Happy Labour’s Day to all the workers of every field!

02 May 2023 | Article is written by Ng Jia Yin (Nutritionist, Lovy Pharmacy)

Welcome back to the workplace after Labour’s day holiday and again, Happy Labour’s Day to all the workers of every field! We hope you had a good rest and may you all be blessed with the sweetest fruits for all the labor you have put into your work. At the same time, do not forget that health is wealth, as we need a healthy body to contribute to our family, our company and our country.

Malaysian Employees are Overworked, Sleep-Deprived, & Unhealthy

Source: theedgemarkets, February 10, 2020

According to a survey done by the Malaysia’s Healthiest Workplace by AIA Vitality 2019, it revealed that:

  • 4% of respondents reported that they were suffering from at least one or more musculoskeletal conditions
  • 17% of respondents reported that they felt tired and fatigue every single day
  • 32% of respondents reported that they have one or more chronic conditions (kidney conditions, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, stroke or cancer)
  • 90% of employees do not eat a balanced diet
  • 42% of employees are either overweight or obese

Job Place Stress: A Silent Killer of Employee Health and Productivity

Job stress is defined as the harmful physical and emotional responses that occur when the requirements of the job do not match the capabilities, resources, or needs of the worker. It can lead to poor health and even injury. These effects occur in a continuum and lead to poor company productivity.

Some physical health problems linked to workplace stress include immune deficiency disorders, musculoskeletal disorders such as chronic back pain, and gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome. Meanwhile, workplace stress also brings effects on worker’s mental health, such as increased risk of anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders. Workers who are stressed at work tend to practice unhealthy behaviors, such as excessive cigarette smoking, alcohol and drug abuse, and poor dietary habits.

Work-Life Balance: How important is it?

We can’t deny that work-life balance carries an important role but it is often overlooked. Work-life balance is about achieving balance and satisfying strategies that could accommodate work and life. It is a crucial aspect in a healthy working environment, as it helps in maintaining mental health, physical health, and increasing employees’ productivity.

However, employees generally face these common work-life balance disruptions, which may cause them to feel extra stressful.

How to create Work-Life Balance?

Hence, on this day, we are here to remind you to have more self-care and self-love in your everyday life, because both your physical and mental health matter!

Relaxing and relieving your stress could be simple. Having a good nutritious meal could help, while activity as simple as having a short brisk walk after work could also help. All it takes is a little bit of your time and it could boost your mood and health extensively.

Examples of Simple, Quick, Nutritious Meal and Leisure Activities

Always remember that a balanced, healthy diet does not necessarily have to be complicated and hard to prepare, and as far as we know work is important, your health and well-being are even more important. Always find time for yourself, and a rest is an essential, preparatory step for a longer journey ahead!


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Nutritional Management During Fasting Month of Ramadan

05 April 2023  |  Article is written by Mohammad Noor Hisham (Dietitian, Lovy Pharmacy)

This article is reviewed by dietitian Tan Jun Er and nutritionist Yeu Yi Wen (Lovy Pharmacy)

(Image credit: Freepik)

Muslims around the world are nearly halfway through the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslim adults and adolescents who have reached puberty abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk. In Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia, the average fasting hours range from 12 to 14 hours a day. Certain groups such as pregnant and lactating women, and individuals with severe illnesses, are exempted from fasting for health reasons.

As we approach the final 15 days of Ramadan, it is important to maintain proper nutrition intake. In this post, we will look into eating habits to avoid, nutritional management for diabetic patients, and Ramadan nutrition meal plans.

Eating Habits to Avoid During Ramadan

Though it is known that fasting during Ramadan has its list of health benefits, following most of our cravings during iftar and not having a balanced meal during suhoor can lead to a harmful eating pattern that might cause health problems.

Nutritional Management for Diabetic Patients

Fasting during Ramadan for people with diabetes carries considerable challenges. Despite that, many diabetic patients still insist on fasting. Healthcare professionals (HCPs) must be conscious of the potential dangers of fasting for some individuals with diabetes and should quantify and stratify the risks for every individual to provide the best possible care. If you are diagnosed with diabetes, discuss with your doctor and dietitian before fasting during Ramadan.

 Consult our doctors and dietitians via Live Chat feature within our Doctor2U app.

Ramadan Nutrition Plan (RNP) for Diabetes Patients

Ramadan Nutrition Plan (RNP) is a clinically proven tool, designed to assist individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) to achieve better blood glucose control and help with weight management. This plan can also be applied for the general population.

The “Ramadan plate” method may be used for designing meals.

(Image credit: IDF-DAR Practical Guideline 2021)

Glycemic Index (GI): A measure of the increase in the level of blood sugar caused by eating a specific carbohydrate.

Managing Digestive Issues During Fasting

The reduction in food intake that comes along with fasting may cause digestive issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, and bloating. It is best to support your fasting journey and enhance the benefits of fasting with probiotic supplementation that contains Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains.

Our Nutridos Bifido mixed berries juice powder is rich with probiotics to help improve good gut bacteria. The juice powder is free from sugar, colourant and artificial flavouring, making it a healthier choice of drink

Purchase Nutridos Bifido mixed berries juice to enjoy its nutritional benefits.

Here is a sample of nutritious and tasty meal plans during the fasting month:

In short, practising mindful eating during Ramadan can help with blood sugar control as well as weight management. Remember to avoid excessive refined carbohydrate intake, choose low Glycemic Index (GI) carbohydrates, and consume plenty of water. We hope you have a smooth journey in the remaining days of this fasting month. Selamat berpuasa!


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Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease (HFMD)


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HFMD is a viral infection caused by a group of enteroviruses, most commonly the Coxsackie virus. The incubation period of HFMD is 3 to 5 days (with a range from 2 days to 2 weeks). Both adults and children can be affected, but young children below 5 years old are more susceptible.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”10vh”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Signs and Symptoms

  • Fever.
  • Lethargy.
  • Poor appetite.
  • Sore throat.
  • Mouth ulcers on the inside of the mouth or sides of the tongue.
  • Rash (flat or raised spots) or small blisters on palms of hands, soles of feet, and/or buttocks.

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How does it spread?

HFMD spreads through direct contact with:

  • Nasal discharge.
  • Saliva.
  • Faeces and fluids from the rash of an infected person.

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Is there any treatment?

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If your child has HFMD, please take the following actions:

  • Inform school, nursery, kindergarten, so that they can monitor other children closely and prevent further spread of HFMD.
  • Keep your child away from public.
  • Check other family members whether they have any signs and symptoms of HFMD.
  • Proper disinfection of appliances or toys that are contaminated.
  • Avoid sharing food and utensils.

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4 CHECKS whether your child is fit for school:

  • Check for fever (to take temperature).
  • Check for blisters on hands and arms.
  • Check for mouth ulcers.
  • Check for blisters on soles of feet, legs and/or buttocks.

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For more info

Please refer to the following website:

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