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A Woman’s Guide to Wellness

A Woman’s Guide to Wellness

  Photo: [Link]   If you aren’t already, take this month to acknowledge the strength, achievement, and hard work of amazing women around you! March hosts International Women’s Day on the 8th, where the globe comes together to celebrate, support, and raise awareness for women’s rights to wellness [1]. “Wellness” here entails everything, from physical health to workplace inclusiveness, and even rightful applause for their success.   Joining in on the celebration, NOW Foods has compiled a list of ideas for empowering the wellness of women around us! Check out these foods, supplements, and personal care items that aid in women’s...

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Wholesome Valentine’s Day Minus the Sugar

Wholesome Valentine’s Day Minus the Sugar

  Photo: [Link]   With heart-shaped chocolate boxes and rose bouquets filling the aisles in gift shops, it’s safe to say that the season of love is here—of all things blooming and sweet!   …That is, both figuratively AND literally. Studies show that love really does taste sweet; sweetness on the tongue is more likely to induce wholesome and happy feelings, and vice versa [1]. No wonder Valentine’s Day is one of the most sugary days of the year.   But with sweet delights often come bitter consequences—especially on our health. Excessive consumption of sugar is a major risk factor...

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Spick and Span: Mindful Cleaning for Everyday

Spick and Span: Mindful Cleaning for Everyday

    Building small hygiene habits around the clock to  integrate sanitising as a way of life   Before the onslaught of the current pandemic, the persona of the germophobe has been cast negatively as an aspect of quiet paranoia, one who is suspicious without cause, when the larger attitude was to be dauntless of little risks to one’s health. Why worry when we seem robust enough? Why be scared of a little cough or cold?   And then, in the past months and for the coming days, we are reminded that this persona of caution has good reason to...

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In the Months of Menace

In the Months of Menace

As the rainy season brings the threat of mosquito-borne diseases, protect the body and home with safe and natural methods.   Photo source: https://pixabay.com/photos/mosquito-feeding-silhouette-skeeter-3860900/     After months of relentless heat and humidity during tropical summers, there is nothing quite as welcoming as the sound of rain. It heralds a new season of cool relief, of umbrellas and light sweaters, of afternoons with hot tea and evening dinners with warming soups.  But as much as we would like to relish the rainy interlude without a worry, it brings with it a perennial threat: mosquitoes.   Pest and Pestilence   The...

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Is natural skincare actually a better choice?

Is natural skincare actually a better choice?

The actual meaning of ‘natural’ needs to be clarified. The idea of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ beauty has been around for many years, tagged onto the front of different products for the sake of promotion. Industry-wise, the two terms refer to two different things: ‘natural’ means plant, mineral or animal-based, while ‘organic’ refers to the farming method, where ingredients grown naturally, without pesticides, chemical fertilisers or antibiotics[1]. What’s important, however, is to understand that neither of these terms or ‘certifications’ are formally regulated in Singapore. So what does that mean for us consumers? As the ones who are actually using these...

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