Balance is the key to every aspect of life: how we work and play, what we eat and drink, how we live. But in this fast-paced, stress-filled world, achieving balance can be a challenge. Not only do we need to find the right balance in our diet, we also need to manage our emotions, and pace ourselves at work and in life.
Why Work-life Balance Seems So Far Away?
In a fast-moving world marked by endless demands and high stress, urban dwellers are taxed physically, mentally and emotionally. The human body races to keep up, at the expense of overall health.
Working mothers are one of the few groups that struggle with work-life balance – it just seems far too elusive for them. Juggling multiple roles – an empowered woman in the day and a house-maker at night – as common as it seems, is demanding and stressful. Besides the high level of energy to assume these roles, there are many challenges.
At work, one’s image and appearance is no less important than performance as it speaks of one’s professionalism. With so many things to do: household chores, taking care of children and elderly parents, one is left with little time to rest, let alone the time to exercise. As time passes, those who fail to manage their time may find their once slim and svelte figures gone with no regular exercise. To make matters worse, women are born to store more body fat – 25% as compared to 15% in males, and the female hormones make it easier to convert fat into food. With the lack of confidence in their appearance, many shy away from gatherings and their social circles reduced. This may also affect their work, and if they falter under the pressure of balancing work and family, they would usually choose to give up their jobs and become a full-time house-maker. More often than not, these ladies lose touch with the society and the world.
For the working executive, are you depending on your daily cup of coffee to keep you awake at work? Sure, drinking coffee provides some caffeine rush, but what happens after the spike? You get a caffeine hangover and crash – feeling even more fatigued and find yourself having issues concentrating. It gets worse when you reach out for another cup, and eventually end up stuck in the vicious cycle with low productivity and poor concentration. Needless to say, you will find yourself drowned and buried under endless work while getting insufficient rest.
Sitting in your office chair doesn’t help your figure either – especially for those 40s and above. And to the guys out there – if you think that you are safe, your female counterparts are not the only ones affected by weight gain during the middle age. A few sessions in the gym may be all it takes to maintain your abs and a chiseled jawline. Wait till you hit your forties where you will face the hard truth: Bulging stomachs and ever-expanding waistlines are not uncommon, and lower testosterone levels and slower metabolism make you feel tired all the time, which makes it difficult to work out with any sort of regularity. This is where it all starts – your self confidence and self esteem starts plummeting when you look at yourself in the mirror, and in serious cases, many find themselves in an identity crisis, and this eventually affects one’s work and personal life.
Supercharge Your Day with MCT!
It doesn’t matter if you are a working executive, a working mother or a man – because, there is no denying that our bodies, energy levels and brainpower will deteriorate as we age. As we approach our fourth- and fifth-decade, news of people contracting health issues such as diabetes, heart diseases and cancer are plenty abound, and we start worrying too.
We can’t turn back the clock, and neither can we change our sex since it’s determined since birth. Nonetheless, we can choose to actively seek ways to look good and feel good. But before anything else, there is above all, health.
From providing instant energy to improving cognitive function and raising metabolism, Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) help the body to perform more energetically and effectively, allowing you to achieve physical and mental wellness in the long-run.
What are MCTs
MCTs are medium-chain triglycerides, a unique form of dietary fat that impart a wide range of health benefits. They are named after their chemical structures and are naturally found in coconut and palm kernel oil, as well as breast and cow/goat’s milk.
MCTs have a small molecular structure and are very soluble, making it easier for our body to absorb, unlike most edible oils which consist of Long-Chain Triglycerides (LCTs). MCTs are transported directly from the small intestine to the liver, where they are naturally converted to ketone bodies. These ketone bodies will be used as energy source and are rarely stored as fats. LCTs go through a long digestion process to reach the liver, and it will be stored as fats if they are not used.
Benefits of MCT
Recharge and Power Up in an Instant
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As compared to the longer-chain fats commonly found in vegetable oils, MCTs are absorbed more easily as there are less carbon bonds for the body to break apart. They do not require bile or pancreatic enzymes – they are transported directly from the small intestine to the liver where they are converted into ketones, which provide the body energy for physical activities – perfect for the hectic lifestyles of multi-tasking adults and worn-out parents.
Going for a workout session after work? Get some MCTs which will help power you up: MCTs produce double the energy of carbohydrates – a whooping 8.4 kcal/g as compared to 4 kcal/g. To add on, they also increase your endurance and energy levels for your regime, with faster post-workout recovery!
Stay Alert with A Clearer Mind
As mentioned earlier, MCTs are converted into ketones, which is an alternative fuel for the brain. In people affected by Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, ketones become the preferred source of energy for the brain as certain neurons have lost the ability to efficiently utilise glucose. One major study even found that MCTs improved cognitive functions (such as learning, memory and brain processing) in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s.
The benefits of MCTs are not limited to those with neurodegenerative diseases – busy working executives, as well as students can also benefit from better alertness and concentration during sustained hours or work. Looking for some snacks to stay awake? Try adding some MCTs to your daily morning cuppa! Unlike coffee, MCTs do not activate the nervous system and are thus non-addictive – no more caffeine crash!
Burn The Fats and Boost Your Metabolism
If you are on a diet, adding on fats may seem like the last thing that will ever cross your mind – but you might want to make an exception for MCTs. The medium-chain triglycerides help to improve metabolism and control body fat levels to achieve better weight management.
Unlike typical fats, MCTs are absorbed and metabolised rapidly in the body to produce energy, which means they do not accumulate in the body as fat or circulate in the bloodstream, where they can potentially clog up arteries, which can lead to obesity and heart related diseases over time. In fact, results have shown that MCTs increase low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or ‘good’ cholesterol.
Dieting isn’t necessarily boring – if you are already on a ketogenic diet, MCT is an ideal supplement that will allow you to increase carbohydrate consumption while staying in ketosis – this means you get to enjoy Nasi Lemak with the nasi (rice). Who says you can’t watch your weight and enjoy your food at the same time?
If you’re wondering what makes MCTs different from the recent craze of coconut oil diet, here’s the facts: The benefits of the coconut oil are attributed to the MCTs. Moreover, it takes 7 tablespoons of coconut oil to get the equivalent benefits of 1 tablespoon of MCT oil.
MCTs include caproic acid (C6:0), caprylic acid (C8:0), capric acid (C10:0), and lauric acid (C12:0). However, C6 is often excluded in commercial products due to its bad odour and taste, while C12:0 possesses metabolic behaviour resembling LCT. In short, this means that caprylic acid (C8:0) and capric acid (C10:0) are the ones that gives MCT its health benefits.
Coconut oil contains 15% effective MCTs – caprylic acid (C8:0) and capric acid (C10:0); They have 48% of lauric acid (C12:0), which behaves more like LCTs and more likely to be stored as fats in our body. Also, coconut oil has 37% of LCTs., whereas MCT oil contains 100% C8:0 and C10:0.
A Balanced Diet in The Golden Years
On the other end of weight-watchers, there are those who are suffering from malnutrition. Older adults often have health conditions such as dental or dementia issues that can lead to decreased appetite, poor absorption of nutrients and in the long-run, lead to malnutrition.
A solution to this might be the consumption of MCTs, which has been used to aid nutritional absorption in those with malabsorption, malnutrition or fatty acid metabolism disorder as it does not require energy for absorption use of storage.
Meet dr. MCT®, the New Super Fuel for a Balanced Lifestyle
Produced by Singapore company Keto Science Pte Ltd, dr. MCT® is a safe and simple addition to any diet, and its effects can be felt almost immediately. dr. MCT® is free of preservatives, gluten, allergens and genetically modified organisms, containing only 100 per cent pure MCT oil.
For best results, consume dr. MCT® with or after meals. Start with half a tablespoon daily and work up to 2 tablespoons gradually. Available in both oil and powder form, dr. MCT® is flavourless and odourless, which makes it highly versatile: You can add it into your diet* – from salads to soups, or mix them into beverages and enjoy them on the go, anytime, anywhere!
Available for purchase via www.mydrmct.com and at authorised retailers.
* MCTs should be taken as part of a sensible diet, accompanied by an active, smoke-free lifestyle. Individuals with medical conditions should seek a doctor’s advice before starting any supplementation.