The Health Guru

Facts, Hints, Tips, Advice and Inspiration on everything to do about health & weight loss.

Cortisol: The ‘stress’ hormone

Are you having trouble sleeping?  Finding it hard to lose weight? Putting on weight, especially in your stomach? Feeling stressed?  Have increased Blood Pressure and Cholesterol?  YES?  You could have a cortisol imbalance. Cortisol is a type of hormone produced by the body. It is referred to as the “stress” hormone since people produce greater levels […]

Research: A laugh a day keeps the doctor away!

Researchers at a California University have discovered that laughing is like ‘internal jogging’ and has a positive effect on our body similar to moderate exercise. The study conducted required volunteers to watch 20 minutes of comedies / stand-up jokes and found after their session a dramatic drop in stress hormones, blood pressure and cholesterol resulted.  […]

Nutrition Info: Hokkien Mee

Singapore style Hokkien Mee

  Hokkien Mee is a fried noodle dish popular in Singapore and throughout Malaysia.  However – when you order in both countries you are likely to get many different meals!  So confusing!  Hokkien Mee Singapore style uses a mixture of yellow egg and white rice noodles that are stir fried in lard and served dry […]

Research Findings: Protein dominant breakfasts help you lose weight


In a recent study 21 men ate two different breakfasts on separate days. Day 1 consisted of a protein-dominant breakfast of scrambled eggs and white toast.  Day 2 consisted of a carbohydrate-rich breakfast of a plain bagel, low-fat cream cheese and low-fat yoghurt. Both breakfasts contained exactly the same number of kilojoules. The study revealed […]

Digestive Problems: Indigestion

Indigestion is a very common complaint that occurs from digestion.  Here’s what’s happening when you experience Indigestion: For comfortable digestion to occur, the stomach lining should secrete just the right amount of acid at the right time – no more, no less. If the lining pours out acid when the stomach is empty (which can […]

I completed the 43km Outrigger race!

What an amazing experience paddling in the Gold Coast Cup Outrigger race. I just can’t wait to do it all again.  As a team we all would have liked to do a little better but there were so many positives to take home from it all. We finished the race hard & strong We completed […]

Gold Coast Cup Outrigger Race, 2010.

Coolangatta Coast (Start)

      This weekend I’ll be heading down to Queensland, Australia to take part in the Gold Coast Cup.  It’s a 43km paddling race in outrigger canoes.  The event begins down on the New South Wales border at Coolangatta and we paddle north up the coast finishing at Surfers Paradise.  Our team has put […]

Digestive Problems: What is Reflux and Heartburn?

Digestion doesn’t always work perfectly.  It’s very common for people to experience some issues and complaints at some stage of their life concerning this important function of the body.  Here’s what’s happening if you experience Reflux or Heartburn. Reflux:  The circular muscles of the stomach have the job of keeping the food in the stomach […]

What is my stomach doing?


Ever wondered what your stomach is doing when it rumbles? When you burp? Or why you vomit?Here’s the answers…. Stomach Rumbles: When your stomach is empty and you are hungry or anticipating eating, the stomach contracts and just squeezes air, making the noise experienced as “rumblings.” Burping: Most burping occurs due to the swallowing of […]

Ever wondered how digestion occurs?


It’s probably been a long time since you’ve had to think about what occurs during digestion.  So here’s a step-by-step revision for you on how we digest, process and eliminate food. 1.  Digestion begins in the brain: Smelling and seeing food prepare digestive juices in the intestines. 2. Chewing: Your teeth break down food into […]

Listen up people: Fat Doesn’t Just Dissolve

As much as everyone is looking for the easy way out of this problem or just wants a ‘quick fix’ – don’t be fooled by claims by beauty centres, slimming spas or anything similar – Fat doesn’t dissolve and they can’t be zapped away. These ‘fat dissolving’ procedures called by names such as lipodissolve, mesotherapy, […]

Nutrition Information: Fried Bee Hoon


Fried Bee Hoon is a popular Singaporean meal often taken for Breakfast and is simple enough to be cooked at home and also found in local food courts.  ‘Bee Hoon’ is the name given to rice vermicelli or thin noodles made from rice. This meal consists of the bee hoon as the base and then […]

What’s the difference between Prebiotics and Probiotics?

As the competition intensifies to provide healthy food products – more ingredients are being added to modify the profiles of food to promote health. I frequently get asked: What is the difference between a product containing Prebiotics and Probiotics?  Are they the same thing or not?  And what do they do? Both are scientifically recognized […]

Beginner Recipe #3: Healthy Italian Meatballs

Tomato meatballs

Here is another easy to make, healthy, low fat meal.  Best of all – they freeze well.  Enjoy!! Ingredients: 650g buying online lean beef mince 2/3 cup breadcrumbs 2  x green onions (shallots), chopped 2  x tablespoons chopped oregano (dried is ok to use if you can’t find fresh) 2 x garlic cloves, chopped 2 […]

Review your New Years Resolution Goals

By now the New Years Resolution ‘honeymoon’ is over.  Most people typically stick to their promise for the first few weeks then gradually return to bad habits.  So now is the time to review your goals!   Ask yourself – Have I achieved these goals?  If you have – keep going (or set new ones) […]

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