CAN YOU HEAR ME?

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THE SURPRISING TRUTH ABOUT VITAMINS

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Vitamins, the ultimate performer in one’s body that help absorb food nutrients, repair tissues, and strengthen the immune system are also known as micronutrients. This is because you only need a minuscule amount of it in your body!

A quick Google search yields that vitamins are organic compounds that come from the food you eat, supplements you take, and the environment you’re in. So now maybe you’re asking “If I only need a tiny amount of vitamins & minerals and I’m already eating healthy, have a balanced diet and live in a nice environment, should I still continue taking supplements?”, well, that totally depends!

You need at least 30 essential vitamins and minerals which your body cannot produce alone, that’s why supplements are important to help increase the level of micronutrients your body needs to perform well.

But Dr. Marc Leavy, a primary care internist at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, doesn’t recommend ingesting supplements daily as getting more than what’s needed could lead to complications.

But then again, our bodies and diet differ from one another. You may be lacking some Vitamin C, which you could get from eating citrus fruits, and getting enough Vitamin D, which you could get from consuming fatty fish and seafood.

Well, you may already have an idea of what you’re lacking and getting, but it’s still better to consult your doctor about this. Oh, and for your supplement needs, always remember that there’s a Southstar Drug near you!

Vitamins, the ultimate performer in one’s body that help absorb food nutrients, repair tissues, and strengthen the immune system are also known as micronutrients. This is because you only need a minuscule amount of it in your body!

A quick Google search yields that vitamins are organic compounds that come from the food you eat, supplements you take, and the environment you’re in. So now maybe you’re asking “If I only need a tiny amount of vitamins & minerals and I’m already eating healthy, have a balanced diet and live in a nice environment, should I still continue taking supplements?”, well, that totally depends!

You need at least 30 essential vitamins and minerals which your body cannot produce alone, that’s why supplements are important to help increase the level of micronutrients your body needs to perform well.

But Dr. Marc Leavy, a primary care internist at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, doesn’t recommend ingesting supplements daily as getting more than what’s needed could lead to complications.

But then again, our bodies and diet differ from one another. You may be lacking some Vitamin C, which you could get from eating citrus fruits, and getting enough Vitamin D, which you could get from consuming fatty fish and seafood.

Well, you may already have an idea of what you’re lacking and getting, but it’s still better to consult your doctor about this. Oh, and for your supplement needs, always remember that there’s a Southstar Drug near you!

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7 CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION TIPS

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SELF-LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA

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The world has been preoccupied with panic and dismay surrounding the Covid-19 virus. With 2,475,841 cases worldwide as of writing, feeling worried and overwhelmed is a normal response. However, we have the full control to take action in fending for ourselves in the 4 or 5 or more walls of our homes.

We’ve put together a self-love & care list to keep you guided on what you can do to improve your mental and overall well-being at this time of global crisis.

1. MOVE IT

At this time of quarantine, most people just stay in bed to work and sleep. What they forget to do is to keep active to make their blood continuously flow to their hearts. So, it’s vital to keep moving everyday—doing simple household chores can help in keeping your system intact.

2. MEDITATE

Take time to calm yourself. Going zen for 10 minutes is just enough to keep your mind afloat. There are lots of tutorial videos on Youtube that can help you reach nirvana or someplace else that your mind wants to go!

3. SOCIALIZE

Being stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t socialize! Check on your friends or invite them for a video chat. There are plenty of video chatting platforms that offer fun and engaging screen backgrounds to keep you and your friends entertained.

4. READ & LEARN

Want to learn how to cook? To exercise? To build a plane? There are thousands of online articles, platforms and forums for those that can help you kickstart your way to a new hobby. Remember! It’s never too late to start building your career!

5. UNLEASH THE RAMSAY IN YOU

When you learn something new, you want to put it to the test. Remember that easy to make mouth-watering dish that you saw online? Try making that in your kitchen! You’ll never know, you might be the next Gordon Ramsay of the Philippines!

6. LOCKDOWN PLAYLIST

According to Robert Gupta “music is medicine, music is sanity.” We totally agree! And no, you don’t have to pay for a monthly subscription to make your own playlist. You can just stream it on free music platforms and voila! You get your daily dose of sanity.

7. DECLUTTER

If your budget is tight and can’t donate, just declutter your closet and you’ll find a treasure trove of clothes that you never wear that a family in need will surely appreciate. So, go on and declutter and help put a smile to another person today!

8. WATCH FLICKS

Going to the cinema to watch a movie or two is overrated. Plus, it costs a lot of money! Now that you’re stuck at home, make use of online platforms that stream movies for free. From the classics to the substandard—whatever floats your boat. 

9. SHOP FOR ESSENTIALS

For the time being, only 1 person per household can go out to shop for essentials. So, prepare the grocery and Southstar Drug shopping list for a fast and easy trip outside the house!

This curated list is just a guide to help you get through the rainy days. We hope that you’re well and are doing great at home.

WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Share with us your experience with our self-love list during the ECQ!

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CONSTIPATION : CAUSES AND PREVENTION

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Due to lack of awareness on  proper balance diet and exercise needed for an individual to take in a day, lots of health problem are being experienced by majority of the population.  Are you one of them? Are you even aware of some common health problems that might occur once you choose to not live a healthy life?
 
One of the common problems that you might actually experience is the so-called constipation. Constipation usually occurs when you excrete waste less often than normal. Some people have them once to thrice a day while others have them only twice or once a week. So, how about you? When did you have your last bowel movement?  
 
According to the study, going longer more than three or more days without number 2 (pooping)  is already long enough to face a greater chance that your feces or stool becomes harder; It will make feces difficult to pass through  and this is how constipation attacks. Let’s talk about some possible matters that may lead you for being constipated.

  1.  Not drinking enough water and not eating foods rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, cereals and wholemeal bread. This is actually the common cause of experiencing one;
  2. Lack of exercise;
  3. Resisting  yourself the urge to have a bowel movement;
  4. Taking some medications especially strong pain drugs such as narcotics, antidepressants, or iron pills which might be having a side effects;
  5. According to the study one out of five pregnant women will become constipated due to the hormonal changes that slow down the gut movements;
  6. When you have changed something in your usual activities or diet;
  7. Stress can actually cause constipation too.

Symptoms of constipation includes having bowel movement troubles. Second is you feel like that there’s a blockage in your rectum that prevents your stools to come out. Third, it feels like you can not completely empty your stool from your rectum that you think you might be needing some help to do it such as using your hands to empty your abdomen and using your finger to remove your stool from your rectum.

 There are some of the easy steps that will help you ease or prevent constipation in the first place:

  • Eat foods that are rich in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, cereals and wholemeal breads or pasta;
  • Drink plenty of water at least eight to ten cups a day. Water help softens your stools;
  • Exercise regularly if possible
  •  Don’t try to ignore the need of using the toilet. Some people choose to suppress the feeling of using the toilet probably because they are busy which in the end will make them regret suppressing it because of the consequences that will possibly occur.

At the end of the day, it’s a choice to live a healthy life. Seek your doctor if it’s necessary. Have a regular check-up. It’s gonna be way better to enjoy waking up and eating delicious foods without worrying about bowel movement problems.

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TEA TIME!

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Everybody deserves a cup of tea.

Based on research, tea is said to be one of the most beneficial drinks that could improve our health. It have also found that drinking tea can help to reduce cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. It can also be a help for detoxifying your body.

Health Benefits
Is it coffee or tea? Probably some will consider themselves as coffee lovers, some may say they’re perfectly fine with tea. But before anything else, try to consider the health benefits that tea possesses.  
 
Drinking tea has been recognized for its capacity to soothe, restore, refresh and relax our body. The real tea came from the Camellia sinensis plant and has only four varieties which includes green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea. Know the health benefits of tea:

  1. It has antioxidants. ​Tea contains antioxidants which protects us from the damage from pollution. It also helps to keep us young and help in reducing cancer including breast, colon, colorectal, skin and others.
  2. It has less caffeine than coffee. ​According to studies, caffeine content varies according to the type of tea you are using. Even though tea contains caffeine, it has less content which ranges from 20 to 90 milligrams per 8 ounces compared to 50 to 120 milligrams in coffee.
  3. It helps in losing weight. ​Drinking tea helps in reducing weight. According to scientists, the ​catechins or antioxidants
    ​ in the green tea extract helps our body’s ability to burn down fats.
  4. It reduces the risks of heart attack. ​When you drink tea, it associates with lowering the cholesterol in your body. Studies says that intake of tea decreases the incidence of heart attack.

Types and Its Benefits
There are different types of teas which varies according to its health benefits and how it can be achieved.

  • Black Tea. ​Is a common type of tea that has a high concentration of antioxidant compounds which has linked to have lower levels of cholesterol. Also, research shown that the people who drinks three or more cups of black tea daily may cut their risk of stroke by 21 percent.
  • Green Tea.​It is the type of tea which is full of antioxidants called catechins that may help in reducing cancer and heart disease. Based on study, consumption of each cup of green tea daily may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease by 10 percent.
  • White Tea. ​A type of tea which according to Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Association of the USA, in New York City, offers the same potential cardiovascular and cancer-fighting benefits as other teas. It may also benefit the people with diabetes.
  • Oolong Tea. ​Losing weight is the core benefit of this tea type. It is said that the people who drink Oolong tea may burn calories over two-hour period.

Take note of all these because it’s tea time. Cheers to a healthy living!

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FAT IS ACTUALLY YOUR FRIEND

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FACTS ABOUT EATING DISORDER

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Eating disorders are among the deadliest psychological disorders that can affect anyone. They slowly ruin the body; however, to be able to for these to be treated successfully, they have to be understood as disorders of the mind.

The major causes of having an eating disorder is still unclear however, according to research, biological, psychological and sociocultural factors play a big part.

Here are 3 of the most common eating disorders:

Anorexia Nervosa, in which the person may be obsessing with continued weight loss when he/she is already underweight. People suffering from this have a distorted body image.

Bulimia Nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person may appear to have a normal body, when in fact they binge eat and purge - by vomiting, using laxatives or excessive exercising to compensate for overeating. And these people have higher risks for diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Binge Eating, however, is excessive eating without control but without purging or fasting.

Eating disorders are not only about eating a lot or nothing at all, it is a more complicated condition that should be recognized and treated. Therefore, it is very important to be aware of the symptoms and warning signs.

The following are common symptoms of an eating disorder according to nationaleatingdisorder.org:

 

  • Withdrawal from social activities
  • Frequent checking in the mirror for perceived flaws
  • Obsessing over shape and weight
  • Hoarding or hiding food
  • Eating in secret
  • Unhealthy exercise habits
  • Disappearing after eating often to the bathroom
  • Dangerous dieting
  • Mood swings, irritability, depression

            If your loved one or even yourself is diagnosed with 5 or more of these symptoms, consult an expert and prevent the worst situation that may occur.

            Having an eating disorder is nothing to be ashamed about. We should just refrain from giving critical feedback about weight and body. Getting educated about eating disorders and its treatments can go a long way; you can pass on the message to your loved ones who you believe may be suffering from one.

            Also, for a fast recovery and safe treatment, refer them to a professional. Recovery from these disorders is possible. With the help of medical and psychological assistance, people with eating disorders can be cured.

REFERENCES:

http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/library-health-news/828-how-to-prevent-eating-disorders

https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

https://www.everydayhealth.com/eating-disorders/guide/

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