The late renowned food critic Anthony Bourdain had this to say about durians: "It smelled like you'd buried somebody holding a big wheel of Stilton (cheese) in his arms, then dug him up a few weeks later." Despite this visceral description of the durian's pungent odour, the fact remains that the King of Fruits is more popular today than ever, not just domestically, but also internationally. China has recently approved the large scale importation of the frozen fruit from Malaysia in order to satiate a growing Chinese appetite for the large spiky flavour-grenade that is the durian. As the durian becomes more of a mainstay in the diet of the world's most populous nation, it is fitting that we better acquaint ourselves with the health properties of this equally beloved and despised fruit. When it comes to most fruits, we tend to be quite confident in our understanding of the fruit's nutritional value. After all, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and who isn't well aware that lemons and … [Read more...] about Have you ever wondered if eating durian is healthy?
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This has led to an increase in the exploration of nutritional psychiatry, where the use of dietary nutrients and supplements is a component of an integrated treatment programme for mental health conditions. Although this is not currently widespread practice, it should be. The current treatment for depression is primarily focused on counselling sessions and antidepressant medication, yet depression is on the rise. Clearly, there should be more to the treatment of mental health than just taking prescribed drugs. Another problem with antidepressants is that it may cause dependency, and it isn't always reliable for relieving symptoms. GETTING THE RIGHT NUTRITION You may not be getting enough nutrition even when you eat three meals a day. Pay attention to whether you are eating the types of food that improves brain health, and if you aren't, consider how much sugar and processed food you are consuming. Your mental wellness may very well depend on you cutting back on those high-calorie, … [Read more...] about What we eat can affect our mental health
MANILA, Philippines — Summer vacation is over and it’s once again time for school! For some kids, academic excellence comes naturally, while for others, it is a struggle. But for parents, providing the best for their kids is the most important for the school season. Here are some must-haves you can consider in your back-to-school checklist. Style options for kids Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples. Believing that all kids are beautiful, SM Kids recently celebrated the fun and exciting details of childhood in SM Mall of Asia. Titled "Fashion Play," the event enabled kids to enjoy the day as the brand presented its new collection of childhood fashion staples, made exciting through vibrant colors and whimsical prints. The event also featured a grand fashion show featuring the brand's four key lines, each with their own fresh offerings every kid will look forward to … [Read more...] about LIST: Cool stuff for school
As the June holidays roll around again, it is time to take that long-awaited beach vacation. So pack some of these travel-friendly products and tools to ensure you look your best for those Instagram shots. TRAVEL SETS Like me, you might just find some of your new holy grail skincare and haircare products in these kits. Drunk Elephant The Littles 3.0 Price: $128 Available: Sephora Ion Orchard and Sephora online You know a travel set is good when after a trip, you replace your entire everyday routine with full-sized versions. First off, it has just about every product you could ever need, in the most compact and easy-to-use packaging - from an amazing daytime vitamin C serum and eye cream to my new favourite night-time glycolic acid serum and facial oil. The little bottles do last a decent amount of time - I just wish they were more affordable. Plus, the set could use a make-up remover. Briogeo Farewell Frizz Frizz Control Travel Kit Price: $37 Available: Sephora stores and online This … [Read more...] about Pretty, Please: Best vacation beauty buys
MANILA, Philippines — There is a day in a year wherein children get to show their appreciation for their selfless and untiring love that only a mother can provide. There is really no way to match the amount of love that flows from the heart of a mother, but it is always a good idea to reciprocate by treating mom to the gifts that match her heart’s desires. For the pretty in pink mom Cara Delevingne for Dior Addict Stellar Shine Pink, according to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director of Dior Makeup, is the color of happiness, freedom and femininity, which is why it was among the most favorite colors and the “lucky color” of legendary designer Christian Dior. As such, the brand recently launched Dior Addict Stellar Shine, a new collection of 24 luminous pink hues, ranging from subtle nudes, to fiery corals, seductive reds and bold plums. The range also boasts of a new formula with micro-pearls for shine; natural beeswax for a lightweight … [Read more...] about LIST: Mother’s Day treats for ‘it’ moms