Embracing the beauty of mothers around the world, TWG Tea introduces the Breakfast Queen Tea, a gift fit for the queen of your heart this Mother’s Day.
Just as the radiant light of a morning sun glimmers in hues of sparkling gold, the morning tea of sweet citrus and soft floral overtones gently awakens the senses and welcomes a new dawn.
Delicately balanced with a fresh hint of sweet lemon and notes of noble rose, this vivacious green tea from the Haute Couture Tea Collection® is a stimulating and refreshing blend that calms the soul, while infusing the air with a feeling of tranquility.
Inspired by the queen’s graceful grandeur, its soothing turquoise tin embossed with matte gold accents lends an elegant and royal charm that will set your mom’s hearts aflutter and put a smile on her face.
The Breakfast Queen Tea from the Haute Couture Tea Collection® (100g) retails at $40 and is available at all TWG Tea Salons & Boutiques in Singapore.
Disconnect from your devices this new year with Digital Detox Asia, a new gadget-free wellness retreat that focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation
IT does not seem like society’s infatuation with electronics, and smart devices will come to an end anytime soon. Things like social media tend to dominate our lives unknowingly, and finding an escape from the small lectronics and networks we tote around with us can be an impossible endeavour. There is an escape in sight to help us break free from this suffocating hold, however, if only for a weekend, a Digital Detox Asia: new wellness and digital detox retreat in Khao Yai.
Digital Detox Asia
In the hyper-connected world we live in, human interaction is often forfeited as we check our social media upwards of hundreds of times a day. Digital Detox Asia hopes to change and reacquaint us to the world we live in.
“As a society, we are obsessedwith our devices, and as such, we are losing our ability to connect deeply and meaningfully with each other. Our attention spans are becoming shorter, and a lot of the time, we are experiencing reality through a screen,” Nathaniel Simha, one of the three founders of Digital Detox Asia, said.
Co-founders John Bailey and Att Rungrojkitiyos had similar beliefs, and together the three created the premium wellness retreat in Khao Yai known as Digital Detox Asia. The location of the detox is but a few hours’ drive from the capital, making it a convenient getaway from the city. “It’s an wonderful experience which will give you a feeling of inner-freedom and connection to consciousness, creativity and a community that you haven’t felt for a long time,” Nathaniel said. “You’ll leave feeling refreshed, inspired and ready to create healthy new lifestyle habits.”
In addition to all of these tranquil and mind-stimulating activities, partakers also get to indulge in a delicious and nutritious menu throughout the entirety of the retreat. Staying true to the wellness theme, the dishes are all tasty and healthy finds, and vegan food is available upon request, as well.
“We’ve created a healthy menu full of fruits, vegetables and other delicious options,” Nathaniel said. “We include eggs and milk for people who want them.”
Anyone can participate in Digital Detox Asia, as the resort accommodates corporate groups, schools and individuals. Nathaniel said he recommends the retreat to anyone who considers themselves part of the modern digital age and understands the importance of taking a short break from the digital world, as well.
For more information or reservation, please contact Spa Cenvaree at tel.02 541-1234 ext 4292 and 4567 / email: email@example.com
FOR most of us, a bad night’s sleep is a passing thing. For others, it can turn into a chronic condition that can cause real lifestyle issues.
More often than not, poor sleep is a function of poor sleep hygiene (habits), but there are some medical conditions that cause or exacerbate insomnia. Dr. Wanviput Sanphansitvong, an anti-aging physician at the Vitallife Wellness Center at Bumrungrad International Hospital explains five medical conditions that are common culprits associated with poor sleep and insomnia.
1. Poor thyroid function. Hyperthyroidism or an overactive thyroid over stimulates the nervous system making it hard to fall asleep
and may cause night sweats. Since the thyroid affects every organ and system in the body, the symptoms can be wide-ranging and
sometimes difficult to diagnose. Checking thyroid function is easy and requires only a simple blood test.
4. Arthritis. This musculoskeletal pain can make it hard for people to fall asleep or get back to sleep once awakened. The pain makes people restless and often times the treatment with steroids either causes or exacerbates insomnia.
5. Headaches. People prone to headaches need sleep but struggle to get it because of the pain. Cluster headaches and migraines are two types of headaches that cause real discomfort when the walls of the blood vessels dilate.
Too much screen time. We just cannot seem to put our phones and iPads down and this causes two big issues for sleep. One, it causes hyperactivity or overstimulation in our brain, and two, it causes dependency so that we WANT that stimuli all the time. Like coffee, screen time is fine, but too much time staring at the phone too close to bed time overstimulates the brain and makes it hard to go to sleep. Too much food at night. As a society, we have near immediate access to food anytime we want it, and eating too close to bedtime is a poor habit to get into as it leads to poor sleep and weight gain. Too much alcohol at night. A little bit of alcohol will make you feel relaxed, but too much alcohol will cause problems with the quality of sleep and the amount of sleep you get. Heaving drinking causes a host of health problems and sleeping is one of them.
Too much worrying. Anxiety is a real impediment when it comes to sleep because it overstimulates the brain and won’t let the body shut down. Without a proper pre-sleep ritual to calm the mind and the body, we leave ourselves open to a constant stream of thoughts coming into our head at night.
According to Dr. Wanviput Sanphasitvong, an anti-aging doctor with the Vitallife Wellness Center at Bumrungrad International Hospital, we are becoming screen junkies. “We tease the brain with news, photos, and information, and this triggers hormonal responses, including the release of adrenalin, which keeps us awake,” explains Dr. Wanviput.
In research conducted by Australia’s Sleep Health Foundation, routinely getting less than 8 hours of sleep compromises alertness, reaction time, efficiency, productivity and mood. Furthermore, poor sleep over time is associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. “We need to remember that sleep is medicine -- it heals, it regenerates, it revitalizes,” says Dr. Wanviput, “and sleep is one of those things like diet and exercise that YOU can control.” Doctors who specialize in lifestyle medicine often talk about insomnia as a lifestyle disease, because it is influenced by our daily routines and habits. Experts in the field of sleep recommends that the best set up for a good night’s sleep is to power down the electronics, put the phone down and turn the screens off. The ideal setting is a very dark temperature controlled room, that is relaxing and safe with no distracting bright lights or noise that will disturb sleep time or sleep quality.
For more information, please see https://www.vitallifeintegratedhealth.com or Tel: 66(0)2066 8899
What is Pre-Diabetes and why we need to take it seriously
Diabetes is a global challenge and one of the fastest growing diseases in the world. Worldwide, almost 400 million individuals have diabetes. This means that one in 12 people in the world today have the disease. This number is expected to increase to 592 million in 2035 that is one new case every three seconds according to Mediterranean Group for the Study of Diabetes.
If you are diagnosed with pre-diabetes, it means you have a higher-thannormal blood sugar level but not high enough to be diagnosed with diabetes yet. If you don’t get treatment, it can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other serious organ failures. It’s real. It’s common. But most importantly, it’s reversible. You can prevent or delay pre-diabetes from developing into type 2 diabetes with simple, proven lifestyle changes.
Understanding pre-diabetes diagnosis
Your doctor may refer to pre-diabetes as the following:
• Impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), which means a higher-than-normal blood sugar after a meal
• Impaired fasting glucose (IFG), which means a higher-than-normal blood sugar in the morning before eating
• Insulin resistance, which means your body can’t use insulin effectively
Symptoms of pre-diabetes
Pre-diabetes has no clear symptoms. Some people may experience conditions that are associated with insulin resistance, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and acanthosis nigricans, which is a brown to black, poorly defined, velvety hyperpigmentation of the skin. This discoloration usually occurs around the elbows, knees, neck, armpits, and
knuckles. If you’ve been diagnosed with prediabetes, it’s important to consult your doctor if you experience the following symptoms; increased thirst, frequent urination especially at night, fatigue, blurry vision, sores or cuts that won’t heal. These are symptoms typical of type 2 diabetes and may indicate that your pre-diabetes has progressed to type 2 diabetes. A doctor can run a series of tests to confirm this.
Causes of pre-diabetes
The food you eat turns into sugar which the body uses for energy. The pancreas makes insulin to allow the sugar in the bloodstream to enter the cells. This is how insulin helps lower the blood sugar level. In the case of pre-diabetes, the cells don’t respond to insulin properly and this is called insulin resistance. According to newest research and the recommendations by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and several government health agencies around the world, pre-diabetes is strongly linked to 90% lifestyle choices and 10% genetics.
Risk factors for pre-diabetes
Anyone is vulnerable to pre-diabetics but some factors might increase the probability. If you’re over 45 years old or you have a body mass index (BMI) higher than 25, your doctor may want to screen you for pre-diabetes. With teenage obesity growing globally, a diabetes screen is recommended for people that are struggling with obesity for 10 years or more, no matter at what age. Another risk factor for pre-diabetes is being sedentary.
According to the American Diabetes Association, a mere thirty minutes of exercise per day and a loss of 5-10 percent will help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes progression by over 58 percent. However, to seriously lose weight you will need to increase to at least 200 minutes per week. You might want to ask a fitness trainer for guidance.
Have you ever seen someone take loads of vitamins and tell you they are taking them because they don’t want to get sick?
The premise is that by saturating the body with vitamins you boost your immunity and protect against viruses and colds.The reality though is that immunity is built over time and not borrowed in the short term by overdosing on over the counter vitamins when you feel a tickle in your throat. In fact, taking too many supplements or improper dosages can actually have the opposite effect. Dr Kanin, a wellness specialist with the Vitallife Wellness Center at Bumrungrad International, has some useful advice on using supplements to maintain strong immune function.
“If you serious about building a strong immune system,” says Dr Kanin, “then supplements can help, but understand that that supplements support a healthy lifestyle, not replace it.” Dr Kanin recommends that people who catch colds and flus easily or tend to feel run down should get a proper assessment from a trained professional first. Otherwise, she says, you risk wasting your money or risking your health.
In the world of supplements, there are a few key players that pack a powerful punch in boosting immune function
and fighting off illness. Glutamine is a non-essential amino acid vital to maintaining a healthy gut lining and boosting overall immunity. Glutamine levels decline in the body after training, and so does the body’s ability to fight off infections. Ensuring steady glutamine levels can enhance recovery and reduce susceptibility to colds and flu.
Vitamin C is another key nutrient that researchers know has a strong impact on our immune system as well as being a powerful antioxidant that prevents the formation of free radicals. Studies show that vitamin C supplementation increases the response of neutrophils and lymphocytes, the ‘front-line soldiers’ of the immune system.
Vitamin A is not only essential for maintaining healthy mucous membranes in the body, but it helps fight off infection too. Researchers have discovered that vitamin A deficiency impairs mucosal immunity and leaves the body more prone to respiratory infections. Dry mucous membranes in our nose and throat, often causes by air conditioning, also make it easier for bacteria and viruses to penetrate our immune defenses.
Zinc is another heavyweight associated with more than 300 different functions in the body, including immune function. Zinc is an important fuel for the thymus gland, which produces special T-lymphocyte white blood cells that are produced once the invaders have penetrated our first line of defenses.
By Judith Coulson