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Do Singaporeans need supplements in view of their hectic lifestyle?

on July 27, 2020

Singapore is a bustling city, known for her strong economy despite only having a population of 5.8 million. While she has emerged an economic powerhouse in Southeast Asia, it has come at a cost. Singaporeans lead a hectic lifestyle, affecting their eating habits and by extension, their health.

This article explains the ill effects of a hectic lifestyle on Singaporeans, and how health supplements can help.

 

Nutrition

Health supplements are incredibly useful for boosting nutrition, especially for those who are not sticking to a nutritious diet.

Research has shown that Singaporeans have a propensity for eating out, with a whopping 55% doing so on a weekly basis. Beyond just dining out, Singaporeans also have a relatively higher tendency to order in, with 44% having done so before, compared to the global average of 33%[1]. With Singaporeans working long hours[2], (Manpower Ministry reported a 45-hour work week on average in 2017) it explains the inclination toward consuming outside food, as they have less time to prepare home cooked meals.

So, what are the disadvantages of consuming outside food?

Eating out does not provide the same nutrition as compared to a meticulously prepared home cook meal. This is considering the lack of vegetables and healthy fibres. In fact, it might even be unhealthy, with an increased consumption of unhealthy fat and sugar. In the long term, this might lead to high cholesterol and heart disease, amongst others. It also has higher degrees of sodium, which is a cause of high blood pressure, kidney disease and dehydration[3].

Additionally, many restaurants, especially fast food joints, reuse oil for cooking. This could lead to a series of health issues, with stomach upset and diarrhoea
This is where supplements can help. There is a myriad of dietary supplements available these days, and you can select them based on the nutrients your diet is lacking in.
Our supplement Immune+ focuses on boosting your immune system, and consists of the best ingredients. It contains Vitamin C, D, K, Zinc, Acerola, Acai and Citrus Bioflavonoids, all of which have been carefully selected to give your immune system the strengthening it needs.

 

Time Saving

Supplements also help to save a lot of time. Make no mistake, we firmly believe that nothing is as good for you as a healthy diet, but when you are short on time or need extra support due to high stress supplements can provide a valuable addition to your diet.

Take for instance Immune+. Just one capsule a day will give your body the immunity boost it needs. Given how busy Singaporeans are, getting additional nutrition from supplements is a convenient and effective prospect.

The only time-consuming aspect when it comes to supplements is the careful selection of the supplements you ought to take. Like all health-related products, we have to be cautious and meticulous in choosing a suitable option. Read more about the selection process in our previous blog article “How to choose the right supplement”.

 

Conclusion

With the hectic lifestyle of Singaporeans making it a challenge to adopt a healthy diet, we believe that the first step could be taking supplements. Supplements not only provide the necessary nutrients that might be lacking from an unhealthy diet, but it is also fast and convenient to take. With that being said, we cannot take supplements to be a replacement for a healthy diet. As its name suggests, supplements are there to supplement your diet, not replace it!

Let us know in the comments section if you have any queries and we’d be happy to answer them as soon as possible!

 

Disclaimer

This blog post is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. The views and nutritional advice expressed are not intended for the purpose of providing medical advice. Please always consult your health care provider if you are experiencing any medical conditions. All content on this page has been thoroughly reviewed. Nevertheless, no liability can be accepted for the completeness and accuracy of the information.


References

[1]        Food for Thought: 55% of Singaporeans eat at Out-of-Home Dining Establishments Weekly. (2018, August 21). Retrieved July 21, 2020, from
https://www.nielsen.com/sg/en/press-releases/2018/food-for-thought-singaporeans-eating-out/

[2]        S'poreans work too long hours, afflicted with presenteeism. (n.d.). Retrieved July 21, 2020, from https://mothership.sg/2018/05/number-of-hours-singaporeans-work-per-week/

[3]        Smith, H. (2018, June 01). What regularly dining out does to your body. Retrieved July 21, 2020, from https://www.insider.com/what-dining-out-does-to-your-body-2018-6

[4]        Denise. (2014, November 10). Why Eating Out Is Unhealthy. Retrieved July 21, 2020, from https://www.boldsky.com/health/wellness/2014/why-eating-out-is-unhealthy-053076.html