Singapore is one of the most stressful cities to live in. But there are ways that residing here can boost your health. Here are four of them. By Joshua Tan

4 Unexpected Health Benefits of Living in Singapore

Marina Barrage, one of the many outdoor spaces in Singapore. Photo: cegoh/Pixabay

#1 There’s lots of vitamin D

Take advantage of Singapore’s perpetual summer to up your vitamin D levels. Even 10 minutes of sun exposure a day may reduce your risk of osteoporosis, depression and other conditions.

(Also Read: 4 Surprising Health Benefits of Sunshine)

#2 You can DIY your TCM

Larger than a football field, the NTU Community Herb Garden at 50 Nanyang Avenue provides more than 300 types of free herbs used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Look for Uncle Ng! Visit www.facebook.com/NTUHerbGarden.

(Also Read: Best TCM Herbs For Women)

#3 You can get farm-fresh produce

Farms? In Singapore? Yep, you read that right. Head to Bollywood Veggies at 100 Neo Tiew Road for organic vegetables, or the Farmart Centre at 67 Sungei Tengah Rd for fresh eggs and rustic tours. Visit http://bollywoodveggies and http://farmart.com.sg.

(Also Read: Relax, Eat and Shop for Fresh Food at Kranji Farms)

#4 You can find a doctor – fast!

Download Health Buddy, a one-stop mobile application that lists all of the family clinics in Singapore (available on Google Play and iTunes). Or, if you’re an East-sider, log on to GPFirst for all general practitioners in your area. Visit https://www.gpfirst.sg.

(Also Read: When You Shouldn’t Self-medicate)

A version of this story first appeared in the March 2016 print edition of The Finder.

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