Sunway Healthcare Group in collaboration with the National Blood Bank (Pusat Darah Negara; PDN) is organizing a Blood Donation Drive at three of its facilities in the Klang Valley this June. This is the first such initiative being organised at the group level in conjunction with World Blood Donor Day which is commemorated on 14 June 2022.

 

‘Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives’ is the theme for this year’s World Blood Donor Day and rightly so – blood is essential to help patients survive surgeries, selected treatments, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. It is estimated that one pint of blood can save up to three lives.

 

In 2021, only 2.0% of the Malaysian population donated blood. However, our aim is to achieve 3.5-4.0% rate of Malaysian population as blood donors, to attain state of self-sufficiency, so that we are able to supply blood and its therapeutic products as treatment for our patients without having to depend on blood sources from other countries. Therefore, we need more people to come forward to contribute to the society. We appreciate and applaud Sunway Healthcare Group for organising this wide scale donation drive at their facilities to promote blood donation awareness while increasing blood supply for the nation,” said Dr Thane Moze A/P Darumalinggam, Ketua Seksyen Pengurusan Penderma Bahagian Perolehan Darah of National Blood Bank.

 

“At Sunway Healthcare Group, we are cognizant of the challenges faced by the National Blood Bank and understand the importance of blood donation to maintain a steady supply for use by patients, especially during emergency situations. Hence, we want to play our part as responsible corporate citizens through this five-day blood donation drive. We hope this initiative will spur more Malaysians to start and continue donating blood on a regular basis and view blood donation as an act to save lives,” said Dato’ Lau Beng Long, Managing Director of Sunway Healthcare Group.

 

To facilitate participation from as many people as possible, the blood donation drive will be held across all Sunway facilities in the Klang Valley during the week of 13 June 2022:

 

Those who fit the criteria below are encouraged to join the blood donation drive:

 

Those who are interested to donate are required to register as no walk-ins are allowed due to safety reasons.

 

For further information, please contact Ms Dharshini from Sunway Healthcare Group at dharshinis@sunway.com.my

The latest all-in-one supergreens supplement drink on the market

 

Did you know that your gut is linked to many other organs and bodily functions?

 

Our gut (the gastrointestinal tract that starts at our mouths and goes all the way to our back passages) may just be the most underrated system we have. Not a lot of people are aware of just how significant taking care of your gut can be.

 

Good gut health can improve bowel movement, strengthen your immune system, heart health, and even improve your mood and brain health.

 

The Gut-Brain Connection 

Ever heard of how your emotions can sometimes cause your digestive system to act up? Sometimes when you are feeling anxious, stressed or upset, hormones and chemicals that your body releases enter your digestive tract, where they interfere with digestion; thus making you feel tummy pains or other stomach issues.

 

The same goes vice-versa, where poor gut health can affect how you feel mentally because of this direct link. But what exactly is ‘poor gut health’? 

 

Poor gut health is when your body doesn’t have enough of the good bacteria but high amounts of bad bacteria present in the gut. This can cause irritation and inflammation, worsening your gut’s health. Symptoms of poor gut health include:

 

When our bodies do not have enough good bacteria, bad bacteria are able to thrive, creating a poor gut microbiome within us. This can cause us to feel mentally unwell, and cause symptoms of anxiety, depression, and lead to Parkinson’s disease. 

 

How We Can Improve Our Gut Microbiome 

To improve your gut microbiome means to improve the amount of good bacteria within your gut. 

 

Eating foods high in probiotics (foods or supplements that contain microorganisms that  maintain or improve good bacteria in the body) and prebiotics (high-fiber foods that act as food for the good bacteria) is one way to maintain good bacteria levels within your body. These foods can be fermented foods such as yogurt, pickles, miso, and whole grains and greens. The somewhat newly discovered bubbly soda, kombucha, does the job too!

 

Besides incorporating more gut friendly foods into your daily diet, reducing gut unfriendly foods, getting enough sleep and exercising regularly can help improve gut and brain health.

 

l1vin and l1vingreen+

After founders, Diane, Jon and Pang noticed how scarce scientifically proven natural health products were in the South East Asian market, they decided to start l1vin; a health and wellness product brand marketed towards the health conscious and those who wish to take more steps towards leading a more healthy lifestyle. 

 

And so with all this talk on our gut and how we can improve our gut health, l1vin’s all-in-one supergreens supplement drink l1vingreen+ may just help with that. 

 

Formulated with more than 28 natural and whole-food sourced ingredients, herbal extracts, vitamins, probiotics and prebiotics, it is the ideal supplement of choice in the market today for improving your gut microbiome as well as overall health. Due to its nutrient dense formulation, other benefits of consuming l1vingreen+ on the daily include improved skin health, immunity, energy as well as recovery. 

 

If the taste of a drink consisting of a large number of greens doesn’t strike your fancy, worry not as the pineapple and apple pectin extracts prevent it from tasting too ‘green’. A sachet a day is recommended not just to keep the doctor away but to be more effective, even more so if taken first thing in the morning on an empty stomach!

 

You can give l1vingreen+ a try with their 7-day pack (MYR75) if you prefer not to make a commitment out of it yet, or go full-on and get their 30-day pack (MYR299).

 

You can also save 20% when subscribing to a monthly plan with l1vingreen+ and get your 30-day pack for only MYR239.

 

l1vin is also having a promotion at the moment – simply input promo code ‘STARTL1VIN’ at checkout for 20% off.

 

Let’s make 2022 the year we finally get our gut health in check!

A digital-first subscription-based solution for employees

 

FEV3R, a healthtech company that provides affordable e-patient services through a healthcare-as-a-service platform, has been launched today with a long-term aspiration to transform the landscape of personal health in Malaysia.

 

As an integrated healthcare service utilizing a mobile application to provide access to doctors anytime, anywhere, FEV3R is set to significantly reduce the cost of primary care for corporates and consumers, based on an affordable subscription model, with easy access to patient health data.

 

Its Chief Executive Officer, Adlan Hercus, said, “In this new environment where we have been learning to live and work through a pandemic, and now transitioning to an endemic phase, the conversation around healthcare has never been so important. Despite the increased interest in personal health, it remains a topic that would only come to mind when someone is unwell. While getting more people to care about their general health and wellbeing is important, what’s equally crucial is empowering them to do so. Understanding the challenges of primary care during a pandemic, FEV3R has been working towards injecting change to the traditional primary care doctor-patient relationship to facilitate a higher degree of health innovation.”

 

Employing technological advancements, FEV3R is set to support doctors with instant access to a patient’s health data which will enable better diagnosis. These tools are geared towards helping doctors improve their diagnosis with the help of AI technology. This, in turn, reduces a lot of the legwork, so that doctors can focus on patients. FEV3R employs world-class technology that adapts and supports individual needs and preferences, while at the same time prioritizing the security of confidential personal data.

 

“Our doctors are all certified and registered with the Ministry of Health which means they can provide professional consultation with ease of mind for our clients and their employees. We have also adopted stringent data processes to ensure all patients’ medical data are kept secure and private,” Adlan added.

 

“Digital healthcare is here to improve our approach to delivering primary healthcare. Addressing the concerns of patients by being more accessible and affordable, digital healthcare also ensures higher efficiency levels for doctors. It is no longer business as usual for us, but rather providing better diagnosis, prognosis and referrals, as demanded by patients,” said Medical Director FEV3R, Dr Sashidharan Janisein.

 

Affordability is also one of the key aspects of the FEV3R platform. With a simple subscription model, employers can expect to reduce up to 80% of employees’ healthcare costs with our subscription of RM288 per employee annually. Additionally, the platform runs on a totally cashless model providing further convenience for patients.

 

Adlan further said, “FEV3R’s subscription model can translate to savings for companies while still providing employees with the best healthcare they deserve. The savings could be used to fund internal engagements and other employee activities.”

 

Currently focused on employees, FEV3R has a network of 120 clinics (own and partner) with more than 250 doctors on board. FEV3R is also equipped to dispense medication and conduct laboratory tests, while our doctors can provide referrals to the best specialists for more complex cases.

 

For more details on FEV3R, please visit https://www.fev3r.com/.

Schedule an appointment with an optometrist to keep your eyes in good condition

As we slowly regain normalcy in our day-to-day activities during this transition to endemicity, and especially after having our schedules disrupted due to the Movement Control Order that was implemented nationwide, Malaysians are now returning to routine health check-ups to ensure optimum health.

 

Most individuals are concerned about the health of their heart, lungs, and kidneys. However, after more than two years of adjusting our routines to work and study from home, socialising and shopping online, we ought to realise that staring at a screen for hours at a time can take a toll on our sight and this is why it’s important to prioritise eye health.

 

Similar to heart problems, lung disease and mental health conditions, our eyes are also at risk of suffering from serious eye conditions such as cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, and other types of vision impairments. This is why eye exams should be done regularly to ensure our vision stays healthy. According to research conducted by the National Eye Survey Malaysia, 15,000 individuals were examined for blindness in 2018, and 58.6% of them were diagnosed with untreated cataracts that could have been prevented if they were detected earlier (Chew et al., 2018, 6).

 

Additional research support from the National Eye Census in 2014 by the Department of Statistic Malaysia identified that 413,000 Malaysians aged 50 and above have been recorded to have some type of visual impairment and 113,000 of them were permanently blind with 43,000 cases caused by severe cataracts which could have been prevented by early eye examination.

 

In this instance, it is strongly advised that adults aged 18 and above should undergo consultations with an optometrist once every two years for a comprehensive eye examination (Farid, 2021). “Most eye-related diseases are also silent killers and will be untreatable if we don’t act now. Generally, adults who may not have any vision-related issues should see an optometrist at least once every two years to upkeep vision health. However, since our screen time has drastically increased due to the pandemic and in addition to the changes in our lifestyle, we need to reconsider and prioritise our eye condition with a professional eye examination as often as once a year,” said Yoyo Foong, an optometrist from Malaysia’s leading optical retailer MOG Boutique.

 

If you are already a wearer of prescription glasses or contact lenses, you will need to schedule an eye examination to replace your vision aid at least once every two years. That said, for those who are currently not using any vision aid, you may want to get a head start on eye health by scheduling an eye health assessment and comprehensive vision test with your local optometrist. The eye examination evaluates different aspects of your vision or eye health and helps to detect eye problems at their earliest stage which is when they’re most treatable.

 

So how often should you get your eyes checked?

Several factors can determine how often you need an eye examination, including your age, contributing health condition(s) and family history of eye diseases. Below is a general guideline for Malaysians to follow based on their age group to determine how often they should visit their optometrist.

Visual development is rapid during the first six months of a child’s life and continues through the first decade. From as early as three months old, your child can undergo a thorough eye examination to make sure their vision is developing properly and to reveal any evidence of potential visual impairment that could be treated earlier. Coming into the age of three to five years, the children can then be examined by a paediatrician optometrist who can further identify complications or diseases to the children’s vision (Yen, 2020).

 

Additionally, eye examination for children is not only to detect or prevent eye diseases from developing but to also foster their brain-vision coordination. Similar to walking or talking, vision development is a learned skill that helps in accomplishing daily tasks ranging from reading to catching and throwing a ball. However, if a child’s vision is underdeveloped, it could seriously hinder their learning abilities.

 

Care for your eyes from a young age for optimum performance in your day-to-day activities.

Many people will not notice any signs or symptoms in the early stages of eye disease and they are mostly unaware that age is an influencing factor in eye condition and vision wellness. Age-related diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may start to progress earlier during your lifespan if it is not detected or treated, hence the need to pay attention to eye health and take notice of any minor eye discomfort or vision changes, such as:

Should you experience these warning signs, make an appointment for a thorough eye exam to receive appropriate treatment and rule out any serious conditions.

 

Get an eye exam the moment you experience minor eye discomfort or vision changes 

There are four known eye conditions that will start to rapidly develop as you enter the golden ages of 50 – 65 years old: AMD, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma. Those in this age group are advised to undergo regular check-ups with their optometrist every year to maintain good eye condition.

 

With a high risk of developing eye-related diseases at an older age, individuals with a family history or health condition that may potentially contribute to the above-mentioned eye diseases will need to begin their precautionary steps today. If you are not looking to go for your eye check-ups in a hospital or clinic, you may want to consider a thorough eye and vision check-up with MOG, the leading optical retailer in our country. MOG’s 6-in-1 Vision Experience revolves around a professional eye care routine which includes hospital-grade Eye Health Assessment that can address potential eye diseases through retina assessment that can detect any onset of Glaucoma, Diabetic Retinopathy and AMD as well as corneal mapping and corneal assessment for a detailed image of your eyeballs, which can reassure you of your current eye condition, and also detect the risk of cataract while sharing ways in which you can improve overall eye health.

 

State of the art eye health screening facilities at MOG Eyewear

Eye health is important for the overall wellness of our body and it should not be neglected. While the three Os (optometrists, ophthalmologists and opticians) can assist you in detecting and preventing eye diseases, the ultimate responsibility lies with you to ensure your eyes are in good health.

 

Caring for your eyes is not as complicated as it may seem and these are a few things you can do to protect your vision:

 

You are responsible for your eye health

Eye health is as important as the health of other organs in your body. Just by checking your eyes, an optometrist is able to detect eye diseases as well as potential health risks and other underlying diseases such as cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, to name a few. Considering the benefits of eye examination to your well-being, it is best to include it in your annual health check-ups!

From text neck to pandemic posture, these bodily aches and pains of the modern era did not exist when conventional pillows were designed back in the 1970s. We may have more information on how to take care of our posture and health better, but today’s fast-paced world has also made it easier for us to forget about our body’s basic needs.

 

People have been cutting back on sleep in an attempt to increase efficiency; however, scientific studies and statistics show that prioritising sleep can help improve work performance. “The notion of ‘work hard, play hard’ has to be balanced with ‘sleep well’ too. Even billionaire, Elon Musk, has publicly sworn by sleep in attributing his success,” says GIRAFthepillow Founder, Ken Leong.

 

Getting quality sleep sounds simple, but the wrong pillow will prevent you from falling asleep and affect your focus throughout the day. GIRAFthepillow is a Sleep Wellness Engineering startup that launched the 2022 GIRAF Advanced Composites Sleeping Pillow – an innovative pillow engineered specifically to help relieve the troubles of modern slouch-over-smartphone lifestyle.

 

We spoke to the founder, Ken Leong, about how the World’s First Composites Technology Sleep Pillow delivers superior comfort and support.

 

 

What was your journey towards starting GIRAFthepillow with your team?

“An Ex-Singapore MOE ASEAN scholar, I’m a trained engineer with an MEng Mechanical Engineering (Honours) degree from the University of Nottingham, UK. 

 

“You sleep when I study, you sleep when I sleep”, said my boarding school roommate during my scholarship days. From a young age, I realised how important sleep has been to me and more specifically to my success. So when I found out that my pillow was giving me sleepless nights rolling in bed and headaches, the urge was to improve it. None of the ones being sold did the job, so the only choice was to make a new one myself. I was very lucky to have been under one of the top experts in composites in the UK during university, and had always been fascinated by the possibilities. As a polymath, it led me to try applying it to the pillow. Over the years, more people came on board to make this a team effort. I met an American Posture Institute certified posture expert who helped tune the product. Later on, more people were brought in to scale. Efforts to commercialise GIRAFthepillow as a high performance sleep pillow targeting posture-recovery and full R.E.M sleep cycle recuperation started in 2020, just before the pandemic hit. In total, it’s a journey of more than 17 years.”

 

What were the industry gaps you noticed and how do you aim to make a better solution available to help others facing the same issues?

“First of all, the concept of a pillow has not changed for more than 2000 years since the Romans invented our modern pillow, it’s still the same practice of stuffing a pile of soft material into a bag and calling it a pillow. They all have limited material capabilities, which is restricted by the single block of material stuffed into it, be it feather, cotton, memory foam, etc. So when the opportunity came to reinvent the pillow from scratch, we ditched that conventional idea and used all the modern engineering tools and technology available to us to innovate.”

 

How did you innovate GIRAFthepillow to be able to provide users with the best possible experience with sleep posture? How does this affect full sleep cycles for both mental and physical recuperation?

“First, we had to look at what the person does when they sleep and what is the natural neutral posture when lying down. After that, we use F1 Racing technology to find the fit for the human body, and use exact calculations to produce the shape of the pillow such that the user is able to attain the desired sleep posture. Sleep is divided into physical and physical recuperation, whilst your physical body is recuperating when you relax and stop moving, your mind requires the full sleep cycle to get the recuperation it needs. Research has shown that Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep works as a detox to flush out the toxins in the brain. REM is the final stage in a full sleep cycle. We aim to give the user an uninterrupted sleep so that they are able to achieve this through two ways: 

  1. To use scientific ways to relax, we are able to manipulate composites material to recreate a cuddle, which works as Deep Touch Pressure (DTP), that is scientifically shown to produce a calming and relaxing effect. 
  2. We also engineer the pillow to seamlessly support the user in different sleeping positions as they move around in bed, to avoid having a jolt that wakes them up which also stops them from achieving the full sleep cycle.”

 

What was the technology behind creating and designing the GIRAFthepillow? What was the inspiration behind the design?

“The main two areas involved are Advanced Composites Material and Human Factors Ergonomics Engineering. A lot of it comes from Automotive areas, especially F1 racing where they are testing the limits and hence use the best solutions. But also areas such as airline business class cabins where they try to make the passenger as comfortable as they can on long hour journeys. If you think about it, sleep is quite similar, long hours and all. As a polymath, I enjoy connecting the dots and using unconventional ideas.”

 

How long did you spend just on the research of materials and understanding users’ pain points? Why is this important?

“The overall journey was more than 17 years. Getting to know the root cause of problems is important in engineering, as well as continuous improvement. Actually a lot of it is just logic – you can’t solve a problem if you don’t even know what it is, correct? So it’s a process of trial and error and iteration, as per many great inventions out there such as Dyson.”

 

For those who are hesitant about spending money on a pillow, why is it an important investment?

“Let’s break down the numbers, if you spread the cost over 365 days (1 year), it’s only RM1+ a day, which is less than a cup of coffee. And imagine if you get better sleep – you have higher productivity, you get a pay rise, you perform better and live a better life. The benefits far outweigh the costs. It’s an affordable way to boost your life. You’d probably lose RM399 to medical bills anyway if you don’t sleep properly.” 

 

How are you encouraging consumers to purchase pillows online rather than a physical store?

“Whilst the pandemic has affected our operations, the shift in purchasing behaviour has also helped us in going the online route. People are now more willing to buy things online. And we communicate directly with our customers and that provides value to them and us. Many times, even when buying in a physical store, you’re dealing with a salesperson who is more interested in taking your cash, and you may not get the proper answer to your questions if you get it at all. Most likely you’ll hear what they think you want to hear, as long as you part with your cash. Our products come with Free Delivery, a 2 year warranty and also a Lease to Own option for easy affordability. We make it as smooth and convenient as possible for the customer.” 

 

How does GIRAFthepillow take into consideration the different preferences and comfort of consumers?

“In designing GIRAFthepillow, we provide an experience that adheres to what the general population perceives as comfort. If you like sleeping on a piece of wood, then perhaps that would be an extreme that we are not able to cater for, but in general everyone is happy.

It’s like saying I like lamb more than chicken or fish, but what if there is an engineered meat that is tasty for the majority but doesn’t taste like any of the above. We are that engineered meat.

 

Granted some people get a higher level of satisfaction compared to others, it is still an above average experience for most. We also have a special bespoke custom fit service, which is a very time consuming process, and is only available by special appointment as a premium service to current users who desire an even better experience from their sleep.”

 

What were the challenges and successes you faced along the way since starting this entrepreneurial endeavour?

“There have been attempts to copy what we do, but I see it as a compliment that we are doing something right. As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

 

The proudest success has to be the overwhelming feedback from our users on how we actually changed their lives for the better, and how surprised they were that there is actually a great product such as ours out there. This fuels us to do better and help more people out there.”

 

 What is the future of GIRAFthepillow and what users can look forward to in the next 1-2 years?

“We look to continue doing great things by using technology to disrupt the sleep industry and see the future of sleep as an integral part of the healthtech space. Also many eager customers are now waiting for our product to be launched into their home country and we aim to make that a reality.”

You can purchase the 2022 GIRAF Advanced Composites Sleeping Pillow on their website.

Ramadan is the most sacred month of the year for Muslims, marked by fasting from dawn to dusk. However, when it comes to buka puasa –  cravings can be all over the place. Sometimes your stomach craves something sweet, fresh, or more indulgent – or sometimes you’re too tired to plan out your meals at all!

 

At Subway, we’ve got something for every mood and we’re excited to celebrate this festive season with you.

 

  1. It will keep you full all night!

Even on regular  days, planning lunch and dinner can be tiring! During Ramadan, we’re no strangers to reaching home from work and hoping our delivery gets there in time for iftar. Now this is what Subway’s footlong Subs were born to do – satisfy you from dusk to dawn. This fasting month, try breaking your fast with a footlong Sub. With the ability to customise a flavour of your choice, your personal toppings and a hearty portion, the footlong Sub is sure to fuel you after a long hungry day to last you till your next suhoor!

 

  1. A DIY roti john that’s better for you

Name a more iconic Malaysian Ramadan bazaar food than Roti Jon. If you’re a fan of this local favourite, you might like this footlong combo that reminds of this dish, but with an added bit of #Freshness. Select your favourite bread, pair it with the Breaded Chicken Cutlet, and add a scoop of hearty Egg Mayo for that eggy goodness, together with a drizzle of BBQ and chilli sauce for that signature saucy taste.

 

  1. Your fill of greens among the bazaar delicacies

 

We all know that Ramadan bazaar foods can taste amazing but may not always have the greens you need. Plus, when you’re fasting all day it might be difficult to get your fill of fibre and nutrients in two meals. If you’ve ever bought a Sub you know where I’m going with this –  at Subway you’re free to have your personal choice of an array of vegetables.  And if you’re not in the mood for bread, you can opt for a wrap, or no bread at all with a salad!

 

  1. The Richest, most indulgent sub combination

After a day of fasting, it’s natural to build up an appetite, and sometimes you want something a bit more indulgent. When you think of a sub, you’re probably thinking of something that tastes fresh and light. Well here’s a combo that’s going to blow your mind: on your Steak and Cheese footlong, whisper to your Sandwich artist that you want not only a serving of Mac & Cheese, but a scoop of Chopped Mushrooms too. Now add to the flavour some sweet onion sauce, and don’t be afraid to order extra cheese for that added richness. This is the ultimate combo that you know you deserve.

 

  1. Bring the whole kampung together

Finally, Ramadan is the time for sharing, from performing charitable deeds to sharing your meals  with others, community and caring have always been a part of the Ramadan spirit. This Ramadan, share a footlong or some cookies with the people around you, from your loved ones, to your neighbours, or simply by providing a helping hand. No matter the occasion or who you’re sharing your Sub with, we at Subway hope this experience will bring you #1 Foot Closer.

Building a healthier sahur meal

 

During Ramadan, a healthy sahur, the pre-dawn meal consumed by Muslims, is an essential part of fasting. It equips the body for a full day of fasting, making it vital to focus on proper nutrition. “Kekal Kenyang, Rasa Lazat” with Amazin’ Graze is all about preparing a well-balanced meal that provides the necessary energy to maintain fitness levels throughout the day. Going back to their basics, Amazin’ Graze’s “Build Your Own Breakfast” Bundle (exclusively available online) can be used to build a healthier sahur meal for you and your loved ones fuss-free!

 

Build Your Own Breakfast

Step 1: Pick an oatmeal as a base

Consumers can pick their choice of Amazin’ Graze’s Goodness Bowl Instant Oatmeal. The combination of ancient grains, nuts and seeds, and delicious fruits will help you feel full for longer. For those fasting, they recommend 2 sachets per serving for extra satiety. 

 

Step 2: Mix it with nut butters

Amazin’ Graze’s spreads are made with high-quality nuts, blended into silky smooth butter – completely natural and emulsifier-free. Nut butters are high in protein and healthy fats. Stir 2 spoons into your oatmeal for a creamy and filling breakfast.

 

Step 3: Top it off with granola

For an extra crunch and nutrition boost, add Amazin’ Graze’s granola as a topping. Antioxidant-rich superfoods like seeds, fruits and nuts are great energisers.

 

Add-Ons: Buka Bites

Need some snacks for Buka? Amazin’ Graze’s snacks are great for breaking fast as they help you avoid excessive food intake in a short period of time, which may impact your digestive system. 

 

The “Build Your Own Breakfast” Bundle currently has an ongoing Ramadan promotion on their website. With 15% off, you can enjoy an easy, fuss-free yet nourishing sahur meal of your preferred choice!

In conjunction with the observance of the holy month of Ramadan, Malaysia’s largest prescription pharmacy, Alpro Pharmacy, has come up with a set of general guidelines to help Muslims to continue the practice of fasting while practicing proper intake of medications.

 

The guidelines developed based on the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) and the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM) recommendations, aims to raise awareness on the proper method to consume chronic medications during the fasting period.

 

1) Does using an inhaler invalidate the fast?
  • There are two categories of inhaled medications: Preventive medications (e.g., Seretide Inhaler, Flixotide Inhaler, etc.) and sedatives (e.g., Asthalin inhaler, Ventolin inhaler, etc.).
  • Pharmacists advise patients who use preventive inhaled medications to continue using them accordingly. Such medication is normally taken twice a day and can be taken before sahur and bedtime.
  • Pharmacists also caution that preventive medication such as inhalers is vital for optimal disease control. Such medications can reduce the number of asthma attacks when fasting and reduce the need for inhalation-type relievers.
  • Sedative inhalation can be used in the case of an emergency.

 

2) Does fasting carry a risk of dehydration (lack of water) or hypoglycemia (low sugar levels)?
  • For people with diabetes, pharmacists recommend a 2-hour sugar level monitoring after sahur and when having symptoms of hypoglycemia, including dizziness, cold sweats, blurred visions, chills, etc.
  • Monitoring sugar levels does not invalidate the fast. Given the health implications, if the sugar level is less than 3.9 mmol/L, the patient should break their fast.
  • For people with diabetes, pharmacists also recommend avoiding delaying the time taken to break the fast. If you are on the go, it is advised to bring one or two dates (buah kurma) during iftar.
  • For optimal sugar level control, dietitians recommend taking foods rich in fiber. Fiber not only satiates; it helps stabilize sugar levels in the body.

 

3) Are patients suffering from ‘gastric’ disease among those at high-risk during the fasting period?

 

In conclusion, fasting is not a barrier for patients to stop seeking treatments and consuming their medications. Adjustment of dosage and consumption timing according to recommendations of doctors and pharmacists can help patients navigate through the month of Ramadan.

 

It is also important to note personal health should always be the utmost priority, and one should not stop taking medication or discontinue treatment during Ramadan.

 

On behalf of Alpro, we would like to wish everyone a blissful Ramadan, and may they benefit from this sharing!

 

Visit any of our 165 Alpro pharmacies to receive free medication consultation with our community pharmacists. To find out more, contact Alpro Customer Care Support at 019-612 9006. Alternatively, you may reach our professional pharmacist via WhatsApp via the e-pharmacy hotline 019-702 1923.

 

*Please consult a doctor or a pharmacist before making decisions regarding medication intake*

The new GPS sports watch designed to perfectly complement your journey to better fitness

 

The lightweight watch also offers up to 100 hours of battery life, features a sleek design true to SUUNTO’s Nordic heritage with a selection of easily changeable stylish accessory straps. Its sweet price point also makes it hard to say no to. A watch that looks and feels great on you while you’re out there living your best adventures? That’s the SUUNTO 5 Peak for you!

 

Proudly made in Finland, this evolution of the SUUNTO 5 model is designed for people active in the outdoors who want to explore new terrain and achieve personal fitness goals safely and confidently. Whether for running, hiking, walking, cycling or trail running, the SUUNTO 5 Peak sees to it that you have everything at your wrist to accompany you on your adventure. Its handy music controls ensure you have all the right tunes to get you pumping while its GPS navigation features that include turn by turn navigation keep you safe on your route without you having to worry about going off path or getting lost. Combined with the SUUNTO app and its heat and 3D maps, one can easily discover popular routes, plan and then transfer them to their watch. When they are ready, all they need to do is follow the route for their next adventure.

 

True to the SUUNTO DNA, the SUUNTO 5 Peak is built to withstand all weather conditions with its durable stainless-steel bezel and is water resistant up to 30m. It is also compatible with the SUUNTO bike sensor and smart belt so its user can get more out of their favourite fitness adventure.

 

Like how everyone’s taste for adventure is different, the SUUNTO 5 Peak comes with straps in six colours, including SUUNTO’s first strap made with waste materials left over in strap production. If that’s not enough choices, there are nine other compatible 22mm accessory straps to mix things up whatever the mood is for the day.

 

The watch is also a reflection of SUUNTO’s commitment to sustainability whereby it features ecological packaging and uses as many materials as possible that are carbon neutral to minimise impact on the environment, staying close to its sustainability motto, Made in Finland with 100% renewable energy. Also part of SUUNTO’s commitment to sustainability include long-life products, extensive repair services, research projects that support biodiversity conservation, a Lifecycle analysis that measures the complete footprint created during the product’s lifetime, and more responsibility in supply chains.

 

For a limited time only, customers will receive a yoga mat with their purchase of the SUUNTO 5 Peak. The watch is priced at RM1,499 and is available for online purchase at Lazada, Shopee, SolarTime.com, and all on-ground point of sales of a.d time.

 

Adventures won’t be the same without SUUNTO. Make it count and go the distance to #JomLasak with SUUNTO 5 Peak.

Share the love and create memories with Suri, an exclusively-curated gift bundle for all

This Ramadan, Signature Market has teamed up with renowned Malaysian actress, Lisa Surihani launching a special, luxurious gift box — SURI Ramadan Platter — for consumers to enjoy during the holy month of fasting. Described as the perfect sharing platter, the SURI Ramadan Platter is made to be enjoyed with friends and families in the hopes of spreading more love and making memories with one another.

 

Exclusively curated and selected by Lisa Surihani, the gift box includes a variety of Signature Market’s delicious, healthy bites that are perfect for guilt-free snacking especially during sahur or breaking fast. Along with many of the brand’s famous treats, customers will also get to try Suri’s favourite picks which include Tempeh Bites, Tangy Tomato Chickpea & Lentil Chips, Omega-3 Trail Mix, Mini Sun Dried Apricot  and more.

 

“As an advocate of positivity and practicing healthy habits for the mind and body, I’m proud to be able to work with a brand like Signature Market who shares the same belief. As we observe the fast, it’s important that we keep healthy and energized which is why I’m glad to be able to share with the public this uniquely-curated gift box filled with snacks that are enjoyable for anyone, without having any sense of guilt. I hope consumers can enjoy and benefit from it whilst also gaining tons of energy and good nutrition during this holy month,” said Lisa Surihani.

 

“At Signature Market, we’re always about positivity and practicing healthy habits which is why we’re thrilled that Lisa Surihani has partnered with us on this campaign as we share the same beliefs. We see families and friends come together every Ramadan season, which is why we came up with this “platter” – to truly offer our customers a way to bond and share their love with one another. We wanted the SURI Ramadan Platter to enable our customers to also celebrate the fasting month with all the extra nutrients needed to sustain the body throughout the day and allow them break their fast without feeling guilty,” said Edwin Wang, CEO and Co-Founder of Signature Market.

 

Priced at RM109, the SURI Ramadan Platter is housed in a deep green box with simple checkered patterns to symbolize ‘luxury in simplicity’. The messaging behind the phrase was inspired by Signature Market’s and Suri’s belief of luxury being as simple as the priceless time spent with loved ones, exemplifying the true essence of both the wholesome snacks and the Ramadan season.

 

For more information and updates, visit Signature Market on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, or website.

Ramadan deals up for grabs for those wanting to stay healthy and active

 

Amazfit, a premium smart wearable hardware brand owned by Zepp Health Corporation (“Zepp Health”), is going to “Up Your Game” by harnessing the power of technology and science to free more people to live their passions and express their active spirits with its series of smart hardware designed for a healthy and sporting lifestyle.

 

Powered by the Zepp operating system, Amazfit connects smart devices, big data as well as sports and health management service to provide multiple personalised wearable and user experiences. Its smart devices are catered for daily or outdoor use related to health and sports, including true wireless stereo sports earbuds, smart treadmills, smart body composition scales and sports gear.

 

Jacob Jin, Director of Amazfit Southeast Asia, said, “Amazfit is one of the most preferred brands of young people around the world who pursue an active and positive lifestyle at the cutting edge of fashion and technology. We now have over 100 million active users of our products that include watches, bands, earbuds, fitness gear and other accessories.”

 

“We are excited to launch Amazfit special Ramadan deals in April for our smart watches, where AI engines embedded in these smart devices can monitor heartbeat, exercise modes, blood-oxygen saturation levels, sleep status and breathing while sleeping, giving a better insight on how the body performs while active or at rest.”

 

Amazfit is offering special Ramadan deals in April for its smart watches that are applicable on these specific dates: 4 April, 5 April, 18 April and 25 April 2022. Purchasers who buy the T-Rex Pro on these dates will get a free Amazfit mask, those who purchase the GTS 3 and GTR 3 series of smart watches will get free hair bands and mask while those purchasing GTR 3 Pro will get free hair band, mask and bottle. Gifts are available while stocks last.

 

The T-Rex Pro is designed for those who pursue an active outdoor lifestyle as it supports four Global Navigation Satellite Systems, 10 ATM water-resistance, a blood-oxygen saturation measurement system, a weather tracker, a sunrise and sunset monitor, a current moon phase display, a compass and barometric altimeter, ultra-long 18-day battery life with typical use, and over 100 different sports modes.

 

Amazfit’s other smart watch models include the Bip U Pro catered for those seeking a healthier and more active lifestyle to keep fit or stay in shape. The Bip U Pro come with 50 watch faces to suit mood and outfit or users can upload their photos for a more personalised watch face. Those wanting to stay fashionable and at the same time enjoy sports can go with the GTS 2 mini smart watch with its ultra-slim and light design. It also comes with over 60 built-in sports modes for a complete indoor or outdoor sports experience.

 

To know more of the Ramadan offers, please go to www.amazfit.com/en or to Amazfit’s e-commerce partner platforms bit.ly/Amazfit-MY-SHOPEE and bit.ly/Amazfit-MY-Lazada.

Exercise doesn’t have to be hard

 

When you hear the word “exercise”, what are the first images that come into your mind? For most of us, it is running, weightlifting, spin classes, and every intense workout regime we can think of. But what if I told you that there is another way we can move our bodies? Something a lot less intimidating, but a more fun and gentler way of taking care of your physical wellbeing?

 

If you’re looking to work out your body as well as your mind, flexercise is a great way to get you there! The initial concept of flexercising is “meditation in motion”. Through a series of moderate, low-impact movements, flexercise can help you focus on strengthening your mind, body, and spirit.

 

We all know that it is important for us to get a regular dose of movement every day. It is not only meant to help us look good, but to also feel good. Exercising our bodies has been proven to increase our energy, improve our moods, and our overall physical wellbeing – such as lowering our risk of cardiac disease, diabetes, and so forth. However, even when we are looking for moderate workout regimes, it can still seem so tiresome and scary when the majority of fitness circles focus on the phrase “no pain, no gain” and pushing our bodies to extreme limits.

 

But that is not the case with flexercise! Flexercising is less intimidating and more fun. It has been described to be part exercise, part dance, and part meditation. This friendlier method of fitness focuses on strengthening your body, helping you achieve a good posture and balance, and to feel great about yourself.

 

So, what are the ways you can start flexercising? Well, you can start by:

Going for a walk.

It is the easiest thing you can choose to do and there is so much to love about it! A short 20-minute walk around your neighborhood, or a nearby park, is an awesome way for you to ground yourself and your thoughts. Going out for nature walks can boost your energy levels and reduce your stress. So go on and surround yourself in nature, and take a deep breath of that fresh air!

 

Have a dance party!

Yes, really. Have a dance party. Pick your favorite upbeat tunes, crank up the music, and get moving! Dancing is always a great way for you to get creative, not to mention the empowerment you will feel by allowing yourself to be free. Aside from it being fun, dance parties are also beneficial to your health. It can improve your motor fitness, endurance, heart and lung functions, as well as muscular strength. What better way is there to take care of yourself aside from doing it in the most freeing method possible?

 

Lazy Bed Workout

Let’s face it: not everyone is a morning person! Sometimes (or most of the time), it can feel so challenging to get up and do your morning stretches. So, who said you can’t do them on the bed itself? There are several ways for you to get active in the morning without leaving your bed. Doing a few stretches and breathing exercises can help you wake your body up gently and start your day on the right foot. Additionally, there are several ways for you to work out your legs and core while laying down as well. By taking turns laying on your side and lifting one leg repeatedly, or lifting your glutes to build your core strength – there are various methods you can use to improve your wellbeing in the gentlest way possible.

 

It’s important to have a healthy relationship with your mind and your body. Ask yourself: what do I feel like doing today? Listen to how your body feels and let it guide you to your first step towards flexercising. Remember, a healthy body gives birth to a healthy mind. So, let’s start our self-care journey of flexercise today!