Sasha Gonzales

Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.

Latest from Sasha Gonzales

New exercise benefits unveiled: studies show how it helps fight depression, improves heart health in stressed people, and delays effects of ageing

We know exercise is good for us, but recent studies have uncovered even more physical and mental benefits for those with depression and anxiety, as well as seniors.

We know exercise is good for us, but recent studies have uncovered even more physical and mental benefits for those with depression and anxiety, as well as seniors.

15 May 2022 - 4:15AM
How traditional Chinese medicine treats sexual problems, from lack of desire to fertility issues to erectile dysfunction

Traditional Chinese medicine may help with a number of sexual health concerns, say experts. In women, these include infertility issues. In men, TCM can help with erectile dysfunction and sexual anxiety.

Traditional Chinese medicine may help with a number of sexual health concerns, say experts. In women, these include infertility issues. In men, TCM can help with erectile dysfunction and sexual anxiety.

12 May 2022 - 5:45PM
Want to live a longer, healthier, happier life? Adopt a realistic optimistic attitude, study suggests; experts show you how

Optimism reduces how often we feel stressed, and allows us to live longer. By reframing challenging situations, experts say, we can see solutions and not dead ends.

Optimism reduces how often we feel stressed, and allows us to live longer. By reframing challenging situations, experts say, we can see solutions and not dead ends.

10 May 2022 - 5:52PM
Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston ate the same meal every day. Could you do the same to lose weight?

Having the same foods every day might help you reach your health goals, say experts – and it’s something celebrities like Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have done.

Having the same foods every day might help you reach your health goals, say experts – and it’s something celebrities like Bella Hadid, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston have done.

7 May 2022 - 7:45PM
Explainer | Why tui na, massage used in traditional Chinese medicine, could benefit you if you are in good health and if you are not

Tui na applies pressure to energy channels (meridians) to treat chronic pain, headache, musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders such as insomnia.

Tui na applies pressure to energy channels (meridians) to treat chronic pain, headache, musculoskeletal conditions and stress-related disorders such as insomnia.

2 May 2022 - 12:26AM
For a long and healthy life, eat, sleep, feel and exercise the right way

Experts underline the benefits in terms of longevity and overall health of making the right food choices, getting the right amount of sleep, choosing vigorous exercise and avoiding depression.

Experts underline the benefits in terms of longevity and overall health of making the right food choices, getting the right amount of sleep, choosing vigorous exercise and avoiding depression.

25 Apr 2022 - 10:17AM
Coffee and its heart health benefits: drinking 2 to 3 cups a day helps you live longer, even if you have cardiovascular disease, new studies show

Coffee is good for your heart, even if you have cardiovascular disease, and drinking two or three cups a day lowers the risk of heart problems and death, three recent studies show.

Coffee is good for your heart, even if you have cardiovascular disease, and drinking two or three cups a day lowers the risk of heart problems and death, three recent studies show.

20 Apr 2022 - 6:15PM
Explainer | Acupuncture – how the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) therapy can relieve pain and help your body heal

Experts reveal how acupuncture, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice of inserting needles into the skin, can facilitate your body’s healing process.

Experts reveal how acupuncture, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice of inserting needles into the skin, can facilitate your body’s healing process.

10 Apr 2022 - 12:15PM
World Health Day 2022: how a whole food plant-based diet saves your health, money and the planet

Experts say eating WFPB meals instead of animal products is much better for the environment, reduces risks of chronic diseases, and can be significantly cheaper calorie for calorie.

Experts say eating WFPB meals instead of animal products is much better for the environment, reduces risks of chronic diseases, and can be significantly cheaper calorie for calorie.

7 Apr 2022 - 4:15PM
Explainer | How gua sha can relieve pain, relax muscles and improve circulation - its scraping motion releases blocked energy, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)

Gua sha, a Chinese massage therapy that uses a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin, has been shown to reduce neck and shoulder pain. It can even banish wrinkles, advocates say.

Gua sha, a Chinese massage therapy that uses a smooth-edged tool to scrape the skin, has been shown to reduce neck and shoulder pain. It can even banish wrinkles, advocates say.

8 Apr 2022 - 11:43AM
Explainer | Add mindful breathing to meditation and you have breathwork in its simplest form. Its benefits? Pain relief, less anxiety, help with depression

Add mindful breathing to meditation and you’re doing breathwork. Focusing all your awareness on your breath and slowing it down will relax your body and mind. You could even start seeing stars.

Add mindful breathing to meditation and you’re doing breathwork. Focusing all your awareness on your breath and slowing it down will relax your body and mind. You could even start seeing stars.

1 Apr 2022 - 6:18PM
Endometriosis sufferer had period pain so bad, she attempted suicide twice: why the disease is often misdiagnosed

All in her head? A doctor’s response to a Singaporean woman’s agony during her period let her wondering if she was crazy. Eventually she took her health into her own hands and found the right treatment.

All in her head? A doctor’s response to a Singaporean woman’s agony during her period let her wondering if she was crazy. Eventually she took her health into her own hands and found the right treatment.

29 Mar 2022 - 7:15AM
Declutter your home and clear your mind: how a spring clean helps you stay calm and improves mental well-being

A good spring clean can improve your mood and inspire you. If the thought of all that work is daunting, experts recommend starting small.

A good spring clean can improve your mood and inspire you. If the thought of all that work is daunting, experts recommend starting small.

26 Mar 2022 - 8:15AM
Explainer | What is cupping therapy in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)? Why stars such as Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow are fans

Cupping involves applying suction cups to the skin to trigger the body’s self-healing process and expel toxins. Used for thousands of years, its fans include Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Cupping involves applying suction cups to the skin to trigger the body’s self-healing process and expel toxins. Used for thousands of years, its fans include Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow.

4 Apr 2022 - 9:34AM
Explainer | What is traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)? Its history, therapies and uses

A medical system that evolved over thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine includes therapies such as gua sha and acupuncture and can treat a wide range of ailments.

A medical system that evolved over thousands of years, traditional Chinese medicine includes therapies such as gua sha and acupuncture and can treat a wide range of ailments.

5 Apr 2022 - 3:11PM
Yoga teacher planning to start a business in her 60s says you are never too old to change your life – and a doctor agrees

Susan Sims was 55 and divorced when she trained to be a yoga teacher. Five years on she is learning hypnotherapy. ‘I never thought of myself as too old to start a business and teach,’ she says.

Susan Sims was 55 and divorced when she trained to be a yoga teacher. Five years on she is learning hypnotherapy. ‘I never thought of myself as too old to start a business and teach,’ she says.

11 Mar 2022 - 7:15AM
How’s your budgeting? Learn financial literacy to avoid feeling stress about your personal finances - and don’t be too hard on yourself

How are you at budgeting? To avoid feeling stressed, even depressed about your personal finances, learn financial literacy – and have some self-compassion.

How are you at budgeting? To avoid feeling stressed, even depressed about your personal finances, learn financial literacy – and have some self-compassion.

25 Feb 2022 - 7:24PM
The ABC of adaptogens and why they are a wellness trend: mushrooms, herbs and roots used for centuries in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine good for anxious times

Adaptogens are plant-based substances - herbs, roots, mushrooms - that are set to lead wellness trends thanks to their ability to help the body adapt to stress and treat other ailments. Experts explain.

Adaptogens are plant-based substances - herbs, roots, mushrooms - that are set to lead wellness trends thanks to their ability to help the body adapt to stress and treat other ailments. Experts explain.

20 Feb 2022 - 4:15PM
Down time – should you use it for mindless or mindful things? Both are beneficial, say experts, but in the right measure

Having free time can lower our stress levels and make us happier. Using it for mindless pursuits like watching TV or scrolling social media helps the brain recharge, but so do productive activities, experts say.

Having free time can lower our stress levels and make us happier. Using it for mindless pursuits like watching TV or scrolling social media helps the brain recharge, but so do productive activities, experts say.

19 Feb 2022 - 6:24PM
Why we all need some self-love: how a cancer diagnosis pushed a people pleaser to put her own needs first

Tata Tse was diagnosed with cancer at 32, and began a journey of self-love, learning how to put her own well-being first and have a positive mindset.

Tata Tse was diagnosed with cancer at 32, and began a journey of self-love, learning how to put her own well-being first and have a positive mindset.

13 Feb 2022 - 9:49AM
Explainer | What is the gut microbiome? How a diet high in fibre and plant-based foods helps keep yours healthy – experts explain

Gut health affects immune system function and overall well-being, and is in turn affected by what we eat. Health and nutrition experts explain how plant-based foods and fibre improve our gut microbiome.

Gut health affects immune system function and overall well-being, and is in turn affected by what we eat. Health and nutrition experts explain how plant-based foods and fibre improve our gut microbiome.

6 Feb 2022 - 5:15PM
Cancer and the three stages of grief: where to find hope and how to lower your anxiety as you fight the disease

A cancer diagnosis can send a patient on an emotional roller coaster. Hong Kong man Keith Yip knows all about that. ‘Live in the moment and face life with a positive spirit,’ is his advice ahead of World Cancer Day 2022.

A cancer diagnosis can send a patient on an emotional roller coaster. Hong Kong man Keith Yip knows all about that. ‘Live in the moment and face life with a positive spirit,’ is his advice ahead of World Cancer Day 2022.

5 Feb 2022 - 10:52AM
Vegan diet myths debunked: experts talk protein, iron, calcium, nutrients and the cost of whole food plant-based (WFPB) diets

From why a well-planned WFPB (whole food plant-based) diet is not lacking in iron, protein or calcium to how it’s not boring or hard to follow, nutritionists address some of people’s biggest concerns about going vegan.

From why a well-planned WFPB (whole food plant-based) diet is not lacking in iron, protein or calcium to how it’s not boring or hard to follow, nutritionists address some of people’s biggest concerns about going vegan.

31 Jan 2022 - 4:15PM
Want to lose that holiday weight? 8 tips to trim down safely and keep the kilos off, from eating whole foods to drinking water

Experts’ advice for losing weight safely includes avoiding short-term diets and fasts, drinking plenty of water, exercise, eating whole foods and snacking wisely.

Experts’ advice for losing weight safely includes avoiding short-term diets and fasts, drinking plenty of water, exercise, eating whole foods and snacking wisely.

21 Jan 2022 - 5:43PM
Online therapy: how to pick the right counsellor, and other ways to optimise your sessions

Online therapy makes sense during the Covid-19 pandemic, but how effective is it? Follow these tips to maximise the benefits of your counselling sessions.

Online therapy makes sense during the Covid-19 pandemic, but how effective is it? Follow these tips to maximise the benefits of your counselling sessions.

20 Jan 2022 - 8:57AM
Veganuary: 7 health benefits of adopting a WFPB diet, not just any vegan diet – it gives you more energy and helps prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease

If you’ve embraced Veganuary by going vegan, you’ll get the most out of the switch if you adopt a WFPB diet rather than a standard vegan one - it offers multiple health benefits. We consider the top seven.

If you’ve embraced Veganuary by going vegan, you’ll get the most out of the switch if you adopt a WFPB diet rather than a standard vegan one - it offers multiple health benefits. We consider the top seven.

14 Jan 2022 - 6:25PM
Happy wife, happy life, says a man in Singapore, and experts confirm it’s true – being married to an optimist improves your mental health

Being married to an optimist improves your mental health, say experts. A Singaporean couple can vouch for that - their marriage has benefited from each other’s encouragement and support.

Being married to an optimist improves your mental health, say experts. A Singaporean couple can vouch for that - their marriage has benefited from each other’s encouragement and support.

8 Jan 2022 - 5:15PM
Do you have a flaky, scaly or itchy scalp? It could be dandruff – here’s expert advice on how to treat it

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in cases of itchy scalp and dandruff. Stress may be the reason. Scalp experts offer tips for how to treat and prevent dandruff.

The coronavirus pandemic has led to an increase in cases of itchy scalp and dandruff. Stress may be the reason. Scalp experts offer tips for how to treat and prevent dandruff.

4 Jan 2022 - 7:15PM
Dry January: couple who quit drinking alcohol are slimmer, healthier and have more energy now; you can go sober, too

Dry January may have you thinking about giving up alcohol, and it’s easier than you think. We talk to a couple who feel so much better since they gave up drinking.

Dry January may have you thinking about giving up alcohol, and it’s easier than you think. We talk to a couple who feel so much better since they gave up drinking.

1 Jan 2022 - 5:40AM
Explainer | PCOS affects 10 per cent of women of reproductive age, including Victoria Beckham and Keke Palmer; how to tell if you have it

PCOS symptoms include acne, mood swings, migraines and ovarian cysts. There is no cure, but a healthy lifestyle can do much to control the hormonal condition.

PCOS symptoms include acne, mood swings, migraines and ovarian cysts. There is no cure, but a healthy lifestyle can do much to control the hormonal condition.

20 Dec 2021 - 7:15PM