As a holistic health coach, one of the most common complaints I hear about is pain. Knee pain, back pain, migraines — you name it, Americans suffer from it.
When confronted with chronic pain, many doctors recommend over-the-counter drugs such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen (Aleve®).
Another popular option for relieving pain is a particular class of NSAID called Cox-2 inhibitors (such as Celebrex®). In certain cases, doctors and patients may even turn to oxycodone, an opioid painkiller in the same class as morphine and heroin.
Back pain is one of the most common health issues everyone will deal with at least once in their life. Unfortunately, many of us become culprit to back pain more often than not. According to the National Institutes of Health, lower back pain is the number one cause of job-related disability.
Common pain medications are more dangerous than originally thought.
A recent study showed pain-relieving drugs taken for as little as one to seven days increase risk of heart attack by 48% for those taking ibuprofen (Motrin® or Advil®). This same study found that naproxen (Aleve®) users suffered 53% more heart attacks.1
Those who chronically use NSAID drugs like ibuprofen increase their risk of kidney impairment by 32%.2
Our pharmacist Lim Eng Teck sharing about the difference between growing old versus aging to Evergreen Network of Thomson Road Baptist Church
HealthPro exhibited and shared with staff of Barclays Bank on optimizing health through nutritional therapy.
We're not talking about sticky, sugar-laden, insulin-inducing cinnamon rolls here. This much-loved spice has actually shown evidence of lowering blood sugar.
While long used as a flavoring, current research is beginning to confirm health benefits of cinnamon, whose traditional therapeutic use included treatment of chronic bronchitis.1
Shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes), once little-known outside of East Asia, is a frequent sight these days in the produce section of Western supermarkets. While prized for its texture and flavor, it is shiitake’s health benefits that render this fungus priceless.
In their search for natural compounds to extend the human lifespan, scientists have focused on ways to activate an enzyme called AMPK.
AMPK is found inside every cell and serves as a master energy sensor. Its activity level influences body fat composition and how long you’ll live.
During their investigations, scientists discovered that boosting AMPK resulted in an unexpected benefit: the reduction of abdominal fat.
Chlorophyll is the pigment synthesized with the use of sunlight by plants, and which gives them their green color. Anytime you eat green vegetables, you're consuming chlorophyll.
A similar compound, chlorophyllin is a water-soluble derivative of chlorophyll that is often included in nutritional supplements due to its greater stability in comparison with naturally occurring chlorophyll.
A review published in 2015 noted, "Chlorophyllin has been shown to exhibit potent antigenotoxic, anti-oxidant, and anticancer effects."1
It’s the beginning of a brand-new year! As the parties, countdowns and fireworks fade off, you might be left with your thinking box, figuring out the goals that you would like to achieve for this year.
A brighter year starts from a better you, and of course, better health status. If you've decided to change a habit - whether it's quitting smoking, lowering your blood pressure, becoming more active, or doing something else to improve your health - congratulations! Making that decision is the first step toward making a change. However, have you been planning goals that you found overwhelming and hard to achieve? Or have you ever given up on the new year resolutions that you excitedly set for yourself?
With age, people often unwittingly fail to ingest sufficient protein in their diets.
Protein is a major building block in our body. It is especially important to help preserve muscle mass.
If you are not already ingesting excess calories, an easy way to ensure against protein insufficiency is a concentrated powder made from high-quality organic peas.
Because vitamin K is made by the human body, experts had long believed there was no need to supplement with it.
However, we now know that the amount we manufacture, while in some cases sufficient, is at other times less than optimal.
In the previous article, we have discussed some interesting and healthier modifications to commonly prepared holiday dishes. Since Christmas is around the corner, that can only mean a line-up of feastings. While we immerse in the traditional joyous ambience, let’s explore healthier yet fun ways of preparing the festive favourites!