Author: Beatrice

How we improved our [Male] Fertility using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

N and I are quite open that we tried for a child for a while, and eventually turned to IVF supported by complementary therapies such as TCM and Negative Ion Therapy and managed to birth a beautiful baby boy in August this year! So we understand the frustrations of trying for a child!! If you and your spouse have been actively but unsuccessfully trying for a child, please know that you are definitely not alone! ~40% of married Singaporean couples who are actively trying for a baby are “not happy” with their progress, according to a 2019 survey on fertility health. While women traditionally bore the stigma of childlessness, the man’s role in infertility issues is gaining awareness. Recent statistics show that married couples experiencing infertility are due to problems arising from the male partner.1  I am glad that N was open to get medically checked so we could work on the right issues, and also glad to have Senior Physician Lim’s permission to publish some of his content that will help patients struggling with male infertility. We …

3 mistakes you are committing that prevent you from having a good night’s sleep

In a recent report done by a market research firm, Singapore is the 2nd country with the most sleep-deprived people, where around 62% of the population is estimated not to get enough sleep. (First on the list is Britain.) Also, in the same report, more than 8 in 10 Singaporeans spend their weekends sleeping in to repay the sleep debt they accumulate over the weekdays. Prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to depression, anxiety and a poorer immunity system. In other words, both your mental and physical wellbeing are taking blows from a lack of sleep. Understanding Insomnia with Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine theory associates insomnia with the ‘heart spirit’ (a direct translation of 心神 xin shen). The phrase ‘heart spirit’ probably sounds weird to you, but what it actually means in TCM theory, is that the heart houses an energy and force that controls your mental and physical body, guides your consciousness and wields your sense of awareness. When there is a disruption in the heart spirit, causing a deficiency in this …

Possibly the BEST cruise and experience of Russia – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1 of our epic Russia trip, Part 2 is about our trip after the cruise ship sets sail from Moscow! The starting point from which we start cruising the Moscow Canal… Uglich While cruising through the 128-kilometer Moscow Canal, our first glimpse of rural Russia is in Uglich. We are thankful to arrive in Uglich on a day with beautiful blue skies, with the colour building glistening in the bright light! Yaroslavl, Cruising Lake Rybinsk We arrived in Yaroslavl on another beautiful day.  I like the Uniworld tour arranged a special tour to the Yaroslavl State Puppet Theater. Even though I am not usually a puppet enthusiasts, but it was interesting to look at over 50 puppets on display, admiring all the hard work handicraft to make them! Founded in the 12th century, the Unesco Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour was one of Russia’s richest and best-fortified monasteries by the 16th century.  The interior of the cathedral is known for its colourful and vibrant 16th – century frescoes. Goritsky The only way to get to Goritsy …

Possibly the BEST cruise and experience of Russia – Part 1

With all the World Cup fever going on in Russia now, I wonder if people have similar misconceptions of Russia as me? Firstly, I thought that Russian cities were historic but high-rise… but apparently, they have so much land that even dining on the 16th floor at White Rabbit (World’s Top 50 Restaurants) could give us a panoramic view of Moscow! Then, I thought that Russians were tough and fierce. Well, they were still tough, but after a dash of vodka, they become the warmest people ever! Finally, what blew my expectations were the most gorgeous towns and beautiful countryside along the Russian waterways along the Golden Ring. I will let my pictures (either shot by N’s Sony 7 with his watermark or my awesome Huawei P20 Pro sponsored by my dad :P) do the talking! Day 1-3: Moscow Moscow was founded in 1156 and it was the capital of the medieval nation. Moscow lost its status as capital to St. Petersburg but it never lost its significance to Russia, and it has reestablished its dominance over the nation’s culture, …

What would happen to your body if you ate more than 20 apples a day?

We all know the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and we also know from research that 1 apple a day is definitely not enough nutrients for our body to achieve that. But what if there is a way to eat 20 apples EFFICIENTLY every day? Imagine all that antioxidants helping our body daily! For those who are reading on free radicals and antioxidants for the first time, I recommend reading up on the scientific rationale for antioxidants to fight off free radical damage here, as well as why antioxidants are important for you here.  Those of you who frequent Eatprayflying will know we only write about products we have tried personally, especially when it comes to supplements. Because we are very particular about what we consume, trying to take in fewer chemicals to our system at all times. As such, I was really excited to chance upon an all NATURAL Phenolic Antioxidant supplement made from ONLY APPLES, which are ‘Australian Made and Grown’, invented by University Of Newcastle (UON) scientist Dr Vincent …

10 Scientific Ways Antioxidants help our health

There’s no doubt that you’ve heard about antioxidants affecting your health at one point or another. However, what do antioxidants have to do with staying healthy? Overall, antioxidants are minerals and vitamins that especially work to protect our bodies from free radicals, which are dangerous molecules that work to attack our healthy cells and weaken the health of our immune systems. According to research, free radicals can increase your risk of cancer, brain disease, cataracts, and more. However, with the help of antioxidants, your body can rid itself of these free radicals and promote good health. These antioxidants include beta-carotene, lutein, catechins, vitamins C and E, flavonoids, and others that can be found in both food and dietary supplements. But, before you consider taking an antioxidant supplement, consult with your doctor, since they can interact with certain medications. Below, is a guide on the top 10 scientific ways how antioxidants help our health, which may give you the bump to start taking them regularly and making them part of your daily diet. 1) Antioxidants Help …

5 Healthy Eating Habits That Will Help You Lose Weight Naturally

Weight loss, weight maintenance, diets and every other synonym for keeping track of how much you weigh and its effect on your overall health makes up for a larger portion of your overall life than you might realize. Talk shows hawk cure-all products, pharmacy shelves are stocked with dozens of products that promise to blast away fat and melt away pounds, exercise routines rise and fall every few months and there’s always another diet trending that promises to help you bleed away excess weight. Some work, some don’t, but they all need to focus on one core concept: healthy eating habits. At its very core weight loss is the simple science of knowing how many calories your body needs and adjusting your eating habits to reflect that fact, but it’s not always as simple as eating a little less here and there. It’s not uncommon to have serious difficulties when it comes to finding an eating routine that doesn’t spiral out of control. If going cold turkey isn’t cutting it, there may still be hope yet with …

The Best Fitness Tracker

It doesn’t matter how many sensors you have — it’s how you use them. Reposted with permission from Review.com.  The 3 Best Fitness Trackers Best Fitness Tracker Under $100 Garmin Vivofit 3 A low-profile, reasonably priced fitness tracker that still delivers on all of the necessities. It comes with a small built-in display that lets you easily keep an eye on your progress and the time throughout the day, as well as a user-friendly app. Our tests showed that it actually provides consistent step counting and distance tracking, too, which isn’t true of every fitness tracker we tried. ($99) Best Heart Rate Monitoring Fitness Tracker Fitbit Charge 2 For $50 more than the Vivofit 3, you get an even better app and all of the same basic functionality, plus heart rate monitoring. ($150) Best Heart Rate Monitoring and GPS Fitness Tracker Garmin Vívosmart HR+ A compact, feature-loaded device that’s waterproof and $50 less than its nearest competitor. ($200) Editor’s Note March 28, 2017 — Fitbit released a new heart-rate monitoring tracker, the Alta HR, at the same …

3 Risks to Consider When Following the Ketogenic Diet

It seems that every year, there are ten new weight loss programs or diets to try. They can vary greatly in the methods used actually to get the results you want. Some take longer; some have stricter dietary requirements, etc. One such diet plan is the ketogenic, or “keto” diet. It’s become popular in the last couple of years primarily because it claims to use the body’s own fat burning power for weight loss, and thanks to celebrities. It’s also said to be a great meal plan regimen for anyone suffering of Type 2 Diabetes, because it helps lower blood sugar levels. Other benefits include anti-aging properties, improving brain functions and bowel movement. Many supporters of this lifestyle claim to have more energy that lasts longer. However, many experts warn of the possible risks of the keto diet, and we’ll look at some here. 1.     Losing Hydration and Muscle Mass The reason that the keto diet can work so well and so quickly is that a lot of the weight being lost is in the …

One of the best lodgings in Tasmania – Avalon Rocky Hills

I hate to admit but I know I am quite a particular traveler. In cities where we will spend a lot of time out, I don’t really bother about hotel quality so long as it’s clean and decent/safe location. But because in national parks or near beaches, we tend to stay indoors to just slow down and relax, I have higher expectations I guess. So I was really looking forward to Avalon Rocky Hills, and I am so glad it didn’t disappoint me!! So thankful we landed a free night stay with the winter promotion. Avalon, rooted in Arthurian Legend, means “island of paradise.” And as with all mysterious islands, it was indeed hard to find. It took us a 2km of off-the-track dirt track before we arrived to meet our lovely host, Ann. She went through in details every facility within the retreat – from books to a movable TV stand (see below video! so smart!) to bath salts to the self-contained kitchen with a freezer and fridge full of food, and a separate ARTIST …