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  1. The Dangers Of Visceral Fat

    What is Visceral Fat? Excess belly fat can be unattractive, but there’s more to it than just that. Subcutaneous fat is stored below your skin, and visceral fat is stored in your abdominal area. It is packed around the spaces surrounding your major internal organs, such as your pancreas, liver and intestines. Having some visceral fat is normal, but too much of it can pose a health risk, which will be further explained below. Contrary to popular belief, not only overweight people have visceral fat – anyone can have it. How Visceral Fat Develops When carbohydrates are digested, they are first broken down into sugars and then glucose. Carbohydrates, sugary food and processed starch like white rice and bread can result in a rush of converted glucose in the blood stream when consumed. Excess glucose in the blood stream triggers the pancreas to produce and release insulin in copious amounts. Insulin is a hormone that balances the blood sugar level. There is a correlation between glucose and fat. As the released insulin stores the glycogens as fat, the blood sugar level drops significantly and leaves a person feeling hungry again. Insulin can also affect the hormones such as the adrenal glands that control stress, strong ravenous urges to eat and abrupt mood swings can occur. Similarly, the liver also stores glycogen, but once the storage limit is reached, excess glucose is converted into fatty acids. These fatty acids are released back into the blood stream and converted into stored body fat, adding to the visceral fat in the body. Why Visceral Fat is Dangerous  Visceral fat can cause inflammation - it creates inflammatory and hormonal molecules and deposits them straight into the liver. This results in both inflammation and increased hormone-disrupting reactions. Inflammation has been found to be a driver of most diseases, such as arthritis, diabetes, obesity, stroke and cancer. Hence, an increase in these inflammatory reactions can directly result in an increase in these diseases. It also plays a role in damaging your body’s metabolism. Your metabolism is controlled by the amount of stored fat you have. Visceral fat can disrupt your appetite and hunger levels. Hormonal changes can take place, leading to overeating. As mentioned above, excess visceral fat can lead to hormonal changes. These changes include galanin, serotonin and an array of other brain neurotransmitters – all that can impact your mood negatively. How to Avoid Having Visceral Fat Healthy Eating Habits Healthy eating does not refer to unhealthy fad dieting such as starving yourself, only eating cabbage or drinking fruit juice. Doing so might result in weight loss for a period of time, but can be extremely damaging to the body and also be unsustainable over the long run. Since you know that refined sugars, carbohydrates, and processed foods can contribute to developing trans-fat, start by cutting down and limiting your consumption of them. Whether the carbohydrates in food are complex or simple, they eventually break down into sugar molecules and are subsequently stored as fat in the body. Therefore, it is important to refrain from consuming carbohydrates and sugar, such as rice, noodles, pastries and even fruit juice. Healthy fibre options such as vegetables and konjac root have very few calories. Proteins from fish, soy, eggs, tofu and nuts not only trigger satiety but are also used in many bodily functions. Healthy fat from butter, olive oil and avocados also serve many bodily functions. Taking these foods can promote an overall healthy food intake with low absorption of calories, resulting in little accumulation of visceral fat. Get Enough Sleep Sleep is essential for a body to function properly. Sufficient sleep (i.e. 8 hours a day) helps to regulate your stress hormones and appetite. It also boosts metabolism and keeps food cravings at bay. Having sufficient sleep may not be enough if the quality of sleep is poor. Steps to better ensure a good quality of sleep include minimising exposure to blue light, avoiding caffeine, and sleeping in a dark room with no lights on. Stress Reduction Some stress is good, but too much of anything is bad, and the same goes for stress. When you’re overly stressed, cortisol production is triggered, which can disrupt metabolism, appetite, food cravings and sleep. Too much stress can also affect your body in ways that you cannot imagine – not only can it contribute to the likelihood of developing visceral fat, it can possibly lead to other health problems, such as heart disease and cancer. Find a way to channel your stress if you feel that you’ve been feeling stressed out and frustrated recently. Related Products:  
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  2. Five Pillars of Health

    FIVE PILLARS OF HEALTH Xndo strives to help you achieve total health easily, conveniently and naturally. We do this through our Five Pillars of Health, an integrated programme of meals, drinks, supplements and tonics that are: Balanced Benefit-dense Bio-available  They work holistically to sustain overall wellness and address key risks to health. We call these threats, IOG – Inflammation,Oxidation and Glycation. Triggered by poor diet and lifestyle choices, IOG increases the risks for chronic diseases such as heart disease, arthritis, high cholesterol, elevated blood pressure and cancer.  Some inflammation is normal and part of the body’s protective response. However, a poor diet high in sugar, carbohydrates, artificial food additives and trans-fat causes chronic low-grade (‘silent’) inflammation and increases the risk of a host of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, and heart disease. Oxidation occurs naturally to kill bacteria. However, excess oxidative stress from the environmental, lifestyle and diet releases large amounts of free radicals and disrupts the body’s balance. Cells are subjected to continuous damage that causes aging, cancer, hardening of the arteries, increases inflammation and more. "Glycation is when a protein or fat molecule bonds with a sugar molecule, distorting it. A diet high in sugar and carbohydrates increases the glycation process and triggers a state of low-grade inflammation hat results in tissue damage and plaque formation. SIGNS:Redness, Swelling, Pains, Aches, Rashes, Arthritis, Joint Pains, Eczema, Edema. SIGNS:Appearances of skin aging, Skin Mottling,Skin Pigmentation.  SIGNS:Diabetes, Muscle Breakdown, Sagging Skin.     Total Health Starts Here!     DOWNLOADOUR BROCHURE PDF
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  3. Balance from within

    Balance from within pH is more than measure used in science class – it’s also an indicator of health. If you recall from chemistry class, pH is a scale to measure acidity (0) and alkalinity (+14). Your body has a pH scale too. Ideally, it is slightly alkaline at pH 7.36. However, not all of us are in balance. Stress, smoking, and a diet high in sugar, processed fast foods can are acidic and strain the body’s normal functions.
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  4. Fibre for Health

    Fibre for health Fibre is more than nature’s scrubbing brush, it is also a sponge and bulking agent. Including adequate amounts of fibre into your diet keeps your digestive system and bowel movements in good working condition. Fibre comes in two forms: insoluble fibre and soluble fibre. Soluble fibre cannot be digested and passes through the digestive tract without being broken down. This ‘roughage’ aids the passage of waste through your gut. Soluble fibre absorbs many times its own weight in water, forming a sticky gel that lines the stomach and slows down digestion – and is thus helpful in regulating appetite. Soluble fibre also regulates insulin and has a beneficial impact on cholesterol. Fibre has another important role: feeding the bacteria that live in the gut. These colonies not only aide in digestion but play an important role in immunity. As a rule, aim for 20g to 30g of dietary fibre a day – and remember to drink plenty of water when increasing your fibre intake. If you are already including the meal solutions formulated by Xndo Food for Health, you’re already getting a healthful dose of fibre. Related Products:
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  5. Cholesterol

    The truth about dietary cholesterol Thanks to some long-standing bad science , there’s a persistent misconception that foods high in high-cholesterol will raise blood cholesterol levels. However, a growing body of research is showing that dietary cholesterol (the cholesterol in foods) may not affect the cholesterol that is in your blood. Researchers are beginning to understand in greater depth that the relationship between cholesterol and the body is extremely complicated and that it may be genes that determine cholesterol levels. People process cholesterol differently, so some people may be more vulnerable to cholesterol-rich diets, while others are not. In fact, studies suggest that only about 30% of people are particularly susceptible to the effects of dietary cholesterol on blood cholesterol levels. What does this all mean for you? Simply, it means you should go ahead and enjoy foods such as eggs, shell fish, full-fat dairy products and grass-fed beef in moderation. While high in cholesterol, these are also among the healthiest and most nutritious foods out there. Related Products:
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  6. How you really process sugar

    How you really process sugar We know sugar is bad for us. More than causing weight gain, sugar triggers inflammation, oxidation and glycation – factors that lead to disease. Different types of sugar can also impact the body differently. If you’re looking to cut out added sugars to your diet, here’s what you need to know about the differences. Fructose Fructose is a type of sugar that is found in fruits, vegetables, and honey. It is also found in abundance in processed foods and drinks in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose is unique because unlike glucose and sucrose, it is not the preferred energy source for your muscles or brain and is not metabolised in cells but can only be processed in the liver. It is more fat-producing than glucose. A diet high in fructose (especially in high-fructose corn syrup) can strain the liver, increase blood levels of uric acid, and disturb body fat regulation. Glucose Glucose is the simplest form of sugar and a sugar that is most easily metabolised by the body. It is also the body’s preferred energy source. Glucose triggers your insulin response and this insulin signals your cells to absorb glucose for energy. Your body processes most carbohydrates you eat into glucose, either to be used immediately for energy or to be stored in the muscles or in the liver as a fat called glycogen for later use. Maltose Maltose is two glucose units joined together. Made from glucose, it is processed by the body in the same way. Sucrose Sucrose is simply common table sugar, made up of 50% glucose and 50% fructose. In the body, fructose and glucose are processed accordingly. The bottom line: We can’t escape all sugar. Natural sugars – found naturally in small amounts in whole foods – has its place in some healthy diets such as in moderate low-carb, paleo and keto diets. The key is to check for added sugars – especially for high-fructose corn syrup – and know what we’re really doing to our bodies. Related Products:  
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  7. A sweet treat – without the sugar

    A sweet treat – without the sugar We can’t help it – sometimes nothing will do on a hot day but a cold sweet drink. But if you’ve cut sugar from your diet, there are not a lot of options out there for a sugar-free beverage – unless you reach for one of the fruity drinks, teas and coffees in the Food for Health by Xndo range. They are among some of the healthiest completely sugar-free drinks there around – what’s more, they are developed to be loaded with additional benefits. The Grape and Mango flavoured Carb Blocker drinks for example, contain potent extracts of white kidney bean and inulin that work together to limit the absorption of sugar and improve feelings of satiety. They also contain absolutely no sugar – compared with many other laden beverages in the market. So this festive season, reach for the carb-blocker drinks for a sip that also combats weight gain. Fizzy carb-blocker punch INGREDIENTS 1 sachet Grape and Mango carb-blocker drink ½ cup soda water (adjust amount to your personal preference) Frozen mango cubes or halved grapes (as a garnish and an alternative to ice cubes) DIRECTIONS Dissolve the sachet of carb-blocker drink in soda water. Pour into a glass with the frozen fruit. Enjoy! Fruit-tea refresher INGREDIENTS 1 sachet Rosehip Hibiscus or Pineapple Passion fruit tea drink ½ cup soda water (adjust amount to your personal preference) Lemon, orange, strawberry and pineapple slices (or any fruit of your choice) DIRECTIONS Dissolve the sachet of fruit tea in room temperature water. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze till well set. Pour soda water into a glass and top with fruit tea ice cubes for a subtle flavour boost. Related Products:  
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  8. Gut Health

    Tame the bloat Most people suffer an occasional episode of indigestion- be it due to a personal predisposition, stress or overeating. In many cases, over-the-counter antacids or prescription pills can readily ease symptoms. However, Food for Health by Xndo believes in a more long-term solution. You see, a healthy digestive system is the foundation for total wellness – and this is built from the inside out. Your inner ‘army’ Within your intestines is a billion-strong army of friendly bacteria that play a role in building up the immune system, obtaining nutrients from food, regulating hormones, producing vitamins and eliminating toxins. In fact, 70 percent of the body’s immune system reside inside your gut!  A diet high in bad fat, sugary and processed foods can cause tan imbalance in the gut and trigger not just tummy problems, constipation and bloating, but auto-immune disease, skin problems, allergies, headaches, fatigue and joint pain. Eat ‘live’ foods – feed your gut This is why we believe that eating well includes feeding your gut with food that is alive with good bacteria that can repopulate your inner colony. Enzymes and probiotics found in naturally fermented foods (such as yoghurt, miso and raw vinegar) heal the gut and keep it – and you – in the pink of health. But we don’t often get enough enzymes in our daily diet. To ensure that enough enzymes are available in the right concentration so they reach your gut, Food for Health by Xndo developed a range of highly-concentrated and potent Digestive Health tonics, teas and tablets that improve digestion and sustains gut balance. Choose from enzyme tonics, apple cider vinegars, cleansing teas and even handy supplements. These work together keep your system in tip-top shape, while also playing a role in preventing constipation, eliminating waste and burning body fat. Related Products:
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  9. A handier way to take MCT

    A Handier Way to Take MCT How do you take your good fat? For some, ensuring a good dose of MCT each day involves a rather oily swallow of coconut oil. While coconut oil is a good source of MCT, only about 60% of it contains actual MCT (less, actually if you want to get technical, because most of it is in the form of lauric acid, a ‘faux MCT’. (You can read more here). Not everyone can – or is willing to – load up on coconut oil each day, so we at Food for Health by Xndo have launched a much handier form of 100% MCT powder. Ready to eat, handy to carry around and most importantly much more potent! Plus, they come with a host of additional benefits such as prebiotics and dietary fibre. These sachets can be simply added to drinks or food – or even consumed directly! Here’re a few ways to MCT-boost your day. This ultra-rich smoothie will serve as a power breakfast or quick lunch to fuel your day MCT-loaded smoothie INGREDIENTS 1 sachet Xndo Protein Shake 1 sachet Xndo 100% MCT powder 1 small banana ¼ cup Greek yoghurt (optional) ½ cup water or milk (adjust amount to your personal preference) DIRECTIONS Blend all the ingredients together till smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy! Related Products:
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  10. Local Delights – compared

    Singapore is a foodie’s paradise – with cheap, delicious hawker food always at hand. However, frequent eating out has its disadvantages. Often, our favourite local delicacies are high in calories, carbohydrates (including sugar) and low in fibre. This not only means that we tend to eat more than we should, but that we get hungry again once the sugar rush subsides. To counter this, Food for Health by Xndo has developed a range of meal solutions that bring better balance to your day. Just replace one ‘regular’ meal with one of our many tasty options and enjoy a lighter, healthier and more beneficial lunch or dinner. More than just cutting calories, these meals have a better balance of carbohydrates, proteins and fat that fuels your day, keeps you full and regulates your insulin levels. Food for Health by Xndo Calories (kcal) Protein Fat Carbs Fibre Calories Protein Fat Carbs Fibre Chicken Rice 282 15.5g 11 31.8g 2.9g Chicken Rice* 618kcal 25g 23g 76g 0.7g White Coffee 33 0.4g 1.1g 5.4g 0.8g White Coffee (instant)* 65 1g 2.6g 9.3g 0g Pomegranate Protein Shake Popsicle 83.5 10.4g 0.7g 8.9g 0.4g Red Bean Potong* 92 1.7g 3.9g 12.43g 1.5g 398.5kcal 26.3g 12.8g 46.1g 4.1g 775kcal 27.7g 29.5g 97.7g 2.2g *Data from Health Promotion Board In totality, this simple and convenient lunch or dinner swap could ‘save’ on almost half your calories, and importantly, carbohydrate intake. This does more than maintain an ideal weight. Lowering the amount of starchy, sugar-laden carbohydrates each day will go a long way to reducing the levels of insulin in the bloodstream, prevent insulin resistance and lower levels of inflammation in the body. It means more stable energy levels, better focus and overall improved health in the long term. Related Products:   
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