We are all busy people or at least we think we live busy lives; and statistically speaking, the majority of us are in fact sleep-deprived. There is only so many waking hours in a day and maximizing the time we have becomes an ongoing battle inside our minds and in our calendars. In a city like Shanghai where work never ends, the drinking and dining scene thrives, it’s incredibly attractive to just go out for

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You might have heard in the news recently that Starbucks coffee now causes cancer! Let’s take a closer look to see what’s going on and if we should stop drinking coffee. This blog is an attempt to try to explain what the media is saying and how their headlines may be misleading, and what the real situation is. What to expect in this blog: What is the media saying exactly What the main health risk

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It’s everyone’s favourite time of the year when people finally have an excuse to role-play their superheroes and dress as revealing as their heart’s content! Halloween has always been a season of festivities and parties as autumn comes to an end and we have much bounty to celebrate for from the late harvests. Now, I’m not here to tell you not to go out and enjoy yourselves on this most debauchery time of the year,

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If you’re in the market for some clean, fresh, SAFE groceries, then you can rest assured that YIMISHIJI has got your back! Yimishiji is an online farm to customers platform that can be accessed on their website, their app, or their WeChat service account (WeChat ID: yimishiji). Since their inception back in September 2015, Yimishiji has made quite a name for themselves as being China’s online farmer’s market. Their mission statement: ‘honest food from honest

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  As I’ve written before on the International Agency for Research on Cancer’s (IARC) report on red meat, they have just come out with a new study on coffee, maté and very hot beverages. In this latest study, 23 scientists from across the globe convened in Lyon, France to comb over the thousands of studies of both humans and animals, they have available to determine the evidence for causing cancer in coffee, maté and hot

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Gut Flora - a term you probably have encountered even if you’re not interested in nutrition.  What is it and why is it important?  Why am I hearing this now and not earlier? First, some quick facts to give you some context on what gut flora, or microbiota is about: 1.  Common names: gut flora, microflora, microbiota, microbiome - some experts may have specific definitions for some of them, but by and large, they are

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If you read my previous blog on gut microbiota, then you will know how important it is to manage your bacteria friends in your gut.  The reason why this topic has become increasingly popular, is not because it is some gimmicky trend that will phase out and you don’t need to worry about it - au contraire! More and more research is coming out on it so you might as well educate yourself on what

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Last week, the specialised arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released a 1.5-page short summary sheet- on the carcinogenicity of red meat and processed meat.  The IARC committee gathered 22 scientists from 10 countries to systematically go over 800 studies done in the past 10-20 years on the cancer-causing effects of eating processed meat and red meat.  They came up with the summary sheet mentioned above and

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Post originally taken from lululemon's WeChat Venue sponsored by Sprout Lifestyle 运动创造快乐的化学物质,亦是对体能及毅力的“宣战”。要赢得这场战争,离不开丰富全面的营养饮食。 如果至今你仍然觉得美味与健康相互排斥,那么欢迎与我们一同探索品牌大使Alan的营养之道。共同探索Alan在经营Olive Branch的忙碌生活之余,畅享健康饮食的美味秘诀。 It’s no secret that exercising releases certain feel-good chemicals, but that’s only half the battle to feeling and looking your best. The other half of that battle is in your diet, and you CAN have it all! Delicious and healthy doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive. Let Alan, our ambassador and the brains and brawn behind Olive Branch, show you an easy-to-make

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5 things you may not know about coffee Coffee: is it good or bad for you? The answer is not straightforward; after all, caffeine is a psychological stimulant with a mix of effects on the body. Most people are familiar with the common effects: increased alertness; a temporary energy boost; and, if consumed in excess: “the jitters”; heart palpitations; feelings of anxiety. Based on current medical research, the bottom line is that coffee is basically

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