Power of Yellow & Orange Fruits and Veggies

In many cultures, yellow is the color of happiness and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring. It’s said that bright colors like yellow can be an instant mood booster. In fact, some fast food restaurants use yellow as the main color in their interior design and logo (you know which one 😉 to…

Mushrooms for Gut Health

I love mushrooms. They’re packed with umami flavour and health-boosting components. There’re so many varieties of mushrooms out there – other than the familiar cultivated varieties like button mushrooms and creminis (which are just baby portabellos!), wild mushrooms are also very much treasured, then comes the increasingly popular medicinal mushrooms like reishi and chaga, just…

Kombucha & Living Vinegar Cocktails?!

So I’ve been brewing kombucha for a few weeks now (at my 7th batch!). It’s super fun and actually not as complicated as I thought it would be. Since I started water kefir brewing first, I couldn’t help but to compare the two very similar and increasingly popular probiotic drinks. I thought the use of…

Why Are Sprouted Nuts, Grains, Seeds and Legumes Better For You?

The sprouting of nuts, grains, seeds and legumes has been an age-old practice in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. I wonder if our ancestors somehow knew about the health benefits of sprouting at the time, or it all happened simply by accident due to the shortage of food and preservation methods,…

Pineapple for Gut Health

Growing up in a tropical climate, I love topical fruits, especially pineapples! They are incredibly delicious and packed with gut-friendly components: Fibre & Water The high fibre and water content in pineapples help “move things along” and thus preventing constipation. It’s also incredibly hydrating. Despite the fact that high fibre foods tend to help lower…

Yoga Twists for Digestion

One thing I am thankful for in this pandemic is that when working from home I found myself forming the habit of doing some easy yoga stretches in the morning, between tasks, after work, and before bedtime. Now that I’m no longer working from home, I still try to carry on with that habit. I’m…

Should You Cook With Olive Oil?

It’s widely known that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has many health benefits: modulate gut microbiome, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower risks for cardiovascular disease, prevent neurodegenerative diseases, etc (check out this post for a summary). However, there’s been a heated debate on whether olive oil is suitable for use as a cooking oil. Opponents say…

Aloe Vera for Gut Health

Aloe Vera is such a magical plant! As a desert plant, it can thrive in the most harsh environment (it’s known as “plant of immortality” in Ancient Egypt), and produces a jelly-like substance that’s packed with minerals, vitamins, amino acids and enzymes that are beneficial to us. It’s widely used in folk medicine throughout the…

What Does Your Poop Tell You?

Alright, let’s talk about poops, a topic that we all want to avoid (other than gas?) because we feel embarrassed about our poops? But come on… we eat, we digest, we poop, and we repeat! It’s as simple as that. Actually, poops can tell us a lot about our health. How often should you poop?…

Non Medical Ingredients in Supplements

There’s been lots of debates on whether one should take supplements (multivitamins and probiotics seem to be the most popular ones, along with vitamin D especially for those of us living in northern latitudes). My opinion on this topic has changed many times throughout the past few years as I went through college & university…

Got Milk? Why the Craze for Plant-based Milk?

The rise of plant-based milk has been unstoppable in the past few years as more and more people are looking for dairy alternatives, some for health reasons such as food allergy & sensitivity and concerns for growth hormones & antibiotics in cow’s milk, others for ethical and environmental reasons. Soy & coconut milk have been…

Is Red Wine Good for Gut Health?

It’s Wine Down Friday! A glass or two doesn’t hurt, right? In fact, some say it can even be good for your health, including gut health. Red wine is a major component of the Mediterranean Diet and also key part of what makes the French Paradox a paradox… hmm another food dilemma?! According to a…

Nightshades…What the Heck?

Nightshades refer to a group of flowering plants that belong to the species Solanaceae. While many plants that belong to this family are not edible or even extremely toxic, some common edible nightshades include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers (sweet bell peppers, cayenne and chili peppers), potatoes and goji berries… They are packed with nutrients and are…

10 Interesting Podcasts on Food and Health

I listen to podcasts when I’m stuck in traffic commuting to work, going for a long walk by myself, doing meal prep, or even just taking a break after scrolling on the phone for too long (a great way to relieve eyestrain from smartphones but still embrace the technology!) What I love about podcasts is…

Should You Eat Breakfast? How Soon Should You Eat After Waking Up?

In this post, I’ll talk about How skipping or delaying breakfast may help boost metabolism and promote fat burning (a brief on intermittent fasting) But how skipping breakfast may increase your risk for liver disease, obesity and diabetes, and affect your energy and productivity on the other hand (conflicting, eh?) How soon you should eat…