AVOCADO OR AVOCADONT?
A delicious way to prevent cancer
We all know this fruit. They’re an incredibly tasty and time-sensitive fruit that require patience till they’re ripe and ready. Wait any longer and they’ve gone too soft and mushy.
Avocados aren’t just boujee fruits to add to your afternoon Eggs Benny brunch or guacamole — they’re loaded with nutrients and may help prevent cancer.
Researchers found that phytonutrients in avocados kill or stop the growth of pre-cancerous cells that lead to oral cancer. They’re also rich in monosaturated fats, which could also reduce the risk of aggressive breast cancer in women.
Men shouldn’t miss out too! Studies have also shown that these babies could help inhibit the growth of prostate cancer cells in the laboratory. These studies, however, were done in isolated cells and don’t necessarily prove what may happen inside people.
We can’t discount the fact that avocados boast other health benefits, such as being high in antioxidants great for your eye health and helps with the absorption of other nutrients from plant foods. This means, adding avocado to your salad could help increase your nutrient absorption from the carotenoid-rich fruits and veggies. Pass on the chip and have more dip!
Maybe it’ll also bring you peace of mind to know that avocados are one of the most pesticide-free produce on the market.
Avocadon’t overdo it
Always keep in mind there is still such a thing as overkill! We get it — avocados are so versatile that we can have them sweet or savoury and add them to just about anything.
There’s no magic amount for everyone and you can’t “overdose” on avocados, but dieticians suggest half an avocado a day to be reasonable.
Additionally, don’t make it your only health fat source; variety is key! They’re also higher on the FODMAP diet, which means they contain carbohydrates that may not be digested or absorbed well. So, beware, friends with IBS!
For another interesting read, here’s our ultimate guide to fighting cancer in Singapore!
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Singapore-based healthtech firm, Endofonics, brings cancer detection technology to the market.
2️⃣ Recurring heartburn might be stomach cancer and salty food might make it worse.
3️⃣ The fairer you are, the higher your risk of skin cancer — and your makeup with SPF protection probably isn’t enough!
4️⃣ Polyclinics have started using telehealth to track blood pressure in patients.
5️⃣ If you have psoriasis, you’re three times more likely to have metabolic syndrome, says doctors.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Here’s what triggers hiccups and things you could do to stop it.
2️⃣ Medication, diet and lifestyle may lower a woman’s risk of getting breast cancer.
3️⃣ That post-Zoom meeting fatigue might be a sign your brain’s being overworked and needs a break.
4️⃣ Get moving! A lack of exercise and activity now causes as many deaths as smoking.
5️⃣ For the heavy metal music lovers: You’re right — head banging tunes actually help lower irritability and stress.
DENTAL TREATS FOR HUMANS
Chew on this
You know how toothbrush companies keep coming up with more and more toothbrushes, all only slightly different from each other, and claiming to be the latest breakthrough in oral hygiene technology?
Well, it turns out you might be better off just using a stick.
Dental sticks, but for people
The miswak (literally “tooth-cleaning stick”) is an Arabic dental tool that’s been in use for centuries in Asian and African culture. It’s a twig from the Salvadora persica, or toothbrush tree, that according to the WHO and several scientific studies, works just as well as modern toothbrushes and toothpaste.
To use it, all you have to do is peel back the bark, chew on it a little, and then use it just as you would a normal toothbrush.
The best part is that you don’t even need any toothpaste! The miswak naturally contains fluoride, abrasives, and cleaning agents – everything you need to keep your teeth healthy and looking great. It’s also anti-bacterial and has been proven to reduce plaque and improve gum health.
More and more modern companies have been marketing the miswak for wider-spread use in today’s times. They’re usually packaged as hipster-type products but they really do work, and they’re better for the environment than all the plastic toothbrushes used by most people worldwide (this is for you, eco-warriors!).
They even come in different flavours like strawberry, grape, and vanilla. So when the time comes for you to change your toothbrush, maybe consider going back to the roots of dental hygiene and give the miswak a try!
Of course, our own toothbrushes at home work perfectly fine. Always practice good dental hygiene and visit your dentist regularly. Here’s our guide to seeing a dentist in Singapore!
Weird & Wonderful
- From your pet’s perspective, you are immortal. You are there from their childhood to the end of their lives.
- You truly know when someone is very patient when they can finish an entire lollipop without biting it
- You don’t get to decide what food you like.
- You will never see the vast majority of your own body.
- The amount of debris that ends up on your eyeglasses is a visual representation of what could have ended up in your eye
Best timings to bug your doctor
People look up the best time to post on instagram, or the best time to get bubble tea without a massive queue — but here’s the best time to meet the doctor in person for an update on your hospitalised friend or relative.
The best times to show up in the hospital are 11 – 12pm or 2 – 3pm. Before 11am, doctors do their ward rounds! There’s usually a lull period between 2 – 3pm, with fewer new admissions and all the morning work finished
If you’re curious, here’s our article on a medical officer’s daily schedule!