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The Menopause & Bone Health

 

The Menopause & Bone Health

During and after the menopause women are encouraged to look after their bones. This is because oestrogen is intimately involved in the building and protection of healthy bone tissue. Falling oestrogen during the perimenopause and menopause has been directly linked to the development of osteoporosis or brittle bone disease.

Osteoporosis is a ‘silent disease’ in that most people do not know that they have it until they crack or break a bone, by which time the disease is often fully developed. Therefore, women are encouraged to take pre-emptive steps during menopause and perimenopause to protect their bones, to try and prevent this disease.


Important factors in Bone Health

• Healthy diet – Calcium-rich foods – such as leafy green vegetables, dairy, almonds, figs and broccoli – and fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines help sustain blood calcium levels and reduce inflammation, supporting healthy bones. It is also important not to limit food intake too severely, as this can negatively impact bone health.

• Exercise – Weight baring exercise and strength training helps to ensure strong bone tissue is produced.

• Avoid cigarettes – Smoking can actually accelerate bone losses.

• Moderate alcohol – 1-2 servings of alcohol per day has been linked to bone health, however binge drinking and drinking in excess of this figure appears to have a destructive effect.

• Sleep well – Some studies have indicated that lack of a good night’s sleep may be detrimental to bone health.

• Manage your medication – Some medications can impair the body’s ability to absorb important minerals like calcium, so it is important to check with your doctor. The most common culprits here are PPI inhibitor medications (antacids) like omeprazole or lansoprazole. These medications inhibit stomach acid, which in turn will significantly reduce calcium absorption. The World Health Organisation has suggested that menopausal women should not take these medications long term because of this.


Supplements for Healthy Bones:

• CALCIUM – Possibly the most well-known supplement for bone health, calcium is very important to supporting healthy bones. What is also essential, however, is to ensure that the calcium provided by the diet and by supplements is absorbed properly and utilised by the body for building bones. This means making sure it is taken alongside nutrients such as magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K. If calcium is not properly absorbed and utilised, then there is an increased risk of developing issues like kidney stones and atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

• MAGNESIUM – Often overlooked, magnesium is nearly as important in bone health as calcium. Low levels of magnesium can affect the formation of healthy bones. Ideally, any bone health supplement should provide 800mg calcium and 400mg magnesium.

• VITAMIN D – The body needs adequate vitamin D to absorb calcium and build healthy bones. Taking supplemental vitamin D has been shown to help reduce the risk of falling due to instability and muscle weakness, helping to prevent falls and bone fractures.

• ZINC – Zinc plays an important role in the development of healthy bones. Research has indicated that postmenopausal women given a supplement of trace minerals, that included zinc, magnesium and copper, had a lower rate of loss in bone mass than those who took calcium alone.

• VITAMIN K2 – Osteoblasts (cells that make bone) produce a Vitamin K-dependent protein called osteocalcin. This protein helps bind calcium in the bone, leading to increased bone mineral density (i.e. stronger bones). Osteocalcin needs natural vitamin K2 to function optimally. Studies have suggested that Vitamin K2 can help to support bone health in menopausal women.


Written by Jenny Logan DN Med.(Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years.)

Natural Hair Care for Your Hair Type

Frizzy hair, split ends, and lack of volume? Let’s be honest, trying to find hair care that actually works for your hair type can feel overwhelming. Improving your hair care game takes some trial and error, but starting with  quality products with that contain natural vitamins and botanicals is a shortcut to gorgeous tresses. So let’s review the best natural hair care products for your personal hair concerns:

DRY or DAMAGED HAIR

Damaged hair can be a consequence of over doing it with heat tools, coloring your hair, or even wearing a too tight ponytail or braids. Damaged hair tends to feel extra dry, and is more prone to breakage and split ends. Enter DERMA E’s Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner! This nourishing duo utilizes Argan Oil and Apricot Seed Oil to deliver a boost of intense moisture to deeply nourish, hydrate, and add shine. These nourishing oils contain a high percentage of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids to help tame that frizz and treat split ends. Rest assured this pair is totally safe for color-treated hair and is also Sulfate and Silicone-free!

 

To show your damaged hair the extra love it deserves, be sure to apply the 3-in-1 Hair Protection Serum to the ends of damp hair after cleansing and conditioning. It’s fortified with vitamin-rich Rosehip and Coconut Oil, Quinoa Protein, and Burdock Root Extract to strengthen the hair while adding major shine.

 

FINE or OILY HAIR

No need to be jealous of your “big hair, don’t care” friends anymore! You can achieve the appearance of more voluminous hair by using the DERMA E Restoring Shampoo & Conditioner. They both contain a gentle blend of botanicals to help strengthen, moisturize and add shine. Purifying Lemongrass Oil helps to stimulate healthy hair follicles and balance oils without stripping your hair. Vitamin E and Amino Acids provide essential nutrients to help boost volume for a fuller look. They are also both safe for color treated hair, Sulfate-free and Silicone-free! You’re welcome!

Dry shampoo is also a fine haired gals best friend. It’s a great way to provide an extra boost of volume and soak up any excess oil that can weigh your hair down. DERMA E’s plant based (and Talc Free) Dry Shampoo instantly absorbs extra oils and impurities while leaving your flat hair feeling revitalized, voluminous, and refreshed.

 

Which shampoo and conditioner set would you want to try? Let us know in the comments and you’ll be entered to win! Great hair starts here.


 

Available in:

Online

  • – Website – www.aussiehealth.com.sg
  • – Redmart – www.redmart.com
  • – Guardian – www.guardian.com.sg
  • – Amazon (Prime Now)

 

Aussie Health Retail Shop:

  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

Stores:

  • – Selected Guardian Stores
  • – Robinsons
  • – Natures Farm

Connect with us:

  • Facebook – Derma E Singapore
  • Instagram – dermae_sg

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Teen Health: Supporting Them Through Exam Time

 

In my previous blogs on teenage health, I have covered ways to help support skin health and the use of B vitamins to try and increase energy and reduce mood swings.  In this final blog of my teenage series, I am going to look at something very relevant to this time of year – supporting them through exams.

There are two main considerations when looking at ways to support teens through exam time – 1. memory and concentration; 2. anxiety and exam nerves.

The good news is that natural medicine has quite a lot of different options in this arena!


FOR EXAM STRESS AND ANXIETY

Many teens start to worry and feel the pressure as exam time approaches.  Too much stress can lead to panic, which in turn can lead to problems with concentration and recall.  So, looking for ways to keep our teens calm and relaxed will in turn help to improve recall, and hopefully exam performance!

Although it may seem pointless to many, learning a simple, calming, breathing technique can pay huge dividends.  Breathing in for a count of 4 then out, slowly, for a count of 8 sends calming messages to the brain.  Practicing this technique every day will help to promote feelings of calm, and help them to relax when sat in front of that exam paper.

In addition, try and avoid having too much caffeine during this time.  It can be tempting to opt for caffeine rich drinks to keep awake, but caffeine actually increases the production of stress hormones, so is likely to make them feel more nervous!

In my opinion there are two supplements which can also be helpful here:

A combination of passiflora and avena sativa – these two botanical ingredients are often combined in natural formulations and make a fantastic daily support during times of stress.  Passiflora is pacifying, calming and relaxes the nervous system, without causing any drowsiness.  Avena sativa contains an alkaloid, called gramine, which helps to relax the muscles.

An amino acid called L-theanine.  Theanine is found naturally in green tea and is said to help increase the production of alpha brain waves.  This is important. Alpha brain waves are the brain waves we are trying to produce when we meditate – they promote feelings of calmness.  Interestingly, in studies, people taking theanine before going into an exam have reported greater feelings of calmness and increased focus.  Theanine does not need to be taken every day, it could just be used as and when needed – even if that is just before going into the exam room.


FOR CONCENTRATION AND FOCUS

Energy demands from the brain are huge, so it is important to ensure (as far as possible) that the teen is eating properly – so that the brain has access to the fuel it needs to work well.  Breakfast really is vital, as is a proper lunch and healthy snacks.  Staying hydrated, with plenty of water, is also thought to be helpful here.

Additional help can be found from certain supplements:

It is never too late to start on fish oils!  Our brain needs the omega 3 fatty acids provided by oily fish to perform properly and supplementing these oils has been shown to improve concentration, focus and memory.  Look for a super strength omega 3 supplement and take one every day after breakfast.  There is some evidence that these oils may also help to keep us feeling calmer and more logical.

A combination of B Vitamins and specific good bacteria could also be helpful.  B vitamins help to support energy production: during exam time the brain is using a great deal of energy, so we need to ensure it is getting as much fuel as possible.  Vitamin B5 specifically is helpful in supporting mental performance and focus.

B vitamins could be particularly helpful if taken alongside specific good bacteria – Lactobacillus acidophilusLactobacillus caseiLactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacteria bifibum.  There is a vast amount of research showing that our gut flora has a massive impact on our brain function, and these 4 bacteria have the most consistent research behind them = both for supporting brain function and memory, and for helping to reduce anxiety.

This makes a combination of B vitamins and L. acidophilus, L. casei, L. rhamnosus and B. bifidum the ultimate formula for those people going through exams.


Written by Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years.)


 

Available in:

Online

Aussie Health Retail Shop:

  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)

Stores:

  • – Selected Guardian Stores
  • – Robinsons
  • – Natures Farm

Connect with us:

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  • Instagram – naturesaid_sg

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Foods to Ease Psoriasis

 

Battle Psoriasis from the inside out!

When we think of diets and changing our eating habits we often think of weight loss. Did you know that incorporating certain foods into your diet can also aid in the treatment of Psoriasis? With Psoriasis being an autoimmune disease it is believed that flare-ups are caused internally. So why not battle Psoriasis from the inside out? Find some relief with psoriasis by changing your diet, and possibly drop weight and improve your overall health at the same time!

Fat is an inflammatory tissue and psoriasis is an inflammatory disease, so reducing inflammation within the body is very important. Following an anti-inflammatory diet could help reduce symptoms and control chronic inflammation. Try incorporating more omega-3 fatty acids, also known as “good fats”. Omega-3 fatty acids may decrease inflammation and have a positive impact on the body’s immune system.

Foods to incorporate:

  • Turmeric
  • Aloe Vera
  • Avocado
  • Flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, nuts (plant base omega-3 fatty acids)
  • Olive Oil
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fruits and Vegetables (carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale, broccoli, berries and mangoes)

Foods to avoid:

  • Fatty red meats
  • Dairy products
  • Processed food/fast food
  • Refined sugars
  • Trans-Fat
  • Reduce sodium intake
  • Limit or eliminate alcohol

Psoriasis and Celiac disease (gluten) share common inflammatory pathways. Some who have psoriasis may also have a gluten allergy. If gluten is a problem for you, then eliminating gluten from you diet may help reduce psoriasis symptoms and aid in digestive troubles. Though gluten is found in many of our favorite foods, don’t worry, there are still some good options for a gluten-free diet. Some naturally gluten-free foods are fresh fruits and vegetable. Keep an eye out for additives that could contain pesky ingredients that are gluten. It’s a good idea to read labels carefully to avoid not only wheat, but its derivatives: durum, graham, kamut, semolina and spelt. A good tip to keep in mind is to read labels frequently because manufactures can change ingredients without notice.

Make sure to consult your physician before changing your diet!

Teen Health: Supporting Low Energy & Mood Swings (Natures Aid)

 

In my last blog I started looking at teen health, exploring the role of zinc and good bacteria in supporting healthy skin.

This week I am going to continue my teenage theme, and look at ways to support those who are struggling with low energy and mood swings.


During the teenage years the body is growing and developing, changing all the time. This demands a massive amount of energy.

At the same time, we are asking our teens to work hard at school and achieve good grades – all this brain work also requires a lot of energy. On top of this, the teen wants to stay up later – they are not a child any more!

So, it is no wonder that they can turn into tired and possibly moody people.


There has been a lot of research indicating that a later start time for schools would improve teenage performance, but we know that realistically, in today’s society, this change is unlikely to happen.

So, what can we do to support our teens as they pass through this difficult time?


One of the answers may lie with B vitamins.

I originally got into the health food business because my dad ran a successful health food store, and I was expected to help out at weekends. The longer I worked there the more my interest grew, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I remember one of his stock phrases, to any parent looking for something to help their teenager with low energy or mood swings:

“B vitamins for teenagers should be mandatory – if I had my way they would be on prescription from the moment they turn 13 until they become human again.”


This may seem harsh, but actually he had a point! B vitamins have several important roles to play in the body.

B1. B2, Niacin (B3) and B12 all support the normal function of the nervous system – helping to reduce feelings of stress. Whilst Folic acid, B5 and B6 all reduce tiredness and fatigue, and help to improve the production of energy. Additionally, B5 is needed for normal mental performance – helping to improve focus.

Taking all of these together in a B vitamin complex would provide complete support for stress, focus and energy – so maybe this sort of product should be made available for all teenagers!


When looking to purchase a B vitamin complex be aware that, as with many things, there are many different strengths available – ranging from products which provide 2mg of each B vitamin to those which contain 100mg of each.

My suggestion, and the product I give to my own teenager, is one which provides 50mg of each B vitamin plus 200mcg folic acid. This means they will be getting a boost, so hopefully they and those around them will notice the benefits of using the supplement.


Written by Jenny Logan DNMed. (Jenny is a nutritional therapist who has worked with clients in health food stores and private clinics for over 20 years.)

5 Skincare Products Every Traveler Needs (Derma E)

 

Isn’t it funny how much you look forward to a vacation but avoid the packing part because it feels too daunting? Packing and prepping for a trip doesn’t have to be such an arduous task if you keep things simple. Put your mind at ease with these travel essentials, ideal for any destination!

Freshen up fast, naturally

Traveling can be dirty work. Give your face an instant refresh with our 100% biodegradable Hydrating Facial Wipes. Extra gentle for you skin and kind to our planet.

Flawless skin and SPF instantly

Multi-taskers are perfect for when you’re on the go, and our Ash Deleon Sun Protection Mineral Powder gives your skin a smooth oil-free finish and SPF 30 in one swipe! To apply, simply tap, swirl, buff and repeat. Stash it in your bag for quick and easy touch-ups and sun protection all day.

Perk up those eyes  

Just because you took the red-eye to your destination, doesn’t mean you have to look like a weary traveler. Revitalize and wake-up tired eyes with our Hydrating Eye Cream and let your luggage be the only bags on board!

Glow on the go

If you are taking a long flight, you might need something extra soothing to help keep your skin healthy and glowing. Try our Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil for a concentrated boost of intense hydration that will leave you with a soft, smooth complexion. Press a few drops into your skin before turning off the reading light and wake up with refreshed and radiant skin!

Sunburn saver

Despite our best efforts, sunburns sometimes happen. Relieve sunburns with our Scar Gel.  Enriched with Allicin (from onion bulb), Allantoin and Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), this gel softens and soothes by encouraging healthy skin texture and color. Smooth it on the affected area and watch your redness disappear.


 

Available in:

Online

  • – Website – www.aussiehealth.com.sg
  • – Redmart – www.redmart.com
  • – Guardian – www.guardian.com.sg

 

Aussie Health Retail Shop:

  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

Stores:

  • – Selected Guardian Stores
  • – Robinsons
  • – Natures Farm

Connect with us:

  • Facebook – Derma E Singapore
  • Instagram – dermae_sg

Contact us:

Advantages of the Whole Food Trend & Why It Is Going Mainstream (Matys)

 

Did You Hear? Green Is The New Black.

Whether you are a health junkie or not, you have most likely heard of the whole food trend. It’s a movement that is only getting more popular by the day and here at Maty’s, we have made it our mission to get on board with this revolution!

 

Where You Have Seen This Trend

There is definitely a social movement underway with the spike in demand for organic, sustainable and local natural foods. Just look at the number of farmer’s markets that have emerged in mall and church parking lots, town and village common areas, and even hotel entrances.

Ever been to a “farm to table” restaurant? They are all-the-rage in big cities, but have since even wandered out of the urban areas to smaller towns. Farm to table just means they serve local, seasonal food.

The popularity of whole foods can also be seen in newly surfacing diets. People are leaving behind outdated calorie-counting methods for plans based around real foods such as the Whole30 and Paleo diets.

Go to Netflix. A Few of their most popular streaming movies are documentaries on whole foods like Food Inc, Forks over Knives, and What The Health.

 

We Constantly See These Two Words, ‘WHOLE FOODS’, But What Do They Actually Mean?

The whole food movement is for people who believe in the correlation between the quality of food you eat and the quality of the life you live.

It’s the idea of going back to the way people ate hundreds of years ago when processed foods didn’t exist. When people ate primarily vegetables, fruits, meats, whole grains, and healthy fats. Did cavemen eat Lean Cuisine or stop by the drive-thru for dinner? I don’t think so.

 

….So When And Why Did We Become So Dependent On Them?

National Geographic claims that back in the 1950s, people became dependent on sugar and carbohydrates as their main energy source. As women entered the workforce and people got more involved with extracurricular activities, their lives got busier. This lead to less time for meal preparation and caused people to rely on processed foods for a fast and convenient alternative.

I bet you can guess what else happened.. the number of people linked to diabetes and other diseases skyrocketed!

The problem is that when you eat processed foods you never really know what you are putting into your body or how it will effect you. Wouldn’t it be a great to always know what you are feeding your body? Well, here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about your next meal:

 

Disadvantages Of Processed Foods

  • Sodium levels are way too high
  • Sugar levels are way too high
  • Nutrients and vitamins are removed or processed out
  • Elevated levels of trans fats and minimal healthy fats
  • Highly allergenic, and people’s bodies are reacting
  • Highly inflammatory and wreak havoc on our guts
  • Understanding labels is difficult with funky chemical names were never meant to be digested
  • High correlation between eating processed foods and depression and anxiety

 

Advantages Of Whole Foods

  • Helps sustain optimal blood sugar levels
  • Helps improve mood- who doesn’t want to be happier!
  • Supports better digestion and a healthier gut
  • Nourish the body- you will actually be full!
  • More energy
  • Less muscle aches and pain
  • Helps heal the body with food labels we can read and understand

American consumers are finally starting to reject processed, labeled food and beginning to embrace simpler, whole foods. Thank goodness!

At Maty’s we strictly use whole food ingredients for our products. We want to be transparent by letting you, our customers, know exactly what is in the products that you’re putting into your bodies. We make sure our products not only make you feel better, but will support your health for healing.

The whole foods movement has become more than just a trend, it’s a way of life, and we think it’s amazing!

Wide Awake! Everything You Need to Know to Minimize the Appearance of Eye Wrinkles and Circles

 

If eyes are the windows to your soul, then what do your eyes say about you? Do your eyes sparkle and shine, or do they look tired or haggard because of dark circles and wrinkles? Your eyes play a huge role in creating a healthy-looking and beautiful appearance, so you want to do all you can to keep the skin surrounding them looking its best. Here are some tips on how to turn your eyes from dull to dazzling.

 

FIND A GOOD EVERYDAY EYE CREAM

The skin around your eyes is super delicate, so you want to use a product specially geared towards that area. DERMA E’s Deep Wrinkle Eye Cream may help smooth the look of pesky lines while adding radiance and brightness to the skin’s surface with potent ingredients such as green tea and vitamins A, C and E. Plus, the peptides Matrixyl® and Argireline® are commonly used in anti-aging products and may minimize the appearance of eye wrinkles. Depending on the product you choose, you may want to use a daily eye cream morning and night for maximum impact.

 

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

That thin skin under your eyes needs a lot of hydration because when it’s parched it tends to show lines and wrinkles more easily. Drinking water is good for your overall wellness, not just your skin, so stay hydrated with plenty of fluids. Don’t worry about drinking a certain number of glasses or ounces—as long as you get enough water throughout the day so you never feel thirsty, you should be fine. If you want some extra moisture for the undereye area, try DERMA E’s Hydrating Eye Cream—it’s got hyaluronic acid, which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.

 

INCORPORATE CUCUMBER INTO YOUR DIET

There are many foods you should be eating for glowing skin—richly colored fruits and veggies especially—but cucumbers can be a powerhouse for de-puffing baggy eyes. Whether you slice them up in a salad or dip them in hummus for an afternoon snack, cucumbers can supply you with skin-friendly vitamins and nutrients. You can also put some slices in your water to give each glass a crisp and refreshing bite, too. If you need some relaxation in a pinch, put a couple of soothing, cooling cucumber slices over your eyes for a few minutes.

 

FIND A PRODUCT THAT TARGETS YOUR SKIN CARE NEEDS

It’s great to have an undereye cream for daily use, but if you want to really minimize the look of eye wrinkles or dark circles, you may want to add a specialized product into your skin care mix. For wrinkles, try DERMA E’s Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream or Firming DMAE Eye Lift; the latter has InstaLift® Goji Berry glycopeptides for firming, lifting and tightening that can give the skin under the eyes a more youthful appearance. If you’re plagued by dark shadows, then DERMA E’s Dark Circle Reducing Eye Cream can brighten your day by improving the look of your skin tone.

 

GET AN ALLERGY TEST

If you’ve got dark undereye circles that just won’t go away—plus symptoms like watery eyes, sinus aches and sneezing—you may want to ask your doctor to test you for allergies. If your nose is congested, that fluid buildup can cause those dark circles, which are sometimes called “allergic shiners.” If allergies are the culprit, your doctor can help you with medication or lifestyle changes, such as putting an air purifier in your home or staying inside if outdoor allergens such as pollen are on the rise.

 

BE GENTLE WITH YOUR SKIN

Next time you start to rub your eyes, stop: tugging, pulling or other harsh moves can put strain on the delicate skin around your eyes. That goes for how you use skin care products, too. When applying an undereye cream, such as DERMA E’s CoQ10 Super Repair Eye Cream, don’t rub the product into the skin. Instead, gently pat it into the area with your finger tip, using light pressure, until it’s absorbed into the skin.

 

CATCH SOME ZZZZ’S

When you’re well rested, you look well rested. Sleep is so important for your health, but it also gives you a wonderful, refreshed look, especially around the eyes. You should generally aim for about seven to nine hours of sleep each night. If you’re not getting that, try setting an earlier bedtime and refrain from watching TV or using your phone, tablet or computer at least an hour before that. You can also try making your bedroom more inviting for sleep—block all light, make sure the temperature isn’t too warm or try a drop or two of some relaxing lavender oil on your pillow. If you care about ethical beauty, using DERMA E products can help you sleep well at night. They are 100% vegan and cruelty free, with effective, natural ingredients—antioxidants, botanicals and vitamins—that are good for you and the planet.

When it comes to looking refreshed and radiant, the eyes have it—improving the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles can give your whole face a certain glow. Let us know your favorite trick for undereye skin care in the comments below.

 


 

Available in:

Online

  • – Website – www.aussiehealth.com.sg
  • – Redmart – www.redmart.com
  • – Guardian – www.guardian.com.sg

 

Aussie Health Retail Shop:

  • NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1
  • Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

 

Hospitals and Pharmacies:

  • – Singapore General Hospital (SGH)
  • – Changi General Hospital (CGH)
  • – SingHealth Pharmacare Polyclinic (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol)
  • – National Skin Centre
  • – Mount Alvernia

Stores:

  • – Selected Guardian Stores
  • – Robinsons
  • – Natures Farm

Connect with us:

  • Facebook – Derma E Singapore
  • Instagram – dermae_sg

Contact us:

Melatonin: Is Supplementing Necessary for a Good Night’s Sleep?

Today, people equate melatonin with restful sleep because it helps control your wake and sleep cycles. If you can’t fall asleep then it would make sense to supplement with it, right? The short answer is yes, that would make sense. But hold on, not so fast. You may want to think twice about reaching for a bottle if you knew more about it.

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone that your body produces and is secreted by your pineal gland in your brain. It helps regulate your sleep and wake cycles. As you age, your melatonin production decreases and so it’s pretty common for people to start supplementing. It’s also become second nature to pop a few pills when traveling to lessen jet lag or even give it to your kids to help them sleep.

Unfortunately, the melatonin created in a lab is not even close to the melatonin produced by our bodies. What ends up on pharmacy shelves is processed and synthetic, two things you want to stay away from. The hormone is actually considered one of the most questionable supplements on the market, with unfounded and incomplete research.

What’s more, the U.S. is the only country where melatonin is available as a dietary, over-the-counter supplement!

Long-term usage can alter your natural hormone levels in your body. Since your body regulates your melatonin levels , if you supplement with it, you are signaling to your body to stop producing more. Over time, your body will decrease the amount of melatonin it naturally produces.

This is particularly troublesome with children whose hormone levels are fluctuate, especially during puberty. And really, supplementing with melatonin will only help if your body doesn’t produce enough. But it has never been established exactly how much would be good or safe for children or adults. The dosages are not exactly regulated.

 

Tips to help you sleep better:

 

No gadgets.  All of your devices (cell phone, TV, computer, etc) emit a blue light that inherently keeps you awake and can seriously disrupt sleep. Removing these items from your bedroom or keeping your pre-bed screen-time to a minimum can help your body to settle into sleep.

Take a bath. While the warmth of the water is relaxing on it’s own, it’s the movement from warm to cold that actually signals to your body that it’s time to rest. (Our temperature lowers while we sleep.) Add in some lavender essential oils for the full spa experience!

Use blinds or an eye-mask.  Complete darkness cues your brain to produce melatonin, signaling that it’s time for sleep.

Maty’s Baby Chest Rub.  Many people have used our rub on their little ones to help them fall asleep with ease. And don’t forget it’s great for parents, too!

Listen, taking melatonin once in awhile may not kill you, but why mess with your natural production of it? Here at Maty’s, we believe in only using whole foods to support and promote healing– especially when it comes to children. You’ll notice that instead of melatonin, we use nutmeg, chamomile, and lavender to calm and soothe.

Whether it’s our Baby Chest RubChildren’s Goodnight Cough Syrup, or Organic Nighttime Cough Syrup— we’ve got your back, naturally.


Online:

Aussie Health Retail Shop

– NUH Medical Center (One @ Kent Ridge, 1 Lower Kent Ridge Road, #01-27, 119082)

Hospitals & Pharmacies:

  • – National University Hospital (Kent Ridge)
  • – Singhealth Pharmacare Polyclinics
  • (Tampines, Bedok, Punggol, Pasir Ris)

Connect with us!

  • – Facebook: Aussie Health Ecogreen
  • – Instagram: aussiehealthsg

Stores:

  • – Selected Guardian Stores
  • – Selected Watsons Stores

Contact us: