On Foods And Self Image

Who doesn’t love food? But lately I’ve been scared of food because I feel like I have doubled in size the last few years. Okay, I’m exaggerating but when people see me, all they notice is how I gained weight. They didn’t even notice I recently had my eyelashes done or that I had my hair cut! Bitter ako mga ateng!

If you don’t know yet, I work from home and contrary to what other people may think of, working from home is more stressful than working in a regular workplace. Why? First, I have to work double time because my boss counts my output and not my time. Second, I have no social life. Third, I always take my work home (huh? Remember when people use to say that leave your work at the office, don’t take them home so you will not get stressed? Well, since my work is at home, how can I ****ing leave it at the office? Right?)

I love eating! It’s my stress reliever. Whenever I feel worn out, I eat. Whenever I feel stressed, I eat. Whenever I feel down, I eat. Gosh, I even eat when I’m happy. Basically I eat all the time! Jeskelerd! (Note to self: At nagreklamo ka talaga ng taba sa lagay na yan teh?)

Who can resist these?

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Okay, so pano ko iiwasan ang pagtaba ngayon? Sabihin niyo nga sa akin?

Apparently, gaining weight and constantly being called out for it is not good for my self esteem. Heck, it is not good for anyone’s self esteem! But the truth is I don’t really feel offended when someone tells me I’m fat (ouch!). Actually, it is a good eye opener to start realizing how important it is to keep our body healthy. I don’t just look at weight as a measure of one’s physical appeal, I look at it as a measure of one’s health. The more I gain weight, the more I become a target for health issues.

So do I refrain from eating? Hell, no! I still eat what I want but now I am teaching myself to control a bit especially on sodas and junk foods. I tend to eat more fruits too. I may or may not lose weight by doing this but it doesn’t matter. What matters is that I am starting to eat healthy and this is my first step. As Lao Tzu said, the journey to a thousand miles begins with the first step.

 

 

 

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Let’s Talk About Brushing

A very important aspect in achieving overall wellness is to have healthy gum and teeth. To achieve this, you need to have a healthy diet and do regular brushing and flossing.

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Diet that is high in sucrose and starch leads to tooth decay. When it comes to fruits, choose the fresh ones because dried ones has high sugar content. When it comes to oral health, be wise in choosing the food that you eat.

Regular brushing is extremely important to prevent cavities and dental caries. There are times when bacteria lurk on the tightest spaces between the teeth. Flossing will help deal with these bacteria.

Remember, don’t lose your teeth over bacteria. Always keep your gum and teeth healthy.

Hyperhidrosis – Do You Have It?

Sweating is a natural body function. This is when the sweat glands release liquids from our bodies to keep our bodies cool. Some people sweat more because they either have more sweat glands or because of their lifestyle. Sometimes the mood of a person can also affect the amount of sweat the body produces. But when you sweat excessively regardless of your lifestyle or mood, you might already be suffering from a health condition called Hyperhidrosis.

The Condition

This health condition refers to excessive sweating of the body. It can be triggered by other neurologic, systemic, or even metabolic conditions. The kind of weather can also contribute to this condition.

The sweating is very evident on certain areas of the body such as the underarms, palms, and the soles of the feet. As the condition worsens, people become more uncomfortable with their bodies. They can barely grasp into something because of their wet hands or they are too ashamed to go out in public because of their sweaty underarms visible through their shirts.

The Forms

Hyperhidrosis has two forms. One is the primary focal and other is the secondary general. While the symptoms are very similar, the causes for these different forms vary.

  • Primary Focal. Between the two, this is the more common form that affects a lot of people. It can target anyone. Even if you consider yourself as someone who is living a healthy lifestyle, you can still suffer from it. The parts of the body affected are the underarms, hands, soles of the feet, and face.

After conducting many different researches on this condition, researches point to a malfunction in some part of the nervous system as the culprit. Because of this malfunction, the brain transmits signals that command the skin to produce sweat even when the situation doesn’t call for it.

Even if the condition is not brought about by unhealthy lifestyle, you should still be conscious about your lifestyle choices because it can negatively affect your condition. If you are already suffering from excessive sweating, you should already refrain from doing things or eating foods that will motivate your body to sweat.

  • Secondary General. With this form, the sweating is not isolated on just some parts of the body but it is experienced on the entire body. This is the more serious form of Hyperhidrosis. People who experience this condition should seek medical attention as it most likely caused by a health problem that is not yet diagnosed. Although it requires individual analysis to identify the underlying problem, more and more cases of the “secondary general” are believed to be caused by tuberculosis, diabetes, leukemia, lymphoma, and even Parkinson’s disease.

However, not all cases are caused by a health problem. Some are caused by medication intakes. There are drugs that can trigger this condition. Physical condition such as pregnancy can also be a contributing factor to secondary general excessive sweating.

Hyperhidrosis can cause discomfort but it can also help reveal an underlying health problem. It is a condition that should be given attention. There are medical experts that can help patients suffering from this condition.

Top 5 Best, Worst, And Profitable Clinical Drugs

I know this is another out of my league topic but with my “clinical trial” readings, I came across these facts. I thought I’d share them with you.

Not all drugs that are subjected to clinical trials can be considered the best. These drugs were designed, developed, and produced by pharmaceutical companies with the goal of bringing cure to different kinds of illnesses. These drugs are tested and tried at clinical trials to ensure that they work as designed and that they are effective. They will not be made available until they pass all the clinical trials required and the results are successful.

Clinical trials date back to as early as the 17th century with the famous scurvy trial performed by James Lind in 1747. However, many studies reveal that even earlier than the 17th century, there are already clinical trials performed. There are also biblical instances that can be considered as clinical trials. For instance, in the New Testament, the king ordered Daniel and his friends to eat fruits and vegetables while the other men eat meat. In a way, many medical researchers consider this as a form of clinical trial. Truly, clinical trials has a rich history.

While there are many drugs that have successful results in the trials, there are also those that quite miss the mark. Some are considered failures. So what are the top 5 best drugs, top 5 worst drugs, and top 5 most profitable drugs in the field of clinical trials?

Top 5 Best Drugs 

These are the drugs that were developed by pharmaceutical companies. They have undergone a number of clinical trials and the results are successful. Because of this, they are approved by FDA as safe and beneficial to use. 

  1. Dapagliflozin

This drug was developed by Bristol-Myers Squibb alongside AstraZeneca. It is designed to help manage type II Diabetes. The drug controls the glycemic level of the patient. After successful clinical trials, the drug was approved by FDA in January 8, 2014. The company is currently performing clinical trials to see if the drug will be effective for type I diabetes.

  1. Glatiramer Acetate

This drug was developed by Teva Pharmaceuticals and is available by the brand name, Copaxone. It is an FDA approved drug that helps treat multiple sclerosis. It has undergone three major clinical trials that were all successful.

  1. Tasimelteon

This drug by Vanda Pharmaceuticals is a treatment for the sleep-wake disorder. Clinical studies and trials of the drug are all positive and they showed how effective the drug is in battling sleep-wake disorder.

  1. Ibrutinib

This is an anticancer drug created by Pharmacyclics. It is used to treat chronic acute leukemia. It targets B-cell malignancies. It is available under brand name Imbruvica. Clinical trials have been performed to test the efficacy of this drug and the results are very positive. The patients have improved conditions after the trial administration of the drug.

  1. Elosulfase Alfa

This is a drug that is marketed under the name of Vimizim and produced by BioMarin Pharmaceutical. It is used to treat a medical case called “Morquio Syndrome” which is basically the deficiency of N-acetylgalactosamine-6-sulfatase. The company performed clinical trials involving 176 participants and the results are satisfying.

Top 5 Worst Drugs


Some drugs were developed and they were subjected to a number of clinical trials. The results were not satisfying. They did not show effectiveness and because of this, they are considered failures in the field of clinical research. The pharmaceutical companies have discontinued the development of these drugs but not until they have already spent a great deal of budget. 

  1. Iniparib

This drug is designed for Stage IV lung cancer and platinum resistant ovarian cancer. It was not able to achieve its purpose after several clinical trials. The development of the drug and the clinical trials sponsored by Sanofi has an accumulated cost of $525 million. After failed results, the drug was considered a failure.

  1. Darapladib

This drug is designed to help cure heart disease in adults. It was produced and developed by GlaxoSmithKline. With an estimated overall cost of $246.3 million and no favourable medical results, this drug is surely a big failure. The company formally announced that this drug is a failure.

  1. Preladenant

One of the common illnesses of a lot of aged people is Parkinson’s disease. The drug “Preladenant” developed by Merck & Co., was designed to help treat Parkinson’s disease; however, after the failed phase III trials, the company decided not to pursue the clinical development program anymore. The cost of the development and trials reached $181 million.

  1. Fostamatinib

Designed to alleviate Rheumatoid arthritis, this drug from AstraZeneca and Rigel did not have successful clinical trials. The patients who received the drug during the trial period did not have any positive improvement in their cases. Thus, the drug was deemed ineffective. The cost incurred by the company is $136 million.

  1. Tabalumab

Another Rheumatoid Arthritis drug, the Tabalumab by pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly, was considered a failure after not showing any efficacy after several clinical trials. The program was discontinued but it still accrued $60 million in cost.

Top 5 Most Profitable Drugs 

After successful clinical trials, drugs will be approved for use by FDA. They will be marketed and made available to the public either as an over the counter drug or prescription drug. Even though pharmaceutical companies spend millions on the development of the drug and the many clinical trials, they will still have good returns especially if the drugs they have developed are highly profitable. Do you ever wonder which drugs are most profitable? Here are the top 5:

  1. Remicade

This is a drug developed by Johnson & Johnson for rheumatoid arthritis. The total revenue of this drug is $74.3 billion. 

  1. Rituxan

This drug is developed by Biogen and Roche for rheumatoid arthritis and with a total revenue of $58.2 billion.

  1. Prevnar

This drug is developed by Pfizer to treat pneumococcal pneumonia. The total revenue is $49.6 billion.

  1. Avastin

This is developed by Roche as a treatment for different kinds of cancer. The total revenue is $48.5 billion.

  1. Herceptin

This is developed by Roche to help cure breast cancer and metastatic stomach/GEJ cancer. The total revenue is $48.5 billion.

So there you go, the list of the top 5 best drugs, top 5 worst drugs, and top 5 most profitable drugs in the medical industry today.

 

Your Guide To A Slimmer, Fitter, And Better You! [Guest Post]

Right now is the perfect time to get in shape, get healthy, and feel the full benefits of living life with wellness in mind. After all, theres never too early a time to start a new diet and exercise regime. In order to see results faster, we suggest following through with these ten top tips from the experts.

  1. Choose an exercise or activity that appeals to you.

If youve had a hard time sticking to a commitment to working out before, then you may have been choosing the wrong way to break a sweat. Going to a gym isnt the only way to work out, after all. Many people who hate the gym love to dance, do yoga, or even hit the court. The more you enjoy your exercise, the more youll want to do it, which will turn into better results over a shorter course of time.

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  1. Enlist the help of other like-minded people.

Truthfully, not everyone you know will actually want you to lose too much weight, because it will make them feel bad about themselves. What you should do is look for other people who want to lose weight, and team up together. Good exercise buddies can offer you the kind of positive peer pressure and moral support you need to get rid of those last couple of pounds.

  1. Don’t be afraid to push yourself to your limits.

Assuming you are working out under the watchful eye of an experienced spotter, trainer, or professional, you should never be scared to try something new. A new pose, a demanding stretch, or even a brand new exercise routine might just be the challenge you need.

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  1. Have reasonable expectations about the results you want.

Everything thats worth working towards will take time and effort. Just because youre brand new to a sport now doesnt mean that you wont get the hang of it at all. In order to see results and feel the progress youve made, youre going to have to stick to your new routine for more than just a week. Be reasonable about expectations, and dont quit!

  1. Eat healthy foods, in healthy portions.

Exercise alone doesnt yield the same results as diet and exercise combined. In fact, most experts will tell you that you cant fully exercise away bad diet habits. If you want to get healthy, strong, and slim, youre going to need to start working on your diet, too. As long as its well-balanced and done in reasonable portions, you will lose weight quickly.

  1. Buy quality workout clothing.

Nothing is more awkward, nor more uncomfortable, than trying to exercise in inappropriate gear. Whether its a matter of comfort, of range of motion, or the materials ability to breathe,the wrong sportswear can ruin your desire to continue working out. On the other hand, sportswear that actually flatters you may boost your self-esteem and even become a reason to hit the gym.

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  1. When in doubt, ask advice from people who have been there and done that.

Its easy to feel lost about how to achieve wellness, but in all reality, you should never feel lost. There are many groups who can help you get fitter, including personal trainers and people who have successfully kept off weight. Just ask the right people, and youll get great advice. (Hint: Most of the right people will never try to sell you supplements.)

  1. Be forgiving of yourself if you mess up.

A surprising amount of people will binge on food for a day, or skip a day at the gym, then get discouraged, and quit. Dont be that person. Instead, forgive yourself, and remind yourself that tomorrow is another day. Love yourself, and let that positive attitude translate into an awesome course of action!

  1. Don’t forget to stretch before you exercise!

Stretching has been proven to help prevent sports injuries in athletes. It only takes 5 to 15 minutes to get fully stretched out, but it can prevent sprains and falls. Besides, theres nothing wrong with being a little limber, right?

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  1. Keep your body and mind in mind.

Health and strength isnt just about having a slim body. Its also about having a positive outlook, less stress, and making the right life decisions for you. By having a healthy attitude, a sharp mind, and a sleek physique, you are helping yourself life live to the fullest in more ways than one.

Author Bio: Style guru Regina shares her knowledge of the fashion industry to men and women alike to help keep them up to date with the latest trends. Catch more of her advice on the The Upside blog.

Common Cold Remedies For Children

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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It’s the start of the cooler season here in the Philippines and this means that it is also the beginning of the cold epidemic especially for children. Even I was not spared of the cold. I have been having headaches and clogged nose since last week but last night was the worst. I couldn’t sleep because my throat was so itchy and if I could just reach it with my hand, I’ll spend hours scratching it. I know it’s gross but I wouldn’t have second thoughts about it.

Come to think of it, if it was that uncomfortable for a grown up person like me, how much more does our kids suffer, right? So I would like to share with you, my lovely parents, these easy and very effective cold remedies for children:

1. Cliche as it may sound but the kids need plenty of fluid intake. Water is the ultimate remedy for cold. If your kid is water-hater (which I believe many kids are), you can squeeze them some fresh orange juice. Other natural fruit juices will also do.

2. Use steam to prevent clogged nose. Saline nasal spray is very useful too. If you don’t have a vaporiser for the steam, you can improvise. This is how I do it: I heat water in a deep pan and close the lid tightly. Then I let my son sit and then put a blanket over him. I slid inside with the hot water in the pan and right after I open the pan, I put a spoonful of *Vicks vapor rub on the water.

3. Let the child blow his nose very gently to remove mucus. This will help the child breathe easier.

4. Let the child rest. This is very important. It allows the body to recover on its own. In fact, I noticed that most cold syrups or medicines induce sleep. I know as I have taken a few over the past couple of days and I’ve been nodding off at church just last Sunday.

5. Gentle massage will also help the child feel better. Cold can cause serious headache to children and a massage ease the pain.

There you go my loves..I hope these parenting tips will help you and your kids safe and healthy this cold season.

Fever Care For The Little One…

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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My little boy is sick. He has fever and I assume it is because of the cough and colds that he has. The weather over here in our place is unpredictable. One day it’s too hot and the next it’s raining cats and dogs. I guess this is the reason why my son got sick.

He was not able to go to school today. It’s too sad that he will be missing his lessons but I decided he needed to rest to get well. I already gave him paracetamol and decongestant for his stuffed nose. Just this morning he still has fever but I noticed that this afternoon he is already feeling a little better.

For those of you out there who has a sick little one as well, here are some fever care tips which you can follow:

* Always use the correct dose for medicines. The dosage will depend on your child’s age and weight. It is best to consult a pediatrician.

* For children 2 years and older, you can give acetaminophen and for children 6 months and older, give ibuprofen.

* To relieve fever, use cold compress on your little one’s forehead. There are also fever reducing patches out there which you can use.

* Sick kids feel cold. So if there is a need to give him a bath or sponge bath, use lukewarm water.

* The room where the child rests should not be too hot nor too cold. Even if the child is feeling cold with the chills, avoid over layering the clothes and blankets. The temperature should be on a comfortable level.

* Hydrate. Let the child drink plenty of water.

Well, there you go my loves. I hope everyone is safe. And pray for God’s healing always 🙂

Psalm 30:2

O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.

Weight Loss – Juice Or Smoothie?

Happy Tuesday my loves…

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I don’t think motherhood is an excuse to be unhealthy. I am one of those women who are blessed with more body fats than most women I know. Although I am not against curves, I am convinced that women, including mommies, have the right to feel healthy and look better. After all, our kids need us to be alive longer. So weight loss may just be a great parenting technique after all 🙂

My journey to weight loss has been very tough. For years, I have battled and guess I have never won. Everyday is a struggle especially when my mind wants to exercise but my body says it’s better to lie down and play on the iPad or watch a movie. It is a struggle when my mind wants to control what I am putting inside my body but my mouth and my tummy cheer me to continue binging. It’s like I am in a stadium and people are cheering me to go on. One mind against what every part of my body wants. Can you imagine the torment?

Anyway, I am again on the lookout for ways to lose the extra pounds. So I have heard about the latest craze in weight loss which is juicing. You take your healthy fruits and vegetables, throw them in the juicer, and voila, healthy drink for a healthy you! Well, this sounds promising.

There is also the smoothie diet. You throw in your favourite fruits and vegetables on your blender and instant delicious goodness that will help trim down your body.

Both look very effective. But I wonder, which one is actually better? I have read somewhere in the vast cyber space that juicing is really good because your body can absorb the nutrients right away. You will also feel lighter. Your skin will have that special kind of glow. But then I have also read that smoothies are better because aside from the juice, you can also take in the fibres of the fruits and vegetables. This way, you will feel fuller for a longer period of time.

I am trying smoothie now. Although I don’t really call it a smoothie diet because I still eat solid foods. I just include a fruit smoothie every now and then for snacks. Instead of eating white bread or something sweet for snack, I drown myself in smoothie. By the way, I don’t add milk to my smoothie. I just use fresh fruits and a little water to make it easy for my blender to do its job.

I hope this works. I badly wanted to remove my oversized love handles.

I will also be trying the detox juicing diet as my mom, who will be leaving for the US again, has left me her prized juicer. I have already filled my fridge with veggies like cucumber and carrots so I might be trying veggie juice in the next few days.

I’ll share with you my loves if I see any result. Right now, I’m still the same big me.

What do you think – which one is better in terms of weight loss – Juice Or Smoothie? Share your thoughts and leave me a comment. Also, if you can send me some love over here Top Mommy Blog, I’ll be so happy 🙂

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

health watch: Green Juice

Happy Wednesday my loves…

I have been quite negligent of my health for the past years and now that I am not getting any younger, I am already starting to be more conscious of what I put inside my body. I still eat lots of junk :p Anyway, I and my sister have been trying this green juice made from different green leafy veggies and one or two fruits. This is a very healthy drink and very yummy too. Trust me, it smells like grass but it tastes awesome.

So what you need are the following:

bunch of spinach

bunch of kale

lemon

2 apples

cucumber

2 stalks of celery

If you have a good juicer, just throw them in and make that beautiful green juice.

I hope you give this a try.  You can also do a smoothie version. Just add a bit of milk and blend them away 🙂

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26