Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Protein is good for you but do not go overboard

Professor Walter Willett, who specialises in epidemiology and nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, extended that caution to people of all ages, citing protein's role in cell multiplication.

He explained that protein - especially from animal sources and in particular from dairy - boosts a growth-promoting hormone that makes cells multiply faster, which is vital early in life but not necessarily later on in life.

"Overly rapid cell multiplication is one of the underlying factors for cancer," Prof Willett said. "It seems pretty clear that we don't want to have our cell-growth accelerator to the floor from the day we're born until the day we die."

Preventive cardiologist Stephen Devries, executive director of the non-profit Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology in Deerfield, Illinois, recommended avoiding or eating only minimal amounts of animal protein. He is also cautious about what he called "artificially enhanced protein", such as protein powders.

Protein from plants are preferred than those from animals

He recommended getting protein instead from beans, lentils, nuts and tofu. He said: "These are terrific sources of protein and they're the ones we should concentrate on, rather than the artificial sources, whether they come from animals or plants."

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Ambulances can legally run red lights and make unauthorised U-turns from Dec 1

From Dec 1, Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ambulances will be able to legally run red lights and make unauthorised U-turns when attending to emergencies.

“This exemption provides legislative clarity that SCDF ambulance drivers are allowed to proceed past red traffic lights and make U-turns at non-designated junctions when responding to life-threatening emergencies,” SCDF said in a release.

This change will also include police vehicles and fire engines.


Sugar By Half campaign

There is no need to eliminate sugar, just cut your intake by half.

That is the message that people in Australia have been receiving for the past year under a campaign called Sugar By Half.

Quote from Professor Peter Brukner, who heads the Sugar By Half campaign in Australia:
"Not only are people eating more sugar and processed foods today, (but) they are also eating more than they should.

"Fifty years ago, we had three meals a day. Now, we are constantly eating."

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How to keep your hair on: Hair loss solutions

Everyone - regardless of age - experiences shedding of hair to a certain degree. We lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair every day.

It is difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of thinning hair as hair fall can be triggered by myriad reasons, such as genes, stress, poor nutrition, hormonal changes and environmental pollutants.

Hair is made of protein, so be sure to include an adequate amount of protein-rich foods in your diet.

[Note: I drink a glass of 15g of soy powder with water and raw honey everyday to supplement my protein intake. Cheap and easy and lots of hair on my head.]

They can result in a deficiency in vital nutrients such as vitamin A, B12 and E, and minerals like iron, which are essential for hair growth.

Combing your hair when it is wet will cause clumps of hair to get entangled in the hair brush. Comb your hair before showering.

Most permanent colourants, be it salon products or box dyes, contain hydrogen peroxide which will damage your hair follicle.

Use shampoos that are free of parabens, synthetic fragrances and sodium lauryl sulphates (SLS) as these chemicals will strip away natural oils from the scalp and cause hair to fall.

Stress will lead to hair fall but will grow back after the stressful event.

Avoid hairstyles that place stress on your follicles and damage the hair shaft.

High sugar food will cause higher androgen hormone levels that can cause hair follicles to shrink, speeding up the hair loss process.

Heat from your Heat-styling tools weakens the hair proteins and causes hair to fall out.

When you run your fingers through your hair or twirl your locks around your fingers, you might snap or damage your hair from the friction.


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Scientists uncover first PHYSICAL PROOF that living next to a forest is good for the brain

Moving closer to secluded forests is good for the brain.

German researchers have uncovered the first physical proof that living on the edge of a forest boosts brain power.

Living near an abundance of trees makes adults less stressed by strengthening an area of the brain that controls emotional processing, they found.

The amygdala, an area of grey matter vital for processing anxiety, was more robust in the people involved in the study.

The same correlation did not exist when they looked at living close to open green areas, wasteland or rivers in urban areas.