Surprise from Brand’s

Received this surprise box on Friday, what a lovely way to complete TGIF.

Inside you can find a box of Sesamin with SCHISANDRA Extract and a few beauty products. There’s a Sephora Peony Frizzing cube so all I’ll need now is to find a bath tub >.< And a Peony body moisturizer sample with a bottle of Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Lovely!

All these to perk me up if I’d been feeling all moody, achy and stiff all over. If you have been feeling out of sorts then it could be symptoms of something more serious, like an unhealthy liver.

Did you know that the liver is the largest internal organ in our body? The liver removes harmful substances from the blood, makes bile to help digest fat and detoxify waste, produces plasma proteins necessary for blood clotting and stores energy. Gosh, I had been feeling constipated lately, maybe my liver isn’t doing too well.

Here are some symptoms of an unhealthy liver, better browse through this checklist to see if you are experiencing any:

Brown spots on your skin
Inability to lose weight
Pale-coloured stool
Bad breath
Body odour
Headaches
Lethargy
Easy Bruising
Jaundice
Dark urine
Acne

If you are experiencing more than one of the above signs, maybe it’s time to review your life style and cut down on the junk food and alcohol. Try to maintain a work life balance too and perhaps try out the BRAND’S Sesamin with Schisandra Extract, this supplement protects and strengthens the liver’s detoxification function. The unique formula of Schisandra and Sesamin extract activates the liver enzyme system to strengthen the liver’s detoxification function and promote liver cell regeneration. It also acts as a powerful antioxidant, scavenging free radicals that can cause damage to liver cells.

Can’t wait to try it out 😉

Dealing with heartburn, constipation & so on…

This article is specially for all the pregnant women out there who are suffering from either or both heartburn & constipation. Oh, while we are at this, why not include yeast infection too. Here’s a short intro to each ailment that is very commonly suffered by pregnant ladies.

Heartburn is an uncomfortable, burning sensation felt from your stomach up towards to your chest and throat. And we have increased hormones to blame for this. It gets worst when you take spicy food or food items that are known to trigger such an attack. For example, the healthy and innocent-looking tomato is one such culprit. And what a pity because I love spicy food and I love tomatoes.

The next ailment I wish to discuss is Constipation which refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or difficult to pass out. Yet another one to blame it on the hormones again.

And last but not least, the most irritating ailment among the three – Yeast Infection. If you never had one prior to being pregnant, then you must be wondering WHY ME when it strikes. Apparently, this is really oh so common for pregnant ladies too. Woe to us!

It’s not uncommon to have a certain amount of yeast in your vagina, as well as in your intestinal tract. Yeast only becomes a problem when it grows so fast that it overwhelms other competing microorganisms.

Your higher level of estrogen during pregnancy causes your vagina to produce more glycogen, making it even easier for yeast to grow there. Some researchers think estrogen may also have a direct effect on yeast, causing it to grow faster and stick more easily to the walls of the vagina.

(Source:www.babycenter.com)

Symptoms include cottage-cheese like discharges, itching and sometimes pain.

So far in my pregnancy I have managed to deal with all 3 irritating symptoms pretty well and it’s all thanks to just 1 thing – Yogurt.

I prefer mine in the form of a Yogurt drink, previously I had blogged about my obsession with Nestle’s Yogurt Drink. Other than that, I also take Vitagen and sometimes frozen yogurt if I happen to chance upon a store.

I had no issues with constipation at all, thank goodness! I won’t want to develop piles as a result of that. I also have made heartburn more bearable, because the yogurt was helping with my digestion. And it has also made the yeast infection a one time occurrence (at least for now).

So yes, please go ahead and pile up on the yogurt in whichever form you prefer. It’s good for your health anyway!

My latest favourite indulgence – Nestle Bliss Yogurt Drink

I’ve always been a fan of yogurt drinks such as Vitagen and Yakult. But of late, I’ve discovered Nestle’s Bliss Yogurt Drink. So far, I’ve tried out 2 flavours – Tropical & Mixed Fruit AND Mixed Berries.

According to the Nestle website, this is the only yogurt drink in Singapore that contains Inulin (fibre) and Live Cultures. With the combination of Inulin and Live Cultures, probiotics help to maintain a healthy digestive system.

What’s that?

Inulin, a prebiotic, is a type of soluble dietary fibre that is non-digestible. This allows it to reach the large intestines completely intact where fermentation takes place. Inulin helps support growth of beneficial bacteria/good intestinal flora in the gut.

Live Cultures or Probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis & Streptococcus thermophillus) are good bacteria. Probiotics helps to suppress harmful bacteria in the digestive system, thereby helping to maintain a healthy digestive system.

I love Mixed Berries alot and look forward to trying out Strawberries. I’m not sure if its really due to all these yogurt drinks I’ve been taking and frozen yogurt snacks… but I am one pregnant lady without any constipation issues at all. So I guess no harm trying? 😉

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