While there’s plenty of health news that just seems like its designed to scare the pants off us, there’s plenty that we need to pay attention to, too. This monthly update will answer a few questions and give you news that’s relevant to keeping you fit and healthy in Singapore.
The second of April is World Autism Awareness Day – an opportunity to celebrate the puzzle pattern of blue, red, yellow and purple pieces that reflect the complexities and uniqueness of the autism spectrum. To better understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and help promote kindness, it’s important to be aware of the characteristics of people with this developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication and behavioural challenges. According to the CDC, children or adults with ASD might:
• not look at objects when another person points at them;
• have trouble relating to others or not have an interest in other people at all;
• avoid eye contact and want to be alone have trouble understanding other people’s feelings or talking about their own feelings;
• prefer not to be held or cuddled;
• appear to be unaware when people talk to them, but respond to other sounds;
• be very interested in people, but not know how to talk, play, or relate to them;
• repeat or echo words or phrases said to them, or repeat words or phrases in place of normal language;
• have trouble expressing their needs using typical words or motions;
• not play “pretend” games;
• repeat actions over and over again;
• have trouble adapting when a routine changes; and
• have unusual reactions to the way things smell, taste, look, feel or sound.
Unless you’re a seasoned juicer (or Gwyneth Paltrow!), juice cleanse programmes of a week or two can be an unwelcome shock to the body. For a more sustainable alternative to boost your engine, check out HICJUICE’s 5:2 Juice Plan. Inspired by the 5:2 intermittent fast diet, this programme aims to recharge, cleanse and boost fat metabolism. The team tells us more.
How does the 5:2 Juice Plan work?
Intermittent fasting triggers the body’s processes that protect and repair. It’s also a safe and alternative approach to weight loss as the body can burn fat at a higher rate after a period of fasting for 12 hours or more. With the 5:2 Juice Plan, you limit your calorie intake for two non-consecutive days a week; the other five days involve a balanced diet as usual. During fasting days, you’ll consume three 300ml bottles of nutrient-dense cold-pressed juices and protein-rich nut milks.
Why juice during the fasting days?
Rather than counting calories during fasting days, HICJUICE makes it simple with a nutritional juice plan designed by nutritionists to ensure a caloric deficit, whilst making sure that you get the nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs.
What benefits can I see from the 5:2 Juice Plan?
It’s part of a sustainable lifestyle of intermittent fasting that takes a longer term approach to healthy dieting, beyond losing weight. You can expect to feel lighter, more alert and energised. You’ll also be more mindful of your diet on non-fasting days. And it helps to train your body to utilise fat as a source of energy. This juice plan is not presented as a short-term solution, but rather a longer term approach to healthy dieting.
The 5:2 Juice Plan starts from $225 (two weeks).
To find out more, visit hicjuice.com
Health help: I lose a lot of hair on a daily basis. Should I be worried?
If there is a sudden increase in the amount of shedding, and hair loss is over 100 strands per day, you should definitely be concerned. This could be due to a condition known as telogen effluvium, a form of temporary hair loss caused by a disturbance in the hair cycle, which leads to an increase in hair shedding and hair thinning.
Changes to the hair cycle can be triggered by many different causes including sudden weight loss, emotional or mental stress, dietary changes, deficiencies in vitamins D and/or B12, certain medications and hormonal fluctuations – for example, pregnancy, childbirth and menopause. You can also experience this condition after illnesses such as dengue fever.
It’s important to find the cause through a proper examination and discussion of medical history. This will determine in detail what the possible causes could be and if any further blood test investigations are needed. It’s also important not just to attribute the hair loss to a single, obvious cause, as sometimes the causes are multifactorial; if an underlying contributing factor is not screened for and detected, we may not be stopping the problem.
In addition to telogen effluvium, there are other conditions that can cause hair loss. These include alopecia areata, an autoimmune condition that causes a sudden increase in shedding and hair fall, leading hairs to fall out in clumps and increasing bald spots. \As hair loss may be related to underlying health, it’s important to interpret the cause clearly and quickly so that it can be properly treated, and corrected early, to minimise any long-term effects.
- Dr Angeline Yong Dermatologis
Angeline Yong Dermatology
#03-02 Gleneagles Medical Centre, 6 Napier Road
6592 1311 | ayd.com.sg
Wellness at Your Doorstep
Same-day delivery is always a plus, especially when it comes to your health and wellness. That’s why we’re loving Herbal Pharm, an online retailer that offers same day delivery on its selection of health foods, supplements, and natural and chemical-free beauty products made with quality ingredients from across the globe – everything from granola blends and tea leaves, to hair and nail supplements, hair growth shampoo and children’s multivitamins. Some of the site’s bestsellers include High Q+ fruit-flavoured, chewable vitamins for kids, i360 capsules to support eye health, collagen-based Miracle Skin supplements and traditional Aleppo soap made with laurel oil. Find out more at herbalpharm.com.sg.
From 1 to 30 April, EL readers can use the code “EL_April” to get 10 percent off their Herbal Pharm purchase!
Whether you’re a hardcore yogi or a once-in-a-while yoga goer, a stylish mat is a must! Sugarmat’s got the prettiest yoga mats we ever did see (and with matching blocks, straps and rings to boot!). These beauties come in premium suede, polyurethane rubber and TPE (a more eco-friendly rubber), and in a variety of beautiful designs. We especially love the abstract pink-and-gold “Love Affair” print in suede – which, it turns out, is a brilliant anti-slip surface! In fact, it gives more grip as you sweat, and is surprisingly easy to wipe clean.
Equally as chic is Sugarmat’s collection of yoga wear and accessories. The Desert Rose range is exactly what we yogis need – super soft, breathable fabric that acts like a second skin, while stretchy and thick enough to hold everything in. (A special shout-out to the wide waistband that doesn’t ride down or dig in during a workout!)
Special offer: Expat Living readers can get a 10 percent discount with the code “SUGAREL”! sugarmat.com