Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Lamoiyan Corporation donates 3 million worth of hygiene products for DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan

DepEd Region III Regional Director Nicolas Capulong and Regional Director Assistant Rhoda Razon as they received  Lamoiyan hygiene products for the students of Central Luzon

Lamoiyan Corporation, a leading manufacturer of personal hygiene and home care products in the country, has donated over three million worth of Lamoiyan products to Department of Education (DepEd) as it celebrates Head Lice Awareness Month and 5th year of Kilusang Kontra Kuto (Movement Against Head Lice) initiative.

In support of DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan amidst the pandemic, Lamoiyan Corporation distributed packs of Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo, Hapee Toothpaste, and Dazz Dishwashing Liquid to selected regions for distribution among the students.

DepEd NCR School Health and Nutrition Unit Head Dr. Genapayao as they received the donations from Lamoiyan Corporation.

Selected regions in Luzon are Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and National Capital Region. Whereas, Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Davao are the beneficiary regions for Visayas and Mindanao.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo initiated Kilusang Kontra Kuto in 2016, a coalition that has been battling head lice infestation nationwide for a kuto-free Philippines. The campaign includes yearly nationwide shampoo activity in schools in its commitment to fight head lice infestation or pediculosis and eliminate the social stigma associated with it.

In light of the 5th year of this initiative, Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz aimed to support DepEd’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan in the time of COVID-19 (BE-LCP). This is the department’s response to the challenges posed by COVID-19 which covers the most essential learning competencies, multiple learning delivery modalities for teachers, school leaders and learners, required health standards in schools and workplaces, and special activities like Brigada Eskwela, Oplan Balik Eskwela, and partnerships.

DepED Region IV-A led by Regional Director Wildfredo Cabral received Lamoiyan hygiene products to be distributed in several schools.

“We are grateful for the Department of Education for being very supportive of our Kilusang Kontra Kuto campaign. With our long-running partnership with DepEd, we were able to visit several schools, do shampooing activities among students, and share the correct way of combatting head lice since 2016,” said Lamoiyan Corporation Vice President for Marketing Bing Cavestany.

“Although students now are practicing distance learning and we temporarily cannot do our annual activities due to the COVID-19 crisis, Licealiz would like to consistently promote health and personal hygiene through our humble donation as children or even family members are still susceptible to head lice infestation no matter the circumstances, especially with many staying at home and in close quarters during the pandemic,” she added.

Aside from encouraging good oral hygiene, Lamoiyan is also advocating the correct way of treating head lice infestation, which is considered the second most common health problem of public school children after tooth decay.

Lamoiyan Corporation’s Licealiz Head Lice Treatment Shampoo effectively kills lice and nits after two weeks of use and prevents lice infestation from recurring. Its active ingredient, pyrethrin, a natural extract from chrysanthemum flowers, is clinically tested and proven safe and successful in killing lice and nits, while its conditioning formula keeps your kid’s hair soft, smooth and fragrant.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Goldilocks Mamon: More Flavors, More Fun!

Are you also excited? 

Your favorite fluffy treat is now available in new flavors you love! Get the new Goldilocks UBE MAMON and MOCHA MAMON.  Bite into fluffy soft sponge cake bursting with rich ube and mocha flavors. Get them for a perfect home bonding merienda treat!


Order for delivery via our Hotline 8888-1-999 or online at


You can also get them from Goldilocks stores nationwide! For more information, you may follow

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Saturday, September 26, 2020

Teleperformance Anthology features uplifting employee stories


During tough times, stories have a way of providing us with the positivity and hope we need to keep moving forward.


Teleperformance, global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, recently launched TP Anthology, a three-part anthology series that showcases remarkable and inspiring stories of their employees. This season’s episodes titled “Homecoming,” “Pangarap,” and “Unbroken” are all about resilience, dreams coming true, and finding your true home.


TP Anthology: Homecoming is about the coming home story of Frances Eileen Ancheta, currently a Center Manager at Teleperformance Aura site. After leaving Teleperformance during her 7th year and working in a different company for five months, she suddenly received a call from her former leader asking her if she wants to come back. Frances decided then and there to return to the place she has always called home. “I was tapped by my former EVP and I felt like it was because he trusted me that much for him to reach out to me and say ‘We would love to have you back with us,’” shared Frances. It did not take long for her to say yes and immediately went to back to work at Teleperformance the week after.


Overall, Frances has been with Teleperformance for 10 years, starting out her career in the organization as a call center agent back in 2010 and made her way up to a leadership role. When asked what made Teleperformance feel like home and why she will always come back, Frances shared, “At Teleperformance, I can be as passionate as I want to be and to be able to see my team be as passionate as I am helps me do my job a lot better. It’s not about the company as a company, it’s about the entire organization and the people that I work with. That’s what makes it feel like home.”


Meanwhile, perseverance in pursuing one’s dream is the theme in TP Anthology: Pangarap. This episode chronicles the journey of Emerson Balagtas, who was part of the housekeeping staff at Teleperformance for eight years, towards becoming a Customer Service Representative at Teleperformance EDSA Greenfield today.


With the help of Teleperformance leaders and other customer service representatives, Emerson learned, studied, and eventually applied to become an agent – a dream that he once thought was unattainable. “The managers motivate us, and the trainers and supervisors are always there to guide us in the correct path. Here at Teleperformance, they support career growth. They treat employees as family,” shared Emerson.


Now with a stable job and income, Emerson no longer feels the need to go abroad to support his family and with the help of leaders in Teleperformance, he aims to continue advancing in his career.


The final episode, TP Anthology: Unbroken, is the inspiring story of Nina Kristine Abad, a Director for Client Services at Teleperformance Ayala site, who has been with the company for 15 years. Nina has always been an achiever. However, after a life-changing accident during her vacation abroad that resulted in the amputation of her leg, her confidence was shaken. She even worried that she might lose her job because of this disability.


“The biggest challenge that PWDs face would not be in their disability, but their confidence in terms of ‘Would they be able to catch or to cope with people without disabilities’ or whether opportunities will be available to them,” shared Nina.


With the support of Teleperformance, both during and after her recovery stage, Nina was able to regain her confidence and learned to be an even better and stronger leader. “Teleperformance gave me equal opportunity. Regardless of my disabilities, whenever I apply for positions, face clients, conduct a workshop, or implement a new program, they see my skills, experience, and knowledge, and not my physical disability, appearance, nor background. Teleperformance has always given me the platform even before I was not disabled. I would say it’s still the same.”


These three inspiring stories are just the first in a series of uplifting stories from Teleperformance. The organization aims to continue spreading positivity especially in this time of crisis and provide any support their employees may need.  


Jeffrey Johnson, Senior Vice President for Human Capital Resource Management of Teleperformance Philippines, shared, “Now more than ever, we have to work together and uplift each other to get through these trying times. We created TP Anthology because we believe in the power of stories. We wanted to use Teleperformance’s platform to give our remarkable employees the ability to inspire others within and beyond the organization.”


Teleperformance continues to find ways to create a workplace that encourages creativity, passion, and innovation for all. With various employee engagement programs, awareness campaigns, and corporate social responsibility initiatives, Teleperformance Philippines fosters a culture of inclusivity and growth. They also recently received its third Great Place to Work® (GPTW®) certification, the first company to do so consecutively in any industry in the Philippines.




Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: ROCH.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), the global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in a wide variety of industries. Its customer care, technical support, customer acquisition, consulting and analytics, digital integrated business service solutions, and other high-value specialized services ensure consistently positive customer interactions that are reliable, flexible and intelligent. The company has established the highest security and quality standards in the industry and uses proprietary deep learning technology to optimize flexibility on a global scale.


The Group’s 300,000 employees, spread across 80 countries, support billions of connections annually in 265 languages and enhance the customer experience with every interaction. In 2019, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €5,355 million (US$6 billion, based on €1 = $1.12).


Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs over 47,500 people in the country and operates over 30,000 workstations in 21 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Baguio, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro and Davao.


From 2012 to 2018, Teleperformance received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded in 2017 as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA).


This 2020, Teleperformance Philippines was again certified as a Great Place to Work® and is the only organization in the country to receive this certification from the Great Place to Work® Institute for three years in a row. This year, Teleperformance celebrates its 24th year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the nation’s ICT-BPO sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.


For further information, please visit the Teleperformance website at


Thursday, September 24, 2020

NOVUHAIR® Supports Alopecia Philippines


September 2020 marks the seven (7) fruitful years of collaboration between NOVUHAIR®, the leading hair loss treatment in the country and THE ALOPECIA PHILIPPINES, a group founded in 2012 by singer and songwriter Abby Asistio. 

“VICTORIOUS, Rising Above Alopecia and the Pandemic Together” is this year’s official online gathering theme LIVE at When In Manila’s Facebook page on Saturday, September 26, 2020 (3pm to 8pm). Everyone is invited to witness this momentous event.

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Abby Asistio is currently one of the ambassadors and the Inspirational VIP Coach of NOVUHAIR®, nature’s answer to hair loss, which she has been using since March 2013. 

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Gretchen Ho inspires young girls to dream big through World Vision’s 1,000 Girls campaign


Gretchen Ho is the official ambassador in the Philippines for World Vision’s campaign, “1,000 Girls”. This year’s theme is “#GirlsCan”. By focusing on issues faced by young girls today due to the on-going pandemic, the challenge is to respond to their most urgent needs to help realize their full potential and have a better future.


Gretchen’s support for this campaign is rooted on her belief that every girl has the capacity to be empowered and to overcome, but she also acknowledged the importance of support from family and friends. “It isn’t always easy to fight on your own. That’s why we need to provide them with support, guidance, resources and opportunities to be able to maximize their potential. Many girls are at a disadvantage because of their economic background or family set-ups. Sometimes, the only thing that a girl needs is a helping hand,” said Gretchen.

Through World Vision’s child sponsorship program, these young girls will have access to learning and development opportunities that are sustainable, community-driven, and long-term solutions.


Gretchen sees education as one of the best ways to equip the youth. “Through education, a world of opportunities opens up for a young girl. If that young girl is able to build her self-confidence through those opportunities, there is potential to become a leader,” explained Gretchen. “In today’s world, where there is so much injustice, inequality, hatred and discrimination, we need the strengths of a female to overcome. We need more female voices to be heard”.


World Vision partners with different stakeholders including the local community to build resilient families and create an enabling environment for the children. By allowing them to have access to education, nutritious food, and clean water, to enjoy quality health services, and to participate in spiritual nurture activities, these young girls are being empowered so they too can one day be agents of change.


“World Vision is excited to share with everyone an opportunity to help children meet their needs. The 1000 Girls campaign is one that highlights empowerment for education, health and protection. Your support will give hope to every child especially during this time,” said Rommel Fuerte, World Vision’s National Director.


“My message to all the young girls out there is — I believe you can make it. Don’t be afraid to dream big. Make the most out of what you have. If you have less in life, ask for help. If you have more in life, help others. There is room for success for everyone. Believe in yourself, be resourceful, be creative and you will conquer,” shared Gretchen.


To know how you can support “1,000 Girls” by sponsoring a girl today, visit You may also follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram for updates.


About World Vision

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Why the right flour is important

There’s more than meets the eye to this kitchen essential

If you take a quick scroll through your online accounts, it would seem like everyone has decided to pick up the same hobby over the past few months – baking. Banana bread and focaccia are dominating feeds, people are swapping cookies with friends, donating treats, or simply using the kitchen as a way to mark time and relieve stress. 

But here’s something you don’t usually see: most drool-worthy baked goodies were made with flour. Virtually every baking recipe requires it, from breads to pastries. Most newbie or home bakers don’t really know a lot of the basics behind flour when in fact, the quality and type of flour can affect the outcome of your baked goods, from the texture and crew, to flavor.

You don’t need to be a flour expert to choose the right flour! For all of you new bakers, here’s a quick cheat sheet on what you need to know about flour: 

Gives your baked goods structure. The strength of flour is measured by the quality and amount of its gluten content. It’s what gives baked goods its structure and makes the dough elastic and firm, so it’s best to choose the best type for your recipe. All-purpose and whole wheat flours are made with harder wheat is higher in gluten and therefore good for breads and loaves. Meanwhile, cake flour is made with soft, finer wheat, and therefore good for delicate pastries like cakes and crepes. Different types also affect the texture and tastiness of bread. 

Ties it all together. Another key point of flour is its absorption ability (usually between 55% and 65%), which affects the consistency of your dough. That’s why it’s such a great baking ingredient—it holds together all that sugar, eggs, and milk, making for a nice, gooey mixture. Other than that, flour is also a binding and thickening agent, used for more than just baking. 

Is an all-rounder. You may have heard of the term “all-purpose flour.” This is flour with a mix of refined hard and soft wheat. This means that when you buy all-purpose flour, you can use it for almost any recipe out there. This makes it perfect for those starting out, or who want to try a variety of recipes! Most bakers would choose all-purpose flour to bake with, making it reliable choice for both beginner bakers and more seasoned ones.

Given all the quality standards and protocol that goes into selecting the wheat for flour, it’s important to choose a good brand for baking. Maya All-Purpose Flour has been a staple in Filipino homes for generations. With its high-quality gluten content and ideal absorption ability, it’s the easiest flour to go on your kitchen adventures with. Not only that, Maya All-Purpose Flour is also a good source of protein, plus, it’s fortified with vitamin A and iron, and enriched with vitamin B (riboflavin, niacin and thiamin), so you get more in every bite you bake. 

Just remember to store it well! Even though Maya’s All-Purpose Flour has a long and stable shelf life, it’s best to keep it in the freezer for 48 hours after you buy it. Then, transfer to an airtight container and store in a dry pantry away from direct sunlight. This way, your flour will last as long as a year, and you’ll be able to create more cool baked creations with it – for yourself, for the fam, and for the social feeds. 

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Friday, September 18, 2020

Get a Chance to Win a Health Plan and Foldable E-Bike in the Allianz eAZy Five Promo


What are your health aspirations for the next five years? Share them with Allianz PNB Life and you just might win an Allianz foldable e-bike and an Allianz eAZy Health Blue Plan in the Allianz eAZy Five Promo.


Allianz eAZy Health is the affordable and renewable 5-year insurance solution that helps you future-proof your health and live with peace of mind. It includes critical illness, life, accident, and disability benefits.


The grand winner of the eAZy Five promo will win a foldable E-Bike and enjoy the following coverage from the Allianz eAZy Health Blue Plan for 5 years:


• Enhanced Critical Illness Benefit: Php 500,000

• Accidental Benefit (Death, Disability and Dismemberment): Php 500,000

• Life Insurance Benefit: Php 150,000

• Health Bonus: Get 30% of premiums when healthy after 5 years


Four finalists, meanwhile, will receive an Allianz regular bike each.


Joining the contest is easy. All you have to do is submit two images or a collage of images of yourself this 2020. Include a caption on what your health goals are in the next five years and how you plan to achieve them. You can submit your entries by leaving a comment on the promo post in the Allianz Facebook: and Twitter: accounts. Your comment should include the official hashtags #eAZyHealtheAZyFive and #AllianzPNBLife.


The contest is open to all Filipino citizens between the ages of 18-30 who are currently residing in Metro Manila. You can submit as many entries as you want but you can only win once. Entries will be judged based on the creativity of the submitted photos and their accompanying captions.


The Allianz eAZy Five promo runs from September 4 to 29 only, so submit your entries now!


For the full promo mechanics, please visit the Allianz PNB Life Facebook page.


PHINLA: Empowering Waste Workers and Their Communities at the time of COVID-19

Chris Macas has been a waste collector since 2018. While he is proud of his contributions to the cleanliness of his community, he has been hoping for changes.

With only gloves to protect him, he would worry about his health and also his family's. There were days, he said, when he couldn't report for work for a week because he'd often get sick.

 The situation of Chris is not new in the Philippines. Although the country has several laws related to solid waste management, strict implementation remains a problem, causing adverse impact not just to the environment but also to waste workers' welfare.  A compliance audit on 178 local government units (LGUs) showed that from 2011-2017, 27.53% did not comply with regulations for segregation at source while 23.03% did not comply with regulations on segregated collection.


Recognizing these challenges and the vulnerability of waste workers like Chris, World Vision and Ecowaste Coalition, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Global Development (BMZ) are implementing the PHINLA Project. PHINLA, coined from the name countries the project is being implemented in (the Philippines, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka) seeks to empower waste workers and communities affected by poor waste management by using waste as a resource to create meaningful employment and to earn income, while tackling health and environmental issues associated with waste management. 

In Barangay Cugman, Cagayan de Oro, Mindanao, where Chris comes from, one of the project's main initiatives, to date, involved organizing the waste workers association and training them to create a better collection system and MRF for the community.  People from the village, mostly volunteers who identify themselves as eco warriors, do daily house to house waste collection using the 17 pedicabs and 5 motorbikes that the PHINLA project provided. To further help them earn income in this phase of the project, the village created an incentives-based system depending on the weight of the recyclables collected to encourage the practice of proper waste segregation. 

On the next phase of the project, PHINLA will help the village establish the waste collectors’ association as a business enterprise, functioning and earning income on its own to provide salary for waste workers. 

A relief

Since the group of waste workers was officially organized on the first week of August 2020, Chris has seen significant changes.

The community used to collect garbage using just one garbage truck. It would take them at least 4-5 hours for collection alone. With 17 pedicabs, they can now collect simultaneously, saving them time and delivery to the MRF situated on top of the mountains is made easier with the use of the motorbikes.

"We are also frontliners. I can't even imagine the damage it would cost me and my family if I get the virus while doing my work because I did not have protective gears. I am extremely grateful to PHINLA for this support,” said Chris Macas, one of the recipients of the PHINLA project.

The PHINLA project through World Vision and Ecowaste Coalition continue its work, not only in CDO, but also in Quezon City and Davao, providing training and equipment necessary to help the community and its waste workers.  

“Through our Global Program that intends to develop livelihood opportunities for poverty affected population through a multi-sectoral established and monitored waste management system, we have already seen important achievements in all three countries of implementation from program inception in September 2019 till now. Still, more work needs to be done in ensuring its sustainability, including engaging more  and more vulnerable groups in income generating activities at Waste Collection/Recycling Centers, increasing awareness of general public in waste reduction/recycling/reuse matters and adherence of households to the different waste segregation practices and laws in the country," shares Giorgi Devidze, PHINLA Global Program Director. 

To know more about World Vision and its programs in the Philippines, you may visit

The PPEs are now a necessity for the safety of waste workers like Chris who collects and segregates waste to help keep communities clean.

Chris Macas, Waste Worker from Brgy Cugman, CDO, receiving PPE and motorcab from PHINLA Project through a turn over ceremony officiated by barangay officials. Photo courtesy of: Brgy. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NOVUHAIR® Congratulates ADP Pharma


ADP Pharma Corporation is celebrating its 10th year anniversary. 

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The company established its position in the pharma industry through successful endeavors in all aspects of operations. Its ambition to give Filipinos with the best helped ADP cap off each year with new product developments and partnerships. 

ADP is a team of driven & passionate people, who keep themselves abreast with recent trends in the pharma industry, set with a major advantage in addressing current & future market needs in an era where value-creation for consumers is a must. 

Leading up to where they are now -- Ambition, Drive, and Passion are what makes them and these are what gave them a decade of rewarding their team as they reward the Filipinos with a wealth of health. 

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Ngayong Pasko, sama-sama tayo sa SM Supermalls


Christmas is here! And we all wish to celebrate it in a most special way possible. But there's no need to wait for things to be perfect, especially this trying times, pandemic. Though this year may have been filled with untoward events, we still have all the reason to level up your Christmas celebrations as you reconnect with your loved ones to celebrate life and holiday cheers.

As we usher in the holidays, SM Supermalls will continue to be a part of every family’s holiday celebrations as the country bounces back and enjoys the season’s merriments. No need to worry because health and social distancing measures are in place at SM to help ensure your and your loved ones’ safety.

Here are some things to look forward to as SM Supermalls kicks off the 100-day countdown to Christmas and launches its Christmas 2020 campaign: “Ngayong Pasko, sama-sama tayo sa SM Supermalls – everything’s here!

1.    Gift giving and sharing. Starting September 16, shoppers can look forward to SM’s weekly online catalogues of gift ideas. They can stay updated on the latest fashion and beauty items, toys, food, and more for their loved ones. There's no stopping you from finding the perfect gifts for your family and friends because SM will be offering tons of digital coupons, freebies, and discounts on select items and services.


2.    Food feasts. Whether you want to satisfy your cravings or bring home some comfort food for the family, SM has got you covered! Enjoy dining in with loved ones at SM with its festive and colorful dining areas inside the mall. You can also have a feast at home when you order takeaway and food delivery from participating SM tenants. This Christmas season, you can expect a lot of family bundles, promos, discounts, and other surprises!


3.    #Self-care. Taking care of yourself is key to surviving the pandemic so you can look forward to celebrating a wonderful Christmas with your family. Head over to SM and get all the essentials you need for yourself like face masks, vitamins and supplements, hygiene and beauty products, and a whole lot more! Why not wrap them up as care packages and give them as gifts too?


4.    Lifting the economy. Embody the spirit of giving during the Christmas season by lending a hand to small businesses that have been affected by the pandemic. Check out special gift items by MSMEs and support local at special SM Christmas markets. Not only do you get to see unique items that make perfect Christmas gifts, you also get to help local and small businesses.


5.    Prioritizing health. At SM, your safety is top priority. Even with the pandemic, you’ll still feel the joy of the season with SM, thanks to its online mall services. Get everything you need from the comfort of your home by hiring an SM Personal Shopper and get free delivery service for a minimum spend of P 5,000 starting September 16. For more gift ideas, sit back and watch live virtual shopping parties with your favorite brands on the SM Supermalls official Facebook page. Shoppers can also focus on having fun at the mall because SM strictly observes enhanced sanitation and hygiene efforts, as well as social distancing measures, temperature checks, face mask and shield requirements, and cashless payment options, among many others.


6.    Enjoy the SM experience. Families and friends can enjoy live performances, family-based online challenges, and in-mall connections stations so they can even talk with their loved ones abroad. Before you know it, SM malls will be all about holiday cheer with exciting, larger-than-life Christmas displays. You can visit SM malls and capture Christmas memories with your family and friends inside snow globes, augmented reality art, and Christmas characters soon.

Uplift your spirits and come together with your family and friends at SM for the holidays. For more on SM Supermalls’ holiday events and promos, visit and follow @smsupermalls on Facebook and Instagram.


Friday, September 11, 2020

Santé Barley : Help your immune system, overall well-being


The wet season is here! As much as we love the rain, so do the bacteria and viruses, which cause common colds and flu. While these microbes are present all-year-round, the wet and humid weather are perfect hosts for them to lurk even more.


While it is given that you need to be extra careful during heavy downpours, especially when you are pregnant, it also pays to take note of the other measures that can help you maintain a strong immune system, which acts as your body’s first line of defense against cold and flu viruses.


Generally, there is no cure to common colds and flu, that is why prevention is the best approach to ensure that you do not contract the viruses, which cause these illnesses.  


For Dr. Marissa Romero, an obstetrician and gynecologist, as well as a wellness expert, keeping a healthy lifestyle is key to ensuring a healthy immune system.


“We have some habits that we, especially women, need to change to ensure that our body, including our immune system, remains in its tiptop condition. And, while we are currently facing a global health crisis, it might also be the perfect time for a lifestyle change,” she added.


As an OB-GYN doctor, she recommends all her patients to follow the NEW START acronym: 


Nutrition. Proper nutrition plays an important role in keeping your immune system healthy. While eating a well-balanced diet is important, it also pays to try a plant-based diet.


A plant-based diet consists mostly or entirely of food derived from plants, such as vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, and minimal or no animal products. While it strikes as a vegetarian, it is not necessarily the case.


Romero noted that, if possible, eat your greens and fruits fresh, as if eating a garden salad. “By doing so, you can ensure that you take all the nutrients. Sometimes, nutrients are eliminated in the vegetables when you cook them, which means that you only get just small amounts, as well as the fiber,” she added.


Another way of ensuring that you get the nutrients from a plant-based diet is by consuming organic food supplements.


For instance, Santé, a leading provider of premier organic health and wellness products, has Santé Barley. As the company’s flagship product, Santé Barley, is organic pure barley grass that is certified by BioGro, New Zealand’s leading organic certification agency.


Barley grass has been a subject of interest in the scientific community due to the nutrients you can get from it. A study published in Czech J. Food Sci., barley grass contains significant amounts of proteins, dietary fibers, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Among these nutrients are beta-glucans and Vitamin C, which both help maintain a healthy immune system.


“For my patients, especially those who are expectant mothers, I always recommend to them to take Santé Barley from the early trimester and even after they gave birth,” said Dr. Romero.


Another important nutrient that you can get from a plant-based diet is Vitamin C, an essential vitamin, which plays a big role in keeping the body away from illnesses, such as common colds and flu, which weaken the immune system.


Romero said that our body does not produce this Vitamin on its own. So, you should take it from other sources like citrus fruits and other vegetables. “The food that we eat, on the other hand, might not be enough to get the right amount of Vitamin C that is why we need to take supplements,” she added.


To help boost your immune system, Dr. Romero explained that you can consider doing a vitamin C flush or bowel tolerance test. This process delivers a high dosage of vitamin C to achieve tissue saturation, which in turn supports the immune system and rapid healing.


When choosing the right vitamin C, Dr. Romero said that it pays to consider the non-acidic one. Santé’s Daily C, for instance, is an excellent choice. Aside from being non-acidic, it also contains 568mg of sodium ascorbate. It is also a perfect partner for Santé Barley for better immunity.


Exercise. Keeping yourself active is also important. Dr. Romero noted that everyone is encouraged to exercise at least three to four times a week, regularly. But if you can do it every day, the better. For adults, daily exercise should be at least 30 minutes while an hour for kids. 


Water. Staying hydrated is also important for your health and wellbeing. Dr. Romero recommends drinking eight to nine glasses of clean water every day. “It should not be sugary drinks, such as soda and other juices,” she added. 


Sunlight. Regular sun exposure is the most natural way to get enough Vitamin D, which id good for the bone and in maintaining healthy blood levels. The perfect time to go outside for a 10 to 30-minute sun exposure per week is between 10 to 11 in the morning, says Dr. Romero. Your skin must be reddish to ensure that you get enough Vitamin D. Aside from this benefit, the sunlight is also a natural antibacterial or antiviral. 


Temper (or Emotions). Keeping your temper down also helps in your overall wellbeing. If you feel like you are always angry or any negative emotions, you need to take a moment to relax. 


If you feel stressed out, angry, anxious, or tired, a simple box breathing exercise can help you clear out your mind. This exercise involves simple steps. First, you need to let out all the air in your lungs and keep it empty for four seconds. And then, inhale slowly, leaving your lungs full, also for four counts. You may repeat doing it all over again until you feel relieved and relaxed.


Air. Another important aspect that you need to know is the quality of the air you breathe. Make sure that the air circulates the area where you live, especially now that most of us are still advised to stay at home as much as possible. 


Romero recommends having plants at home, which help remove toxins and purify the air you breathe. 


Rest. When you sleep, your body restores and repairs various functions--this is also the reason why you need to take a rest to help you fight common colds and flu. Every day, it is advised that you have at least eight to nine hours of sleep. 


When it is time for bed, Dr. Romero recommends that your bedroom is dark to help produce melatonin, a hormone primarily released by the pineal gland, which regulates the sleep-wake cycle.


Trust (Faith). Having a strong faith is also important to gain inner strength and peace, especially amid the current global health crisis. 


Dr. Marissa Romero is an OB-GYN doctor at the Elguira General Hospital in San Juan City, Pangasinan. She is also among the doctors, who trust the health benefits of Santé products, particularly the Santé Barley and Daily C.


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