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Healthy Ever After

Phytotherapy plants that heal

I grew up in a home surrounded by various plants and fruit trees. Although I was given western medicine whenever I got sick, I was not totally ignorant of the use of medicinal plants as my grandfather was a believer that plants had healing properties. I was transported back in time as I wandered through Nurture Farmacy’s unique vegetable plots, which were intricately shaped liked the organ systems of the body. Nurture “Farmacists” donned in traditional Filipino costumes expertly explained the medicinal benefits of the plants, which are specific to illnesses of the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, reproductive system, digestive system as well as for general wellbeing. Nurture Farmacy’s fertile soil yields a melange of herbs, fruits, and vegetables such as kale. This green leafy vegetable belongs to the cabbage family or …

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Fat in focus

Heavy weight and large body frame always equate to obesity. That is what most people believe because this perception has been deeply ingrained in our minds even before the BMI (body mass index) was conceptualized and accepted as a tool to assess health risks based on one’s height and weight. What if I tell you that the truth you believe in may be flawed and that bigger people may even be healthier than skinny ones? Are you now wondering why a dietitian like me would say something as ludicrous as this? The truth is there are skinny people who have high levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and even blood glucose while there are heavier people who have no medical conditions whatsoever. Now you ponder on how that is even possible. Your weight and …

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Breast cancer busters

Last year as I had my first breast ultrasound just before I turned 36, I asked my breast specialist what causes breast cancer. I even inquired as to the possibility of a woman’s diet causing this much dreaded disease to develop. I was told that diet does not directly promote the initiation of breast cancer cells which are mainly brought about by free radicals or unstable molecules which capture electrons from proteins, enzymes, cell membranes, and DNA; chemical toxins in the mammary fat which are derived from the environment, food and water; and the third unfortunate cause is genetic flaw. My breast doctor emphasized the importance of catching the disease early on. Women should learn how to do monthly self breast examination, get an ultrasound and mammogram depending on their age …

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Hola from España

The 17th International Congress of Dietetics attended by delegates from 49 countries early last month in Granada, Spain promoted sustainable eating. The Philippines, after having been under the Spanish rule for over 300 years, may just learn something from the very country that has greatly influenced us in so many ways. Marlon Pelayo, RD and director of In-Patient Services at Kaiser Permanente Roseville in the US, astutely observed the Spanish way of eating and their lifestyle during the said conference. “They adapt sustainability by supporting local produce, offering what’s in season and are conscious about waste. Fastfood is not widely embraced. They eat smaller serving portions compared to other Western countries. They also lead an active lifestyle through walking, cycling, and commuting. The Spaniards take long siestas (afternoon rest or nap), which …

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When nature sparkles

Water, in any of its natural form, whether liquid, vapor, or solid like ice, gives life. From the condensation that falls from the heaven, to the vast oceans and down to the human body, the abundance of water is marvelous. This is the reason people could go on longer without food and die sooner in the absence of water that leads to dehydration and complications. Water is in fact a miracle drink. Able to make people lose weight, it lowers cholesterol, increases immunity, and more! We are talking about plain still water here but what about the one that’s bubbly, also known as sparkling water? Does sparkling water have any health benefits or is it detrimental to one’s health? Flavored sparkling water or fizzy drinks may contain added sugars and artificial flavorings and colorings, which we all …

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6 ways to lose weight if you’re not a gym rat

Do you want to lose weight yet feel uncomfortable exercising in groups or in public places? Don’t fret. Although regularly working out in a fitness facility can help you manage your weight, frequenting the gym is not the sole solution to your weight problems. You can still exercise within your comfort zone.   Here are six ways to shed those unwanted pounds without going to the gym:   1. Move often. We burn calories even when asleep therefore we could burn more just by simply moving. Any form of movement results to energy output. Walk whenever you can. For example, instead of sitting in front of the television after dinner, walk in place while watching your favorite show. You don’t just burn calories but aid proper digestion by doing this.   2. Take flight. I don’t …

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Aging gracefully

We don't celebrate National Grandparents day every September for nothing. For me, grandparents symbolize love, comfort, strength, wisdom, happy memories, and legacy. This month, let us make an extra effort to care for our beloved grandparents and elderly family members. Don’t have the faintest idea about how to go about it? Here are a few things we need to consider to help keep our elderly loved ones healthy in order for them to continue aging gracefully. Don’t baby the elderly Of course we respect our elders and wish to make life as comfortable as possible for them. Therefore we tend to just let them sit around while we carry out tasks for them such as pouring a glass of water, fetching things for them, and so on. The truth is, we are hindering their chance …

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15 Must have freezer friendly foods

Instead of simply utilizing your freezer as an ice maker and a storage space to prolong the shelf life of food, why not turn it into something that will provide you and your family nutrient-rich frozen items? Here are 15 healthy frozen food items that will come in handy when preparing quick and nutritious recipes. 1. Frozen vegetables—Conveniently cut and sliced, these ready-to-cook vegetables will ensure that you will always have your share of vitamins, minerals, and fiber during those times when fresh produce is not available. 2. Frozen fruits—Can either be store-bought like packed frozen berries or you can freeze fresh fruits such as grapes for a delightful cold snack and even overripe fruits such as bananas. 3. Nuts—Freezing nuts will prevent them from turning rancid and getting molds thus prolonging their shelf …

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Sip sipon away

Feeling a bit under the weather this rainy season? You would need some immune-boosting nutrients from vitamin C-rich foods, lean protein and anti-inflammatory vegetables, and spices like cinnamon. There’s just something magically soothing about sipping hot chicken soup or warm ginger tea locally known as salabat on those days you are down with a cold or the flu. As an alternative, here is a nutrient-rich comfort food recipe developed by registered nutritionist dietitian Genevieve Dayrit to help you feel better in no time.   Healthy Molo Soup Ingredients for the filling: 500g ground chicken breast 1 cup shredded carrots ½ cup malunggay leaves 2 tablespoons minced white onions ¾ tablespoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons chopped spring onion 2 eggs 2 teaspoons of salt ½ tablespoon ground black pepper 1 pack molo wrapper (about 50 counts)   Ingredients for the soup: 1 cup chicken breast 1 tablespoon cooking oil 1 tablespoon garlic, …

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Lactation nutrition

 “Breastfeeding is a wonderful and interesting experience for me. I struggled for the first three weeks but things went uphill from there as I got the hang of it and generally enjoyed feeding my son. I was more concerned about my calcium intake and whether I am getting enough nutrients to pass on to my baby. I don’t eat much because all my life, I ate like a bird,” recalls Melissa Que. A breastfeeding mom may find herself at a loss amid the overwhelming amount of information and advice on what to eat and avoid during her lactation period, not to mention the challenges she may encounter in terms of juggling work, feeding the baby, and taking care of the family as well as herself and the pressure of producing enough …

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