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  1. Are Probiotics beneficial to your immunity?

    Do you know? 70-80% of our immune system resides within the gut.  Microbes in the lower intestinal tract help digest food and combat against harmful bacteria. When the gut becomes unbalanced with unhealthy levels of bacteria, probiotics can help to restore the balance. Probiotics have been shown to secrete protective substances to reinforce the barrier function of the intestinal lining, hence lowering the chance of harmful substance in the intestines entering into the bloodstream. To maintain a strong digestive and immune system, you should take probiotic foods or supplements to ensure a healthy balance of “good bacteria” to keep harmful bacteria away. Support your immunity with Probiotics 13 Strains with enzymes!
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  2. Sizzle up your fat burning

    Spice up your life According to some health experts, the consumption of red chilli peppers may help in burning calories. Adding a daily dose of spice to your diet can help to lose extra calories and boost metabolism. Tip: For those who can’t take the heat, Metaburn™ increases thermogenesis (the body’s production of heat) to boost metabolism and burn fats. Include healthy, good fats in your diet Eating fats may sound scary, but consuming the right kind of fats such as avocados, nuts, olive oil and medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) can actually ramp up your metabolism instead. Tip: Take Xndo Coconut Oil Extract powder – a tasty and fuss-free way to include MCT in your diet to aid burn fats and calories. Consume more frequent, mini meals Smaller, more frequent meals in your daily eating patterns can keep your metabolism going at a constant and more efficient rate, and prevent you from going hungry and overeating.  Tip: No need to feel guilty! Take Xfat™ along with larger meal portions, or when you indulge in feasts and buffets. Jumpstart your metabolism with breakfast Your metabolism dips while you sleep and kick starts again with intake of food. Hence, skipping breakfast is considered bad for fat burning and weight loss as it causes your metabolism to slow down.  Tip: Perk up your mornings with a flavourful and aromatic cup of Xndo coffee infused with fat-burning MCT! Keep your alcohol on lockdown It’s best to skip alcohol. With just a single serving of alcohol, you are gaining an extra 100-200 calories! Also, as drinking alcohol may cause one to eat and snack more, at the end of dinner with drinks, you will most likely consume way more calories than you normally would without alcohol.  Laughter is the best medicine On your mark, get set, LAUGH! Genuine laughter may have the ability to give your metabolism a small boost. One study showed that laughing for 10 to 15 minutes daily can help burn about 40 calories – which is equivalent to losing up to 1.8kg over the course of a year.
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  3. Poor Immunity Getting You Down

    Our immune system protects our body from harmful germs that can cause illness. If you are frequently falling ill, you may have a weak immune system. To improve your immune response, there are several steps you can take to staying healthy. Useful Tips to Staying Healthy Good hygiene One of the easiest ways for someone with a weak immune system to stay healthy is to practice good hygience, which includes washing the hands frequently. Avoid close contact with the sick An individual with a weak immune system should refrain from being too near anyone who is ill, as viruses and other infectious illness can spread from person to person through close contact. Healthy diet Diets that are rich in vegetables and fruits will provide plenty of nutrients to boost immune response. Stress management Stress can weaken the immune system further and make one more susceptible to illness. Try effective relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga to manage stress. Adequate rest Sleep deprivation has a similar effect on the body's immune system as stress. Adults should always aim for at least 7 hours of sleep daily, while children need between 8 to 17 hours of sleep depending on their age.
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  4. Get in shape for Christmas

    1)     Replace one meal a day with Xndo’s ready-to-eat meals. Eat the largest meal of the day at lunch. You’re gonna need the extra energy, plus you would have more time to burn it off!  Include more vegetables in your diet. Veggies are incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off disease. Additionally, they are beneficial for weight control due to their low calorie and high fibre content. 2)     Block carb & Burn fats with Xcarb™ & Xfat™.  Opt for low-carb alternatives. Spruce up your dish with cauliflower rice or veggie spirals instead of consuming white rice or noodles or pasta.  Choose leaner cuts of meats. Go for leaner cuts of meat and trim as much visible fat as possible before cooking. 3)     Boost your metabolism while on the go. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Take the stairs or dance around your house just for fun! If you have 5 or 10 minutes to spare, do a few sets of exercises such as squats, push-ups and tabata workout.  Take supplements to support your exercise. Before exercise, take Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) to burn fats and improve performance during your workout. After exercise, take a protein shake for faster muscle recovery. 4)     Detox regularly to cleanse your digestive system.  Keep yourself hydrated by drinking enough water. Adequate water intake enables your body to more effectively excrete waste and toxins from your body.  Avoid sleeping on your stomach. Sleeping on your stomach compresses the organs of your digestive system. The best position is on your back with your head propped up by a pillow, or sleeping on your left side.
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  5. Flex your muscles.. while you still have em!

    Losing muscle.. and you don’t know why? What is muscle loss? Muscles are vital to everyday function, and play a crucial role in human health. It allows us to stand, walk, balance, lift and breathe. Building and maintaining muscle is important for both men and women, because strong muscles can help to prevent falls and more. If you are noticeably losing muscle mass, especially without knowing why, it can be frightening. Have you noticed the following? A decrease in muscle size Reduced muscle strength Have difficulty balancing An impaired ability to perform physical activities                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     You may be experiencing muscle loss. Ageing A loss of muscle mass may be an inevitable result of the natural aging process. As a person gets older, their body produces fewer proteins that promote muscle growth, which can lead to a reduction in a person's strength. As a result, their balance and gait are also affected, impacting on a person's ability to perform everyday activities, such as climbing stairs, lifting objects and walking. Physical inactivity Getting little or no physical activity on a regular basis puts people at an increased risk of muscle loss. It may take as little as two weeks of physical inactivity for those who are physically fit to lose a significant amount of their muscle strength. Injury Sustaining an injury could lead to prolonged inactivity, such as bed rest, which in turn, can lead to a loss of muscle mass. If a muscle does not get any use, the body will eventually break it down to conserve energy. Poor nutrition Having a poor diet can lead to loss of muscle mass as your body breaks down the muscles for energy. The International Osteoporosis Foundation warn that diets low in lean protein, fruits, and vegetables can lead to reductions in muscle mass. Prevent muscle loss with 4 tips 1)      Increase your level of physical activity Doing a combination of aerobic exercise, resistance training and balance training can prevent and even reverse muscle loss. Resistance training strengthens and maintains the major muscle groups. Apart from exercises that use weights, exercises such as push ups, squats, planks, hip lifts and dips are just some of the equipment-free resistance training options. Yoga also builds muscle using body weight while improving flexibility and reducing stress.   2)      A healthy diet Eating plenty of fruits, veggies, and nuts will provide the protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats and vitamins that are necessary for muscle retention. Consuming more protein, which provides the necessary amino acids for muscle growth and repair, may help prevent muscle loss.   3)      Stay hydrated As we get older, our bodies tend to lose more water, which deprives your muscles of electrolytes. As a result, muscle strength decreases. To keep the cells in your muscles working effectively and optimally, be sure to consume the recommended daily intake of water (which includes drinking water and consuming it through foods). 4)      Xndo Le Muscle Xndo Le Muscle is a high potency proprietary blend designed to support muscle health and aid muscle recovery. It also helps minimise aging-related muscle loss. Xndo Le Muscle contains HMB, a muscle preservation nutrient which promotes lean body mass, protects and repairs muscle tissues by decreasing muscle protein breakdown and increasing protein synthesis. It’s time to flex those six-pack muscle facts! 1)      The heart is the hardest-working muscle in the body. It pumps 5 quarts of blood per minute and 2,000 gallons daily. 2)      The gluteus maximus is the body's largest muscle. It is in the buttocks and helps humans maintain an upright posture.  3)      The ear contains the smallest muscles in the body alongside the smallest bones. These muscles hold the inner ear together and are connected to the eardrum. 4)      A muscle called the masseter in the jaw is the strongest muscle by weight. It allows the teeth to close with a force of up to 55 pounds on the incisors or 200 pounds on the molars. 5)      Some of your busiest muscles are those controlling eye movements. These muscles are constantly making adjustments as you read, watch TV, or look around you. In an hour of reading, your eyes may make as many as 10,000 coordinated movements. 6)      Most of the heat produced in your body comes from muscle contraction. Muscle movement counts for almost 85 percent of the total heat produced inside the body. When you’re cold, your muscles contract involuntarily. When you shiver, those are muscles trying to warm your body.
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  6. How healthy are your lifestyle choices?

    Take the test below to find out! Any of the following describes your lifestyle? If you’ve checked more than 3 of the above, you may be at risk for certain health concerns! Adopt a healthy diet Stay active with exercise Practice stress management Reduce alcohol intake Manage smoking/substance abuse Go for regular health screenings Plus, tackle your health concerns with effective formulas targeting cardiovascular, cholesterol and glucose concerns!
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  7. Visceral Fat: Know your Fat Facts

    Visceral fat Also known as organ fat, visceral fat is stored around your internal organs in your abdominal region, including your heart, liver and intestines. Subcutaneous fat Stored directly below your skin, subcutaneous fat is the type of fat where you can “pinch an inch” from your belly, arms and thighs. What may cause Visceral fat? One of the biggest factors that contribute to the amount of visceral fat in the body is a diet high in carbohydrates, such as sugar and white breads, and bad fats, including deep-fried foods, fast foods and margarine. Visceral fat hides within the stomach cavity and covers our internal organs, causing unseen damage. As the amount of visceral fat increases, it pushes against the firm abdominal wall, causing the waistline to expand. It is susceptible to growing to dangerous levels in the body simply because we are unable see it externally. 4 tips to reduce visceral fat: Healthy Diet Avoid foods that are high in sugar and saturated fats, such as confectionery and fried foods. A healthy diet consisting of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains is crucial to reduce and keep off visceral fat. Exercise Physical inactivity and a sedentary lifestyle contribute greatly to increased visceral fat and belly fat. A great way to lower visceral fat level is through fitness exercises. Raise your heart rate by doing cardiovascular exercises such as aerobics, and improve your muscle tone through strength training.  Stress management Cortisol, a stress hormone that is released into the body increases the amount of visceral fat your body stores. Try effective relaxation techniques such as meditation, breathing exercises and yoga for improved mental and physical wellbeing. Xndo Viscerin Xndo Viscerin is suitable for individuals with high levels of visceral fat.  Best taken on an empty stomach before breakfast and bedtime, Xndo Viscerin is made with a high potency combination of ingredients that work synergistically to: Burn visceral fat to reduce visceral fat mass Reduce water retention to minimise excessive fluid build-up Boost metabolism to promote fat burning
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  8. Does your weight go UP and DOWN?

      Weight cycling is the repeated cycle of loss and regain of body weight. When weight cycling is the result of dieting, it is often called "yo-yo" dieting, in which the individual is said to be suffering from “yo-yo syndrome”. A weight cycle can range from small weight losses and gains (2-3kg per cycle) to large changes in weight (20-25kg or more per cycle). Some research links weight cycling with certain health risks. To avoid potential risks, most experts recommend that individuals adopt healthy eating and regular physical activity habits to achieve and maintain a healthier weight for life.   1. You have lost and regained the same amount of weight in the past few years Yo-yo dieters are constantly either on a diet, or off it. The diets they put themselves on are often very extreme, hence they are able to lose a lot of weight. Once they've hit their goal weight however, they start to binge, so from the excessive caloric intake, along with the damage the dieting inflicts on their metabolism, they would start to gain back the weight they lost.   2. You are constantly trying out the latest weight loss trends While there's nothing wrong with being on-trend and knowing what everyone is up to in efforts to lose weight, yo-yo dieters often find themselves running from trend to trend, looking for that quick fix. While these trends are mostly effective when applied consistently on a daily basis, there isn't one that'll magically give you results overnight.   3. You restrict your diet with a list of “off limits” foods Your restrictive diets may cause you to stay away from sugar one day, or carb the next. When you restrict yourself, you are way more likely to crave the thing you avoided. This causes you to give up, binge and then start the cycle all over again.   4. You get demotivated when you fail your diets, instead of getting right back onto them Yo-yo dieters tend to have an "all or nothing" mind-set. If they don't stick to their diet perfectly, they get frustrated and start feeling like failures. And of course, because their diets are so restrictive, they inevitably fall off the wagon. This leads to anxiety, and the yo-yo dieter takes this as an opportunity to give up.   5. You are after fast weight loss results instead of slow, long-lasting ones Some yo-yo dieters get addicted to the thrill of quick weight loss through restrictive diets, no matter how short-lived these results may be. While a balanced lifestyle change is usually the best way to approach weight loss in a sustainable way, yo-yo dieters are more interested in the rush quick weight loss provides them.   Some studies suggest that weight cycling may increase the risk for certain health problems. Yo-yo dieters may also develop a negative psychological effect if they feel discouraged or depressed with their loss and regain of weight. Hence, experts recommend maintaining a stable weight to avoid any potential health risks associated with weight cycling.   Here are 8 tips to get your body back in shape: 1. Plan portion control of your meals such as having frequent, small meals 2. Put aside at least 30 minutes daily for exercise to keep your body moving (even a little light exercise goes a long way) 3. Include a good variety of foods in your diet, such as proteins, carbohydrates, good fats, grains, fresh fruits and vegetables 4. Consult a professional, doctor or dietitian to work with you on your weight issues 5. Focus on slow and steady weight loss 6. Allow healthy snacks in between your meals 7. Drink plenty of water 8. Include Xndo Apple Vinegar series to: Burn fats Block carb Aid effective weight loss Promote healthy weight management
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  9. It’s a carb-spiracy!

    It’s a carb-spiracy! For years, there have been many differing opinions on carbohydrates being healthy or unhealthy. Often cast in a bad light, carbohydrates — one of the basic food groups — are important to having a healthy body. So the question is: Are carbohydrates good or bad? The answer is: they’re both. What are Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are one of three macronutrients which provide the body with energy, vital for the body to properly function. Along with the other macronutrients – protein and fats, our body produce carbohydrates (in the form of glycogen), which is stored in the body and converted to glucose to provide energy.    What are the types of Carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are categorised into: Complex Carbohydrates  Simple Carbohydrates More complicated chemical structure Takes longer for the body to break down Smaller molecules Quick to break down Why are they good? Why are they bad? High in fibre and nutrients Help you feel full with fewer calories    Naturally stimulates metabolism Aids your digestive tract Low in fibre and nutrients  Feel hungry faster Rapidly digested and converted to fats Spikes and crashes in blood sugar     Complex Carbohydrates Simple Carbohydrates Low Glycemic Index (GI)         Digested and absorbed slower Produce a gradual rise in blood sugar level    Promote satiety and control appetite and hunger   High Glycemic Index (GI) Digested and absorbed quickly Produce a rapid fluctuation in blood sugar level (sugar crash) Brings on feeling of fatigue and hunger  
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