How an Alkaline Water Ionizer Works?

A growing number of people in Singapore have been turning to water ionizers as their source of healthier water. Many of these users have reported that ionizing their water changed their lives for the better—a lot better, thanks to the antioxidants that help fight free radicals and early signs of aging.

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How It Works?

1. Water Filtration

This step is very important in ensuring that you’re getting the cleanest and healthiest alkaline water. It is in this phase that many water ionizing brands fall short.

Perhaps, you already know that water ionizers aren’t cheap. Therefore, when you buy one, you want to make the most out of it and make sure it will do what it promises to provide. When pouring water into an ionizing machine, the water goes through a water filter first where toxins and contaminants are sifted out before it goes further down the machine and undergo ionization.

2. Water Ionization

After removing the contaminants in the water, the next phase is the ionization, where the water is processed by electrolysis. This means that the water straight from the water filter is separated into two streams when it is run over electrically charged plates. One stream is rich in hydrogen ions and is called acidic, while the other one is rich in hydroxyl ions and is called alkaline.

When an electrical current is run through the two plates, the ionization is enhanced. As the power becomes stronger, the ionization also increases.

Balanced pH for Optimal Health

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Water straight from the faucet is typically neutral or just slightly alkaline. If it’s acidic, water suppliers usually add lye to tip the pH scale towards the alkaline side and prevent leaching of metal components from the pipes that transport it to homes.

As mentioned, an ionizing machine divides the filtered water into two streams. When you drink healthy alkaline water in Singapore, the pH of the water in the alkaline side ranges from eight to 11; while the water on the acidic side, which can be used as cleaner and antibacterial wash, the pH level ranges from six to three.

Antioxidant Property

The antioxidant level of a liquid is measured in Oxidation Reduction Potential, or more popularly known as ORP. When ORP is positive (+), it’s oxidizing, decaying, and aging; when it’s negative (-), it’s reducing and a good antioxidant. An ionizing machine produces both kinds of liquid. The alkaline is reducing or the antioxidant one and the acidic is the oxidizing one.

Tap water typically has an ORP of +200 or higher, depending on the chlorine content and other properties. Also, bottled waters mostly have +ORP. Alkaline water is said to be the safest water to drink because it has negative ORP level.

The Bottom Line

After a series of processes that happens inside an ionizing machine, the water that comes out from it becomes alkaline and with a reduced molecular composition that will aid better penetration of minerals into the cells and tissues of human body. The alkaline water has the ability to donate electrons and serve as a powerful antioxidant that will keep the body’s foundation strong and intact.

All water ionizers available in Singapore create the same health-beneficial alterations to regular tap water with slight quantitative differences, depending mainly on the technology used. The major difference, however, is on the ability of the internal water filter to remove contaminants. Most ionizers do a great job in removing chlorine, but only a few can fully eradicate other common contaminants and toxins.

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Property Management: The Basics of Contracting Your Property Painting

Maybe, for some home projects, do-it-yourself wall painting is acceptable; but for business rental properties, like condominiums, apartments, and commercial buildings, it unquestionably requires professional painting services. The professional experiences and skills of painting contractors guarantee that your rental property will look attractive and enticing to the eyes of prospect renters.

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For better understanding, here are the basics of contracting painting services—painting contractors’ duties, the process of hiring them, and negotiating the best price for their job.

What is a Painting Contractor?

These people usually work as a sub-contractor, under a general contractor, or can also hire themselves out directly to property owners. Usually, painting contractors are small operation groups, ranging from one-man proprietor up to 30 painters working for a company.

How to Find a Painting Contractor?

There are plenty of painting contractors all over Singapore. You can ask a good condo manager in Singapore to recommend one for you, or find one yourself. While many of them concentrate on painting alone, some perform associated tasks like minor drywall works, plaster repairs, molding, and trimming, and wallpapering.

When looking for a local painting contractor, ask for recommendations from your property management company, if working with one. If not, talk to colleagues or notice postages from lawns of houses along your homes’ neighborhood.

For bigger properties, like commercial buildings, which requires quality painting, local magazines display advertisements of established painting service companies. These magazines have lists of names and contact numbers of contractors—but be warned that most them are high-end workers and are quite expensive.

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What Can Painting Contractors Do?

Painting contractors take on any kind of painting job, from painting windows to an entire building painting job. But for now, let’s just assume they’re painting the interiors of your property. You can expect they will do the following:

• Covering of objects and areas that are not included in the painting process, which may include the windows, floors, cabinets, kitchen counters, etc.
• Minor surface preparation, like sanding and scraping of old paint. “Minor” because stripping of old paint is a professional blaster’s job, not for painters.
• Removal of doors, lights, electrical plates, and other obstacles
• Priming new wall or the old paint with latex primer
• Double coating interior latex paint
• Double coating ceiling paint
• Clean-ups and final finishes
• Final evaluation between the homeowner and painting foreman

How to Talk With a Painting Contractor?

One good thing about conversing with painters is that you don’t need specialized lingo, unlike talking with electricians and plumbers. Most contractors can easily explain the process and make things easy to understand for their clients. Some of the important points you may want to discuss with your contractor and managing agent are the cost of the paint and whether it’s already included in the estimated price, the type of paint to be used, the number of coatings to be applied, the timeframe of the job, and whether or not it’s preferable for the residents to vacate the place while the job is going on.

Beautifying your property is part of property management, and one way to make sure your building looks striking to prospect clients is to exquisitely paint its interior and exterior walls. In doing so, let the professionals handle it and consider hiring professional painting contractors. Ask your managing agent for recommendations of quality contractors for top-notch painting results.

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Protecting Your Financial Information: A Quick Guide

It seems like we always hear of stories of stolen financial information in the news. Even in Singapore, stealing money by accessing another’s bank account is a rampant modus operandi. Being more vigilant and smart about our actions will help in preventing this unfortunate event from ever happening to us.

The truth is, no matter what method you do in handling your finances, there is bound to be some kind of risk involved. Practice these smart moves in order to keep your money and your personal financial information safe from people who want to steal your hard-earned money.
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  • Cleaning out your wallet

Many of us are guilty of doing this: carrying a lot, if not all of our financial information inside our wallets every day. Go through all the stuff sticking out of your wallet and examine everything critically. Take out the credit cards you do not regularly use. Important identification cards like your social security card should not be inside your wallet. Store these important documents at home or in a safety deposit box.

 

  • Use that shredder.

Credit companies and banks like to send paper mail for different purposes. Some of these mails can contain personal information on your financial accounts so be sure to purchase a paper shredder to safely destroy any important mail or credit card statements after reading and reviewing. Promotiona credit application mails should also be shredded since thieves can access information using this.

 

  • Beware of phishing.

Internet scammers use phishing to access your personal information though text or email. The important part is these texts or emails seem to be coming from trusted companies, those that you have accounts with. Hackers and fraud experts tend to impersonate these companies in order to get important information from you. Research online to get a hold of sample phishing mails and be more wary of immediately replying to one.

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  • Learn to freeze your credit.

Losing your wallet can be a scary experience. If you’re scared that your accounts might be accessed by the use of important personal information in your stolen wallet, simply freeze your accounts so no one can withdraw money without your consent. Once you discover that you’ve lost your wallet, give your bank companies a call to inform them of your loss.

 

  • No to passwords, yes to passphrase.

Some of us use easily remembered passwords for our financial accounts. This may be convenient for us but this also increases risks of your account being accessed by cunning thieves. Some of us are even guilty of using one password for all of our online accounts. This should not be the case. Hackers of today are pretty smart when it comes to guessing account passwords. To avoid being a victim of these hackers, instead of using a password for your bank accounts, use a passphrase instead. These are a little more complex and harder to crack.

 

  • Be smart when banking on mobile.

Mobile banking is possible with the help of banking apps. When accessing your banking account on mobile, be careful not to use public wi-fi networks. It’s better to turn off your wi-fi when mobile banking to prevent hackers from using your account to withdraw money.

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How to Stop Hiccups in an Instant

Hiccups can be annoying and a source of distraction especially if you’re scrambling to do something important. These involuntary diaphragm contractions can last for a couple of minutes to an hour. This is usually caused by stress, overeating, burst of sudden excitement or eating too fast.

There are a number of ways to stop hiccups, some effective while others are simply hearsays. To summarize all of these hiccup solutions, we give you a list of some of the most effective ways to stop your hiccups instantly.
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It’s all about relaxing.

  • Holding your breath. Breathing techniques help to relax your diaphragm and stop the hiccups. Hold your breath for a 10 seconds in several successions then exhale slowly. Repeat it for about 3 to 4 times. The carbon dioxide buildup in the lungs will relax the diaphragm, making the hiccups go away.
  • Use a paper bag. Breathing through a paper bag increases the carbon dioxide in the body. As we learned earlier, this helps in stopping hiccups. Focusing on breathing on the bag also lets your forget about your hiccups.
  • Compress it. Compress your chest gently and lean a little bit forward to put enough pressure on the diaphragm. You can also do the alternative of hugging your knees close to your chest for several minutes. While the diaphragm is relaxing, it’s nice to take your mind off the hiccups too.

 

Drink for relief.

  • Water break. Eliminating persistent hiccups is as easy as taking several sips of water. When you drink water, the esophagus contracts and this overrides any diaphragm contractions you are having. Few quick sips or a large gulp of water relaxes the diaphragm and stops hiccups instantly.
  • The vagus nerve. Applying pressure to the vegus nerve by sticking your fingers in your ears while drinking through a straw is effective in relaxing the diaphragm. The act of putting your fingers inside the ears applies pressure to the vegus nerve. While drinking water this way, it is also vital that you swallow water slowly and steadily.

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Preventing hiccups

  • Try to eat slowly. To prevent hiccups from happening, try the preventive measure of eating slowly. If you get hiccups during similar times daily, it may be that this is caused by eating too quickly. Eating should be done slowly and in your own pace or else it may cause indigestion or buildup of gas.
  • Drink slowly, too. Drinking carbonated drinks quickly also irritate the diaphragm and cause hiccups. Like eating, it is also good to drink carbonated drinks in a slow pace.
  • Avoid overeating. The amount of food we eat also affects the occurrence of hiccups. Eating too much overloads the digestive tract by not allowing enough time to process all the food you have consumed.
  • Avoid stimulating foods and drinks. Your love for spicy food can cause too much acid to leak to the esophagus, resulting in successive hiccups. Like in the case of drinking carbonated drinks, gulping alcoholic drinks in one go irritates the esophagus and lets it expand rapidly.

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Don’ts of Texting  

 

The coming of mobile phones is a gift to humanity together with internet and computers. With it, staying in touch is easier and more comfortable. Here in Singapore, almost all people have their mobile phones. They either use it to text, call or even check online. There is no surprise that it has become a part of our lives.

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In this case, let us talk more about texting. Our days will never be complete without texts from important people in our lives. This technology also comes with responsibility. You cannot just freely text anybody and send them inappropriate messages. There is such thing as texting etiquette too. You just need to know some. Here are the don’ts of texting:

Do not send a text message when angry

When you are angry, you tend to speak a lot of things – some are ill. Then regret it afterwards. You can avoid these things if you do not send text messages when you are angry or furious. Contain or calm yourself first before talking to someone and if you cannot satisfy yourself through texting, better call the person. The more appropriate thing to do is to talk personally.

Do not send group messages

There are just those people who are fond of sending group messages of whatever things. This can be very annoying especially if you do not personally know the person. Do not be this person. Avoid sending group messages unless it is study or work related like reminding for an activity or event.

Do not send a text message when drunk

When you are drunk, you tend to say things freely and openly. Some things should be kept and if you are drunk, you tend to open up. Avoid sending texts when you are drunk so you won’t live to regret the booze and the text message.

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Do not put kisses on texts to your colleagues

It is okay to put kisses on texts to your friends, family and loves ones but it is never right to send one to your colleagues. This is also the same for emails and other platforms.

Do not text if you are going to be absent

If you are going to be absent, it is easy to text but that is not proper. When you are going to be absent, it is better to call your boss and not rely on text messages. You have to talk to your boss or teacher.

Do not gossip over text

Gossiping is not a good habit and you should avoid doing it. Do not patronize it through texting.

Do not end a relationship over text

The least thing that you can do is to talk to the person personally. He/she at least deserves that. Do not just end the relationship over text.

Do not text bad news

Bad news should be told personally too. It should not be sent via text message because there will be things that will be left out.

There you go. You should remember these if you do not want to be ridiculed. It is easy to keep these guidelines. If you feel like it, share this to other people as well so they too will know how to conduct themselves when texting.
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How to Live Peacefully With Your In-Laws

It is only typical for Asian families to care for family members even when they’re growing older or even after they get married. Usually it’s the wife that moves in with the husband’s family but it’s not a general rule – there never was. Singapore is not an exception to this family culture. What’s great about this setup is that the parents who are getting older and weaker with age do not have to live their last years alone and they get to have someone to take care of them as they become weak and senile. The young couple in turn gets to save money from rent as they are sharing space in the parents’ house. What’s not so great about this is most of the times the setup is a recipe for disaster – anyone here who have not watched Monsters In-Law yet?

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Keep an Open Communication

Communication is always the key. Set the tone from the onset and let open communication be natural between you and your family members. It will be great if your In-Laws perceive you as a reasonable adult and someone whom they can talk to or even compromise with.

Share Responsibilities

Sharing space with people means sharing responsibilities. It’s very annoying to live with someone who doesn’t lift a finger to do any household chores while you find yourself doing all the chores all the time. Don’t let this be a situation for you. This should be a general rule not just when you’re living in with your In-Laws but even among friends who share a place together.

Keep Your Privacy

Don’t forget to keep your intimacy alive as a couple by making sure that you follow a schedule of quality time together. You can arrange to go on weekend trips or simple bonding moments in your private room at the end of the day. Build a strong positive relationship with your In-Laws but don’t forget the reason why you’re in their place to begin with.

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Always Choose Peace

Don’t expect everything to be perfect or go your way because it won’t. Be realistic enough to accept beforehand that there may be upsetting words said or disappointing moments that can happen. If it’s not worth it, you can just let it go. Remember that once you choose to make it your battle you might not have a chance to get it back to where you used to have a pleasant relationship. Don’t make it any more difficult for you. Choose peace.

Set Boundaries

You can’t help it when your In-Laws have their own opinion and tell you about how to run things. You better make sure that you already talked the arrangements out as a couple. What are the things that are important between you two that you need to handle on your own? How do you both want things to be? Your In-Laws are there to guide you and share their advice but you need to have a mind of your own as well.

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Know the Real Deal with Single Speed Bikes

Biking has become a favorite pastime for many Singaporeans. The higher level of health awareness and the need to keep the environment clean and green only add up reasons for more and more people to turn into biking. The country offers many cycling routes and trails for their everyday bikers and even recommends some biking tours for tourists who want to see Singapore in a different light. Singapore is really a big city of concretes which makes for great urban road biking. And when it comes to city cyclists, the best option for them is to get a Single Speed Bike. A Single Speed Bikes is a bicycle that is single-geared or has only one gear on its drivetrain. The bike is stripped down to its bare essentials and is generally lighter, faster, and more great-looking than the multi-geared bicycles.

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They Are Low Maintenance

Getting a Single Speed Bike can save you a lot of stress (not to mention your money and time). Since the bike is made up of only the basic essentials, you only need to worry about the wheels, brakes, and cranks. So that means less time for the maintenance and repair and more time for enjoyable biking.

They Are Very Affordable

Getting a Single Speed Bike won’t ruin your budget. You can have the best-looking best-performing bike in your neighborhood and still get to keep your savings. The first factor that makes these bikes so cheap is because the lesser number of component parts on the bike already make it cheap. Another factor is the fact that they’re so easy to maintain and repair. They take the least amount of time to fix and the least amount of labor making for really low spending on a bike.

They Are Really Light

Getting a Single Speed Bike means you can take it with you wherever you go. This also means you can even take the bike with you upstairs in your apartment to keep off from bicycle thieves. These bikes are so light they are so easy to manhandle. Their light weight also means the biker can save power in          driving the bike forward in a given gear ratio.

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They Are Very Efficient

Getting a Single Speed Bike means more efficiency. Unlike their multi-geared counterparts, riding the Single Speed Bike will save you from having to keep shifting gears. What this also means is less hassle especially for shorter trips and for those who commute daily. The bike’s straight chain line also adds up to the biker’s smoother, longer, and faster pedaling. These bikes can also be a source of a great workout.

They Are Great on Flat Ground

Getting a Single Speed Bike is your best choice for city biking. These bikes are best used on flat grounds and enable efficient maneuvering on city traffic and hazards. But this also means that bikers will face more difficulty and harder work when climbing uphill or on a more varied topography as compared to riding multi-geared bikes.

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Tips for Picking the Right Room Color

 

This 2016, we want to change how we see and look at things. We can totally change our perspective or consider the more subtle and easier way – changing the color of our room. Color can affect our mood and productivity without us knowing.

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To encourage good mood and inspire productivity, it is time to change the color of our room. Here are some secrets to pick the right room paint:

  1. Start small. Sometimes we are afraid to change the color of the room because we are uncertain of how it will turn out. If this is the case, we can start from small. You can for instance start with the bathroom and see how it can affect you before pursuing the walls.

 

  1. Think of your mood. Since you are going to change your room’s color, pick a color you want to feel. For example, choose colors that have soothing or restful effects. Soft and neutral colors will create a restful and quiet feeling compared to strong colors.

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  1. Consider lighting. Paint stores have light boxes so you will have an idea of the colors when exposed to light. Remember that natural daylight will reveal the paint’s truest color while the incandescent lighting brings out yellows and other warm tones and fluorescent lighting reveals sharp blue tones.

 

  1. Follow the color wheel. Using the color wheel can be beneficial because it can give you an idea of color combinations. If you learn to use the color wheel, you will know what colors to maximize.

The great news is that all colors are available here in Singapore. If things are difficult, we can seek the help of experts.

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Things to Wear this New Year  

 

We want to welcome the year fashionably. We might get invited to parties or better – join the New Year’s countdown. For some Singaporeans, the biggest hurdle is deciding what to wear. We have to look our best and in style. Here’s how we can usher the New Year with style:

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  • Maxi skirt: Who said maxi skirts are not sexy? It can be sexy and fashionable if you combine it with a crop top. This is a good item to wear if you have plans to attend pool or rooftop parties. The good news is that it comes with variety of styles from pencil to A-line and tulle.
  • Floral: Floral patterned dresses are pretty you will surely turn heads during the party. Floral patterned dresses are timely pieces so you can just wear it anytime of the year. In fact, it can be a good conversation starter.

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  • Palazzo pants: Some girls are wondering what to call tube-like pants that are comfortable and breezy. It is called palazzo. This pants shows that you do not need to sacrifice comfort for fashion since it is both comfortable and fashionable. These pants are chic and if you want to elongate your legs, wear heels.
  • Sequinned dress/top: If you really want to demand attention and dazzle other guests, you have to consider sequinned dresses or tops. If you wear sparky dress, remember to tone down your footwear, hair and make-up.
  • Jumpsuits: When you have exhausted all dresses, you can turn to jumpsuits and still be fashionable. Not all people consider jumpsuits during parties because they think that it is only for summer. The truth is, jumpsuits can be versatile.

Now you know what to wear. It is time to party.
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7 Top Fashion Pieces Every French Girl Has

Many of us want to be like French girls because of their exceptional and effortless style. French girls are never too dressed down or too dressed up, they have mastered the art of dressing flawlessly. They can elevate a simple outfit and turn it into a show-stopping number.

No matter how effortless a French girl’s style is, we still find it difficult to emulate how they dress and carry themselves. To be one step closer to getting that effortless French girl style, here are some fashion and clothing pieces that you need to have to become one.

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  • Jeans

Because of its comfort and versatility, jeans are a top favorite of French girls. It’s practically a uniform because you can wear them anytime and anywhere. It can even be used to adopt any style- such classic, feminine and edgy.

 

  • Shirt

Another French girl uniform is the crisp white button-down shirt. Get it in different styles and fabrics as long as you stack them up in your wardrobe. You can pair the white shirt with anything from skinny jeans to a flare skirt. Roll up the sleeves for a more effortless look.

 

  • Leather jacket

A leather jacket is a fashion item you can wear all year round. From casual to formal, feminine to edgy, a leather jacket is a finishing touch to a stylish ensemble. The most popular pairing is a plain t-shirt and leather jacket, channeling James Dean’s favorite style.

 

  • Blazer

A blazer is a corporate chic clothing piece. A pair of jeans and graphic tee can be made more polished once a blazer is added. To get the perfect fit, tailor it to your exact measurements.

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  • Oversized sweater

A cashmere sweater is a thing of beauty. It’s soft and luxurious, and can go with anything you pair it with. Since French girls like unconventional ways of baring skin, they will probably wear this with one shoulder off.

 

  • Little black dress

Not only a French girl clothing essential, an LBD is something every girl should have in their closet. You can never go wrong with the little black dress. It’s timeless and always in fashion. Invest in different styles of LBD which you can change up depending on what style you want to portray for the day.

 

  • Trench coat

A French girl’s wardrobe is not complete without the trench coat. They never go out of fashion and can wear it no matter the season. It can be a good outer wear for an off-duty ensemble or a fancy outfit.

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Moringa: The New Superfood

Health and diet-conscious people always look out for the new addition to the coveted superfood group. Some of the most popular superfoods in the market today are acai, goji berries, cacao, chia seeds, mangosteen, and blueberries. Recently, another one has been named as one of these foods that are teeming with vitamins and nutrients- Moringa.

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Known as the miracle leaf because of its wide array of minerals that can be easily absorbed by the body, Moringa contains essential amino acids needed for the growth and repair of cells. It is also high in vitamins, mainly vitamins B, C, D and E.

Its long list of health benefits do not end there. Daily consumption of Moringa, experts say, bring positive changes to the immune system by boosting it. Energy levels, metabolism and blood circulation in the body are also improved.

Still looking for more health benefits? Studies also show that Moringa is a natural detoxifier and body purifier. Its antibacterial properties are also no joke.

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Moringa is not only good to consume, many beauty products also contain Moringa because it has natural moisturizing and anti-aging qualities. But perhaps the best form of taking in Moringa is in its supplement form. Moringa in powder form can also be added to drinks, soups, salad dressings and smoothies for better consumption.

Moringa leaves can also transformed as a type of tea. Simply dry its leaves, ground it, and put it in tea bags to be enjoyed like any other tea.

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Finding Relief From the Effects of Menstruation  

 

Not all Singaporean women can relate to the pain and discomfort others feel when they have their monthly periods. There are other women whose pain and discomfort are twice magnified compared to others. If you are not blessed with a smooth monthly period, you have to act now and improve things.
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You wish to complete the month in a pleasant and relaxing manner but when it comes to your periods, you feel the other way around. The menstrual cramps will surely leave you bitter with pain. You will not relax and as if it is not enough, it will affect your mood.

To help you deal with the bloodiest and the most difficult time of the month, here are some tips worth considering:

For simple relief: Whether it is your doctor or your grandma who advised you to employ hot water bottle to relieve menstrual cramps, you have to follow it. Heat therapy proves to be efficient when it comes to menstrual cramps. If water bottles are not available, you can use heating pads or heated cloth instead. This will soothe any painful feeling.

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For your diet: You just do not want to give in to your cravings of junk foods. You have to keep away from salty foods because it can intensify the pain. Eating right helps you feel better. You need fruits and vegetables that are rich in healthy oils, zinc and calcium. Water should not be spared.

For the right movement: The pain will surely nail you to the bed and as much as you want to indulge, you have to move. Moving is for your health and it will be a welcome distraction. Moving is safe.

If you cannot handle things, it is time that you consult your doctors.

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Exercise for Healthy Ageing Without the Risk  

 

When you age, it is difficult to move but it doesn’t mean that you should not consider exercise. Exercise should be a part of your life regardless of the age. When you get old, all the more you need exercise to increase your muscle strength and improve your mobility, balance and coordination.

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You need to move independently and confidently and you can do this by considering exercise. Seniors here in Singapore are encouraged to exercise regularly and target at least one fifty minutes of moderate physical exercise every week.

Here are some simple exercises that you can consider and even do at home:

  • Warm-up: For warm-up, you only need to march at place whilst swinging your arms. If it is difficult, while sitting, you can act like marching.
  • Strength exercises: For strength exercise, you can try sitting and then standing instantaneously. You can also try the standing hip extension. You only need a chair to help your movements.

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  • Balance exercises: For balance exercise, you need a chair to hold on to while you raise our side legs alternatively. One can also try the single leg stand where you put our legs upward.
  • Flexibility exercises: For flexibility exercises, you have to try triceps stretch. You can either stand or take a seat.
  • Cool down: Exercise will not be complete without cool down. There are many cool down exercises that you can consider but for starters, you can begin with standing quadriceps stretch.

The Health Promotion Board of Singapore is encouraging all seniors to exercise for overall wellness.

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The Need-To-Know About Fibroids

 

Overall health checkups should be done monthly. This assures us that we are in tiptop shape and alarms our doctors if we have existing or new health conditions. Since cancer is a huge health concern for everybody, it is in these health checkups where people are informed if they have tumors, benign or malignant.

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We breathe a sigh of relief when our doctors appease us with the news that the tumor is benign. However, are benign tumors really entirely harmless? Or will it cause further health problems over time especially for these seemingly harmless tumors growing in the uterine wall called fibroids? We give you the important facts regarding fibroids.

Fibroids and their causes

Fibroids are tumors forming in the wall of the uterus that are considered non-cancerous. The exact amount of fibroids in a woman’s body are currently unknown. Fibroids are normally found in women in their 50’s and are linked to a spike in the levels of estrogen, the female reproductive hormone.

These usually develop during the reproductive years of a woman and shrinks once she reaches her menopausal phase.

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Symptoms

The symptoms of fibroid formation are virtually mild and sometimes, there are even none. However, this depends entirely on the location of the fibroid. Sometimes, fibroid formation can cause a heavy blood flow and a painful menstruation for some.

Fibroids that are pressing near the bowel area can lead to constipation and bloating. One that is located in the front uterine wall can cause urinary incontinence.

Effect to a person’s fertility

The most common concern for women is if the presence of fibroids affect fertility. The answer to that, unfortunately, is a yes. Massive fibroids can sometimes impede a fertilized egg cell from being attached to the womb’s lining. This can result to a miscarriage.

In some cases, fibroids that are located in the womb’s cavity can block the uterus or the fallopian tube, making it more difficult for the egg and the sperm cell to meet.

Treatment options

Ultrasound scans can help with monitor the size of the fibroids. Treatment is given by administering nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication to ease pain and lighten menstruation flow. Currently, there are no oral medication that can help in eliminating fibroids. On the other hands, hormonal injections can help in shrinking the size of these fibroids.

For a woman who wants to protect her fertility, surgery for the removal of fibroids is the best bet. However, there is a huge possibility that these fibroids will recur over time.

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Safety Tips for Women Who Travel Alone  

 

Doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for business or for pleasure- safety is the utmost concern. Traveling alone, especially for women, makes us high-risk targets for petty crimes and violence.

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According to the latest global travel statistics, 50 percent of all people who travel for business are female. The biggest safety risk for women are robberies, bag-snatching and sexual assault. Women tend to be more vulnerable than men, making them easier targets for lawless elements.

These facts may be alarming but the important thing is to be prepared and vigilant. We offer you travel advice for a safe travel.

Clothing Choices

One important aspect of a safe travel is the clothes we choose to wear. Before your flight, do some quick research on your travel destination regarding acceptable clothing so you won’t stick out like a sore thumb.

Obviously, we have to dial down and dress conservatively when in uncharted territory. Generally, the appropriate business attire is a knee-length skirt paired with a jacket. Also, be aware of the cultural differences of other countries. What may be acceptable in one may not be well-received in other places.

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Behavior and Conduct

See to it that you know all the details regarding your travel. Make sure you know all about your transportation details from airport pickup. If possible, carry a crossbody bag because these are harder to snatch. Moreover, carry your bag on the side that’s opposite of the road if you are taking a walk.

It’s also a good move to wear a wedding ring or have an imaginary boyfriend story to ward off men who may lurk near you. If you exude a self-confident and assertive demeanor, you can easily ward off unwanted attention and make yourself a hard target for criminals.

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Go easy on the alcoholic drinks when you are hanging out in some place unfamiliar, especially if you are alone. If you are with colleagues from work, make sure not to stray away from them. It’s better to get them to accompany you to the door of your hotel room to avoid blitz attacks.

Never forget to double-lock your hotel room door before retiring for bed or going out. It’s also a good move to bring a rubber doorstopper that you can wedge on your hotel door so that it’s shut tight from the inside.

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The Basics of Crossfit Training

 

Today, more and more workouts claim to be the answer for burning fats whilst building muscle. Many Singaporeans want to be sexy and fit at the same time. It is great that we have many choices when it comes to workout but we must agree that it has never been more confusing.

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If we are a fitness nerd, we tried almost every workout here in Singapore from dance classes to running, Muay Thai, boxing, weight training, cardio and aero. Membership fee is not a problem as long as the workout we chose live to our expectations. However, there is a new workout that changed the lives of many people around the world.

The workout is called crossfit and it has been molding bodies for almost fifteen years with thousands of affiliates around the world. We should give crossfit due credit by learning everything we can about it.

  • What is crossfit? Crossfit is a strength and conditioning workout. It combines medicine ball training, rowing, plyometrics, weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, powerlifting and kettlebell training. The workouts include different movements that should be performed at high intensity. In crossfit, the coach will introduce “workout of the day” and we will do that in a short span say 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Why it works? Crossfit is not an ordinary workout. If ordinary people wants to achieve extraordinary result, crossfit is definitely for them. The goal of crossfit is to fight against stagnancy – that is ensuring that the body will not get used to a specific workout. This means that every session will be tough and always be a struggle. Despite this, we are assured that the workout is effective.

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  • How will it change us? Since crossfit will continue us to push our limits, we have to abandon unhealthy lifestyles that prevent us from performing. Crossfit is done with a group and is performance based, that alone is enough to press us to do well or at least do better than before.
  • What are the benefits? Like other workouts, crossfit will change the body. The flabs will disappear giving way to a toned body. It does not end there because another advantage is the acquiring the skill and the strength. The last benefit is acquiring that mental toughness. When we are halfway through a workout, we will feel quitting but if we have that mental toughness, we will keep going anyway.

For people who really want to see the result, crossfit is the most efficient one. It only lasts 20 to 30 minutes (so it won’t take much of our time). It is best for students and young professionals.

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The Perfect Make-Up Cover

 

Whether we are going to work or to a party, we need that perfect cover up if we want to look striking. Choosing the right makeup base is the beauty equivalent of finding that perfect HDB flat here in Singapore. It takes a lot of effort from getting the right shade to discovering the formulas that suit our skin type.

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We can start achieving that perfect cover up by employing foundation. Wearing foundation is perhaps the trickiest in the makeup bible. We have to put carefully because if we get it wrong, we will look like a geisha or worse a clown. However, if we get it right, we will look like just ourselves – with better complexion.

It is indeed better to apply as little product on our skin as possible but priming our face is necessary step especially if we are considering a foundation. Primer is important because it can even out the complexion and it allows proper adhesion of foundation. After the primer, it is time that we look for that perfect cover up. We need to know that foundation comes in different formulas. We only need to find one that suits our skin type best.

Here are some foundations for skin types:

  • Liquid: Among the formulas, liquid foundation is the most popular one because it is versatile. The good thing is that it works for all skin types and has a medium coverage. Most of the liquid foundations have a natural finish. The natural finish mimics the texture of the skin as it absorbs the product.

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  • Cream: Cream has a rich and heavy formulation. This is the reason why cream foundations are good for dry skin. Compared to liquid foundation, cream foundation will give heavier coverage. The good thing about this foundation is that its strength to hold up under the harshest lighting or other environmental conditions.

 

  • Mousse: Mousse is as popular as the others. Mousse is a good choice for a light, everyday coverage. Mousse has a whipped consistency which works well with combination to oily skin. Mousse foundations are oil-free. Because of this, it gives a satiny finish and can be easily applied in thin layers. It is easy to tone it down or build it up.

Now that we know something about foundations, it is time that we put it in good use. If foundations are not our type, we can just ignore it but if we want to even our complexion, this is really a must.

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Lonely Planet’s Top 15 Destinations

We’re three quarters into the year, have you been to the places you wanted to go to this year? Every New Year, we write a list of places that we’d like to visit but as the year ends, we realize that there is not one in the list that we attempted to visit. That is disheartening knowing that there are countless destinations waiting to be discovered.

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If we want to discover the whole of Singapore, we can start from there but if we want to see more sights and culture, it is time that we go outside until we find places worth the long flights. If we want to visit old and inspiring places, Lonely Planet made up a list. Lonely Planet actually identified five hundred best places on earth. Lonely Planet’s whole list will be published on a book and will be released on October 6.

In the meantime, let us settle first with the top fifteen destinations on earth. Here are the destinations to be:

  • Temples of Angkor Wat: The temples are in Cambodia which dated thousands of years ago. The temples are the shrine of the Hindu God Vishnu.
  • Great Barrier Reef: The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is home to thousands of fishes. It is also known for its network of coral reefs.
  • Machu Pichu: Machu Pichu is in Peru. This mysterious civilization attracts people because no one really knows what transpired in there.
  • Great Wall of China: The Great Wall is astonishing because it stretches more than 5000 miles. These fortifications made China indestructible and untouched.
  • Taj Mahal: Taj Mahal is in India famous not only for its perfect symmetry and architectural design but also as a symbol of great love.
  • Grand Canyon: Grand Canyon is in America. The National Park is famous for its billions of years of geological formations.

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  • The Colosseum: The Colosseum is in Italy. The place will remind us of gladiators.
  • Iguazu Falls: The falls is within the borders of Argentina and Brazil.
  • Alhambra: The Alhambra Palace in Spain is the lasting symbol of Moorish rule in Spain during the medieval times.
  • Aya Sofya: Aya Sofya in Turkey made 1500 years ago by a Byzantine Emperor. This enduring structure is a museum, church and a mosque.
  • Fez Medina: People flock in Morocco because of Fez Medina – which is known for its leather and tannery.
  • Twelve Apostles: The Twelve Apostles is in Australia and travellers marvel over the crumbling of the massive pillars.
  • Petra: Petra is in Jordan and is considered the most famous archaeological site. This ancient city is in the middle of Red Sea and Dead Sea.
  • Tikal: Tikal is in Guatemala. The place is famous because of its ruins.
  • British Museum: The museum is in England. The museum houses priceless artifacts.

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Methods of Breastfeeding  

 

The joy of motherhood begins even when the baby is still inside her. The joy will be multiplied myriad times when the baby is born. For new moms out there, nursing an infant is challenging but without tutorials, our natural instinct to care for our newly born will be realized soon. As of this moment, it is important that we know things about breastfeeding.

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Not all Singaporean mothers consider breastfeeding for various reasons but the World Health Organization strongly recommends mother to breastfeed their babies for at least six months. For six months, mothers should not allow other foods and drinks aside from vitamin D to be given to their babies.

Breastfeeding both benefits the baby and the mother as well. In the part of the babies, breastfeeding can reduce the risk of diarrhoea, respiratory tract infections, asthma, celiac disease, leukaemia, allergies and diabetes. In the part of the mothers, breastfeeding can reduce postpartum depression, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and weight loss.

Experts studied the milk but some properties are still not understood. Studies show that breast milk comes from the bloodstream of mothers. We will be surprised to know that breast milk contains optimal balance of protein, sugar, fat and water which are needed for the baby’s growth and development.

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There are different methods of breastfeeding that we should know about. Here are the methods:

  • Exclusive breastfeeding: Exclusive breastfeeding refers to the ingestion of human milk without other supplements (like juice or water) except for medications and vitamins.
  • Expressed feeding: Some consider expressed feeding. They do this by producing milk and storing it for later use. Mothers only need a breast pump or a massage.
  • Mixed feeding: Mixed feeding is common for working mothers. Mixed feeding means feeding the baby with breast milk together with infant formula. Sometimes mothers also consider feeding baby foods and water depending on the age of the baby.
  • Shared nursing: In some societies, wet nursing is normal. Wet nurses refer to one woman who breastfeeds more than one child.
  • Induced lactation: Induced lactation is a process for women who did not even give birth but needs to produce milk. This situation is common for adoptive mothers.
  • Tandem nursing: Tandem nursing refers to breastfeeding two babies simultaneously on each breast. This usually happens when a mother gives birth to another while breastfeeding the older one. This also happens for twins and triplets.

These methods will help us make our decision which one to consider.

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Best Restaurants in Singapore

 

Singapore is known to be a dining capital in Asia because of how it is situated as one of the busiest ports in the world. This makes the city a melting pot of cultures and food, which brings a wide variety of dining options for locals and tourists alike. These several restaurants offer the best dining experience in Singapore.

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Wild Rocket

You certainly have to eat the salted crab ball and the Singaporean noodles in this restaurant. For dessert, you should have the frozen coconut ice cream.

 

Ding Dong

This place specializes in Southeast Asian-inspired small and shared plates. Aside from the food, Ding Dong also has a wide variety of drinks, which includes some of the best draught wines in the city.

 

Sunday Folks

If you got a sweet tooth for soft-served ice cream, you better visit this place. The sundaes and waffle cones here are just irresistible for any ice cream fan. They also have local flavors such as gula Melaka.

 

Red Star Restaurant

This place has the best and most authentic dim sum in Singapore. That’s simply it and nothing more.

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Tian Tian Chicken Rice

Chicken rice is often considered as a national dish in Singapore. While there are plenty of restaurants serving the dish, Tian Tian is probably the best at it.

 

Shiraishi

Singapore, being a melting pot of cultures, also has a lot of restaurants offering Japanese dishes. And one of the best to do it is Sharaishi where the sushi is as authentic as they get anywhere else.

 

Old Tiong Bahru Bak Kut Teh

This is a popular breakfast place for many Singaporeans. Their ba kut teh is one of the best in the city too and is exceptionally different from all the other bak ut teh in Singapore.

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