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The Art of Living Well: Tanny Kea (4of4)

It was a health test that drove the founder of Javaglow to make changes to her lifestyle.


It all started three and a half years ago, when a test on Tanny Kea’s hormones revealed that her body age was five years ahead of her actual age. Another test also revealed that her oestrogen levels were a fifth of what it was supposed to be. Concerned, Kea decided to take things into her own hands. Little did she know that embarking on a journey to change her lifestyle would also lead her down a path of entrepreneurship. Not only has she since founded Javaglow, a beauty brand that offers a range of body care products made from natural ingredients, she is also opening a new health management centre, Life Infinity Singapore.

What did you do to improve your health after receiving your test results?

I started exercising six times a week. But I later discovered I was doing too much cardio and my body became flat. I incorporated resistance training and carried weights to help sculpt my body to the shape that I wanted. Now that I’ve laid a good foundation, I do functional training two to three times a week, focusing on core strength and body balancing.

Another thing I did was to increase my intake of water to three litres a day. It sounds tough but it really isn’t. In the first two weeks, you will go to the bathroom a lot, after which your body gets used to it. When I did this, my bowel movement improved and my skin became more radiant.

What about food and diet?

I perceive food as fuel rather than something needed to satisfy my hunger. On a typical day, I have two egg whites, one egg yolk, an avocado and one tablespoon of coconut oil (incorporated into my food). I pack my own lunch box and it comprises ¼ protein, ¼ complex carbohydrate and ½ vegetable. I snack on fruits and almonds in the afternoon.

What foods do you not touch?

Fast food and food that is deep-fried in recycled cooking oil. Everything we eat becomes our cells.  It is important to feed ourselves with good and nutritious food. It is the best investment one can ever make.

Isn’t it hard to resist temptation?

It’s important not to deprive yourself from food that you like, as long as you know when to stop. A good tip is to try to delay the cravings for a few minutes. Very often, it will pass.

What else did you pay attention to?

In the course of my research to live healthier, I chanced upon a finding by the Environmental Working Group in 2004 that revealed women use at least 168 types of chemicals on their skin through their personal care products.

It goes through your skin, into your blood stream and has an effect on your hormones. But how does one stop using shampoo or lipstick? I can’t, so instead I found a way to counter it by internal detoxification via a range of supplements I developed. These will be available at my new health management centre Life Infinity Singapore. For external detoxification, I started Javaglow, which offers a range of body care products made from natural ingredients such as coffee powder, coconut oil, Himalayan pink salt and jojoba oil. This is my secret to anti-aging.

Who do you consider to be healthy and fit to be looked up to?

Soong Mei-Ling, the late First Lady of China. She lived till 106 and looked good, healthy and elegant till her final days. Her parents and most of her siblings died from cancer. She herself had breast and ovarian cancer, and yet survived. She found the secret to health and longevity by living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Read more about others from the series here:

Dr Elly Sabrina

Cheryl Gan

Dato IceMichelle Chen