OMICAL – The Real Calcium from Milk (Plus Giveaway!)

I have a confession to make. It’s not an earth-shaking one, but one that always worries me, especially when my age is catching up now.

I hate milk, absolutely hate it. Yes, you read it right. I’m not lactose intolerant, I can eat cheese and yogurt, but I just hate milk. I dislike how it tastes. Sometimes I drink flavoured milk (chocolate or strawberry), but that doesn’t happen very often.

Recently, I read an article on bone health. It says as our bones reach maximum density at the age of 30, we start to lose bone mass at a faster rate. International Osteoporosis Foundation revealed in 2010 that 1 in 3 Singaporeans above the age of 35 are at risk of developing osteoporosis. The elderly are also likely to consume medications that may impair calcium absorption.

This got me a little concerned. My body has stopped building bone mass, and without knowing it, I’m actually losing it on a daily basis. Exercise and weight training can counteract this natural process of decline, but I also hardly have time to do so. To add insult to injury, I’m also not getting enough calcium from my diet.

Even though I look seemingly healthy now, I know that something is not quite right inside of me. I’m not having enough calcium and I’m losing my bone mass, which may lead to problems like osteoporosis later on.

Is there anything that I can do now? If you ask me, I would say that we should exercise regularly and keep an active lifestyle, eat a well-balanced diet, and make sure we get sufficient calcium and Vitamin D.

Understand what’s happening in our body at different stages of life is equally important. I did a bit of reading on this topic, and here is some useful information that I’d like to share with you.

  1. During puberty, when our body and skeleton are growing, bone formation outpaces bone loss.
  2. By the time we reach our 30s, we stop naturally building bone mass, and we start to lose it.
  3. During pregnancy, if we don’t get enough calcium, our babies will draw what they need from our bones.
  4. After menopause, the rate of our bone loss accelerates to 1-5% on average, depending on our diet, exercise, body frame, drug intake, and overall health.
  5. Some women can lose up to 25% of their bone density in the ten years following menopause.

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So recently, I’ve been taking OMICAL as a calcium supplement. Unlike a typical calcium supplement, OMICAL is a milk mineral complex that mimics the composition of human bones, containing key components like magnesium, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium, iron, zinc and copper.

To put it simple, OMICAL is the only organic milk supplement in the market that might be the closest-to-natural way to top-up our daily calcium levels. This allows for optimal absorption.

Some off-the-shelf calcium supplements are made from calcium carbonates, lactate or gluconate that are derived from sources such as crushed up rocks, shells and bones, which carry potential contamination with toxic substances like lead or mercury.

OMICAL, on the other hand, is derived from pure milk, so we get all the nutrients from milk without the fat, steroids, antibiotics and hormones. OMICAL is also safe for those who are lactose-intolerant as well as children. OMICAL can also be crushed up for consumption for people who have difficulty swallowing tablets.

Thus, I like the fact that OMICAL is free from impurities and toxic metals such as lead, mercury and arsenic, and it has been confirmed through a laboratory test by the Health Science Authority.

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Two tablets of OMICAL contain 500 mg of Calcium (from milk) and 200 IU of Vitamin D3, and that provides up to 50% of our daily recommended intake. I take two tablets each after breakfast and dinner, and I’m all for adequate levels of calcium and Vitamin D in my body.

It’s actually quite convenient for me, just pop two tablets each in the morning and night. At first, I thought either the taste will be weird, or they will be too large to swallow. But I was wrong. They are actually tasteless and easy to swallow.

FIVE quick facts about OMICAL:

  1. Is tested in Singapore to be free from toxic metals to ensure safety.
  2. Is an organic calcium supplement that is derived from pure milk.
  3. Has five Certificates of Safety and Conformance to FDA regulations.
  4. Is free from antibiotics, pesticide residues, artificial colour, gluten and preservatives.
  5. Is made in Canada.

OMICAL is available at leading pharmacies Guardian, Watsons and Unity, as well as selected independent retailers. The recommended retail price is $31.90 for a bottle of 60 tablets.

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Most Singaporeans now take vitamins and dietary supplements as part of their daily routine. They are widely trusted to improve our health and wellbeing, and to compensate for a less than ideal diet as a result of the hectic lifestyle.

Consuming OMICAL real organic milk calcium tablets is hence the perfect way to increase our calcium intakeIf we don’t take care of our health, no one will. So say cheers to health with OMICAL today!

OMICAL – a calcium supplement derived from Organic Milk Source, minus the fat, in an easy to take tablet.

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Now, it’s giveaway time!

Answer this simple question:

How is Omical different from other calcium supplements?

Leave your answer in the comment section below together with your name and e-mail address. FIVE winners with the correct answer will win a full-sized bottle of OMICAL (60 tablets) worth $31.90.

One entry per person, and this is open to Singapore residents only! Closing date of the giveaway is on 31 Oct 2014!

Last but not least, OMICAL will be giving my readers a chance to receive 20 samples just by filling up this form. So, experience for yourself the goodness of OMICAL! Good luck on winning the samples and the actual bottle! Strong bones for all of you!

[2 Nov 14] Winner Announcement:

A big THANK YOU to everyone for taking part in the OMICAL giveaway contest. The FIVE winners of a full-sized bottle of OMICAL (60 tablets) each are:

#1: Corinne Lim
#5: Esther Chng
#9: Evon
#19: Jingxian
#21: Irene Yeo

Congratulations! Strong bones for all of you!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own.

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Power Up! with Eu Yan Sang Essence of Chicken

One of the things that I’m often concerned about since Edison started Primary 1 is whether he’s getting enough nutrition to give him the energy and ability to concentrate in class and keep up with his day-to-day activities.

In a highly pressurized education system in Singapore, the days get busier and busier for our school-going children. They wake up early to go to school, and then, they go through their daily schedule that is filled with back-to-back activities.

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Children who are well-nourished are more likely to be attentive in the class, have better vision and sleep quality, as well as stronger mental clarity. Thus, it contributes to their overall well-being and helps them to grow up to their full potential and healthy life.

Now, all of us know the importance of nutrition. How can we ensure that our children are getting enough nutrition? Eat a variety of food, choose diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables and fruits, avoid food that is high in salt and added sugar, check the food pyramid, and so on.

It may sound easy, but if you have a picky eater at home, you’re bound to be challenged with food battle every day. It’s no fun at all seriously. Especially for a working mother like me, I don’t want to come home everyday to face with a food battle or vex over his nutrition issues.

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Recently, I was introduced to Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness by Eu Yan Sang. I’m sure all of you know Eu Yan Sang. With a heritage of 135 years, Eu Yan Sang is a leading brand in health and wellness, with an established reputation in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Truth be told, I’ve been a loyal customer of Eu Yan Sang for many years. Some of my favourite products include Essence of Chicken, Bird’s Nest and Manuka Honey. When I found that Eu Yan Sang has recently formulated a new Essence of Chicken for kids, I was jumping with joy because I wanted so much to give my son the same nutritional benefits that I’ve had with Eu Yan Sang.

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Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness is made with natural herbs used in TCM which are blended with cutting-edge food technology to help kids’ metabolism and growth, as well as to prevent common problems such as loss of appetite, lethargy and inability to focus in class.

Power Up! is also packed with high quality proteins made with 100% premium-grade Essence of Chicken and the finest TCM ingredients to help boost kids’ appetite, improve eye-sight and enhance sleep.

Most importantly, I like the fact that it is 100% free from caramel colouring, added flavouring, preservatives, fat and cholesterol. That is why Power Up! is safe for kids as young as two years old. It’s also voted as the “Best in Natural Health Tonic 2014” by Parents World magazine.

“Power Up! is the first and only Essence of Chicken in the market formulated for kids that is caramel-free.”

My Review

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Edison has been taking Power Up! for the last two weeks. He drinks one bottle at night every alternate day. I warm it with hot water before serving it to him, and he simply loves its taste. It tastes like concentrated chicken soup, so delicious with a mild herbal taste.

Even a picky eater like him loves the taste of Power Up! I’m completely speechless. His appetite has noticeably improved after consuming Power Up! Appetite for two consecutive weeks. And I’m delighted to see that there’s an overall improvement in well-being and concentration too.

As a mother, I feel a lot better knowing that he’s getting the nutritional benefits from Essence of Chicken to keep his growing body stronger and healthier each day. This hassle-free tonic also saves me a lot of time and energy as I don’t need to double-boil it myself.

So, I’ve learnt that while I try my best to give him a diet that is as balanced as possible, I can also boost it up with Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness. Nothing is more important than our children’s health, and one of the keys to good health is to EAT RIGHT.

Product Information

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There are three variants of Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness series:
1. Power Up! Concentration (S$16.80) – to boost mental power, improve concentration and promote physical growth.
2. Power Up! Vision (S$17.80) – packed with Wolfberries, Beiqi and Baihe extracts to give our kids improved eye-sight, better sleep quality and stronger mental clarity.
3. Power Up! Appetite (S$17.80) – packed with Dangshen, Huaishan and Fuling extracts to improve our kids’ appetite and soothe digestion.

These products are available for purchase online or at Eu Yan Sang stores islandwide.

Giveaway!

“Tell us in 50 words or less, how you think Power Up! will benefit your child!”

Now, we have a giveaway for you! Tell us in 50 words or less, how you think Power Up! will benefit your child and you stand a chance to win a $100 Eu Yan Sang Voucher!

Leave your answer in the comment section below together with your e-mail address and 3x winners with the best answers (as judged by Eu Yan Sang) will win an e-voucher to shop at Eu Yan Sang’s online store.

One entry per person, and this is open to Singapore residents only! Closing date of the giveaway is on 31 July 2014!

Experience for yourself the goodness of Power Up! 100% Pure Chicken Goodness today. Good luck!

Update on 11 Aug 2014:

Congratulations to Louis Lee, Rendy and Carol Lim! You won a $100 Eu Yan Sang voucher. A big THANK YOU to everyone for taking part in this contest.

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Nuffnang. All opinions are honest and are my own. Eu Yan Sang is our favourite TCM brand and we recommend it based on its nutritional and health benefits.

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A New Chapter in My Life (#2)

It’s been two months now, since I shared my medical condition on my blog. I want to thank all of you for your concern and well-wishes. I received many e-mails, SMSes, phone calls and comments after the post, and I’m deeply touched.

For the past two months, I’m still operating a 7-day pill reminder to take my medicine every morning. Ladies, this is worse than contraceptive pills. I can’t miss a single dosage, so I’ve to keep my pills in my handbag every day.

My daily dose comprises cyclophosphamide (75mg) – a chemotherapy drug used in treating various types of cancer and some autoimmune disorders, and prednisolone (7.5mg) – a corticosteroid drug also used in treating autoimmune disorders.

During the start of my treatment, I was on high dosage of prednisolone (60mg daily) and as a result, I suffered some very nasty side effects. I have an increased appetite that leads to an undesirable weight gain. Every time I step on my scale, I see that my weight has gone up. I’ve piled up 5kg in just two months, and please don’t tell me that 5kg is peanuts. Sigh.

Another nasty effect of prednisolone is that it will redistribute body fats to face and neck, causing a ‘moon face’. Why can’t it redistribute the fats to boobs instead? Double sigh.

You might have already seen my moon face from those Disneyland pictures. They are so obvious that I almost wanted to send them all for Photoshop before I post them on my blog. But too bad, I don’t have that software.

The Hubby says, “Don’t worry, dear. We love you for who you are, even though you look like you’re always keeping two marshmallows inside of your cheeks.” I’m both happy and angry when I heard that.

Well, that sort of explained how I look like now. A Chipmunk face, that’s what I call it.

Now, my prednisolone has been tapered off to 7.5mg daily and the side effects should gradually be reduced too (that’s what my doctor said!). Apart from weight gain and a Chipmunk face, I’m just glad that I’m not suffering from other side effects like hormonal changes, digestive problems, hair loss, acne, diabetes and mood swings.

Occasionally, I do feel a little depressed when I look at myself on the mirror. I tell myself to be patient and have faith that I’ll return to my old self soon. Luckily, I’m not a model or actress and I don’t need a slim V-shape face to earn a living. Or I’ll be hiding at home all day.

The good news is – I received my insurance claim from my company’s medical insurance totalling up to SG$15,796 this week. And that pretty much covered 98% of all my medical expenses since the day I was operated at Mount Elizabeth Hospital.

$4K will be reimbursed into my Medisave account, and balance $11K is paid out to me by cheque. Prior to my operation, I’ve never pay any attention to medical insurance. Now, I realized just how important it is. Else the $15K will have to come out from my own pocket.

My next medical check-up is due two weeks later. I’m keeping my fingers crossed, hopefully all is well and I can stop my medication before Christmas.

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Introducing: Sharp Plasmacluster Air-Purifying System + Giveaway!

As a mother, I always want the best for my family, especially when it comes to nutrition and health. Recently, I’ve paid extra attention to the quality of our indoor air too. Why? We spend most of our time indoor, but we may not be aware that the indoor air that we breathe is often filled with unseen contaminants such as bacteria, virus, mould, allergens, and even odours.

Exposure to these contaminants causes allergies, irritations and poor quality sleep. In long-term, it will also cause health problems, including asthma or respiratory problems.

Having said this, I don’t mean that I’ve to shut all our windows and doors to prevent contaminants from entering our home. I also don’t want to kill myself with a complicated cleaning and sanitizing process.

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I’m glad that I’ve discovered Sharp Plasmacluster! It has since become an important part of my family. It’s my optimum point between an allergen-free home, comfort and convenience. I’ll tell you why.

1. It purifies the air like Nature does!

This patented world’s most advanced air-purifying system by Sharp generates ions that attack and deactivate airborne contaminants, leaving the air clean and purified, just exactly the way our Nature does it!

If you’re interested on the technical aspect, here is how it works. Sharp Plasmacluster uses the water and oxygen molecules that are readily present in the air as its base material to generate the same positive and negative ions as those that exists in the perfectly-balanced natural environment. That’s why we always feel that the air is fresher and cleaner on highlands and in forests.

2. I get purified air with just a touch of button!

I don’t like to complicate my life with too many products – air freshener, sanitizing spray, deodorizer, disinfectant etc. Sharp Plasmacluster is ALL that I need, I’ll switch it on the moment I get home. With just a touch of button, I’ve a sense of calmness knowing the fact that the air we’re breathing in is clean and purified.

3. It’s an efficient odour-buster too!

When it comes to odour and contaminated air, it’s easy to get obsessive with face masks; even though that’s the last person I’d like to be. With Sharp Plasmacluster, I just have to turn it on for 15 mins and the smell is gone completely!

With the excellent odour-busting effect of my Sharp Plasmacluster, we’re no longer afraid of tucking into an aromatic and pungent meal at home. Oh yes, we welcome durian parties too. So, please bring them on!

4. Beat the haze!

Have you seen hazy skies on the horizon lately? It was reported in Straits Times recently that the haze has returned as air quality dips to ‘moderate’ in northern Singapore. The NEA attributed the hazy conditions to the south-west winds blowing smoke over from hotspots in Sumatra; something that is beyond our control but is affecting our health.

Fine particles in a haze can cause irritation of the nose, throat, airways, skin and eyes. We may experience sneezing, running nose, eye irritation, dry throat and dry cough as a result of inhaling the air pollutants. Children and the elderly are more vulnerable to the effects of haze due to their weaker immune system.

I do realize, however, that there is something I can do to protect Little Edison from the danger of haze. By using Sharp Plasmacluster, haze is gone entirely from my home!

Sharp Plasmacluster Ion System (Model: IG-DX10E)

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Now, let’s take a look at my Sharp Plasmacluster Ion System. I shall share with you on how I use it to keep my home allergen-free and its maintenance.

I like the fact that it is compact in size. So, it can be positioned vertically or horizontally, fitting into any space available in our house. It is designed with adjustable louver, so airflow can be directed flexibly to effectively remove odours.

The fan can be adjusted to three operating speeds – Full Power, High and Low. The Low (quiet mode) is useful for operating the unit when we’re sleeping, as it will only produce a noise level of 26dB. Its low power consumption is an added bonus too. At only 3 watts, it emits high density ions that can effectively keep our room clean while saving on our electricity bill and giving us a good night sleep.

The pictures below pretty much illustrate how I use my Sharp Plasmacluster:

1. Connect the AC adapter into the power supply and input terminal of Sharp Plasmacluster. Press the Operation Button to start it and to change between the 3 operating modes (Low, High, Full Power).

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2. I put Sharp Plasmacluster at the midpoint of my living hall in an upward position on a desk. It sends ions throughout the hall to purify and deodorize the air.

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3. I place Sharp Plasmacluster flat on the floor to work against allergens on the floor, especially in bedrooms and near our boy’s playing area.

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4. I also put Sharp Plasmacluster in my bathroom, so it deodorizes clothing and hanging laundry, as well as inhibits proliferation of mould on walls.

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5. I place it in a forward position on the study table and around computer equipments. Ions are propelled forward to purify the air and eliminate static electricity.

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6. I use it during bed time too. It really made a difference and he sleeps much better at night now.

It’s very easy to maintain the system. You just need to take care of the filter. The filter must be cleaned regularly (monthly or more often depending on your usage) in order to maintain the ion density.

To do this, simply pull out the filter at the bottom of the unit and sweep away the dust with a vacuum sweeper. Stubborn dirt can be removed by rinsing it in water using a soft sponge. No complicated cleaning or maintenance procedure. Just the way I like it!

If the total operating time passes approximately 17,500 hours (that’s approx. 2 years if the unit is operated 24 hours a day), the Plasmacluster Ion Generating Unit needs to be replaced. When this happens, the Unit Replacing Light will flash.

Good health begins at home with clean air!

Sharp Plasmacluster benefits me and my family in many different ways. After a long working day, I really look forward to coming home to my “clean and allergen-free home”. I feel extremely refreshing when I’m home with my Sharp Plasmacluster.

There are more reasons to use a Sharp Plasmacluster than not to. Cleaner air means being healthier. Once you have it at home, you’ll find that there are numerous benefits to owning one. You’ll wonder why you didn’t get it sooner.

With Sharp Plasmacluster, everyone enjoys clean and purified air at home. I can effortlessly remove all the harmful pollutants that are circulating in the air inside my home. By having cleaner air, I have a healthier family too. Everyone’s health can be improved from breathing cleaner air.

The way I see it, good health begins at home with clean air. A little investment doesn’t hurt when the pay-off is a healthy and happy family! At a retail price of $399, it’s a great product – for your own health, safety and comfort!

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Win It!

Okay, it’s time for the most exciting part now – YES, A GIVEAWAY! Thanks to Sharp, we’re giving away 1 set of Sharp Plasmacluster Ion System (Model: IG-DX10E) worth $399 to one of you.

All you need to do is answer this question and e-mail your answer to ha_enquiry@srs.sharp-world.com in the format stated below. It’s so easy!

“Tell us why you should win Sharp Plasmacluster. How will it benefit you or your family?”

In this format:

  • Subject header: Sharp Plasmacluster | https://ourlittlesmarties.com/ | IG-DX10E
  • Name:
  • NRIC:
  • DOB:
  • Hp:
  • Email:
  • Reason:

This contest is opened to all readers. However, the winning item has to be collected from Sharp-Roxy Singapore’s Office.

Contest closing date: 30 Sep 2012, Sunday 0000hrs. Winner will be notified in early October ‘12. Good luck!

Update on 6 Oct 2012:

Our lucky winner is Tan Lee Buay!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sharp Plasmacluster. Views and opinions are my own.