Got milk? Promil Gold Four is on sale on Shopee this 9.9

Breastfeeding is always best for babies up to two years old and above.

But if your child is carving for something more, you may want to complement your child’s nutrition with PROMIL GOLD FOUR Powdered Milk Drink.

Made for kids over 3 years old, this expertly formulated milk support a young child’s brain, immunity, and physical development.

It is the first and ONLY milk supplement from Wyeth Nutrition® enriched with a breakthrough, brain-boosting Alpha-Lipids) that contain Phospholipids, including Sphingomyelin, which is scientifically designed to help speed up brain connections up to 100x faster through myelination.

Promil Gold Four also contains other nutrients that the brain needs like Choline, which supports overall mental function; DHA3 to support the maintenance of normal brain function; and Lutein, which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision.

This advanced formulation now has HM-O (2’FL), which helps support immunity in four different ways as well as support brain development.

Promil Gold Four is also loaded with Vitamins A, E, and C, Zinc, and Selenium, which kids need to boost their immune system.

Along with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, this powdered milk drink is great for children aged 3 and above.

Check out this 9.9 Super Shopping Day on Shopee and get a huge discount on a set of three or set of four boxes of 1.8 kg!

Visit the Promil and Promama Official Store on Shopee.

Win Up To P2.5M from Pru Life UK’s Pulse App

The rainy season is here again, which means we need to take extra care of our health to prevent ourselves from catching the seasonal flu.

With COVID-19 still looming as well, it’s even more important now to watch what we eat.

Fresh and nutritious food helps boost the immune system. Though sometimes challenging because of all the preparations needed to make a healthy homecooked meal, it can be made easier and gratifying with Pulse, the all-in-one AI-powered health and wellness app from leading life insurer Pru Life UK.

“With health being a top priority for all, Pru Life UK through the Pulse app, wants to be their customers’ partner in effectively monitoring their nutrition to help prevent any diseases especially this rainy season,” shares Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK SVP & Chief Customer Marketing Officer. “We at Pru Life UK want to help as many Filipinos as possible maintain optimal health, and instill this habit through our health management app.”

Some of Pulse’s features include Healthcheck, a comprehensive AI-driven health assessment tool that checks your medical and family history, lifestyle, nutrition, and mental health. It also has a Call-a-Dietician feature which offers unlimited chat access and a one-hour video call consultation with a licensed dietitian who can help address a user’s dietary concerns.

Through the Pulse Gold subscription, the app also has a Food Journal feature which allows users to upload a photo of their food and monitor their daily food intake to achieve a balanced diet. Some of the most nutritious fruits and vegetables that users upload as part of their meals are:

  1. Oranges

High levels of flavonoids and vitamin C are present in citrus fruits which include oranges, lemons, and grapefruits. Vitamin C helps decrease inflammation, which is useful in fighting a fever. It’s better to enjoy these fruits raw since Vitamin C is heat sensitive and may be reduced when cooked. They also contain Quercetin, a specific flavonoid, which is helpful when treating rhinovirus infections that usually cause common colds. 

  1. Papaya

Aside from a substantial amount of Vitamin C, papaya contains papain, a digestive enzyme that has anti-inflammatory effects. This means that it is not only capable of protecting a body from viruses, but also of treating it. It also has fibers located by the bowels, allowing for better and more regular digestion. Lastly, papayas can be enjoyed raw, making them an easy treat.

  1. Broccoli

Broccoli is an example of a cruciferous vegetable that is proven to boost immunity. It contains sulforaphane, which neutralizes toxins and in turn, prevents them from turning into viruses. These can be activated by consuming it raw or steaming it for one to three minutes below 140˚C.

  1. Spinach

Spinach contains Vitamin C and antioxidants like digestion-regulating fiber, which aid in the excretion of unwanted toxins in the body. Similar to broccoli, spinach can be best enjoyed with minimal to no cooking to ensure that its nutrients stay.

  1. Asparagus

Asparagus contains Vitamin E, an antioxidant that strengthens your immune system by widening blood vessels and preventing clot formation. Cooking it with a little olive oilincreases its effect since vitamin E is absorbed better if eaten with a little healthy fat.

  1. Red Bell Peppers

Vitamin C is three times as present in bell peppers as they are in citrus fruits. It is also rich in beta-carotene which can reduce inflammation and boost immune functions by increasing disease-fighting cells in the body. It can be cooked and baked in multiple ways.

  1. Ginger

Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties such as gingerol, which can help strengthen the immunity system. Not only does it help prevent flu-like illnesses, but it can also ease the feeling of flu and common colds for those who have them. Ginger can be incorporated into multiple meals and drinks,

such as Indian cuisine and tea.

Using the Pulse app by completing activities and challenges, such as uploading photos of one’s meal, will give users raffle entries for a  chance to win amazing prizes in Pru Life UK’s ongoing We DO Health and Wealth: 25th Anniversary Free Raffle Celebration. Participants can win gift certificates worth 2,500 pesos or iPhone 12 mini 64GB weekly. Meanwhile, one lucky winner will get the grand prize of 2.5 million pesos to be announced in the grand draw in September as Pru Life UK culminates their 25th year in the Philippines.

“Through our raffle celebration and the various offerings that users can access on Pulse app, we hope to contribute to the wellbeing of the Filipinos and encourage everyone to continue being mindful of their health,” adds Tumbaga. For more information about the raffle draw, visit Pru Life UK’s site

Clear your headspace with Puritan’s Pride

One of the bad things that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought on our lives is the inability to switch off or unwind from all the stress we faced all day long at work.

Because our home has also become our office, it has become harder for us to figure out when it is time to stop our body and mind from working and just enjoy our homes as a place of relaxation.

There are many tricks we can do to clear our headspace of all the things we need to think about.

You can try meditation, yoga, exercise, and of course sleep.

But when it gets hard for our body to naturally produce melatonin, the hormone that is closely involved in the natural sleep cycle, we can give our body a little boost by taking supplements.

Puritan’s Pride’s Melatonin 3mg tablets help promote and regulate sleep.

By taking an ample dose of melatonin supplement, we can help our body relax and allow us to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer so our body can regain enough energy to power us through the next day.

For just one tablet to be taken at bedtime, we can enjoy a good rest and can even help with sleep disorders such as insomnia.

Meanwhile, we can also help our body reduce stress further by supporting digestive health through magnesium citrate supplements.

Puritan’s Pride’s Magnesium Citrate 200mg helps relieve frequent constipation and symptoms of indigestion.

Magnesium Citrate supports the heart and digestive health, as well as boosting essential for calcium metabolism, the production of enzymes and proteins, and utilization of fats and carbohydrates.

Each bottle of Puritan’s Pride Magnesium Citrate contains 90 coated caplets with 200 mg of magnesium each.

Magnesium is important to keep our body functioning properly every day. This mineral plays a role in energy creation, muscle movement, and protein formation.

It also helps boost exercise performance and promotes healthy blood pressure levels with just one to two tablet/s daily.

Enhance your body’s overall regeneration with a potent antioxidant support from Vitamin C.

Puritan’s Pride’s Vitamin C 500 mg with Bioflavanoids and Rose Hips 100 caplets Puritan’s Pride Stronger Immune System helps neutralize cell-damaging free radicals in cells.

It’s great for skincare and whitening, boosting the immune system, and taking care of our cardiovascular (heart) system.

The added citrus bioflavanoids and rose hips in its formulation enhances the body’s vitamin absorption so we can fully enjoy the health benefits of the food and supplements we take every day.

Take one caplet up to four times daily, preferably with meals.

Check out the Puritan’s Pride official store on Shopee today and enjoy discounts on the Headspace Pack and Vitamin C products.

The Headspace Pack includes one bottle of Melatonin 3mg (120 tablets) and Magnesium Citrate 200mg (90 caplets) for only P1,078 or P870 during the Shopee 8.8 sale.

You can also get a bottle of Vitamin C 500mg with Bioflavanoids and Rose Hips (100 caplets) for only P549 or P467 during the Shopee 8.8 sale.

WARNING: If you are pregnant, nursing, taking any medications or have any medical condition, consult your doctor before use. Discontinue use and consult your doctor if any adverse reactions occur. Keep out of reach of children. Store at room temperature. Do not use if seal under cap is broken or missing.

No Artificial Color, Flavor or Sweetener, No Preservatives, No Sugar, No Starch, No Milk, No Lactose, No Soy, No Gluten, No Wheat, No Yeast, No Fish, Sodium Free.

Be a healthy preggy with nutritious cereal snacks from Nutricia Aptamom

Having crazy cravings while you’re pregnant can be really tricky and frustrating.

Sometimes, you just want to indulge in sweet snacks or junk food to keep you happy and in a good mood. But, there’s always that worry at the back of your mind that you might end up harming your and your unborn baby’s health.

Danone, a leading multi-local food and beverage company building on health-focused and fast-growing categories, is helping pregnant mothers in this area.

Through its Nutricia Aptamom Cereal Bar, expectant moms and even lactating mothers can enjoy sweet treats without feeling guilty about eating something a bit sweet.

Aptamom is a convenient complete nutritional prenatal bar that is altogether healthy, nutritious, and delicious.

It’s packed with essential nutrition for pregnant and lactating mothers, like Vitamin D, Iron, Iodine, Folic Acid & DHA.

It’s made with ingredients like cereal flakes and crisps [oat flakes, puffed wheat grain, cereal crisps (wheat flour, rice flour, cornflour, sugar, barley malt extract, oat fiber, salt)], glucose syrup, and dried sweetened cranberry (cranberry, sugar, sunflower oil).

Just one bar per day, along with a balanced diet, gives you the same amount of nutrition as having two glasses of milk. So if you’re not the type who likes to drink milk, then the Nutricia Aptamom Cereal Bar is for you.

It comes in two flavor combinations: Berry Mix and Raisin & Chocolate, which you can get separately for a box of 18 bars or as a one-month bundle of 36 bars for only P2,340. (It’s currently on sale for only P1,404)

You can also get them separately for P1,170 each, but if you avail now during flash sale, you can get the Berry Mix for only P761 and the Raisin & Chocolate for only P936.

The brand has partnered with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to launch its first Regional Brand Day, dubbed “Our Health, My Choice,” on Shopee Mall.

This campaign aims to provide consumers in the region access to Danone’s full Specialized Nutrition (SN) portfolio for the whole family.

The SN portfolio includes core milk products for children and convenient cereal bars for pregnant women and lactating mothers as well as adult nutrition for healthy aging.

In the Philippines, malnutrition remains to be one of the leading causes of child deaths. According to a UNICEF report in 2014, 95 Filipino children die from malnutrition every day while 27 out of 1,000 children do not get past their fifth birthday.

A third of Filipino children are also stunted or too short for their age, causing them to fail to grow and develop to full potential.

A 2019 study by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) stated that the current chronic malnutrition rate among Filipino children aged 0 to 2 is now at 26.2 percent, the highest in 10 years. 

With more people going online to shop for health products, the collaboration between Danone and Shopee aims to support more families to make informed nutrition choices and discover products that support their health and nutrition needs.

Deborah Chong, Head of E-commerce, Danone Specialized Nutrition Global, said, “We have witnessed the incredible growth of our business online, including a 20 times growth across Southeast Asia during the Shopee 12.12 Birthday Sale last year.

“With more people turning to e-commerce platforms like Shopee to seek convenient and reliable product options, we believe this collaboration will further scale our presence in the region.

“Prioritizing consumers’ health is crucial for us and we believe this Regional Brand Day which focuses on our ‘Our Health, My Choice’ theme, lets us show our care and appreciation for our customers by providing convenient access to products that support their health and nutrition needs.”

Maxime Lafarge, Country Manager for Danone Nutricia Philippines, adds, “Danone is proud to partner with Shopee to fulfill our mission of making good nutritional choices accessible for more health-conscious consumers.

“We believe that our portfolio can cater to the specific nutrition needs of all consumers and encourage the consumption of essential macro and micronutrients for a well-balanced, healthy diet.

“That’s why we are very excited to leverage Shopee’s wide reach and customer engagement tools such as Brand Membership to better connect with customers and provide them greater value all year round. They can also enjoy savings and rewards by signing up for the free membership on our official stores.”

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, also shared, “With a 2.5 times growth in viewership compared to last year, live streaming is becoming a key part of the online shopping experience in our region.

“It has also grown to become an effective way for brands to acquire and connect with shoppers, showcase their products and prompt users to make purchases on the spot.

“We’re excited to see more brands such as Danone enrich the shopping experience by integrating entertainment and educational content into their campaigns.”

Catch a host of exclusive deals on Shopee Mall from Danone and Nutricia, including:

  • Attractive Gifts with Purchase: Be eligible to choose from a selection of gifts suitable for different users:
    • Lucky draw for a WISEMOM USB Portable UV Sterilizer with a minimum purchase of ₱2,000 on Aptakid 4 & Aptamom prenatal cereal bars
    • Free Blanqi Everyday Maternity Belly Support Girlshort with a minimum purchase of ₱3,500 on Aptamom prenatal cereal bars while stocks last
  • Special bundles/deals for more savings: Enjoy up to to 40% off on our Aptakid 4 and Aptamom bundles
  • Earn loyalty points with Brand Membership: Sign up for Nutricia’s Brand Membership Program and receive an Aptamom Sample (2 bars) as a welcome gift. In the program, receive points for every purchase (₱5 = 1 point) and get access to exclusive gifts & vouchers depending on your membership level.

For more information about the Nutricia Mall Takeover, please visit https://shopee.ph/nutriciaphilippines.

Download the Shopee app for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

How traditional Chinese medicine helped Pinoys deal with “plague of the century”

On July 13, 2021, the Department of Foreign Affairs – Foreign Service Institute along with the Philippine Archipelago international Trading Corporation presented a webinar about the benefits and contributions of traditional Chinese medicine in battling COVID-19.

The webinar, titled “Learning from the China Experience – Control and Surge Prevention,” featured prominent Chinese medical figures such as Zhang Boli, Honorary President of the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and recipient of the national honorary title of People’s Hero in August 2020, and Dr. Jia Zhenhua, Chief Physician of TCM, Doctoral Supervisor and President of Hebei Institute of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine. 

Philippine COVID-19 National Task Force Deputy Chief Implementor and Testing Czar Secretary Vince Dizon & NTF Contact Tracing Czar and Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong also joined to talk about the country’s response to the global pandemic which now accounts for over 4 Million deaths and 186 Million infections and counting globally.

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Hon. Teodoro Locsin, Jr. opened the program by welcoming the delegates and guests and sharing the purpose of the event. “This webinar highlights knowledge sharing as one of if not the most essential form of cooperation in managing COVID-19. The slogan is:  No one is safe unless everyone is safe.” he said.

The first speaker, Mayor Benjamin Magalong discussed the case study of Baguio City and how it navigated through the pandemic. He noted how proactive contact tracing efforts and control efforts enabled them to control spreads, something he likened to a Hammer & Dance situation.

More importantly, he discussed the importance of the PDITR strategy, which is Prevent, Detect, Isolate, Treat, and Reintegrate strategy that has effectively cut off the transmission chain in their city.

He added how vital cooperation was to the efficacy of all preventive and control efforts, not only to Baguio City. The implementation of a top-down, side-to-side, and bottom-up approach basically ensures that the paramount objective of having proper communication and information dissemination to the entire community, involving all sectors of society, is met.

Towards the end of his presentation, he touched on the city’s Recovery and Resiliency Plan as well as its goal of becoming a Smart City by 2022.

Secretary Vince Dizon reported on the National Vaccination Program also thanked the Chinese foreign service representatives for their continuous supplies of Chinese vaccines, which to date is still the country’s largest supplier of COVID-19 Vaccines at 11 million procured doses plus 1 million donated.

He had also thanked Philippine Archipelago International Trading Corporation President Olivia Limpe-Aw as EUA Holder of Sputnik V Vaccines, for the continuous supply of the vaccine. 

Dr. Jia Zhenhua then moved on to discussing the utilization of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the prevention and treatment of respiratory infectious diseases in China.

During his talk, he broke down COVID-19 based on Collateral Disease Theory and discussed how this is treated through the approach of Traditional Chinese medicine.

One treatment of note that was mentioned was the Lianhua Qingwen capsule, already widely used and distributed in major drugstores in the Philippines.

Academician Zhang Boli, one of the most prominent figures in China’s fight against COVID-19 begins his presentation explaining why COVID, to him, is considered the “Plague of the Century.”

He expounded by showing data-driven effects and evolution of the virus. After his brief introduction on the effects and symptoms of Covid in China, he stressed how preventive measures were executed.

He also discussed the importance of early intervention to reduce severe conversion rate and the integration of Chinese and Western medicine with comprehensive rehabilitation treatment such as breathing training, physical therapy, Taichi, etc., as well as psycho-therapy to prevent after-effects of the COVID-19 infection such as physical injury (damage to immune function, heart, lung, and kidney) and psychological trauma such as insomnia, anxiety, and depression.

He also introduced Xuanfei Baidu Decoction, another traditional Chinese medicine widely used in China’s fight against COVID-19.

“Quarantine without medicine is only half the success,” he said through an interpreter. Academician Zhang Boli shared how they shared this knowledge with the world through donations of traditional Chinese medicine, Lianhua Qingwen to different countries. Exchange of knowledge (like this webinar) was also done in other countries.

Vaccination is very important but even when vaccinated we should not forget the usual daily personal and household prevention measures and emotion management – keep positive, avoid anxiety and have a healthy lifestyle. 

Olivia Limpe-Aw closed the webinar by summarizing that there are definitely similarities in terms of experiences, government policies, and values of both countries. In fact, significant learnings gathered from all panelists cover early intervention, quarantine with medication is key, integration of Chinese and western medicine with rehabilitation treatment all help to increase the curative rate and reduce the mortality rate. 

Learning that there are two other TCM to treat COVID-19 aside from Lianhua Qingwen is something new to us so it has expanded our knowledge on TCM and that there are other options that we hope will be available in the Philippines in the next few months since it looks like COVID-19 isn’t going to be over that easily, so we will have to deal with it -manage, mitigate so we can all move on and bring back normalcy to our lives. 

This webinar was attended by Ambassadors, local government officials, health officers, hospital administrators, health workers, and the media

Keep your home virus-free with Unilever Hygiene 101

Cleanliness is next to good health, so better keep those pesky viruses at bay by maintaining good hygiene both on your body and your home.

Unilever’s Hygiene 101 campaign is part of the company’s commitment to protect communities by educating and encouraging good hygiene habits.

While COVID-19 is still persistent, it’s important to stay vigilant and mindful of our actions.

Simple habits such as bringing a hand sanitizer when going out, washing clothes worn outside immediately, and disinfecting homes regularly can make a difference in our family’s health.

Unilever Philippines, in partnership with the Philippine Public Health Association, aims to remind Filipinos of the hygiene habits we’ve built over the year and to incorporate them into our new normal lifestyles.

Join the Hygiene 101 Sale from March 27 – 29 on Shopee!

Add these hygiene products to your Shopee cart:

Get Unilever must-have hygiene products UP TO 50% OFF – plus, discounted bundles, free gifts, discount vouchers and more!

Start building the habit of proper hygiene and keep your family safe and healthy.

Protect your kids from infectious diseases through vaccination

For quite some time now, debates about whether or not it is safe to have our children vaccinated have divided the parenting community.

Anti-vaxxers have recently come forward with supposed evidence linking vaccines to complications in children’s growth and development.

Meanwhile, medical experts have stood by their scientific research and findings that vaccines are indeed effective in protecting them against infectious diseases.

Your Call as a Parent

Every parent wants to keep his or her child protected, especially against serious, sometimes deadly diseases. We always can’t keep an eye on what our children might get from the environment. 

According to World Health Organization (WHO), twenty-seven out of 1,000 Filipino children do not get past their fifth birthday and the leading cause of children’s death under 5 years old are mostly infectious diseases, which include pneumonia, diarrhea, and malaria- diseases that can be prevented through proper nutrition, care, and vaccination. (Read More: Under-5 mortality rate)

Immunization against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs) is recommended for your child, especially on the first 1000 days of life. This is to keep them protected against infectious diseases that may harm them.

Vaccines use weakened germs to keep your child’s natural immune response working and provide long-term protection against the disease the vaccine is made for. It is like preparing the immune system of your child for “real” diseases.

The Fatal Consequence of Delaying your Choice

A number of parents right now are choosing to delay their routine immunization schedule due to the threat of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). But, is there really no other choice?

According to an online press briefing by Dr. Maria Wilda Silva, the Department of Health (DOH) National Immunization Program observed that in May 2020, the rate of Filipino children getting their shots has slowly gone down.

It is an alarming rate as it hit an all-time low of seven percent in the first quarter of the year due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the pandemic.

Prior to ECQ, vaccination rates were recorded to be at a 16 percent average immunization rate per quarter — a far cry from the ideal target of 23 to 24 percent per quarter, with a cumulative target of a 95 percent vaccination rate per year to achieve herd immunity.

In 2019, the country has already experienced a measles outbreak which the DOH traced to vaccine hesitancy or a delay or refusal in accepting recommended vaccination services despite availability.

If this rate will continue to downgrade in the coming months or years, we might be facing another disease outbreak and this is the first thing we want to prevent.

Don’t worry — the government and other associated agencies have kept the implementation of immunization services as one of their top priorities and all health care services are ready to observe proper infection control measures to prevent transmission of COVID-19. The Philippine Pediatric Society, Inc. (PPS) and Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Of The Philippines (PIDSP) also drafted guidelines on immunization during the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ MORE: About the Guidelines by PPS and PIDSP)

As parents, we should also be responsible when we bring our child outside for their vaccination schedule.

  1. Before scheduling for vaccination, ensure that your child is well
  2. If your child is suffering from fever, cough, colds, diarrhea, and influenza-like illness, seek help or advice from a doctor first.
  3. Make sure that your child has had no significant exposure to a positive or suspected COVID-19 case in the last 14 days
  4. Know if you and your child are residents in an area with localized transmission or local community under enhanced quarantine. Check DOH updates to confirm if the child’s community is classified as such. 
  5. Take note of any contraindications or any reason to withhold the vaccination. 
  6. Follow the recommended schedule and administration of vaccines included in the Childhood Immunization Schedule.
  7. Schedule ahead and assess the clinic’s condition and guidelines 

It’s Now your Call 

Pediatric vaccinations aren’t given in a one-time visit. Each shot is given on a different timeline usually throughout the first 24 months of your child’s life and even until they are 18 years old.

As a parent, you should be the first one to keep track of the vaccinations your child is getting. Some children may need a different schedule based on their health conditions, while others might have to catch up dosage from their previous.

With all these stages and difficult names, you don’t have to worry about remembering everything all by yourself. Your child’s pediatrician will guide you through the process.

Vaccination is part of keeping a child safe and healthy, but it might also be too complicated for us. That’s why it is okay to ask a lot of questions about vaccines, the vaccine schedule, or how to “catch up” especially if your child hasn’t gotten any shots since birth. But we should ask the right person about it – our pediatrician. 

It is important for parents to consult pediatricians so they can make the best possible decisions for the health and well-being of their children. Go to the nearest clinic or talk to your doctor to know more about the schedule for your kid’s shot.

Reduce the effects of GERD with HDI Clover Honey

We’ve all heard about the many benefits of honey. Not only is it a healthier alternative for common sweeteners like sugar, but it also has anti-bacterial properties and can be used for dressing wounds and burns to keep them sterile and promote healing.

For people with GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, honey can help reduce its effects and tame its symptoms.

Thanks to the natural anti-bacterial properties and natural acidity of honey, it can inhibit many disease-causing pathogens while enhancing the growth of good bacteria.

These good bacteria, such as the bifidobacteria can fight off bad bacteria that causes stomach upsets.

Regular consumption of recommended amounts of honey is also effective in maintaining the balance of bifidobacteria in the body.

Aside from gastro-protective properties, which can lower the effects of GERD, honey also inhibits the growth of more harmful bacteria like helicobacter pylori, which causes stomach cancer.

It is also effective in treating more common illnesses like diarrhea. Honey helps to shorten the duration of diarrhea in patients by helping in the absorption of electrolytes and uptake of water.

Honey also promotes bowel movement and can relieve constipation.

Overall, honey can help increase nutrient content in the body and boost the absorption of nutrients like calcium.

Honey is also a great antioxidant as it also contains vitamin C, organic acids, enzymes, phenols and flavonoids.

Honey is also a great source of energy-giving carbohydrate and a safe sugar substitute for diabetics.

Of course, honey is best taken when it’s pure and comes only from natural sources.

HDI Clover Honey comes from the flowers of the white clover and is regarded by beekeepers worldwide to be the best type of honey.

It is a healthy source of good nutrition, which is extremely crucial especially at this time.

Known for its great taste and smooth texture, the enzymes and nutrients found naturally in HDI Clover Honey have been shown to help the body maintain a healthy digestive tract, improving digestion and bowel movement.

To learn more, visit ph.hdi.com of facebook.com/HDINetwork.PH/.

Improve reproductive health and have a healthy sex life, too

We’ll never get tired of saying that Health is Wealth. For us women, that includes our reproductive health and a healthy sex life, too.

One of the things we should look out for is bacterial vaginosis. Mayoclinic.org describes bacterial vaginosis as “a type of vaginal inflammation caused by the overgrowth of bacteria naturally found in the vagina, which upsets the natural balance. Bacterial vaginosis results from [an] overgrowth of one of several bacteria naturally found in your vagina. Usually, ‘good’ bacteria (lactobacilli) outnumber ‘bad’ bacteria (anaerobes). But if there are too many anaerobic bacteria, they upset the natural balance of microorganisms in your vagina and cause bacterial vaginosis.”

This imbalance causes symptoms such as unusual vaginal discharge, foul-smelling “fishy” vaginal odor, vaginal itching, and burning sensation during urination to manifest. And frankly, you don’t want to have any of these for your health and peace of mind in general, but also if you want to keep your relationship with your husband or partner healthy and happy.

To eliminate the symptoms of bacterial vaginosis, an antibacterial product called Ecovag may be able to help. It is a lactobacillus capsule that claims can significantly reduce the risk of bacterial vaginosis and effectively treat symptoms of vaginal discomfort.

The capsule is inserted deep into the vagina, kind of like a suppository, ideally right before bedtime to allow it to dissolve in the vagina as you sleep. It is taken for 6 to 8 consecutive days and promises to eliminate the symptoms of vaginosis.

Ecovag is a product imported from Denmark by Zeus Resources, Inc., a resource management company that provides marketing, operational and financial expertise to start-up businesses like Compact Pharmaceuticals, Corp., a local manufacturer that developed the sodium ascorbate brand Jewel-Cee and the new sildenafil citrate brand Hydenex.

Sildenafil, of course, is the medication that is most commonly known under the brand Viagra, which is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension and also erectile dysfunction as one of its side effects is to increase blood flow into the penis during sexual stimulation.

Hydenex helps foster a stronger relationship between couples through an improved and healthier sex life.

Both Hydenex and Ecovag are now available in select drugstores in the country. Consult your doctor before buying Hydenex or Ecovag.

Boost your health and immune system with Jewel-Cee and Jewel-Zee Plus

Health is wealth, as it always should be. Even more so now when a lethal virus that we can’t seem to fight with traditional methods still lurks.

In times like these, prevention will always be better than cure and one way of protecting yourself from getting infected by viruses is by keeping your body’s immune system up.

Vitamin C is one of the most common and most accessible immune boosters. It’s a known anti-oxidant that helps your body get rid of harmful toxins or free radicals and protects the brain and nervous system from the detrimental effects of stress.

It is also a co-factor for collagen biosynthesis and carnitine metabolism, which help keep your body active and strong in fighting against a variety of diseases.

Aside from having a healthy diet where you can get Vitamin C from natural sources, such as fruits and vegetables, taking supplements also helps your body fight Vitamin C deficiency.

Jewel-Cee is the latest Vitamin C brand in the market that is perfect for daily intake.

It comes in 562.43mg sodium ascorbate capsules or equivalent to 500mg ascorbic acid, which is more than enough to complement the body’s daily need.

Manufactured by Compact Pharmaceuticals, a renowned local company based in Valenzuela, and distributed by Zeus Resources, Inc., Jewel-Cee is entering the market at a very affordable SRP of only P4.00 per capsule.

Jewel-Cee is currently available in Mercury Drug stores nationwide and select local pharmacies.

Also available is Jewel-Zee plus with Zinc, which helps the body’s catalytic activity or the absorption of nutrients from food better.

It also generally helps in boosting the immune system and cell regeneration, such as wound healing. It supports normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood, and adolescence, and can help shorten the length of common colds.

How often should I take Vitamin C supplements?

This is one of the most common questions people have about Vitamin C supplements.

According to Dr. Don Cua, a certified family physician and fellow of the Philippine Society for of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, our bodies only need 50mg of Vitamin C per day for males and 75mg per day for females in order to function well and prevent Vitamin C deficiency.

While the daily requirement is small, there is nothing wrong with taking a 500mg Vitamin C supplement capsule daily as the body doesn’t necessarily absorb all of the 500mg you intake.

There is also no specific time stated for taking Jewel-Cee and Jewel-Zee Plus. Doctors suggest, however, that you may take vitamins before you sleep as our cells are repairing during sleep time.

Dr.Cua also recommends taking your Vitamin C after a meal to reduce the occurrence of hyperacidity.