Have you ever experienced little electric shocks when you shut the car door or when you touch someone?
As we go about our everyday lives, our bodies continuously pick up electrons through touching or brushing against objects. Daily use of electronic devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets can accumulate electrons as well, which causes body static.
The effects of static electricity are familiar to most people as they can feel, hear, and even see the spark. At night, disturbance of excessive electrons results in uneasiness in bed, preventing us from restful deep sleep.
Excess electrons do not discharge easily from our bodies either as our bodies can withstand up to 30,000 volts. Now, if we were to carry our highly charged bodies to bed, our tense bodies would prevent us from relaxing and experiencing deep sleep stages necessary for our health and well-being.
If our body accumulates a high voltage of static, it can affect our health and will lead us to be more prone to illnesses.
A leading brand in the industry, Goodnite International Sdn Bhd understands the importance of having a good night’s sleep by offering a range of quality beddings and mattresses.
Featuring the StatFree technology, it is the first and the largest bed manufacturer to introduce the anti-static mattress in Malaysia that discharges electrons and eliminates body static as you sleep.
Made from anti-static fabric that can discharge static electricity, the Goodnite Love Series comes in three sets with different designs and firmness – Forever Love (Luxury Firm), Eternal Love (Plush Soft) and True Love (Firm).
Stat-Free mattresses are made of a revolutionary fabric that incorporates Anti-Static technology.
Providing comfort and plush behind the Love Series mattress are the premium quality materials used in its production.
Both the Forever Love and Eternal Love feature organic foam made from palm oil and five-zone pocket spring system that moulds to the shape of your body and help decrease motion disturbance. Besides that, the usage of high-quality natural latex has the added benefits of anti-dust and anti-mite properties which inhibits the growth of bacteria and parasite.
Meanwhile, the six-turn Double Posture Coil (DPC) and the high-density bio-foam used in True Love design offers optimal back support that provides greater durability than the conventional spring system.
All these innovations incorporate consumers’ various sleep needs and requirements.
In conjunction with the Love Series campaign, Goodnite International Sdn Bhd is also holding a contest during this period where participants can stand a chance to drive home a grand prize of a Honda HR-V.
To participate, simply fill up the coupon which is attached to the mattress and take a picture of the coupon together with the original purchase receipt. After that, you will need to send over the photo to Goodnite’s Facebook messenger.
The contest period runs from now until Dec 31, 2018 and valid for the queen- and king-size Love Series mattresses as well as other selected mattresses.
The lucky draw prizes are worth up to RM200,000 with a Honda HR-V as the grand prize. The second prize is a Perodua Bezza, while the third prize is an Apple iPhone X. There are also 50 consolation prizes of RM500 cash up for grabs. Entries submitted after Dec 31, 2018 will be disregarded.
The result of the contest will be announced in Jan 2019.
■ For details, visit goodnite.com.my/buy-win, or Goodnite Malaysia Facebook @Mygoodnite, or call the customer hotline at 03-3250 2218.
The modern woman plays more than one role on a daily basis – wife, mother, caregiver for the family, businesswoman, or even employee. A woman is more than the queen of her household. She strives to be perfect in all areas of her life, but usually overlook taking care of herself.
Ladies, performing multiple roles can take up more energy than we have, so we need a healthy body and adequate nutrients to keep us moving. A superwoman should learn to look after and maintain a healthy body.
Healthy eating habits, sufficient physical activities, and healthy stress levels work together for better health. Taking suitable supplements can further enhance and maintain health and wellness.
Evening Primrose Oil
The evening primrose plant (Oenothera biennis) originates from North America and is commonly called The King’s Cure-All. It has been used by herbalists for centuries.
Evening primrose oil is extracted from the seeds which contain two essential fatty acids, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA). GLA is an essential fatty acid the body cannot produce, and must be supplied from a diet or supplements.
Specifically, GLA acts as a precursor to prostaglandins that help regulate many body functions including:
• Women’s hormonal balance – Reduces symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), eases menopause symptoms, relieves hormonal acne by stimulate skin growth, and aids in healing.
• Healthy skin – Reduces inflammation, strengthens the components in the outer skin layer, and restores skin moisture.
• Others – Improves symptoms of nerve damage (neuropathy).
Vitamin E is the major lipid-soluble component in the cell antioxidant defence system, and is exclusively obtained from our diet. It has numerous important roles within the body because of its antioxidant activity. It prevents the damage of oxidative stress, which can result in premature ageing.
Apart from antioxidant properties, Vitamin E also helps moisturise the skin. More importantly, it contains powerful anti-inflammatory action, thereby keeping the skin in good condition. A combination with evening primrose oil helps enhance its skin health benefits.
Supply the nutrients your body needs to maintain your role as a superwoman. Be a healthy superwoman with the supplementation of a combination of evening primrose oil and vitamin E.
This article is brought to you by Bio-Life Marketing Sdn Bhd. For details, visit biolife.com.my or contact (03) 7499-7999.
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It is normal for your body to experience an inflamed sensation when you have an injury, but it should be a cause for concern when it lasts for a long time.
“Inflammation is a normal reaction of the body upon injury or infection,” says Jan Martel, a research associate at the Research and Development Centre of Chang Gung Biotechnology and the Centre for Molecular and Clinical Immunology of Chang Gung University, Taiwan.
“It is usually characterised by redness, heat, pain, and swelling in a specific part of the body. Where the skin has been breached, the immune system will be activated, and some cells called macrophages will engulf bacteria and cell debris to prevent infection and clean the wound,” he says.
Inflammation is a localised reaction of the immune system to injury or infection. A typical acute inflammation is rapid, intense and self-limiting, while a chronic inflammation is low intensity and may be delayed or long-lasting.
“Chronic inflammation is a reaction of the immune system that propagates to the whole body through blood and other body fluids,” says Martel.
A common cause of chronic inflammation is food allergy – causing pain, redness and swelling in the knees, hands or other parts of the body – that may occur hours after the food has been consumed.
“Chronic inflammation has been called a deadly killer because it may lead to many chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease and arthritis,” Martel says.
Chronic inflammation has also been observed in normal ageing, over-eaters and obese individuals. “In the long term, chronic inflammation may affect metabolism by reducing sensitivity to insulin,” he adds.
“Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to consumption of carbohydrates in foods. When the body becomes insulin resistant, it is unable to get the energy needed rapidly, and this may lead to fatigue and other health conditions including type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular disease.”
The best way to treat chronic inflammation is to reduce or eliminate exposure to the triggers that cause it in the first place. “Various foods contain anti-inflammatory molecules, such as fish, flax seeds and walnuts, which contain high omega-3 fatty acids,” says Martel.
“Regular exercise, intermittent fasting, reducing stress, and improving sleep quantity and quality are other good strategies to reduce chronic inflammation,” he adds.
Besides adopting a healthy lifestyle, inflammation is usually treated with corticosteroids, such as cortisone and dexamethasone. But while it may be effective at reducing symptoms, it comes with negative side effects after prolonged use and should be considered only in cases of acute inflammation, or as a last resort.
Other than pharmaceutical treatments, those with inflammation often seek alternative treatments such as cordyceps.
“Cordyceps is a medicinal fungus with a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to fortify the lungs and kidneys, as well as to boost energy and libido,” says Martel.
Research done by the group at Chang Gung Biotechnology and Chang Gung University have found that cordyceps produces other benefits that have not been described earlier as part of TCM, such as reducing the activation of human immune cells in culture, according to published reports.
Similarly, cordyceps reduced signs of inflammation in animal models of lung inflammation, diabetes and obesity, by inducing the growth of the “good bacteria” in the gut which protects the intestinal lining, preventing bacterial molecules from entering the blood and causing inflammation, the report states.
“These beneficial effects are consistent with the changes observed in people who regularly consume cordyceps as a dietary supplement,” says Martel.
Learn more about chronic inflammation and how to manage it at Martel’s health talk, ‘Stopping The Silent Killer: Chronic Inflammation’, organised by Eu Yan Sang, on Saturday Oct 6 at 11AM, at Cititel Mid Valley in Kuala Lumpur.
How often do you take your liver for granted? What we eat and how we live our lives do affect liver health, even without us noticing. The liver is the main detoxification hub in our body, therefore it is important look after our liver and increase our awareness of liver disease to treat it before it is too late.
Some possible symptoms of poor liver health include frequent fatigue, jaundice, fluid retention at lower extremities, skin over-sensitivity, and such. A fatty liver may develop without any noticeable symptoms in the early stages. Fatty liver is diagnosed when there is 5% or more of fat in the liver.
Simultaneously, free radicals will attack the phospholipid bilayer, causing damage. Phospholipids are the building blocks of cell membranes, therefore the body requires a constant supply to repair damaged liver cell membrane.
A fatty liver may develop without any noticeable symptoms in the early stages.
The phospholipids layer is very important as it is the structural make up of liver cell membrane, and encloses cytoplasm and other contents of a cell. Among all types of phospholipids, phosphatidylcholine (PC) is the most abundant that make up the liver cell membrane.
PC is vital in maintaining the shape of the membrane and needed for proper functioning of liver cells. Damage to the liver cell membrane has been shown to affect liver homeostasis, liver damage, and the recovery process of the liver.
Dietary supplement of the PC at 900mg daily for three months has shown to improve the liver conditions of people diagnosed with fatty liver, liver fibrosis, hepatitis, and even alcoholic cirrhosis.
Besides phospholipids, B vitamins are also very important in supporting a healthy liver. B vitamins are often found deficient in people with liver diseases. Furthermore, B vitamins are needed as co-factor to release energy from foods consumed.
For instance, the fats we take in require B vitamins for metabolism to generate energy, so the large fat molecules will not continuously deposit in liver cell membranes.
Free radicals will attack the phospholipid bilayer, causing damage.
In addition, B vitamins are involved in glutathione production, which is important in detoxification. Glutathione is an internal source of antioxidant combating free radicals and facilitates elimination of xenobiotics (e.g. drugs, medication, pollutants).
Vitamin E, on the other hand, is an important antioxidant in the cell antioxidant defence system. It helps neutralise free radicals before they damage the phospholipid bilayer of the liver cell membrane.
Studies have shown that subjects who consume essential phospholipids, PC. together with B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12) and vitamin E are able to improve their liver functions.
The liver is the only organ that is able to regenerate and repair itself under damage. However, we need to ensure an adequate supply of the essential phospholipids for its regeneration.
Essential phospholipids with B vitamins and vitamin E have been clinically proven to improve liver functions among people with fatty liver, liver fibrosis and cirrhosis.
This information is brought to you by BiO-LiFE (Marketing) Sdn Bhd. For details, visit biolife.com.my or contact (03) 7499-7999.
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Ever imagined you could have a cute little oven that would help you shine in the kitchen?
Now from Panasonic, comes the smart Cubie NU-SC100WMPQ oven that does it all – from healthy frying, steaming and roasting to baking and fermenting. This nifty little kitchen appliance makes it all look easy too.
Because it’s been designed to contain no heating element, 100% of its 15L space (it’s 351mm high, 355mm wide and 455m deep) can be maximised for use, so there’s more than enough space in there to accommodate 1 steamed fish, 24 stuffed buns, 1 pizza or a roast chicken.
Its large interior also features two tray levels which are adjustable, and allows you to cook two separate dishes at the same time. It comes with a child safety lock to prevent accidents in the kitchen, and has a two-stage pull-down door which makes observation simple.
Other plus points include it is easy to maintain and clean, comes with a large LCD screen, and has a deodorisation fuction (just press a key and voila! All the smells inside the oven cavity are gone!
It’s small, but the Cubie has the capacity to roast a whole chicken or steam a whole fish.
But what’s best is you get to flex your cooking muscles in the kitchen, and try out a different cooking method every day:
You can bake! The convection oven comes with a 276-hole scroll hot air design which allows food to be baked evenly – no need for you to keep turning the food around or messing with the temperatures.
You can fry! You get to reduce the amount of oil you use because the air helps the food fry easily. There’s also no need to worry about food sticking to the pot or a smoky kitchen.
You can steam! Adjustable baking temperatures help food retain its flavour and texture – crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, yum! As an added bonus, you can even sterilise baby bottles and tableware using the steam function.
The oven actually comes with three steam settings – low-temperature steaming (80°C), normal steaming (100°C) and high steaming (120°C).
The low temperature steam is designed to attain perfectly steamed vegetables. The normal steaming, meanwhile, delivers great tasting steamed dishes, while high steaming will definitely be a hit with the fitness buffs, looking to retain as much nutritional value and getting a quick, tasty meal while they are at it.
Steam is generated in just 20 seconds and the oven can reach 100°C in three minutes.
You can ferment! Want to make pizza, dough, bread or yoghurt? No worries. Cubie has fermentation mode which helps you do all of that and more.
You can bake and roast! Precise temperature controls enable you to bake to your heart’s content. Cupcakes, brownies, dessert and meats – try them all, and you’ll be pleased with the results.
And don’t fret if you’re not the adventurous sort in the kitchen. Cubie has got you covered there too. The cute little oven comes with an auto cooking function, and lets you try at least 16 different dishes (like pizza, fried bananas, water-steamed cheesecake) at the touch of a button!
Black fungus and wolfberries can be cooked with the chicken for extra texture and sweetness.
Recipe: Steamed Ginger Chicken
2 chicken legs
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp white pepper
1 tbsp sesame oil
150g young ginger chopped roughly
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp oil
1. Marinate chicken with salt, white pepper and sesame oil for 30 minutes.
2. Place chopped ginger, garlic, soy sauce and oil into a bowl and mix well.
3. Place chicken onto a ceramic plate and pour ginger mixture over.
4. Cook on Steam-High for 20 minutes or until cooked.
5. Garnish with coriander leaves
To find out more, plus get great recipe ideas, go to cooking.my.panasonic.com or scan the QR code.