ASTAXANTHIN: THE SUPERIOR ANTIOXIDANT

That lovely, vibrant reddish colour that you associate with flamingos, lobsters, and other delightful creatures in the animal kingdom? You can thank Astaxanthin for that! Astaxanthin is most commonly found in certain micro-algae species and the animals that consume it like salmon, lobster and shrimp. It is what gives these swimmers their red hue. Another great source of astaxanthin is red fruits and vegetables such as red peppers and guava.

Pronounced “as-ta-ZAN-thin,” Astaxanthin is the most potent antioxidant available and provides many amazing benefits for your skin. In terms of antioxidant ability, astaxanthin is proven to be 500 times stronger than skin health-boosting Vitamin E, and a whopping 6000 times strongerthan Vitamin C in fighting free radicals. Sounds almost too good to be true! That is why Astaxanthin is one of our favourite ingredients.


BENEFITS FOR YOUR SKIN

#1 Helps to Fight Free Radicals

Often referred to as the “strongest antioxidant in nature,” it's no wonder that astaxanthin can help the skin respond to oxidative damage from environmental aggressors, such as the sun, as well as inhibit free radical formation which is highly connected to skin aging.

#2 Improves Skin's Moisture Levels, Elasticity and Smoothness

Astaxanthin provides next-level protection from harmful free radicals that break down skin collagen and contribute to fine lines and wrinkles, while also improving moisture retention and elasticity. Thus, astaxanthin can help protect the skin and minimize the appearance of visible signs of aging.

#3 Helps Protect Your Skin From Sun Exposure by Enhancing Skin’s Defensive Cells

One should never skip the SPF when basking in the sun, but it’s nice to know that Astaxanthin also helps to protect your skin from harmful UV-rays. Because Astaxanthin can penetrate all layers of the skin, it acts as an “internal sunscreen” of sorts, protecting against UVA-induced oxidative stress.


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5 HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS

Looking for a delicious, healthy and guilt-free way to whip up something for your sweet tooth?

Vacuum dried chips are your answer. Vacuum technology is used to make the vegetable and fruit crispy and extremely tasty without any added sugar, preservatives or colouring. This process retains the nutrition and the flavour of the fruit and vegetable while enhancing its flavour.

These healthy snacks are light and crisp, making it the perfect snack to complement your next sweet, lovely recipe. With a variety of fruits and vegetables to work with, ranging from strawberry and jackfruit to brocolli and pumpkin, there is something for everyone.

GUILT-FREE CHOCOLATE BANANA ICE CREAM

This healthy frozen banana chocolate ice-cream can simply be made from frozen bananas, cocoa powder and any nut butter of your choice. You can spice up your ice-cream with your preferred choice of crispy fruit chips such as strawberries or bananas to give your ice-cream an extra crunch. This is a great recipe for tricking your little ones into a healthier diet while indulging their sweet tooth.

GINGERBREAD MUFFINS

The addition of crispy fruity chips in the gingerbread muffins will give an extra flavor and texture to the otherwise plain muffin. The crispy fruity chips also serves as a natural sweetener, so you do not have to add as much sugar. The smell of these muffins straight out of the oven instantly creates the feel of warmth. The aroma of gingerbread spices wafting around your kitchen doesn’t get any better, as these healthy snacks will surely be enjoyed with the family throughout any occasion.

DAIRY-FREE SMOOTHIES

These dairy-free smoothies are perfect for people who are lactose intolerant but craving for an icy treat. Smoothies are so simple to make that even a kitchen klutz can easily whip one up in just a few minutes. You only need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand like almond milk, honey, frozen banana and oats. To elevate your smoothie, simply add your favourite crispy fruity chips your liquids first and let it sit for about 20 minutes before blending everything together. One of the best things about these smoothies is that you can customize it however you like and go crazy with it by experimenting with different nut butters and syrups.

CUSTOMIZED CHOCOLATE BARS

These decadent treats are so Instagram worthy and easy to make. They are the perfect stocking stuffers for any occasion. All you have to do is melt your choice of chocolate over the stove by simply filling a pot with about 2 inches of water and placing your chocolate in a heat proof bowl over the pot. Keep stirring to ensure that it is completely melted without burning it then let it cool for about 1 minute. Pour the chocolate over a piece of parchment paper and smooth it over before adding your crispy fruity chips and nuts. You can even add your favourite treats like popcorn or gummy candies to the chocolate bar as well.

SPICE UP YOUR SALADS AND SOUPS

Aside from making all these different snack during the holiday, you can also spice up your creamy soups and salads by adding different vacuum dried vegetable chips, such as broccoli to give it an extra crunchy texture.

NO ADDED SUGAR, PRESERVATIVES AND COLOURING

Create your own recipe with these crispy, nutritious healthy snacks and let it be part of your delicious creativity.

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HEALTHY EATING TIPS FOR KIDS


We all know that it is crucial to establish a foundation of optimal nutrition and healthy eating habits in our children’s growing years. However, in today’s busy world, it is difficult to put into practice what we know.

Let’s explore tips and tricks that you can use to cultivate healthier eating habits in your kids to make sure that they are getting the nutrients and vitamins that they need to grow up strong and healthy!

GETTING YOUR KIDS TO EAT HEALTHILY

These days, parents are often swarmed with hectic schedules, and it is not surprising to see them offer their children a packet of chicken rice from the nearby hawker centre or a Happy Meal from Macdonald’s during mealtimes.

These meals, however, are often lacking in nutrients and essential vitamins that are vital for your child’s development. Follow these tips to make sure that your kids are eating well and healthily!

Monkey see monkey do!

Children are influenced largely by the environment around them. For younger children, parental influence is extremely high. This means that you have to lead by example – as much as you want your child to eat healthily, make sure that YOU eat nutritiously and opt for a wide variety of healthy foods!

Have a routine

Developing a daily schedule for meals and snacks is a great way to help your child learn healthy eating habits. Most young children need 3 meals a day, with some snacks in between. It is also important to ensure that your child is eating at appropriate times and not skipping any meals!

Introduce healthy snacks

Oftentimes, we find ourselves handing our child a packet of chips when they are looking for some snacks. While this is obviously a convenient option, it is not exactly the best option for you if your goal is to cultivate healthy eating habits in your child.

Instead of unhealthy snacks like chips and sweets, opt for healthier snacks like fruits, nuts, or hard-boiled eggs. You can even offer them popcorn that is lightly salted or unsalted.

One smart snack that you can consider is Key Sun Kids’ range of Lollipops! Aside from providing a great tasting treat that kids love, these lollipops offer an added goodness of essential nutrients and contain no sugar, no preservatives and no artificial colours!

These tasty lollipops are an easy way to supplement your kid’s diet and are great for picky eaters as they can supplement your child’s daily intake of essential vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin C, Zinc, Vitamin D, as well as Calcium. You can even choose from a range of delightful flavours like Manuka Honey or Black Elderberry.

Sneak in the veggies

Getting your child to eat their fruits and veggies may sometimes be an impossible task. But if you try to serve fruits and vegetables in unexpected and exciting ways, your task may be easier! Draw inspiration from these ideas:

  • Mixed fruits with yogurt
  • Broccoli with cheese
  • Zucchini or carrot fries

The Bottom-line

We all want our children to grow up happy and healthy. Couple these tips and tricks for smart and healthy food choices with physical activity and your child will be well on his or her way to greater health!

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TAKING CARE OF YOUR JOINTS AND BONES


The process of ageing can take a toll on your joints, bones, and overall mobility. We all know that as we age, our bones get thinner and lose their density. Our movements and reflexes will also begin to slow down.

However, not many people know that there are steps that we can actively take to strengthen our muscles and even add density back to our bones and protect our joints. Read on to find some tips that you can learn to preserve and protect your joints and bones to keep them strong as you age!

Tips to Keep Joints and Bones Strong as You Age

Maintaining a healthy weight

Because your joints have to bear the weight of your body, maintaining a healthy weight is essential for our mobility and overall health. Excess weight can add strain to your knees, hips, and spine. Losing weight will thus help to reduce pressure on your joints. It also helps to prevent joint injury!

Eat your way to healthier joints and bones

Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet is good for your joints and bones by building and protecting them. It can also help to reduce the risk of arthritis. For a well-balanced diet, make sure that you consume plenty of vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, as well as lean proteins. You should also limit your intake of processed foods or foods that are high in sugar, salt, and fat!

Consume calcium

Calcium is critical for bone strength and health. Consuming calcium through your diet is a great way to protect yourself against Osteoporosis, or the thinning of your bones. Add calcium to your diet by consuming milk, yogurt, broccoli, kale, figs, and fortified foods like soy or almond milk. If these do not appeal to you, ask your doctor if calcium supplements are suitable for you.

Load up on Vitamin D

Vitamin D is essential to keep your joints and bones in great health. It helps your body to absorb calcium from the food that you eat. To load up on Vitamin D, try adding cereals, soy milk, and almond milk that are fortified with vitamin D to your diet. Exposure to sunlight can also help us to get more Vitamin D!

Stay active

Less movement means more stiffness in your joints! So, it is important to keep active and start moving! Even while you are doing some work or watching TV, change positions frequently, take breaks and go on short walks during these break times!
Regular exercise is also great for your joint and bone health. Some exercises that you can consider include:
- High impact exercises: Running, tennis, and aerobics are all good for your bone strength.
- Low impact exercises: Swimming, cycling, or brisk walking can help to strengthen your muscles without straining your joints.
- Yoga or Pilates: Such activities protect us against falls and help with posture by improving balance, flexibility, and core-strength!
Before starting on any exercise regimen, be sure to check with your physician to know what would be best for you! Some exercises may be too strenuous for your joints to handle. Speak to a trainer or a physical therapist to modify these exercises. It is important to know your limits and not overexert yourself—always listen to your body!

Oz Health Collagen Joint Restore

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This sugar-free supplement contains premium collagen peptides that ensure the integrity, elasticity and strength of our body’s connective tissues. This helps in the maintenance of the form and function of our skin, cartilage and bones.

Coupled with other vitamins and minerals, the regular intake of Oz Health Collagen Joint Restore helps to support joint and bone health, improve flexibility, reduce joint stiffness and inflammation and rebuild cartilage.

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STAYING FABULOUS ON YOUR STAYCAY!


With the current pandemic situation still playing out right before our eyes, many of us have given up hoping that we can travel out of the country anytime soon. Luckily, many hotels in Singapore offer a myriad of promotions for us to have staycations where we can spend some quality time with our loved ones!

Since it’s been so long since we last packed a luggage, let’s dive into a list of essential items that you have to bring along for your next staycation so that you can stay fabulous on your staycay!

Staycation Checklist

Sunscreen

A staycation is a great opportunity for you to break from your daily routines of work or school. You can wake up a little later, hang out for a couple more hours than usual, and indulge a little more during mealtimes. However, the regular application of sunscreen is not something that you can do away with, even while you are on a break.

In bright and sunny Singapore, you need to protect your face and any other exposed skin from the sun's rays, both UVA – the ones that age you – and UVB – the ones that burn you. Even if you are going to spend your day shopping indoors you are still exposed to those UVA rays! So, never risk it by skipping this step of your skincare routine.

For an effective daily sunscreen, we recommend Derma E All Sport Performance Face Sunscreen for its broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with water resistance up to 80 minutes!

Hydrating Mist

Let’s admit it, half of our staycation is spent taking beautiful photos with our loved ones so that we can always have wonderful memories to look back on. To be photo-ready all the time, consider including a hydrating mist in your packing list.

Besides, a good hydrating mist will be packed with all things that help provide an instant soothing and cooling effect on your complexion. They are the perfect pick-me-up for you to awaken, rehydrate, cool, and refresh your skin all day long.

For a hydrating mist packed with skin-loving ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Rosewater, and Coconut water, consider Derma E Hydrating Mist.

Face Mask

Today, when we hear about face masks, we automatically think of the face masks that we wear daily to protect us against germs and viruses. While they are indeed important and essential to pack for a staycation, the face mask that we mention here refers to the masks you use as part of your skin-care routine!

A large part of a relaxing staycation is being able to spend more time on self-care and jump back into the skin-care routine that you may have been neglecting due to a lack of time. The right face mask can help hydrate skin, remove excess oils and help improve the appearance of your pores. They're also an excellent way for you to exfoliate and purge your pores of toxins.

For a gentle detoxifying mask that deeply detoxifies skin of harmful micropollutants, we recommend Derma E Purifying 2-In-1 Charcoal Mask.

Health Supplements

The last thing you want is to fall sick during your staycation. However, many times, we tend to overindulge during our staycation. We may also take the chance to hang out with our friends for a late-night catch-up session during a staycation.

Simply put, during our break from work or school, we may unintentionally neglect our health! Therefore, health supplements such as vitamins are great to help your body fight off viruses during your well-deserved break.

Vitamin C effervescent tablets are a convenient (just dissolve it in water!) way for you to boost your immune system and keep your health a top priority. They can help protect the body against infections and improve your body’s natural defenses so that your body can fight off viruses that may cause harm to your health.

For a natural, sugar-free option, consider Oz Health Vitamin C+ Effervescent Tabs!

Staying Safe and Healthy

As the year draws to an end, many of us are taking the time to rest and spend quality time with our loved ones. For a safe, healthy, and fabulous staycation remember to pack these essential items to take with you!

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UNDERSTANDING PREVENTIVE HEALTH

WHAT IS PREVENTIVE HEALTH?

Preventive health refers to the steps that a person takes to prevent illnesses so as to decrease the burden of disease and associated risk factors.

WHY PREVENTIVE HEALTH MATTERS?

We all know the old adage: prevention is better than cure. But here’s why, exactly!

Long-term health benefits

Preventive health means spotting potential issues before they become real problems. If you regularly take steps to monitor your health, you would be able to notice some irregularities and start doing things to tackle them immediately! You may in turn be able to increase your lifespan because treatment will be much less complicated.

For example, if you regularly check your blood pressure and notice that your blood pressure is increasing, you can take active steps to lower your blood pressure.

Save money

Believe or not, actively practicing preventive health measures can help you to save money in the long run. If you catch a health problem and tackle it before it becomes dire, you are able to reduce the cost of treatment, saving you a significant amount of money.

Furthermore, many health insurance plans cover preventive care costs, but not chronic illness treatment costs!

PREVENTIVE HEALTH HABITS

Often times, people who feel that they are completely healthy feel that they do not need to invest time and money into worrying about their health. They find it a hassle to take the extra step to take preventive measures when it comes to matters pertaining to their health. Worse still, some of us think that it is too late to begin incorporating preventive health habits into our daily lives.

The truth is, preventive health measures can be applied at all stages across the lifespan and along a disease spectrum, to prevent further decline over time—it is never too late!

Here are some preventive health habits that will benefit your overall wellness and greatly reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

Regular exercise

Because being overweight or obese is a huge risk factor for diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer, maintaining a healthy body weight is essential for preventive care. Exercising regularly is one way to maintain your body weight or lose some excess weight!

Good nutrition

Eating healthy is another great way to keep that weight off. More than that, the right diet helps you to ward off may chronic illnesses so that you can achieve better overall health.
Healthy diets:

  • Are rich in vitamins and minerals: some vitamins such as Vitamins A, C, D, and E are associated with the prevention of cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Are low in fat and sugar: this decreases the risk of heart attacks and other serious health consequences such as diabetes.
  • Boost "good" cholesterol: this reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure by supporting healthy blood flow.
  • Are high in fibre: this lowers your risk for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, improves the health of your skin, and helps you lose weight.

Regular health checks

By going for regular screenings, you will be more likely to catch a disease in its early stages or while it is still easy to treat! Based on your age and gender, there are different health screenings that you are advised to go for. Check out the Health Promotion Board’s national screening programme here. Remember, the best time to go for screening is when you still feel fine.

Avoid cigarettes and excessive alcohol consumption

Smoking and excessive alcohol consumption are linked to a number of chronic diseases and health-related concerns. So, stub out and put that bottle of beer away if you are dedicated to a journey to better health!

THE BOTTOM-LINE

When it comes to healthcare, you should always act proactively instead of reactively. Don’t wait till problems start to arise before you start taking care of your body.

Natures Aid Multi-Vitamins & Minerals is a great first step you could take in your preventive health journey. Filled with 100% naturally sourced ingredients and superior quality multivitamins and minerals, it is great for everyday maintenance of good health.

As Natures Aid understands that different bodies have different biological needs and nutritional requirements, the product is available in different forms so as to cater to both men and women of different ages.

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WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A VITAMIN C TAB

Why Do We Need Vitamin C?

Vitamin C—also known as ascorbic acid—is an essential vitamin that is associated with many bodily roles and health benefits. With a whole host of benefits, Vitamin C helps to:

  • Build our immunity to aid the prevention of colds and other infections
  • Promote wound healing
  • Aid in the absorption of iron
  • Form an important protein used to make and maintain health skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels
  • Metabolize proteins
  • Reduce the risk of some cancers through its antioxidant activity

This powerful nutrient is therefore crucial to our overall health and well-being!

Why Take Vitamin C Effervescent Tabs?

Because Vitamin C is an essential vitamin, our bodies are not able to produce it. It is commonly advised to get your vitamin C intake from foods such as fruits and vegetables.

However, because of our daily demands, it may be difficult for us to get all the nutrients that we need from eating a well-balanced diet. Therefore, many people turn to supplements such as Vitamin C effervescent tabs to meet their needs.
Here’s why Vitamin C effervescent tabs are great for you:

  • They are convenient and easy to take: Just dissolve them in water and you are good to go!
  • They taste great: Effervescent tabs come in pleasant flavours, unlike many supplements
  • They are quickly absorbed
  • They hydrate you: Because you dissolve the tabs in water, consuming them will help you to meet your daily water intake needs.

Why Choose Oz Health Vitamin C+ Effervescent?

With so many Vitamin C effervescent tablets on the market, the decision to choose one for your needs is quite a daunting task. Here’s why you should end your search and choose Oz Health Vitamin C+ Effervescent!

On top of the general benefits of Vitamin C effervescent tabs in terms of its convenience, great taste, efficiency, and hydration, Oz Health Vitamin C+ Effervescent brings more to the table!

It is sugar-free

Many effervescent tabs on the market contain sugar, albeit in small amounts. Oz Health Vitamin C+ Effervescent is sugar-free. On top of that, it may also be suitable for diabetics and those who are conscious of their sugar intake.

More than just pleasant

If you have tried a vitamin C tab before, you might find that many of them are overly sweet. Although it is not an unpleasant, bitter taste, it is often an artificial taste. With Oz Health Vitamin C+ Effervescent, you get a Natural Orange Flavour that is proven to be loved by both adults and children.

We keep it natural

Oz Health takes pride in incorporating natural ingredients into all our supplements and snacks. While most effervescent tabs contain chemicals, we keep it all natural!

For example, PEG 6000 is a chemical that is often used in effervescent tabs to allow for quicker dissolution. Oz Health deliberately omits the chemical from our formula so as to stay true to our commitment of keeping things natural! Our tabs are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

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CARING FOR YOUR LIVER

Your liver is an important organ in your body that is essential for your digestive system. However, it is often neglected as it is not something that most people think much about. What exactly does your liver do? And if it is so important, how should we care for it?

GETTING TO KNOW YOUR LIVER

Put simply, the liver acts as your body’s processor. Its functions include:

  • Transforming food into chemicals and nutrients that your body can absorb
  • Storing nutrients such as glucose from food to give you energy
  • Cleaning your blood by getting rid of harmful chemicals produced by your body
  • Breaking down medications, drugs, and alcohol
  • Forming proteins that help your body fight against infection and diseases

For something that is the size of a football, the liver sure does a lot!

LIVER WELLNESS

Because it is located behind the lower right section of your ribs, your liver is protected from injury. However, there is so much more you can do to achieve liver wellness. Let’s take a look at what you can do to protect your liver.

Maintain a healthy weight

Overweight and obese people are more prone to having a fatty liver, which can lead to other liver diseases such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Keeping your weight within a healthy range can help to reduce this risk.

Keep active

Regular exercise helps to decrease the stress that is put on your liver. It also helps to increase your energy level and maintain your weight which reduces the risk of NAFLD and other liver diseases.

Limit alcohol

Your liver is only able to break down a small amount of alcohol every hour. Therefore, excessive alcohol intake can damage your liver cells and scar your liver. Besides, alcoholic beverages can create a whole host of other health problems as well. Drink it in moderation!

Medicate with caution

While certain supplements such as those containing Milk Thistle are good for improving your liver functions, some supplements or medications can harm your liver if they are incorrectly taken.

Mixing medicines with alcohol, combining your medicines, or taking too much of a single medicine can all work to damage your liver. For example, the painkiller acetaminophen, or Tylenol, can harm your liver if you take too much of it.

On top of that, certain traditional medicines or remedies may contain toxins that can damage your liver’s health. So, be sure to ask a professional about any over-the-counter medicines, supplements, or other natural remedies that you use.

Have a well-balanced diet

A well-balanced diet and good nutrition can go a long way in promoting liver wellness. For a diet that is nourishing for your liver, you should:

  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and dark green leafy vegetables help you to obtain fibre that is important for liver health.
  • Avoid processed, high-fat and high-calorie foods as much as possible. Go for low-fat options or “good” fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  • Keep yourself hydrated

THE BOTTOM-LINE

Your liver is a key organ of your body. Taking care of your liver is more than just avoiding what is bad for you. It is also about actively doing things or consuming things that are good for your liver. Remember, care for your liver like it’s your lover!

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IF I’M ALREADY WEARING GLASSES, WHAT’S THE POINT OF LUTEIN?


Is there a real point in consuming lutein if one is already knee-deep in poor eyesight? How much of an improvement will you really ‘see’ after consuming lutein?

In this digital age, most of us are wearing glasses that corrects myopia (short-sightedness) or hyperopia (long-sightedness). One of the biggest reasons why our eyes are vulnerable to myopia is prolonged “near-screen” work. Sadly, it is predicted that by 2050, half of the world will contract myopia.

We have bought into the myth that since it’s just “a matter of time” before our eyes go bad, there’s no ‘real’ need to take care of our eyes as it appears to feel irreversible. We’ve blindly accepted our fate the moment we don glasses, shutting out the need for additional eye care (eye exercises, healthy and leafy diet) and the consumption of lutein.

But firstly, what is lutein? Lutein is a type of vitamin called a carotenoid that is naturally present in fruits, vegetables, some cereals (surprisingly, due to corn content), and egg yolks.

While it can be said that lutein is more effective in the earlier stages of pre-myopic patients, it is also very important to take it even when you’ve ended up wearing glasses as our eyes do not take kindly to time and age. As we mature, our eyes’ macular pigment (which protects our eyes against macular degeneration), weakens and thins. Consuming a high amount of lutein is strongly believed to increase the optical density of our macular pigment. Based on several studies, high lutein intake has beneficial effects on eye diseases, “preventing or even improving both age-related macular degeneration and cataract” (source).

So yes, even when you’re wearing glasses, there’s still a point to consume high amounts of lutein for the sake of your current and future eye health (even if you don’t seem to see any results, especially with eyes that are highly myopic).

Interestingly, several studies on lutein has recently come up to favour overall health in humans, apart from nurturing better eye health. It can also improve cognitive functions, decrease the risk of cancer, and cardiovascular diseases (source).

To keep your eyes healthy and strong, it’s best to consume a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables. Since there’s neither any limit to how much lutein you can take nor any harmful side effects (apart from a harmless yellowing of the skin, “carotenemia”—not to be mistaken with jaundice!), one can consume as much lutein-rich foods as possible. Think kale, carrots, spinach, egg yolks, broccoli, corn, orange juice, etc.

If you’re not consuming enough lutein in your diet, and would like to consider lutein nutritional supplements, it’s essential to choose supplements from a reputable dietary supplement company. We highly recommend Natures Aid’s Lutein Eye Complex, which is made in the UK, manufactured to GMP Standards, and is 100% naturally sourced. Take one tablet each day for your daily eye health.

In addition to diet and supplements, here are some other things you can do to promote eye health:

  • Drink plenty of water. Adults should aspire to drink about 1.5 liters and 2 liters of fluid daily
  • Change your air conditioner filters frequently, and avoiding environments with dusty or dirty air in general
  • Use eyedrops when your eyes feel drier than usual
  • Before turning in for the night, gently do some simple eye exercises to relief the pressure around the areas surrounding your eyes
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LET’S TALK ABOUT MINDFULNESS

In the last decade, the practice of mindfulness has gained popularity in many different countries across the world. But what exactly is mindfulness? Is it just another passing buzzword, or something more?

WHAT IS MINDFULNESS?

Put simply, mindfulness is the art of being fully present in the “now”. It is about remaining aware of yourself and your environment. Along with this awareness, being mindful means that you pay attention to your inner thoughts, feelings, and external bodily sensations. Mindfulness also involves letting go of any judgment that you may have about your thoughts and feelings—there is no “right” thought or “wrong” thought, you simply become aware of their existence.

WHY PRACTICE MINDFULNESS?

For non-believers out there, the benefits of mindfulness are evidence-based. Scientific studies have demonstrated the positive benefits that mindfulness has on our health, happiness, work, and relationships. Let’s take a closer look at these benefits.

Improved Physical Health

Scientists discovered that practicing mindfulness can help in stress reduction, treat heart diseases, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and even improve digestion.

Improved Mental Health

Many professional psychotherapists have turned to mindfulness meditation to treat mental issues such as depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, couples’ conflicts, anxiety disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Better Self-perception

Mindfulness is thought to increase one’s ability to see the self as impermanent and ever-changing. This means that we understand that we are always a work-in-progress, and can help to establish enduring forms of happiness.

Improved Connections

By focusing on the here and now, people who practice mindfulness are less preoccupied with worries about the future or regrets about decisions that are to be made. They are better able to appreciate the little things in life and can form deeper connections with others without being distracted by constant worries.

HOW DO I START?

The good news is, you do not have to sign up for any classes to begin practicing mindfulness. You can incorporate mindfulness into your daily life through these techniques.

Stop & Stare

Yes, just stop and stare! One aspect of mindfulness is being aware and noticing every little thing that is going on around you. Stop what you are doing and pay attention to the things that you would usually ignore.

Physical Sensations

Mindfulness involves taking note of bodily sensations and how you feel physically. How does the fabric feel against your skin? How does the water from the tap feel as it runs through your fingers?

Really Listen

Many of us zone out when our friends are talking to us. When you practice mindfulness, you have to listen actively and be engaged in the moment, no matter how long your friend has been ranting on about her boss at work!

Focus on Your Breathing

Notice everything about your breathing. How deep are you breathing? How quickly are you breathing? Controlled, deep breathing can help you to relax and better manage your emotions and stress-levels.

Be Kind to Yourself

Oftentimes, we are our biggest critic. But if you want to practice mindfulness, you have to learn to be kind to yourself. Don’t judge yourself or obsess over your thoughts and feelings. Just be aware of them non-judgmentally.

THE BOTTOM-LINE

If being mindful all the time seems too much like a daunting task to you, start with practicing mindfulness for just 20 minutes a day. Just remember, anyone can practice mindfulness, and its benefits are endless!
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