Natural Health November 2018

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Editor’s Message

Eczema Is More Than Just A Skin Disease

If something is wrong with any part of your skin this will make people to view

you in a different light. But did you know there could be underlying reasons for

your skin affliction? Take eczema for example. Eczema is known as a chronic

dermatological condition that is characterised by skin rashes, dryness, crusting

and flaking skin. Those living with eczema are well aware of the frustrations

brought about by the skin condition.

As if that's not bad enough, researchers from Northwestern University have

discovered that eczema sufferers are also more likely to become obese, start

smoking and drink more alcoholic beverages than those who don't have the skin

problem. This disease takes a huge emotional toll on its sufferers, like chronic

pain. The study abstract states: Eczema is associated with high rates of sleep

disturbance and quality-of-life impairment. These factors might have a negative

impact on psychosocial development and behaviour and could increase

cardiovascular risk.

The abstract notes: Adults with eczema had higher odds of ever smoking 100

cigarettes in their lifetime... Adults with a history of eczema had lower odds

of daily vigorous activity... and lower frequency of vigorous activity in the past

week... than did adults without a history of eczema. Those with eczema had a

higher body mass index than did those without eczema... particularly a body

mass index of 35 or more...

So, eczema is more than just a skin disease. It can affect you both physically

and emotionally. It's time you take action. The articles on dry skin can help you

understand your skin a lot better.

In this issue too we’re announcing the winners of the Natural Health Readers’

Choice Awards, that is being held for the eight time. Turn the pages for the

names of the winners.

Wishing you best of health.

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What Your

Dry Skin

Patches

Say About You

We all have dry patches in our skin, especially when

the season is dry and cold. We tend to not pay that

much attention to this problem. However, dry skin

patches on our face ruin your complexion. Without

makeup, dry patches tend to be invisible. When

makeup is applied, you’ll easily notice the areas that

tend to be drier than some. These dry patches can

cause your makeup to look uneven and even flake off.

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Dry skin is a problem that can affect us

from our scalp to the soles of our feet.

When you start to notice some unusual,

funny patches in the facial region, then

something may be up with your skin and

health. Are you starting to notice a dry and

flaky area near your eyebrows? Is your

nose starting to peel and look inflamed?

Some top dermatologist have explained

the occurrences of these dry patches on the

skin and what step you can do to avoid or

fix them. Read on below to know more.

Dry Skin around Eyes and Eyebrows

The skin around the eyes is sensitive and is prone

to dry skin. This area can suffer from dry skin

if it is constantly rubbed aggressively. If you’re

someone that has a habit of rubbing their eyes

when they feel tired, then this can be the cause

of your dry skin. You can reduce the dryness by

simply pressing your palms in your eyes to help

you feel more awake. Other causes of dry skin

in these areas are cosmetic irritation, seborrhea

and allergies. If your eyes and eyebrows tend to

get itchy just a few hours of using your makeup,

then replace it with a hypoallergenic version. It’s

important to keep off makeup for a while so your

skin would heal and regain back all of the lost

moisture from the irritation.

If it can’t be helped, purchase a makeup that

has a moisturising quality. Other products that

can cause allergies to these areas are strong

hair products and perfume. Seborrhea is a skin

condition that is often mistaken for dry skin.

Flaking and redness are often the symptom of

these conditions. You can go to your dermatologist when the

symptoms don’t go away after a week.

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Dry Skin around Nose

Our nose tends to be oily most of the time due to the

production of sebum, but it doesn’t save it from dry skin. When

you start to experience flaky and peeling skin on your nose

remember three questions. Is the weather cold? Is there dry

heat? Have you been using a harsh soap as a facial wash?

When there is low humidity level in the skin is more prone to

drying, some of us experience peeling of the skin during these

weathers. You can reduce the effect by using a humidifier at

night or anywhere you are required to stay indoors for a long

period of time. Harsh soaps are meant to remove any grime,

oil and dirt on the skin. Using this on your face will cause you

to wash away the natural sebum on your skin causing dryness

and peeling. Simply pick a cleanser that is gentle on the skin

and contain moisturising properties.

Dry Skin around Cheeks

The cheeks are prone to dryness since it is one of the widest

areas in the face and experiences most environmental factors.

A few flakes is not something to worry about, but when you

start to experience excessive shedding in your cheeks then

check your routine. Are you constantly exposed to the sun? Is

your commute causing you to experience windburn? Anything

that exposes your skin to excessive heat, cold and dryness

can cause your cheeks to flake off and become reddish. It’s

important to moisturise your skin every day as soon as this

occurs and make sure to use a sunblock every 6 hours to

protect your skin. Using a hydrating misting spray can also

help reduce the shedding. Using liquid based makeup can

reduce the appearance of dry and flaky skin.

Dry Skin around Mouth

Dry skin around the mouth can be caused by dehydration,

licking of the lips and lip plumpers. Your lips are one of the few

areas that exhibits dry skin when the body is dehydrated. This

is a huge sign that your body is telling you to drink more water.

Licking of the lips can cause dry skin due to the saliva’s ability

to reduce moisture. You can replace your lip licking habit by

using a flavourless chap stick or petroleum jelly. Lip plumpers

can cause a lot of irritation on the skin, it’s best to avoid them

when you are sensitive to irritation.

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Got Skin

Problems?

Is your skin itchy, broken out, or

covered in a rash or strange spots?

Skin inflammation, changes in

texture or colour, and spots may

result from infection, a chronic

skin condition, or contact with an

allergen or irritant. If you think you

have one of these common adult skin

problems, have your doctor check it

out. Most are minor, but others can

signal something more serious.

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Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

A rash of raised dots that turns into painful blisters,

shingles causes your skin to burn, itch, tingle, or become

very sensitive. Shingles often shows up on your trunk and

buttocks, but can appear anywhere. An outbreak lasts

about two weeks. You’ll recover, but pain, numbness,

and itching might linger for months, years, or even the

rest of your life. Treatment includes creams for your

skin, antiviral drugs, steroids, and even antidepressants.

It’s important to be treated early so you don’t develop

residual pain.

Hives (Urticaria)

Hives look like welts

and can itch, sting

or burn. They vary in

size and sometimes

join together. They

may appear on

any part of you

and last anywhere

from minutes to

days. Causes

include extreme

temperatures,

infections like strep

throat, and allergies

to medications,

foods, and

food additives.

Antihistamines and

skin creams can help.

Eczema

Eczema is a blanket term for several non-contagious

conditions that cause inflamed, red, dry, and itchy skin.

Doctors aren't sure what makes eczema start in the first

place, but they do know that stress, irritants (like soaps),

allergens, and climate can trigger flares. In adults, it often

appears on the elbows, hands, and in skin folds. Several

medications treat eczema. Some are spread over the

skin, and others are taken by mouth or as a shot.

Psoriasis

Thick, red patches of skin covered with white or silvery

scales are signs of psoriasis. Doctors know how psoriasis

works – your immune system triggers new skin cells to

grow too quickly – but they don't know what causes it.

The patches show up on your scalp, elbows, knees, and

lower back. They can heal and come back throughout

your life. Treatments include creams and ointments for

your skin, light therapy, and medications taken by mouth,

injection, or IV.

Rosacea

A tendency to flush easily, followed by redness on your

nose, chin, cheeks, and forehead could be rosacea.

It can get redder over time with blood vessels you can

see. You may have thickened skin, bumps, and pus-filled

pimples. It could even affect your eyes. Medications

taken by mouth or spread on the skin are available.

Doctors can treat broken blood vessels and red or

thickened skin with lasers.

Cold Sores (Fever Blisters)

The herpes simplex virus causes small, painful, fluid-filled

blisters on your mouth or nose. Cold sores last about 10

days and easily spread from person to person. Triggers

include fever, too much sun, stress, and hormonal

changes like periods. You can treat cold sores with

antiviral pills or creams. Call your doctor if the sores

contain pus, the redness spreads, you have a fever, or

if your eyes become irritated. These can be treated with

prescription pills or creams.

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Rash from Plants

Contact with the oily coating from poison ivy, oak, or sumac

causes a rash in many people. It begins with redness and

swelling at the site, and then becomes itchy. Blisters usually show

up within 12 to 72 hours after you touch the plant. A typical

rash looks like a red line, the result of the plant dragging across

your skin. An outbreak usually lasts up to 2 weeks. Treatment can

include medicine spread on the skin or taken by mouth.

Soothe Itchy Plant Rashes

Prescription or over-the-counter medication can help soothe

the itch. Try cool compresses and oatmeal baths, too. Your

doctor may prescribe medication for a severe rash and

antibiotics for an infection. Learn to spot these plants so you

can avoid direct contact.

Razor Bumps

Razor bumps pop up after you shave, when the sharp edge of

a closely cut hair curls back and grows into your skin. This can

cause irritation, pimples, and even scars. To minimise razor

bumps, take a hot shower before you shave, pull the blade in

the direction your hair grows, and don't stretch your skin while

you pull the razor across it. Always use a shaving cream or

foam. Rinse with cold water, then apply moisturiser.

Skin Tags

This small flap of flesh-coloured or slightly darker tissue hangs

off your skin by a stalk. They're usually found on the neck,

chest, back, armpits, under the breasts, or in the groin area.

Skin tags appear most often on women and elderly people.

They aren’t dangerous and usually don't cause pain unless they

become irritated when clothing or nearby skin rubs against

them. A doctor can cut, freeze, or burn them off.

Acne

Acne breaks out when a pore clogged with oil and dead skin

cells gets inflamed. Pores that stay open and turn dark are

called blackheads; completely blocked pores are known as

whiteheads. Bacteria and hormones trigger acne, which most

often shows up on your face, chest, and back. You can also

get pus-filled pimples and cysts. To control acne, keep oily

areas clean and don't squeeze (this may cause infection and

scars).

Athlete's Foot

This fungal skin infection causes your feet to peel, turn red, itch,

and burn. You may also get blisters and sores. Athlete's foot

is contagious and passed through direct contact. To prevent

it, don't share shoes with an infected person or walk barefoot

in areas like locker rooms or near pools. Treat it with topical

antifungal lotions. A doctor can prescribe medications for more

severe cases. During treatment, you’ll need to keep your feet

and the insides of your shoes clean and dry.

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Melasma ('Pregnancy Mask')

Melasma (chloasma) is tan or brown patches on your cheeks,

nose, forehead, and chin. It’s often called the "pregnancy

mask" because it happens in half of all pregnant women.

Men can get it, too. If it doesn’t go away on its own after the

baby comes, you can treat it with prescription creams, overthe-counter

products, or with laser treatments. Sunlight makes it

worse, so always use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 sunscreen.

Moles

Moles, which are usually brown or black, can be anywhere

on the body. They might show up alone or in groups and

generally appear before age 20. Some moles change slowly

over the years. They can go from flat to raised, grow hair, or

change colour. Get your moles checked once a year by a

dermatologist. Pay close attention to any that change, have

irregular borders, are an unusual or uneven colour, bleed, or

itch.

Age or Liver Spots

These pesky brown or gray spots aren’t really caused by

ageing, though they do become more common as you get

older. You get them from exposure to sunlight, which is why

they tend to appear on your face, hands, and arms. You can

try bleach creams, acid peels, and light-based treatments to

fade them. See a dermatologist to rule out serious problems like

melanoma, a type of skin cancer.

Warts

In most cases, common warts appear on the fingers or hands.

They're caused by the human papillomavirus. Warts spread

when you touch something used by a person with the virus. To

prevent more warts, cover them with bandages, keep them dry,

and don’t pick them. They're usually harmless and painless. You

can treat them with topical medications, or a doctor can freeze

or burn them off. More advanced removal techniques include

surgery, lasers, and chemicals.

Pityriasis Rosea

A harmless rash, pityriasis rosea usually begins as a single

scaly, pink patch with a raised border. Days to weeks later, it

starts to itch and spread. The rash may look like Christmas trees

spread across your body. Doctors don't know for sure what

causes it, but they don't think it's contagious. It often goes away

in 6 to 8 weeks without treatment. Pityriasis rosea most often

shows up between the ages of 10 and 35.

Seborrheic Keratoses

Seborrheic keratoses are noncancerous growths that often show

up as you age. They can appear on many areas of the skin

either alone or in groups. They may be dark or multicoloured,

and they usually have a grainy surface, though they can be

smooth and waxy. You don't need to treat them unless they get

irritated or you don’t like the way they look. They're easy to

mistake for moles or skin cancer, but a dermatologist can tell

the difference.

Reference: www.webmd.com

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5 Best Uses of

Coconut Oil For Hair

Lush, shiny, manageable and healthy hair

can be yours, with coconut oil!

Coconut oil is rich in anti-microbial properties, lauric acid, and medium-chain fatty acids that strengthen

hair, condition the scalp, and help to regrow hair. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, the

nourishing benefits coconut oil for hair keeps your hair strong, shiny and looking great!

Benefits of Coconut Oil

for Hair

If your hair is dry and brittle, chances are you

are not consuming enough fresh water. Water

helps to keep the entire body hydrated, including

hair and skin. As we age, hormone health plays

a significant part in the health of hair as well.

Eat for your best hair health by including lots of

healthy fats, drinking plenty of water, and using

natural hair care products, including coconut oil

for hair, instead of dangerous chemical laden

shampoos, conditioners or styling agents.

Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, and has

antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.

When used on hair, it improves scalp health,

fights infections and fungus, supports hair

growth, all while adding volume and shine

without the common harmful chemicals.

If you look on the ingredient labels of many

of your favorite cosmetics and hair products,

you will find coconut oil listed. However, most

cosmetics and hair products also contain other

ingredients that can be harmful to your health,

while actually damaging your hair and skin.

The harsh chemicals in commercial hair care

products can leave your hair flat, dry, and

damaged. Adding coconut oil in small amounts

simply isn’t enough. So avoid traditional

products and add coconut oil to your regimen

along with your favorite natural organic

shampoos and products.

While some of these healthier hair products may

cost a little more, the good news is that foodgrade

coconut oil is safe, affordable, and can

effectively replace many hair care products in

your cabinets.

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5 Ways to Use Coconut Oil for Hair

1. Conditioner

Coconut oil is free of the scary chemicals

that lurk in commercial hair products, and is

an excellent conditioner, for all types of hair.

According to a study published in the Journal

of Cosmetic Science, coconut oil out performs

sunflower oil and mineral oil, and is the only

oil that reduces protein loss. Avoid all beauty

products that contain mineral oil, especially for

children.

It is the protein loss in hair that leads to dryness

and breakage. The lauric acid has a low

molecular weight, and is able to actually

penetrate the hair shaft, nourishing the hair with

vitamins, minerals and the medium-chain fatty

acids.

Coconut oil helps to prevent damage from

combing and brushing, and it is safe to use

on children. It can be used as a leave-in

conditioner, or used as an intensive conditioner

for a couple of hours, or overnight. The key to

using all natural coconut oil as a leave-in hair

conditioner, is finding the right amount for your

hair. A little goes a long way.

To Condition:

For short hair, start with just a ¼ teaspoon,

warmed in your palms. For longer, thicker

hair, you may need up to a ½ tablespoon.

You want to use sparingly on thinner hair,

as it can weigh hair down if too much is

used. Pay particular attention to ends and

the shaft of the hair. Smooth through hair,

and proceed to style as normal.

As an intensive conditioner to restore

hair, after washing with a gentle natural

shampoo, apply 1 teaspoon (for short

hair), 2 teaspoons (for shoulder length

hair) and 1 tablespoon (for long hair) after

warming in the palm of your hands. Apply

to hair shaft and ends, and then rub into

scalp. Cover with a shower cap, and

leave on for 1-2 hours, or overnight. Wash

with gentle shampoo, and style as normal.

For dry or damaged hair, add a couple of

drops of sandalwood essential oil and/or

geranium essential oil for both leave-in and

intensive coconut oil for hair conditioning

treatments. These essential oils support

moisture retention, and work to increase

the moisturizing and conditioning effects of

the coconut oil for hair.

2. Hair Growth

Coconut oil is a safe, effective, and reasonably priced solution if you have

thinning hair. It can actually help grow hair, longer and thicker. The essential

nutrients including the lauric acid, penetrates the hair shaft improving the overall

health of the hair.

The health of hair is often a result of internal issues, and incorporating natural

hair loss remedies will help. Foods high in Omega-3 fats, pumpkin, chia, and

flax seeds, and green tea, and all help support healthy hair growth, from the

inside out. Before trying prescription hair growth preparations that only work for

50% of individuals and only works with continued use, modify your diet, and

use coconut oil for hair conditioning and styling. The harsh chemicals can cause

scalp irritation and even hair growth where hair is not desired.

Hair Growth Treatment:

When massaged into the scalp, coconut oil helps to improve blood circulation,

supporting hair growth. It is important to massage the coconut oil into the scalp

with gentle pressure for 10 minutes, 3 or 4 times per week. If you want to just

focus on scalp conditioning and hair growth, you will only need 1 teaspoon.

However, if you want the benefits of a deep conditioning, follow the steps

above. Instead of using sandalwood essential oil, add 4 drops of rosemary

essential oil, which is known to increase new hair growth over 20%. Rosemary

oil also helps to increase circulation in the scalp, and when used with coconut

oil can produce fantastic results.

After massaging the oils into the scalp for 10 minutes, place a shower cap on,

and allow the heat of your body to work with the oils to improve scalp health.

Rich with vitamin K and vitamin E, coconut oil helps to reduce dandruff, and

make hair follicles healthy. These treatments are not just for thinning hair; if you

are experiencing hair fall while washing, brushing, or style, these treatments

with essential oils can help.

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3. Dandruff

People have used coconut oil for skin for hundreds of years

to fight dandruff. This unsightly, and often itchy, condition

can be caused by dry skin conditions, sensitivity to the harsh

chemicals in hair care products, and commonly yeast-like fungal

(Malassezia) infections.

Coconut oil’s medium-chain fatty acids including lauric acid

and capric acid, have strong antiviral, antimicrobial and

antifungal properties that target the fungus and help to kill it as

well as viruses and bacteria that may be lurking on your scalp.

Many prescription and over-the-counter dandruff shampoos can

actually make dandruff worse, and don’t fix the root cause of

the flakiness. If the problem is fungal, or if the problem is dry

skin, topical applications of coconut oil will make a difference.

Many commercial shampoos contain chemicals that are harmful.

These include parabens, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol,

sodium lauryl sulfate, and many others. Dandruff shampoos are

even worse, and contain ammonium laureth sulfate, magnesium

aluminum silicate, and selenium sulfide.

And the majority of the time, these preparations simply do

not work. The goal is to make the scalp healthier, free from

fungus, and moisturized, to put an end to dandruff. Treating

with coconut oil will not make dandruff go away overnight, but

many can see results in just a week or so.

To Treat Dandruff:

Essential oils including lavender, wintergreen, thyme,

and tea tree, all help to fight fungus and yeast. For an

intensive dandruff treatment, after washing hair, mix 2

teaspoons of coconut oil with 5 drops of one of the oils

mentioned above, or a combination, and massage into

the scalp.

Be sure to really work the mixture into the scalp, from

neck to forehead, and behind the ears. Cover with a

shower cap, and if possible sit in the sun for 20-30

minutes to increase the heat, or simply use a hair dryer

on a low setting to heat the cap.

Remove cap, and wash with a gentle natural shampoo.

Repeat this 2 to 3 times per week, or even more often,

as desired. Like with the conditioning or hair growth

treatment, you can leave it on overnight. Just be sure to

wear the shower cap to avoid staining bed linens.

4. Styling

Yes, coconut oil is a great styling agent, and free from the

dangerous chemicals in conventional hair care products! This

is one of the most overlooked coconut oil for hair uses. Hair

dryers, flat irons, hot rollers, and curling irons zap the moisture

out of the hair shaft causing it to be brittle and prone to

tangling.

Coconut oil helps to prevent this type of thermal damage,

and when used in the proper amount for your hair length and

texture, tames fly aways, frizz, and more. People with thick

curly hair often fight frizz in humid climates. Coconut oil helps

to tame the frizz, by penetrating into the curls. It can be applied

throughout the day for touch-ups, just be sure to use it sparingly.

To Tame Frizz:

Start with a tiny amount (1/4 teaspoon – 1 teaspoon)

depending on hair, warming in palms. Smooth from

root to tips, and blow dry and style as desired. It will

take just a bit longer to dry your hair, but it will be soft,

shiny, and manageable.

Disguise split ends, and nourish them at the same time

by using just a tiny bit of coconut oil on just the ends.

To Protect From The Sun:

Hair, like skin, is prone to sun damage. Coconut oil

is a natural sunscreen, with an SPF of 8.(4) If you are

planning a day out in the sun, use it as a leave-in

conditioner for all day protection. And, while you are at

it, use it on exposed skin as well. Coconut oil is a safe

and effective sunscreen for children and adults alike.

To Detangle:

Detangling hair is a chore; and can often cause

breakage. Coconut oil improves hair break stress by

penetrating the hair shaft. (5) It also surrounds the hair,

and makes it easier to remove knots after washing,

or in the evenings. Smooth a small amount through

hair, paying particular attention to tangled areas and

damaged ends. Use a wide-tooth comb, starting from

the bottom, and slowly work your way up.

Using coconut oil for hair regularly will improve the

overall health of the hair, and help to prevent tangles.

If tangled hair is a continuing problem, trimming the

damage ends will help.

NOTE: If you have thin or fine hair, apply coconut oil

sparingly to hair for styling. Also, do not apply it to the

scalp as this can weigh down the hair.

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5. Lice Prevention

& Lice Treatment

One of the best uses of coconut oil for

hair is in the treatment and prevention

of lice! According to a study published

in the European Journal of Pediatrics,

combination of coconut oil and anise spray

is more effective, than the commonly used

prescription lice treatment permethrin.

In fact, in the controlled study, the coconut

oil based spray was 82% successful and the

permethrin was only 42% successful, and 33

of the 50 participants reported scalp irritation

when following the conventional treatment.

Another study published in the Israel Medical

Association Journal found greater success,

although they added ylang ylang oil to the

coconut oil and anise oil combination. The

treatment was successful in 92.3% of children

and caused no serious side effects.

Because coconut oil penetrates the hair shaft,

and the scalp, it helps to repel lice and can

keep their eggs from attaching to the hair.

With the addition of essential oils including

ylang ylang, tea tree, and anise, lice don’t

have a chance.

Lice Treatment:

To keep lice at bay, use coconut oil as mentioned above as a leave-in hair

conditioner, or to detangle and style hair. If there is an infestation of lice, mix 3

tablespoons of coconut oil with 1 teaspoon of each ylang ylang, anise, and tea tree

oils. Double the recipe for longer hair; this should be enough for shoulder-length hair.

Apply the solution all over the scalp, massage in, and pulling through the ends. Comb

through the hair with a fine toothcomb. Cover in a shower cap, and allow to sit for

2 hours. If possible, sit in the sun or use a hair dryer to periodically warm up the cap.

Carefully remove shower cap, and seal in zip lock bag for disposal.

At the end of 2 hours, comb hair once again, prior to washing and rinsing

thoroughly, twice. While hair is still wet, combine 2 cups of apple cider vinegar

and 1 cup water in a small spray bottle. Saturate the hair, spraying ½ the bottle

on the scalp and hair. Lean over the sink and pour the remaining mixture over the

hair, massaging lightly.

Rinse thoroughly and comb hair once again with a fine toothcomb. Follow with a

light application of coconut oil, cover with a shower cap, or style as desired, and

allow to remain on the hair until next washing.

As with most lice treatments, the process needs to be repeated every 5-10

days for a couple of weeks. This helps to ensure that all lice, and their eggs

are eradicated. Between treatments, comb hair morning and night with a fine

toothcomb, and use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.

As coconut oil both repels and kills lice, at the first notification of a lice outbreak,

start using coconut oil as a leave-in conditioner.

Suitable for

men & women

Audace Regan Hair Reactive and Hair Fall Control tonic and shampoo range helps maintain clean scalp and healthier hair.

Pamper your hair with essential formula such as vitamins, nutrients, minerals and anti-oxidants for a softer, fuller new look.

Available at:

• Guardian • Watsons • Caring • Pharmacies

ELLIS SDN. BHD.(148826-P) Tel:03-7729 9633


WHAT’S New

NEW IN NOV

The Derma Science behind

Japan's first skincare solutions

for Sensitive Asian skin

Curél ‘Be Well 365.

Ceramide Skincare’

A highly anticipated brand under the Kao range, Curél

offers a holistic range of products that combat sensitive

skin problems at its root. Specially formulated and clinically

proven to support dry and sensitive skin, Curél is also

recommended for use on babies with dry and sensitive

skin conditions. Curél’s efficacy is backed by over 30

years of R&D, researching more than 2,000 different

formulas and 6,400 people with sensitive skin. The

result is Curél’s breakthrough technology – the Advanced

Intensive Moisture Ceramide Care technology. Curél is

now available at selected Watson’s stores. The retail price

of Curél products ranges from RM42.40 to RM111.30

with GST.

MILO ® introduces

Fitness Band for Malaysian kids

As part of its efforts to reach out to consumers in new and

engaging ways, MILO ® Malaysia has launched its latest

innovation, the MILO Champ Squad, which is a state-of-theart

fitness and activity tracker. The easy-to-use app activates

interactive coaching, inspiration and nutrition guidance to

help parents keep tabs on their kids’ activities. The MILO

Champ Squad gamifies fitness and promotes a healthy and

active lifestyle amongst children by encouraging them to

interact more and challenge each other on a multi-platform

experience. The MILO Champ Squad consists of a fitness

band and an app and unlike other fitness bands usually

used by adults, this is designed especially for kids and is

the first of its kind in Malaysia. It received an overwhelming

response when first launched in the Australian market.

Beko Launches Portable

Induction Cooker

From Beko’s outstanding built-in induction cooker technology,

comes a portable version for induction cooking. The Beko

portable induction cooker is handy and easily setup, while

not compromising on power and smart functions to let

you enjoy cooking anywhere and anytime. An electrical

power source is all you need to get the Beko portable

induction cooker working for your culinary exercise. The

Beko portable induction cooker retails at RM320 with the

proprietary medium induction pot and a glass lid. Beko

products are available at over 500 channels in Malaysia

including mass merchandisers, kitchen specialists and other

independent channels.

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WHAT’S New

The Great Taste & Convenience of

Ayam Brand Tuna, Now in Organic

The great taste and convenience of Ayam Brand tuna

is now in organic medium with the introduction of its Tuna

Flakes in Organic Broth, and Tuna Chunks in Organic

Extra Virgin Olive Oil variants. This Ayam Brand tuna

range is the first in Malaysia in an European certified

organic medium. The two new products combine the

benefits of sustainably fished tuna, with certified organic

vegetables and extra virgin olive oil for more natural

flavour and goodness. Ayam Brand sources certified

organic vegetables for its organic vegetable broth for a

more natural taste that is free from chemical residue. Every

100gm of the organic extra virgin olive oil contains Vitamin E (72% of the recommended dietary allowance), Vitamin K

(75% of the RDA) as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 [1] , and is rich in antioxidants. The Ayam Brand Tuna range is

certified Halal by official certification bodies recognised by JAKIM. Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Organic Broth and Tuna

Chunks in Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is now available nationwide with the recommended retail price of RM6.60

(exclusive 6% GST) for a 150g can.

For more recipes using tuna, log on to http://www.ayambrand.com.my/recipe.html

1

http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/extra-virgin-olive-oil#section3

“Monstrously Good” Bath Time

for Kids

Buds Organics is changing the conversation around bath time.

Buds officially launched its ECOCERTified ‘Buds for Kids’ range

which had recently been given a whole new look and two two

new fruity shower gel scents, Raspberry and Tutty Fruity. The two

new packaging featuring four adorable new fuzzy monsters,

guaranteed to make bath time a fun and memorable experience

for kids. Buds for Kids is available for purchase at leading chain

pharmacies such as Guardian, Caring and other independent

pharmacies as well. Also available at Mothercare, Robinsons,

selected Parkson stores, baby boutiques, and online stores.

ROLL-ON TOUCH-OF-OIL

PERFUME

The first fragrance in oil

When the sun shines brightly and boldly, there is an urge

to go out and enjoy the warm air whilst when clouds turn

grey and the rain pours, there is a soothing feel where

you feel relaxed. As the weather here can sometimes be

sunny and there are times where the rain comes pouring

down, there are different scents that caress our bodies.

These scents from nature caress your body, delight your

senses and bring you well-being. Melvita has captured

these fleeting scents in ultra-gentle botanical dry oils.

With the softest stroke, they let you apply a few drops of

pure nature to your skin, neck, temples and wrists. The oil

sinks in immediately, while the scent lingers for hours.

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HEALTH & Wellness

All Allergies

Allergic Reactions

and Remedies

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“Every Season can

be Allergy Season,

depending on what

you’re Allergic to”

– Clara Chung

Our immune system is responsible for

defending the body against infections

from micro-organisms, be it bacterial or

fungal or viral in nature. In some cases,

our immune system will fight against and

defend our body from substances that

typically don’t pose an infectious threat

to the human body. These substances

are known as allergens, and when

our body reacts to them, it causes an

allergic reaction. These allergens can

trigger an allergic reaction to our body

either by internal consumption, by

inhalation or eating; or by external skin

contact. Medical practitioners can also

use allergens to diagnose and detect

allergies, or can even inject them into the

body as a form of treatment.

Causes of Allergies

The reason behind development of

allergic reactions in some individuals has

long been a subject matter of research

by scientists. Genetics and hereditary

factors seem to be one prominent cause.

Another leading cause is environmental

factors like weather, dust, pollen and

fumes. Some of the food and medicines

we consume internally; and external

contact of certain substances too can

trigger allergic reactions. Practically

speaking, almost anything can cause an

allergic reaction as allergic reactions are

unique for each person.

Development of

Allergies

Our immune system involves the white

blood cells, which produce antibodies.

When the body is exposed to an

antigen (a foreign body such as pollen

that can trigger an immune response),

a complex set of reactions begins. The

white blood cells produce an antibody

specific to that antigen. This is called

"sensitisation".

The job of the antibodies is to help

white blood cells detect and destroy

substances that cause disease and

sickness. These antibodies promote

production and release of chemicals and

hormones called "mediators". Mediators

have effects on local tissue and organs

in addition to activating more white

blood cell defenders. It is these effects

that cause the symptoms of the reaction.

Histamine is one of the better-known

allergy mediators produced by our body.

If the release of the mediators is sudden

and extensive, the allergic reaction may

also be sudden and severe. That is why

some people will have a mild or severe

allergic reaction immediately; for others,

the same can take time to develop.

Reaction time to allergens can vary

among individuals.

Symptoms of

Allergies

The symptoms of allergic reactions can

vary from mild to severe. If one gets

exposed to an allergen for the first

time, the symptoms may be mild. These

symptoms can get worse on repeated

contact with the allergen. Symptoms of a

mild allergic reaction can include hives

(itchy red spots on the skin), itching,

nasal congestion (known as rhinitis),

rashes, itchy or irritating throat, watery

or itchy eyes. Symptoms of a severe

allergic reactions can cause abdominal

cramping or pain, pain or tightness

in the chest, diarrhoea, difficulties in

swallowing, dizziness (vertigo), fear or

anxiety, flushing of the face, nausea

or vomiting, palpitations of the heart,

swelling of the face, swelling of the

eyes, swelling of tongue, weakness,

wheezing, difficulties in breathing,

unconsciousness.

A severe and sudden allergic reaction

can develop within seconds after

exposure to an allergen. This type of

reaction is known as anaphylaxis and

results in life-threatening symptoms,

including swelling of the airway, inability

to breathe, and a sudden and severe

drop in blood pressure. When one

experiences this type of allergic reaction,

it is recommended to seek immediate

emergency medical assistance as it can

be fatal without treatment.

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Common Types of Allergies

Dust Allergy

The dust in our home may contain pet

hair and dander, mould or pollen,

spores, and dust mites or cockroach

body parts and droppings, all of which

are common allergens. These allergens

can cause an allergic reaction when

we inhale or come into contact with

them. Dust allergies can cause breathing

difficulties and may trigger asthma

symptoms such as wheezing, coughing,

tightness in the chest and shortness

of breath. Dust also just makes some

people itchy. People with dust allergies

often suffer the most inside their own

homes or in other people’s homes,

than the outdoors. Oddly enough,

their symptoms often worsen during or

immediately after vacuuming, sweeping

and dusting as the process of cleaning

can stir up dust particles, making them

easier to inhale and contact.

Mould Allergy

Moulds live everywhere, on logs and on

fallen leaves, and in moist places like

bathrooms and kitchens. Some people

are allergic to these moulds. Mould

allergies can be tough to outrun. The

fungus can grow in the basement, in

the washroom, in the cabinet under the

sink where a leak went undetected, in

the pile of dead leaves in the backyard

or in the field of uncut grass down the

road. There are so many species of

moulds, most of which are not visible

to the naked eye. As tiny mould spores

become airborne, they can cause

allergic reactions.

Cockroach Allergy

Cockroaches live in all types of buildings

and all kinds of neighbourhoods.

Cockroaches aren’t just unsightly pests,

crawling across the kitchen floor in the

middle of the night. They can be an

allergy trigger as well. The saliva, faeces

and shedding body parts of cockroaches

can trigger both asthma and allergies.

These allergens act like dust mites,

aggravating symptoms when they are

kicked up in the air.

Insect Sting Allergy

Stings from five insects, namely

honeybees, hornets, wasps, yellow

jackets and fire ants, are known to cause

allergic reactions to the venom injected

into the skin. While most people are not

allergic to insect venom, the pain from

a sting may cause them to mistake a

normal reaction for an allergic one. The

severity of an insect sting reaction varies

from person to person. A normal reaction

will result in pain, swelling and redness

confined to the sting site. A large local

reaction will result in swelling that

extends beyond the sting site.

Pet Allergy

If your nose runs, your eyes water or you

start sneezing and wheezing after petting

or playing with a dog or cat, you likely

have a pet allergy. A pet allergy can

contribute to constant allergy symptoms,

as exposure can occur at work, school,

day-care or in other indoor environments,

even if a pet is not present. Pets can

produce multiple allergens that are found

on the fur, dander, skin, saliva and urine.

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis is an allergic reaction to

airborne allergens, like seasonal grass or

ragweed pollen or year-round allergens

like dust and animal dander. Allergic

rhinitis is sometimes called “hay fever,”

especially when caused by seasonal

allergens. Hay fever shares many of the

same symptoms as a common cold, but

is not caused by a virus or bacteria.

Instead, it is caused by your immune

system reacting to allergens you breathe

into your body.

Despite the name, hay fever is not

necessarily a reaction to hay, and it

does not cause a fever. There are two

types of allergic rhinitis namely seasonal

(symptoms can occur in spring, summer

and early fall and are usually caused by

sensitivity to airborne mould spores or to

pollens from trees, grasses or weeds) and

perennial (symptoms occur year-round

and are generally caused by sensitivity

to dust mites, pet hair or dander,

cockroaches or mould.

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Food Allergy

While any food can cause an allergic

or adverse reaction, eight types of

food account for over 90 percent of

all reactions. These eight types of food

are eggs, milk, peanuts, treenuts, fish

shellfish, wheat and soy. One may

wonder, “If we opt out of these food

types, then what do we eat?” But as

elaborated earlier, not all allergens

cause the same level of reactions in

every individual. While food allergies

may develop at any age, most appear in

early childhood.

Drug Allergy

People with drug allergies may

experience symptoms regardless of

whether their medicine comes in liquid,

pill or injectable form. Reactions can

occur in any part of the body. The time

varies from person to person. Some

people may react right away, while

others might take the drug several times

before they have an allergic reaction.

Most of the time symptoms appear

between 1-2 hours after taking the

drug. Symptoms from a drug allergy

can be like other allergic reactions

and can include hives or skin rash,

itching, wheezing, light headedness

or dizziness, vomiting and even

anaphylaxis. A combination of these

symptoms makes it much more likely

that it is an allergy than just nausea

and vomiting on their own, which are

common side effects of medications.

Treatment for

Allergy

Long and short-acting antihistamines

are usually the first line of therapy.

Other adjuvant medications like

decongestants, corticosteroids or

anti-inflammatory medications may

be prescribed as deemed necessary

based on the manifestations by the

healthcare practitioner.

Prevention of

Allergy

The best way to prevent an allergic

reaction is to avoid the substance that

causes it, although this isn't always easy

or practical. With time, most people

do not just learn to identify their allergy

triggers, but also to avoid and manage

them. One’s healthcare practitioner will

also be able to help identify the allergy

trigger factors by conducting certain

skin and/or pathological tests. As the

old adage goes, Prevention is better

than Cure.

“Treatment without Prevention

is simply Unsustainable”

– Bill Gates.

Abraham Mathew Saji

Abraham Mathew Saji is a pharmacist

by qualification, engaged in research

and development of medicines and their

implications on the human body. He is an

avid reader in pursuit of knowledge and

understanding of technological advancements

in the medical and pharmaceutical world.

He is even more passionate about sharing

his acquired knowledge, which he does by

speaking at conferences, lectures and writing.

He can be contacted at maz31abr@gmail.

com for any clarification.

References:

1. Allergic reaction testing, treatment and

symptoms; Dec. 04, 2016; eMedicine

Health; http://www.emedicinehealth.com/

allergic_reaction/article_em.html; accessed

July 04, 2017.

2. Allergies; Feb. 12, 2016; NHS Choices;

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Allergies/

Pages.aspx; accessed July 04, 2017.

3. Peter J. Delves; Overview of Allergic

Reactions; 2017 Merck Manual; http://

www.merckmanuals.com/home/

immune-disorders/allergic-reactions-andother-hypersensitivity-disorders/overview-ofallergic-reactions;

accessed July 04, 2017.

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HEALTH & Wellness

Why We Get Skin

Fungal Infections…

and How to Prevent Them

Candida is a naturally occurring fungus. When overgrown, it can cause an infection on the skin and in the nails.

This infection is called candidiasis. Men, women, and children have Candida, and everyone can get an infection.

But what is Candida, what are the symptoms of infection, treatments, and how can infection be prevented?

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What is Candida?

There are over 150 types of Candida. The most frequently seen

species is Candida albicans. The 15 known Candida albicans

species are responsible for infections on the skin and in mucous

membranes throughout the body. Overgrowth occurs more often

in moist areas of the skin. Candida infections can range from

minor infections that are treated with over-the-counter medications

to very serious conditions that need care from a physician.

What causes candidiasis?

Skin infections are caused by warm, wet environments. Humid

weather, poor hygiene, and tight clothing that rubs and doesn't

breathe well can increase the chances of candidiasis. Antibiotics

can also alter the body's natural Candida, causing an infection

to occur.

Candidiasis of the nails can be caused by certain jobs. For

instance, those that work with irritating substances, or people

who are constantly in water have an increased risk of the

condition. Brittle nails can also be caused by genetics and

ageing. Women experience nail fungus more often than men do.

Symptoms of candidiasis

Candidiasis of the skin can have visual signs such as redness, rash, scaling,

and swelling. These signs are often found where skin touches skin as well as

areas that are more difficult to keep dry.

Some examples of these sensitive areas include:

• Folds of skin

• Under the breast

• Groin

• Armpits

• Spaces between fingers and toes

• Foreskin of an uncircumcised penis

The infection will most likely itch and feel uncomfortable if not treated.

Signs of candidiasis of the nails are nails that are brittle, easily breakable,

or splitting. There are often white or yellow spots under the affected nail.

These symptoms can live in fingernails or toenails and can be very painful. If

untreated, the infection can make the nail thicker and even more discoloured.

Athletes' foot, the fungus that can spread between the toes and feet, may also

occur at the same time.

Treatment for candidiasis of the skin

and nails

To increase the likelihood of a quick recovery, keeping the skin dry is a

necessary step. This may be more difficult in certain areas of the body.

Powders can decrease moisture during and after recovery. It is important to

see a dermatologist if the condition doesn't improve after taking these actions.

Prescription medication may be needed. Severe skin infections, often caused

by invasive candidiasis, need to be treated by a doctor. Invasive candidiasis is

a serious yeast infection that affects the blood, heart, eyes, brain, and bones.

People with weakened immune systems, such as those with HIV, are more

likely to be affected by these invasive infections. Patients should seek medical

attention immediately to be hospitalised.

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Nail infections can be tricky to resolve.

The American Academy of Dermatology

recommends three steps in treating

Candida of the nails:

• Examining possible underlying

medical causes of the condition and

correcting those issues if they exist.

• Keeping nails dry from harsh substances

or water. Wearing gloves to do daily

duties may help the condition.

• Treating nails by strengthening them.

Petroleum jelly or thicker-based

lubricants are better than watery lotions.

• If a nail infection cannot be treated,

surgical nail removal may be the best

option. A new nail will grow, but it is

a slow process.

Vitamin B with biotin may also help

brittle nails, but it is a long-term solution

and something that should be kept up

as a daily supplement. If the condition

doesn't subside, it is best to talk to a skin

specialist about a prescription drug to

help with the problem.

Preventing

candidiasis of the

skin and nails

Prevention is extremely important in

keeping the nails and skin healthy. One

way to reduce a Candida infection is to

lower the amount of sugar consumed.

Keeping blood sugar at healthy levels

can contribute to healthier skin and nails.

This is especially important for people

with diabetes.

It is extremely important to keep the skin

and nails dry and clean. Changing

sweaty or wet clothing, washing with

soap, and drying well will help avoid

the spread and increase of yeast.

As for the hands and feet, choosing

a reputable nail salon will decrease

the chances of bacteria moving from

customer to customer. It is also important

to wear flip flops in public places like

pools and showers.

Both the skin and nails have Candida,

but balance is important. If a fungal

infection does occur, home or over-thecounter

remedies can be used.

People with weakened immune systems,

diabetes, or other health conditions may

need medical care more immediately.

If a fever and rash are present, that's a

sign that a doctor should be contacted

right away.

Nail fungal infection: Causes, treatment,

and symptoms

Also known as onychomycosis and tinea unguium, nail fungal infections are the most

common diseases of the nails, making up about 50 percent of nail abnormalities.

Fungus is normally present on the body, but if it overgrows, it can become a problem.

Both fingernails and toenails are susceptible to infection, which usually appears as

discoloration and thickening of the nail, and crumbling edges. The condition most

commonly occurs in toenails.

Around 10 percent of the adult population suffers from nail fungus infection. Here

we will provide an overview of nail fungal infections, in addition to common causes,

treatments, and symptoms.

Fast facts on nail fungal infection

• Microscopic fungi in the nail cause the condition.

• It can affect both fingernails and toenails but is more common in feet.

• Diagnosis is carried out by examination of the debris under the nail.

What causes nail fungus infections?

Microscopic organisms called fungi cause nail fungal infections; they do not require

sunlight to survive so can thrive in these areas.

Most commonly, a group of fungi called dermatophytes (such as Candida) is

responsible for nail fungal infections. However, some yeasts and moulds also cause

these infections. Pathogens that cause nail fungus infection usually enter the skin

through tiny cuts or small separations between the nail and nail bed. The fungi grow

when the nail provides a suitably warm and moist environment.

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Who is at risk

for nail fungus

infections?

Anyone can get a fungal nail infection,

but they are more common in men than

women and the elderly than the young.

Some additional traits or factors raise

the risk of nail fungal infection, these

include:

• diminished blood circulation

• slow growing nails

• a family history of fungal infection

(genetics)

• heavy perspiration

• humid or moist work environment

• wearing artificial nails

• wearing socks and shoes that prevent

ventilation

• walking barefoot in damp public

places (swimming pools, gyms, and

shower rooms)

• previous injury or infection to the skin

or nail

• diabetes, AIDS, circulation problems,

a weakened immune system

• tight footwear with crowding of toes

• exercise that causes repeated minor

trauma to the hyponychium (where the

finger tip attaches to the nail)

Older adults are the most at risk of

nail fungus infections as lower blood

circulation and slower growing nails are

part of the natural aging process.

What are the

symptoms of nail

fungus infections?

Nails that are infected with fungus

typically are:

• thickened

• brittle

• crumbly

• ragged

• distorted

• dull

• darker or yellowish in colour

There may be also be:

• scaling under the nail - hyperkeratosis

• yellow or white streaking - lateral

onychomycosis

• yellow spots at the bottom of the nail -

proximal onychomycosis

• infected nails may separate from the

nail bed - onycholysis

Nail fungal infections can result in pain

in the toes or fingertips, and they may

even emit a foul odour. Another symptom

associated with nail fungus infections

are fungus-free skin lesions called

dermatophytids. These may appear like

rashes or itchiness in an area of the body

that is not infected with the fungus - much

like an allergic reaction.

Nail fungus infection

treatments

Treating nail fungus infections can be

a long and expensive process. There

are oral antifungal medications, topical

ointments, and alternative therapies.

Over the counter creams and ointments

are available, but they have not proved

very effective.

Topical nail fungus treatments can clear

nail fungal infections, but often do not

completely cure the infection. Alternative

medicines used to treat nail fungal

infections include Australian tea tree oil

and grapefruit seed extract. However,

there is no scientific evidence supporting

the use of these products. In some

extreme cases, a physician will opt to

remove the entire nail.

Prevention of nail

fungus infections

Preventing nail fungus infections

requires hand and foot hygiene. Some

suggestions include:

• Keeping nails short, dry, and clean.

• Wearing socks that breathe, usually

synthetic.

• Using antifungal sprays or powders.

• Wearing rubber gloves to avoid

overexposure to water.

• Refraining from picking or biting nails.

• Wearing shoes or sandals in public

places and pools.

• Ensuring that your manicure or

pedicure salon properly sterilizes

tools.

• Using artificial nails and nail polish

less often.

• Washing hands after touching

infected nails.

• Avoiding sharing shoes and socks.

Reference: www.medicalnewstoday.com / webMD.com

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What Is

Intermittent Fasting

And Is It Healthy?

Fasting itself is not new to any community as it has been practiced since the earliest of times

by different cultures around the globe. These fasting practices however have a more spiritual

inclination but having said that, the only guaranteed way to preserve a healthy lifestyle practice or

even a ritual is to give it a spiritual connection.The fasting body goes through a cleansing process,

limits its energy use and detoxifies naturally. A heathy body gives rise to healthy mind and spirit.

This way, it gets the recognition it deserves and its practice is preserved over the generations.

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Dr Krishnaveni (MBBS)

Medical Consultant In Spectrum Of Life (SOL)

Periods of voluntary abstinence from food and drink is called Intermittent

Fasting. This type of fasting is not a diet, but a diet regime or an eating

style that is purported to accelerate fat burning and losing weight. Over

the years, many theories have been advanced about how much you

should eat and the correct time to eat, to achieve optimal health.

Research reveals many affluent communities eat all day long, as

frequently as 15 out of the 24 hours. Most also consume a majority of

their daily calories late in the evening which is actually deleterious to

health. Such eating patterns lead to dysfunctional metabolic processes

and have an impact on health and wellbeing.

Therefore, with intermittent fasting you narrow the window to about 8

hours a day for eating. During the fasting period which is more than 8

hours, the body will burn the carbs stored in your body as glycogen.

After that your body is stimulated to burn fat as its primary fuel.

Different Types of Intermittent Fasting

1The 16/8 Method:

Fast for 16 hours

each day

The 16/8 Method involves fasting every

day for 14-16 hours, and restricting

your daily “eating window” to 8-10

hours.This method is also known as The

Leangains Protocol. In this method of

fasting, one does not eat anything after

dinner, and skips breakfast.

You can drink water, coffee and other

non-caloric beverages during the fast,

and this can help reduce hunger levels.

2The 5:2 Diet: Fast for

2 days per week

The 5:2 diet involves eating normally 5

days of the week, while restricting calories

to 500-600 on two days of the week.

3Eat-Stop-Eat: Do a

24-hour fast, once or

twice a week

Eat-Stop-Eat involves a 24-hour fast,

either once or twice per week.This can

be fasting from dinner one day, to dinner

the next, this amounts to a 24-hour fast.

You can also fast

from breakfast

to breakfast,

or lunch to

lunch. The

choice is yours

based on your

convenience.

Water, coffee and other non-caloric

beverages are allowed during the fast,

but no solid food.

4Alternate-Day

Fasting: Fast every

other day

Alternate-Day fasting means fasting every

other day. On the fasting days, you

are allowed 500-600 but calories /

day. Of- course there are some people

who take to the extreme of consuming

zero calories on fasting days. This is not

encouraged.

5The Warrior Diet:

Fast during the day,

eat a huge meal

at night

It involves eating small amounts of raw

fruits and vegetables during the day,

then eating one huge meal at night.

Basically, you “fast” all day and “feast”

at night within a 4- hour eating window.

This diet also emphasises a paleo type

diet – whole, unprocessed foods that

resemble what they looked like in nature.

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The Benefits of

Intermittent Fasting

The research on intermittent fasting

is mixed. There are improvements

in metabolic markers, like blood

sugar, insulin and lipids but however,

individual circumstances vary. And those

circumstances might change over a

given period of time.

A new review evaluated the various

approaches to intermittent fasting,

particularly the advantages and

limitations for its use in fighting obesity

and type 2 diabetes.

What the researchers found was that

overweight or obese individuals with

type 2 diabetes who fast on consecutive

or alternate days lost more weight, while

also experiencing enhanced heart health

and cardioprotective benefits.

Researchers noted in the British Journal

of Diabetes & Vascular Disease

"Intermittent fasting can be undertaken in several ways but the basic format

alternates days of 'normal' calorie consumption with days when calorie

consumption is severely restricted. This can either be done on an alternating

day basis, or more recently a 5:2 strategy has been developed [see figure

below], where 2 days each week are classed as 'fasting days' (with


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Nutritional status

Intermittent fasting does not mean

inadequate nutrition. Food that is

consumed during the non-fasting periods

should have good nutritionally. One of

the best things about intermittent fasting is

that you do not have to starve yourself.

Make healthier food choices and be

careful to minimise carbohydrates and

replace them with healthy fats, like

coconut oil, olive oil, olives, butter,

eggs, avocados and nuts. It typically

takes several weeks to shift to fat-burning

mode, but once you do, your body will

actually burn stored fat and not have to

rely on new carbohydrates for fuel.

Final Verdict

Intermittent fasting appears to be a

relatively safe – and possibly more

effective way to lose weight, as well

as improve health. It's not for everyone

though, so don't beat yourself up if

this does not work for you. Long-term

weight loss results from healthy intake

that is sustained, so choose an eating

plan that works for you to maintain that

healthy state daily. Exercise is also a

very important part of the routine. The

plan that you chose should give you the

confidence to go off it when you want

to indulge, like during holidays and

celebrations, but also enables you to

return to the routine after that.

It is always best to work together

with a health practitioner if you

wish to practice intermittent

fasting to correct metabolic issues

so that the best plan can be

designed for you.

About the author

Dr Krishnaveni (MBBS)

MMC NO 34034

Dr Krishnaveni is a practicing doctor for 20 years

after completing her medical degree in India.

She underwent her hospital training in General

Hospitals in Kuala Lumpur and Klang. Currently

she is the primary medical consultant in Spectrum

Of Life Integrative Wellness Centre.

Studies and published articles

• A randomized pilot study comparing zero-calorie alternate-day fasting to daily caloric restriction in adults with obesity.

ADF is a safe and tolerable approach to weight loss. ADF produced similar changes in weight, body composition, lipids, and Si at 8 weeks and did not appear to increase

risk for weight regain 24 weeks after completing the intervention.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27569118

• The effects of intermittent or continuous energy restriction on weight loss and metabolic disease risk markers: a randomized trial in young overweight women.

IER is as effective as CER with regard to weight loss, insulin sensitivity and other health biomarkers, and may be offered as an alternative equivalent to CER for weight loss

and reducing disease risk.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20921964

• Do intermittent diets provide physiological benefits over continuous diets for weight loss? A systematic review of clinical trials.

Intermittent fasting is an equivalent alternative to continuous energy restriction for weight loss.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26384657

• Ramadan Fasting and Voluntary Fasting - Potential Weight loss and Weight Maintenance Opportunity for Overweight and Obese Muslims

International Journal of Public Health and Clinical Sciences ISSN: 2289-7577. Vol. 1:No. 2 November/December 2014

• A Prospective Study of the Physiological and Neurobehavioral Effects of Ramadan Fasting in Preteen and Teenage Boys

Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and DieteticsVolume 115, Issue 6, June 2015,

• Fasting: Molecular Mechanisms and Clinical Applications

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3946160/

• Efficacy of fasting and calorie restriction (FCR) on mood and depression among ageing men.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24097021

• Intermittent fasting: a dietary intervention for prevention of diabetes and cardiovascular disease?

Intermittent fasting, in which individuals fast on consecutive or alternate days, has been reported to facilitate weight loss and improve cardiovascular risk. This review

evaluates the various approaches to intermittent fasting and examines the advantages and limitations for use of this approach in the treatment of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1474651413486496?

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What's So Super About Superfoods?

25 Superfoods You

Should Be Having!

These nutrient-packed foods can help you fight disease, feel more energetic

and even lose weight. Here are the reasons these fruits, veggies, grains,

and dairy products have made the list of the world's best superfoods.

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1

. Greek Yogurt

Regular yogurt’s thicker, creamier

cousin is chock-full of protein and

probiotics. It fills the belly, improves

digestion, and bolsters the immune

system. Plus, it's a great healthy recipe

substitute for sour cream, cream cheese,

and even mayonnaise!

2

. Quinoa

This teeny-tiny, grain-like seed

packs some serious nutritional prowess.

With a mild, nutty flavour and a texture

similar to rice or couscous, quinoa is

one of the only grains or seeds that

provides all nine essential amino acids

our bodies can't produce themselves.

And it's filled with protein — eight

grams per one-cup serving, to be exact!

3

. Blueberries

These berries are nutritional

superstars, filled with fibre, vitamin C,

and cancer-fighting compounds. And

studies suggest blueberries may even

improve memory!

4

. Kale

This rough and tough green beats

out all the rest in terms of nutrition,

providing more antioxidants than most

other fruits and veggies! It's also a

fantastic source of fibre, calcium, and

iron. Prepare it virtually any way, from

boiled or steamed to roasted (try it as a

chip!) or stewed.

5

. Chia

Chia seeds are actually loaded

with the most essential fatty acids of

any known plant! Plus, one serving of

the stuff is loaded with magnesium,

iron, calcium, and potassium.

6

. Oatmeal

High in fibre, antioxidants, and

tons of other nutrients, this breakfast

staple has been shown to help lower

cholesterol levels, aid in digestion,

and even improve metabolism. And it's

downright delicious — especially when

flavoured like pumpkin pie!

7

. Green Tea

This ages-old health secret has

been used as a natural remedy

for everything from cancer to heart

disease! The secret to this delicious

drink? Antioxidants! The main superhero

here is Epigallocatechin gallate, or

EGCG, a phytochemical that slows

irregular cell growth, which could

potentially help prevent the growth of

some cancers.

8

. Broccoli

This lean, mean, green machine

is packed with vitamins, minerals,

disease-fighting compounds, and the

fibre essential in any diet. Though all

members of the cruciferous vegetable

family are super-duper healthy, broccoli

stands out for its exceptionally high

levels of vitamin C and folate (which

can reduce risk of heart disease,

certain cancers, and stroke).

9

. Strawberries

Vitamin C is the superstar of this

superfood. Just one cup of these red

beauties satisfies the daily requirement

for vitamin C (74 milligrams per day for

women, 90 for men)! Studies suggest

the antioxidant help build and repair

the body's tissues, boost immunity, and

fight excess free radical damage. And

the vitamin C in strawberries could help

promote healthy eye function.

10 . Salmon

This heart-healthy fish is packed

with protein and a healthy dose of

omega-3 fatty acids, which studies

suggest may help reduce the risk of

cardiovascular disease. And bonus

points: Salmon may also protect skin

from the sun and the damaging effects

of UV rays.

11 . Watermelon

Low in sugar and high in

vitamins A and C, this summer treat is

the perfect fresh, low-calorie snack.

Studies suggest watermelon could

also potentially lower blood pressure

and reduce the risk of cardiovascular

disease. And the lycopene in

watermelon could help protect the

body from UV rays and cancer.

12 . Spinach

Antioxidants, anti-inflammatories,

and vitamins that promote vision and

bone health are what make this little ol'

green so super. And those bones will be

thanking spinach, too! Just one cup of

the stuff packs up to 12 percent of the

recommended daily dose of calcium

and enough vitamin K to help prevent

bone loss.

13 . Pistachios

These lil' nuts are hiding lots of

protein and fibre behind their earthy

flavour and nutty crunch. Plus, they're

naturally cholesterol-free. A one-ounce

serving of these nuts has almost as

much potassium as one small banana.

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14 . Eggs

A relatively inexpensive protein

source loaded with nutrients, eggs

certainly earn their superfood status. A

single large egg is just about 70 calories

and offers six grams of protein. Eggs

are also a great source of omega-3 fatty

acids, which are essential for normal

body function and heart health.

15 . Almonds

Surprise! Almonds are the

most nutritionally dense nut, meaning

they offer the highest concentration of

nutrients per calorie per ounce. For

just 191 calories, a one-ounce serving

provides 3.4 grams of fibre (that's about

14 percent of the daily recommended

value) and a healthy dose of potassium,

calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, and

iron. Plus, you can eat them as BUTTER!

16 . Ginger

Slightly spicy but oh-so-enjoyable,

ginger has been used for years as a

delicious flavouring and an all-natural

remedy for everything from an upset

stomach to unwanted inflammation.

17 . Beets

This all-star veggie contains

tons of vitamins, minerals, and

antioxidants that can help fight disease

and strengthen vital organs. And their

purple hue may be the secret to their

healthy success — some studies suggest

betalains, the purple pigments in these

veggies, may help ward off cancer and

other degenerative diseases.

18 . Beans

High in protein and low in

cholesterol, beans of any variety can

add a healthy twist to any dish (even

brownies!). They're also loaded with

fibre, folate, and magnesium, and

studies have shown that legumes

(like beans) can actually help lower

cholesterol and reduce the risk of certain

cancers (at least in rats… ).

19 . Pumpkin

Loaded with antioxidants and

vitamins, these gourds aren't just for

carving (or making into pie). The star

nutrient here is beta-carotene, a provitamin

that the body converts to vitamin A, which

is known for its immune boosting powers

and essential role in eye health.

20 . Apples

Say it with us, people: "Fibre

is good." And apples are a great lowcalorie

source. (A medium-sized apple

weighs in at under 100 calories.)

Plus, upping apple intake has been

associated with reduced risk of

cardiovascular disease, certain cancers,

diabetes, and asthma.

21 . Cranberries

It's time to work these fall

favourites into dishes year-round.

Whether it's in the shape of a can or

fresh off the stove, cranberries have a

handful of health benefits and diseasefighting

powers. These bacteria-busting

berries can help fight inflammation,

reduce the risk of heart disease, improve

oral health, help prevent ulcers and yeast

infections, and may even inhibit the

growth of some human cancer cells.

22 . Garlic

Yes, it might leave breath lessthan-desirable,

but these cloves can do

more than flavour — they've been used

for centuries as food and medicine.

These days, garlic is used to treat

anything from high blood pressure and

heart disease to certain types of cancer.

Plus, studies suggest garlic extract can

be used to treat yeast infections in

women and prostate issues in men.

23 . Cauliflower

While all the vitamins and

minerals are a great bonus, the real

star here is cauliflower's cancer-fighting

compounds, glucosinolates. These

phytochemicals are responsible for

cauliflower's sometimes-bitter flavour, but

they have also been shown to prevent

damage to the lugs and stomach by

carcinogens, potentially protecting

against those cancers. And thanks to

interactions with estrogen, cauliflower

may also help prevent hormone-driven

cancers like breast, uterine, and cervical.

24 . Leeks

Leeks owe many of their

anti-cancer superpowers to their

organosulphur compounds. These nutrients

have been credited with everything from

kicking cancer to boosting immunity.

Studies also suggest leeks could help

protect the digestive system from stomach

and gastric cancers.

25 . Lentils

They're pretty cheap, easy

to prepare, and high in protein, iron

and other essential nutrients. Need we

say more? The iron may help fight off

anemia (a condition that’s especially

common among vegetarians and

vegans), and they're low on the glycemic

index, too. That means they cause blood

sugar to spike less quickly than other

starches, so our energy lasts longer.


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Take Control.

Stop 7 Top

Excuses to

Overindulge

Don’t let excuses get in the way of eating healthy!

Check out our tips on breaking out of the scarfing cycle

Excuses, excuses

Excuses, excuses. We all make them

when it comes to eating healthy. But

when you think about it, there’s really no

reason to scarf down all that “bad for

you” food. Here we shoot down some

common excuses for putting away those

extra calories.

It’s a holiday (or the

weekend, or date night)

Life has lots of special occasions (and

weekends)! Indulging a little on holidays

won’t hurt – but you can plan ahead for

special meals that are healthy, too. For

example, hack your holiday cookies by

using oatmeal, fruits and nuts as

main ingredients.

I’m down in the dumps

(or stressed to the max)

You blew a work deadline, had a flat tire

or left your wallet at the grocery store.

“Comfort food” is calling you. Bigger

stresses, like unemployment or caring for

a sick relative, can also cause you to

overeat – even when you’re not hungry.

Try taking a brisk walk and reaching

for a healthy snack. When you have a

minute to slow down, check out our tips

to control your stress.

I already blew it with

that cookie

Nobody’s perfect. Focus on what you

can do next, not on what you did last.

You can also try planning ahead to eat

well on the run. Hint: Portable snacks like

fruit, nuts and popcorn can save you from

the vending machine.

Someone brought

donuts (or cake,

or pizza) to the office

It’s OK to pass on the freebies! Keep

some healthy snacks handy to curb the

cravings. If you do indulge, find a way

to get in some extra physical activity at

work! Try these tips to get active.

I don’t have time to

eat healthy

You can cut up a carrot and slice some

strawberries in the time it takes to call the

pizza place and find that coupon. Salad

is a great make-ahead meal, and the

possibilities are endless. Get our tips on

making a hearty, healthy salad.

It’s hard to find healthier

choices when eating out

Restaurants are changing! Healthier

options are everywhere if you know what

to look for. Look up menus online ahead

of time, and don’t be afraid to ask about

substitutions. If you’re tempted to overeat,

skip the buffet. Try sharing portions or

saving half for later. Check out more.

I’ll start being healthy

tomorrow (next month,

after the holidays)

Why wait? Start now and you’ll see the

benefits sooner. Take small steps to build

lasting healthier habits. Begin with these

simple tips on how to eat healthy. You’ll

be amazed at what you can do – one

bite at a time!

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The Dangers of

Fatty Liver

“What’s so dangerous about fatty liver? After all it’s only fat, right,” you

may hear some questioning. This article serves to answer this question.

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Dr Chuah Seong York

Consultant Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist

Pantai Hospital Ayer Keroh

Introduction

As society progresses, with improved sanitation

and public health measures like mass vaccination,

infectious diseases begin to take a backseat and

non-communicable diseases come to the fore. Since

Malaysia introduced the National Infant Vaccination

Program for Hepatitis B on 1st of January 1989, the

incidence of hepatitis B has dropped. Fatty Liver Disease

is now gaining prominence and is beginning to replace

hepatitis B as a major cause of liver cirrhosis and cancer.

What is fatty liver?

Consuming excessive

alcohol beyond the

capacity of the liver to

cope results in Alcoholic

Fatty Liver Disease.

However teetotallers

are not spared. There

is another entity called

Non-Alcoholic Fatty

Liver Disease (NAFLD)

which under the microscope also shows fatty ballooning

of liver cells. NAFLD may progress to Non-Alcoholic

Steato-Hepatitis (NASH) when inflammation creeps in.

Fat is not just fat but it triggers inflammation. With chronic

inflammation the liver becomes hardened and scarred.

This is known as cirrhosis.

Hepatitis B and alcoholic hepatitis used to be the

commonest causes of cirrhosis in our country. However

there is a large group of cryptogenic cirrhotics, i.e.

cirrhosis without an obvious cause. Increasingly

cryptogenic cirrhosis has been attributed to hepatitis C

and NASH.

What are the dangers of cirrhosis?

Once more that 70% of the liver function is compromised symptoms

and signs of liver failure will surface. These include:

1. Jaundice

2. Fluid in the abdomen (ascites), lower limb and even private parts

(oedema)

3. Bleed and bruise easily

4. Confusion, agitation, aggression and coma

What are the complications

of cirrhosis?

1. Vomiting of blood due to burst varices (distended veins) in the

gullet and stomach

2. Liver cancer

3. Kidney failure

What are the causes of Non-

Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

(NAFLD)?

NAFLD may be part of the metabolic syndrome, a syndrome

consisting of central obesity, impaired glucose tolerance which may

lead to diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia and hypertension. At once

it becomes obvious that lifestyle modification is the cornerstone to

combat NAFLD.

Malaysia is the most obese nation in south-east Asian. Nearly 30% of

Malaysians are overweight of which 7.4% are obese. Fifteen percent

of Malaysians are diabetics. Fatty liver rate has been estimated to be

about 30%. No doubt the sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and the

tendency to overeat contribute greatly to this explosion in obesity. It is

a no-brainer that to treat NAFLD one has to control diabetes, reduce

serum lipids, exercise and consume healthy balanced diet.

Can we quantify fatty liver?

The gold standard to diagnosed fatty liver is of course doing a liver

biopsy and looking for fatty changes under the microscope. But

liver biopsy is an invasive investigative procedure which carries a

complication rate of 5 in 1,000 (about ½ of the complications are

related to bleeding) and a death rate of 5 in 10,000.1, 2 Imaging

techniques like ultrasonography and computerised tomography (CT)

while non-invasive is operator-dependent and is hence open to

operator biases. However the last few years have seen a new kid on

the block. FibroScan® is the game changer, setting new standards of

care and replacing liver biopsy in some liver diseases.

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How does

FibroScan® work?

In a nutshell, FibroScan® shoots

an ultrasound wave into the liver.

Depending on the nature of the liver

tissue, the composition of liver cells,

fat cells, cells in the bile canaliculi and

how the fibrous tissues are arranged,

the sound wave will bounce back

in a certain way. This rebounded

sound wave will be picked up by the

ultrasonography probe and analysed by

the FibroScan® processor (See picture

below). Two parameters are generated:

1. Liver stiffness score in kiloPascal (kPa)

to quantify fibrosis.

2. Controlled Attenuation Parameter

(CAPTM) in decibel per meter (dB/m)

to quantify steatosis (fatty infiltration).

Is liver cirrhosis reversible?

Conventional teaching is that liver cirrhosis is irreversible. However before a liver

becomes cirrhotic it passes through 4 stages of fibrosis (See table below). Fibrosis can

reverse if the underlining cause of the liver inflammation is identified and adequately

dealt with.

How to use

FibroScan® to

monitor fatty liver?

One of the many causes of liver

inflammation is excessive adipose tissue

or fat cells in the liver. FibroScan® can

also be used to quantify fatty liver and

the reading, in turn, can be used to

motivate patients to lose weight, exercise

and adopt a healthy balanced diet. Milk

thistle and high dose vitamin E as antioxidant

have also been used.

Just as there are

4 stages of liver

fibrosis, there are

also 4 stages of liver

steatosis (See table

on the left):

S0 = 0 to 4% steatosis

S1 = 5 to 33% steatosis

S2 = 34 to 66% steatosis

S3 = 67 to 100% steatosis

Concluding remarks:

Medical technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. The older, more invasive and

dangerous procedures are now being replaced by more sophisticated, less invasive

and safer procedures. What was accepted as the standard of care in the past may

not be acceptable today. Because FibroScan® is safer it can be used more widely to

help many more people avert the dangers of fatty liver. It sure is a good addition to

the medical armamentarium.

References:

1. S Y Chuah, G A Moody, A C B Wicks, J F Mayberry. A nationwide survey of liver biopsy - Is there a need to increase resources, manpower and training?

Hepato-Gastroenterology 1994; 41: 4-8.

2. S. Y. Chuah. Liver Biopsy - Past, Present & Future. Singapore Medical Journal 1996; 37: 86-90.

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CAP-italizing

Prevention

Did you know that respiratory

diseases are listed as

THE number 2 cause of

hospitalisation and death in

Malaysia? Recent data shows

that respiratory diseases

are recorded at a 12.41%

hospitalization rate and 21.70%

death rate respectively¹.

Respiratory diseases are a

serious health problem among

Malaysians as we are often

exposed to all types of viruses

and bacteria in our warm

tropical weather. This is

definitely a concern as one of

the most pressing diseases in

the respiratory category is –

Community Acquired Pneumonia

(CAP).

But first let us start with

Pneumonia – what is

Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an inflammatory

condition which primarily affects

the oxygen-absorbing areas of

the lung, or more simply: it’s

a lung infection. It is usually

caused by a viral or bacterial

infection, or less commonly

known microorganisms².

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Professor Dato’

Dr Hj Abdul Razak Muttalif

Senior Consultant Chest Physician at

the Institute of Respiratory Medicine

Hospital Kuala Lumpur

Pneumonia can cause respiratory failure by triggering a

combination of infection and inflammatory response – the lungs

quickly gets filled with fluid and become stiff. This stiffness,

combined with severe difficulties in extracting oxygen may

require long periods of mechanical ventilation for survival.

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common bacterial

cause of community-acquired pneumonia also known as

Pneumococcal CAP. Pneumococcal CAP is one of the

leading causes of death and hospitalization worldwide³.

Pneumococcal CAP can be classified as non-invasive, when

bacteria cause infection in the lungs but are not detected in

the blood concurrently, or invasive, when bacteria also enter

the bloodstream (bacteraemia pneumonia) or another normally

sterile site in the body. While non-invasive forms of CAP are

typically more common, the invasive types of disease are

generally more severe.

‘Community acquired Pneumonia (CAP) is different than hospitalacquired

pneumonia where the disease is contracted by

patients who live in a healthcare system in a long term capacity

or have recently visited a hospital. A literal understanding

of CAP would be that you acquire pneumonia through your

everyday life in the community – mixing with people, being in

crowded situations and socializing – sounds pretty much like an

average Malaysian’s life!

Asia currently is and is projected to continue being, home to

a dominant share of the world’s population. According to a

United Nations report, the proportion of elderly citizens (aged

60 and above) in the region is expected to increase from 9.9%

in 2010 to 23.6% in 2050 4 .In many developing countries,

the number of adults aged 65 years and below is expected to

grow by more than 250%, with some of the countries including

Philippines, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh 5 . These statistics

provide an overview of the alarming rates of the disease in

adults and are an indication for the urgent need to address the

prevalence of pneumonia in adults.

There are many factors that cause a person to be easily

affected with pneumonia but it is especially dangerous

when they have a weak immune system. Pre-existing health

complications such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

(a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe), asthma,

renal or liver disease, cancer and diabetes can make them

more prone to developing pneumonia 6 . Additional external

factors such as smoking, increased alcohol intake and living

conditions such as long-term care residency also have a hand

in reducing the functionality of their immune systems, making

them more susceptible to the risk of infection and more prone to

complications and mortality.

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PREVENTION & Remedies

Good news however is

that community-acquired

pneumonia is a vaccinepreventable

disease and

vaccines have come a long

way from its conceptualization

from two centuries ago. A

recent study called CAPiTA

(Community-Acquired

Pneumonia Immunization Trial

in Adults) investigated the

efficacy of vaccination for

immunity in a form of group,

or herd immunity, among

adults aged 65 years and

older. This was the first trial

on pneumococcal conjugated

vaccine in adults which

highlights the efficiency of

conjugated pneumococcal

vaccine in adults. The CAPiTA

findings reinforce the crucial

role that immunization plays

an important role in reducing

the incidence and burden of

vaccine-type pneumococcal

CAP and IPD among the elderly.

The elderly account for the majority of community-acquired

pneumonia infections owing to their lower immune capabilities

which naturally weaken with age. This includes even healthy,

active older adults! 7 8 9 10

For example, Hajj and Umrah are ideal conditions for

community-acquired pneumonia. Research has shown that

pneumonia is the largest cause of hospitalisation of Hajj

pilgrims during the Hajj season with more than 19.7% percent

hospitalisation rate 11 . The Hajj attracts millions of people from

different parts of the world who congregate in a limited area

for an amount of time, leading to the widespread of infectious

diseases and epidemics. As pneumonia spreads from

person to person through respiratory droplets from sneezing

or coughing, Hajj provides the ideal environment for the

spreading of the disease.

As reported in the study, there were 45.6% percent fewer first

episodes of vaccine-type CAP among vaccinated subjects than

in subjects who received placebo. It was also found that the

vaccinated group experienced 45% fewer first episodes of

non-bacteremic and non-invasive CAP and 75% fewer cases of

vaccine type Invasive Pneumococcal Disease(IPD). This shows

that vaccination for CAP will indeed reduce the burden of the

disease significantly among adults.

It is important that we need to be aware of the serious

consequences of CAP – that can be easily contracted when you

pick up your grandchildren from kindergarten, go to a crowded

fair or market or even when you travel to tourist destinations.

As CAPiTA demonstrates, immunization should definitely be a

priority as it is the most effective way to be protected against

CAP as well as other life-threatening infectious diseases. The

benefits of vaccination outweigh the costs associated with its

development and administration. It also is a good economic

option as it potentially prevents death and hospitalization as

well as reduces the cost of treatment, care and rehabilitation,

which is why immunization is important in preventing CAP as

well as various other life-threatening diseases.

¹ Adapted from 2014 Health Facts by Ministry of Health Malaysia. Available at www.moh.gov.my. Accessed on 9 November 2015

² McLuckie, A., ed. (2009). Respiratory disease and its management. New York: Springer. p. 51.

3

Cunha, BA. Medscape. Community-acquired pneumonia. Updated September 13, 2013. Available at http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/234240-overview. Accessed April 2013.

4

United Nations. World population prospects: the 2008 revision. Highlights. United Nations; 2009. Selected tables. http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp2008/pdf/WPP2008 Selected Tables 1.pdf.

5

Kinsella K, He W. US Census Bureau, International Population Reports, P95/09-1, An Aging World 2008, US Government Printing Office: Washington DC; 2009.

6

Adapted from “Pneumonia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments”. Available at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/151632.php . Accessed on 16 December 2015

7

Weinberger B, Herndler-Brandstetter D, Schwanninger A, et al. Biology of immune responses to vaccines in elderly persons. Clin Infect Dis. 2008;46:1078.

8

Peto L, Nadjm B, Horby P, et al. The bacterial aetiology of adult community-acquired pneumonia in Asia: a systematic review. Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg. 2014;108(6):326-37.

9

Rozenbaum MH, Pechlivanoglou P, van der Werf TS, et al. The role of Streptococcus pneumoniae in community-acquired pneumonia among adults in Europe: a meta-analysis. Eur J Clin Microbiol

Infect Dis. 2013;32(3):305-16.

10

Said MA, Johnson HL, Nonyane BA, Deloria-Knoll M, O’Brien KL. Estimating the burden of pneumococcal pneumonia among adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of diagnostic

techniques. PLoS One. 2013;8(4):e60273. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060273.

11

Adapted from “Vaccination during Hajj, Umrah, Pfizer launches awareness campaign on Pneumonia”. Available at: http://www/brecorder.com/business-a-economy/189/1242773/.

Accessed on 3 October 2012.

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Recipes of the Month

Ayam Brand Tuna,

Now in Organic

Organic Vegetable Broth &

Organic Olive Oil

Add More Natural Flavour &

Goodness to Sustainably Fished Tuna

Tuna is a good source of Omega-3, Selenium, Niacin, and Vitamins B6

and B12.It is an ideal lean protein, having fewer calories from fat than other

protein sources. Its mild flavour and firm texture make it a favourite of seafood

lovers, globally.

Ayam Brand, a household name in Malaysia and much of South East Asian

for 125 years is famed for its wide range of high quality, no preservative

and no added MSG, healthy and convenient canned food. The great taste

and convenience of Ayam Brand tuna is now in organic medium with the

introduction of its Tuna Flakes in Organic Broth, and Tuna Chunks in Organic

Olive Oil variants. This Ayam Brand tuna range is the first in Malaysia in

an European certified organic medium. The two new products combine the

benefits of sustainably fished tuna, with certified organic vegetables and olive

oil for more natural flavor and goodness. The Ayam Brand Tuna range is

certified Halal by official certification bodies recognized by JAKIM.

Serving Suggestions

Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Organic Broth

or Tuna Chunks in Organic Olive Oil can be

enjoyed in many ways. We share here five

recipes that are delicious, nutritious, organic and

surprisingly simple to prepare.

TUNA KICAP MANIS

SPICY TUNA POTATO

Ingredients

• 1 can Ayam Brand Tuna

Chunks in Organic Olive Oil

(with oil)

• 4 Idaho/Russet potato, peeled

and cut into 1 inch cube

• 1 tbsp paprika powder or

chilli powder

• 2 red onions, diced

• Salt to taste

• Oil for cooking

• 2 stalks fresh coriander, chopped

Method:

1. Toss potatoes with paprika or chilli powder.

2. Heat 50ml oil in a non-stick pan and fry potatoes until light brown.

Add in onions and tuna and continue frying until potatoes are cooked.

3. Adjust seasoning with a little salt and serve with some chopped fresh

coriander or parsley.

Tip: This can be a dish on its own or eaten as a side to a beef steak, or

tossed in a salad.

Ingredients

• 1 can Ayam Brand Tuna Chunks in

Organic Olive Oil (with oil)

• 100ml kicap manis (sweet soy sauce)

• ½ tsp salt

• 1 red onion, finely chopped

• 6 chilli padi, finely chopped

Method:

1. Mix all ingredients. Toss it with blanched

yellow noodles or cooked pasta and

season it with a little light soya sauce for

more taste.

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Recipes of the Month

TUNA TOFU EGGS

Ingredients

• 1 can Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Organic Broth

• 3 eggs, lightly beaten

• 1 packet soft tofu, mashed

• 3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

• 1 red chilli, chopped

• 1 red onion, chopped

• Salt to taste

• Oil for frying

Method:

1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.

2. Heat enough oil for pan frying in a non-stick pan and

add a tablespoonful of the mixture to fry till golden brown

on both sides.

3. Serve hot with rice or on its own as a snack.

TUNA WRAP

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

• 1 can Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Organic Broth

• 200 g sweet corn

• 50 g carrots, grated thinly

• 4 cherry tomatoes, diced

• 4 lettuce leaves

• 50 g cucumber, thinly sliced

• Sea salt & pepper

• 2 wholemeal tortilla wraps

• Balsamic vinegar or chilli sauce

• Dressing, optional

Method:

1. In a bowl, mash the tuna from the can. Mix with the corn, grated

carrots and diced tomatoes.

2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

3. In a non-stick frying pan, lightly toast the tortilla wrap and set aside.

4. Put a tortilla on a flat surface, place lettuce leaves in the middle of

the wrap.

5. Spread 1 to 2 tablespoonful of the tuna mix over the lettuce leaves.

Add shredded cucumber and carrots. Then roll the wrap and gently

slice to half.

6. Repeat with the second tortilla wrap and serve with a side of salad.

Serving Tip: Before wrapping, add a dressing such as balsamic

vinegar or chilli sauce, to taste.

TUNA FLUFFY EGG

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

• 1 can Ayam Brand Tuna Flakes in Organic Broth

• 3 tbsp chopped coriander

• 1 medium tomato, deseeded and diced

• Salt and pepper to taste

• 4 eggs, separated

Method:

1. Mix tuna with coriander, tomato and egg yolks.

2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

3. Preheat oven to 220°C. Line a baking tray with

baking paper.

4. Whisk egg whites with a dash of salt until stiff

peaks form.

5. Spoon dollops of the meringue onto the prepared

tray, then drop a spoonful of tuna mix in the middle

of the meringue.

6. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until crisp and golden

brown on the outside.

7. Serve immediately.

For more recipes using tuna, log on to www.ayambrand.com.my/recipe

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AWARDS 2017

Make Way for the

AWARD WINNERS!

Drum roll please… and let the applause begin as we announce the latest set of winners

of Natural Health Readers' Choice Awards 2017 in collaboration with A Healthy Lifestyle.

Turn the pages and look at the list… these are the real winners; products and services

chosen specially by our readers, like yourself. Winning the awards is a trusted testimony

of popularity and excellence amongst the many brands of products and services in the

Malaysian market. It’s not easy in picking the best of the best from all the names out

in the market we’ve to admit. But hey, someone has to win, right? The response was

as expected, overwhelmingly high (like all the years before) that we’re pushed to spread

the award winners across two issues. So watch out for more winners in the Dec issue.

So, shall we all put our hands together to welcome the winners? Heartiest congratulations

to all the winners and a big thank you to all our readers for participating in the voting.

Let’s call out the winners... one by one (Listed in no particular order).


SKIN LIGHTENING

CREAM

AWARDS 2017

Royal Expert Smooth & Clear

Skin Lightening Cream

Secret to radiant complexion

Royal Expert Smooth & Clear Skin Lightening Cream gives you smoother, brighter skin and lessens dark spots

caused by sun damage and scarring or age spots. It corrects pigmentation and boost luminousity to reveal

beautifully radiant and even-toned skin. Royal Expert Smooth & Clear Skin Lightening Cream combines the

unrivalled brightening powers of 28 different types of ingredients with anti-oxidant actives to visibly unify

complexion or even reduce early signs of ageing. Among the ingredients that contribute most to this formula

include Stearic Acid – naturally found in various plants, Grape Seed Oil – it has a great amount of vitamin

E, about twice as much as olive oil!. This means it provides antioxidants for your skin. An interesting study

measured the ability of grapeseed oil to help oily skin. Grapeseed oil is high in linoleic acid, which has been

thought to reduce clogged pores! Chamomilla Recutita Extract – calms sensitive skin, provides antioxidant

protection, soothes, moisturises and inhibits the growth of bacteria, Salicylic Acid – removes dead skin cells,

prevents pores from clogging, eradicates dry skin patches and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract – enhances the

appearances of dry, damage skin and restores suppleness.

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ORGANIC

SOOTHING BALM

AWARDS 2017

suvana paw paw & honey balm

All purpose organic balm

Suvana Paw Paw & Honey Organic Lip Balm is Australia's first ECOCERT Certified Organic Lip Balm. It has paw

paw and honey, both known for their healing properties as well as cocoa butter and vitamin E. This luscious

balm soothes, softens and moisturises dry, chapped or sun burnt lips. It also soothes cracked nipples (safe

for baby as it has no chemicals) and acts as a barrier cream and eases nappy redness/itchiness. As an

all purposes organic balm, it is also ideal for nail and cuticle treatment, to aid healing of minor cuts and

abrasions, soothe and aid healing of insect bites, treat minor burns and scalds, or even used as skin hydrator.

It's 100% natural and contains no petroleum jelly, synthetic preservatives, chemicals or fragrances regularly

found in many balms. With its chemical-free formulation, it is even safe if ingested.

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ORGANIC

SKIN MOISTURISER

AWARDS 2017

Suvana paw paw & coconut balm

Chemical free and organic

Suvana Certified Organic Paw Paw & Coconut Balm combines the goodness of coconut and paw paw in a

handy little tube. Paw Paw refers to the local Australian papaya and is used traditionally as an ointment to

soothe chapped or dry skin and lips. The enzymes found in Paw Paw lowers inflammation and improve healing

from burns. Naturally antibacterial and antifungal, coconut oil is an excellent skin moisturiser and softener

and can help with dry and hard skin conditions. Suitable for sensitive skin, this certified organic balm can

also be used around the eye area and to treat minor burns and scalds. The uses for this amazing skin care

ointment are endless, use on feet to soften cracked heels and prevent blisters in new shoes, rub into cuticles

to keep them nourished, on dry elbows, tame eyebrows, cuts, scratches, scars, use alone as a lip gloss or to

enhance your organic lipstick.

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BLEMISH GEL

AWARDS 2017

Thursday Plantation

Invisible gel for blemishes

Tea tree oil is renowned for its powerful, purifying, antibacterial properties. Also called Melaleuca oil, tea tree

oil is a pale yellow to nearly colourless oil that is derived from the leaves of the plant Melaleuca alternifolia

that can be used in many ways to treat various skin problems. Just a small amount of oil will penetrate the

skin to unblock the sebaceous glands, disinfect pores and dry out whiteheads, blackheads, pimples and other

blemishes. It has been proven that tea tree oil can be used in the treatment of cuts, burns, and other skin

disorders. Thursday Plantation tea tree blemish gel for acne contains 100% pure Australian Tea Tree Oil, a

natural antibacterial agent that penetrates deep into the skin, helping to dry out acne and pimples. It is free from

parabens, propylene glycol, lauryl sulphates, synthetic fragrances, synthetic colours, synthetic preservatives

and animal derived ingredients. Does not contain Benzoyl Peroxide.

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Distributed by Asia Healthcare Sdn Bhd.


Body Care

(Halal)

AWARDS 2017

Asianic

Gentle formula, flawless care

Ginger is said to contain around 40 antioxidant properties that prevent free radical damage and protect

against ageing. It helps generate circulation and reduces inflammation caused by pimples or other unsightly

blemishes. Ginger is known to make skin radiant and applying it topically can make your skin glow. Asianic

ginger cream is formulated with non-oily and non-sticking formula that absorbs quickly into the skin with

multiple natural plant essential oil and extract. It’s a multifunction cream that can help to improve blood

circulation, relax body muscle, relieve tiredness, reduce bloatedness, flatulence and tummy discomfort. It

can also be used as massage oil. Asianic Ginger Spa Salt on the other hand can give you a refreshing and

energising experience during and after your bath. Its unique scent of ginger root oil helps you to relax after a

busy daily life. The high salt content is good to exfoliate the dead skin cell to promote cell renewal that evens

skin tone and improves elasticity.

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ACNE PATCH

AWARDS 2017

Nexcare Acne Patch

Invisibly effective in removing pimples

Nexcare Acne Patch works like a sponge to absorb pore-clogging pus and oil. They also act as protective

covers, keeping dirt out and reducing the urge to squeeze. You can tell that it is working when the colour of

the patch changes from translucent to white. This is a sign that oily secretions have been absorbed. Simply

replace the patch with a new one. Nexcare Acne Patch is drug-free – gentle yet effective at absorbing pus

and oil. And since it doesn't contain medication, it is also non-drying and non-irritating to skin and helps to

maintain skin's moisture and integrity. Nexcare Acne Patch is easy to use and discreet – they're transparent

and can be worn day or night. Nexcare Acne Patch is waterproof yet breathable to improve healing. So

comfortable, you'll hardly know it is on, and it is a mess-free alternative to creams and gel treatments.


NOURISHING

BABY LOTION

AWARDS 2017

Offspring NOURISHING baby lotion

Organic nutrients to feed baby’s glow

Offspring Nourishing Baby Lotion is a sweet love potion, made all the better with certified organic botanical

extracts – 81%, to be exact that helps to soothe, moisturise and protect baby’s delicate skin. Certified

Australian-Made, Offspring Nourishing Baby Lotion is made with top-quality organic botanical plant extracts

including: Aloe Vera Juice: super-hydrating, soothing and refreshing, Olive Oil: packed with antioxidants; easily

absorbed for superior moisturisation, Jojoba Oil: moisturises, protects against UV, and anti-microbial. Shea

Butter: a rich moisturiser that protects and regenerates skin. Suitable for babies of all ages, its creamy,

delicious texture is guaranteed to leave baby’s skin satisfied! Certified Organic by Ecocert Cosmos, Certified

Cruelty-Free, and completely vegan! It’s time to pamper your baby’s skin – from the outside, to deep within.

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NATURAL BABY WIPES

AWARDS 2017

Offspring baby wipes

Plant-based, ultra-soft cloth wipes for cleansing

Offspring Natural baby wipes are made of medical-grade, embossed soft cloth that is thick and durable, yet

soft and gentle for baby’s delicate skin. The texture of our cloth is specially made for greater absorbency

in any situation. Contents include plant-based, baby-safe, non-toxic ingredients made of botanical extracts

such as organic Aloe Vera extract, organic Chamomile extract and plant-based cleansing agent and food

grade preservatives. Our wipes are made without alcohol, chlorine, phthalates, fragrance, lotion, parabens,

formaldehyde, or any other common allergens and are certified Cruelty-Free and Vegan. Made without

methylisothiazolinone, our wipes are safe to use even on baby’s hand and mouth. The core ingredient of our

wipes is water, which goes through exhaustive purification methods to ensure high purity. Mindfully made, our

wipes are biodegradable, environment-friendly and non-toxic. What’s more, our innovative packaging retains

wetness of wipes.

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BABY DIAPERS

AWARDS 2017

Offspring FASHION diapers

Eco-friendly, super absorbent diaper with designer prints

Move aside plain white diapers! It’s time to make your baby fashionably fun with stylish first-of-its-kind

designer prints, created with skin-safe inks that are free of lead and heavy metal. These exclusive designer

prints let your child stay comfortable while looking all-so-fabulously adorable! Offspring Fashion Diapers are

designed with a super absorbent core that can absorb up to 750ml of saline (8-10 hours of average use) * , so

your baby can stay dry and comfortable day or night. They’re also lovingly made with totally chloride-free wood

pulp harvested from sustainably-managed forests (FSC-certified) and are certified Cruelty-Free and Vegan.

*Recommended to change once every 3-4 hours

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GROWING UP MILK

(1-3 YEARS OLD)

AWARDS 2017

Novamil IT

No worries about bowel movement

From the trusted producer of Novalac Grow, Novamil IT is a delicious milk formulated for children 1-3 years old.

The key nutrient mix of lactose, magnesium, calcium:phosphorus ratio of 2 and whey:casein ratio of 60:40 in

Novamil IT helps to regulate normal stool consistency and easy bowel movements. Novamil IT provides wellbalanced

nutrients such as protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to support physical growth

and mental development. This milk formula from European Union has a natural pleasant milk taste with no

sucrose added. Your child will love to have 3 glasses of Novamil IT every day as part of the meals.

www.novamil.com.my


DIGESTIVE

HEALTH DRINK

AWARDS 2017

Wise Nutrition

NEW ZEALAND KIWI FIBRE DRINK

A drink that packs a punch

New Zealand superfood Kiwi fruit is often referred to simply as "kiwi" – a fruit that has become a popular

choice for the health-conscious. The small but mighty kiwi fruit is a nutritional powerhouse. The raw material

that makes Wise Nutrition New Zealand Kiwi Fibre Drink is extracted from top-quality New Zealand Zespri®

kiwifruit which has four times the daily-recommended amount of vitamin C per serving. Unlike most fruit fibre

drinks, Wise Nutrition Kiwi Fibre Drink contains unique ingredients – Actazin and Bifidobacterium longum.

Actazin consists of a variety of natural occuring bioactives including fibre and polyphenolics, contributing

to its prebiotic activity, along with the kiwifruit-unique protein-degrading enzyme, actinidin. Actazin use

is supported with studies, regular consumption of kiwi fibre drink helps to improve digestive function and

increase the frequency of bowel movements, reduce bloating and discomfort associated with constipation.

The combination of Bifidobacterium longum, kiwifruit fibres, FructoOligosaccharides (FOS), and polyphenolics

also influence the gut microbiome profile, by suppressing the growth of pathogenic bacteria while boosting

the natural population of good gut bacteria that are beneficial to your gastrointestinal functions.

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WEIGHT LOSS DRINK

AWARDS 2017

NANO Detox & Cleanse

Promotes weight-loss by breaking down fats and harmful toxins

Losing weight is never about strict starving nor exercising blindly, it’s how you fix your inner system to recover

functions that works efficiently like new. NANO Detox & Cleanse offers a powerful formula that delivers the

highest amount of raw plant food enzymes from 219 different kinds of rare plants, vegetable, fruits and herbs

found only in Japan to tackle hard-to-breakdown harmful toxins that clog up within your lymphatic system that

can cause sluggishness and obesity. Every serving of NANO Detox & Cleanse helps your inner system to clear

up to 50g of exotoxins and dead cells out of your body, every day! NANO Detox & Cleanse promotes weightloss

by breaking down fats and harmful toxins accumulated inside the body. NANO Detox & Cleanse, made

in Japan, helps to revitalise your inner organs functions especially the liver, kidney and lymphatic system and

jump-starting your cellular metabolism again.

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COLLAGEN DRINK

AWARDS 2017

NANO Hyaluron & Collagen

Most advanced and complete collagen supplement

Unlock your skin’s youth potential and see it spring back with new bounce, glow and radiant vitality. NANO

Hyaluron & Collagen with exclusive Type III Collagen Peptide featuring exclusive Kaneka CoQ10, is an amazing

formula with the ability to whiten skin naturally, strengthen weak hair strands and deeply nourish cells for a

lifted bust line. NANO Collagen is the foremost advanced and highest premium quality of collagen from Japan

today! By combining 8 of the most advanced beauty ingredients with synergistic formulation, the result is

truly unbelievable. Every 7g scoop gives you 5,500mg of Type III collagen equivalent to 50,000mg of ordinary

collagen peptide. So versatile you can add it to any of your favourite beverage, hot or cold. Safe for expecting,

lactating mothers too. Non-Fishy. Non-Sweetened. Non-Flavoured. Produced under stringent JFRL, JHNFA,

ISO regulations. NANO Hyaluron & Collagen is also NPRA (KKM) MAL registered and certified. With NANO

Hyaluron & Collagen, everyday is a beautiful day.

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NUTRITION PORRIDGE

AWARDS 2017

Vesbo Instant Porridge with Bird Nest

Beauty enhancer in a bowl

Porridge is simple, nutritious and delicious. Vesbo Instant Porridge with Bird Nest, low in calories and high in protein,

is a functional food choice to fulfil your hunger in hectic days or anytime you feel like having a bowl. It makes a great

daily breakfast and supper choice to improve your overall health and provide the needed energy to fuel your active

lifestyle. Bird Nest’s reputation as a beauty enhancer and immunity booster that can speed up recovery goes

back to the traditional diets of Chinese Emperors centuries ago. Seaweed-C contains Vitamin C, Calcium, Protein

that aids in detoxification and internal cleansing. In addition, Vesbo Instant Porridge with Bird Nest also contains

Abalone Mushrooms offering concentrated proteins, dietary fibre and 8 types of amino acids. No preservatives,

No Artificial colouring and No MSG. It is Halal Certified and manufactured under strict GMP guidelines.

Better Food, Healthy Life. Vesbo is suitable for all ages.

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FLAVOURED CHEESE

AWARDS 2017

Kyubu

JAPANESE STYLE CHEESE CUBES

Perfect size cheese cubes to grab and go

Kyubu flavoured cheese cubes are made with premium quality all natural Australian Cheddar and Gouda cheese

delivering a soft texture with a delightful milky and mild creamy flavour. Whether it is a hungry teen or child's treat

or an accompaniment for other food, Kyubu will elevate almost any dish, be it salads, rolls, sandwiches, baked

bread or pastries. Fruit and cheese are companions that are often lined up side-by-side on sampling platters,

but Kyubu brings these two ingredients closer than ever in the form of compact snack cubes. Kyubu fruit-andcheese

cubes come in a variety of inventive flavours like Strawberry, Orange Yogurt, as well as Chocolate &

Almond and Nacho creating a perfect complement to any delicious menu. With a good source of protein and

calcium and low in sugar, Kyubu Cheese cubes are the perfect size cube cheeses to grab and go, anytime and

anywhere! Kyubu – the fresh idea for every occasion.

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COLD PRESSED JUICE

AWARDS 2017

IMPRESSED COLD PRESSED (SUMMER GREENS)

Your daily dose of greens just got easier

Impressed Juices are a delicious range of cold pressed juices, proudly Australian owned and made. Each

cold pressed juice contains Australian grown fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs sourced direct from the farm.

Carefully cold pressed and bottled locally, the juices are bursting with nutrients with irresistibly aromatic

flavours. Cold pressing is an age-old method of slowly extracting juice where fresh produce is slowly ground and

gently squeezed to extract all the goodness. This unique process results in retaining high amounts of nutrients

for you to enjoy. The fresh cold pressed juice is cold-filled into special lightweight bottles which are made

onsite and each bottle of juice undergoes a unique cold pressurisation process to destroy harmful bacteria and

make them safe to consume, at the same time preserving nature's goodness. Summer Greens is wholesome,

with healthy greens brightened with juicy pink lady apples and a tropical splash of pineapple. Its other key

ingredients include Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Mint, and Spinach for an easy-peasy dose of goodness.

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ICED COFFEE

(PREMIUM)

AWARDS 2017

ROKEBY FARMS WHOLE PROTEIN

BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

Australia’s first high-protein beverage made with farm-fresh protein

With the right blend of ingredients, a smoothie can be a nutritional powerhouse. That’s where Rokeby Farms

Whole Protein Breakfast Smoothie can make a difference, being Australia’s first high-protein beverage made

with farm-fresh protein, not protein powders. A ‘whole protein’ provides all nine essential amino acids which

your body needs but can’t produce on its own, so it must be supplied daily from food. Rokeby Farms Whole

Protein Breakfast Smoothies contain high protein, low fat, high calcium and low lactose. Rokeby Farms Iced

Coffee smoothie uses real Arabica coffee beans that are UTZ certified for better farming and a better future.

Rokeby Farms sources its fresh milk from local farms in the heart of Gippsland, Australia’s premiere dairy

producing region. Our farmers breed and nurture the healthiest cows with a predominantly pasture fed diet

that produces the highest quality tastiest milk, in turn making wholesome, nutritious and delicious products

available for all.

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COOKING PASTE

AWARDS 2017

BLUE ELEPHANT

THAI PREMIUM GREEN CURRY PASTE

Prepare an authentic Thai Green Curry in just 15 minutes

A spicy dish of mouthwatering Thai green curry is just minutes away with the Blue Elephant Thai Premium

Green Curry Paste. Blue Elephant has been Thai Culinary Ambassador for more than 37 years, since 1980. The

collection of authentic products and ingredients in Blue Elephant range enables consumers to cook at home

like a Thai Chef in just few easy steps. The range is exclusively manufactured using only Thai raw materials, in a

workshop still using ancestral techniques and handmade processes. These same curry pastes and ingredients

are also used by Blue Elephant Chefs worldwide, in their own restaurants and franchises. Blue Elephant Thai

Premium Green Curry Paste includes more than 20 herbs and spices freshly pounded together, with three main

ones being Thai garlic, lemongrass and bird eye chilli that provides its fiercest spiciness and a bright green

colour to the paste. Blue Elephant Thai Premium Green Curry Paste is gluten free, reduced salt formula and

suitable for vegetarians.

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HEALTHY MARGARINE

AWARDS 2017

NUTTELEX OLIVE

The healthy alternative margarine

Nuttelex is a uniquely natural, table spread made from the finest blend of plant oils without the use of artificial

additives or preservatives recommended by doctors and dietitians for decades. All products in the Nuttelex

range are cholesterol-free, they are made with naturally cholesterol free vegetable oils. Nuttelex also contains

65% or less saturated fat than butter. In addition, since Nuttelex is made with vegetable oils, it contains higher

content of the good fats (monounsaturated fat and polyunsaturated fat) and are lower in saturated fat.

Nuttelex is also free from many common ingredients found in butter, margarine and other table spreads such as

gluten, crustacea, egg, fish, peanut oil, added sulphites, lactose, milk, tree nut oil, corn oil, soy, saturated animal

fats and sesame. Those with a food allergy or intolerance trust Nuttelex too. Nuttelex spreads are completely

free from all animal ingredients. Nuttelex is proudly 100% Australian made and owned.

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BEAUTY &

SLIMMING DRINK

AWARDS 2017

NANO Red & Resvera

The world’s first non-alcoholic red wine for faster slimming and deeper sleep

You may have heard of the benefits of red wine but what about the alcohol? Winner of the Monde Selection

grand gold award for 4 years consecutively, NANO Red & Resvera from Japan is the world’s first non-alcoholic

Pinot Noir that you can enjoy anywhere, anytime. Using organic Pinot Noir from Oregon, USA and advanced

fermentation method, you can now have a glass of 'red wine' without the alcohol – 100% suitable for Muslim

faithful. The tannins are soft yet luxurious. Every glass of NANO Red & Resvera offers you slimming, beauty

and health benefits equivalent to 7 glasses of regular red wine. Natural Pro-Resveratrol causes cells to induce

“calorie constriction” and helps to burn-fats 3X faster to achieve a curvier waist and tighter abs. Delicate

and fresh tasting. NANO Red & Resvera promotes faster slimming ability, helps digestion after a heavy meal,

induces higher sleep quality, reduces stress and increases metabolism and blood circulation.

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GREEN TEA RANGE

AWARDS 2017

POKKA

Freshly brewed straight from tea leaves!

POKKA Green Tea range comes in three delicious varieties: Pokka Jasmine Green Tea, Pokka Honey Green

Tea and POKKA No Sugar Japanese Green Tea. POKKA Jasmine Green Tea delivers the superior taste with

a blend of aromatic jasmine with the highest quality green tea. POKKA Honey Green Tea lets you indulge in

the sweet goodness of honey with naturally healthy green tea. POKKA No Sugar Japanese Green Tea offers

the same great taste of the best-seller minus the calories altogether. Savour the authentic taste and rich

heritage of true Japanese tea with POKKA No Sugar Japanese Green Tea, blending the finest tea leaves

from Kagoshima. 100% real brewed from selected premium tea leaves, not from extract. Contains natural

antioxidants from tea polyphenols. No preservatives and no colouring added.

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COCONUT OIL

AWARDS 2017

Radiant

MS1500:2009

1011-01/2009

One of the healthiest oils on the planet

Radiant Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is Raw, Extra Virgin, Cold Expeller Pressed and Unrefined.

It is Cholesterol Free and has no Trans Fat. Halal Certified.

Radiant Organic Cooking Coconut Oil has no coconut smell or taste (very suitable for bread and cake

making). It is Expeller Pressed and is Non-hydrogenated.

Radiant Extra Virgin and Cooking Coconut Oil are certified Organic by BioGro New Zealand.

It contains Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) like capric acid, caprylic acid, lauric acid, myristic acid and

palmitic acid. It has high smoking point above 170°C, which is very suitable for high temperature cooking.

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4226


COOKING OIL

(FOR LOWERING CHOLESTEROL)

AWARDS 2017

Mazola ®

A delicious, healthier alternative

Since its birth in USA in 1911, Mazola ® has delivered great tasting, high-quality products for the whole family. Prepare your

heart-healthy dishes with unsaturated fats with Mazola ® cooking oils to help reduce your risk of heart disease without

losing great taste. Mazola ® cooking oils are made of 100% pure oil with no additives. Clinical studies indicate that, when

consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols – the plant-based micro-nutrients naturally

present in vegetable oils¹ can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which in turn can lower LDL blood

cholesterol.² In addition, Mazola ® vegetable oil contains Vitamin E – an antioxidant, which may help reduce the risk

of health problems such as heart disease and may even help prevent the oxidation of LDL, or "bad" cholesterol, which

contributes to plaque buildup in the arteries.

1.

USDA and USDHHS 2010

2.

USDA and USDHHS 2010; FDA 2000, 2010; Wu et al. 2009; Demonty et al. 2008, Ellegard et al. 2008; Mensink et al. 2010

Reference: www.mazola.com/healthandwellness/what-are-plant-sterols.aspx / www.mazola.com/healthandwellness/healthy-eating.aspx

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CORN OIL

AWARDS 2017

Mazola ®

Lets the true flavours of your dish come through

Mazola ® Corn Oil is made of 100% pure corn oil with no additives. It contains essential Omega 6 fatty acids

that act as antioxidants in the body, low in saturated fat while high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated

fats, making it one of the most heart-healthy cooking oils. In fact, corn oil contains the highest amount of

naturally occurring plant sterols per serving compared to any other cooking oil. 1 Its high smoke point augurs

well for deep frying. The mild flavour of Mazola ® corn oil which produces little odour when cooking, from

grilling and sautéing to stir frying and baking establishes it as an all-purpose cooking oil. With Mazola ® 100%

Pure Corn Oil, you can trust your dishes to deliver great taste for your family.

¹ http://www.mazola.com/healthandwellness/what-are-plant-sterols.aspx

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DRESSINGS

AWARDS 2017

Nexcare dressings

Applying real technology to help promote healing

Nexcare Dressings offer comfort and real technology to help promote healing. Developed using hospitalproven

technology, Nexcare Dressings ensure effective protection and fast healing of wounds, be it big

or small. Nexcare Dressings are specially engineered to aid healing, shaped to hold the skin better and

keep harmful bacteria out. Nexcare Tegaderm Transparent Dressings are completely clear, hospital-grade

waterproof dressings used to keep wounds clean and protected while still being able to see the healing

process. Hypoallergenic and gentle on skin, it covers and protects abrasions, cuts, minor burns, blisters and

post-surgical incisions. Nexcare Dressings are made from ultrathin polyurethane film that is so thin it feels

like a second skin. The waterproof range is made with a unique waterproof membrane that has microscopic

air holes that are too small for water molecules to pass through, but allow oxygen in.


Hospital Proven

Technology


SUPPORT & BRACES

RANGE

AWARDS 2017

Futuro Elbow, Knee & Ankle Support

The science behind Futuro Supports & Braces

Futuro Supports and Braces, designed by an expert panel of engineers and medical professionals, have

been demonstrating their beneficial effects in the prevention and relief of joint pain for over 70 years. The

warmth created by the special texture and fit of Futuro Supports promote microcirculation within the small

vessels in the areas that need healing. This increases metabolic activity in the warmer areas so that more

oxygen and nutrients can reach the tissue and support the healing process. The gentle compression that

Futuro Supports exert, both on the joint and the underlying soft tissue, prevents the painful accumulation

of fluid. Swelling in the joints subsides faster and tension in the soft tissue diminishes. Soon, you feel pain

relief and the increased energy that comes with healthy circulation. Futuro Supports use continuous, gentle

pressure to stimulate special receptors (proprioceptors) in the skin and tissue. This invigorating process can

improve your body’s biomechanics and coordination of muscles.


Designed by medical

professionals using

innovative technology


SOUP COOKER

AWARDS 2017

KHIND Soup Cooker SC 680C

Smart soup cooker

If you love cooking soups, Khind Soup Cooker SC 680C is a quick and easy-to-use appliance that uses

Intelligent Temperature Control Technology, high quality ceramic pot and special Anti-Overflow Protection.

This soup cooker comes with a large 6.8 litres capacity that can cook a whole chicken. It has a wide variety

of menu with special ‘Double Stew’ function. This Double Stew function stews soups at simmering heat to

breakdown the meat and at the same time infuses flavours of the spices. Other than soups, you can cook

porridge and dessert as well. It also comes with a Preset Timer which gives you the advantage to set your

desired cooking time.

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ELECTRIC OVEN

AWARDS 2017

Khind Electric Oven OT 5205

Compact, more energy efficient oven

If you are looking for a compact and efficient oven, Khind Electric Oven OT 5205 is the ideal solution. Pizza,

cookies, pies, cakes, casseroles; whatever you pop in, comes out cooked to perfection! The Khind Electric

Oven OT 5205 comes with a removable baking tray that's easy to clean, a useful grill and rotisserie function

that rotates 360° to roast food evenly and convection function distributes heat and cook food evenly. There's

no need to buy extras as it comes with a Rotisserie Spit Handle, Rotisserie Spit, Baking Tray, Tray Handle and

Bake Rack. An energy efficient Temperature Control Switch up to 230˚C, Top and Bottom Heater Selection,

and 120 Minutes Timer with Bell Signal allow this large 52-litre capacity oven to dish out delicious meals for

one, two, or the whole family.

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VACUUM BLENDER

AWARDS 2017

Kuvings Vacuum Blender SV-500

Healthier lifestyle with vacuum

The Kuvings Vacuum Blender is a breakthrough innovation in blending. Kuvings Vacuum Blender SV-500 is

designed to create fresh beverages in vacuum by removing air from the container before blending. This eliminates

oxidation of the ingredients during the blending process and maximises the nutritional value as an end result.

The Kuvings SV-500 has a number of other innovations that set it apart from the crowd. 3D-Moving System

with specially-heat treated 6 Blades rotating tri-dimensionally enables deep blending. 32,000RPM of maximum

speed blends ingredients, including lots of fibre with 3.5hp of instant maximum power. By incorporating a Noise

Reduction Cover, loud noise from ultra high-speed blending is also reduced. The ‘auto blending’ function stops

automatically when ingredients become optimal condition by calculating the optimal RPM and blending time.

What’s more, you can even have fun watching how ingredients are processed through the BPA-free and ecofriendly

tritan, transparent container.

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UV Steriliser

AWARDS 2017

HANIL UV STERILISER

Sterilise at the touch of a button

Hanil UV Steriliser uses dual germicidal OSRAM UV lamps while providing gentle, safe and natural drying with

Dr Fischer infrared halogen lamp. The safe infrared drying function prevents mould accumulation especially on

bottle rims, breast pump tubing and pump valves. Hanil is the only UV steriliser in Malaysia which has a 3M HEPA

filter that is able to remove and block 99.97% of airborne dust and ultra-fine particles when you store your items

in the steriliser. Operating at 50W (while drying) and only 8W while sterilising, it is an absolute energy-saver. Just

press 'Auto' for a complete dry and sterilisation cycle. It sterilises more than just bottles! Just pop in your baby's

stuffed toys and playthings, home medical supplies, electronics, personal grooming accessories, remote control,

kitchen utensils, etc. Hanil is easy to maintain as well – no water refills, no descaling. Simply wipe down with a

cloth when necessary. 100% made in Korea, its compact size saves you kitchen counter-top space.

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SPA &

WELLNESS CENTRE

AWARDS 2017

Ossoto Spa

A safe, hidden gem to pamper yourself

Take time out from the strains of everyday life with a relaxing and reviving spa break. Ossoto Spa is an oasis

of relaxation where you will be taken care of and pampered, within a calm and soothing environment in the

heart of the city. The spa offers a number of services in massage and body healing treatments. Its highly

acclaimed services and facilities include full body or partial massages, aromatherapy, Chinese medicine

therapy, fitness rooms, as well as delectable food and beverages. Other services include hair care, facial

treatment, pedicure and manicure, offered with specific use of personalised products for every customer.

Ossoto Spa has a comfortable spa bath area and independent beauty treatment rooms to meet therapy

services of the highest international professional standards.

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DIAGNOSTIC

LABORATORY SERVICES

AWARDS 2017

Gribbles

The largest private provider of diagnostic laboratory services in the region

Gribbles Pathology Malaysia commenced operations in late 1996 and is now the largest private provider of

diagnostic laboratory services in the region. It has a work-force of 500 staff nationwide and has an established

network of 37 electronically linked pathology facilities and 14 collection centres nation-wide throughout

Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak, serving 1.5 million patients per year under stringent internal

quality control procedures and practices. Gribbles is a fully ISO 15189 accredited laboratory offering medical

testing in all disciplines to over 10,000 medical practitioners, hospitals and corporate clients. Its pathology

services cover the broad range of human pathology in all disciplines. It also provides veterinary pathology

and environmental/industrial analytical services. Gribbles Pathology Malaysia also has extensive and active

participation in external Quality Assurance Programmes mainly from the RCPA-QAP (Royal College of Pathologist

of Australasia – Quality Assurance Programme) as well as other schemes from Australia and the UK.

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NEWS & Events

Nature’s Wonders Encourages

Malaysians to Change Their

Snacking Habits for Healthier and

Balanced Lifestyle

10 Oct: Several studies have shown that tree nuts contain

healthy monounsaturated fats and are good sources of

antioxidants, protein, fibre and magnesium. Nature’s

Wonders range of products is ideal for consumers who

are looking for healthy snacks packed with goodness

as it is lightly baked without any seasoning to retain its

natural nutrients. Tree nuts are considered one of the

healthiest snacks and when incorporated into a healthy

diet consisting of balanced nutrients, it may help reduce

risk factors such as coronary artery diseases; which is

still a common health risk amongst Malaysians. Nature’s

Wonders delicious range of nuts and dried fruits includes

The Royal Mix, Fruits and Nuts Fusion, Baked Almonds and

Baked Cashew Nuts. Nature's Wonders is available at all

major hypermarkets and supermarkets.

Fonterra Unites Malaysia-New

Zealand Flavours to Celebrate 60

Years of Friendship

To commemorate 60 years of Malaysia-New Zealand

diplomatic ties in conjunction with Merdeka Day, Fonterra

Brands Malaysia demonstrated two unique fusion

dishes – Roti Jala with New Zealand Lamb Tandoori

and Kiwi Venison Rendang Meat Pie with Potatoes

and Mushroom – to showcase the iconic flavours of

both countries. Developed by chefs from Fonterra’s

foodservices division Anchor Food Professionals, the

dishes represent the harmonious and long-standing

friendship between Malaysia and New Zealand, as

well as Fonterra’s commitment to provide the best dairy

nutrition to Malaysians through leading brands such as

Anlene, Fernleaf, Anmum (Materna, Essential and Lacta)

and Anchor.

Walk-A-Mile 2017 Inspires

Malaysians to Take Steps for Better

Heart Health

23 Sept: NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS® and Yayasan Jantung

Malaysia (YJM) flagged off their 16th Walk-A-Mile at

Taman Tasik Perdana, in conjunction with World Heart

Month. Held annually, Walk-A-Mile is part of NESTLÉ’s

continued commitment towards inspiring Malaysians to

take positive steps towards better heart health by adopting

healthier lifestyles. As part of their commitment to helping

Malaysians achieve better heart health, NESTLÉ presented

a cheque of RM30,000 to YJM during the event.

AIR OPTIX ® plus HydraGlyde ®

Contact Lenses Launch - Malaysians

Encouraged To #NeverSettle For

Blurry Vision

5 Oct: The AIR OPTIX® plus HydraGlyde® monthly

disposable contact lenses are designed to reduce blurry

vision throughout the entire month of wear. By combining

two leading technologies, SmartShield Technology and

HydraGlyde® Moisture Matrix, monthly disposable contact

lens wearers no longer need to settle for cloudy vision

or dryness mid-way through the month. AIR OPTIX® plus

HydraGlyde®’s second technology is the HydraGlyde®

Moisture Matrix,which allows users to experience a lasting

moisture boost by attracting and retaining moisture on

the lens 1-2 . This technology envelopes the lens in moisture

and provides longer-lasting hydration after 16 hours 1-2 ,

delivering comfort for active and on-the-go individuals that

want peace of mind.

1. In vitro study over 16 hours to measure wetting substantivity; Alcon data on file, 2015.

2. Alcon data on file, 2014

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NEWS & Events

Malaysia Sees

Highest Obesity

Prevalence and

The Second

Highest Overall

Cost Of Obesity In

Southeast Asia

7 June: There are more obese people in Malaysia than in other

Southeast Asia countries, based on a report released today by

the Asia Roundtable on Food Innovation for Improved Nutrition

(ARoFIIN) – a public-private a partnership set up to tackle issues

related to obesity, malnutrition and non-communicable diseases

(NCD’s). Commissioned by ARoFIIN and produced by The

Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the report is the first to carry out

a detailed analysis on the economic impact of obesity in ASEAN.

Entitled “Tackling obesity in ASEAN – Prevalence, impact, and

guidance on interventions”, the report calls for more concerted

efforts by health authorities to tackle the problem of obesity to

avoid strains on healthcare systems. Apart from costs, obesityrelated

problems have far-reaching implications. Based on the

Report, obesity reduces productive years by a weighted average

of between four and nine years across the six countries. Malaysia

has the largest number of productive years lost due to obesity

among females at between seven and 12 years, as well as the

second highest number of years lost due to obesity among males,

at between six and 11 years. The Malaysian National Health

and Morbidity Survey also found that 92.5% of adults aged 18

and above consume less than five portions of fruit and vegetables

a day. Cultural factors such as Malaysians’ love for food and

their strong culture of entertaining guests with food also contribute

to the obesity problem.

Rallying Malaysians Together for Kuala

Lumpur 2017 SEA Games with Zon

Juara MILO ®

24 Aug: Following the official launch of the Kuala Lumpur 2017

29th SEA Games, MILO unveiled its hospitality booth, Zon Juara

MILO located at the AXIATA Arena, Bukit Jalil, aimed to capture

and celebrate the spirit of unity. There, Malaysians took a walk

down memory lane with the MILO Arena wall that highlighted

some of the biggest moments in Malaysian sporting history. It also

had multiple photo booths where Malaysians took photos and

shared them on social media with the hashtag #BersatuKitaTeguh

or #StrongerTogether along with positive messages and words of

encouragement to inspire and motivate our athletes.

Allianz Malaysia Tackles the “3 Highs”

With Allianz 3H Cover

6 Oct: Allianz Life Insurance Malaysia Berhad’s new Allianz 3H

Cover offers a lifeline to those currently experiencing these “3

Highs” – high cholesterol, high blood pressure or a high Body

Mass Index (BMI) – and are looking for a way to enhance their

quality of life. With Allianz 3H Cover and its rider 3H Critical

Cover, those with the “3 Highs” could take up a protection plan

up to age 85 against four key critical illness conditions (heart

attack, stroke, cancer and kidney failure), death as well as Total

and Permanent Disability (TPD) before age 65. As an added

incentive, Allianz 3H Cover also offers a Complimentary Added

Coverage where customers will receive a 50 percent increase

in their death and TPD coverage and the ability to upgrade their

critical illness plan to the full, comprehensive 36 critical illness

plan if their “3 Highs” are back to normal. Allianz Malaysia

is also working together with Cardiac Vascular Sentral Kuala

Lumpur, Columbia Asia, Pantai Hospitals, Gleneagles Hospitals

and Nestle Omega Plus in building an ecosystem that protects,

educates and nourishes Malaysians.

Together, We

Breathe for Life

26 Sept: In conjunction

with IPF World Week

(16th - 24th September

2017), Boehringer

Ingelheim with the support

of Rainbow Across Borders,

a patient support group

alliance, launched the

‘Breathe for Life: Fight Lung Scarring’ campaign. This campaign

supports the call for an urgent need to raise awareness on

IPF and to create a network of support for IPF patients and

caregivers. Malaysia serves to be a key kick off market for the

campaign – with the core objective of putting the spotlight on

an often under diagnosed and misunderstood disease in the

country, and in the Southeast Asia region. With this campaign,

Boehringer Ingelheim plans to reach out to the public, patients

as well as healthcare professionals (HCP). Various initiatives

have been laid out using online and offline channels as well

as on-ground engagements. The initiatives are focused on

driving awareness on IPF, highlighting the importance of early

diagnosis and helping patients understand the treatment options

available for IPF in Malaysia.

1December

World AIDS day

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

3 December

International Day of

People with Disability

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Natural Health organised another insightful event for women

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The health talk was made possible with the fruitful collaboration

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INSIGHTFUL PRESENTATIONS

The presentations were made even more engaging by panels

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Siew Choon Meng, a senior nutritionist started the talk with the

topic ‘Healthy Ageing Starts in the Gut’. He shared

several tips on how to maintain a healthy gut as we age.

The event continued with the second talk by Lim Kean Ping, a

pharmacist with many years of experience, who specialises in

heart disease and also a certified nutrigenomic practitioner.

His topic on ‘Atherosclerosis: What are the causes?’

captured the audience with his detailed explanation and

facts. The whole 40 minutes sharing session was packed with

valuable information on the causes of heart disease. Some of

the info that he shared expounded that heart disease is the

major cause of death in Malaysia followed by cancer and road

traffic accidents, with data that caught many with surprise. He

also opened the hall for questions and the audiences took the

chance to throw some his way.

The last talk for the evening, ‘Healthy Golden Years’,

was presented by Mr. Edgar of Asia Healthcare Sdn Bhd. He

focused on joint pain and explained why arthritis is a common

condition which causes painful symptoms as we age. He

explained of the several types of arthritis such as osteoarthritis

and rheumatoid arthritis and their differences. He also shared

some simple exercises for the joint which can be done on a

daily basis to prevent any joint pain.

HEALTH CHECKUPS AND LUCKY DRAWS

There were more in store than just presentations. The audiences

got all excited with Free checkups and lucky draws.

All the participants had a chance to undergo simple health

checkups and purchase some health products and get more

clarification on the products by the brand representative

themselves. The three hours sharing session ended with a lucky

draw session and delightful refreshment.

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