Monthly Archives: October 2017

Supplementing Vitamin D should be diet dependent

Supplementing Vitamin D

Vitamin D is a very popular vitamin. It seems that every week we will see a study associating vitamin D deficiency with a disease. So why do we need vitamin D? For a starter, we need vitamin D for bone growth. Without sufficient vitamin D, bones become brittle and break more easily. Vitamin D is […]

Get moving and reap many benefits of exercise

Exercise is great. Studies have shown that regular exercise can make you feel better, have more energy and even add years to your life.   In addition, the benefits of exercise are consistent regardless of age, sex or physical ability. Here are some well-recognized benefits of exercise: Exercise controls weight: Exercise can help prevent excess weight […]

Seattle Beauty® Tip: top ranked skincare herbs


  Through thousands years of herbal use, Chinese herbal doctors have accumulated precious experiences on skincare herbs. For example, the “Compendium of Materia Medica” alone has listed more than 165 herbs for beauty and skincare purpose. In this post, I am introducing you to six most common and well-recognized skincare herbs. Any of these herbs […]

The detrimental effect of mental stress on health

We are in an over-stressed society. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system’s fight-or-flight response — our built-in mechanism for safely escaping a life-threatening emergency. Our bodies have not quite caught up to the modern era, so our brains are unable to distinguish between the stress of a lion chasing us and the stress of a […]

Less REM sleep tied to greater risk of dementia


People who get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in the August 23, 2017, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. There are five stages of sleep. Stage one is light sleep. Stage two is when the […]

Seattle Beauty® Tip: herbal mask for acne-prone skin

Peeled horse chestnut 25 g, butter 2 g, beewax 1g, avocado oil 20 g, Glycerol 7g, plantain seeds 0.8 g.   Add water to bring the total mixture to100 grams. Pulverize the mixture with a blender to make a paste with a soft consistency. Plantain seeds are a well-known Chinese herb. The popularity of the herb […]

Managing calf strain for runners

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Calf strain is a common injury among runners. A calf strain is a tear of the muscle fibres of the muscles at the back of the lower leg. Calf injuries usually occur as a result of a sudden pushing off movement or from excessive over-stretching of the calf muscles as demonstrated in jumping activities or […]

Mediterranean diet may reduce breast cancer risk

A preliminary study in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that older women in Spain who ate a traditional Mediterranean diet enhanced with extra-virgin olive oil were less likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. The breast cancer study was bootstrapped onto a landmark clinical trial in Spain called Prevención con Dieta Mediterránea (PREDIMED).  In 2013, the first results […]