Month: June 2016

Help save lives with your blood

By: | June 26, 2016
Saving three lives with just a pint of blood may seem ridiculous and implausible, but did you know there’s hard science behind this fact?

Here’s why:
Human blood can be separated into three different components for the process of transfusion: red cells, platelets and plasma. When you give a whole blood donation, you’re giving all three components. After the blood is tested, the blood components are separated, and when patients receive a blood transfusion, they receive a certain number of units depending on the severity of their condition. Read More

Myth or Fact: Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal

By: | June 22, 2016
If you’ve consumed anything acidic, you should avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes. Foods containing citric acid, such as oranges, grapefruits and lemons weaken tooth enamel and brushing too soon after eating these types of foods can potentially damage it.

As such, it’s always a good idea to brush your teeth before, and not after eating acidic foods and to have a glass of water after in order to wash away the acids. But apart from brushing your teeth, you can also clean them by flossing daily, drinking plenty of water, or going for regular dental checkups. Read More

When and Why Should We Change Our toothbrush?

By: | June 20, 2016
Sometimes the frequent use of a toothbrush makes you forget that it’s high time to replace them. Instead of waiting for the bristles of your toothbrush to wear out entirely, it’s highly recommended to change yours every three to four months!

Toothbrushes can become contaminated with oral microbial organisms whenever they are placed in the mouth. Different kinds of viruses and bacteria from an infected person’s mouth can also live for weeks on a toothbrush surface and continue to cause illness. Worryingly, even normal, healthy microorganisms can cause infections, especially if they enter your gum tissue due to an injury, a break, or an oral ulcer. Read More

The Importance of Sahoor Meal

By: | June 18, 2016
In the holy month of Ramadan, you might be tempted to skip out on sahoor, your pre-dawn meal, simply because of laziness. Skipping out on sahoor however, means that you’re also skipping out on important nutrients that’ll actually help you get through the day much easier!

If you’re feeling sluggish in the morning, try out making oats – one of the easiest foods to cook. They have numerous health benefits as well and are filled with complex carbohydrates. These take time to break up inside your body. This is very useful in releasing the right amount of calories at a slow rate, giving you energy throughout the day. This will also prevent a quick burn up of calories, preventing you from feeling lethargic and tired during the day. Read More

New Era of Ultrasound Technology Shows Your Baby Waving At You!

By: | June 16, 2016
Like regular ultrasounds, 3D and 4D ultrasounds use sound waves to create an image of your baby in your womb. What’s different about 3D ultrasounds is that it creates a three-dimensional image of your baby, while 4D ultrasounds create a live video effect just like a movie, but in this one you’re watching your baby yawn or smile.

For an abdominal ultrasound, you’ll lie down and a technician will put a certain gel on your belly. This helps carry the sound waves. The technician will then hold a probe against your belly and move it around to get an image. Read More

What Are Mammograms and How Often Should You Get One

By: | June 10, 2016
A mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast, and can be used to check for breast cancer in women who don’t display any signs or symptoms of the illness. This particular type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram and usually involves two x-ray images of each breast. These x-ray pictures allow for the detection of tumours that can’t be felt. Screening mammograms are also able to detect microcalcifications, also known as tiny pockets of calcium which may indicate breast cancer. Read More

What are diuretics and why should we avoid them in Ramadan?

By: | June 7, 2016
Having to avoid tea or coffee in the wee hours of the morning during sahoor may seem impossible, but in doing so you’ll actually have a much easier time when you’re fasting throughout the day. Tea and coffee are both diuretics, which means that they facilitate the release of liquids from your body. Having to urinate more deprives your body of important mineral salts which are crucial for the optimal functioning of your body. Read More

Healthy Ramadan!

By: | June 4, 2016 Fasting during the month of Ramadan is usually known as a deeply religious act for Muslims around the world, but did you know that fasting also has great health benefits?

The Ramadan fasting ritual lasts from dawn till dusk, and as such the body’s energy can be replaced in the pre-dawn and dusk meals! This prevents the breakdown of muscle for protein and provides a smooth transition to using fat as your main source of energy instead of glucose.

The use of fat for energy not only helps to increase weight loss, but it also preserves the muscles and reduces your cholesterol level. Weight loss would eventually reduce blood pressure and results in better control of diabetes.

A process of detoxification will also start due to the dissolving of toxins stored in your body’s fat. Adding to that, if you’ve ever felt more alert and clearheaded when you’re fasting, that’s because the level of endorphins produced in your blood are increased after just a few days of fasting!

However, it’s important to keep a balanced food and liquid intake in-between fasts. While your kidneys are useful in maintaining the body’s water and salts – sodium and potassium for example-, these can be lost quickly through perspiration.

It’s highly advisable to approach a planned diet during the month of Ramadan just like how you would if you weren’t fasting. To prevent the breakdown of muscles, your pre-dawn and dusk meals should contain enough energy food like fat, carbohydrates, and protein.

All in: Going Cold Turkey to Quit Smoking

By: | June 2, 2016

Thanks to the internet, we now have a wealth of knowledge on the different ways people successfully (more often than not, unsuccessfully) quit the nasty habit of smoking. Smokers who want to quit can try out methods from simple nicotine patches to hypnosis. But perhaps, the most effective and therefore, the most painful way to quit smoking is actually going cold turkey, or just quitting without any preparation.

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Know Your Numbers

By: | June 2, 2016

Surprise your doctor the next time you go for a check up by knowing what the numbers of your blood pressure mean. Here’s an example of a blood pressure reading:

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