5 Ways to Shed Your Belly Fat

 

Belly fat, medically called visceral fat, is the excess fat seen on our expanded waistlines. We acquire it through age and if we are too stubborn or lazy to shed it off our bodies, then we will have those forever in our midsection. Both men and women share the same sentiments, especially if they have accumulated a lot of belly fat. In order to say goodbye to your belly fat for good, here are ways that people in Singapore suggest you should follow:

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  1. Try CrossFit or Interval Training. Break a sweat and enroll yourself in a CrossFit group or to an interval training program. These types of workout programs require short, intense bursts of exercise that are then followed by short rest periods. Different exercises are usually given, particularly in circuit training. The more intensely you exercise, the more calories you burn. Commit yourself in doing these and you most certainly will eliminate your belly fat.

 

  1. Drink in moderation. Too much alcohol intake will inflate your waistline. Beers are the most common alcoholic drink that causes your tummy to expand which is why there is a popular term called “beer belly”. As much as possible, limit drinking too much beer and also other alcoholic drinks into one or two servings only.

 

  1. Keep your cool and get enough sleep. Our body releases a hormone called cortisol that encourages our body to store belly fat when we are stressed out or when we lack sleep. You need to keep your cool, improve your sleeping schedule, and find ways on how to relax yourself in order to avoid these hormones from doing their work.

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  1. Drink green tea. To shrink your belly fat, drink green tea more often. There are thousands of studies published that explain how green tea helps in weight loss and on how effective it is in burning and shedding your belly fat. So instead of drinking your favorite caffeinated drinks, switch to a healthier and more effective drink like green tea.

 

  1. Adjust to a healthy diet. A healthy diet can always help get rid of belly fat. Limit your intake of unhealthy food like sodas (yes, even the “diet” kind), junk foods and fast foods. Instead, eat the freshest fruits and vegetables you can get and cook food with the right ingredients. Change your lifestyle into a healthier one and you will forever say goodbye to those unwanted extra tummy fats like you’ve always dreamed of.

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Healthy Practices to Carry Out

 

You should do your best to live healthy if you want to enjoy what life has to offer. Being healthy takes time and whole lot of effort but you will eventually realize that it is all worth it. You can start by carrying our healthy practices.

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The good thing here in Singapore is that many people are getting more interested of healthy practices. It is just a matter of dissemination. Here are some healthy practices that you should carry out for this year and the coming years:

  • Submit yourself for check-up: Before submitting yourself for healthy practices, you have to go and see the doctor. Submitting for check-ups can help the doctor determine the right healthy practice for you. Get a thorough check-up from blood work to bones. It is important that you do this at least once a year because it will serve as your preventive practice. You have to know that it is easier to treat an issue if caught early.
  • Ignore and avoid processed foods: Sometimes meats are too attractive that you cannot let it go. If you want to be healthy as a bull, you have to ignore and avoid processed foods especially those that comes in packages. Do this for at least a month and you will see the difference. You will surely feel better after a few weeks.

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  • Stop eating five hours before bed: Not eating five hours before bed can be a bit challenging especially if you are the type that gets hungry all the time. This is important because it can help with your digestion, weight loss and especially sleep. If you eat, make sure that you have balanced dinner and finish it off with herbal tea.
  • Walk at least 10,000 steps everyday: You do not monitor your steps in the past. Now is the time that you monitor it and know that it can make a difference at the end of the day. Walking at least 10,000 steps everyday will help your body realize how active you are. If you cannot do this, you should improve on physical activities.
  • Change exercise routine: If you are a runner, it is time that you let your body adapt to other changes. It is always nice to try something new and continuously challenge yourself for higher things.

Remember though that what might work for the other does not automatically mean it will work for you. You have to try new and different things so you can find something that will fit your lifestyle. Here’s to healthy living!

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What to Tell Your Doctor on Your Annual Health Clinic Visit

STD screening isn’t part of a person’s annual physical exam. However, for many people, it probably should be. If you are sexually active or engaged in other risky behaviour, it’s very important to discuss your sexual health risk factors with your doctor when you go to a GP clinic. To help you, we’ve listed down some of the important things you should discuss with your doctor during your visit.

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1. The number of sexual partners you’ve had in the past years

Some doctors in a women’s health clinic don’t usually ask about the sexual history of their patients, which is why it is your duty to keep them informed about the sexual activities you’ve done in the previous years. Sharing such information with your doctor will help him or her in assessing your risk of acquiring certain types of STDs.

2. If you have a history of having acquired an STD infection

Disclosing a history of STD infection, if applicable, is crucial for several reasons. The most important reason would be is that you’ll know if ever you’ve acquired an incurable form of STD, and if you’re at a greater risk of developing other types of illnesses. Sharing this information will also help your doctor during your men health checkup at M Lam clinic in Singapore to assess your risk of developing a new infection – either because of the risky behaviours you engage in, or because you’re selecting sexual partners from a higher-risk pool.

3. If you’re sexually involved with someone who’s infected with an STD

If you’ve had sexual contact with a person whom you know is infected with the disease, then your doctor will likely ask you to undergo an STD screening test. If possible, let your doctor know when your partner was first diagnosed with the disease, as well as the activities you both engage in. For instance, if you performed unprotected oral sex on someone who has chlamydia, then your healthcare provider will likely ask you to undergo a throat swab.

4. If you notice any STD-related symptoms on your body

Not all STDs can be detected through a urine or blood test done at a health clinics; some of it are diagnosed through their symptoms. So if you notice any pain, discharge, itching, or bumps in your body, particularly in and around your mouth and sexual organ, make sure to inform your doctor. Providing them with as much helpful information would increase your chance of getting an accurate diagnosis.

5. If you (or your partner) have multiple sex partners

Knowing the number of people you’re sexually involved with, or whether your partner is involved with other people, will help your doctor in evaluating your risk of acquiring an STD. You should also discuss whether or not you’ve practiced safe sex with some or all of your partners, so your healthcare provider will be able to recommend a more suitable STD or HIV testing for you.

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6. If you’ve engaged in receptive anal sex

Similar to other types of sexual practices, engaging in receptive anal sex carries risks. If you regularly perform anal sex, then you might need to get tested for various anal STDs like gonorrhoea and HPV. But do let your doctor know if you use condoms when you engage in anal sex, since doing so greatly reduces your chances of developing an STD.

7. If you’ve performed oral sex on your partner

Just like anal sex, oral sex also comes with its own STD risks. According to health experts in Singapore, engaging in an oral sex with your partner puts you at risk of oral or HPV infections, including chlamydia or gonorrhoea. Although these risks are not that high, it’s still important to disclose such information to your doctor – especially if your partner has been diagnosed with the disease in the past.

8. If you engaged in a sexual intercourse with the same gender

Men who have sex with men (who are not in a monogamous relationship) are at a higher risk of getting STDs like syphilis and HIV. That said, the STD screening recommendations for these individuals differ from other men. Their screenings are done more frequently, and it includes additional STD tests like rectal STD screens.

9. If you and your partner are planning to have a baby

Acquiring certain types of STDs can be dangerous for a pregnant woman and her baby, which is why it’s a good idea to get undergo an STD screening if you’re planning to get pregnant or is already pregnant. That way, you can be treated early on to reduce your risk of developing a fatal neonatal infection. Similarly, it’s also a good idea for men to visit a men’s health clinic that offers STD tests to avoid or lower the chances of passing the disease to their pregnant partners.

Fortunately, safer STD treatment options are now available to reduce the chances of developing foetal infections without putting the pregnancy at risk.

10. If you have other behavioural or health factors that may affect your STD risk

Apart from engaging in unsafe sex, health behaviours like douching or injecting drugs also affect your STD risk. Similarly, having health conditions or using certain medications that affect your immune system might change your vulnerability to the infection. Discussing these factors with your doctor will help in assessing your risk of developing more serious diseases like HIV, and in providing you an opportunity to learn new ways of managing your health.

Even if you’re not a candidate for an STD or HIV testing, do make it a habit to inform your doctor about your sexual health to protect yourself from STDs. So take note of the aforementioned details, and make sure that you disclose all the important information to your healthcare provider in each of your visits.

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The Functions of the Left Brain  

 

Our brains are a mystery. We wonder how that size can carry so much responsibility and possibilities. It was the Professor Roger Sperry from the University of California who revealed the functions of the left and right-side brain.

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He identified the following functions of the left-brain:

  • Seat of logic: The left brain is the base of analytical and logical thinking. It does not end there because it is also the seat of verbal skill and it is in-charge of formulating evocative languages. Now you know which part of the brain to improve.
  • Governs the right: It is the left brain that governs the right side of body including the field of vision.
  • Manages goals: The left brain is the “managerial mind”. This means that it is responsible for setting goals including plans and assessments.
  • Perceives time: It is the left brain that perceives and distinguishers time.
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Now that we know the functions of the left-brain, it is time to improve it. The most important function of the left brain is logical thinking and we should know how to use it to our own advantage. The left brain will work with verifiable information and that information has been scientifically confirmed. This information will then allow us to develop knowledge which is crucial in the creation of logical deductions.

We have to remember that the brain’s logical or scientific approach relies on the information that we perceive in the world around us. Because of logical thinking, Singapore has become progressive because of many inventions and innovations. However, there remains to be a challenge – in a fast-paced world, the information around us will be swiftly out-of-date.

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Indications of Hormonal Imbalance  

 

Women experience more pronounced changes when they reach 40s and 50s. Some women experience it as early as 30. This is the reason why hormonal imbalance is often associated with women and menopause. It is time that we know the indications of hormonal imbalance:

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  • Persistent weight gain: Putting on weight is lifestyle but it does not end there. Women who have underlying hormonal imbalance make it difficult to maintain healthy weight. The most common issue is emerging insulin resistance.
  • Loss of muscle mass: When the endocrine system is stressed, there will be underproduction of specific hormones and overproduction of cortisol. This will result to loss of muscle mass and increase belly fat.
  • Fatigue: Fatigue will make it hard to be productive. The feeling of sluggishness is not normal but for women with hormonal imbalance, fatigueless changes everything. The trick here is to stabilize blood sugar.

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  • Anxiety: They say that women with hormonal imbalance suffer from anxiety eventually leading to irritability and depression. Unfortunately, you do not need drugs for this. It is time that you notice the body’s changes and take actions before it will become serious.
  • Poor sleeping patterns: Insomnia is not a good thing especially if you feel fatigued all the time. Hormonal imbalance will affect your sleeping patterns and the stress will come instantly.
  • Sweating: Hot flashes and night sweat are common but when it wakes you up at night, it is a sign that something is wrong. When this happen, do not indulge in hormone replacement therapy.
  • Cravings: You ate more than you should have but still crave for something. This will surely lead you to weight gain. Reasons behind this include insulin resistance and adrenal fatigue.

For more information and details about hormonal change, there are many specialists here in Singapore.

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Luxury for Singaporeans: Good Health

According to the study conducted by The Visa Affluent Study 2013, Singaporeans redefined the meaning of luxury. Singaporeans shunned material extravagances and consider good health a luxury. Asia Pacific and the UAE (United Arab Emirates) also perceive the same thing. The Visa Affluent Study 2013 seeks to find out the trends and spending habits of affluent consumers. They found out that modern and affluent people put more priority in keeping fit at the same time achieving work-life balance.

HPB (Health Promotion Board) is surely happy to know that more Singaporeans are eyeing a healthy life. But it should be noted here that health and fitness are not only for affluent Singaporeans. HPB stresses that all health and fitness programmes are for everyone, not only for the rich and the famous. Ordinary people also deserve health and fitness. Here are some things that you should consider to maintain a good health:

Eating Right

You are what you eat. Remember that. Foods are important so the body will function well but you have to make sure that you eat the right kind of food and the right amount. To be safe, you should eat vegetables and fruits. If you want to be sure, you can go to your nutritionist and ask them to design a meal plan for you.

Regular Exercise

All people need about 200 to 300 minutes of exercise every week. If you have all the time in the world, it would be great if you spend an hour or two exercising. If you are too busy, you can still exercise. Brisk walking on your way to work or biking for thirty minutes to one hour will make a difference. Exercise will serve as your protection against chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, etc.  

Mental Wellbeing

When you speak of health, it is not only physical because it transcends more than that. Some scientists believe that mental health or wellbeing should be considered when you are vying for a healthy and fit life. Remember that if you are happy and positive, it radiates to your action. When you are positive about everything, it would be easier to get through exercise and proper diet.

Yoga—an Art of Relaxation

Yoga is an art form wherein the body, mind, and soul are interconnected and act as one. There are many reasons why people practice yoga, but the effect it has on the body, mind, and soul is the same.

There are different types of alternative yoga classes available in Singapore.

SUP Yoga

This is a type of yoga performed on a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) board, which is generally longer than the average surfboard. Since it is longer, performing the yoga poses is much easier.

SUP yoga is ideal for all levels, even beginners. If you are looking forward to having a new yoga experience this weekend, you should try this one. You will definitely love the wonderful feeling of doing different poses on water.

Floating Yoga

In this type of yoga, a hammock-like trapeze supports your body while you perform nimble yoga poses. Such innovative contraption relieves compressed joints and alleviates pressure on the back.

Yoga practitioners of all levels can try floating yoga. However, it is recommended that you do exercise for a few weeks before you get yourself into this.

Ganban Yoga

This type of yoga is somewhat similar to most hot yoga sessions. Every session is conducted on a specially manufactured granite slabs, and the room is heated between 39 to 41 degrees.

Ganban yoga is very good for yoga practitioners at the beginners’ level, as well as those who want a slightly less intense workout.

AcroYoga

In AcroYoga, you are like an acrobat performing acrobatics and yoga at the same time. There are three main roles in this type—the base, the flyer, and the spotter.

AcroYoga requires trust, technique, strength, and practice. All yoga practitioners are encouraged to try this type of yoga at least once in their life.

Garlic and Hypertension

Hypertension is the most common cardiovascular disease experienced by many. It is caused by unhealthy lifestyle, and occurs when the arteries experience high pressure on the artery walls. One of the best natural treatments for this ailment is garlic. It can lower blood pressure and improve a person’s health.

So, how does garlic work and why is it good for hypertension patients?

It increases HDL Cholesterol Level

The best thing about garlic is its ability to alleviate blood and cholesterol-related diseases including hypertension. HDL or High Density Lipoprotein is said to be the good cholesterol of the body. It travels through the bloodstream and eliminates all the bad cholesterol in the blood. If you have higher level of HDL in your body, lesser risks for you of getting any heart ailment.

Researches show that feeding on garlic extract is an effective source of HDL. This means that patients diagnosed with hypertension can greatly benefit from garlic and lessen the chances of breakdown.

Garlic Controls ENaC

Controlling the body’s Epithelial Sodium Channel or ENaC is highly essential for people with hypertension, especially those with salt induced conditions. Since the ENaC is the main portion where the body would reabsorb the salt, hyperactivity of this part can lead to high blood pressure.

In relation to this, many researches have been made about regulation of ENaC which may eventually lead to the prevention of hypertension. And one of the outcomes pointed on the abilities of garlic to control the ENaC. Recent studies confirmed that the compounds found in garlic extracts can effectively stop the hyperactivity of the channel. It just shows that garlic can vitally help in alleviating high blood pressure and hypertension.

 

What Experts Say About Alkaline Water

Various studies have tested alkaline water to be very clean and safe. Their reports show that this type of water has distinct characteristics which are beneficial to human health. They also claim that it is a much better alternative to regular tap water, which may contain impurities and other harmful agents due to insufficient filtration process. Below are other reasons why experts say alkaline water is best:

Alkaline restores balance in our system
Unhealthy foods such as fats and oils, processed meat, carbonated drinks and alcohol cause a change in the pH level of our body. Experts stress the importance of having a balanced acid-alkaline measurement in attaining optimum health condition. Alkaline water helps restore the pH level of our bodies to its normal level whenever it becomes too acidic. Since the water is alkalized, it develops minerals that help in neutralizing acidic compounds.

Has all the benefits of normal water and more
When we are dehydrated we become feeble, thus being susceptible to sickness. Also known as micro-clustered water, alkaline water has molecules that can easily go into our cells. Therefore, the absorption of nutrients in them is fast. Also, Singapore experts say that alkaline water helps in boosting our body’s metabolic rate. Experts stress that alkaline water is the best water to hydrate us.

Alkaline water is a good source of energy
When the internal conditions of our body is refreshed, we are also revitalized on the outside. People who regularly drink alkaline water singapore distributed ionizers like KYK are more energetic and attentive. Health experts have also found out that drinking alkaline water shows an improvement in a person’s vitality that enables him to fight fatigue, which is common symptoms among workaholics.

It has anti-oxidant properties
Ionized water is rich in antioxidants and that is basically the reason why people with frequent ionized water intake appear to be younger than their actual age. The antioxidants present in the water helps fight the damaging free radicals that exist in the environment. It helps prevent wrinkles, which is a common sign of aging.

It detoxifies and helps in the healing process
Ionized water helps the body in flushing acid wastes outside the body. Experts stress that this water is a good dissolver of harmful, microscopic elements that can bring detrimental effects to our health. Health experts emphasize that alkaline water treatment can be used as a supplementary treatment for patients with cancer, gastric and kidney problems, and vascular heart disease.

The Overall Consensus: Over the past, there are a lot of scientific studies which proved that alkaline water has health benefits. Health experts recommend alkaline water for patients with serious health conditions because of its innate characteristics that have great potential to cure.

Other health conditions include diabetes, osteoporosis and arthritis. Many patients have also testified that drinking alkaline water helps alleviate constipation and diarrhea. Furthermore, it also helps in weight management and lowering of blood pressure and cholesterol.

Health Screening with Medical Professionals

Everyone would seem to take health screening for granted for the reason that they feel very strong and they could still does up their daily activities into flawless manners. It is still not safe to just set aside executive health screening though you think you are perfect you shaped and health, as it can help you determine future health related issues. Keep in mind, prevention is better than cure.

Health screening packages in Singapore is a special health program making use of the high tech equipment that could help for preventing health complications and so, providing everybody with an ample of health benefits. The only reason of getting health screening is by giving men and women the chance of identifying if they are simply suffering from diseases and illnesses. It actually offers an early detection of health problems just like stroke, artificial fibrillation, diabetes, heart diseases, osteoporosis that could simply lead up to serious complications on the latter part of your life.

For you to avoid things up, you should consult medical professionals in Singapore and be one step ahead in regards to your health. At times, Singapore health screening packages would need medical professionals in order to tests the blood of the patient. For instance, a doctor in Singapore could test an individual’s blood and check for cholesterol. Actually, the body produces cholesterol naturally and it is somewhat found in different kinds of food. Having some cholesterol is actually normal and it is healthy for the body.

Having much of it could put up men and women at increased risk of having stroke or heart attack. Corporate health screening for blood is also used for detecting diabetes. Right after a person eats, a hormone known as the insulin would help the glucose or the blood sugar to get into the cells of your body, wherein where it is used for the energy. However, why is it? Well, the cost of getting health care these days are surging continuously and with the assistance of this program, they could simply save up lots of money, not to mention that it could help them prevent health problems.

Whenever a person has diabetes, he or she may not have enough of insulin to handle the count of glucose properly or that he or she could not have such hormone at all. Some people in Singapore who suffer from diabetes would have enough of insulin, yet their bodies would fail responding to it. Availing of health screening packages would let such people know about their illness and find the treatment for it early on. For men and women to determine if you have diabetes or not, you should see your health care provider regularly and have him or her draw your blood and test the levels of blood glucose within your body.