All posts tagged: health tips

10 Superfoods to Eat Today

Superfoods are foods high in nutrients and phytochemicals, with few negative properties such as artificial ingredients, saturated fats, and other chemical additives. Although the term “superfoods” has been contested to be a purely marketing gimmick, I can’t say that I prefer loading up on vitamins to these natural foods. All or most of the foods listed below, which we have highlighted to be particularly good for women in the 20s and 30s, are readily available at your local grocery stores, and perhaps in your fridge. I’ve also included delicious serving ideas to pair with each superfood. Start and end your day right for a happier and healthier body! APPLES Apples are rich in fiber, a great food to help us feel satiated, giving our body the necessary dose of pectin, a soluble fiber believed to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes. Serving suggestions: eat with peanut butter, juice with other fruits (I like apples with carrots), or consume as is. TOMATOES Loaded with the antioxidant lycopene (the …

Drugs: to Take or Not to Take?

It seems like these days many are feeling the bite of dengue fever. If not us, our neighbors are catching it. And we are sitting at home fearing we’ll be next. This malady, a tropical household disease not foreign to those of us living in Indonesia, is one of the reasons for round-the-clock doctor appointments and expeditious drug dispatch. It almost feels like we are experiencing an alien phenomenon unheard of before. Families and communities are panicking, rushing to equip their homes with fogging machines and pesticides for mosquito control. All this precaution and alarm is understandable and justifiable, except when it comes to the pile of pills we are consuming, or those the doctor makes us believe we need to consume. I accompanied my boyfriend Kyle, who tested positive for NS1, to the doctor yesterday. His helper, Ben, who’s had the virus for about a week now and was almost fully recovered, also came along to get checked. The clinic, a private practice with an in-house pharmacy, is located in West Jakarta. We signed …

10 Tips for a Refreshing and Rejuvenating Sleep

I love sleep. I love sleep so much that I refused to come out of my mother’s womb. My twin had to be born first because I was still sleeping. I kept hitting the snooze button. That’s what happens when it’s warm and cozy and comfortable. I was born 51 minutes later. When I was a shift worker in my early twenties and doing back-to-back evening, morning, and evening shifts, I would count down the hours until I could go back to sleep as soon as I woke up. It was during this time in my life that I was diagnosed with a chronic illness with fatigue being the the overarching symptom. My sleeping patters were irregular, I was tired allthe time, and my mood was stuck on irritable. If you’re thinking, that’s me too, know that you can have a refreshing and rejuvenating sleep just by making a few simple lifestyle changes. There are many restorative processes that take place when we are sleeping. Ideally, we should be aiming for around eight hours of shut-eye every night. The …