Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year’s top health and wellness stories

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

In 2021, our second year of pandemic survival, what health and wellness stories were people reading? While it’s unsurprising that stories about living with HIV are popular, it appears as though CNA Lifestyle readers were also hungry for other topics.

And as evidenced by our list of popular stories for 2021, whether it was about the effects of bubble tea on gout, male “menopause,” or the best time to run to lose weight, we all attempted to live a healthy lifestyle.

SINGAPORE IS THE WORLD’S ‘MOST FATIGUED’ COUNTRY – AND WE ARE TIRED OF IT

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

We are the world’s most exhausted people (yay and yawn), despite the fact that Mexico beats us in terms of annual hours worked and daily time spent on the Internet. Mexico, we’ll catch you the next time. Or perhaps not, as sleep is more critical.

CAN DRINKING A CUP OF BUBBLE MILK TEA ON A DAILY BASIS TURN YOUR JOINTS TO’STONE’?Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

Please, one regular bubble milk tea with pearls – and no gout. Yes, your cup of bubble tea can give you painful, inflammed joints, no thanks to the gout-inducing fructose found in the tapioca balls, syrup, honey, fruit flavourings, fresh fruit and fruit purees.

ARE YOU A SUPPORTER OF WEARING A MASK ON YOUR ARM OR UNDER YOUR CHIN? YOU ARE SPREADING BACTERIA

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

Have you grown accustomed to wearing masks while out and about? Develop the habit of carrying a resealable bag with you as well, as leaving your mask on your wallet, phone, or strapped to your arm and under your chin spreads germs to others – and other surfaces.

MEN, THERE IS A MALE VERSION OF MENOPAUSE – AND IT CAN BEGIN AS EARLY AS YOUR FORTYS.

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

While men are unlikely to discuss andropause with their drinking buddies, it is inevitable. And it can last decades in men, in contrast to women’s menopause, which typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55.

WHY ARE SPECIALISTS SAYING THAT THE BEST TIME OF DAY TO GO FOR A RUN IS IN THE EVENING

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

Lower cholesterol levels, improved cardiovascular health, improved blood sugar control – and, perhaps most importantly, you don’t have to give up your morning lie-ins to run.

YONG TAU FOO IS NOT AS SAFE AS YOU BELIEVE: HOW TO SELECT THE RIGHT ITEMS

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

Singaporeans appear to enjoy a good yong tau foo – and calorie counting. To create the ideal low-carb and low-calorie bowl, follow these steps: Choose bee hoon, two or three leafy vegetables, two pieces of tofu (not the fried variety), and two items that are not fried, such as an egg, tomato, brinjal, or ladies finger.

DOES YOUR PEE HAVE A FISHY OR OVERRIPE FRUIT SMELL? IT COULD REFER TO HEALTH CONCERNS

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories
 

If your urine smells, something is wrong. It could be due to a lack of water or something more serious like diabetes, urinary tract infection, or even liver failure.

HOW ILLUSTRIOUS CAN YOUR FAVORITE NOODLE DISH BECOME? WE DISCUSS THE FACTS

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

It is entirely dependent on the type of noodle. Yellow noodles, mee sua, and pasta have the highest calorie density, whereas soba, tang hoon, and konjac noodles have the lowest.

HOW ABOUT ALMOND, OAT, OR SOY? WHAT IS THE BEST MILK SUBSTITUTE IF YOU ARE INTOLERANT TO LACTOSE

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

If cow’s milk is not an option for you, the best nutritional alternative is soy milk. Otherwise, it’s entirely personal preference, as even different brands of non-dairy milk have varying flavors, sweetness, and textures. In other words, increase your coffee consumption to ascertain.

FOR PROVEN FITNESS BENEFITS AND RESULTS, TRY THIS 11-MINUTE BODY WEIGHT WORKOUT.

Singaporeans on the verge of exhaustion, smelly pee, bubble tea, and gout: the year's top health and wellness stories

The routine requires no equipment, minimal space, and 11 minutes in total, including a minute for warming up and cooling down. Best of all, this workout does not require you to visit a gym.

 

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