Hong Kong study: over 50% of body lotions for infants may trigger skin allergies or dermatitis

Earlier this week, the Consumer Council (Hong Kong) raised concerns about the safety of body lotions for infants, after discovering that 22 brands out of 40 products tested contained chemicals that could trigger skin allergies or dermatitis in babies. Out of the 40 products tested by the council, 8 that claimed to be “hypoallergenic” wereContinue reading “Hong Kong study: over 50% of body lotions for infants may trigger skin allergies or dermatitis”

Chronic hives: what is going on inside the body?

If you’ve had hives before, you will know how annoying they can be. It’s even more annoying when they keep coming back, or get worse instead of going away. Hives (also known as urticaria) are red, itchy welts or wheals brought about by the immune system releasing histamine and other chemicals that cause inflammation andContinue reading “Chronic hives: what is going on inside the body?”

Embarrassed with bloating, excessive gas or belching after meals? Address the culprits.

Does your belly extend (like you’re 6 months pregnant) after eating? Do you burp or pass gas excessively? These symptoms are not only uncomfortable, but often embarrassing when others are around. Read on to learn more about potential culprits that cause these embarrassing (and possibly debilitating) symptoms. Could it be SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial OvergrowthContinue reading “Embarrassed with bloating, excessive gas or belching after meals? Address the culprits.”

COVID-19: How to care for dry hands

Frequent handwashing and alcohol-based hand sanitizer gels can often lead to dry, cracked skin. When we wash our hands, the suds created by soap remove not only dirt and germs but also the natural, protective oils from our skin. This leads to dryness, flaking, irritation and in severe cases, cracks in the skin which canContinue reading “COVID-19: How to care for dry hands”

Abdominal pain and diarrhea? Bloated or excessive burping? You may have SIBO.

What is SIBO? Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition affecting the small intestine. SIBO is caused when bacteria that normally grow in other parts of the gut start growing in the small intestine. It typically causes pain and diarrhea. Experts estimate that up to 80% of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) sufferers may actually have SIBO. SomeContinue reading “Abdominal pain and diarrhea? Bloated or excessive burping? You may have SIBO.”

2020’s “Dirty Dozen”: What are the most pesticide-laden foods?

The 2020 Dirty Dozen™ List is out! Here is the list of foods that contain the most pesticide residues: Strawberries Spinach Kale Nectarines Apples Grapes Peaches Cherries Pears Tomatoes Celery Potatoes The list is released each year by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit consumer advocacy organization which uses more than 40,000 produce samples testedContinue reading “2020’s “Dirty Dozen”: What are the most pesticide-laden foods?”

Got a stuffy nose? Tips for a better sleep.

Whether you’ve got a stuffy nose from a cold, flu or allergies, sleeping through the night can be a challenge with all that congestion. Read on for tips on how to sleep better when you are congested. Elevate your head. Congestion tends to be worse when you lie down because it is harder for the noseContinue reading “Got a stuffy nose? Tips for a better sleep.”

Does gut bacteria affect your happiness?

The gut microbiome (i.e. the bacteria in our gut) has been getting lots of attention recently. Scientists are becoming increasingly aware of the key role these trillions of microbes play in health and disease. Not only do these gut microbes within us help us digest food and metabolize drugs but over the past decade, researchContinue reading “Does gut bacteria affect your happiness?”

Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?

How can being too clean make us sick? Well, it turns out that excessive cleanliness or a lack of exposure to bacteria, viruses and allergens prevents the normal development of the immune system, which eventually increases the chance of disorders within this system down the road. This is called the hygiene hypothesis, and it explains why allergyContinue reading “Can cleanliness increase your risk of developing allergies and asthma?”

How to support your immune system to prevent the flu

In an effort to curb seasonal influenza, the Hong Kong government has announced that all kindergartens and childcare centres will close starting tomorrow, one week ahead of the Chinese New Year holiday. Besides getting the flu vaccine, what else can we do to protect our health? Your immune system protects you from infectious bacteria, viruses,Continue reading “How to support your immune system to prevent the flu”