Apple cider vinegar: health elixir or myth
Health fads always come and go, from kale to acai and kombucha, and these change with each generation — but apple cider vinegar (ACV) remains unmatched and has been touted as a health elixir for decades.
This kitchen staple has been said to have loads of health benefits, from weight control to soothing a dry throat, and you can put it in anything or have it on its own. The possibilities are endless. Even Victoria’s Secret models claim to take ACV shots every morning to maintain their figures.
Is this too good to be true? In theory, certain properties of ACV do suggest that these claims hold some truth.
Here’s what’s backed by evidence: studies have shown that taking one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar a day over a few months does contribute to weight loss. So that’s great news if you’re trying to shed a pound or two!
What’s not backed by enough evidence, though, is ACV’s ability to help with chronic diseases. It’s true — ACV has loads of antioxidants, but the effect of these antioxidants in helping prevent diseases is a realm not fully explored.
The acetic acid in ACV could possibly aid our digestion and ease gut issues. However, in theory, adding another acid could probably do the same thing.
As the nutritional rule of thumb goes: too much of anything isn’t good for you — that applies to ACV too! Too much apple cider vinegar could erode your teeth, especially if you take it undiluted. It could also affect your potassium and insulin levels, so be careful.
Don’t get rid of your gym membership
ACV might have an effect on weight loss, but don’t get rid of that gym membership! Always remember to keep healthy eating habits and exercise regularly. Maybe drizzle some in your salad.
If you’ve had too much ACV and your teeth need help, fret not! Here’s our guide on the types and costs of tooth fillings in Singapore.
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Healthcare at your fingertips
Have you ever felt really sick and it sucked that you had to drag yourself to the clinic to see a doctor?
The growing trend of telehealth is a convenient and accessible way of getting healthcare from the comfort of your own home.
Social distancing is the new normal
Especially with the end of the circuit breaker period and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it’d still be better to minimise physical medical visits whenever possible, and telehealth is the perfect solution to getting a consultation without the hassle of long queues at the clinic.
OCBC has got you covered with Healthpass, a one-stop-shop to getting convenient healthcare from over 100 general practitioners (GPs) and specialists to address all your healthcare needs virtually.
Taking a day off work to heal? A digital medical certificate can be issued to you in-app after your video consult with your doctor!
Weird & Wonderful
- There is a small but growing generation of grandparents younger than the Nintendo entertainment system.
- You don’t realize how much noise your body makes until you try being really quiet.
- If dreams were consistent, we would experience two different realities.
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- Calling someone sweet is totally normal, but calling someone savory is weird.
You can get an anti-cancer vaccine at your nearest polyclinic
The Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine helps prevent cancer in both guys and girls.
8/10 people will get HPV at some point in their life. Most strains do not cause any diseases, but depending on the strain of the virus, you could get:
- Genital warts in both men and women
- Oral, anal, and penile cancer in men
- Cervical, vaginal, and vulvar cancer in women
The Russian Roulette of virus strains
Cancer is the most common cause of death in Singapore. About 200 Singaporean women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. The HPV vaccine reduces a woman’s risk of getting cervical cancer by a whopping 70%.
In men, the vaccine lowers the risk of penis and anal cancer.
Even better! Females can use up to $400 from your Medisave account under the Medisave400 scheme for your HPV vaccination.
Prevention is always better than cure. For all things HPV-related, check out these facts on HPV vaccinations in Singapore.