Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Ghost Month

Today is the beginning of the Ghost Month in Singapore (Lunar July 1st).

The spirits jailed in the Hell are called ghosts.

The folklore says the ghosts have one-month parole and will travel to the towns in the 7th lunar month every year.

They may play trick-or-treat game on human beings, so people will feast them and make them happy during this time.

So expect a smokey and noisy month as a lot of incense papers and offerings will be offered and burnt everywhere (BE CAREFUL) and gei tai (live concert-performances) held almost every night.

Seats are reserved for the BROS! (Image source https://sanaakosirickylee.wordpress.com/tag/hungry-ghost-festival/

Offerings can be found almost everywhere, so BE CAREFUL. (Image source: http://iammrsbernabe.blogspot.sg/2012/08/hungry-ghost-month-in-singapore.html)

Mr Lee Hsien Loong and Diabetes

Mr Lee noted that it was because many people did not take diabetes seriously, that it has become a serious problem.

His concerns:
  • Singaporeans have one of the world’s longest life expectancy at 82 years, they also experience an average of eight years of ill health in old age
  • Obesity is one of the causes of diabetes. Diabetes is an 'invisible disease'
  • 1 in 9 Singaporeans has diabetes
  • 3 in 10 Singaporeans over the age of 60 has diabetes
  • 17% of Malays in Singapore have diabetes
  • An average of about 1,200 diabetics undergo amputation every year in Singapore
  • Among five-year-olds, one in 10 is overweight
  • More diabetes cases among young people as well, including children
Why are more Singaporeans putting weight?

PM Lee also suggested eating less and healthier, cutting back on soft drinks and doing more exercises. Singaporeans are putting on weight partly because they are eating more, he said.

Two decades ago, Singaporeans were eating 2,100 calories every day, about the right amount. By 2004, it went up to 2,400 calories a day, equivalent to two extra scoops of ice cream a day. By 2010, this number went up to 2,600, amounting to an extra scoop of ice cream with topping.

His advice: 

Eat less white rice (or other processed carbohydrates like mee, mee hoon, roti prata, food made from flour, etc).

“White rice may not taste sweet, but the effect is almost like eating sugar. When you eat white rice, your blood sugar will shoot up,” he said.

My 2 cents: Follow the Healthy Plate by NHB.

Ref: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/national-day-rally-1-in-9-singaporeans-has-diabetes-problem-very-9140176

The perks of drinking coffee

That cup of coffee you grab every morning actually has positive effects on learning and decision-making.

"Individuals who are habitual consumers of coffee and tea have been shown to perform better on various tests of cognitive performance such as reaction time and visual-spatial skills," said Dr Ooi Yau Wei, cardiologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Found naturally in tea, coffee, cocoa products, or added to beverages such as energy drinks and carbonated beverages, caffeine works by affecting our central nervous system, specifically adenosine. By blocking adenosine results in greater alertness, mental energy and concentration,

It is a hormone that is responsible for slowing the nervous system and relaxing the body, said Ms Natalie Goh, chief dietitian at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/perks-drinking-coffee

Bad habits cause varicose veins

Varicose veins are nothing to panic about, but they can be annoying and may lead to health issues down the road.

Some surprising everyday habits people are guilty of that lead to the formation of those lumpy blue lines include:
  • Crossing legs
  • Wearing high heels
  • Forgetting to exfoliate and moisturise legs
  • Not building and maintaining muscles
  • Sitting all day at desk
  • Shaving too quickly
  • Extra Salty diet
  • Standing for long period of time
  • Smoking
  • High impact running.
Read the full article @ http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/bad-habits-cause-varicose-veins