pain at some point in their life. It can be triggered by vigorous activity or even just sleeping in the wrong
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What Speed to Walk at to Burn Fats

Whether you are walking for fitness or weight loss, you should walk fast enough to achieve a fat-burning walking pace. Walking at a brisk pace is a moderate-intensity cardio exercise. But what exactly does it mean to walk briskly? The speed of a brisk pace is different for each person as it depends on your heart
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Habits to Help Cut Back On Sugar

Around the world, over 400 million people live with diabetes. While getting diagnosed with diabetes does not mean that a person likes to eat a lot of sugary items, the problem does start with sugar. Taking too much sugar can also contribute to cancer, heart disease and tooth decay. One of the worst habits that
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Raising the Awareness of Stroke in Singapore

Contrary to popular belief, a stroke does not occur in the heart. It is actually an attack of the brain in which the blood flow to a region in the brain is interrupted. This causes the cells of the brain to be deprived of oxygen, resulting in damage to the brain. The areas of the
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How Eating Disorders Can Swallow You Whole

The Wellness Insider has explored the issues of emotional eating, binge eating and body image intimately over the last few months. If you’ve been reading our articles, you might have noticed the term “eating disorder (ED)” used quite frequently. But what does it mean to have an eating disorder? How does it impact your life?
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Do I Need a Health Check-up Yearly?

We all know that it’s necessary for us to see the dentist at least twice a year. Recently though, with the rising awareness of screening tests, a new medical debate has emerged: Is it necessary to get a medical check-up every year? Proponents proclaim the advantages of annual check-ups in early detection and preventive care,
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Exercise & Mood

We usually find ourselves hitting the gym to shed off a few kilos or get ourselves healthier. But did you know that regular exercise is one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health? Regular exercise directly affects the brain by increasing brain volumes in certain regions and fostering neural growth and connections.
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17 Facts About Body Image and Eating Disorders

There are many assumptions about body image as well as eating disorders, but what are facts and what are just stereotypes? Here are 17 facts about both that we hope will allow our readers to see that this is a pressing issue that has been continually growing, and hopefully, we are able to take some
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The Food Binge Battle

Following on from our articles on emotional eating and body acceptance and love, we explore the link between dieting and emotional eating a little more. We now know that emotional eating is eating to feed your emotional needs rather than your physical ones. But how does this emotional relationship with food start in the first
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Fussing About Fluoride

When it comes to dental health, we have been told a fair amount about brushing (this way or that?), flossing (should we or not?) and the type of toothbrush to use (regular or electric?). A new debate has joined the fray with regards to the content of toothpaste itself. Fluoride, the main key ingredient in
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Using AR to Detect Glaucoma

Imagine being suddenly plunged into the world of darkness while on a date, and you have no idea how it happened. It’s true that you started having a problem seeing clearly from the corner of eyes a few years ago, but you thought nothing of it and put off that eye-test, assuming your glasses were
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Why Awareness Of Breast Cancer is Important

October is the month of Breast Cancer Awareness and this disease is the most common type of cancer that affects women worldwide. Since 2018, the number of women affected by this form of cancer has increased significantly. Statistics have shown that there are higher rates of breast cancer cases in developed countries compared to developing
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Houseplants That Can Help Improve Your Sleep

A good night’s sleep is one of the most important factors to having a good and energised day. If you don’t sleep well at night, you wake up feeling like you want to go back to bed again. You don’t feel like going through the day as you still feel tired and almost lifeless. A
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Are You Addicted to Exercise?

Exercising is good for the body and for your health. Medical professionals advise that exercise is one of the best ways to keep you fit and healthy, both mentally and physically. Normally, people find it difficult to get some exercise. They think that doing housework or chores is just like exercising, which is not the
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10 Steps to Treat Yourself Better

The world is moving at such a fast pace these days that it’s hard to keep up. There seems to be no time for things that we regard as trivial, such as focusing on ourselves and our needs – in other words, self-improvement. We are too busy keeping up with everyone else, staying busy and
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Osteoporosis – The Silent Bone Breaker

We hear so much about Osteoporosis these days. Have you ever wondered whether you are at risk and what you could do if you have Osteoporosis? Dr Chong Kian Chun, a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon from Island Orthopaedic Consultants, a member of Healthway Medical Group, shares his insights about Osteoporosis. What is Osteoporosis? If you think
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6 Unhelpful Thinking Patterns

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never break me.” Many of us have grown up being told to use this phrase to fend off insults but how far is it true? Bruises fade, broken bones can heal, but wounds left by words can remain with us because they stay in our
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Dishing the Dirt on Fad Diets Part 2 – Why Do They Never Work?

In the second part of our fad diets feature, we continue to explore the effects of trendy diets and some common dietary mistakes to avoid. Raw Foods Diet – Not Quite Rabbit Food This diet is all about eating food in their natural state. Supporters believe that the cooking process destroys many of nutritional benefits
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Dishing the Dirt on Fad Diets Part 1 – Why Do They Never Work?

Fad diets. We have heard of them, in large part due to their proliferation in the media and also from our previous post about how some of these diets may affect your skin. From Beyoncé advocating the benefits of turning vegan to Kim Kardashian tweeting how the “flu diet” helped her lose weight, we are
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How Popular Diets (or diet fads) Affect Your Skin

Fad diets are often popularised through the media, with emphasis on losing weight. While the validity of these diet plans is still debatable (most fitness trainers will still tell you to stick to the traditional methods), perhaps you’d like to know how they affect your skin and then decide whether you’re going to follow these
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The Importance of Poop

Before you think we’re trying to gross you out, one’s bowel movement is important not just for infants or seniors but for at any point in one’s life. That’s because your gut health is important, as we’ve mentioned many a times. If you have diarrhoea, constipation or other forms of stomach/intestinal discomfort, it could mean
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Simple Ways To Manage Stress

Life is full of a variety of events than can be stressful. These events are typically considered as STRESSORS. Stress is unavoidable in modern life but you do not have to allow it to weigh you down. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of threat or demand and is the body’s
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Is Modern Life Making You Ill?

We live so differently from the way people lived less than a hundred years ago – everything is so much more accessible. We use technology daily, and it is simplifying tasks, saving us time, and expanding our horizons. Scientific findings are progressing faster than ever before.  Everything points to us thriving as a society. But
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Is the Lack of Sleep Making You Fat?

If you have been eating the same amount of food and exercising regularly but not losing the weight, there might be several reasons – you might be hitting an exercise plateau, have a medical condition or…you may not be sleeping well. We all know how important sleep is and sleep depravation can have serious issues
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Well-paced in the Fast-paced Workplace

Did you know that Singaporeans are known to work the longest hours in the world? A recent research by Morgan McKinley in 2016 found that this city state topped the list in when it came to working hours. The same survey found that 70 per cent of professionals in Singapore work longer than their contracted
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Why Do You Get Chest Pain After Exercise?

Exercise should make your body feel good both mentally and physically. If your chest pains after exercise or other cardio practices, something is not right. Mild chest pain after the exercise is normal due to pushing your body hard, but a more severe pain is a serious condition and you need to seek immediate medical
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Local Study Uncovers Innovative Treatment for Diabetic Fatty Liver Disease Patients

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a major global health problem characterised by accumulation of fat in the liver. NAFLD develops in patients with obesity, diabetes type 2, dyslipidaemia and insulin resistance. The presence of excess fat in the liver can long be a silent process; however, as the disease progresses, the liver will be
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Top 5 Fitness Tips by a Celebrity Trainer

Bintan’s leading resort, The Sanchaya, has bolstered its wellness programme ahead of the summer season and from 13 to 23 August, celebrity trainer and founder of fitnessartz, Artur Zolkiewicz, will be hosting the first of what will become a series of fitness residences. With clients such as British celebrities, journalists and models, Zolkiewicz has been
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4 Reasons Why You Should Walk More

We’ve all heard about the 10,000 steps a day thanks to wearable tech such as FitBit as well as knowledge that it is a suitable exercise for all regardless of age and size thanks to the fact that walking is low impact. Nonetheless, let us wax lyrical about walking and it’s health benefits! It helps
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6 Tips on Intermittent Fasting for Beginners

Intermittent fasting (IF) is fast growing on trend alongside the ketogenic diet and is based on changing your eating patterns in order to reap potential benefits such as increasing metabolism, lowering blood pressure and lipids, ingesting lesser calories, managing late night snacking. These are just some of the many other greater benefits of fasting intermittently.
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Making Sense of Scents

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years that you have lived.” – Helen Keller Our sense of smell is the most underrated yet mesmerisingly potent of our five human senses. Nothing evokes emotions and conjures up memories like the redolence of a familiar scent. The top,
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Interview with Fitness Guru Mark Macdonald

When nutritionist and renowned fitness guru, Mark Macdonald, was in town recently to promote his new weight management programme, we took the chance to speak to him to find out more about the programme, his books as well as his prolific career of coaching many professional athletes such as Olympic Gold Medallists, Shawn Johnson (Gymnastics)
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Interview with Dr Cheng of Women Infinity

With the growing wellness industry, it is always refreshing to find womenpreneurs who step up and are passionate about health as well as helping others. We spoke to Dr Cheng, founder of Women Infinity, which is a brand of collagen that has been helping women achieve better skin as well as better joint health. It
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Do We Really Need Detox Products?

There are so many products out there that claim to help one “detox” and many people often buy into it because they do believe that they’re constantly exposed to toxins either through pollution or through the foods we eat – mostly thanks to the media that talk about the pesticides used in agriculture etc. However,
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Signs of Possible Eye Problems in Children

Children can tell us when they feel sick or have a headache, but when it comes to their sight, they are much less likely to speak up. The main reason for this is that they are usually completely unaware of the issue. For example, you can’t expect your child to tell you that the words
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5 Reasons Why We have Cravings and How to Manage Them

Are you having trouble with healthy eating because you have uncontrollable cravings for junk food all the time? Perhaps, you are reaching for snacks during times of stress or just before bed time… Here are the most common possible reasons for your cravings and a few extra ideas on how to manage them.   Dehydration
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5 Tips to Improve Your Child’s Sleep

As parents, we’re well aware of the importance of sleep in a child’s development. On a smaller scale, we also notice how on edge and whiny they can get when they don’t sleep enough. It is, therefore, our job to provide them with enough quality sleep, and there are things we can do to make
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5 Cures for the Common Cold

For those in temperate countries, autumn is upon us and we have both rain and shine.  The recent erratic weather in Singapore has also meant that the common cold is prevalent.  Inconvenient as it may be, the common cold usually takes a week to 10 days to clear. Often the culprit is a rhinovirus spread
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5 Health Hacks for the Holidays

It’s time for a holiday. As healthy as we may be on a day to day basis, time away always presents unlimited opportunities for falling off the wagon . If you’re usually super healthy and disciplined, this can lead to a downward spiral of over consumption and negative self talk. Remember – you are on
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