It’s so merry to be healthy: Experts share tips for healthier holidays


MANILA, Philippines — Greater than a yr into the pandemic, self-care has change into important for all. The necessary query is: how does one successfully take care of oneself when there are completely different roles one should do whereas at residence?

Dad and mom placed on a number of roles: supplier, instructor, caregiver. Youngsters, too, are busy with faculty and duties.  

How can they maintain optimum self-care amid these completely different roles and on a regular basis duties?

Dietitian-nutritionist Cheshire Que, together with different specialists, shared a number of suggestions to assist handle this concern:

1. Find time for motion.


Being bodily energetic and sticking to a routine offers one the advantages of high quality sleep, quicker metabolism, robust bones, immunity, and a steady temper.

“Search for a digital residence train that you just get pleasure from to get you began.  There are tons of choices that you will discover on YouTube that require a small quantity of house with little or no gear required,” Que suggested.

She stated to think about actions that construct power and endurance to boost muscle constructing, in addition to, on-line purposeful health coaching with knowledgeable. These actions embody bending, twisting, lifting, pushing and squatting.

She addressed those that have episodes of barely with the ability to maintain their urine when laughing or exerting effort and bearing down. Que stated these are crimson flags for having weak pelvic ground muscular tissues.

She suggested those that undergo from this, particularly girls, to do the Kegel train on that of the sooner actions. The train helps strengthen the pelvic ground or the group of muscular tissues that give the physique the right management over bladder and bowels. This follow  additionally prevents a situation often known as stress incontinence.

“Be sure that the bladder is empty, then sit or lie. Tighten the pelvic ground muscular tissues, maintain tight and rely three to 5 seconds. Chill out and maintain for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 occasions. Don’t overlook to breathe in the course of the course of,” Que defined.

Que stated that Urinary Tract An infection (UTI) might be a sign of a compromised immune system, particularly if it’s recurrent.

“Excessive ranges of the stress hormone cortisol will result in a compromised immune system. When this occurs, the consequence could be elevated susceptibility to an infection from virus, micro organism or fungi,” Que shared.  
That is the rationale that she emphasised incorporating actions that may convey a way of calm and peace of thoughts that may affect one’s general well being and wellbeing.

“UTI should not be ignored as a result of if left untreated, it should have an effect on different components of the urinary system together with the kidneys. This will trigger pyelonephritis or irritation of the kidneys or worse, everlasting injury to it. When micro organism seep into the bloodstream, it might probably trigger blood an infection (urosepsis) and this may be deadly,” Que defined.

In the meantime, Will Smith just lately joined the Fitbit household and made his public dedication to enhance each side of his well being and wellness. The legendary rapper and actor is creating and curating a Fitbit Premium-exclusive assortment of whole-health steerage. Six sweat-inducing, endorphin-boosting exercises and mindfulness periods within the Will Smith: StrongWill curriculum at the moment are accessible. From room-shaking exercises to easy stress-relief methods, Premium members can now just about work with Will and his trainers to get their minds and our bodies robust. 

Fitbit is inviting you to affix in prioritizing your holistic well being — from bodily health to raised sleep habits and sustaining psychological wellness. Will’s personal drive to get in the very best form of his life was impressed by a want to enhance his general wellbeing, and the StrongWill assortment focuses on each the bodily and psychological elements of power.

As he talked about on social media, “I spent numerous days grazing on snacks and didn’t really feel my finest bodily,” he stated. ”I really like my physique, so I wish to get my general well being and wellness again on monitor. To me, being within the ‘finest form of my life’ actually means taking higher care of my physique.” 
Regardless of the place you’re at in your wellness pursuit, the toughest half is getting began. Fitbit and Will are serving to Premium customers to achieve objectives with an approachable curriculum that matches into your life, enhances your routine and brings calorie-burning strikes, type modifications, guided mindfulness and loads of jokes from Will to maintain the vitality ranges excessive.

Get motivated with Will’s trainers and take part a wide range of guided periods, completely inside Fitbit Premium – no gear or health club required:

  • Body weight Power: Will Smith isn’t any stranger to lifting weights, however typically even the Recent Prince can’t make it to the health club. Be a part of coach Roz the Diva to study power constructing methods you are able to do with out a lot gear and discover one among Will’s favourite workouts.
  • Core Problem: To attain the freshest health objectives, begin along with your core, since that’s the place peak efficiency is “born and raised.” Be a part of coach Jahdy to discover Will’s favourite methods to strengthen, interact and stretch your core.
  • Discover Your Middle: Will Smith all the time makes this clear: when coaching your physique, it’s simply as necessary to coach your thoughts. Be a part of coach Religion Hunter on a aware look inward to hone your psychological health with deep respiratory workouts and meditation.
  • Mobility Move Yoga: Yoga has been key to Will’s health success. Observe coach Hiro Landazuri by a progressive mobility yoga circulation to work your dexterity, flexibility and stability. Namaste! 
  • Let’s Go Cardio!: On this exercise, coach Maya Monza takes you from warmup, by 10 cardio-intensive workouts, to chill down with out skipping a beat. Have some water and a towel prepared, as a result of elevating your coronary heart fee and breaking a sweat is what it’s all about. Like Will says, “Let’s flip this furnace on!”
  • Higher Physique HIIT: The quicker the higher: Coach Bianca G delivers a high-energy, excessive depth interval coaching exercise centered on the higher physique and core to burn energy, acquire endurance and construct muscle quick.

Whereas he has been engaged on his wellness, Will is starting to put on Fitbit’s latest and most superior tracker, Cost 5, which enhances his routine, reminds him to maintain transferring and likewise helps him to handle stress and his psychological wellbeing.

Observe Fitbit on social for extra updates on Will’s wellness efforts and keep tuned for extra StrongWill collections coming to Fitbit Premium in 2022 for actually “recent” methods to proceed rising stronger. For extra inspiration and steerage about health, vitamin, well being and wellness, learn extra on the Fitbit weblog.

2. Eat extra plant-based meals.

LifeFood merchandise are derived from pure sources like Turmeric (prime, left) and Astaxanthin, one among nature’s strongest antioxidants that may scale back the scale of wrinkles and enhance pores and skin micro texture (decrease left). Puritan’s Pleasure encourages everybody to offer the present of well being by sending family members their vacation bundles, that are all accessible at Lazada and Shopee (proper).

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For many people, the previous yr and a half has been equal components difficult and rewarding – with shifting priorities and new self-discoveries. The necessary factor is discovering the drive and motivation to maintain doing and reaching extra, and dwelling life properly and to the fullest. 

Life Talks hosted by Boy Abunda, options actress and mother of 5 Ina Raymundo who has managed an exquisite stability between caring for herself whereas dealing with all her tasks at work and residential; TV persona and new dad Migs Bustos whose foray into parenthood has modified his notion of life and well being for the higher; and wonder queen and educator Ayn Bernos who thinks it’s by no means too early to take one’s well being significantly. Inner medication specialist and purposeful medication practitioner Eca Lorenzo, MD, FPCP rounds up the panel for the digital catch-up to supply helpful info, professional steerage, and sensible recommendation. 

LifeFood brings collectively these inspiring folks to share their experiences and insights that’s led them to stay their finest life, and reply the query Paano magiging buhay na buhay ang buhay? because it launches the latest complete line of condition-specific pure meals dietary supplements. With well being being a significant precedence for Filipinos it doesn’t matter what age, LifeFood is making its line of pure meals dietary supplements accessible to the general public. Lifefood is the meals dietary supplements model of Synnovate Pharma Company, the naturals division of Unilab. 

Supporting particular well being wants equivalent to sustaining levels of cholesterol or hormonal stability, and serving to with irritation and ache or pores and skin and eye well being, the brand new model goals to deal with particular situations that could be affecting how we carry out day by day, and even have long-term affect on our general wellness.     

What’s nice about LifeFood is that its merchandise are derived from pure sources like crops or marine life, that means, the important thing elements or energetic elements are naturally-occurring. And what units it aside is that its merchandise use branded or trademark-protected elements which are backed by scientific analysis to show their efficacy. 

“We’ve particularly curated our first line merchandise to deal with the widespread well being situations of Filipinos,” stated Abi Nepomuceno, Synnovate Director and Enterprise Unit Head. “LifeFood has fastidiously chosen essentially the most potent, most studied, and the best high quality elements to make sure that shoppers get all the worth and advantages every of those merchandise present.”

At present, the model has six sorts of pure meals dietary supplements. There’s Curcumin, which can be utilized for managing normal irritation to assist handle osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and assist present short-term ache aid for joint and again pains. LifeFood Curcumin options Meriva that makes it 29x extra bioavailable. Sytrinol that helps decrease whole ldl cholesterol with out the poisonous negative effects of generally prescribed cholesterol-lowering medication. 

Astaxanthin is one among nature’s strongest antioxidants that may scale back the scale of wrinkles and enhance pores and skin micro texture. It incorporates robust anti-aging molecules which are 500 occasions stronger than Vitamin E and 6,000 occasions stronger than Vitamin C. LifeFood Astaxanthin has the best dosage at 12mg, studied to be the simplest as a help in stopping pores and skin getting old. Injuv incorporates a clinically-proven low molecular weight hyaluronic acid that makes it simply absorbed for younger-looking, well-moisturized pores and skin to offer higher pores and skin hydration and elasticity. It may also be taken by those that have to hydrate joints and different connective tissues. 

Tonalin CLA is a good selection for many who are searching for a pure weight administration complement. Mixed with a balanced food plan and train, it might probably assist scale back as much as 9% of physique fats and enhance the physique’s whole lean muscle mass. 

A go-to girls’s well being complement, Night Primrose Oil is a pure supply of omega-6 that aids in hormonal stability. It could actually enhance pores and skin well being, naturally handle PMS signs, handle breast ache, and assist with menopause. 

These pure dietary supplements are additionally standardized and endure stringent product testing following pharma requirements, so shoppers are assured that they’re taking dietary supplements that aren’t solely secure, but additionally efficient in addressing the particular considerations that they’ve.

A great life is a full and wholesome one, and LifeFood goals to assist Filipinos obtain that. As Nepomuceno says, “Sana matulungan namin sila na mas maging buhay na buhay ang kanilang buhay.”  

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It has been confirmed in quite a few research that consumption of extra fruit and veggies contribute to a more healthy physique.

“In essence, this meal plan emphasizes entire meals, unprocessed to minimally processed meals. The thought can also be to incorporate extra fruits, greens, entire grains, legumes, seeds, and nuts, with minimal consumption of animal merchandise,” she famous.

As we method the second festive season in quarantine, main US well being complement model Puritan’s Pleasure encourages us to encourage these in our circles or communities to do the identical. Extra importantly, it goals to encourage folks and refresh folks’s mindsets to allow them to suppose wholesome.

With the Christmas season quick approaching, Puritan’s Pleasure encourages everybody to offer the present of well being by sending family members their vacation bundles, that are all accessible at Lazada and Shopee. These bundles exhibit its efforts to advertise a more healthy Philippines, listening to folks’s bodily, psychological, and emotional well being.

In these annoying occasions, Puritan’s Pleasure’s Immunity Pack is an efficient strategy to verify in on family members and encourage them to remain in fine condition. This bundle consists of Vitamin C-500 mg with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips, Vitamin D3 400 IU, and Zinc Gluconate Chelated 25mg. Vitamin C strengthens the immune perform, whereas bioflavonoids and rose hips have pores and skin anti-aging properties. Vitamin D3, a generally missed vitamin, helps bone well being and is important for optimum well being.  Zinc, in the meantime, fights micro organism and viruses and assists within the correct functioning of insulin, whereas selling wholesome pores and skin, imaginative and prescient, and scent. 

Equally compelling are the Immunity Pack A and Melatonin, accessible by Shopee on 11.11 for 17% off and 30% off respectively. The Immunity Pack A provides all of the well being advantages of Vitamin C-500 mg with Bioflavonoids & Rose Hips and Zinc Gluconate Chelated 25mg, whereas Melatonin helps regulate sleep and protects the physique by strengthening immunity by T-cells, a particular type of white blood cells.  

Certainly, there’s no higher strategy to verify in in your associates and present you care this vacation season than by sharing the present of fine well being. 

3. Gas up with extra fluids.

“Cranberry juice can present an instantaneous vitality increase as a result of it incorporates readily absorbable easy carbohydrates. It’s additionally a wealthy supply of antioxidants, nutritional vitamins, and minerals. This helps fight oxidative stress. Research have proven that cranberries within the type of fruit or fruit juice have been thought-about as having advantages past fundamental vitamin or thought-about a purposeful meals which will assist with UTI  prevention and as an adjunct to therapy,” stated Que.

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Que careworn the significance of fueling the physique with meals and fluids to maximise the outcomes of exercise and train.

“If you need your physique to carry out at its finest, it’s going to want gasoline. Carbohydrates provide the physique with the vitality it must allow you to maximise your exercise. Combining carbohydrate and protein after a sweat session replenishes glycogen shops, restore and construct muscular tissues,”

If one solely has 5 to 10 minutes earlier than train, strive gulping on cranberry juice.

“Cranberry juice can present an instantaneous vitality increase as a result of it incorporates readily absorbable easy carbohydrates. It’s additionally a wealthy supply of antioxidants, nutritional vitamins, and minerals. This helps fight oxidative stress. Research have proven that cranberries within the type of fruit or fruit juice have been thought-about as having advantages past fundamental vitamin or thought-about a purposeful meals which will assist with UTI  prevention and as an adjunct to therapy,” stated Que.

Previous Orchard Cranberry Juice is out there in main supermarkets and drugstores nationwide.  

5. Handle the thoughts and feelings.

This composite by exhibits Okay-pop famous person Krystal Jung (left), the official face for AHC’s skincare vary (proper, backside). Perfumes equivalent to the brand new Guess Bella Vita (prime, proper) also can immediately elevate one’s temper and spirit.

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There have been a number of information and research that instructed melancholy and anxiousness have been on the rise because the pandemic.

“The physique impacts the thoughts and the thoughts impacts the physique, that’s why listening to our psychological well being is a vital step,” Que famous.

To counter this, one can do yoga and pilates. “Except for leaving you sweaty and centered, yoga helps in changing into extra current, aware, and calm. Doing pilates offers a distraction from destructive ideas, releasing stress, and enhancing mindfulness,” she stated.

These low-impact workouts assist enhance the temper and stability mind chemical substances specifically serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.

On an analogous observe, meditation, journaling, coloring, cooking, gardening, or different associated actions assist in dealing with anxiousness, anger, and even melancholy.

“Do not forget that continual stress not solely impairs the immune system, it might probably additionally make us extra vulnerable to infections and different diseases when left unmanaged,” Que warned.

Scents, equivalent to the brand new Guess Bella Vita, can immediately elevate one’s temper and spirit.

Rustan Advertising Company (RMK) is delighted to convey the Guess Bella Vita assortment, a sensual perfume with a floral coronary heart rounded out with a heat mix of woods and musks.

Guess Bella Vita celebrates the attract within the persona of the Guess lady. This fruity-floral perfume opens with playful and vibrant notes of zesty Italian lemon, juicy cassis, and luscious black cherries. The sensual aspect of the Guess lady is expressed by a velvety white floral coronary heart composed of jasmine, tuberose and vanilla orchid. A heat mix of amberwood, tonka bean, praline and fluffy musks creates a candy and unforgettable path.

With days getting increasingly difficult, treating your self to a second of self-care day by day is important to keep up a wholesome and youthful pores and skin. AHC believes that an aesthetic spa expertise shouldn’t be confined to costly, high-end institutions. Each mixture of AHC merchandise promise to ship outcomes that equal these of Korea’s coveted therapies.

Curated by Korean star and AHC ambassador Krystal Jung, AHC’s Eye Cream for Face is bundled with different merchandise to ship hydrating, brightening and anti-aging outcomes. The merchandise can be found through the model’s official Lazada retailer.

6. At all times care in your eyes


Actor Ken Chan is aware of higher than to let this pandemic gradual him down. After wrapping up the top-rated drama, “Ang Dalawang Ikaw,” the busy Kapuso star is now venturing into the fact present territory, co-hosting the singing competitors “The Conflict.”

In the midst of all of the lock-in tapings and relentless swab testing, how does Ken hold his bodily and psychological well being in verify?

“Common exercises and a non secular self-care routine,” he stated. As the latest endorser of world model Eye Mo’s latest system Each day Care, the younger actor admits to advocating day by day eye care as a part of his self-care methods.

“As actors, we convey our feelings by our eyes, so I make it possible for my eyes are all the time in tip-top form,” stated Ken. “Each day care is necessary to me not only for good hygiene, but additionally for good eye well being and higher eye safety on this pandemic. I all the time make it possible for I pamper my eyes, and provides them the care they deserve.”

A trusted world model of eye drops and the nation’s main eye care answer, Eye Mo just lately launched Each day Care to clear eyes from irritants equivalent to smoke, air pollution, filth, and unseen particles. On the identical time, it relieves itchiness. This new variant completes the model’s tri-care system alongside market leaders Eye Mo Purple for crimson eyes irritation, and Moist for dry eyes. 

Ken has been a long-time model consumer, maintaining all three variants at a prepared on shoots, lock-in tapings, and even on peculiar actions equivalent to operating or doing the groceries. His new favourite is Each day Care, which he makes use of on a regular basis: at residence as he rests his eyes from utilizing contact lenses, or throughout tapings to free his eyes from irritants. He additionally admits to maintaining Purple and Moist in his bag always.

Ken encourages day by day eye care. “Even one thing as peculiar as going to the financial institution, commuting, or assembly new folks might result in doable contamination. Touching our face or eyes is nearly second nature to us. It is all the time finest to have an eye fixed drop helpful for good measure.”

Utilizing Each day Care, now accessible at main drugstores, comfort shops, and supermarkets nationwide, is a part of his new regular, stated Ken. It is among the good well being habits he has picked up from this pandemic, after going through the specter of publicity to completely different folks on set. For Ken, eye drops are a must have. And eye rubbing? An absolute no-no. 

“Utilizing eye drops is now a part of my day by day routine, similar to washing my face or figuring out. I exploit it to forestall eye irritation. I prefer to pamper my eyes so I deal with them properly.” 

The model’s father or mother firm Combiphar is happy to welcome Ken onboard. “We’re glad to have Ken as a part of the Eye Mo household. His advocacy on eye care and eye well being is aligned with our values as a worldwide firm. Together with his affect, he can share our function to a much bigger viewers,” stated Weitarsa Hendarto, Senior Vice President for Advertising & Worldwide Operations of Combiphar.

7. Preserve a wholesome cleansing behavior.

Domex, a germ-killing model, encourages the general public to revisit some cleansing strategies to verify each rest room of each residence is protected against undesirable invaders.

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For the reason that pandemic began, most households are cleansing extra typically to disinfect each nook of the home. That’s not a foul factor: a clear residence creates much less house for disease-causing germs to unfold and probably infect you. Take observe: micro organism can breed and develop into 8 million copies of itself in simply 24 hours. That’s one thing you don’t simply overlook.

In keeping with a survey, it takes round two to 4 hours every week for a person to wash their properties. Nonetheless, some ineffective cleansing habits can additional unfold extra undesirable organisms in locations the place they shouldn’t be.

Domex, a germ-killing model, encourages the general public to revisit some cleansing strategies to verify each rest room of each residence is protected against undesirable invaders:

  • Wiping each floor with the identical cleansing software: If you’re utilizing sponges or cleansing cloths to wipe surfaces, you’re most likely simply transferring much more germs from one place to a different. It’s finest to dedicate a cleansing software for particular locations to make sure there’s much less danger of transferring.

Alternatively, earlier than cleansing the following space with the identical software, it’s advisable to soak sponges/cleansing cloths in disinfectant. This kills the germs you already wiped off earlier than they even get the possibility to switch elsewhere.

  • Leaving the bathroom cowl up when flushing the bathroom: Do you know that there are roughly 2.3 million germs per sq. inch on the floor of your rest room? What you most likely didn’t know is you is likely to be including extra to that quantity each time you flush your rest room with the seat cowl open. The push of water launches fecal micro organism (E. Coli and fecal coliform) up within the air earlier than dropping all the way down to new territory – and that’s if it doesn’t get caught beneath the rim of the seat.

Subsequent time you do some enterprise, simply be sure to shut the lid and the remainder of the lavatory stays germ-free longer – and don’t forget to pour in a germ-killing professional when it’s cleansing time.

  • Scrubbing/wiping cleansing merchandise earlier than they take impact: When disinfecting surfaces, it’s necessary to let cleansing options take time and do its job, primarily: to kill the germs we wish to keep away from. However what likely do is to use merchandise, after which instantly proceed to cleansing.

One of the best ways to ensure you take advantage of out of cleansing is to first clear any filth, particles, or stains that may have constructed up over time. As soon as clear, that’s the time to use a disinfecting agent to remove the microbes that you just can’t see. After a couple of minutes, proceed with scrubbing, wiping, and rinsing for a squeaky-clean and germ-free floor.

  • Utilizing peculiar skinny laundry bleach to wash surfaces in your lavatory together with the bathroom: Laundry or skinny laundry bleach can kill germs; nevertheless, such a cleansing agent just isn’t formulated to stay on the floor to maintain it clear longer. That’s the reason it isn’t advisable to wash your rest room with the identical answer you utilize to wash garments.

Domex Extremely Thick Bleach, accessible on Shopee, Lazada and supermarkets nationwide, claims to successfully do the job because it eliminates the germs that inhabit lavatory surfaces and offers thrice longer safety than skinny bleach when used pure (based mostly on lab checks).

  • Storing cleansing instruments as quickly as you’re executed: After the job is finished, most individuals will most likely name it a day and put their instruments again in storage. What is usually forgotten is you must also clear these instruments as quickly as you’re executed with them. In case you don’t clear the instruments proper after utilizing them, it’s prone to develop the germs you’re attempting to keep away from within the first place.

The beneficial strategy to clear instruments is to use an answer of Domex blended with water, wait a couple of minutes, rinse, and let dry in a single day. Use it once more to wash the next day and repeat the cleansing course of. — With reviews from Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo


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