Showing posts with label Health and Wellness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Health and Wellness. Show all posts

Friday, August 4, 2017

World Citi Med (WCM) Invites Pregnant Moms on the Birth Day of its Maternity Wing

Pregnant moms, you are invited to a day filled with MOMents of celebration!

The big push is on August 14, 2017, Monday, 8:30AM on the 5th floor of World Citi Med, 960 Aurora Blvd. corner Anonas St. Quezon City.

Together, we will celebrate the birth of the hospital’s new nature-inspired Maternity Wing and the launch of the prenatal and maternity packages especially for pregnant moms. There will also be a free Mothers Class to learn prenatal care, post natal care, breastfeeding, and family planning. Plus, exclusive freebies to take home!

Pregnant moms may reserve their slot by calling World Citi Med Marketing at 913-8380 local 398 before August 7, 2017, Monday! First 50 registrants are in for more surprises!

Let’s all wish WCM Maternity a Happy BIRTH day! #celebratingMOMents

Saturday, July 8, 2017

#PakNaPak na Healthy Recipes by Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil + Giveaway (July 2017)

Most kids nowadays are picky eaters and my sons are no exception. There are days when our menu just keeps on rotating over and over and that includes Fried Chicken and Fish and sandwiches that are so easy to prepare. Paps and I do our very best to be creative in preparing our meals to encourage our kids to eat more healthy food choices but sometimes we are too tired and busy to sustain our habit. Nevertheless, we still do our best to extend our effort.

It is obvious that food preparation takes time and it is our duty as parents to do it properly no matter how very busy and exhausted we are. Hindi basta nakasanayan ay the best na.

Just recently, a friend from Uni-Pak sent me a gift bag with cans of Mackerel in Natural Oil and a desk calendar with recipes on it just in time when we were thinking of other interesting and healthy quick and easy meals to cook. I really felt happy and relieved because Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil could give us hearty meals in no time.

Why is Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil healthy and safe? An oily fish such as mackerel is known to help fight cardiovascular disease, dementia, loss of vision, and prostrate cancer. It's one of the best sources of protein, selenium, vitamins B and D, and omega-3 fatty acids--- vitamins, minerals, and fat that are necessary for good health. Uni-Pak is a flagship brand of SLORD Development Corporation, the company that specializes in toll-packing quality canned goods that is trusted by domestic and international companies since 1985. 

Moving on, here are two of the great-tasting and healthy dishes that I cooked using Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil:

***Uni-Pak Mackerel Sisig***

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1 can of 425 Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and flaked
3-4 cloves garlic
1 medium-sized onion, minced
1 piece red chili (siling labuyo), minced
oil or 1/8 stick of butter for frying
1 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 teaspoon soy sauce or liquid seasoning

Optional seasoning
2 pieces kalamansi
spring onions


1. In a cooking pan, heat oil or butter.
2. Saute garlic and onion.
3. Put in Uni-Pak Mackerel flakes, liquid seasoning or soy sauce, and red chili. Cook for 3-5 minutes
4. Remove from heat and transfer it to serving plate.
5. Put kalamansi, mayonnaise, and spring onion. Mix well.

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***Uni-Pak Healthy Mackerel Sandwich***

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1 can of 425g Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil, drained and flaked
2 tablespoons red onions, minced
1 tablespoon lemon or calamansi juice
4 tablespoons mayonnaise
8 slices white or wheat bread
lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber (optional)
salt, sugar, and pepper, to taste


1. Mix the mackerel, minced onion, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, sugar, and pepper.
2. Spread the mackerel mixture on slices of bread.
3. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber and close the sandwiches.

These recipes are so easy to prepare and so delicious and nutritious that even busy individuals can do hastily and picky eaters can appreciate. They can save the day from being chaotic! Hindi rin siya malansa. Kaya basta Mackerel, dapat tatak Uni-Pak!

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Do you want to get a #PakNaPak na Uni-Pak Mackerel in Natural Oil gift pack for free and cook your own #TatakUnipak recipes? Uni-Pak is giving away a gift pack to one of you and it's so easy to join. Just do the following steps:

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The giveaway is open to my readers residing in the Philippines only. You don't have to be my social media account followers to join. Giveaway period is from July 8 to 21, 2017 only. Winner will be chosen by

I'll announce the winner on my Facebook Page on July 23, 2017 and he/she will be notified through Facebook private message on the same day. Uni-Pak/SLORD Development Corporation will be responsible in shipping the prize to the winner. Thanks and good luck!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

REVIEW: Kolbadent Gum Alive Mouth Spa Toothpaste + Natural Whitening

Having a perfect set of teeth is my topmost frustration when talking about physical attributes. Honestly, my present teeth situation can cause insecurities whenever I socialize with people. 

At a very young age of 10, I wore braces after complying to the Ortho's advice to have four of my teeth extracted to make my remaining teeth get fixed. This old practice of Orthodontics caused me to suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJD) that prompted me to quit my job as a teacher to avoid too much talking in order not to worsen my severe condition. To have it fixed, thirteen of my strong and cavity-free teeth were replaced by porcelain crowns and God. the procedure that I went through was painful! I also endured the sad reality that most of my teeth were already fake.

Having porcelain crowns is difficult. They are so difficult to maintain. Since the teeth underneath them are already in their abnormal state, they are already prone to decay when not being managed properly. Good oral hygiene is a must to keep them free from cavities and stains. But sometimes, regular toothpastes are not enough to sustain my teeth's whiteness aside from cleanliness that can last for hours due to food stains like the ones I get from sauces, tea, and coffee.  There are safe toothpastes that promise gum care and tooth protection which I need the most but sadly, no whitening function. There are also whitening toothpastes available but peroxide does the whitening and my dentist doesn't allow me to use such.  A friend of mine introduced me to a safe whitening toothpaste available online months ago and I am happy with what it does. Then lately, an online friend has made her way for me to receive a sample of Kolbadent Gum Alive Mouth Spa Toothpaste + Natural Whitening

Well, it's worth trying. I am impressed with what it claims that it can do to oral health and hygiene. On the packaging it says that it's made from the following natural ingredients, no peroxide or paraben, extracted into pure essential oils and uniquely blended with its exclusive formula:

White Bamboo Charcoal- helps absorb impurities

Bamboo Salt- an excellent traditional treatment for cleaning and whitening teeth

Sacred Fig Tree's Bark Extract- effectively strengthens gum tissues

Chamomile Extract- a natural soothing agent

Mint- for a refreshing breath and cooling effect

This toothpaste is trusted to be the most effective natural whitening toothpaste and its therapeutic properties excellently reduce gum problems, delicately dissolves coffee and tea stains, and significantly helps strengthen teeth and gums when used regularly, leaving our teeth naturally bright for that beautiful smile!

For best results, as suggested, just use half of normal quantity because it's pure and concentrated. Brush for three minutes and rinse thoroughly. Then brush with clean water once more. Use twice daily or after meals.

I am using it for a week and I love what it does. It helps me lessen my insecurities when I socialize with people. My mouth and teeth feel clean longer. My teeth don't build up plaque and stay glossy. The whitening part, well prior to using this, I've mentioned already that I am using another safe whitening toothpaste, but I have noticed that my teeth continuously gets lighter. Compared to other toothpastes, it tastes more herbal than minty but it's okay for me. Another plus point for Gum Alive is that it's available in leading drugstores and supermarkets like Mercury Drug, Unimart, Makati Supermarket, Fisher Mall, Cash and Carry Mall, Shopper's Mart Chinatown, PC Supermarket Pioneer Centre, and All About Health & Wellness Store SM Center Pasig. There's no need to buy it online to avoid additional charges for shipping fee. For me it's still affordable at Php395.00 because I only need to use a small amount per brushing. In the long run, it's economical because it goes a long way. No need to buy often.

For more information about this product, go to and follow Gum Alive on Facebook for updates.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich, A Pocket Full of Fun and Surprises

Yesterday afternoon, Kuya and I were happy to join other mommy bloggers and their kids at Gardenia Pocket Sandwich Pocket Full of Fun in Fun Ranch Ortigas. 

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This fun afternoon was filled with games, food, prizes, magic show, mascot appearance, etc.--- a great way to spend quality time with our kids that made our tummies and memories full. 

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The theme of the program "Pocket Full of Fun. Pocket Full of Surprises" described very well the mission of Gardenia's new product, "Pocket Sandwich" that comprises the wonderful things that a mom could bring to  her kids, family, and herself too.

The main inspirations of Gardenia to come up with Pocket Sandwich are the busy moms. Moms are the masters or multitasking. They are very efficient in juggling different roles like doing chores, taking care of the kids, handling finances, scheduling activities for the family, earning for a living (may it be working at home, business, or in a company/institution), taking care of the family members and their needs, and of course, planning and preparing meals. 

One of the meals that moms prepare for their kids in school or at home are sandwiches. They are so easy to make and kids love them. But most of the time, kids remove the bread's edges because based on experience, they don't like eating them and they just throw them. There are also times when their sandwiches get squished in their lunch boxes or bags making them not appealing to the appetite or worse, make a lot of mess. There are also instances that moms wake up late (I am guilty of that! LOL!) that they just give money to their kids to buy food in school hoping that their kids make the right choices. 

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is the best snack to give to our kids. It's easy to slip in their lunch boxes, bags, even in their pockets. It is not vacuum sealed, meaning there is air inside that acts as a cushion that makes the bread's appearance intact and fresh. The brown edges of the two breads have been removed and they are sealed together firmly by machine to make its filling intact inside.

Gardenia Pocket Sandwich is a soft, freshly baked bread that is delicious and nutritious. It is high in the following vitamins and minerals:

Iron- for normal formation of red blood cells and hemoglobin

Vitamin B1- helps release energy from proteins, fats, and carbohydrates

Vitamin A- essential for eye function

The kids will surely feel their mom's pocketful of love when they eat it especially that it has two great-tasting variants that kids go gaga for--- chocolate and peanut butter. Definitely it is a yummy, healthy, spill or mess-free snack, convenient for munching everytime, everywhere.

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Because it's made by Gardenia, it is guaranteed safe because it is made in a sanitized and clean environment.

Gardenia understands moms' eagerness to prepare healthy snacks for their kids despite their very busy schedule and Gardenia Pocket Sandwich truly takes some of their load as busy individuals. I guarantee that you and your kids will love it like we do. Super yummy talaga!

For an affordable amount of Php15.00 each, kids and their families can now savor the healthy-yummy goodness of Gardenia Pocket Sandwich, available in leading supermarkets and convenience stores. For more information about this product and other Gardenia breads, you may like Gardenia on Facebook or visit its website,

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I am looking forward to know your feedback about Gardenia Pocket Sandwich! Feel free to leave your comment here. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Make Brushing More Fun with Minions!

Bringing-up our kids provided us so much learning through experimentation, lots of patience, a mountain full of prayer, and creativity. The joys and trials that we have endured as our kids grow up have become avenues of so much learning. For my blog entry today, I have invited my ex-boyfriend, best friend, confidant, and husband to share a portion of our parenting experiences in his perspective.

As a little boy, I never enjoyed the ritual of brushing my teeth. Agonizing were the moments when Tatay Jun, my dad, would ask me to brush my teeth with the minty toothpaste that we used to have back in the day. One time, we were watching a cartoon program on Saturday television and Tatay asked me who my  favorite cartoon character was, and I told him that it was Donald Duck. Later that day when my brushing schedule was coming, he told me that Donald Duck's teeth were perfect (Later on, I learned that ducks don't have teeth.) and that he would want me to be like Donald and Donald would help me. With that I became very excited. So come brushing time, Tatay gave me a Donald Duck toothbrush. I diligently brushed  my teeth since then knowing that I would have the same teeth as Donald's.

Times have changed. I am now a father with two bouncing, very active, and assertive boys. 

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Teaching them the importance of mouth hygiene is a daunting task. I remember how my father has encouraged me to develop the habit. But boy, kids nowadays have a way of circumventing on every logic, notion, or rationale that are imposed by their parents. They simply don't listen and follow. It's more like listen and ask, "Why?" The trick is, if the reason does not conform to what they want, then so long reason. 

As for the "mouth hygiene" thing, my eldest Ross taught me one important lesson on how to do it. During one of our heated arguments on why he should clean his teeth, he argued, "Why can't it be fun?" At that moment, I realized that my dad a long time ago taught me and my sisters mouth hygiene by engaging us in somewhat "role playing" activity. Whenever we brush our teeth, he would pretend to be Donald Duck and would even imitate the character's manner of speech.

Ross at four
As for the care of my kids, my wife and I agreed to brush with them together. To enhance the experience more we bought them their favorite character themed toothbrushes. Then while we brushed together, we would pretend that we belonged to a family that would always do the same things one at a time. It so happened that my son Ross's favorite character then was Mickey Mouse.

So while we were brushing, I would usually ask him to discuss things about Mickey Mouse. Then at certain instances, my wife and I would give quick instructions to Ross the manner on which he should clean his teeth. So every night, we would gather around near the sink and brush our teeth together. It became our bonding time or ritual before sleeping. Our brushing time became a fun-filled and anticipated activity everyday. 

Nowadays, Ross has developed the habit of cleaning his teeth regularly even at times without us telling him. My wife and I together with him are still doing it but with one more "trainee" in the guise of his younger brother, Ice. Same routine, same fun but with a twist since Ice has Mild Autism. he has the tendency to stick to routines. On top of the routines that I have mentioned, one particular aspect of our brushing session with Ice is his fixation to a particular brand of toothpaste. Among all the brands that we have tried and tested on him, he prefers with utmost reverence, Colgate Original. So far, my kids have developed strong, white teeth on top of their good brushing habits.

The latest "Minions" themed toothbrush and Colgate toothpaste can be motivating factor for young kids who love the adorable Minion characters like Dave, Stuart, Kevin, Carl, Phil, and Lance to see brushing as fun-filled health-laden activity. Furthermore, Colgate has customized oral care by coming up with two (2) variants of their themed product, both available in Lazada Philippines---

Colgate Minions 2-5 Years Old (Junior) Oral Care Pack  and Colgate Minions Kids 5-9 Years Old (Youth) Oral Care Pack (This is definitely a must-have for Ice who is currently six years old.).

These packs were specifically designed through research to address the oral hygiene needs of kids while keeping them happy and inspired as they brush their teeth.

Monday, May 29, 2017

iLED Teeth Whitening Kit: The Quickest and Safest Way to a Perfect Smile

I am so blessed to have met a lot of beautiful men and women who know how to live their lives to the fullest. They never fail to touch other people's lives by being genuinely kind, generous, caring, and helpful using their God given talents and skills. By being in their mere presence, I can feel how inspiring they are and their positive nature is truly contagious. They show that life should be valued and self-improvement must never stop for the better. 

One of the amazing people that I know is Teacher Khey Gingo. She is a Sped Teacher and Nurse by profession.

During her free time, she goes to remote places to serve in medical missions and on Sundays, she teaches kids and teens about the Bible leading them closer to God.

Aside from wearing different hats as a professional and volunteer, she doesn't stop from upgrading herself professionally by pursuing further studies, attending seminars, and reading books related to her profession. 

Despite her busy schedule, she never fails to keep her ties close with her family and friends and of course, with the love of her life.

Obviously, she has a very, very active lifestyle and to keep herself well and healthy, she indulges herself with exercise, proper diet, and connecting with nature. 

Above all her achievements, what makes her more beautiful is it comes from within. She is always comforting, assuring, and therapeutic. Her smile can surely brighten anybody's day. It's one of her assets and obviously, she takes care of her pearly whites the right and easy way.

Do you want to know what's her secret to that perfect smile? It's the iLED Teeth Whitening Kit of White Teeth Global by Green Esthetics. Before I delve deeper into this teeth whitening kit, let me first introduce to you the company that manufactures it.

White Teeth Global distributes professional quality teeth whitening products manufactured and shipped from South Florida. It has 30 years of experience in the dental field. Its products are sold on over 250 websites. It was the first company to manufacture 22%, 35%, and 44% carbamide peroxide teeth whitening gel. With 10 years of experience specifically in the teeth whitening business, it formulates the finest whitening gels, in various strengths, at the lowest prices available. Its on-going research allows it to provide dental professionals and distributors worldwide with the latest and most improved teeth whitening products in the market. Its superior products, competitive pricing, and outstanding customer service have earned its reputation as one of the leaders in the teeth whitening industry. 

Its gels are manufactured fresh daily with only the finest Kosher ingredients, no animal by products and USP grade carbamide peroxide. It formulates with 100% pure formula, no fillers or additives used. It utilizes Becton Dickinson syringes which are the global standard for the medical field. Its syringes are made in the USA per US guidelines. In compliance with FDA requirements, its syringes are machine hot stamped/printed (no adhesive labels used). Private labeling is White Teeth Global's specialty! It implements continuous laboratory quality testing of all products. Quality assurance is the company's priority.

Now, let's move on to the product itself...

iLED Teeth Whitening Kit contains:

- Two pens of whitening gel to be applied directly to the teeth and one pen with remineralization gel to help reduce tooth sensitivity

- Teeth Whitener Light with 10 LED lights that can be powered by a smart phone, computer, or external battery (iPhone, Android, and USB plugs included) so no batteries needed

- Mouth tray that is made with non-latex food grade silicone (not plastic) for comfort and comes with a ventilated carrying case for safe and clean storage

How to Use:

Apply teeth whitening teeth gel evenly on your teeth (thickness approximately 1 mm).

2 Connect light with phone (iPhone or Android).

3 Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and bite tightly. Press the power button, 25 minutes countdown with sound reminder. Then take off the mouthpiece.

Wash the mouthpiece with water after use.

5 Apply the remineralization gel (with calcium, fluoride, and phosphate) after treatment to strengthen teeth enamel to reduce sensitivity. 


According to her, this whitening kit was so easy to use and the result was visible after initial use. The stains on her teeth that she got from wearing braces were totally removed. The result keeps getting better as she continues using it. Well, you can see on the photos above that it's really, really effective. 

iLED Teeth Whitening Kit is true to its promise. Like Teacher Khey, we can get that perfect smile safely in no time. The kit may be purchased through this website at $69.95.

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I've tried and tested Green Esthetics Argan Oil and Longer Lash and they are equally amazing and effective too! 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Senso Memory Celeste Gel Pillow: A Good Investment for Health and Wellness

If by chance that you were able to check out my article about Pillows by Uratex Philippines + Informative Pillow Facts, you had probably read that there were a wide array of pillow types that could fit each person's lifestyle and needs. I also mentioned my top choice, Permasoft Pillows, which I purchased several pieces to replace our old pillows.

Almost two years have passed, and all of them are still in good condition. For just Php439.75 each, obviously they are all worth every centavo. They serve us very well indeed. For months, we sleep comfortably and soundly without experiencing body pains and aches upon waking up.

While we are enjoying our Permasoft Pillows, Mom has her own favorite next to them. She says that ever since she's been using it, she doesn't feel back or nape pain despite prolonged sitting due to bead working. She feels that this pillow follows the contour of her body while feeling cool too. For more than a year now, it's her tool of comfort that makes her do what she loves better and longer.

The pillow that I am talking about is Senso Memory Celeste Gel PillowI got it as a token from the Uratex Sparty that I attended last year.

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Why do Mom and I recommend it for those individuals who are experiencing body pain while resting, sleeping, or sitting and difficulty in sleeping? 

Well, it is specially formulated with Aqua Cool© Gel Technology that uses intermeshed, three- dimensional gel waves for greater airflow, resulting to a long- lasting, cooling sensation for the neck, back, and head.

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It also uses high-quality memory foam for extra plush comfort feel, alleviating pressure points.

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For Php2,699.75 you might be thinking that it's quite expensive but I tell you, it's one of the best investments that you can get for your health and wellness. It's comfy, durable, and functional.

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I like more that it has a separate velvety soft cover that promotes more comfort that is easy to remove from the pillow, wash, and put back again. Isn't it cool?

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Aside from the Permasoft Pillows, I also recommend this to my friends whenever they ask me the best pillow to purchase. I'm so glad that they agree that I'm right after trying. 

You may visit any authorized Uratex Philippines dealer or warehouse near you to buy yours. I am confident that you are not going to regret it.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Hot Off the Press: Herbalife Global Nutrition Expert Talks About Balanced Nutrition and Obesity in Upcoming Wellness Tour

Manila, PHILIPPINES – Herbalife, a global nutrition company, announces that Dr. Rocio Medina, Herbalife Vice President, Worldwide Nutrition Training, will be the guest speaker in the Philippine leg of the upcoming Asia Pacific Wellness Tour.

Held from 5 April to 15 May, the Herbalife Asia Pacific Wellness Tour will feature a series of medical symposia, nutrition talks and health workshops held in 23 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

At the symposia, six Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) experts including Dr. Medina will share their expertise on a variety of health-related topics. Specialized in nutrition and obesity, Dr. Media will focus on balanced nutrition and how its relationship to one’s metabolism plays an important role in our overall well-being.

“ We are delighted to welcome Dr. Rocio Medina  visiting our country. With her deep expertise in nutrition and obesity treatment, we look forward to having her share her  insights and perspectives, and connecting with local professionals and consumers on this edition of the Wellness Tour,” said Rosalio Valenzuela, General Manager, Herbalife Philippines.

Dr. Medina’s credentials include:
-       Authoring a breakthrough program on nutrition and obesity at the University of Monterrey, Mexico  – where she was co-founder of the High Technology Nutrition and Obesity Clinic
-       Leading  a team of professionals in establishing the Medical College of Surgeons and Professionals in Obesity and Clinical Nutrition at Nuevo León, Mexico
-       Being a Member of the American Society of Nutrition, 2012-present

Dr. Medina is a member of the Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board, which is composed of leading experts worldwide in the fields of nutrition and health whose role is to educate Herbalife members  on the principles of good nutrition and how to live a healthy life.

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Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people's lives with great products since 1980. Our nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available exclusively to and through dedicated Herbalife Independent Members in more than 90 countries. We are committed to fighting the worldwide problems of poor nutrition and obesity by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.

We support the Herbalife Family Foundation (HFF) and its Casa Herbalife programs to help bring good nutrition to children in need. We also sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe, including Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and champions in many other sports.

The company has over 8,000 employees worldwide, and its shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HLF) with net sales of US$4.5 billion in 2016. The Herbalife website contains a significant amount of financial and other information about the company at The company encourages investors to visit its website from time to time, as information is updated and new information is posted. To learn more, visit or

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Favori Sleep and Relaxation Salve: A Natural Sleep Aid and Muscle Relaxant

I chose "focus" to be my one word for this year. I decided to do what only matters for my personal and family growth and refrain from multitasking too much because most of the time it could result to more open ended plans and unfinished tasks rather than accomplishing more. 

There are studies about multitasking which says that it can cause forgetfulness. I can feel that it's happening to me and I don't like it. I feel so unreliable and irresponsible whenever it happens because I have the tendency to neglect some things that need my attention. I am also working on bringing back my prowess in tracking down things because for me, it's not an option and excuse to regress in this area especially that there are so many additional concerns that I have to attend to. I have to juggle my roles without affecting the welfare of my family. After all, I do things for its sake.

I said to myself that I should not be too hard on myself and never engage too much in multitasking. But still it's inevitable in my present situation especially now that irresistible opportunities in my family, blogging, and business careers keep on coming. Optimism and following the Law of Attraction help all the time but sometimes my mind is willing but my body is not due to exhaustion.

In times when I feel stressed that leads to muscle spasm, headache, and sleepless nights, taking oral medication is not my first option. I always rely on natural healing through eating healthy, visualization, and drinking lots of water. I also feel relieved when I use balms or salves to alleviate the pain . There are only two balms that I use alternately because they give soothing effect  or relaxes my body and mind that prompts me to sleep soundly. Just recently, I have another addition to my favorites and it's Favori Sleep & Relaxation Salve.

I'm so impressed with what it does. It is my current favorite because it doesn't only promotes natural sleep but also aids in  faster sleep turnaround time. I use it when I have migraine attacks, muscle pain, and even when I have insect bites. Ang sarap-sarap ng pakiramdam when I apply it on my temples, forehead, nape, and back. Very relaxing talaga siya at nakakatulog ako ng mahimbing. Whenever I feel exhausted and dizzy, I just open the tub and smell its contents. I love the light lavender-mentholated scent. It's made of natural ingredients and their combination has relaxing properties--- beeswax, sweet almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, grapefruit oil, lavender, lemon, peppermint, rosemary, menthol, ginger, Vitamin E, and phenoxyethanol, that makes me confident too that it's safe for me and the rest of my family to use. I just need  to apply a small amount and it works. Ibig sabihin matipid siyang gamitin and a tub goes a long way. Whenever I am too tired, I find it so hard to sleep. This salve lets me sleep faster. I am not kidding, it's really amazing! 

It's color is violet but becomes colorless when being applied on skin. It doesn't stain so no need to worry.

I had no idea about its price and availability because it was sent to me by a friend. According to, it costs Php200.00. It can be bought online or in the following malls: Robinsons Place Manila, SM Megamall, SM City Marikina, SM Southmall, and Market! Market! I highly recommend this salve, Mars at Pards. Mapapasarap ang tulog ninyo at mare-relax ang inyong katawan sa sobrang ginhawa ng pakiramdam kapag ginamit ninyo ito.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ancient Traditions and Modern Healing Combined Using Healthy Smoothies---Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired Recipes

Having a household without helper and composed of two active kids, one of which has Mild Autism, is obviously a very busy one. Paps and I share with the bulk of work in doing the chores and raising our kids aside from our personal jobs. Paps is a high school teacher by the day and he teaches in the school where Kuya studies while I take care of Bunso who is now attending Special School and Occupational Therapy. Paps and I still work for our homebased business from the moment that our kids are asleep. This staying up late at night happens all the time because we have no choice but to extend our efforts. It is merely impossible for me to cover for him and do his share in the business task after dropping Bunso to school and while he is staying there for two to three hours because doing so at this point is most of the time being substituted with chores. From the moment that Bunso and I are already home, my time revolves around him alone because he needs it and he is my priority. Then late in the afternoon, in the evening, or late at night when the two big boys arrive, as the schedule permits, our focus as parents mainly is to have a brief family time with our kids during and after dinner time and do the chores thereafter. And the cycle goes on and on and on...

Paps and I are not complaining. We love our job as parents and we also like what we do for a living. We also have the same hobbies and we are happy with our present condition. We always wish to live longer and watch our kids grow and build their own lives separately but would constantly look for each other closely.

Living longer entails hard work and discipline. I have also learned just recently that a study has been made that parenting can lead to longer life. Well, mainly it's because parents have more reasons to live longer. They have to look after their kids until they die. It's a motivation that is so hard to break because parents love their kids unconditionally.

When I say hard work and discipline, it includes having a healthy lifestyle. Gone were the days when we would indulge in fatty and oily food or binge eating with junk food. We eat a balanced meal and tend to indulge or have ourselves a treat with dairy or chips once in a while. We don't want our kids to be ignorant with food. We believe that balance is always the key. We also don't take too much medicines and we take them only when they are badly and truly needed. We always resort to natural alternatives which includes choosing the right food in healing a specific disease. Sometimes, skipping medication is not an option but still it should be reinforced with taking food alternatives to heal the target disease.

Like for instance, drinking lots of water, cranberry juice, and coconut water is good for Urinary Tract Infection and Canker Sores because they kill and wash off the bacteria that cause them.  There are so many articles found in the world wide web about the healing wonders of fruits, vegetables, and herbs and sometimes it takes time to search and look for the right ones. Most of the correct information based on experience comes from  Chinese or Asian sources.

I don't do that anymore at the moment because now I have with me this tiny book with huge information about Chinese and Asian superfoods turned into smoothies, which are considered to be the convenient way to bring nutrition and refreshment into our daily living. Healthy Smoothies---Traditional Chinese Medicine Inspired Recipes by Kimberly Ashton (health coach and food educator) and Zhang Yifang (Traditional Chinese Medicine doctor) teaches us how to make healthy smoothies while making us understand about food therapy that is suited to our individual constitution. Body constitution, by the way, makes up our physical state, including the function of the systems of our body and metabolism and of course, our mental and spiritual states too.

How do we know our individual constitution in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)? 

The authors mention in the book that the features of one's constitution can be detected in three areas: the personal physical build, the body's internal functions, and the psychological state. A person's constitution also depends on the stage of life he or she is facing, such as puberty or menopause perhaps.

There are also two origins of constitution: congenital natural disposition and post-natal lifestyle (nature and nurture, in short). Moreover, there are so many factors that influence the formation of the constitution when speaking about the "nature" part like parents' physical and mental health, at the time of conception or the mother's pregnancy condition. When it comes to "nurture", our own lifestyles and actions influence our constitution.

To help us maintain our present state of being or constitution,  we have to learn first the basic healthy food that can help us maintain, relax, or heal it. In this book, a self-assessment is included to find that out.  The result can help us know what foods to choose according to our individual constitution. Isn't it cool? We can just try and test different smoothies that we think can help us gain healthier bodies with a concrete basis. We are being guided properly by this book by knowing the basics of TCM and the first thing to do is to know more about what we really need.

Next step is teaching the preparation of functional liquids and bases. TCM also stresses that aside from matching our food therapy to our individual constitution, we should also consider the season we are in and what effects we want the smoothie to have in our health. The liquids and bases that are the key parts to smoothie making are divided into three kinds: cooling, warming, and neutral. After this step, choosing suitable food and building our very own TCM smoothie follow, may it be for nourishing nutrition, immune system strength, detoxification, refreshment, or digestion aid. There are almost 40 recipes to choose from that are explained in a very simple manner which includes usage, ingredients, method of preparing, and most of all contraindication. Each recipe is supported with colorful photographs that make reading this book and learning from it enticing and fun.

I recommend this book for the reasons that I've mentioned above. It serves as a reliable guide for us to achieve optimum health and well-being. Dr. Ann Wignore, a Lithuanian-American holistic health practitioner, once said, "When we learn to eat properly we begin to rebuild our bodies and to fulfill our purpose on this planet to grow in health, creativity, wisdom, and compassion." This book can help us do it rightly to achieve this goal.
If you wish to have a copy, it can be purchased here in the Philippines via National Book Store (SM Mega Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Mall of Asia, and Robinsons Galleria), Fully Booked The Fort, and Fully Booked Rockwell. You may also buy it online at Tuttle Publishing offers free shipping for items worth $35.00 (US $) and above. Aside from this book, there are a lot of interesting books available on the website.

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