Sugar permeates practically all of our food stuff. Aside from being a sweetener, it also acts as a preservative, texture modifier, coloring or flavoring agent and as an aid in fermentation.
However, sugar does have its downsides, especially if its consumed excessively. Being so calorie-rich, it can lead to weight gain and accumulation of visceral fat, and can increase risk of heart disease, Type 2 Diabetes, certain forms of cancer and even depression. Its ill effects may even manifest in our outward appearance in the form of increased acne and accelerated skin aging.
Clearly, as we transition to our more mature years, we should wean ourselves away from sugar. Well that is easier said than done, considering how ubiquities it is, and, of course, how appealing sweet foods are to us.
Fortunately, we now have sugar substitutes that are all-natural, such as Pure Via Stevia.
Made from the leaves of the stevia plant, Pure Via Stevia contains no sugars, calories, cholesterol nor carbs and is 200 times sweeter than sugar. In fact, 1 small stick of Pure Via at zero calories is equivalent to two teaspoons or sugar which contains 32 calories.
You can use it to sweeten your coffee or your smoothies, so you can start your day on a sweet but healthier note.
You can also modify your favorite dessert recipes using Pure Via Stevia as a substitute for sugar, making your cakes, pastries and creams a lot better for you.
So stock up on this wonder ingredient by adding it to cart in time for Shopee’s 5.5 Brands Festival and take advantage of discounts up to 50% off at the Equal Official Store.
During this online sale from April 26 to May 7, you can score a wide assortment of brands at unbelievable deals with 50% off Brand Bundles, 10% off daily, and Free Shipping with ₱0 min. spend.
So get started on a healthier way of life that is just as sweet as you like it to be with Pure Via Stevia.
There’s no doubt that when the IATF declared Metro Manila under Alert Level 1, we moms were among those who breathed a huge sigh of relief.
At long last, after more than two years of living under strict community quarantine regulations, our families can now get some semblance of how we used to live prior to the arrival of the pandemic to our shores.
We started venturing out of our homes and exploring our world again: dining out, watching movies, visiting parks and going on staycations.
These adventures added some fun, variety and excitement to our lives, especially for our kiddos who had been stuck at home for over two years.
But make no mistake, momshies, COVID-19 is still here and we should remain just as vigilant now as we were before. In fact, now is not the time to let go of our “mommy spidey senses,” in other words, our “pagka-praning!”
Aside from following the now golden rules of wearing facemasks, maintaining physical distancing, keeping our homes and belongings clean and sanitized, as well as meticulously washing our hands, we should also be able to quickly detect if anyone in our immediate circle has been infected.
This will help us to immediately organize our home to quarantine and care for the infected person while keeping the other household members safe from the virus.
Fortunately, a proven effective yet easy-to-use COVID-19 testing kit was approved by the Food and Drug Administration early this year, giving us moms a readily accessible and convenient way to detect COVID-19 infection.
The Getein SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Self-Test Kit contains the following:
SARS-COV-2 Antigen Test Card
Extraction Tube with Sample Extraction Solution and Tip
Bio Hazard Sample Bag
Using it is so easy! Just follow the steps in the manual and you’ll get your results in fifteen minutes. You can even get a certificate by uploading your results through Getein’s mobile using a QR code.
I’m sure that I can trust that this testing kit is reliable as it has RITM validated results at 96.43% sensitivity and 100% specificity
Now that more people are going out or returning to their schools or offices, we moms can’t afford to be complacent when it comes to guarding our families against COVID-19.
What we can afford to do, however, is to stock up on Getein SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Self-Test Kits for our weekly antigen testing at home. At only Php298 per kit and available at leading drugstores, this self-test kit is an essential item that should always be within easy reach, whether in our medicine cabinets or in our purses.
We can still be praning but we won’t be as helpless as before, thanks to our new partner in early COVID-19 detection: Getein SARS-Cov-2 Antigen Self-Test Kits.
Yes, an attack of the common cold can burden you with a lot of inconvenient symptoms, one of which is that irritating hyponasal voice. With everything you try to accomplish with your busy life, that voice can really get in your way.
For example, can you imagine how hard it would be to do any of these when we‘ve got that hyponasal voice:
Making a business presentation
Haggling over prices
Taking a kid to task for misbehavior
This nasal voice is normally caused by some blockage in your nose brought about by your colds.
Add this to the other annoying cold manifestations such as headaches, itchy and watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose and sore throat from post-nasal drip, and you’ve got a maelstrom of symptoms that can derail you for the day.
A clogged nose also hampers your sleep, robbing you of much-needed rest.
The best recourse is to avoid getting colds altogether by making sure that viruses that bring about cold symptoms are kept well away from you. Fortunately, this involves actions that have become part of your daily routine such as properly and regularly washing your hands, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands and keeping away from people who are sick with colds.
If, after all your precautions, you still got a case of colds, your next move should be alleviating its symptoms.
Nafarin-A is an over-the-counter drug that contains the following:
Phenylpropanolamine HCl. A nasal decongestant that helps you breathe easier by clearing obstructed and congested air passages, decongesting your stuffy nose and clogged sinuses.
Chlorphenamine maleate. An anti-allergy substance that relieves allergy symptoms such as runny nose, sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes.
Paracetamol. An effective fever reducer and pain reliever.
A tablet every six hours should help you manage your cold symptoms so you could get back to what you need to accomplish for the day!
Nafarin-A can be taken be taken by adults and kids twelve years old and older.
Ask your doctor about Nafarin-A,
You can stock up on Nafarin-A by ordering online at Lazada or Shopee, or by shopping at leading drugstores nationwide.
Feeling tired or stressed? Unable to concentrate or feel at ease? Overcome with exhaustion or anxiety?
If the travails of life in the metro is making you feel out of sorts, it may be time to go green… that is, go to green spaces.
What are urban green spaces?
Urban green spaces are areas reserved for parks, plant life and other kinds of natural environment.
These areas provide city dwellers with places for picnics, leisurely walks, and other forms of outdoor recreational activities. They also serve as areas where people can escape the heat, air and noise pollution, as well as enjoy some peace and quiet.
Green spaces also serve to beautify the urban setting, adding welcome touches of green and other colors of nature, thereby integrating the natural environment with the built environment.
Why are urban green spaces important?
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends universal access to green spaces, specifically that there should be a green space measuring at least 0.5 hectares at a linear distance of no more than 300 meters from every home.
This is because multiple studies have shown that green spaces help reduce stress, encourage social cohesion and physical activity, as well promote mental and physical health.
Other studies also point to increasing urban green spaces helping to stave off premature death.
Green spaces have also been shown to improve cognitive ability and social behaviors among children, particularly in the areas of attention restoration, memory, competence, socialization, self-discipline and stress moderation.
Increasing green spaces in cities is also seen to improve urban biodiversity and sustainability. With more plant species included planned green spaces attract birds and other fauna which help control pest infestations.
They also reduce the effects of Urban Heat Islands (UHIs), defined as metropolitan areas which are significantly warmer than their surrounding rural areas due to the daily activities of urban populations concentrated in a small area.
Green spaces in Metro Manila
Sadly, over the past several decades, the metro’s urban planners haven’t prioritized the provision for green spaces.
In 2019, netizen BA Racoma culled data from the Philippine Statistics Authority and the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority to come up with a map indicating the few remaining green spaces in Metro Manila.
These include: La Mesa Ecopark, Balara Filters Park, Arboretum Forest, Rizal Park Nayong Pilipino and Muntinlupa Sunken Garden.
Other netizens also identified Las Piñas Parañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area and the Arroceros Park in Manila as green spaces endangered by proposed real estate developments.
What you can do
If you haven’t visited the metro’s green spaces, it’s high time that you do so. This way, you can experience their health benefits and appreciate their aesthetic value first-hand.
You may also opt to patronize establishments that incorporate green areas in their design in the form of gardens or mini-parks.
You may also write to your local government unit (LGU) officials about developing green spaces in your community. Also, in every local or national election, do check out the candidate’s stand on the environment and public health to see how developing urban green spaces may be included in their future policies and projects.
Urban green spaces have been shown to greatly contribute to public health and the city’s beautification. It would be a shame if these areas dwindle and disappear, leaving the metro’s residents bereft of their various benefits.
Plant pictures taken at Rockwell The Grove in Pasig City.
Is the holiday stress making your head throb? Or do the sudden changes in weather give you aches pains?
Don’t worry, mommies! Relief is won’t take long if you keep Biogesic handy.
Biogesic is a trusted brand of paracetamol for over 50 years. It is typically used to relieve mild to moderate pain such as headache, backache, menstrual cramps, muscular strain, minor arthritis pain, toothache, and reduce fevers caused by illnesses such as the common cold and flu.
If you haven’t stocked up on this over-the -counter remedy yet, here are three reasons why you should:
1) Biogesic can be consumed on an empty stomach.
If you sometimes suffer from a sensitive stomach, taking medication may be a mixed blessing because some medications cause stomach upsets. With Biogesic, there’s no need to wait until you’ve eaten to take your pill and give yourself some relief as it won’t irritate your stomach lining.
2) Biogesic may be taken by children 12 years old or older, as well as by pregnant and breastfeeding womenand seniors.
The 500mg Biogesic tablet may be taken by adults and children 12 years old or older, as well as seniors every four to six hours. Younger children will need to take a lower dose; fortunately, there’s Biogesic for Kids oral drops which contain 100mg of paracetamol and can be taken every four hours.
Pregnant and breastfeeding moms can also rest assured that taking Biogesic to relieve their headaches and pains is safe for them and their babies.
3) It is widely available.
Getting your hands on Biogesic won’t give you any headaches either. You can grab a pack at leading drugstores such as Mercury Drug, Watsons, Southstar Drug, Rose Pharmacy, Big Grocer and Med Express. You can also order online at Shopee, Lazada, Zalora and BeautyMNL.
So mommies, to ensure that everyone in the family benefits from #AlagangBiogesic, be sure to keep it handy by stocking it in your medicine cabinet or including it in your first aid kits and go bags.
Biogesic Paracetamol 500mg (20 tablets). For adults and kids 12 years old or older.
With all the responsibilities that we have on our plate – at home, at work and elsewhere – we working moms seldom commit resources to skincare. We may lack the funds to purchase the products we think are necessary or lack that pocket of free time to devote to what may seem like a tedious task. We may even think that doing so may be a bit self-indulgent.
Self-care leads to self-confidence.
Whatever the reason, by neglecting our skin, we are denying ourselves an important part of self-care. Beauty may only be skin-deep, but our skin is what we oftentimes present first to the world as we go about our daily tasks. It forms a significant part of what people base their first impressions of us on.
As a working mom, I meet and communicate with other people on a regular basis. While I know that my competence at my job is key to getting things done, having a lot confidence in how I present myself also plays a key role in my work life. Furthermore, even in the age of virtual meetings, appearing unkempt and not well put together can be seen as being unprofessional, which may hinder advancement in my career.
Outside of our work, we also need confidence to participate in social activities. Any lack of self-confidence arising from skin problems may get in the way of our enjoyment of the company of friends or of our participation in the pursuits we are passionate about.
The problem with Melasma
As Filipinas, one major skin care challenge is the appearance of dark spots on our skin, particularly on our face and neck. Called melasma, this condition is characterized by patches of skin discoloration in areas usually exposed to the sun.
Melasma may be caused by exposure to ultraviolet radiation (usually from sun exposure), or the presence of free radicals in our system caused by our lifestyle choices including exposure to pollution, not getting enough sleep, having an unbalanced diet with plenty of processed foods, smoking and dealing with stress. Hormonal changes and using harsh cosmetics may also contribute to this condition. These factors fire up the melanocytes – cells in our skin that produce melanin or the dark pigment that brings about dark skin color – resulting to dark patches in our face and neck.
The patches caused by melasma are darker than our actual skin color, making our appearance look uneven and not well cared for and making us feel self-conscious when we face other people. We Pinoys even have a name for it – pekas – which call to mind unsightly blemishes and an unpleasant appearance.
Given these factors and our reality as working moms, what actions can we take as treatment for melasma on face to regain our self-confidence and achieve what we set out to accomplish at work, at home and elsewhere?
Believe it or not, fellow mommies, the answer to this beauty question is not skin-deep.
#LetTheLightIn with PYNOCARE
Melasma is caused by factors that are already within our systems and must be addressed by more than just topical solutions.
Aside from dealing with whatever lifestyle choices have led to the condition, we also have to work on what’s inside our bodies.
PYNOCARE (Procyanidin + Ascorbic Acid + Betacarotene + d-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate) is the first and only oral medicine that is clinically proven to reduce Melasma or dark spots formation in just eight weeks.
Unlike topical creams, lotions and gels, it works from the inside out. It has MSCC (MELASMA SKIN CLEAR COMPLEXION) Complex Actisome which fights the damaging free radicals in our system which cause melasma and normalizes the production of melanin in our skin cells.
Aside from Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin A (D. Salina Extract) and Vitamin E (D-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate), MSCC also contains Procyanidin extracted from the bark of French Maritime Pine trees. This super anti-oxidant has been cited by studies throughout the world as very efficient in fighting free radicals.
Pynocare is also quickly absorbed into our body, thanks to its Actisome technology.
It is an over-the-counter drug that comes in a box of twenty soft-gel capsules priced at Php1,395. A capsule should be taken twice a day after a meal continuously for eight weeks, after which, effects should be apparent.
Some types of melasma may respond more quickly to treatment than others so PYNOCARE may be taken for longer periods. A capsule per day may even be taken regularly beyond the initial treatment period to prevent the recurrence of melasma, with the bonus effect of helping to delay natural skin aging.
This easy and stress-free routine can be easily worked into our busy schedule, right, mommies? With a more even and glowing skin tone waiting to emerge, the effort will surely be well worth it.
PYNOCARE is available at Mercury Drug, Watsons, Southstar Drug, Rose Drugstore, St. Joseph Pharmacy, and other leading drugstores nationwide.
Sometimes, the wisdom of old folk medicine are proven right.
Especially now when we worry about the state of our health on a regular basis, we gravitate towards remedies that have been tried and tested by generations before us.
Aside from its use as an ingredient in many tasty Pinoy dishes, ginger (or luya in Filipino) has been known to have powerful medicinal qualities which include:
Anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects
Treatment against nausea, especially morning sickness
Supporting weight loss
Reduction of pain from osteoarthritis
Lowering of blood sugars and cholesterol levels as well as improvement risk factors of heart disease
Promotion of gut health and chronic indigestion
Reduction of menstrual pain
Lowering the risk of infections
Ginger may also serve as an alternative treatment for some forms of cancer, as well as help in improving brain function and protecting against Alzheimer’s disease.
To take advantage of ginger‘s myriad health benefits, our forbears regularly consume salabat, the traditional ginger-based Filipino tea.
While our ancestors had to brew their go-to medicinal beverage the old fashioned way – boiling, slicing, boiling and straining ginger in water for minutes – we can save some time and effort with a sachet of Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat.
This ginger brew is made from the finest native ginger grown and harvested organically on the slopes of the mystical Banahaw. Upon harvesting, each ginger is meticulously selected, washed and sundried resulting in a cup of salabat that’s refreshing and irresistible flavor, as well as filled with health benefits.
Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat is produced by Prominex Ventures, Inc., which sources organically grown ginger from a rural cooperative composed of women and farmers, thereby promoting economic growth in the countryside.
Its Halal-certified product variants include:
Sanlo Premium Instant Salabat Original (10 sachets per box, 7.5g per sachet). Ginger brew flavored with just enough sweetness to suit everyone’s taste.
I pretty much consider myself a low-maintenance kind of girl.
I seldom have the time or the patience for tedious beauty rituals and multi-step self-care routines. With this personal bias, you can bet that when presented with a beauty routine that involves several applications or complex instructions, you can bet I’d be avoiding that like the plague.
However, I’m definitely not getting any younger. As a woman nearing – or already in – middle age, I have resolved to let myself age gracefully but not to just let myself go.
Fortunately, VREAL Cosmetics makes it easy for me to inch my way into a beauty routine.
True to its tagline “Real Beauty Solutions for Real People,” homegrown beauty brand VREAL Cosmetics seeks to make skin care more accessible to Filipinos.
An offshoot of one of Ilocos’ biggest beauty service businesses, Villareal Salon and Spa, VREAL Cosmetics prides itself on its unique formulations and simple applications, such as:
VREAL RealNew Set A.
This illuminating set that began as an aftercare routine for salon customers who availed of facial services received so many positive reviews that it was spun off as a retail product and started the VREAL Cosmetics line. It consists of a triple whitening soap, toner, nutrifirm gel, day cream and night cream.
UNICEF Philippines partners with RUNRIO Events to bring Filipinos together for a virtual move-a-thon for a cause: “Heroes for Children.”
Amidst a raging pandemic, many Filipinos feel trapped and anxious. This is especially true for children who, because of the nationwide lockdowns, face even greater difficulties in continuing their education and declining access to life-saving immunization and proper health and nutrition services.
Hope is needed now more than ever—and it begins with people who are willing to get up and move to make a difference in this year’s Heroes for Children campaign.
Delivering hope starts with one step
First launched in 2015 by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Anne Curtis, “Heroes for Children” is a fundraising initiative that supports and gives hope to vulnerable Filipino children.
This beloved fundraiser returns this year as a virtual move-a-thon where anyone can bike, run, walk, dance, or exercise at their own pace—and help children in need get a better chance at life.
Everyone is invited to be a hero
“Heroes for Children” is open to all individuals, friends, families, PWDs, and even fur babies here and abroad. It’s a chance for everyone of every fitness level to practice self-care and do good for Filipino children—in the safety of their own homes and communities.
Participants can choose a category and activity, and complete their distance goals within the whole duration of the virtual move-a-thon from October 1 to 31, 2021.
Hope comes in many forms, be part of UNICEF’s 75th anniversary
This year, UNICEF is commemorating its 75th anniversary by inviting everyone to help build a better world for children.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the many issues facing children today that put their rights at risk. This crisis is a pivotal moment to not only respond to most crucial needs of children now, but also to continue building a better world for them.
When you sign up and move through “Heroes for Children,” you contribute to improve vulnerable children’s access to quality education, routine immunization, and health and nutrition services. Every step you make in the virtual move-a-thon is a step towards making this better world a reality for every child.
The Basket of Hope and Heroes for Children virtual move-a-thon are among the many initiatives and projects that enable individuals to help and join UNICEF in its mission to protect children’s rights and ensure a better future for them. With your participation and support, we can make it possible for every child to grow up in a world where they can enjoy all of their rights.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfil their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit www.unicef.org
With all the erratic changes in from hot and humid to chilly and wet weather lately, it would hardly be surprising that we get beset by that feeling of heaviness and malaise, or what we sometimes call “feeling under the weather.”
I have noted some days when I feel like I’m close to getting sick and I can’t drag myself out of bed.
However, we normally don’t have the luxury to wallow in this uncomfortable feeling, especially with our many roles and responsibilities.
Our lolas called this feeling “lamig sa katawan” and even treated us to to a rejuvenating rest in our warm beds as well other comforting home remedies to make us feel that “ginhawa ng pakiramdam.”
Fortunately, we can still get comforted by our lola’s loving care with Lola Remedios Food Supplement Syrup.
Authentic Lola Remedios (Food Supplement Syrup – for Soothing relief of “Lamig”) Ready to Drink 15ml x 1 sachet. Available at Lazada.
Inspired by our lola’s traditional home remedies, Lola Remedios is made of all-natural ingredients imbued with qualities that give comfort and relief when we are ailing:
Ginger. Treats muscular aches and pains, as well as sore throat and cramps. It also helps to ease various stomach ailments.
Honey. Used as a treatment for cough and cold symptoms, as well as helps in countering sleep difficulty caused by upper respiratory tract infection. It also increases immunity and has anti-microbial and antioxidant effects.
Mint. Contains menthol which has a cooling effect that relieves sore throat, nasal congestion and muscle pains. It may also be prescribed for nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, headache and cold.
Clove. Contains essential oil and eugenol that has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties.
Fennel. Provides relief for stomach discomforts due to gas and indigestion.
Lola Remedios is also conveniently packaged in ready-to-drink in 15ml sachets. To get soothing relief for Lola Remedios, just shake the sachet, tear off a corner and sip straight from the sachet.
Personally, I prefer to mix it to warm water for a soothing hot drink while relaxing.
So if you ever feel like you’re under the weather, know that #LolaCares and Lola Remedios can make you feel better in no time!
Check out my picks for self-care essentials at Lazada.
It is important to know the different types of TB prevalent today, early symptoms and their effects, and how to properly treat it.
As we continue the fight against COVID-19, one of the biggest killers in the country remains overlooked — Tuberculosis (TB). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the Philippines has the highest incidence rate of active TB among all Asian countries.
Today, many TB-affected individuals in the country dismiss getting checked due to the fear of contracting COVID-19, lack of education towards treatment, and many Filipinos perceiving it as a low-risk disease. To better understand the current state of TB in the Philippines, it is important to know the different types of TB prevalent today, early symptoms and their effects, and how to properly treat it.
Early symptoms of TB and causes
TB is an airborne disease, and is not transmissible when sharing utensils with a person with TB. It is caused by a bacteria called Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which affects the lungs and spreads through the air when a TB-infected individual coughs, sneezes, or spits. It generally affects all age groups, especially children and adults with underlying conditions such as HIV, malnutrition, or diabetes. Adults who smoke tobacco also have a higher risk of contracting the disease.
Common symptoms include chronic coughing that lasts more than two weeks, weight loss, fever, and night sweats. If you ever experience these symptoms, it is best to visit the nearest health center or TB clinic right away to get checked up. If you are unsure of their location, you can use the online self-assessment tool — https://assessment.tbfree.ph/ — to find the nearest health center or TB clinic in your area.
The different types of Tuberculosis
TB can be classified into two types of infections, active TB and latent TB. In the case of active TB, the individual who is carrying the organism has active symptoms and can transmit the infection to other people. On the other hand, those who have latent TB do not exhibit any of the symptoms since their immunity is able to fight off the infection. However, at some point in their life, the bacteria can reactivate and become an active TB case.
TB can directly affect different parts of your body. For instance, the most common form of TB is Pulmonary Tuberculosis (PTB) which primarily affects a patient’s lungs. Another is Extra Pulmonary Tuberculosis (EPTB), a form of TB that affects other parts of your organs and body including lymphatic, pleural, and bone or joint disease which are the most common, while pericardial, meningeal and disseminated (miliary) forms are more likely to result in a fatal outcome.
In some other cases, the TB bacteria can also be resistant to the drugs used to treat TB which classifies as Drug-resistant TB (DRTB). Though, if a person is classified under Multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB), then the TB bacteria is resistant to at least isoniazid and rifampin, the two most potent TB drugs. Patients who fall under MDR-TB undergo a different type of treatment. Drug susceptible TB (DSTB) is the exact opposite. A person who is infected with TB bacteria that are fully susceptible, TB drugs will be effective as long as it is taken properly.
TB detection and treatment
Despite being infectious and potentially fatal, TB can be cured with proper treatment and early detection. The first thing people with presumptive TB need to do is schedule a chest x-ray test. If it is detected as possible TB, ask your doctor for a TB sputum diagnostic test to confirm if it is really TB. It is best advised to take the sample in the morning right before eating. Patients must then gargle water and take their sputum samples outdoors or in an open and airy place away from other people. If results come back positive, the patient must return to their doctor to begin treatment.
TB medicine is free at the nearest health center or TB clinic in your area. However, Anti-TB medicine is not like other antibiotics that are only taken for a week or two since it must be taken for at least six (6) months. Patients who are undergoing treatment may also experience mild headaches as one of the side effects but there may also be other causes. If you experience this, it is best to return to your doctor immediately for a consultation. Additionally, the National TB Control Program (NTP) does not recommend vitamins or any supplements, but it is not prohibited. Remember, it’s even more important to finish treatment to be #TBFree.
Do your part for a #TBFreePH
Despite the ongoing pandemic, the Department of Health (DOH) is gathering more government support through the amendment of the National TB Law to increase funding and efforts for the National TB Control Program in 2022. In line with these initiatives, mobile chest x-ray vans that can provide TB detection results as fast as ten minutes will begin city-wide sweeps. With this, TB detection processing will be made quicker and should help solve mobility restrictions posed by the pandemic. TB is curable and can be attained if every individual does their part to support, educate, and encourage fellow Filipinos to to complete their TB treatment and take anti-TB drugs regularly, so they can end the spread of the disease and live a healthier TB-free life. For more information about TB, visit www.tbfree.ph or check out the #TBFreePH Facebook page.
The Department of Health (DOH) has declared TB a priority, in its hope to make the Philippines TB-free by 2035. Their strategy towards a #TBFREEPH revolves around varying global views, encouraging unity among all potential allies. This diversity of ideas is a main pathway in implementing the government mandate Kalusugan Pangkalahatan (KP). The big tent communication approach they are implementing makes the process of information gathering inclusive and relevant for everyone involved.
The DOH Disease Prevention and Control Bureau (DPCB) and Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) worked with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), World Health Organization (WHO) and various other development partners in designing this strategy through a series of consultation workshops and meetings.
If the pandemic has taught us anything, it is to take care of our overall health.
A significant aspect of well-being is our gut health. However, unless our tummy acts out in ways that make us uncomfortable, we hardly take notice of it.
The state of our digestive tract contributes a lot to the health of other systems of our bodies: from the workings of our brain and heart, the effectiveness of our immune system, the state of our skin, weight and hormone levels, even the propensity to develop cancer.
Needless to say, ensuring the health of our digestive system goes a long way towards a living a healthier life.
For centuries, the aloe vera plant has been used for health and medicinal purposes, especially the jelly like substance harvested from its leaves – called aloe vera gel.
US-based company Forever Living Products, has mastered the harnessing of aloe vera’s health benefits and delivering it to consumers with its own aloe fields, manufacturing facilities, research and development, quality control laboratories and distribution channels.
In the Philippines, its products are distributed by Forever4U, which also hosts bootcamps for health, fitness and beauty buffs.
One of its products is Forever Aloe Bits ‘n Peaches. A product of Forever Living’s aloe stabilization process, it contains 200 compounds, including 20 minerals, 18 amino acids and 12 vitamins which help in maintaining a healthy digestive system as well as a natural energy level.
With the addition of peach concentrate, this drink is not just infused with the sweet and fruity flavor of peaches, it is also fortified with carotenoids which are great antioxidants, source of Vitamin A and essential in maintaining the proper function of our immune system.
I started taking a small shot glass of this tonic drink before breakfast and after dinner everyday and after a week, it has helped in clearing my gut regularly (you know what I mean!) helping me feel lighter and healthier.
Now is not the time to take our gut health for granted so do stock up on Forever Aloe Vera Bits ‘n Peaches, or other aloe gel drinks such as Forever Aloe Vera Gel or Forever Aloe Berry Nectar. These are great additions to any #LockdownCleansing routine.
To brush up on more healthy habits you can pursue during quarantine and beyond and to order Forever Living products, follow Forever4U on Facebook.
Disclosure: A product sample was provided to facilitate this feature article.
Coming to terms with yourself, flaws and all—and in the age of social media, no less—can be difficult. When unrealistic beauty standards are reinforced everywhere you look, self-acceptance doesn’t always come easy.
As a top beauty and personal care company in the country, Unilever acknowledges its role in championing a new era of beauty. Through projects such as Dove My Hair, My Say and Real Beauty, Unilever resolves to make beauty a positive and inclusive experience for all. As its next step towards celebrating the beauty in diversity, Unilever launches Yes to Positive Beauty on Shopee this May 17-19. The campaign aims to encourage Filipinos to embrace their unique beauty, support inclusivity, and say “Yes” to Positive Beauty.
Need a little inspiration saying “Yes” to Positive Beauty yourself? Follow two Shopee livestreamers’ journeys to self-love below:
Bianca Umali calls her foray into livestreaming ‘a leap of faith.’ A year later after taking the plunge, however, Bianca shares that pushing the boundaries of her capabilities was one of the best things she’s ever done for herself. “Embracing yourself, I’ve realized, is not about staying in one place. It’s also about branching out to the different facets of your being.”
Bianca admits that she used to hate her chinita eyes and longed for double eyelid surgery. Now that she recognizes that she does not have to follow unrealistic beauty standards, Bianca is determined to create authentic content as a public figure. She frequently goes live sans makeup. “My viewers can see me raw and unedited, and in turn, they get to see me as a real human being. They’ve seen me with dark circles, blemishes, and puffiness.”
One simple step towards embracing yourself, according to Bianca, is to filter your media consumption. “Our self-image only gets shattered when we are made to believe we do not measure up. Fight this belief by being in command of what you take in, and you will always see yourself as beautiful.”
Mary Grace Khu
Mary Grace Khu used to believe that only people with model-esque features could land jobs as on-cam talents. She eventually realized that her shape, size, and skin tone shouldn’t hinder her from going after her dreams, and thereafter snagged a job in the industry.
As a public figure, MG still feels self-conscious from time to time about strangers’ opinions, but for the most part she has found a supportive community in her viewers. She credits this to her authenticity and drive to advocate self-love online. “I am taking this as an opportunity to share my experiences and stories. I will always be real about it, as it would be hard to sustain if you’re trying to pretend or be like someone else.”
MG also believes that beauty isn’t one dimensional. “I see beauty in a holistic manner: being healthy, having a positive mindset, and being confident in my own skin.” She adds that it is through one’s personality that true beauty radiates, and so she endeavors to bring sunshine to others by spreading positivity through her content.
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I admit: I’m not as young as I used to be, nor as indestructible as I thought I was.
Given that I’m no longer a sprightly spring chicken, some aches and pains are to be expected… which can be kind of a drag.
After all, there is so much for me to do and so much I want to accomplish. Between juggling my responsibilities at home and at work, and squeezing in activities to broaden my mind and slim down my waistline (hopefully!), I really have so little time to waste just wallowing in my pain.
I also can’t ignore it either. Chronic pain can be quite detrimental to anyone’s physical, mental and even emotional well-being. It can lead to lethargy, loss of appetite, inability to sleep, increased anxiety and even depression.
It’s a good thing, then, that for small aches and pains, quick relief can be provided by Tiger Balm.
For more than a century, Tiger Balm is the recognized topical medication for pain relief against swelling, backaches, muscle and joint strains and sprains. It products are made with powerful blends of medicinal herbs known for their curative effects such as camphor, menthol and other essential oils which soothe pains away.
Ointments. For shoulder and neck pains, or to help ease tension headaches or muscle soreness after physical activity, the Extra Strength Ointment, characterized by its warm reddish-brown color and cinnamon-infused scent, is the go-to medication. For an intensified pain relief against backaches, stiff muscles and joint strains, the non-staining and light-hued Ultra Strength Ointment is the way to go. The penetrating heat from these ointments helps open up blood vessels and increase circulation that assist out body in repairing damaged tissues.
Just rub the ointment onto the affected area until it’s fully absorbed and wait for the soothing heat to work its magic.
Tiger Balm ointments can also be used to alleviate cold symptoms, free up nasal congestion and treat mosquito bites.
Pain-Relieving Patches. For strong, targeted and more convenient relief from post workout pain, Tiger Balm’s Pain-Relieving Patch is your best bet. Combining the soothing effects of Tiger Balm’s medicinal ingredients with the handy and mess-free application of a patch, it is a practical and hassle-free solution to muscle and joint aches. The warm plaster is best for strong pain relief, especially from chronic pains at the thigh, back and shoulders, while the cool plaster is effective for relief from sprains nd strains, and also aids in recovery from sports injuries especially at the wrist, elbow and ankle.
Tiger Balm also produces Mosquito Repellants, perfect for those living in a tropical country like ours where pesky mosquitoes abound, especially during summertime. To prevent the irritating insects from getting near and biting your kids when they play outside or even indoors, spray the citronella-scented scented solution around the area or attach the patch on your little one’s clothes.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we should be on the lookout for the perfect gift to express our love and bring delight to our moms on their special day.
While Mother’s Day has been celebrated since the early twentieth century to honor mothers and how they influence society through their love and sacrifices for the family, there have been many age-old traditions giving tribute to motherhood. For instance, ancient Greeks and Romans held festivals in honor of mother-goddesses such as Rhea and Cybele while early Christians celebrated “Mothering Sunday” by returning to their mother church, spending time at home and presenting their moms with flowers and tokens of appreciation.
Over the years, Mother’s Day, or iterations of this holiday, are celebrated by various countries according to their local customs. In Thailand, for instance, it is celebrated during the birthday of Queen Sirikit, with ceremonies and parades to mark the occasion.
Mother’s Day is notably the busiest time for restaurants as families give their moms a break from kitchen duties and treat her to delicious meals throughout the day that she didn’t have to prepare herself.
Some would even treat their mothers to a rejuvenating time at the spa, a welcome respite from their usual deluge of duties and chores.
However, with stricter quarantine protocols in place due to the pandemic, bringing Mom out to dine in style or to have a “me time” at the spa may not be the best choice.
Why not treat Mom to a relaxing day off at home on Mother’s Day?
With Stories & Blossoms’ Mom’s Day Off Floral Care Basket (Php3,500), the most important woman in your life will be able to enjoy a beautiful arrangement of preserved flowers, customizable according to her favorite colors and blooms, in an attractively rustic 14-inch basket. Nestled among the blooms is a carefully curated package of locally made yet luxurious self-care items she can enjoy at home.
To help chase away tensions and lull her to a state of ease, artisanal scent-maker Favori contributes a carbon-neutral and eco-friendly Soy Aroma Candle, a calming Lavender Massage Oil and a soothing Sleep and Relaxation Salve.
Mabula PH, on the other hand, provides lovingly handcrafted, all-natural and organic multi-bars from the farmers of Dumingag, Zamboanga del Sur such as a set of five mini multi-purpose bars in papaya, turmeric, calamansi, turmeric and cucumber variants which can be used as facial cleansers, body soap or shampoo, as well as a conditioner bar to revitalize her locks.
Your mom might be stuck at home during Mother’s Day but you can make it a deluxe pamparing experience for her with this special floral care basket.
With this thoughtful and heart-warming gift, you can bring Mom a patch of sunny sky and summer blooms without having to leave home.
Other sets your mom would love from Stories & Blossoms include:
Stories in a Bag (Php1,300 to Php1,500). A tasteful curation of assorted preserved flowers in a transparent box with a gold chain handle, and comes with a 100-gram bar of Belgian chocolate. Treat her to an overload of sweetness with this arrangement.
Farmhouse Stories (Php1,800). Hydrangeas represent gratitude, grace and beauty. Gift your mom with a lavish hydrangea arrangement in a pretty farmhouse box to usher in bright and cheery feelings even during these uncertain times.
Take your pick from the many arrangements available at storiesandblossoms.com. Order your preferred sets now so that Mom can receive her pleasant surprise for Mother’s Day.
To know more about its newest arrangement creations and offers, like and follow Stories & Blossoms on Facebook or Instagram or call +63 967 5099050.
Disclosure: A product sample was provided to facilitate this feature article. Photos of Stories in a Bag and Farmhouse Stories used with permission from Stories & Blossoms.