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Proper Health Management: Women’s Best Friend

Author: Chan E-Lyn                   Uploaded Date: 16th February 2020

Meet Jen, a 35 years old marketing manager. Jen’s menstrual cycle comes regularly. She neither suffers from painful menstrual cramps nor excessive bloating, her menstrual flow is also normal. Moreover, her mood and energy is stable. Jen’s monthly visit ‘Aunt flo’ has never affected her work performance.

On the other hand, Belle’s a 28 year-old accountant and her menstruation experience is quite the opposite. Not only does her menstrual cycle come irregularly, she also experiences belly bloating, excessive bleeding and blood clots. Worse still, her menstruation also involves painful cramps which may affect her concentration at work.

Why do Jen and Belle have drastically different menstrual cycles? Is it merely fate that Jen has better luck on problem-free menstruation?

Menstrual Cycles: The TCM Point of View

It always goes back to the same theory. The liver stores blood, regulates qi, the vital energy and controls smooth blood flow which is strongly influenced even during the monthly cycle. Any stress and negative emotions including anger may cause liver qi stagnation, thereby causing vital energy and blood flow to be impeded.

A typical complete menstrual cycle is 28 days long, though it may vary among individuals. Apart from the typical Bazhen Tang and Siwu Tang used in ancient times, Le Shenz offers an improved formula to complete your monthly health management during menstruation and post-menstruation, Shenz & Beauy.

Stress and Hair Loss: Are they related?

Author: Chan E-Lyn                   Uploaded Date: 7th February 2020

You are seeing exceptionally high number of strands of hair on your hair brush, on the pillowcase, or in the shower drain, you got worried. It is not uncommon to encounter intermittent stress and anxiety in life, especially when one has pending workloads, commitment in relationships and expenses. As a result, the body react to it and led to problems like brittle nails, breakouts and hair loss.

Not only that stress and anxiety play a role in hair loss, it could also be caused by other conditions like:

Temporary Hair Loss

When one is experiencing a large amount of physical or emotional stress, it will push the hair follicles into resting phase so that they won’t produce new hair strands. Eventually, what you will see is hair falling out easily even if you are just touching, brushing or washing your hair. This condition is known as telogen effluvium. It is also attributed to poor diet and change in hormone levels.

Hair Pulling Disorder

This is a psychological condition known as trichotillomania. It causes people to have the compulsive decision to pull their hair from scalp, face and other parts of the body when they are feeling stressed or tensed.

Baldness

Baldness, also known as alopecia areata, is an autoimmune condition where your body’s immune system will attack the hair follicles and cause the hair to fall out. In some cases, Alopecia areata can cause hair thinning while some may develop bald spots. While healthcare professionals are not exactly sure what causes alopecia areata, they think that genetics might play a role.

In short, stress is evitable if it is properly managed, make sure to get sufficient amount of sleep and spend some time doing leisure activities. At the same time, eating a balanced diet with vitamins and minerals is also essential to keeping the hair scalp healthy.

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Individuals with Lactose Intolerance Need to Avoid All Milk and Dairy Products? Breaking the Myth.

Author: Chan E-Lyn                   Uploaded Date: 7th February 2020

Have you ever experienced diarrhoea, bloated stomach or flatulence after drinking a glass of milk? These are just some of the signs and symptoms of a digestive disorder known as lactose intolerance. Usually, people with lactose intolerance do not make enough lactase, a milk enzyme that is used to digest natural sugars, lactose found in dairy products such as milk and yoghurt.

There are two types of lactose intolerance and they are of different causes.

     1. Primary lactose intolerance

A genetically determined absence or decrease in lactase production with age.

     2. Secondary lactose intolerance

Caused by intestinal mucosal disease due to inflammation in the gut wall which could lead to temporary decline in the production of lactase.

Depending on your lactose tolerance and how much lactose you have consumed, the severity of the symptoms vary accordingly.

Dairy products are highly nutritious and contain rich sources of protein, calcium and vitamins that are of a great combination for our bone and teeth health. Many people believe that being lactose intolerant generally means that they must stop consuming their favourite dairy products, but do you really have to give up on them? It is not always the case.

 

The Secret to Radiant and Youthful Skin

Author: Chan E-Lyn                   Uploaded Date: 20th January 2020

The pursuit of a youthful appearance has become one of the top priorities in today’s society. Many products in the market have claimed to be able to restore aging skin but they usually fall short.

One of the causes of the aging process is due to the presence of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that constantly seek for atoms or molecules to bond to. When this continues to happen, it will result in oxidative stress which could damage the body’s cells; thus, causes the symptoms of aging such as formation of wrinkles and atypical pigmentation. As such, the use of antioxidants have been an effective approach to minimize the damage caused by free radicals.

Studies have shown that berries are high in antioxidants which function to boost immunity and protect the health against cardiovascular diseases. For centuries, goji berries have remained as staple traditional Chinese medicine due to its wide range of medicinal and beauty properties. They have been traditionally used in ancient China to promote longevity by preventing tumor growth, lowering cholesterol, managing blood sugar and serving as a powerful anti-inflammatory agent.

How do Goji Berries Benefit the Skin?

Goji berries contain a rich source of antioxidant nutrients such as carotenoids, vitamin C, amino acids, polysaccharides and minerals, all of which are able to combat free radicals thereby maintaining a brighter and more youthful skin.

Carotenoids– A class of phytonutrients high in antioxidants which help to protect the skin barrier and combat against wrinkle-causing free radicals. Besides, the two major carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin are also beneficial in maintaining healthy vision.

Vitamin C– High concentration of vitamin C supports skin health by stimulating collagen synthesis. Moreover, vitamin C content in goji berries also aid in boosting the immune system thus protecting the body against flu and cold.

Polysaccharides– Complex carbohydrate molecules that possess antioxidant properties that are essential to retain moisture in the skin thus maintaining a youthful complexion.

Amino acids– Help to keep the skin hydrated and promote faster would healing.

Minerals– The essential dietary minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium, zinc and selenium aid in keeping the skin firm.

Golden Thread Dates- The Premium Red Dates

Author: Chan E-Lyn                  Uploaded Date: 20th January 2020

From red lanterns to red envelopes, families and friends gather around the table during Chinese New Year to celebrate this auspicious festival. But why red dates are often seen eaten during jubilant occasions? The Chinese believe that red corresponds to good fortune and joy. Dates on the hand (枣 zǎo) has the same pronunciation as “early” (早zǎo), meaning a head start.

Just as Brazil is famous for its acai berries as ‘superfruit’ that is beneficial to health and well-being, red dates on the other hand has been long-heralded as the ‘king of nuts’ in China due to its rich nutritional values. They are packed with abundance of vitamins and minerals that help to improve the immune system and protect the body against illnesses.  Red dates have been especially popular amongst the women community for their alleged health and beauty effects. For instance, many women consume red date tea during menstruation and confinement period to help replenish blood lost. An example of red date is Chinese honey date, also known as golden thread date which is world-famous for its good quality and nutritious contents.

They are often used in traditional herbal soups and beverages as natural sweetener. There is no way we can resist ourselves from the snacking habits. While you are at it, why not top it up with a glass of golden threat date tea to cool your body. Alternatively, you may also slice and enjoy them chilled! In fact, taking 20 pieces of golden thread dates a day has positive impacts of replenishing blood and qi. Just as its name sounds, golden thread dates symbolizes wealth and prosperity, it is really one of the best options to be gifted to your loved ones during the festive season!

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