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He Shou Wu. Looking for some information regarding its usage, effects, recommended forms, etc.
Hi, everyone! I've been trying to solve my issue of premature graying hair and this plant caught my eye one day. I was hoping someone could provide some more detailed information of how to use it, or whether to pair it with another supplement, or recommend a brand that has worked for you. So I've begun using the powder form of this plant last summer. I've been taking 1-3g daily, on an empty stomach, mixed in with some cold to lukewarm water. Despite taking it diligently every day for a couple of months it didn't seem to be helping with my hair colour. So once I ran out of the product I got discouraged and didn't reorder a new batch until this January. I have been taking the product regularly since that time again, this time staying between 2-3g, therefore upping my dosage by a bit. It again doesn't seem to be working. Granted, I haven't been using it for a particularly long period of time, but I do wonder whether there's something I should be doing differently and have so far only been wasting time. Should I up my dosage? The package says 1-2 teaspoons daily is enough, but what that means in grams is a mystery. Also ... the one I've been using is a prepared version in the ratio of 10:1. Should I find one with a different ratio instead? I've heard some people rave about pill forms of the product too. Any recommendations on that? And lastly, I heard some people combine it with blackstrap molasses, and others with stinging nettle root and pine pollen extract 50:1. Are those helpful for the effect to happen? If anyone can provide any useful tips I would really appreciate it. Thank you :) submitted by /u/LivelyWallflower [link] [comments] [...]
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US eyeing 5G solutions with Huawei rivals Ericsson and Nokia, official says
The US is laying the groundwork to develop its own technology to support 5G enabled communications. — AFP pic WASHINGTON, March 26 — As the US further pushes to separate itself from Chinese telecommunications equipment maker Huawei Technologies, the Pentagon is laying the groundwork to use technology from rivals Nokia and Ericsson in its 5G development plans, a Pentagon official said yesterday.“I am not sure we are going to have a total US solution,” Ellen Lord, the Department of Defence’s under secretary of defence for acquisition and sustainment said.“We are talking to Ericsson, we are talking to Nokia quite a bit.”Simultaneously, the US is laying the groundwork to develop its own technology to support 5G enabled communications, said Lord, who is the Pentagon’s chief weapon’s buyer.The United States has lobbied Europe to shut out Huawei, saying its equipment could be used by the Chinese government for espionage. But the European Commission is expected to ignore US calls to ban Huawei Technologies.Huawei has strongly rejected the allegations and earlier this month sued the US government over the issue.At the same time, Lord said that military to military discussions about future 5G networks were going well for the United States.On the military side, “there is actually a huge dialog going on about what is the path forward,” Lord said.“We have frankly seen a lot of our European allies leaning forward to work with us on that.” — Reuters [...]
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Asus pushed malware on thousands of computers, says Kaspersky
More than 57,000 people installed the malicious backdoor on their computers after hackers attacked a server for a live software update tool. — AFP pic TAIPEI, March 26 — Taiwanese laptop maker Asus unknowingly pushed malware to thousands of computers after one of its servers was hacked last year, potentially affecting more than one million people, Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said.More than 57,000 people installed the malicious backdoor on their Asus computers after hackers attacked a server for the company’s live software update tool, Kaspersky said in an article posted on its website yesterday.“The trojanised utility was signed with a legitimate certificate and was hosted on the official Asus server dedicated to updates, and that allowed it to stay undetected for a long time,” the firm said.“We are not able to calculate the total count of affected users based only on our data; however, we estimate that the real scale of the problem is much bigger and is possibly affecting over a million users worldwide,” it added.The Moscow-based firm said that its ongoing investigation found that hackers had deployed the same techniques against software from three other companies.Kaspersky uncovered the Asus attack, which it dubbed “ShadowHammer”, in January after adding a new supply-chain detection technology to its scanning tool and is planning to release a full report on it next month.The incident highlights the growing threat from so-called “supply-chain attacks” where malware is installed on systems during the manufacturing or assembling process or through later updates, analysts say.Asus, which makes computers, laptops, smartphones and other electronics, released a statement saying it had upgraded its software to “prevent any malicious manipulation in the form of software updates or other means”.“ASUS customer service has been reaching out to affected users and providing assistance to ensure that the security risks are removed.” — AFP [...]
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Committee to submit interim report on electoral reforms to Dr M by the year-end
PORT DICKSON (Bernama): An interim report on improvements to the system and rules surrounding elections will be submitted by the Election Reform Committee (ERC) to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad by the end of this year. [...]
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MCA claims Pakatan fact-twisting on Japanese WWII monument
A viral message of the opening of the monument elicited criticism and the signboard was taken down yesterday evening. — Picture courtesy of Kedah MCA Youth KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — MCA was among parties that strongly protested against a proposal to make the location where three Japanese soldiers were buried during World War II a tourist attraction spot, a party leader said today.Tan Chee Hiong, its deputy youth chief, alleged Pakatan Harapan’s claim that a controversial monument it said was raised to commemorate the soldiers in Kedah had existed during Barisan Nasional rule was a lie.“MCA Youth calls on PH supporters not to twist facts by saying the monument was already built during BN rule,” Tan said in a statement.The monument was built by the Japanese before the end of World War II and was rehabilitated recently to be preserved as historical artifact.Tan said he was among those who opposed a proposal to turn the monument into a tourist attraction at the turn of the century.He claimed during his tenure as the party’s Kedah Chinese youth bureau chief, the idea was proposed but rejected twice already.“When the Kedah Historical Society found the gravestones they had suggested the place be made a tourism spot,” he said.“But the proposal was rejected. So the monument was left as it is...we took the position not to destroy the monument, but we also won’t open the place to tourists,” he added.Tan alleged the Kedah PH government had allowed the Japanese Consulate to turn the gravestones into a shrine despite protests from locals, especially the Chinese community.Local Chinese were among the most brutalised victims of the Japanese occupation of Malaya.State Youth and Sports, Tourism, Arts and Culture, and Entrepreneurship Development Committee chairman Mohd Asmirul Anuar Aris was forced to apologise two days ago following public uproar.However, Mohd Asmirul said the mistake was that the banner at the monument had described the dead soldiers as “heroes”.He claimed the company that prepared the banner for the opening of the monument translated the information provided by the Consulate of Japan.It is unclear if the monument was refurbished by the Japanese government, as Tan alleged.MCA has since demanded the Kedah government tear the edifice down.  [...]
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Dewakan is first Malaysian restaurant to be on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list
For the first time ever, a Malaysian restaurant has made it on to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list. This historic culinary moment happened when modern Malaysian restaurant Dewakan placed 46th at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards, held tonight in Macau. Dewakan also nabbed the Best Restaurant in Malaysia award. “We are very happy to be included,” said chef Darren Teoh, who helms the restaurant. Dubbed the “Oscars of the Asian gastronomic world”, the awards were launched in 2013 to celebrate the increasing number of world-class Asian restaurants. Dewakan, which is a portmanteau of the words ‘dewa’ and ‘makan’ first opened in 2015 under Teoh’s stewardship. Teoh has since become well-known in the F&B scene for being an innovative champion of local produce. Teoh is known for championing local produce and using it in his inventive meals. Photo: Filepic His restaurant is a reflection of this ethos, with a menu made up largely of indigenous local ingredients like goat sourced from local farms, organic local vegetables and herbs like ulam raja and torch ginger flower (bunga kantan). Other lesser-known ingredients that he has worked with include kulim (a kind of forest garlic) and cendawan kukur. Teoh’s menus are often incredibly well thought-out, and dishes he has created in the past have included prawns warmed in starfruit juice and herbs, roasted eggplant with keluak and candlenut oil, and Temuan chocolate with jaggery ice-cream. Voting for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants is done by a panel of 318 food experts based in Asia who each cast 10 votes for restaurants they have had the best experience at in the preceding 18 months before the voting deadline. The top three restaurants in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 list are Den from Japan at No 3, Gaggan from Thailand at No 2 (the restaurant previously placed first four times) and the No 1 restaurant in Asia – Odette from Singapore. [...]
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Malaysia’s Dewakan makes it to Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list
Dewakan came in at 46th on Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list and was named Best Restaurant in Malaysia. — Picture via Facebook KUALA LUMPUR, March 26 — Dewakan in Shah Alam has become Malaysia’s first restaurant to crack Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list.The restaurant was placed 46th at Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards ceremony in Macau tonight.Dewakan also bagged the Best Restaurant in Malaysia Award at the event dubbed the “Oscars of the Asian Gastronomic World”.French fine dining restaurant, Odette, in Singapore took the top spot, followed by Gaggan from Thailand and Den from Japan in second and third place respectively.William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, said the list, which is now in its seventh year, continues to evolve, inspire and showcase emerging talent.“The 2019 list welcomes 10 new restaurants, including a first-time entry from Malaysia, and celebrates the ongoing culinary innovation in the region,” he said.Chef Darren Teoh, who helms Dewakan, attributed the win to the efforts of an entire supply chain. Chef Darren Teoh said he plans to relocate his restaurant to the city centre. — Picture via Facebook “It’s nice to be acknowledged for the work that’s being done by all in Malaysia, the farmers, the producers and other restaurants who are pushing it every day as well as our guests and the guys at the restaurant now and before,” Teoh told Lifestyle Asia, a lifestyle website.He also revealed that he has plans to relocate his restaurant to the city centre.Dewakan’s website explained that the restaurant’s name was a combination of the Malay words Dewa and Makan, which means “god” and “food”.Its menu boasts various delectable dishes with familiar local ingredients such as ‘Roast eggplant with keluak & candlenut oil’, ‘Slow cooked red snapper with a broth made from temu’, ‘Kid goat from Boden farm with petai-So’, and ‘Tapai and pickled rose’.The list is created from the votes of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy, an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia, each selected for their expert opinion of Asia’s restaurant scene.The panel in each region is made up of food writers and critics, chefs, restaurateurs and highly regarded ‘gastronomes’.Members list their choices in order of preference, based on their best restaurant experiences of the previous 18 months.The list is an offshoot of the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list, published by William Reed Business Media. [...]
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7 Resepi Murah dan Mudah dengan Kos Kurang RM10 Sepinggan
Resepi murah tidak semestinya anda perlu menggunakan bahan masakan yang tidak berkhasiat dan berkualiti. Semuanya bergantung pada perancangan dan cara anda mencari bahan-bahan masakan. Sebagai orang bujang dan pelajar, anda pasti sedang mencari cara untuk masak makanan sendiri tanpa menghabiskan wang yang banyak dan membeli makanan di luar. Jadi, pastikan anda baca rencana ini kerana kami pasti, anda perlukannya! Anda juga perlu mengguna bahan masakan tersebut dengan sepenuhnya dalam masakan supaya mendapat kuantiti makanan yang maksimum. Lihatlah 7 resepi mudah dan murah di bawah.   Resepi Murah #1: Nasi Goreng Kampung Nasi goreng ialah masakan yang takkan pernah membuatkan anda berasa lapar atau memerlukan peruntukan belanjawan yang tinggi. Hidangan ini juga merupakan salah satu resepi murah yang paling senang dimasak! Dengan sedikit nasik, ikan bilis goreng, cili, bawang merah dan bawang putih, anda pasti akan menghasilkan satu hidangan yang mengenyangkan. Dapatkan resepinya di sini.   Bahan-Bahan: 1 cawan (170g) ikan bilis (RM0.34) 2 cawan (680g) nasi sejuk (RM1.76) 1 cawan (170g) sayuran campur (RM1.00) 3 ulas bawang merah (RM0.48) 2 ulas bawang putih (RM0.03) 1 biji cili merah (RM0.10) 10 biji cili padi (RM0.10) Garam secukup rasa Jumlah: RM 3.81   Resepi Murah #2: Lemak Masak Labu Kredit: resepisedap-nennie.blogspot.sg Apabila kita fikir tentang resepi murah dan mudah, tiada yang memenuhi kedua-dua kriteria itu dengan baik seperti resepi-resepi lauk kampung. Dengan sedikit labu dan belacan, anda akan kenyang seharian.   Bahan-Bahan: 500g labu kuning, dipotong dadu (RM1.74) 200g santan (RM1.67) 1 cawan air 1 bawang besar, dihiris (RM0.16) 2 biji cili merah, dihiris  (RM0.20) 2 sudu besar (12.5g) ikan bilis (RM0.03) Garam secukup rasa Daun kunyit, dicarik (RM1.29) 1 sudu kecil (4.2g) serbuk kunyit (RM0.08) 2 batang serai – dititik (RM0.33) 1 sudu kecil (4.2g) lada hitam (RM0.07)   Cara-Cara: Masukkan kesemua bahan kecuali santan, cili merah dan daun kunyit dalam periuk. Rebus labu sehingga empuk. Apabila labu empuk, masukkan santan, cili merah, daun kunyit dan lada hitam. Masak sehingga mendidih. Padamkan api dan hidang. Jumlah: RM 5.57 Resepi Murah #3: Ayam Masak Kicap Kredit: kipassiling.blogspot.sg Rakyat Malaysia cintakan daging. Kita tak dapat bertahan lama tanpa makan daging dan masalah kewangan pun tidak dapat membuatkan anda fikir dua kali untuk membeli daging demi kepuasan anda. Resepi mudah dan termudah untuk masakan berdaging semestinyalah resepi Ayam Masak Kicap. Jadi, apa tunggu lagi? Lekaslah memasak!   Bahan-Bahan: 1 potong dada ayam, potong pada ketulan besar, perap dan goreng (RM3.00) ½ cawan kicap manis (RM1.06) ½ bawang Holland, dipotong dadu (RM0.67) 1 biji cili merah (RM0.10) 1 biji cili padi (RM0.01) Daun kari (RM0.10) Bahan kisar: 3 ulas bawang merah (RM0.48) 2 ulas bawang putih (RM0.03)   Cara-Cara: Panaskan kuali dan letakkan sedikit minyak. Goreng bahan kisar hingga wangi. Masukkan ketulan ayam. Masukkan kicap, bawang Holland dan cili merah. Perasakannya dan padamkan api.   Jumlah: RM 5.45   Resepi Murah #4: Cendawan Masak Lemak Cili Api Kredit: himpunanresepibonda.blogspot.sg Jika anda seorang yang kaki makan sayur atau sukakan makanan pedas, inilah hidangan yang anda patut cuba. Kami yakin, sekali anda cubanya, anda mahu makannya berkali-kali. Lazimnya, masak lemak dimasak menggunakan daging lembu, ayam atau ikan. Namun begitu, masak lemak juga boleh dimasak menggunakan sayuran juga. Anda mungkin berasa ragu-ragu tapi resepi masak lemak sayur ini pasti membuatkan anda terfikir untuk jadi vegetarian nanti.   Bahan-Bahan: 400g cendawan tiram (potong kecil) (RM4.80) 3 ulas bawang merah, dicincang (RM1.69) 2 ulas bawang putih (RM0.03) ½  sudu besar udang kering (direndam & ditapis) (RM0.50) 1 cawan (170g) air 200g santan (RM1.67) ½ sudu kecil kunyit (RM0.08) Seinci batang serai (RM0.11) Seinci halia (RM0.50) 10 biji cili padi (RM0.10) 1 biji cili merah (RM0.10)   Cara-Cara: Letakkan sedikit minyak. Apabila minyak sudah panas, goreng ikan bilis, bawang besar, bawang putuh, cili padi, kunyit dan serai. Masukkan cendawan dan goreng kilas. Masukkan santan dan garam secukup rasa. Masak pada api perlahan dan kacau. Apabila mendidih, padamkan api dan hidang. Jumlah anda? RM 9.58   (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});   Resepi Murah #5: Ikan Bilis Tempe Goreng Kredit: aziejaya.blogspot.com Jika anda mahu berdiet dan tak mahu berkompromi dengan rasa dan kekenyangan anda, inilah resepi paling sesuai untuk dicuba. Sama ada dimakan dengan nasi atau ini, inilah resepi murah yang tidak akan basi jika disimpan dengan bail. Anda hanya perlukan kacang tanah, cili, kicap manis, tempe dan ikan bilis. Dengan bajet sebanyak RM10, tiada masalah untuk anda dapatkan bahan-bahan tersebut.   Bahan-Bahan: 1 cawan ikan bilis, digoreng (RM0.34) 200g tempe, dihiris nipis dan digoreng rangup (RM0.50) 3 sudu besar (37.5g) cili boh (RM0.08) 5 ulas bawang merah, dikisar (RM2.80) Garam dan gula secukup rasa   Cara-Cara: Panaskan minyak dalam kuali dan tumis cili boh sehingga wangi serta masak. Masukkan bawang merak dikisar. Tumis hingga wangi dan masukkan sedikit gula serta garam. Masukkan tempe dan ikan bilis goreng. Gaul rata dan padamkan api untuk kekalkan kerangupannya. Jumlah: RM 3.72   Resepi Murah #6: Sup Bebola Ikan dan Cendawan Kredit: craftbnb.com Jika anda tak lalu untuk makan banyak atau tidak berselera untuk makan dek kerana melihat duit anda yang semakin berkurangan,resepi ini pasti mengubatkan hati anda yang lara.   Bahan-Bahan: 400g cendawan tiram (dipotong kecil-kecil) (RM4.80) 10 bebola ikan (dibelah dua) (RM0.60) 3 ulas bawang merah, dicincang (RM1.69) 2 ulas bawang putih (RM0.03) 1/2 sudu udang kering (rendam & ditapis) (RM1.50) 1 cawan air ¼ lad sulah ¼ garam   Cara-Cara: Pan [...]
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What to Feed Your Gut Bacteria
For many years, it was believed that the main function of the large intestine was just to absorb water and dispose of waste, but “[n]owadays it is clear that the complex microbial ecosystem in our intestines should be considered as a separate organ within the body,” and that organ runs on a MAC, microbiota-accessible carbohydrates. In other words, primarily fiber. One reason we can get an increase of nearly two grams of stool for every one gram of fiber is that the fiber fermentation process in our colon promotes bacterial growth. The bulk of our stool by weight is pure bacteria, trillions and trillions of bacteria, and that was on a wimpy, fiber-deficient British diet. People who take fiber supplements know that a few spoonfuls of fiber can lead to a massive bowel movement, because fiber is what our good gut bacteria thrive on. When we eat a whole plant food like fruit, we’re telling our gut flora to be fruitful and multiply. From fiber, our gut flora produce short-chain fatty acids, which are an important energy-source for the cells lining our colon. So, we feed our flora with fiber and then they turn around and feed us right back. These short-chain fatty acids also function to suppress inflammation and cancer, which is why we think eating fiber may be so good for us. When we don’t eat enough whole plant foods, though, we are in effect starving our microbial selves, as I discuss in my video Gut Dysbiosis: Starving Our Microbial Self. On traditional plant-based diets, we get lots of fiber and lots of short-chain fatty acids, and enjoy lots of protection from Western diseases like colon cancer. In contrast, on a standard American diet filled with highly processed food, there’s nothing left over for our gut flora. It’s all absorbed in our small intestine before it even makes it down to the colon. Not only may this mean loss of beneficial microbial metabolites, but also a loss in the beneficial microbes themselves. Research shows the biggest issue presented by a Western diet is that not leaving anything for our bacteria to eat results in dysbiosis, an imbalance wherein bad bacteria can take over and increase our susceptibility to inflammatory diseases or colon cancer, or maybe even lead to metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. It’s like when astronauts return from space flights having lost most of their good bacteria because they’ve had no access to real food. Too many of us are leading an “astronaut-type lifestyle,” not eating fresh fruits and vegetables. For example, the astronauts lost nearly 100 percent of their lactobacillus plantarum, which is one of the good guys, but studies reveal most Americans don’t have any to begin with, though those who eat more plant-based are doing better. So it’s use it or lose it. If people are fed resistant starch, a type of MAC found in beans, within days the bacteria that eat resistant starch shoot up and then die back off when you stop. Eating just a half can of chickpeas every day may “modulate the intestinal microbial composition to promote intestinal health” by increasing potentially good bacteria and decreasing pathogenic and putrefactive bacteria. Unfortunately, most Americans don’t eat beans every day or enough whole grains, enough fruits, or enough vegetables. So, the gut flora—the gut microbiota—of a seemingly healthy person may not be equivalent to a healthy gut flora. It’s possible that the Western microbiota is actually dysbiotic in the first place just because we’re eating such fiber-deficient diets compared to populations that may eat five times more fiber and end up with about 50 times less colon cancer. This is one of the reasons I recommend three daily servings of legumes (beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils) in my Daily Dozen checklist. The microbiome connection may explain the extraordinary results in the study I featured in my video Is It Worth Switching from White Rice to Brown?. More on the musical fruit: Beans and the Second Meal Effect Canned Beans or Cooked Beans? Increased Lifespan from Beans Beans, Beans, They’re Good for Your Heart Cooked Beans or Sprouted Beans? Diabetics Should Take Their Pulses Slow Your Beating Heart: Beans vs. Exercise More on the microbiome revolution in medicine: Treating Ulcerative Colitis with Diet Microbiome: The Inside Story Prebiotics: Tending Our Inner Garden What’s Your Gut Microbiome Enterotype? How to Change Your Enterotype Paleopoo: What We Can Learn from Fossilized Feces How to Develop a Healthy Gut Ecosystem Microbiome: We Are What They Eat For more on bowel health, check out: Burkitt’s F-Word Diet Breast Cancer and Constipation How Many Bowel Movements Should You Have Every Day? Should You Sit, Squat, or Lean During a Bowel Movement? In health, Michael Greger, M.D. PS: If you haven’t yet, you can subscribe to my free videos here and watch my live, year-in-review presentations: 2012: Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death 2013: More Than an Apple a Day 2014: From Table to Able: Combating Disabling Diseases with Food 2015: Food as Medicine: Preventing and Treating the Most Dreaded Diseases with Diet 2016: How Not To Die: The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers [...]
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Do Face Masks Really Help?
Wearing a face mask protects you from inhaling allergens and otherwise work as a shield against spreading and contracting flu and other infectious diseases. So, should you run to the drug store and buy a pack of 100 to protect yourself from all the sniffling people around you? Tags Colds, Flus, & Infectious Diseases Immunity [...]
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Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Gut Health
It’s hardly news that the gastrointestinal tract is important to human health: It transports food from the mouth to the stomach, converts it into absorbable nutrients and stored energy, and shuttles waste back out of the body. If you don’t properly nourish yourself, you don’t live. It’s that simple. But in recent years, scientists have discovered that the GI system has an even bigger, more complex job than previously appreciated. It’s been linked to numerous aspects of health that have seemingly nothing to do with digestion, from immunity to emotional stress to chronic illnesses, including cancer and Type 2 diabetes. “We now know that the GI tract is full of trillions of bacteria that not only help us process food but that also help our bodies maintain homeostasis and overall well-being,” says Dr. Tara Menon, a gastroenterologist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The key, experts say, may lie in the microbiome—the makeup of bacteria and other microorganisms in the stomach and intestines, or, informally, the gut. Research on the microbiome is still in its infancy. But studies have already found that certain environments, foods and behaviors can influence gut health for better or worse. Here’s why that matters and what you can do to improve yours. Why is gut health important? Everyone’s microbiome is unique, but there are a few generalities about what’s healthy and what’s not. “In healthy people, there is a diverse array of organisms,” says Dr. Gail Hecht, chair of the American Gastroenterological Association Center for Gut Microbiome Research & Education. (Most of those organisms are bacteria, but there are viruses, fungi and other microbes as well.) “In an unhealthy individual, there’s much less diversity, and there seems to be an increase of bacteria we associate with disease.” Hecht stresses the word associate because scientists don’t know for sure which comes first—whether bacteria influence disease risk or whether existing disease influences gut bacteria. Most likely, she says, both are true. “We’re still lacking specific proof of how this connection works, but we know it’s there.” Some bacteria fight inflammation, while others promote it. When the gut works as it should, these two types keep each other in check. But when that delicate balance gets skewed, inflammatory bacteria can take over—and they can produce metabolites that pass through the lining of the gut and into the bloodstream, spreading the inflammation to other parts of the body. Specific types of bacteria in the gut can lead to other conditions as well. Studies in both animals and humans have linked some bacteria to lower immune function; others to greater risk of asthma and allergies; and still others to chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and some cancers. Gut health has even been linked to anxiety and depression, and to neurological conditions like schizophrenia and dementia. The makeup of gut bacteria also varies between lean and overweight people, suggesting that it may play a role in causing obesity in the first place. What affects gut health? The food you eat obviously plays a role in the bacterial makeup of your gut, but so do a lot of other factors, including the nature of your birth. Research shows that babies delivered vaginally grow up to have more diverse microbiomes than those delivered via C-section, thanks to the exposure they get to different bacteria as they pass through the birth canal. Breastfeeding has also been shown to foster beneficial gut bacteria. The environment you grow up in matters too. “We are way too clean of a society,” says Hecht. More exposure to germs and bacteria, within reason, can strengthen our microbiomes. “Go outside, dig in the dirt, play with animals … it’s all good. These are things that will help establish a healthy gut.” Emotional stress can also affect gut bacteria. Scientists refer to the “gut-brain axis,” a pathway through which signals from the gut can affect neurotransmitters in the brain, and vice versa. Research is still early, but a person’s microbiome and mental state appear to be able to influence each other to some extent. Then, too, there is the role of medications, including over-the-counter painkillers and drugs used to treat acid reflux, diabetes and psychiatric conditions; all have been linked to microbiome changes. But the best-known gut-altering drugs are antibiotics: though they’re prescribed to kill harmful bacteria, they can also wipe out bacteria of all kinds. “I’ve seen patients on antibiotics develop allergies, or become more susceptible to infection, or have motility issues, all because their microbiota composition suddenly changes,” says Hecht. Antibiotics should be prescribed when they’re needed to fight bacterial infections, she adds, but doctors and patients should be careful about overuse. Can you tell if you’re having health problems in your gut? When the microbiome is thrown out of balance for any reason, it’s often easy to tell. Bloating, gas, diarrhea, stomach pain or nausea are all pretty direct signs that something in the gut isn’t working as it should. The imbalances often fix themselves after a short time, but if they become chronic, they may require a medical diagnosis and treatment. (Gastroenterologists can test for specific conditions associated with the microbiome, like an overgrowth of certain bacteria.) But more and more, doctors are discovering irregularities in gut bacteria that don’t cause immediate symptoms—at least not gastrointestinal ones. “You can have bacteria in your gut that aren’t overproducing gas or altering your motility or anything you’d notice but that, for example, are associated with an i [...]
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Man City to play pre-season games in China
(Reuters) - Manchester City will play pre-season matches in the Chinese cities of Nanjing and Shanghai in July as part of the Premier League Asia Trophy, the English champions said on Tuesday. [...]
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FEMALE Tries: The New Nike Air Max 720, The Ultimate Lifestyle Sneaker And Fashion Statement
With its futuristic design, chunky heels and dynamic colourways inspired by nature, the new Nike Air Max 720 is certainly causing quite a buzz among Nike fans and sneakerheads. After a slew of teasers, Nike finally unleashed the Air Max 720 as the successor to the wildly popular Air Max 270. The first “Northern Lights” AM720 was officially released on 1 February 2019, followed by more colourways dropped on 21 and 28 February 2019 respectively. Thanks to Nike, I had the opportunity to review the “Total Eclipse” Air Max 720! Being a sneakerhead myself, I was ready to find out how they flair in a series of comfort tests. Noted as the latest achievement of Nike’s Air Manufacturing Innovation team, the Air Max 720 sports the tallest heel unit in Air history, giving it the biggest heel volume displacement. Nike’s previous flagship Air Max 270 packs a 32mm air pillow sole, and with 38mm of air unit lifting the Air Max 720, it maximizes the shoe’s bounce and comfort by offering wearers a buoyant feeling. The air unit looks even bigger in person and after donning of the pair of shoes, there’s a nimble sensation that made me feel as though I’m hovering above the ground. While the shoes have a slightly narrow fit, they do fit my feet comfortably well. As a petite girl standing tall at 5’2″, I certainly love the tall heel units that heightened my look. The air unit is designed to provide ultimate cushioning, and it’s also made from more than 75 per cent recycled manufacturing waste, making it a pair of environmental-friendly sneakers. Fans of Nike may notice that the Air Max 270 and Air Max 360 were named in reference to the degree of visibility in the air unit, and it’s no exception for the Air Max 720 as well. The name 720 is derived from the idea of the shoes having the biggest visibility of air unit — 360 degrees around horizontally and vertically — making it a total of 720. The upper part of the shoe features moulded lines that radiate out from the sides to create a wave-like design and sports a neoprene/ mesh material. As for the colour, the “Total Eclipse” provides dramatic darkness with completely black soles but under the beaming sunlight, they appear slightly purplish with an ombre look which I absolutely adore. The Air Max 720 is designed as a casual lifestyle shoe instead of a performance shoe and with Nike revealing that the shoes were uniquely engineered for steps rather than strides, I decided to put them to the test. I was impressed with how comfortable my feet felt after wearing it for an eight-hour outing with my friends with long walks around the mall. It took some time to get used to the shoes’ chunkiness and elevated sensation, but the heightened platform was not an issue at all after long hours of wear. It isn’t a pair running or gym training shoes especially with the stiff material and tall air unit, but during an occasion where I had to run to chase the bus, I was really impressed with the firm bounce and great cushioning of the air soles. It also didn’t disappoint on a 2km outdoor jog, although I’m still a bit wary with the voluptuous soles that occasionally give off an off-the-ground sensation. As a lifestyle sneaker, the footwear is the ultimate stylish statement that even our fashion writer Amalina was seen sporting the “Sunset” Air Max 720 that boasts a combination of pink, purple and blue hues! This new addition to the Nike Air Max series comes in multiple dashing colours such as “Sunrise” and “Northern Lights” that’ll surely make heads turn, but the “Total Eclipse” I had paired really well with some of my usual wardrobe picks. Whether it’s a classic black t-shirt with skinny jeans, pastel-coloured skater dress or casual business attire, the sneakers undoubtedly match really well with these simple outfits. The post FEMALE Tries: The New Nike Air Max 720, The Ultimate Lifestyle Sneaker And Fashion Statement appeared first on female. [...]
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Desert truffles are Libya’s ‘manna from heaven’
Milad Mohamad, a truffle hunter, holds up a white truffles, known locally as ‘Terfas’, in Al-Hamada al-Hamra desert, in Libya’s western Nalut province February 22, 2019. — AFP pic AL-HAMADA AL-HAMRA (Libya), March 26 — Braving the cold and hostile Libyan desert, Milad Mohammed scratches the ground to extract what he calls “manna from heaven” — white truffles coveted as a delicacy at home and abroad.The fungus known locally as “Terfas” is the only thing, besides some wild grass, that grows under the desert sands nurtured by the combined effect of rain and cold temperatures at night.They have been consumed since Roman times for their delicate taste as well as their nutritious and medical properties, and are sold to Gulf countries as a luxury food item.Mohammed harvests the white truffle as a hobby and each year before springtime he treks through the desert region of Al-Hamada al-Hamra, southwest of Tripoli, to look for them.“I don’t earn my living from this. It’s a passion,” says Mohammed, in his 60s, a retired civil servant from the western city of Zintan.“It’s like a therapy, a way to purify myself from the chaos of the city,” he adds as he takes a drag from a cigarette outside a tent he pitched in the desert after a day’s work.“It’s a beautiful place, and rough, and you feel so isolated here,” says Mohammed.For hours he wanders across the desert by foot or in his pickup truck, covering dozens of kilometres and stopping at several spots to scratch the sand with his hands or a cane in search of white truffles.Usually they are buried deep underground.Digging with bare hands “There is nothing more satisfying than to use your bare hands to dig into the sand and extract these delicious truffles,” says Mohammed.“They’re manna from heaven.”But searching for this white gold in the oil-rich North African country that descended into chaos after the fall of veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi in the 2011 Nato-backed uprising is no easy task.Libya has been gripped by unrest since the revolt, with various groups vying for control of its oil wealth and cities, while the desert has become a hornet’s nest for jihadists and criminal gangs.Unlike hunters of black truffles, who use dogs or hogs to search for the prized mushroom, Mohammed only trusts his eyes to spot the place where they grow.According to him, white truffles — scientifically known to provide a rich source of protein — have health benefits and their juice is used to treat eye diseases.But truffles are also in great demand in Gulf markets.Buyers and sellers Over the past few years the price per kilo of white truffles tripled to 130 dinars (RM134), a merchant said, as harvesting the fungus became more difficult due to Libya’s unrest and unfavourable weather conditions.This year the harvest was good thanks to abundant rain but that meant that the cost per kilo dropped to 80 dinars.Wholesale transactions often take place at a tent erected on a road near Zintan that leads to Al-Hamada al-Hamra.It is there that pickers like Mohammed and Khaled Abdelwahed go to sell the truffles they found in the desert.“We endured very cold weather but the merchant is offering us a fraction of the price,” says Abdelwahed, as he tried to negotiate a good deal for the eight kilos of truffles he collected after four nights spent in the desert.“The merchant’s making a better profit than us, and all that time he keeps warm in his tent” while truffle pickers do all the hard work, he says.The buyer Khalifa al-Sahraoui, a merchant from neighbouring Algeria who travels to Libya each year for truffle season between November and March, disagrees.“We buy the truffles and sell them to other merchants,” he says.Abdallah Miloud, another truffle merchant, says the harvest is sold to middlemen who in turn “sell them to clients abroad”.The Libyan white truffle is “of excellent quality” and “prized in Gulf countries”, he adds.There are no official figures for the export of Libyan truffles.But according to Miloud, revenues from sales have “rescued several families” from financial hardship. — AFP [...]
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INTI and you Tube’s Ling Big Yong tell a university love story in a short video
Following the success of its 2018 collaboration, INTI International University & Colleges... The post INTI and you Tube’s Ling Big Yong tell a university love story in a short video appeared first on Marketing Magazine Asia. [...]
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So, you’re rich. Which is the best car to get driven around in?
We test-drove/rode 10 luxury sedans to see which rear amenity package comes out on top by HANNAH ELLIOTT, KYLE STOCK & BRETT BERK Bentley Mulsanne ( main picture) The Mulsanne is the elegant flagship of the Bentley line, with an interior covered in tanned hides (24 colours on offer; 150 hours to complete) matched by knurled knobs and chrome finishing. Hand-polished, unbleached wood veneers make the cabin feel so warm it almost blooms; ambient lighting throughout is adjustable to every mood. Two 10.2-inch tablets can play live TV and make calls via Bluetooth headphones. Internal memory, micro SD (secure digital) and USB technology are placed strategically for use while you’re reclining in the massaging seats or pouring a glass from one of the three optional bottle coolers. Individual footrests in plush lambswool come standard. US$304,670 ★★★★★   Rolls-Royce Phantom Extended Wheelbase (EWB) The rear cabin of the Phantom EWB is immense — stretching 9.6 more inches than in the already sizeable base car. Its two thrones perform the typical massaging, heating, cooling and reclining, and buttons operate tray tables, tablets, doors, footrests and the cloth curtains. There’s even a power opening for the Champagne cooler between the seats (the cut crystal glasses are manually operated). With all the sound insulation in the Phantom — even the tyres are filled with noise- deadening foam — you’ll barely know the car is running. US$525,000 (RM2.15 million) ★★★★★   Mercedes-Maybach S 650 The Maybach brand takes top-notch Benz products and adds more. Here, that means a wheelbase stretch of eight inches, which allows the rear seats to recline 43 degrees. If the fourway adjustable headrests aren’t enough, there are attachable monogrammed quilted pillows. Passengers can also enjoy an extendable calf support (the right rear seat gets a power footrest too), a massage programme meant to feel like hot stones, power-folding tray tables, and heated armrests. A small refrigerator can chill your Champagne, which you can serve in handmade silver flutes. Cooled (and heated) cup holders handle your drinks, while special glass in the panoramic sunroof darkens at the touch of a button. A WiFi hotspot allows streaming on your devices or the seatback tablets. US$199,900 ★★★★   Lexus LS 500 The Lexus isn’t nearly as large or esteemed as its swanky rivals, but it offers one of the most precious cabins in the field. Silky leather is nipped into patterns that flow seamlessly into the architecture of the doors and windows, which are accessorised with handmade herringbone wood trim and starbursts of Kiriko glass. A seamless seatback compartment stows laptops and ephemera, so it’s a tidy space to be in—and at a max tilt of 48 degrees, the aft seats are the closest the industry gets to a 70mph hotel room. US$98,400 ★★★   Porsche Panamera Turbo Executive The Executive stretches the standard Panamera Turbo by six inches at the wheelbase, and an enormous sunroof yawns the length of the cab, making it perfect for cloud-gazing — if you’re not distracted by 10-inch entertainment screens and Bose surround-sound speakers. An active carbon filter traps pollen, airborne pollutants, and viruses and bacteria. Best of all: The Panamera is one of the few all-wheel drivers on this list. US$161,900 ★★★★   Lincoln Continental Reserve The back seat of this car, which is replacing the Town Car in fleets the world over, adds a touch of theatre to almost everything. Buttery leather is bordered with ash-wood trim shellacked to a candy-like sheen. The armrests have ashtrays (so retro!), and the coffin-heavy doors open with the push of a button. In addition to reclines and massages in the back, the rear-seat controls can also adjust the front passenger seat. Another subtle detail: Active noise cancellation. US$64,605 ★★★   Jaguar XJL Supercharged A half century since it hit the road, Jaguar’s biggest cat is still a stunner, and its V-8 is more athletic than most of the pack. The longer- wheelbase version of the XJ offers an extravagant 3.6ft (1.1m) of legroom in the back, and the seatbacks can be appointed with stowable 10.2-inch high-definition screens, folding business tables and footrests. Just- right LED reading lights and a state-of-the-art Meridian sound system complete the package. US$97,200 ★★★★   BMW M760i xDrive You’ll probably buy this with driving in mind — it has a potent V-12, which can be paired with all-wheel drive (AWD), allowing superb traction and Corvette-beating acceleration. But the ride isn’t too shabby, either. The rear seats recline, heat and cool, and they feature eight massage modes, including two of what BMW calls “Vitality” programmes. The touch-screens lead passengers through the stretching and breathing exercises of these seated workouts. There’s WiFi, but only the right-side seat gets a folding worktable. A small, removable tablet/remote allows passengers to tweak environmental settings. An atomiser mists the cabin with a scent in three adjustable strengths. In the 7 Series, the panoramic sunroof can be digitised with pinpoint LED lights in different colours. US$156,700 ★★★★   Audi A8 The Executive Comfort package for Audi’s range-topper includes a leather-covered central console that houses a pair of folding worktables and removable tablet (to minutely adjust the climate, entertainment and lighting); a special Relaxation Seat feature with a heated and massaging footrest is best experienced if you remove your shoes. The dual-tablet rear-seat entertainment system comes with USB ports, a household power outlet and…a DVD changer? (Perhaps this is the start of a retro wave in executive sedans, and next we’ll see a revival of cassette players and ashtrays.) High-test 8or 12-cylinder models of the A8 are forthcom [...]
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