Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Dogs may help babies and children develop protection against eczema and asthma


Babies and children with dogs at home may be protected from allergic eczema and asthma.

That is according to two studies presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting.

The first study found that women who had dogs at home since pregnancy had babies who were protected from allergic eczema.

The study examined mothers and their babies who were exposed to at least one dog indoors for a minimum of an hour each day. "We found a mother's exposure to dogs before the birth of a child is significantly associated with a lower risk of eczema by age two, but this protective effect goes down at age 10," said Dr Edward Zoratti, the study's co-author.

Read more @ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/dogs-may-help-babies-and-children-develop-protection-against-9355160

Healthier alternatives to isotonic drinks



1. Coconut water
Filled with potassium and electrolytes, coconut water effectively helps to replenish and hydrate your body after sweating it out.

2. Chocolate milk
Drinking chocolate milk post-workout is great for muscle recovery.

3. Caffeine
Taking a small dose of coffee about an hour before can help to boost your workout.

4. Watermelon juice
Watermelon helps to speed up your recovery process and reduce muscle soreness.

5. Water

6. Make your own

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/six-healthier-alternatives-isotonic-drinks

What you need to know about Manuka honey

Ever wondered what makes Manuka honey unique? Creamy in texture, with a slight herbaceous taste that has a hint of caramel and a floral aroma, Manuka honey carries a darker hue and has a greater viscosity than other types of honey.

Research has shown that Manuka honey contains antibacterial properties that are believed to be beneficial to health.

The Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) rating, which indicates the level of purity and quality of Manuka honey, is used to certify good-quality Manuka honey. It is an internationally recognised trademark governed by a third-party body based in New Zealand - the Unique Manuka Factor Honey Association (UMFHA).

All licensees of this trademark are audited regularly and have to adhere to strict labelling guidelines. The association is the most recognised indicator of quality Manuka honey.

Here are some frequently asked questions about Manuka honey.

1 WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN UMF 5+, 10+, 15+ AND ABOVE?
The UMF rating indicates the percentage of antibacterial activity levels in Manuka honey.

Most types of Manuka honey are graded with UMF 5+, UMF 10+, UMF 15+ and UMF 20+. The higher the UMF number, the more potent the antibacterial properties in the Manuka honey.

Each batch of Manuka honey is tested at an independently certified laboratory to receive a UMF rating. A UMF 5+ rating indicates that the honey purity and concentration of anitibacterial properties is between 5% to 10%. If the result is between 10% and 15%, the Manuka honey will be labelled as UMF 10+.

2 WHY DOES MANUKA HONEY USUALLY COST MORE THAN NORMAL HONEY?
UMF-rated Manuka honey is usually pricier than normal honey, or non-UMF rated Manuka honey, due to its limited supply and increasing demand for it as the properties of UMF Manuka honey become more well known.

Not all Manuka flowers produce nectar with UMF properties.

3 HOW DO I CHOOSE ONE THAT IS SUITABLE FOR ME?
Mariuka honey with a UMF 5+ or UMF 10+ rating would generally contain sufficient nutrients and antibacterial properties for the average healthy person looking to maintain his or her overall wellbeing.

UMF 15+ and UMF 20+ ratings indicate a more potent Manuka honey, which may be helpful in easing the symptoms of certain health conditions.

4 HOW DO I EAT IT?
Mamika honey can be consumed in many ways. You can eat it on its own or mix it with water that is below 45 deg C.

The full-bodied nature of Manuka honey also makes it an ideal sweetener in teas, smoothies and marinades, or condiment that provides a nutritious bite to any snack.

Manuka honey with UMF 5+ and 10+ ratings are best paired with foods or added as an  ingredient in recipes, while those with a UMF 15+ and above rating taste best when enjoyed as it is.

5 HOW DO I KEEP IT?
Store Manuka honey in a cool, dark place that is below 20 deg C.

Source: Sunday Times
Note: This article is for your info only. Please consult medical or healthcare professionals for advice on health-related matters.

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