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    Top 5 Trick Art Museums In Malaysia

    Trick art has never become more fun and it has literally brought art to the masses in a fun, interactive way.

    If you don’t know what trick art is all about, it’s also known as the ancient art of “tromple-l’oeil”, which in French means to deceive the eye. According to Wikipedia, it is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions.

    In some forms of trick art, it is also considered 3D art and the 3D factor is observed in terms of its height, width and depth. Sculpture, for example, is a form of three-dimensional art.

    There are many forms of 3D art and trick art. Some of the more popular trick art pieces can be found on the streets of Ipoh and Penang. Some of which you probably may have seen on your friends’ social media posts.

    Recently, trick art museums have grown in huge popularity. If you’ve not been to one, go pay a visit the nearest one to you and you’ll understand the fun, the hilarity and even, the wonder of it all. It may bring out the child in you! A great bonus is that you’ll get some terrific photos (not to mention conversation starters) out of it.

    Here are the Top 5 Trick Art Museums In Malaysia:

    1. Trick Art Museum, i-City, Shah Alam

    Trompe l’oeil has thrilled many people since this place opened at i-City in Shah Alam. Your eyes play tricks on your mind as the 2D paintings have been skillfully painted to make the art appear three dimensional. The museum boasts 8,000 square feet of space and has 2 floors of delights for you to explore.

    There are varying themes in this museum. The optical illusions are created by the clever painting of shadows and action outside the perimeter of the picture frames. The real fun comes in visitor participation in order for you to enjoy the full effect of the paintings (as shown below).

    Address: Jalan Multimedia 7/AJ, i-City, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.

    Ticket price: RM10 per person

    Opening hours: 11am – 11pm

    Tel. no: 03-5521 8800/8494
    Website: www.i-city.my
    2. Magic Art Museum, Melaka

    One of the latest attractions to hit Melaka is the Magic Art 3 D Museum at the Bayou Lagoon Park Resort. This museum comprises of two floors and the art is well done and there are quite a lot of interesting exhibits to participate in. It’s best to go with two or more friends. The more the merrier when it comes to visiting trick art museums because some pieces look better with more people in it when you take a photo.

    They’ll tell you to take off your footwear before you go in, which isn’t too bad as some photos look better without footwear but we’ve never been asked to remove our footwear at other trick art museums so this may be off-putting for some others.
    Address: Bayou Lagoon Park Resort, Jalan Wakaf Utama, Bukit Katil, 75450 Melaka
    Ticket price: Currently, there is a special promotion for the entrance fees at RM15 for an adult and for a child / senior citizen, it’s RM12. The normal price is RM25.
    Opening hours : Mon-Thur : 9am – 7pm.   Fri – Sun, Eve Public & School Holiday : 9am – 9pm
    Tel. no: 06-2311604
    For more details, visit their Facebook page.
    3. 3D Trick Art Museum, Penang
    The museum was set up by six people consisting of interior designers, painters, sculptors and a mass media expert, which created Penang’s first pure hand-drawn 3D museum.
    This one isn’t as large as some of the others listed here, but it’s still a fun place to visit if you’re ever in Penang and looking for something fun to do. Some say that this museum is more suitable for kids but it is still a place which is fun and taking photos will definitely bring a smile to your face.
    Address: 10, Lebuh Penang, Georgetown, 10200 Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
    Ticket price: Adults – RM15 (With MYKad), Children aged 12 and below / Senior Citizens – RM10. Foreigners – RM25
    Opening hours: Mon – Fri 9am – 6pm, Weekends & public holidays 9am – 9pm.
    Tel. no: 04-263 1628
    4. Kuso Trick Art Gallery, Johor Bahru

    If you’re ever in Johor Bahru and looking for something fun to do with the family, visit Kuso 3D Trick Art and prepare yourself to be entertained. Why is it called KUSO? On their website, they explain that the word “kuso” is a new term that has a double meaning, which can be to make fun of something or of someone or pertaining to anything hilarious and funny.

    It’s the first destination for 3D trick art in Johor Bahru filled with unique 3D paintings and interactive pieces. There’s something for everyone and it’s suitable for all ages.

    Address: 83 & 85 Jalan Mutiara Emas 10/2, Taman Mount Austin,  81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.

     

    Ticket price: Adult / Child – RM18. Children ages 5 and below will not be charged ticket prices.

     

    Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 11am – 8pm,    Fri-Sat : 11am – 9pm.

     

    Tel. no: 07-358 7973

     

    Website: www.kuso3d.com.my

     

    5. Langkawi Art of Paradise 3D Museum

    This museum is the newest one to surface, opening earlier 31st of January this year. It’s the largest 3D art museum in Malaysia and it’s the second largest 3D art museum in the world. Located in Oriental Village in Langkawi (where the cable cars are), the museum has an exhibition space of nearly 2,000 square metres in a three-storey building. Large much? We think so!
    The museum is divided into nine zones covering optical illusion, aquarium, safari, interactive 1 and 2, fantasy, classic, Egyptian theme zone, ancient palaces and scenery as well as the Malaysian zone. It has more than 100 pieces of 3D paintings produced by 23 Korean artists in collaboration with local artists. Definitely a must-visit!
    Address: Art in Paradise Langkawi, Oriental Village, Burau Bay, Pantai Kok area
    Ticket price: Adult – RM38, Child – RM28. Family ticket for 2 adults & 2 children – RM120. Children of ages 2 or under is free.
    Opening hours: 9am – 6pm
    Tel. no: 016-557 6096
    For more details, visit their Facebook page.
  • Health & Fitness

    What Exercise Does To Your Brain

    Exercise is useful only for keeping your heart healthy and your figure neat and trim, right? In fact, that isn’t the case because it isn’t just for beauty but it’s also great for boosting our brainpower.

    All of us know that we ought to exercise. Whether we actually do it is another matter. Exercising is the best activity you can do to boost your brainpower, to keep yourself happy and to also push your motivation levels up. It can also reduce your risk of contracting major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.

    According to NHS.uk, exercise is essential for living a healthy and fulfilling life and seeing you proceed well when we get to an older age. It is medically proven that people who do regular physical activity have:

    • up to a 35% lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke
    • up to a 50% lower risk of type 2 diabetes
    • up to a 50% lower risk of colon cancer
    • up to a 20% lower risk of breast cancer
    • a 30% lower risk of early death
    • up to an 83% lower risk of osteoarthritis
    • up to a 68% lower risk of hip fracture
    • a 30% lower risk of falls (among older adults)
    • up to a 30% lower risk of depression
    • up to a 30% lower risk of dementia

    In order for us to stay healthy, it is recommended that adults should try to be active daily and aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of physical activity over a week through a variety of activities.

    For a lot of us, one of the easiest ways to start exercising is going for a walk. No gym membership is needed for this and you’ll be able to amp up your walking regime by slowly increasing your speed to build your stamina and increase your cardiac activity. Eventually, you’ll graduate to speed walking.

    Remember, any type of activity you do should be moving quickly enough to raise your heart rate, to breathe faster and make your body warmer. You can also go jogging, cycling or on a hike. If you’re the type who wants to do something fun and different, try out these new fresh ways of getting your exercise.

    As mentioned above, exercise prevents some of the major cognitive disorders developing. It can help prevent and treat dementia, Alzheimer’s and brain aging. It can also lower stress and help you deal better with anxiety and depression. Exercise also boosts levels of the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDHF), which maintains and regenerates adult nerve cells.

    Exercise will keep your brain young and active so that you can see your older years gracefully with minimum health problems. If you’ve not started to exercise, we urge you to do so. You’ll feel better, look better and best of all, be healthier.

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    Juicing Vs. Blending – Which is Better For You?

    If you’re into juicing and have gotten onto the bandwagon of juicing, that’s great but which method is better for you? Is juicing or blending better for you?

    That is a question we found that has been often asked. Does one method have better health benefits than the other? If so, what? Juices and smoothies can be very good for you, that is if you juice and make your smoothies the smart way and don’t overload it with too much sugar. Using fruits with low sugar counts help keep the unwanted calories at bay.

    Juicing and blending are both good for you, but they are beneficial to you in different ways and it is also a personal preference on what you actually prefer consuming.

    So, what is the difference between both?

    Juicing

    Juicing is a process where it extracts juice and nutrients from the produce and leaves out the indigestible fiber. Without fiber, juices get absorbed more easily into your system because it doesn’t have to work so hard to get it through your system.

    This is useful for people who have sensitive digestive systems because some people have difficulty digesting fiber. Freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices are good for you namely because they have detoxification properties as well as nutritious qualities. Without fiber in the juices, you’ll also find that you may go hungry quicker.

    It is important to note that when the fiber is removed from the juices, it is absorbed very fast into your system. If you’re only juicing fruits, that can mean a boost in your blood sugar levels. That can create unstable blood sugar levels in your body, especially if you’re diabetic. Going on a juice cleanse regime could be dangerous if you are diabetic so always err on the side of caution. If you are diabetic, please consult your dietitian or doctor about juicing because it may not be suitable for you. If you’re sensitive to rises in your blood sugar levels, do consult your doctor about this too.

    Blending

    Unlike juicing, this one is quite different. Blending involves blending the entire fruit and vegetables with the skin, core, seeds and all to get the most out of the vegetables and fruits in their juices. They also make their smoothies this way to ensure maximum nutrition is extracted from their produce.

    The blending process breaks down the fiber which then makes fruits and vegetables easier to digest. As it’s harder to digest, it is a slow, even release of nutrients into your system. This helps to avoid a sudden increase in your blood sugar levels in your body.

    Due to the fiber being in your juice or smoothie, it helps to keep you full for longer, such as these smoothie recipes. By including fiber into your smoothie, it will also increase in volume and you can then pack in more servings of fruits and vegetables into a single serving.

    Now that you know the difference between the two, decide what you prefer as both are not necessarily better than the other. It is down to personal preference but also, it’s about what suits you best. Both juicing and blending have their own benefits and are different in their own right. If you’ve no time to make your own juices or smoothies, get them delivered to you instead – this list will sort you out. Whichever you choose, it’s a step ahead to healthier living and that’s great for you!

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    7 Fresh Ways to Get Fit and Active in Malaysia

    When you think about working out, what usually flashes across your mind? Is it the torturous hour on the treadmill where you’re constantly counting down every minute? Or the tear-inducing boredom on the stationary bike?

    Most people dread exercising because they think it’s boring, or it’s tiring, or they just plain don’t like it. Granted, exercise can be boring and repetitive if you’re constantly doing the same thing in the gym.

    But there’s no rule saying that you have to do this or that in order to give your body a good workout. What if we told you that working out could be fun and that you would actually be looking forward to it?

    All you need to do is find something which suits your personality and trust us, instead of skipping workouts, you’ll be planning your day around it! And the best way to discover the best workout for you? Experiment, of course! Here are seven hot workouts currently trending in the Malaysian community:

    1. Aerial Yoga

    Ever thought about doing yoga in the air? Aerial yoga, or “flying yoga” as dubbed by some enthusiasts, is a way of doing yoga suspended in soft fabric hammocks.

    What you’ll be doing

    You’ll be spending your time stretching and soaring through different yoga poses with the help of a hammock.

    What it does for you

    Aerial yoga is actually a full body stretching workout which strengthens your muscles, gets your blood flowing and helps you with coordination and concentration.

    Would it suit you?

    It’s fun, that’s for sure. Imagine maneuvering through different yoga poses while in the air, but still knowing you’re safe thanks to the hammock. Aerial yoga is also relatively low impact and will be a great replacement to those who find traditional yoga difficult.

    Where to find aerial yoga classes

    2. Parkour

    If you’ve been on the Internet for a while, chances are you’ve seen one of those extremely cool parkour videos where a guy / girl basically zips around a neighbourhood running, jumping, and climbing past obstacles instinctively. Parkour isn’t an activity made for stuntmen in the latest James Bond flick, but something that you too can master. Developed from military obstacle course training, the point of parkour is to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible.

    What you’ll be doing

    As a traceur (that’s what they call Parkour practitioners), you’ll learn different ways to look at objects and obstacles and how you can get around them. You’ll be running, jumping, crawling, balancing, and gliding over obstacles in your way. That bench, that wall, and everything else is your playground.

    What it does for you

    Because you’re constantly getting past obstacles, you’ll definitely be improving your agility. Parkour sessions are both mentally challenging as well as physically testing, so with enough training, you’ll become the master of your body and mind. You’ll find that doing parkour can also be great for your confidence. Constantly getting past hurdles will make you realise that they aren’t all that scary after all.

    Would it suit you?

    If you’re an adventure seeker and revel in challenges, parkour would definitely be a fun endeavor. You’ll be turning back the clock and becoming a kid again, testing your abilities and seeing how far you can jump, and how you can break a fall without hurting yourself. It’s during our time as kids that we learn our physical abilities, so parkour will help you jump out of that box you put yourself in.

    Where to start parkouring

    Next Phase

    This is run by experienced free runners (similar to parkour) offering skill-based classes beginning from the basics like front rolls, cartwheels, front flips and more. You’ll need to join their meetup.com group in order to access the class schedule.

    • Where: Lake Garden / Bukit Jalil Park

    AOXM (Art of Extreme Movement)

    AOXM (Art of Extreme Movement) is an indoor gym designed for parkour, freerunning, tricking and more. If you’re looking for a safe environment to figure parkour out, this would be a good fit.

    • Where: Bandar Sunway

    3. Aerial Hoop Dance

    Working your body while swinging on a metal hoop suspended off the ground? That’s what the aerial hoop dance is all about.

    What you’ll be doing

    You’ll be learning how to get onto the hoop, balance yourself, dance and spin around and get down from the hoop, all done gracefully, of course.

    What it does for you

    Despite how easy it looks, doing the aerial hoop dance actually requires you to develop strength, with some balance and flexibility peppered in. You’ll also need some guts to go with it, because being suspended off the ground with a metal hoop would probably seem pretty scary in the beginning. As you progress and learn how to maneuver around the hoop, you’ll come to love the exhilaration of gracefully swinging through the air.

    Would it suit you?

    If you’re bored of the regular gym routine, an aerial hoop class would definitely hook you out of your comfort zone.

    Where to find aerial hoop dance classes

    4. Trampoline Aerobics

    In a previous article, we wrote about how you can burn up about 300-400 calories an hour just by jumping on a trampoline. Trampoline aerobics incorporates trampolining with aerobics and high energy music to help you work up a sweat, and some trampoline workouts can actually burn up to 1,000 calories per hour!

    What you’ll be doing

    Don’t be fooled into thinking this is going to be an easy stroll down the street. Jump aerobics is intense and will have you panting for air during each session. You’ll be bouncing up and down a trampoline net, but also doing various cardio moves at the same time.

    What it does for you

    You’ll be improving your balance, getting stronger bones, toning down your entire body, but having fun at the same time! Just a few weeks in and you’ll notice yourself panting less (better stamina), and feeling better!

    Would it suit you?

    Despite its intensity, because you’re working out on a trampoline, it’s a low impact exercise that won’t hurt your joints. If you’re looking for a new way to incorporate cardio into your routine, but don’t like running, swimming, jogging and other cardio activities, trampoline aerobics would be a fun stand-in.

    Where to find trampoline aerobics classes

    Jump Street Asia

    5. Pole Dancing

    If you’ve always associated pole dancing with strip clubs, you can stop now. Pole dancing is actually an art combining dance and acrobatics revolving around a vertical steel pole. It’s less about dancing seductively in front of a pole, and more about mastering your body and strength.

    What you’ll be doing

    You’ll usually start with the bare basics — floor-work, spins and climbs, building a strong founding before venturing towards the snazzy pole poses.

    What it does for you

    You’ll be strengthening your body like never before because pole dancing combines strength training, flexibility training, and endurance in each of its workouts. Most importantly, you get to build confidence about your abilities and get in touch with your feminity.

    Would it suit you?

    You don’t have to have great upper body strength or a sexy body to try out pole dancing. Instead, pole dancing classes will help you attain that upper body strength that you lack, and teach you how to appreciate your body as it is. It’s a great confidence booster and also a great workout.

    Where to find pole dancing classes

    6. Adventure Park

    There’s a child in every adult. Ever thought of venturing into a gigantic park that’s filled with adventure and fitness challenging activities like rock climbing, go-karting, biking etc? Check out District 21, an Apocalypse themed action adventure park. Located in a 55ft air-conditioned atrium, within IOI City Mall, Putrajaya. Get a good dose of strength training, cardio and loads of fun at one go!

    7. Indoor Rock Climbing

    This sport is physically and mentally demanding. Rock climbing is more than climbing trees or monkey bars when you were young. It tests your strength, endurance, agility, balance and mental toughness.

    What you’ll be doing

    You’ll be climbing up artificial rock walls. Your goal will be to reach the summit of a formation of a pre-defined route without falling. You usually start from beginners’ route and slowly advance to more challenging routes.

    What it does for you

    Climbing uses both the upper and lower body that involves a lot of muscle groups. Even your fingers, shoulders and arms get a well workout! Regular climbing helps you improve stamina and muscle endurance. All the reaching and stretching will definitely help improve your flexibility and agility.

    Would it suit you?

    Just like pole dancing, you don’t have to have strong upper body strength to start. It’s a gradual journey and everyone starts as a beginner. If you are looking for an activity to improve muscle strength in your own pace and not too extreme, rock climbing might just be a good choice.

    Where to find rock climbing classes

    This article was brought to you by www.healthworks.my, Malaysia’s leading health community.

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    Juicing Tips For Glowing Skin

    Juicing has never got this much good press, especially recently. It’s the new best thing for us and it’s not all about it being a fad because juicing does wonders for you, in particular, your skin.

    If you haven’t got into juicing, perhaps it’s about time that you did. Juicing cleanses our outsides better and faster than anything we could get at our local, neighborhood store. Juicing is also easy on our digestive systems and gets into our systems quickly. Hence why it’s become so popular recently.

    Juicing has many great properties and one of them is that it’s fantastic for healthy-looking, glowing skin. Freshly squeezed fruits and vegetable juice is full of nutrients and it’s been said to aid in fighting off cancer as well as fighting other skin diseases and illnesses.

    The best thing, besides beautiful radiant skin, is that juicing is great for the liver. The liver is in charge of getting rid of toxins in your body. With juicing, it helps to push the nutrients from the juice into your system quicker and thus, into your liver faster. The result of that is beautiful, glowing skin!

    Skincare can be a little tricky for some of us. There are some of us who suffer from various skin woes such as adult acne, eczema, skin allergies, and aging is also a cause of skin losing its luster. Another reason why skin becomes dull and saggy is because of the decreasing collagen in the skin as we age.

    Some of the best ways to boost collagen production is by making this “Glowing Skin” juice with the following ingredients:

    • The red cabbage, as well as oranges and limes, are very high in vitamin C, which helps boost collagen and powerful antioxidants. That helps to protect cells from free radical damage.

    • Beetroot contains zinc and copper, which are vital for healthy skin. It also helps cleanse and restore the liver, which is considered a primary detoxifying organ. Skin and liver health are closely connected and if your liver is healthy, your skin will be healthier and eventually develop that healthy glow!

    • Ginger reduces inflammation and will help if you have any redness or puffiness on your face. It also contains antioxidant properties, which help protect your cells from inflammation.

    • Cucumbers are very hydrating and are, therefore, excellent for your skin. When it comes to keeping your skin soft and supple, keeping one’s skin hydrated is key to achieving glowing skin. There are three types of phytonutrients found in cucumbers and they provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits, all of which contribute to us getting glowing skin.

    • Carrots are the best for providing the essential Vitamin A, otherwise known as beta-carotene for our skin. Besides being full of Vitamin A, it’s full of antioxidants and other health-supporting nutrients. Add them to your juices to benefit its full beneficial properties for your skin.

    Making your own juice is a great daily habit to adopt and if it’s healthy glowing skin you’re after, try this recipe below. Alternatively, if you’ve no time to do your own juicing, don’t worry. Have them delivered to you – there’re great selections from this juice delivery here.

    Glowing Skin Juice

    Ingredients

    Serves 1

    • 1/2 small red cabbage
    • 1 medium beetroot
    • 1 carrot
    • 1 medium cucumber
    • 1 large orange
    • 1/2 lime
    • 2 inches of ginger

    Directions

    1. Wash and prep the ingredients. Use organic if possible.

    2. Run all the ingredients, except the citrus fruits, through the juicer. Squeeze the orange and lime using a citrus juicer or with your hands.

    3. Combine the juice contents from the juicer and the squeezed citrus juice in a glass and enjoy it.

  • Health & Fitness

    The Mangosteen: The New Superfood

    When it comes to superfoods, there has been a growing list of what’s good and what’s not over the last few years.

    Superfoods have gained a lot of popularity namely because people are now more conscious about what they’re consuming and want to know what they’re putting into their bodies. Awareness about our diet and food that we’re eating is important if we want to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    A lot of superfoods such as broccoli, salmon, olive oil, brazil nuts, berries are all great but they also can cost quite a lot as these foods are imported. With price increases in our cost of living, watching our expenditure has become more prevalent recently. It doesn’t have to always be expensive to eat superfoods. With these tips, you’ll be able to incorporate more into your diet quite easily as the foods mentioned here are affordable.

    Now, there’s something new in the market called Ostania Mangosteen Amrita. It’s a mangosteen beverage bursting with superfood powers and the best thing about it is that mangosteens are local fruits. It’s grown and processed locally, which makes this product inexpensive and accessible to everyone.

    The National University of Singapore tested this product and the found that by consuming this, you’re getting a high level of antioxidants along with all the benefits it boasts. The mangosteen is traditionally known for its healing properties. Modern technology has revealed that the mangosteen contains one of the highest antioxidant contents ever known. Research also shows that it is also anti-tumor, anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. How awesome is that?!

    Furley Bioextracts, a BioNexus accredited biotechnology and agrotechnology company, oversees and manages the process from seedling to the final bottled product. They also use recyclable aluminum bottles which are environmentally friendly.

    A lot of people love eating mangosteens, however, the skin of the fruit is often thrown away namely because we don’t know what else to do with it. The skin of this fruit is, in fact, the most valuable. The deep, rich purple mangosteen skin is packed with Xanthones, Anthocyanins, and Polyphenols – potent antioxidants that have been proven scientifically to be beneficial for us.

    Ostania Mangosteen Amrita contains the whole mangosteen fruit (including the skin) and is combined with apple, roselle, acai berry, grape, and pomegranate; adding yet another beneficial phytonutrient profile of Oligometric Proanthocyanidins (OPC), Resveratrol and Flavonoids. It also has NO added sugars or coloring, making it a perfect health supplement for the whole family.

    Full list of benefits of the Ostania Mangosteen Amrita are below:

    • An immune system booster (helps prevent the common flu)
    • Improves the bowel system (relieves constipation, aids weight loss)
    • Stops fatigue/lethargy (especially for cancer patients and athletes in the recovery phase)
    • Aids in the prevention of cancer
    • Assists in lowering bad cholesterol
    • Assists with skin conditions
    • Help in maintaining eye health
    • Eases allergy symptoms
    • Fights harmful free radicals responsible for aging and inflammation

    Ostania Mangosteen Amrita is the only mangosteen beverage tested on the market and validated by researchers of the National University of Singapore to have a 14186 ORAC*; which means it is higher in antioxidants than some of the other well-known superfoods such as blueberries, acai berry, and raw cacao. The table below illustrates more examples.

    Ostania Mangosteen Amrita is priced at RM49.90 for 500ml.

    Certifications: HACCP, ISO22000 and JAKIM Halal

    Recommended serving size: 30ml daily

    Visit http://store.furleybio.com/ to purchase online, and to view their full list of stockists.

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    8 Foods For Pain Relief

    Do you suffer from migraines and headaches regularly? Or do you get pains in your arms? What about pains in your feet, back or even your neck?

    For some people, aches and pains are an unfortunate daily occurrence. It can be stress-induced, due to lack of sleep, or poor diet. Even poor posture can be a strong attribute to your pain by the way you sit at your office desk or by the way you stand and walk.

    Pain relief varies from person to person as our tolerance and pain threshold is quite different. Some people get pain relief by having a massage or a hot pack to get some relief. Others resort to natural treatments such as these natural therapies for headaches and there are also others who resort to taking OTC (off the counter) medications like Panadol for pain relief.

    However, did you know that you can aid your pain relief by changing your diet? It is no secret that certain foods are great for us so, it should not come as a surprise that eating certain foods can also help with pain relief. Surely eating foods to help your body fight pain is much better than taking medications.

    Believe it or not, these foods can do more than just feed our bodies well—many of them are considered to have anti-inflammatory properties. Yes, sometimes inflammation can be a good thing because inflammation protects our body when we’ve been injured but it can also be painful. Just remember the last time you had a sore throat, a bad cut, scrapes or worse, asthma or arthritis attack and you’ll know how painful inflammation can be.

    While some foods can help with pain, it’s crucial to be aware that there are also some foods that are linked with causing inflammation. Foods such as chocolate, eggs, wheat, meat and even, corn are known for that. So, if you’re prone to having pain in some way or other, it’s best to avoid these foods that can cause inflammation.

    The infographic below shows you the 8 foods that are able to save you from pains. These remedies are not only helpful and effective but also tasty.

    Try the recommendations and share your results in the comments with us!

    Credit: naturalon.com

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    Top 10 Ways To Boost Your Metabolism

    What is metabolism? According to Wikipedia, metabolism is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. 

    Sounds a little scientific but that’s essentially the proper scientific explanation. In other words, metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. During this biochemical process, the calories in food and beverages are combined with oxygen to release the energy your body needs to function.

    You may have heard people blame their weight on a slow metabolism, but what does that really mean? Is metabolism really the culprit to weight gain? And if so, is it possible to increase your metabolism to burn more calories?

    Well, you can. Increase your metabolism, that is. It is true that metabolism is linked to weight. But contrary to common belief, slow metabolism is rarely the cause of excess weight gain. Yes, your metabolism influences your body’s basic energy needs, but it is also your food and beverage intake and, of course, how much physical activity on does that ultimately determine how much you weigh.

    If you’re looking to lose weight or at least maintain a healthy weight, metabolism plays a part in your weight maintenance. Increased metabolism helps to keep your weight under control. You can even help boost your metabolism by incorporating these foods and drinks in your diet. Getting enough sleep is also important to boost your metabolism, as well as exercising on a regular basis.

    The hardest part about boosting your metabolism is starting. So, in order to make sure you are able to do it, don’t start with anything too difficult. Begin with the easiest method, and once you’re comfortable with that routine, add in more as you go. Eventually, these methods will become second nature and part of your daily life.

    Source: Healthcentral.com

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    How To Maintain Your Weight As You Age

    People say we get wiser as we get older. We don’t dispute that but, unfortunately, our bodies also tend to go down the so-called “decline” as we age.

    Skin gets saggier, wrinkles are more visible, our metabolism slows down, eyesight wanes and the pounds can creep up as we grow wiser in our years. People gain weight as they age mainly because their metabolism slows down, hormonal changes happen especially in women and these changes in their body mean muscle is naturally turned to fat.

    A lot of middle-aged people are also less active than younger people. Having said that, some younger people are also inactive when it comes to fitness so, at times, weight gain is not necessarily due to age but also due to unhealthy lifestyles.

    Weight gain is something a lot of us have experienced at some point in our lives but more so if you’re hitting middle age and if you’re older. Maintaining your ideal weight can be rather difficult. Some nutritionists advise people aged 45 and above to eat 200 fewer calories a day to prevent the number on the weighing scales going up as the years pass.

    So how does one halt the middle-age spread?

    1. Eat more yogurt, seafood, skinless chicken, and nuts, as these foods are linked to aiding weight loss.

    2. Avoid eating refined grains, starches, and sugars, e.g. white bread, potatoes, and sweets (cakes, chocolate, cookies, kuih, desserts, etc) as these foods are linked to weight gain.

    3. Avoid or cut down your consumption of red meat and processed meat, as these foods are also linked with weight gain.

    4. Avoid or cut down eating carbohydrates, especially in combination with dairy products as these foods especially when combined together have a high glycemic load -meaning they cause a spike in blood sugar and that causes weight gain.

    Researchers from a recent study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed data from three long-term papers in which 120,000 US health professionals were followed for more than 16 years. Each participant filled invalidated self-reported questionnaires on their food.

    The results from the study showed that diets with a high glycemic load caused an increase in blood sugar, which in turn, resulted in weight gain. The food culprits that contributed to weight gain were refined grains, starches, and sugars.

    The researchers also found that an increase in the intake of red meat and processed meat were most strongly associated with weight gain. Food such as yogurt, seafood, skinless chicken and nuts were most strongly associated with weight loss – and the more people ate, the less weight they gained.

    Source: ABC Health News & American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

  • Health & Fitness

    Top 8 Guilt-Free Foods That Burn More Calories Than They Contain

    When it comes to guilt-free foods, especially in weight loss, everyone wants foods that are known for burning calories.

    When you’re hungry, and in need of a snack, you’ll probably reach for things that you crave for like high fattening things such as cookies, chocolate, kuih, donuts, curry puffs and whatever else you can find near your workplace. Cravings don’t help when it comes to weight loss. If you need help not make cravings worse, see these tips here.

    If you’re one of those lucky ones who can eat anything without having to put on weight, that’s great in a way but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re healthy. A well-balanced diet is key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For those wanting to lose weight or even want to lead a healthier lifestyle, there are certain foods that while eating burns more calories than they contain.

    These foods are known as ‘negative-calorie’ foods and eating these foods is the perfect way to give in to cravings without being assailed by feelings of guilt.

    WHAT ARE NEGATIVE CALORIE FOODS?

    According to the website, negativecaloriefoods.com, negative calorie foods are foods, which use more calories to digest than the calories the foods actually contain.

    Calories from these foods are much harder for the body to breakdown and process. This means that the body has to work harder to extract calories from these foods, making your body work more than usual and thus, giving these foods a tremendous natural fat-burning advantage.

    Here are the Top 8 Guilt-Free Foods That Burn More Calories Than They Contain:

    1. Cucumbers

    Calorie content: 100g contains 16 calories

    This vegetable is made mostly of water but is also a good source of vitamin C. It is also known to be able to reduce high levels of inflammation in the body, plus it contains ascorbic acid and caffeic acid which can help prevent water retention.

    2. Asparagus

    Calorie content: 100g contains 20 calories

    Asparagus is a good diuretic that help remove toxins and helps to boost your metabolic rate. It is also rich in folate which makes it an ideal food for pregnant women as folate can reduce the risk of life-threatening conditions. Another bonus point for this vegetable is its anti-inflammatory properties.

    3. Cauliflower

    Calorie content: 100g contains 25 calories

    This is perhaps not the top of everyone’s list when it comes to veggies but don’t turn your back on it. It’s a current food trend with everything from rice, mash potato and pizza bases being made out of it. This is because it contains no fat, is high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, fibre and has such a strong flavour that it can stand alone on its own. Best of all, it’s affordable and easily accessible, which makes it easy to buy the next time you go grocery shopping.

    4. Celery

    Calorie content: 100g contains 16 calories

    A big go-to for most dieters, as approximately 75% of a celery stick is actually water. This vegetable also contains fibre, it is rich in sodium and potassium as well as an excellent electrolyte replacement, which makes it ideal for recovery foods after a workout. The high water content of celery means that you will burn more calories eating it than it actually contains.

    5.  Tomatoes

    Calorie content: 100g contains 18 calories

    These are full of lycopene, and are some of the best foods to include in your diet because it’s low in calorie-content, high in Vitamin C and is a powerful anti-oxidant is essential for good health as it helps lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

    6. Papaya

    Calorie content of papaya: 100g contains 43 calories

    Fresh papaya contains fewer calories per gram, allowing you to fill up without actually affecting your quota for the day. They are high in Vitamins C, E and A, it also contains high levels of the antioxidant beta-cryptoxanthin, fibre and it helps to keep cholesterol levels in check. There is also the digestive enzyme papain, which is anti-inflammatory.

    7. Chili

    Calorie content of chili peppers: 100g contains 40 calories

    Chillies are one of the best calorie-burning foods. They contain capsaicin, have the ability to boost the metabolic rate, which in turn causes the body to burn more calories immediately after you eat them. The best thing about chillies is that the amount of calories contained in chillies is so negligible that when you eat them, they end up burning more calories than you actually consume and it can also help curb your appetite.

    8. Green apples

    Calorie content of apples: 100g contains 52 calories

    While not strictly a negative calorie food, green apples are rich in dietary fibre, helping you feel fuller for longer periods of time. A study published in 2013 in ‘ISRN Obesity’ reported that dietary fiber enhances satiety, reduces hunger and is beneficial for weight loss, making green apples ideal for weight loss.

    It is important to note that when it comes to weight loss, there are no shortcuts. Embarking on any type of diet needs your own careful research. Going into any diet regime without research is dangerous because it can be potentially harmful.

    Focus on low-calorie food but with high nutrients. A well-balanced diet is essential for any weight loss journey. Increasing your vegetable and fruit content (the right kinds) will help you lose weight faster. If you focus on the increased nutrient content in your food, it will also help to reduce cravings in general.