Red dates are known for their medicinal and herbal benefits. In traditional medicine, red dates are brewed in soups or tea to help nourish the blood and improve the immune system. Many women consume red dates and longan tea during their menstruation or confinement period in order to nourish the blood and improve their immune system.
The longan fruit can be consumed fresh or brewed with soup or tea when it is sun-dried. It is said that longan and red dates together produce amazing health benefits especially in boosting our immune system and replenishing our blood.
During confinement, many women become restless in the midst of caring and nursing their newborn. Longan has been proven to promote a sense of calmness and enhance sleep. Because of its calming properties, longan are also used as anti-depressants in traditional Chinese medicine as they have shown to have an effect on the central nervous system.
Chinese red dates have very high content of Vitamin C. They also contain several other vitamins like Vitamin A, B1, B2, protein, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphorous which makes it an excellent source of nutrients that our bodies need. In traditional Chinese medicine, red dates are known for its ability to strengthen the stomach and spleen which aids in food digestion.
In confinement, red dates are very commonly boiled with dried longan because of its “warm” properties. It is believed that regular consumption will keep the womb warm and increase fertility. Red dates also help in the stimulation of white blood cells, which can improve immunity and protect the liver. As longan is one of the main ingredients in tonics for blood medication, these two ingredients are often coupled together in soups and tea to help boost overall wellness and to strengthen the body’s immunity.
While the health benefits of bird’s nest are well-documented as it is a widely-consumed food, many have asked regarding the benefits of consuming bird’s nest drinks during pregnancy. Today kita nak share the interesting reasons here just for you.
The positive effects on pregnancy could be primarily attributed to the following amino acids found in bird’s nest.
Glycine is known to reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, which can also decrease the possibility of neural tube defects and promote comprehensive developments of the foetus.
Bird’s Nest is rich in Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) which is a substance that is responsible for skin and tissue repair, according to modern studies. Threonine found in bird’s nest promotes elastin and collagen formation of the skin and to prevent skin from ageing. When consumed regularly, bird’s nest drinks can help the skin retain its radiance and natural beauty which ultimately reduces the appearance of stretch marks during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy and postpartum is a known cause of emotional depression, which Tryptophan can act as an antidepressant as it reduces stress, anxiety and fatigue.
Tryptophan (a precursor of Serotonin and Melatonin) also promotes optimal growth for the child as well as the recovery process after birth for the mother.
Additionally, the main carbohydrate in bird’s nest is Sialic Acid which is purported to contribute to neurological and intellectual development in infants.
So in conclusion, regular consumption of bird’s nest drinks can be a contributing factor to the birth of healthy babies.
Check out my video of Baby Noah below 😍
I consumed 1 bottle daily since 7 weeks of pregnancy and 2 bottles a day in the last 2-3 weeks before giving birth.
Ramadan always comes filled with inner meanings, and this year it will be even more so. That's why, as we all continue to #StayAtHome and adhere to the MCO during this globally trying times, we've brought together our favourite food makers from our kampungs on HCCF Ramadan & Rakan-Rakan e-Bazaar platform.
In the Malaysian spirit of #KitaJagaKita, all sales from this e-Bazaar platform are paid directly and in full to the food makers/sellers.
Additionally, in support of reducing food wastages, the selection of food available here are on Next Day Delivery basis only. So do plan and place your orders One Day Earlier, and we'll make sure your food are delivered fresh and safely to you at your doorstep.
To celebrate CNY this year, we thought we’d do something a little different. So on Chap Goh Mei, we sent out giant #ForTwoCookies to unsuspecting mommies with a random love message from her cheeky baby.
Black rice—also known as forbidden rice or “emperor’s rice”—is popular for its high levels of antioxidants and superior nutritional value. Forbidden rice earned its name because it was once reserved for the Chinese emperor to ensure his health and longevity, and forbidden to anyone else. Forbidden rice is a medium-grain, non-glutinous heirloom rice with a deep purple hue and a nutty, slightly sweet flavor. This whole-grain rice is rich in anthocyanins, which are antioxidant pigments that give the rice its unusual colour. The most nutritious rice in the rice family — it’s high in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and iron. This, combined with its high level of anthocyanins, makes it a nutrition powerhouse. According to Chinese medicine, it is considered a blood tonic.
Red rice — like black rice, it’s packed with flavonoid antioxidants, including the anthocyanins apigenin, myricetin, and quercetin. In fact, research shows that red rice has significantly more potential to fight free radicals and contains higher concentrations of flavonoid antioxidants than brown rice.
With our servings of multigrain rice that consists of black, red, and brown rice, you’re sure to get the best of everything!
Have you ever wondered why we can eat ginger and black pepper during confinement but advised to stay away from chilli? Aren’t they all spicy and the same? Why mummies who went through caesarean especially, can’t consume chilli?
Ginger and black pepper are known to stimulate thermogenesis which helps to improve digestion and metabolic performance, thus reducing fat accumulation in our body. It’s also a diaphoretic (promotes sweating), which means it will help your body warm from the inside out.
The stomach muscles of postpartum mums has weakened and need time for recovery. Mums who undergo caesarean surgery should be careful with their stitches by not moving too much, hence it is not advisable to eat chilli as they may cause diarrhoea or discomfort to the stomach.
We get this question a lot because of different family practice or culture when it comes to confinement. Some asked if consuming chicken will make them itchy. Here’s what — everyone reacts to foods differently — so you do you, whatever you’re comfortable with, and do not let your family impose on you 🙂.
Protein makes up the building blocks of organs, muscles, skin, hormones and pretty much everything that matters in your body. It is important for postpartum recovery and for the growth and repair of your cells. If you are breastfeeding, you have to ensure a healthy daily intake of protein because your baby will need protein for cell growth and immune function.
Since protein is what makes up hair itself, you’ll also want to ensure you are eating 50 to 75 grams daily depending on whether you’re breastfeeding. And fill up on vitamin C-rich foods (bell peppers, spinach and broccoli, citrus fruits and berries), which your body uses to form collagen — the protein that makes hair strong.
Good protein sources include yogurt, milk, lean beef, chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, beans and nuts.