Technology: Looking After Our Health and Well-being

It’s hard to maintain a healthy diet and a fitness regimen while making sure you’re taking all the right vitamins and minerals when your schedule is so demanding. You shouldn’t be under any illusion that if you don’t look after your body, there wouldn’t be some nasty consequences further down the line.


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I’m a Naturalista Mom!

Did you notice that a lot of organic weekend markets, natural beauty products, detox juices, vegetarian restaurants are popping up lately? In this age of modern science and technology, it’s a bit ironic that people are also going back to basics and reconnecting with Mother Nature. Ironic, indeed but going natural is the best thing that we can do to our health and our environment.

At the Ascof Lagundi Naturalista Moms Garden Affair held at The Earth Kitchen in Katipunan, we were shown plenty of ways to live a simple and natural way of living. Eat healthy and organic salads for a healthier body, grow your own garden to for a greener earth, and upcycle/recycle/repurpose old stuff to minimize waste.

Some ways to start a simple and natural lifestyle

When it comes to my family’s health, I’m at the paranoid side of the spectrum, I want to treat the illness even at the early signs of symptoms. “Lista” is what they call it.  Of course, I turn to natural remedies first before loading up on chemical-based medicines.

Another naturalista mom, Carmina Villaroel-Legaspi, graced the event together with her twins, Cassy and Mavy, as the latest endorsers of Ascof Lagundi.

It’s great to know that at the onset of cough, Pascual Laboratories made use of the healing properties of Lagundi leaf, or Vitex Negundo leaf, and came up with Ascof Lagundi. Ascof is a natural and organic remedy for cough that dissolves phlegm the safe and natural way. It is approved by Food and Drug Administration as a home remedy drug and herbal medicine. Since it’s natural, there’s no side effects and no risk of overdose.

When I was 8 months pregnant with Gwen, I became so sickly and one of my illnesses is cough. I really can’t sleep at night, knowing that I can’t just take any medicines because of my condition, I consulted my OB and she prescribed a lagundi-based cough syrup too. I was free from cough after taking it fo3 2 to 3 days.

Ascof comes in tablet, capsule, syrup and sugar-free variants. For more information, visit or like them on Facebook:

My Dream Job in a Glass of Jolly Cow Fresh Milk campaign

I love school events! When I was still studying, it’s the time when students and teachers gather for extra-curricular activities but with a special purpose, either for charities, environmental cause or for personal development. When an invite from Jolly Cow Fresh Milk through Nuffnang Philippines came, which is to cover their My Dream Job in a Glass of Fresh Milk campaign in Angelicum College in Quezon City, I was super excited because I’d like to see how other children enjoyed school events.

Jolly Cow Fresh Milk set-up at Angelicum College’s gymnasium

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Quality and reasonable healthcare at University Physicians Medical Center (UPMC)

Healthcare is one of the most expensive necessity here in our country. Generally, if we want expert doctors and state-of-the-art facilities, we will go to leading hospitals in the country but it also means that we have to shell out a bit more. What if I tell you that there’s a one-stop health facility here in our country that houses expert medical practitioners affiliated with UP College of Medicine and Philippine General Hospital (PGH) and has advanced and reasonably priced diagnostic technology? It’s the University Physicians Medical Center (UPMC) within the UP-PGH compound.

The University Physicians Medical Center (UPMC) is a private outpatient diagnostic and surgical facility situated within the newly-renovated UPM-PGH Faculty Medical Arts Building (FMAB).

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Club New You by Xenical launches Rock the Fat Away campaign

*Post from my then beauty blog, Health and Beauty Geek.

Did you know that 25% of Filipinos are overweight and about 6% are obese? This is according to the survey done by Food and Nutrition research Institute (FNRI) in 2011 and is expected to increase by 2015.

This is why Roche and Xenical have partnered with the Philippine Association for the Study of Overweight and Obesity (PASOO) to launch a campaign to help you rock your body to a better you. The campaign, dubbed “Rock The Fat Away”, addresses the serious problems of overweight and obesity, including safe and unsafe methods of weight loss. This edgy campaign reminds us that the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. It’s about a lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, regular physical activity, and taking care of all aspects of our well-being.

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Swish your way to fresh breath

For someone who loves dining out and traveling, I always carry something that will freshen up my breath. Though my kikay kit also contains my toothbrush and toothpaste, sometimes the situation doesn’t permit me to brush my teeth like if I’m in an event or during a lunch/dinner meeting or when I’m in a long drive. So mints, gums, and mouthwash are what I use for that instant fresh breath.

Recently, I discovered that aside from food like onions and garlic, alcohol-based mouthwash can also cause bad breath. Seems logical to me because alcoholic drinks can cause bad breath too. The solution, switch to alcohol-free mouthwash like Swish.

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Laser liposuction at Sono Bello

For the past years, undergoing liposuction seems to be unappealing to some women because of the discomfort, the kind of procedure, the unsatisfactory results and sometimes life-and-death situations. But thanks to technology and the liposuction procedures and techniques have improved. At Sono Bello, they have what they call as Laser Liposuction or Laser Assisted Body Sculpting. It’s different with the traditional liposuction because aside from fat removal, laser liposuction helps in contouring and sculpting your body shape. Laser also helps in skin tightening on the treated area.  If I can afford the laser liposuction cost, I would definitely give this a try to target a certain portion of my tummy which is my problem area for the longest time.

One treatment at Sono Bello that I also want to try is Vela Shape. Vela Shape helps in getting rid of those ugly cellulites in a non-surgical manner. Perfect for people like me who sits all day in the office hence the appearance of fat deposits on my thighs and hips.

If you live in the US, they have branches in 7 different states, you can also call them for free consultation and to inquire about more liposuction price. It is very important to consult a doctor first before undergoing any procedure, Sono Bello’s physicians are ready to help you out in achieving that sexy body you want.

Exercises for back pain

I am in dire need of a massage! I’ve been persuading Jeff for us to have a couple’s massage but he’s really not a fan of going to the spa. Well, he loves massages too but he’s not comfortable having it done with a masseuse. So I’m his personal masseuse, tsk tsk tsk! He’ll just wait for me at the spa while he lounges at their snack bar if there’s any. Since last week, I’m experiencing pains on my left shoulder and my lower back. And since I don’t have time to go to the spa yet, I just tried these exercises for back pain I found online. provides exercises for back pain provides exercises for back pain

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Prevent colon cancer

Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer and the second cause of cancer-related deaths according to Wikipedia. These numbers are alarming, and that means colon cancer is a serious illness that needs immediate treatment once detected. Filipinos are very well aware of this now since this is the illness that caused the death of our beloved former President Cory Aquino. Her colon cancer was discovered when it’s already in Stage 4, the cancer has already spread in all parts of the body.

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Running with an umbrella? Safety tips on running during the rainy season

We all know that rainy season is the time when all you want is to stay in bed and be a couch potato. Like me, all I want is to eat, sleep and stay inside the house. But for some health buffs, rainy season should not hinder you from working out. If you’re really determined to work out, you wouldn’t let nature get in your way to fitness. With this in mind, Jeff and I decided to resume our running stint in UP. The UP Academic Oval is runner-friendly and biker-friendly because a separate lane is dedicated for such activity. Unfortunately, on my last lap, rain poured and I was drenched because I can’t run fast enough to get to the parking area. I also saw players from the baseball field carrying their baseball bats, gloves, and batting equipment, the rain also ruined their practice. So what to do? Should you carry an umbrella while running?

exercise during rainy season
exercise during rainy season

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