Eat your way to a happier heart with this heart-healthy recipe inspired by the Greek Isles! Full of flavour yet uncompromising on nutrition, this recipe was developed together with the National Heart Institute for the Superfood Cookbook. Following the principles of the Mediterranean way of eating, our recipe is suitable for those on a low cholesterol diet or those who are looking to lower their risk of heart diseases.
Ingredients (makes 5 servings):
Eat your way to better heart health with these simple tips:
Fiber up: To prevent heart attacks and the like, experts recommend that you get at least 20 - 35 grams of fiber a day. Fruits and vegetables along with whole grains are amazing foods that lower cholesterol fast. They help to lower the risk of heart disease with soluble fiber that binds cholesterol and flushes it out of the digestive system before it can wreak havoc on your body.
Oils matter: The oils that you use can play a part in preventing heart diseases as well! Using vegetable oils such as olive oil when cooking can help to lower the levels of bad LDL cholesterol.
Avoid Trans Fats: Found in many foods including your favourite baked goods like cakes, biscuits and cookies. Trans fats have been shown to raise blood pressure and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Eat more fish: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel can help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).
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When was the last time you took a break from work? If you can’t remember the last time you went on a vacation, it’s a huge sign that you need a vacation. According to science, you may be doing good to more than just your mental health by going on a holiday!
The New York Times reported that taking a break ever so often can mitigate the risks caused by workplace stress. In fact, going on vacation every two years compared to every six would actually reduce the risk of coronary heart disease or heart attacks!
Here’s what happens to your body when you take a break:
You improve your heart health
Numerous studies have highlighted the benefits of a vacation on your cardiovascular health. A 9-year study that followed 12,000 men who had a high risk for coronary heart disease found that frequent annual vacations resulted in a reduced mortality rate from not just heart disease, but any cause.
The Framingham Heart Study - the longest-running study of cardiovascular disease - found is that a lack of vacations was an active predictor of the 20-year incidence of heart attacks and death.
The study revealed that men who did not take a vacation for several years were 30% more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did not take time off. And women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.
You improve your mental health!
Probably the most noticeable effect of taking a break, going on a holiday can actually uplift your mood for an extended period of time!
The benefits of a holiday extend prior to actually going on your trip as well. In fact, researchers have found that pre-vacationers planning for their trip reported better moods with a higher degree of happiness and satisfaction.
You sleep better
Ever noticed that while on holiday, you get to skip the tossing and turning, snoozing as soon as your head hits the pillow?
For the insomniac, vacations can actually do more at helping you hit your sleep quota. A 2006 study funded by Air New Zealand found that while on vacation in New Zealand, people had their heart rates lowered by around 4%. They also clocked-in an average of 20 additional minutes of sleep when they returned home from their holidays!
Your body on stress:
When exposed to stress, your body goes into a fight or flight mode and releases the cortisol, a stress hormone that has been linked to a greater risk of heart disease, anxiety and depression.
Love your heart with these easy tips:
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Clocking overtime, stressful work environments, the standard of living; these are concerning reasons attributing to the hectic lifestyles of Singaporeans. The rise of busy lifestyles have resulted in a population that frequently eats out and bring about more individuals opting for easy-to-prepare processed food, which are often loaded with increased calories.
Did you know that according to statistics, Singaporeans have among the longest working hours in the world?
According to an article on obesity by The Straits Times:
“Today, the average Singaporean is heavier and more likely to overeat. Even children here are putting on weight and, unsurprisingly, the biggest weight gain starts when people begin work. These were some of the findings from the HPB's analysis of nearly 30 years of data to find out when Singaporeans begin putting on weight and how obesity trends have changed.”
The Ministry of Health and Health Promotion Board has also stepped up the effort to encourage healthy eating via various island-wide campaigns.
Sinful ingredients such as fat, sugar and salt have the power to elevate and heighten the tastiness of the food we consume, leading to dire diseases in the long run if we are not conscious of our intake.
Detoxing Is the Way to Go
Is detoxing the way to go for better physical and mental well-being? We certainly think so!
The notion of detoxing has always been deemed as a fad which is often underestimated. For a start, detoxing is the process of aiding your body’s natural processes, allowing them to run more efficiently. A key benefit of a regular detox regime is better gut health, allowing for regular bowel movements to detoxify the body.How can you Detox?
For those who need an intense cleanse:
If you find yourself constantly craving sugary foods, chronically tired, breaking out, bloating and experiencing skin issues, you might be in severe need of a good detoxing session.
Get the intense cleanse you need with Kinohimitsu D'Tox Plum Juice, made with the extracts of 36 plums, 28 blueberries and 15 blackberries, it is a natural, tasty and refreshing drink that is ready for immediate consumption. It promotes colon cleaning to remove mucoid plaque and targets issues such as bloating, poor digestion, and constipation in as little as 4-hours.
Sometimes you feel amazing but at other times, you feel like the gum stuck on someone else’s shoe. When it comes to your health, you’re neither here nor there. And sometimes, being on the middle ground is great! Your focus should be on treating your body right when you feel the lethargy sink in. Make food your medicine with an emphasis on whole and green foods.
You might also want to try out fermented foods that are rich in gut-loving bacteria to help aid your in detoxing.
Kinohimitsu Detox Enzyme is a concentrated plant-based enzyme blend that is made with health in mind. A careful selection of 75 fruits and vegetables are fermented for 365 days using a unique proprietary process to produce digestive enzymes of superior bioavailability that aid in digestion and nutrient absorption.
Digestive enzymes are key players in:
Kinohimitsu Detox Enzyme is definitely an easy alternative to get a boost of phytonutrients to provide protective benefits for your body.Did you know that you can detox your body through your feet as well?
Foot reflexology has been proven to help:
Inspired by the benefits of Food Reflexology, the Kinohimitsu Health Pad offers various benefits that help expel harmful waste from the body and enhances your overall wellbeing via a combination of natural ingredients and negative ions, which makes it ideal for maintaining good health in a relaxing way.
Repeated use will result in the colour getting lighter each morning, indicating that the amount of waste in the body has reduced substantially.