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.

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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.

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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.

Load up on protection with Rani-C

The COVID-19 pandemic has made us all more conscious about health safety and proper hygience. Since January this year, the Department of Health (DOH) continuously appealed to the public to frequently wash hands, observe proper hygiene, hydrate, eat nutritious food, and wear protective gears like face masks and face shields as preventive part of measures against the dreaded disease.

With La Niña well on its way, creating erratic and extreme weather patterns, many Filipinos are now even more susceptible to various infections that may weaken one’s immune system. And as the threat of the coronavirus continues to loom, any form of additional protection has never been as crucial.

This is usually in the form of vitamin supplements, especially Vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that can decrease inflammation, boost one’s immune system, and promote wound healing. While Vitamin C can easily be found in many fruits including oranges, melons and vegetables like bell peppers and broccoli, some people might not be getting the recommended dosage of the vitamin.

In comes Sodium Ascorbate Rani-C, a non-acidic Vitamin C supplement specifically manufactured to provide Filipinos the added daily dosage they need at an affordable price and without the discomfort many get when they take the acidic counterparts available in the market.

At only ₱4.00 per capsule, Rani-C is one of the most affordable supplements available in the market. This ensures that Filipinos can safeguard their and their family’s immune health without hurting their wallets, especially during the pandemic.

To further assist Filipinos’ from the threats of the virus and other infections, Rani-C is offering a limited edition Rani-C Defense kit. Available until supplies last, you may now get the Rani-C Defense Kit, which includes one Rani- C box with 100 capsules and a free 500ml Sure-Guard 75% Ethyl Alcohol Hand Sanitizer Gel for only ₱400.00.

Head out to any Watsons and Mercury Drug nationwide, or check out Watsons Online, and give your family the added protection they need with Rani-C.

To know more about Rani-C, follow Rani-C on Facebook.

Calpol reminds: Give your child the right medicine dosage

‘Tis the season of colder weather, which means children are more prone to cough, cold, and fever. You probably know the drill when your child gets sick—check the temperature, give medicine, make sure they rest and drink water, and so on. But, have you really ticked all the boxes?

When managing fevers, it is not enough to give them the correct medication. You also need to ensure that the medicine is given in the right dosage to achieve optimal results. This helps avoid prolonging your child’s discomfort.

In the Philippines, paracetamol is the most used medicine for children’s fever and pain. However, experts say that Filipino parents frequently make dosing mistakes, despite 53 percent of them claiming confidence in administering the medicine.

“Paracetamol is a useful medicine for treating fever and providing pain relief. Understanding and checking the correct doses is vitally important if parents are to use it safely and effectively,” shares Dr. Carmina De Los Reyes, Pediatrician, and Infectious Disease Specialist. “Ensure the dosage is correct. The correct dose of paracetamol for a child depends on their weight. You should always give the dose according to your child’s weight to ensure the efficacy of paracetamol.”

Here are two common mistakes doctors say parents make when measuring dosage:

Mistake #1: Using household items rather than the dosing tool provided. You may be guilty of using teaspoons or tablespoons in administering paracetamol to your child. Growing up, this was also probably how your parents gave you medicine. In fact, 18 percent of Filipino parents use this method. But, did you know that using these household items increases the risk of dosing errors?

A pediatric study found that measuring dosage with teaspoon/tablespoon doubles the risk of dosing errors among children below 9 years old. This is because the sizes and volumes of kitchen spoons vary. For example, the capacity of a normal kitchen teaspoon can range between 1.5 mL to 9mL, which results in a huge difference in the intended dosage.

Mistake #2: Confusion between measurement abbreviations. According to doctors, some parents also do not understand or are confused by measurement abbreviations such as tsp (teaspoon) and tbsp (tablespoon). This confusion can be attributed to the markings on the supplied dosing device, which can be inconsistent with the instructions.

Without knowing what the abbreviations mean, it can be difficult to measure the dose correctly even if you know the prescription for your child. Always consult your doctor or pharmacist to guide you on the correct dosage volume. Be sure to clarify the abbreviations and markings on the dosing tools.

What parents can do to measure dosage correctly

Now that you are aware of these common mistakes, how can you make sure your child receives the right dosage?

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends the use of the measuring device provided with the medication. Similarly, expert groups, such as American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), also recommend measuring dosage in milliliters (ml) to avoid confusion.

Calpol for Kids adheres to the WHO’s standard of 15mg/kg maximum dosage for kids and starts to work on fever in just 15 minutes. This should not be taken with other medicines that also contain paracetamol which may be found in many other medicines used to treat pain, fever, symptoms of cold and flu, and sleep medications. If the patient has especially been diagnosed with a liver or kidney disease, it’s best to consult a doctor before taking paracetamol.

With the right information and tools, your children can receive the proper dose to get them back on their feet in no time. It is important not to take more than the recommended dose, as this may be harmful, especially for the liver. If you’re unsure of how to interpret the measurement abbreviations or measure the correct dose, and/or if symptoms persist, please consult your doctor.

Share smiles with the Colgate Christmas Toothpaste on Shopee

This December, Colgate is making its limited edition, first-in-the-world Christmas-themed toothpaste available on e-commerce giant Shopee.

Only available this Christmas season, the Colgate Christmas Toothpaste in Merry Mint flavor comes in a festive holiday packaging that is bound to make you feel refreshed and festive this Holiday Season.

The packaging is also gift-ready as you can write a special message for your loved at the back of the box!

Complete the set with the soft-bristled Colgate Natural Bamboo Charcoal Toothbrush and Colgate Plax Antibacterial Mouthwash Ice Infinity Intense Flavor for an even more exciting package.

#SmileStrong

Give the gift of a Colgate smile this season with Colgate Christmas Toothpaste and get a chance to win a Noche Buena package worth P2,500, and also donate another Noche Buena package to a family in need.

Buy a pack of two Colgate Christmas Toothpaste from the Colgate Palmolive Philippines official Shopee store — keep one for yourself and gift the other as a gift to a friend or loved one.

Buy selected Colgate products between December 7 to 9, and be part of Colgate’s #SmileStrong Christmas activation, wherein 10% of purchase of select Colgate SKUs will be given to Project Pearls.

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Save up to P2,000 with Sustagen Premium Big Bundles on Shopee

Health is well no matter what age we are in. For adults, especially us moms, we need to prioritize our health so we can take care of our families better.

Luckily, there is Sustagen Premium for Adults to help us boost our overall health with its Multi-Defense System that is a combination of essential nutrients like inulin fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

Sustagen Premium for Adults contains vitamins C and E, which act as anti-oxidants to help prevent damage from free radicals or the waste products the body makes when cells use fuel to create energy.

The brain makes up 3% of our body weight, but uses up to 17%  of the energy, which makes it especially vulnerable to damage from free radicals because it uses a lot of fuel.

Sustagen Premium for Adults helps boost brain energy and protect it from damage, plus it also contains magnesium that can help dilate the blood vessels boosting blood flow all throughout the body and brain.

It also good for the heart as it contains dietary fiber that helps reduce LDL or bad cholesterol.

Finally, it helps boost energy for our bodies thanks to its B-Complex vitamins, iron, and iodine contents that help fight lethargy and support physical activity.

Be Susta-strong and save up to P2,000 when you buy Sustagen Big Bundles on the Sustagen Official Store on Shopee!

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Watsons encourages women and moms to #StayStrongStayBeautiful

It has been a challenging four months for all as the pandemic persists and our country remains in community quarantine status. As we are all forced to adjust and adapt to the “new normal,” some of the things that used to enjoy and make us feel good can easily be removed frm our routines.

However, it isn’t a crime to prioritize on what’s essential while still taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional state through self-care.

Thankfully, Watsons is here to share some tips and recommendations on how we can all stay strong, stay beautiful, during these times.

Stay Protected

Wearing a mask when we’re outside the house and disinfecting and washing our hands frequently help stop the spread of COVID-19.   Even at home, we contiednue to protect ourselves. We supplement our diet with vitamins from Enervon, Stresstabs and Watsons Generics. We keep our body clean with products from Safeguard and Dove and practice good oral hygiene with products from Listerine, Oral-B and Himalaya.

Stay Prepared

Stocking up keeps us from going out to buy what we need all the time. Online shopping is a safe alternative to going to the supermarket and drugstore. Our Watsons shopping list always includes brands like Strepsils, Sinecod Forte, Vicks, Solmux and Biogesic to help relieve the symptoms of common illnesses like colds, cough and fever.

Stay Glowing

Self-care continues to motivate us even when things are difficult. Self-care is anything we do that makes us feel better. It can be working out or doing our skincare. Morning skincare is focused on prevention and protection while the evening routine is focused on cleaning and repair. Finding the right products for our skin type is important. We go for products from Belo, Ponds, Celeteque, Neutrogena and Dermaction Plus by Watsons.

Stay Gorgeous

We can’t really go to salons and barber shops so DIY makeovers are the way to go for now. Trimming the ends of your hair and coloring your hair with products out of the box are enough to give your self-esteem a boost.  We love DIY projects because they give us a sense of accomplishment. You can use L’Oreal Excellence, Beautylabo or Naturtint to color your hair and great products that help maintain healthy hair from brands such as Pantene and Naturals by Watsons.

Stay Dapper

When looking at skincare products, men should consider what suits their lifestyles and skin types. For instance, if they like being outdoors, they should invest in a sunscreen. If they have dry skin, they need a moisturizer. Adidas, Old Spice and Gillette are brands that offer men’s products to help with skincare and grooming needs.

Bonus points for Watsons Card and Elite members

Watsons always provides a wide range of health and beauty products to make us look good and feel great. To provide more value to its Watsons Card and Elite members, Watsons is giving free 100 bonus points for a minimum Php1,000 purchase of participating products on select weekends: July 31 to August 1 and August 14 to 15.

Shop now at any branch near you. Check out this list of 700+ Watsons stores open nationwide: bit.ly/Watsons-Stores. You can also order via Watsons call & pick-up or call & delivery service. Here is the list of Watsons stores and contact numbers to call: https://bit.ly/3fsRUeK. You can also shop online at https://bit.ly/WStayStrong-Broadsheet.

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