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By Mona Gill

We all know the benefits of yoga for everyone: Helps improve posture, tones and strengthens our physical body, helps relieve stress and lowering the risk of diseases.

Did you know that yoga is also helpful for mothers who have given birth? Yoga is especially effective after pregnancy. It helps manage postpartum pain and complications and encourages weight loss in a healthy way.

Nonetheless, I would not encourage practising yoga immediately after delivery. Remember your body is your temple so be gentle with it and listen to your body. Give yourself enough time to recover and do not rush to get back into shape. Moreover, to start off, it’s advisable to start with gentle forms for yoga and gradually progress at your own time.

Here, I’m going to introduce a few asanas to start with post pregnancy as below:

Plank

Planks helps to strengthen the abdominal walls which is vital for post pregnancy womb recovery.

Triangle pose

The triangle pose works on obliques and strengthens pelvic floor muscles which undergoes stress during pregnancy due to the weight of the baby.

Chair pose

The chair pose is beneficial as it reshapes the quads and bottoms.  Working on the quads, which is the muscle on the front of your thighs, it helps keep your thighs in shape.

Legs up against the wall

This exercise is simple yet it promotes blood circulation, healing and calms the body.

Bear in mind though, like any forms of physical activity especially postpartum, do consult with your doctor prior to make sure he/she gives you the green light!

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion thanks to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Paul Tan (Owner of Bailey the Golden)

In this two-part article, we will be sharing the list of fruits and veggies that Bailey has been consuming since puppyhood. This has been tried and tested so it is definitely safe for your furkids!

Apples

Dogs can eat apples and Bailey can attest to it – it’s his favourite! Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fibre for your dog. They are also low in protein and fat. Just be sure to remove the seeds and core before feeding it to your dog.

Bananas

Consumed in moderation, bananas are a great low-calorie treat for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fibre, and copper. While bananas are low in cholesterol and sodium, their high sugar content makes it more appropriate as a treat, rather than a part of your dog’s regular diet.

Blueberries

Blueberries are a superfood rich in antioxidants which prevent cell damage in humans and canines alike. They are rich in manganese, vitamins C and K, and make great after-meal treats. We often prepare frozen yoghurt cubes with blueberries as after-dinner treats for Bailey.

Mangoes

This delicious tropical fruit is packed with four different vitamins: vitamins A, B6, C, and E. Mangoes are also a great source of potassium and flavonoids (both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene). Mangoes are also known to boost immunity and lower cholesterol levels. Remember never feed with the pit to avoid choking.

Papayas

Papayas are another healthy treat for canines. Like similar fruits, the seeds should not be ingested. Papaya seeds can cause intestinal blockage, and the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide.

Pears

Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and a good fibre source. Cut the pear into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first as the seeds contain traces of cyanide.

Pineapples

A few chunks of pineapples are a great sweet treat for dogs, as well as an excellent intake of vitamins, minerals, and fibre. Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.

Raspberries

Raspberries are fine in moderation. The antioxidants are great for dogs and its anti-inflammatory properties are excellent for dogs with arthritic conditions. Raspberries are low in sugar and calories, but high in fibre, manganese, and vitamin C. However, they do contain slight amounts of xylitol, which is toxic for dogs, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time.

Strawberries

Strawberries are full of fibre and vitamin C. Along with that, they also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. Strawberries are high in sugar though, so be sure to give these berries in moderation.

Watermelons

Frozen watermelon is yummy! It’s important to remove the rind and seeds first as they can cause intestinal blockage, but watermelon is otherwise safe for dogs. It’s full of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it’s a great way to keep your dog hydrated, especially in our humid weather!

Remember that dogs are carnivores and still rely on a largely protein-based diet. Fruits add nutrients and vitamins that contribute to a healthier immune system, but don’t forget that they should only be consumed in moderation.

 

About the author:

Paul Tan is the owner of Bailey the Golden, our brand ambassador. Bailey started training for canine obedience competitions when he was 7 months old. He has appeared in several TV appearances, including a commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan. Bailey is currently taking Astamate as part of his supplement diet. You may follow Bailey on Instagram: Bailey the Golden.

by Mona Gill

Healthy lifestyle = good nutrition = overall health wellness.

Unhealthy eating habits have contributed to various diseases like heart diseases, obesity, diabetes and even linked to cancer as well as high blood pressure or hypertension. We may not always be able to control the onset of diseases but we can certainly control what we consume by making smart and healthy food choices.

Your health is your wealth! Taking the steps to eat healthy, eat clean and incorporate physical activity into your daily routine is important to maintaining good health.  Physical activity like cardio, HIIT workouts, or even yoga could be helpful in body detox, rebuilding and re-energizing – basically anything that gets your heart rate up for at least 30 mins, 3 to 5 days a week will reduce your risk of diseases. Even mental health like depression can be influenced by our diet according to recent evidence. Overall feelings of wellness and balanced moods can be protected if our diet contain the adequate amounts of nutrients – especially foods high in Omega 3 fatty acids, complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

Of course, on top of proper nutrition, medication prescribed by a doctor is essential. Medication for mental disorders does at times cause patients to gain weight, thus leading to low self-esteem. Here is where paying attention to nutrition, diet and physical activity all play a part in helping with weight management. Take baby steps when it comes to making changes. Simple changes like reducing intake of fatty food, sugary drinks, as well as eating smaller meals more often. Variety of Orange color fruits and vegetables which are a good source of beta-carotene. Overall, you’ll do well by paying attention to healthy choices.

Nutrition is critical to overall well-being and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you look good, you feel good as it does also affect our brain function. Imagine not eating properly and being cranky and “Hangry” (a combination of hungry and angry). Hence, pay attention to what you eat as what you eat, you become. We are our own mirrors so eat a variety of wholesome foods in order to support a healthy lifestyle.
About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Mona Gill

Do you practice yoga mostly in the studio or indoors? Well, to let you in on a little tip, I have been practicing yoga outdoors lately. I found that I enjoy it a little more as there is just something about breathing in fresh air while practicing. Here are my thoughts on why practicing yoga outdoors is beneficial.

1. It increases your body’s awareness.

When we practice yoga in a studio with mirrors (which we usually do), we can see ourselves and adjust our poses accordingly. In the open, there are no mirrors, so you cannot see yourself. However, without mirrors, you can focus more on your body rather than the reflections from the mirrors. This enhances your practice as it takes more focus on really being present.

2. It boosts your confidence level.

It takes a lot of courage to practise yoga outdoors, in public places, such as in the park or gardens. Especially for those who are shy, this really takes them out of their comfort zone and challenges you to embrace something new. But this is when the real positive changes happen so definitely keep working at it.

3. You will feel more grounded.

When I am practicing alone outdoors, I am more connected to the earth and feel more connected to myself. Without other distractions, I can have a better and deeper practice.

4. Feeling invigorated

Practicing yoga outdoors exposes you to fresh air. When there’s fresh air, it is easier to for the body to relax and be really connected mind, body and soul.

5. Increased sense of well being

When connected with nature, people tend to relax more and hence sense of wellbeing automatically increases! Working out outdoors usually leaves me feeling more refreshed, relaxed and light-hearted.

So, what are you waiting for? Get your mat and take a walk in the park and garden or your favourite open space outdoors and let your outdoor yoga journey begin. Till the next post, keep practicing. Namaste.

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

By Mona Gill

I started way back in 2006 in Calgary, Canada. I was looking for a different type of workout and was getting tired of the gym workouts. A couple of friends introduced me to hot yoga and let’s just say I was “hooked” after. It started off as something I added to my usual workouts, then it was me practicing 5 days a week and soon enough it became my lifestyle not just an exercise routine. I never need to force myself to yoga, I just do it like it’s second nature to me. So how has yoga helped in my life so far, read on and you’ll know:

1. Yoga helps pushes me to my limits.

I’m not the most flexible of person but yoga teaches me self-acceptance. Not only that, practicing yoga takes me from self-acceptance to stretching my limits. One of the limits was I never thought I can do a headstand because I always thought my lower body was too heavy. However, through constant practice and learning the technique of engaging my core to help stabilise my body, it was achievable. This reminds me that I do not have to feel limited by my physical self, instead it challenges me to stretch beyond my own mental limitations. Once you realise it, it’s all in the mind. You need to be focused and “in the moment” and envision it happening even if you fall over and over. It builds confidence and self-esteem.

2. Another reason why I practise yoga is that yoga helps me in coping with situations better.

Practicing yoga keeps me from making unhealthy decisions whether it’s to do with food or other areas of my life. It helps me keep my mind healthy especially during times of crisis or stress. We do not have control over all situations but it we can choose how we react and cope. When I feel the need to shut the negative voices in my head, I meditate silently while I practice or even just sitting still and closing my eyes and it gets better.

3. Yoga has enabled me to connect with others.

I find that I am better able to share my knowledge and experiences, especially after taking teacher training courses with Yoga works Canada, Universal Yoga with Andre Lappa and Copper Crow in Singapore. One thing to note though is that you do not have to be a yogi to practice, you just have to find what works for you and your body. Some people prefer yin yoga, some like hatha. Personally my practice has been about inversions as it helps build strength in my core muscles and strengthen my spine for overall stability. Occasionally I like vinyasa for some intense cardio depending on the level of the class.

Bottom line, it is important to also realise that yoga is not about being just physical, it teaches us the quieting of the mind, getting connected mind body soul and being aware of what you need at that point of time in that moment. Till the next post, keep practising!

 

About the author:

Mona Gill is a busy mum and an entrepreneur. On top of that, she’s a yoga instructor and skincare expert. Mona is Astavita’s beauty and wellness ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her busy lifestyle and still maintain clear complexion to Astavita Healthy Living Antioxidants and Astarism. Mona extols holistic wellness, keeping a healthy lifestyle and beauty from inside out.  You may follow her on Instagram: mkglife.

 

Bailey The Golden was born in Melbourne, during the Australian wintertime, but quickly adapted to the tropical climate when he moved to Singapore. From puppy-hood, Bailey was given proper
socialisation by his Papa which allowed him to interact with people of all ages, as well as other dogs and cats in the neighbourhood. Bailey also started training for canine obedience competitions, under his Papa’s watchful eye, when he was 7 months old. Being an active pup, Bailey got to run freely in the open grounds of Bidadari Park as a reward after his daily training sessions. To date, Bailey has won eight trophies in obedience competitions.

Bailey, with his winning smile and friendly demeanour, has also had several TV appearances: he was cast in the Subaru XV television commercial with famed dog whisperer, Cesar Millan, and was one of Cesar’s pack of 6 dogs who helped in rehabilitating problem dogs in the ‘Cesar To The Rescue’ TV series on the National Geographic channel. Bailey’s latest media appearance is in the opening credits of Cesar’s new TV show, Cesar’s Recruit: Asia.

Over the past year, Bailey The Golden has embarked on a new mission: that of being an animal assisted therapy dog with Healing Paws, an organisation that uses animals to enhance the lives of those in need. Together with his Papa, Bailey had to be evaluated for his temperament, reactions to situations, commotion/noise and obedience to commands. The volunteer sessions with Healing Paws have won Bailey The Golden even more friends, and a chance to share this golden boy’s sunny disposition.

Can’t get enough of Bailey? You may follow him on facebook (@baileythegolden2013) and instagram (@baileythegoldensg).

 

astaxanthin, cookie, healthy eating

If you love coffee and cookies in the morning, why not make it better with Astaxanthin cookies? Besides being delicious and nutritious, low in calories and ideal for healthy eating, they’re providing you your much needed antioxidants for good health.

Here’s the recipe, originally from laurainthekitchen.com but we’ve adapted it to include our favourite Astaxanthin and  also reduced the sugar for a healthier taste.

For those of you who prefer some real life action, you may watch the video here:

Ingredients

4 capsules of Astaxanthin Healthy living Antixodiants

1 2/3 cup of All Purpose Flour

¾ cup of Unsalted Butter, softened at room temperature

1 Tbsp of Vegetable shortening, softened at room temperature

½ cup of Brown Sugar

¼ cup of Granulated sugar

1 tsp of Vanilla Extract

1 Egg

¼ tsp of Salt

½ tsp of Baking Soda

1 tsp of Baking Powder

1 cup of Semisweet Chocolate Chips

Preparation

    1. 1)  Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, line a few baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
    1. 2) In the mixing bowl, cream together butter, shortening, both kinds of sugar, egg, vanilla and mix until combined.
    1. 3) In a small bow, mix together the flour, baking powder and baking soda, then add it to the butter mixture, mix together until combined.
    1. 4) Add the chocolate chips and mix them in until evenly distributed.
    1. 5) Using a small ice cream scoop (1 Tbsp measure) scoop out the cookie dough onto baking sheets.
    1. 6) Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until the edges are a lovely light golden color, allow to cool completely.

 

There you have it, eating healthy is not that difficult. And it’s not that difficult at all to incorporate some Astaxanthin into your daily diet.

Till the next recipe or blog post: Live well | Look Good | Be Happy!

By Mona Gill

We all need to “detox” our mind and body from time to time. It is essential to clear out the body of toxins and clear our minds to recharge and refocus. Many a times we think that we need to take a long break or trip to some secluded island. In this post I am going to share a few tips and tricks that I find useful, so that you can ‘detox your mind and body even in the city.

1) Process of elimination.

It could be anything that you have consumed too much of during the last few months from caffeine, alcohol, sugar or salt. So instead of going on a “diet”, I recommend eliminating one thing that you consume daily for a few days or a week and notice how you are feeling and notice the improved energy and overall health.

2) Declutter your house or work space environment.

It helps to declutter and not be a hoarder. This process creates space in your mind. Do not hold on to things that you no longer need. Being in a clutter-free and neat environment helps you focus and perform better. Many a times, we hold on to things which we haven’t used in a long time, thinking ‘What if I need it again’. However, you need to be determined to let go of things you don’t need, because chances are if you haven’t used it in over a year, you are probably not going to used it again ever! Recently I got rid of a bunch of clothes that I haven’t worn in ages and tried not to hold on to the thought of “what if I need them in future”. Because I knew that if I haven’t worn those clothes in the past year, there’s really very little chances of me wearing those clothes ever again.

3) Do some yoga!

Practicing Yoga can help in detoxing and healing. Take a detox flow class that helps wring out your digestive organs while in the twist and encourage fresh blood flow and fluid to these organs. This is great for promoting digestion, eliminating and promoting the flow of fluids through the lymphatic system. It helps to release trapped gas and connect mind and body, making you more aware of your body and mind.

4) Take a tech break!

I like having a day or two where I go away for a couple of days with the family and disconnect from my phone and internet. With Social Media being so popular nowadays, it can become quite addictive scrolling through Instagram and Facebook.  To take a break, you may want to practice mindfulness by doing something different to disconnect – it could be something as simple as reading a book, cooking and baking, a weekend trip or even just taking a walk phone free!

Many times, it just takes a little effort to ‘unplug’ ourselves from our present state of clutter, clear our mind then reconnect and notice the difference even if it’s only for a few days. Your body and mind are your temple so nurture and be kind them!

 

 

There are times where we love to bask in the sun to enjoy the outdoor activities or just to get that nice tan for our skin. However, do not neglect protection for our skin from UV damage! Excessive sun exposure creates more harm than good to our skin. We’ve heard that sun exposure increases the danger of skin cancer.

But do you know that excessive exposure to UV also accelerates skin-aging? Yes! It is one of the biggest cause of visible aging to the skin! Despite these increasingly well-known problems of sun exposure, many of us are guilty of being lazy when it comes to protecting our skin.

It is surprisingly easy to prepare yourself for a good time out in the sun! Just do these!

  • Wear a sunscreen – there are many kinds of sunscreen available in the market nowadays. So, if you are avoiding traditional sunscreen because it leaves your skin feeling sticky, you can opt for sunscreen sprays for a lighter touch.
  • Wear a hat or cap
  • Wear sunglasses with UV ray protection to prevent damage to your eyes and the delicate skin around your eyes
  • Wear some light clothing (e.g. beach cover-ups, shawls) to cover yourself from the sun
  • Hydrate yourself. Drink lots of water!

Do you know that antioxidants also work to protect your skin? Antioxidants limits the production of free-radicals, which causes damage to your skin cells. Choosing skin care products with a fair amount of antioxidants in the formulation, gives significant mileage to the health and appearance of your skin, including reduction of the signs of aging. Feeding your skin with antioxidants is extremely important especially after sun exposure, as it helps to repair the damage caused to your skin cells. Amongst the common known antioxidants like Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Coenzyme-Q10 (CoQ10), which are great for your skin, natural astaxanthin, is proven to be a better alternative for the same function. Astaxanthin is proven to be 6000 times stronger than Vitamin C, and 800 times stronger than CoQ10 as an antioxidant.

astarism-in-comparison-with-vit-ce-and-coq10

Clinical studies have proven that natural astaxanthin extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis produces visible cosmetic benefits in all layers of the skin in as short as 4 weeks. It helps to provide protection to your skin in all skin layers.

astarism-on-different-skin-layers

So stay protected, and enjoy yourself!

Astavita’s Astarism facial serum is packed with natural astaxanthin extracted from Haematococcus pluvialis. It is also paraben-free and non-GMO. Find out more at www.astavita.sg/astarism

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