Bad breath? Bloated? Gassy? Time to heal your gut.

Many people take breath mints regularly in hopes to cover foul breath. Others experience bloating and discomfort after meals, but never wonder why their body is sending them this message. Loose or unformed stool (diarrhea) alternating with periods of constipation is rather common for busy people living in Hong Kong and other metropolitan cities. IfContinue reading “Bad breath? Bloated? Gassy? Time to heal your gut.”

Happy new year? Understanding depression and what you can do about it

The promise of a new year brings optimism and hope to many, but throws others into abject misery. Whether or not you’re aware, someone you know is suffering from depression. Depression is a common but serious illness. People with depression (also known as clinical depression, major depression or major depressive disorder) find that their state interferes with daily life. DepressedContinue reading “Happy new year? Understanding depression and what you can do about it”

Study: Advanced cancer cells more susceptible to grape seed extract

A recent study from the University of Colorado Cancer Center published in the journal Cancer Letters shows that the more advanced the cancer cells, the more grape seed extract (GSE) inhibits their growth and survival. Compared to chemotherapy, GSE leaves healthy cells entirely alone. “We’ve known for quite a while that the bioactive compounds inContinue reading “Study: Advanced cancer cells more susceptible to grape seed extract”

Mouthwash: what you should know before using it

Most of us think mouthwash helps eliminate bad breath and improve oral hygiene. But according to many experts, mouthwash does not eliminate bad breath. The mouthwash may work at first by killing lots of germs but after a while, the alcohol content present in many mouthwashes can dry your mouth out. When your salivary glandsContinue reading “Mouthwash: what you should know before using it”

Study: probiotics may help treat ulcers

A strain of probiotic bacteria may be useful in treating ulcers caused by Helicobacter pylori, a bacteria that is considered one of the major risk factors in developing gastritis and gastric/ duodenal ulcers. The study is found in the February 2011 issue of the Applied and Environmental Microbiology journal. “Currently, antibiotic-based treatment for H. pyloriContinue reading “Study: probiotics may help treat ulcers”