Foods for Brainpower

Feb 27

You are what you eat. You have to believe that. If you eat unhealthy foods, your health will be poor and it will show. If you eat healthy foods, your life will be more vibrant and happy. Your life will be vibrant and happy that others might envy you. With that being said, you have to be careful of what you eat especially if you are concerned about your physical and mental health.


There are many foods here in Singapore and you can indulge whenever you want. However, if you want mental acuity, you have to be specific. You have to know that the brain, like your heart and other internal organs, needs nutrients for proper functioning. You have the responsibility to keep your grey matter healthy. Here are some foods that you should particularly take to be able to satisfy your grey matter:

  • Whole grains: Your brain needs energy so it can function properly. If you have problems with concentration, you need to know that it has something to do with adequate and steady supply of energy. You need a supply of energy (in the form of glucose) so you can concentrate. It so happen that whole grains contain glucose that can help you through the day.
  • Oily fish: Your brain needs Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) and it can only be obtained through diet. The most effective EFA is omega-3 and it can be found in oily fishes.
  • Blueberries: According to a study of the Tufts University in Unite States, blueberries can help improve memory. Blueberries are widely available so there is no excuse not to have it.
  • Tomatoes: Tomatoes are powerful antioxidants that can protect the body against free radical which can damage the cells. If the cells are damage, it will lead to the development of dementia.


  • B vitamins: B vitamins like B6, B12 and folic acid are popular for its property to reduce homocysteine levels. Homocysteine is linked with cognitive impairment. Knowing this, you have to take B vitamins to reduce cognitive impairment.
  • Pumpkin seeds: Your brain also needs zinc. Zinc is an essential element in enhancing your memory as well as thinking skills. Pumpkin seeds contain zinc.
  • Broccoli: You can also consider broccoli. Broccoli contains vitamin K which is known to augment cognitive function.
  • Nuts: The most famous brain food is the nut. It is true that nuts contain vitamin E that can avert cognitive decline.

If you are serious about brainpower, you have to consider the foods mentioned above. If you want, you can consult a health expert to help you with your journey. Good thing there are many health experts here in Singapore and you only need to consult one.


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Predicting the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

Feb 23

When you get old, Alzheimer’s disease is imminent. You are lucky if you do not suffer from it. For those who are suffering from it, they should be surrounded with people who understand their condition and provide support for them. Alzheimer’s disease is common here in Singapore and around the world. No one is exempted.


Alzheimer’s disease is a disease that can degenerate the brain. It can cause the people to gradually lose their memory as they grow old. The most common form is dementia. The patient will encounter progressive memory loss, impaired thinking, disorientation and to some extent change in mood and personality.

Your risk of suffering from Alzheimer’s is high and you only wish it will not happen to you. The good news is that experts now are keen on predicting the risk of people from developing Alzheimer’s. This is an important breakthrough because it will give us information before its onset. The prediction can help us prevent or at least slow Alzheimer’s down.

If you are so concerned about your risk of developing Alzheimer’s, you have to know that experts have created an online test that is available for everyone. The online tests are composed of timed and non-timed exercises that can quantify cognitive function. In the tests, you will answer lifestyle questions like the amount of your protein or carbs you eat, how much alcohol or coffee you consume, how often you exercise and many markers.

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The online tests include thirty seven questions that are developed and carefully put together by The Oxford University’s Food for the Brain professor David Smith. Professor David Smith is the leading figure in the field of Alzheimer. According to him, the online tests can help people to prevent Alzheimer’s by reducing its risk. The exams will also help participants to track down how their lifestyle impact cognitive functioning.

If you choose to avail of the online test, you have to expect the Food for the Brain Cognitive Function Test. This test will give you questions in relation to your memory and your lifestyle. This exam is specifically for people ages 50 to 70 years old. The first part of the test entails images on the screen. Later, you will encounter timed questions that include images, letters and memory tests.

Finally, you will encounter lifestyle questions that can determine whether you are a low, average or above average risk of developing Alzheimer’s. The best part is that the test will give you lifestyle advice that can help you change the outcome. The advises includes minimizing sugar and refined foods, eating more fish and seeds, taking more supplement B vitamins, limiting coffee and the like.

This is a great help for Singaporeans and the world.

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See the Beautiful Sunshine: The Advantages of being a Sunrise Person

Oct 24

Most people who work at night do not see the sunrise. Although there are times that they can see it, they also do not have enough energy to walk under the roasting heat of the sun. They are sleepy in the morning; preventing them to see the sunrise in a beautiful mood.

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The Usual Routine

Jogging and any form of exercise are mostly done in the morning. Experts believe that performing shaking in the morning would contribute to a healthy physique. Actually, one can get vitamin D when a person is under the light heat of the sun specifically during 5:00 a.m. up to 7:00 a.m.

Supermarkets are not crowded

In the morning, grocery stores open. If you come in at 9:00 a.m. you’ll finish at around 10:30 in the morning. It is because most supermarkets have all the supply that you need. Also, you don’t have to fall on a very long line.


Travelling is not a Problem

Whether by land, sea or air, it is not a good choice to travel at night. Aside that you can’t see the wonderful things that you may pass on your way, you also feel sleepy during your travel period.

Night is the best time to sleep

Even if you sleep the whole morning and you have all night to do your duty; it is still advisable to sleep at night because this is the traditional time that people traditional time that people rest.


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Dealing with Hangover

May 11

Christmas and New Year are fast approaching. Parties are everywhere. You cannot take away the merriments especially the foods and the booze because they are part of the whole celebration. How do you plan to get through the festive season? Staying inside the house is not an answer. You should go out there and have fun like normal people do. It is okay to drink but keep it under control. 


If despite your best efforts you drunk to your heart’s content, you should know how to deal with hangover so it will not take a toll on you. Partying and drinking are fun but when you wake up the next day, you need to endure the hells of hangover. The good news is that you can do something to make it lighter. Here are some tips that you can consider when you are dealing with hangover:

  • Drink juice: Many people would agree that drinking fruit juices help alleviate the discomfort drinking brings. When you wake up, ask for a fruit juice immediately. The fructose will help your body burn the alcohol quicker.Greasy-Breakfast
  • Drink water: If you do not have fruit juice, plain drinking water will do. It is important that you rehydrate after the heavy drinking session. You should know that alcohol can lead to dehydration. If you have sports drink, drink it instead as it can reload electrolytes.
  • Drink coffee: If you prefer coffee, you should drink coffee instead. Coffee has this property that can reduce the swelling of the blood vessels that can result to headaches. Drinking it can surely ease the headaches.
  • Take honey: If you have honey, you should take it. You can simply add it in water and drink it. Honey is famous to relieve hangovers because it is an excellent source of a sugar called fructose that can burn the alcohol easily.
  • Eat foods rich in amino acid: When you drink too much, amino acids deplete in the body. If you want to replenish your amino acid, you need to eat foods rich in amino acids. If not, there are food supplements that you can consider. Do not forget to take other vitamins like B complex.
  • Endure: Of course, the things mentioned above takes time to be effective. Do not expect it to magically disappear after eating or drinking it. The best way to deal with it is enduring it. Let rest and time heal your head and you will feel refreshed.

If hangover and drinking sessions happen all the time, you should be alarmed because you are starting to be an alcoholic. Do not be addicted to this because it can only destroy your relationship, work and your life in general.


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